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Review: Propresser Garlic Press

Propresser Professional Garlic Press

Special thanks to Orblue for providing a sample for review purposes.

I don’t know how many times I’ve diced and minced garlic over the years. I do the smash with the knife thing to remove the skin before setting to work either dicing or mincing. After using this garlic press, I’m wondering why I didn’t get one of these sooner – much sooner. It would have saved me a lot of time and energy because I love garlic in my cooking.

We’ve been receiving beautiful organic garlic in our CSA boxes for the last few months, and I’ve been enjoying the flavor that can only come from fresh garlic in our dishes. Every time I prepare the garlic, I end up with having garlic hands for some time after preparing the meal. It was one of those necessary evil things because, as I said, we love garlic.

Thankfully, I now have a way to prepare the garlic that takes less time, makes less mess, and leaves my hands without that garlic smell. I just pop two cloves of garlic with the skin on into the basket of the Propresser Garlic Press (Amazon affiliate link) and squeeze to add wonderful garlic right into the pan/pot. Then I repeat if necessary.

Now, it’s important to note that due to my small hands, the initial action of the press requires to hands to squeeze it together. It is what it is. I was actually expecting it to require a bit more force to push the garlic through the press, but it was fairly simple and didn’t require a lot of force to get it done even with two, skin-on cloves in the basket.

Propresser Professional Garlic Press Basket

Immediately after pressing the garlic into the pan with the onions, I went and cleaned the press. I didn’t want to try to deal with cleaning anything that was dried onto the press. I just picked the skins out of the basket and started rinsing the press with water. One of the parts that I really like about this stainless steel garlic press is the fact that it has a movable basket that swings out for easy cleaning. Unfortunately, this basket does have one flaw. Instead of making it a solid, one-piece basket, it has two small openings where the metal is bent up to form the basket. (See picture above.) And yes, stuff does get caught in the slits. You can clean it out with a knife, but this issue could have easily been avoided with a solid basket unit.

The Propressor Professional Garlic Press is made of 100% stainless steel. I do need to note that it is made in China as I know it’s important to some people, but it does come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee for the life of the product. Other than the one flaw in the basket, I thought this was a really well-made garlic press that not only looks nice but it also functions well.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. A positive review is not required nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own based upon my experiences. Your results may vary.

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Wordless Wednesday: August Morning Light

Sun Peaking Through Clouds

Cloudy Dawn

Cloudy Blue Skies

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Book Review: NIV Pink Bible: An Invitation to Hope

NIV Pink BibleSpecial thanks to BookLook for providing a review copy of this Bible.

Bible Description:

Designed to uplift both survivors and co-survivors, the NIV Pink Bible offers timeless words of comfort, hope, and encouragement through specially written inspirational insights by a breast cancer survivor.

This pink Italian Duo-Tone™ Bible is a beautiful choice for any woman whose life has been affected by breast cancer. Designed to uplift both survivors and co-survivors, the NIV Pink Bible offers timeless words of comfort, hope, and encouragement through specially written inspirational insights by a breast cancer survivor. The NIV Pink Bible: An Invitation to Hope (affiliate link) contains the complete text of the New International Version—with reflections and stories to encourage, and an index to hundreds of Bible verses to comfort.

Bible Details:

Leather Bound: 1184 pages
Publisher: Zondervan; Lea edition (August 24, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310431786
ISBN-13: 978-0310431787
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
Retail Price: $34.99

My Thoughts:

The bright two-tone pink caught me a bit by surprise when I removed the Bible from its box. I was expecting a more muted two-tone pink instead it’s actually a hot pink and pink combination. The leather cover is soft and flexible. I like that it’s a slender Bible, and that it lays flat for easy reading. It’s a light-weight Bible which is great for someone who is going through chemo/radiation treatments who doesn’t have a lot of strength. The pages are thin, but not too thin.

The NIV Pink Bible: An Invitation to Hope is a standard NIV Bible that has 4 double-sided pages that offer words of encouragement with scripture passages including:

  • A Prayer of Hope
  • Handling Suffering
  • Holding on to Hope
  • Facing the Reality
  • Overwhelming Odds
  • Staying Positive
  • Asking for Help
  • Surrounded with Prayer

The Index includes scripture passages offering hope and encouragement broken down by:

  • Angels Comfort People
  • Comforting Others
  • God Offers Hope to the Fearful
  • God Offers Hope with His Forgiveness
  • God Offers Hope to Those Who Fear Him
  • God Offers Hope with His Guidance
  • God Offers Hope with His Healing and Restoration
  • God Offers Hope with His Joy
  • God Comforts by Listening
  • God Offers Hope with His Love
  • God Offers Hope with His Mercy
  • God Offers Hope to the Needy
  • God Offers Hope with Peace
  • God Offers Hope with His Power
  • God Offers Hope with His Presence
  • God Offers Hope with His Promises and Faithfulness
  • God Offers Hope with His Protection
  • God Offers Hope with His Provision
  • God Offers Hope with His Salvation
  • God Offers Hope with His Spirit
  • God Offers Hope to Those Who are Suffering
  • God Offers Hope to the Weak
  • God Offers Hope with His Word

It also includes a listing of various prayers in the Bible, a tour of the Bible (90 reading plan for an overview of the Bible), a reading plan for reading the entire Bible in 3 years, and an overview of both the Old and New Testaments.

