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Bushnell Banner 6-18x50mm Riflescope BS716185

> Fully coated lenses for clarity in low and bright light > Wide angle field of view for getting on game fast all day long > Fast focus eye piece for the clearest view throughout the hunting day > Finger-tip-adjustable windage and elevation controls with resettable dials help you spend less time sighting in and more time shooting > Matte satin finish to minimize glare > Sure-grip power change ring for fast easy zoom changes > Spring clip assembly for enhanced accuracy and reliability > Line includes all-purpose rifle scopes and specialty scopes > Specialty scopes include models designed for black power guns, very low light conditions, slug guns, and long range varmint guns > Fully waterproof and fogproof > Adjustable objective > Long range varmint and target scope > Parallax focus from 10 meters to infinity

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Belgian Waffles
presented by Glynn House Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups milk
3 eggs, separated
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of salt
fruit of your choice
whipped cream

Combine the flour, baking powder, confectioners’ sugar, oil, milk
and egg yolks. Beat the egg whites until they stand in soft peaks
and fold into the batter (do not overmix). Using a 4-ounce ladle,
pour 1/8 of the mixture into a hot waffle iron and bake for about 2
minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. Top with the fruit and
whipped cream and serve hot. Yield: 8 waffles.
Source: Glynn House Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast
Ashland, New Hampshire
Where the lakes meet the mountains… a small New Hampshire wonder!

Leupold VX-3 4.5-14x40 Varmint Hunter Matte Rifle Scope - LP66220

The VX-3 is loaded with optical technology: Xtended Twilight Lens System, DiamondCoat 2 lens coating, blackened lens edges, second generation waterproofing, and a twin bias spring erector system. Finger-adjustable, cryogenically treated,

Bushnell Banner 1.75-4x32 Cantilever Slug Gun Scope (6'' ER) BS711436

Ask any trophy hunter and they’ll tell you more tags are filled in the low-light hours than any other time. That said, it’s wise to have a scope designed to excel in early-morning and late-evening light. Featuring Dusk & Dawn Brightness (DDB) multi-coated

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You may have heard about cookie recipes in a jar and be wondering what in the world are these? They are pretty much what they sound like! They typically contain all of the dry ingredients that are needed to make a batch of cookies. All the user has to do is follow the directions provided by the seller, add a few wet ingredients (ex. egg, water, etc.), bake the mix and voila you have delicious homemade cookies! You can find pretty much any type of cookie mix ranging from the popular Chocolate-Chip, all the way to a tasty Cranberry Biscotti.

So where can you find a Cookie in a Jar?

Typically you can search for wide varieties online, or make your own. There are plenty of recipes offered online to make your own Cookie in a Jar. But for those not wanting to mess with the hassle of buying the ingredients, the right size of jar, and the appropriate décor to make the jar look good, just buying a pre-made Cookie in a Jar is the route to take.

What Kind of Cookie in a Jar Can I Find?

A Cookie in a Jar is usually decorated, with the ingredients contained in the jar layered one on top of the other to give it more of a fun look. The lids of the glass jars can have anything from beads, fun material wrapped around it, and/or ribbon tied according to the theme of that particular jar. The jars usually come in various shapes and sizes, depending on how many cookies you can get from the recipe contained in the jar. Sometimes you will get a small jar just able to contain the ingredients for a small batch of cookies. Other times you’ll find jars much larger; possibly enough for several batches of cookies. The sizes vary, depending on the need for the Cookie in the Jar. However, the seller generally will always include how many cookies that batch in the jar will make.

Speaking of “needs” for a Cookie in a Jar, here are a few different ideas as to how you could use them. First of all, you might just want some delicious homemade cookies all for yourself! Or, you might want to buy some because they catch your eye with their decorated glass jars. Another popular idea for purchasing a Cookie in a Jar mix is the fact that they make wonderful party favors! They are typically very affordable with an average price range of $5 to $10 a jar. Many online stores and sellers of cookies in a jar can theme any jar to your preference.

What Are the Cookies in a Jar Used For?

For example, if you are throwing a Baby Shower and would like to give homemade Cookies in a Jar as party favors, the seller would decorate the jars with a themed Baby Shower look to give them that extra special touch. Another idea is to give them away for Teacher Appreciations, or Holiday gifts. They’re a great, inexpensive, way to tell somebody thanks. Not to mention they look great too!

