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Digital Christmas Frames Freebie

Digital Christmas Frames

Digital Christmas Frames Freebie

A nice collection of traditional digital Christmas frames to use for your treasured photos. Surround your photos with a digital frame, print, share (show off 😉 ) online, frame or hang! Posted are the twelve digital Christmas frames in PNG format and below those, a zip file with the same digital Christmas frames in PSD format.

The frames come with decorations of holly leaves, Christmas gifts, a couple with some pretty cute snowmen, a Christmas tree (perfect for yearly reminders of your home tree!). There’s a pretty yellow frame with stars, a tree and gifts along the bottom. Then for the stars in your family, a pastel yellow frame surrounded in just stars. Another has a pretty border of holly leaves adorned with stars. And we couldn’t leave out snow! We have a pretty soft blue decorated with white snowflakes and more.

The featured image above shows a thumbnail of each design for your perusal.

To grab yourself a copy of any one frame, click on the image to open a full size copy, simply right click and use “Save as…” on your computer or device. Then click your back key to get another. Please don’t hot link to these images. Feel free to share, but if you do, please source where you obtained the frame. Each one does have an owner tag and copyright is in tact. Thank you.

Note: Last year I posted the Holly Leaves digital Christmas frame for free, but only in PSD. We also offer a beautiful Merry Christmas sign for your entryway, office, any doorway or foyer at a very low fee. Just print it on photo paper and you’ll have a gorgeous greeting to use year after year.

Save these in a safe place to use over and over, year after year!

Download the Digital Christmas Frames

 

Digital Christmas Frames 1

Digital Christmas Frame 2
Digital Christmas Frame 3
Digital Christmas Frame 4
Digital Christmas Frame 5
Digital Christmas Frame 6
Digital Christmas Frame 7
Digital Christmas Frame 8
Digital Christmas Frame 9
Digital Christmas Frame 10
Digital Christmas Frame 11
Digital Christmas Frame 12
Download a free zip file with the same digital photo frames above in PSD format.

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Digital Christmas Frames in PSD
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Printable Recipe Cards Free 4×6

Free Printable Recipe Cards 4x6

Printable Recipe Cards – Free!

One Dozen 4 x 6-inch Recipe Cards

Printable recipe cards free for the taking! These are sized at 4 by 6 inches giving you a little more room than the standard 3 by 5 inch sized recipe cards. Simply right-click and use “save as” to save to your computer or device. No hot linking please! You are free to use these any way you wish, but if you do post them elsewhere on the Internet, a link back to where you found them would be greatly appreciated.

To use your printable recipe cards, simply print them out and fill them in. To make them more sturdy and durable, print on card stock or other heavy-weight paper. You can laminate them once you’ve placed your recipe on them and they’ll last for years and years! These also make a great gift idea for that favorite baker or cook in your life.

Save all your precious recipes or use as a gift – or both! Hope you enjoy. 🙂

 

Free Printable Recipe Cards Coffee Cup
Coffee Cup 4×6 Recipe Card
Coffee Mouse 4×6 Recipe Card
Hot Pads 4×6 Recipe Card
Apple 4×6 Recipe Card
Basket of Eggs 4×6 Recipe Card
Grannie Recipe Card 4×6
Jelly Jars 4×6 Recipe Card
Little Cook 4×6 Recipe Card
Pie 4×6 Recipe Card
Precious Moments Cook 4×6 Recipe Card
Pot Pan 4×6 Recipe Card
Recipe Check 4×6 Recipe Card
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Pie Sliced Apples – Good Eatin’ Desserts!

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Pie Sliced Apples – Desserts and Good Eats!

A sweet variety of recipes using pie sliced apples – desserts and treats including pies, pudding, squares, cobbler and even dumplings! Best of all, these are quick and convenient recipes to make. All you need do is make sure you have the ingredients on hand!

When a recipe calls for “pie sliced apples”, this is not the same as apple pie filling. Pie sliced apples are packed from the best cooking apples, fresh from the orchard and the peak of ripeness. The special vacuum process protects the full nature flavor and quality. Comstock is a highly dependable product.

Did you know?

