Ingredients:

250 g Vegetable Shortening
12 tbsp. powdered milk
12 tbsp. cocoa (good quality)
250 g pure icing sugar
Pinch of salt

Method:

Put all dry ingredients into the sifter and sift into a bowl. Melt vegetable shortening in a pot. Add cool melted shortening into the dry mixture and mix throughly until its incorporated.  The mixture will look runny.

Pour in an 8″ x 12″ baking pan which has been lined with parchment paper.

Place in the refridgerator for 1 – 2 hours. Now enjoy!

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Ingredients:
1 egg
3/4 milk
2 tbls. melted margarine
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbls. sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour

Method:

Before you start mixing the pancakes, heat up the griddle or frying pan which has been lightly greased with butter or cooking spray.

In a bowl, beat the egg, until it is light and fluffy. Add all the other ingredients until they are well combined.

Pour the amount of batter for the size of pancake you like on to the griddle or frying pan. When they start to bubble on top, turn them over and cook on the other side.

For variations, you can add chocolate chips or fruit to the batter.

TIP: Your griddle or frying pan is hot enough when a drop of water breaks apart and evaporates when dropped on the griddle or frying.

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Kids love pasta and this easy salad lets you make it without having to do too much cooking. Cooking the broccoli with the pasta saves time and a pot to clean up.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb (250 g) rotini noodles
1 lb (500 g) broccoli
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped or cut into strips
1 green pepper, chopped or cut into strips
1/4 Ib (125 g) sliced ham or turkey roll, cut
into strips
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 green onions, chopped (optional)

Dressing:
3 tbsp vinegar
1 small clove garlic
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
Salt and pepper

Bring large pot of water to boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt. Add pasta; cook 7 minutes. Meanwhile, trim broccoli and cut florets into bite-sized pieces. Add to pasta; cook until pasta is tender and broccoli is tender-crisp — 2 to 4 more
minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, drain well again and place in bowl.

To the pasta, add tomatoes, green and red peppers, ham or turkey, parsley and green onions. Toss gently.
For dressing, place vinegar in bowl. Put garlic through a press into vinegar; add mustard and salt. Whisk well. Whisk in oil; combine with salad. Add salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.

Makes 4 servings.

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Removing wax from a table cloth is quite easy once you know how to remove it.  Here is what you need:

Paper Towels

Ice

Dull knife to lift wax

Iron

Ironing board

Rubbing alcohol

Metal pan

Method:

Step 1 – On an ironing board, place the table cloth or garment.  Place the ice in a metal pan and put the pan over the affected area.  When the wax has frozen, remove the wax with the dull blade or credit card.  If you have removed all of the wax, use the alcohol to remove the residue.

If you still have wax left on the table cloth or garment, put two layers of paper towel under the item and two layers on top of the item.  Run a hot iron over the paper to dissolve the remaining wax. Repeat this process until you have removed all of the wax.  Use rubbing alcohol to remove any residue.

The last step is to wash the item.

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Ingredients:

1- 12oz bag of white chocolate chips
2/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Oreo cookies

Method:

Before you start, grease an 8 x 8 baking dish or pan.

In a food processor, crush enough Oreo cookies to make 2 cups.

In a saucepan, add the chips and sweetened condensed milk and melt over low heat. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and the crushed Oreo cookies. Stir until it is combined. Pour and spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Place into the refrigerator until it is set. Cut into squares.

Makes about 20 – 25 squares.

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Unexpected things happen in our lives, from time to time, that require money that we don’t necessarily have on hand to cover these types of bills. If you want to plan for such events, you need to establish an emergency fund which is a wise thing to do if you want to avoid having to borrow money during difficult times.

How to Establish an Emergency Fund is a great article that teaches you what an emergency fund is, how the set up the fund and the type of investments vehicles that are available to put in your fund.

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There are a few things that you need to consider if you are buying items that you need. The first thing that you need to do is to ensure that the item that you want to buy is of good quality and will work as was advertised. Always purchase the item from a reputable retailer. If you need to check on the retailer, you can check to see if they have been reported to the Better Business Bureau. You do not want to buy items that that are not good quality and break not long after they are purchased.

The next thing that you need is a find out if the warranty is a good one.  You may find that most retailers offer extended warranties.  Whether or not you want to purchase the extended warranty is entirely up to you. Make sure that you ask what’s included in the warranty. Do not hesitate to ask questions about the warranty until you are satisfied that your questions have been answered. You also need to know what you can do if the product is broken and you have to return it.  Some manufacturers tell you how to proceed if item is broken or if it needs to be prepared. Just read the manuals that come with the product for this information.

You should always comparison shop when you have an item to purchase. The reason that you comparison shop, before you purchase your item, is so that you purchase it at the best price. You don’t want to overpay when you can save money if you buy it somewhere else. Most online or offline retailers compete with each other so there are always better deals somewhere else. Before you buy, look at the price, the warranty and then make a decision as to where you will purchase it.

Another important thing to consider is the customer service the retailer is offering. You don’t want to buy a product and if you have questions, you cannot get them answered. So, customer service is exceedingly important. Taking all of these  things into account will help you make smart buying decisions and will help you save money.

