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Product Review: Chipwich Releases New Flavor! Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip!

To make a long story short, these were not good at all! The cookies were rubbery the peanut butter chips didn’t coat the entire outside like the originals and the chocolate ice cream was plain chocolate so I didn’t really taste the peanut butter at all.

Absolutely a failure! I have one of their packaging boxes it’s short and square and the chipwich are standing on their sides like a bookshelf rather than the long skinny box.

Well, on the bottom of the box it has 2 additional flavors. These and birthday cake! I can’t wait to try birthday cake! I just hope it’s not a letdown!

Ps a message for chipwich: try researching before releasing new flavors.

Here I’ll help you!

I would have all of these before birthday cake. This is what America is buying. Also know your demographics the biggest consumer is women. That’s where the butter pecan comes in. That was my mother’s favorite flavor. Also the age group.

” Americans over age 55 eat more ice cream per capita than any other age group, according to a new study on frozen sweets. The average American eats ice cream at home 41 times per year, but the over-55-year-olds eat it an average of 56 times annually.

I think that is a bullshit number however. As a child, I had a bowl everyday for dessert before bed. That would make me have at least 300times a year. Have to subtract the at least 56 times a year I was bad and went to bed without dessert 🤣

I did make them a few suggestions like look at the original recipe and look where you went wrong. Why is the original cookies soft and delicious and these are hard and rubbery. Possibly ditch these cookies and use the original cookies and change the ice cream to chocolate with a peanut butter ripple and use the peanut butter chips for your peanut butter choc chip cookies.

Hopefully they tweaked the recipe before they released it. If they did I can’t wait to try it. If not this will be an utter failure.


Joel’s Outrageous ice cream cookie sandwich (sliders) 

Let’s start out by saying this is totally delicious! The Cookies are soft baked and loaded with flavor! The half dipped chocolate makes it rich with flavor! The ice cream is like fresh vanilla and is also full of flavor! The rich creamy ice cream is bursting with flavor and all the flavors together give it a truly layered flavor. 

My only gripes are the size they call it a slider to justify it being smaller, but that doesn’t work! I wish it was bigger for the price! It’s around $4. 

The owner is making multiple flavors! He said chocolate chip mint is coming soon! 

He should roll it in mini chocolate chips like a chipwich! 

I’ve never had a cookie where all the elements were loaded with flavor by themselves! Usually the ice cream is rich and the cookie is dry and sucks or the cookie is rich and the ice cream is plain! 

If you want a burst of flavor and the best thing since chipwich you must track these down! 

They are amazing!!!

-http://outrageouscookiedough.com/


Product Review: OneTigris Tactical Service Dog Vest

This is a nicely made vest except for the handle. It seems too thin and flimsy. 

I have mixed feelings about this vest. It is hard to put on Roger as he is always amped up when it is time to go out. The first harness went over his head this one is a little harder because of where the clips are. 

However it does look more comfortable for him and it looks to be more secure. Partly due to the smaller clip size. It does bunch up on him and doesn’t always lay flat like the picture. 

Later this spring I will be reviewing a new harness with cobra buckles. What is a cobra buckle? 

Stay tuned and you will find out! 


Product Review: Pet Products – Good2Go Green Anorak Coat


This jacket looks awesome and military like and can possibly be reversed for emergency signaling (orange bottom). The coat looks like a military parka which I like and it doesn’t restrict the dog due to it not having sleeves, so it has greater acceptance with dogs as they still have freedom of movement and it’s not too tight! 


The bottom is webbed with elastic and you only need to get one arm through the rest (chest and other arm) are velcroed in. As you can see the inside is plush and warm looking. 

It doesn’t seem to be water resistant, but I may scotchguard it. Well, not scotchguard as it contains harmful PFC’s. but  Microseal fabric protector and Vectra Spray, both of which state they contain no Fluorochemicals or PTFE Resin. That way it’s water resistant! Perfect for snowy weather! 


Product Review: Pet Products – OneTigris Tactical K9 Training Vest Adjustable Service Dog Harness and Tactical Dog Training Bungee Leash with Control Handle Quick Release Nylon Leads Rope

Hello Everyone! This is my first review for pet products! I have a new addition to my Family. Roger That Bianco. He is a Pitbull Terrier and I rescued him from the Islip Animal Shelter in Islip, NY. This is a town run shelter, not a rescue shelter. However there is a rescue organization that helps and volunteers at the station. They are called: Live Love Bark Dog Rescue Inc. They help take care of the dogs and with adoptions and they even help train the dogs, so they have a better adoption success rate. 

