October 18, 2004

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Runs in StockingsA tip I learned from college days: If you get a runner in your nylon hose, don't throw them away! Just cut off the leg with the run and throw it away. Save the top and the good leg. When you have two tops and legs wear them together. No one can tell you are wearing two parts! By MB in WY

 

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Dry Storage on a BoatIf you have items in a boat that must be kept dry (registration, etc.), vacuum seal them. By Nancy Wall

 

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Cooking CabbageWhen cooking cabbage, place a small tin cup or can half full of vinegar on the stove near the cabbage. It will absorb the order. By Peggy

 

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Coffee Grounds and Egg ShellsDon't throw away your coffee grounds or egg shells, instead as you turn the potting soil in your house plants, add the grounds and shells for healthier house plants.

 

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Hot Glue for Gift WrappingAfter running out of tape during a Christmas present wrapping marathon I decided to try hot glue. It worked so well I haven't used tape since.

 

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Putting Shoes On The Proper FeetTips for helping preschoolers put shoes on the proper feet. Post your own tips here:

 

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Crispy French Fry TipLet raw potatoes stand in cold water for at least a half-hour before frying in order to improve the crispness of French-fried potatoes. Dry potatoes thoroughly before adding to oil. By Peggy

 

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Lemon Juice For White PotatoesA few drops of lemon juice in the water will whiten boiled potatoes.

 

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Out Of This World Pineapple CakeThis cake tastes great and quickly disappears!

 

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"That Sausage Stuff"This recipe is one my mother taught me, except I kicked it up a notch. The name of it may sound odd, but that's only because she didn't know what else to call it. The "core" recipe is very simple, and I've added some extras at the end that I use often to make it healthier and tastier, and requests I've received along the way. Have fun with it!

 

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Clean Up While TravelingWhen traveling with children, I do this to avoid stopping all the time and save money on wipes. Before we leave, I get at least 2 wash cloths and soap them really well but don't rinse them. I put them in a ziplock baggie.

 

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Stuffed Green Pepper TipUse greased muffin tins as molds when baking stuffed green peppers. By Peggy

 

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Sample Time at Warehouse StoresAre you a member of B.J.'S, Costco or Sams Club? If so, try to do your shopping at about 11:30 AM. In the food section, they give out samples of all kinds of interesting new products.

 

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Scratch Marks on Cream Leather SofaI have got a kitten who has left claw marks on my cream leather sofa, Please can you help me with any ideas on how to cover marks. My sofa is 4yrs old and still looks brand new as I keep it covered. but some how the kitten has marked it. Please help. Kind Regards Kelly

 

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Looking for Snake Advice?I was terrifed a month or so ago, when I was ascending the basement steps, and a snake was curled in the corner. I was absolutely terrified, and beat it with a mop I was taking upstairs to throw away. It kept moving, and then I sprayed it, with I don't know what---and it stopped moving. I put the mop over it and went into to town until my husband got off work. I put mothballs around, because I heard that repels them, but got an awful headache. We got something at the farm store called snake-away, and it smelled like moth balls. Also, we live next to fields in the country, and sometimes mice are a problem. I think we have gotten rid of them. I would appreciate all advice. Thank you!! Alleen

 

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Freezer Problem - Thermostat?I have a small chest freezer (Frigidaire). The other day I noticed the food items at the top of the freezer were thawing out. I checked to see if a breaker had been tripped. It had not.

 

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