Appalachian Spring: Ramp Season!


Just got in from a lovely hike along the ridge, down the north face broadside and into the bottomland armed with a garden hand spade and my two trusty dogs. Who are not particularly known to be good truffle-sniffers, and wouldn’t know a morel if it bit ‘em on the nose, but who can definitely sniff out some stinky ramps without any trouble at all. Who can’t?

They’re not up in clumps yet, but the leaders are poking up through the dried and matted leaf mulch from last fall. I dug just enough for ramp scrambled eggs for grandson and I, marked the rest with those little day-glo surveyor’s flags on wire for harvesting in a few weeks when everything’s green-green and they’d be hard to find.

Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are wild, forest grown alliums related to onions, leeks and garlic. Their foliage is broad and pretty, red-tinged toward the ground. They grow from South Carolina north to Canada, and are considered quite the spring delicacy here in the mountains where spring Ramp Festivals through North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia are very popular. Like with garlic, if everybody’s got ramp-breath it’s not nearly so offensive. And ramp lovers are known to scarf them down by the bunch.

Now, I’ll be chopping, partially drying and then freezing most of my ramps in anticipation of morels when they show up, as sliced morels and ramps sauteed in butter is just beyond believable as Super Taste Treat Sensations go. Use the bulb, stems and about half of the leaves. Some people love them best with eggs, in potato soup or in wish fried potatoes and peppers. They’re good any way you care to cook them, but if you’re the only one in the family eating them you may find the family giving you wide berth for a few days as the odor lingers. I have even heard tell of pickled ramps!

These delicate and incredibly tasty little leek-onion-garlic things are not grown commercially, though there are farms in the high country that have encouraged ramp crops in abundance in the same type of mulchy forest loam that grows good ginseng and other wild medicinals, and morels. They’re only available in the spring, April and early May around these parts.

I don’t harvest for the local festival, as my ramps aren’t abundant enough for that and we love them far too much ourselves. It’s sort of like ginseng or morels… if you’ve got a good woodland patch, you don’t tell people about it or they’ll clean you out when you aren’t looking. There are enough, however, to satisfy our need for spring tonic from the land, and the morels will be in about the same time judging from how fast this early-early spring is turning into hot-hot summer. Everything’s in overdrive. So perhaps we’ll have morels and ramps for the grandkids coming for Easter treats, who knows?

ALERT! Pie Crust Update!

Pie Crust Update!

Ah, pie! Who doesn’t love pie? Custard pie, pumpkin pie, berry pie, meringue pie, ‘mater pie… and any good – or merely beloved – pie chef has his or her favorite crust ‘secrets’ that draw the oohs and ash from their intended pie-audience.

Now, there are different sorts of pie crusts for different sorts of pies. There’s the kind of solidly “bready” pie crusts one wants to use for pot pies and quiches and such. There are “sweet” pie crusts of graham cracker crumbs and butter, with a little brown sugar mixed in, that are scrumptious with pumpkin and other smooth spice-heavy pies. There are much more substantial bready (with additions like oatmeal), sweetened crust-like stuff you dollop on top of those hard-won blackberries and raspberries in mid-summer for cobblers.

Then there are the super-flaky, very light and subtle crusts that can be used for any type of pie, but are best for specialty items like tomato pie and some berry/fruit pies. I admit my luck with butter crusts has not been very good. They often turn out hard and chewy rather than light and flaky. Don’t know if that’s because I work it too much, or something else. But I don’t even bother trying anymore, just go with the crust recipes that work reliably rather than on a hit-or-miss basis.

To that end I have a very good crust recipe from Debrah Madison’s 1997 tome, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone that I use for ‘mater pie and light quiches. It doesn’t sound like it would be the flakiest crust ever, but it invariably turns out that way. It’s difficult to work with, being made with vegetable oil (for lightness I use safflower) instead of butter or margarine. This gives the dough an oily texture that doesn’t lend itself to easy working. But if you roll it out between sheets of waxed paper, it gets nice and thin and is easily peeled out into a pie tin or onto a pie filling. Not something you’d want to use for stuffed anythings, as those do far better with real bread crusts like for pizza.

