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When doing laundry, don't over use fabric softeners in towels. It decreases their ability to absorb water over time.

                                                            Use unwanted pretty shoes as planters! ts


                                                                                                 Citrus Water

                                                                                                    1 orange
                                                                                                    1 lemon
                                                                                                    1 lime
                                                                                                  mint leaves

Cut orange, lemon and lime into quarters; remove seeds. Put in a quart jar; add mint leaves and crush with the back of a large spoon or tater masher. (That's ''tater masher'' now, we're Southern around here! We say ''tater!'' lol)
Any-hoo...add ice to fill jar and then add enough water to fill jar. Let set for a few hours.

                                                                       Homemade Funnel Cake


1 egg
2/3 cup milk

2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

Funnel Cake Directions:

1. In a deep skillet, heat about two cups of oil over medium-high heat until hot. Test the temperature by dropping a pinch of flour into the hot oil. If it sizzles right away without smoking, it's perfect.

2. Beat egg and milk. Mix all other ingredients in a separate bowl and slowly add to the egg mixture, beating until smooth.

3. Using a funnel, drop into hot oil working from center outwards in a web pattern. (You can use a gallon sized freezer bag instead of a funnel by pouring the batter into the bag, snipping off a small corner of it, and squeezing the batter into the oil.)

4. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, remove from the oil when golden brown and crispy.

5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

                                                                                              Ice Cream Pie:

                                                                                               Graham Cracker Crust
                                                                                               Ice cream (your choice of flavor)
                                                                                               Malted Milk Balls (crushed)
                                                                                               Whipped Cream (optional)

Soften ice cream.
Mix in crushed milk balls.
Pour into crust.
Garnish top with extra milk balls or whipped cream if desired.
Let set in freezer til firm.
Serve & Enjoy!
(Courtesy of Ginny Carpenter)

                                                                                     Rachels Frog Legs

Cut the legs off at the hip skin an cut the toes off, take a bowl with a lid and place legs in the bowl an fill with cool water an add salt let set over night in the salt water when your ready to fry them get a large pan
an pour some oil in an let it heat up on medium heat (have one those things tht catch grease ready to pu over your skillet when you start frying the legs they tend to jump around ) when your ready to bread the legs drain the water off an prep them to roll in white lilly flour or if you don't have flour you can use the bread crums you buy in a tub like oatmeal once all the legs are battered place in the skillet an add seasoning salt to the side facing up an then when the legs are ready to be turned add to other side, fry to a golden brown & serve!
(Courtesy of Rachel Clapp)

Slow Drains:
1 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar

Pour baking soda down drain. Pour vinegar immediately down drain after baking soda. Leave mixture in drain for 15-30 minutes then flush with hot water.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

1 pack lil' smokies
1 pound bacon
1 stick butter
2 cups brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cut bacon into thirds. Wrap each smokie with a slice of the bacon. Place in baking pan. (I think for this I used an 11x8 inch pan.)
Melt butter and add 1 cup of the brown sugar; stir well. Pour over smokies.
Sprinkle rest of brown sugar over top.
Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes and then set oven to 400 degrees and bake 5 more minutes.

These are best when served warm.