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Pinterest Test- Remove Ink from Plastic

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I save my plastic containers. I find they are much cheaper to send food in since I will probably never see them again. I never thought they would be of much use for anything else with 'Sour Cream' or 'Cottage Cheese' printed on them. Along with nutrition info and whatever else the manufacturer wants on them.

Wouldn't it be nice if that ink would just wash off? Then they would be more useful. They could be relabeled and used for storing all those little things that clutter up drawers.

Along comes this pin:


Source: diyhshp.blogspot.ie via Clara on Pinterest
What?!

Of course I have to try it.

The key here is to have acetone nail polish remover. Read carefully because most of what you find is acetone free. I got my bottle at Sally's I believe. Or not. It was probably from Walmart. I've had it forever because I rarely wear nail polish anymore.


I grabbed a couple of cotton balls and doused one with the acetone. I started to rub the ink. Nothing was happening. Da…

My Rag Quilt with tips

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Almost ten years ago Mom made a rag quilt. It was so soft and so warm. I always wanted to make one but just never got around to it. (Mainly because I know nothing about quilting and no matter how many times I would watch and she would show it just wouldn't stick in my brain.)

Then of course I move across the country so Mom isn't even there to help me fumble my way through making quilts.

Along comes Pinterest. How did I ever survive without it?

This pin rekindled my desire to make a rag quilt.

I looked for bolder colors but have very limited fabric stores near me. Oh, I have Walmart and Hobby Lobby. Both carry mainly pastels.

I had 11 colors, 1/2 yard each. I was able to get 21 6" blocks from each 1/2 yard. I cut them all up. I looked up charts to see how many blocks I would need to get different size quilts. The chart is for charms which are 5" and my blocks were 6".
http://pinterest.com/pin/73113193921529543/

I ended up with 11X15 blocks. But I didn't have …

Yes, this again.

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Nope, it's not a recipe, remedy or some cutesy thing. But please continue to read.


The Fort Hood Shootings. Yep. I'm on that subject again. I am only one voice but each voice that speaks up might get this 'workplace violence' changed to what it really is. An act of terror. It was nothing less.

The definition of terrorism: "Systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective." I can tell you that that day I personally felt terror. It was chaos until all the details were in. You could hear the big voice telling you to close all your windows, lock your doors, shut off the air, this is not a drill. Yes, terror is what was felt that day. I cannot even begin to imagine what it was like at the SRP site. I was 1 1/2 miles away. My heart still hurts for all those killed and injured. 

If I had to define workplace violence it would be about an employee that was not happy about his j…

A Flawed System-Army Suicide

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I copied this from my Facebook. I really believe that everyone needs to be aware of this problem. "Okay, you know what. Public awareness. I am sick of being quiet. Here it is. Hubby has been having some issues. Issues that he has actively sought help for. Issues that rather than helping find a solution his command would rather punish. After taking two months to get a referral to see a psychiatrist, the one he was referred to is backed up until January 10th. I called TriCare to get them change it to another doctor. I know I can do that when I have too long of a wait. Nope, not the soldier. He has to get back into his primary care manager and wait for another referral to another backed up doctor. I won't give all the details of the last several days, some of you know. Let's just say it is bad. I was told tonight to brace myself. From a high ranking person that said they don't know anything but were just warning me.

Army says screw the soldier. We would rathe…

Kitchen cheat sheet

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The measurements are for the UK, but there is still some really good info on this cheat sheet.
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What does that cord go to?

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If I ever had to live without electricity I would be miserable! I could do it. I know how. I just wouldn't want to. So many of my kitchen conveniences require electricity.

Electricity generally requires a cord to move the energy from one place to another. Outlets. Something that whomever designed my kitchen must have felt were overrated and didn't put enough in. Toaster, coffee maker, microwave, ice maker, deep fryer, can opener, Aerogarden, Food Saver, oil warmer, stereo, mixer, blender, juicer, rice cooker, slow cooker and on and on. I don't keep all that on my counter. Hmm, okay. I keep a good deal of that on my counter because it gets used daily. Or multiple times a day.

I can't remember the guys name, I wasn't really watching the show but I remember it was on Rachel Ray. I never watch her show, I guess I was immersed in something else and just didn't change the channel. He was talking about tips for organizing. The one that caught my attention was about co…

Glazed Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

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If there is coffee cake in heaven this would be it. Really.

This recipe was created because my husband wanted something with fruit in it. At first he said peach cobbler. But I'm kinda getting tired of peach cobbler. As great as it is, I need variety. I searched around looking for inspiration. Apple coffee cake sounded really good. But plain apple cake seemed a little boring too. More discussion with hubby. I asked him if he would rather have streusel on top or glaze. He said, "Why not both?" I stared at him for a moment and then decided it couldn't hurt to try. And if it's what he wanted then I'd give it a shot. 

I also didn't want to spend a great deal of time in the kitchen since I knew I would be making fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits for dinner. So although this recipe is ingredient heavy, it does go together quite fast because I used a cake mix as a base. I was going to use a spice mix but I wanted to apple flavor to stand out more than the f…

Streusel Topping

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This streusel topping will work on anything you need this type of topping for. Cakes, breads, muffins or whatever you like. I actually doubled the recipe and froze what I didn't use.

Streusel:
1/4 cup butter, soft
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon

In a small bowl combine all ingredients using fork or pastry knife until it mixes and the crumbles are about the size of a small pea.




Used on Glazed Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Amazing Glaze

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I have glazed a few desserts in my time. Cinnamon rolls, quick breads, cakes...

I never liked the taste of the glaze. It was always just a sugary extra.

But I like the glaze that is on bakery foods. I could never duplicate it. Until now. This glaze was so good that after I glazed my coffee cake I used a spoon to eat the little bit that was left. It was THAT good! It will also be the only glaze I use from now on.


Glaze:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk


Put sifted powdered sugar in a bowl and pour melted butter, vanilla and milk in.



Whisk until smooth. Add drops of milk to get the right consistency.
To make it easier to glaze your dessert put it in a small plastic bag and snip a tiny bit off the corner.

To get it into the bag without making a mess, find a bowl that will hold your bag. Fold the top of the bag down over the bowl.

Pour in your glaze. Lift up the turned over edges and seal the bag. No mess! Not to mention you…

Pumpkin Pie Spice - DIY

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I was going to be lazy and just buy a container of pumpkin pie spice yesterday. Mine is getting low and I use it often during the fall cooking season. I scanned the rows of spices until I spotted it, then scanned down to the price. $4.28 for one of the tiny containers!! It was only 1.12 ounces.

That seemed like a crazy price to me so I walked away without the spice. I also walked away knowing that when I got home I would just mix up my own.

I use pumpkin pie spice in just about any recipe that calls for the ingredients in it. It does tell you on the container what is in there so it's kind of a no-brainer. (I don't use the McCormick brand which does not contain cloves, but does contain sulfiting agents, whatever that is. Another reason to make your own I think.)


The hardest part is to determine the amount of each spice.  I do know that the first ingredient has the highest ratio and the last has the least ratio. Using recipes that call for all the ingredients (rather than pum…