December 10, 2004

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Hot Caramel Spiced CiderThis is one of my family's favorites. We make this every year during the holidays. The cider is good with or without the caramel and whipped cream.

 

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Poppy Seed Bundt CakeCombine cake mix, pudding mix, water, and oil in large bowl. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed.

 

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Snicker CakePrepare cake mix per package directions. Pour half the batter into a greased and floured 9x13 pan...

 

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Uses for Torengo's Chip ContainersWash and reuse those plastic containers that Torengos chips come in. I use them for everything from storing small craft parts to keeping prepackaged granola bars fresh (and bug free) in my office desk.

 

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Asian Pears in Spinach SaladI put Asian pear in my spinach salad. They don't turn brown, you don't even have to dip them it in lemon juice.

 

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Over abundance of crickets?They love to hop in when you open your door! Buy the sticky mouse strips and place near doors exiting your home. When full toss in the trash. By Syd

 

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Bouncy Hair Again With Baking SodaPut about a tablespoon of baking soda in your hand along with some shampoo and wash your hair, it gets out all the hair spray, chemicals etc. Your hair feels great and is back to normal again. By jaccass

 

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Chocolate Milk TipWhen making chocolate milk for a treat, put milk and syrup in a sipper cup, put the lid on, cover the hole with your finger and shake to mix it up. No spoon to wash.

 

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Spot Cleaning the Kitchen FloorSpot clean your kitchen floor when company's coming and no time to get out the mop! Throw down a dampened sponge and scrub it around with your foot, then clean it in the sink or drop in a plastic bag to clean later. Saves your nails and knees! By Ann Emond

 

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Large Flat Desk Calendars For Craft ProjectsWhen companies offer various type calendars this time of year, take one and use as a work pad for craft projects. Tear off the sheet when you've finished a messy project and toss in the trash. By Syd

 

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Keep Your Toothbrush Germ FreeSterilize your toothbrushes by soaking in some bleach water to sanitize on a regular basis.

 

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Paperwhites as GiftsPotted paperwhites make an interesting frugal gift. For more interest, pot them in a clear dish filled with sand. The bulbs can be found at garden stores and the clear dishes are usually available at thrift stores. By Lynn

 

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Cork Christmas Tree?A friend's daughter went to a party and made a really cute Christmas tree out of corks, painted it green and white on the top for snow and then put it in a painted clay pot. They used wire to hold it together. does anyone have instructions on how to make one? LINNEA

 

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Baking Cookies in High Humidity?Every Christmas I like to bake an assortment of cookies for friends, but it is such a struggle. I live in Hawaii and am convinced the humidity is ruining my cookie baking but I don't know how to counteract the effects. Cookies are either burned, not baked enough, soft, too hard .... something! Can anyone give me a general idea of what I am up against? I see corrections in recipes for high altitudes but nothing for high humidity. Mahalo, Elaine

 

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Cleaning a Hot Water Heat Tank?My mother has asked for me to see if anyone knows of a way to clean out your hot water heater tanks. She has used vinegar in her dishwasher, etc. for years and knows it works great on hard water build-up and she feels that if she could do this in her hot water tank it would extend it's life, etc. Anyone know of how to go about doing something like that? Tawnda

 

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