MADE IN THE USA ~revised again

I have another wonderful company to add to this MADE IN USA list, WeatherTech is playing their add during the super bowl for 2015 so if you missed it, here it is today, just before the superbowl airs it.
This blog has been updated promoting what a  wonderful country we are that still make stuff in our country! If you know of other’s please comment here so those who might want to know of another great business to support can find it too.

Many of the people I know helped to give me this list. I am not that knowledgeable of all the Made in USA places. I did search many of the sites & was sure to link it if I liked what I saw believing other’s would like to know it as well.

I cannot vouch for all the sites. There are so many~ so who would have guessed! We are still geniuses, or creative & know how to market. We can beat this foreign reliance if we want to.

I fear however, that many will see the “cost” of some items & think, heck, I can go to blank Mart & get it cheaper~ but friend, remember, we are trying to stop this trend, or you would not be reading this. Yes, it does cost more if it is made in the USA, because it is the reality of it all. It costs to make stuff. Did you know that much of the items not made in the USA are done with slave labor? That means, the top guys make all the profit! The workers are not treated well & many are forced to do the work for pennies! That is not an understatement. This is why we must get back to buying local~ to keep our own country from going the way of foreign reliance & to keep the slave labor from destroying other countries. If we don’t buy, they don’t need workers~ It’s up to US~

So, here is the “incomplete” detailed list~

I have clicked on all these sites below, or have purchased some of the items from them to have recommended them here, but there will certainly be the one that slips thru that I did not check. Do your homework & enjoy shopping! Keep this for future reference~

Locally we have a business that sells local crafter’s items. Look to your town to find these as well. Or, start your own store…we live in a college town & that helps as they often have crafts to make & sell. But certainly not required. Just let others know so you have a great business. Better yet, comment here & post it for other’s to read all about it~ periodically I will add the new ones you send me to this list. Keep them coming~

Here is a main page someone alerted me to. It has the Staber Washing Machines listed & is the only Made in USA washer.

Welding Supplies~ Hobart Welding~ All welding equipment is manufactured in the USA. Wire and Accessories are made in USA and overseas. Regards, Keith McQuown Manager, Technical Support Hobart Welding Products   An ITW Company 600 W. Main St. Troy, OH 45373 USA

Lehman’s offers a Made in USA page~  click the USA Made tab at the top to see all they offer~
Wood drying racks for hanging clothes to dry like hand washables. Click on Laundry at the site
Hand Wringer for hand washing to squeeze the water from the clothes
Wash boards for scrubbing stains from clothing ~ beeswax furniture polish ~Cast Iron pots~proudly made in Tennessee
MagLite LED Flashlight
Home Improvement Paint~ ~ Yes this is a South Florida company, so for those of you there, take advantage. If you are not in FL, contact them to see if they will ship their paint. 

Staber washing machine & dryer Cuppow is manufactured in Minneapolis from BPA-free polypropylene, which Resnikoff says doesn’t stain or deform at boiling temperatures. “In theory, it’s reusable indefinitely,” he tells Co.Design, but it’s also recyclable. The packaging was designed by Natalya Zahn and is printed by hand by Repeat Press, in Somerville, Massachusetts. “We’re striving to keep our product 100% made in the U.S.A.,” Resnikoff says, “employing people who hold their work to high standards.” (Safety tip: Because a glass cup isn’t known for its insulating properties, when filling your jar with piping-hot liquids, you may want to consider using a cozy.) Get yourshere for $7.99. I have owned my juicer for 16 years. It has been a reliable tool & still going strong~


