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A Bad Hairdresser Day

A Bad Hairdresser Day “Hey everybody!” Hairdresser Lady called out. “It’s The Happy Guy.” “Don’t try buttering me up, Hairdresser Lady,” I warned. “It’s not going to work.” “What’s not going to work?” she demanded. “You can’t cover up your gross incompetence with a ‘Hey everybody’ cheer.” “Gross incompetence?” “That’s right. Just look at my head. Go ahead, take a real close look.” “Why, it’s a family of sparrows. What a lovely nest,” she grinned. “No, over here.” “My, my. If it isn’t a bald spot,” she giggled. “Should I give it a shine?” “That’s just what I mean, Hairdresser …

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Storck, The Rouge Garden Gnome

                                    Storck, The Rouge Garden Gnome It started innocently enough. I was shuffling aimlessly through Marc’s garden center, surrounded by baby tomato plants and the occasional faint whiff of bagged manure. Off in the corner, looking ignored and abandoned, was a very lifelike statue of a garden gnome. The sad, dust filled eyes attracted me, and soon there was a bubble-gum popping sales associate telling me his name was “Storck”. She followed up with a practiced sales pitch, adding he was on sale …

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Recipe: mashed potatoes

Mashed Potatoes Peel the potatoes. Cut them into chunks, then cover them with cold water in a very large pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer until very tender all the way through. Drain the potatoes, then put them back into the pot over VERY low heat to evaporate any excess liquid. This will dry the potatoes. While the potatoes are drying, heat whole milk just until hot, but not boiling. A good rule of thumb is to use about 2/3 cup milk for every 2 to 3 pounds of potatoes. You can use a mixture of cream and milk, …

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How To Get Rid Of Wasps

                                       How To Get Rid Of Wasps How to get rid of wasps. Here is some methods on how to get rid of wasps. When it’s time to learn how to get rid of wasps correctly you must know your enemy. Don’t confuse a wasp with a bee. Bees are very important in plant pollination. A bee avoids having to sting as they die soon after releasing it. Knowing how to get rid of wasps correctly is impotant but bees are too. …

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Carnations, The Other Beautiful Flower

                Carnations, The Other Beautiful Flower As we all know, flowers and weddings go hand in hand. There are so many choices to choose from; we have roses, calla lilies, daisies, tulips, orchids, and hydrangeas, to name a few. With this wide array of flowers to choose from, no wonder brides feel like kids in a candy store when it’s time to visit the florist. As soon as we walk in the door, our senses are bombarded by all the beautiful scents and colors. Before we even begin talking about price, we’ve made …

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Richland Gourmet Apples — Good to the Core

Gourmet Apples — Good to the Core Gourmet apples take caramel and candy apples to the next level. They are made with the finest ingredients and decorated with attention and care. They are a great gift idea for anyone with a sweet tooth and love apples. Gourmet apples can be designed to match any holiday or occasion. They can be decorated with designs such as flowers, animals, Christmas ornaments or any artistic creations. The apples may be decorated with caramel, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, cookies and many types of nuts, especially pecans. Most gourmet apples are jumbo sized, …

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Paper Lanterns

                                  Paper lanterns can make a great looking accessory for any type of outdoor summer party that you wish to host. They come in all types of beautiful looking designs that will illuminate your patio area. They come with durable strings that will allow them to dangle where you want them. The use of lanterns in such a manner stems from the early beliefs of both the Chinese and Asian cultures. Today they are used by many other cultures as a way to decorate …

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Learning about Hummingbirds

              Learning about Hummingbirds Hummingbirds are a joy for a birdwatcher to observe. They are found only in the Western Hemisphere, from as far north as Southeastern Alaska and the Maritimes of Canada and as far south as Southern Chile. There are approximately 350 species of hummingbirds with 320 species found in the tropics. Within the family of hummingbirds is found the smallest bird in the world, the Bee Hummingbird of Cuba at 2.17 inches (5.5 cm) and weight 1.95gm (0.07 oz). Hummingbirds range in size from 2 inches to 8 inches. The hummingbird …

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Creating a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden

