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Tuesday, November 28, 2006 4 Delicious New Candy Recipes - Makes Great Gifts

Here are some delicious, old-fashioned candy recipes to try...

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Sunday, November 26, 2006 Cranberry Salsa Recipe - Spicy & Different Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry Salsa
~Submitted by Dorina~
Now here is a cranberry sauce with some real kick - those jalapeno peppers will give this cranberry sauce a spicy jolt that hot sauce lovers will adore.

3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
1/2 medium-size purple onion, chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon grated orange rind

Process all ingredients in a food processor, pulsing 6 to 8 times or until coarsely chopped, stopping to scrape down sides. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Visit one of the most popular pages on the Kitchen Crafts 'n' More website: The Sauces, Condiments and Seasonings Recipe Page

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Easy Cheesey Saucey Potato Casserole Recipe

Easy Cheesy Saucy Potato Casserole
Submitted by Jeannie

1- 24 oz. bag of Frozen Hash brown Potatoes
1 Can of Cheddar Cheese Soup
1 cup of Sour cream
1 12 oz bag of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup (to taste) of Salsa
1 cup of Plain Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup of Butter or Margarine, melted
Salt and Pepper to taste


Mix all but the bread crumbs in a large bowl. Spray a glass 13x9 inch pan with vegetable spray. Spread the bowl ingredients into the coated pan and top with bread crumbs. Cook at 375 degrees F for 45-60 minutes! To make a full Dinner Casserole, simply add some chopped cooked Chicken or Ham.

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A Coffee Quote to Make You Think

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after"
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Isn't that a fantastic quote? Does it have you craving a good cup of coffee? You know where to go: The Coffee Creations Blog where today we have listed two new coffee craft projects, plus a delicious coffee soda punched up with the addition of some light rum. Yummmm....

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Tips for a Fresh Smelling Dishwasher (for a reader)

In our latest newsletter, a reader asked what could be done about a stinky smelling dishwasher. Cindy M. wrote in with this tip:

"Add a little bleach when starting your load. I
actually just dump approx. 2 tbls on the door before
closing. My dishwasher is always clean and fresh."

Note from Christina: Another reader recently wrote in and reminded us all to be careful of mixing BLEACH with other cleaners. So, please be careful when you try this tip. :) I suggest you might instead try a mixture of vinegar and baking soda added just before you start the dishwasher. I use these two often, and never have the problem of a stinky smelly dishwasher. Let us know what works for you! You can email me at anytime.

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Monday, November 20, 2006 Gifts from the Kitchen - Fresh Dill Vinegar Recipe

Fresh Dill Vinegar:
Submitted by Christi

2 cups sugar
3 T. salt
2 onions, quartered
2 whole banana peppers, cut up
3 cloves garlic
4 to 5 heads and sprigs fresh dill
White vinegar

IN a quart jar mix the sugar, salt, onions, peppers, garlic and fresh
dill. Fill with vinegar and refrigerate for at least 1 week before
using. Keep refrigerated and use as desired. To replenish, add more
sugar, salt and vinegar as vinegar is used. To make into a salad
dressing, combine 1 part dill vinegar with 3 parts salad oil. Use this
dressing over fresh fruit or salad greens.
Source: Howard Bishop, Gainesville, Fl.

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Party Dip Recipes - Easy Honey Mustard Dip with Sour Cream

Honey Mustard Dip
Thanks to Jeannie for providing this recipe for all of us. :)
Appetizer Recipes on our Website

1 16 oz. tub sour cream
4 T. Dijon mustard
2 T. honey
Combine sour cream, Dijon mustard, and honey. Mix well, chill and serve.

