Kitchen Crafts 'n' More

Thursday, July 27, 2006 Shrimpy Rice Salad - Another Great No-Cook Meal for Summer

Shrimpy Rice Salad
Thanks to Gracie for this one too!

Ingredients :
1 cup long grain white rice
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup slivered/chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped pimiento
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 cup cooked shrimp (or crabmeat), canned, fresh/frozen, thawed
3 tbsp low-fat salad dressing (or mayonnaise)
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 both salt/pepper

Instructions :
1) Cook rice in boiling water for about 15 minutes until tender and
liquid is absorbed. Turn into bowl. Cool.

2) Add next 6 ingredients. Stir.

3) Mix salad dressing, milk, lemon juice, salt and pepper in small bowl.
Add to rice mixture. Stir well. Drizzle with french dressing (optional)
over just before serving.

Makes 8-1/2 cups salad.

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Tasty Tostada Salad - Summertime Salad Recipes

Tasty Tostado Salad
Thanks to Gracie for this recipe!

-Any restaurant style tostado chips
-About 3/4-1/2 cup cooked ground beef (or chicken)
-About 4-5 cups chopped lettuce
-'Bout a handful of black olives (maybe a lil' less)
-Avocado (as you like)
-'bout 1/3-1/2 cup red kidney beans
-'bout a handful of grated cheddar cheese
-1/3-1/2 cup cubed tomatoes
-and last but not least, 3-4 tablespoons of Thousand Island dressing
(this is a must)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well ('till the chips are
pretty well broken up. Delicious!

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Easy and Delicious Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Balsamic Vinaigrette
Thanks to Dorina for this recipe!

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
Crushed dried red pepper to taste
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

In a medium bowl or food processor, whisk together balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and red pepper. Add olive oil in a thin stream, whisking until emulsified.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006 Homemade Hand Sanitizer Gel - Make it Yourself

Hand sanitizing gel is a great thing to keep in your car, in your purse - anywhere you can't get quick access to soap and water. But, instead of buying it, you can also make it at home with this simple Homemade Hand Sanitizer Gel Recipe . With only two ingredients, it really IS as simple as can possibly be.

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Microwave Chocolate Fudge Recipes - candy recipes

Yesterday in our Latest Newsletter we had one reader asking for Microwave Chocolate Fudge Recipes. Already, we've had two fabulous recipes come in, which I've posted on Chocolate Microwave Fudge Recipes . These look so easy AND so yummy - hope this will satisfy that sweet tooth, without heating up the entire kitchen. :)

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006 Whole Wheat and Wild Blueberry Muffins - by Hasseman House B&B

Wild Maine Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins presented by Hasseman House Bed & Breakfast

4 Tbsp. melted butter
2 c. minus 2 tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. raw sugar
1 c. whole milk
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 c. wild Maine frozen Blueberries
(coated with 1/4 c. of prescribed flour)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt the butter and grease the muffin tins. Sift the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix the milk with the beaten eggs and stir in the melted butter. Combine the two mixtures and mix in blueberries. Spoon into muffin tins about half full. Bake 15-20 min. and turn out immediately. These are wonderful for breakfast or just as a snack and they're healthy too!

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Easy Melt and Pour Glycerine Soaps - Soap Crafts

Melt and pour soaping is the easiest soap craft around! Yet, it also lets you express your creativity by adding all sorts of interesting additions to the M&P soap mix. Over on my Bath Stuff Blog today, I have recipes for Orange Marmalade M&P Soap and Honey Bee Melt and Pour Soap . Both are easy and so much fun! Enjoy, crafters!

PS. You're after more soap recipes? Sure thing! More Easy Soap Recipes to Try

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Sunday, July 23, 2006 Chocolate Velvet Cake Mix - Recipe Request FOUND

Collette sent in this recent recipe request for a Chocolate Velvet Cake Mix Recipe You can make the mix in advance and have a homemade chocolate cake mix all ready to go when you need to bake a cake. :) Sounds SO SO good!!

