My kids love Kale Chips! Set the oven at 350, line cookie sheet with parchment paper, Remove the leaves from the thick stems, wash and dry, by milagros
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milagros My kids love Kale Chips! Set the oven at 350, line cookie sheet with parchment paper, Remove the leaves from the thick stems, wash and dry,
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Pretzel M & M Hugs: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Align pretzels on cookie sheet in a single layer then top each pretzel with one Hershey's Hug chocolate. Bake in preheated oven for 4 - 5 minutes, until the chocolate is shiny and soft (but NOT melting, the chocolates should still hold their shape). Remove from oven and carefully place one M & M in the center of each soft Hug and press down on M & M to spread the chocolate. by sandersangel2000
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sandersangel2000 Pretzel M & M Hugs: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Align pretzels on cookie sheet in a single layer then top each pretzel with one Hershey's Hug chocolate. Bake in preheated oven for 4 - 5 minutes, until the chocolate is shiny and soft (but NOT melting, the chocolates should still hold their shape). Remove from oven and carefully place one M & M in the center of each soft Hug and press down on M & M to spread the chocolate.
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Edible cookie tray,  made from pepperment candies,  arrange candies on a tray, with parchment paper, about 1/4 inch apart.  Put in oven preheated to 350 degrees.  Bake for 7-8 minutes,  remove and cool.  Use as tray and when done,  break up and eat as candy! by virginia
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virginia Edible cookie tray, made from pepperment candies, arrange candies on a tray, with parchment paper, about 1/4 inch apart. Put in oven preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 7-8 minutes, remove and cool. Use as tray and when done, break up and eat as candy!
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Oven Dried Sweet Potato Dog Chews  Ingredients: 1+ fresh raw sweet potato 1 baking sheet with parchment paper Directions: 1. Wash the sweet potatoes and leave the peels on. 2. Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into approximately ¼ inch thick slices. 3. Place the sweet potato slices on the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a 250 degree oven for two hours.  (Do NOT season.) by juliette
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juliette Oven Dried Sweet Potato Dog Chews Ingredients: 1+ fresh raw sweet potato 1 baking sheet with parchment paper Directions: 1. Wash the sweet potatoes and leave the peels on. 2. Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into approximately ¼ inch thick slices. 3. Place the sweet potato slices on the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a 250 degree oven for two hours. (Do NOT season.)
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Made these last year, they are awesome. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking sheet.  Place Hershey Kiss on pretzel on baking sheet.  Heat 4-5 minutes (Kiss will still hold shape, it should not melt).  Remove from oven and top with MMs  Refrigerate until set, about 5 minutes.  Store in airtight container. by Habibi
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Habibi Made these last year, they are awesome. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking sheet. Place Hershey Kiss on pretzel on baking sheet. Heat 4-5 minutes (Kiss will still hold shape, it should not melt). Remove from oven and top with MMs Refrigerate until set, about 5 minutes. Store in airtight container.
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Pretzel kisses - can be made with any variety of Hershey Kisses. Line baking sheet with parchment paper Place kiss on pretzel 300 degree for 2.5 minutes, or until kiss starts to get glossy Remove and top with second pretzel - if center is still hard, place back in oven Place in fridge for 15 minutes to set Remove, eat and enjoy! by virginia
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virginia Pretzel kisses - can be made with any variety of Hershey Kisses. Line baking sheet with parchment paper Place kiss on pretzel 300 degree for 2.5 minutes, or until kiss starts to get glossy Remove and top with second pretzel - if center is still hard, place back in oven Place in fridge for 15 minutes to set Remove, eat and enjoy!
