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RE: Grrr, I have mibbbbbbbbbbbbb nnspl (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: glenda_al on 01.09.2010 at 04:23 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Excuse ME, I posted the wrong recipe. Had to do a search and THIS IS THE ONE! It's wonderful!!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake (have made this many times)

1 box white cake mix
1 box instant vanilla pudding
8 oz. sour cream
1/2 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs
Mix all ingredients together at once. Beat AT LEAST 5 minutes - DON'T UNDERBEAT!
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
1-1/2 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 heaping teaspoon cocoa
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10" bundt pan. Put half of the batter in pan and sprinkle with half the topping. Add the rest of the batter. Sprinkle the rest of the topping. Cut through well with knife so that topping is mixed with the batter. Bake 1 hour.
Cool 10 minutes before turning out.


clipped on: 01.10.2010 at 03:22 pm    last updated on: 01.10.2010 at 03:22 pm

Homemade DW soap and OxiClean

posted by: nodakgal on 07.15.2009 at 02:20 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Since we are on the subject, I've had this "recipe" for dishwasher soap over a year and of course have difficulty finding the washing soda, but someday when I am in a bigger town will remember to look! LOL I really want to try it.

Dishwasher Soap
You can make a natural dishwasher agent by combining equal parts of
washing soda and borax (that 20 mule team stuff). Use about 1 to 2 T. of the
stuff per load, in the first wash only. Then fill your rinse agent dispenser
with white vinegar.

Homemade OxiClean

a.. 1 cup hot water
b.. 1/2 cup baking soda
c.. 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
1.. 1
It removes even old blood stains!
2.. 2
Just soak the clothing in it for 20 minutes to overnight and then wash as
3.. 3
This will not harm fabric like bleach.
4.. 4
It doesn't seem to harm colors either!


clipped on: 07.15.2009 at 10:48 pm    last updated on: 07.15.2009 at 10:49 pm

Homemade Liquid Laundry request

posted by: jasdip on 06.28.2009 at 08:07 am in Kitchen Table Forum

I mentioned I make my own laundry detergent on another thread and Alisande ask that I post this.

I LOVE this stuff! Hubby insists that his darks look better than ever. I've used the concentrated to remove grass stains from the knees of my jeans, and a friend who I gave the recipe to, got all the juice stains out of her daughter's t-shirt.

A 5-gallon pail cost me $1.70 to make, and that's Canadian prices. You can cut the recipe in half, if you have a smaller pail or don't want to make such a large batch the first time.


4 cups hot water
1 Ivory or Sunlight bar soap (I prefer the Sunlight)
1 cup washing soda
cup Borax

Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan of hot water. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until soap is all melted.

Fill a large kitty litter bucket or 5-gallon pail full of hot water. Add melted soap, washing soda and borax. Stir well until the powder is dissolved. Fill bucket with more hot water.
Stir, cover and let sit overnight.

The next morning the pail will be all gelled and very thick. Stir with a stick to break it up. Fill a laundry jug half-full of the detergent, and top with more water.
Shake before each use.

Use cup for top-load machines, and for front-load.

Use the thickened, undiluted soap as a pre-treater.


clipped on: 07.04.2009 at 03:45 pm    last updated on: 07.04.2009 at 03:46 pm

RE: Bought two and a half yards of flannel x 2`` (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: sheilajoyce on 05.06.2009 at 01:31 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I bought flannel at both stores. The WalMart was under $3 a yard and not quite as nice as the JoAnn's which was on sale from $5 or $6 to about $3 or so a yard.

I don't have a digital camera, so let me see if DD has taken a picture of the one I made for her 2 1/2 years ago. If so, I will try to figure out how to post it later.

As I said, I wash and dry the flannel first so it will shrink if it is going to shrink and get it over with, and then I steam iron it smooth. Next, I cut off the selvedge edge and any funny writing or colors along that edge.(Even if the selvedge edges become the seams, the stiffer selvedge edges will cause problems with crocheting later, so cut them off.)

Then I pin the two pieces together, right sides facing each other. Smooth them out perfectly before pinning them together. I use a yard stick and a pencil to measure the square and to draw a cutting line. Sometimes one of the pieces of fabric has shrunk, so you have to cut both pieces to the same size.

I cut the largest square I can get from them, but I do prefer a square shape to rectangle shape to help with swaddling. I also use a small plate like a saucer to draw 4 matching but gradually curving corners. Usually the flannels come in about 44 inch wide lengths, but WalMart's may be a bit narrower. I trim off a good inch in selvedge, and then another inch becomes the seams, so maybe they are about 40 to 42 inches when finished if I have bought 1 1/4 yards of each fabric to begin with.

[Sometimes I have a substantial scrap or two left over. I make baby wash cloths or burp cloths out of them. I cut two pieces, press them, pin them together face to face and proceed like the blanket. A wash cloth of double sided flannel is great for babies and needs only two 4 to 6 inch flannel squares.]

Now sew the two sides together on your sewing machine, using a rather large stitch. Leave about 6 inches open so you can turn it right side out. Before you turn it right side out, snip the curved seam edge at each corner so it will lay nice and flat. Turn right side out, lightly steam press again being sure to steam the edge flat and that the seam line becomes the fold.

Now blind stitch the opening shut. (Sometimes I forget to do this step and it seems just fine.) You are ready to do the crochet edging. I prefer to use size 3 or Knit Cro Sheen cotton crochet thread. I can get it at our local craft store, Michael's, or WalMart. I also use a steel crochet hook or two and a very sharp yarn needle.

There are two ways to create that first row of stitches along the blanket edge. The simplest way is to make small blanket stitches along the edge, and then use the top bar of the blanket stitch for the first base row of crocheting.

I prefer to actually pierce the flannel with the sharp yarn needle and then poke a thin steel crochet hook through that hole to make a single crochet stitch, then I chain 1, then I go through the next hole. This method is slow but gives you a very sturdy edge. Use the sharp yarn needle with the largest eye to create pilot holes. I get these sharp yarn needles at WalMart. Poke the needle into the flannel, then come through from the other side to the front and repeat to load your needle no more than about half way with several stitch holes. Then pull each stitch hole off the eye end of the needle one at a time, single crochet into the hole and chain one, and then release the next hole, and repeat around. It is important to pull the stitch over the eye of the needle, because the eye will widen the hole. If you pull out several holes at a time, they will close up before you can stitch into them. Be sure that you are not stretching your stitches too far apart and pulling the edge of the blanket or making them so close together that you will ruffle the edge. Sc, ch1 all around the blanket.

The hard, slow part is over. For the second row, I usually change to a slightly larger steel hook, but you don't have to. I either do --

1) a row of single crochets into each sc and chain.
2) Sometimes I do a row of hdc, ch 1, sk the next stitch, and repeat around. I might even do this row after a row of sc.

Then for the top row, I might do ==
A) 10 sc, make a picot stitch all around.
B) Or I like to make shells--sc in first stitch, skip 1 stitch, 5 dc in next st, skip one st, sc in next st all the way around. I fudge the last few inches if necessary to make the shells come out looking even.
C) If the flannel is very delicately feminine, I might do 6 to 10 rows of scallops. Chain about 5 stitches, skip two sc, sc in next stitch all the way around. All following rows ch 5, sc in next loop. This is a gorgeous edge and it does take up a lot of thread. I have used bedspread (size 10) crochet cotton for the scallop edge, and it is beautiful. Even prettier is to make a small picot in the last row of loops.

