Blix Electric Bikes 100 Mile Update

It’s been a busy last two months of camping, fishing and riding our Blix Electric Bikes. We have both ridden our bikes a little over 100 miles and going strong. I cannot say one negative comment about these bikes, from the comfort, user friendly design to the incredible balance they provide. We have been riding them to the grocery store, to Starbucks -fun and exploring every trail in and around Bend, Oregon. Wait until we get back on the RV road, we will be dangerous.

So let’s discuss Pros:  Well designed with super comfort

Upgraded LITHIUM Battery with a 55 mile range

Well built spring loaded luggage rack

Foldability for storage – even fits in the back of our 4 runner

Headlight and rear light powered by lithium battery

Power assist and changing gears user friendly

CONS:    Possibly the  38 pound weight for some could be a disadvantage –  I personally                      believe the weight helps with the performance and balance of this bike.

Put this bike on your Christmas, bucket list and hopefully you will be able to                         have as much fun as we are having on these amazing designed electric bikes.

Until Next Time Cheers From Just Around The Bend ♥♥♥♥♥liz-logo-1

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Thin Bins Collapsible Containers

Over the last three years of our owning an RV, traveling extensively and trying to stay organized , we have slowly figured out some tricks. Thin Bins is one trick that helped declutter our cabinets! Thin Bins are the perfect choice for small apartments, dorms, RVs, camping and more!

Saving Space is huge as each container is collapsible to 1/3 its original size for easy compact storage and the right lid easily snaps shut making them stackable.

Thin Bins Collapsible Containers – Set of 4 Square Silicone Food Storage Containers – BPA Free, Microwave, Dishwasher and Freezer Safe – $19.99 and Free Shipping with Amazon.

I prefer the value set – Set of 4 assorted stackable and collapsible silicone containers – Includes one of each size for the best value: Small (10.5 oz), Medium (18 oz), Large (26 oz), and Extra Large (43 oz).

The design is amazing, with snap on lids which create an airtight vacuum seal that keeps your food secured and fresher longer. Featuring an air vent for microwave heating.

Now the really important part, thin bins are made from 100% FDA compliant non-toxic, BPA free, food grade silicone. They are non-stick, leak-proof, easy to clean , they don’t stain and microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. Great for storing leftovers in the fridge and microwavable for when you’re ready to enjoy your meal.

I have not been contacted by thins bins to represent their product.  I  have used this product for over two years and like it so much I have ordered another and  believe in its quality and convenience.

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Cheers From Just Around The Bend♥♥♥♥


Julienne and Vegetable Peeler by UberChef

I dont know about you but my husband and I love gadgets. We both love to cook, but I hate a tool that’s just o.k. maybe not so sharp which is really dangerous or hard to  clean or so bulky it won’t fit in your drawers. It was time to get rid of my (4) dull vegetable peelers, yes (4) and get a really decent one. I searched the internet with mixed opinions . I had just received this months copy of my very favorite  Fine Cooking Magazine, June/July 2018 issue. One of the topics was peelers, they reviewed 4 different brands and I am sure all of the brands are wonderful in their own unique designs. The one that caught my eye was the Uberchef dual julienne and vegetable peeler.

Not wasting any time I ordered one for me and one for my daughter, can’t wait to hear how she loves it.  I ordered them on Amazon for $9.95, free shipping and arrived in two days what a deal. 

 Now for the true test, does it live up to what I expected from the Fine Cooking article. The answer is absolutely YES, it’s really amazing.

Number one reason I choose this brand of peeler is because it was made out of heavy-duty solid stainless steel, dishwasher safe and a ubanamic handle which is very comfortable and easy to control.

Second it does double duty, very user friendly, easily and neatly juliennes veggies and fruit. The blade on the opposite side is a traditional very sharp vegetable peeler.  Super easy to clean, including a thin cleaning brush.

This uberchef julienne and peeler will also replace my medium size julienne machine which is difficult to set up and clean. So actually I give up 5 gadgets in my kitchen for one super quality gadget which will last for years.

Testing:  potatoes, so much faster and easier.

Tomatoes: the blade is so sharp it left the tomato in perfect condition.

Kiwi: No problem

Julienne:  Turnips, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, asparagus and one of our favorite sweet potatoes (perfect). With this device you can julienne almost anything.

Happy  cooking from JUST AROUND THE  BEND ♥♥♥♥          liz-logo-1                                                                      


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Whidbey Island Distillery – Wa

Whidbey Island Distillery is a family owned business run by three generations of the Heising family. They began making distilled spirits in 2009 on Washington’s own Whidbey Island and in September 2011 sold their first bottle of Loganberry Liqueur. Since then their distillery has become award winning and a recognized producer of some of the finest spirits in the world. Among numerous awards is the Blackberry Liqueur which holds a 98 rating by the Beverage Testing Institute making it the highest rated spirit (of any kind) produced in North America.

We stumbled onto the Distillery as new members of Harvest Hosts. The owners welcomed us to stay overnight and wowed us with their delicious hand-crafted whiskey.

