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DIY Travel Cup - This stuff works like magic! Stretch Press’n Seal over any cup to make it a little more kid friendly. Poke a straw through the middle and you’ve got your very own homemade travel cup.

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Have leftover sauce? Don’t throw it away, freeze instead! How clever is this? I hate wasting food but sometimes it’s hard to prevent, especially when a recipe calls for half a cup, but the cans are sold in 16 ounce servings (like tomato paste). Essentially you could do this with homemade sauces as well as anything canned that you don’t use up like refried beans, chopped jalapeños, etc.

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Mandarin Orange Strips!! Here’s an easy, fast and cute way to peel your mandarin orange. Peeling with your fingers are unnecessary. Use a knife instead. It’ll help make your manicure last longer too :) 

Instructions: Cut both sides of the mandarin orange (1, 2). Remember not to cut too much into it to avoid cutting the flesh. Cut a slit (3) and gently roll the orange out in a strip (4).
It is as simple as that. Now you have your mandarin orange in a long strip!

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Store freezer pops vertically in your freezer for easier opening! Storing these frozen treats vertically creates a little air pocket which you can snip off in a flash without a mess!

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Testing Egg Freshness – Eat a lot of eggs? Here’s an easy tip to find out if your eggs are still good for consumptions. You will need a small bowl and some cold water. If the egg sinks to the bottom of the water or only one end of it rises up slightly, you can eat it without worries. If it rises to the top of the water, you should throw it out at once, because it is unfit for consumption. The reason is, the eggshell is a porous material, which lets out moisture and lets in air. As the contents of the egg become dryer and denser, more and more air gets inside, making the egg becoming lighter over time.

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Going Camping? Use old coffee cans to protect and hold toilet paper wherever you go. Slice a line out of the side, insert your toilet paper, close the lid and you’re done!! Check out the link for other great camping ideas! http://ow.ly/zJF9g
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Crock Pot Mac & Cheese! Cheese can make almost anything taste delicious! This crock pot macaroni and cheese is full of just that…cheese! Here's a simple recipes and since this is made in the crock pot, it is very easy and doesn’t take very long to make. Plus, the kids will love it!!

Ingredients:
• 1 can cheddar cheese soup
• 1 1/2 cups milk
• 1 bag macaroni elbows (16 oz)
• 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
• 1 1/2 cups sour cream

Instructions
1. Cook macaroni noodles 2-3 minutes less than what packaging says. You want them Al dente (I cook mine for 5 minutes).
2. Put noodles in crock pot
3. Add cheese, soup (undiluted) and sour cream to noodles and mix
4. Cook on low for 1 hour
5. Add milk and stir
6. Cook for 1 more hour
7. Enjoy!

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DIY Bread Cones! These cute and yummy bread cones are awesome. Stuff them with a quick salad made of anything!

This recipe comes from a site called http://www.cookingbread.com. So when I came across the Bread Cone Recipe, I instantly knew I would try it. I thought it was so elegant and pretty...perfect for bridal showers, birthday parties, reunions, potlucks, picnics or any other special occasion. There was one problem, I didn't have any cream horn tubes to make these...so I came up with my own idea, using cardstock (or in my case mailing flyers). I covered the flyers with aluminum paper and they worked like a charm. If you have the cream horn tubes, use those instead. I love these bread cones...delicious and unique.


Ingredients
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Water
3 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup Sugar
1 egg; beaten
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
3 1/2 cups bread flour; (I used only 3 1/2)
Egg wash:
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk

