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Aconga Bonarda-Merlot

Posted on March 8, 2015 at 11:55 AM
Aconga's Bonarda-Merlot is rich and smooth, with naturally-occurring flavours reminiscent of cherry and chocolate. At less than six dollars a bottle, this beautiful wine is the perfect Elegant Survival potable. Aconga Argentinian wines are available at Kroger supermarkets: Baker's , Food4Less , Kroger , Ralphs , Smith's , Fred Meyer , Fry's , QFC
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Toting Cold Champagne

Posted on December 24, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Bringing cold champagne to a holiday party is easy. And what hostess wouldn't welcome a few more ice-cubes? The liner of this paper gift-bag is made of plastic, and when the champagne is extracted from it, the bag of ice may be tied and popped into a freezer, or emptied into an ice-bucket.  ©M-J de Mesterton


Posted on June 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Greetings! :D

Because I find it so much quicker and easier to use the editing device at Elegant Survival News, I shall be posting blog-items there instead of here at M-J's Mini-Blog. The rest of the content here at Elegant Survival is permanent.

I hope to gain your readership there, friends. Thank you for continuing to visit Elegant Survival, together with its adjunct blog and cooking pages.

All the Best,

M-J de Mesterton

M-J's Elegant Survival News (Copyright Elegant Survival 2008)

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 10:14 AM
Oak Leaf Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Elegant Survival Wine Recommendation

Oak Leaf Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

The French drink their local wines for a couple of euros per bottle. Now, Californians can drink excellent wines by award-winning Oak Leaf Vineyards for $1.97 a bottle, and the rest of America is able to buy them for $2.97, providing they can shop at the right store.

At the prestigious Florida State International Wine Competition in the spring of 2008, a new brand, Oak Leaf Vineyards from California, won gold. With 84 wineries competing in the Chardonnay category, only four received gold medals, and among them Oak Leaf was the biggest bargain by far, at $1.97 suggested retail price in California and $2.97 in most other states.

?With the economy slowing and as we move into tax season where dollars are tighter, finding value in the wine aisle is ever more important,? said Mario Pulido, winemaker for Oak Leaf Vineyards. Oak Leaf Vineyards provides very high quality wine at extremely good prices. Available in five varietals ? Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and White Zinfandel ? Oak Leaf Vineyards wines have the qualities of wines costing three times the modest price. The traditional label highlights four seasonal oak trees.

?Our first awards ? Gold and Bronze at the 2008 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition and Silver and Bronze at the 2008 San Francisco Wine Competition show our approach ? ?easy to drink with plenty of flavor? ? is a winning one. With the money you save on wine, your family can enjoy those little extra things in life,? continued Pulido.

Oak Leaf Vineyard wines are available nationally at Wal-Mart superstores that are licensed to sell wine.

Extreme Value Wines Mean what they Say

Never in the 6,000-year history of wine has there been the choice, the quality, and more than anything, the values, available to the American wine consumer. With 100,000 labels in the market, that consumer can now find what he (and more likely she) wants at prices less than $2.00 a bottle. Amid new concerns about the current economic climate, everyone wants their dollars to go farther. Oak Leaf Vineyards is part of the new set of extreme value wines that are easy to drink, flavorful and over-deliver for a modest price.

~~Elegant Survival Wine Recommendations

Article on Wal-Mart?s Oak Leaf Vineyards Wines, in the Dallas Morning News
Note from M-J: I really do not appreciate the following site copying my headlines. It is a cynical practice to garner him more hits. We are not affiliated. http://www.survival-food-kit.com/category/articles-survival

Elegant Survival?s New Favorite Iron

First Impressions by Black & Decker

The Black & Decker First Impressions Iron

The Black & Decker First Impressions Iron

Elegant Ladies? Tweed Coat from the British Isles

It is going to be a very cold winter. Wool is the traditional survival cloth, keeping you warm even when wet.

Elegant Ladies' Tweed Overcoat Offered by Our Friends in Great Britain

Elegant Ladies' Tweed Overcoat Made in the British Isles

Women?s Warm Winter Slippers

Chandra Slippers at Target

These comfortable slippers are the next best thing to sheepskin, very comfortable and warm, with a non-skid sole to keep you from slipping and falling on slick floors. Ladies? ?Chandra? scuffs are faux-fur lined, real suede mules. They?re a good deal at $15.99 per pair. My tests prove that they will not put scuff-marks on floors, despite their name!
Chandra Scuffs at Target.com

Chandra Scuffs at Target.com

My Chandra Slippers from Target

Bath and Shower Safety

After our traditional bath-mat by a famous rubber product company let us down?or, rather, practically threw us against the shower wall in two near-fatal falls, we?ve thrown it away and done some shopping. We found a reliable, technologically advanced bath-mat at Wal-Mart. It is a thing of beauty, and holds fast to the bottom of the bath-tub. A weak bath-mat can send you flying to an early fate. I know a rubber product company whose reputation ought to be slipping! This was a shocking revelation, and we consider ourselves lucky to be alive, having dodged a couple of dangerous accidents.

