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RE: Plastic Melted on a Smooth Cooktop Range

By kmoscardelli 11/28/2014

Goo gone worked brilliantly! I melted the bottom of a plastic laundry basket on my NEW SLATE slide-in range. I was so upset - crying and yelling because I thought I had ruined my new range. I followed the steps, and Goo gone worked like a miracle! I thought it would have left even a little mark to show it was ruined. There was no sign at all! It was a big area that had plastic melted on it too.

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RE: New Year, New Calendar

By chef4u 11/28/2014

Louise, I too usually get free calendars. This post isn't about the actual purchase of a calendar, it's about writing on the calendar and scratching it off because your appointment or engagement changed and then you end up with a messy looking calendar.

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RE: Ava (Domestic Shorthair)

By Litter Gitter 11/28/2014

Thank you, Melissa. Ava is a sweet cat and we love her.

RE: Ava (Domestic Shorthair)

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RE: Bump on my Dog

By saddlebag 11/28/2014

Feel is the bump seems to be contained under the skin or attached to the muscle underneath. No harm done if you apply quite warm hot saline compresses for about 5 min two or three times daily. If it is an abscess it will help draw it to a head. When a head forms a pin will open in to allow it to drain. Work it out with the saline cloths until some blood comes. If there isn't a little bleeding it may seal up and come back.

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RE: Dog Has Rash and Is Losing Hair

By saddlebag 11/28/2014

After you've been to the vet, remove all soy meal from the dog's diet. Some dogs react badly to it. A friend's dog went thro this and was prescribed Prednisone. Little dog wound up obese. When she withdrew all soy the dog was off the medication within weeks and getting back to her normal self. It has caused some large breed dogs to colic.

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RE: Dog is Bleeding from the Nose

By saddlebag 11/28/2014

The lungs may be the origin of the bleeding. He needs a vet asap.

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RE: Egg Shell Uses

By saddlebag 11/28/2014

After smashing the shells put them in a jar and add water. When it stinks that's the time to add the contents to the garden.

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RE: Use Vaseline for Young Looking Skin

By indiafloyd49 11/28/2014

The only two things I use on my face is cold cream and Vaseline. In the morning, I slather on Jergens face cream and tissue it off, at night, I slather on Jergens face cream and tissue it off and apply a thin layer of Vaseline on my face. I wake up with clear, refreshed, dewy skin. I repeat this process every single day. My 63 yr old grandmother has the clearest, softest skin with no wrinkles and this is her secret. While water is a wonderful resource, it can be very drying to the skin. It is very rare for me to use any water in cleansing my face and by rare I mean at least once a month. Sound gross? I have no acne, no pimples, no blackheads. Just clear skin.

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RE: Garage Door Remote Timing Out

By jadams5214 11/28/2014

Did you ever figure out the issue with your Craftsman? I have been experiencing the same exact issue with the remotes not working when the light is on. I figured out one way to cheat the system by turning off the light from the keypad before leaving the garage then the remote will work.

That worked perfectly for both of my remotes for a few months. Lately though one of my remotes stopped working completely even after changing the battery and reprogramming several times.

The second remote works about 70% of the time when using the method described above but then it will just stop working and have to be reprogrammed.

Not sure what else to try so was wondering if you had any success figuring out the issue...

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RE: Recipes Using Liquor Filled Chocolates

By lrd1026 11/28/2014

Chop up and use in brownies. Just add liquor to measuring cup and add rest of liquid needed for recipe to the liquor

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RE: What Can I Make With These Ingredients?

By lrd1026 11/28/2014

You could make potato soup. Cut up your potatoes and onions, cover with water and boil with lid off for for about 15-20 mins. Drain off half of the water and add some milk. Salt pepper and margarine added also makes it taste great!

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RE: Needle Stops with Thick Material

By DinahA 11/28/2014

Your machine may not be designed to sew through 4 layers of some fabrics. You can take the machine to a repair shop for an explanation of just what the machine is able to do and if a repair will help.