I received Roger on November 7th. Lucky number 7! And Roger is a dream come true! He is such a good dog! He behaves when we go to places and barely ever barks and never growls unless he is playing tug o’ war with his rope. I was given a Neck chain from the shelter and I do not like pulling on those. I fear choking him and hurting his neck. So being former military, I was in search of a military grade canine harness. I searched far and wide for the perfect product. I saw numerous harnesses online and many of these exact harnesses sold and produced by different companies. See below: 


And then I found OneTigris! 


Not Only does it look to be at least the same quality, but it also comes with a cool morale patch! A service dog patch. I immediately ordered the harness! Upon initial inspection, I couldn’t help but notice the durable construction! Extra stitching in high stress points, thick nylon construction, thick nylon straps, a large sturdy buckle and adjustment points. There is also two points of Velcro on both sides of the harness. I left the service dog patch and added my military name tag to the other side to make it nice and customized! 

Now for the most important test! Will he wear it? As I stated before, I had a collar and a chain collar. The chain collar was hard to put on, as you have to put it over his head and then adjust it tighter and then loosen it to take it off. Roger does not like to sit still when leaving and walking in the door. This harness is so much easier to put on! A big loop to go easily over his head, well semi-easily, he likes to keep his mouth open and most of the time I have to take it out of his mouth and muscle it around him. And then easily go under his chest and clip the clip. 

At first he was trying to bite at the clip to get it off, but I instantly put on the leash and headed outside with it. Once I put the leash on, he understood what it was and was soooo happy to have it on instead of the choke chain! He has never tried to take it off since! He wore the harness for about 6 hours straight the week before Thanksgiving with not a single complaint. 

This harness is amazing and has helped to control his walks much better. He stays closely by my right side and I do not have any fears if I have to give him a little yank to control him or pull him away from things that might hurt him, such as a car passing or a stray chicken bone by the garbage. 

This is also helped by the addition of the Tactical Dog Training Bungee Leash with Control Handle Quick Release Nylon Leads Rope. This lead (leash) teaches the dog to remain close to the owner and once he ventures out, the bungee puts constant tension on him making him want to return. The leash isn’t too long also, so he won’t be halfway up your neighbors lawn when walking. He will be just past the curb or sidewalk. The length of the leash also allows for one handed operation of the leash. No uncomfortable wrapping it around your hand and unwrapping it; no cross-body holding it, no having to uncomfortably hold your hand three feet over his head so the leash doesn’t drag on the floor and he steps over it or gets tangled in it. 

The leash has a control handle on the bottom, it is perfect for taking him in populated areas like parking lots, stores or a city sidewalk. The control handle also has a 360 degree pivot that allows him to turn around without breaking your wrist! 

This leash and harness combo is a dream come true and the best thing I have purchased for my pet! 

I am very active and like to do a lot of outdoor activities such as hiking and extreme hiking! I can’t wait to get the OneTigris Tactical Dog Molle Vest Harness Training Dog Vest with Detachable Pouches and do a review on that system during our hikes! I also would like to see it function on the beach and other rough terrain areas! Maybe we can do a mud run together! How will it function jumping into the lake together and then continuing the run?  Will he get chaffed? Will it perform without a hitch? 

I’ll tell you something else about using this combination! It also helps to teach him off leash training! When going up and down the stairs in the house he must run up and down the stairs on my right side! I also let him come to the car to go away unleashed and to get groceries, so he gets a sense of freedom and comes back to me when called. I also take him to the dog park regularly so he can run unleashed and socialize with other dogs. Because of this leash and harness he returns to my side if he feels threatened and he returns when called. (Treats also have a little to do with that lol) 

Guess what, I also have a little inside knowledge on the construction of the leash. This happens to be my second leash! I left him in the backseat with the leash on an extended trip and he tricked me out! I thought he was chewing on his toy, but instead he chewed the leash! So, I got to see the inside of the leash first hand. First off, the exterior part of the leash is woven nylon. When woven nylon is extremely strong! It can probably hold 1000lbs or more! Secondly, the bungee inside is also woven! Making the bungee extremely durable also, without a fear of him snapping it from extreme pulling. It also helps keep the elasticity and stop it from wearing out easily. The handle loop is also padded for your comfort and large enough to fit your hand and clip on a poop bag holder. I have the handipod bag holder with hand sanitizer (but that’s a desperate review).


If you are looking for an excellent quality, durable and comfortable harness, look no further! It will be the best money you will ever spend! 

**Update** December 4th 2016

I love the harness, but I do have to say it had a catastrophic clip failure 3 times. 

Once in Petco my gf was holding a snack and Roger jumped for it, when he landed the clip popped open, not a big deal, I grabbed him and put it back on instantly. 

The second time was in my living room also not bad! 

