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Cooking isn’t easy. It’s time consuming, and can sometimes be downright difficult. Tell me if you can relate… You are reading over a new recipe that you are excited to try. You have all the ingredients, already put on your favorite apron, and have picked the best spatula. As you’re scanning over the steps, you […]

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KITCHEN TIPS

We all can learn something new everyday! Some of these tips I had no idea about!

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Kitchen Tips….

1 Measuring Tip:
Rinse measuring cup in hot water before using syrup, oil, etc. Will pour out clean and not stick to cup.

2 Sugar In Fruit Pies:
When making pie, sprinkle the sugar under the fruit instead of on top. This prevents pie from boiling over.

3 Baking Fruit Pies:
Cut four small slits into top pie crust and stand one piece of tubed pasta into each slit (choose pasta at least 2 or 3 inches long–cannelloni and cut ziti work well). The juices will bubble up the pasta ‘pipe’ and back down into the pie–instead of running all over your oven. Once pie has finished baking, remove pasta.

4 Pie Dough Rolling:
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“[D]on’t do it without a plan. Because the very last thing a tense situation needs is someone full of good intentions but with no knowledge of de-escalation tactics or self-defense.” Ideas for moving beyond symbolism to activism in the wake of the US presidential election.

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DIYs & Crafts: Spirited Snowflake Coasters

Spirited Snowflake Coasters

From the December 2015 issue
by Red Heart
1spirited-snowflake-coastersModern colors update the usual snowflake motif for a new take on an old favorite. Crochet a set to give as a hostess gift, to brighten up a dinner table or, of course, to use as protection for your furniture during the holidays. Designed by Nancy Anderson.
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Snowflake Motif = 3½” (9 cm) in diameter
Gauge: Gauge not important

MATERIALS

Yarn:
 Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic; 364 yards [333 meters]/198 grams): #505 Aruba Sea (A, 1 skein), #316 Soft White (B, 1 skein), #319 Cherry Red (C, 1 skein)
Hook: US size G/6 (4.0 mm) hook
Notions: Tapestry needle, spray starch (optional)

PATTERN

Snowflake Motif
With desired color, make an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring; join with a slip st in first sc. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around; join with a slip st in first sc. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, ch 3, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, ch 3; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in first sc. (6 ch-3 spaces)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next st, skip next st, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-3 space, *skip st, sc in each of next 2 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-3 space; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in first sc. (6 ch-3 spaces)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each of next 2 sts, (slip st, [ch 4, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each of next 2 ch, slip st in ch-3 space] twice in next ch-3 space, *skip next st, sc in each of next next 3 sts, (slip st, [ch 4, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each of next 2 ch, slip st in ch-3 space] twice in next ch-3 space; repeat from * around; join with a slip st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Repeat using colors A, B and C for desired number of Snowflake Motifs.
Snowflake Motif Finishing
Wet finished motif, flatten & straighten snowflake spokes, allow to dry.
For extra flattening, cover damp motif with waxed paper and place heavy book on top until motif is dry.
Optional: Spray with laundry starch to stiffen as desired.
Tags: Easy, Medium Weight, once upon a holiday
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Dawn, Not just for Dishes!

Dawn, Not just for Dishes!
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ORIGINAL BLUE DAWN . . . IT’S NOT JUST FOR DISHES ANYMORE
Wild Life
Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.
BUBBLES
According toBubbles.org, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums: 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn 1/2 gallon warm water 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too! Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!
GREASY HAIR PROBLEMS
Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.
HAIR PRODUCT BUILDUP
Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.
MANICURE SECRET
Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.
REPEL HOUSEPLANT INSECTS
A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.
CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS
Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.
PETS AND PESTS
Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dogshampoos.
CLEAN AUTOMOTIVE TOOLS
After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.
ICE PACK
Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.
TUB AND SHOWER CLEANER
Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.
REPEL ANTS
Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.
STRIPPING CLOTH DIAPERS
Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.
UNCLOGGING TOILETS
A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.
POISON IVY
Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.
DRIVEWAY CLEANER
If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.
OILY SKIN
Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.
PAINT OR GREASE REMOVER FOR HANDS
Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.
CLEANING THE KIDDIE POOL
Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.
MULTIPURPOSE CLEANER
Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
• Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
• Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water.)
• Tubs and toilet seats.
LAUNDRY PRE-TREATER FOR OILY STAINS
For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.
NON-TOXIC LUBRICANT
Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!
SIDEWALK DE-ICER
For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks
POOL CLEANING
Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.
EYEGLASS DEFOGGER
Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.
SHOWER FLOORS
Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.
APHID CONTROL ON FRUIT TREES
Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!
AND FINALLY……..
Here’s a brilliant idea! Need a hostess gift when visiting friends and family this summer? Print off this post and include it with a bottle of Blue Dawn! Talk about USEFUL !
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Dawn: Not Just for Dishes Anymore!