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How to make these:  Preheat the oven 200*  Lay out Foil in the bottom of cookie sheet  Layer with wax paper  Line Jolly Ranchers on cookie sheet like photo shown above.  Bake on 200* for 10 minutes  When time is up place sticks into suckers (WHILE HOT & MELTED)  Gently remove suckers from wax paper before completely cooled by stephanii
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stephanii How to make these: Preheat the oven 200* Lay out Foil in the bottom of cookie sheet Layer with wax paper Line Jolly Ranchers on cookie sheet like photo shown above. Bake on 200* for 10 minutes When time is up place sticks into suckers (WHILE HOT & MELTED) Gently remove suckers from wax paper before completely cooled
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Skinny Banana Cookies (~1 doz) - from My719Moms.com facebook pic;  2 ripe bananas, mashed 1 c uncooked old fashioned oats 1/4 c chocolate chips  Preheat oven to 350. Spray cookie sheet w/ cooking spray. Mix bananas, oats, & chips. Place on cookie sheet by spoonfuls. Bake for 12-15 min. by ^ kristen ^
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^ kristen ^ Skinny Banana Cookies (~1 doz) - from My719Moms.com facebook pic; 2 ripe bananas, mashed 1 c uncooked old fashioned oats 1/4 c chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350. Spray cookie sheet w/ cooking spray. Mix bananas, oats, & chips. Place on cookie sheet by spoonfuls. Bake for 12-15 min.
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Make a custom mug with a sharpie marker THIS DOES WORK BUT YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW THESE RULES! 1. Let sharpie ink dry at least 24 hours before attempting to bake. 2. Place in cool oven. 3. Turn oven on to 350 degrees. 4. Once oven had preheated, set timer for 30 minutes. 5. When timer ends, turn oven off but do not remove from oven!  6. Let oven and pieces cool for at least 30 additional minutes. by Jen Munday
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Jen Munday Make a custom mug with a sharpie marker THIS DOES WORK BUT YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW THESE RULES! 1. Let sharpie ink dry at least 24 hours before attempting to bake. 2. Place in cool oven. 3. Turn oven on to 350 degrees. 4. Once oven had preheated, set timer for 30 minutes. 5. When timer ends, turn oven off but do not remove from oven! 6. Let oven and pieces cool for at least 30 additional minutes.
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Low-Carb Broccoli Bites Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. 16 oz Chopped Brococoli 3 Eggs 1 cup crushed French’s Fried Onions 1 1/2 cups 2% Sharp Cheddar Cheese Salt  Pepper Mix all ingredients well, adding salt and pepper to taste. Line Cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using hands form into balls. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. Yields 20. FYI- Two Weight Watchers Points each. by bje
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bje Low-Carb Broccoli Bites Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. 16 oz Chopped Brococoli 3 Eggs 1 cup crushed French’s Fried Onions 1 1/2 cups 2% Sharp Cheddar Cheese Salt Pepper Mix all ingredients well, adding salt and pepper to taste. Line Cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using hands form into balls. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. Yields 20. FYI- Two Weight Watchers Points each.
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Turn mints into a serving tray! Just arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Then let completely cool at room temperature. After your party, break and keep in a candy jar! Great idea for a plate of cookies you don't have to get back. Love this for delivering Christmas cookies. by virginia
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virginia Turn mints into a serving tray! Just arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Then let completely cool at room temperature. After your party, break and keep in a candy jar! Great idea for a plate of cookies you don't have to get back. Love this for delivering Christmas cookies.