Big pies, little pies, tarts and turnovers made with pie sliced apples (and pie fillings, too!) can be frozen, then stored in a home freezer for weeks and weeks. Have the convenience of making up pies and other treats ahead of time. Later, you can serve pie at a moment’s notice – what’s more, it will taste as good as the day you made it!

Pies and pastries can be prepared for frozen storage in two ways.

  1. Unbaked, then frozen and stored. Use within 2 months.
  2. Baked, then frozen and stored. Use within 4 months.

Your pies and other treats can be frozen either way – except lemon.

Homemade Pie Filling Desserts

Ginger Apple Squares Recipe

1 can pie sliced apples
1 package gingerbread mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
1 tablespoons melted butter (or margarine – your choice)

Prepare gingerbread mix according to directions on package; pour into greased and floured pan 9 x 9 x 2-inches in size. Arrange apple slices in rows on gingerbread batter. Combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; sprinkle on apples. Bake in moderate oven, 350-degrees for 30 minutes. Cut into large squares. Serve warm with hard sauce or cold with whipped cream. Serves 9.

Apple Cobbler

1 can pie sliced apples
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons cream
1 cup biscuit mix

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Empty apples into saucepan. Stir in nutmeg, cinnamon and butter. Cook over moderate heat until mixture boils. Pour into a 1-quart casserole. Add sugar and cream to biscuit mix and blend. Drop by spoonfuls on hot apples. Bake 15 minutes. Serve with light cream. Serves 4.

Apple Betty

1 can pie-sliced apples
2 cups soft bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Grated rind of one orange

Add melted butter to bread crumbs and place half the crumbs in bottom of baking dish. Mix the apples with all of the seasonings and place half of them over the crumbs. Repeat the layers, bake at 375-degrees, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve warm with cream. 6 to 8 servings.

Instant Apple Dessert

1 can pie-sliced apples
Lemon juice
4 cups crumbled corn flakes
2 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Sprinkle apple slices lightly with lemon juice. Place layer of corn flakes in well greased 2 quart size baking dish, then layer of sliced apples. Sprinkle with mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon, dot with butter or margarine. Repeat until apples and corn flakes are used. bake in moderate oven (375-degrees) 30 to 40 minutes. Serve plain, with cream or whipped cream. Serves 6.

Apple Dumplings

1 can pie-sliced apples
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
Pastry for two-crust pie

Make pastry, roll out and cut into six 6-inch squares. Mix apples with seasonings and place in center of squares. Dot with butter. Bring corners together at the center, pinching pastry together to keep in the juices. Bake on a fine wire cake rack, placed on a baking sheet, to prevent juice burning on crust if it does escape. Serve with sugar and cream.

Apple Strudel

2 cans (5 cups) pie sliced apples
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Grated rind of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons shortening
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup warm water

Sift flour and salt together. Cut in the 2-tablespoons of shortening and add the eggs and water. Knead well, then beat dough against board until it blisters. Stand in a warm place under a cloth for 20 minutes. Cover table with white cloth and flour cloth. Put the dough on it, pull out with hands carefully until the thickness of paper. Spread with mixture made of sliced apples drained, melted butter, raisins, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon and grated lemon rind. Fold in outer edges and roll about 4-inches wide. Bake in a hot oven (450 degrees) for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400-degrees and continue baking for 20 minutes. Cool. Slice, serve with coffee.

Apple Crisp

1 can pie sliced apples
1-1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup water

Drain apple slices and place in greased 1-quart baking dish. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice, then pour in 1/4-cup water. Cream together flour, sugar and butter until mixture is crumbly. Spread over apples and bake 30 minutes at 350- degrees. Serve hot, topped with heavy cream, whipped cream or ice cream.

Homemade Applesauce

Old fashioned, homemade applesauce with all the wonderful flavor and character is quick and easy with pie sliced apples. Just empty 1 or 2 cans of cooking apples into a saucepan, cover and simmer until soft. Add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice to taste. Mash with fork to desired consistency. Serve hot or chilled.

 

Following are several recipes using your favorite apple pie filling – they’re all quick and delicious!

Did you know?

One piece of apple pie (average size) supplies almost 5 percent more food energy and 54 percent less fat than a large hamburger?

