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October 23, 2007
Cross Stitch Pattern Design Program
I want to buy a program that will enable me to design my own cross-stitch patterns. I wonder if anyone out there has tried any of those available, and if they have any advice for me. Many thanks.
Homemade Skeleton Costume
To make a skeleton costume for pennies, use a plain black shirt or sweatshirt and black pants. You might have one or both, or be able to find them very inexpensively at a thrift store.
Centennial Pickled Peaches
Put spices in cloth bag and boil in the water mixed with vinegar and sugar. Peel peaches and add to liquid. Cook until tender. Put in jars and pour hot syrup over and seal.
Placemats for a Lap Robe
Placemats sewn together would be a great complimentary "lap robe" for someone in a wheelchair. They could sew their own or be involved in choosing the color or design that would match their clothing, as an accessory to other items they wear!
Use Plastic Placemats For Cutting Board
Since recently moving, have misplaced a plastic cutting board. Went to the dollar store and purchased a plastic place mat, (not the kind that has foam on the back side) and I use this place mat for any cutting of vegetables/meats, etc.
Light Corn Syrup Substitute
I have used this recipe several times, I have also given this recipe to my Wilton Cake Decorating Students. One of my students went to culinary school, she told me that this recipe is a wonderful substitute for Karo Syrup.
Halloween Costume: Ghostly Guise
Sheer curtains over white or grey sweats make an ethereal and safe (see through) ghost costume. They're very inexpensive and much lighter than a sheet and no makeup is needed, although one could use a little clown white.
Here is my youngest son who wanted his picture taken. I think he is the cutest little man. Just look at his dimples. Angels kissed him and kissed him.
Aunt Clara's Chicken and Dumplings
Place chicken in Dutch oven, cover with water and add parsley, celery, carrot, onion, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes, simmer 2 hours or until tender. Add more water if necessary.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Dandruff
For dandruff problems or dry scalp, put apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray all over scalp thoroughly and let dry. In a couple of hours, use a shampoo (like neutrogena) that removes build up and residue.
Perfect Caramel Custards
In heavy saucepan, melt 3/4 cup of sugar until golden brown. Pour syrup into each of 6 or 8 custard cups, or a 1 1/2 qt. baking dish, tilting the cups slightly to coat bottom.
Think Before You Speak
Conserve your words. It takes many, many kind words to erase one careless, negative remark. Try to put a positive spin on everything you say to your child, or anyone for that matter.
One Pot Beef And Veggies - $10 Dinner
I don't really know how much this costs, because we grow everything in it except for the mushroom soup. I bought a bunch of that for fifty cents a can, so I'm stocked up for the year. This is a one-pot meal that you can throw in the oven and then go read a magazine or something.
Changeable Bumper Sticker Plates
A changeable license plate cover lets you change your bumper stickers as you change your mind. Cut plastic cutting sheets (from dollar stores/2 in a pack) to the size of plate cover.
Check With Multicultural Families About Halloween
I work in a multicultural school with many beliefs and holidays. I find a Fall Festival is the best thing to do if you have a lot of different faiths.
Use Baby Oil With Perfume
To make your perfume last longer, try rubbing a little bit of baby oil on your skin, then spray perfume in that area. It will last all day.
Scald cream in double boiler. Mix egg yolks, mustard, flour, sugar and salt. Add egg mixture to cream and cook until thick. Add hot vinegar.
Halloween Milk Jug Treat Carrier
Take a white milk jug. With a craft knife, cut a small hole 2 inches across about 1 3/4 inches high (align the cut on the opposite side of the jug handle). This is for your trick or treater's collected treats.
Apple Blossom Cake
Sift flour, salt, spices and soda together. Blend well the sugar, eggs, oil and dry ingredients. Add apples, vanilla and pecans. Mix well.
Holiday Software At Avery.com
There is FREE holiday software now to download at Avery (they are known for making labels) at
Mac 'n' Cheese Pie
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch pie plate. Place uncooked macaroni in pie plate. Sprinkle with 1-3/4 cups of the cheese. Stir remaining ingredients until blended and pour into pie plate.
Potato Flakes For Thick Potato Soup
I use instant potato flakes to thicken my potato soup. What else would you use!
Rudy (Dachshund Mix)
Rudy is 8 years old. We think he is Dachshund, Chihuahua and Terrier mix. We got him in 2002. My son was working at a house (remodeling) and the dog showed up at lunch to share his McDonald's food.
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