            Creating a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden With just a little bit of planning, you can have beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds flocking to your garden. That’s good news for gardeners because not only are these winged creatures fun to watch, they’re essential pollinators. The key is to know what hummingbirds and butterflies look for, which is flowers with nectar. So when you select nectar-rich plants for your garden, look for varieties that are both prolific bloomers and have a long bloom time. Prune your plants to prevent excessive woody growth and encourage the growth of …

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Twig Wreaths For Rustic Or Elegant Appeal

Twig Wreaths For Rustic Or Elegant Appeal The thought of twigs may conjure up an old forest, or well-constructed bird’s nest. Twigs are also an extremely popular material for wreaths. A wreath can be made entirely of twigs for a rustic, primitive appeal or can have all sorts of materials added to them for a graceful design. They can also accent a wreath for any season of the year whether its Thanksgiving or Valentine’s Day. The charm of twig wreaths stems from their raw, natural beauty. The trend for wreaths made completely from intertwined twigs has boomed. Twigs are naturally …

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Safe Pest Control Tips

Safe Pest Control Tips Pest control must be done with utmost consideration to safety; safety in terms of the plants, animals and humans. This holds especially true for those with vegetable and organic gardens. The main purpose of growing vegetables organically will be defeated if they become tainted with pest control chemicals. Here are a few long-term maintenance tips to make pest control less damaging and more environmentally friendly. 1. Use the physical pest control process. This may be accomplished through picking grubs off by hand, creating barriers and traps and plugging holes. Snails can be found hiding in damp …

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Smart Organic Gardening Ideas For A Healthier Garden! 2

                          Smart Organic Gardening Ideas For A Healthier Garden! Contrary to popular belief, growing an organic garden doesn’t mean you’re one step away from joining a commune or living off the land. It just means you want healthier food, bereft of the harsh chemicals that are used by mass-producing farms. Here are some tips to ensure that your garden will always grow. Make liquid fertilizer from your compost. By adding a little bit of water to the biological decay, you can harvest the nutrient rich concoction and spread …

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How To Properly Care For Your Tulips

                    How To Properly Care For Your Tulips Tips On Taking Care of Your Tulips Tulips are from Holland, right? Not exactly. Tulips are actually from Turkey. Tulip means Turban in Turkish. Regardless of the orgin of Tulips they are a beautiful flower that people of many backgrounds enjoy. The flower experts would say that tulips are perennials. However, they can be regarded as annuals. The way you need to care for them and their blooming cycle support this. The end of October through the beginning of November is the time …

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Where the Mountains Talk to You

                                Where the Mountains Talk to You In the classic fantasy series The Lord of the Rings, the author J.R.R. Tolkien gives us many enduring and imaginative images. One phrase that stands out in a passage concerning a dangerous passageway is, “the runes were carved into the very living mountains…” You can almost envision those mountains having a life of their own and being able to somehow express themselves to the Hobbits who were on their noble quest. The magic qualities of Tolkien’s fiction are …

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Be Thankful For The Snow Plow

                        Be Thankful For The Snow Plow If you are lucky enough to know what a snow plow is and to live in an area that has the pleasure of needing snow plows, then you have a lot to be thankul for. I suspect that many of you are doubting my sanity after making a statement like that, yet I believe it is true with all my heart. I believe that people should be thankful for the snow plow because I never had the privilege of living in a …

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Summer Gardens for Butterflies

                         Summer Gardens for Butterflies There are many different reasons that different people decide to plant summer gardens. One common reason that is becoming more popular these days as people to seek to entertain their children through little things done closer to home is to attract butterflies. This is much easier done than one might think if you live in the right environment for these beautiful creatures to thrive and flourish. Butterflies are beautiful creatures with very short life spans. For this reason they seem to be attracted to …

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New Hope for Old Farmers

New Hope for Old Farmers Imagine my surprise when I read an article in the April 2005 edition of Reader’s Digest informing me that membership in Future Farmers of America (FFA) has hit a 22-year record high. Since 1994, the number of farmers’ markets around the country also has more than doubled, the article said. I find these two bits of information especially interesting because small family farms have been disappearing from the countryside at an alarming rate over the past 30 years. According to statistics from the U.S. Census of Agriculture and the American Farm Bureau Federation, since 1969, …

