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Wive's Tales & Home Remedies, How Effective Are They? - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

AppleDoes an apple a day really keep the doctor away?  Does mixing rubbing alcohol and water to make a de-icer really work? 

Here are a few that I know first hand to be tried and true.  Let's start off with a classic, eating those apples....

Wives Tale: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.  There have been a number of studies done on this and apples do indeed have many health benefits, from being heart healthy to improving your immune system.  I don't know about you, but I'd rather eat an apple than visit the doctor.

And with apples in mind....

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Need that special gift for Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14th?

Singing Valentines - RoseFor a donation of $45, a women's quartet will perform two love songs and deliver a Valentine card, a rose, candy, and memories to last a lifetime!  The music can also say “you are special” or “thank you” to groups such as family members or friends at a restaurant, workplace, retirement facility, just about anywhere in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids or surrounding area.  Have harmony, will travel.

If you would like to touch someone’s heart on Valentine’s Day, make your request at  or call 319-430-0169.  Imagine the surprise, the smiles and sometimes a few joyful tears.   To reach loved ones across the miles, you may request a Singing Valentine via telephone for a donation of $10.   Get your order placed soon. 

President Trump receives illegal immigration briefing from border patrol agent

President Trump on Thursday visited the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas and argued a barrier made of steel would deter human trafficking and other violent crimes, amid stalled negotiations with Democrats over funding the border project and ending the partial government shutdown.

"Where you have a good strong barrier, you don't have problems," the president told reporters during his tour.

During a briefing with border agents at a patrol station in McAllen, Trump highlighted gun, trafficking and drug crimes along the border. The president spoke in front of a table of items border agents have seized, including a rifle, handguns, a plastic bag full of cash and black-taped bricks of heroin and meth.

“If we had a barrier of any kind, a powerful barrier, whether it’s steel or concrete...We would stop it cold,” Trump said.

How to build the wall on the U.S. southern border in three easy steps

By Mike Thayer

Step 1:  Give the Democrat party the middle finger.  They apparently care more about illegal aliens than they do about American citizens.

Step 2:  Use money seized from Mexican drug cartels for construction of the wall.  Money seized from the Mexican drug cartel El Chapo amounts to $13 billion.  Democrat 'leaders' Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have refused to fund President Trump's requested $5 billion for a wall.  Things that make you go hmmmmm....  Never mind that the U.S. Government, a.k.a. taxpayers, shells out $150 billion plus annually on illegal immigration.....   Hmmmm.....  Which makes more sense to you?  Use drug cartel money to curb illegal immigration by 99%?, or continue to pay $150+ billion annually for illegal immigrants to come in the country and suck from the U.S. teat?

Step 3:  Have the U.S. military build the wall.  They're already being paid, so take the labor figure out of the equation.  Remember, we can use El Chapo drug cartel money to pay for the wall.

Protecting your grill with a grill cover -

By Mike Thayer

I'm a regular reader of smoking, grilling, bbq blogs and websites and lately I've come across some debate on whether or not you should cover your grill with a grill cover.

"Grill covers trap moisture and that can lead to mold," say some....

"Your grill will rust if you cover it, covers get wet in the rain and stay wet long after the rain stops" say others...

Both of those lines are complete horse manure, put out there by some grillers who just aren't thinking things through.

There is no debate, without question, grill covers prolong the life of your grill, helping to keep it clean, dry and the finish looking good.

Let's go back to that first anti-cover argument, "Grill covers trap moisture and that can lead to mold."


20190102_114216-1(1)I'm not eating anything the guy with the mold issue grills up, he's not properly maintaining his grill, let alone his grill cover.    Ashes need to be removed from the grill, grates cleaned, excess grit/grime removed, surfaces wiped down.   There is no way for any kind of mold to develop if your grill is properly maintained.  And the best thing you can do when it comes to grill covers is to apply a silicone water-guard and letting that dry before putting it into use.  Most grill covers of any quality when new, repel water.  But the sun and weather conditions will eventually wear that protection down.  Spraying that new cover right out of the box or bag with some silicone will greatly enhance the cover's ability to repel water.  A properly maintained cover REPELS water, it doesn't "trap" it.  Whoever thinks covers trap moisture, doesn't know how to properly maintain and use a grill cover, let alone store their grill when not in use.  If you've got a cover that stays wet long after a rain, or if you pull off a cover and your grill is wet, then your cover either needs to be sprayed with silicone or your cover is at the point in its life of service where it just needs to be replaced.   If it's got a hole or a rip, guess what?  No, it's NOT time for duct tape, it's time for a new grill cover.

