Easy Popeye’s Red Beans and Rice (copycat)/Easy Tomato Juice

2 cup Uncle Ben’s long grain rice (cooked)

1-16oz can red chile beans in chili gravy

1 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. cumin

Dash of garlic  salt

In a saucepan , heat beans without letting them boil. Stir in chile  powder, cumin and

garlic salt .When piping hot , add warm rice and gently mix.

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Easy Tomato Juice

One 6oz can of tomato paste ( no additives) …..

6 cups of water

One tablespoon salt

one tablespoon lemon Juice

Tabaseo (Optional ) Hot Sauce

Mix thoroughly , put in a pitcher with sealable lid, and refrigerate

Sugar ‘N’Spice Bath/BlueBerry Vinergar

Sugar ‘N’ Spice

1/2 cup baking soda

2 tbsp. sugar

1tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Mix together all ingredients until well blended . To use; Add 2 tbsps. of the bath .mix to a warm tub of water. Store in clean dry container.

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Blue Berry Vinegar

11/2 cups white wine vinegar

1/2 cup canned blueberries plus 1/4 cup blueberry syrup from can

Pour into a fancy bottle with an airtight seal. You may have to individually spoon in the berries depending on the size of the bottle opening. Seal and store in a cool dark place at room temperature at least 1 week. A serving suggestion is to add some extra virgin olive oil and dress a salad of pears . Gorgonzda , walnuts, and mixed greens. Makes 20 ou

Easy Creamed Vegetables/Buttered Noodles With Garlicky Bread Crumbs

Easy Creamed Vegetables

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2 Package of Frozen Vegetables of your choice

1 can of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup

Milk

In a saucepan cook the vegetables in unsalted water until tender. Remove from heat and drain. Stir in the soup and heat, stirring often Thin to the desired consistency with milk . Makes approrimately 3 -1/2 cups.

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Buttered Noodles With Garlicky Bread Crumbs

Serving size 8

3/4pound egg noodles

salt as needed

6 tbsps. butter

11/2 cups fresh  white bread crumbs

11/2 tsps. minced garlic

1/3 cup finely minced parsley

1/2 tsp coarse salt

Freshly ground black pepper–to taste

Cook noodles  in salted water according to package directions. Remove 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Drain. Add just a little reserved liquid to moisten but not enough to really wet them. (You can also make a day ahead and reheat in microwave oven, adding more liquid if your noodles are dry.) Heat butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat . When melted, add bread crumbs and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently , until golden brown ,about two minutes. Stir in parsley. ,scent 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper to taste. (can be made a day ahead , refrigerated and gently reheated stovetop .When ready to serve.

To serve , toss hot noodles with warm crumb mixture .Serve immediately This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings.

Scratch ‘n’ sniff paint/Tip.

Scratch ‘n; Stiff paint

water color paints

craft glue fruit flavor jello

paper

paintbrush

Draw a picture of fruit or flowers .You could use trace a picture from a coloring book paint it with water colors .Let it dry.

After your picture is dry spread craft glue a little at a time over the colored parts of your picture .Sprinkle fruit flavored jello over the wet glue..

Let your picture dry. The craft glue dries clear and you will be left with a great smelling picture..

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Tip;

Before measuring lard , butter etc.

Dip the spoon in hot water before measuring .You will find it slip off the spoon more easily

Kool Aid Playdough/Salt Glitter

Kool Aid

11/4 cup flour

1/4 cup salt

1 package unsweetened kool aid  (just the dry Kool-aid ,don’t mix it into juice)

1 cup boiling water

11/2 tbsp. vegetable oil

In a bowl, mix flour, salt and Kool aid stir in water and oil . knead with hands for about 5 minutes . Store in ziplock  bag for up to 2 months . Use like Playdough . Smells wonderful and takes on the color of the Kool Aid.

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Salt Glitter

Use it to add a touch of glitter to any of your craft projects.

1/4 cup salt

4 or 5 drops food coloring

In a bowl, mix salt and food coloring.

Spread salt in a thin layer on a plate and microwave , 1 minute until mixture is dry ( put a cup of water in the microwave with the plate to protect your microwave)

Store in a salt shaker , glitter shaker or Old Spice container . Shake unto arts and crafts projects like you would with Glitter.

Mini Blinds /Bead clay

Mini Blinds

Fill your bathtub half -full warm water and some soap and immerse your blinds into the tub. You can leave them soak for awhile if they are really dirty.

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Bead clay

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup cornstarch

warm water

In a bowl , mix flour, salt and water .Slowly mix in warm water until a dough is formed.

Knead 5 minutes until dough is firm .

Make beads by rolling the dough into balls and poking with a straw (Big holes) or toothpick (small holes ).

Let dry 48 hours

Paint with acrylic or tempura paints (acrylic covers better , but doesn’t come out of clothes)

 

Lemon Soak for Dry Feet/Refreshing Peppermint Foot Gel

1 large bowl warm water juice of 1 lemon. Add lemon juice to warm water in bowel. Soak feet for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a pumice stone to gently slough away dry skin.

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Refreshing Peppermint Foot Gel

2 tbsps. Aloe vera gel

1/2 tbsps. peppermint oil

Combine ingredients in a bowl or in

a large cup. Mix with a whisk or fork and massage mixture on feet until absorbed .