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Snowboarding

Snowboarding Snowboarding is a spin off from traditional styles of skiing. It is also a cross from traditional skateboarding. It involves going down the ski slopes on a board that has latches for your snow boots to fit into. This way you don’t have to worry about losing the board in the process. You don’t have poles so you have to use your body to maneuver the snowboard. Many people find it to be one of the most fun extreme sports they have tried. It is important that a person wears the right type of safety equipment when they go …

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Seashells: Artifacts of the Ocean

                                      Seashells: Artifacts of the Ocean I recently took a vacation to the beach. I love the smell of the ocean breeze and the way the sun beats down on me as the motion of the waves calms my every worry in the world. I could literally spend years on the beach and never regret a moment of it. One of my favorite beach activities is searching for seashells. There are millions of seashells in the ocean that come from a wide …

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All There Is To Know About Cooking

All There Is To Know About Cooking Cooking is necessary, but it doesn’t have to be a chore, even if you are not a whiz in the kitchen. Anyone can improve their cooking skills with the right help and persistent practice. Read the advice in this article and try some of the tips. You will improve your cooking skills and start to enjoy it more. Simple techniques to reduce the salt in bacon too make it healthier. Cooking with bacon is an excellent way to season your food, but if you want to watch your salt intake it can be …

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Dish: Easter Chick Cupcakes

    Easter Chick Cupcakes 36 Spring Oreo or Oreo Double Stuf Delicious Chocolate Sandwich Cookies 1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix, batter ready according to package instructions 1 (16 ounce) can ready vanilla icing Designer icing or gel, diverse shades Split cookies, leaving loading on 1 side of each cookie. (You will certainly have 24 split cookies as well as 48 quartered split cookie items, all with loading on one side.). Fold cut cookie items right into ready cake batter. Spoon batter right into 24 paper-lined (2 1/2- inch) muffin-pan mugs. Bake cupcakes according to package instructions or up …

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Lumber from Old Barns

What to do with old barns: recouped lumber market is increasing The recouped lumber market has in fact been around taking into consideration that the 1980s. The field started to obtain power in the extremely early 1990s, when deconstruction wound up being a lot more cost effective choice than demolition. Much of the prime retrieved wood marketed today return to the 1800s, brought back from barns in the Midwest in addition to the East Coast. These sort of barns contain article barns, cigarette barns, threshing sheds, small sheds, as well as likewise stables. Today, a great deal of these barns …

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Reviving Old Barns

Last Barn Standing: The Art of Reviving as well as Preserving Old Barns A specialist on fixing and also reconstruction of barns as well as various other ranch structures overviews you with examining and also carrying out the job to maintain them seem. Many farmers develop brand-new barns, yet some are fortunate adequate to get or acquire residential property with old barns in position. Their difficulty ends up being just how to maintain these old barns from dropping. Thankfully for this team, John Porter understands his means around old barns. Maturing, Porter invested even more time in his household’s 170-year-old …

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The Wild West Is Corralled On PBS

The Wild West Is Corralled On PBS Saddle up, partners. There’s good news for anyone who likes to explore the heroes and the hardships of the Old (and not so old) West. PBS presents a series of programs that explore life on the American frontier, as well as the legends and lore that persist today. • In April, PBS presents “Show Cattle,” a new documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of the Fryeburg Fair-New England’s biggest and most prestigious show cattle competition. Held annually in October, the fair signals a time when cattle lovers gather to bathe, groom, clip …

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Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day Cards Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February the 14th. This day is celebrated to express love. For lovers it is the most important day as they can express their deepest feelings to their loved ones. On Valentine’s Day we honor all those people who we love the most. Love is the most beautiful feeling in which our heart does the talking. To express this beautiful feeling millions and millions are spent on cards, flowers, gifts and candies every year. The best way to express the impact of love is the Valentine Card. The Valentine Cards are …

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How to Make Homemade Ice Cream (Without an Ice Cream Maker!)