Food~While searching for some dried beans, I did find some organically grown black turtle beans grown in the USA.
with lots of other goodies to boot!
My favorite vitamin & misc, ordering place
Farmer’s Markets***** type in your zip code & it will bring up locally grown food~safe, non GMO
Re-usable canning lids~ I have these & they are great~
Food Safe Lye~ be used for Pretzels, Olives, Lutefisk, Hominy or any other food use. bulk teas, herbs, heirloom garden seeds, salves, books on how to make tinctures, DVD’s on how to make babies, sign up for a free catalog…etc herbs & such bulk herbs, books, water filters, beeyoutiful supplements, grains, coffee, salves, free catalog here…etc
Clothing~Pointer Brand Denim Jeans/ Bib Overalls, Jean Jackets, Shorts~
Diamond Gussett Jeans
modern JEANS***Adriano Goldschmied~
Aerostitch (motorcycle clothes)
WARM ALPACA SOCKS  Fibers for knitting, crocheting, spinning
Couture Clothing~Alabama Chanin is a made by hand clothing company in Alabama. The clothes are literally all made by hand stitching.  If you buy her book,
you get the pattern to make many of the items. For the cheaper option. I have made two dresses so far, going to make more.
Imogene & willie~  jeans t-shirt ~Nashville, TN ~ You have to read their “Our Story”…it will make you smile
Men & Women’s clothing ~ ~Organic options too~
Organic Cotton for baby! baby hats & other knitted baby items

some of these shoes might be good for the bowling alley, but if you need a low heel, this is the american made shoe for you!  Some of them are not bad looking. Check it out! Men’s & Ladies shoes. href=”” target=”_blank”> these are beautiful & good price water proof boots! Made in USA


They will make you a pair of socks from your own fiber! COOL ***

wool socks  ~ the first 7 on this page are made in USA..then more are scattered ~but this page will change as new ones are added. Effective December 2011

For the Body~ 

Lip balm junk~isn’t this great! contains no poop! ~safe, organic cosmetics made in Crossville, TN ~ I use this makeup because they do not use chemicals. Though they get some of the herbs & minerals for their makeup from fair trade people’s around the world, this product is made in the USA by hand.

TOYS~   ~***a note about this company…they do not have just toys…they list garden supplies, lawn care, lawn furniture, grills, home spas, hot tubs..etc..quite extensive. They also tell if items that used to be made in the USA are now made somewhere no guessing on your part~ stuff for your pets! including horse feed.
safe pet food.  ~I found our local dealer ~search your area for a dealer. oh, btw, its not cheap..but it will be safe. Remember the china scare of the damage done to all our pets kidney’s out there due to the harmful ingredients in the stores bought food. This feed would have prevented such.

Bar Bells for Preemies
Stickers ~ these are among our favorites!

***Brown Craft paper*** ~I inquired of their Made in USA products, here is their response~Dear Ms. Cahow:Thank you for e-mailing ShurTech Brands. We appreciate your interest in our products.Many, but not all, of our products are made in the USA.  We are constantly striving to source as many of our products as possible from the USA and still maintain our low prices. If you have a UPC code from a specific product, we could look it up and see where it is made. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to call us at (800) 321-0253, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time; or visit us on the Web at
Thank you for your inquiry. I hope you find this information helpful.
Sincerely,Consumer Relations RepresentativeShurTech Brands, LLC

Miscellaneous Etsy sites ~ hair bow holders, can make to order if you want a specific color ~vintage made items & vintage decor, linens, vintage chenille bedspreads, vintage chalk ware, roseville pottery, vintage cookie jars, ~ cameo rings, hair accessories, I bought a ring at the latest sale, very beautiful & affordable ~cute hats for all, infant to adult, she makes the cutest little boy ties~using velcro but an authentic tie sewn so it will not come apart. ~ solid roll on lotion, lip balm, organic dog treats, she makes quilts to order too,

Sportsmans Guide sells a slew of Made in USA, from hunting supplies, clothing, shoes, bedding, kitchen ware,  down comforters, camp stoves, military canteen’s, knives, ammo, beds, furniture, etc. type in the search bar Made in USA and it will bring up all they offer.

Miscellaneous things

Recorded Moments, ~ Teleseminars, Webinars, Live Events ~  Contact them for such 931-445-7411 ..this is done via the internet/phone so you need not be local to the company who are also friends of ours ~


Let’s Make Vinegar

Waste Not~ I first made apple cider vinegar about 18 years ago when I read you could do so in my Little House On The Prairie Cookbook. 

