July 6, 2004

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CarTalk.comWebsite for the Car Talk radio program, which you can listen to on NPR.

 

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Cleaning Cookware With Oven CleanerTry using an oven cleaner on cooked-on, burnt messes in the bottom of stainless cookware. It works better than scrubbing with SOS pads!

 

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Shower MaintenanceWipe down your shower each time with a chamois cloth and you will have a sparkling shower every time. Only a gentle cleaning is then necessary once a week if you do this. Donna

 

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Baked Beans HawaiianMix in a casserole. Bake at 350 degrees F for 60 minutes.

 

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Coupon StorageI get tons of coupons. The place I like to store them is a baby wipes container. There's lots of room and I never have to worry about losing the lid.

 

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Substitute Water for ButterWhen preparing a recipe that calls for margarine or butter, try this. Instead of using one of those products, she used an equal amount of water rather than just omitting the butter altogether.

 

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Have You Registered to Vote?Are you currently registered to vote? If you have moved recently or have just reached voting age, make sure you are registered for the upcoming U.S. primary elections usually held in September.

 

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Dip Bacon in FlourTake a piece of bacon (not frozen) and dip it into flour, coating both sides, then fry as usual. Flour gives it more body and makes a beautiful crust. An added bonus is that the grease doesn't pop when frying, and shrinkage is less.

 

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Fix a Drip Hose that SpraysDo you have a drip hose that sprays rather than drips? Rather than get rid of the hose, you can re-direct the water back down into the ground where it belongs. Simply take an empty soda or water bottle (clear plastic) and carefully cut off the neck and the bottom.

 

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Pam or Non-stick Spray on Pizza PansSpray your pizza pans with Pam or non stick spray anytime you use them. I use it with frozen pizzas, homemade pizzas, basically anything that has the potential of sticking to the pan. By Tracy Fuller

 

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Cleaning Sap off Car?I have tree sap from a blue spruce on my car. What can I use to clean it off and what possible damage can happen to the paint?

 

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Decorating a Red Bedroom?I'm a male university student currently renting a house with a few other guys. I'm stuck with a bedroom with blood red walls which I can't paint over. What can I do to my room so it doesn't seem so weird? I currently have a pine desk, double futon, navy blue sheets. Advice on how to decorate this room would be greatly appreciated. Ray from Canada

 

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