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X Is for Xtra Special Celebration CakeGrease 2 round pans, 9 x 1 1/2 inches, dust with flour. Mix flour, salt, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
Chocolate BarkLine a cookie sheet with wax paper. Melt chocolate in a medium size saucepan over low heat or in the microwave. Let cool until warm.
Y Is for Yogurt CupsHeat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix flour, butter and powdered sugar until crumbly, sprinkle in water, 1 tsp. at a time, stirring until dough forms.
Strawberry ButterThis strawberry butter is a great topping for your morning toast or even on waffles.
Candy Bar FudgeCombine sugar, cocoa and milk; stir well. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil; boil 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add next 3 ingredients and pecans, if desired; stir until chocolate and butter are melted.
Discounted Items at Gardening CentersAsk your local gardening center for any torn or broken bags of mulch, potting soil, woodchips, fertililzer, etc. They sell these at discounted prices to move them out.
Crocheted Toddler Girl's HatPattern for making a crocheted hat for a toddler.
Using Key Chains as Christmas OrnamentsIn order to save money on Christmas tree decorations I use key chains as ornaments. Some key chains look similar to ornaments and are made of sturdier material. Keep this idea in mind when buying souvenirs on vacation.
Justin Time (Quarter Horse)Justin Time is his name, "Justin" for short! He is a grand 8 years old, a Quarter Horse Breeding Stock Paint gelding. I purchased him as an unbroke two year old for a measly $500. Justin loves to drink Capri Sun, to jump, and to eat.
Avery (Parrot)This is my sister's parrot, Avery. He's the sweetest guy, sometimes like a perpetual 2-year old and has become a part of our family. He loves to show off for the camera.
Collecting and Using Geranium Flower SeedsGeranium flower seeds are so expensive to purchase, and since I have some geraniums in bloom right now, (soon to get a frost, up here in canada) I would appreciate if any one could tell me what to look for in collecting the seed, when is it ready for picking, and when the seed should be started for plants for the following year.
Bath JellyEmpty the packet of gelatin into a bowl and set aside. Boil 3/4 cup of water using a saucepan or Kettle. Carefully pour the hot water into mixing bowl and mix it with the gelatin powder. Let the gelatin dissolve completely.
Quick and Easy Baby GiftFor a quick and easy and cheap baby gift, buy a package of cloth diapers, then personalize them by adding decorative ribbon. I have bought ribbon at Hobby Lobby for 10 cents a yard on clearance. If you do not sew, then apply heat n bond fusible to the back of the ribbon and simply iron on. This is a practical gift that any new (or not so new) Mom will love.
Prepping the Garden for FallAs summer turns to autumn, it's time to take stock of this year's growing season and start shifting our focus to prepping the garden for fall. Here is a to-do list of seasonal chores for the lawn and garden:
Make Your Own Massage OilRecently a well known company released a new massage oil product. I priced this item at the local discount retail chain store, they wanted $9.99 for a bottle! Make your own massage oil in the fragrance that you desire.
Using a Window Shade as a Bulletin BoardIn my office, I don't have any room for a bulletin board. So I use my pull up/down window blind for the same purpose as a bulletin board, but with tape instead of pushpins.
Reviving Velcro on a Elbow BandageI have one of those magnetic bandages that close with velcro/scotch. It is for my elbow and I wear it a lot. After just a few months, the velcro is not catching.
How Long Does an Open Bottle of Wine Last?How long is wine good for? My friend has a bottle from last Thanksgiving, it's September now, he says it's fine to drink. I disagree. Who's right?
Beef and Chicken Stock Tastes Like VinegarI had an over abundance of frozen beef and chicken stock so I decided to can it to free up some space. I brought it to a boil, poured it into my sterile jars and then did a 10 minute water bath. I have opened both the chicken and the beef stock and they taste like I added vinegar to them. Can someone please tell me what happened?
Disc Brakes Are Too HardI recently had someone replace the shoes pads on my Chrysler 300M. It has 4 disc brake. Anyway, he replaced the pads but now the brakes are very hard, harder than they used to be. The car stops fine but I think this person might not have done something right.
Hiding a Compost PileMy new neighbors just cut down 3 pine trees that were on the border of my property. I kept my compost pile there. There was just enough sun and shade for good breakdown and it was nicely hidden. Well to say the least, we are exposed to the world now. And I am not too happy I might add.
Saving Money on Pet SuppliesTips for saving money on pet supplies. Post your ideas.
Apples for MulchI have 3 apple trees in my backyard. Are apples good for the mulch pile? There are a lot of apples that fall on the ground and rot before I get to them.
Remedies for Rope BurnMy Granddaughter was playing with a rope the other day and she put it around her neck and jumped off the porch when no one was looking. She now has a rope burn on her neck.