Pie Crust Made with Oil

• 1.5 cups flour
• 1/4 cup wheat bran
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1/2 cup safflower oil
• 2 tbsp. milk, soy milk or water

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix oil and milk/water together in a separate bowl, add to the dry ingredients. Mix until the dough sticks together. Shape into a flat disk and roll between sheets of waxed paper to 1/4 inch thickness. Pull off one sheet of waxed paper, and invert over pie tin. carefully pull back the waxed paper to leave the crust in place. Work into the tin carefully, press-patching rips as you go. Trim. This is one 9″ deep pie’s worth of crust, double recipe for a two-crust pie.

Doesn’t take long, and this crust is surprisingly praise-worthy. Given, of course, my notorious failures in All Things Baked notwithstanding. This recipe is one that fails much less often than others I’ve tried, and the family likes it better than any purchased frozen pie crusts other than graham.

But there’s a recent Big Update that I’m anxious to try – Food Hacks reports that using vodka instead of water (or, in the above case milk) makes those extra crispy/flaky pie crusts even better! Which dedicated foodies will nod along with just as I did, while of course figuring the Thanksgiving pie quotient and wondering if Tuaca would work as well, but with more oomph…

According to Food Hackers

Swapping ice cold vodka for water in pie crust recipes ensures a flakier crust. The liquid makes the dough more pliable to work with, and then evaporates while baking, giving you a lighter result than water.

That makes sense. Tuaca has vanilla and citrus and other spices in it, so when its alcohol content evaporates during baking, it should leave a flaky crust with a lot of flavor. Perfect for pumpkin or sweet potato pies!

I’m with the Food Hacker – cooking or baking with alcoholic content is definitely a good recipe for awesome. The family and guests won’t get high off the goodies, but the cook sure might! Given the amount of hard work that goes into a major feast for mass numbers of people, that can only be a good thing…

At any rate, come this holiday season as I’m busy producing as many pies of all varieties as anybody could ever want to eat, I’ll report back on how well the use of vodka and/or some other alcoholic specialty turns out – in order of best to worst. If I can get past my hangover in time, that is… ;o)

Corporate Food & Human Backlash

Honey Laundering

The current collapse of the world financial system has revealed some structural problems in our national economy that have flourished over a period of decades as corporate interests bought politicians and lobbyists to craft legislation to remove legal roadblocks to mass theft and market manipulation. And despite some changes in the D.C. political landscape, our government remains apparently helpless to do anything about corporate malfeasance on any level. With all the bad economic news dominating the public consciousness, some issues in the food supply sector are having a difficult time being properly correlated and attended to despite the serious level of danger they present to public health.

The food supply issues didn’t begin with the market manipulations on Wall Street and from there to exchanges all over the world. Though for many people the first alarms went off as the CDS fraud crashed the economy in 2008 and the financial players went looking for other markets to wreak havoc on. They seized on commodities – staple foods from the agricultural sector increasingly dominated by multinational corporations like Monsanto, ADM and Cargill. As a traceable beginning in 2008 to what this year became the “Arab Spring” movement across North Africa and spreading to the Middle East and southern Asia, food riots broke out in Egypt and Syria and portions of India as well as elsewhere when people could no longer afford to feed themselves and their families. Things have only gotten worse in the years since, and Americans are slowly waking up.

In 2011 a full quarter of the U.S. population are dependent on food stamps. As unemployment keeps on rising, the government strangely keeps slashing the food stamp budget to appease nutty Republican radicals who insist those hardest hit by the Great Recession are just “lazy” and undeserving of aid that might require corporations and billionaires to pay taxes. Why one of the political parties in our nation believes that Americans will quietly and without complaint starve to death in the streets in order to protect billionaires from paying as much of their income in taxes as their chauffeur does has never been explained by the financial sector’s pundits at the New York Times or Wall Street Journal. Major cognitive disconnect.

But serious food supply issues encompass much more than just market manipulation and governmental paralysis. Consider some of these issues while attempting to get a picture of how dire the overall situation is…

Honey Laundering: China’s at it again – Adulterating pet and human foods with melamine wasn’t bad enough – though one corporate scapegoat was executed by the Chinese government hoping to save its place as cheap ingredients supplier to the world – the latest food scam involves honey. Not just fake honey in those little bee-shaped plastic bottles, Chinese honey brokers are creating honey by mixing sugar water, malt sweeteners, corn/rice syrup, barley malt and a variety of unrefined sugars. Failure to police storage requirements has resulted in heavy metal contamination as well, primarily lead.