The third time was life threatening! A busy Saturday outside Walmart he was pulling to get a half eaten sandwich and the clip popped and Roger ran. If he ran into the parking lot, it wouldn’t have ended nicely! I managed to trick him into thinking I had a treat in my hand and he ran over. 

I praised him for coming back and grabbed his collar to put the harness back on, which wasn’t easy, because it has to go over his head! 

Maybe it can be reengineered with a secondary emergency latch system in case the main clip fails. 


Product Review: Pet Products – ChuckIt Kick Fetch (kickball) 

Hello everyone! Today I am reviewing the ChuckIt Kick Fetch (kickball). This ball is awesome! Even with the funky shape you can dribble it like a basketball and throw it! Or you can kick it! My Dog Roger That is a pitbull and because of that he is classified as a power chewer! He shreds through toys as much as a commercial paper shredder chews through paper! Toys do not last in this house! He has shred though numerous Walmart dog toys in minutes.

A Petco Star Wars dog toy lasted all of about 2 minutes! Poor BB-8 (I like you!)


 Kong (supposedly indestructible) dog toys are destroyed in seconds! I bought a Kong dog bone and gave it to him in the car on the ride home from PetGoods and in about 30 seconds this is what happened: 


$15.99 down the drain 💸💸🚽🚽 in seconds! Kong is allegedly tough and indestructible garbage! 


This Kong ring lasted about an hour the first night I got him. 

That brings me to ChuckIt toys! 

As you can see in the picture at the beginning of the post, Roger sat on the couch set to destroy the ChuckIt kickball and this is all that he did: 


There’s not a doubt in my mind that this ball will eventually meet its demise, but at least he’s not breaking it immediately and has hours of fun playing with it! 

Roger also has a ChuckIt Glow-in-the-dark ball that he cannot destroy! When he chews on it it makes the most God awe full crunching and popping sound, but to my dismay it’s still intact! 

ChuckIt is the way to go if you have a dog that keeps chewing through his toys! And toys are verrrrry important to have around the house! If he doesn’t have things to play with that is where your dogs start biting your hands, your expensive shoes, furniture and even carpet! Yes carpet! 

Roger tore out a string! Bad dog! 

You don’t bite stuff that doesn’t belong to you! Do you Roger That? Roger That. 

Anyway, if you want to stop flushing money down the toilet and keep you dog happy, look no further than ChuckIt Fetch Games! ChuckIt Dog toys rule! 

I hope to be testing many other ChuckIt toys! 

For Christmas Roger is getting: 


A ChuckIt Indoor Roller! Will it withstand his jaws? Or will it be torn up in seconds! This review I am realllllly eager to see as it is soft and plush! Stay Tuned! 


Product Review: Pet Products – ChuckIt Indoor Roller

This review will be completed Christmas Eve! Will Roger destroy his Christmas Present in seconds? Or will it withstand his powerful Jaws? Stay Tuned for this terrific battle royal! 

**Update** January 27th 2017

It’s still alive!!! Roger likes playing with it and chewing it and it’s still alive! I honestly didn’t think it would be!  He likes to play with it, but he likes his indoor flier much better! 

**Update** June 27th 2017

It’s kinda still alive and it one of Roger’s favorite toys! 

His indoor flyer is in worse shape, it’s been sewed shut once, but it’s still around! 

Well 2/3 of it lol


Master’s Degree winding down! 

   

 Hello everyone! My Master’s degree is winding down! Today I start my last semester! A few months to tweak my thesis and I graduate in May with my Master of Science in Cybersecurity. 

After that louisjbianco.wordpress.com will be back in full swing! I will dedicate more time into making this site even better! 

Stay Tuned! 

**Update** April 28th 2016 

Graduate next week May 7th! 


Louisjbianco.wordpress.com celebrates it 5 year Anniversary! 

  
Congrats to all of you that make Louisjbianco.wordpress.com a great place for Freedom, Business, Controversy and Fitness! 

Thank you all for your love and support! 

Remember as always, feel free to comment on any post and start discussions about the posts. If you have any topics you would like to see covered or reviewed send me an email at: Louisjbianco@gmail.com 


Restaurant Review: Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Palace

   
    
    
    
   

So I forgot to comment? 

Ok well, this place is amazing and makes me a much bigger Bobby Flay fan! The burgers are highly customizable! Unlike Zinburger! 

The white queso on the fries was delicious! And the bacon gave it a sweet and salty taste that was to die for and I wish I have been here more than once! 

The peanut butter shake was great and finally someone gave you a straw that you can actually suck it up through without blowing out a blood vessel! Lol

I added an egg to my burger. I don’t remember which one I got it looks like a spicy aioli on top, but I don’t see it on the current menu. 

