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The Manastin Beverage Cooler is an excellent value

Manastin Beverage Cooler
Manufacturer's marketing pic

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I recently updated my Mancave to include putting in a beverage cooler so I didn't have to run into the kitchen to grab a cold beverage.  Who wants to miss a big play on game day, right?  No stepping out of the room to grab a drink required...

I wanted something that was a step up from a dormitory-size, compact refrigerator with a solid door and could only hold a couple of six packs.  I wanted a unit that could dress up the bar area a little bit, something with a glass door that could hold at least a case of beer, capable of servicing a game-day watch party.

Enter the Manastin Beverage Cooler

With adjustable shelves and a digital temperature display, this 2.47 cubic foot unit can hold up to 100 cans and/or bottles of soda, beer, wine, water, and other adult beverages.  Freestanding and with adjustable feet, it's large enough to be a floor unit, yet small enough to be a tabletop cooler, it's that flexibility that sold me on it.

It's got a glass door that seals well, and offers great visibility. The digital display is push-button-easy to use with a temperature range of 35-65 degrees.  The unit also has a soft blue LED light enhancing a dressed-up look which is also very convenient for nighttime use, there's no irritating bright white light coming on when opening the refrigerator door to grab that drink.  Perhaps the most overlooked or not considered feature, the unit is super quiet.  It operates without vibration and doesn't distract from the game.

Manastin Beverage Cooler
The soft blue LED lighting adds to the Mancave atmosphere

Costing me $149 on Amazon, I'm giving the Manastin Beverage Cooler 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  In comparing this unit to others I found in my online shopping efforts, this one is priced lower than similar-sized units, which typically run in the price range of $179 - $299 with similar features such as the glass door, digital display, LED illumination, and adjustable shelves.  I got free delivery with my Amazon Prime membership and I received the fridge within a week of placing the order.  If you're in the market for a beverage cooler, give this one a look.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


Kwik Trip, Inc. Recalls Specific Fruit Cups and Trays Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

Mixed FruitKwik Trip, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of three varieties of fresh-cut fruit cup and tray products listed below because they contain cantaloupe from TruFresh which has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare instances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Due to the now expanded recall of fresh, whole cantaloupes by TruFresh, Kwik Trip, Inc. is issuing this recall. Cantaloupes recalled by TruFresh were used as a raw material in Kwik Trip, Inc. fruit cup and tray products listed below.

This recall includes the following fresh-cut fruit cup and tray products containing cantaloupe with sell-by dates of November 4, 2023, through December 3, 2023. Products were distributed to Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Stop-N-Go, Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery, and Tobacco Outlet Plus convenience stores in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, and South Dakota.

Product Description Container Size UPC Sell By Date Range
MIXED FRUIT CUP 6OZ 39779 00240 11/4/2023 – 12/3/2023
CANTALOUPE CUP 6OZ 39779 00213 11/4/2023 – 12/3/2023
FRUIT TRAY 16OZ 39779 00248 11/4/2023 – 12/3/2023

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the fruit cup and tray products listed above to date.

  • Consumers, restaurants, retailers, and wholesalers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled cantaloupe or recalled products containing cantaloupe.
  • Some consumers freeze cantaloupe for later use. Consumers should check their freezers and throw away recalled fresh or cut cantaloupe that was frozen for later use.
  • If you cannot tell if your cantaloupe is part of the recall, do not eat or use it and throw it away.

Kwik Trip, Inc. takes the safety and integrity of the products it sells seriously. If customers have product affected by this voluntary recall, they should discard it immediately or return it to their local store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 608-781-8988.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Kwik Trip, Inc.
 608-781-8988
Media:
 608-781-8988

Urgent Food Recall— Raspberry Crème Filled Cookie

Raspberry cookieWine Country Gift Baskets is taking precautionary measures of voluntarily recalling all gift baskets produced with Acorn Baking Company raspberry crème filled cookies. During production, it was discovered that some packages of the raspberry crème filled cookies contained hazelnut crème filled cookies. Hazelnut is a tree nut and listed as one of the nine major food allergens. The allergen statement on each individual cookie package states “May Contain Traces of Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Almonds, Sesame, Sulphites” as these two cookies are produced in the same facility. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts (hazelnuts) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Wine Country Gift Basket/Houdini Inc. is committed to providing only the highest quality of product and is taking this action out of an abundance of caution in the interest of consumer protection.

This recall only affects the Raspberry Crème filled cookies in gift baskets shipped from August 29, 2023 to November 21, 2023. There is no issue with any of the other food in the gift basket.