For LOADS More Cake Recipes


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Saturday, July 22, 2006 Homemade Bubbles for Kids - Craft Recipes

Thanks to Shannon for these ideas!

What You Need
1/2 cup Dishwashing detergent (120 ml)
4 1/2 Cup Water (1.1 liter)
4 Tablespoons glycerin (available at pharmacies) (60 ml)
Container with a tight fitting lid in which to keep the bubbles
Measuring devices

How To Make It
Gather all your supplies. Measure out the water, detergent, and glycerin into container. GENTLY stir the mixture together. If a foam forms, gently skim it off the top. Find something with which to blow bubbles and begin to have fun. Note: The longer you let the mixture set, the larger the bubbles are and the longer they seem to last.

Homemade Bubbles and Bubble Blower
This is a fun project that is quick to make up and have on hand at a moment's notice.

What You Need
Materials Needed for Bubbles:
1/2 cup Dish soap
1 1/2 cups Water
2 teaspoons Sugar
Medium sized mixing bowl or cup
Sealed container (jar with lid)

Materials Needed for Bubble Blower:
1 Drinking straw (2 if you cut the pop holder, mentioned in the next step, into smaller parts)
1 six pack pop holder plastic thing (the six ring things that go around the pop cans)
Scotch tape
Bowl or pan (to pour bubbles into)
Scissors, optional

How To Make It
Instructions for Bubbles:
Mix all 3 ingredients together. Don't stir or shake too much. Store in a sealed container. Lasts forever (we've always used it up without ever having any trouble with it going bad).

Instructions for the Bubble Blower: Tape the pop holder to the straw. Pour bubbles into bowl or pan. Dip into bubbles and twirl around. Makes LOTS of BIG bubbles. You can cut the pop can holder ring thing into two 2's (the middle 2 will be wasted) and make two.

Looking for homemade EASY BAKE OVEN RECIPES? Look no further!

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Weight Watchers - 1 Point Snack List - Healthy Eating

WW 1 point snack list

Crackers, 7 fat-free crackers (3/4 oz)
Popcorn, light, microwave-popped, 3 cups
Popcorn, plain, hot-air popped, 3 cups
Pretzel sticks, 23
Pretzel twists , 8 small
Seeds, pumpkin or sunflower, 1 Tbsp

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Zesty Grilled Veggies - Grilling Recipes for Summer

Zesty Grilled Veggies 8 servings

4 medium zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices
3 each red and yellow peppers, cut into 1/2-inch wide strips
1/4 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
1/4 cup KRAFT 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese

PREHEAT grill to medium heat. Grill vegetables until tender, but crisp.
PLACE vegetables in large bowl. Add dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle
with cheese.

How to Buy Peppers Look for very bright colors and firm, thick flesh.
Refrigerate, unwashed, in plastic bag for 1 to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Bonus: This simple, delicious side dish is rich in vitamin C
from the peppers, and the red pepper also provides vitamin A

Diet Exchange: 2 Vegetable,1/2 Fat

Nutrition (per serving) Cals 80 Total fat 3.5g Sat fat 1g Chol 5mg Sod
220mg Carb10g Dietary fiber 2g Sugars 4g Protein 4g Vitamin A 35% DV
Vitamin C 160% DV Calcium 8% DV Iron 4% DV

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Oatmeal Soap on a Rope - Crafts/Bath Recipes

Thanks to Shannon for this fun idea! Great for kids and parents to make together - or just an easy soaping craft for anyone to try. :) Enjoy...