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Baked Doughnuts    Makes: About 15 doughnuts (& donut holes)    For the Dough  3/4 cups Warm Milk  1 packet Active Dry Yeast  1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter  1/3 cup Sugar  1 Egg  2 ½ cup All Purpose Flour  Pinch of Nutmeg  ½ tsp. Salt    For the Glaze  * Enough to glaze all the doughnuts  ¼ cup Milk  1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract  2 cups Confectioners Sugar    For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping  *Enough to cover all of the doughnuts  ½ cup Unsalted Butter  1 cup Sugar  1 tbsp. Cinnamon     To make the dough, place ¼ cups of the warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Sprinkle the yeast over the milk.  Let sit for 5 minutes.    In a small bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup of milk with the sugar and butter.  Add it to the yeast mixture.  Stir to combine.  Add the egg and stir until incorporated.  Add the flour, nutmeg, and salt and stir until the dough starts to form.  Change to the dough hook and knead for until the dough starts to become smooth.  If the dough is too sticky, slowly add more flour until it is no longer sticky.      Transfer to the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic and has formed a ball.  Place the dough ball in a large lightly greased bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.  Let sit in a warm place for about 1 hour, until doubled in size.      Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until ½ thick.  Using a doughnut cutter (if you don’t have a doughnut cutter, you can use 2 biscuit cutters – 1 that is about 3 inches, and the other that is about 2 inches for the inner circle) cut out the doughnuts until you have no dough left.  If desired you can gather up the scraps into a ball and roll it out and cut out more doughnuts.  I prefer not too because I feel the dough becomes too tough.    Place the doughnuts on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper, about 2 inches apart.  Cover with a clean towel and let sit for about 45 minutes.    Preheat the oven 375 degrees F.      Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 7 minutes, until lightly golden brown.  Be careful to not overbake these.  You want them to be light and doughy inside.  Let the doughnuts cool for about 5 minutes until ready to top with either the glaze or cinnamon sugar topping    While the doughnuts are cooling make the glaze and/or cinnamon sugar glaze.  Each recipe makes enough to cover all the doughnuts.  I made a half recipe of each and topped half of the doughnuts with each topping.  Or you can choose to just do one of topping for all the doughnuts.      To make the glaze, combine the milk and the vanilla in a small saucepan.  Heat over low heat until just warmed.  Slowly add in the confectioners sugar and whisk until the mixture is smooth.  Remove the glaze from the heat and place over a bowl of warm water.    To glaze the doughnuts, dip them halfway into the glaze and place on a draining/cooling rack set over a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired.  Let set for about 10 minutes.    To make the cinnamon sugar topping, melt the butter in a saucepan or a microwave, and place in a small bowl.  Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl.      To top the doughnuts with cinnamon sugar, dip the halfway into the melted butter.  Then dip them into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Set on a draining/cooling rack to set, about 5 minutes.    Serve and enjoy :)!    Baked Doughnuts recipe from 101 Cookbooks.  Glaze recipe from Alton Brown.    *Printed from Krissy’s Creations by aidrealla.gbur
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aidrealla.gbur Baked Doughnuts Makes: About 15 doughnuts (& donut holes) For the Dough 3/4 cups Warm Milk 1 packet Active Dry Yeast 1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter 1/3 cup Sugar 1 Egg 2 ½ cup All Purpose Flour Pinch of Nutmeg ½ tsp. Salt For the Glaze * Enough to glaze all the doughnuts ¼ cup Milk 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract 2 cups Confectioners Sugar For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping *Enough to cover all of the doughnuts ½ cup Unsalted Butter 1 cup Sugar 1 tbsp. Cinnamon To make the dough, place ¼ cups of the warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk. Let sit for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup of milk with the sugar and butter. Add it to the yeast mixture. Stir to combine. Add the egg and stir until incorporated. Add the flour, nutmeg, and salt and stir until the dough starts to form. Change to the dough hook and knead for until the dough starts to become smooth. If the dough is too sticky, slowly add more flour until it is no longer sticky. Transfer to the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic and has formed a ball. Place the dough ball in a large lightly greased bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit in a warm place for about 1 hour, until doubled in size. Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until ½ thick. Using a doughnut cutter (if you don’t have a doughnut cutter, you can use 2 biscuit cutters – 1 that is about 3 inches, and the other that is about 2 inches for the inner circle) cut out the doughnuts until you have no dough left. If desired you can gather up the scraps into a ball and roll it out and cut out more doughnuts. I prefer not too because I feel the dough becomes too tough. Place the doughnuts on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper, about 2 inches apart. Cover with a clean towel and let sit for about 45 minutes. Preheat the oven 375 degrees F. Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 7 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Be careful to not overbake these. You want them to be light and doughy inside. Let the doughnuts cool for about 5 minutes until ready to top with either the glaze or cinnamon sugar topping While the doughnuts are cooling make the glaze and/or cinnamon sugar glaze. Each recipe makes enough to cover all the doughnuts. I made a half recipe of each and topped half of the doughnuts with each topping. Or you can choose to just do one of topping for all the doughnuts. To make the glaze, combine the milk and the vanilla in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until just warmed. Slowly add in the confectioners sugar and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Remove the glaze from the heat and place over a bowl of warm water. To glaze the doughnuts, dip them halfway into the glaze and place on a draining/cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired. Let set for about 10 minutes. To make the cinnamon sugar topping, melt the butter in a saucepan or a microwave, and place in a small bowl. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl. To top the doughnuts with cinnamon sugar, dip the halfway into the melted butter. Then dip them into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Set on a draining/cooling rack to set, about 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy :)! Baked Doughnuts recipe from 101 Cookbooks. Glaze recipe from Alton Brown. *Printed from Krissy’s Creations
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Perfect Baked Potato. Heat oven to 350 degrees, wash & dry potatoes in cold water. Poke 8 to 12 holes in each potato with a fork. Place in bowl and cover lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with Kosher salt. Bake on middle rack for 1 hour on cookie sheet (flip after 30 min). NOTE: If you're cooking more than 4 potatoes, you'll need to extend the cooking time by up to 15 min. This is how I always do potatoes and it's amazing. Peel is crispy & flavor is wonderful. Much better than wrapping in foil. by presentle
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presentle Perfect Baked Potato. Heat oven to 350 degrees, wash & dry potatoes in cold water. Poke 8 to 12 holes in each potato with a fork. Place in bowl and cover lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with Kosher salt. Bake on middle rack for 1 hour on cookie sheet (flip after 30 min). NOTE: If you're cooking more than 4 potatoes, you'll need to extend the cooking time by up to 15 min. This is how I always do potatoes and it's amazing. Peel is crispy & flavor is wonderful. Much better than wrapping in foil.
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Set of two intricately colored temporary tattoos. Easy to apply and easy to wash off! Choose from the eagle and dream catcher set, the cross and rose set and the feather and arrow set! Each set is gorgeous and absolutely unique. Tattoos are designed by artist Kelly Mitchell Gazdowicz. By Burrowing HomeDIRECTION FOR USE: 1. Peel away the clear plastic layer exposing the adhesive. 2. Make sure skin is clean, dry and relatively hair free. Position and apply the tattoo's adhesive side to your skin pressing down firmly to assure full contact. 3. Cover with a wet clothe for up to 1 minute or until paper backing slides off easily. Rinse gently under steam of warm water to remove any excess adhesive. 4. Allow tattoo to dry and set fully before touching (may take up to 5 minutes). 5. Tattoo can last up to several days and can be removed with a combination of water and baby oil. Tips for getting the most out of your temporary tattoo: Once the tattoo dries and sets fully, apply a light dusting of powder (baby powder, loose or pressed facial power) with a powder or makeup brush. This helps any residual shine, increases the longevity of the tattoo and helps make it look even more realistic. $6.95 by Free People
