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Canola Oil Chocolate CakeBeat first 4 ingredients for 4 minutes. Sift dry ingredients
and alternate add the dry ingredients and 2 cups boiling water
to the oil mixture.
Deluxe Scalloped PotatoesPreheat oven to 300 degrees. Put in an 8x8 inch greased baking dish. Heat margarine and cream of mushroom soup. Add potatoes, sour cream, cheese, salt and pepper. Top with green onions and bake. Can be frozen ahead. Wrap and freeze. Do not put on onions before freezing.
Company PotatoesAdd butter to potatoes and mash. Beat cream cheese and sour cream together and then add to potatoes. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the chives if desired. Spoon into a 2 qt. casserole and brush with soft butter and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Hash Brown BakeMix all ingredients together and put into 9x12 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45-60 minutes.
Keep Leftovers In Small ContainersBefore putting something in the fridge as a leftover make sure it is in the smallest container it can be, so it will take up less space and cost less to keep cool. No sense in keeping cool a whole crock pot when there's only one bowl left of soup.
Clipping UPC CodesClip all UPC codes and file away (name brands only) for future reference when entering contests.
Safe Fingerpaints for BabiesFor easy, safe fingerpaints, use whipped topping tinted with drink mix. They're safe even for babies to use (my son did this when he was in daycare and he wasn't 1 yet), but still messy enough to be appealing to small children.
Parsley as a Breath FreshenerIf you want to freshen your breath in the middle of the day but you can't brush your teeth, try chewing a few sprigs of parsley. Works great!
Portable Sewing Kit in a Prescription BottleOne way to reuse prescription bottles is as a portable sewing kit. Put a spool of thread into the bottle, pierce a small hole in the lid and run the thread end out the lid. Put several needles and pins, however many you might need, inside.
Vaseline for Chapped LipsFor rough, dry, chapped lips there is nothing better or cheaper than just a little Vaseline petroleum jelly applied to them. It takes very little, Vaseline is not expensive, and it lasts a long, long time.
Billie Holiday and Maggie (Chow Mix)Here are some of the ThriftyFun Office Assistants. Billie Holiday is a long haired black diva that thinks everything in the house belongs to her. Maggie is a Chow mix that was rescued from an Animal Shelter in Oregon.
Pressing Pants and Taking Out the ShineWhen you need a pair of men's pants pressed and take the shine out use cold coffee on a cloth and set it on the pants and press. This also puts a deep crease in the pants that will last a while. We used this during the war in the 40's when nobody could afford the dry cleaner's.
Start from Scratch!My mother-in-law gave me this tip when my husband and I first got married and moved into our first home. I tried it and it's true, and it's also healthier and earth friendly.
Using Plastic Butter Containers for LeftoversIf you save the empty plastic containers from butter, yogurt, etc, use a permanent marker to put an X or some other mark on the lid so you can tell at a glance what really is butter and what is probably leftovers.
Decorating the Cake to Match the DecorationsI found a new set of baby's first birthday party decorations for $1.50 at the thrift store last year (16 each cups, plates, napkins, table clothes etc.) My dh took a plate to the Walmart bakery and asked if they could make the cake look like the plate, and they did. Because of copyrights it looks a little different of course but the theme all matches now for our little ones first party:) So if you come across something you like try to match your cake.
Grip Clips for ChipsInstead of using clothes pins to close chip bags, use the grip clips that you can find in the tool sections of stores. They're never more then .50 each but last A LOT longer and don't breaking apart. I use these on all of our cereal, chips, veggies for the freezer. Works great.
Have Your Home Inspected TermitesHave your home inspected annually for pests such as termites, etc. Most insurance companies will not pay for damage to your home caused by pests so it is worth the money to have an inspection done so you can find a problem and fix it before it's too late and major damage is done to your home.
Bring a List When You Go To Garage SalesWhen garage saling always carry a list of the family's sizes (clothes, coat & shoe) as well as window sizes along with a measuring tape.
Peanut Butter StainsI am trying how to get "natural" peanut butter stains out of white clothes. I keep reading how to use peanut butter to remove other stains, but I assume this is hydrogenated peanut butter. The natural peanut butter is not removed by anything I have tried. R. Lasher
Used Computer TowerHi, I am looking for a used HP 6553 tower to make complete a pc for me, I have everything else but that. I am not able to pay a lot of money right now. If anyone has any ideas or parts they said it needed a motherboard. thanks a lot. Dylan in Kentucky
Keeping Cauliflower from Getting Brown SpotsCan anyone tell m how to keep brown spots from cauliflower so soon after buying? Love to all. Loretta
Removing Shoe Polish Stain from Rose Coloured CarpetMy daughter is in Sea Cadets and even after telling her umpteen times not to polish her boots in the living room, she did. Now, I have a huge black shoe polish stain on my carpet. I hadn't noticed it until today and am not sure how long it has been there. Any ideas on how to get it out? The carpet is new and I'd really hate to have to have it replaced.
Thanks for your ideas.
Darlene in Mississauga
New School?I'm having so much trouble deciphering wether I should remain at my current school or transfer to another. The new school offers an entirely foreign curriculum with countless engagements that aren't available at the public school I attend.
Chili Peppers for Kitchen DecoratingI'm building a new home and I want my kitchen theme to be Chili Peppers. My counter top is black and gray with specks of red. My kitchen curtains have red chili peppers on them.What color can I paint my walls and what other decorating ideas and tips can anyone give me?
Getting Orchids to RebloomDoes anyone know how to get an orchid to rebloom? I buy a new one every year, and now I have 6 or 7 plants that are living but don't bloom for me again.
By Brenda Cole
Breaker Question - 20 Amp Breaker, 14 wireI recently purchased a house, and it is clear that the previous owner had not always done things correctly. My present concern is that there seems to be 14 gauge wire running off a 20 AMP breaker.
Getting Hop Smell Out Of ClothesMy husband recently started work at a Hop Extract plant and the smell is unbearable. I was wondering if there are any tricks to getting that smell out of clothing? I haven't tried vinegar yet, but have heard that may help. I am afraid that my clothes are going to smell like hops if I wash mine after his. Any solutions?
Jo from Washington State
Copyright Free Craft Books?Can anyone tell me where to purchase copyright Free craft books, where I may copy the patterns - and photos? - Rosa
Permanent Marker on Vinyl CouchI have permanent marker on my tan, vinyl couch. I have tried everything under the sun to remove this artwork.I have tried Oops, goofoff, WD-40, magic eraser, 409, Soft Scrub, OxyClean, Lava Soap and rubbing alcohol.