The edge will look softer and neater once you launder it. I suggest you might want to wash and iron the blanket again before giving it to the new mom. She won't have to iron it, of course, but you will have it looking its best and the edging will lay perfectly if you wash and steam iron it before giving it away.

If you have questions, just ask.


clipped on: 05.06.2009 at 10:43 pm    last updated on: 05.06.2009 at 10:44 pm

hint of the day feb 28 salt (long)

posted by: minnie_tx on 02.28.2009 at 12:31 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

From my files You might want to save is as info or print it out

Consumer Tips for Salt Use

Besides making foods delicious, it's believed there are more than 14,000 uses of salt, and our grandmothers were probably familiar with most of them. Many of these uses were for simple things around the home before the advent of modern chemicals and cleaners. However, many uses are still valid today and a lot cheaper than using more sophisticated products.
We thought you might like to share some of these fascinating applications of salt.
We make no guarantee about the results if you try any of them, but there must be something to them since they have been handed down over the years in many households. Most of these uses have stood the test of time.

The most familiar use of salt undoubtedly is in the kitchen and on the dining table. Salt accents the flavor of meat, brings out individuality of vegetables, puts "oomph" into bland starches, deepens the flavor of delicate desserts and develops flavor of melons and certain other fruits. No other seasoning has yet been found that can satisfactorily take the place of salt. But there are other uses around the home, too.

Salt is an excellent cleaning agent, by itself or in combination with other substances. A solution of salt and turpentine restores the whiteness to yellowed enameled bathtubs and lavatories. A paste of salt and vinegar cleans tarnished brass or copper. a strong brine poured down the kitchen sink prevents grease from collecting and eliminates odors.

Salt helps destroy moths and drives away ants. A dash of salt in laundry starch keeps the iron from sticking and gives linen and fine cottons a glossy, like-new finish. A thin paste of salt and salad oil removes white marks caused by hot dishes or water from wooden tables.

A box of salt is an important item in many bathrooms. In mild solutions, it makes an excellent mouthwash, throat gargle or eye-wash; it is an effective dentifrice; it is an effective antiseptic; and it can be extremely helpful as a massage element to improve complexion.
We offer these other tips:

Boiling Water - Salt added to water makes the water boil at a higher temperature, thus reducing cooking time. (It does not make the water boil faster.)
Peeling eggs - Boiling eggs in salted water will make eggs peel easily.
Poaching eggs - Poaching eggs over salted water helps set the egg whites.
Testing egg freshness - Place the egg in a cup of water to which two teaspoonfuls of salt has been added. A fresh egg sinks; a doubter will float.
Preventing browning - Apples, pears and potatoes dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled will retain their color.
Shelling pecans - Soaking pecans in salt water for several hours before shelling will make nut meats easier to remove.
Washing spinach - If spinach is washed in salted water, repeated cleanings will not be necessary.
Preventing sugaring - A little salt added to cake icings prevents them from sugaring.
Crisping salads - Salting salads immediately before serving will keep them crisp.
Improving boiled potatoes - Boiled potatoes will be given a fine, mealy texture by sprinkling with salt after draining, then returning them to the pan and shaking them back and forth quickly to get rid of the excess moisture.
Cleaning greasy pans - The greasiest iron pan will wash easily if you put a little salt in it and wipe with paper.
Cleaning stained cups - Rubbing with salt will remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from cups.
Cleaning ovens - Salt and cinnamon take the "burned food" odor away from ovens and stove burners. Sprinkle spills while oven and burners are still hot; when dry, remove the salted spots with a stiff brush or cloth.
Cleaning refrigerators - Salt and soda water will clean and sweeten the inside of your refrigerator. It won't scratch enamel either.
Extinguishing grease fires - Salt tossed on a grease fire on the stove or in the oven will smother flames. Never use water; it will only spatter the burning grease.
Improving coffee - A pinch of salt in coffee will enhance the flavor and remove the bitterness of over-cooked coffee.
Improving poultry - To improve the flavor of poultry, rub the fowl inside and out with salt before roasting.
Removing pinfeathers - To remove pinfeathers easily from a chicken, rub the chicken skin with salt first.
Cleaning tarnished silverware - Rub tarnish with salt before washing.
Cleaning copper pans - Remove stains on copper pans by salting area and scouring with a cloth soaked in vinegar.
Cleaning coffee pots - Remove bitterness from percolators and other coffee pots by filling with water, adding four tablespoons of salt and percolating or boiling as usual.
Removing onion odors from hands - Rub fingers with salt moistened with vinegar.
"Sweetening" containers - Salt can "sweeten" and deodorize thermos bottles and jugs, decanters and other closed containers.
Cleaning sink drains - Pour a strong salt brine down the kitchen sink drain regularly to eliminate odors and keep grease from building up.
Brightening cutting boards - After washing them with soap and water, rub bread and cutting boards with a damp cloth dipped in salt; the boards will be lighter and brighter.
Fixing oversalted soups - If soup has been oversalted, cut up a raw potato or two and drop into the soup. The potato will absorb the salt.
Cleaning dried-on egg - Salt not only makes eggs taste better, but it makes "eggy" dishes clean easier. Sprinkle salt on dishes right after breakfast; it makes them a whiz to clean when you have time.
Preventing food from sticking - Rub a pancake griddle with a small bag of salt to prevent sticking and smoking. Sprinkle a little salt in the skillet before frying fish to prevent the fish from sticking. Sprinkle salt on washed skillets, waffle iron plates or griddles, heat in a warm oven, dust off salt; when they are next used, foods will not stick.
Preventing mold - To prevent mold on cheese, wrap it in a cloth dampened with saltwater before refrigerating.
Whipping cream and beating egg whites - By adding a pinch of salt, cream will whip better and egg whites will beat faster and higher.
Keeping milk fresh - Adding a pinch of salt to milk will keep it fresh longer.
Setting gelatin - To set gelatin salads and desserts quickly, place over ice that has been sprinkled with salt.

