The Vine: March 19, 2010
A few months ago, I remember hearing (on NPR?) about a newish website which allowed users to rent/put up for rent rarely used appliances and household items to help others and make some extra money (things like ice-cream makers, bread machines, luggage, etc.) I thought "oh, cool" and naturally forgot to write down the address for the site.
Now, I'm looking to try my hand at pressure canning but would really like to avoid shelling out $80 for a pressure cooker and striking out on finding this site again. Do you or does the readership have an idea what I'm talking about? Thanks!
Too bad not everything uses the boiling water canning method like tomatoes do
Hi Sars — I was hoping you and the readers might be able to help; I'm a vegetarian, and I'm allergic to nuts. I'm looking for protein bars that don't have nuts, and that don't, um, make your bowels…evacuate.
Balance bars have fish oil (no for vegetarians). Lots of bars have peanuts and/or peanut butter. I'm trying Met-Rx bars now, which are OK, but they make the bowels unhappy (something about being made with sugar alcohols?). Does anyone have any bars they recommend?
Rumbly in the Tumbly
I'm not sure if this is an "ask the readers" question or if you can just answer it. I don't live in the U.S., and a very good friend of mine has just moved from Brooklyn to a new home she's just bought in NJ. I'd like to get her a housewarming gift and I'm thinking a gift-card or voucher.
I know I could just get an Amazon or department store one, but I was wondering if there's somewhere a bit more fabulous/local that you (or some fellow Jersey-girl readers) can recommend?
Wish I could shop there myself
It really depends on where in Jersey she's living; I could recommend a gift certificate to the Mall At Short Hills, which has a lot of posh stores, but I don't know if that's her taste, whether she'd rather have a gift cert specific to home furnishings, or whether she's anywhere near Short Thrills (if she moved to Absecon, free shopping in Essex County is likely more trouble than it's worth).
But the readers can take a shot at suggesting Jersey-specific shops or locations. Readers?
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