June 24, 2004

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Prevent Soggy SaladsTo prevent soggy salads, take a small saucer or dish and put it upside down in the salad bowl. That will allow the salad to stay elevated while the moisture collects at the bottom.

 

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Meat Cleaning TipBefore you cook any meat wash it off gently under slow stream of water. Then use a bowl, pot, or sink large enough to hold meat and cover it with water. Add a slight handful of salt and let "draw" for about 5-10 minutes.

 

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Healthy Milk ShakeInstead of using ice cream in your milk shake, take a couple of bananas, chop them up and put them in your freezer. Once they are cold substitute them for ice cream in milk shake recipes. They can be pretty tasty.

 

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Safe and Cheap Sting TreatmentTake a small bottle or lip balm tube, stuff it with cotton and saturate it with vinegar. It applies easily to insect stings and bites, can be used on scrapes, scratches and sunburns as well. Keep several in car, tackle box, backpack and don't forget the garden or back yard. By Dr. Jose

 

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Avoid Stores and MallsOne of the most effective methods of plugging those leaks in the budget and buying impulsively is to stay out of the stores and malls. It was hard at first but now it is much easier. I noticed the difference in my budget immediately.

 

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Word of Mouth AdvertisingI am a firm believer in the power of word-of-mouth advertising! If you are looking for a job, have kittens to give away, need to buy or sell a used car, etc, etc -- tell everybody you meet. If you throw enough stuff at a wall, some of it will eventually stick! By Becki in Indiana

 

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Shave Years off your MortgageIf your mortgage payment is $1200 per month and you normally pay it on the 1st of the month, start paying $600 on the 1st of the month and then on the 15th of the month pay the additional $600.

 

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Inexpensive Gift JarsI make gift jars and cans. I use empty food jars and coffee cans. Wash them clean and take the labels off and then use recycled wrapping paper to wrap the jar or can. This makes a neat gift jar that can also be made into a potpourri jar. By Zelora

 

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Need Discontinued Wallpaper?I am needing 7 rolls of a border by Kim Anderson. The pattern is called Boy Meets Girl. It was in The Great Big Kids Book. I have half of a room finished and now the pattern has been taken off the shelves.

 

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Removing Nail Polish from a Dolls Face?My mother has a doll that is at least 50 years old, when I was a little girl I got into my mom's nail polish and decided to paint the doll's eyes and some of her face. What I would like to know is this... Would it be ok to use polish remover on this doll or would it destroy it, and if this would do damage to the doll then is there something out there that I can use to remove it? Wendy from Missouri

 

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Looking for Paint for a Bird Cage? Hi, I am building a large bird cage for my pet birds and need help. I am not using chicken wire but stronger fencing and I am wondering if any one would know if stores sell the plastic coating that normal bird cages have? Do they sell a spray paint that I can spray on fencing? I don't have a clue as to what I'm doing but I'm going for it anyway. Thanks, Lu-Lu

 

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Feeding Birds without Feeding Pigeons?I love feeding the birds and squirrels but in doing so get tons of pigeons and they take over my bird feeders. How can I feed my birds but not welcome pigeons? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Sue

 

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Removing Cat Pee Smell From Sweatshirt?I have a sweatshirt that cats peed on and after washing it, the smell is still there. Is there anything I can use to remove the smell?

 

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Low or Lower Fat Potato Soup Recipe?Anyone have a recipe for a low or lower fat potato soup recipe? Thanks, Mary

 

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