What I don’t like is the seating! The seats suck and are totally uncomfortable! Bobby did that on purpose (a dick move) to increase turnover by making you uncomfortable you don’t want to stay! So you order takeout or you order, eat fast and leave! I do not condone that theory! I think instead of increasing business and turnover it will drive people to choose one of the many many other establishments in the area! Especially after a hard days work and all you want to do is relax and have a delicious meal! 

Also for larger customers as you can see, the seats are bolted to the floor! Ugh


Attractions: Fun Creation Studio Wayne, NJ

  
Welcome to Fun Creation Studio, a paint your own ceramic studio where creativity is king! We specialize in children’s birthday parties, handprints and keepsakes, and Ladies Night Out events!

 
  

About Us
 

Here at Fun Creation Studios, we are a team of fun individuals who want to make sure you have the most fun while painting your pottery. Our customers have found that painting can be very thereaputic! That’s why we love to say, it’s “Cheaper Than Therapy, and WAY More Fun!” We welcome all ages to come to our studio and paint! Our process is simple, you come in, unwind, select your pottery, select your colors, and paint away! Our team members will be there to help you, and bring you your colors. We have many different selections here at Fun Creation Studio. Some of our pieces include: dinnerware, mugs, and fun stuff for the kids like; piggy banks, various boxes, dragons, and so much more. 

We can’t wait to have YOU come and visit us!! 

Studio Mission:

Our studio’s mission to enrich the lives of the member of our community through art and the therapeutic use of art in promoting a sense of calm and well being. We also believe that art is a useful tool in teaching children life skills such as listening, problem solving, and out of the box thinking, while also helping them to learn it is ok to make mistakes, and that sometimes those mistakes can flower into something unique and beautiful. With that goal in mind, we offer a growing selection of classes and programs designed to encourage young artists to realize their potential both inside and outside the studio!

About the Owner:

Dana Monello took over ownership of Fun Creation Studio on November 1, 2015. Dana has always loved arts and crafts, and began her love of pottery thirty years ago when she took pottery lessons for ten years. Her daughter Ella loves to create art and inspired her to take the leap of faith and fufil her life long dream of owning her own business. When the oppertunity to own Fun Creation Studio came into her life she knew her dream had become a reality. Now Dana can enjoy sharing her appretiation of art with others that share the same love. Making memories is one of the best parts of life, and what a better place to do that than at Fun Creation Studio. 
-funcreationstudio.com

I had a lot of fun here! They have a bunch of things to paint and a few cool unique items! 

The best thing about this place is, you can go alone or enjoy the company you are with. 

I am upset about ladies night out however! That sounds fun! Drinking wine and painting! I want in! 

Well, here is my first attempt! 

  
Cookie Monster… Cookie and milk dipping mug! 

And the final product!   

Complete with Calandra’s rainbow cookie! 
 


Restaurant Review: Sabrosura 2 Westchester Ave 

  

Fried Yuca side order
Chicken fried rice above  

Fried shrimp above   
Steak and grilled shrimp   
  

Chicken and fried plantains 

  
    

My favorite Dominican lo mein! 

As you can see this place is huge!    

Sabrosura 2 is a nice place! Not as good as 1 but only because the place is large and the service sucks! It took forever at lunch time to get a waiter! There was only 2 for the huge place! 

Just look at the food above it was amazing and cheap! As long as you aren’t in a hurry go enjoy it! 


Product Review: Dragonfly Effect Naturals – Detox Toothpaste 

   
   
This has got to be the nastiest shit I have ever put in my mouth! 

It has diatomaceous earth in it! That’s the white shit you put in your pool filter! Crazy!! 

It also has bentonite clay! 

It was disgusting tasting! I taste no cinnamon! All I taste is sea salt! And it has a horrible texture. 

Ok all that being said. How does it work? 

FUCKING AMAZING!  Yes; I am cursing a lot this post, but it is purely for effect! This stuff is amazing! Once you get past the gross factor; it actually makes your teeth and mouth feel cleaner than it’s ever been! 

Furthermore; I have problems with keeping my teeth white as I brush too hard and always make my gums bleed and that stains my teeth yellow. 3-4 times brushing with this and my teeth are several shades whiter! 

I can’t believe it! This stuff is amazing on so many levels! Next time I will definitely get the spearmint or wintergreen flavor!

Each ingredient has a specific purpose for

HOLISTIC DENTAL CARE

Xylitol not a sugar at all although it tastes and behaves like one. It is a wood alcohol that is low in glycemic index. It also has incredible antibacterial, antivral, and antifungal properties. Xylitol is a great sugar alternative because it only feeds probiotics and not candida.

Essential Oils are extracts from fruit, leaves, stems, flowers, roots, and bark. Each essential oils serves a unique purpose, from antibacterial to antiviral, or to energize, calm, detoxify, or aid in body processes. They also smell and taste great!

