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The turkey with a stuffing package inside.

How to Easily Stuff and Unstuff a TurkeyOne member of my family insists on stuffing cooked in the turkey at Thanksgiving. I do that, as well as a separate casserole of stuffing. I noticed that much of the stuffing that goes into the bird gets stuck in the nooks and crannies. And it's kind of a pain to stuff the bird and have to find a way to keep it from spilling out.

 

A Thanksgiving dinner served on paper plates.

Setting The Thanksgiving TableSome might think we non believers are a shallow, misguided, ungrateful lot. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While we may not practice a ritualized, much commercialized form of giving thanks to a deity, we too can deeply appreciate, even be humbled by, what we have.

 

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Cooking Turkey in a Clay Baker?How long do you cook a turkey for in a clay baker pan? Also at what temperature? Thank you, Susan

 

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Cooking Half a Turkey?Can someone tell me how to cook half a turkey?

 

A bowl of Thanksgiving dressing or stuffing.

Thanksgiving Dressing RecipesI am not a good cook but I love Thanksgiving dressing. I would like to request a recipe for what I believe is called cornbread dressing.

 

A collection of traditional Thanksgiving side dishes.

Thanksgiving Side DishesThanksgiving is not just about the turkey, favorite family side dishes are anticipated from year to year. As families blend, new dishes are added or substituted for old but some are nearly always included on the Thanksgiving table, like mashed potatoes, candied yams and stuffing.

 

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Present for Boyfriend?My boyfriend's 16th is coming up in December and he is a guitarist. Any ideas about what to get him? He loves old cars, guitars, and rock music. Plus should I get him a present for Christmas and combine it with his birthday gift? It's my first time as a girlfriend for the holidays. :)

 

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Plan Ahead for Holiday MealsHosting a holiday dinner? Planning ahead is crucial! Plan your guest list, your menu, and your detailed shopping list. Plan for extra /backup food items.

 

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Ideas for Christmas Parade Theme?I am wanting ideas for a Christmas parade float with the theme "Yesterday's Memories are Tomorrow's Treasures." Can anyone help me with ideas?

 

A birthday cake with candles that read "17"

17th Birthday Party Ideas?I have no clue what to do on my 17th birthday next year. I want to have fun with friends.

 

The completed decorative vase with flowers.

Patriotic Vase Made of StrawsWith some Dollar Tree straws, glue, and a plastic cylindrical container, you can make this just in time for the 4th! This is a cool idea for kids, but a hot glue gun is used. Supervision is always recommended.

 

A baby shower cake with an animal theme.

Using the Nursery Theme for the Baby ShowerI used the motif of the nursery theme for the cake, also in a frame where the beverages were being served. I got the matching gift bag. Then using baby hangers, ribbon and blue clothes pins, I hung each outfit up, tied it to the ribbon on the hanger, knotted it, then went on to the next outfit. Total of twelve hangers, leaving at the end a tied round handle dangling from the bag that said"pull me!"

 

Completed fabric Easter egg candy pouches.

Fabric Easter Egg Candy PouchI saw this idea in a magazine and decided to make one similar.

 

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Birthday Where Age Matches Date and Year?My daughter turns 21 on 5/21/21. What is this birthday called?

 

A plate of fried banh tet.

Frying Banh Tet for the Lunar New YearOur family loves to eat banh tet, which is a Vietnamese savory sticky rice cake eaten during the Lunar New Year (Tet Nguyen Dan) but can be found sold year-round if you have a Vietnamese market in your community.

 

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The finished packaged Valentine's box.

Packaging Valentine's Day GiftsDon't toss out any sturdy boxes because chances are they could be up-cycled like this into packaging for Valentine's Day.

 

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Finding Pump A Present Instructions?Does anyone still have a Pump A Present instruction booklet or video available?

 

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Present For a Dental StudentIs there a nice gift for a college student who wants to become a dentist? She's enthusiastic about teeth.

 

Employees having a celebration at work.

