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Zeiss Conquest 3-9X40 MC Z-Plex Stainless STS Rifle Scope ZS5214649920

Exceptional quality and value – the Zeiss Conquest 3-9×40 Z-Plex in Stainless Steel finish is the rage of experienced shooters. No gimmicks, just rock solid performance and quality defined by the incredible clarity of Zeiss optics. The Zeiss Conquest 3-9x

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Make Candied Cranberries Recipes
 

1 12-oz. package of cranberries or 2 cups cranberries
11/2 cups sugar
Butter or margarine

Butter 9-inch square pan very generously. Add washed and dried cranberries. Cover with sugar. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour.
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Source: (Rare Collection — Junior League of Galveston County)

Swirl Around Kitchen Organizer Set - As Seen On TV

Swirl Around Kitchen Organizer Set – As Seen On TV A super space saver for any kitchen or cabinet. Stores up to 24 containers in a compact carousel that provides easy access to the exact size container you want. All containers use the same size lid so you’ll always have the right lid for the right container. Includes (8) 8 ounce, (8) 16 ounce and (8) 24 ounce containers. Each container features measuring marks on the side. Containers constructed of FDA approved material and are microwave and dishwasher safe. Limited warranty

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Alex Navarre Ladies Quartz Watch with Two Tone Stainless Steel Band JELROLP

Alex Navarre Ladies Quartz Watch with Two Tone Stainless Steel Band JELROLP This traditional watch which has a large distinct date carries a timeless spirit that’s normally only passed on from generation to generation. Each watch features Japan quartz movement, famous for it

This is a craft project most kids really enjoy. It is the perfect craft idea for Easter and egg painting can be a great yearly tradition for the family. You can use either boiled eggs (which can be eaten afterwards) or, if the children want to keep their artwork or you’re making Easter decorations, you can paint on blown out eggs.

  • If you are going to use blown out eggs rather than hard boiled eggs, this will need to be done by an adult. The first step is to pierce both ends of the egg with a large needle.
  • Use the needle or a utility knife to slightly widen the hole at the narrower end of the egg.
  • Before you can blow out the contents of the egg out you will need to break the yolk. Do this by inserting the needle and swirling it around the inside of the egg.
  • Place a bowl underneath the egg, put your mouth over the hole at the broader end of the egg and blow. You could also insert a narrow straw into the hole and blow through it. The egg should start to run out of the larger hole.
  • Once you have blown out most of the contents, stick the egg under a tap and fill it with water through the larger hole. Drain the water out. Repeat until the water is coming out clear and the entire contents of the egg have been removed.
  • Leave to thoroughly dry out.
  • When the egg is dry, you may want to put a little glue around the edge of the hole to help prevent cracking.
  • Once the egg is prepared, your child can paint it. Decide if you want to keep the background on your painted egg plain or coloured. If you want a coloured background, you can either dye it with food colouring or paint the entire egg with a base coat. Painting a base coat is the more laborious option, but if you are using the more usual brown eggs (rather than white) it can give a much brighter and more colourful finish. Sponge painting works well for the background.
  • Paint on your design. The best paints to use are watercolours or acrylic. You could also use pens rather than paint.
  • If you want, glue on further embellishments such as beads, sequins, ribbon, glitter and googley eyes.

 

Leanne is a contributing writer to several baby and child websites, writing on topics such as the best places to buy moses basket covers.

White Wood Bathroom Wall Cabinet with Opaque Glass Doors

White Wood Bathroom Wall Cabinet with Opaque Glass Doors. Understated chiffonier elegantly hides bath products and towels behind opaque glass doors.    Silver-finished, magnetic-latch hardware. Wood. Some assembly required. 24 1/3" x 9" x 30 1/2" high.

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Simmons Pro Hunter 3-9x40 Matte Truplex Rifle Scope - SM517711

Simmons Pro Hunter 3-9×40 Matte Truplex Rifle Scope – SM517711 Simmons’ new Master Series

Ceres Reliance Diamond Tester 110 Volt-Only - AC100

Ceres Reliance Diamond Tester 110 Volt-Only Features: The convenience of a hand held diamond tester for your jewelry counter Similar to the CZ100 without the rechargeable battery No waiting between tests Provides both visual and audible indications of a diamond The durable, retractable tip can test stones down to 1 point If a diamond is indicated, use a Moissanite tester to confirm it’s a diamond Features compartment loose stone holder Operates on it’s included 120v AC adapter Limited Lifetime Warranty

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Rostfrei Liner Lock Knife with Stainless Steel Honed Blade & Oval Hole 107

Rostfrei Liner Lock Knife with Stainless Steel Honed Blade & Oval Hole 107 Features black coated stainless steel honed blade with oval hole, anodized aluminum handle, and clip. Measures 4-1/2” closed, 8” open. Gift boxed.

