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Those who visit our Facebook page may know that each day begins with three quotes. Many have indicated that they look forward to these and I must say that I look forward to sitting at the keyboard every morning and finding the three sayings that will inspire us through the day.
Another favorite item of business at Granny’s Parlour is preparing the Weekend Highlights. I also speak for All Seasons Homestead Helpers when I say that we are very fortunate and grateful to be in business at a time when social media are emerging as a communication tool.
Technology advances rapidly, changing the business and inter-relational scene every day, but one thing is very clear as far as we can see from here: There are so many hard-working and generous people out there harnessing the power of the Internet to share knowledge and inspiration. These people (that would be you) are not concerned with competing; they are deeply committed to sharing. They are using the Internet and social media in the same manner as the environment uses nature. Harmony and symbiosis are their roots.
Granny’s Parlour was launched on September 9, 2011. All Seasons Homestead Helpers has been in business since 1989. It is spring and time to examine the path ahead. To this end, Granny’s Parlour is taking pause for a few weeks. Our Facebook page may be less active as well during this time. As you might imagine, it will not be easy for me to refrain from saying hello. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Most of all, thank you for your loyalty, wisdom and inspiration.
Of Time - “There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.” - Sarah Dessen (Just Listen)
Of Spring - “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” - Rainer Maria Rilke
Of Change - “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” - Andy Warhol
Something different this way comes at Granny’s Parlour. Many now familiar faces return to this Blog every week. Over time, some of you have contacted Granny to make a suggestion or two. Sometimes it is Sharyn Dimmick, of The Kale Chronicles, who kindly points out a stray typo with her tongue-in-cheek sense of humor that makes me laugh at my mistakes instead of feeling embarrassed about them (thank you Sharyn). This is a good example of the camaraderie that exists in this blogosphere.
One suggestion that stands out pertains to the other segments on this Blog besides the regular articles. “I love the Frugal gardening and kitchen tips,” says one reader, but how come I do not receive an email when you post a new one?” This is just the way these blogs are set up, of course, but the question has come up often enough that I have decided to let go of the extra pages and incorporate the segments in the body of the Blog instead.
In a way this feels as though someone walked by my yard every day and kindly pointed out, “Why did you plant those flowers so far from your garden?” Thus, The Frugal Kitchen, The Frugal Yard & Garden, Artfully Repurposed and Random Eats & Sweets will be short and vibrant little blooms I include in the main body of this Blog; shorter, dynamic articles to spice up the week.
I would like to extend an invitation to you, our readers. I think this virtual garden of ideas can be a rich and vibrant environment if it grows from seeds we share. For this reason, I would like to encourage you to share your frugal kitchen, yard and garden tips as well as recipes.
You can do so right now by clicking on the Seed Packet. Also, for your convenience, I have created a “Share Your Garden” page, where you will find a contact form to use for this purpose. I will select entries randomly, alternating between garden, food and kitchen and give due credit and links so you may grow your garden of readers in the process.
There is so much wisdom and humor in the nick of time, just when you need it most, in the many Blogs I have discovered here over the past several months. By the same token, there is so much to read that it is nearly impossible to catch everything. The one trick, the one little bit of advice that in a few words changes everything, the simple joy one experiences when reading a few words that awaken fond memories. There is something truly unique about cooking, transforming the harvest, gardening, harvesting, canning and homesteading at any level; from the many acres of abundant crops to the container garden.
We dig directly into life the moment we talk about any of these. The garden, the kitchen, everywhere sustenance begins serves as metaphor for everything else. You know this. It is while gardening that you find meaning to your life and relationships; it is while cooking that you suddenly understand how to resolve a conflict. And in the case of Bloggers and writers, it is while writing and reading that we make sense of our world. This is our garden.
Click on the seed packet to “Share Your Garden.”
In 1989, All Seasons Homestead Helpers became a valued and trusted source for quality gardening and food preparation products as a GardenWay dealer. The company’s mission is to supply people with products finely crafted enough to pass on to one’s children and carry the parts necessary to maintain these quality products.
In January 2006, the company purchased the Squeezo® Strainer, one of the original GardenWay products. This all metal strainer has been a staple in kitchens for over 60 years and plays an essential part in helping prepare fruits and vegetables for canning. Many sales are made to people who used one years ago in their Grandmother’s kitchen.
And now, without further ado, may I share some good news? In fact, Granny’s got a press release!
Jeffersonville, Vt. – Best Products, a division of All Seasons Homestead Helpers, Inc., announces the introduction of the new Original All-Metal Squeezo® Strainer at the International Home & Housewares Show 2012 being held at Chicago’s McCormick Place March 10-13. Best Products, a Division of All Seasons Homestead Helpers, Inc. is a first-time exhibitor at the International Home & Housewares Show and the Squeezo® will also be included in the New Product Showcase at the Show.
All metal and made in the USA, the Original All-Metal Squeezo® Strainer can be used to make juices, sauces, purées, applesauce, jelly, soups, baby food and more. This food strainer can be used for both fresh food processing and canning.
First trademarked in 1920, the Original All-Metal Squeezo® Strainer is an heirloom product to be used for many generations. It has been improved with quality stainless components including stainless steel screens and a stainless steel drive shaft. Because the food strainer is all metal it will not discolor or retain odors. All parts are easily replaceable to ensure a long product life.
“The Original All-Metal Squeezo Strainer® boasts quality parts on current units that actually fit units manufactured 30 years ago,” said Kathy Pyorala, All Seasons Homestead Helpers President. “This is a must-have tool for gardeners, organic food groups, home preservers/canners and localvores everywhere.”
Once upon a time…
Abruzzo, a region in Italy, has earned a worldwide reputation for its Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine. It is also credited for successfully modernizing and developing high-quality agricultural products.
In 1907, a young die maker from Abruzzo arrived in America with his wife, three children and most prized possession: the tomato strainer he had designed and that would become the inspiration for the Squeezo Strainer. By 1919, after a long search for a manufacturer who could develop his product, he turned to his own personal resources. He built a production plant in his own backyard. The family-run operation used an old belt-driven steam engine to manufacture the first Squeezo Strainers.
By the 1930′s, the Squeezo Strainer had become a trusted appliance and name in Italian-American kitchens. It was, simply, the right tool for making old-country tomato sauce and purées. Inevitably, the word spread about this easy-to-use machine and before long many households used a Squeezo Strainer for their canning projects.
For nearly 60 years and through two generations, the family continued to produce the Squeezo Strainer. In the tradition of the old-country, they constantly improved and upgraded their product’s quality.
Click HERE to find out more about the history of the truly incredible device that is the Squeezo Strainer.
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