Cleaning brass - Mix equal parts of salt, flour and vinegar to make a paste, rub the paste on the brass item, leave on for an hour or so, then clean with a soft cloth or brush and buff with a dry cloth.
Cleaning wicker - To prevent yellowing, scrub wicker furniture with a stiff brush moistened with warm saltwater and allow to dry in the sun.
Cleaning grease spots on rugs - Some grease spots can be removed with a solution of one part salt and four parts alcohol and rubbing hard but carefully to avoid damage to the nap.
Extending broom life - New brooms will wear longer if soaked in hot saltwater before they are first used.
Removing wine stains - If wine is spilled on a tablecloth or rug, blot up as much as possible and immediately cover the wine with salt, which will absorb the remaining wine. Later rinse the tablecloth with cold water; scrape up the salt from the rug and then vacuum the spot.
Removing rings from tables - White rings left on tables from wet or hot dishes or glasses can be removed by rubbing a thin paste of salad oil and salt on the spot with your fingers, letting it stand an hour or two, then wiping it off.
Restoring sponges - Give sponges new life by soaking them in cold saltwater after they are washed.
Settling suds - If a washing machine bubbles over from too many suds, sprinkle salt on the suds to reduce them.
Brightening colors - Wash colored curtains or washable fiber rugs in a saltwater solution to brighten the colors. Brighten faded rugs and carpets by rubbing them briskly with a cloth that has been dipped in a strong saltwater solution and wrung out.
Removing perspiration stains - Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains disappear.
Brightening yellowed cottons or linens - Boil the yellowed items for one hour in a salt and baking soda solution
Removing blood stains - Soak the stained clothing or other cloth item in cold saltwater, then launder in warm, soapy water and boil after the wash. (Use only on cotton, linen or other natural fibers that can take high heat.)
Removing mildew or rust stains - Moisten stained spots with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then spread the item in the sun for bleaching; and finally, rinse and dry.
Color-matching nylons - Good nylons that don't have a match can be made the same color by boiling them a few minutes in a pan of lightly salted water.
Fixing sticking iron - Sprinkle a little salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it to remove rough, sticky spots.
Removing "salt stains" from carpets - "Salt" stains are usually caused by calcium chloride and magnesium chloride, not sodium chloride, caccording to the Carpet and Rug Institute. Rock salt has small amounts of both of these salts imbedded in it. The problem comes with solubility. Patience and lots of rinse cycles are the key and sometimes calcium carbonate forms and this is fairly insoluble. Try to vacuum most of the dry residue off before using cool to warm water and a very small amount of carpet shampoo. Once the cleaning solution has been applied, allow time for it to dissolve the deposit. Blot, do not scrub, the spot. Sodium chloride is more soluble at lower temps than at higher ones. Then rinse with clear lukewarm water, blotting up the excess moisture and follow with another water rinse and blot dry. This should work. If not, try a cleaning mixture of 1/2 white vinegar to 1/2 lukewarm water, allow to stand 15 minutes and rinse with clear water.

Health & Beauty
Gargling - Stir 1/2 teaspoon salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water for use as a gargle for sore throats.
Cleaning teeth - Mix one part salt to two parts baking soda after pulverizing the salt in a blender or rolling it on a kitchen board with a tumbler before mixing. It whitens teeth, helps remove plaque and it is healthy for the gums.
Washing mouth - Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda as a mouth wash that sweetens the breath.
Bathing eyes - Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a pint of water and use the solution to bathe tired eyes.
Reducing eye puffiness - Mix one teaspoon of salt in a pint of hot water and apply pads soaked in the solution on the puffy areas.
Relieving tired feet - Soak aching feet in warm water to which a handful of salt has been added. Rinse in cool water.
Relieving bee stings - If stung, immediately wet the spot and cover with salt to relieve the pain.
Treating mosquito and chigger bites - Soak in saltwater, then apply a mixture of lard and salt.
Treating poison ivy - Soaking the exposed part in hot saltwater helps hasten the end to poison ivy irritation.
Relieving fatigue - Soak relaxed for at least ten minutes in a tub of water into which several handfuls of salt has been placed. Or try this recipe for "aches and itches"Aches & Itches Bath Salt Recipe
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup dry milk
1 cup epsom salt
1 cup sea salt
Mix all ingredients together in a large ziploc bag.

Removing dry skin - After bathing and while still wet give yourself a massage with dry salt. It removes dead skin particles and aids the circulation.
Making a salt glow scrub - See this recipe
Applying facial - For a stimulating facial, mix equal parts of salt and olive oil and gently massage the face and throat with long upward and inward strokes. Remove mixture after five minutes and wash face.
Removing tattoos -CAUTION-This is a medical procedure that can be done only by a physician. It is called salabrasion and requires several treatments by rubbing salt on the tattoo. Healing is required between treatments, but there is virtually no scarring.
Many commercial sites sell specialty bath salts designed for health and beauty, for example.

Other Uses
Extinguishing grease fires - Keep a box of salt handy at your stove and oven and if a grease fire flares up, cover the flames with salt. Do not use water on grease fires; it will splatter the burning grease. Also a handful of salt thrown on flames from meat dripping in barbecue grills will reduce the flames and deaden the smoke without cooling the coals as water does.
Drip-proofing candles - Soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, then dry them well. When burned they will not drip.
Removing soot - Occasionally throw a handful of salt on the flames in your fireplace; it will help loosen soot from the chimney and salt makes a bright yellow flame.
Cleaning fish tanks - Rub the inside of fish tanks with salt to remove hard water deposits, then rinse well before returning the fish to the tank. Use only plain, not iodized, salt.
Invigorating goldfish - Occasionally add one teaspoon of salt to a quart of fresh water at room temperature and put your goldfish in for about 15 minutes. Then return them to their tank. The salt swim makes them healthier. For more information.
Cleaning flower vases - To remove deposits caused by flowers and water, rub with salt; if you cannot reach the deposits to rub them, put a strong salt solution in the vase and shake, then wash the vase with soap and water.
Keeping cut flowers fresh - A dash of salt added to the water in a flower vase will keep cut flowers fresh longer.
Holding artificial flowers - Artificial flowers can be held in an artistic arrangement by pouring salt into the container, adding a little cold water and then arranging the flowers. The salt will solidify as it dries and hold the flowers in place.
Keeping patios weed-free - If weeds or unwanted grass come up between patio bricks or blocks, carefully spread salt between the bricks and blocks, then sprinkle with water or wait for rain to wet it down.
Killing poison ivy - Mix three pounds of salt with a gallon of soapy water and apply to leaves and stems with a sprayer.
Keeping windows frost-free - Rub the inside of windows with a sponge dipped in a saltwater solution and rub dry; the windows will not frost up in sub-freezing weather. Rubbing a small cloth bag containing salt that has been moistened on your car's windshield will keep snow and ice from collecting.
Deicing sidewalks and driveways - Lightly sprinkling rock salt on walks and driveways will keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement and allow for easy removal. Don't overdo it; use the salt sensibly to avoid damage to grass and ornamentals.
Deodorizing shoes - Sprinkling a little salt in canvas shoes occasionally will take up the moisture and help remove odors.
Have fun with salt- Salt can be converted easily into an inexpensive dough for children's creative artworks. Or make a mini-volcano from salt. And, salt dough isn't just for kids; it can be worked into clever home decorations too (we have no commercial interest nor even familiarity with this site. We offer it to illustrate what can be done with salt dough).
Serious artists ( 1 2 ) use salt as a medium too (or use saltworks as an object to paint). Salt can be used to illustrate principles of science.


clipped on: 02.28.2009 at 03:09 pm    last updated on: 02.28.2009 at 03:09 pm

Aloha Quick Bread

posted by: gwanny2three on 01.08.2009 at 01:47 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

My neighbor made this yesterday and brought us a loaf of's soo good! She even shared the recipe!