If you’ve been thinking about beekeeping for honey (and handy pollinators), this is the year to get busy on it. Extension services in many rural counties offer literature, evening classes, and instructions on building hives. Agents often know who in the area builds hives for sale, and aren’t shy of giving out that information. Many people who are trying hard to eat better and healthier are being taken in by the Chinese honey scam, and big food processors using that fake honey in their supposedly ‘natural’ food lines are risking their markets. Grow your own honey or buy locally from someone honest.

Time to re-engineer the meatpacking sector – Late July brought the second largest tainted meat recall so far, when Cargill’s meat packing division recalled ~36 million pounds of ground turkey products tainted with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella. The biggest recall was in 2008, when a slaughterhouse in California recalled 143 million pounds of beef due to allowing downer cows into the mix. The dangers to public health from e.coli, salmonella, listeria and other bacteria, and from adulterants and contaminates are high, yet our government doesn’t give the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] the power to force food recalls. Companies have to do this voluntarily, and they don’t often volunteer until people start dying and CDC tracks the source down.

If your family eats meat, now is the time to seriously consider raising your own or contracting with a neighbor who raises meat animals. A side of beef from a calf pastured for a year, dressed whole chickens raised happily free range, maybe rabbit stew meat, a slab of locally smoked bacon and/or ham… buying from known sources or doing it yourself could easily save your family’s lives. The more that control of our commercial food supply gets concentrated into the greedy hands of a few, the more danger is present overall. Avoid it like the plague it truly is.

The Nation has a good article looking at How change is going to come in the food system despite united resistance of the big corporate players to cater to public demands for better, less adulterated and far less fattening foods. There is a lot of good information in this article’s analysis to arm yourself with when next you try arguing with a friend, relative or acquaintance about the importance of healthy food and the severe shortage of it in our commercial food supply.

And finally, the good news. The New York Times informs us that vegetable gardens are booming in a fallow economy. We homesteaders have of course known this all along – and have done more than our share to get more people digging and grow the local markets – but we should always welcome mainstream coverage that helps to spread awareness. Recent movement in many states to allow the use of food stamps at farmer’s markets and bulk purchases straight from farmers are helping more people to get more and better food than they could purchase in the grocery store.

Many localities are also sponsoring seed exchanges through the Lions or Ruritan, sometimes through local Chambers of Commerce, 4-H and FFA clubs at high schools. These have committees in charge of getting open-pollinated seeds from local gardeners and farmers, packaging them, and then distributing them free in the late winter and early spring to local residents planning their season’s garden crops. Local schools and civic clubs are offering gardening classes and contacts to suppliers of tool exchanges, equipment like chicken coops and bee hives, and farmers who sell chicks, calves, kids and kits to those wishing to raise their own meat animals. Local butchers are making a comeback, and in many states the Extension Service offers classes all the way up to Master Gardening certification. So get busy, and get your neighbors busy making best use of all these developing local alternatives to Big Ag and Big Food, Inc. We will be a much happier and healthier nation for it, and probably much smarter as a people for our awareness and direct involvement in this most important aspect of everybody’s lives.

Another New CSA and a Change of Herbal Heart

herbal medicine

Autumn has come to the mountain just as spring did – one ay it was perfectly clear, close to 80º and comfortably into the mid-60s at night, the next it was barely up to 60º at mid-day and into the high 30s at night. Not only are we seriously behind in the necessary wood supply for heat, I’ve been having to scramble to bring in the remaining peppers and last of the tomatoes. Poplar leaves are already yellow and dogwoods are getting a ret tint on their leave to complement their quickly ripening bright red berries, and the crisp air fills with leaves whenever the breeze blows.

Luckily autumn is my favorite of all seasons. In three weeks from now the lush greens of summer will have turned into impossible corals and day-glo oranges and deep reds and yellows bright enough to light up the night. The smell of leaf-fall is heavenly even though it means endless raking in November, a necessary task to ensure resistance to spring fires. And of course the usual foot-deep winter covering once I’ve cleaned out the garden terraces and tossed the remains of their summer bounty on the compost pile. But it’s raining right now, so I’m shivering inside not daring to use any of the scant locust we have left from last year’s wood supply before nightfall, when it’ll really be needed.