Find out more about Wendy and her famous cookie in a jar mix recipes. You can find all her delicious recipes and cutely decorated jars for all occasions including Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas, Valentines Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving at Bon Appetite!

As a traveling man, I eat at lots of restaurants. I usually eat at great restaurants and really enjoy the fresh taste, the savory flavor, and the satisfying feeling of having a great restaurant meal.

I also really enjoy cooking for my family when I’m at home. Sometimes I want to re-create that great restaurant meal for my family so they can enjoy it as much as I did.

Along the way I’ve learned a few secrets by watching the restaurant chefs prepare their meals in the now popular open kitchen and I want to pass along to you some of the things that I discovered.


Really good restaurants don’t skimp on ingredient quality. They find the freshest vegetables, the best quality meats, the most pungent spices, and the best cooking oils. They have access to better meet and produce than the average consumer, and it shows in the flavor of their dishes.

Yet you can still get very high quality ingredients for your meals by shopping at grocery store such as Whole Foods and other high-end markets. An even better option is to shop at farmers markets or to make friends with local farmers who can supply you with their best produce.

Prepare your meal within a day or so of getting your ingredients to keep that intense, fresh flavor.


You’ll notice that restaurant chefs are using large, heavy pans that don’t have a nonstick coating. You can get these pans from warehouse club such as Sam’s or Costco for very little money. These pans develop bits of cooked food that stick to them during the cooking process that are major contributors to the savory flavor of the food that they prepare. Yet they don’t burn the food when cooking over high heat.

You just can’t get the same flavor from nonstick pans. Besides nonstick pans can’t take the high heat required to develop these delicious tastes. Throw out those cheap pans you picked up at the discount store and get some commercial grade pans.

When it comes to clean up, just use a coarse copper scrubber and the pan cleans right up. I think it’s totally worth the clean-up effort to get the restaurant flavor from these types of pans.


Have you ever noticed that great restaurant food doesn’t need for you to add salt and pepper? It’s perfectly seasoned and ready to eat.

That’s because restaurant chefs are always adding seasonings at every stage of the meal preparation. They’re adding salt and pepper to the sautéed vegetables. They’re adding a splash of wine before they add additional ingredients. They’re adding herbs and spices at the conclusion of cooking. They adjust the salt and pepper before putting on the plate. They’re tossing on fresh bits of garnish at add that extra special flavor before they serve it.

Along the way they are tasting the food with a clean spoon to make sure that the seasoning is right.

One trick that I’ve learned is that in Italian restaurants, the chef often throws in a teaspoon of garlic butter in the final few moments of cooking to give it the yummy, pungent, savory flavor that stays fresh and really makes a powerful statement in your dish.


Over time, I’ve gotten really good at deciphering the flavors of my favorite restaurant meals so that I can re-create them at home. If you really like a specific dish, ask the chef if he’ll give you the recipe. Some will. Some won’t. I’ll take what I can get.

While often there are restaurant recipes posted on the Internet, I found that they’re missing critical ingredients. Sometimes I’ll use them as a starting point, but often need to make adjustments to get the right restaurant food taste.

Better yet, you can buy a book of restaurant recipes that can help you avoid a lot of the guesswork. I recommend that you check out They have hundreds of proven recipes that taste just like the real deal.

Mark S A Smith is interested in a wide range of topics, most of which are about expansion and success. This doesn’t mean that he doesn’t like to play, because he does! Recreation is part of the success formula.

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Wild Zoo Prodigy Grade School 2 Seat Buddy Desk

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Diamond Plate Live to Ride Eagle Patches - 12 Piece Set GFPATCHE

Diamond Plate Live to Ride Eagle Motorcycle Style Jacket Patches – 12 Piece Set GFPATCHE. Measure 14" x 11". Cannot be ordered individually. We only sell in cartons of 12pcs.