I make apple cider vinegar when I have lots of apple cores & peelings, which is what this particular recipe calls for you to do.  I needed to deal with a couple bushels of apples that were being ignored & were getting mealy. Here is the result of lots of apples~

We made applesauce, apple juice, fruit leather, dried apple rings & vinegar. The process for the vinegar will take much longer than the other mentioned products, but was begun at the same time as the other’s were being made. The main goal here is, do not waste any of the fruit. Which I show you here as we literally used every bit of the apple. Nothing was wasted. 
All of these projects were done mostly in one day, but for the completion of the vinegar. We started about the one o’clock hour. Wrapping & storing were done on the second day.
First up we (my daughter & I) made dried apple rings. Core the apple, then slice thin and place on cookie sheet or trays that can be dried at temperatures of 150 degrees, and no higher or you end up with cooked apples. I used my wood cook stove with the oven door open and on top of the warming shelf and in my solar  hanging food dryer made by The PANtrie for the perfect temperature to dry.  Of course this is done in the fall or winter when apples are naturally ripe & temps outside allow for the stove to be lit also warming the house. An electric dryer works too for those who do not have the wood stove option. You can use an electric or gas oven during the day time with the same 150 degree temperature. Over night in the electric dehydrator too.This process took all day & into the next morning & will depend on how thick you cut your apple rings.


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Next, we made apple juice. I have a champion juicer. which is a heavy duty brand so not easy to move around. But, it has lasted these 16 years with no break downs & has so many uses. The juicer takes the juice then sends the excess out through the end and is what I made the fruit leather from. This is what I meant by waste not.

To make the fruit leather, simply spread the apple paste onto wax or parchment paper lined cookie sheets & place in a warm place to dry. This was done the same day as the apple rings on the wood stove warming shelf & in the oven with door open. Part way through the drying, slice the paste to make it easy to pull off & wrap. It took overnight for this to dry. If you make it too thick, it will take longer. Next day, when all is dry, use plastic wrap to roll up the leather for storage. Then enjoy the healthy, sweet, treat.
Next came the apple sauce. I took the core & peel off the apple(save all this).  Ran it through the juicer without the attachments so it would come out masticated and into my pan for heating, juice & all. I place my clean jars into the open oven of my cook stove to sterilize & heat my jars readying them for the hot applesauce. Place heated through applesauce into jar, seal & place upside down on a counter, covering with a towel to prevent breakage from cool draft. Then in the morning, store away in a cool, dark closet.
Finally~ Take the apple peels, seeds & cores & place in a crock or a jar that can be kept dark. Using the recipe from The Little House On the Prairie Cookbook, add boiled rain or spring water with honey dissolved in the water. Pour over the cores & peels & leave undisturbed for one month. When the bubbling has stopped, leave for at least another month or longer to obtain the right acidity for the apple cider vinegar. Bottle & use however you like ACV. 

what is Cassia? or Amalaki? Color your hair safely

Amla, Emblica officinalis, also known as the Indian Gooseberry

Amla powder is from the dried and ground fruit of the Indian Gooseberry tree, Emblica Officinalis. Amla contains natural tannins, vitamin C, ascorbic acid, and acts as a natural astringent. Amla has been used for tanning and dying hides as well as a cosmetic and folk remedy. Amla grows in central and southern India, Burma, and Ceylon.

I get mine here ~

 Here is what wikipedia has to say about it ~


I turned gray too early. My younger children were often mistaken for my grandchildren. I had to do something. I did go the gray route, but did not like how it paled me. I looked unhealthy. So I wanted something safe & natural. No skunk stripe. Cassia promised to be the answer. I use it & love the golden color of my is soft as it also conditions & no more gray. It has taken my hair in the back of my head & brought back the true brown color & the gray is now blonde/golden. All mixing very nicely & not unnatural looking. I will never go back to the gray unless I cannot get hold of the product. Its a safe way to treat & color your hair. I get mine here

I have a new site where I am going to continue getting my cassia. It turned out amazing. see picture below. You have several choices in color. This brand was far superior to all that I have tried so far. The cheapest for the amount. a whole pound for $6.50. I am part of a coop where we get enough orders for free shipping so it may be a little more than this. The color was wonderful comparing to the other brands. More grainy & left residue that keeps falling out, but I will deal with the trade off for a cheaper & better outcome.

at this site they say 100 grams colors/conditions short gray hair. I use the 100 grams in four uses. So I stretched it out & it works to divide it up in smaller amounts.