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Garlic Tomato Salad
Since we are in Arizona on vacation and can get fresh tomatoes this is going to be on the menu this week. It sounds too delish to pass up. Tomatoes and garlic, mmm two of my favs. Thanks for sharing.

 

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Keeping Glitter from Coming Off Baskets?
I seal glitter with spray varnish the same I use with my woodcrafts, it would work fine for you.

 

A small red crocheted fan.

Crocheted Fan
Really cute.

 

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Simple Homemade Glycerin Soap
What a reward to bath with soap you made yourself and the scent you like instead of what is available. Great idea.

 

Coffee cup coaster in the shape of a coffee pot.

Quilted Coffee Cup Coasters
Great idea and what a treat to receive. Would make super teachers gifts in the shape of an apple. Thanks for sharing.

 

Orange treat bag with a ghost and bat motif.

Halloween Treat Bags
What a treat for the kids, a personalized treat bag. What kid wouldn't love that. So cute.

 

"Chicken" and egg noodle pasta inside of a quart mason jar

Chicken in a Jar Craft
So simple and cute, thanks for sharing!

 

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Crunchy Pickle Recipes?
For me the secret to any pickle recipe is pick them cukes in the morning while they are fresh and cool, process them right away and use plenty of alum. I will send you my sunshine dill recipe that is so easy and they are ready to eat in 3 days. Pack your jars...

 

Group photo of several sock creatures.

Zik the Zinosaur
Once again you have out done even yourself. These are adorable!

 

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My Frugal Ways
Really good commonsense advice we all could live by without making any drastic changes to our lifestyle. Just what our country's economy needs right now, common sense.

 

white American Bulldog

Treating Dog's Joint Pain?
I personnally work with a company Nuvet called and can tell you they have what your bulldog needs. Just give them a call at 800 474 7044 and they will get you set up with a supplement that will make your dogs life much better. I had a kennel and worked with...

 

snowman door wreath wearing sweater, knit cap, gloves, and scarf

Snowman Wreath
Love him, too cute to resist not making one or maybe a pair of them. Thanks.

 

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yellow chick magnet with feathers

Shake-A-Leg Magnets
Girl Scouts, Bownies and Boy Scouts would have such fun making these guys, what fun. So cute!

 

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Growing Zucchini?
It will stay as a bush but a mighty big bush, I allow a 6 ft circle for mine. I have planted them in tubs like trees are planted in that way I can set them where ever I want them. This leaves room for me to till around them.

 

Photo of a Super Doll

Dapper Dad Doll
Your patterns are always so clear and simple to follow, thanks for sharing. Keep it up!

 

A felt covered box with a "boo boo bear" on the cover.

Dad's Boo-Boo Box
What a fun touch when one has a hurt, cute!

 

Photo of stabilizing an etagere

Stabilizing an Etagere
Clever, clever, clever!

 

Hanger after cutting out a rectangular slot and design burned in

Wooden Tie/Belt Holder
There is no painting on the picture it is all shading with the wood burning tool. One could certainly add come color by painting if they wanted.

 

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Making Snack Bowls From Old Record Albums?
We used to make them by laying them on top of an oven proof bowl covered with aluminum foil. Heat your oven to 300 degrees and watch them soften. Using gloves take them out and shape them as you want but leave them on the bowl to cool. They can be painted or...

 

Photo of Flat Boxes

Use Flat Boxes for Puzzles and Posters
Great idea, thanks for sharing it!

 

work glove tool bouquet

A Tool Bouquet for Dad
Useful, edible, and pleasing to the eye, what more could a proud Dad ask for. Too cute.

 

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Cleaning Rubber Stamps?
Try sitting them in coke for minute. It works great to remove ink from stamp pads.

 

Antique-Look Jewelry Box

Antique-Look Jewelry Box
Very pretty, nice job!

 

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Finished rocking horse.

Mother's Day Rocking Horse Craft
So cute and all little kids love rocking horses, I would think they would have a ball helping make these.

 

My Frugal Life: Painting Margaritaville
What a great time was had by all it sounds, and some wonderful advice for all of us to follow. How neat someone plants and shares garden bounty just because they enjoy sharing. Neat thing to do!