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream (Without an Ice Cream Maker!) 2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 cup milk 1 pint heavy whipping cream pinch of salt 2 teaspoons vanilla Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs for several minutes until thick and lemon colored. Add 1 cup of milk and blend into the eggs. Mix sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan. Add egg/milk mixture to the sugar and cornstarch. Cook until thick (about 5 minutes) stirring constantly. Allow the custard mixture to cool to room temperature. When the custard is cool, put into a freezer-safe …

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Discounted Wholesale Jewelry Is Very Affordable

Discounted Wholesale Jewelry Is Very Affordable There are many discounted wholesale jewelry manufacturers that make buying and selling jewelry a very affordable venture. Some people select wholesale jewelry because it has a larger off-brand selection of jewrlry that is normally not sold in department stores or any other retailer. The packaging of discounted wholesale jewelry gives people a better opportunity to use their sales savvy to market a variety of jewelry products. Some of the discounted wholesale jewelry is fine jewelry selections made from precious metals like 14K Gold or sterling silver. There are many foreign countries who manufacture these …

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A Short History Of Cats

A Short History Of Cats It seems strange that there was ever a time when cats were not a part of our lives. It’s been less that 10,000 years since cats swaggered into our lives. Hardly an eye blink in the grand sweep of life on this planet. Why were cats so late to join our team? The simple answer is they didn’t need us to survive. Cats were surviving just fine on their own. Then, people invented agriculture. Agriculture resulted in large scale storage of grains which attracted the usual and well know group of freeloaders, mice and rats. …

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Simple Peeps Cupcakes

  INGREDIENTS 1 box Cake Mix 3 Eggs 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil 1/2 cup softened Butter 2 tbsp Milk 2 cup Powdered Sugar Food Coloring Peeps Chicks or Bunnies DIRECTIONS Bake cupcakes according to box directions. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Cream butter in a medium bowl Slowly add in the powdered sugar, and milk as needed, until everything is incorporated and frosting is right consistency. Divide into equal size batches of the number of colors desired and add several drops of color to each. Transfer icing to piping bag or to a zippered bag and clip corner. Pipe …

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Flowers For U

Flowers For U There are many times when flowers are the perfect gift. There are specific occasions when flowers add just the right touch. Flowers are also used for decorating at weddings, receptions and parties.                Who doesn’t like to receive flowers? Unless you have an allergy, flowers are one of the favorite gifts to give and receive. There are birthday flowers, anniversary flowers, get well flowers, I’m sorry flowers, and new baby flowers. You can send flowers to remember special dates, to celebrate new homes and to wish people well with a new …

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Recipe: ooey gooey stuffed cupcakes

Ooey-Gooey Stuffed Cupcakes 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup sifted cocoa powder (for chocolate cupcakes) 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 large egg, cracked into a small cup or saucer 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup hot water Ooey-Gooey Filling 6 ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup granulated sugar 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut Chocolate Sauce (recipe follow) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 1 (12-cup) muffin tin with 12 paper muffin-tin liners and place 4 paper …

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Keep moving with time – Contemporary home decor

Keep moving with time – Contemporary home decor Contemporary home decor means updating the interiors of your house with the fashion and trend in vogue worldwide. It is a very important component of house keeping for many reasons. Contemporary home decor reflects your taste, attitude, aesthetic sense and the value you attach to it and your appreciation for good house keeping. It is generally regarded that people generate opinions about a personality by assessing his / her likes and dislikes for contemporary home decor . It is very use to adopt the standards of contemporary home decor. There are multiple …

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Butterscotch/Chocolate Delight Recipe

      1/2 C. cold butter 1 C. all-purpose flour 1 C. finely chopped walnuts 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened 1 C. confectioners’ sugar 1 carton (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided 3 1/2 C. cold milk 2 packages (3.5 oz. each) instant butterscotch or chocolate pudding mix 1/2 C. coarsely chopped walnuts In a bowl, cut in butter into flour; stir in the finely chopped walnuts  Press into greased 13″ x 9″ baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack. In a large bowl, beat cream …

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Shiba Inus

  No, It’s not a fox If you own a Shiba, then you know how often strangers on the street remark on the just how much your dog looks like a fox. Walking my daughter’s Shiba’s I have had people stop me asking if i’m walking a fox. Shiba Inus aren’t very big, their about 15 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 17 and 23 pounds. They are very musculary, barrel-chested and have a glossy overcoat and a thick undercoat that keeps them plenty warm in cooler weather.  Shedding. Oh, boy do they shed. Most dogs shed—which is normal. …

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Crab Pasta Salad

1 pkg. Imitation Crab 1/4 C.Onion and 1/4 C. Celery: Diced 1 T. Lemon Juice (Oppt.) 2 C. cooked Pasta (your choice) 1 t. Honey Mustard Miracle Whip Salt & Pepper to taste Cook Pasta and drain; Cut Crab into small pieces; add onion and celery; mix in Lemon Juice, Honey Mustard and Miracle Whip til creamy. Chill a couple hours in fridge. I made this up, my daughter loves pasta and crab so it turns out differently ever time but is always great and a big hit at family get togethers. Enjoy and take care!!  