Planning a Work PartyParties that get employees together can be very valuable for team building and job satisfaction. Some businesses have formal dinner parties and others set up activities, like bowling, escape rooms or golf tournaments.

 

A paper turkey craft made from a child's handprints.

Turkey Napkin HolderTurkey place holder or napkin holder for kids. Take paper towel tube and cut off a 4 inch piece and then cut another 2 1/2 inch piece. Using marker, I painted the body on the tubes. You can use felt to cover or paint.

 

Family of 4 with two young children having a video chat on a computer.

How to Safely Celebrate Thanksgiving?As COVID-19 continues to run rampant, many people are rethinking their big holiday gatherings. Some people will do something virtual. Others are keeping their gathering to just their small bubble and some are finding solace in taking the year off from the holidays. How are you planning on safely celebrating Thanksgiving this year?

 

A candy jar with a red bow.

Money Gift in a Candy JarThis candy jar is a fun way to gift money in a surprising way.

 

A rolled bill inside a Pez dispenser.

Giving Money in a Pez DispenserPez is a classic holiday candy and kids love using the dispenser. If you are looking for a way to give cash that is not simply putting it into a card, you can try this trick.

 

Money inside a M&M's Storybook.

Giving Cash in a Candy StorybookHere is a simple way to make giving cash a little extra special this holiday season. During Christmastime, there are always a few different candy companies that make a storybook style candy box. When I was a kid, I always got the Lifesavers book in my stocking.

 

A candy box filled with money instead of chocolate.

Gift Money in a Candy BoxThis is a simple way to give cash as a gift. You fill the spaces in a candy box with cash and give it as if it was just a normal box of chocolates.

 

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Transporting Helium BalloonsI buy lots of helium balloons. All of the birthday parties in my family are hosted by me, and I handle all of the decorations, party planning and food. Who doesn't love grandma's cooking!

 

Chocolate Cowboy Hats - edible cowboy hats

Chocolate Cowboy HatsThese chocolate cowboy hats are a wonderful edible craft. I am making them for my nephew's birthday/Halloween party where he will be dressing up as Woody, the cowboy from Toy Story (his absolute favourite). These only take a few food items and a bit of patience. They would also be awesome for a western movie lover or a baby shower!

 

Red White and Blue Caps for the Fourth - finished red cap

Red White and Blue Caps for the FourthRed, white, and blue caps, Oh My!! With three Dollar Tree caps, some buttons, and wooden stars, you can make a fun and fast craft just in time for the Fourth!

 

Blue Star Wall Hanging - blue plastic tray star hanging

Blue Star Wall HangingI found a plastic star tray that just needed a little something. So that is what I put; just a few buttons and a hand made hanger. Simple and easy, this would be a great project for the kiddos.

 

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Simple and Fun Burlap Wrapped Country Wreath - wreath hanging on a door

Simple and Fun Burlap Wrapped Country WreathI wanted to do another one of my "make it, shoot it, share it, and reuse it" crafts. So I got out my gorgeous ribbon, which is a mix of country burlap and patriotic colors. I hope you like it.

 

4th of July Craft Stick Star with Streamers - three of the star decorations lying on a deck

4th of July Craft Stick Star with StreamersThe Fourth of July is right around the corner. Make these cute star ribbon hanging decorations for indoor/outdoor.

 

A hand stamped gift wrapped package.

Five Minute Emergency Gift WrapMy mom got a last minute invite to an event and she needed to take a gift along. As a crafter, I always have gifts that could be given, but what to do to wrap the gift? There was no time for water colors or food colors, as I needed to make gift wrap that would dry almost instantly and would still look presentable.

 

A store bought party hat with a number two added to it.

Personalized Store Bought Party HatA store bought party hat with a number two added to it.It is hard to come by party hats with the age on it. Most of them are sold online and they can get expensive. This is a quick alternative.