 

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Buffalo Chicken Wings
I didn't know that, thanks for the warning. I use any kind of oil, canola just happened to be the one on the original recipe.

 

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Don't Pour Grease Down The Drain
If you have access to pinecones or corncobs you can dip them in the grease, let it cool a bit then roll in birdseed.

 

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Ink Stain on Laundered Clothing?
If you are still looking, there is a product called Goo Gone you can get from any Wal-Mart that works really well on any stain. Just found out today.

 

Uses for Plastic Bakery Containers
How clever, and to think I just threw one away, oh well the garbage man might use it.

 

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Removing Diesel Fuel Smell from Clothing?
I used to use pinesol in the wash to remove diesel.

 

Easter Mobile - finished

Craft Project: Easter Mobile
Is there nothing safe around you? It just goes to show the rest of us, a little creative thinking goes a long way. Inspirational to say the least!

 

My Frugal Life: I Can't Find Enough to Do!
The nurse didn't know we were experiencing the depression syndrome she was discussing that day she was just telling the patients of one of the things to watch out for. It isn't the usual form of depression where one feels sad or lonely as we usually think of...

 

My Frugal Life: I Can't Find Enough to Do!
Going through an experience like this is certainly a strain but with hard work on both sides it can be managed. Life is so precious and you both have worked hard to build the life you have together so by taking one small step at a time and lots of deep breaths...

 

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Grease Stains on Carpet?
Simple Green would be my suggestion. It is a oil base cleaner and will dissolve your grease. Then clean it all up with the dawn or other carpet cleaner. I swear by Stanley Steamer cleaner. My SIL uses club soda.

 

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Egg Fried Rice
Gotta try this one!

 

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Rooting A Cutting From A Lilac Bush?
Lilacs put out shoots, little upstart plants around the base, that is the easiest way to start a new plant. I am not sure you would have any luck starting one from a cutting. But I wish you luck, I have never had one root myself either in water or soil.

 

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Trouble With Sewing Machine After Bending Needle?
Since you sound like you are a beginner sewer it might be to your benefit to take your machine and go take a class. It will teach you about the stitches and thicknesses you should and should not use with your machine. The repairman you used might even take...

 

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Feeding a Neapolitan Mastiff?
Take him to a vet and have him checked out right away to see if he is healthy would be my best advice. Then take his or her advice on your breed of dog as to the best diet or check with your kennel club for advice.

 

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Boosting My Energy Level?
Sugar gives you a quick energy boost then your sugar level drops and you need another to feel that boost. You are in a cycle of wanting that boost. Agree with the breakfast advice make a sensible breakfast and drop the hard candy.

 

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Caring for a Five Day Old Puppy?
Dexster you are facing a real challange and I wish you all the luck in the world. I had a kennel for a few years and I would recommend you find a vet you trust if you can't find a female dog with new puppies which would be the perfect answer. Most new mommas...

 

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What is a Chili Brick for Use in a Dip Recipe?
My mother used to buy the chili bricks all the time and they made the best chili or am I just remembering my mother's chili perhaps? Really it was great. It was found in the prepackaged meat cooler and was a round log. He had all the seasonings in it. I believe...

 

crochet red hat pin

Red Hat Pin
You make it look so easy. Very cute.

 

My Frugal Life: More Neighbors Come Calling For Murals
By the time I covered all of my boo boos my paint would get pretty expensive. Not all of us can make a turtle look like he is supposed to look and not like we dropped our paint pallette.

 

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Cinnamon Roll Apple Cobbler
What a quick and delish sounding dessert for campers, I am always looking for quick and easy ones to send to both my sister that camps a lot and my sis that travels. Thanks for sharing.

 

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What is the Gestation Period for Dogs?
I suggest if you are thinking of breeding your pet you get in contact with a good vet. God willing you won't need their services but if you love your pet you will be prepared. Small breeds tend to have problems in delivering. If you aren't sure when she got...

 

finished bracelets

Wrap-n-Snap Bracelet
You my dear just blew my mind! These are the cats meow!

