Which consumer happenings cheered you this week and which ones made you want to scream or weep?
Here are my best and worst consumer experiences this week:
My best: Warm gloves for working in the yard
When I went to the hardware store to get a long hose sprayer, I asked the clerk about warm gloves for working in the yard. I’d been raking leaves and my hands got so cold when I was wearing my regular garden gloves.
We hunted through everything. Finally, we found a pair for about $10.
I tried them out today when I cleaned the gutters. It was great to have warm hands for winter yard work.
My worst: Too many Brussels sprouts
When I went to the food co-op the day before Thanksgiving, I wasn’t certain if I’d be going to Bellingham due to road conditions or having dinner here with friends.
Chef Bobby Flay, of Food Network fame, served deep-fried Brussels sprouts, rather than potatoes, for a Thanksgiving meal he prepared for a throwdown. So I thought I’d try a Brussels sprouts recipe I found with dried cranberries.
However, I didn’t think my Olympia friends would like Brussels sprouts, so I also bought two pounds of green beans.
Road conditions were bad. I decided to stay home. The Green Beans With Slivered Almonds were great.
However, now I have two pounds of Brussels sprouts to prepare. On the bright side, I’ll enjoy them once they’re cooked.
Copyright 2010, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist