November 6, 2004

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake PieThis deliciously easy pie made with a Ready Crust Graham Cracker Pie Crust is the perfect holiday treat for any apple pie lover.

 

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Winter Squash RecipeBuy a large winter squash at the farmer's market or when on sale, cut in 1/2 and bake on cookie sheet in oven at 350 degrees F. until tender (about 1 hour).

 

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Gingersnap Pumpkin PieAnother delectable dessert for your Thanksgiving day feast.

 

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Orange Cranberry BreadA good Holiday bread recipe or just any day.

 

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Creamy Wild Rice Soup with Smoked TurkeyCream soup recipe that you make in a dutch oven.

 

Articles

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Spend Time on Your Grocery List and Save Extra TripsWhen getting ready to go grocery shopping I always need to make sure I have a list. We live 30 miles from Canon City, Co in the mountains and can't run to the store every time I need something.

 

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Perfect Fudge TipWhen making fudge cook to soft ball stage. Add 1 tsp. vanilla and at least a half an 18 oz. jar of peanut butter and you will never have fudge that isn't delicious and perfect. By ooms

 

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Rainy Day Clothes LineIf you have a patio umbrella, weave a string as parallel as possible between the tips. It's no good for large sheets, but works well for the slow drying stuff like socks or jeans. Have FUN, DearWebby (http://webby.com/humor)

 

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Cold Relief Herbal SoakIf you do manage to get a cold this season, even with all the anti-cold tips, the following herbal soak may help you feel better.

 

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Soothing Oatmeal Facial CreamWater poured over a small amount of oatmeal and rubbed on the face is very soothing and good for the skin. It is easy to do, just use a small amount. For more treatment, add water to oatmeal and put the whole glop on your face and leave until it feels a little tight. By racing2elrod

 

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Keeping Prepared For Christmas Baking After ThanksgivingAfter I roast my Thanksgiving turkey, I place all my Christmas baking supplies and utensitls in the clean roasting pan and keep it out on the counter so I won't have to search and drag everything out as I do my Christmas baking. Makes whipping up a quick batch of something really quick when you don't have to find and then put away everything every time! By Linda

 

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Dishwasher Gel for Sink StainsDab dishwasher gel on any stains in your sink, and let it set overnight. In the morning the stains will be gone! By Linda

 

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Cleaning Wooden Food Preparation SurfacesButcher blocks and other wooden work surfaces used for food preparation should be cleaned after each use. Use chlorine bleach to kill germs from raw foods such as chicken, fish, and meat. Wash any surface that touches these foods.

 

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Use the Crockpot for StuffingPrepare your favorite stuffing and bake it in your crockpot while the turkey occupies the oven. You can prep this the day before and refrigerate, it is so much easier than stuffing it into the turkey.

 

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Keeping Brushes and Combs Static FreeThis tip is especially apropos with winter's cold weather approaching. Keep your comb and hairbrush lying on a fabric softener sheet in your vanity drawer, it discourages static electricity. If you need a little extra help while combing or brushing just wipe the comb or brush against the sheet. This also makes your drawer smell really fresh. By Kathy

 

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Saving Money vs. Saving TimeTo me, thriftiness is not just about saving money. It's about making the best use of the resources you have. For me, one of my most precious resources is TIME.

 

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Your Fireplace Can Help You Beat StressFor extra stress relief during cool autumn days, pull up a chair in front of a fire and stare at the flames. Focusing on the flickering colors, experts say, is proven to induce a mild meditative state that'll help you release worries and concerns. By Kathy

 

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Killing Off Insects Before Making Crafts With Outdoor ItemsBefore using any natural stuff like pinecones or seed pods you have gathered in holiday decor, line a shallow pan with foil and put them into the oven at 200 degrees for about 45 minutes. This will kill any insects living inside. You don't want uninvited guests crawling onto your holiday table.

 

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Watering Hanging House PlantsWater hanging plants with a few ice cubes, rather than the watering pail. The cubes will melt slowly and will be absorbed whereas water poured in often runs straight through and pours out.

 

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Soda Tab CraftsYou can make items using soda tabs, sell them and give a large percentage to the Ronald McDonald House or other children's charities.

 

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Sharing Thankful ThoughtsAs your Thankgiving guests arrive give each a paper fall leaf to write a "thankful" thought on. Have them drop them in a clear vase or fishbowl. They needn't sign it unless they want to. Then, if there are only a few, read them before the meal, or after, or hang them up for all to see.

 

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Box Lunches That Boost GradesThe right lunch can boost kids' brainpower, cut down on sick days and give them steady energy. Here are the best foods to keep school kids in tip-top shape:

 

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Cleaning and Preventing Mildew Around the HouseMildew is a common name for household mold that thrives in dark, damp, poorly ventilated places. Chlorine bleach, diluted according to label directions, is a good mildew remover for use on colorfast waterproof hard surfaces.

 

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Get Your Kids Involved in Thanksgiving DinnerGet your kids involved in Thanksgiving dinner! Have them help decorate the table by making candy cornucopias for place cards: using ice cream cones, write each guest's name on the cone with decorator frosting.

 

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Stocking Up On Food Pays Off During Hard TimesHere's another grocery tip. When the Y2K scare was going on we decided to go ahead and stock up on dry products and other items that might be needed. Even though nothing came of it we kept from getting into those items. Later that year my husband got laid off from his job and could not find work. In a small town it's very hard to steady work. Boy, were we thankful for the stockpile of stuff we had.

 

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Removing Mothball Stench from Wool Blankets?We purchased two beautiful wool blankets from Sierra Post and they arrived smelling of horrid mothballs! As we live in the NW the option of placing them outside is not always available.

 

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Making Anti Dust Mite Pillowcases Mattress Covers?I'd like to know if anyone knows how to make mattress and pillow covers at home that keep out dust mites. Every morning when I rise my eyes look and feel like I have the flu ...

 

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