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Embassy Camouflage Bible Book Cover LULBIBLECAMO

Embassy Camouflage Bible Cover Features a zippered main compartment, hand strap, interior pen holder, front pocket with hook and loop fastener, and an additional zippered front pocket. Measures 10" x 7-1/4" x 2-1/2".

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Bath Jelly Recipe

From: Natural Beauty for All Seasons by Janice Cox

1/2 cup water
I packet unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup bubble bath or liquid soap (If you’re making this for young
Children, use nontoxic, Nontearing formulas)
Food coloring (optional)
Small plastic toy or seashell

Add this ‘jelly” to your bathwater for a really invigorating and cleansing experience. Kids especially love this bubbly treat. Create a “Bathtime Basket” to give to your children: Fill a plastic bucket with tubs Of bath jelly and include different shaped sponges, an animal nailbrush, bath bubbles and fruit-scented soaps. Make a bath puzzle by cutting up a plastic
place mat when wet the shapes will stick to the tile walls of your tub or shower.

Heat the water until just boiling and dissolve the gelatin in it. This may take 1-2 minutes. Add the soap and stir slowly. Do not beat or the soap will become foamy. Pour the mixture into a plastic container with a lid and drop a small plastic toy or seashell inside as a hidden “surprise.” Place in the refrigerator until set (firm like gelatin). To use: Place a small amount of jelly under the running tap or use as skin cleanser the tub or shower.
Yield: 8 ounces

Extreme Pak Heavy-Duty Camouflage Cooler Bag - Camo Tote LUCOOLCAMO

Extreme Pak Heavy-Duty Camouflage Cooler Bag Features zippered cooler compartment, front zippered pocket, rear mesh pocket, and adjustable shoulder strap. Designed to be used with re-freezable ice packs (not included). Measures 11" x 9-1/4" x 8-1/2".

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If you have been searching for a quick fix weeknight meal that will satisfy all of the members of your family, look no further. Beef Stroganoff is a classic and well known dish but many people today associate it with the box of hamburger helper. It is a breeze to make a much better homemade version from scratch. This is a good starter dish for those just getting into cooking or an easy staple to add to your repertoire that you family will beg for on a weekly basis. Give it a try and leave a comment letting me know what you think. Enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1 twelve ounce package of egg noodles
  • 6 ounces of fresh mushrooms
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

 

Instructions

  1. To begin on this ground beef stroganoff recipe, first bring to boil a pot filled with water. Next, cook your egg noodles in the boiling water for about 7 minutes until they are done. You may then drain the noodles and set them aside.
  2. In the meantime, prepare your sauce. Cook the onions and mushrooms in butter on medium heat in a large skillet until they are soft. At this point my wife likes to add some brown gravy mix to the mixture. Remove this mixture from the pan and set it aside.
  3. Melt the remaining butter in the very same saucepan and cook the ground beef in it until it is evenly browned. I normally mix in the flour at this stage and stir in the beef broth and allow it to cook until it thickens slightly. I sometimes add in two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and substitute the sour cream for Golden Mushroom soup instead.
  4. Next, add the onion and mushroom mixture and thereafter stir in your sour cream. You may season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow this to cook until the sauce becomes hot (but before it boils).
  5. Serve the sauce over the egg noodles and garnish.

 

Cooking time (duration): 25 Minutes Number of servings (yield): 6 People

Jake has long loved food. As the son of a prominent chef, he grew up around great food and it still remains a huge part of his life. As a family man and the household cook, he has much interest in quick, easy, and delicious meals that will satisfy his family. This ground beef stroganoff is one example of a go to dish he uses. You can find more ground beef recipes quick on his personal website.