 

#1 Dad Father's Day Card - # 1 Dad written with altered sticker letters

#1 Dad Father's Day CardHere is an easy and simple Father's Day card anyone could make. There is no excuse to have to buy a store bought card especially in the circumstances we are all in right now.

 

Faux Firecrackers - final display with plastic blue star bowl and red, white, and blue beads arrayed in front of the four firecrackers

Making Faux FirecrackersThese decorative firecrackers add a festive touch for a 4th of July party. They can be made with recycled materials and scraps of wrapping paper and ribbon.

 

Felt Flower Wand - finished flower wand

Making a Felt Flower WandThis project is suitable for adults and older children. Flower shaped felt pieces make it easier for the kids to construct. This one was made as a gift for Mother's Day. The steps and photos follow.

 

Americana Ball Wreath - finished wreath hanging on exterior wall

Making an Americana Ball WreathThis scrap fabric strip and twine ball wreath is a winner. It can be done in the Americana colors shown or in you choice of colors to display for various seasons or occasions. The full project follows.

 

Repurpose Victoria's Secret Shopping Bag for Valentine's Day - cute pink and white striped shopping bag repurposed into a Valentine's Day gift bag

Repurposed Victoria's Secret Shopping BagPaper shopping bags from your favorite shops can be repurposed into attractive gift bags for special occasions, such as Valentine's Day. The craft project included on this page will show you how.

 

A hibiscus flower in a pot.

Giving Flowering Plants Instead of Cut FlowersWhile cut flowers are a beautiful gift, consider the gift of a flowering plant. This gift will last much longer and if it can be planted in the garden will continue giving year after year.

 

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Name for a Birthday When Age, Date, and Year All Match?What is it called when your birthday is on the 20th of the year 2020 and you will be 20 as well?

 

Easter Bunny Puppet from a Dishwashing Glove - other paw and back paws drawn in place - it is done

Easter Bunny Puppet from a Dishwashing GloveDark pink dishwashing gloves are remade into a cute Easter bunny hand puppet. The easy to follow instructions can be found below.

 

Thumbs Up Father's Day Card - front of finished card with greeting on the front

Making a Thumbs Up Father's Day CardA construction paper handprint is taped in place to offer a thumbs up greeting. This card can be used for any number of occasions. Just add the appropriate wording. Here it is designed as a Father's Day card using a child's handprint.

 

Mock Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner on plate

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage DinnerUsing thick cut deli slices of corned beef is a good option if you are either making a small batch or have difficulty finding a corned beef brisket at the market.

 

Construction Themed Birthday Cake

Construction Themed Birthday CakeEven if you local bakery does not typically decorate a cake to match up with your child's chosen birthday theme you might be able to special order what you want; it doesn't have to be too intricate. The construction themed cake spotlighted on this page was decorated at a local supermarket bakery based on very detailed instructions for the look desired. You can then add additional embellishments to complete the concept.

 

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A selection of translucent curtains.

Using Curtains as TableclothsCurtains can be a great inexpensive substitute for more expensive tablecloths. They can frequently be found on sale and may not require a lot of altering for a one time use.

 

Gender Reveal Surprise in a Box - outside of the box tied shut with cord

Making a Gender Reveal Surprise in a BoxIf you know the gender of a friend or family member's baby, you can use the project below to make a cute gender reveal gift. Let us show you how.

 

Raven Masquerade Costume - raven woman

Making a Raven Masquerade CostumeThis beautiful and exotic raven costume is perfect for a masquerade, costume party or Halloween. The feathered wings are attached to long gloves for ease of motion.

 

Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - basket ready to give with a card clothespinned on the front

Making an Upcycled Cardboard Box Gift BasketUpcycle sturdy cardboard boxes to make this pretty display gift basket. This would be perfect as a thoughtful present or as a donation to an auction.

 

A graduation ceremony.

Saving Money on GraduationHigh school and college graduations are milestones in a person's life. However, the costs can add up with the graduation expenses and the expected party. This page has advice for saving money on graduation.