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Free People Set of two intricately colored temporary tattoos. Easy to apply and easy to wash off! Choose from the eagle and dream catcher set, the cross and rose set and the feather and arrow set! Each set is gorgeous and absolutely unique. Tattoos are designed by artist Kelly Mitchell Gazdowicz. By Burrowing HomeDIRECTION FOR USE: 1. Peel away the clear plastic layer exposing the adhesive. 2. Make sure skin is clean, dry and relatively hair free. Position and apply the tattoo's adhesive side to your skin pressing down firmly to assure full contact. 3. Cover with a wet clothe for up to 1 minute or until paper backing slides off easily. Rinse gently under steam of warm water to remove any excess adhesive. 4. Allow tattoo to dry and set fully before touching (may take up to 5 minutes). 5. Tattoo can last up to several days and can be removed with a combination of water and baby oil. Tips for getting the most out of your temporary tattoo: Once the tattoo dries and sets fully, apply a light dusting of powder (baby powder, loose or pressed facial power) with a powder or makeup brush. This helps any residual shine, increases the longevity of the tattoo and helps make it look even more realistic. $6.95
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Set of two intricately colored temporary tattoos. Easy to apply and easy to wash off! Choose from the eagle and dream catcher set the cross and rose set and the feather and arrow set! Each set is gorgeous and absolutely unique. Tattoos are designed by artist Kelly Mitchell Gazdowicz. By Burrowing Home DIRECTION FOR USE: 1. Peel away the clear plastic layer exposing the adhesive. 2. Make sure skin is clean dry and relatively hair free. Position and apply the tattoo's adhesive side to your skin pressing down firmly to assure full contact. 3. Cover with a wet clothe for up to 1 minute or until paper backing slides off easily. Rinse gently under steam of warm water to remove any excess adhesive. 4. Allow tattoo to dry and set fully before touching (may take up to 5 minutes). 5. Tattoo can last up to several days and can be removed with a combination of water and baby oil. Tips for getting the most out of your temporary tattoo: Once the tattoo dries and sets fully apply a light dusting of powder (baby powder loose or pressed facial power) with a powder or makeup brush. This helps any residual shine increases the longevity of the tattoo and helps make it look even more realistic. $6.95 by Free People
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Free People Set of two intricately colored temporary tattoos. Easy to apply and easy to wash off! Choose from the eagle and dream catcher set the cross and rose set and the feather and arrow set! Each set is gorgeous and absolutely unique. Tattoos are designed by artist Kelly Mitchell Gazdowicz. By Burrowing Home DIRECTION FOR USE: 1. Peel away the clear plastic layer exposing the adhesive. 2. Make sure skin is clean dry and relatively hair free. Position and apply the tattoo's adhesive side to your skin pressing down firmly to assure full contact. 3. Cover with a wet clothe for up to 1 minute or until paper backing slides off easily. Rinse gently under steam of warm water to remove any excess adhesive. 4. Allow tattoo to dry and set fully before touching (may take up to 5 minutes). 5. Tattoo can last up to several days and can be removed with a combination of water and baby oil. Tips for getting the most out of your temporary tattoo: Once the tattoo dries and sets fully apply a light dusting of powder (baby powder loose or pressed facial power) with a powder or makeup brush. This helps any residual shine increases the longevity of the tattoo and helps make it look even more realistic. $6.95
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Set of two intricately designed temporary tattoos. Easy to apply and easy to wash off! Choose from the bunny and feather set and the fox and snake set! Tattoos are designed by artist Kelly Mitchell Gazdowicz. By Burrowing HomeDIRECTION FOR USE: 1. Peel away the clear plastic layer exposing the adhesive. 2. Make sure skin is clean, dry and relatively hair free. Position and apply the tattoo's adhesive side to your skin pressing down firmly to assure full contact. 3. Cover with a wet clothe for up to 1 minute or until paper backing slides off easily. Rinse gently under steam of warm water to remove any excess adhesive. 4. Allow tattoo to dry and set fully before touching (may take up to 5 minutes).5. Tattoo can last up to several days and can be removed with a combination of water and baby oil. Tips for getting the most out of your temporary tattoo: Once the tattoo dries and sets fully, apply a light dusting of powder (baby powder, loose or pressed facial power) with a powder or makeup brush. This helps any residual shine, increases the longevity of the tattoo and helps make it look even more realistic. $6.95 by Free People
