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March 26, 2009
Recipes Using Potatoes
Potatoes are an inexpensive ingredient for lots of dishes. What are your favorite recipes using potatoes?
Homemade Ant Killer
How can I make ant killer spray using household products?
How do you thaw out frozen fish?
I grew up on a small farm where we raised practically everything we ate. I've always liked to have some fresh produce growing somewhere. We have downsized to our retirement home and try as I might, I haven't been able to find a suitable place to plant very much of a "Victory Garden."
Melt butter in large skillet. Add rice and onion. Cook and stir until rice is lightly browned. Add water, bouillon cube, and mushrooms. Bring to a boil. Stirring until cube dissolves. Cover; remove from heat, let stand 5 minutes.
Use Forks as Garden Markers
Use old forks as garden markers. Simply "weave" your seed packets through the tines on forks you no longer use. Stick them in the garden to mark your rows. Even plastic forks could be used, but be sure they are firmly pushed in the ground.
Use Press and Seal for Seedling Containers
When planting your seeds for spring and using those pots that you saved from last year, use "Press and Seal" on the bottom of them when you don't have a tray, to keep the water from leaking out.
Easter Bunny Candy Dish
Make a cute bunny candy dish for Easter. Spray paint a terracotta clay pot and saucer white, any size you desire is acceptable. Sponge paint the interior of the saucer with a spring color if you desire.
Combine chicken stock, bones, meat, onion and bay leaf in large soup pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for one hour. Add barley and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
Create Your Own Ribbon Holder
Create your own ribbon holder for less than $2 using leftover materials: use an old wire basket (it is OK if some of the slats are broken) and several 12 inch long dowel rods (or pant hanger cardboard) cut to length.
Use Old Bowling Ball for a Garden Globe
Recycle those old bowling balls. Spray them with primer and then spray paint them any color you choose. Use them as garden globes. The size is a little off but they are not so breakable as the glass globes. Your will just have to buy a stand.
Crock Pot Fiesta Chicken
Place chicken seasoned with salt, pepper and coriander or cumin in a crock pot set on low. Top with 1/2 jar salsa. Add corn. About 1 hour prior to serving add the remaining salsa and one can drained black beans, stir and allow to heat.
Check Receipt Before Leaving Store
Are you being overcharged for groceries? I am overcharged for my groceries half of the time! That is why I now check my receipt before leaving the store instead of when I get home.
Use Curb Appeal to Achieve a Quick House Sale
Without a doubt, first impressions count and can be the deciding factor in whether you achieve a quick house sale or not. The idea behind curb appeal is to allow potential buyers to imagine how it will feel living in your house.
Creamy Tomato Macaroni
A friend of mine feeds this to her kids who say it is one of their favourite meals. She'll make it when she doesn't have much time or doesn't feel like cooking. Costs less than $2 and can feed up to 6 people.
Use Old CDs as a Bird Deterrent
Do you have birds making nests on your porch or in your plants? Then get some old CDs you don't want, put a strong string through the hole and tie it and take the other end and tie it to your porch so it hangs down.
Save and Reuse Snack Containers
When I purchase pudding, yogurt or even jello, I save the plastic containers and wash them thoroughly with soap and water. They are the right size to either put snack such as raisins or trail mix in for kids.
Basil Chive Butter
Puree ingredients in a food processor. If the mixture seems too dry, just add a teaspoon of olive oil and repeat if necessary. Continue until smooth.
Use a CD Case for a Recipe Card Holder
You can use a CD case as a recipe holder. To display a recipe during a meal prep open the CD case and bend it back. Then place a recipe card (after cutting the card to fit, if necessary) in the opening.
Strawberry Jello Salad
Dissolve jello in water. Add partially frozen strawberries, bananas, nuts, pineapple. Pour half in 13x9 inch pan. Let set. Top with sour cream and other half of jello mixture. Chill.
Mickey (Toy Poodle)
Mickey is an 8 year old toy poodle. She was a rescue dog that our neighbors were fostering. We adopted her in 2001. Mickey is a snuggler. She loves to be close to her family! She likes to lay on my lap while I knit. Mickey also loves to play chase with her toys.
Ground Beef-Vegetable Soup
Brown ground beef and drain. Add everything but the macaroni and simmer for 2 hours. Add macaroni and cook additional 1-2 hours.
Pineapple Coffee Cake
Drain pineapple. Save 2/3 cup pineapple syrup and mix with 2 cups Bisquick, 1 egg, and 1/4 cup sugar. Pour into well greased 9 inch pan. Cover evenly with drained crushed pineapple and top with 1/4 cup brown sugar. Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes.
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