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Thursday, October 28, 2010 KCnM Blog Newsletter: Crockpot Cooking, Coupons, Simple Lip Balms for Winter

Kitchen Crafts 'n' More
Blog Newsletter for October 28, 2010
Hope you're enjoying the new format, everyone! It makes it a breeze for me to put together lovely newsletters with fresh content, quickly and easily. And I think (and hope!) that you enjoy the simple, and concise way it's compiled.
~ Best Beauty ~
~Recipe Zone~
~ Kitchen Gadget of the Day~
~ Crafty Corner~

~ Frugal and Fun ~

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Sunday, October 24, 2010 KCnM Blog Newsletter: Popcorn, Easy Sauces, Easy Bake Oven Recipes and Craft Ideas

Here is a mini newsletter for you, right here on the Kitchen Crafts 'n' More blog - and packed with goodies! (I hope you enjoy this condensed version of the newsletter as much as I enjoyed putting it together.)

Kitchen Gadget of the Day:
  • Today the nod goes to a simple Nordic Ware Microwave Popcorn Popper that will forever end your reliance on those little prepackaged popcorn packets! I have this popper myself and use it a number of times a week. Love it! And at around $10, it is a real bargain to boot.

Recipes of the Day:

Looking for: Gluten free recipes! Please send them to me at

  • Easy sauces made from canned soup. Worried about sodium content? Choose lower sodium soup varieties. Easy Canned Soup Sauces
  • Butter Pecan Pound Cake with Frosting Right in the Cake! This indulgence sounds too good to resist!
  • Do you have a little one in the family who loves their Easy Bake Oven? Then check out our always popular collection of Easy Bake Oven Recipes
  • And finally...Olive Garden's impeccable Alfredo sauce that you can copy at home! Copycat Recipe for Olive Garden's Alfredo Sauce

    Home Decor Splurge of the Day: Instant decoration with these beautiful wall decals! A perfect way to add pizzazz to a boring old wall. Doesn't it look particular beautiful against that pale grey wall?

Household Hints of the Day:

Crafty projects of the Day:

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7 Tips to Use Borax to Clean around the Home

Today on the Happy Slob's Housecleaning blog, I share 7 Ways to Clean your Home using Borax Powder. Borax is all-natural and a powerful cleaner!

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Saturday, October 23, 2010 Looking for: Pie Recipes for Pie Recipe Blog

Over at I'm happy to share delicious, simple pie recipes with readers. Do you have a pie recipe you'd like to share? Please send it to me at along with any comments on how the pie turned out, or other baking tips. Thanks!

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Monday, October 18, 2010 Three Must Have Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

Some gadgets are simply useless wastes of space - and in a kitchen that may already be cramped, that's a serious offence! Here, though, are three always popular, tried and true kitchen gadgets and tools that you'll really want to have at hand when you're ready to prove your culinary prowess.

1. Garlic press - and not just any garlic press will do. This garlic press by Kuhn Rikon was recently given the top spot by Cook's Illustrated magazine. If you've ever read the magazine, you know that it's one of the prime magazines for anyone who loves to cook (or even just loves to READ about cooking.) Here is the top pick: Kuhn Rikon Easy-Squeeze Garlic Press, Black Using a good press like this one will greatly diminish the time needed to press garlic into a fine mince that you can use immediately. Sure, you could chop it finely with a knife, but really nothing makes garlic easier to use than a great garlic press.
Another plus with this model is that it reduces the amount of EFFORT needed to squeeze out that gorgeous garlic.

2. Salad Spinner - An Oxo Good Grips Salad Spinner gets your greens perfectly dried, and ready to accept all that lipsmacking homemade dressing you just whipped up. This plunger type salad spinner works better than the ones with the pull string, which can be frustrating to use and provide equally frustrating results. (ie: soggy leaves)

3. Silpat Baking Sheet Liner - Having a few Silpat Nonstick Silicone Baking Mats on hand means that your samosas, gourmet chocolate chunk cookies, or roasted veggies will never again stick with tenacity to the baking tray! Until you've used one of these, you really have no idea of what you're missing - it will simplify your baking tremendously.

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