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Life Beyond Pickles

I save the liquid from all my jars of pickles, olives, and artichokes. These liquids are great for pickling or marinading other veggies. I also toss them into homemade salad dressings or into mayo-based salads like potato, macaroni or pasta recipes. However, one thing to remember is to be careful about mixing different liquids in […]


Make Your Own Play Dough

Here’s a great recipe to make your own  inexpensive play dough. Step 1. In a large pot, combine 3 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups salt and 6 teaspoons cream of tartar. Step 2. Next stir in 3 cups of cool water into which you have mixed 3 tablespoons vegetable oil and food coloring of your […]


Map Puzzles

Make inexpensive map puzzles to help your kids learn geography. Step 1. Paste any map (world, country, state, county) onto a sheet of poster board. Step 2. Allow to dry. Step 3. Cut into puzzle-shaped pieces. For a map of the United States, cut along state borders. If you’re using a Canadian map, cut along […]


Lost Mittens

If your kids keep losing their mittens, do this: Sew a button to each mitten and teach them how to button their mittens or gloves to a buttonhole in their coat or jacket when they take it off. No buttonholes? Make two in a very secret but convenient place on the inside.


Filling Up on Veggies

My mother always said that veggies taste better when you’re hungry. So, at mealtime, I serve my children their veggies first and wait as long as possible to serve the main course. For some reason, the veggies are gone before the main course. Go figure! Diane


Quick Meals with Hamburger Patties

Purchase ground beef in bulk for the best price.  Prior to freezing, make the entire package into hamburger patties.  My preference is 1/3-pound, but you can make 1/4-pound. Place the patties on a cookie sheet and freeze.  Next stack in a freezer bag separated by wax paper.  These patties are easy to defrost in the microwave […]


Squeeze the Pancake Batter

Buying pre-made pancake mix in a bottle is very convenient, but really expensive. Here’s a great way to create the convenience with none of the extra cost. Recycle a squeeze bottle you’d otherwise throw in the trash, like a ketchup bottle. Wash it thoroughly, pour in the batter, apply the top, and there you go! […]


Best Manicure Secret Ever

I’ve been doing my own manicures for some time now, and my biggest challenge was to find a good pre-soak that would clean and soften cuticles. And not cost a fortune. In desperation one day, and recalling an old TV commercial about some kind of dishwashing liquid in a nail salon (oh my!), I grabbed […]