Summer Giveaway Week: Win a 4-Tray Excalibur Dehydrator from Cultures for Health ($129.99 value)

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The timing couldn’t be better for this giveaway! With abundant summer produce just around the corner, whether it’s from your backyard garden or the farmer’s market, now is the time to think about how you’ll preserve the season’s bounty. I own a 9-tray Excalibur Dehydrator myself and it is a favorite kitchen tool of mine. I use my dehydator for: “sun-dried” tomatoes drying veggies like beans, zucchini, etc. fruit leathers dried fruits (plums, banana chips, apples, berries– anything that sounds good!) dry herbs for cooking drying […]

Dry to Preserve: A Quick Guide to Dehydration

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Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer So you’ve started your garden, and other than a few minor hiccups (which always seem to happen regardless of skill or experience), things are probably going pretty well, right? Are you preparing to preserve the fruits of your labors (pun intended)?  Preserving your own food is an inexpensive and healthful way to feed your family, prepare for emergencies and practice self-sufficiency. There are many options available to those wanting to preserve their own foods.  Some experienced in food preservation […]

Winners for 1000th Post Party Giveaways!

At long last, I’m excited to announce the winners! I’m so sorry for the delay, to all those who have been anxiously waiting to find out who won. I’m a little behind in my work. Let’s just say that this is Reason #17 I shouldn’t run a huge week of giveaways a week before I move to a new home! :) So here they are (drum roll, please)… Eden Sustainable Cloth Diapering Package (out of 2561 entries) Nina C (netc23@) Marie-Madeline Studio $100 Gift Certificate […]

1000th Post Party Giveaway: Deluxe Excalibur 3900 9-Tray Dehydrator ($220 Value)

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It’s been a hard secret to keep, but at last I can announce that after the smashing success of our Excalibur Dehydrator giveaway last fall, it’s time to give away another one! I’ve owned a 9-Tray Excalibur for about a year and a half now. I keep it on my kitchen counter the way that most people have a microwave or toaster oven. Yes, I use it almost that often! As someone who uses my dehydrator so extensively, I can’t imagine going back to the […]

Winner of the Excalibur Dehydrator!

Well, we all knew someone had to win it. :) I’m pretty sure there were about 500 women crossing their fingers (and toes) this weekend! Just so you know, there were almost 1000 entries in this giveaway. Wow! There were 514 comments, plus 322 previous entries from those who completed the survey for our family’s business, as well as all the extra entries earned by those who purchased any of my books. That’s a whole lot of entries! We used random.org to choose a number […]

The Last Great Giveaway

I’ve owned a cheaper dehydrator for years. It came from a thrift store and it did the job. It wasn’t particularly fun or enjoyable to use, but it worked for me. This last year it started to show it’s age with cracking trays and ripped mesh sheets. My husband and I discussed it and he suggested that maybe I should just buy a good one, since I use it so often. Seriously? I was stoked! I knew exactly what I wanted. And I knew exactly […]