Aloha Quick Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in banana, milk, orange peel and extracts.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in the coconut, nuts and pineapple. Transfer to a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.


clipped on: 01.08.2009 at 02:56 pm    last updated on: 01.08.2009 at 02:57 pm

RE: Carmel Che////etos! (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: glenda_al on 12.10.2008 at 03:46 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

They are also called
Coyote or Reindeer "Droppings"

2-cups brown sugar

1-cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup white corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

14-1/2 ounce package Cheetos ** or buy ONE 11 oz size of CHEESE PUFFS, NOT cheetos I like the cheese puffs better

Bring the sugar, butter or margarine and syrup to a boil for 5 minutes. Stir often Remove from fire. Add baking soda. Stir. Pour over cheetos, and toss QUICKLY . ***i USED TWO 9 X 10, ALUMINUM PANS Bake at 250 degrees F. for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Pour out on waxed paper rubbed with additional butter or cooking spray. Quickly separate the Caramelized Cheetos ****I used the bottoms of TWO broiler pans that I sprayed, put gloves on, and quickly separated, so you won't end up with big globs. Let cool, IF YOU CAN BEFORE SAMPLING!


clipped on: 12.15.2008 at 09:25 pm    last updated on: 12.20.2008 at 09:30 pm

Oh My Gosh...For The Goodies!! (Recipes)

posted by: sandy_in_ia on 12.13.2008 at 02:20 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I am working on my cookie/candy plates for Dean's crew at work. I have lemon cookies, cherry cookies and PB cookies left to get done, and I am finished! Here are some of the recipes that I am using...some new ones from here.

Cake Mix Cookies
Quick and Very EASY...and so good!

1 cake mix Lemon
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
Mix together. Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 350* degrees for 8-10 mins. Cool on rack. Makes 12-15 cookies.
Many variations; white cake with choc. Chips, chocolate cake with white chips, etc. (I am frosting these with lemon and putting sprinkles on them)

****I just made the S&S Treats that Sharon_FL posted..OH MY GOSH are they GOODDDDD!!!!

I call these "S&S TREATS" (sweet 'n salty)
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 10.5oz. bag Fritos (or pretzels) I used Pretzels!
10 Hershey bars 1.55oz. size
Grease a 9x13 baking pan and pour the Fritos (or pretzels) into the bottom of the pan.
Boil the corn syrup and sugar over medium heat. After they come to a boil, stir in the peanut butter. Pour the hot mixture evenly over the pretzels or
Layer the Hershey bars** on top of the hot mixture and spread chocolate as it melts. Cool and cut in squares or break up.
(I find that if I put the pan in the fridge to harden the chocolate and cool the mixture, it cuts better and sets the chocolate.) This is really good... my family & friends love it.

**NOTE: Sometimes I place the choc bars on a plate & nuke 3-5 seconds, to soften them for faster spreading.

****I also made the Cookie Dough Truffles That Craftyshe posted

~*~Cookie Dough Truffles~*~My dd's favorite!
1 C. soft butter
1-1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 C. all-purpose flour
1 T water
6 oz pkg. mini chocolate chips.

Cream butter and sugar together. Add remaining ingredients and mix well by hand. Roll into bite size balls. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Store in a plastic ziploc bag in the freezer. Makes 4 dozen.

Let stand at room temperature 5 minutes before eating.

**I dip them in Chocolate**1c.choc. chip melted with 1Tbsp shortening.Also drizzled white melted choc. On top :-)
****They were great! Made the poor mans Turtles, how easy and Dean said they were wonderful! Leslie/Grammahony posted those.

Poor Man's/Woman's Turtles
small pretzel twists
Rolo candy
whole pecans
Set 1 of the Rolos on each pretzel on a cookie sheet, and put in the oven at 350 for 3 or 4 min. Bring them out and put a whole pecan on the top while warm (I push them into the rolo a little) Let cool.

****Also the Beer Nuts that Iowagirl2006 posted.

Beer Nuts
1 bag RAW peanuts
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a heavy bottom skillet. Heat over medium heat until the water has evaporated and the sugar is clinging to the nuts - Stir frequently with a heat safe spatula. Towards the end, when the water is about gone - you need to watch it carefully and keep stirring gently.

Transfer to a large sheet pan with sides.

Bake at 300 for 30 minutes. Stir the nuts well after the first 15 minutes. Remove and let cool.

****Last but not least is my Aunt's great fudge!

Aunt Judys Great Fudge
4 cup sugar
1 can evaporated milk
1 cup butter
1-12 oz pkg choc. Chips
1 pint marshmallow creme
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup walnuts if desired
Butter 3 qt pan-or silverstone
Combine sugar, milk, butter, cook until soft ball 230*
Remove, add rest of ingred. Stir until all chips are melted. Spread in 9x13" pan. Cut before fudge becomes to hard.

I know the guys will enjoy all the goodies! I also make up a huge plate to take to my bosses. He is impossible to buy for, and his fianc doesn't have the time to bake and with all 5 of their kids with spouses around, they all look forward to the platter! Plus I make them a big monkey bread.


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RE: Still shots from video ? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: iowagirl2006 on 10.24.2008 at 05:43 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

MaryAnn - a screen cap will be pretty low resolution. OK if you are going to print really small - but even a 4x6 it will look pretty pixelated.

Try loading the video in Windows Movie Maker (you have it if you have XP or VISTA - it may be listed under Accesories)

Read the tutorial on the link below and it will show you a great way to capture a still from it.

Hopefully the video has a file type compatible with - it supports Video files: .asf, .avi, .m1v, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv2, .wm, and .wmv - so I bet your CD or DVD will work, unless it is copyright protected.

So many people don't even know they have WMM - it is just a fantastic program. It is great if you ever use your digital camera for taking video. You can also use it to make great slide shows combining video and still images. I haven't found anything that works as well as WMM!

Here is a link that might be useful: Capturing a still image from video using WMM


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I'm eating this recipe right now--and it's delicious!

posted by: alisande on 10.12.2008 at 08:49 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Before you dive into Ronnie's chocolate-cake-in-a-mug, eat your vegetables!

I wasn't generous with the Parmesan because I avoid saturated fat. But even with a light sprinkle, I really liked this recipe. I didn't have coarse salt either, just regular salt.

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

1 head of cauliflower
2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and coarsely minced
1 lemon
Olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmesan cheese

1 Preheat oven to 400F. Cut cauliflower into florets and put in a single layer in an oven-proof baking dish. Add garlic. Squeeze a lemon over cauliflower and drizzle each piece with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If the oven hasn't reached 400F yet, set aside until it has.

2 Place baking dish in the hot oven, uncovered, for 15-25 minutes, until the top is lightly brown. Test with a fork for desired doneness. Remove from oven and sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese.


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RE: Digital photo re-sizing (?) info needed (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: jodi_in_so_calif on 10.05.2008 at 04:18 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

How old is your computer? It could be you just don't have enough memory to process the photo if it's a large file.

Download IrfanView or Google's Picasa (go to Google and hit the More link at the top of the page). Both are free image manipulation softwares to edit your photos.

Warning, reducing the file size too much will cause the photo to print out pixelated or grainy. You want at least 150 dpi, but 300 or above is best.

Here is a link that might be useful: Irfanview


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Crusty Pound Cake

posted by: catlady15 on 08.12.2008 at 01:23 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

This is a recipe that has been in Greg's[my hubby] family for ever.I made two last week.Thought I share.

Mom's Crusty Pound Cake(Betty)

1 1/2 cup butter[3 sticks] soften
3 cups of sugar
6 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla flavor
1 teasp of almond flavor
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teap salt
Cream butter very well.Add sugar slowly mixing until texture is mealy.Add eggs beating after each one.Add flavors.Mix Flour and salt together.Add slowly to cake batter beat until moistened.Do Not over beat.