Preparation
Pour the milk and water into a saucepan and heat to a scald. Pour this into a large bowl (I used my kitchen aid bowl since I was going to knead it using the mixer), allow to cool to lukewarm. Add in the oil, sugar and salt; mix with a wooden spoon till well blended. Add in the beaten egg and 2 cups of flour; mix till smooth with a wooden spoon. Add in the instant yeast and mix. Allow to sit for 10 minutes uncovered. Now, start to slowly add in more flour. I added 1 1/2 cups...a total of 3 1/2 cups of flour. I used my Kitchen Aid to do the mixing...I kneaded the dough for 6-8 minutes. Add a tablespoon of oil to a clean bowl and place the dough into the bowl. Turn over a few times to lightly coat all sides of the dough with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest till the dough doubles in bulk, about 1 hour. While the dough is rising, make the cones. That is if you don't have any. If you do...ah, take a break:)
Make the cones out of card stock paper material or fliers that are a bit sturdier. Tape the cones and then cover them well with aluminum foil, so that no paper shows. Set them aside. Remove dough and knead a few times to release the gas. Now cut the dough into 8 pieces. Use a scale to make sure each piece is equal in weight (I didn't do this since I don't have a scale). Allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes. Take each piece of dough and roll into a 36 inch rope. Roll the dough ropes around the greased 6 inch cream horn tubes. Place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with the egg glaze. Sprinkle sesame seeds or poppy seeds (or both). Cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rest for 30 minutes in a warm environment.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 - 22 minutes or till golden brown (mine took about 18 minutes).
Place onto a wire rack and allow to cool for a couple minutes before removing the tubes. Fill them with your favorite filling and enjoy!
They freeze very well.

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Make personalized candle easily and for little cost! These would be great gift for Mother’s day, Grandparent's Day, Teacher Gifts, Wedding favors, etc.

Supplies Needed: You will need some regular paper, tissue paper, tape, sharpies or markers, a candle, wax paper, and a heat gun (or hair dryer)

Directions:
1. First, I taped a piece of tissue paper, about the size of my candle, to a piece of copy paper. Markers will bleed through the tissue paper pretty easily so you will need something to protect your table, and it was easier for the kids (or you) to draw on the tissue paper when taped to the "paper".
2. When your little artist (or you) is done, remove the tissue paper from the copy paper. Cut out your design, and place it on to your candle. It is important to cut away as much of the excess tissue paper as you can.
3. Next, you are going to take a piece of wax paper that is larger than your candle. Pull it tight around your candle, and use your heat gun to melt your design into the candle. Moving the heat gun in a back and forth motion for about 30-40 seconds. Be careful of your fingers, the heat gun will be hot.
4. Once you have heated the entire design gently peel back your wax paper and make sure the entire design is adhered to the candle. If not just repeat with the wax paper and heat gun.

It got me to thinking .... wouldn't it be cool if you could use images from the computer and do the same thing? Just think of the personalized candles you could make. Guess what, you can!
I very carefully taped a piece of tissue paper to a piece of copy paper, making sure there were no edges and the tissue paper was completely flat. Then I crossed my finger and sent it through the ink jet printer :)

Of note, you can use a hair dryer instead of a heat gun. It worked best without any waxed/parchment paper at all - you just have to be careful to hold the tissue paper design securely while you blow dry.

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Get Cleaner Dishes with These Handy Dishwasher Loading Tricks
1. Glasses should go on the top rack between the tines, not over them, so they don’t rattle or come out with tine marks.
2. Plates get cleanest when they face the center rather than all in one direction.
3. Bowls go on the top rack. Those in the rear should face for-ward; those in front should face the back, so water can get in.
4. Butter knives are safest (for loader and emptier) blade-side down.
5. Spoons and forks should be varied (some placed business-end up, some down) to keep them from nesting.
6. Cookie sheets and platters go along the outer edges of the bottom rack, so they don’t block water and detergent from other pieces.
7. Long-handled utensils that are too tall for the silverware basket can lay horizontally across the top rack. Put serving spoons facedown so they don’t collect water.
8. Casseroles, serving bowls, and large pots should be placed on the bottom rack at a slight angle, rather than upside down, so they don’t block the flow of water.
9. Plastic containers and sippy cups belong on the top rack. Plastics marked “7” or “PC,” like some flimsy takeout containers, can’t be used for food after going through a dishwasher. They contain the chemical BPA, which may leach out when heated.

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