November 11, 2004

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In Praise of Rubber SpatulasRubber spatulas are wonderful things! I routinely use mine to get the last little bit out of a jar. Recently, a visitor was amazed that I was able to scrape enough peanut butter out of an empty-looking jar to make a full sandwich! By Leann D

 

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Grease Jar Tip - Keep the Mess in the SinkDo you make a mess when draining grease from cooked hamburger? I set my grease jar in the sink while spooning the grease. If I spill a little, no worry. I'll rinse the sink out when I'm finished. This also works well when filling a lunch thermos with soup or pouring a large batch of sports drink mix into individual bottles. By Cheryl from Missouri

 

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Trust Training - Training Your Pet Rat to Have FunTrust Training: "If you have a baby rat who doesn't like to be held, remember that baby rats tend to be very active and often don't want to hold still to be held. Instead they want to run around and play and explore.

 

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Save Warranty Information For Home Improvement ProductsWe recently had to redo the plumbing in our bathroom which included replacing leaky fixtures. Unfortunately the faucet in the bathtub began to leak after only 6 months. We discovered the leak was probably due to the contractor soldering a part that wasn't meant to be.

 

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The Rat Fan ClubThis website has a lot of information for people with pet rats. "The Rat Fan Club, founded in 1992, focuses on rats as companion animals.

 

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Quick Tip for a Chipped Nail - Matchbook Nail FileWhen you are out at a party and chip a nail, use the striking edge of a matchbook to create a temporary smooth edge. By Linda

 

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Making Muffin Hints and TipsNever beat muffin batter. Stir the ingredients only until you see no more dry flour. The dough is supposed to be lumpy. If you continue mixing, you'll have tough dry muffins which won't rise properly.

 

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Drying Nail Polish QuicklyPam cooking spray will dry fingernail polish quickly. By Kathy

 

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Apple Cinnamon Crunch MuffinsMakes 1 dozen muffins.

 

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Make Your Own Dirty DenimAre your teens and preteens begging for the hottest fall look known as "dirty denim"? All you need to do to make them happy is gather these materials and follow the steps.

 

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Make Your Own Handi-WipesThese work very well, are very inexpensive, safe for baby, and smell just like the "real" thing.

 

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Let Them Know if You Didn't Like It!If you purchased a product and it wasn't to your liking, you prepared it and it didn't taste great, call the 800 number on the product packing (if there is one) and let them know. They may send you a coupon for other items about the same price.

 

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Make-Up Recycling TipSince the powder in compacts seems to fall apart or you use the middle and have the sides left here's a way to "recycle" it! Take the pressed powder from the compact or compacts and crush or break up the remaining pieces. Add a small amount of rubbing alcohol and mix it into a paste.

 

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Creative Breading for Chicken or FishBe creative when breading chicken or fish. Cracker and chip crumbs, corn meal, leftover nuts, sesame seeds can all be ground in a food processor and used to coat fillets before frying or baking.

 

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Tea Kettle Flower PotsWhen my children were young and still living at home, they made a habit of burning my tea kettles dry. I decided to plant flowers, and/or herbs in them. They look really cute outside or inside!

 

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Foodsaver UsesThat foodsaver vac 300 is useful for more than just food. I don't own one, but it would be great for packaging jewelry for a yard sale, salt for your husband's lunchbox, even as a type of laminator for precious keepsakes. I have a Christmas card from my Mother, who is now with the Lord. I keep it in plain sight in my kitchen and it gets a lot of dirt. Wouldn't the Foodsaver be great for it? By springmaid5

 

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CD Scratch RemovalDoes anybody know some good ways of removing scratches from CD's? Thanks, Steven S.

 

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Pattern For A Children's ApronDoes anyone have a pattern for a child-size apron? Camilla

 

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Repairing Dings In the Varnish On a Hardwood FloorWe recently installed hardwood floors in our house and sadly have some pretty major dings and scratches on the varnish from a chair. We had a chair with metal feet with rubber ends on the feet. The metal broke through one of the rubber feet and scratched the floor. Does anyone know of a way to buff these out to make them less noticeable? We have rearranged our furniture in a way that puts them in a high traffic area, the rest of the floor looks fantastic. Any ideas would be appreciated, Thanks. Jimmy

 

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Adjusting Oven TemperatureWe have an old stove in the house we just bought and it cooks above the noted temperature. Does anyone know a way to correct the temperature gauge without having to call an expensive repairman? By Christine

 

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