Apple Date Crumble Pie

1 can apple pie filling
1 unbaked 9-inch pastry shell
1/2 package date-bar mix

Make unbaked 9-inch pastry shell with packaged pie crust mix or your own favorite recipe. Empty crumb mixture and date filling from date-bar mix package into separate medium-size bowls; add measured water to each, following label directions. Stir apple filling into date mixture, spoon into pastry shell. Top with crumb mixture in petal design or cover top completely. Bake in hot oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Golden Apple Pudding

1 can apple pie filling
1 package vanilla flavor tapioca pudding mix
1 cup apricot nectar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Blend tapioca-pudding mix with apricot nectar, lemon juice and apple filling. Cook over medium heat, stirring gently until mixture boils. Cover and simmer over low heat, stirring often for 10 minutes. Serve warm or cold with nutmeg, if desired. Serves 4 to 6.

Apple Date Pie with Cheese Crust

1 can apple pie filling
6 dates, pitted and sliced
Juice and grated rind of 1/2 lemon
Cheese pastry

Cheese Pastry: Substitute 2 tablespoons snappy cheese, softened at room temperature for 2 tablespoons of shortening in your favorite pastry recipe. Mix apple filling, dates, lemon juice and rind. Fill pie shell. Cover with top crust, bake in moderate oven (375 degrees), 45 minutes or until crust is nicely brown.

Individual Deep Dish Apple Pie

1 can apple pie filling
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup medium cream
Pastry for top crust on 6 individual baking dishes

Divide apple pie filling into six individual baking dishes. Dot with butter and cover with pastry dough cut into rounds to fit dishes. Press edges firmly to seal pies. Cut decorative openings. Bake 30 minutes at 425-degrees. About 5 minutes before removing from oven, put a tablespoon of cream into pies through decorative openings.

Apple Duff

1 can apple pie filling
2 egg whites
Dash of salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 egg yolks
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Pour apple filling into a 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar together until stiff. Beat egg yolks until thick and light colored. Beat in sugar. Fold into egg white mixture. Fold in flour and flavoring. Carefully pour over apple mix. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees), 40 to 45 minutes or until cake topping is done. Serve warm or cold with cream, if desired. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

See also: Nine Quick Pie Filling Treats and/or a great collection of apple recipes over at Belly Bytes. Visit their Apple Recipe Collection!

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10 Ways to Serve Peaches

10 Ways to Serve Peaches

10 ways to serve peaches! All are delicious, some may be more preferable than others but whatever way you slice and dice, peaches make a great dessert.

 

10 Ways to Serve Peaches

01. Victorian Rose Salad

Form a rose on each bed of lettuce by over-lapping slices of sliced peaches (canned or fresh). Fill the center with whipped cream mayonnaise and garnish with three cherries pitted and filled with pecans.

02. Vanilla Fruit Sauce

1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup syrup drained from can of peaches
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix sugar and cornstarch and stir into Peach syrup. Boil for five minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from fire and add butter and flavoring. Makes 1 cup.

03. Peach Jelly

2 cups peach syrup (saved from canned peaches)
1 lemon
3 cups sugar
1 cup liquid pectin

Mix peach syrup, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Stir constantly while adding liquid pectin and boil vigorously for one minute. Skim and pour into sterilized glasses. Cover with melted paraffin. Makes four glasses.

04. Peach Salad Selma

For each portion place a peach half on lettuce and fill with mayonnaise blended with cream cheese. Garnish with blanched almonds and half a Maraschino cherry. Serve with ripe olives.

Peach Salad Selma
Peach Salad Selma

05. Peach Tapioca Cream

1 2-1/2 can peaches
1 cup evaporated milk diluted with 1 cup water
1-1/2 tablespoons tapioca
2 eggs, beaten separately
2-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Drain peaches from their syrup and place a fruit half in each serving dish. Heat diluted milk in a double boiler and add tapioca. Cook for twenty minutes, or until the tapioca is transparent. Stir into the well-beaten egg yolks, return to double boiler and cook ten or fifteen minutes longer. Remove from fire, fold in stiffly beaten egg whites and flavor. Pour over peach halves, chill and serve with vanilla fruit sauce. Serves six to seven.