 

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Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe?
There is a good recipe on Cabin Annie's for homemade sauerkraut. http://cabinannie.com Homemade Sauerkraut ingredients: Cabbage, Salt Shred cabbage and put into glass or crock jar about two inches deep and pack down. Sprinkle salt on top and repeat till cabbage...

 

My Frugal Life: Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!
I am very serious about the goldfish, I cannot have pets as I said in my essay and they as you can see in the picture are beautiful with the plant. Having raised Bullmastiff puppies for years I miss the companionship of a dog or pet. So this is the closest...

 

Bunny bean bag game or Easter basket.

Tisket Tasket Bean Bag Basket
Really clever recycling, who would know!

 

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Ideas for Inexpensive Crafts and Hobbies?
You can make homemade paper from junk mail and then make your own greeting cards. Go to any paint store that sells wallpaper, they give away the discontinued books, use them for your card making. check your thrift stores for trims, buttons, lace. Gather dried...

 

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Fix for Flat Paint Not Adhering to Old Paint?
That is exactly what you have. You will have to strip the latex paint and start over. If you want to use latex paint you will have to prime first, you can use an oil base primer then use latex paint but latex paint will not adhere to oil base paint. I always...

 

Paintd faces of siblings.

Painted Pot Holders
What child wouldn't think they were all grown up with their own potholders. Too cute!

 

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Freezing Carrots?
Blanching is very important and freezing my carrots cut in bite size pieces worked great for me. I can just pour out how much I want and keep the rest frozen. This year I will not drain all the water so some helps keep them from freezer burning. I did find...

 

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Cleaning Grease Off Wood Cabinets?
Simple Green is a grease based product and disolves buildup grease. I have used it for years and absolutely love it. My over the range hood cleans up with one spray. I use it on my oak cupboards also. Just spray, wait a few seconds and wipe it off. Don't use...

 

Photo of a fruit fly.

Ridding Your Kitchen of Fruit Flies
We fight them every summer, thank you for the funneling idea, very clever!

 

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Can I Put Linoleum Over Indoor-Outdoor Carpet?
Anytime you put down linoleum down it has to be on a smooth flat floor. If you don't it will show every imperfection and break over sharp edges. Even a piece of gravel will make a hole in your linoleum. As Lorelei said it has to be glued down with special glue...

 

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How Can I Make Potholders From Scrap Material?
If you are wanting to make pretty and usable as you said, I would make one side pretty and the other plain out of a heavy fabric if you have any left over such as denim or flannel. If you left over fabric has a design in it you could use it for your plain side...

 

Old Sweaters

How Can I Make a Quilt From Old Sweaters?
Your idea isn't ridiculous in fact it sounds like a fun project. You are right in thinking of stitching your squares first, but not having a machine is going to be a problem unless you fuse the sweaters to a webbing first. Even then I think you are going to...

 

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Use Phone Book Pages for Paper Piecing
Great idea, the paper would be easy to tear off when you are done stitching without bothering your stitches. Wish I would have thought of it when I was doing tons of paper piecing. Thanks for sharing.

 

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Remedy for Pets Dry Skin?
Our vet had us use Ivory dish soap to wash our puppies in. I had a kennel and had to wash them once a week at times to get pictures and never had a problem. It didn't hurt their eyes but I was careful and washed their heads with a cloth. The photo is of Max...

 

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Removing Sweat Stains and Odor from Clothing?
Seems to me like someone said to soak them in white vinegar. I know it does not hurt new denim jeans I use it to keep the crease pressed. Wouldn't hurt to try. Good luck.

 

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Making Soap Using Melt and Pour?
http://smallnotebook.org/tutorials/beginner-soapmaking/ This is a super site to study for beginners. Good Luck.

 

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Italian Creme Cake
I have to try this, coconut is one of my weakness, combine it with cake and what more could one want!

 

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Making Soap Using Melt and Pour?
If you add your oatmeal after the soap has cooled just a bit it won't sink. Also if you grate soap to melt, mix your oatmeal with the grated soap the residue will help just as putting raisins in flour before mixing them in cake keeps them from sinking to the...

