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  • conecontainersnack
    Edible snack containers

    Cones are a practical, edible and portable container to hold snacks for kids. You can pour snacks such as trail mix, goldfish or animal crackers, fresh or dried fruit, mini marshmallows, popcorn or pretzels into a waffle...

  • bakedfrenchtoast
    Add a French twist to your breakfast

      Dear Sara: I’m looking for a French toast casserole recipe. Do you know of one you prepare the night before and bake in the morning? — S.B., Idaho S.B.: Paula Deen has an excellent French toast...

  • winterscene
    Plan and prepare for winter

    Autumn brings thoughts of rising utility bills. For some, heating costs aren’t merely an annoyance, but have become a bill that needs to be well planned for. Now is a good time to prepare for the upcoming...

  • sheercurtains
    Clean your own sheer curtains

      Dear Sara: I have some custom sheer drapery that came with the house. I can take it down, but dry cleaning is recommended. I would rather use the money for another project. Can you suggest a...

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    Use leftover mashed potatoes

    Don’t toss out leftover mashed potatoes. Add them to soups, stews, pancakes, bread, biscuits, meatloaf, meatballs, or make gnocchi. You can make potato patties from leftover mashed potatoes, too. Simply add an egg to 2 cups mashed...

  • dresserredo
    Organize winter gear

    Winter gear can take up a lot of space. Your entryway and closet are often the first areas you, your family and guests see, so you want them to be tidy. Rather than frantically looking for a...

  • soapbars3
    Save soap slivers

      Dear Sara: I’m searching for a “press” in which to combine all those little bath soap pieces that accumulate in the shower soap dish over time. They are too small to use individually, but combined would...

  • oatmealinstant
    Make it yourself

    While convenience products provide tasty shortcuts, it’s good to know how to make things yourself. This time of year, families tend to buy more boxed, flavored instant oatmeal and canned cream soups. I’m sharing two recipes you...

  • closetroom
    Keep supplies handy

    Save time and effort by keeping things close at hand. For example, rather than storing your cleaning products all lined up on a shelf, you can create a cleaning-kit caddy or two. This makes it easy to...

  • rhinestone
    Safely clean rhinestone jewelry

      Dear Sara: I got an old rhinestone necklace at the thrift store yesterday. It’s looking a little dull, and I was wondering how I can clean it. The lady said not to use toothpaste, as it...

  • foremangrill
    Let your appliances multi-task

    Frugal families often buy items that can multi-task. For example, you can use a blender to make butter, mayonnaise, frosting, peanut butter or barbecue sauce (for recipes visit www.frugalvillage.com/2008/05/29/blend-with-the-times) or use your waffle iron to make brownies...

  • pineconesfall
    Scentsational solutions for fall

    Fall decorating is a luxury not everyone can afford. Fortunately, you can still add a bit of fall fair without busting your budget. Sure, you can bring the outdoors in and decorate using pine cones, acorns, gourds,...