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July 29, 2008
Locked Your Car Keys In The Car?
My Jeep Grand Cherokee has locked itself automatically with the keys in the car. I don't have a spare key (it's a long story).
Struggling Lemon Tree
My poor little lemon tree looks like it's dying. The leaves are drooping bad. I have an orange tree that is twice the size of the lemon tree and it's doing okay. It is rainy season here and it was fine until about 10 days ago.
Cut each grape in half. Take out seeds and peel off skin. Cut peeling off oranges. Section orange slices and remove all white membrane. Cut each section of orange "meat" in half. Each chunk should be about 1/4 inch.
Use A Pillowcase In Baby's Crib
Instead of sheets you have to tuck under, insert the mattress of a babies crib or cradle into a pillowcase. Just the right size and the baby can't pull it out.
This is my healthy alternative to fried potatoes and mushrooms. No butter, oil, or fat!
Use Cat Treat Containers for Organizing Craft Supplies
I believe in recycling everything, To organize all my flowers for my scrapbooking, I use my cat's Pounce cat treat bottles and put each color of flower in their own bottle. I have a nice shelf unit I got free from a neighbor that they fit in just right.
Saute' onion in butter in skillet until tender. Add rice, cooking until golden. Stir in next 4 ingredients and 2 cups water. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
Craft: Silver Pickle Fork
Odd pieces of silver or silverplate can find a new life when transformed into a useful kitchen gadget. Using needle nosed pliers, curl up the two outer tines on one side of the fork and the outermost one on the other side, leaving one tine unbent.
Boil cabbage in water to cover in saucepan until tender. Pour off excess water. Brown sausage in skillet, stirring until crumbly. Add sausage and remaining ingredients to cabbage, mixing well.
Think Of A Song While Brushing Teeth
I have read that a good way to make sure your children brush their teeth long enough is to have them think of a song in their head while they brush. Well, it's also a good idea for us adults! I brush my teeth while singing a hymn in my head (such as all 4 verses of Amazing Grace, ha, ha!) that way I get encouragement and whiter teeth at the same time.
Super Special Spoon Bread
Mix cornmeal with 1 cup boiling water in bowl, stirring until smooth. Add 1 cup boiling water, salt, shortening, milk, sugar and egg yolks, mixing well. Fold in egg whites.
Leftover Sewing and Knitting Supplies
Put loose pins and needles in washed pill bottles or mint containers.
Breast of Chicken
Flatten chicken breasts and wrap around hearts of palm stalks. Place in baking dish. Brush with butter, seasoning to taste. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, basting occasionally.
Perking Up Take-out Fried Chicken
Have you ever bought take-out fried chicken and discovered that it was dry? I encounter this occasionally especially with grocery fried chicken. The upside, is that after a certain hour, they sell it at a reduced price.
White Sour Cream Coffeecake
Cream shortening and 3/4 cup sugar together in bowl. Combine eggs and sour cream. Add to creamed mixture. Sift next 4 ingredients together. Add to creamed mixture, blending well. Stir in vanilla, beating well.
"Scoop" Needle Fob
Take a baby formula scoop with the hole in the end. Fill it with coffee (sand, etc), seal the large opening, and you have a perfect needle sharpener that sits flat on any flat surface.
Simple and Delicious Squash Casserole
The season for fresh vegetables is upon us, and if you're like me, you welcome new ways of preparing them. I clipped this recipe from our local paper many years ago. It's battered and brown since I've used it so often and so long.
Betty Boop Red Hat Gourd Doll
Scrub the gourd good and let dry about 45 minutes. Paint on face and hair and let dry about 15 minutes.
Finding Trash Treasures
The elementary school across the street from my home was closing its doors due to a new school was built in another location. The teachers had to clean out their classrooms. So, one evening I was over at the playground with my girls and noticed a very large dumpster.
Christmas Party Food Ideas
We are having 50 people over for Christmas including snacks and a meal. Each family takes turns hosting, we have had sloppy joe's one year and the next we had lasagna which both worked out great but I want to make something unique that can be kept warm or served cold as there are so many people we all kind of eat when we feel like it.
God's Paintbrush and Fragrance
This flower reminds me of God's creating hands with the beauty of the Double Delight Tea Rose.
This is a quick and easy recipe from my mother.
Lass is 6 years old and is a Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog.) We've had Lass from a puppy, she's part of our family.
Recipes for Oriental Chicken
School Fundraising Ideas
Does anyone have any good fund raising ideas for a high school volleyball team?
Easy as Pie Ice Cream Cake
No one would ever believe how simple this dessert was to prepare. However, I have never been able to keep it a secret and people are always surprised to learn how easy it was to make.
Irish Potato Salad
This is a simple and delicious creamy-style potato salad.
Honey Bun Cake
This yummy and easy cake is addictive and tastes just like a honey bun! It's a great dessert, but also delicious for brunch when served with coffee, sliced fruit and sausage.
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