In my last post I talked about a new centralized organizational outfit for connecting CSAs [Community Supported Agriculture farms] and ass orated organic suppliers with customer bases in their area via the internet, for promoting healthy, local food and food products and changing the way we eat. In my wanderings about the web, I discovered another kind of CSA that sounds like something right up my alley.

It’s called Goldthread, and it’s a CSA they say should properly be called a “CSM” because it offers community-supported medicinal herb shares. The Goldthread farm is located in western Massachusetts, and its herbal preparations are made in small batches at the farm in Conway and an apothecary in Florence. A share basket may include a combination of carefully dried bulk herbs, small bottles of tinctures, essential oils, herbal honeys and compounds, often accompanied by fresh culinary herbs and garlic.

“Grassroots medicine” sounds like a good idea at this current point in history, as my ‘customer’ base has only been increasing over the past few years as western medicine’s allopathic treatments have become far too expensive for most people to use, joblessness has stripped what little insurance coverage people once did have, and the state slashes Medicaid to the bone so that no one new gets on the roll until someone dies. Last year my elderberry tincture (for colds and flu) saved nearly a dozen people – one of them an ER nurse – from work and time loss due to viral respiratory infections. My ginseng tincture hasn’t been made yet, but three new ‘customers’ have requested some, asap. If I had money to invest in some cute little dropper bottles and labels, I could probably make a little income on the side just with those. Then there’s the black cohosh, the Japanese honeysuckle, the goldenseal, the dogwood and spiceberry tonic, and MUST get started on the autumn end of my skin lesion salve that takes a year to produce…

Problem is, I use those little quotes around the word ‘customer’ because I’ve just never charged anybody real money for my simples and remedies. People have long said I could, but all of my herbalist ancestors believed – and taught – that doing it for money was antithetical to the effort at healing. That was so ingrained in me that it’s been difficult to even begin thinking about charging money. But now that my grandson has put so much energy and effort into learning from me, and helping me greatly in managing the medicinal crops, I see that earning a little money on those efforts isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Now that grandson is in ‘business’ with me as apprentice-in-training, making a bit of money for his college tuition is where I’m aiming my thoughts for the next year. Both in producing the concoctions and in planning for more medicinals next growing season. We’ve already transplanted what will be an entire grove of elderberry that was threatened by a road-widening project, and nettle so we’d have our own on-property supply. We’ve transferred the ginseng to new, deeper beds much better protected from deer and tromping disc golfers than where they were before.

We probably won’t be a CSA like this farm in Massachusetts is, as there are plenty of needful folks just here in our area who tend to trouts the old herb-lady more than they trust whatever allopathic doctor’s on duty today at the urgent care center for $400 a pop just to walk in the door.

So wish us luck, and I’ll be sure to report back on whether or not this change of heart on the healing plane works out. Stay tuned!

4 Safety Features That Lower Car Insurance

The nation’s highways and bi-ways are safer to drive on now than ever before. With the help of modern technology, car manufacturers are equipping vehicles with various safety features that can prevent and reduce auto accidents. While purchasing a car with these safety mechanisms can keep you and your family safe, it can also help you put money back into your pocket.

Many car insurance companies offer significant discounts to individuals who own or operate a vehicle that is equipped with certain safety features. Cars with the following four safety features are known to produce lower auto insurance quotes:

1. Automatic Seatbelts

Automatic Seatbelts
Automatic Seatbelts

Manual seatbelts that require drivers and passengers to buckle-up can be easily forgotten. Car insurance companies offer discounts to individual driving cars with automatic seatbelts, as it is almost guaranteed that the seatbelt is strapped when the car is in motion. With over 15,000 lives being saved each year because of the use of a seatbelt, it’s no wonder insurance companies give drivers with automatic seatbelts a discount.

2. Tire Pressure Sensors

Tire Pressure Sensors
Tire Pressure Sensors

Tires are one of the most important features on a vehicle as they are the only things that separate you from the road. While they are the most important, they can also be the most dangerous. Tires with low air pressure can cause problems with steering and moving the vehicle, which can result in an accident. Likewise, too much pressure and the tire can explode, causing an accident.

Car insurance companies offer discounts to those with a tire pressure sensor as it can reduce the likelihood of being involved in an accident. A tire pressure sensor will alert the driver when the tires are over or under-inflated, giving ample time to fix the problem.