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Free People Set of two intricately designed temporary tattoos. Easy to apply and easy to wash off! Choose from the bunny and feather set and the fox and snake set! Tattoos are designed by artist Kelly Mitchell Gazdowicz. By Burrowing HomeDIRECTION FOR USE: 1. Peel away the clear plastic layer exposing the adhesive. 2. Make sure skin is clean, dry and relatively hair free. Position and apply the tattoo's adhesive side to your skin pressing down firmly to assure full contact. 3. Cover with a wet clothe for up to 1 minute or until paper backing slides off easily. Rinse gently under steam of warm water to remove any excess adhesive. 4. Allow tattoo to dry and set fully before touching (may take up to 5 minutes).5. Tattoo can last up to several days and can be removed with a combination of water and baby oil. Tips for getting the most out of your temporary tattoo: Once the tattoo dries and sets fully, apply a light dusting of powder (baby powder, loose or pressed facial power) with a powder or makeup brush. This helps any residual shine, increases the longevity of the tattoo and helps make it look even more realistic. $6.95
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eco pillow - love this place - 16x16 - charcoal: Take pride in creating a wonderful home environment with a beautiful reminder of ""home sweet home"". This clever design is perfect for adding that finishing touch to a vacation home or housewarming party. Made exclusively from recycled materials, Alexandra Ferguson creates one of a kind pillows that make a statement both literally and as a testament to your commitment to Mother Nature. Fun, fashionable and eco-friendly, simply toss onto a couch or bed for an instantly playful upgrade to your home d�cor.made from recycled materials and eco friendly production, including the use of 100% recycled plastic containers for felt and stuffing insertseach pillow weighs aproximately 1-2 lbs, which equates to 10-20 recycled plastic bottles. So go ahead, drink up and stay hydrated. Your body and your home will thank youmany options to choose from, including: �call your mother�, �happily ever after�, �breathe�, �it wasn't me�, �there were rules�, �XOXO�, �love this place�, �kiss the cook� and �here comes trouble�specialized applique construction method, which includes cutting each letter one by one, is arranged on the pillow base and then stitched down the seam. This detailed labor process gives pillows a unique texture that is not commonly found in the marketplaceincludes zipper closure for easy removal and cleaningto clean, remove insert then simply turn cover inside out and wash on cold, delicate cycle; then line dry. Low heat iron onlyall production is completed domestically and hand made in New York $98.95 by RedEnvelope
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RedEnvelope eco pillow - love this place - 16x16 - charcoal: Take pride in creating a wonderful home environment with a beautiful reminder of ""home sweet home"". This clever design is perfect for adding that finishing touch to a vacation home or housewarming party. Made exclusively from recycled materials, Alexandra Ferguson creates one of a kind pillows that make a statement both literally and as a testament to your commitment to Mother Nature. Fun, fashionable and eco-friendly, simply toss onto a couch or bed for an instantly playful upgrade to your home d�cor.made from recycled materials and eco friendly production, including the use of 100% recycled plastic containers for felt and stuffing insertseach pillow weighs aproximately 1-2 lbs, which equates to 10-20 recycled plastic bottles. So go ahead, drink up and stay hydrated. Your body and your home will thank youmany options to choose from, including: �call your mother�, �happily ever after�, �breathe�, �it wasn't me�, �there were rules�, �XOXO�, �love this place�, �kiss the cook� and �here comes trouble�specialized applique construction method, which includes cutting each letter one by one, is arranged on the pillow base and then stitched down the seam. This detailed labor process gives pillows a unique texture that is not commonly found in the marketplaceincludes zipper closure for easy removal and cleaningto clean, remove insert then simply turn cover inside out and wash on cold, delicate cycle; then line dry. Low heat iron onlyall production is completed domestically and hand made in New York $98.95
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Invest in some pure essential oils from the health food store –    Next, disinfect and deodorize your washing machine so that your clothes will not absorb a lingering musty smell. You can do this pretty easily by pouring two cups of vinegar into your machine, and run a full cycle — without any clothes or detergent. If your water is very dirty, let the agitator run for 8-10 minutes, open the lid and let the vinegar sit overnight. In the morning, empty the basin and run the washer through a complete cycle with two cups of vinegar. Do this every six months to eliminate soap scum, and musty smells.  Basic soaps: Stock your laundry room with Borax, Epsom Salts, distilled white vinegar (not apple cider vinegar), and for tough stains, plain, unscented Tide Detergent and Oxy Clean. If you have a high efficiency washer, skip the Borax and buy only the unscented HE deterge rent powder. Borax creates too much “suds,” the major failure of HE washers.  Scent your laundry: Open your jug of distilled white vinegar, and drop in 30-40 drops of your favorite essential oil. French laundry mistresses have used lavender for centuries. Let the oils permeate the vinegar for about a week before using.  