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RE: Excessive Foul Sweating

By DinahA 11/28/2014

Suggest you discuss your problem with your doctor as soon as possible. You may need prescriptive antiperspirants or other medication.

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RE: 14th Birthday Party Ideas

By lisha.monteiro15 11/27/2014

I think a fun birthday game is a scavenger hunt. What I like about it is how you can personalise the game to suit you. I went to a party once and one of the games was a scavenger hunt but you found presents. Everyone got to find one. They were small and cute presents and everyone loved them. Another party that I went to, we played scavenger hunt but this time we were in a park and were spilt into teams and then we had a list of things that we had to find (things like a) 2 spoons b) 5 forks c) 1 bowl etc.)

It was really fun and the first team back with everything in their basket, won a prize. I think scavenger hunts are really fun and you can play them at a lot of ages. Scavenger hunt is one of my games for my party coming up.

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RE: Licking Lips Too Much

By karl.amanda 11/27/2014

I had this for about 4 weeks and I kept trying lots of different creams but they all just stung my lips. You should use cacao butter, every time your lips feel dry just put it above and on your lips and after about 2 days it will be gone. Hope this helps, it worked for me.

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RE: What Can I Make With These Ingredients?

By straightace 11/27/2014

Potato soup! Do a search on "potato soup recipe" to find a recipe that calls for ingredients closely matching those you have on hand.

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RE: Making a Halloween Costume

By worrellnorma 11/27/2014

Make a Richie Rich costume. Remember the dog dollar.

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RE: Mysterious Grease Stains on Clothing

By Rpottsl 11/27/2014

It's your drier sheets :( Boohoo! Idk if you know, drier sheets are full of nasty toxins. Use white vinegar in your final rinse. The smell will be gone when the clothes are dry and will still smell good, like your soap. Way cheaper! I rarely use products from the store, the Internet is full of much safer diy 'recipes' that you'll be pleasantly suprised work As well or better, and cost substantially less :)

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RE: How Long Before Benefits Start?

By cybergrannie 11/27/2014

You can go to your SS office and ask your question. They may only be able to tell you it is under "review" and you should hear something soon.

If filing was completed the SS office will/should send you notifications as to the progress of your case. You should receive notice when it is approved, how much the benefit will be, and approximate (or real) date benefits will begin.

Did you give bank information as to how the deposit/benefit will be paid? If so, that is a pretty good sign that your case has been approved.

SS as well as many government agencies are slow so you may have to be patient. The good news is that - if approved - you will receive benefits from the date of filing. You will also be notified about this as well as about the amount of the check you will receive.

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RE: Survivor Benefits Eligibility

By cybergrannie 11/27/2014

Please - for correct answers - go to your SS office and ask your questions.

I do not believe you can ever draw more than one benefit check so you have probably not missed out on any checks.
If anyone is eligible for more than one benefit then they would have to choose which one to receive (one may be more money than another).

Also, benefits are not paid for "arrears/past" in a case like this as the benefit period can only begin at the time of filing. Then - if/when case is approved - the SS would pay benefits from the date of filing. That is the reason you sometimes hear of someone receiving a large check for "back payment" from SS as it may take several months or even years for a final decision to be made.

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RE: Thanksgiving Day Poem

By maphisx7 11/27/2014

Darling and Oh so true. Thanks so much for the much needed laugh.

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RE: Removing a Stain from Oak Floor

By john.brasington 11/27/2014

Is the oak sealed? If so you can buy wood cleaning products and mix with water. If it's sealed you can also try white wine vinegar with water. If it's not sealed the trick is to use as little water as possible. Water can warp oak.

Also it's important to mop with the grain.

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RE: 12th Birthday Party Ideas

By mollylapp1 11/27/2014

Hi, I'm 12 and my birthday was yesterday. I like sports and hunting but I'm mostly a girly girl. This year for my party I will be picking all of my friends up in a limo, then we will be drove to a mall to shop and eat. I got a limo and shopped last year and everyone loved it! After that we will get drove back to my house in the limo. Then they would sleepover.

