103 Crazy Ideas for Surviving Suburbia

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About 103 Crazy Ideas

103 Crazy Ideas for Surviving Suburbia is a modern domestic guide with a simple, practical, and frugal approach. The goal is crazy happiness. 


Each 1-page idea is written in an outline style. Topics include raising children, dealing with extended family, friends, school, bullies, budget, home, pets, redecorating, recycling, money, shopping, and travel. It also addresses the harder things in life: rejection, failure, loss, financial reversal, divorce, and coping with a sick child. The second half of the book has 103 customized recipes that add flavor to each idea. 

Recipe of the Day

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Shaped Fruit Salad

Idea #40

Be Creative with Recycled Plastic

And Mold Something Good to Eat:

SHAPED FRUIT SALAD

NOTE: This recipe is like the topping for: “Chilax Cake” (Orange gelatin with mandarin oranges) 

INGREDIENTS:

1 package of gelatin (any flavor)

1 Canned fruit (8 oz. -15oz.) or fresh fruit (apples, oranges etc. Remove seeds)

Optional: gummy candy

Mold

DIRECTIONS:

1. Make your favorite gelatin according to package directions.

2. Add canned fruit (drain water). If you want to turn this salad into a dessert for parties, add gummy candy. 

3. Pour into your favorite mold and refrigerate until it is set.

4. To unmold the fruit salad, turn upside down on to a platter and trickle hot water over top. Be careful not to saturate the mold.

HINTS FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF SHAPES/MOLDS:

Different sized cake pans

Glass Mixing bowls 

Create an ocean: use a 13x9 glass pan and combine blue gelatin and gummy fish.

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I once read an old 1960’s magazine that suggested opening a large can of pineapple, draining juice leaving pineapple in place and pouring green gelatin inside the tin can! It is refrigerated this way. When it is set, turn can upside down on a plate and using a can opener, open the bottom pushing the mold onto the plate. Slice gelatin- pineapple and serve. 

COMBINE THIS RECIPE WITH A FUN RECYCLING PROJECT TO DO WITH CHILDREN: 

MAKE A SNOW CYLINDAR: Fill an empty individual plastic bottle (sport drink, water bottles, etc.) with glitter, small plastic toys and water. Seal lid securely.