Greased and Flour a 10 inch tube Pan(I use Pam spray) making sure well greased and the tube part is well greased.
Bake in a preheated oven on 325* for one hour and 25 mintues or until you can stick tooth pick in and it comes out clean.Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.Turn on a Wire Rack,turn right side up and allow to competely cooling.
Very good eat like this .You can also serve with Strawberries,blueberries,peaches or your choice of fruit,alone with cool whip or vanilla ice cream.
We also like eating it while a little warm.
If you do decide to cut while still a little warm be careful when slicing it will cut and not crumble.This recipe has been used so many times in our family and each time we bake this cake for a friend they tell us it was so good.Hope you too come back after baking it and tell me the same thing.But keep in mind like I always say.***Not everyone's taste Bud is the same.


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If you like mint flavor, here's a yummy cake!!!

posted by: stephmc72 on 05.27.2008 at 07:20 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I made this cake this weekend and it was SOOO good. I thought I'd share it.


1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup oil
2 tsp mint extract
3 egg whites
12 drops green food coloring
2 jars (16oz each) hot fudge topping
1 container (8oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Thin rectangular creme de menthe chocolate candies (Andes mints)

Heat oven to 350 for shiny metal or glass pan (or 325 for dark or nonstick pan). Spray botttom only of 13x9" pain with baking spray and flour.

Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil, 1 1/2 tsp of the mint extract (I used more like 2 1/4 for mine) and the egg whites. Reserve 1 cup batter. Stir 3 drops of green food color into reserved batter; set aside (I think I used 4 drops). Pour remaining batter into pan.

Drop green batter by generous tablespoonfuls randomly inth 12-14 mounds onto batter in pan. Cut through batter in swirling motion with knife. Turn pan 1/4 turn and repeat cutting.

Bake 28-33 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Cool completely; at least 1 hour.

Carefully spread fudge topping evenly over cake (I didn't use 2 full jars, maybe 1 1/3). In medium bowl, stir whipped topping, remaining 1/2 tsp extract (I think I used closer to 1 tsp), remaining 9 drops food coloring. Spread whipped topping mixture evenly over fudge. Garnish with candy pieces (I didn't use these). Store covered cake in refrigerator.

*When serving, I heated the rest of the hot fudge and drizzled it over the cake.



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RE: Rhubarb..Do you like it? (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: pattico on 05.21.2008 at 06:24 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I Love it...

I always stick this recipe in when we talk rhubarb...because I think it is one of the best.



2 cups flour
1/2 cup + 2T powdered sugar
1 cup margarine or butter

Blend with mixer.
Pat into 9x12 pan.
Bake at 350 for 15 mins

Have topping ready to pour on base
when it comes out of oven.


4 eggs beaten
2 cups sugar (I usually add a little more)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. baking powder
4 cups chopped rhubarb

Mix together and pour over base.
Bake 50-60 mins until brown.

Enjoy !!! I love it.

I hope you'll give it a try someday.



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RE: Phyllis_mn's Sticky Quickies (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: patti43 on 05.03.2008 at 08:11 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Glenda, here you go. They really are easy but the finished product looks like you kneaded for hours. I may add more pecans next time.

Sticky Quickies (Phyllis_mn)

1-1/2 c. flour
2 pkg. dry yeast
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
1-3/4 c. flour

Combine 1-1/2 c. flour and yeast in a large bowl and set aside. Heat the milk, water, butter, sugar and salt until warmish. Pour into yeast and flour mixture. Add egg and beat for three minutes. Add the rest of the flour by hand. Cover and let rest 30 minutes. While dough is resting, combine the following and heat until melted:

3/4 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. chopped nuts
1 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 Tbsp. water

Pour mixture into a buttered 9x13" pan.

After 30 minutes, stir dough down and drop by tablespoon onto syrupy goop in the pan. (Trust me, there will be enough!!) Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool one minute and cover with a foil lined cookie sheet. Carefully invert to remove from pan.


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RE: MS Word question (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: uxorial on 04.13.2008 at 11:01 am in Kitchen Table Forum

Kayjones--Here's how to make a column of text lined up at the left and right sides, with dots between the words (like shown above):

Type your first word
Click the tab setting button (way at the left of the ruler) until it looks like a backwards L.
Click on the ruler bar at the position you want the tab to be to line up the text at the right side. (The tab is set at 2 1/2" in my example above.)
Go to Format, Tabs on the drop-down menus.
You'll see the 2.5" tab shown in the list of tab stop positions at the left.
Under Leader, click the number 2 option, with the dots.
Click Set. Then click OK.

On your document, press the tab key. The cursor will move to the tab position and dots will appear in between. Type the word(s) you want in the right "column." The words will move to the left as you type, aligning the text at the right side where the tab is.

Press enter to type the next line. It will keep the same tab setting.

If the words on the right side are getting too close to the words on the left, highlight all the lines of text, then click on the tab in the ruler bar and slide it to the right to where you want it. (When you hover your mouse near it, it will pop up "Right Tab"; when you click on the tab setting, a dotted line will appear showing where the text will be aligned.) Or, go to Format, Tabs, and add the new tab setting, click the #2 dotted leader option, press set; highlight the old tab, press clear, press OK when done. (Sliding it on the ruler is faster.)


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RE: pattern for pillowcase dresses (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: loganhogan on 08.19.2006 at 09:10 pm in Sewing Forum


These are my original instructions that were up several post. If you'll email me I'll email you a picture that's the armhole template. Are you cutting the bias tape and armhole in the curved area? I don't have a problem with them not laying flat.

Pillowcase Dress Instructions

1. Take selvedge edges and make a center back seam.
2. Then fold the sides together and fold down a one inch casing and pin. Use armhole pattern to cut armholes. Undo casing.
3. Use Bias Tape on arm holes, clip curves before completing final step with bias tape.
4. Fold down casing 1" and stitch.
5. Hem bottom, some of them I put "dingle balls" on.
6. Run Ribbon 30-36 inches (Xs 2) through each casing. Treat with fray check.

I use between 27" and 30" for a size 4-7. I used a full yard on a size 8 for a child like me with very long legs.

Susan Howell Hogan


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RE: pattern for pillowcase dresses (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: mima on 08.18.2006 at 11:31 pm in Sewing Forum

Click this link which will take you to a sewing site that has the instructions and the pattern printouts for the pillowcase dress. There is a pdf file to download right from site, the pattern for the armhole cut out is in two sizes, one for little tots and one for a little older girls, and then you just cut it out and your ready to sew. You'll also be able to print out the pictured instructions too. This is the perfect pattern and instructions to help you make a perfect dress everytime!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pillowcase Dress Pattern and Instructions How To


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Onsie T-Shirt Pillowcase Dress (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: mima on 08.18.2006 at 11:34 pm in Sewing Forum

To make the onesie t-shirt dress click this link. This will give you a forum that has a link to pictured instructions on the how to for this style of pillowcase dress.