And now for that second anti-cover comment:  "Your grill will rust if you cover it, covers get wet in the rain and stay wet long after the rain stops."

20190102_114345That's just a flat out myth!  It's the same thing as for the mold argument, no properly maintained grill is going to prematurely develop rust from the use of a good grill cover.  That rust claim is just absurd!  To repeat:  A properly maintained cover REPELS water, it doesn't "trap" it.   A clean grill is a happy grill and a silicone sprayed grill cover is a dry cover.  An UNCOVERED grill is going to rust out LONG before a properly maintained and properly covered grill ever will!

You see folks, using a grill cover is kind of like using a condom.  If you don't want your lady to get pregnant, you wear a condom.  If you don't want your grill to get dirty, dusty, the paint faded or scratched, get hit with bird droppings and the like, you put a cover on it!   Don't buy into the mold or rust nonsense - put a cover on it!   Hey, there's a name for a cover right?  The Grill Condom.....  OK, maybe not...

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READ: Texas judge’s ruling striking down ObamaCare

A federal judge in Texas on Friday struck down the Affordable Care Act, throwing a new round of uncertainty into the fate of the law just one day before the deadline to sign up for coverage for next year.

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the law's individual mandate is unconstitutional, and that because the mandate cannot be separated from the rest of the law, the rest of the law is also invalid.


The Arbynator from Arby's is an excellent sandwich, a repeat buy - Bachelor on the Cheap

20181130_133556By Mike Thayer

It's the restaurant's Roast Beef n' Cheddar sandwich with a stack of curly fries on top and it's FANTASTIC!

Here's the sandwich description from the Arby's website:

The Arbynator has Roast Beef, Cheese Sauce, Horsey Sauce®, Arby’s Sauce® and Curly Fries, all in the same sandwich. Or in other words, it is the most Arby’s sandwich Arby’s has ever made. Available in Classic, Double and Half Pound sizes.

I went with the classic version in this taste test and the sandwich was a delight with every bite!  The stack of roast beef, the cheddar sauce, complimented by the marriage of Arby's and Horsey sauces, topped with those crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside curly fries and served on that sesame seed bun......  WOW did this sandwich hit the spot!

20181130_133610It's only available for a limited time, so I would suggest you take advantage of it while you can.  Rumor has it Arby's will stop serving it on December 23.

The sandwich ROCKS and I got curly fries in every bite!

I purchased my Arbynator Classic for just $4.50 (that's with tax) and it's a meal all by itself, totally satisfying.

The Arbynator gets five out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars and is most definitely a repeat buy!

5 stars
$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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A simple bourbon cocktail: Hillbilly High - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

It's five-o'clock somewhere right?

20181129_104441This is a go-to adult beverage for me, of my own invention, I call it, the Hillbilly High.  It ain't purdy, it ain't sweet, it ain't lady-like foo-foo, it don't have an umbrella in it.

It's bourbon dammit, with a caffeine kicker. 

The Hillbilly High


  • 1 shot of your favorite bourbon
  • 1 shot of Mountain Dew (I prefer Diet Mountain Dew, it's not as sweet)
  • 1 shot of water
  • a squeeze of lime juice and a slice to garnish

Serve on the rocks.

What makes it Hillbilly?  Well, the best American Whiskeys (Bourbon is my preference) come from Kentucky and Tennessee, Hillbilly country.  

What makes it "high?"  Mountain Dew, not only was it invented in Hillbilly country (Tennessee), it brings the caffeine kick!


And the recipe is so easy, ask your favorite bartender to whip one up for you. 

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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