  • Wine Country Gift Baskets has not experienced any problems or complaints about this product. No injuries or illnesses have been reported.
  • If you have any raspberry crème filled cookies remaining, check to see if they have the correct cookie packaged inside. If the package contains a hazelnut crème filled cookie and anyone in your household is allergic to tree nuts, please discard them. Do not consume.
  • If you gave the gift to someone, please let them know to check to see if they have the correct cookie packaged inside. If the package contains a hazelnut crème filled cookie and anyone in their household is allergic to tree nuts, please discard them. Do not consume.
  • This is a voluntary recall as a precautionary measure.
  • This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • No illness have been reported to date.

To determine if this recall item is in your basket, verify your gift basket is one of the basket numbers listed on the next page. Then look for a white label with black print on the bottom of the basket. The Lot Code number will start with “LC” followed by six numbers.

Example of the lot code label on bottom of basket is pictured below:

LC448217

Gift baskets and lot codes affected by this recall:

#067 Believe Cookie, Cake and Brownie Collection: Gift lot code LC605975
#197 Gourmet Bakery Basket: Gift lot codes LC598713, LC605114 and LC607073
#342 Bakery Bonanza: Gift lot codes LC598715 and LC605960
#343 Brownie, Cookie & Cake Assortment: Gift lot codes LC598716, LC605961 and LC607074
#359 Brownie, Cookie & Cake Sleigh: Gift lot code LC602489
#373 Cookie, Brownie and Cake Winter Assortment: Gift lot code LC601586
#925 Bakery, Coffee & Cocoa Gift Collection: Gift lot codes LC597449 and LC600895
#926 Tis The Season Bakery Gift Box: Gift lot code LC601587
#927 Fresh Baked Cookie, Brownie and Cake Collection: Gift lot code LC601192

Following are pictures of the packaging for the Raspberry Crème Filled cookies. Lot code for the cookie is #106052023.

If you have any questions concerning this recall, please contact Houdini Customer Care Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at 866-712-5910. For further information, you can check our website at www.houdiniinc.com/recall/raspberrycookieExternal Link Disclaimer


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Houdini Customer Care
 (714) 525-0325

After Saturday's snowfall, Wichita back on pace for average annual amount of moisture

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The historical annual average of moisture for the Wichita area is about 34 inches.  

With Saturday's snowfall of 7.8 inches (FYI: approximately 10" of snow equals 1" of rain), the area is on pace for an average amount of moisture for the year.  

Keeping pace with that historical annual average, the state's drought status has improved according to the U.S. Drought Monitor for the state of Kansas, with the Wichita Metro now in Moderate Drought status, rather than Extreme Drought status. 

As Bing Crosby used to sing, I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas...

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Sweeten Up Your Holiday Season with Jimmy John’s New Peppermint Chocolate Cookie Packed with Festive Flavors

NEW Peppermint Chocolate Cookie available at Jimmy John’s starting November 27

It’s that time of year again – cookie season – and Jimmy John’s® is getting into the holiday spirit with the launch of an all new Peppermint Chocolate Cookie, available nationwide beginning Monday, November 27.

This new addition to Jimmy John’s line-up of decadent cookies and brownies is holiday joy in every bite. Available for a limited time only, the seasonal showstopper features a velvety chocolate and peppermint swirl cookie, loaded with crunchy candy cane pieces. This new cookie is the perfect addition to any sandwich order, while also packing enough holiday flavor to be enjoyed on its own.

“The obsession we see for our cookies year-round is incredible, but we had yet to launch a cookie made specifically for the holiday season – a time when cookies are truly top of mind for all,” said Jimmy John’s Director of Culinary Innovation, Dustin Hilinski. “This year, we set out to create a cookie that would both capture the flavors of the season while giving our loyal cookie fans an exciting, new treat to enjoy throughout the holidays.”

And cookies aren’t the only way to celebrate the holidays with Jimmy John’s! Sandwich fans can now give the gift of JJ’s through the Jimmy John’s Online Store. From Pickle Ornaments to Sandwich Koozies, there’s something for everyone on the gift list.

The Peppermint Chocolate Cookie will be available at Jimmy John’s locations nationwide for a limited-time only, beginning November 27 until December 22, while supplies last.