Here is a link that might be useful: Onsie - T- Shirt Pillowcase Dress How To


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RE: Virus ? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mes444 on 04.01.2008 at 03:13 pm in Computer Help Forum

Tell her to just delete the message if she can. If not, she can download Windows Defender from microsoft's site. It may already be on her computer and all she needs to do is run it. Tell her to check in..Start..All Programs and look for it. Generally, running Windows Defender will block the offending notice next time she boots up.

If there really is spyware, Windows Defender will find it and get rid of it. Then she can configure Defender to run all the time and it will block that kind of thing going forward.

My husband got a similar screen recently and I did what I advised above. It was just an ad and they try to scare you into buying their junk.

Here is a link that might be useful: Window's Defender Download


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RE: Do you have a Really Good Chili Recipe? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: linda_in_iowa on 03.09.2008 at 08:23 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I always get rave reviews from this one:

2 cups pinto beans (soak overnight)
6 cups water
Cook beans in salted water one hour. Drain and transfer beans to crock pot.
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
dash of cinnamon
dash of cocoa
small can of whole kernel corn
1 1/4 tsp salt
tomato paste
2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
3 tablespoons oil
1 large can whole tomatoes
Saute onion and garlic. Add tomatoes and paste. Mash tomatoes. Add spices to crock pot. Thin with bean stock as needed. Cook overnight or for several hours until beans are soft.


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RE: i'm probably the last of the KTers to.................. (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: mscsippy on 03.08.2008 at 08:43 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I'm too lazy to go look through my recipes so I found this in an old post.

This is Glenda's recipe, it a little different than Ruthie's.
Pineapple Casserole

1 20 oz can pineapple chunks, drain, and reserve juice
3 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup grated cheddar cheese (grate your own) Pre grated cheese doesn't melt
1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers **I always use saltines

Preheat oven to 350

Combine flour, sugar and 3 Tbsp pineapple juice. Stir in cheese and pineapple. Spoon into greased casserole dish. Mix crackers with butter, and add to top of mixture.
Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly.


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Chicken 'n Dumplings Using the crockpot

posted by: ntt_hou on 02.29.2008 at 10:01 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

This is the same recipe I've posted by replying on another post. Thought I'd just make it's own posting so you can tell me if you like it or not. I'm wide open for advise and correction.

You have to forgive my recipe for I'm one that cook without measuring. I just eyeball the quantity. This time, I tried and managed to write it down. For the vegetables: celery, carrots, garlic and onion, you can add or subtract from this recipe to your like.

I also use ready made flour tortillas for dumplings. It does come out as dumplings.

I put 4 servings as in soup bowl servings. I have no idea how much is considered a serving and it depends if one eats alot or not. This recipe is definetely more than 2 servings though.

Here's my recipe for Chicken 'n Dumplings using a crockpot:

Natalie's Chicken 'n Dumplings
4 servings

3 boneless chicken breasts (thawed or frozen)
1 can (10 oz.) condensed Cream of Mushroom + same 1 can of water
1 can (10 oz.) condensed Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup + same 1 can of water (May substitute with chicken broth. Using the same empty can cream of mushroom measure 2 full cans of broth)
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
onion, chopped
1 stalk or 8-10 ribs of celery, sliced
4-6 carrots, sliced or 1 small bag (1 lb.) of baby carrots, halved.
15-20 small size (about 6"-7") ready made flour tortillas, cut up in about 2" squares. Don't need to separate them too much if they stick together.
Salt & Pepper to taste

In a crockpot, add in all the ingredients except for the tortillas. Stir it up a little.
Cook on High for 4 hours or on Low for 8 hours.
At the last 30 minutes (it doesn't matter whether you've been setting it on high or low), take the chicken breasts out and shred them in small to medium size or desired size.
After 10 minutes (from time of taking out the chicken), put back the chicken in the pot and add the tortillas. Stir it up and turn the crockpot on High and cook for the last 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Note: The sauce will thicken some more with the tortillas.



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Bread machine manuals (need one?)

posted by: joann_fla on 02.03.2008 at 03:46 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I found a bread machine at a yard sale yesterday, it seems to be in great shape. It didn't come with a manual so I went searching and found this site. If you need a manual there are a few here to copy .... free.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bread machine manuals


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RE: Need help - problems with Amish Bread from Starter recipe (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: oklamoni on 02.02.2008 at 10:14 am in Kitchen Table Forum

Ed, just use more mix in your own bread/cake, and don't worry about giving any away. That's what I do, and it works fine. You can also store the stuff in the fridge or freezer for long periods of time without feeding it. Then let it warm up/defrost and start over whenever you want to make some more.


Here's my recipe

Amish Friendship Bread

Note: Do not use any type of metal spoon or bowl for mixing
Do not refrigerate
If air gets into the bag, let it out
It is normal for the batter to rise, bubble and ferment

The datelines below can be used to help you keep track of the date or day you are at. If you keep the starter for yourself, you will be baking every 10 days. The bread is very good and makes a great gift. Only the amish know how to create a starter.

Date: Day 1- Do nothing. This is the day you received the batter
Day 2- Mush the bag
Day 3- Mush the bag
Day 4- Mush the bag
Day 5- Mush the bag
Day 6- Add to the bag: 1 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 cup milk & mush the bag
Day 7- Mush the bag
Day 8- Mush the bag
Day 9- Mush the bag
Day 10- Mush the bag and follow the directions below

Pour the contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl and add 1 cups flour, 1 cups sugar, 1 cups milk. Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each and put into gallon ziplock bags. Keep one for yourself and give the other 3 to friends along with a copy of this recipe.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To the remaining batter in the bowl (approx 1 - 2 cups) Add:

3 eggs 1 cup oil cup milk
1 cup sugar 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking powder
tsp vanilla tsp salt tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1 large instant vanilla or chocolate pudding mix
optional: 1 cup chopped nuts or raisons

Grease 2 large loaf pans. Mix cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with half of the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Pour the batter evenly in to the pans and sprinkle with the remaining sugar mixture. Bake 45min to 1 hour. Cool until bread loosens from the pan and turn into a serving dish. Serve warm or cold. You can also make muffins using the same temperature but bake for 25 mins. (makes 2 dozen)

Should the recipe not be passed on to a friend on the 10th day, be sure to tell the recipient which day the bag is on when presented to them.

and here is the ancient recipe I used with the starter above I got from my daughters friend:

Herman Cake

Feed Herman on the 1st and 5th days. Bake on the 10th day.

1st day: 1 c Herman starter
1/2 c sugar
1 c flour
1 c milk
Keep in large covered bowl in refrigerator. Stir daily.

5th day: 1/2 c sugar
1 flour
1 milk

10th day: You will have 4 cups of Herman. Use 2 cups for baking, 1 cup for giving and 1 cup for growing.

Beat together:
2 c Herman 2 c flour
2 beaten eggs 1/2 t baking powder
1 c sugar 1/2 t baking soda
3/4 c oil 1 t ginger
1 t nutmeg

add last:

1 c nuts 1 c raisins or other fruit (or 1 c applesauce)

Pour in to greased 9X13 cake pan

Sprinkle on before baking:

mixed together:
1 c brown sugar 1 T flour
1/4 c melted butter 1 T cinnamon

Bake at 350 for 30 to 45 minutes



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RE: OMG LindaC - Caramel Covered Cheetos.... (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: stacy3 on 12.16.2007 at 11:09 am in Cooking Forum

they're the crunchy ones jade.

