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Bottle For Inverting Bundt PanI just insert the neck of the bottle into the hole in the center of the pan, and invert it onto the stove or counter and leave it for about an hour to cool. Then carefully loosen the cake at the top edges and remove it to a serving plate.

 

Cake decorated to look like a hamburger

"Hamburger" Decorated CakeMake a simple box cake into a huge "hamburger" cake by adding a few modifications. I used 9 inch round tins to bake yellow cake and cut them in half to form hamburger buns.

 

Tub of butter upside down in saucepan

Getting the Last of the Butter From TubWhen I make instant mashed spuds, corn, or anything that I want to enjoy with margarine, I sometimes find the tub is almost done with too little even for a spatula. So, I simply set it upside down on the top of the pan and let it melt.

 

Two loaves of store brand bed.

Use Two Kinds Of Bread for SandwichesI love Western Hazelnut bread. It has hazelnuts, flax seed, sunflower seeds, sesame, and more. The toast is amazing, and it makes great sandwiches. However, it is really expensive.

 

Six colorful ice pops ready for the freezer.

Ice Pops For Hotel TreatsWhen you are vacationing and you know you will be staying in a hotel with a mini-fridge, throw some unfrozen ice pops in your suitcase when you go and pop them in the freezer when you arrive in your room.

 

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Serving Tuna Salad In RollsA new way to serve tuna or egg salad, is by cutting off the top of a hard roll, "hollowing" it out, and filling it with tuna or egg salad. Add onions, tomatoes, and lettuce and put the top back on. You can add anything else that you like on it.

 

Keep Your Knives SharpWe keep all of our knives for cutting, peeling, filleting, and other uses in a butcher block style holder. They stay very sharp all the time. The trick to this is once they are used they are immediately washed and dried off and replaced in the holder.

 

Bread Plate as Pie Weight

Bread Plate as Pie WeightI was making a pie, but didn't have pie weights or beans handy. I discovered that my oven-safe bread plates (Fiestaware) worked perfectly. I just love finding a new practical use for something I already have.

 

40th Birthday Cake

Photo: 40th Birthday CakeI made this cake for a very good friend. It's a chocolate cake decorated with black and red fondant. It was her 40th birthday so I wanted something simple but spectacular! Everyone at the party loved it!

 

Toy Story "Woody" Cake

Toy Story "Woody" CakeHere is a cake I made for my one son's second birthday! He loves Toy Story and I just couldn't come up with an idea for a cool cake. So I came up with the idea of doing a picture transfer after reading about them online.

 

A birthday cake that resembles a bowling alley.

Bowling Alley Birthday CakeMy girlfriend made this bowling alley cake for her fiance's 45th birthday.

 

Checking If Eggs Are Still Fresh

Checking If Eggs Are Still FreshWe all know that eggs can be kept for quite awhile. What happens if you think you have had them too long?

 

Decorate Cake with Thrift Store Toys

Decorate Cake with Thrift Store ToysYou can customize a cake and make it special for the recipient by spending more ingenuity than money. When my grandson was 4, he was so-o-o into the movie "Cars". So for his birthday, I made him this cake. Many thrift stores sell bagged little toys for 50 cents

 

Print Recipes in Letter Format

Print Recipes in Letter FormatIf you print recipes from a website in letter or A4 format, you can put them into a plastic sleeve and put them on the fridge or other metal surface with a magnet. You can keep several recipes in one sleeve and swap recipes as you need them.

 

Storing Leftovers in Ziplock BagsWhen you have leftovers store them in a freezer bag in single size servings, then when you or someone wants one all they have to do is put one in boiling water until it is hot, pour it into a bowl, and enjoy it just as it was fresh.

 

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A cooling rack made from 4 spoons

Spoons for Impromptu Cooling RackThis is a great way to cool down a pan from the oven. My husband came up with this - AMAZING! He pulled 4 tablespoons out of the drawer turned them upside down and Voila! An instant rack for cooling.

 

Reuse Food PackagingI save the wrappers the crackers come in, because they're a wax paper. I use them to wrap sandwiches for lunch and to wrap meat when I buy a large package of meat like chopped meat.

 

Reuse Margarine Tub as Sprinkle ContainerA new use for reusing margarine tubs. Get out your trusty old hole punch for this one; after washing the tub and lid, punch a few holes along the rim of the lid to make a sprinkle container.

 

Make Your Own Diet Exchange Chart Using Windows NotepadIf you have a Microsoft Windows computer, you can make your own daily/weekly food planners, diaries, etc. complete with the little squares that you fill in to keep track of points or exchanges on Weight Watchers and other diets.

 

Two sticks of butter in different sizes.

Use Measurement Instead of "Stick" For ButterI've seen a few people over the past couple of years ask how many ounces or cups a stick of butter is.

 

A rock painted with a recipe.

