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You Can Become a Star Bow Maker – Just in Time for Wrapping Christmas Gifts

Looking of simple way to make a bow for a gift package? We have your solution here.
It starts with some ribbon and a flexible star shape form. This demonstration uses a plastic canvas star. You will want your star material to be flexible so that is easily removed from the bow and can be reused many times. This video starts with a single colored bow, followed by a two-colored bow and then a two-colored bow with two different ribbon widths. Keep some ribbon on hand and you will always be ready to top a gift package for any occasion.

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Tried of Tying the Untied?

Safety Tip

Are your slippers, moccasins, or loafers always coming untied? Worried about tripping on those loose laces? Put your fears to rest with this quick and simple solution. The hardest part is threading a needle. It looks nice and might even be invisible when completed.
Giving slippers as a gift? Fix them before they are even worn. Your recipient may never realize you did this but you will have peace of mind that you prevented a trip and fall hazard.
Slippers make a great gift!

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The Perfect Gift

Create the perfect gift for the person that has everything including a great sense of humor. This little lint brush for your belly button makes a wonderful stocking stuffer. Giving a gift card? Why not put this little gem on top of the real present – the gift card where the recipient can pick out the ideal present for themselves? It is guarantee to bring a smile no how you use it and isn’t a smile a great present for both of you?
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Gift Guide for Tea Lovers

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When choosing a tea kettle, look for one with a large base. The more surface area that is in contact with the burner the faster your water will heat. This will save time and energy thus saving you money. We like this one. The handle stays cool and it is an easy pour. A good whistle lets you know when it is ready.



We also recommend having a thermal carafe to keep the hot water that you don’t immediately plan to serve. This way your refill is only a pitcher away.





For teabags we like King Cole Orange Pekoe

King Cole Tea

Hu-Kwa Tea

For a treat we love this loose leaf Hu-Kwa Lapsang Souchong Tea from Mark T. Wendell.

When using loose leaf tea you will also need a strainer and we recommend a extra fine mesh micro-strainer.

Loose Leaf Tea Strainer

If you like cold brew or iced tea, we suggest this Flip and Brew form Zing that we use for cold brew coffee. The description says you can make hot tea in it which would be a good option for loose leaf tea if you plan to serve the batch all at once as it won’t keep your tea warm. We have not tried anything hot in our Flip and Brew.





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Gift Guide for Coffee Lovers

Our top pick for coffee lovers is a cold brewing system.  We’ll spotlight a couple different specific brewers so you can match the features to your gift recipient.

Cold brew is all the rage today and with good reason.  Not only is it better for your health it tastes better. When you make it home, it is better for your wallet.

Let’s start with the health benefit.  Cold brew coffee is way less acidic than hot brew.  More than 50% less acidic!  This is great news for anyone who has acid reflux or a sensitive tummy.  It also means less acid on your teeth.  Why it less acidic?  High heat releases the acid from the coffee grounds and into your drink.

The high heat also releases that bitter flavor into your coffee.  In contrast, cold brewing slowly extracts the flavors and natural sweetness of the grounds.  You might even find yourself add less sweetener to your cup of Joe. Think of it as slowly steady process that brings out a smooth rich flavor instead of a heat forced process which brings out acid and bitterness. So, won’t the cold brewed coffee become acidic and bitter when reheated?  Nope, because the coffee grounds are now out of the equation.

When you make coffee at home, you’ll save a ton of money.  Let’s say you buy 5 cups a week of plain coffee for $1.90 each.  That adds up to nearly $500 in a year.  The cost to make the same amount of coffee at home is about $20.  That is a savings of 96%.  And if your paying for fancy coffee that savings only goes up.

Another plus to making coffee at home is that you will know exactly what’s in it.  It is shocking how much hidden sugar is in those fancy coffees.  We had a friend measure by teaspoon the amount of sugar that was in her purchased medium coffee.  It was nearly half a cup!  When she tried one of our cold brews with the equivalent of 2 teaspoons of sugar (some from milk), she was more than happy with the sweetness. 

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Our favorite cold brewer is the Flip Brew by Zing Anything.  As the name implies, you can brew just about anything in it. All you do is add your favorite coffee grounds into the filter basket and screw the basket into cover.  Add room temperature water (or cool water) to the pitcher and screw the cover on.  Now you flip it and leave it or 12 to 24 hours.  Once brewed you flip it over, unscrew to remove filter basket.  Make sure to rinse any grounds from the cover and screw the cover back on.  Refrigerate what you don’t use.  To use the coffee, twist the handle on the cover and you can easily pour out the coffee you want into your cup to be heated in the microwave.  We like this one because it is super easy to brew, has an easy pour storage pitcher, and uses regular coffee grounds.

Another common method involves making a coffee concentrate. Basically, you insert a dampened filter into a plugged container, then you add a layers of coarse ground coffee and layers of gently added water.  After the grounds have steeped for 12 to 24 hours, the plug in pulled from the bottom and the coffee concentrate drains into the storage container.  To make coffee, you dilute the concentrate with water and/or milk, typically 3 parts water/milk a to 1 part concentrate.  This lets you adjust the strength to your taste.   Because it is a concentrate, it will last awhile and lengthen the time between brews.

We have a Toddy brewing system and have some thoughts on it.  The storage container has a tight stopper which keep the coffee fresh.  The storage container is glass and is quite thin.  Because of its size and shape it can be difficult to pour.  When making the brew, you first install a cork in the brewing portion which needs to be removed for draining the concentrate. That is not the easiest thing to do without making a mess.  The system requires coarse ground coffee.  Using a regular grind means you need to replace the reusable filter more often as it gets clogged with coffee grounds.

If we decide to replace our Toddy system, we’d look at trying this one from OXO. The OXO uses a “Rainmaker” to evenly distribute the water eliminating the layering of grounds and water.  The brewing part has its own stand.  There is a lever to drain the concentrate which means no more messy pulling of the cork plug. And no small part to lose!  However, the lever may malfunction over time. The carafe has measurements on it which is a nice feature.

If you decide you’d to gift a hot coffee maker, we suggest something like this one by Tru. We really like ours. It is compact, has a reusable filter basket yet also accepts k-cups. It works nicely for the tea drinker too.  Perfect for small apartments, families with different schedules, dorms, and RV camping.

And finally, our pick for a travel mug.  We’ve used this for years.  You have to work at it to spill it and it keeps things hot or cold all day.

Check out our cold brew coffee videos at Fancy Iced coffeeFancy Iced coffee Click on pictures for more information.

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Party Angel

Add a bit of shine to your holiday decor with this surprisingly simply to make Party Angel. Since she is quick to make you could have one at each place setting at next your dinner party. Your guests would be delighted if you let them take one home as well.

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Nature Candle

Create a stunningly beautiful candle from the great outdoors. Perfect seasonal table centerpiece as the theme is easily changed. Great for any holiday. My kids used this technique for their wedding decor.


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Lacey Wreaths

Great for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and every holiday. Special tips are included for heavier center figurines.
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