Oatmeal Soap on a Rope
What you need:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup of soap crumbs(broken small pieces or hotel bar sized soap)
1-2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
1-2 Tablespoons of water
Rope- 6 inch piece of rope or cord with a knot tied at the end of it

What you do:
Take the soap and oatmeal and place in your blender. First blend and then using the pulse option, pulse until the mixture becomes fine. Put the soap and oatmeal mixture in a large deep bowl. Add both the oil and water. Using your hands form a ball out of the soap/oatmeal mixture. Using your index finger make a 1/8 inch depression. Place your cord with the knot part in the depression. Bring the 2 sides of the small depression and "bury" the cord into the ball of soap. Let the soap dry for about 24 hours, then take a bath!!

KCnM Fans -- I am SUCH a huge fan of these types of bath & beauty recipes that I've started the brand new Bath Stuff Blog just to feature bath recipes and other bath goodies. Please drop by and share your comments with me.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006 For BATH Lovers Only...

I'm a big bathing fan, and no - not only for the cleaning benefits. (Which are also really nice, and I'm sure make me nicer to be around!) But...for the way a bath can make you truly relax at the end of the day. :) Which is why my new Bath Stuff Blog might become one of your favorites too.

I'll share my favorite bath recipes, great new products, ideas, tips, and so much more. :) Head on over and check it out and let me know what you think!

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Make Your Own Sticky Traps for Flying Insects

Sticky Traps
Big thanks to Collette for this great idea!

1-2 Tbsp. Vaseline or preferably, Unpetroleum Jelly
4”x8” plastic cards or cardboard
Waterproof yellow paint

Apply paint onto both sides of the card and let it dry. Once the paint is dry, apply Unpetroleum Jelly liberally over both sides of the card. Place the card just above the plant canopy. Pests controlled:Flying pests, such as fungus gnats, and whiteflies.

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Using Poppy Seeds in Cooking

Collette asked:

I am wondering if anyone knows if I can use the Poppy Seeds that grow in my garden for cooking? And also, if there is anything I have to do to them before using them if so?Thanks ahead of time for all your help.

If anyone can help, please send the answer to the above question to me at christinam @

Thanks! :)

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Friday, July 14, 2006 Light Summertime Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Tarragon Cream

Grilled Salmon with Tarragon Cream Serves: 6 W about 4 WW Points
per serving

Thanks to our reader who sent this in! (She didn't send a name...)

1 1/2 lb salmon filets
1/4 cup light mayonnaise (do not use nonfat)
2 green onions, sliced
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. fresh tarragon
1 Tbsp. margarine
1 tsp. fresh tarragon

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, green onions, lemon juice, and
the 2 teaspoons of tarragon; chill.

Combine margarine with the one teaspoon tarragon. Cut a large piece
of heavy foil and spray one side with cooking spray, and cut a few
slits in it. Place salmon filets on foil, skin side down over the
cooking spray. Spread the tarragon margarine over salmon. Place foil
and salmon on a grill over medium heat. Cover and grill for about 4
to 6 minutes per half inch thickness of salmon, or until done and
flakes easily.

Serve with the tarragon mayonnaise cream.

Serves 6.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006 Cute Kids Crafts - Handprint Crafts and Cards

A wonderful, memorable gift or greeting card can be made using the simplest of tools - your children's hands! Plain aprons or t-shirts can be adorned with your children's handprints, using non-toxic fabric paint. Even a mousepad with handprints would be adorable - and especially appreciated by a grandparent!

Greeting cards, the fronts of blank journals, and all sorts of other stationery items could also be enhanced in this way. :) Get creative -- this will be a gift or greeting card that the recipient will truly treasure.

For LOADS of craft ideas, visit

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Monday, July 10, 2006 Vanilla Ice Cream Recipes with 15 Variations

I'm drooling already. :) I'm an ice cream FANATIC and so this recipe with 15 fabulous variations (sent in by Sue B.) really caught my eye. Hope you try it and enjoy ALL of these great varieties of ice cream...or maybe just a few. ;)


2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk, 1 qt. of half-and-half, 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. vanilla extract.

