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Easy freeze-able egg rolls

I started making all different kinds of egg rolls before I had ever tasted a*real* one. I saw a package of egg roll wrappers in the store and decided to give them a try. My original recipes were crafted from leftovers. I’d save rice, veggies, beans, anything….

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how to choose a paint color

I’ve also heard designers suggest that you start with an inspiration piece. I like this idea better since I start with the major elements I want to include in the room. Your inspiration could be a painting, photo, scarf, tablecloth, or piece of furniture.

Go to your home improvement store and pick up a bunch of color chips. They’re free,

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A new wall for ideas!

  I have ideas. Lots of them. But, they're scattered through notebooks, sketch pads, my computer, and post-it notes. Acknowledging that I'm a visual person, I decided to make an idea wall for my sewing studio. I had no idea how I was going to do this. So I googled for...

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whoohoo! I’m legal!!

I've been using the name Contemporary Cottage for about a year.....and it finally occurred to me that I never registered it as a biz name...oops! Mind you, I've been collecting sales taxes...legally...under my main biz name ( Sooo....hoping the name...

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A garden that didn’t give up

  When I do a winter garden, I generally do it from seed. This year, there was so much going on in my world (house updates, making pillows,  & such), that I didn't get a chance to seed my greenhouse before September. So I seriously gave up on the thought of having a...

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How *NOT* to make a smoothie

 Ok.....a normal random post about food would naturally include a recipe. This one will, but first.....hahaha, the "miss". The background of all this is that I make a smoothie almost every day for breakfast. I have found that if I don't, I generally don't get enough...

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