Free Stuff Friday!!

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Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a great summer and I’m hoping for it to continue. This week I have a We R Memory Keepers Mini Guillotine Paper Cutter to give away.

Perfect for card making, planners, and other small projects. Cleanly cuts paper up to 8 1/2 inch, has 1/4 inch marks on the grid for easy alignment. Compact size makes it ideal for limited table space. Cut 3 sheets of cardstock at one time. Measures approximately 6 x 8 1/2 inch.

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: What was the first thing you learned to cook?

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About Kimberly

Kimberly is the Customer Service Manager at CreateForLess, and it is her voice you hear when you call our toll-free number. Her love for crafting started when she asked her mom to make her a quilt...instead her mom signed her up for a class so she could make her own, and she hasn't stopped crafting since!

59 thoughts on “Free Stuff Friday!!

  1. Brenda L

    I think when my mother went back to college to get her Teaching Degree I was 10 and my dad told me he would hire me to take care of the house so mom could study. My dad’s favorites were Hot Dogs and mixed veggies and in the beginning we had that a lot then I started learning more and to this day I’m not a bad cook just don’t like to do it.

  2. Janet M

    It was how to make a plain chicken breast. I was okay with basic lunches but cooking dinner was another step so it was cooking chicken properly.

  3. Laura

    I’m not sure, but the first thing I can recall is soup. I was part of a kindergarten cooking program, I remember we were making wontons to put into the broth.

  4. Renata

    I was left to babysit younger siblings when I was in fifth grade. Pulled out the Betty Crocker cookbook and made homemade pasta topped with buttered peas. That cookbook fell apart years ago but I saved the pages of my most used recipes.

  5. Traci Brennan

    My grandmother was injured in an accident and Mother went to take care of her. I was 10. I asked Daddy what he wanted for supper and he said, “pan fried steak and gravy”. OMGOSH! But I gave it a try, doing what I had seen Mother do….I suppose it was edible, but only just. Bless Daddy’s heart, he ate it all and even complimented me on it. Happy memories.

  6. DONNA

    Scrambled eggs. My grandmother gave my mother a small cast iron pan to use to teach me how to make scrambled eggs, and I still have the pan and I still use it. The pan also makes great grilled cheese sandwiches.

  7. Jocelyne

    The first thing I learned to cook were fried eggs, and Dad was fussy about the way they turned out.

  8. Denise Bryant

    Nice paper trimmer! I need a new one!
    The first thing I remember cooking was macaroni and cheese. I recall that it wasn’t good! I forgot to rinse the pasta!

  9. CAROL L.

    Because my mother hates to cook, I had to learn! Every Sunday I made a roast, either beef or chicken, and baked potatoes.

  10. Bessie

    I’ll never forget that experience. Back in my day, fried chicken was made a lot! The typical Sunday dinner was fried chicken or pot roast! It was time for me to learn how. I had to cut the chicken into pieces, coat and fry it up. Touching the uncooked chicken felt so disgusting it took me a year to be able to eat chicken again! I still had to help cook it in the meantime, though.

  11. Katrina

    I honestly don’t remember the first thing I cooked…..maybe it was grilled cheese….and somehow they caught on fire in the oven. My mom was like it’s ok… what?

  12. Sue

    Italian sausage, peppers and onion from my grandma who spoke no English!!! I speak little Italian, which made it fun!!!

  13. Lynne Q

    Malt-o-Meal muffins! It was the first thing my mom let me bake all by myself. As I recall, they came out pretty good!

  14. Laura Buehler

    Goodness gracious I’m not sure. My Mom worked evenings & my Dad never made anything besides home made yeast cinnamon rolls or home made ice cream. I was the youngest kid in the family & my older siblings bullied me into cooking dinner every night. I’m going to guess it was fried chicken. I honestly don’t remember. I also got bullied into cleaning the kitchen and washing the dishes every night. It’s tough being the youngest.

  15. Rachel W

    The first thing I learned to cook by myself was omelets! I learned from a 4H teacher that came to my school in fourth grade.

  16. Andrew C

    Buttermilk. You cut up some Butter, and put it in some Milk. At least that’s what I thought when I was about 4. I wanted to make Mom some Buttermilk, because she liked it so much.

  17. Barbara E Morse

    Maybe Whoopie Pies but my mother couldn’t stand how slow I was to finish so she never let me cook again!

  18. Betty

    My first effort was to make sugar cookies. I ate them all, even though most were burned and hard enough to break a tooth! I still can’t cook, but if I cook something I try to eat it. I have a magnet on my refrigerator that says, “Many have eaten here and have gone on to live normal lives!”

  19. Susan P.

    Scrambled eggs or mashed potatoes. Until I left for college, I was the designated mashed potato maker. I also made the salad for dinner.

  20. Debbie Linkous

    The first thing I remember was in school we made something called Saucy Satellite Franks! It was cut up hotdogs cooked with tomato sauce noodle and cheese on top cooked in a frying pan. I still cook it til this day! Funny thing everyone loves it!

  21. Maribel

    Pancakes were the first thing my mom taught me. It took forever to get them just right but I had fun with her in the kitchen.

  22. Kris Tennessen

    The first thing I learned to cook was a Tuna Fish Casserole with biscuits and warm applesauce! I was 13 and learning what I loved to eat best at that time….


    The first thing I learned how to cook was buttered noodles when I was a twelve year old kid and my mom had cancer. It was comforting to her, so I made it often.

  24. Dianne G.

    The first thing I learned to cook was spaghetti and meat sauce. My mom taught me so I could have dinner ready some nights when my parents got home from work. That was a long time ago and I still love cooking.

  25. Cath T

    Lots of fun to read these stories. Wish we could all have a party and share stories. My mother wasn’t keen on teaching me to cook, nor my grandmothers, so no memories there. I’m guessing it might have been something in my Easy Bake toy oven. Seem to remember it was a disaster. I think my mother gave me a standard measuring cup to use but I was supposed to use the small toy one that came with the oven. Also have memories of the Betty Crocker kids cookbook. More success with that (eg, “read the directions on the back of the BC cake mix…”

  26. Tami B

    I think it was a fruit cobbler with my grandmother. She even had a little mini bake set for me to copy what she did.

  27. Carol Y

    I remember making fried baloney sandwiches for an after school snack – my dad told me how to make them. I’m not sure it’s the first thing, but it was the first thing I made by myself.

  28. Marilyn Bowman

    Cooked whatever my mom told me when she called on her afternoon break at work. I got it started and she finished when she got home. If my dad got home first and my mom was working a night shift, he made “FAST SOUP’. Ingredients were whatever was in the refrigrator!

  29. Cheryl

    My Mom was having a problem with arthritis in her feet & ankles, so she instructed me through fixing liver.

  30. Pilar

    Not sure if this qualifies as a to ‘cook’ item but I first learned how to bake banana bread.

  31. Pilar

    I remember cooking spaghetti while my mom worked too! I think I was like 5th or 6th grade, all proud of myself cooking dinner for me and dad.

  32. Jennifer Asselin

    I started with a double crusted apple pie. The recipe called for a shallow 8″ dish – we had a 9″ deep dish . . . how bad could it be? I rerolled and stretched and worked that dough until it fit the bigger plate. It looked pretty, but it was like chewing apple flavored plastic!!

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