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Leupold Rifleman Ballistic Reticle 3-9x40 Matte Rifle Scope - LP66195

Leupold Rifleman QDManager 3-9x40mm Riflescope is designed specifically for the needs of the serious deer hunter on a tight budget. Leupold & Stevens extended their partnership with Quality Deer Management Association, the nation’s leading whitetail deer

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Maxam Falcon IV Lockback Knife on a Key Chain SK7002

Maxam Falcon IV Lockback Knife on a Key Chain. This handy knife on a key chain features an extra sharp 1-7/8", 420 surgical stainless steel half-serrated blade to cut cord or twine easier and lightweight Leymar handle. The thumb hole allows one-handed opening with either the left or right hand. Measures 2-1/2" closed, 4-1/2" open. Limited lifetime warranty. Gift boxed.Google checkout is disabled for this type of product. You must pay for this item by check/money order or Paypal.

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Brown Genuine Leather Portfolio Travel Case for iPad and Keyboard

Brown Genuine Leather Portfolio Travel Case for iPad and Keyboard Travel Case for your iPad and Apple Wireless Keyboard Features: Soft leather portfolio designed to carry and protect iPad. Includes pockets for Apple Bluetooth keyboard and cables. Designed for use at two different viewing angles. Velcro fasteners avoid wireless signal interference from magnetic closures.

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Small Fry 400000 Volt Rechargeable Mini Stun Gun in Hottie Pink SF400RH

Small Fry 400000 Volt Rechargeable Mini Stun Gun in Hottie Pink SF400RH This is the strongest and smallest stun gun in the world and is rechargeable and includes a safety button and free leather holster and a super bright 6 led flash light and carries a l

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Christmas Biscotti

3/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
3/4 cup chopped shelled green pistachios
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup Vanilla Sugar (recipe at bottom)

Quart jars come in a range of shapes with varying amounts of headroom. The best mix recipes are flexible enough to allow you to add a few extra pieces of fruit, candy or nuts if necessary to tightly pack the contents and keep the layer

Layer the ingredients in a 1-quart canning jar. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next one. Add additional dried fruits or pistachios to fill small gaps, if necessary. Makes 1 jar.

Gift Tag Directions:
Beat 1/3 cup butter (no substitutes) in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Beat in 2 eggs. Stir in jar contents just till combined using a wooden spoon. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill till easy to handle, if necessary. Shape each portion of dough into a 9 inch loaf. Place loaves 4 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet, flattening slightly till 2 inches wide. Bake in a 375 oven for 25 to 30 minutes or till a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool loaves on the cookie sheet for 1 hour. Cut each loaf diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices using a serrated knife. Place slices, cut sides down on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in a 325 oven for 8 minutes. Turn slices over; bake 8 to 10 minutes more or till dry and crisp. Cool on wire rack. Makes 32.

Vanilla Sugar -
Fill a quart jar with 4 cups sugar. Cut a vanilla bean in half lengthwise and insert both halves into sugar. Secure lid and store in a cool dry place for several weeks before using. Will keep indefinitely.

Precise Heat 6 piece Stainless Steel Skillet Set - Steam Control Knob KTFP3

Precise Heat 6 piece Stainless Steel Skillet Set with Steam Control Knob. Now cooking is made easy with steam control knobs that encourages healthy cooking, the waterless, greaseless way! Constructed of extra heavy surgical stainless steel and guaranteed to last a lifetime, this 9 element construction spreads the heat quickly and evenly. The steam control valve makes waterless cooking easy. You can cook healthier in these skillets because it eliminates the need for grease or oil in cooking. The handles are superbly styled and are resistant to heat cold and detergents. Includes covered 8" skillet covered 10-1/2" skillet and covered 12" skillet with helper handle. Limited lifetime warranty. Gift boxed.

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Mizerak Donovon II 8 Foot Slatron Pool Billiard Table P5223W2

Mizerak Donovon II 8-Foot Slatron Billiard Table Donovan II 8 ft. Billiard Table Black Laminate Top Rails with Full Profile K66 provide uniform resistance for quality of play. Wool Blend Deep Red Cloth allows for smooth, consistent roll. Features: Heavy-Duty MDF Black Laminate Cabinet classic, sleek look for any gameroom Internal Drop Pockets w/ Chrome Corner Caps Reinforced Pedestal Style Legs w/ Chrome Leg Levelers for level play on any floor surface Accessory Kit Includes 2 Cues, 1 Set of Balls, 1 Triangle, and Chalk 90-day limited warranty NOTE: Delivery is curbside. Please email for other delivery options.

