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December 12, 2008
Free Feel Good Family Activities
Often when we're feeling down we spend our money. Shopping, eating out, or going to a movie is a temporary fix for low spirits. Instead, try some free feel good activities that can be done with the entire family.
Gift Baskets for Baby Showers
I have been using these two tips for many years and have received only compliments! For a very unique baby shower gift, buy a potty (just the pot), and then with the help of your Pharmacy and Dollar stores, fill it up with useful items the baby will need...
Use Plastic Coffee Containers for Paint Cans
This is one from my hubby. He has me keeping all of the 2 pound plastic coffee containers with the handles on them for future use in his shop. He builds houses and remodels them as well.
Decorate With Pinecones
The least expensive Christmas tree decoration I know is to use lawn harvested pinecones. Pick up any size or kind from the ground (ask permission but most are happy to get rid of them!), take them inside and let them warm up and open up. I put mine in a plastic bag so any critters are contained.
Chinese Egg Flower/Egg Drop Soup
If you or your friends like Chinese Food, you may like this soup. My friends say they like it better than what they get at Chinese buffets. They probably like all the different flavors. There is more stuff in this recipe than what they are usually getting.
Laundry Room Helper
If you have an extra over-the-door wreath holder, hang it over the door to the laundry room. This gives you an out-of-the-way place to hang clothes straight from the dryer or right after you've ironed them.
Skillet Pork and Sweet Potatoes
Take some pork, cut it up into a skillet and brown. Add celery, onion, let pork brown. Then cut fresh sweet potatoes into this, I quarter mine. Add stewed tomatoes, or diced, and salt.
Combine flour and sugar in a bowl. Cut in margarine until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup of mixture. Combine molasses, soda and boiling water in a bowl; mix well. Add to flour mixture; mix well. Pour into a greased and floured 9x13-inch cake pan.
Be Aware Where Your Christmas Goodies Are Manufactured
While shopping recently for peppermint candy canes to crush up and use in my holiday baking goodies. I searched several stores in my area, looking for U.S. made of these particular candies. Every candy cane, I found in Walgreens was made in Mexico.
Make Your Own To-Go "Latte" Cups!
I was at the dollar store the other day and noticed that they were selling a package with two disposable coffee cups along with lids and a package of "Cafe Latte" mix, inside each cup. This is of course intended for those who love their lattes to go, but don't want to pay the Starbuck's price tag!
A Spoonful of Sugar for Hiccup Relief
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the HICCUPS go away. It really works. As soon as one of the grand kids here gets a bad case of hiccups they come with a spoon. A small spoonful of sugar later, hiccups are gone! Has worked every time for us!
Shop Alone to Save Money
For the month of November I did my grocery shopping without my husband, wow I did save money! I did not take into consideration the number of extra items he added to the cart! I am sure it would be helpful to leave home any extra people when grocery shopping, kids, husbands, grandchildren, etc.
Cherry Party Punch
Dissolve the gelatin in 4 cups of boiling water. Mix in the 2 cups of cold water, lemonade, pineapple juice, and the ginger ale.
Hot Potato Salad With Bacon
Boil the potatoes until they are just tender and drain. Cook the bacon and drain; reserve the drippings. Add the onions to the bacon drippings and cook until tender. Stir in the vinegar, water, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute.
Mackerel Pate (Microwave)
Put the onion into a soup bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and pierce. Microwave on Full power for one minute. Set aside. Flake the fish into the processor or blender goblet, discarding the skin and bones.
Butter Rim To Prevent Casserole Spillovers
To prevent a casserole from boiling over in your oven as it bakes place butter around the rim of the casserole dish.
Emma (English Mastiff)
Emma is 4.5 years and an English Mastiff. I got her as a puppy in Chiliwack BC. Breeders. She likes to hip check you...lol. She's a pretty lazy dog but when she has energy we take her for a short walk.
In a bowl, chop the Hershey bar into pieces and add the chocolate chips, nuts and marshmallow cream. In a 5 qt. pan, bring the sugar, milk, vanilla and salt to a boil. Let cook for 3 minutes and no longer.
Plaid and Felt Gingerbread Man
Felt and shiny plaid gingerbread ornament with topstitching, glitter face and ribbon bow.
Craft Project: Easy Christmas Centerpiece
Here is an easy way to dress up your dining-room table for the holidays!
French Onion Bread
Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water and set aside. Melt the shortening, in hot water, and add the sugar, salt and dry soup mix. Mix together with the yeast and gradually add in the flour, kneading until smooth. Let the dough rise for 1 1/2 hours. Punch it down and let it rise again.
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