★★★ Dog Shampoo ★★★

★★★ Dog Shampoo ★★★

Why pay the expensive brand names for dog shampoos, when you can make your own for just pennies…. or in Canada…. nickels!

Dog Shampoo1/2 c. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 c. Dawn dish soap, original blue
2 c. warm water
juice from one lemon
Container with lid
a few of drops of lavender essential oil (optional) Lavender helps to relax your fur baby during the bath experience plus is very safe and gentle, antibacterial, anti-itch, nerve-calming.

Put the ACV and soap in container. Slightly mix and then add warm water and lemon juice. Either stir with whisk or put lid on and shake gently.

Ready to give your fur-baby a bath! Be sure to shake before each use. Be to keep away from eyes & nose!

NOTE: Remember Dawn has been used on animals for some time and has been found to be safe and not harsh on them. This being said, do not use any other dish soap as we do not know the safety of it.

If pet has fleas, keep a close eye on them running to the face and ears of your fur-baby. They may even jump onto you. So please pay close attention to the small critters there. Check their face and ears after bathing to make sure nothing gets in their eyes or ears.

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Now here’s a twist from the Old Lightbulb!

Now here’s a twist from the Old Lightbulb!

Compliments from a friend!

Now here's a twist from the Old Lightbulb!

This is for up-cycling old Light Bulbs, make new Christmas Ornaments out of them

|”It is so funny I should see this today.
(This is for up-cycling old Light Bulbs, make new Christmas Ornaments out of them)

My Niece and I were going through my Mom’s Craft Stuff (Oh I don’t know about 100 boxes of it! LOL) and she had a lot of old light bulbs in there, so I am pretty sure she had in mind to make some of these one day. So I think in honor and memory of my Mom my niece and I will attempt to make some”|
So let us all get busy and make some in Honour of someone we love!
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SnowFlake Christmas CandyCane Wreaths

SnowFlake Christmas CandyCane Wreaths

My great friend, Natalee Tilley Embry, created these today and I think they are the BEST example I have seen so far. Read her advice for making them better than the original post that we all saw last year:

“OK so here is the deal with making these Candy Cane Wreaths that no one ever tells you. THEY NEED MORE reinforcement. For the Larger one it is actually very critical that you tie the candy canes together as well as glue them at the ends. Also for the larger one I had to add some Popsicle sticks that I cut down to size to glue to the back to help give it more stability. The one where I did not use as many candy canes was a little easier but I even glued a Snow Flake to the back of that one as well as glued the ends that meet to make the heart shape together, to give it more support. Over all the project was easy enough once I figured out they needed more support.”
SnowFlake Christmas CandyCane Wreathes
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Make Your Own Snow Globes!

MAGIC IS SOMETHING YOU MAKE: SNOW GLOBE DIY

Found this DIY on Ardene’s Website!  Great Idea -Make Your Own Snow Globes!!

Make Your Own Snow Globes!

MAGIC IS SOMETHING YOU MAKE: SNOW GLOBE DIY

Christmas and snow globes go hand in hand. Shake that globe, make a wish, and hope it will come true!
We’ve made our very own magic in a jar and we’re of course sharing it all with you.

Here’s how to create magic in a mason jar:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

A Mason jar
Fake snow flakes
Winter figurines (we used tiny trees!)
Glue
Rope
Floor Finish (we used the Pledge kind)
Scissors
Plaid Fabric (like an old shirt or tablecloth you can cut up)

Step 1:Glue the little trees onto the lids of the Mason Jars and let them dry.

Step 2:To make some of the snow flakes stick to the sides of the jar, put a tablespoon of pledge floor finish in there. Shake it well so the pledge goes all over the sides of the jar, then let dry for 2 minutes upside down (the excess floor finish will leak out). Add a little bit of snow in the jar, shake and voila!

Step 3:Add as many snow flakes as you wish once the floor finish is completely dry. Then, add the lid with your little trees on top.
Step 4:Cut a small piece of fabric and screw the band slowly over the lid. Cut the excess fabric.
Step 5:Add some twine rope for an extra shabby chic effect.

Voila!!! You just made a winter wonderland in a jar! These are awesome stocking stuffers or cute gifts to give friends, teachers or coworkers!
Don’t forget to share your winter DIYs using #ardenediy on Insta!

Ardene -xox-

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