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Dry Measures

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Dry Measures

1/8 teaspoon         .5 ml
1/4 teaspoon         1 ml
1/2 teaspoon         2 ml
3/4 teaspoon         5 ml
1 tablespoon         15 ml
1/4 cup                   59 ml
1/3 cup                   79 ml
1/2 cup                  118 ml
2/3 cup                  158 ml
3/4 cup                  177 ml
1 cup                      225 ml
2 cups or 1 pint   450 ml
3 cups                     675 ml
4 cups (1 quart)   1 liter
1/2 gallon              2 liters
1 gallon                  4 liters

 

Helpful Hints

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    Helpful Hints

    Store popcorn in the freezer and you will have fewer unpopped kernels.

  • Use a buttered knife to slice soft pies.
  • Bake two pie crusts on the bottom shelf of the oven. The top will be nicely browned and the bottom will be cooked through.
  • Minute tapioca can be used to thicken fruit pies. Use 2 to 3 tbsp depending on the size of the pie plate.
  • Chill all ingredients for a pie crust and do not overwork dough to ensure flaky crusts.
  • Use a melon baller or ice cream scoop to drop cookie dough onto baking sheets.
  • Chill cookie dough 30 minutes before rolling.
  • Wrap individual slices of cake and freeze. The cake will thaw by lunch time if removed from the freezer in the morning.
  • A slice of apple in a cake container will help keep cake fresh.
  • Leave cloves out of cake that will be stored in cool temperatures (freezer or fridge). The spice gets stronger when cold.

Helpful Hints

 

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Helpful Hints
  1. Soften hardened butter by putting a small warmed bowl over the butter plate.
  2. Freeze cranberries and lemon peel in ice cube trays to add to drinks at your parties.
  3. Frozen grapes can also be added to party drinks.  They’re great eaten frozen by themselves as well.
  4. Replace sour cream in dips with cottage cheese that has been zipped in a blender.
  5. Add vanilla or almond extract to water to flavor coffee as it brews.
  6. After you cut cheese butter the edge to keep it from drying out.
  7. Chill the bowl, beaters and cream before whipping.
  8. When boiling eggs add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water.  This prevents cracks in the shell.
  9. Wet your knife before slicing eggs to prevent the yolk from crumbling.
  10. Put a dry sponge in the vegetable crisper to absorb excess moisture.

Cinnamon Ornaments

 

1 cup cinnamon

2 tbsp ginger

1 tbsp cloves

1 tbsp nutmeg

3/4 cup applesauce

2 tbsp white school glue

Continue reading Cinnamon Ornaments

Ornament Clay

2 cups flour

1/2 cup salt

3/4 cup water

Mix together and knead until you have a smooth consistency.  Roll out onto waxed paper and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.  Move to a baking tray.  Use a straw to poke a hole in the dough for a hanger.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour and allow to cool.

Paint or spray paint ornaments and string with ribbon.  In this example some of the ornaments have been sprayed with chalk board paint so that names can be written on them with chalk.

When finished ornaments may be sprayed with a sealer.

Mosaic Picture

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You will need the glass from 2 discount store picture frames.  Chose any size desired.
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Place one of the glass pane over card stock or paper.  I have used red in this example to better define the size of the glass.
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If you are proficient cutting glass than cut glass pieces in shapes  and place on the glass in the desired location.  If you do not cut glass small square pieces of glass can be purchased at craft and discount stores.  You can also purchase  pre-cut glass pieces from stained glass outlets.  Unless you have experience cutting glass I do not recommend that you start without appropriate instruction.  This example shows a cut glass picture.
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Once you have laid out your entire image get some glass glue from the discount store and glue each small piece of glass to the glass backing.  The glass glue will dry clear.
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Mix tile grout in your desired color according to manufacturer’s instructions.
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Apply liberally to the picture covering all crevices.  Grout is corrosive so please be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for safety.
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With a damp sponge remove the extra grout.  Let the grout dry and then remove the remaining film off of the glass with a damp sponge.
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Glue second pane of glass in place and let dry.  There are several ways to finish the edges.  The easiest way is to purchase decorative duct tape and tape the edges in place.  This example shows a decorative green tape that was purchased at a discount store.
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Finished pane resting on the table.  The clear colored glass will glow when exposed  to light.
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The center image held up to the light.