February 17, 2005

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Okra CasseroleSpray baking dish with Pam. Add okra, vegetable. oil, Ro-Tel tomatoes, onion, pepper, salt & pepper. Cover loosely with foil. Mix and bake, stirring occasionally, 1 hour at 400F. Sprinkle (pre-mixed) chips & crumbs last 10 minutes and uncover to lightly brown.

 

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Sammie BurgersIn a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients, mixing well and shape into burgers (mixture will be moist). Recipe says to grill them till brown. (I used a nonstick pan w/ very little oil.) Serve on hamburger buns. Makes 4 burgers.

 

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Yummy Chicken CasseroleStir together. Place in well greased 9x13 inch pan. Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 325 degrees for 1-1 1/2 hours. (This is a good company dish and works especially well with large groups.)

 

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Tuna Cream Cheese SpreadBlend all ingredients well. Use olives to taste. This makes a great spread for sandwiches or crackers. You can also use black olives if you prefer the taste or pickle relish (well-drained) for a more traditional tuna salad flavor.

 

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BBQ Bourbon WeiniesThese really go well at parties! Nice taste.

 

Articles

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Creases in SlacksTo really secure the creases in slacks, make a mixture of half water/half vinegar and saturate a pressing cloth in it. Wring it out and press slacks till dry. Your creases are permanently set. By sewingmamma

 

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Bag Balm for Pet's Dry FeetIf your pet gets dry crusty foot pads during the winter, the product Bag Balm is safe to use. If they lick it off it won't hurt them. Try to massage it in if your pet will let you. It's good for dog feet, cat feet, chinchilla feet, and other feet I'm sure.

 

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Cleaning Up Winter Slush and SaltA great way to clean up the winter slush and salt that your vehicle leaves behind on your garage floor is to use fresh "snow"! Just scoop a few shovels full on the wet areas and sweep it back and forth with a push broom. Works just like sweeping compound! I've done this for years! Keeps the mess out of your house! By JESSICA J KOSS

 

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Inexpensive White Boards for FridgeI have a lot of lists on my fridge and was going to buy dry erase white boards for each list... too expensive. So I purchased clear overhead transparency sheets and pens, Mounted them to the fridge with magnets. Now for little cost I can have as many "white boards" I need.

 

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Quick Basting for SeamsUse transparent tape, like Scotch tape, for quick basting of seams. By Lynn

 

Pictures with Pizzazz!

Pictures with Pizzazz!To add pizzazz to your pictures, add something extra to them as I have done with this one. I picked this cute dog frame up on clearance for $1.00. Then, I took a piece of brown textured scrapbook paper placed it behind a slightly turned picture of my dog, Gabe. Then I printed out this quote by M. Siegal, "Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human has to choose a relative." It took less than 5 minutes and didn't require fancy equipment or skills: just a printer and Microsoft Word. I've done this to other pictures now and have received several compliments from visiting friends and family. So simple anyone can do it. By Jona Kessans

 

Closeup of woodpecker on feeder.

Visit from a WoodpeckerI had a woodpecker visit me today. (2-11-2005) We have and are still going through a blizzard that has dropped roughly 15 inches of snow. The birds are coming out of every where to eat the seeds and suet. By kate

 

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Repair Ripped Window ShadesHere's a quick tip on how to repair your ripped window shades. Take down the shades and put them on a table where you can work with them. As you hold the sides of the tear together, apply several thin coats of clear nail polish to cement the ends back together! By Robin

 

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Keeping Water Warm When Soaking FeetUse a styrofoam or insulated cooler to keep water warm when soaking your feet. I was using a small plastic dishpan, but found that the water cooled off too quickly. I took an old cooler, warmed it first with hot water, then refilled it with foot soak solution and water as warm as needed.

 

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Shopping CardsIf you shop at a store that has a shopping card (like so many do nowadays), make sure the cashier scans it before any groceries are rung up. Otherwise, you might not get the sale price.

 

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Melting a Snow PileYou know how when it snows, and you have to go out and shovel all that "stuff" and the snow piles keep getting higher and higher?

 

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Homemade PostcardsI bought my toddler a pack of 4x6 cards (cheap and can be found anywhere!) I prefer to buy the "plain" ones, but lined ones work too. I can keep some of these handy in my purse, her tote bag, or above the fridge for any "bored" moment...

 

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Rabbit JokeQ: How do you catch a Unique Rabbit?

 

Questions

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Round Knitting Loom - Starting a Seed StitchI have a round knitting loom, I would like to make a prayer shawel. It uses a knit 3 purl three, to make a seed stitch. Could anyone tell me how to start it? Thanks, Charleen

 

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Looking For Black RosesI am looking for black roses to use in my beauty line, I had black roses when I lived in Washington, but people down here think I am crazy when I inquire about them. So I was just wondering if anyone knew when I could find some, I would like to plant my own down here if it is possible. Thank you. Bella

 

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Quote About Sewing ItemsI'm trying to find a quote on sewing I read years ago. Summary - woman carries sewing items in purse as a reminder of what or who folks really are so she will relax, even if there's ego tripping. Needle reminds her of sharpness, thread for the long haul, etc. It was beautiful and a couple of short sentences, read in a self-help area. I remember none of the exact words. Anybody know the quote? JoJo from DC

 

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February Best BuysThe best buys, food and other products, available during the month of February. Post your ideas.

 

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Natural Or Non-Chemical Hair RemovalDoes anyone know a recipe or store bought product for a natural or non-chemical hair remover for ladies? Sorry if this is not a good request. I'm new to thrifty fun. Mommykelly

 

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15 Amp Outlets Running off 20 Amp BreakersI recently replaced an outlet in my kitchen and realized that all my 15 amp outlets etc. seem to be running off of 20 amp breakers. I don't know how to tell what size the wires are. Are the 20 amp breakers something to be concerned about? Should they be 15? Brian

 

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Cat Peeing on Baby SeatsMy 7 week old kitten keeps peeing on my grandchild's seats. i know she uses the litter pan, but don't know why she started this habit. is there some natural deterent that i can use? Pam

 

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Looking for New Meatball RecipeLooking for a great recipe for meatballs to serve with pasta. My old tried and true recipe just isn't as good as it once was. Eventhough I think I'm using all the same ingredients, it just doesn't taste the same, so I need to try something new.

 

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Barbeque Rub For MeatI'm looking for a recipe for a dry barbeque rub to put on meats before cooking them, instead of drowning it bbq sauce.

 

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