Here is the product offered on Wal-Mart.com. An analogous mat can be found inside Wal-Mart stores, called ?Heavy Duty Bath Mat?, Commercial Grade Vinyl

An Apple a Day Just Might Keep the Doctor Away! Copyright M-J de Mesterton

Apples, because of their pectin, polyphenols and bioflavonoids, have properties that really can, like the old adage says, keep the doctor away.

In 1996, a study was conducted in Finland to determine whether or not eating apples can lower cholesterol. The Finnish team determined that eating three apples a day for three months can help lower a person?s LDL, or low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) level by twenty points. Apples contain quercetin, an antioxidant which also helps to reduce the amount of LDL in the bloodstream.

Another Finnish study?s results promote the theory that the polyphenols in apples can inhibit lung cancer.

Apples, having natural ACE-inhibitor  properties, can help to  relax arteries, lower blood pressure and improve the pumping ability of the heart. The apple is also a hemetic, an agent that builds up the blood.

Eating apples can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. The well-known Women?s Health Study found that  females who regularly ate foods  high in flavonoids, such as apples and onions, had a 35% reduction in cardiovascular events. The Finnish study found a lower risk of thrombic stroke among those who eat apples often. The study concluded that ?flavonoid intake was strongly correlated with a decreased mortality from heart disease in elderly men and also negatively correlated with myocardial infarction.?

The Finnish research team proved that the apple?s bioflavonoids have an effect on cerebrovascular health.  Apples provide antioxidants for the body. Oxidative damage on cells by free radicals contributes to age-related brain deterioration. Alzheimer?s Disease and dementia are examples. The apple is an anti-Alzheimer?s agent. A study conducted by the University of Massachusetts suggests that whether the brain-oxidation is caused by genetics,  metabolism, or dietary insufficiencies, apples can improve the condition.

The apple can help to prevent sugar alcohol, or sorbitol, from being trapped in nerve and eye cells. Apples contain a natural aldose-reductase inhibitor, which can help to prevent this devastating effect of diabetes.

Apples are a digestive aid, and help to prevent the absorption of fats.

The health-benefits of apples are numerous, and autumn is harvest time.

Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2008

More Information on the Apple?s Health-Benefits, by George Mateljan, My Favorite Food and Health Writer

A Versatile Tool, Especially Where Water is Scarce: the Baby-Wipe

We keep a good stock of White Cloud Baby Wipes, both unscented and lightly scented, in our home. There are many applications for them, and we?ve never had children, nor do we ever see them! Use faby-wipes or cleaning drips on carpets, clothes, wiping hands in the car, cleaning your computer keyboard, pets, et cetera.  They are much less expensive that anti-bacterial or other varieties of moistened wipes. In our opinion, the wipes offered by top national brands are just not as good. White Cloud Baby Wipes are very soft, and extremely strong. They also have a delicate, lovely scent. The unscented ones just smell like aloe. There are uses for both.

Unusual, Inexpensive Remedies

It?s Worth a Try?

Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your cat?s or dog?s ear? massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat?s skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Kills fleas instantly? Dawn Dishwashing Liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog?s bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

Rainy day cure for dog odor: Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers?

Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a peppermint Altoid.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections alm ost inst antly-even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes? cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus: Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection? to prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer? if menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can?t find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover: Just pour a drop of Elmer?s Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off t he skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt?s Tomato Paste boil cure? cover the boil with Hunt?s Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Balm for broken blisters? to disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.

Vinegar to heal bruises? soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief? it?s not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

~~Source Unknown. I received this in an e-mail.

Koo-Koo but Cute and Elegant Outfit for Cool Weather, from Christabelle?s Closet

Cashmere and Wool Sweater Dress

Cashmere and Wool Sweater Dress

Michael Kors Wedge Boots, Made in Italy

Wear these with wooly tights in brown, ivory or black. A knitted wool or cashmere scarf would also go well with this outfit.

Elegant Mayonnaise

See my recipe on Elegant Cuisine

Bottled Water No Better than Tap Water?Just as I Thought!

09:31 AM CDT on Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Associated Press Tests on leading brands of bottled water turned up a variety of contaminants often found in tap water, according to a study released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group.

The findings challenge the popular impression ? and marketing pitch ? that bottled water is purer than tap water, the researchers say.

However, all the brands met federal health standards for drinking water. Two violated a California state standard, the study said.

An industry group branded the findings ?alarmist.? Joe Doss, president of the International Bottled Water Association, said the study is based on the faulty premise that a contaminant is a health concern ?even if it does not exceed the established regulatory limit or no standard has been set.?

The study?s lab tests on 10 brands of bottled water detected 38 chemicals including bacteria, caffeine, the pain reliever acetaminophen, fertilizer, solvents, plastic-making chemicals and the radioactive element strontium. Though some probably came from tap water that some companies use for their bottled water, other contaminants p