February 7, 2005

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Recipes

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Cowboy StewBrown meat and onion in large 10 inch skillet. Add remaining ingredients. Stir and mix well. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

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100 Year Old CookiesDough keeps well if refrigerated. Cookies freeze well.

 

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Classic Chicken With BroccoliTake about 2-3 broccoli stalks and steam in microwave for approximately 6-7 min. While that is cooking, cut up 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into cubes and saute in a frying pan until opaque.

 

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Special StewPlace first 7 ingredients in a large casserole. Pour the V-8 juice over them. Bake 5 hours at 250 degrees F.

 

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Homemade Bread CrumbsMix spices with melted margarine and spread evenly over one side of bread slices. Lay on large piece of heavy duty foil and put under broiler for about 2-3 minutes. WATCH carefully and when brown, turn and toast other side.

 

Articles

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Pillow Case Laundry BagIf you are taking a trip I suggest taking along an old pillow case to use as a laundry bag. By Robin

 

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Making Your Browser Easier to ReadYou can increase or decrease the reading fonts in your browser:

 

Teff - A One-Horse-Powered Lawnmower Here is the coolest, most "green", one-horse-powered lawnmower anyone could ever have! This is Teff, our 6 year-old, miniature, "sea"-horse. Since we got him at 8 months old, he has kept the lawn on our lighthouse station mowed beautifully. How does he travel, you ask? He's been by both ship and helicopter and takes either mode of transportation quite in stride. By Rene

 

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Beauty WashclothsI find the Olay and Ponds beauty washcloths to be expensive so I cut them in fourths and they clean great for a lot less money.

 

A white pet rat being held in a hand.

5 Reasons to Get a Pet RatHere are the five pluses of keeping rats, an often overlooked pet.

 

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Making Designer PancakesI use a large empty catsup bottle or any squirt/squeeze bottle with a screw on lid for pancakes or funnel cakes. Just put the ingredients in and the bottle shake, you can mix right in the bottle. Then squeeze out designer pancakes. If you have leftovers you can even store the batterin the squirt bottle for another day.

 

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Packing ToiletriesWhen you travel, have all your toiletries and pharmaceuticals packed the day before. Then the night before and the morning of the trip only use the things that you have packed, if anything is missing you will know before your trip.

 

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Clearing the Air with VinegarIn the winter months the air inside our homes becomes very polluted. Putting vinegar in water and setting it on a woodburning stove puts vinegar in the air to kill bacteria floating in the air. By Jill

 

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Wooden Crates From Clementines For StorageIn our area, Clementines come in nice little wooden crates. I have a bunch, which I have turned upside down on the computer monitor and the TV.

 

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Chalk For Ring-Around-the-CollarClean ring-around-the-collar. Mark the stain heavily with white Crayola chalk. The chalk will absorb the sebum oil that holds in the dirt. By chrystalkay

 

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Soap for FleasMy son is a PhD chemist. 8 years Duke University, 8 years Federal government, now employed with a private firm. More money was offered I guess. He travels extensively for his employers, travels worldwide.

 

Winter StormThis was a picture of the ice and snow storm we had this last Christmas. We had no electricity and no heat or water for four long days and nights, PLUS a live power line over the driveway so we couldn't get out or have anyone get in.

 

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Pantyhose for PlantsUse old, clean pantyhose to gently adhere plants to stakes while they are growing. Simply stretch pantyhose and cut both legs into rings.

 

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Freezing Soups or Chili in BowlsMake a big pot of soup, chili, or stew and freeze the rest in bowls. Just thaw and heat up for the next meal.

 

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Counter Top Paper Towel Holder UsesWhen we moved into a house there was a paper towel holder installed in the kitchen and I no longer needed my countertop paper towel holder. I discovered that it was very handy in the bathroom to hold extra rolls of toilet tissue. By vinnyswoman

 

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Cherry Flavored Oatmeal and ApplesaucePrepare oatmeal according to package directions. Add sugar free cherry koolaid, to taste, stir, and eat. This is very yummy!

 

Questions

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Refreshing Gel Pens?Does anyone know how to resuscitate dry gel pens? They appear to have a lot of color left in them but won't write. Peggy

 

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Keeping Cats from Scratching My Sculpture?I have a lovely wooden sculpture on my front porch. My cat has started using it to sharpen her claws. Does anyone know of anything that I can do to prevent her from ruining my sculpture?

 

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Whites Just Came Out Yellow!My son just took his whites out of the communal apt. washing machine and they came out yellow. He says that they are evenly yellow and one shirt has two dime sized orange spots on it. All that was in the wash were undershirts and a white pair of pants. I've trained the kids to religiously empty their pockets before washing. He also checked the machine before starting. I told him to simmer down, not do anything and to wait for my email to tell him what to do and would ask here. How can we fix this expense catastrophy that neither of us can afford to replace? Laura J. Orr

 

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Preventing a Dog From Digging?My dogs digs terribly. I need a way to keep her in her pin. Please help. Thank you, Lorissa

 

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Cat Odors in Attic and Sheetrock?I am building a new house in the country with several stray cats on the premises. There is one particular tom cat that is DETERMINED to live in my house!

 

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Cleaning a "Liquid" Silver Necklaces?Does anyone know how to remove tarnish from Liquid Silver necklaces? Once removed, is there a way to keep them from tarnishing again? Jane from Ohio

 

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Uses for Old Tablecloths?Ideas for using old tablecloths that are stained or you no longer want to use on a table. Post your ideas.

 

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Cheap Art Deco Party Decoration Ideas?I am planning a 1930's Nightclub theme party in the nursing home where I am doing my student placement. I am looking for ideas for decorations in the Art Deco style REALLY CHEAP as the facility that I am in cannot give me any funds for decorations. I am hoping to make these myself. Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks. Helen from Toronto

 

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Sites Or Companies Willing To Donate To Troops?I am looking for web sites or companies that might be willing to donate items to send to my son and his platoon in Afghanistan By imaqt1962

 

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Coffee Stains On Suede Boots?How can I remove coffee stains on suede boots? Please reply. Thank You

 

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Emulsion Paint on Cord Carpet?A couple of months ago a tin of emulsion paint was spilt on my cord carpet. We wiped up alot of it but it has stained the carpet badly. Does anyone have any ideas for getting dried paint off cord carpet? Elaine from England

 

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Uses For Plastic Hooks From New Socks?I was wondering if anyone had any uses for the little plastic hook things that come with new socks? I hate to just toss them in the trash. Thank you, MrsMoted2

 

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Lady Bug Issues?I just went in to wake up my 14 month old from her nap. I opened her blinds and was shocked to see 16 ladybugs all over her window. I live in the mid-atlantic region where it has been cold, but we are having a few days of warm weather. Does anybody have ideas how to rid of these nasty bugs that will not harm my children?

 

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Cooking for One?My son is in a new town with a new job, having graduated from college. I asked him what he was going to have for dinner, and the answer didn't make me happy. Frozen pizza, TV dinner, mushy salad in a bag destined for the trash and hot dogs were all he had in the fridge. Not nutritionally balanced.

 

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Helping Someone Who Is Choking?Tips for helping you are or someone else who is choking. Post your ideas.

 

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