Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Teeny Tiny Spice Co. Of Vermont Review and Giveaway

Teeny Tiny Spice Co. of Vermont
 
Do you like to cook or know someone who does?  Well have I got a review for you!  I personally love to cook, and I especially love trying new flavors.  One of the ways to flavor your food is herbs and spices of course.  Other cultures use herbs much more than Americans in their traditional foods.  But other than making your own it's hard to find interesting pre-made spice mixes in your standard grocery stores.
 
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That's why I was so excited when Teeny Tiny Spice Co. Of Vermont offered to let me review two of their spice mixes.  Here is a little info on the company.

Teeny Tiny Spice Company of Vermont, LLC is a family owned and operated business that grew out of our love of cooking and international cuisine. Our challenge was that at the end of a busy day, when we wanted to make something new and interesting, we often found that we did not have the ingredients or the energy to tackle the recipes that caught our eyes. We believe that clean, real food not only provides a delicious meal, it is also a key to health and vitality. So we started creating our own blends to have on hand, making it simple and easy to prepare a tasty, healthy meal quickly with our basic pantry of ingredients. We solved our problem and thought that other people would enjoy what we had created...a business was born. After more than three years in business and many tens of thousands of tins sold, we often marvel at how many meals must be being made with our spice blends every day. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do.
 
 
Teeny Tiny Spice Co. Of Vermont let me choose two of their organic spice mixes that are made in the USA to review.  First off it was extremely hard to choose!  There are so many spice mixes that I wanted to try and they all sounded so good!  Many of their spice mixes are very exotic and come from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. They have a recipe page HERE for ideas on how to use their spice mixes. I finally settled on the and the Organic Cajun Spice and the Montreal Seasoning . 
 


  I love Cajun food so I used it as a spice on chicken and also in gumbo.  Both turned out amazing!  Not to hot but with tons of flavor.  My children also loved the seasoning and even liked the heat.
 Cajun flavors are a blend of French Acadian, Spanish, African and Native American cooking styles and ingredients which originally flavored the game and seafood dishes of Southern Louisiana. Our Cajun Spice adds depth of flavor and moderate heat to vegetable, grain, seafood and meat dishes.
 
 
 

Next I tried the Montreal Seasoning.  This spice mix was like smelling all the delicious roasting foods at a really good fair.  I use it on everything and am going to need to get more.
 
MontrĂ©al Seasoning is our south-of-the-northern-border take on the classic steak rub of the French-Canadian capital.  Black and white peppercorns are ground with herbs and salts to create a blend that can tolerate high heat cooking of a hot grill or pan.  It is perfect for use as a finishing spice or condiment at the table.  Added to soups, stews and sauces, it brings a full and warming flavor that creates a sense of balance and body.
 
 
 

In Conclusion:

 Teeny Tiny Spice Co. Of Vermont gets 5 stars in my book for the following reasons
 
  • Quality Ingredients that are fresh and vibrant
  • Unique and Exotic Spice Mixes
  • Made in the USA
  • Affordable (the same price you would pay in a grocery store for run of the mill spices)
  • Certified USDA Organic
  • Certified Kosher
  • Gluten Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Nice website with guides on what to use the spices on and in depth descriptions
Their Spices would make a wonderful gift this Holiday Season for the Foodie or Cook in your life.

 

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Giveaway!

 
Teeny Tiny Spice Co. has generously offered to give one lucky Thrifty Housewife reader the Cajun and Montreal spice blend tins for your fall cooking!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries are verified.  Good Luck!

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The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.  All Entries are verified. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Free Printable Cookbook - Slow Cooker Fall Favorites

As a busy mom I love my slow cooker.  There is nothing better than having dinner ready after a long busy day.  Especially these hectic fall days! I found this great printable book for fall slow cooker meals.  It includes desserts, beverages, mains, and side dishes.  I was in no way compensated for this post.  If you like seeing my frugal tips and freebies please share, like and follow me!
 