Sea Salt adds grit to an otherwise smooth consistency and contributes a fair amount of trace minerals.

Baking soda is a perfect ingredient for mouth cleaning. It alkalinizes mouth acidity and combats fungal growth. It removes plaque and has anti-cavity properties.

Diatomaceous Earth is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells, otherwise called silica. Silica helps with calcium absorbtion, cleansing parasites and heavy metals, and more.

Bentonite Clay is usually derived from volcanic ash that has fallen into prehistoric bodies of water that eventually dried up, leaving behind mineral rich deposits. Bentonite is extremely efficient at removing toxins, heavy metals, and radiation from the body.

-dragonflyeffectnaturals.com


Restaurant Review: Sabrosura – Castle Hill road Bronx, NY

    

Fried pork above      

Pork chop above 
  
All of the food here is absolutely amazing!! A mix of Spanish (Dominican/Puerto Rican) and Chinese. 

The menu is just as huge as the portion size!  Pictured above is the Dominican Lo Mein! With huge chunks of chicken! It was absolutely delicious! And the price is right at this place! Go go go! 


Restaurant Review: Crazy Crepe Cafe – Manorville, NY

  

  
Last time I came out here at the beginning of last month. I forgot to post my review of Crazy Crepe Cafe! 

That was a savory buffalo chicken wrap with ranch! It was totally delicious. It could have been filled a little more for the price, but it was good! 

  
That is my custom Elvis wrap! Honey, Peanut Butter, Sliced Banana and I substituted the granola for Nutella! 

It was Amazing! You have to stop and get one! 

  
To top it all off a big Pina Colada Smoothie! They even have a whey protein add on for $1.00! 

With 5 locations in Long Island NY they must be doing great! 

Selden

Manorville

Ronkonkoma 

Mount Sinai 

Smithtown 

This place rocks! Bring your family here for a great treat! 


Restaurant Review: Sweet and Savory – a crepe and rice pudding bar – Port Jefferson Long Island NY

   
 
This place is awesome! I am only reviewing the rice pudding bar. 

   
    
   
As you can see they have many different flavors! I got the Holy Cannoli and it was just as good as Miami Rice’s Cannoli rice pudding. However; Miami Rice in Denville, NJ closed a couple years ago and I have been missing flavored rice pudding ever since. 

It tastes great! If you are in the area it is definitely worth going! 


Restaurant Review: Food Truck – Cool Haus (ice cream cookie sandwich) 

  
Just when I sad that Nestle killed Chipwich; and a reader said try Trader Joe’s knockoff and was disappointed; along comes Cool Haus! The custom  ice cream cookie truck where you first pick your cookie and then pick your ice cream!  


  Bam! Look at the size of that! 
I do have one grip however! I ordered the peanut butter ice cream and chocolate chocolate chip cookie. It was delicious! However; the peanut butter ice cream in no way shape or form tasted like peanut butter! It was good thought! But; expecting peanut butter it left me disappointed! 

However; the spirit of Chipwich has returned and you can customize it! 

 


Product Review: not all Pooper Scoopers are created equal! Get the facts! 

How many of you have a dog or new puppy? 

  
Having dogs you know eventually you have to pick up the poop or you will eventually step in it and curse and swear the rest of the day away! Are you tired of putting a bag over your hand and feeling the heat of the poop on your hand? What if there’s a hole in the bag! Yuk! What about bending down and getting a whiff in the face? Gag city!!! You don’t have to do that anymore! 

Enter the pooper scooper! 

  
If any of you know this dust pan like pooper scooper you know it’s ineffective! You can’t get deep into the grass and get all the poop! And if the poop is stuck to the grass you will never get it off! 

Enter the grabber like poop scooper! 

  
They sell this at most pet stores for $15-20, but don’t be fooled! This cheap  imposter is not worth your hard earned money! This cheap knockoff is missing the most important part of picking up poop in the grass! What is that? Teeth! 

Enter the best pooper scooper on the market! 

 
For around $27 (here it’s listed for $19.22, but they probably charge shipping) you can get the best pooper scooper that scrapes and rips the poop from the lawn without bending over and without getting your hands dirty! Just carry a garbage bag and wait a few days and do a full sweep of the yard and clean it all up in a snap! 
 


Preppers: Gardening for Success

Ok so you want a garden for free vegetables. Vegetables that you make and know there are no chemicals or pesticides in them. Well; how can we set ourselves up for success? 

I purchased a book by Robyn Jasko entitled home sweet home grown 

Her book is amazing! She teaches you everything you need to know! How far to space the plants, what to plant next to what and what to avoid, what to feed the plants, how to take care of them, and many many other tips! 

