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Posted at August 17, 2011 by 4 Comments

Fried Mac and Cheese on a Stick

Okay, friends. I'm posting my STATE FAIR WEEK celebration-makings in a meal-type order. You've probably already seen my DIY Fried Pickles, which of course were the appetizer. (Of course.) So, after you try the pickles and walk around ...

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DIY Fried Pickles

It's that time: IOWA STATE FAIR WEEK! Whoot! And to celebrate (well, to celebrate in a way OTHER than actually going to the fair, which I sadly may not have a chance to do this year), I made a veritable litany ...

Posted at August 16, 2011 by 3 Comments
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State Fair Week is Nigh

Dear and Lovely Readers, First, an ...

Posted at August 09, 2011 by 8 Comments
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Tuesday Challenge: Window Screen Repair

  If this post had a subtitle it would be: Or, Should You Buy Those Little Tools That Won't Get Used After This One Project Is Over? In case you're wondering, a spline roller is just such a tool. A cheap tool ...

Posted at July 26, 2011 by 4 Comments
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Dishwasher Detergent

We've been having this sort of running conversation in our house over the past few weeks: Rob: Hey, will you add dishwasher detergent to the things-we-need-at-the-store list? We're almost out. Me: No way, I'm going to make some! I have the recipe ...

Posted at July 19, 2011 by 6 Comments
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3 Things To Definitely Buy (Not DIY)

Oh, I've wanted to write this post for a long time. Because as much as I believe ...

Posted at July 12, 2011 by 8 Comments
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Uses For Failed Peanut Butter

Remember that peanut butter that I made, that was really more like a thick peanut paste? It didn't go to waste! It works brilliantly well in scotcharoos! (I'm not into chocolate, so these are really just ...

Posted at July 07, 2011 by 1 Comment
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Homemade Cider Vinegar

Vinegar, in general, tends to get a bad rap, at least as far as sayings go. Take “full of piss and vinegar,” to describe someone who’s crabby. Or “You’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar” for when you want ...

Posted at July 05, 2011 by 0 Comment
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Homemade Peanut Butter

Sigh. I had high hopes for homemade peanut butter. Really, I did. And I blame the Des Moines Downtown Farmer’s Market. There’s this vendor there that sells fresh veggies and also, over to one side, peanut butter and other nut butters: ...

Posted at June 28, 2011 by 8 Comments
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DIY Laundry Soap and HE Washers

It seems that one of the biggest questions regarding

Posted at June 23, 2011 by 1 Comment
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