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Noodles with Red Peppers and Tuna
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Beach Towel To Protect Pillow

Hubby has oily skin and, being bald, he has no hair that absorbs at least some of the oil on his scalp. I bought several used beach towels at the Thrift Store and made them into pillow cases that I put over the pillow to protect it before slipping on the pretty top pillow case.

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Gluten Free Ice Cream Treat
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Add a Hershey's Kiss to Coffee

Ugh! Trying to lose weight during the holidays? When you get that chocolate urge, put a Hershey's Kiss in the bottom of your coffee cup! Pour coffee over the Kiss and you will have great tasting coffee with VERY little calories!

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Window Decoration Tips

Can you please share some tips to keep your windows decorated?

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Christmas Gift for My Boyfriend

I'm having trouble deciding on a Christmas gift for my 15 year old boyfriend. Since we have only been dating for a month, I don't want to get anything too big; small but meaningful.

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What is My Puppy's Breed?
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What Breed is This Puppy?
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Paint Advice for Daughter's Room

My glitter-fied 11 year old daughter's bedroom joins mine. I want to know if I can paint her room a different color, even though our rooms are connected (there is a door but no hallway).

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Drape Color Advice

I am purchasing a chocolate brown sectional and painting my walls a cream with gold colorant (I like to think of it as cake batter yellow). My floors are a medium wood color. What color drapes should I use?

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Troubleshooting a Refridgerator

My refrigerator gets cold on the bottom, but not on top.

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Christmas Gift for Boyfriend

What should I get my boyfriend for Christmas? He is getting me a ring and a new hoodie, but I have no idea what I should get him.

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Getting Materials to Finish Rebuild on Home

My husband's grandmother is an elderly woman who recently retired. She started rebuilding her home, but it abruptly came to a halt because there was not enough materials to finish the job. How do we go about getting her help?

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Hot Chocolate Bar
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Child's Eligibility for Parent's Life Insurance

My son was in a car accident. My question is, he had a daughter that he never got to see but maybe 10 times. The baby's mom told him she had 90 days to take him off the birth certificate and she changed the baby's name back to her maiden name.

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Buying Glass Blocks for Crafts

I want to make the glass blocks that are decorated. I am looking to make several for my family members. Can you tell me the most inexpensive place to purchase?

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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Advertising a Garage Sale

I live 12 miles from town. Any tips to help make my garage sale workable and easy to get to? There's only one exit off the interstate and then 2 turns to my road. Thanks!

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Cleaning Gas Stove Burners

How do I clean burners on a gas stove?

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Removing Cat Urine Odor from Wood and Carpet

I am having a hard time keeping urine smell out of my home. One of my cats for some reason is peeing on the floor around his liter box instead of in it. I don't know why he started doing this. Is he trying to tell me something? Is he sick, is he mad at me for something? I don't understand.

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Perming Thin Hair

I think I need a perm as my hair is very thin and fine. However is perming hair bad for falling hair? Will perming hair cause further loss? I need volume at the top to conceal my scalp. Wearing a wig is uncomfortable for hot weather conditions and it looks unreal.

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Cat Peeing and Pooping Everywhere

How can I stop my cat from peeing and pooping everywhere? I'm pretty sure it's from stress, as my older brother likes to scare him and the younger one drags him to bed. However, when we put a stop to it, which lasted about 4 or 5 months, he still kept doing it. He goes everywhere.

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Using Olive Oil as Fuel for Oil Lamps
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Name for New Baking Business
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Stains on Tarmac Driveway

Visitors leaving aircon and heaters on whilst driving into my driveway drop a fluid which I then have to try and remove. Your best advice would be much appreciated. Driveway was done 12 months ago.

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Pellet Mill Cost

How much does a wood pellet mill cost?

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Cloud Dough
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Crocheted Rosebud
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Blowing up a Balloon with Baking Soda and...
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Turning Pants Into Capris
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Fabric Teething Necklace
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Square Hillbilly Dishcloth
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Crocheted Winter Headband
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Crocheted Flower
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Setting Up a Pre-lit Christmas Tree

Where do the plugs on the bottom level go (A15, A23, etc). What plugs go into the receptacles?

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Kitchen Wall and Trim Color Advice

We are remodeling our kitchen and plan to install medium to slightly dark (cherry) Shaker cabinets and a medium wood floor and have white appliances. I am trying to figure out what color to paint walls and the trim or crown molding in the room.

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Making a Grave Site Floral Spray

How do i make a grave site floral spray using Styrofoam as the base?

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Curtain Color Advice
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What Breed Is My Dog?
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What Breed Is My Dog?
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What Breed Is My Dog?
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Reheating a Frozen Pumpkin Pie

I was wondering if it is a good idea to warm a pumpkin pie in the oven after it has been frozen and thawed in the fridge? Perhaps on low temp?

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Freezing Cabbage

I bought a head of cabbage, but I'm limited on my intake. Can I just freeze it, or does it need to be cooked and then frozen?

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Getting Rid of Burnt Food Smell

I burned some meat and caused a lot of smoke. How can I get rid of this smell?

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Master Bedroom Curtain and Furniture Color...
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Crate Training a Puppy

My dog is 15 weeks old. He is a Yorkie and Schnauzer mix. While I was asleep he pooped in his cage which is located in my room. He has just gotten this cage and he thinks he could poop in it. In his old cage he only peed a couple times.

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Plastic Trash Bag Storage for Car
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Baby Wipes for Flannel Graph Board

I print pictures from my computer. Then I spread a baby wipe out flat. When it is completely dry, I cut it to fit the picture. Use a glue stick to glue it on the back of the picture. Either scented or plain baby wipes can be used. It is a very inexpensive easy way to tell flannel graph (flannel board) stories.

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Cleaning Paint/Artist's Brushes

As an artist I sometimes forget to rinse my brushes out well. By the time I get back to it it is completely stiff and dried with paint. The way I rescue these brushes is to fill an old plastic cup with enough Murphy's oil soap to cover the bristles and let it sit overnight.

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Add Ranch Dressing to Mashed Potatoes

Today I wanted mashed potatoes and noticed that there was no butter in the fridge. I got out my bottle of ranch dressing and smushed the bottle so that a good sized blob came out. I then whipped them in the usual manner and they were delicious!

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