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Apple-Onion SoupNice fall soup.
GristwurstMy mom says my grandmother used to make this recipe and then stuff it into clean old stockings that had gotten runs in them. She'd then let it chill outside. (She only made it in winter because they had no icebox.) Each morning she would squeeze some out and fry it up, then serve it with syrup. My mom says it was DEE-LICIOUS!
Drying Heavy BlanketsYou can dry heavy blankets on the line quickly and without stretching by using this technique: Hang the blanket across the line with the binding down. Then pull the opposite corners down. Water will drip from the lower corners, yet air will still circulate inside the fold.
Anthony's Kite WorkshopNice site for kite plans and instructions.
Buy Dark Clothing - Know When to SkimpIf you're on a budget, spend less by buying dark-colored clothes. Workmanship is much less noticeable in dark-colored fabrics, so most inexpensive darks can pass for pricier.
Make Your Own Dish RagsInstead of buying kitchen dish rags take old towels and cut them into the size you want to clean your dishes with, then finish the edges on your sewing machine and wallah, you can wash them and reuse them.
Baking Soda Laundry BoosterI use baking powder to reduce odors in my laundry. Use about 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load and the laundry will smell okay. The amount can be changed depending on your need.
By Bea Westrate
Stretching The Life Of ClothesTurn your garments inside out before machine washing and drying to reduce wear on edges and creases. You should also do this if you frequently hang your clothes outside to dry because turning them inside out prevents the sun from fading colors.
For A Lighter Whole Wheat BreadTo make a whole wheat bread rise higher and feel lighter, add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice to the dough as you're mixing it. This will add lightness, but will not influence the taste.
Decorative Tins for Gift ContainersLooking for a way to get rid of clutter and save money? Get rid of any decorative tins you've been collecting by using them to put gifts in instead of using wrapping paper or buying another expensive gift bag.
ThriftyFun News November 13, 2004 - Christmas Gift IdeasOnline version of the ThriftyFun News.
Christmas Gift Ideas. Volume Six, Number 44 November 13, 2004
Christmas Gift for Smoking FriendI have an elderly friend who knowing we don't smoke, won't smoke in our home, and always brings an empty Peanut Can with her to put her cigarette stub into.
Making a Cutting BoardThis project takes giving a gift with a personal touch to a whole new level.. Follow these steps to create a fun and functional cutting board designed (by you!) to match their kitchen and their personality perfectly.
Thrifty MouthwashOur dentist told us to mix 1/3 mouthwash, 1/3 peroxide, 1/3 water for an effective way to prevent gum problems. I buy generic mouthwash and peroxide. We have very healthy gums at limited cost.
Gift Wrap IdeasBecause of our consumer society, wrapping paper can be a huge expense. We may want to consider "downgrading" the packaging and wrapping of the things we purchase in the coming year.
I recently heard of a great idea: instead of wasting what amounts to tons (collectively) of wrap and ribbon, why not use seasonal dish clothes or towels to wrap some items? You could use place mats that have been rolled up and tied as a beautiful gift alone or with some kind of neat kitchen gizmo tucked inside. Use YOUR imagination!
Editor's Note: What gift wrapping ideas have you used? Do you have any ideas to share with our readers?
Quick and Easy Crocheted Snowflake Necklace and EarringsUsing crochet cotton and a size 11 hook, chain 4. Join with a slip stitch to form a ring, work 13 double crochet in ring, slip stitch in top of first double crochet.
Sleep In Smaller RoomsIf you are short on living space in your home consider this: use one of your smaller bedrooms for sleeping, and use your largest bedroom as a family room, den, or craft room.
Homemade Spa or Hot Tub CoverWhen we got our hot tub it came with a nice insulated cover. What we did not count on was that my daughter's pit bull puppy would love to tear it up. Our hot tub is outside so we tried everything to keep it covered and ended up not using it for a couple of winter's because it became a real money drain.
Slimming Thick AnklesIf you have thick ankles, avoid shoes with ankle straps at all costs. Instead, look for straps across the front of the foot to draw attention away from the ankle area. Open toes or detail at the toe have the same effect. Also try stacked, chunky heels, which will make your ankles look more proportionate.
Snowman Jar Craft Idea for Co-WorkersThese cute little snowman are easy to make and can be filled with some candy.
Peeling VegetablesWhen peeling vegetables, peel the large end first, then the small end. That way you will have the rough skin as a "handle" while you're holding the small end, and you'll have the large end to hold as a "handle" while you peel the small end.
By Katie A.
Inexpensive Seashell Picture FrameI've bought picture frames (with wide borders) from the Goodwill or other thrift stores. I use craft paint (any color) to paint them and then a satin varnish. Then I hot glue a variety of shells to the frame. I use shells I pick up at my beach and the frames cost only a couple dollars.
Air Out Old BooksTo get a musty odor out of old books, place the books outdoors in the sun and frequently fan out the pages so that the air can reach them. Brush off any mildew or mold. If the pages are damp, sprinkle cornstarch between them and brush it off after a few hours.
Freezing MeatballsTo freeze meatballs, place them on a cookie sheet until frozen. Place in plastic bags. They will stay separated so that you may remove as many as you want.
Baskets of PresentsNever pass up baskets which are somewhat used or being sold cheap. Save them all for Christmas gifts. Anything can be put in them, two or three items of the same theme, such as yarn, crochet, and crochet book, etc., and then wrapped with pretty cellophane paper and a ribbon.
Etching a Glass BottleIt's easy to give store-bought bottles a "homemade touch" by etching them with a special message or design, then filling them with something your recipient will love.
Recipes Using Ground Flax?I would like recipes using ground flax. Thank you,
Gwen from Minnesota