Slow Cooker Fall Favorites

 
 
Slow Cooker Fall Favorites: 21 Fall Slow Cooker Recipes Free eCookbook

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review/Giveaway Perky-Pet Mason Jar Bird Feeders 4 Winners!

 
 
I love watching wild birds.  Even little tweety birds (as we call them) are beautiful and entertaining to watch.  It can also be quite educational. The easiest way to bird watch is to put out bird feeders and lure those cuties in. I got a local bird identification book and my daughter and I spent hours watching different birds come to our feeders and identifying them.  It was really a fun activity. 
 
Perky Pet is a company devoted to providing the best quality bird feeders. Need supplies for your backyard birds? Perky Pet is your leading online source for bird feeders, hummingbird birdfeeders, wild bird feeders, oriole bird feeders, birdhouses, bird feeder accessories, tube bird feeders, small bird feeders, bird baths and more.
Not only that, but I loved their Bird Library filled with information on hummingbirds, wild birds,
and orioles, such as their species, characteristics, nesting habits and food preferences. Their Birdwatching 101 outlines great bird watching locations, equipment, and landscaping tips to attract our fine-feathered friends.  It's a great resource for learning!
 
Perky Pet sent me two different mason jar feeders.  A Mason Jar Wild Bird Feeder, and a humming bird mason jar feeder.  I adore the look of both!  They look great hanging up in my yard and as a bonus since both are glass you can put them through the dishwasher.  The red mason jar on the humming bird feeder not only looks really amazing but attracts the humming birds.  Both cost $19.99 which is a great deal, especially considering how tough and well made they are.  These are NOT cheapie feeders that are going to fall apart.  Every part is well made for years of durable wear. If you are looking for bird feeders or supplies I highly recommend Perky Pet!
 

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The Giveaway!

 
Perky Pet has been super generous by offering to give away not one but four of their mason jar bird feeders to four lucky winners!  Use the rafflecopter to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries will be verified for completion.  Good Luck!
 
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The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.  All winning Entries are verified. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Good Night Little Pumpkin Book Review and Giveaway!




I love autumn!  Everything from the crisp cool air to being able to cook hearty savory foods and bake spicy breads and treats using apple and pumpkin.  I have a bunch of fall themed children's books for my little ones and am always on the lookout for more.  

Good Night, Little Pumpkin, Claire KeaySo when Tommy Nelson sent me an autumn inspired book I was very excited.  They sent me the book Good Night, Little Pumpkin which is for children ages 0 to 5, although my 9 and 11 year olds cuddled up with me every time I read it to their little brother and enjoyed it too.

Sleepy little Milo, in his oversized pumpkin costume, is making the rounds at the harvest party with his friends. It’s time to go home, but he wants to enjoy every game at the fall fair before the night is over! Crunching leaves, crisp breezes, mountains of sweets—celebrate the abundance of the harvest season through this bedtime book for children. Charming illustrations and a sweet story are perfect for young hearts.

A great alternative to scary books, this fun harvest-themed book is sure to be a perennial favorite.

This is the perfect book to get right now.  I love the illustrations and the hard cardboard of the book is great for toddlers because they can turn the pages easily and the book can take allot of abuse. Also at less than $10.00 this book is a great deal and will delight the child you read it to.

 Tommy Nelson, the children’s division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., was created to place into the hands of children of all ages a wide variety of high quality, enjoyable products that are consistent with the teachings found in the Bible. Our products are designed to expand children’s imaginations and nurture their faith while pointing them to a personal relationship with God.
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 The selection and prices of Tommy Nelson is excellent and I love the books they sent me!  I would recommend them to anyone!

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The Giveaway!

 
Tommy Nelson has generously offered to give Good Night Little Pumpkin to one lucky Thrifty Housewife Reader! Use the Rafflecopter to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries will be verified to see if they are completed.  Good Luck!

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The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.  All winning Entries are verified. 
 

Free Autumn Inspired Cookbooks!

