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December 19, 2008
New Year's Eve Party for the Whole Family
With the craziness of the holidays, a New Year's Eve party that requires pajamas to pass the dress code sounds inviting. This year, try a family party with family fun. It will be less fuss and more fun!
Reusable Christmas Gift Tags
When I was a child, my mother would make special Christmas present name tags for me and my sisters. Using Christmas cards, we had received she would cut them out and decorate them using yarn, ribbon, lace, etc.
Mixing Starch in a Spray Bottle
When I worked, I used starch in many of my clothes. A cheap alternative to the spray cans (which don't last long at all), is to buy some liquid starch. I would mix it in a spray bottle - usually about 1/2 water to 1/2 starch for fairly heavy starch results.
Keep the used baby wipes and dryer sheets, for great backing for appliqueing. They should be washed first, by putting them in the mesh bag that you use for delicate clothing in for machine washing.
Pumpkin for Firmer Stools In Dogs
My year old Scottie has solid stool at first, then it turns to very loose (sometimes diarrhea). I was told to use 100% pumpkin (1 Tbsp. per 50 lbs), WOW it worked like magic. He loved it and this morning his stool was firm and dry.
Craft: Christmas Angels Photo Card
This was our 2006 card. The background was from Google images and Photo paint was used to place the faces.
Mix all the ingredients together except the wafers. Line 1 1/2 quart dish with 1/2 vanilla wafers. Pour half of the mixture over the wafers then add another layer of wafers and top with rest of mix.
Baked Turkey Casserole
This is the quick 40 minute casserole dish I served to my kids last night.
Make an Apron from Fabric Scraps
Make quick Christmas gifts with scraps from your stash that they will love. I needed quick gifts that would not hurt our budget so I took a look at my fabric stash and I was able to find unusual combinations to create this totally divalicious apron!
Set Up a Gift Fund for Expensive Presents
If you have a large ticket item you crave, how about starting a "gift fund" for it among your friends and relations? Just say that rather than a gift, you would prefer a contribution to the say "iPod Gift Fund" and pool those gifts for one bigger purpose.
Flannel Tied Tree Skirt
This tree skirt is made with old flannel shirts bought at the Thrift Store and made to look like the old fashioned country tied quilts.
Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes
In a large skillet over medium heat, saute onions in the oil. When tender, add cabbage and stir. Pour water or milk over, cover and simmer gently on medium low for ten minutes.
Oyster Corn Chowder
In a large skillet, combine together all the ingredients. Cook uncovered on medium heat until heated through (do not boil) stirring occasionally.
Dipped Cherry Cookies
Something different for Christmas treat. In a large bowl, combine flour and 1/2 cup sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Knead in the cherries, 2/3 cup white chocolate and extract until dough forms a ball.
Apple Cake Bar (For Diabetics)
Mix the first items together in the order given. Then add the fruit mixture. Put in an 8x10 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes.
Christmas Card Bookmarks
I am giving books to friends this year for Christmas. While getting out my card holder from last year filled with last years cards a thought came to me to make bookmarks to put inside the books I am giving.
Susie-Q (Maine Coon)
This is Susie-Q. She is eleven years old and a Maine Coon. We adopted Susie-Q from an animal shelter 6 years ago.
A cute snowman made from an old bedpost.
Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mix shortening, sugar, soda, salt, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs, beat well. Add flour. Stir in chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes.
Maple Glazed Apple Cookies
Cream the butter and sugar together and add the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, and egg; blend well. Stir in the flour and baking soda, then add the milk.
Outside Faucet Cover for Freezing Weather
All you need are styrofoam cups, an empty 2 litter pop bottle and tape. We are in a big cold snap right nowand my local Home Depot was sold out of faucet covers, so I came up with an even better idea.
Wandering Jew Plant As Medicine
To everyone that suffers from pain in their hands due to carpal tunnel or arthritis pain, and probably even more. All YOU NEED ARE 1 to 3 leaves of this humble and amazing plant. Rinse and boil them until they turn pink. The water will probable turn green, depending on how many leaves you are boiling.
Make a Trellis Out of an Old Box Spring
Gardening is a hobby with my wife and me. As we have a number of clematis vines the trellises deteriorate. In my recycling travels I came upon a great way to make a trellis. I came by a motel and noticed a discarded box spring by the dumpster.
Give Containers for Leftovers During the Holidays
Every year for the Holidays, my family gatherings produce an abundance of great food. The problem is there are a lot of leftovers, and not enough mouths in the home we gathered at, to eat them. So for the past few years I have brought my own frugal gift to each of my relatives.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8x11 baking dish, or bigger. Brown the ground beef, taco seasoning, water and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the refried beans (if using the beans, you may need additional tortillas.)
Pecan Encrusted Pork Chops
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a shallow bowl, whisk the syrup, mustard and lemon juice together. In another shallow bowl, add the pork chops and coat with the liquid mixture. Dredge the chops in the pecans; make certain to coat all of the pork chops.
Marinated Pot Roast
Combine the red wine vinegar, water, onion, bay leaves and place in a large plastic bag that can be sealed. place the top round or rump roast in the marinade. Seal the bag and place in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the roast and strain the marinade to reserve juice (but get rid of spices).
Mix the ground beef, egg, milk, onion, rice and stew seasoning together. Shape into hand size balls. Place them in a 9x13 inch pan. Pour the tomato sauce and a little bit of water over the meatballs. Cover and bake at 375 degrees F for 1 hour.
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