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Pudding temptations

Pudding Temptations Review

In short – the diy box is good. The pudding can be made in whatever container you want, and tastes just as the typical pudding. The topping, a chocolatey layer, is similar to the chocolate layer you can add to ice cream. (Honestly, I think it is, but I’ll need to check the ingredients list to confirm.)

pudding

pudding - plainjane

The box is larger than the standard pudding box, but the directions are the same: add milk, stir for a few minutes, pour into a container and refrigerate for a half hour.

The only variation – warm up the topping and top the pudding before putting it into the fridge.

pudding

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Done correctly, it should look like this: As you can see, the top layer is a bit thin. I put the pudding into a large container after making this smaller one, and I wonder if I had made eight individual containers if there would have been enough topping.

Overall, buy regular pudding mix and a bottle of ice-cream hardening shell topping and use as much as you want. (UPDATE: Yup, same.exact.results.)

Adding some crushed cookies wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.

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Great free clipart

Free clip art find

Keeping with my pattern of rotation between technology, crafts and sweets, it is time to revisit technology.

While working on an assignment, I stumbled upon a source for free, open source clipart. Bookmark this page. It’s searchable, free and the images I found were of good quality.

Really, how adorable is this bear that I found there?

bear

Bear found on openclipart.org

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How to Recycle Plastic Grocery Bags into Purses or Tote Bags

Is your pantry overflowing with grocery plastic bags?

Mine, sadly, sure is. Yes, we re-use them as trash bags, bags to pack shoes in when traveling, things to protect valuables when packing and as something to throw some grab-and-go snacks into when taking a trip, but we haven’t completely switched over to the reusable bags you can purchase. (And we have tons of those, too. They’re great for packing for the weekend, but throw 6 water bottles into one and thy break.)

On the quest to clear out my pantry …

I found a bunch of creative projects that I can’t wait to try. For these projects, you want to make sure to sort out your bags – Target, Publix, etc. – into color, shape and size.

plastic bags awaiting recyclingphoto © 2008 EvelynGiggles | more info (via: Wylio)

1. Fuse the bags together with an iron to make a tote bag

Fused Bag

Fused Bag - Craftster Forum

2. Crochet a new bag …

choched bag

Croched Bag - Myrecycledbags.com

3. 50 ways to make homemade grocery bags

I can’t wait to try a few of these. Of course, it will take me some searching first. I only have the brownish bags from Publix right now. The rest I recently brought back to the store to recycle.

All of the links are safe and offer wonderful tutorials. Please check them out and consider making your own bag from bags.

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How to Make Parmesan Crisps

I was looking for a low-carb salad topper the other day and came across the Food Network’s recipe for Parmesan Crisps. I read the comments/feedback/responses, and came to a conclusion – if it isn’t crispy, leave it in the oven longer. (Simple logic, people.)

I used cheddar cheese, but parmesan, gruyere, mozzarella and provolone all work well also.

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What you need:

You need a paper towel, a cookie sheet, cheese (any kind will do, but make sure you can shred it, the pre-shredded stuff is a bit too dry), a fine grater, an oven and either a silicon baking sheet or some parchment paper.

What to do:

Shred the cheese and then sprinkle it in a fine layer on the cookie sheet (covered in parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet). You can make little circles and fancy shapes if you’d like. Place it gently into the oven for sometime between 5 and 10 minutes at a temperature between 350F and 400F. Honestly, it varies. When it’s all crunchy and crispy, take it out of the oven. Carefully take it off the cookie sheet and put it on the paper towel to drain.

How is this reduced fat?

Technically, it isn’t. You’re using full fat cheese, and eating a crispy piece of cheese. BUT, look at your cookie sheet. All of that liquid is fat that has drained out of your cheese. All of the liquid soaked up by the paper towel is also fat. So, in reality, this is a fatty snack (cheese) that has been reduced to something that is less fatty.

Variations

When hot from the oven, put little pieces over a muffin tin to shape them into little cups. Be careful though, they do harden quickly. Try sprinkling bits into soup. You can mix-and-match different types of cheese and even add herbs to this. It’s so simple, it’s almost painful.

But, don’t forget to turn off the oven.

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April First – or is it fools?

Just joking - Harley Quinnphoto © 2009 Kevin Dooley | more info (via: Wylio)

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Google Features … the newest incestuous relationship?

Maybe incestuous isn’t quite the right word. But, it’s pretty darn close. Big companies swallow the smaller companies that swallowed up companies even smaller than themselves.

fish eat fish eat fish

Fish Eating Fish Eating... by Frits Ahlefeldt

Try and create a YouTube account. YouTube wants you to sign in with a Google account. Flickr? Blogger? Same thing. I wish I had saved the article…from a few months ago, but, essentially, some people (myself included) have a problem with this. Did you know the Library of Congress is keeping a record of EVERY unprotected Tweet?

And now Google (when I am signed into my Gmail account) is trying to pull my Twitter account. Here is what Google had to say when I clicked for more information:

Google Connect

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Now, if you WANT to link all of your accounts, go ahead. But keep this in mind: If you give a company access to your e-mail, access to your blog, access to your pictures…where does it end?

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