I might theme my house as a movie night place with movies to watch, a photo booth, popcorn bags as goodie bags, have popcorn in my aunts popcorn machine (I don't expect you anyone to have a large pushable popcorn machine, so u can make microwave popcorn or rent a maker) and make the invataions movie tickets.

Or I was going to have a Las Vegas theme. My mom and I really like Las Vegas. I would have the photo booth (again), bar food, a dance room (like a club), some fake gambling games and some nonalcoholic alcoholic based drinks. Also my mother and my aunt would love to dress up as flapper girls (if your doing this theme than a flapper girl REALLY makes the theme fun).

That's my perspective as a 12 year old!

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RE: Easily Remove Coffee Stains From Mugs

By buysteric 11/27/2014

I'll have to try this tip.

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RE: Murphy's Oil Soap to Remove Chocolate Stains

By buysteric 11/27/2014

Good tip kids always get stains.

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RE: Homemade Taco Seasoning

By buysteric 11/27/2014

Thanks for the saving idea.

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RE: Homemade Taco Seasoning

By Cory 11/27/2014

Thanks for the recipe. Quite a money saver, especially since we use taco seasoning a lot.

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RE: Smiling Goat

By afrossnelson 11/27/2014

So adorable! We love the fair!

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RE: Homemade Taco Seasoning

By afrossnelson 11/27/2014

That looks great!

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RE: Front Closet Shoe Organizer

By tap.zoe.belle 11/27/2014

I would love to see a pic of that. I'm in the same situation. I need to work out the best solution for organising our shoes too.

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RE: Organize Your Closet for Less

By tap.zoe.belle 11/27/2014

These are all great tips thanks. Another good thing to use...is a very cheap tool box for storing nail polishes, files, cotton etc. I love the way it opens up and everything is in it's place and ready to go.

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RE: Buying Plastic Canvas

By DinahA 11/27/2014

Can you glue, sew, etc., the smaller pieces to make a large piece?

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RE: Affixing Fabric to Mirrored Closet Doors

By Daisypuff 11/27/2014

Have you tried Modge Podge?

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RE: Dog is Bleeding from the Nose

By Lizzyanny 11/26/2014

You need to see a Vet, and right away.

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RE: Dog Has Rash and Is Losing Hair

By Lizzyanny 11/26/2014

Your dog looks like he may have mange. You will need to see a Vet to get the right treatment for it. There are many "treatments" for mange that can really hurt your dog, so be sure and see a Vet soon. They are the only ones who have the effective treatment for it. Your dog is suffering. Don't wait.

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RE: What Breed is My Dog?

By Lizzyanny 11/26/2014

I certainly see dalmation and your description of the high energy level and loving personality certainly goes with that breed. I think the term "zest for life" was invented for dalmations.

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RE: Dog Not Eating

By Lizzyanny 11/26/2014

You need to call your Vet back and tell him your dog will not eat the prescription diet. It happens a lot. Unless the prescription is for a specific condition you may want to go back to the diet he likes to eat. If it were me I would have bloodwork done after the dog finishes the antibiotics to see if they corrected the problem.

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RE: 14 Year Old Dog Started Peeing and Pooping Inside

By christine.hathaway 11/26/2014

My Dog is a staffie and he is 10 yrs old. He as started to poo and wee everywhere. He goes out in the garden comes back in and just does it in front of anyone. It was only occasionally but now its more often.

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RE: Getting Rid of Flea Eggs

By joanfry 11/26/2014

They are nits and you need to kill those eggs with a special shampoo and then comb them out with a special comb, go to drug store for help

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RE: Overnight French Toast Casserole

By linda.archuleta.148 11/26/2014

Olivia I found it!

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RE: How Do I Keep Bra Underwire From Poking Out?

By dyabes 11/26/2014

Existing problem with Victoria Secret's bras. Have not find any solution yet but what about having a better quality fabric?