She is at the Union Square farmers market every Friday! She is super sweet and is always ready to help and answer any questions you have and she also sells her homemade hot sauces! She is getting me a Trinidad Scorpion Pepper & Ghost Pepper plant (hottest pepper in the world and second hottest pepper)

-homesweethomegrown.com

My garden is 20′ x 11′ This is the first time I am making a garden of this magnitude, but I have had small gardens before. So, I first planned out my garden and put up a really fine chicken wire fence to keep mostly my dog out and possibly a few rabbits out.  

 

Then I planted the plants approx every 8-12′ apart. Except the tomato plants I put them 24″ apart. I left room for me to walk through the garden and I sporadically planted marigolds to keep pests away (they don’t like the smell of them) and the marigolds also benefit the gardens balance. 

So I planted $63 of plants and the first day it was 83 degrees outside and I came home from work and the plants were all wilted! I thought I killed them all the first day! Luckily; I immediately watered them so much there were small puddles in the garden and this morning they were all sprung back up! The ground sucked in the water. I then woke up and when I saw them sprung up the ground was a little wet so, I watered them again with another impending 83 degree day today looking over my head. Luckily tomorrow is a 63 degree day. 

So here I was planning to make 2 concoctions to help my garden and the heat almost killed it before I could start. 

So; what was I going to make? Natural Rabbit/ Animal Repellant and weed killer. What’s the sense of growing vegetables of you aren’t the one eating them? 

How to Make Rabbit Repellent

Items needed:

  • empty milk jug, water
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap

Directions:

To make the repellent fill an old milk jug with water, add 5 crushed garlic cloves, a teaspoon of crushed red peppers (you can save a packet from the pizza delivery for this) and 1 Tablespoon of dish soap. Shake well; then let it sit in the sun for a day or two to make sure the water is saturated with the flavors and smells. Shake well, then spray or pour on the plants that you don’t want the rabbits to eat.

I had to reapply once a week for a couple of weeks to convince the rabbits that my tulips were never going to taste good again. With my other bulbs I sprayed them as soon as they started to poke through the ground and then reapplied the repellent once a week and after it rains

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I think I would substitute cayenne pepper as it is hotter and a finer powder and will coat the flowers better. 

Secondly: All Natural Weed Killer. Whatever you do, don’t mix these two bottles up!!!! 

How to make Natural Weed Killer: 

  
Get a spray bottle and combine one gallon white vinegar with one cup of salt and a few squirts of dish detergent. 

-lemongroveblog.com

It’s that easy! Preferably spray this on at 10am on a hot day and the sun will do the rest of the work and bake your weeds away! 

I will report in once I douse my garden and my fire pit! This evening! 

Between the 2 mixes and just plain water my garden should thrive! Oh and as long as you have a garden 

Never throw out: 

1. Egg shells

2. Banana Peels

3. Used coffee grounds

You can sprinkle them around the garden for natural fertilizer. 

Luckily; my wife is baking up a storm today so, I will have a bunch of egg shells to mash up and sprinkle throughout the garden. However; my garden is much too big. So I may have to buy cheap coffee from Costco and sprinkle it around. 

**Update** May 19th 2015

This past weekend I weeded the hell out of the garden for a good 1- 1 1/2 hours.

Then I sprinkled fertilizer around the garden. 

   

 

I watered the garden daily while it was hot and dry. The past couple days it has been raining and misting so God has helped me water it for free. I bought 2 bags of fertilizer, so the next hot day I will fertilize it again and water it again. Most of the plants are starting to shoot up! 

Ready for phase 2 the herb spiral.   Followed by phase 3 tomato cages and staking the plants that need it. My plan is to install hooks for the cucumbers to grow along the fence. I may install a lattice wall with hooks on it. Not sure yet. That’s part of phase 3 lol. 

**Tip** my wife is a hair dresser. She cut her families hair this weekend and I sprinkled the human hair clippings around the entry ways of the garden to help ward off animals. 

**Update** May 22nd 2015 

I started the bottom tier of my herb spiral and tomorrow I will complete it! 

Here is my basic layout!  


I got this off of Pinterest! Next to the dill I will add mint for my wife. She has been begging me for mint. Against my better judgement; (mint is an invasive pest just like bamboo) I am planting mint.  I am going to try and find watercress or water chestnuts for the pond. 

After I build the herb spiral I will re-fertilize everything and water it again. 

P.s. so far it hasn’t been hot enough (since I found the weed killer recipe) to use it. 

  
The herb spiral is complete! It contains: stevia, rosemary, thyme, hot and spicy oregano and Italian oregano, flat and curly parsley, sweet basil and Thai basil, lavender, cilantro, dill, mint and chocolate mint. 