New job opportunities with Sedgwick County, 11/26/2023

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Administrative Support I - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Authenticare Administrator - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Crisis Integrated Care Specialist III - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Outreach Integrated Care Specialist II - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Building Maintenance Worker II - Facilities - Wichita, KS, US
Senior Corrections Officer - 1st Shift Juvenile Detention Facility - CORRECTIONS - Wichita, KS, US
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Insight Pharmaceuticals Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of TING® 2% Miconazole Nitrate Athlete’s Foot Spray Antifungal Spray Powder Due to the Presence of Benzene

TingTARRYTOWN, N.Y., -- Insight Pharmaceuticals, a Prestige Consumer Healthcare Inc. company (“Insight”), is voluntarily recalling two lots of TING® 2% Miconazole Nitrate Athlete’s Foot Spray Antifungal Spray Powder to the consumer level. A recent review by our manufacturer and their third- party lab found that samples from two lots of the product contained elevated levels of benzene. While benzene is not an ingredient in any Ting® Antifungal Spray products, the review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can. Importantly, no other lots of TING® 2% Miconazole Nitrate Athlete’s Foot Spray Antifungal Spray Powder (either before or after these batch codes) and no other Ting® Antifungal Spray products are in the scope of this recall and may continue to be used by consumers safely and as intended.

Risk Statement: Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it potentially can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life threatening. Insight is recalling these products out of an abundance of caution. To date, the Company has not received any serious adverse events related to this recall. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures to it indoors and outdoors from multiple sources.

TING® 2% Miconazole Nitrate Athlete’s Foot Spray Antifungal Spray Powder is packaged in green and white aerosol cans with Lot codes located on the bottom of the can.

Samples of the recalled lots below have been found to contain trace levels of Benzene related to the propellant that sprays the product out of the can. Benzene is not an ingredient in any Ting products.

Product NDC Lot Code Expiration Package Size
TING 2% Miconazole
Nitrate Athlete’s Foot
Spray Antifungal
Spray Powder
63736-
532-05
0H88645 07/24 4.5 oz/128 g
TING 2% Miconazole
Nitrate Athlete’s Foot
Spray Antifungal
Spray Powder
63736-
532-05
0B88345 02/24 4.5 oz/128 g

The affected TING® 2% Miconazole Nitrate Athlete’s Foot Spray Antifungal Spray Powder lots were distributed nationwide in the United States through a limited number of retailers and online.

Insight has notified retailers via overnight mail to remove any remaining recalled product from shelves and follow the instructions provided in the Drug Recall Notification. The company will also offer reimbursement for consumers who have purchased TING® 2% Miconazole Nitrate Athlete’s Foot Spray Antifungal Spray marked with one of the lot codes in the table above. Consumers can contact Insight Pharmaceuticals via e-mail at [email protected], through its website at https://www.prestigebrands.com/contactExternal Link Disclaimer, or by phone at (800) 344- 7239 on Monday – Friday 8:30-5:30 eastern time to receive a full refund by providing a picture of the bottom of the can of the TING® 2% Miconazole Nitrate Athlete’s Foot Spray Antifungal Spray with the affected lot number. Consumers that have product which is being recalled should stop using the product immediately and appropriately discard after taking the picture.

No serious adverse events have been reported to date.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Insight Pharmaceuticals via e-mail at [email protected], through its website at https://www.prestigebrands.com/contactExternal Link Disclaimer, or by phone at (800) 344-7239 on Monday – Friday 8:30-5:30 eastern time. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this antifungal product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Insight Pharmaceuticals
 800-344-7239
 [email protected]
 

CF Dallas, LLC, in Coordination with Sofia Produce, LLC Dba Trufresh, Voluntarily Recalls Select Fresh-Cut Fruit Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

RaceTrac Fruit MedleyCF Dallas, LLC is voluntarily recalling select fresh-cut products made from whole cantaloupe subject to a previously announced product recall initiated by Sofia Produce, LLC dba Trufresh due to potential Salmonella contamination. All CF Dallas fresh-cut fruit products associated with the recalled whole cantaloupe have expired, however consumers who have purchased these items and may have frozen them for later use are urged not to consume the products and to dispose of them immediately or return the items to their local store for a full refund.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

As of November 22, there have been no illnesses reported related to CF Dallas fresh-cut products. The fresh-cut fruit products containing recalled cantaloupe were distributed to select retail stores in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois, Texas, and Louisiana. The products are packaged in clear square or round plastic containers, marked with a lot code and “best by” date on the label.

Voluntarily recalled items include the specific products, lot codes, and expiration dates below. No other products are affected.