Kona Black Tolex Covered Mandolin Case

This black, Tolex covered, mandolin case is just what you need to protect your A or F style mandolin from the rigors of the road. The hardshell case is constructed with a tough 5-ply cross laminated wood core with plush lining over soft foam padding interior to act as a shock absorber, screwed in neck brace, heavy duty gold plated hinges and locking latches with an inner compartment to hold extra strings, straps, picks, slides, etc Features: - Length: 28.25"  - Width @ headstock: 5.25"  - Width @ upper bout: 5.5"   - Width @ waist: 6.5"  - Width @ lower bout: 10.5"  - Depth: 3.25"

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You could use this recipe for normal bread loaves but you can also use it for muffins and mini muffins and they are going to be really wonderful because this is a dense bread that is excellent for muffins. You can give them to your kids as a pre – school snack and keep some for home! You are going to use this one again. This is an all time, excellent, every time recipe. It is very simple, and so well loved by many. Here it goes:

Pumpkin Bread Ingredients
• 750 grams canned pumpkin puree
• 400 ml vegetable oil
• 1 kilogram white sugar
• 6 eggs
• 4 3/4 cups all – purpose flour
• 1 1/2 tea spoons baking powder
• 1 1/2 tea spoons baking soda
• 1/4 tea spoons salt
• 1 1/2 tea spoons ground cinnamon
• 1 1/2 tea spoons ground nutmeg
• 1 1/2 tea spoons ground cloves

Instructions
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F (or 175 degrees C). Grease and flour three loaf pans.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, the oil, the sugar, and the eggs. Combine the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda, the salt, the cinnamon, the nutmeg, and the cloves. Stir into the pumpkin mixture until well blended. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The top of the loaf should spring back when lightly pressed.

You can add raisins, mini chocolate chips (the best), pecans, or walnuts.

Your mouth will start to water 40 minutes in to the baking time as the aroma invades your home. Since this makes 3 loaves, it is a great gift to bring over to neighbors and relatives, also great to freeze and have on hand.

If you want to make it healthier then use only half of the oil, and substitute the rest for unsweetened apple sauce since oil has 10 grams fat per slice. It stays fresh in the fridge for a little over a week but do not rely on this. This lightened version has 168 calories, 1 gram fat per serving (36 servings).

Ben Cook loves pumpkin bread and has a site that is full of different pumpkin bread recipes like an even healthier version of the recipe, fresh pumpkins bread recipe or canned pumpkins and many others.

Crock Pot Red Beans
1 lb red kidney beans — soaked overnight in water
1 1/2 c brown rice
16 oz tomato, stewed
1 ham hock (optional)
1 tsp basil
1 tsp thyme
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic clove or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
White pepper — to taste
Salt — to taste

I put everything in the crock pot at the same time, except for the rice. Turn on high for 4 hours, then on low for 6 hours. During the last 1 1/2 hour, put in the rice. The final ingredient is about 1/2 cup of white wine. You can add this whenever. It is optional, of course. My husband really likes it spicy so he adds 1/8 tsp red pepper. Enjoy!
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Source: Courtesy of Chet Day’s Health & Beyond Online

Car-Go Instant Cargo Automotive Roof Rack Fits Most 2-4 Door Cars and Sedans JB5891

Car-Go Instant Cargo Automotive Roof Rack Fits Most 2-4 Door Cars and Sedans JB5891. Say goodbye to scratches on your roof with this instant roof top carrier from Style Auto

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga Video Game - For Mac 10.5.8 or Later

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga Video Game – For Mac 10.5.8 or Later Kick some bricks in I through VI. Play through a fun Star Wars galaxy that combines the endless customization of LEGO with the epic story from all six episodes of Star Wars. This is t

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Maxam 8oz Stainless Steel Flask with Skull and Cross Bones Emblem & Faux Leather Wrap KTFLSKSW

Maxam 8oz Stainless Steel Flask with Skull and Cross Bones Emblem & Faux Leather Wrap KTFLSKSW Features studded black faux leather wrap with belt loop, screw down cap and brushed finish stainless steel. Measures 3-3/4" x 5-3/4" x 1". Gift boxed.

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5 Foot Tall Holiday Faux-Evergreen Christmas Tree with 70 LED Lights

5 Foot Tall Holiday Faux-Evergreen Christmas Tree with 70 LED Lights Just in the nick of time, this clever tree adds instant holiday shine! Colorful lights glitter and glow, twinkling from the tips of faux-evergreen branches; just add your favorite ornaments, and enjoy the beautiful show. It comes complete with 70 LED lights battery operated with timer, twinkle and photo sensor in its own Grecian urn style planter stand. Use indoor or outdoor. Indoor/Outdoor

Dreadnought Guitar Case 155V

Dreadnought Guitar Case Features: – Overall length: 44.25" – Lower bout width: 17" – Upper bout width: 13" – Case depth: 5.38" – Dense multi-layered cardboard construction with stitched vinyl exterior – Felt lined interior – Single movement brass latches – Plastic handle – Padded neck rest with storage compartment

