la Gratella Italian Toaster



The brustolina is common in kitchens throughout Italy. This grill (graticola) is used for more than just a bread toaster (tostapane). On the stove and BBQ the brustolina diffuses heat evenly to quickly heat and toast slices of bread, to crisp bread for bruschetta, to crisp slices of polenta, to roast peppers, and more. It’s incredibly lightweight designed to provide quick and even heat distribution eliminating the need for a high gas flame, making the toaster perfect for RVing. Once done and cooled down, simply discard any breadcrumbs over the sink or trash bin. Since the Graticola is so thin you can either hang the Graticola using the handle on your utensil rack or retract the handle and store it flat in your drawer for easy storage.

10″ square.
4″ long retractable steel wire handle.
Stainless steel body and handle.
18/10 stainless steel wire mesh.
Imported directly from Italy.

Price: 15.99 plus shipping

The Graticola / Tostapanes many uses:

– grill bread for bruschetta or crostini
– thaw bread and other baked goods
– add more crunch to bread, rolls, croissants, etc.
– adding crisp to polenta
– roast peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and other vegetables
– and more

The Graticola is a perfect example for a basic but highly effective product that worked for generations and simply does not need any “modern improvements” other than the quality of material used for today’s Graticolas.

The reason why the Graticola is so effective and distributes heat very quickly and evenly is that the Graticola is rather thin and consists only of a base and a grid that lets the food “hover” closely above the base.

Watch out family everyone may be getting one the mail for Christmas!!!


Cheers From Just Around The Bend







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NOTE : I have not been contacted or asked to review this product, this is  another product I Highly recommend for the RV and home, it just works perfectly. More product reviews to come♥♥♥

Xeriscaping OUR YARD

You are thinking why in the world would you dig up this nice yard. We live in one of the most beautiful regions in the West. It is also one of the fastest growing areas in the country. With natural precipitation less than 5 inches during the April through October growing season, consideration of water use for our landscapes is very important. The water resources of our region are shared by all, and as such we each have a responsibility to use it wisely. The typical resident uses over 50% of the water they use annually, outside for landscaping. Landscapes add value, beauty and livability to our homes and keeping them WaterWise is a critical part of being a good steward in this incredible region. We all need to become WaterWise partners in order to protect our water resources for our grandkids. So that said this is a daily recap of our personal journey to help our environment.

Day 1:

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Day 3:

Day 4:  We Advertised on Craigs List free sod-within 10 minutes we had 5 people that wanted all of it. yay!!!  98 degrees today YIKES and a broken sprinkler pipe oh well!

Day 5: Jeff is feeling better today as he does not have to haul off to the dump all of this                    sod and the cost would have been expensive. So far $0.00 expenses.

Day 6: Rest Day, Jeff is bushed so stay tuned for removing the sod from the parking strip, possibly on day 7-see you then.

Day 7:  Oh we are not finished with sod removal yet, we still have the parking strip remaining. We started early as the weather has remained in the 70’s. The hard part today  is digging the grass up around two maple trees which have tons of roots just under the service of the ground. Its a lot of work hand digging, we definitely would have rented a sod cutter but we just have to many roots, hope you can see the roots in todays pictures.

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Newport Bay Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Visiting the Oregon Coast Aquarium gives you a firsthand fun and knowable experience of the ocean and aquatic life. Some of the highlights were the sea otter and seal exhibits, arriving just in time to get to enjoy the feeding and performances. Seals can get up to 6 feet tall and weigh over 300 pounds and eat 15 pounds of assorted sea food a day (WOW) , yet they  seem so effortless in the water. Like a toddler, their attention span is very short less than 10 minutes.

The aquariums were amazing, with glass tunnels making you feel like you were walking on the bottom of the ocean.

Free car and RV parking is available on site; parking spots are a brief walk from the entrance.

Entrance  Fees are  Seniors $19.95, Adults $22.95, Young Adults $19.95, Child 3 to 12 yrs old $14.95, Infants FREE.

So Until The Next Adventure FROM JUST AROUND THE BEND CHEERS ♥♥♥♥♥♥