December 16, 2004

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Recipes

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Apple Butter the Easy WayIn a microwave safe bowl, combine apples, maple syrup and cinnamon. Microwave on high for 15 minutes.

 

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Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna StylePreheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with a thin layer of cooking spray. Place squash halves cut side down on the baking sheet.

 

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Cherry Cheese Cake PieBeat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Spoon into crust. Chill. Spoon pie filling over the top...

 

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Red and Green Christmas Jalapeño JellyRemove stems, veins and most of the seeds of the bell and jalapeño peppers. Mince peppers in a food processor.

 

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Robin's Favorite Holiday Salad RecipesThree of Robin's favorite Christmas salad recipes: Cranberry Salad, Cinnamon Salad and Watergate Salad

 

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Chipmunk PieSift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in egg, vanilla and chopped apples. Bet thoroughly...

 

Articles

Laundry tubs for organizing clean laundry.

Plastic Dish Pans for LaundryI use a small plastic 3-tier shelf lined with plastic dishpans to separate clean laundry. Each dishpan is labeled with each person's name and one labeled "upstairs." 2 of my kids are old enough to put up their laundry.

 

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Sheet Washing TipsTips and ideas for washing, drying and folding sheets. Post your ideas.

 

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A Lunch Bag for PanhandlersI don't like giving money to panhandlers but sometimes want to do something. I fixed up lunch bags with a juice box, snack mix, apple, cookies, and a candy or two.

 

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Making a Cheap ValanceTo make quick and cheap curtain valances take a dust ruffle from a bed and remove the lower ruffle, flip down about 2-3 inches along the top cut side and sew it down on the machine. The rest of the curtain will already have a nice finished edge.

 

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Getting All the Motor OilMake sure to get all the motor oil out of the containers used in oil changes buy letting them drip upside down in a funnel back into one of the containers, letting each one drain for a couple of days. By Melanie

 

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Melanie's Quick Mac n Cheese Boil the elbow pasta as usual. In a separate pan make a "rue" by melting 1/3 cup butter with just a bit less than 1/3 cup of flour till it's a thick paste. Add in about 1 1/2 cups of milk and warm until it's combined, melted and thickening.

 

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Bar Cookies for the HolidaysTo simplify my baking I make a lot of bar cookies. I bought some extra pans at the thrift store, so now I can leave the cookies in the pans until I am ready to cut them and arrange the gift trays.

 

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Pack a Lunch for the Preschooler TooWhen I pack lunch for my school age children, I pack one for my younger child as well that way he gets a kick out of using his lunch box and we have lunch prepared if we are on the go at lunchtime.

 

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Homemade Bean Bags for KidsHomemade bean bags are a great gift for children. Use the sleeve or leg of an old garment and then sew in pieces. I fill them with rice, not beans. They are lighter with rice and don't hurt as bad if you are hit with one.

 

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E-Card Holiday Virus Packs Ugly PunchThat e-card bringing Christmas cheer is nothing but a nasty mass-mailing worm that could turn your PC into a zombie machine, anti-virus experts warn. Read more about this decidedly unjolly arrival.

 

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Buying a Month's Worth of Utilities as a Gift?Does anyone know if utilities still let you buy a month of someone's service for a gift? I know some let you but wasn't sure if any still do? HELP! Last minute shopping is not working! Casey

 

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Cleaning Cake Decorating Bags?I bake and decorate cakes, as a second income, and use washable bags for my frosting. Over time, the bags seem to develop an odor of stale shortening, which I can't seem to get rid of. The bags are not cheap, so I can't keep replacing them, and the odor doesn't seem to transfer over to the cake I am working on, but it just bothers me that I can't get rid of the odor. I don't like the disposable bags, because they are too stiff, and they're not cheap either. I don't have a dishwasher to wash them in, but I try to use really hot water, and even let them soak, but it doesn't matter. Any suggestions on what I should use? Mrs. Mutt

 

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Where's Erma Bombeck When We Need Her? Uses For Unmatched Socks.I am the proud owner of a large trash bag of widowed and orphaned socks--all colors, all sizes. Although Erma Bombeck would have known where to search for the mates, we've lost her and are on our own.

 

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