 

My Frugal Life: Surviving After A Loss
Zarah, you so touched my heart! I hope you don't mind but I reprinted your essay on my blog, it was so inspiring and so well written I am sure my readers will enjoy it as much as I did. If you would like to read it here is the link. http://cabinannie.wordpress...

 

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What Color Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?
I would suggest you take a good look at your kitchen, do you feel you want another color in it or would it feel too busy by adding the gray to the cupboards? Maybe the sage green in just a shade lighter or darker would be something too consider. Personnally...

 

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Substitute for Ascorbic Acid when Freezing Apples?
Any fruit juice with acid will work, it can be thinned down pretty thin and still work, the trick is to keep the apples submerssed for me if I am out of Fruit Fresh. I keep it on hand year round. We use in when we grind our horseradish in the fall also. We...

 

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Short'nin Bread
I just knew this had to be one of your delicious recipes Julia, my mouth is watering. As soon as I can get some buttermilk we are going to be eat'n Short'nin bread. Do you think reconstituted powdered buttermilk would work, I do have that on hand?

 

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Is a Self Cleaning Oven Worth the Extra Cost?
It doesn't sound like you use your oven enough to justify paying the extra to me. I do love my self- cleaning oven but I use it all the time. If I were you I would put the money away for another toaster oven when the one you are using quits.

 

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Cinnamon Flour Tortilla Chips and Berry Salsa
Yummy does this sound good. Both the chips and the salsa are good separately so why not combine them? Can't wait to try it. Hey happy belated birthday!

 

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What Material is Best for Making a Photo Blanket?
The best way I know is to use the ironon transfer sheets you purchase. There are several different brands, some work better than others. If you have never used any I would first try Avery I have the best luck with it. There is a fabric made specifically for...

 

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Repairing Sheetrock?
When you tear the paper on the sheet rock you have to fill in that hole left from the missing paper. First remove all loose paper. You will want to sand the edges of the paper off before filling the hole with sheet rock mud, sand until smooth so you cannot...

 

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Potato Chip Bag Purse?
What I do is make fabric out of them first. By this I mean I strengthen the bags by adhering them to something stronger. Test your bag with a cool iron to see how hot a temp you can use. I then adhere the bags to heavy duty plastic such as 2 MM. If the bag...

 

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Potato Chip Bag Purse?
http://cabinannie.wordpress.com/craft-room/dont-throw-away-those-bright-cookie-and-candy-sacks-make-a-purse/?preview=true&preview_id=347&preview_nonce=884682d6b8 This is the bag I made from one Oreo bag, thought I would pass it along. All you have to do is...

 

Exploding Box Valentine Card

Exploding Box Valentine Card
Very pretty I think my sister should receive one of these from me. She will love it! Thanks for sharing.

 

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Roast Beef and Barley Soup
Don't you just love it when accidents turn out better than a recipe? It really was good.

 

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Reusing Leftover Soap Pieces?
It works great to make marks when measuring wood or metal for cutting and comes off without having to be removed. Melt it down in a pan with a little water into a new bar when you get enough chips.

 

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Reusing Leftover Soap Pieces?
Cut the small pieces into slivers and melt them in a microwave with a drop or two of water, when melted form into a bar. Watch and melt just until they are soft enough to form together.

 

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How Can I Hang Plates on the Wall Inexpensively?
If you are wanting to hang quite a few plates. Study the way one of the wire hangers are made and make some yourself from clothes hangers or other wire. I bought several different sizes at Wal-mart for less than $2 each. Check your dollar stores and thrift...

 

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Best Paint for Using on Styrofoam?
I get my paint for Styrofoam from Hobby Lobby or my local floral shop. It does take a special paint some will melt the foam. The flower shop just calls it floral spray paint, wish I could tell you what the chemical is to avoid but I don't know. Just make sure...

 

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Buffalo Chicken Dip
This sounds so good, think I will try it with crackers. Thanks for sharing.

