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Does your group need extra blankets? Judy of Rough & Ready has four or five she would like to donate. Contact me if you’re interested, or e-mail Judy at

Do you have a fabulous or unusual house? Two reasons for this question. We’re always looking for homes and gardens to profile in our Saturday Home and Garden section. Also, Music in the Mountains is looking for houses for its 2007 Home Tour. If you have a house or garden we might want to write about, contact me. If you have a place that might fit into the Home Tour, contact Saundra Mutascio at 265-6173.

Read to Your Child Halloween Book Giveaway: The Union is a sponsor of this event, happening in downtown Grass Valley on Halloween. It’s from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main, Grass Valley. After scaring the downtown merchants into “treating,” the children come to the Center for free snacks, beverages, a puppet show, a free book, and more. It is sponsored by more than 20 nonprofit and for-profit local organizations with the goal of making reading a family tradition. Last year’s event attracted almost 1,000 little ones, mostly 5 years old and under, dressed in their finest Halloween garb.

Some handy tips: These are always interesting!

• Heating up leftover pizza: Use a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy.

• Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up, mixing thoroughly. Cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done – easy clean up.

• Expanding frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar/calories per serving.

• Measuring cups: Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

• Foggy windshield? Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at dixi, or by fax at 477-4292.

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