I love Autumn!  Everything about it from the harvesting of my garden, to crisp cool days.  And I especially love to cook hearty, savory meals full of fall flavours and bake yummy autumn inspired muffins, breads, and sweets!  Here are some free cookbooks from my affiliate partner on Amazon.   Enjoy!  And if you like seeing these posts please like share and follow me!
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Tommy Nelson Book Review and Giveaway!




For me as a mom it is often difficult to find really good chapter books for my children that are not based on witch craft or demons.  That seems to be the theme for kids books these days.  We have already exhausted many of the old classics like Anne Of Green Gables or My Side of The Mountain.  And since my children love to read I am always on the lookout for new books that are not only entertaining, but have a good moral as well.

When Tommy Nelson offered to let me become a reviewer of their books I was very excited.  My love of books made this a fun opportunity!  They sent me the book Dream Treaders which is for children ages 7 to 12.

Book #1 in a trilogy from fantasy author Wayne Thomas Batson explores the concept of dreams and their effects on us.

People are fascinated by dreams, and the Bible has a great deal to say about them. From Jacob’s dream of the heavenly stairway in Genesis 28 to angels visiting Joseph during dreams in Matthew 1 to the Apostle John’s “waking dream” from which he obtained the book of Revelation—dreams have been powerful ingredients of God’s plan as revealed through Scripture.

Fourteen-year-old Archer Keaton discovers he has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord, who wreaks chaos in the Dream World. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.

My 11 year old son absolutely loved this book.  He literally couldn't put it down and has read it several times.  When I told him the next book in the series was about to be released he was thrilled.  It's awesome when you child gets that excited about a good book!  My 9 year old daughter also read this and liked it allot.  I foresee getting every book in this series.  If you are looking for a great fantasy/adventure book that really appeals to both boys and girls this one is for you.  Our book is now sadly dog eared, which is an indication of a truly loved book.

 Tommy Nelson, the children’s division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., was created to place into the hands of children of all ages a wide variety of high quality, enjoyable products that are consistent with the teachings found in the Bible. Our products are designed to expand children’s imaginations and nurture their faith while pointing them to a personal relationship with God.
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 The selection and prices of Tommy Nelson is excellent and I love the books they sent me!  I would recommend them to anyone!
 

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The Giveaway!

 
Tommy Nelson has generously offered to give Dream Treaders to one lucky Thrifty Housewife Reader! Use the Rafflecopter to enter, all entries are optional, all winning entries will be verified to see if they are completed.  Good Luck!

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The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.  All winning Entries are verified. 
 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Free Books Guide to Shopping & Cooking Frugally, The Cast Iron Recipe Collection For Busy Families,The Green Gourmet Little Book of Charcuterie

Making your own food at home is almost always cheaper than ready made meals or eating out.  It is also healthier and most often better tasting.  If you like these free books like me on facebook, follow me on Google Friend Connect or any other way!
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Free Amazon Books on Easy Beer Brewing at Home, Detox Teas, Uses of Mustard, Minimalist Living


More great free books from my Amazon Affiliate Partner!  Just click on the pic or the name below each pick to be taken to the product page.  If you like seeing these free books like me on Facebook and Follow me via Google Friend Connect and Google +
 
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Monday, August 18, 2014

A Late Planted Garden- Frustrating and Rewarding

We moved to our new home at the very end of May.  May 31st actually, my 35th birthday.  My first priority after getting the house in order was getting my garden planted.  It was very late by this areas standards.  I knew it was a crap shoot as to whether things would grow as it was already hot and many seeds will not germinate in very hot weather.  So far carrots have been a wash and so have turnips, lettuces,  and beets.  However, my pumpkins tomatoes, summer squash, eggplant, swiss chard, melons, and cabbage are doing well.  I will be planting more cool weather crops this week now that the hot weather seems to be behind us.