Here's the recipe.

Caramel Cheetos - Linda C

2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup margarine - yes, for this one you must use margarine
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 - 21 oz. pkg. Cheetos - crunchy kind

Mix sugar, margarine and corn syrup in pan. Bring to a boil. Boil 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and add soda. Stir until light in color and foamy. Spray a roasting pan (deep 10 x 14) with Pam. Put Cheetos in pan. Pour the mixture over Cheetos and stir, coating each piece. Place in oven at 250 degrees. Bake for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes. Immediately, pour onto wax paper, or cookie sheets, sprayed with Pam. (This is the hard part.) VERY QUICKLY spread out as thin as possible. If not quick and spread out as thin as possible, you will get a big hard glob. After about 5 minutes, pull/break these apart even more and loosen them from the wax paper. If you don't, you'll have wax paper stuck to them when you go to eat them.
You will regret it if you don't double the batch as guests are going to demand MORE! You can bake batches together and add an extra 20 minutes to bake time. I do them separately because of having to work so quickly to keep them apart at the end. The one batch can almost get too hard while working with the other batch.


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RE: Solid Lotion Recipe (Follow-Up #51)

posted by: desertdweller91 on 09.19.2007 at 01:53 pm in Soap & Candle Making Forum

skeeter- I made lotion bars last year for my clients for christmas- they turned out great.
I purchased my ingredients from a local place here in Scottsdale. I bought my ingredients about this time last year and everything was fine. I had them shipped too.

here's a photo

The labels could have been fancier but I gave a couple of bars to each client with some magic gloves and packaged them with I'm not real hot with graphics.

I did a lot of research for ingredients and recipes. Kelly at Soapy Supplies was wonderful to deal with. She returned emails promptly and was very knowledgable. Superior customer service!

this is my recipe and my supplier list

The recipe I used to make the lotion bars-
5oz of beeswax
4oz of sweet almond oil
2oz of cocoa butter
2oz of shea butter
1 capsule of vitamin E oil
3 teaspoons of essential or or less.

I just used a food scale to measure the oil, wax and butters. Pour the measured ingredients into a bowl and microwave it until it's melted..maybe stirring it a little.
Don't add the essential (fragrance oil) until after you've melted the measured ingredients. Some essential oils have a low flash point so you don't want to microwave them.
Be sure to stir the mixture after you add the essential oil and then pour it into the molds.
It was cool outside when I made mine so I would take it outside and let it cool.
If you try to rush it by putting them in the freezer/refrigerator they could crack or get moisture spots. Sometimes it takes a while to cool. If they're warm at all, they'll stick to the mold.

After one batch make sure your pour is right and the bars fit in the tins. I had to pour my flower molds a little "short" otherwise the tops hit the lid on the tins.

Super easy. I purchased blank, white round sticky labels on ebay and then printed them on my printer. If you have a laser printer you could make really nice clear labels.

The molds came from
Any guest soap mold or mini mold will work. The more detail there is in the mold, the higher the chance that pieces of the bar will get stuck in the mold when you remove it.

The tin containers are from here..
.32 a piece if you order 145 or more.

I purchased the almond fragrance and the oatmeal fragrance from here
However, the most popular fragrance by far was the green tea & cucumber. I purchased that at JoAnns. It comes in tiny little bottles and it was expensive. If you can find a refreshing scent through it would be a lot cheaper.

Raw materials
Beeswax beads natural 10 lbs
shea butter 3 lbs
cocoa butter white 3 lbs
Sweet Almond oil one gallon (which doesn't have a scent..I assumed it would have an almond doesn't)

I think I ended up with about 265-280 lotion bars. I lost track of how many I made and just went by the number of tins I used...but I also gave away some bars that weren't in tins.

The molds hold a little over 1oz of lotion and the tins are 2oz tins.


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RE: Help..I'm on Fire! (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: chubby_rat on 12.23.2007 at 01:42 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Can get it online at Amazing below.Don't know where else you can get it!

Here is a link that might be useful: Spray


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RE: Amish Friendship Bread (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: sea_shell on 12.20.2007 at 10:38 am in Kitchen Table Forum

Here's how to make the "starter" for the bread, no need to buy it...

Here is a link that might be useful: Amish Friendship bread starter


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RE: Chicken Enchalida Soup...made with cans of things.. (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: jen_tx on 12.11.2007 at 03:28 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Here's my friend's recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup. It sounds like what you're looking for.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 can chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel Tomatoes (can use mild)
1 can Ranch Style Beans
1 can chicken (or leftover chicken works well too)

Place cream of chicken soup in saucepan. Slowly add chicken broth stirring continuously. Once mixed, add in remaining ingredients. Heat to a simmer but don't boil.

Crush tortilla chips in bowl, ladle soup over and top with cheese.


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RE: Does anyone have the recipe for the hand cream (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: grams33 on 12.02.2007 at 11:13 pm in Crafts and Decorations Forum

Here is the lotion recipe-I like it too.
1 bottle of baby lotion
1 jar of vaseline
1 jar of vitamin E cream
Mix inalarge bowl using amixer.


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Your 'Signature Dish'

posted by: marilyn_c on 06.06.2007 at 11:01 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I watched Hell's Kitchen last night and one of the first things the contestants had to do was cook their "signature dish." Got me to thinking about what everyone's "signature dish" would be.

I am not a fancy cook, but I pride myself on cooking ordinary food well.

I guess the two things that I cook that I get the most compliments on are gumbo and red beans and sausage, served over rice.

What would be your signature dish? Want to share the recipe

Marilyn's Red Beans and Sausage

I start with a lb. of kidney beans. Sometimes I soak them and sometimes I don't. I put enough water to cover them and start them cooking. I add a chopped onion and cumin seed...don't measure it...quite a bit. I add a can of chopped tomatoes. I really don't care for tomatoes in cans, but it cooks down and it adds to the flavor.

Then, instead of adding water, I add about 3 cans of chicken stock. When the beans are almost done, I add the sausage, using about two rings of good sausage that is fairly coarsely ground. I cut them into rounds. I like to use a lot of sausage, so there is plenty in it when I warm it up for left overs. Then I add one can of beef broth. When the beans are done, I chop up a handful of cilantro and throw that in. Then serve in bowls over rice.


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RE: How about veggies in cake? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: oklamoni on 05.30.2007 at 12:23 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Uh, Oh, I forgot. For years my girls had zucchini without knowing it. My recipe has 2 cups of zucchini in it.

Zucchini Chocolate Cake

(German metric measures
2 1/2 c unsifted flour (370gramm)
1/2 c cocoa (60 gramm)
2 1/2 t soda (1 Paeckchen Backpulver)
1 t salt (1 Prise)
1 t cinnamon
3/4 c margarine or butter (ca. 160 gramm)
2 c sugar (400 gramm)
3 eggs
2 t vanilla
2 t grated orange peel (optional)
2 c shredded zucchini (1/2 Liter)
1/3 c milk (ca. 1/15 liter oder 70 gramm)
1 c nuts (optional)

350 degree oven (ca. Mittlehitze?)

mix first 3 ingredients, set aside

Beat margarine and add the next 5 ingredients and add the flour mixture and milk. Mix well. Pour in to greased and floured bundt cake form (springform). Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Cool in pan for about 15 minutes and then take it out of the pan to let cool the rest. Drizzle with icing if desired.