Use Rocks for Recipe CardI found this pizza slice shaped rock in the backyard and of course I couldn't resist. I brought it in, I cleaned it, and wrote a pizza crust recipe on it. I put clear tape over the top and now I have a recipe that won't blow away.

 

eggs cooking

Use Bowl Scraper When Making Scrambled EggInstead of using a spatula, that doesn't take the eggs off the sides of the pan, I use a rubber bowl scraper. If your heat isn't super high, this will solve all your problems. You can buy usually 3 bowl scrapers in a pack for about a dollar almost anywhere.

 

Use Baggie Instead of FunnelI needed to transfer some very small pet food to a better container and I couldn't find my funnel, because I live with a lot of people who don't put things back. I tried making a small hole into a sandwich bag and inserting the hole into the container.

 

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Spray Inside of Tin Foil When BakingBefore you cover your baking items with foil, spray the side of the foil that touches the food with non-stick cooking spray. No more sticking to the foil and no more ruining your pretty dish

 

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Zesty Corn SaladQuick and easy! Mix well; chill before serving.

 

Jam That Didn't Set Correctly

Using Up Jam That Didn't Set CorrectlyI stumbled on this site because it offered several remedies to fix my too thin jellies/jams. I am not a big recipe follower; always "knowing" that something else would taste great in the recipe.

 

Write Favorite Recipes in Flyleaf of Cookbook

Write Favorite Recipes in CookbookTake a favorite cook book of yours and write in your favorite family recipes on the flyleaf of the book, to avoid having to look them up each time that you use them.

 

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Use Electric Egg Poacher to Reheat LeftoversI buy tamales and place them in the freezer. When I want one or two I place them in the steamer and they turn out very well, but my steamer is very large for only one or two tamales.

 

Use Bottle Cap as Strawberry Huller

Use Bottle Cap as Strawberry HullerI love strawberries and have a strawberry huller to help me get the green ends off. One day the strawberry huller went missing, so I had to improvise. I used a bottle cap with a serrated edge.

 

Product Review: Baldridge SeasoningWe have used this spice for 20 years and would be lost without it. It is the greatest on meats. Makes popcorn a real treat for a change of flavor.

 

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Quick Beef Skillet With Green SaladUsing the covenience of pre-cooked rice or pasta, make a very quick one pot or a skillet meal in just minutes.

 

cake covered in frosting

Easter: Decorated CakeAn Easter cake that is moist and bursting with spring!

 

Monkey CakeMy Grandson, Drake's 3rd birthday. He wanted a "monkey cake." So of course, Grandma had to make sure he got it!

 

A white cake with green writing and shamrocks.

Shamrock CakeThis is an 8 inch white homemade cake with lemon filling for a former priest. My husband and I try to stop in and pay him a visit during Christmas time and his birthday. He's Irish so I drew some tiny shamrocks with a writing tip.

 

White frosted cake decorated with poinsettias.

Christmas Cake DecoratingThis is a photo of a Christmas Cake I made last year. It is a red cherry velvet cake with cream cheese icing. I made it not long after I had taken my first cake decorating class!

 

School Bus CakeA school bus cake I made for a school carnival. The bus is made from a loaf pan cake and the cab is a miniature loaf, the lights are spice drops cut in half, the driver, and children are HEB buddy graham crackers.

 

A Valentine's Day cake with pink and red candy confetti.

Easy Valentine Cake DecoratingI baked a scratch (no cake mixes) devil's food cake for our senior citizen luncheon. It's not the most beautiful decorated cake, but I think you get the idea.

 

A cake shaped like a cross to celebrate First Communion.

Girl's First Communion CakeHi, just wanted to share with you the cake I made for my daughter's First Communion last year.

 

teddy cake

Teddy Bear CakeHere's a Teddy Bear Cake I made and decorated for my Grandaughter Amy.

 

Lime Green Wedding Cake

Lime Green Wedding Cake with Fresh FlowersJust wanted to share a picture of my daughter's wedding cake. I really was concerned about the lime-green color, but it turned out very pretty.

 

Rainbow Birthday Cake

Rainbow Birthday CakeI just had to share my latest masterpiece with all of you. I am so proud of myself. I like to create birthday cakes. This is the birthday cake I made for my niece's 2nd birthday.

 

Decorated Baby Cake For Shower

Decorated Baby Cake For ShowerThis was a cake I made for my daughter-in-law's baby shower. It was made with 2 layer cakes: one 10 inches for body and one 9 inches for the head. The feet arms and diaper are made of fondant, the eyes and mouth of chocolate.

 

Race Car CakeI made a 9 x 13 cake for the base of the car and made a 8x8 cake for the roof and windows. After cutting the top of the smaller cake at an angle, I centered it on top of the bigger cake, then decorated it using a toy race car as a model. In mine, I used Oreo cookies for wheels.

 

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