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RE: Dog Was Exposed to Parvo Won't Gain Weight

By DinahA 11/26/2014

Please take your dog to the vet now-he is not gaining weight though you are feeding him well, he defecates much too often, and may or may not have other problems. He is clearly sick!

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RE: Sausage Stuffing

By moogie53 11/26/2014

How long did you cook it in the cast iron skillet? Did you cook it covered or uncovered? At what temp? Medium or low?

Thanks!

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RE: Frugal Decorating With Old Calendars

By bethblogcomments 11/26/2014

That's really creative. I've been doing this because I have a lot of beautiful calendars that I don't want to throw away. I even frame some of them. Just in case you want to check this beautiful artwork: http://calendars.com.au/

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RE: Christmas Charities

By macy9301 11/26/2014

I'm interested in sponsoring your family. Please write me a list for each child with needs and then wants. Please email them to macy9301@hotmail.com. Do you have a christmas dinner?

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RE: Survivor Benefits

By redhatterb 11/26/2014

What has your local Social Security Office told you? I don't know why your daughter would qualify for her Dad's disability benefits. Now another question why did you have a child with somebody that was unable to work. Basically if a person is so bad off that they can't work, that would mean you were their caregiver. Another thing, I know a lot of people with all different types of disabilities, some of which are really severe, including some people that have both mental and physical handicaps, but they all manage to work, while they are drawing disability.

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RE: Life Insurance Money

By redhatterb 11/26/2014

How do you know he left life insurance for you, did he have a will or something? Just because there was life insurance that doesn't mean it was specifically for you alone, it could have been meant to help your care giver support you and however many other kids there were. You will have to talk to whoever is currently in charge of things. It will all depend on how things in his estate were worded. That being said, most kids of deceased people don't come into the money until they are 25, sometimes 35, etc.

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RE: VA Disability and Child Support Arrears

By redhatterb 11/26/2014

You will have to talk to your local Child support Collect Office about this. It is free to talk to them. That being said, you created a child, children, and it is your responsibility to at least partially support them.

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RE: Top Ten Secrets of a Handyman

By birdmantx 11/26/2014

Something you may want to do with two people or more in the house when checking power and breakers. Doing this now will save time later.

1.Turn on all lights in house.

2. Plug in (1) night light and turn on one in each wall socket outlet (these can be bought in most discount stores as well as hardware stores).

3. Draw a map of each room in house indicating where you have light witch sockets, ceiling / heating units, cooling fans, kitchen and bath room ceiling heaters and etc.

4. Now do the test one breaker at a time. Make sure everything is turned on.

5. Have your team members mark the map indicating which outlet and switch is connected to the breaker number on the panel doing this one room at a time. (keep in mind that more than one breaker controls electric in one room most of the time) .

6. Make a copy of this map keep one copy in the place of the breaker panel one on your door of your a/c unit.

This will help when working with electric and in an emergency electric situation.

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RE: Making Lighted Glass Christmas Blocks

By sminegar 11/26/2014

Try using a small piece of cardboard, cutting a slit and putting your 'light' wire threw it. Hope this helps the card board should be about the size of the glass. Good luck

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RE: Measuring Butter

By DinahA 11/26/2014

A stick of butter is 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons. This information is also available online.

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RE: Dog Has Rash and Is Losing Hair

By DinahA 11/26/2014

Your poor dog appears to be miserable with the rash and scratching. Please take him to a vet now for proper treatment of his problem. The medical problem will not disappear without medication, etc.

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RE: Feeding Ladybugs

By DinahA 11/26/2014

Checked wikihow for answer and how to keep ladybugs. I suggest releasing your ladybug in a day or two as they are difficult to keep alive for an extended period inside.

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RE: Value of 1969 Murphy Red Cedar Blanket Chest

By DinahA 11/26/2014

For comparison I checked Etsy and found a red cedar chest for $199.00 -age not given. A chest from the mid 1900's is not very old so probable low value overall, not considering physical condition.

