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RE: How to post photos revised 10/19/11 (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: aa62579 on 10.19.2011 at 12:25 pm in Building a Home Forum

Or, if you have the direct link that starts with http: and ends with .jpg, you can just stick in the tags. You would do as above as far as uploading and choosing the size, but some programs include a lot of nonsense in their html code for you to copy, so I prefer to do it this way.

You would type in what is in red. The black is the direct link you would paste in and finish with the red tags.


clipped on: 12.03.2011 at 05:49 pm    last updated on: 12.03.2011 at 05:49 pm

For those that asked here are the recipes

posted by: secsteve on 11.21.2011 at 02:35 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

The Party Apricot Bars are one of my most requested treats at Christmas.
1 C. Dried Apricots 1 C. Sifted All Purpose Flour
1/3 C. Granulated Sugar 1/2 C. Uncooked Rolled Oats
1/2 Butter or Margarine (I prefer butter)
1/3 Sifted Flour 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder 1/4 Tsp Salt
2 Eggs well beaten
1 C. Packed Brown Sugar 1 Tsp Almond Extract
1 C. Flaked Cocoanut and Extra Cocoanut for topping

In saucepan simmer apricots in water to cover for 10 mins. Drain and set aside to cool.

Combine sugar, 1 C. Flour and the rolled oats. With pastry blender cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.

Press the mixture into a greased 9x9x2 inch pan making sure mixture comes up on sides as well as bottom. Bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile cut apricots into small pieces. Shift the 1/3 cup flour with baking powder and salt. Into well beaten eggs gradually blend in the brown sugar and almond extract. Stir in the flour mixture, aprictos and cocoanut. Spread this mixture carefully over the hot baked shell and sprinkle top with extra cocoanut. Bake for 30 minutes more and let cool and cut into bars.

I usually let the bars get almost completely cold before cutting. If cut too soon the filling tends to fall apart.

Honey Date Nut Bars
3 Eggs Well beaten 1 Tsp. Vanilla
1 C. Honey 1 C. Chopped Nuts
1 1/2 C. Flour 1 lb. chopped dates
1 Tsp Baking Powder 1/4 Tsp Salt

Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add honey slowly; add flour and baking powder shifted together. Add dates, nuts, vanilla and salt. Pour into large greased and floured shallow pan (like for a jelly roll). Batter should not be over 1/4 inch deep. Bake in 350 oven until golden brown 30-35 mins. Cut into bars and roll powdered sugar. Store in crock or cookie jar and cover. Taste best if allowed to ripen for about a week. Keep a long time.

I was asked how many dozen I make of each. I just keep on making the different type until it looks like I have enough for all my trips. I'd guess well over 12 dozen.

Hope everyone enjoys these.


clipped on: 11.22.2011 at 10:59 am    last updated on: 11.22.2011 at 10:59 am

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: 11.09.2011 at 10:27 am    last updated on: 11.09.2011 at 10:27 am