Normally on Tuesdays, I post a picture and just a few words. But today, I’ve got about 1000 words for you!

What are all those words about?

Well, I’ve made 14 MyPublisher books in the last two years and have learned a lot in the process, so today I’m sharing 7 tips for making your books look awesome.


And there’s a pretty sweet giveaway too…FIVE MyPublisher books with free shipping and other goodies included, each worth $56.98.

Go check it out!

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Two questions for the readers!

by Kristen on September 29, 2014 · 27 comments

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Every Monday, I answer a few of the questions that my readers send me. If you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future Q&A post, just leave me a comment here or email me (thefrugalgirl [at] gmail [dot] com) and put Q&A in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you!

Usually I answer Q&A submissions, but sometimes I get questions I’m not really well equipped to answer, and I’ve got two of those today.

Help me out!

I am wondering if you know of a good way to refresh the marks on a glass measuring cup. I have a quart sized glass one that is in good shape, except that I can barely read the markings. I hate to get a new one since this one is still usable, but on the other hand, it isn’t really usable if I can’t tell how much I have in there… Are there markers or paints that would stay on glass?


measuring cup with faded markings(image from a post on Smitten Kitchen about this same issue)

This is a timely question because one of my measuring cups is almost completely marker-less at this point and I’d better take care of it soon if I want to know where the markings even go!

I think your best bet would be a glass paint marker, such as this one. I believe you have to bake the item once you’ve marked it in order to set the paint, but that should be no problem for a glass measuring cup.

To make this project more financially sensible, I’d print out a coupon from A.C. Moore or Michael’s so you can get 40% off your paint marker.

I recently made yogurt for the first time using your directions. It came out so thick and smooth and wonderful (which really is wonderful b/c my 9 month old eats the stuff like it’s nobody’s business and that ain’t cheap).

It made me feel like I could venture out into the world of other homemade-dairy-ish things and I found a recipe online for cottage cheese. I made it and it tasted like cottage cheese the 1st day, then the 2nd day it some how turned into this super stuck-together gel-y monster curd that wouldn’t break apart. Did I do something wrong? or does home-made cottage cheese only last 1 day? Any advice you could give would be wonderful.

cottage cheese

P.S. Oh, I forgot to add what I did: I brought 1/2 gal of whole milk to 120 degrees, added 1/2 cup vinegar, stirred for about a minute while it separated, strained the curds/when through a cheese cloth, then rinsed the curds with cold water and added salt.

Hmm.  I’ve never made cottage cheese before, but the method you’re describing sounds more like the ricotta-ish cheese recipes I’ve seen online.

I did a little poking around, and it looks like more serious recipes for cottage cheese use rennet to make the curds.  Maybe that makes a difference?

Hopefully some of my readers have tried both the rennet and rennet-less versions and can give you some advice.

(By the way, I’m so glad your yogurt turned out well!)


Alrighty, readers!  Any experience with glass markers or cottage-cheese making?


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Well, that’s an improvement.

September 26, 2014
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It’s time for a freezer-challenge report! (Here’s the start of my challenge and the rules I made up for myself.) The state of the freezer Remember how crowded my freezer was initially? Here’s what it looks like as of this morning: From a week and a half ago: And now: It is so, so, so […]

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September 25, 2014
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On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words. Can you tell the hat was new? By the way, I did indeed finish my photo book yesterday, in the nick of time.  Phew. See ya tomorrow for a freezer challenge update!

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If you need me, I’ll be in 2011.

September 24, 2014
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Because, um, I might have a My Publisher Living Social deal that’s expiring today. (I’m working backwards to catch up on old photos, and I’m currently in spring 2011.) If you bought a voucher when I did (at the end of July), you might have one you need to use today too! I have made […]

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September 23, 2014
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On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words. Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that we ordered a new table and chairs and I oh-so-efficiently freecycled the old ones the day before the delivery truck was due to arrive. Unfortunately, the delivery truck brought us chairs, but […]

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