January 22, 2020

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Hershey Kiss-mas Trees - on the mantle

Making Hershey Kiss-mas TreesColorfully wrapped Christmas Hershey Kisses become the stands for cardstock trees. Use them to decorate for the holidays and enjoy a chocolate treat later.


Walnut and Pomegranate Chicken Stew (Fesenjoon)

Making FesenjoonFesenjoon is an Iranian/Persian dish served in the fall and winter. The recipe can vary a little, but the main ingredients are finely chopped walnuts and pomegranate molasses. This delicious stew can be made with duck, chicken, small meatballs, and even pumpkin. The recipe for a version made with chicken follows. You will love the rich, sweet and sour, flavor.


Persian Rice with Potato Tadig on plate

Making Persian Rice with Potato TadigThis delicious basmati rice with a potato crust dish is fairly easy to make. This variation does not call for saffron. The recipe is found on this page. Serve with a your choice of meat or a rich stew.


finished card

Making a Monster Greeting CardThis cute monster greeting card is perfect to give to a child or to speak to the child in us all. Use up those plastic bread bag closures and some googly eyes to create a variety of fun monsters.


Shallot Yogurt Dip in bowl with crackers

Shallot Yogurt Dip (Mast Moosir)Make this traditional Persian yogurt dip, using Greek yogurt and dried Persian shallots (if available) or fresh shallots. Mast moosir may become one of your favorite dips. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor and serve with chips, crackers or bits of bread, rice, or kabob.


An example of Notan, or Japanese paper cutting.

Notan (Japanese Paper Cutting)This Japanese paper cutting craft makes excellent use of positive and negative spaces. Learn how on this page and get creative and expand on the offerings found below.


A key covered with decorative scrapbook paper.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Key CoverRather than buy the key covers sold commercially, to help identify specific ones, try the simple solution outlined below. You will be able to personalize your keys using a bit of fun scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.


A pile of powdered parmesan cheese.

Shelf Life of Powdered Parmesan Cheese?Powdered Parmesan cheese is a convenient way to always have some available. There should be a "best used by date" on the packaging. This cheese, according to Kraft Foods, can be safely kept in the cupboard or the fridge. Freezing is safe but not recommended as it can decrease the quality of the cheese.


A table of catered food, for a party.

Name Ideas for a Catering Business?Choosing the best name for your business is a very important part of the process. The name you choose will define your goals and services, as well as make potential customers want to choose your company. An exciting name can help your catering business stand out from the competition.


black and white Spaniel

Blue Rhone Spaniel PhotosBlue Rhone refers to a Cocker Spaniel with a coat color that is the result of interspersed black and white hairs. Since they are Cockers they possess the same charming breed personalities.


A glass ball with a funky pattern.

Making a Mosaic Ball DecorationDecorate a polystyrene ball with cut pieces of glass tiles to create this lovely mosaic ball decoration. The supplies list and instructions follow. Choose a color to your liking and enhance your home decor with this handmade bit of ornamentation.


A bunch of pot scrapers cut from recycled plastic.

Making Your Own Pot ScrapersDo you have empty shampoo or conditioner bottles? Make your own pot scrapers. This is an excellent reuse/recycle idea. They can be fun, free gifts for friends.



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3, 2, 1 Microwave Mug CakeThis cake will be great for the individual desert or for those nights that the entire family wants a different cake flavor. Now that I am alone, it is the only mix I will be using but I am experimenting to see what "flavor" I like the best using just a white cake mix. Cake will look dry and be pulling away from the cup sides slightly when done. If it has places that are still "wet", cook it for 10 seconds more. DO NOT overcook.


Best Friends: Ace, Spade, and Baby - puppy pile on an ottoman

Best Friends: Ace, Spade, and BabyThe stories behind these puppies are bitter sweet. The older puppies had a really rough life before we rescued them. They were on a hillside in the middle of nowhere. Their mom left them when they were about 4 weeks old. The owners fed them table scraps if they fed them at all.



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Asking a Guy Friend to a Dance?I want to ask this guy to snowcoming, we don't really talk, but we used to. I also don't know if he is already going with someone or not and I don't know what I should do.


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Feeling Disconnected from Parents?The older I get the more I feel distance towards my parents. We live in two different worlds, on different continents. When I was very small my parents loved me so much, but when I turned 14 they sent me off to work in another city, and when I turned 16 they sent me off to work to another country. Since then we don't really talk or communicate.


Value of a Danbury Mint Doll - blond child doll wearing a floral dress

Value of a Danbury Mint Doll?I have a Danbury Mint Charity doll which was part of the Children of Virtue collection. I can't find one of these for sale anywhere. Is she rare and how do I find out what she is worth? She is in perfect condition.


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Measuring Yeast When Making Bread?I am looking for some help in finding the amount, in kilograms, of yeast to add to 25 lbs of flour when making bread.


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My Zebra Finch Has Laid Eggs?My white female zebra finch laid 3 eggs, 2 in the nest and one at the bottom of the cage. I haven't seen them lay on the eggs it's her first time. What should I do?


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