Tasting and Tour

Whidbey Island is beautiful in itself. Whidbey Island Distillery is warm and rustic, with award winning liqueurs.  A fun and interesting tour with a very unique process with friendly and informative staff.. The liqueurs were amazing, with blackberry being our favorite.

Thanks to  our hosts Steve and Bev for letting us stay in a  beautiful, quiet and serene camp site. We will certainly pass on our special experience and definitely return.


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3466 Craw Road
Langley, WA 98260


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Body Glove Performer Paddle Board

What do 66 year old retired people do in Bend, Oregon? Yes!!! that is correct we  play hard and buy paddle boards. Ok mom I hope you never read this. Our first plan is to get in shape with the Body Glove Performer 11′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board.
The Body Glove ISUP (Inflatable Stand-up Paddleboard) PERFORMER is a multipurpose design for families, fitness activities, fishing and on water yoga. The Performer is designed for incredible stability and durability while also exhibiting an industry leading performance shape from paddling professional Luke Hopkins. He designed this board to be the ultimate board for family fun, fitness, and on water adventures.

The ISUP is made from incredibly durable puncture resistant heavy duty PVC and can support over 320 pounds. This allows for an adult to paddleboard with a child (children) on board. The traction deck pad is made from EVA foam and provides a soft yet grippy feel, perfect for children or as a platform for yoga. The bungee tie down area is perfect for securing gear from fishing tackle to a cooler.

This ISUP package is easily portable, and includes many convenient accessories. When you are ready to hit the water, the high-pressure hand-pump can be used to fully inflate the board in as little as 5 minutes. When it is time to pack up, the board can be quickly deflated and will fit into the included backpack. The 3-Piece travel paddle allows increased portability and ease of use. Including accessories and the board, the backpack only weighs 32 lbs.


Accessories include:

Lightweight 3 piece travel paddle
High pressure pump that can switch from single action to dual action
Leg coil/leash
Repair kit
Cell phone dry bag

Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board:

Length: 11 ft.
Width: 34 in.
Thickness: 6 in.
Nose Rocker: 4.5 in.
Tail Rocker: 0 in.
Board Weight: 24 lbs.


Length: 70 in. – 85 in. (Adjustable)
Weight: 29 oz.
Design: 3 Piece
Shaft: Aircraft Grade Aluminum
Blade: Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon


PERSONAL NOTE: Very stable, easy to carry and glides through the water very nicely, with easy effort. We also love the way the board deflates and packs away for easy storage, highly recommend. We rate the body glove inflatable board a 10 with no reservations.

Until our next adventure, stay tuned and Cheers from Just Around The Bend ♥♥♥♥

NOTE: We have not been contacted by body glove or Costco.


Kuhn Rikon Pressure Cooker

Since the pressure cooker came into my life close to thirty years ago, I’ve eaten better and saved money as well as time. We value our health and strive to cook always from scratch, this is the Thompson MOTTO.    Happy Cooking!

 Product Description
The Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top 7.4-Quart Pressure Cooker features an automated lid-locking system and safety release back-up system to give you ultimate peace of mind. The spring-loaded pressure release valve is a large knob marked with easily visible red lines so cooks can see at a glance whether the correct pressure has been reached. When it’s time to release pressure, just turn the knob to indicators for slow or quick release of steam. There is no need to hold down the release valve by hand. You see the exact pressure and know exactly when to start and stop cooking. So, there is no danger of overcooking and no noisy steam escapes. It’s blissfully quiet. Cook healthy delicious meals in minutes, not hours. Easy to use with its interior fill lines, automatic locking system, and precision spring-loaded pressure release valve. A stainless steel steaming trivet is included. Cooking with a Duromatic Pressure Cooker not only saves an incredible amount of time, it produces exquisitely delicious food. Vitamins are sealed in, instead of boiled away, vegetables keep their bright colors and flavors are so intense less seasoning is needed. While you are saving time you are also saving money and natural resources. Using a Duromatic Pressure Cooker also conserves energy. The Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top 7.4 quart is Kuhn Rikon’s most popular and versatile size. Included is Quick Cuisine Cookbook, a $14.00 value – free.

Epigraph “There is a gadget on the market that permits a cook to scoff at time. It is a pressure cooker… The hurry-up cook in possession of this steamer may serve many dishes denied her by any other method.” —IRMA S. ROMBAUER The Joy of Cooking (1946 edition)
This is a product review about a product I truly believe in, I have not been asked or paid to review this product.

Until next time, see you JUST AROUND THE BEND ♥♥


Wine Saver By Vacu Vin

Wine saver by Vacu Vin really works and  preserves your wine after opening. It’s Simple,  after opening your bottle and if by any chance there is some wine left,  place the wine stopper provided on top of the wine bottle and pump the Vacu Vin  until you hear a CLICK. That’s it, your bottle is sealed and preserved. When you are ready for another drink just press your finger against the tip on the top of the stopper which will release  the pressure and remove the stopper. I have actually re sealed a bottle of wine 3 times and the flavor was just as good as the first opening. We have even left it this way for four weeks and it has held.