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Household Hints - Dealing with Hard Water Problems

We moved into our house this spring, and encountered the same problems. We have well water here. The items from the dishwasher looked like they had been not been washed at all. I tried running baking soda and vinegar and "lime-away" through the dishwasher, but nothing worked. The shower and tub had a white film/looked terrible/could not clean. My hair was also looking terrible. Finally, we got a water softener. The water was tested and came up with 21 grains hardness (very hard). We chose to go with a well-known softener company, but you can get install-it-yourself units. Just to let you know, some appliance manufacturers will VOID your warrantee if you use your appliances with hard water. It can gum up the appliances up and ruin them. We had just bought a new washer, and I did not want to risk ruining it with the hard water.

Thanks to Karen for sending in this email, in response to a recent Reader's Question about hard water. For more household hints: Household Hints

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Replace Sugar with Honey in Recipes - How to Use Honey in Baking

Helpful Hints Using Honey
(Thanks to Jeannie V. for sending in these helpful honey hints!)

• Store honey at room temperature in a dry place and out of the direct sun. If it crystallizes, it can easily be reliquified by setting the jar in a pan of very hot water or briefly in the microwave. Temperatures over 140 degrees F will cause adverse flavor changes.

• Honey is higher in calories than sugar. One cup of sugar is 770 calories while a cup of honey is 1034 calories. However, 2/3 cup of honey is equal to 1 cup sugar in sweetening value.

• Because honey contains about 15-18% moisture, you should reduce the liquid portions of recipes by 1 tablespoon for each 1/3 cup of honey used in cooking.

• When substituting honey for sugar in a recipe, lower baking temperatures 25 degrees F.

• Because honey keeps products moist it is difficult to make a crisp cookie. Cookies made with honey keep fresher and keep moist for longer periods. They are excellent for mailing.

• Adding 2 tablespoons of honey to your favorite cake mix will make it light and less crumbly. Add it while stirring the batter.

• When measuring honey, use a cup or spoon in which shortening has already been measured to prevent the honey sticking to the spoon.

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5 Health Benefits of Fresh Ginger

Fresh ginger is like a miniature medicine cabinet - it really is THAT healthy for you! Plus, it helps treat all sorts of ailments, such as arthritis, menstrual cramps and more. View the article I just wrote that feature the 5 Health Benefits of Fresh Ginger: Health Uses of Ginger

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006 Re-Using Dehumidifer Water - Is it Safe?

Recently one of our newsletter readers asked about re-using dehumidifer water. Here are some helpful replies from our readers:

Answer from Christi:
Here's a response for your dehumidifier question...Yes, you can use it for just about anything you would use distilled water for, however realize that it will probably contain household dust, etc. A lot of people use this water for watering plants as many plants seem to like it. I've also heard of some using it for photo developing. Just don't drink it :)

Answer from Helen:
Someone asked about reusing water from the dehumidifier -- I use it in my steam iron and I also use it to water my plants -- especially when I'm mixing in fertilizer, etc.

Answer from another reader:
YES! I reuse this water to "hydrate" my house plants. We have a water softening system which is BAD for plants, so the dehumidifier water is great. During the summer I water my plants outdoors with it. GOOD LUCK!

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Brownie Cups Recipe - Delicious Mini Brownie Cups

Brownie Cups
Submitted by Jeannie V.

1 cup butter
1 cup (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
4 eggs
1.5 cups sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. Cool. Add pecans; stir until well-coated.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla. Fold in chocolate mixture. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Yield: 1.5 dozen.

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eBay Selling Tips for Newbies - How to Sell on eBay

eBay is an amazing home based business - IF you take the time to research thoroughly and learn from the pros who really know what they're doing! :)

With that in mind, I've started a brand new blog and I'm looking for eBay Pros to interview. I'd like to feature success stories that will be of interest to newbies to eBay and pros alike. If you're an eBay seller, and you'd like me to interview you for inclusion on the new blog (which you can visit at then please e-mail me at or just post a comment here!

Thanks guys,

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Recipes and Crafts Newsletter: Fresh Issue Out

Get your fresh issue of the popular Kitchen Crafts 'n' more Newsletter now - I just finished putting together a new issue: If you're not already a subscriber, be sure to sign up to get updates whenever a new issue is prepared. :) Enjoy!

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