3. Lane Departure Warning System

Whether due to falling asleep at the wheel or distracted driving, lane drifting is a problem that can result in serious and potentially deadly accidents. Vehicles equipped with lane departure warning systems use motion sensors to detect when a car is traveling close to the painted highway lanes. In an effort to alert the driver and bring their focus back to the road, the warning system will issue a beep.

4. Blind Spot Alert System

Blind Spot Alert System
Blind Spot Alert System

Every vehicle — no matter how big or small — has some type of blind spot or reduced area of visibility, where drivers are unable to see vehicles traveling in adjacent lanes. Without the ability to fully see other vehicles, drivers have an increased chance of getting into an accident when changing lanes. Car insurance companies support the use of a blind spot alert system as it alerts drivers when cars are traveling in the dangerous no-visibility zone and prevents them from making lane changes that can result in an accident.

The advanced technology of vehicle safety features has created a win-win situation for drivers. They are able to drive safer and save money. What safety features will car manufacturers come up with next that offers these same benefits?

“Food Junkie” Takes New Meaning

Food junkieWith the Thanksgiving feast now reduced to composted leftovers and the month-long year-end celebration of indulgence ahead of us, it should come as no big surprise to most that there’s a reason we humans have such a shortage of dietary willpower when it comes to all those sweets and goodies on the seasonal menu. Consider, for instance, chocolate.

Deep, rich dark or creamy light, chocolate is one of those indulgent ‘comfort food’ items humans find it very difficult to avoid. All chocolate derives from cocoa, which has recently been found to offer cardioprotective benefits – if the sugar in it doesn’t end up making us obese first, that is. The specific agent for protection of the heart from low oxygen levels is epicatechin, a flavonoid and antioxidant in cocoa. Epicatechin acts by binding to opioid receptors in our nervous system.

Opioid? As in opium? That’s right, opium. No wonder we often consider a fondness for chocolate to be akin to an addiction… it IS addictive! And the substance used to treat opium addictions – naloxone, which preemptively binds to opium receptors – has been shown to reduce cravings for chocolate.

It may be more surprising that many – or even most – of our most popular foods and additives also bind to opioid receptors, and some even stimulate our brains to release natural endorphins to stimulate a narcotic pleasure response. These ‘food opiates’ are found most heavily concentrated in wheat (5 separate gluten exorphins) and dairy products, but all three forms of sugar – glucose, sucrose and fructose – also act on opioid receptors and can elicit addictive behaviors. Even worse, we humans begin our addiction early in life – human breast milk, in fact, contains actual morphine!

Sayer Ji explains all this in an excellent article for Wake Up World, Do Hidden Opiates In Our Food Explain Food Addictions? Compiling a list of common foods found by researchers to contain substances that either bind to opioid receptors or stimulate the production of endogenous morphines, we find that meat and fish proteins are broken down by digestion into opioid substances, as does the albumin in rice. Spinach contains two opioid peptides, and the oil cafestrol in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee contains potent morphine-like binders.

Do check Ji’s article and try to bear in mind the whys and wherefores of food cravings as we move into the craving-saturating holiday season. You never know, an understanding of how and why these cravings exist and seem so difficult to overcome by sheer willpower just might help make our January withdrawals a little easier to tolerate. Though shedding the extra pounds gained from early winter indulgences will still be as difficult as it’s ever been. Good luck with that, and good feasting to all the readers of Wise Living Journal!

Choosing the Right Heater for your Home

Since winter is fast approaching, a number of companies are set to distribute their respective range of heaters in various designs and types. Due to the abundance of products and their diverse nature, it may be a daunting task to choose the right home heater based on your lifestyle. There are several factors to consider, such as the environmental impact, running cost, degree of heat in the room, etc. Further, natural gas heaters for your home are segregated into various sub-types, including electric fireplace, ceramic, wall heaters, oil-filled radiators, baseboard or free standing heaters. Generally, there are two popular types of room heaters, called convection and radiant heaters. Radiant are widely common, safe, effective, and can regulate temperature and automatically shut off. Convection products are designed to quickly heat up an entire room and may or may not require the assistance of a fan. These are generally not as powerful as radiant, but have a wider coverage area. Let us take a detailed look at choosing the right heater for your home based on your lifestyle.