**Update** May 24rd 2015

The garden is now completed with a trellis for the cucumber plants 

 
Then I put in labels for the herbs, because my wife thought they were cute. 

   

**Update** May 29th 2015

Hopefully I will be meeting up with Robyn Jasko at the Union Square Farmers Market to pick up a Scorpion Pepper and Ghost Pepper Plant today to super charge my Garden! 

Wednesday I was out in the garden in my underwear, a shirt and sandals during a thunderstorm with a handrake and I was raking all around the plants churning up the dirt so the water gets better penetration and pulling out the weeds. I left the weeds in the ground and just churned the dirt around. Hopefully the weeds will die and help fertilize the soil. 

We will see! The garden looks a million times better and the plants look huge since the storm! 

It’s going to be an adventure today transporting my plants back on the bus lol 

Today I have to change the water in the pond again, it must be done every 2-3 days so the water doesn’t get stagnant. The good part is; you can water your plants with the pond water!  So there is no wasting water. 

**Update** June 1st 2015

Ok so I have a bunch of ants in my garden and so far they haven’t done anything, but I am not taking a chance! I am whipping up a batch of organic any killer to exterminate the 20 or so any hills in my garden! 

Baking soda and powdered sugar! 

1/4 cup powdered sugar to 3/4 cup baking soda and sprinkle it around the ant hills they will eat it and bring it back and feed their queen and they will create carbon dioxide inside their bodies and the gas will kill them all! 

Boom! Bye bye ants! 


Preppers: Jarring Food for Success and Survival

Let’s face it; nowadays everything is expensive! Especially health food! How can we make the food we eat last longer and how can we store food longer in case of an emergency or civil unrest (for you preppers)? Jarring is the answer! 

What can we jar? Just about anything. I did read an article that you don’t want to jar stuff that has a low acid content such as asparagus. However you can up the acidity by adding vinegar “pickling” the ingredient. A popular ingredient to pickle is Eggs. If you have a couple chickens it’s a no-brainer! Get your daily eggs throw them in a jar and add vinegar and some hot peppers! I will be doing this later this summer and I will add the recipe and pictures here! 

One secret to pickling eggs is to take a clean sterile sewing needle and after you hard boil and peel your eggs poke the hell out of it with the needle. It will give it and easier path for the vinegar to soak in and penetrate the yolk and you won’t have dry yolks in the center. Which by the way is disgusting! If you are like me and you just pop the whole egg in your mouth if the yolk is dry it’s like taking a scoop of protein powder (for you people that don’t eat protein it’s like talking a scoop of nestle quick powder) and putting that dry powder in your mouth. You will gag! By piercing it with a needle you eliminate that problem and have perfect pickled eggs every time! You also eliminate the need to heat up your eggs! 

Ok; so what is the process to jarring food? How can I sanitize my equipment and ensure the safety of my long term food storage? 

I decided to make bread and butter pickles! 

Bread and Butter Pickles

 This summer was supposed to be the year that I start to can. I bought a book, read it, and had a list of recipes I wanted to try. Then I blinked, and summer is suddenly almost over. Big oops. Time definitely got away from me these last few months, and my canning project never quite came to fruition. That being said, I am looking forward to hitting the orchards for their fall bounties and finally getting my feet wet with some canning projects. When I saw this recipe for bread and butter pickles, I was immediately drawn to it because you don’t need canning equipment – you could make these pickles (in just about no time) and refrigerate them for two weeks. Score!
Bread and butter pickles have always been my absolute favorite sandwich pickle. Yeah, dill is great, but give me some bread and butter pickles. A little sweet, a little zesty and with a kick. Love them! And now I can make them at home, which I love even more.

You start out with some pickling cucumbers… I have asked around and if you happen to get vegetables from a CSA and have some especially small cucumbers, you could use those for pickling as well. (I love fresh produce, how pretty!)

  
You’ll slice up the cucumbers into pretty little pieces, about ¼-inch thick (you don’t want them to be super thin). I found this little wavy slicer thing (a very technical term) at the checkout in Bed Bath & Beyond about 5 years ago. I’m sure you could find something similar there or at a kitchen store, if you want the cute fancypants crinkle cut (which I happen to love).

  
Once the cucumbers are all sliced up, you sprinkle them with salt, toss, cover and pop in the refrigerator for about an hour and a half.
After that hour, you rinse the cucumbers with cold water, drain, and then toss together with the thinly sliced onion.

  
Set those aside and get your pickling concoction together. You’ll combine white vinegar, cider vinegar, white sugar, brown sugar, mustard seed, celery seed and ground turmeric in a saucepan and get it to a simmer, making sure the sugar dissolves.