 

Zip Tie Fireworks Decor - three fireworks bursting decorating hanging in a cluster

How to Make Zip Tie Fireworks DecorationsInexpensive zip ties are used to make these colorful decorations for the Fourth of July. Let us show you how.

 

Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - finished lei

Making a Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped LeiGraduation leis are very popular for celebrating a new graduate. This homemade one is made from packs of gum with decorative butterflies.

 

Dad's Neckties Card - finished card

Making a Dad's Neckties CardIt's easy enough for kids to create a handmade card for Dad or Grandpa. This Father's Day card shows three colorful ties on a hanger.

 

Father's Day Handprint Keepsake Card - finished card

Making a Father's Day Handprint Keepsake CardTake your little one's hand to make this adorable Father's Day card that resembles a barbecue grill. The handprints are done in orange and red to resemble flames.

 

Making a Plastic Egg Garland - garland hung with the banner made earlier

Making a Plastic Egg GarlandBrightly colored plastic Easter eggs are strung into a festive garland with twine. It's a nice decoration for your door, window or mantle.

 

Heart Picture Frame Magnet - finished magnet on a stainless steel refrigerator door

Making a Heart Picture Frame MagnetThis magnetic heart picture frame magnet is fun to make for Valentine's Day or other occasions. Let us show you how.

 

Valentine's Bird Card Holder - closeup of card holder

Making a Valentine's Bird Card HolderWhen children exchange Valentine's Day cards at school, they often need to bring in a holder of some type to collect their cards. This bird card holder is so cute, as well as functional. Learn how to make your own here.

 

"Bee Mine" Clothespin Craft - three finished bee clothespins

Making 'Bee Mine' ClothespinsThese fun little clothespin bees can be clipped on your clothing or a gift. Learn how to make them below.

 

"Giving You All My Love" Octopus - finished octopus

Making a 'Giving You All My Love' OctopusBegin with a recycled TP tube, cut and paint to make a heart tipped octopus. Fill with Valentine's Day candies or other small gifts and give it to someone you care about.

 

Toddler Handprint Monkey Father's Day Card - finished card

How to Make a Toddler Handprint Monkey Father's Day CardHandprint crafts are a real hit with young children. Turn your toddler's handprint into this super cute monkey Father's Day card. We can show you how.

 

pot of candy gold coins

Making a Pot of Gold Irish SupperThe soup and sandwich recipes provided below combine to make a nice alternative meal to corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day.

 

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Decorating for a JROTC Military Ball?I am in charge of my JROTC military ball. We have voted and decided that our theme is "Ancient Greece", but now I am at lost about what kind of decor we should have. If anyone has any ideas that would be greatly appreciated.

 

Front view of the project.

Two Pictures in One Photo DisplayBegin with two of your favorite photos and some molding strips from a home improvement store. The instructions and accompanying photos necessary to complete this project can be found on this page.

 

A circular folded paper with crepe ribbons.

Making a Stars and Stripes Door DecorationUsing folded, stars and stripes, motif paper you can make these little medallions to decorate for the Fourth or Memorial Day.

 

Finished gift tube.

St. Patty's Day Paper Tube Gift PouchA recycled, scrapbook paper covered, paper tube makes a fun little gift pouch for small token gifts or a treat on St. Patrick's day. Add a foam shamrock shape and a green ribbon and it's done.

 

A man, woman and child with bunny ears on, decorating eggs.

Easter ActivitiesThis page contains Easter crafts, games, a coloring page, and more. Have fun.

 

DIY LED Chandelier - lighted chandelier

DIY LED ChandelierPlace a string of LED lights in a cage like basket and suspend it from a ceiling or outdoor structure. It is perfect for an outdoor party. Learn how to create this DIY LED chandelier.

 

3D Pumpkin Pie Card - finished card

Making a 3D Pumpkin Pie CardIf you can't be with your loved ones for Thanksgiving, send them this pretty little pumpkin pie card. It's a easy project for kids and adults alike.