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Chauvet 4 Color DJ Bank 140 LED Light

Chauvet 4 Color DJ Bank 140 LED   Features:

Small Fry 400000 Volt Rechargeable Mini Stun Gun SF400

Small Fry 400000 Volt Rechargeable Mini Stun Gun SF400 The ground-breaking design of the Small Fry Mini Stun Gun enables 400,000 volts to fire out of a unit that is so small it can actually be concealed inside a pack of cigarettes! Now you do not have to

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Main Street Double Cutaway Electric Guitar in Pink - MEDCPNK

Main Street Double Cutaway Electric Guitar in Pink Features: 3 Single coil pickups Alder body 22 Frets Vintage Bridge Plywood body Chrome hardware Covered tuners Pink finish

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Giovanni Navarre Italian Stone Design Genuine Leather Vest GFV

Giovanni Navarre Italian Stone Design Genuine Leather Patchwork Style Vest This great vest by Giovanni Navarre is fully lined with 5 snap buttons and 2 watch pockets. Available in sizes small, medium, large, extra large, 2x, 3x, or 4x.

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Bushnell Banner 6-24x40 Dot Reticle Rifle Scope Matte Finish BS716244

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-c

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Chicken Supreme Casserole
2 cups boned chicken
1 package shell macaroni
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 can chicken broth or beef consommé
1 cup milk
1/2 pound Velveeta cheese cut up
1 8 ounce can sliced mushrooms
1 cup buttered bread crumbs

Combine all ingredients except bread crumbs in a 9 by 13 inch pan. Cover and refrigerate 12 to 24 hours. Remove from refrigerator and let stand 1 hour before baking. Sprinkle bread crumbs over top. Bake uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Good with Cranberry salad. For a special touch add 4 hard boiled eggs finely chopped to mixture before refrigerating. Serves a bunch of folks.
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Source: Braille Monitor February 1986

Chefmaster Smokeless Indoor Stovetop Barbeque Grill KTGR5

Chefmaster Smokeless Indoor Stovetop Barbeque Grill This 13" grill with iron plate works on standard electric gas or propane stoves. The waterfilled outer ring catches fat and juices during cooking eliminating smoke and splattering. The high quality nonstick surface insures easy clean up. 2 year warranty. Gift boxed 2 lbs. Set Contents Water-Filled Outer Ring Catches Fat and Juices During Cooking, Eliminating Smoke and Splattering High Quality, Non-Stick Surface Insures Easy Clean Up Measures 13" Round Limited Two Year Warranty

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It is hard to come across a family that does not have a favorite macaroni and cheese recipe these days. Back when I was growing up the only kind of macaroni and cheese that most people knew about was one made from the little blue box with bright orange powder. Little did my parents really understand about all the preservatives and non-foods that were in this! Today’s parents are much more sensitive to preservatives and non-natural foods, and as such they make more of an effort to make foods like macaroni and cheese from scratch. The beauty of this is that you can play with your recipe to come up with a version that is perfectly suited to your family’s taste buds. There are so many options to choose from!

The good news for those who are not all that comfortable in the kitchen is that there are few things that taste so good that are as easy to make. Today, I thought I would share with you one of my families favorite recipes!

Ingredients
16 ounces shell pasta
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon white pepper
4 ounces smoked gouda cheese
8 ounces extras sharp cheddar cheese
¾ cup breadcrumbs

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
3. In a separate pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add in flour and cook for three minutes. Add milk and cook, stirring often, for 3 more minutes. Add cheeses, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Continue to stir until cheese is melted.
4. Add pasta and place in a 10 inch casserole dish. Top with breadcrumbs
5. Bake at 350 degrees for thirty minutes. Allow to cool prior to serving.

This is a great dish to enjoy with your family and friends. It is great with steak recipes or even on its own. Give it a try!

To find my best macaroni and cheese recipe and steak recipes please visit me on the web.

Hand Painted Antiqued Matte Black Wood Cabinet

Hand Painted Antiqued Matte Black Wood Cabinet. This charming hand-painted cabinet has so many uses – an appealing end table next to sofa, beside the bed as a handy nightstand, or an attractive catch-all cabinet for a home office or bath!   Attractively weathered matte-black finish and a simple shape allow this windsome furnishing to blend in with most any decor. Features one drawer above a generous single-door storage space. Some assemby required. MDF wood. May require additional freight charge. 18" x 12 1/2" x 29" high. 

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