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Apple Butter the Easy WayIn a microwave safe bowl, combine apples, maple syrup and cinnamon. Microwave on high for 15 minutes.
Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna StylePreheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with a thin layer of cooking spray. Place squash halves cut side down on the baking sheet.
Cherry Cheese Cake PieBeat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Spoon into crust. Chill. Spoon pie filling over the top...
Red and Green Christmas Jalapeño JellyRemove stems, veins and most of the seeds of the bell and jalapeño peppers. Mince peppers in a food processor.
Robin's Favorite Holiday Salad RecipesThree of Robin's favorite Christmas salad recipes: Cranberry Salad, Cinnamon Salad and Watergate Salad
Chipmunk PieSift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in egg, vanilla and chopped apples. Bet thoroughly...
Plastic Dish Pans for LaundryI use a small plastic 3-tier shelf lined with plastic dishpans to separate clean laundry. Each dishpan is labeled with each person's name and one labeled "upstairs." 2 of my kids are old enough to put up their laundry.
Sheet Washing TipsTips and ideas for washing, drying and folding sheets. Post your ideas.
A Lunch Bag for PanhandlersI don't like giving money to panhandlers but sometimes want to do something. I fixed up lunch bags with a juice box, snack mix, apple, cookies, and a candy or two.
Making a Cheap ValanceTo make quick and cheap curtain valances take a dust ruffle from a bed and remove the lower ruffle, flip down about 2-3 inches along the top cut side and sew it down on the machine. The rest of the curtain will already have a nice finished edge.
Getting All the Motor OilMake sure to get all the motor oil out of the containers used in oil changes buy letting them drip upside down in a funnel back into one of the containers, letting each one drain for a couple of days.
Melanie's Quick Mac n Cheese Boil the elbow pasta as usual.
In a separate pan make a "rue" by melting 1/3 cup butter with just a bit less than 1/3 cup of flour till it's a thick paste. Add in about 1 1/2 cups of milk and warm until it's combined, melted and thickening.
Bar Cookies for the HolidaysTo simplify my baking I make a lot of bar cookies. I bought some extra pans at the thrift store, so now I can leave the cookies in the pans until I am ready to cut them and arrange the gift trays.
Pack a Lunch for the Preschooler TooWhen I pack lunch for my school age children, I pack one for my younger child as well that way he gets a kick out of using his lunch box and we have lunch prepared if we are on the go at lunchtime.
Homemade Bean Bags for KidsHomemade bean bags are a great gift for children. Use the sleeve or leg of an old garment and then sew in pieces. I fill them with rice, not beans. They are lighter with rice and don't hurt as bad if you are hit with one.
E-Card Holiday Virus Packs Ugly PunchThat e-card bringing Christmas cheer is nothing but a nasty
mass-mailing worm that could turn your PC into a zombie
machine, anti-virus experts warn. Read more about this
decidedly unjolly arrival.
Buying a Month's Worth of Utilities as a Gift?Does anyone know if utilities still let you buy a month of someone's service for a gift? I know some let you but wasn't sure if any still do?
HELP! Last minute shopping is not working!
Cleaning Cake Decorating Bags?I bake and decorate cakes, as a second income, and use washable bags for my frosting. Over time, the bags seem to develop an odor of stale shortening, which I can't seem to get rid of. The bags are not cheap, so I can't keep replacing them, and the odor doesn't seem to transfer over to the cake I am working on, but it just bothers me that I can't get rid of the odor. I don't like the disposable bags, because they are too stiff, and they're not cheap either. I don't have a dishwasher to wash them in, but I try to use really hot water, and even let them soak, but it doesn't matter. Any suggestions on what I should use?
Where's Erma Bombeck When We Need Her? Uses For Unmatched Socks.I am the proud owner of a large trash bag of widowed and orphaned socks--all colors, all sizes. Although Erma Bombeck would have known where to search for the mates, we've lost her and are on our own.