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Basic Folded One Sheet Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

Basic Folded One Sheet Pocket Book

By Noreen Doll. A folded one sheet pocket book is easy to make and a fun little book to use. It has a little pocket on every page, and there are many things you can use them for. Make bookmarks to store in the pockets. Or create lots of tiny tags to keep in them. […]

Lacy Candy Canes - Crafty Journal

Lacy Candy Canes

By Noreen Doll. Lacy Candy Canes make a lovely, elegant holiday decoration. They can be made with plastic candy canes as I’ve done here, or you can use real candy canes. Unfortunately, thought they’re very pretty, you can’t keep real candy canes as they melt and become sticky over time, but the plastic ones can […]

Cheap Amateur Painting Tips - Crafty Journal

Cheap Amateur Painting Tips

By Noreen Doll. Periodically we need to repaint a room in our house, and in the process have found some ways to make painting cheaper and easier. Of course, we always buy good quality paint, but we’ve discovered some cheap tricks to help keep the costs down. Foam Brushes Get a couple of bags of […]

Green Chilis and Cheese Rice Patty - Crafty Journal

Green Chilis and Cheese Rice Patties Recipe (Gluten Free)

By Noreen Doll. These tasty green chilis and cheese rice patties make a great meal or a filling snack, and they’re gluten free. Ingredients 2 – 3 Cups Cooked Rice 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 – 4 Ounce Can Diced Green Chilis 1/2 Onion, minced 1 Clove Garlic, minced 1 Egg 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch […]

Patriotic Mini Gift Box - Crafty Journal

Patriotic Mini Gift Box

By Noreen Doll. Make a fun and easy patriotic mini gift box for 4th of July favors. Fill it with Snaps for the kids, or small toys or candy. And it can be used for adult prizes, too. Since the boxes are so quick and easy, round up the family a day or two ahead […]

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Easy, No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

By Noreen Doll. We love this super easy no-mess way to paint baseboards. Before when we’ve painted, we used a paint edger, which needs to be wiped free of paint after each use. This left us with tons of paint smeared paper towels or rags, and we usually managed to get some paint where we […]

Easy Way to Remove Candle Wax from a Jar by Crafty Journal

How to Remove Candle Wax from a Jar

By Noreen Doll. You will need a warm sunny day to use this easy way to remove candle wax from a jar. So save up all your jars of used, melted candles to clean out on a hot summer day. Supplies. Jars of Used Candles Aluminum Foil Old Flatware Knife Turned into Craft Knife How […]

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Cheap Amateur Painting Tips - Crafty Journal

Cheap Amateur Painting Tips

By Noreen Doll. Periodically we need to repaint a room in our house, and in the process have found some ways to make painting cheaper and easier. Of course, we always buy good quality paint, but we’ve discovered some cheap tricks to help keep the costs down. Foam Brushes Get a couple of bags of […]

Crafty Journal - Easy No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

Easy, No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

By Noreen Doll. We love this super easy no-mess way to paint baseboards. Before when we’ve painted, we used a paint edger, which needs to be wiped free of paint after each use. This left us with tons of paint smeared paper towels or rags, and we usually managed to get some paint where we […]

Easy Way to Remove Candle Wax from a Jar by Crafty Journal

How to Remove Candle Wax from a Jar

By Noreen Doll. You will need a warm sunny day to use this easy way to remove candle wax from a jar. So save up all your jars of used, melted candles to clean out on a hot summer day. Supplies. Jars of Used Candles Aluminum Foil Old Flatware Knife Turned into Craft Knife How […]

How to Make a Star Pattern by Crafty Journal

How to Make a Star Pattern

By Noreen Doll. A star pattern is easy to do if you just learn a few folds. After you’ve made a paper star, you can trace it onto cereal cardboard or a milk jug to make it more permanent. Use some scrap paper to make a few practice stars in various sizes. Supplies. Paper Scissors […]

Hot Pad Scissor Holder by Crafty Journal

Hot Pad Scissor Holder

By Noreen Doll. A scissor holder is a handy place to store your scissors, to protect the blades and to keep them away from young ones. It is also a good way to carry scissors when you want to take them along with you. This Hot Pad Scissor Holder has a loop that allows you […]

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Sumi Salad

By Noreen Doll. Sumi Salad is good anytime, but particularly in the summer when it is hot and you don’t feel like fussing in the kitchen. It has protein, carbohydrates and vegetables, so it’s a balanced dish. And it’s easy to make. Ingredients. Dressing: 1/4 Cup White Sugar 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper 1 Teaspoon Salt […]

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Candy Cane Fudge

by Noreen Doll. Candy Cane Fudge is a great recipe that combines two favorite sweet treats: candy canes and chocolate. It’s so easy that kids can make it with some adult help. Don’t forget to supervise them when using the stove. Mix in a saucepan: 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup cocoa Stir in: 1/4 cup […]

Green Chilis and Cheese Rice Patty - Crafty Journal

Green Chilis and Cheese Rice Patties Recipe (Gluten Free)

By Noreen Doll. These tasty green chilis and cheese rice patties make a great meal or a filling snack, and they’re gluten free. Ingredients 2 – 3 Cups Cooked Rice 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 – 4 Ounce Can Diced Green Chilis 1/2 Onion, minced 1 Clove Garlic, minced 1 Egg 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch […]

Crafty Journal - Kelli's Chicken Salad Recipe

Kelli’s Chicken Salad Recipe

By Noreen Doll. This chicken salad recipe is gluten free, nut free, and low carbohydrate. My friend, Kelli, makes this delicious chicken salad, and she shared her recipe with me. Two ingredients make it unusual: craisins and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. Ingredients: 4 Chicken Breasts, cooked and shredded 6 – 8 Green Onions, sliced 2 […]

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Candy Cane Cookies

by Noreen Doll. Candy cane cookies are fun and easy to make. It’s a great family activity. I found this recipe in a newspaper several years ago and it became a tradition to make these candy cane cookies whenever a favorite aunt came to visit from out of town. She made a point of coming […]

Crafty Journal - Broccoli and Cauliflower Quiche Recipe (Gluten Free)

Broccoli and Cauliflower Quiche Recipe (Gluten Free)

By Noreen Doll. This Broccoli and Cauliflower Quiche recipe, which is gluten free, is made special by the addition of curry. We like to put in lots of broccoli, cauliflower and onion, so it’s really more vegetable than egg. Crust Ingredients. 3 Tablespoons Butter, softened 1 Cup Oat Flour (Puree oats in a blender until […]

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