DIRECTIONS: 1. Combine all ingredients mixing well. 2. Pour mixture into 1-gallon ice cream freezer container. Follow manufacturers instructions for operating the ice cream maker. When the machine has stopped, drain the melted water from the bucket and repack with more ice and rock salt ( 3 parts ice to 1 part rock salt). Cover with heavy towel and let set undisturbed for about 1 hour to "season". 3. Serve immediately or store in freezer.MAKES: About 2 1/2 quarts.

1. Black Forest Ice Cream: Stir 1/2 cup chocolate syrup and 1 (16 1/2-ounce) can pitted Bing cherries, drained and halved, into ice cream mixture just before freezing.

2. Blueberry Ice Cream: Stir in 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries into ice cream mixture just before freezing.

3. Butter Pecan Ice Cream: Add 1 tbsp. butter flavoring and 2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans to ice cream mixture just before freezing.

4. Chocolate-Covered Peanut Ice Cream: Stir 1/2 cup chocolate syrup and 2 (7-ounce) packages chocolate-covered peanuts (2 cups) into ice cream mixture just before freezing.

5. Cherry-Pecan Ice Cream: Substitue almond extract for vanilla and add 1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice to ice cream mixture. Freeze ice cream as directed. Stir 3/4 cup quarted maraschino cherries and 3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans into ice cream after freezing.

6. Coffee Ice Cream: Combine 2/3 cup HOT water and 1 tbsp. instant coffee granules stirring until granules dissolve. Let cool slightly. Stir coffee mixture into ice cream mixture just before freezing.

7. Cookies and Cream Ice Cream: Break 15 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies into small pieces. Stir into ice cream mixture just before freezing.

8. Double-Chocolate Ice Cream: Stir 1/2 cup chocolate syrup and 1 cup (6 -ounces) semisweet chocolate mini-chips into ice cream mixture just before freezing.

9. Lemonade Ice Cream: Add 1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate thawed and undiluted to ice cream mixture just before freezing.

10. Mint-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: Stir 1/2 cup green creme de menthe and 1 cup (6-ounces) semisweet chocolate mini-chips into ice cream mixture just before freezing.

11. Mocha Ice Cream: Combine 1 cup HOT water and 1 tbsp. instant coffee granules stirring until granules dissolve. Let mixture cool slightly, stir coffee mixture and 1/2 cup chocolate syrup into ice cream mixture just before freezing.

12. Peanut Butter Ice Cream: Stir 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter into ice cream mixture just before freezing. Great served with chocolate syrup or hot fudge.

13. Rainbow Candy Ice Cream: Stir 1 1/2 cups minature candy-coated milk chocolate pieces into ice cream mixture just before freezing.

14. Strawberry-Banana-Nut Ice Cream: Stir 3 bananas mashed, 1 pint strawberries coarsely chopped, 3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans into ice cream mixture just before freezing.

15. Toffee Ice Cream: Stir 1 (6-ounce) pakage toffee-flavored candy pieces into ice cream mixture just before freezing.

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Today's Newsletter - Recipes, Crafts, Hints

Get your fresh copy of the KCnM newsletter at: - filled to the brim with recipes, crafts, ideas, hints and more...

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Thursday, July 06, 2006 Need a Better Ice Cream Scoop? Kitchen Tips & Hints

This is my FAVORITE ice cream scoop - and a great bargain too. :) At the kitchenwares shop where I work these FLY out of the door as soon as we stock them - Zyliss ice cream scoops are a true favorite around here.

P.S. And yes, they come in TONS of different COLORS...

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Summertime BLUEBERRY Recipes from Southern Living Magazine

Huge thanks to our pal, Sue B, for this great selection of summertime blueberry favorites!



Prep. Time: 5 minutes

8 cups mixed salad greens, 2 cups fresh blueberries, 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola or Blue cheese, 1/4 cup chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans, bottled vinaigrette.