06. Peach Cobbler

4 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 No. 2-1/2 can sliced peaches
Nutmeg
Baking powder biscuit crust

Mix the sugar and cornstarch together thoroughly and add to the sliced peaches. Turn into a buttered baking dish, sprinkle with nutmeg and cover with baking powder biscuit dough. Bake in a hot oven until crust is browned and serve cold with sauce. Serves six.

07. Jellied Peach Salad

1 package orange flavored gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 cup peach juice
1 No. 2-1/2 can sliced peaches
1 package cream cheese
1/4 cup ground nuts

Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water and add the juice drained from the peaches. Rinse large muffin tins with cold water and line with sliced peaches. Pour the gelatin over the fruit and when it begins to thicken, drop a nut covered cheese ball in the center of each mold. Chill and serve inverted on lettuce. Garnish with mayonnaise. Servings ten.

08. Golden Peach Salad

1 No. 2-1/2 can peaches
8 stoned dates
8 small bananas
1 head lettuce
French dressing
Chopped parsley

Drain the juice from the peach halves and arrange on lettuce. Fill each half with a stoned date. Cut the bananas lengthwise in quarters and make a criss-cross of four banana strips around each peach. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with French dressing. Servings eight.

09. Peach Conde

2 cups streamed or boiled rice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup peach juice
1 No. 2-1/2 can peaches
Raspberry jam

While the rice is hot, add the vanilla, sugar and peach juice. Pour int a casserole and cover the top with peaches, cut side up. Keep in the oven long enough to heat the fruit thoroughly. Before serving, fill the peaches with raspberry jam. Serves six.

Peach Conde
Peach Conde

10. Peach Upside Down Cake

4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup walnut meats
1 No. 2-1/2 can peaches
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons milk with enough water to make 1/3 cup liquid

Butter a deep cake pan generously and line with brown sugar. Sprinkle with walnut meats and arrange the drained peach halves over the bottom of the pan. Sift the dry ingredients. Cream the shortening and the sugar and add the well-beaten eggs and the flavoring. Add the diluted milk and dry ingredients alternatively, blend well and turn into pan. Bake from 45 to 60 minutes in a moderate ove (350 degrees) and serve warm. Serves ten.

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Like Mother Free e-Card

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Like Mother Free e-Card

A Like Mother Free e-Card that tells a special woman in your life just how much you appreciate her and how much like a mother she has been to you.

This is a free e-card you can use to send, print, email or post on social networks like facebook or twitter. Imagine that special woman’s surprise when she sees this in her e-mail, on her wall, or in her feed!

Like Mom e-card by email

To copy the image to your own hard drive, simply right click the image below (not the one’s above) and use “save as”. Please do not hot link to this web site to use this image.

If you have a simply image editor, which most of us do on our phone and/or computer, you could add a signature on the e-card and really personalize it! I do request that you leave the source on the card so others’ can find the e-card, but obviously this is something I cannot police, or force you to do.

The verse on the like mother free e-card reads:

“This greeting could never fully say just how much you’ve always been like a Mother to me! I wish you all the best today and every day! Happy Mother’s Day with love!”

The size of the Like Mother free e-card is 672 x 480 pixels. It’s quick to load, perfect for online use, big enough to be noticed but not too big that it over-whelms or clogs up e-mail.

The colors are meant to be feminine and soft. A floral border dons the left hand side of the Like Mother e-card.

Surprise someone special this Mother’s Day – it will be fun for both of you!

Like Mother e-Card

Like Mother Free e-Card
Like Mother Free e-Card

I hope you and someone special gets some enjoyment out of this e-card. It truly is the simple, little things in life that can mean the most. One of those things is knowing someone special thought of you with love.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

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Strawberry Filling Sweets

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Strawberry Filling Sweets

Strawberry season is in full swing but time is short! Try out these strawberry filling sweets from Comstock in the 1950s. Each recipe uses strawberry pie filling for a quick strawberry treat.

Strawberry Filling Sweets

 

Strawberry Turnovers

1 can strawberry pie filling
Pastry for one crust pie

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix pastry and roll 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 4-inch squares. Place 1-tablespoon of strawberry filling in center of each. Dampen edges with water – then fold like a triangle. Press edges together with a fork. Prick top of each turnover with fork to allow steam to escape. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Strawberry Sundaes

Strawberry Pie Filling
Vanilla Ice Cream

Spoon generous amounts of strawberry filling over individual servings of vanilla ice cream. Top with whipped cream and maraschino cherry. Serve with cookies or cake.