Open your box of Borax, (or HE detergent if you have an HE washer) and pour the powder into a clean empty container with a lid. (An empty oxy-clean bucket will work.) Drop 20-30- drops of essential oils into the Borax, and stir thoroughly to mix the scents. Cover and let the scents mix for about a week before using.  Basic laundry soap: If you have a regular top loading washer (one that doesn’t require HE soap), for each load, add ½ of the amount of detergent you usually use, combined with the other half of Borax. If I’m washing whites, I’ll also add a ½ cup of oxy clean. (Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer.)  Add 1/2 cup of scented vinegar to each load along with the detergent. It fights germs, keeps your colors from bleeding, and deodorizers your laundry.  Use your scented vinegar in place of your fabric softener in the Rinse Cycle to eliminate static cling, remove pet hair and complete dissolve and rinse away soap.  To get REALLY white whites – -try this. Fill your washing machine with hot water and one or two cups of oxy clean. Add your laundry and let the machine agitate. Then, lift the lid and let the laundry soak in the oxy clean water overnight. In the morning, let the wash run itself through.  Buy some doggie toys at the grocery store — the kind with balls and pokey things, for about $1.00. Use those as dryer balls (that sell for about $20). They do help lift the laundry and help things dry faster — I also throw one in the washer.  Ring around the color: Make a paste with 2 parts white vinegar to 3 parts baking soda, and let set for 20-30 minutes.  Picked up a plastic-coated wire and made a new clothesline. Sleeping on a pillow line-dried in fresh air is as warm and cozy as a chocolate chip cookie. If you haven’t indulged in this little luxury lately, I think it’s time you tried it again – if your local authorities will allow it. by wendi
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wendi Invest in some pure essential oils from the health food store – Next, disinfect and deodorize your washing machine so that your clothes will not absorb a lingering musty smell. You can do this pretty easily by pouring two cups of vinegar into your machine, and run a full cycle — without any clothes or detergent. If your water is very dirty, let the agitator run for 8-10 minutes, open the lid and let the vinegar sit overnight. In the morning, empty the basin and run the washer through a complete cycle with two cups of vinegar. Do this every six months to eliminate soap scum, and musty smells. Basic soaps: Stock your laundry room with Borax, Epsom Salts, distilled white vinegar (not apple cider vinegar), and for tough stains, plain, unscented Tide Detergent and Oxy Clean. If you have a high efficiency washer, skip the Borax and buy only the unscented HE deterge rent powder. Borax creates too much “suds,” the major failure of HE washers. Scent your laundry: Open your jug of distilled white vinegar, and drop in 30-40 drops of your favorite essential oil. French laundry mistresses have used lavender for centuries. Let the oils permeate the vinegar for about a week before using. Open your box of Borax, (or HE detergent if you have an HE washer) and pour the powder into a clean empty container with a lid. (An empty oxy-clean bucket will work.) Drop 20-30- drops of essential oils into the Borax, and stir thoroughly to mix the scents. Cover and let the scents mix for about a week before using. Basic laundry soap: If you have a regular top loading washer (one that doesn’t require HE soap), for each load, add ½ of the amount of detergent you usually use, combined with the other half of Borax. If I’m washing whites, I’ll also add a ½ cup of oxy clean. (Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer.) Add 1/2 cup of scented vinegar to each load along with the detergent. It fights germs, keeps your colors from bleeding, and deodorizers your laundry. Use your scented vinegar in place of your fabric softener in the Rinse Cycle to eliminate static cling, remove pet hair and complete dissolve and rinse away soap. To get REALLY white whites – -try this. Fill your washing machine with hot water and one or two cups of oxy clean. Add your laundry and let the machine agitate. Then, lift the lid and let the laundry soak in the oxy clean water overnight. In the morning, let the wash run itself through. Buy some doggie toys at the grocery store — the kind with balls and pokey things, for about $1.00. Use those as dryer balls (that sell for about $20). They do help lift the laundry and help things dry faster — I also throw one in the washer. Ring around the color: Make a paste with 2 parts white vinegar to 3 parts baking soda, and let set for 20-30 minutes. Picked up a plastic-coated wire and made a new clothesline. Sleeping on a pillow line-dried in fresh air is as warm and cozy as a chocolate chip cookie. If you haven’t indulged in this little luxury lately, I think it’s time you tried it again – if your local authorities will allow it.
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