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Okay, Ive got two divs (floating aside one another) inside the outer divmy outer div has a background color (white) and border (black) and the page is displayed with a black bar above the two floated elementsI thought that the outer divs always stretched to allow room for the inner div(s), which is not the case herehtml:

<div class="recipe_card_container">	<div class="recipe_card_ingredients">		<b>Ingredients:</b>		<table>			<tr> <td class="recipe_measurement">1</td> <td class="recipe_item">Small cauliflower (about 1<sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> lbs.)</td> </tr>			<tr> <td class="recipe_measurement"> </td> <td class="recipe_item">Salted water</td> </tr>			<tr> <td class="recipe_measurement">1</td> <td class="recipe_item">Medium onion, finely chopped</td> </tr>			<tr> <td class="recipe_measurement">2 Tbsp.</td> <td class="recipe_item">butter or margerine</td> </tr>			<tr> <td class="recipe_measurement">1</td> <td class="recipe_item">Egg</td> </tr>			<tr> <td class="recipe_measurement"><sup>1 </sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> ???</td> <td class="recipe_item">Ketchup or chili sauce</td> </tr>			<tr> <td class="recipe_measurement"><sup>1 </sup>⁄<sub>3</sub> cup</td> <td class="recipe_item">soft bread crumbs</td> </tr>			<tr> <td class="recipe_measurement"><sup>1 </sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> tsp.</td> <td class="recipe_item">garlic salt</td> </tr>			<tr> <td class="recipe_measurement"> </td> <td class="recipe_item">Dash of pepper</td> </tr>			<tr> <td class="recipe_measurement">1 lb.</td> <td class="recipe_item">Lean ground beef</td> </tr>		</table>		</div>	<div class="recipe_card_prep">		<b>Preparation:</b>		<ol>			<li><span> Rinse cauliflower. Remove and discard leaves and lower part of the core. Place, stem end down, in 1<sup>in</sup> of boiling salted water in a deep pan. </span></li>			<li><span> Cover and steam for five minutes then drain. Place in greased, deep 1<sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> to 1<sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> quart baking dish. </span></li>			<li><span> Cook onion in heated butter until lightly browned. Remove from heat. </span></li>			<li><span> Beat egg in a medium bowl. Mix in catsup (or chili sauce), bread crumbs, garlic salt, and pepper. Then lightly mix in onion mixture and ground beef. </span></li>			<li><span> Mold ground beef mixture evenly around the sides and top of the cauliflower. </span></li>			<li><span> Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until meat is well browned and cauliflower is tender when a knife is inserted to test it. </span></li>			<li><span> Let stand for 5 minutes, then cut in wedges to serve </span></li>		</ol>	</div>	</div>


div.recipe_card_container{background-color: white;border: 1px solid black;clear: both;}div.recipe_card_ingredients{background-color: white;margin: auto;padding: 2px;width: 355px;float: left;text-align: left;}div.recipe_card_prep{margin: auto;padding: 2px;text-align: left;width: 355px;float: right;background-color: white;}

you can see it in action here

Edited by damiancds
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that solved it nicely, thanks jkloth. Now i just have to mess with margin's and padding's to make it uncrowded.again, thanks,

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