Strawberry Parfait

Alternate spoonfuls of instant vanilla pudding with strawberry filling in tall glasses. Serve chilled.

Strawberry Quickie

1 can strawberry pie filling
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
1 cup milk
1 cup sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Melt margarine in 9-inch baking dish. Pour in strawberry filling. In separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Stir in milk, beat until it forms a smooth creamy mixture. Pour over filling. Bake 30 minutes in preheated oven at 350 degrees, or until crust is a rich, golden brown.

Quick Strawberry Shortcake

Spoon generous amounts strawberry pie filling over big biscuits or slices of sponge cake. Top with whipped cream.

Strawberry Angel Torte

1 can strawberry pie filling
1 plain angel food cake

Cut the angel food cake horizontally into four slices. Spread a slice with strawberry filling, top with a slice of cake. Cover that slice with filling. Keep going until you have a 4-layer strawberry-filled cake. Spread remaining filling on top of cake and decorate with whipped cream.

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Farm Made Cocoa Recipes from Hershey’s

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Farm Made Cocoa Recipes from Hershey’s

From Hershey’s “Made On The Farm“, a recipe booklet published in 1915, a host of delicious farm made cocoa recipes published for the public.

Farm Made Cocoa Recipes

Farm Made Cocoa Recipes in Text Form

Typed up and tidied-up by yours truly for easier reading, copying and pasting!  These are all in the public domain, so you are free to share as you please. There are nine Farm Made Cocoa Recipes in total and an optional bonus for you at the end. 🙂

If you do use some – or all – of the recipes and/or images, please save the image(s) to your own computer if you are posting them elsewhere. Also, a source referral is always much appreciated, although have no requirements for you to do so.

Cocoa SauceCocoa Sauce Farm Made Cocoa Recipes

Ingredients
2 ounces Hershey’s Cocoa
1 pint water
1 pound sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions
Make paste of cocoa with part of water. Add entire quantity of water and boil 3 to 5 minutes. Add entire quantity of sugar, dissolve thoroughly and remove from fire. When cold, add 2 teaspoonfuls of vanilla. Serve on puddings or ice cream.

Cocoa Cake

IngredientsCocoa Cake
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2-1/2 tablespoons Hershey’s Cocoa
1-1/2 cup flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sweet milk

Directions
Cream the butter and sugar gradually, then add eggs well beaten. Make past of cocoa by adding milk. Mix baking powder with flour and sift. Add salt and vanilla. Turn into a buttered and floured cake pan and bake in moderate oven for 45 minutes. Cover with ice cream frosting.

Cocoa Cream Pie

Ingredients:Cocoa Cream Pie
1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1-1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups milk
3 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions
Mix cocoa, cornstarch, yolks of eggs, salt and milk. Cook until thick. Stir constantly, add flavoring and pour into a baked pie crust. Cover with a meringue made by beating the whites of eggs until stuff and adding two tablespoons of brown sugar. Brown in oven.

Devil’s Food Cake

IngredientsDevils Food Cake
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sweet milk
Yolks of 3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sweet milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
Boil the first six ingredients gently; cool. When cool mix the last four ingredients – cocoa, brown sugar, sweet milk and vanilla – into boiled mixture. Bake in slow oven (325 degrees) until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Baking time will depend on pan used. Go with 8-inch layers or a 9×13-inch baking pan and adjust accordingly.

Cocoa Fudge

IngredientsCocoa Fudge
4 ounces Hershey’s Cocoa
4 cups sugar
2 cups milk
Butter size of an egg

Directions
Place cocoa into sauce pan and rub into smooth paste by adding part of milk. Add 4 cups of sugar, piece of butter and all of milk except 1/2-cup. Place on fire and boil. Then add 1/2 cup of milk and cook until it forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water.

Take from fire, add vanilla and beat until it is just thick enough to pour into buttered tins. By adding 1/2 cup of milk last you will find fudge to be free from grain and to be nice and smooth. When cool, score into blocks 1-inch square and break.