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Gas Heaters

Although such products may be costly, their running cost saves you money in the long run. This is because gas products produce about only one-third of the greenhouse emissions as compared to portable electric heaters. Such natural gas heaters for your home should be installed by an acclaimed provider, such as Jager Gas. Their services include installing a spectrum of appliances, such as pool heaters, gas heaters, patio and spa heaters. Unflued products may require room ventilation and are far less expensive than fluid gas heaters. However, fluid products are much more suitable for bathrooms and bedrooms.

Electric Heaters

Electric products include oil-filled column, radiant, convection and fan heaters that are not very expensive but may incur heavy running costs. These are best used in small areas for a short period of time. However, keep in mind to look for a timer while getting these products, since they can amount to high utility bills if left running overnight. On the positive side, they are very convenient to use because there is no need to clean up splinters or ash. They are environment friendly as well and run on renewable electricity and are highly portable and versatile in nature.

Radiant Heat System

If you want to get a propane gas heater for home, it is a good idea to opt for a boiler or propane-powered water heater, called a radiant heat system. This system uses tubes that are embedded in the flooring and is considered to be much more effective than most central heating systems. The basic science behind its mechanism is that heat starts radiating from the floor and naturally spreads and rises throughout the room. You can also insulate the water heater with a blanket to be able to use propane efficiently.

Wood Heater

Wood heaters are considered to be a lot more effective than a fireplace, since the slow combusting fire gradually heats up the room and releases all toxic heat out through the chimney. This is an energy efficient way to produce heat, since slow combustion fires contribute far less to air pollution than most open fires. They are great for large living or dining areas in your home. So, check your home and your lifestyle before you choose a natural or propane gas heater for your home.

How Herbal Breast Enlargement Works

Did you know that using herbs for breast enlargement could be quite effective, and it provides a safe way to achieve breast enhancement? You can always expand your knowledge about herbal breast enhancement pills from informational websites like along with other alternatives. These herbal breast enhancement methods are non-evasive as well as more convenient. But to understand why they are better than the rest one needs to know the surgical and nonsurgical procedures for breast enhancement for women.


What Are the Surgical Options for Breast Enlargement

There are various surgical procedures for breast enhancement and they are way riskier than the herbal process. The two most common breast enlargement procedures in surgery include breast implant surgery and fat transfer surgery. For breast implant surgery, an incision is made in the areas below the breasts which remain hidden after the surgery. Through the incision a bag filled with silicone gel is inserted to expand the size of the breast. This technique is also practiced as prosthetic solution for women who either have very high chances of breast cancer or already have it. In any case it is quite risky at it could end up infection, deformation or uneven size of the two breasts or even scars. Now the fat transfer surgery mainly involves extracting fat from the areas of the body where one wishes to reduce it and then placing the fat in the breasts. This cosmetic surgery too is very common among women but poses several post-surgery risks. A lot of care including breast massage and medications need to be taken to ensure that it has worked.

What Are the Non Surgical Methods for Breast Enhancement

There are various non-surgical methods for breast enhancement and yet they are nothing close to be as safe as herbal breast enlargement. One of the non-evasive methods includes laser surgery. However, it does pose the risk of permanent marks on the breast skin if not done properly. Then too, technology today has permitted the existence of other forms of breast enlargement which includes the vacuum suction method. It has three stages and is also an expensive affair. It too requires after procedure treatments and is comparatively a new way which poses doubt about the permanent and long term effects it has on women’s breasts. Then there are botox injections that have been used since the 60s for women in the US but with questionable and inconsistent results.

How Effective Are Herbal Breast Enlargement for Women

Herbal enlargement removes all the threats that are posed by surgical as well as non-surgical but artificial procedures. Herbal process works by using herbal breast enlargement pills, which are made of plant extracts. They are slow, steady and a permanent treatment that not only is more affordable but safer too. It poses very little threat of side effects because of the herbs for breast enlargement that constitute the products. They are available online and you can get guidance when buying then without the requirement of a doctor’s prescription. The breast enhancement herbs that might be present in such creams and supplements also come with Vitamin E for breast skin care.

4 Unique Ways to Make Fewer Trips to the Gas Pump

Everyone is feeling the pain in their pocketbooks when hitting the gas station. Before you fill up, think about the ways that you can help keep your vehicle going longer between fill ups. There are so many little things that you can do to help make fewer trips to the gas station; you may be surprised at the things to help elevate your gas mileage.