DIRECTIONS: Toss together first 4 ingredients. Drizzle with desired amount of vinaigrette, tossing gently to coat. Serve chilled.MAKES: 6 to 8 servings.


Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Freeze Time: About 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 cup sugar, 2 cups buttermilk, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, Garnishes: fresh blueberries, lemon rind strips.

DIRECTIONS: Process blueberries in a food processor or blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Press blueberry puree through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl discarding solids. Add sugar, buttermilk and 1 tsp. vanilla extract to bowl and stir until well blended. Pour blueberry mixture into freezer container of a 4-quart ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Garnish each serving if desired.MAKES: About 4 cups.


Prep. Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Bake Time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS: 4 cups all-purpose flour, 6 tbsp's. granulated sugar, 4 tsp's. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp's. salt, non-stick cooking spray, 7 tbsp's. cold shortening, 6 tbsp's. cold unsalted butter, 2 cups cold buttermilk, all-purpose flour, 1 egg yolk, 1/4 cup buttermilk, coarse sugar, 4 cups sliced fresh peaches, 1 pint fresh blueberries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, pinch of ground nutmeg, 1 cup whipping cream, 3 tbsp's. confectioners sugar, 3 tbsp's. almond liqueur (optional).

Garnishes: confectioners sugar, coarsely chopped toasted pecans, fresh mint

DIRECTIONS: 1. Sift together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Chill for 1 hour. 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly coat parchment paper with cooking spray. Set aside. 3. Cut shortening and butter into cold flour mixture with a fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Add 2 cups cold buttermilk stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened (dough will be light and crumbly). 4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Pat dough into a 1-inch-thick circle and cut with a floured 3-inch round cutter. Place shortcakes 2 inches apart on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat procedure once with remaining scraps of dough. 5. Stir together egg yolk and 1/4 cup buttermilk. Brush mixture onto shortcake tops and sprinkle evenly with coarse sugar. 6. Bake at 425° for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove baking sheet to wire racks to cool. 7. Stir together peaches, blueberries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and ground nutmeg. Cover and chill. 8. Beat 1 cup whipping cream and 3 tbsp's. confectioners sugar at MEDIUM speed with a electric mixer until soft peaks form. Stir in 3 tbsp's. almond liqueur if desired. 9. Split shortcakes in half. Spoon fruit mixture on bottom halves of shortcakes, top with remaining halves and a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish if desired.MAKES: 9 servings.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006 Cake Recipes: Berry Pudding Cake

Berry Pudding Cake
Big thanks to Dorina for this recipe. :) Sounds great - and is low in fat too!

Makes 6 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 20 minutes

Nonstick cooking spray
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash salt
1 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups assorted fresh berries (such as raspberries, blueberries, and/or sliced strawberries)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Lightly coat six 6-ounce individual quiche dishes with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt; whisk until light and frothy. Whisk in milk until combined. Add flour and baking powder; whisk until smooth.
2. Divide berries among prepared quiche dishes. Pour batter over berries. (Batter will not cover berries completely.) Bake about 20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm. If desired, sift powdered sugar over each serving. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition facts per serving:
calories: 141
total fat: 2g
saturated fat: 1g
cholesterol: 71mg
sodium: 86mg
carbohydrate: 26g
fiber: 3g
protein: 5g
fruit: .5diabetic exchange
other carb: 1.5diabetic exchange


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Sunday, July 02, 2006 Great Summertime Refresher: Frosted Mochas

Thanks to Shannon! :) And remember that for more refreshing summertime coffee treats, you need to head over to my Coffee Creations Blog today!

Frosted Mochas

Serves 4

1 cup freshly brewed coffee
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
6 tblspns chocolate syrup
1 cup prepared cold coffee

Place hot coffee and chocolate syrup in blender container. Blend until
smooth. Cool to room temperature. Pour into a medium bowl. Add softened
ice cream and cold coffee. With rotary beater, beat until smooth. Spoon
into tall glasses, and serve immediately.

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