Iced Cocoa

Ingredients and DirectionsIced Cocoa Beverage
Make a heavy syrup by mixing thoroughly 1-cup Hershey’s Cocoa and 2 cups sugar. Add enough water to make a paste, then stir this into 2-cups of boiling water and let it boil for 6 minutes. Remove from fire and add a pinch of salt. When cool put into glass jar and place in refrigerator. This enables you to serve instantly a cool, refreshing drink by using a tablespoon of syrup in a glass, a small quantity of cracked ice, and fill with milk, or one-half water can be used with good results. This is a very nourishing and healthful drink for children.

Cocoa Syrup for Ice Cream Sundaes

Ingredients and DirectionsCocoa Syrup for Ice Cream Sundaes
For 1 pint of syrup, use three heaping teaspoons of Hershey’s Cocoa and mix thoroughly after adding enough cold water to make a thick paste.

Add this to 1/2 pint of boiling water and boil for about 6 minutes, then stir in one and two-thirds cup of sugar. Remove from fire again boiling one minute. Add a pinch of salt. Keep in a cool place.

Cocoa Icing

IngredientsCocoa Icing
2 ounces Hershey’s Cocoa
Pound of confectioners’ sugar
Piece of butter size of a walnut
1 teaspoon vanilla
Boiling water

Directions
Place cocoa into saucepan. Add enough boiling water to make a paste. Add sugar, butter and vanilla. Rub into smooth paste and ice cake.

Hershey’s Cocoa for Hot Drink

Ingredients and Directions
For each cup use 1-teaspoon of Hershey’s Cocoa, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 cup of hot water. Mix cocoa and sugar. Add sufficient water to make a paste. Stir this into the water and let it boil for 4 minutes, then add the same quantity of hot milk as water used, and it is ready to serve. A pinch of salt added improves the flavor.

Shh! It’s a secret…BUT, if you click that image below, you can download a cleaned-up PDF file of all the above Farm Made Cocoa Recipes and images. On the house, no strings!

Hersheys Cocoa for Hot Drink

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Farm Made Cocoa Recipes as much as I have!

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Free Birthday Gift Bag DIY Download

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Free Birthday Gift Bag

Free Birthday Gift Bag

A free birthday gift bag you create yourself in a flash! The picture, template and instructions are all in one simple PDF file ready for you to work your magic.

Why am I almost giving it away? So you can try out a gift bag for yourself and see how nicely they print and how easy they are to put together.

These are cute bags you make using any kind of paper material you would like. They look much better in reality – they are bright and cheerful! The image doesn’t do them justice. Plus, you can further enhance them with handles, ribbons, bows, sequins, etc – if desired.

The completed gift bag size is 4-5/8-inches tall, 3-inches wide and has an opening at the top of 1-1/2-inch.

A gift bag paper craft makes a fun project for kids groups and adult groups, alike! For example, you could use them at a Senior’s center or nursing home, or a girl or boy scout group meeting. One of our clients uses them for slumber parties, another birthday parties. The Halloween bags are a fun item for Halloween treats and the baby shower bags great for small baby shower treats or gifts.

Simply print the PDF file onto your choice of paper and follow the easy instructions included with each. Cut, fold, glue and you’re done. Kids love to do these, too.

This design has balloons and confetti for a fun, cheerful birthday celebration for any one of any age!

Please note: You may not sell the PDF file.

You can visit all of our other fun, creative, one-of-a-kind gift bags in our shop. Go directly to the DIY Gift Bags section to browse all of the designs. We have Halloween, Christmas, more Birthdays, Baby Shower bags and more to come.

You can also purchase a CD of gift bag templates from our sister-site, Cybernation on Etsy. Here’s the link directly to the listing: Paper Bag Gift Bag Templates. There are 35 different patterns for any-occasion, every-day use.

Download the Free Birthday Gift Bag

Simply click on the picture to download the free birthday gift bag, which will open in a new window. The file is very small and there’s absolutely NO catch. No ads, no email request, nothing. Just yours to try out our gift bags.

Free Birthday Gift Bag Template
Free Birthday Gift Bag Template

Thank you for visiting Mayda Mart.

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Hand Washing Dishes

Hand Washing Dishes

The following instructions on hand washing dishes properly are derived from a 1918 publication of The Fanny Farmer Cookbook.