Slow Down

Slow Down

One of the biggest tips to save money on gas is to slow down. The faster you go, the more gas you use. If you go a little under the speed limit on the freeway, you will extend the life of your tank of gas. You can get somewhere faster by driving the speed limit or higher, but you won’t be doing yourself any favors financially. It will cost you more in gas money in the long run.


2011 GMC Acadia SL White Diamond

Does your vehicle have cruise control? If it does, make sure that you use it as often as you can. Especially on long trips, cruise control can save you a ton. Setting the speed, and not revving the engine and hitting the break in turn, can help you get more gas mileage out of your vehicle. Though this may not be as effective in town, where you will have frequent stops, you will find that on the freeway, it helps you not only keep the speed you want, but keeps you under budget.

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Keep it Light

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keep it light

If your car is full, the trunk is packed, and you have heavy items on the top, you are going to use more gas than if you are carrying minimal weight. The heavier the vehicle is, the more gas it takes to keep it moving. Because of this, you may want to think about what you are packing before heading out on your vacation. Make sure to unpack everything that you can before heading back out. Keep your vehicle as light as possible to save on gas.

Look at Greener Options

Green Option
Green Option

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, you may want to consider something that is more gas-effective. Looking into hybrid options can help you save tons at the pump. If you don’t have others to cart around in the car, you may want to look at options like a scooter or motorcycle, which also get better gas mileage.

We all want to save a little money at the pump. The best way to do this is to improve your gas mileage. Even though many ideas may seem like they won’t do much, keep in mind that every little bit helps. What are some other great ways to help your gas mileage?

Triverex Vs Extenze: Which One to Choose

Did you know that natural male enhancement supplements are discreetly packaged and delivered to your door step? The top natural supplements for men are concocted with ingredients that also do not require any prescription as they contain only natural ingredients that have lower chances of side-effects. However, it does not mean that every natural enhancement pill will work.

Triverex and Extenze have been selected as the top 2 erection pills by leading male enhancement product review websites like Male Enhancement Institute. Here is a comparative study of both these erection pills based on their ingredients and how they help men fight erection problems.


Ingredients in Extenze

Extenze has an impressive list of ingredients with very clear and distinct functions to fight erection problems in men. For starters L-Arginine is said to help relax muscles and the nitric oxide content in this ingredient is said to help relax the blood vessels allowing better blood flow in to the penile chambers leading to better erections. TribulusTerresteris helps release testosterone hormones which is essential for men. It also increases libido to enhance sex drive. Ginseng Eleuthero helps slow down the process of aging in men as well enhance endurance to fight issues of finishing fast. Saw Palmetto helps to enhance prostate health. Sarsaparilla helps to enhance vision. Yohimbe is another ingredient which is popular as an effective natural ingredient but often has been associated with severe side-effects. Maca was used by ancient Peruvians as a natural aphrodisiac and potency increasing source for both men and women. Gingko Biloba enhances the central human nervous system which in term increases sensitivity and enhances sexual pleasure. Nettle is another ingredient which helps to increase testosterone levels in men.

Ingredients in Triverex

Korean Red Ginseng present in Triverex is a vital ingredient because it has been passed off being an effective natural male enhancement ingredient by 7 clinical tests. It also contains L-Citrulline, Epimedium, EurycomaLongifolia, Maca, and Velvet Bean to look after the overall sexual health in men. Now that the active ingredients in Korean Red Ginseng are much lesser. Let us take a look at them together.

Top 2 Erection Pills and Their Effectiveness


Both the product have the advantages of being a natural supplement for sexual enhancement in men. This includes lower chances of side-effects from the ingredients. This fact further allows people to be able to purchase both the products without a prescription. Both products offer discreet payment and shipping options. They have some common ingredients including maca root.

While Extenze has a large list of ingredients to look after the complete sexual health of a man, Triverex has one ingredient i.e. Korean Red Ginseng which has clinically been tested to have good effects on men’s sexual health. However, there are ingredients in Extenze such as Saw palmetto which have secondary functions to enhance men’s sexual health permanently but indirectly. Triverex thrives on clinical tests and the fact that it has been formulated by a doctor. So, if you are looking for scientific proof, Triverex is the one to choose. However, if you are looking for complete sexual enhancement, then Extenze might be a better option for you.