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If you find yourself coming home from the grocer store with more items that you need, here are a few things that you need to do to prevent this from happening.

1.  Plan monthly menus and learn how to serve your family nutritious meals which consist of grains and vegetables as they are relatively inexpensive.

2.  For each recipe, making a list of all the ingredients and the quantity you will need for each recipe will save you lots of time.

3.  Make some of the foods yourself that you normally purchase. For example, if your family likes to eat bread, French fries, or even granola, you can easily make these things at home rather than buying them from the store.  Homemade foods are much healthier than store bought and they even taste better. You will also be cutting back on your spending since you will be able to take
some of the homemade foods for snacks or lunches.

4.  Know your grocery store and do not wander through the aisles.  You simply need to  head for the items that you need to purchase.

5.  Do your grocery shopping when it is less busy. The best time for grocery shopping is early in the morning or in the early afternoon. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should not go grocery shopping when you are hungry or tired.  This will extend your trip and you will spend more.

6.  Budget for your time and your money. An adequate amount of time should be allotted for your grocery shopping trip but do not exceed the time limit. You will stay motivated if you stick to the time limit.

7.  If you grocery shopping was successful, reward yourself with a fun activity. Looking forward to the fun activity will help you to relax during your shopping trip.

8.  Do not go to the grocery store unless you need to go there. Frequently trips to the grocery store will not only make you spend more money during the month but they also consume a great deal of your time.

9.  Buy most of your grocery items in bulk when it is possible. This will not only cut down on the number of trips to the grocery store, it will save a lot of time and money as well because it is always cheaper to buy in bulk.

10.  Understand that the world is not a perfect place. As a result, breathe deeply if you forget your shopping list or if you went to store later in the day or even if you spent more money that you intended.

The most important thing is that you try to stick to your budget most of the time and it will pay off in savings in the end.

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Most North Americans eat chicken almost every day. However, we all have our own ways of preparing chicken. Below are some dishes that you prepare if you have roasted chicken on hand.

Learning how to slice your whole roasted chicken is the first step. If you slice it properly, you will make it easier to remove the remaining chicken from the bone. The carcass is great for preparing broth.

You will do this by putting the carcass in water and boiling it until the rest of the meat falls off the bones. Season the broth with your favorite herbs and spices and add a few vegetables like celery and carrots. Strain the broth and pour the cool broth in containers and store the broth in the fridge, after it cools, for later use. The broth will last for a few weeks. You will be using it just like store bought chicken broth to flavour your foods like rice or casseroles.

You can also use the sliced chicken to prepare school lunches or you can also eat some of the roasted chicken on the weekend instead of going out to the fast food places. Another way to use the roasted chicken is to cube up some of the chicken to toss on your salad. Or you can use it to make filling for your tacos or fajitas.  All you would need to do is to sauté some peppers and onions and add the chicken.

Another meal that you can make with roasted chicken is chicken pot pie.  Since you have the chicken, you simply need the vegetables, creamed soup and the pie crust and you have got a very simple dinner which you can prepare in no time. You simply have to prepare a salad to go along with your chicken pot pie.

Another thing you can do with roasted chicken is to prepare casseroles which you can freeze for future meals. If you family is tired of eating chicken, just make meals that you can freeze with the chicken that you have left.

Our mothers and their mothers learned how to stretch a chicken to make it go a long way and so can we. Another thing you can do with the chicken is to make chicken noodle soup. We all know how good it tastes when we have a cold but chicken noodle soup can be enjoyed even when we don’t have a cold. You can make your chicken noodle soup with your roasted chicken and egg noodles.

Another thing you can do is to use the broth that you made as a base for your soup.Take some of the seasoned broth, add of your favourite vegetables, and add your egg noodles. The last step would be to add your chicken when your noodles and vegetables are cooked. Basically, you will just let the chicken get warm after you add it to the soup. The chicken noodle soup will really be great to eat for lunch during the weekend.

If you have leftover chicken after your dinner tonight, the above ideas are good for you to try to make your chicken go a long way so that you can save money on your grocery bill.

 

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Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups all purpose or cake flour

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 cup shortening

2 cups granulated sugar

3 tsps. vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups milk

Method:

Preheat your oven to about 325 degrees to 350 degrees depending on the types of pans you are using.

In a small mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In your mixer, put the shortening and the granulated sugar and mix for about 2 – 4 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy while scraping down the bowl occasionally.  Add vanilla extract.

Next, add eggs one at a time until each egg is slightly incorporated while scraping down the bowl occasionally.

Next, add 1/3 of the flour and mix for about a minute then add 1/3 of the milk.  Scape down the bowl.  Add another 1/3 of the flour and 1/3 of the milk.  Scrape down the bowl and add the remaining 1/3 of the flour and 1/3 of the milk.  Don’t overmix the cake.

Preheat two cake pans and grease and flour them.  If you are using a baking spray, you do not need to flour the pans.  Divide the mixture between the two pans and bake for about 40 – 50 minutes.  Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the cakea or by using a cake tester.

When the cakes are finished baking, remove them from the oven and let them cool for about 10 minutes before removing the cakes from the pans.

NOTE:  You can use margarine to make the cakes if you prefer, but use a firm margarine if you are going to use it.

 

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