2 c powdered sugar
3 T milk

Really yummy with a dollop of whipping cream on top. :)


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RE: Pineapple dessert...Glenda's? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: nita__az on 04.01.2007 at 04:31 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

This is Glenda's.

Pineapple Casserole

1 20 oz can pineapple chunks, drain, and reserve juice
3 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup grated cheddar cheese (grate your own)Pre grated cheese doesn't melt
1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers **I always use saltines

Preheat oven to 350

Combine flour, sugar and 3 Tbsp pineapple juice. Stir in cheese and pineapple. Spoon into greased casserole dish. Mix crackers with butter, and add to top of mixture.
Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly.


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OMG, TamiOH's chicken dressing casserole

posted by: glenda_al on 03.15.2007 at 10:36 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Put it together for a friend, who's Ds is in hospital. Taking it to her, tomorrow.
It if tastes as good uncooked, I know it will be a WINNER!!

Chicken & Dressing Casserole
3 cups chicken breast cooked (I boil mine with chopped onions, and 2 bay leaves, salt and pepper, and poultry seasoning

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of celery soup

2 cups chicken broth (used the broth from chicken) of course remove the cloves

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 package chicken herb-seasoned stuffing mix, (8 oz)

1 cup shredded cheese (usinggrated swiss)

Cook chicken; cool, and cut meat into bite-size pieces. Mix soups and broth; add chicken to the mixture.
Add butter or margarine to dressing mix.

Combine chicken mixture with the dressing mixture.

Place in a 2 to 2 1/2-quart casserole and bake at 350 F. for 30 minutes. Top with shredded cheese during the last 5 minutes if desired.

Soooooo quick and easy, to put together, if you cook the chicken ahead of time.

Serves 6.

Thanks so much, Tami. It's a KEEPER


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RE: Just......... (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: marigene on 11.21.2006 at 05:30 pm in Cooking Forum

I have posted the recipe before, but here it is again, just for you, Shaun! They are so simple to make. Sometimes I let them rise once and then form them. I can't tell any difference. I use three 9 inch cake pans to bake them in.

The Spicery Rolls
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup margarine (I use butter)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water (hot but not boiling)
6 ounces evaporated milk
1/4 cup yeast (yes, that is correct...I use Instant yeast)
9 1/8 cups flour
In a large bowl, pour boiling water over butter. Add salt and sugar and stir well. When butter is melted, mix in additional water. Stir in evaporated milk. Slowly add flour and yeast. Turn out onto floured board and knead for about 10 minutes. Next grease a large bowl thoroughly, put the dough in it and turn it over so the surface will be greased. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, punching down twice, about an hour. Form into dinner-size rolls. Let rise until doubled. Bake 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 36 large rolls.


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RE: My Pictures (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: thirdfrt on 01.23.2007 at 04:29 am in Computer Help Forum

I made me a folder in My Documents and named it Animations. Then in OE I put my mouse on the picture and then right click on it and then click on Save Picture As.

A box then pops up and you will see (Save In) on the top left hand corner with a small white rectangle type box and next to it an arrow. Click on the arrow and find My Documents and there find the named folder that you created. Double click on that folder and then at the bottom of the box you will see File Name with numbers inside that small white rectangled box and next to that it will say Save. Click on Save and it will go into that folder. That is how I do it instead of having all of that in My Pictures. It is just my preference and easy for me to find when I want to use the animation. You should be able to do that with any of those pictures that are emailed to you also. Hope this helps.
Let me know if you have anymore questions.



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RE: ?How to transfer music from 33LP to computer? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: del5 on 01.12.2007 at 12:39 pm in Computer Help Forum

I used the free program Audacity when I transfered LP's. You can do an internet search and find sites such as to show you how to connect the cables. I did this over a year ago so my mind is a little fuzzy on the details, but these sites had alot of helpful info on them.

Here is a link that might be useful: audacity


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RE: transfering photos (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: owbist on 01.31.2007 at 02:33 pm in Computer Help Forum

Here is how I do it, assuming you use Windows XP. We'll assume all your photos are in sub folders of the photos folder on your C:\ drive ( C:\Photos) and the CD burner is your D:\ drive if that makes sense.

Insert your blank CD and cancel the invite to do something that pops up
Click Start/All programs/Accessories/Windows Explorer
You now have a split screen on view
Click the plus sign beside C:\ in the left window
Look for and click to highlight the Photos folder
Now you will see all the sub folder listed in the bigger right side window
Click on the top one in the right side to highlight it
Hold down the Shift button and tap the End button to highlight all the sub folders
Right click on any highlighted part
In the drop down menu click 'Copy'
Right click on D:\ (your CD burner) in the left window
Click 'Paste' to copy all your photos to the CD
A notice now appears near the clock telling you there are files to burn to a CD
Click this and follow along.

If you want to select various folders rather than all of them then instead of holding down the Shift key and tapping the End key you click to highlight the first one then hold down the Control or CTRL button and click on the folders you wish to burn to CD

It really is easier to do that write out.


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More handy hints

posted by: granny2ricky on 07.03.2006 at 09:57 am in Kitchen Table Forum

Thought this list might be handy. Have a great day!

1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair.
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE; it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any
6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn - empty a large size Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
11. Bee stings - meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite - Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H
14. Paper cut - crazy glue or Chap Stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet - Jell-O!
16. Athletes feet - cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub
18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray,,, Skin So Soft by Avon works too!
22. Pam and Skin So Soft will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can or spray bottle in your garage for the hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar!
26. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27. Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia, soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter or Skin So Soft !
34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it.? Soak overnight. (I tried it, but it didn't work, guess the food was baked on too long!!!) Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
36. Dirty grout - Listerine
37. Stains on clothes - Colgate
38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola, it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox, or 2 Bayer aspirin, or just use 7-up instead of water.
42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you "squeeze" for freshness or softness Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie. They are: Monday = Blue, Tuesday = Green, Thursday = Red Friday = White and Saturday = Yellow. So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.


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RE: Snags for Everyone (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: dorothy_oahu on 07.01.2006 at 10:20 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I'm making my Photobucket public so you should just have to click and go directly there without a password.

Here is a link that might be useful: Click Here for SNAGS


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RE: Hate to admit this,but FlamingO was right!!! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: chubbyrat_pa on 06.23.2006 at 02:19 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Sure do...I made these up,I think the pattern should be easy to follow though.
Start out by cutting your net..(the kind at WalMart for 57 cents a yard) into strips of 2-2 1/2 inches wide.
Chain 3 and join to make a circle.
Make 9 single crochets in the circle.join.
Row 2,make 1 half double in first stitch then 2 half double crochets in each single.Total on that row...18.
Next row...chain 2 then 2 half doubles in next stitch then 1 half double in next one...continue around making 2 in the next,then one in the next,etc.
Make two of these pieces then join together with single crochet around the edge.
You don't get as many from a yard (I barely get two) as some of the patterns but they seem to be sturdier and hold up longer than some.


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Draw a house

posted by: minnie_tx on 06.22.2006 at 05:15 am in Kitchen Table Forum

Harder than you think!!

Here is a link that might be useful: - the real estate test


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