Once you reach that point, pour the liquid over the cucumbers and onions and let it sit at room temperature for about an hour.

  
That’s it! You’re done! Transfer the pickle and onion mixture (including the liquid) into the container you wish to store them in and pop them in the refrigerator. After about 24 hours you will have absolutely delicious pickles!

-browneyedbaker.com

  I chopped up the cucumbers and tossed with sea salt 
  
I heated up the white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, mustard seed, celery seed, sugar, brown sugar and tumeric 

  
I chopped up onion, and 2 peppers I grew in my garden (some red pepper and fresh jalapeño) I will also be adding one habanero per jar 

  

I baked the empty jars and lids at 225 degrees for 15 minutes. 

  

  
I added a habanero pepper to the jar and filled it up


Preppers: Couponing for Success and Survival

How do you coupon for success? Well; first off it’s a no brainer! You get coupons! There are a few ways to get coupons. You can get coupons in the Sunday paper. Make sure you look at the papers some papers have different circulars and some have multiple. Some papers cost more while others are cheaper. Don’t buy more than 4 of the same circular unless you are prepared to make multiple purchases. Also; if you go to bjs and self checkout; you can scan each coupon multiple times. Just drop in a different coupon that you won’t use into the slot. 

The key to successful couponing isn’t just getting coupons! You must coordinate the coupons with the in store sales! Look at the store you are going to and see their weekly sales and see if they coordinate with your coupons. For example. You get a shampoo for $2.99 it’s on sale for $1.99 and you have a $1.00 off coupon. Most stores double coupons and now you have $2.00 off a $1.99 item. Guess what? The company now owes you a penny! Multiple that by a bunch of items and you will have a pretty nice gift card to use for your next purchase. 

That in a nutshell is couponing for success! 

What are the best items to coupon for? 

Personal and Cleaning products such as: shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, detergent (pods), oxyclean, dish soap, dishwasher pods, floor cleaner etc… 

Also disposable razors and toothbrushes are practically free or they pay you to take them out. 

More products: napkins, toilet paper, tissues, paper towels 

Make sure to save some room for your stock pile! And remember these products don’t expire! 

Some other almost free items: vitamins, medicine (aspirin, Advil, aleve) cereal, oatmeal, poptarts, peanut butter etc.. 
It does take a little work and coordination just make sure you are organized! Get envelopes or a binder with sports card pockets and separate your coupons into categories: 

Personal products, food, cleaning products, paper products etc… 

If you shop at multiple stores such as: shoprite, stop and shop, Walgreens, Walmart, BJs etc.. Spilt them into larger envelopes and put your subdivided envelops inside. Or partition off your binder by stores. 

Good luck and feel free to share your conquests and pitfalls here! 

For Easter we had a $500 bill and ended up paying $200! 

Above all: have fun and save money! 


Restaurant Review: Wok to Walk – NYC 

1

Choose your base

  1. Egg noodlesWith fresh vegetables & egg
  2. Whole-wheat noodlesWith fresh vegetables & egg
  3. Rice noodlesWith fresh vegetables & egg
  4. Udon noodlesWith fresh vegetables & egg
  5. White riceWith fresh vegetables & egg
  6. Whole grain riceWith fresh vegetables & egg
  7. Vegetable dishBroccoli, mushroom, carrot, chinese cabbage, soy bean-sprouts, onion, chive and cabbage (no egg)

    2

    Choose your favorites

    1. Chicken 
    2. Steak 
    3. Pork 
    4. Shrimp 
    5. Tofu 
    6. Shiitake mushrooms 
    7. Button mushrooms 
    8. Bok choy 
    9. Broccoli 
    10. Pepper mix 
    11. Pineapple 
    12. Baby corn 
    13. Bamboo shoots 
    14. Cashews 
    15. Favorite of the month


    3

    Choose your sauce

    1. ShanghaiBlack bean and soybean
    2. Hong KongSweet and sour sauce
    3. BangkokYellow curry and coconut
    4. TokyoTeriyaki, sweet soy sauce
    5. BeijingOyster sauce
    6. Hot AsiaHot sauce
    7. SaigonGarlic and black pepper
    8. BaliPeanut sauce

      Toppings

      1. Peanuts
      2. Fried garlic
      3. Fried onions
      4. Sesame seeds mix
      5. Fresh cilantro


      -Woktowalk.com

      This place rocks! Check it out! I get the vegetable with steak or shrimp, cilantro and Bali (peanut butter) sauce. 

      It’s my favorite place to go! 

         

       I could have sworn I did a review of this company before! My personal pictures have been deleted. I will get more, but you will have to wait 10 weeks. I just started my cut. Time to get jacked! 


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