Wedding/Shower/Graduation Mints

2 oz. Cream Cheese 1 2/3 C. Powdered Sugar 1/4 tsp. Vanilla 2 drops Food Coloring (your choice) Granulated Sugar Molds of your choice Mash Cream Cheese; Add Vanilla and Food Coloring; Mix in Powdered Sugar; Knead with hands until consistancy of pie crust.  Roll into marble size balls; dip in granulated sugar; press sugar side into candy molds and unmold on wax or parchment paper. Makes about 25 roses and 25 leaves or whatever molds you choose. These are great for any occasion Enjoy and take care!    

No Fail Piecrust

3 C. Flour 1 tsp. Salt 1 C. Lard or Crisco 1 Egg beaten 1 tsp. Vinegar 5 to 8 T. Water With a pastry cutter, cut in Lard of Crisco flour and salt until crumbly.  Add rest of ingredients.  Do not overmix . If it seems to dry add a little water til it holds together.  Refrigerate 1 hour. Divide dough in 1/2 and roll out on floured board. If it tears you can patch with a little water on your finger. Enjoy!

Artichoke Dip

1 can Artichoke Hearts; plain and drained; cut up 1 C. Helman’s  Maynnaise 1 C. shredded Parmesan Cheese 1 1/2 C. (8 oz.) shredded Mozzarella Cheese 1 tsp. Garlic Powder Paprika Mix all above ingredients together except for Paprika.  Spread in shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with Paprika. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Serve warm with crackers.  Serves 6 and enjoy! Family favorite.    

Cherry Mash Candy

2 C. sugar 12 large marshmallows 1 can Eagle Brand Milk, Boil all to soft ball stage, stirring constantly Stir in 12 oz. Cherry Chips, Put in a 9 x 12 pan, butter bottom and sides of pan. Melt 12 oz. Chocolate Chips, 3/4 C. Peanut Butter and 1/2 or 3/4 C. Dry Roasted Peanuts,  Spread over Cherry mixture. Great anytime but a favorite at Christmas time. Sure to be a big hit. Enjoy and take care!          

Stickey Rolls

Dough: 1 C. water                                                             2 tbsp. butter or oleo 3 C. Flour for bread machine 1/4 C. sugar 1 tsp. salt 2 1/2 tsp. active yeast Mixture for rolling dough: Approx. 1/4 C. melted butter or oleo Combine 3/4 C. white sugar 1 Tbsp. cinnamon in another bowl Mixture for bottom of pan combine the below: 1 1/2 Tbsp. melted butter 1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar 1/4 C. Karo white syrup …

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Frosted Pumpkin Bars

4 eggs, beaten 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 C. salad oil 1 tsp. baking soda 2 C. sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1 C. pumpkin 2 C. flour 1/2 tsp. salt Cream eggs and sugar; add oil and pumpkin.  Add dry ingredients.  Spread in a greased and floured cookie sheet (16×12).  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Cool; then frost. Frosting: 3oz. cream cheese, softened 1 tsp. vanilla 6 Tbsp. butter or oleo, softened 1 tsp. milk (more if needed) 3/4 lb. powered sugar This makes a big batch perfect for family get togethers, potlucks, office parties, bake sales.  Their a …

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Baking Experience

Love to bake anytime, the way the ingreidents fill the kitchen with all the different smells.  First and foremost I pick  a receipe either an old favorite or trying something new.  Then I  make sure I have all the ingredents by setting the ingreidents out close to my work area as not to forget to put them in, lets face it if you would forget to put in the baking soda for the rising effect, the outcome would not be good and all your hard work is wasted.  This process is well worth it.  Now you can enjoy with family …

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