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    Used up the last of the juice, the last of the stew leftovers for lunch and my last tootsie roll that was in my Christmas stocking (getting rid of all the candy before the first!).




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    You can use that hairspray to help stiffen a bow, if you have a gift to give...it's a technique that florists use!

    You can also use it for a run in nylons.

    Judi

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    Used up the last of a sheet of return address labels yesterday. Used up 2 boxes of stuffing mix from the pantry - I still have 3 in there. Used up 2 partial bags of frozen chicken breasts that needed to be used. DD used up 3 cans of green beans and 3 small cans of french-fried onion rings making green bean casserole last night so now I need to buy 2 cans of green beans and 1 can of onion rings for stock. That is all I can remember for right now. You folks are really good at this. I'm so impressed by some of the ways you use and reuse products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madhen View Post
    I *could* have used up a bottle of hair conditioner, but instead, I added some water to the bottle to thin it out, so I've probably got a good 4-5 uses left in it now.
    I buy such cheap conditioner I am afraid to do this

    I used the cherry tomatoes from Christmas to add to the chili. You should have seen me stewing those little tomatoes and taking the skins off. Such a mess. In the past I would have thrown them away.
    Last edited by qsaver704; 12-31-2009 at 02:38 PM. Reason: add what I used up

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    Used up some more of my gift closet stash for a baby shower gift. (4 onesies) and finished a skein of yarn for a baby afgahn for the same gift. Reused a brown paper gift bag, by stamping it with baby footprints and making the tag from a scrap of leftover scrapbooking paper. Used a piece of twine for the bow. (The family is very back to nature, so it is very appropriate).
    Added a couple "regifts" I received from coworkers to my gift closet.

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    I did that with the cherry tomatoes this summer. It was a pain, but I think they added a nice tang to the catsup that I made using them.

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    I used up the last of a bottle of Nair and the kids drank all the juice

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoace View Post
    I used up the last of a bottle of Nair and the kids drank all the juice

    I know what you meant geckoace - just the two thoughts together made me wince KWIM!!

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    Late last night we finally finished the gallon of milk we have been working on forever. I really dislike throwing food away, particularly something like milk. I never know if my family is in a milk-drinking mood or not. Fortunately, Publix milk usually last a good several days beyond the expiration date. Also, used up the last of a box of cereal that has been open, I swear, for a month. See the milk explanation - its the same.

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    To save time and lots of work, I don't take the skins off my Cherry tomatoes. I just wash them and sometimes I dig out the blossom ends or just cut them off, sometimes not. I put 2 cups tomatoes into the blender and grind it slowly, then add more tomatoes till it's all pureed. Often I'll add chopped onions too, and puree the mixture together. Then I cook it all up on the stove in a big pot, adding sugar, herbs and spices and some flour/water mixture to thicken. Then I cool the tomato sauce and put it in tubs for freezing.
    It's great for pasta sauce or pizza sauce.

    Quote Originally Posted by qsaver704 View Post
    I used the cherry tomatoes from Christmas to add to the chili. You should have seen me stewing those little tomatoes and taking the skins off. Such a mess. In the past I would have thrown them away.

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    Mahalo Incognito - that is a really great idea!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauimagic View Post
    I know what you meant geckoace - just the two thoughts together made me wince KWIM!!
    I know I almost made it 2 seperate posts cause it was a strange combo lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Incognito View Post
    To save time and lots of work, I don't take the skins off my Cherry tomatoes. I just wash them and sometimes I dig out the blossom ends or just cut them off, sometimes not. I put 2 cups tomatoes into the blender and grind it slowly, then add more tomatoes till it's all pureed. Often I'll add chopped onions too, and puree the mixture together. Then I cook it all up on the stove in a big pot, adding sugar, herbs and spices and some flour/water mixture to thicken. Then I cool the tomato sauce and put it in tubs for freezing.
    It's great for pasta sauce or pizza sauce.
    I thought about leaving the skin on and putting them in the food processor, but there was only half a plastic container full, so I went for the hand method(don't really like tomatoes, just tomato products)

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    I rarely skin tomatoes, if I was canning them or had company coming, that's fine. Otherwise, I figure it's "fiber" I don't have to buy extra and we just eat them. YOu can also make finger food/canapes with them, hollow them out and add tuna salad, chicken salad, etc. and you have portable completely edible munchies.

    Re the milk, try making cornstarch pudding? (It's yummy warm!) 2C milk, 2T cornstarch, approx 2Tsugar (we like less, but have no kids), 1T vanilla (or more or less to taste), and approx 1-2T cocoa, if you want chocolate.

    Other milk heavy dishes: savory (rather than sweet) bread pudding, (old bread, onions, celery, milk, eggs, seasoning) one of our vegetarian entrees around here.

    Anyway, if I had milk that was always threatening to go bad, that's what I'd do.

    Happy New Year!

    Judi

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