 
The winter squash patch

A pumkin already the size of a jack o lantern

watermelons

the summer squash patch

tomatoes

the melon patch
 
 
cabbage and Brussels sprouts
 
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors... Until They Break!

The Chicken Coop is on the right
In the pasture next to us we have a neighbors beef cattle herd of about 20 cows and calves with two huge bulls.  They have been peacefully grazing away but yesterday we discovered that they have been walking down the canal next to our chicken run and getting in.  The evidence was some cow pies scattered throughout.  I think they were interested in the corn/barley/oats we had thrown out for the chickens.  It's amazing how well cows can scent that from far away.

Loitering with intent
Our chickens were highly discombobulated by the whole experience.  Having a  cow suddenly appear in you home and start eating your food is not a good thing in chicken land.  And this morning I go out and all the cows are clustered by the chicken coop.



The busted fence
When I walked around I saw that they also busted down the fence that divided the chicken coop run from the pasture.  So I had to call our neighbor and let him know, but before I could one of the half grown calves decided to visit the chickens.  Lots of outraged squawking and flying about ensued.

Evidence of a visitation
Our neighbor is a great guy however, and was out in a jiffy to fix the fence and do some stern talking to his cows about un-neighborly visits.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

11 Fruits and Vegitables That Last For Months and Save You Money

Every fall I buy about 100 pounds of apples from local growers in the Tri-Cities Washington.  They sell in bulk, often for 50 cents a pound.   With six people in my family, and all of them loving apples for fresh eating and pies you can imagine we go through allot. I always buy varieties known for their long keeping ability and store them in a cold room.  They usually last us well into February. There are many fruits and veggies that store very well and therefore save you money because your not throwing rotten food out.  If you have a root cellar look into ways to store your veggies there this fall. Or there are tons of other ways to store fruits and veggies for long term in a cold garage, unheated room, or even in the ground.

Long Keeping Fruits and Veggies
 
Apples- Store in a cold but not freezing room, eat the biggest first because they go bad faster and don't store near other fruits and veggies because they let of a gas that causes them to go bad.
 
Beets-  These can last for months in the fridge or a very cold room. Cut off the greens before storage.
 
Cabbage- I love cabbage and it lasts up to two months in the fridge.
 
Carrots- These can be stored in a variety of ways and last for months
 
Garlic- This will keep for months in a moderately warm environment like a dark cubbord
 
Onions - These will keep up to a year in a 30-50 degree dark area.  Sweet onions like Walla Walla sweets will not keep half so long
 
Potatoes - These can easily last all winter if stored properly. 40 degrees is the perfect temperature with high humidity, so a cellar or basement is a good spot.  Keep them out of the light and do not store them near apples which make them sprout.
 
Winter Radish - Store as you would carrots with the greens removed
 
Winter Squash - There are so many varieties and uses for winter squash and they will last all winter if stored right.  They like a temp around 60 with lots of air circulation. So a nice airy cupboard works well.  Don't let them touch!
 
Rutabagas -  store on a bottom shelf in your fridge wrapped in plastic.
 
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Free Amazon Book 100 Easy Recipes In Jars

This is a great book to get for free right now because these would make wonderful gifts for Christmas and Thanksgiving.  If you like this post please like it, share it, pin it, or tweet it! Click the picture or the title below to be taken to the page.




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Friday, August 8, 2014

Our Cat Had Kittens! With Pics!

Here she is in labor before the first kitten. 
She kept lifting her leg.
Well our cat Chirpa (my 11 year old son got to name her. It's the name of the Ewock Chief in star wars) has been getting bigger and bigger over the last few weeks until I thought she would pop! And then finally she went into labor.  Right before for about two days she became very clingy and at night would try to sleep on my head all night!

So the labor went fine with no complications.  I was home so we made a birthing center on top of my bed so that I could monitor the progress since this is her first (and last!) birth.  Within two hours she had four little kittens.  Three white and one black and white just like her.


In the middle of birthing

All kittens are born here and searching for a nipple

2 days old
 
 
A happy attentive mama