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Nippon Mini Motion Detector With Chime and Alarm GTS018

Nippon Mini Motion Detector With Chime and Alarm Features: Emits Chime or Alarm For Use as Passive Door Bell or Security Alarm

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Ok so you have done the hard part and figured out what your main dish is going to be for that large group of friends you have invited over for dinner. Whew, you have it all figured out! But wait you need something to go with it. Something that will compliment it perfectly. What could you make? It has to be something simple and easy. You should make Golden Parmesan Potatoes of course!

These are the perfect side dish for so many main dishes. Or if you are simply hungry for potatoes these are perfect too. You can make them more of a main dish by adding a bit of shredded cheese and some crumbled up bacon or ham to the top about 5 minutes before you are done baking them. These potatoes are so simple to make that you can have your children help you make them!

Here are the instructions for making them. First of all, here is a list of the ingredients you will need:

6 large potatoes

¼ cup of all purpose flour

¼ cup of parmesan cheese

¾ teaspoon of salt

1/8th teaspoon of pepper

1/3 cup of butter or margarine

The first thing you should do is peal your potatoes. If the potatoes have nice skin on them you can leave the skin on and simply wash the potatoes. When you are done cleaning or pealing, Cut the potatoes into quarters and set aside.

Next, in a small saucepan, melt your butter or margarine and pour into a nine by thirteen inch baking pan or casserole dish.

Then in a large (gallon size) Ziploc bag, combine your flour, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. I just put all the ingredients in the bag and shake it! Then moisten your potatoes with water and shake a few at a time in the bag until they are well coated with the flour mixture. When coated, place the potatoes one by one in the nine by thirteen inch pan. Do not layer them. If you have too many for one pan use two.

Then bake your potatoes at three hundred seventy five degrees for about half an hour. Then turn the potatoes over so they get crispy on both sides and then bake for another half an hour. Enjoy them!

Along with cooking for her family, Tina loves working in her gardens. She gets most of her gardening supplies online from Garden Harvest Supply. They have everything from garden seeder to herbs for sale!

Maxam Pro Series Lockback Pocket Knife SKMX103

Maxam Pro Series – Worlds Finest Knives. This Lockback Pocket Knife features an indestructible Leymar handle with sure grip knurled texture genuine 420 stainless steel blade twoway Kelvlon pouch to fit on your belt in a vertical or horizontal position for easy access stainless spring steel pocket clip. Knife measures 8" open 43/4" closed.Limited lifetime warranty. Gift boxedGoogle checkout is disabled for this type of product. You must pay for this item by check/money order or Paypal.

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Diamond Plate HandSewn Pebble Grain Genuine Leather Biker Vest GFVEMBPT

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Trijicon Acog 4X32 Red Chevron Flattop Rifle Scope - TRTA31F

Trijicon Acog 4X32 Red Chevron Flattop Rifle Scope – TRTA31F ACOG 4×32 Scope with Red Chevron BAC Flattop Reticle- includes Flat Top Adapter. The chevron reticle is designed to be zeroed using the tip at 100 meters. The width of the chevron at the base is 5.53 MOA which is 19 in. at 300 meters. This allows range estimation for silhouette targets. Features dual illumination (Fiber optics provides daylight illumination and tritium illuminates reticle at night). The ranging reticle is calibrated for 5.56(.223 cal) flattop rifles out to 800 meters. Manufacturer Trijicon Model ACOG Type Rifle Scope Power 4X Objective 32 Reticle Red Chevron Finish/Color Matte Description Flattop

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White Linen Cabinet with Silver Finished Magnetic Hardware

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Make Cold Asparagus With Walnuts Recipe
1 pound fresh young asparagus
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4 cup crushed walnuts
Ground black pepper to taste

Use only tender tips of asparagus. Cook them in salted water until just tender; drain. In a medium bowl, combine honey, soy sauce and rice vinegar; whisk until blended and stir in walnuts. Combine asparagus tips and walnut dressing. Toss gently; arrange on a platter. Sprinkle with black pepper; refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
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Bell & Howell Wireless Alarm 4 Pack As Seen On TV

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