It’s a nice Bible for someone who needs a little extra hope in their life during their personal struggle with cancer.

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Freezing Tomatoes

100 Pounds of Frozen Tomatoes

Did you know that you can freeze tomatoes for use later? You can freeze them peeled or unpeeled, whole or cut up.

Normally, you blanch the tomatoes to get the skins off in preparation for processing them, but I cheat and throw them in the freezer whole. When they thaw (or when you run the frozen tomatoes under warm water), the skins slide right off, and then you can process them however you want.

Freezing is also useful if you don’t have enough to do a full batch of sauce or whatever. You can just throw the tomatoes in the freezer until you have enough. Plus, if it’s really hot outside, you can delay the processing until a cooler day – if you have room in the freezer.

Just thrown into the freezer like shown above, I’ve had the tomatoes in the freezer for a couple of months with no issues, but normally, you’ll want to store them in a way that protects them from freezer burn. If you plan on keeper them in the freezer for any length of time, you’ll want to get them bagged or placed in airtight containers to avoid freezer burn. Properly stored, the tomatoes can keep in the freezer for several months.

It’s important to make sure that you are freezing firm and not mushy tomatoes for best results. The tomatoes will be mushy when thawed, so this method is best for use in sauces, soups, or any cooked tomato recipe where you don’t need fresh tomatoes. Don’t forget to wash the tomatoes prior to freezing – especially if you’re cutting them up.

Right now, I have 100 pounds of tomatoes (shown above) waiting to be processed into spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, and tomato soup. I’m taking advantage of all the lovely bulk tomatoes available through my CSA right now, and I plan on processing them when the weather gets a little cooler. Yum!

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Book Review: Little Book of Book Making by Charlotte Rivers

Little Book of Book Making by Charlotte RiversSpecial thanks to Blogging for Books for providing a review copy of this book.

Book Description:

Crafters, artists, writers, and book lovers can’t resist a beautifully handbound book. Packed with wonderfully eclectic examples, this book explores the intriguing creative possibilities of bookmaking as a modern art form, including a wide range of bindings, materials, and embellishments. Featured techniques include everything from Coptic to concertina binding, as well as experimental page treatments such as sumi-e ink marbling and wheat paste. In addition to page after page of inspiration from leading contemporary binderies, Little Book of Bookmaking includes a practical section of 21 easy-to-follow illustrated tutorials.

About the Author:

Charlotte Rivers is the author of 14 design books, including Little Book of Letterpress and I Heart Stationery, and has contributed to a number of design magazines, including Cent, Grafik, and UPPERCASE. She blogs regularly about art and design as Lottie Loves at http://charlotterivers.blogspot.co.uk.

Book Details:

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (August 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770435149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770435141
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Retail Price: $22.99
  • Electronic Version also available

Little Book of Book Making by Charlotte Rivers

My Thoughts:

I originally thought this would be a really fun book for Munchkin as she loves the idea of making her own books. What I didn’t realize was how fun this book was going to be for me to browse. The first four chapters are filled with amazingly creative works of art in the form of books. I have no idea where these people come up with the ideas, but they are just way too cool. They use all different mediums to create the books. There are even books that look like slices of cake. Very cool.

I liked how each artist/book maker had their own feature. It told their story, and the story of their books. Of course, there were always full color images to capture your imagination and help your creative juices flow. The main technique(s) used in that particular book is then referenced to the book making section of this book.

The Bookmaking in Practice chapter of the book is where you get to put your skills to work. It starts with a basic overview of the tools and materials of the trade. It then dives into several different types of books, stitches, binding, papers, and covers. Each of the techniques shown contain written instructions as well as images to help you with the process.

This is where Munchkin felt a little disappointed as she would have liked to see step-by-step images to go along with the written instructions. Yes, many of the stages of the process were shown, but not all of them. When you’re first starting out in this process, it’s nice to have everything laid out in one place – especially for a visual, hands-on learner.

Because you can pick from the different types of books, stitches, covers…, you have to flip around to figure out the type of book that ultimately you want to create. While this isn’t a big deal once you get the hang of things, it’s a little intimidating the first time around. She would have liked to see one book created from start to finish with detailed instructions and illustrations before jumping into all the choices.

I personally liked the option of building your own book based upon the style that you desired, so it really is a personal preference thing. Overall, we both liked the book and all the ideas and skills that it presented.

Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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