 

Heart Tree Mother's Day Card - finished card

Making a Heart Tree Mother's Day CardShow Mom how your love has grown by making this sweet heart tree greeting card. made from a handprint. This is a wonderful project for a younger child to make for their mother or grandmother.

 

A gift box for Valentine's treats.

Valentine's Day Patchwork Treat BoxRecycle an empty tissue box to make this pretty patchwork paper covered treat box for your child to carry their Valentine's Day cards and treats to school.

 

"I Knead You" Card - finished card

Making an "I Knead You" Valentine's CardThis cute handmade card is a play on words. Make your own "I Knead You" card complete with a cardboard rolling pin rolling out some dough. The instructions follow.

 

No-Sew Gradient Felt Heart Purse - ready to fill with candy or whatever

Making a No-Sew Gradient Felt Heart PurseFelt is the perfect material to use for many no sew project. This pretty gradient felt heart purse is the perfect craft for a beginner. It can be made from scraps of felt that you might already have in your stash.

 

Making a Paper Valentine Tree - Valentine tree

Making a Paper Valentine TreeDecorate for Valentine's Day by making this pretty paper Valentine tree. You need a TP tube, a paper cone, and pink and red paper for the hearts, plus any additional decorations you desire. A complete list of supplies and instructions follows.

 

Valentine's Checkers Game - game in process

Making a Valentine's Day Checkers GameMaking a checkers game for Valentine's day can be fun. Play with heart shaped pieces in the spirit of the holiday.

 

Cheetos Carrots

Making Cheetos CarrotsYou can make these awesome carrot treats by filling triangular shaped treat bags with Cheetos and tying them off with green ribbon.

 

Wrapped package with photo id tag for child to use.

Using Photos as Christmas Gift TagsAdding photos to your holiday gifts and gift tags makes it very easy, even for young children, to help distribute the gifts under the tree or at a family party.

 

Serving trays decorated with buttons and a crocheted center, in red, white and blue.

Making Floral Patriotic Wall Hangings from Serving TraysRed, white, and blue plastic divided serving trays, buttons, and some scrap yarn can be worked up into some fun floral patriotic wall hangings. It just takes some time and imagination, and a bit of crochet skill, but not a lot of money.

 

DIY 4 Tier Cupcake Stand - blue frosted cupcakes with floral paper wrappings on the stand for the party

DIY 4 Tier Cupcake StandA tiered cupcake stand is a great way to display cupcakes for a party. There is no need to buy an expensive stand to use one time.

 

Ferrero Rocher Golden Snitch (Harry Potter)

Making a Ferrero Rocher Golden Snitch (Harry Potter)Having a Harry Potter themed party? These Ferrero Rocher golden snitches make a great party favor or even a craft to make at the party.

 

A baby shower centerpiece for a baby boy.

Baby Shower Centerpiece IdeasBaby showers are a fun and exciting time to help celebrate the coming arrival of a new family member. There are many possibilities you can consider when creating a centerpiece for the party. This page contains ideas and crafts to use when decorating the table for a baby shower.

 

Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks Artwork  three color fireworks

Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks ArtworkUsing a toilet paper tube that has many slits cut part way in from one end, you can create fun fireworks paintings. The kids will enjoy this project. It is fun for the Fourth, New Year, or anytime.

 

Patriotic Window Display - arrange plates with stars in upper left on all plates

Patriotic Paper Plate Window DisplayThis super simple paper plate craft is perfect for the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. Grab some flag plates and start gluing to make your own patriotic paper plate window display.

 

Exploding Fireworks Ribbon Crowns - two red and white and two blue and white crowns

Exploding Fireworks Ribbon CrownsThese ribbon crowns resemble exploding fireworks. They can be assembled using a wide variety of colors. Use them to decorate headbands, hair clips, or even give them away as party favors.

 

70th Surprise Birthday Party Suggestions?My huzbeast will turn 70 in October. Please send ideas for a surprise party.