Pros:     Definitely extended the life of my wines.                                                                                            Great gift for wine connoisseurs.                                                                                                           Affordable.  

Cons:  Be careful when you press the vacuum pump down as it can pinch your fingers. 

Hints:  Run the rubber stopper under water before using it – a little moisture helps                         achieve a better seal, especially when the rubber stoppers are no longer new.

Disclaimer: I have not been asked to review, approached or reimbursed for reviewing this product. Wanted to share a product I really like which works great for us, even added one to our RV.


We purchased our Vacuvin from Amazon which included free shipping      Amazon

“The Wine Saver is a vacuum pump, which extracts the air from the opened bottle and re-seals it with a re-usable rubber stopper. Place the re-usable stopper in the bottle and extract the air from the bottle using the Wine Saver pump. A “click” sound tells you when you have reached the optimum vacuum level. The vacuum slows down the oxidation process which makes it possible to enjoy your wine again at a later date. The question “how often do I have to pump?” is a thing of the past. The unique and patented vacuum indicator will emit a “click” sound when the correct vacuum is reached.”

RV Camp-A-Toaster

We had a toaster on our trailer that you plug in to electric, right who doesn’t, but you need electric to toast which requires a lot of power. So if you RV and camp like we do, often times we are off of the grid (no electric). Yes we have a 2000 watt generator, but you can only use one appliance at a time even with running our generator..

EXAMPLE: After I shower I like to blow dry my hair while Jeff prepares breakfast, so if he is using the microwave and I am blow drying my hair the breaker blows. Plug in coffee pot and the toaster at the same time, blows the breaker, you can see where I am going  with this. One appliance at a time only. 

RV SHOPPING: So I happen to be at Jerry’s RV in Bend, Oregon checking out all of the cool RV kitchen supplies and  (VOILA) I found the perfect answer, The World Famous Stovetop Camp-A-Toaster. So of course I purchased one at a reasonable price of $10.70, donated my electric toaster  to my work and  PROBLEM IS SOLVED.

Camp-A-Toaster toasts two slices of bread in a jiffy over a campfire, campstove burner, grill and even your gas stove at home or in your RV . Its ideal for English muffins, sandwiches  and my homemade bread fits perfectly. It weights 9 ounces, measures 5 x 9 by 2 1/2 inches, super easy to store and made in the  U.S.A.

PERFECT TOAST:. I have found to make perfect toast I set my gas burner at 2 and as soon as you smell that wonderful toast aroma in approximately 1 minute the toast is ready to flip and toast another minute its that easy and fast.

Disclaimer: I have not been asked to review, approached or reimbursed for reviewing this product. I wanted to share a product I really like which works great for our RV and would be wonderful for other small spaces such as apartments or tiny homes etc.


Salad Spinners For RV’S and smaller spaces

Today I am going to review my new favorite  collapsible salad spinner. Which happens to  reduce itself in size by half for COMPACT STORAGE. BPA free and a ample 4 Liter size.

HOW TO USE: Remove lid and expand bowl and basket separately. Place the lid on the bowl and start turning, it’s that simple.

CLEANING: Hand wash for better results. To disassemble lid, simply unscrew the green center knob under the lid.

OTHER USES: Basket can be used as a colander and the bowl can be used for mixing salads and for serving.

Review:   After  using this product for several months I cannot find  anything that I don’t like, I even love the bright lime green and white color.  The spinner handle is very easy to spin and it really removes the moisture from the lettuce and or herbs. Being a multi functional kitchen gadget which folds up to 10 inches by 10 inches by 3 inches I would highly recommend. Staefeit is available on Amazon for free shipping.


Disclaimer: I have not been asked to review, approached or rembursed for reviewing this product. I wanted to share a product I really like which works great for our RV and would be wonderfull for other small spaces such as apartments or tiny homes etc.


RV Travel Adventures

Welcome to Just Around The Bend our travel  blog. As we go about our adventures we are hoping to see and experience some wonderful places and meet a lot of interesting people. One of our challenges on the road and living in our little caravan is to stay fit and eat healthy. One would hope that the time factor is on our side and we can be creative in our cuisine keeping it healthy and tasty. Another fun goal is to visit every National Park on our journey in our 24 foot Navion Sprinter. see ya on the road!

We are Jeff and Liz from Bend Oregon. Five years ago we retired and have been traveling and exploring the United States and Canada in our 2018 Winnebago Navion. Our goal is to visit all of the National Parks and State Parks and National Monuments and any and all points of interests.  Our RV is a 4 season ready and so are we. In the past five years we have traveled extensively through the Pacific Northwest into British Columbia and spent the last two winters in The Sonoran Desert. We are ready to head out and see the rest of the country and lots more of Canada. We will keep you posted on upgrades to our RV and life on the road. Happy Trails from JUST AROUND THE BEND.

Happy Trails,  Jeff and Liz   ♥