Brand Name Item Name UPC Wt Lot Best By Date
Freshness Guaranteed Seasonal Blend 6 81131 18048 1 10oz NCC 0103
NCN 0103
11/7/2023
11/10/2023
Freshness Guaranteed Seasonal Blend 6 81131 18049 8 16oz NCC 0103
NCN 0103
11/7/2023
11/10/2023
Freshness Guaranteed Seasonal Blend 1 94346 12155 7 42oz NCC 0103
NCN 0103
11/7/2023
11/10/2023
Freshness Guaranteed Melon Trio 1 94346 09717 3 16oz NCC 0103
NCN 0103
11/7/2023
11/10/2023
Freshness Guaranteed Melon Mix 1 94346 12151 9 32oz NCC 0103
NCN 0103
11/7/2023
11/10/2023
Freshness Guaranteed Fruit Blend 6 81131 03704 4 16oz NCC 0103
NCN 0103
11/7/2023
11/10/2023
Freshness Guaranteed Fruit Bowl 6 81131 18023 8 40oz NCC 0103
NCN 0103
11/7/2023
11/10/2023
Freshness Guaranteed Seasonal Fruit Tray 6 81131 18022 1 48oz NCC 0103
NCN 0103
11/9/2023
11/12/2023
Freshness Guaranteed Fruit Mix 1 94346 12152 6 32oz NCN 0103 11/10/2023
Freshness Guaranteed Cantaloupe Chunks 6 81131 18014 6 10oz NCC 0103
NCN 0103
11/7/2023
11/10/2023
Freshness Guaranteed Cantaloupe Chunks 6 81131 18015 3 16oz NCC 0103
NCN 0103
11/7/2023
11/10/2023
RaceTrac Fruit Medley 0 74641 00248 8 6oz NCC 0103
NCN 0103
11/7/2023
11/8/2023

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), several illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the whole cantaloupe recalled by Sofia Produce, LLC dba Trufresh, however, as of November 22, no illnesses have been confirmed to be associated with CF Dallas products.

Consumers who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions should contact CF Dallas, LLC customer service at 281-651-5400 Ext 5400 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM CT.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
CF Dallas, LLC Customer Service
 281-651-5400 Ext 5400
Media:
Bethany Hilt
 330-338-6633
 [email protected]

BachelorontheCheap.com ideas for leftover Thanksgiving turkey

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Leftover Turkey
What to do with leftovers?

What else can you do with it?

Lots.

There's the obvious, make a sandwich.  Some turkey, Muenster cheese, a little mustard between a couple of slices of bread or in a bun...  It's another dose of YUM!

You could grab a box of scalloped potatoes from your pantry, make the potatoes per the box instructions, chunk up some of that turkey, throw that in before popping those taters in the oven, and boom!  Dinner.  To add a little kick, finely dice up some jalapeno pepper to include in the mix.  TASTY!

You could do a similar thing by grabbing that box of mac & cheese from the pantry and in about 10 minutes, you'll have another lunch or dinner.  With noodles in mind, you could also simply grab a jar of Alfredo sauce, and boil up some noodles for an impromptu Turkey Alfredo.  Heck, add some chopped turkey to a package of chicken-flavored Ramen for a quick meal.

Dice some turkey up and put it in the fridge for later use.  You can quickly grab that diced turkey for a number of dishes.....  Diced turkey on a salad;  turkey fried rice; turkey & assorted veggies along with some broth in the crock pot for a nice soup; Grab some tortillas to make turkey & cheese quesadillas; open up a tube of crescent rolls and bake them up with turkey, cream cheese and green onion; try some turkey, peas, carrots, and gravy over biscuits.

There are all kinds of things you can do with leftover turkey, have fun with it!

Here's one of my favorite recipes for leftover turkey, Scalloped Turkey!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked turkey meat, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 box of turkey or chicken flavored stuffing mix
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 small can of mushrooms (4 ounces), drained
  • 1/4 Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, then stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, lower the temperature while constantly stirring until the mixture is bubbly and golden.  Gradually whisk in 2 cups of the chicken broth and the cup of heavy cream, continuing to whisk, simmering for about 4 minutes.  Add the turkey meat and set the sauce aside.  In a saucepan over medium heat, saute the onion, celery, and mushrooms in the olive oil, stirring for a couple of minutes until the onions and celery start to caramelize.  Add the garlic powder, the seasoning mix for the stuffing, the bread cubes, and the remaining 1/4 cup of chicken broth.  Stir to incorporate.  Pan-spray a large casserole dish, pour in the bread/veggie mixture, then pour in the turkey sauce.  Top with the grated Parmesan, cover, and bake for about 45 minutes.  Uncover and bake another 10 minutes until the Parmesan is golden, brown and delicious.  Enjoy!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

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