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Reader's Exchange: Recipes for homemade desserts would sweeten her summer

Julie Halverson of Parrish has a tasty request. She is an avid baker and is always looking for people's favorite cookie/dessert recipes. Julie loves using personal recipes rather than those found in a cookbook. She's hoping to get Mom recipes that people remember fondly from their childhood. Send your favorite dessert recipes to Julie by e-mail at, or mail them to her at 4005 Douglas Hill Place, Parrish, FL 34219.

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Are you crafty? If so, Marjorie Heiser of Clearwater has some supplies for you! She wrote in to say that since her eyes and hands are no longer nimble, she has quite a lot of craft items for someone who can use them. There are pattern books for all kinds of crafts, quilt pieces and batting, odds and ends for craft work and various pieces of material. Marjorie has used REX to donate her craft items previously, and she says that in the past, church groups have responded. If you are interested, please call Marjorie at (727) 447-6108.

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Can anyone help Brenda Gal of Pinellas Park? She says she suffers from many complex medical conditions that are currently undiagnosed. She is going to a multidisciplinary hospital where she hopes to be diagnosed and treated. Brenda would like to have a laptop computer to bring with her so that she can access information regarding her medical options while she is in the hospital. She would like a laptop that has an XP or newer operating system. If you have a laptop that you would be willing to donate to Brenda, she may be reached via e-mail at, or by phone at (727) 548-1776.

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Bob Lartz of St. Petersburg has a shopping bag full of corks that he suggests would be useful for craft projects. Many people use corks for a number of craft projects. If you are one of those people, Bob says you are welcome to any or all of them, and they can be picked up most any time. Bob can be reached at (727) 548-1258.

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Leslie Glass of Gulfport recently converted part of the attic of her 86-year-old home into a studio. She says that the perfect finishing touch for the studio would be an old dressmaking form or dummy. The problem is, she doesn't have one. She wonders if someone in REX land has one they would like to give away. She says the form doesn't necessarily have to be old or antique, and it also doesn't have to be in good condition or working order. If you can help Leslie complete her studio, please call her at (727) 289-7642.

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It is so frustrating when something you use every day breaks and you can't replace the broken part. That is the case for Dorothy Schwall of Hudson. She had been using the Quick Chop food chopper, which has an inner cup with slots in it for the blades to go through. Unfortunately, the cup has broken, and she has searched all over Florida and Illinois for a replacement, to no avail. Dorothy hopes someone will have a cup for her, or may know where she can find one. Dorothy can be reached at (727) 868-8509.

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Reader's Exchange: Recipes for homemade desserts would sweeten her summer 06/10/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2011 12:41pm]
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