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RE: Donating Stuffed Animals

By cybergrannie 11/26/2014

Many larger organizations are prohibited from accepting "preowned" stuffed animals as it is considered a "health" hazard. You will have to find someone like Goodwill, Salvation Army and local small charities to accept these.

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RE: West Virginia Christmas Charities for an Older Child

By cybergrannie 11/26/2014

I believe responder redhatterb has just about said it all... Maybe there is still time to follow some of her suggestions?

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RE: Buying Octagon Soap

By cybergrannie 11/26/2014

Since Octagon soap is no longer made it has become a "collectors"
item and can sometimes be found on auction sites. Some people have reported finding a rare bar at a "bent N dent" store or an older small grocery store. I am afraid that Octagon soap has become a thing of the past.

Maybe someone else has some ideas?

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RE: Finding Christmas Charities for Children

By cybergrannie 11/26/2014

The responders on Thrifty can only suggest places for you to go and/or people that may guide/help you with temporary assistance. It appears that you do need help in trying to make do with what you have, or receive, as many, many families are doing right now. No one here knows your location or your true situation so all we can do is mention places we know do give assistance to families in need.

I believe the first place anyone in need should start is their own church - and - if you do not attend then maybe now is a good time to start. A good church is not just about religion but should be there for any situation that arises in their family member's lives.

The Salvation Army has a good program but they should also have a list of local organizations that supply help to people/families who need temporary assistance or even long term help in some situations.

My church also has a "Helping Hands" program that distributes food and clothing to local families (not just church members) on a monthly basis. Of course, all of our food and "stuff" is donated by our members so we are very limited as to how much we can help. Maybe there is something like this in your area. Call around and ask.

Most of us are living on a tight budget but there are probably places in your area that offer free lunches, limited staple groceries and some basic clothing if your situation warrants it.

I know there are people who take advantage of "free" help but we should not judge the few and ignore the ones who truly need help.

I can still remember standing in line with my mother and brother (over 2 hours) so that I would have A toy or doll for Christmas. Of course this was in 1940 but still... This program was put on by people just like we have today so I still try to help when I can.

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RE: Tradition Doll Value

By cybergrannie 11/26/2014

The actual "worth" of a doll and what you can sell one for is usually a very different amount of money.

I collect dolls and I have to do my own research - mainly because I have the doll and thus have all the information to seek assistance on Google, eBay, Etsy, and many other doll sites.
You will have to have some idea as to the name of the doll, maker and other info to really even find info on the doll.

Most dolls have been mass produced for many years and are rarely "worth" very much - and usually very difficult to sell.

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RE: Bugs in Air Tight Flour Jars

By linpipken 11/26/2014

I freeze but also Bay Leaf in all flours, rice,barley, any dry goods will work. I transfer all flour from Cardboard boxes or paper bags, bugs love the glue that binds them.

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RE: Gasoline Smell in Trunk Even After Removing Carpet

By profile.php?id=100007604118718 11/26/2014

Any ideas?

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RE: Ice Cream Bucket for Used Kitty Litter

By patches 11/26/2014

I keep using the same bucket until it literally falls apart. Rather than line the bucket with a bag, when it is full, I just cover it with a bag and then flip the bucket over. I double bag the used litter just in case there is a leak.

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RE: Comic Book Couple for Halloween

By a2Sa 11/25/2014

Thank you so much! It was so fun to do. :)

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RE: Survivor Benefits Eligibility

By redhatterb 11/25/2014

For heavens sake! Call your local Social Security Office and talk to them about this.

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RE: Rookie Moves When Baking Your First Turkey

By chris.audi 11/25/2014

A word to the wise is sufficient. I enjoy having people over during the holidays. One year I was cooking for 15 people. I thought I'd ease the stress and to as much prep work as I could ahead of time.

The crock-pot was the perfect vessel for which my famous mashed potatoes would stay warm. I must say my mashed potatoes are awesome. That year was no exception! Dinner was ready. I was so pleased that I'd put the effort into planning ahead.

Everything looked yummy. My guests