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EZ-DUZ-IT can opener review

I’ve been waiting for America’s Test Kitchen on PBS to review can openers. I finally saw a review the other day and instantly bought their winner an EZ-DUZ-IT can opener for myself.

I’ve been using an old electric opener and fighting it every day when I opened cat food. It was always hard to place the can in the proper position, usually taking me 3 or 4 tries before it would actually turn and cut the can.

Since I have arthritis in my hands I need a bit of help opening cans with a manual model. In the past, I tried one that cut the side of the can, but that didn’t last long before the cutting blade wore out.

Here’s a video of the first can I opened with my new opener. Sorry, I said mixer at the end instead of an opener, but I didn’t want to do a retake and open a can I didn’t need. I figure you’d get the message.

The large handle for the crank made it easy to turn.

I will now use this opener from now on.

Thanks, America’s Test Kitchen for trying out a bunch of openers for me. This one cost around $12 on Amazon. I’m counting on it to hold up for years to come.

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Marshmallow Public Service Announcement

I had the great idea of dehydrating regular sized marshmallows in my oven. I set the temp very low, loaded in the marshmallows, closed the door, and let them dehydrate.

It wasn’t long before I could smell burning marshmallows. I opened the door and found a disaster. My marshmallows didn’t dry. They melted and fell in gobs to the oven floor–no photo of disaster because I was too worried that I’d soon have a fire and too embarrassed.

No fire ensued. I caught the problem in time. It took a lot of work cleaning all the globs of white sweetness out of my oven.

Take this as a Public Service Announcement.

Do not try to dry regular size marshmallows in your oven! They melt.

A dedicated dehydrator does work.

To get crunchy, dry marshmallows, I set my Ninja air-fryer/dehydrator on dehydrate, set it for 4 hours and had success.

Once the machine stopped, I let the marshmallows cool before biting into their crisp, sweet whiteness.

This is better than waiting for Peeps to dry for months.

Just be careful how you try to dry your marshmallows. The small marshmallows will dry a lot faster.

Good luck with your marshmallow adventures.

Copyright © 2020 by Susan Manzke, all rights reserved

The sad saga of the picnic table

On August 2, I ordered a folding picnic table (Store name withheld at this point). It was to be delivered on the 8th, and then the 12, and then 13th….. Finally, it was to come today, the 17th, between 10 and 12.

A huge box was delivered by a freight company. It had my name on it. I couldn’t wait to open it and unfold my table–no assembly was required.

I planned on eating my lunch outside on my new table.

I couldn’t wait. I had anticipated this picnic table for weeks. I took photos of this big event as I planned on sharing my purchase here, with you.

It was extremely heavy, and I struggled to get it out of the box.

It wasn’t my folding picnic table.

It took all my strength to get that two-sided, 110 pound table top back in the box.

I wanted to cry.

Frustrated, I called the store, but heard the hold message and then went on their web site but was told to call the 800 number. Finally, calling I sat on hold for forty minutes.

They said my picnic table came straight from the manufacturer. They couldn’t understand how there was a mistake.

I’m to wait for a call from them to pick this THING back up–It’s too heavy for me to move it. Once returned, I get my refund.

But what I really want is my Picnic Table!

The sad saga of the folding picnic table continues.

Copyright © 2020 by Susan Manzke, all rights reserved

Book: Ghost Boy

I just finished reading Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius.

Ghost Boy

I learned a lot from this book, especially that we should not judge a book by its cover. One person discovered Martin was trapped inside his body, that he was awake inside, not a ‘vegetable’. After years of being sick, Martin started to wake up. It took time, but eventually, he knew all that was happening around him, though at the time he couldn’t communicate with the world.

I’ve included a link to NPR’s Invisibilia’s. Here Lulu Miller tells the story of Martin Pistorius, whose body began to slowly shut down when he was 12 years old. For years, he was locked in his own body with nothing but his thoughts. (2015 interview)

Ghost Boy is written by Martin. Through it we get a glimpse of the life he lived and how he is today.

I found the book inspirational. Anyone working with someone who has a communication challenge should read it. (It’s also a recorded book.)

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Tea with the Dames

I have wanted to view this video for a few months. I saw it for a price on Amazon Prime.

Since I didn’t want to pay to watch this I finally remembered what I could do. I borrowed it from the library. It was actually in my local library and was on the shelf. I was able to pick it up curbside the same day.

The four dames are Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright, and Dame Eileen Atkins. All these women are fantastic actresses, starting in their youth and continuing through their lives.

These four have been friends since the 1950s. In this video, they visit and talk about their lives, loves, and friendships.

It is about 86 minutes, but I wish it was longer.

I recommend this video to anyone who has enjoyed the many acting endeavors of these women.

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