 

Upcycled Calendar Valentine's Heart Wreath - folded paper wreath

How to Make an Upcycled Calendar Valentine's Heart WreathRecycle last year's calendar into a pretty heart shaped wreath. This page contains the instructions and photos explaining how to make an upcycled calendar Valentine's heart wreath.

 

Golden balloons that spell out "Happy Birthday."

What Is A Golden Birthday?A golden birthday is the day that your age matches the date you were born, such as turning eight on the eighth of the month. These birthdays are sometimes seen as special by some because they only happen once in a lifetime.

 

Valentine Wreath Card - banner added to bottom and bow to the top

Making a Valentine Wreath CardTake small paper hearts to make this beautiful Valentine's Day card in the shape of a wreath. This is easy for kids to make with recycled materials.

 

Valentine's Heart Chocolate Candy/Coupon Gift

Valentine's Heart Chocolate Candy and Coupon GiftThis page contains instructions and photos to guide you in making two sweet Valentine's Day gifts. One is a kids' treat and the other a candy and coupon gift. The first step it to make small heart shaped paper boxes.

 

Peppermint Syrup as a Valentine's Gift - glass jar of peppermint syrup

How to Make Peppermint Syrup as a Valentine's GiftUse those on sale, after Christmas, candy canes to make a delicious gift for Valentine's Day or any occasion. This page explains how to make peppermint syrup for yourself or gifting.

 

Mother's Day Pill Bottle Vases - painted bottles with flowers inside

How to Make Mother's Day Pill Bottle VasesPill bottles, spray paint in your choice of color, and some yarn are used to make these cute little vases to gift Mom on her special day. This page contains photos and easy to follow instructions.

 

A plate of corned beef and cabbage.

Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage RecipesUsing a pressure cooker for corned beef and cabbage makes this St. Patrick's day favorite in record time with well melded flavors.

 

How to Make a Matching Curly Gift Bow - finished gift wrap with handmade bow

How to Make a Matching Curly Paper Gift BowNo need to buy bows or ribbons to decorate a gift. Use any wrapping paper and a pair of scissors to make a matching curly bow for a lovely finishing touch.

 

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15th Birthday Party Ideas?I am turning 15 at the end of August when it will still be winter and I want to do something after school on Friday (my actual birthday) because all my friends are busy on Saturday and I have church on Sunday. I am having trouble figuring out what to do. Any suggestions?

 

Love Grows Valentine Card - finished card

Making a Love Grows Valentine CardThis card has a tree trunk with branches that end in pink or red hearts, symbolizing how your love grows. It's a beautiful way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your love.

 

Doll with clothing.

Personalized Baby Doll Gift Idea for Under $20If you know a young girl that would enjoy her very own baby doll, be sure to set her up for a special delivery with everything she needs to care for her new baby. Treat it as a birth or adoption by adding personalized items. An inexpensive but special present for a toddler or preschooler, who may be expecting a new sibling.

 

Christening Candles with Drip Catcher - done

Making Christening CandlesChristening ceremonies are very special occasions. If your event calls for candles this page offers instructions for making christening candles that even include a wax drip catcher.

 

Making Bunny Bag Favors

Making Paper Bag Bunny FavorsTake plain paper lunch bags to create these cute favors. It's perfect for holding candy and eggs at Easter but could be for any party. This is a page about making bunny bag favors.

 

Father's Day Popsicle Token of Affection - open stick token gift

Father's Day Popsicle Stick Token of AffectionRemind your dad how special he is with this personalized decoration. This page is about making a Father's Day popsicle token of affection.

 

Valentine's Day Decorated Gift Bag

Valentine's Day DIY Gift BagsYou can add holiday themed decorations to a gift bag with simple supplies you probably already have at home. This is a page about valentine's day DIY gift bags.

 

Marshmallow Peepsters - bunnies in a glass dish

Making Marshmallow PeepstersPeeps are a popular treat. But around Easter they often sell out at the market. If you can't find any, try making these cute substitutes. This is a page about making marshmallow peepsters.

 

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