Hand Washing Dishes

Have the dishes scraped.

Pile all articles of each kind together; plate by themselves, the largest at the bottom; cups by themselves; silver articles together, and steel knives and forks by themselves.

Soaking Dishes

Cold water should be used for soaking dishes which have been used for milk, eggs and starchy foods. Hot water for dishes used for sugar substances and for sticky, gummy substances like gelatin. Greasy dishes of all kinds, including knives, are more easily cleaned if first wiped with soft paper, which should be burned.

Order for Hand Washing Dishes

  1. Glassware
  2. Silver
  3. Cups and saucers
  4. Plates
  5. Platters, vegetable dishes, etc.
  6. Cooking utensils (if not washed first)

Hand Washing DishesBar Castile soap

  • Have a pan half filled with hot soapy water. Slip glasses and fine China in sideways, that the hot water will touch outside and inside at once, and thus avoid danger of breaking. If dishes are very dirty or greasy, add a little washing soda, ammonia or soap.
  • Rinse all dishes in clean hot water (except cut glass), drain and wipe with clean dry towels.
  • An egg-beater (hand held) should not be left to soak in water, or it will be hard to run. Keep the handles clean, wipe the wire with a damp cloth immediately after using.
  • Kitchen knives and forks should never be placed in dish water. Scour them with brick dust, wash with dish cloth, and wipe them dry.
  • Tinware, granite ironware should be washed in hot soda water, and if browned, rub with sapolio, salt or baking soda. Use wire dish cloth if food sticks to dishes.
  • Keep strainer in sink, and pour all dish water, etc., in it and remove contents of strainer in garbage pail.
  • Wash towels with plenty of soap, and rinse thoroughly every time they are used.
  • Hang towels up evenly to dry. Wash dish cloths.
  • When scrubbing, wet brush and apply soap with upward strokes, working with the grain of the wood; rinse and dry.
  • Wash dish pans, wipe and dry.
  • Wash your hands with white (castile or ivory) soap, if you wish to keep smooth hands and wipe them dry.
  • Wash tea kettle; polish faucets; scrub sink with clean hot suds.

Care of the Sink

When dish-washing is finished, wash every part of the sink with hot, soapy water. Wash above and around the sink. Use a skewer to clean behind the sink pipes.

Flush the sink with boiling water every day and about once a week with a strong solution of washing soda.

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ANN: And Her Little Book

American Sunday School Union, Philadelphia, PA, 1800’s

Following is a wonderful story that was put out in the 1800’s by the American Sunday School Union. A faith-based story that still rings true for Christians today, this short story can inspire and delight any child (of any age).

Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the American Sunday School Union (ASSU) had as its mission the promotion of Sunday schools and early literacy and the spiritual development of children.

The ASSU was a significant publisher and provider, of books and periodicals for children and played a role in shaping the direction of 19th century children’s literature in America.

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Ann was a little girl, who loved her book; and so she soon learned to read. A nice book was given to her at Sunday School, and when she went home, she sat on a little bench and read it to her parents; they were glad to have so good a child, and Ann was happy, as all children may be, who love to please God by trying to be good. Turn the leaves of this book and and see what Ann read.

Rose Flower

An R and O and S and E, Spell the flower which you here see.
Now when you pull a pretty ROSE from the green bush on which it grows,
Then say how very kind is HE,
Who makes the flowers and blesses me.

Bee Hive

With H and I and V and E,
Spell the HIVE of the busy bee,
Which sucks the honey from the flower,
And never spends and idle hour.
Children, try and be busy, too
And seek some use in what you do.

Ark

With A and R and K, now spell  ARK.
Once a very great rain fell;
But because Noah was very good,
The ARK was his home in the flood;
When the flood was gone see Noah raise
His hands, the great, kind God to praise.

A, G, I, R and L,
Are the letters A GIRL will spell.
Now no this little picture look,
And see a girl with her book,
Sitting by a kind mothers side,
She wants to know why Jesus died.

The Bible

Her mother says, this book will tell
And so we all should love it well.
B and I and B, L, E,
Are letters we should like to see;
For they spell BIBLE, which God gave,
To tell how Jesus died, our souls to save.

Ann Learns to Read