November 10, 2004

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Reusing Whole Chicken Deli ContainersI reuse the plastic container that hot whole chickens come in from the deli. I mix up all the ingredients for a big meatloaf, press into the plastic dome, then dump pressed meatloaf mixture onto a broiling pan; to drain grease when cooking.

 

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Washing Machine Tip - Add an Extra SpinSet your washing machine for one extra spin when doing heavier articles. It'll save loads of drying time. : )

 

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Cleaner Soap Dish TipIf you are using bar soap in your bathroom and hate the goo that accumulates in the soap dish, put a small sponge under the soap.

 

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Photo Tree OrnamentThis is a great Christmas present for people that you don't want to spend much money on or just to include with your Christmas cards. Completed, this makes a beautiful unique ornament for your tree.

 

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Alternative Uses for Elmer's GlueElmer's Glue is great for removing splinters and blackheads around your nose! Just put the glue on thick without diluting it. When it's dry, just peel it off.

 

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Fiestas in a BagWhen my avocado tree surprised me with a bumper crop, everyone received custom "fiestas in a bag" gift. In each gift bag I put several avocados, a packet of guacamole seasoning, a large bag of chips and a bottle of margarita mix! You could put in the tequila, too, if appropriate.

 

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Extra Storage Space for Out of Season ClothingUse one of those storage boxes that can fit under your bed. I store out of season clothing there. Right now summer pajamas, shorts, short sleeve jerseys, bathing suits are stored in it.

 

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"Catch The Cold" Season - Consume Lots of FluidsNow that we are approaching what I call the Catch The Cold Season, it is important to make sure that you consume lots and lots of fluids for coughs. Water, fruit juices, popsicles and chicken soup may work better for your cough than an expectorant. Expectorants are supposed to increase the watery excretions produced by cells in the upper respiratory tract. Theoretically, those secretions loosen mucous and phlegm, making them easier to cough up and out of the lungs. But expectorants often don't work as advertised. What your system really needs is fluids to moisten the mucous membranes and loosen the mucous. By joesgirl

 

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Have a "Paint My Toenails" PartyOn a cold winter weekend pick a day that is good for your girlfriends, your mom, aunties, cousins, daughters, sisters, etc. and invite them to your home for a get together.

 

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Baked ApplesThis is great for breakfast or you can make it for dessert and plop a glob of either whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.

 

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Keeping Funnels HandyI keep a funnel under the bathroom sink and in the laundry room for filling small bottles from large ones. Funnels can be found for 3 for a $1. Having them handy saves the time of looking for a funnel and then putting it away.

 

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Getting Rotten Meat Smell out of the Car?My husband accidently forgot chicken breasts in the car after coming back from the grocery store. We realized that when the car started smelling real bad. We used car freshners, and also left the car open a couple of times, but it didn't work. Now every time we sit in the car, it smells horribly bad. Any ideas to get rid of the smell will be appreciated. - Gina

 

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Recipe for Soup Can Nut Breads?I am looking for a recipe for nut breads that cook in a soup can. Thank you. Carol Garvin

 

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Purpose of the Flea?What is the purpose of the flea? How does it benefit the environment? Does anyone know? - Suzzette

 

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Uses for Miscellaneous Fat Quarters (Gift Ideas)?I finally cleaned out my craft closet and found a whole bunch of children/baby print fat quarters (pieces of fabric about 18" x 21"). I don't quilt, so I'm not sure how I got them, but I have a whole stack of them and some have really cute patterns. It seems like I should be able to make something useful out of them to give as gifts this holiday season, but I'm stumped for ideas. Can anyone help? T. D. From Toronto

 

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