 

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What is Taxable and Nontaxable Income?
I would check your state income laws, here we cannot earn over $600 or it has to be reported as taxable income. TF will be obligated to report your earnings if over the limit. Others will most likely know more of the other legalalites for you.

 

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How Do I Make Homemade Brown Gravy?
This is my method for making brown gravy. When you cook a roast add an inch or more water to the container to start with and when the meat is done remove it while you make the gravy. If you want a clear gravy you will need to strain your broth; personally I...

 

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Preparing for a Move?
You have gotten great advice here, now may I ad my last bit. Just follow through. Do not let any excuse lead you astray. Crack your own whip and just do it!

 

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Paint Color Ideas for Kitchen with Black Appliances?
A sage green would be more in balance with the "old yellow" counter top if I have the counters pictured correctly. I wouldn't want to use a bright green only to find out it brings them out even more. Some burgandy touches would bring the black appliances in...

 

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French Bread Recipe?
This is my favorite french bread recipe it always turns out for me, I submitted it a while back. Good luck. 2 TB yeast 2 C warm water 1 tea sugar 2 tea salt 5 c flour 1 tea cornmeal Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and sugar then add the salt. Add the flour...

 

My Frugal Holiday: Resolve to Eat Healthier
Thanks to all of you for your kind words and encouragement. Believe me it has helped. Bob is doing great, not minding the food changes too much and is now in rehab. One would think we are large people with the way of eating we have enjoyed but we aren't, we...

 

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Sloppy Joe Wraps
We love to have ready made meals in the freezer, this one is a keeper! Thanks!

 

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Getting Rid of Gnats?
THe apple cider vinegar worked for us but we added a couple of drops of dish soap. Also if you have bananas around keep them in a plastic bag or refrigerate. The skins turn dark but the fruit doesn't.

 

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Getting Rid of Gnats?
Before trashing that plant try dunking the whole plant in dish water. Make sure to immerge the whole plant and pour some in the soil. It will kill the bugs in the soil as well as on the leaves if they are infested.

 

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How Do I Make Seashells Shiny?
I too was dissapointed when mine dried out. I also was told to run them through the dishwasher to get all the germs and all off of them so I did. Don't do that, it also took some of the color out of the and weakened them. I use my spray varnish, any brand would...

 

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Life After Acrylic Nails?
The best thing in my opinion is to let them grow out without chemicals. Air and care is my motto. I did the same thing and found that using a good hand and nail lotion or oil daily, wearing rubber gloves every time I had my hand in water with chemicals. They...

 

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Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner Nozzle Clogged?
Try soaking the nozzle in vinegar for a couple of hours.

 

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Removing Denture Adhesive from My Mouth?
Rinse your mouth with as hot of water as you can stand, you may have to repeat a couple of times. I use a soft toothbrush also. I really miss brushing my teeth and the fresh taste of toothpaste and brushing my gums with toothpaste and a soft toothbrush helps...

 

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Homemade Laundry Detergent
Please let us know how it continues to work for you if you wouldn't mind. I am going to keep your recipe and would like to know how you feel it works after a month or so. Thanks.

 

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Roast Beef and Asparagus Appetizers
Now this makes my mouth water, mmmm mmmm mmmm!

 

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Advice for Arranging a Room?
If you would just draw a picture of your room showing the placement of doors, the window and other permanent structures, and take a picture of your drawing, either post the picture on TF or email it to me I would be glad to help you. Arranging furniture is...

 

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Food Packaging Boxes as Gift Wrapping
We use them also but we take them apart at the seams and turn inside out for the plain brown side. You can then refold them and glue them as they were using the folds already there. You can still decorate as you want. Thanks for sharing.

 

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Fixing Fudge That Didn't Set?
I am afraid if you tried to reheat it you would overcook it, but that would be your only choice. What have you got to lose by trying it. You would still have fudge, but instead of too soft it might be a little hard. You could perhaps work some powdered sugar...

 

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Using a Larger Count Aida for Design?
The only thing it will change is the finished size of your project. Be sure to buy enough fabric to start with. Go by your square count not the size of fabric. Instead of 18 squares per inch you will have less such as 12 or 14 squares per inch. Good Luck.

 

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