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What is White Coating Bark?
Technically the white coating is what you make the Almond Bark out of. It doesnt become Almond bark until its melted and mixed with almonds and poured in a thin layer to set up. Then its usually just broken up like peanut brittle or cut into squares. Some people...


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Freezing Cooked Ham?
If it hasnt totally thawed out but still has some frost in it you can cut it into manageable sized portions and refreeze them. But if its totally thawed I would heat it as the instructions direct, use the portion you need for your Christmas dinner then double...


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Thanksgiving Family Potluck
Congratulations on what sounds like a wonderful and blessed time with your family! I know that sometimes in this fast paced world we live in, its really hard to get the rest of our family members to slow down! Im always glad to hear Im not the only Mom to just...


Summer Adventure: Farmers Markets
When my children were young (around 8-10 years old) I would give them each a few dollars and let them go shopping for their own goodies at the Farmers market. We usually set a few ground rules like they had to get at least enough of one item to share with every...


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Decorating a Beach Theme Dance?
When my son was in 9th grade they had a spring dance that had a beach theme. One of the moms brought in a bunch of her own houseplants (Caladiums, a rubber tree and several different kinds of palms) We arranged these in one corner of the room on a fairly large...


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Antique Desk With a Leather Top?
Have you thought about dyeing the leather to match your new finish? Clean it with saddle soap, make sure its dry, then rub on some shoe dye or even just a darker shade of an old fashioned paste type shoe polish might do it. Buff it really well with a soft cloth...


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Adding Fennel to Spaghetti Sauce?
Fennel is one of the main spices used when making Italian sausage, it gives it that distinctive sweet flavor associated with Italian Sausage. I would think if you added it to a simple sauce it would give it a more well rounded Italian flavor. I usually use...


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Sleeveless Jerkin/Waistcoat Pattern?
Try this website for Hancock Fabrics ( a fabric chain store here in the states) If you register with their homepage then you can download free patterns and craft ideas. I think they may have what you are looking for, or at least something...


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Job Ideas for an Outgoing Person?
I agree with checking out the Community College, they should have a test he can take that will help identify his true apptitudes and interests. My son took one of these when he was a senior in high school (actually at the Vocational school that is adjacent...


Kitchen Makeover

A Beautiful Unique Kitchen Makeover
Love Your Kitchen!!!! You really did a good job, it looks very professional. Have you figured out already that the tines of the forks on your upper cabinets will hold a recipe card out of the way but in plain sight? Did you plan it that way or was that just...



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