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These are recommendations that I have not had time to write a complete post about, and/or things that friends like, but I have not had a chance to try myself, and/or things that I like that I have not used enough to recommend without reservation. Here we go!


New! Graduated Shot Glass. Okay kids, this is Wizard of Oz time. I am pulling the curtain way back. Way. Back. Seriously. So buckle up Buttercup.

My entire reputation as a mixologist is based on this little gem right here. Wait what? Yes. Okay, maybe not entirely, but when I come up with an new amazingly delicious killer cocktail. This is the secret to being able to reproduce it over and over. Exact measurements in oz and ml. Enough said.

It is a set of two. Keep the other in reserve or give it as a gift. Win, Win!



New! Knife sharpener for the perfect edge every time. I sharpened every knife in my parents kitchen with this beauty in just over 30 minutes. That would be a rate of one knife a minute once I got rolling. Perfect edge every time. You can literally feel the change in the blade (lack of drag, no spots where it catches) once the knife is sharp all the way down the cutting edge. Yep, even the tip.

Triangular Sun Shade for your boat, RV, or backyard. We have it made in the shade! Get one and get outdoors again. Lots of colour options. I currently have the dark green. Just select the size and colour you want.

Rectangular Sun Shade, because it is cool to be not-square. I currently have the dark green. Just select the size and colour you want.


Here at the BE proving grounds we like things that resist our attempts to test them to destruction like this lovely stainless steel lime squeezer. We destroyed three lime squeezers in less that 12 months till we found this little beauty. It has juiced several metric buttloads (a technical term) of limes since 2010.



Flat rescue in your pocket with a CO2 Bike Pump/Patch kit. One of the smartest ideas to hit the biking world in years. I have had this kit for nearly a decade. Get one, get out there again,  and enjoy your ride worry free.

I hate scented crap. But an unscented odor remover that actually does what it is supposed to rather than just covering it up? Bring it on!

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