March 31, 2005

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Making Roux For GumboTo make roux I use a large glass mixing bowl and add about a cup of flour to 1/2 cup oil. Mix with a whisk. Put in microwave and cook until brown whisking often. It will burn real easily if not whisked often.

 

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Creamy Spinach DipIn medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, and seasonings. Stir in onions, spinach, and water chestnuts. Cover. Refrigerate to blend flavors. Serve with crisp vegetable pieces, crackers, or bread sticks.

 

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Crab Meat DipMix first 5 ingredients. Add enough mayonnaise to hold together. Refrigerate. Serve with crackers.

 

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Carbonated Soda For RatsTo get rid of rats, leave out a dish of carbonated soda. Rats cannot expel gas.

 

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Save on Hair ColoringHair color solutions can be used twice. Just buy a small plastic bottle with applicator tip or save the last one from your hair color application along with the plastic gloves.

 

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Saving Water and Wear and Tear on Your Well PumpSince we are on a well and not city water my husband is always trying to save wear on our pump. He purchased a special shower head that you turn off after you get wet and are soaping up or shampooing.

 

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Talking After Dinner JokeAn elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating; the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, "Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly."

 

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Cleaning Hepa FiltersUse your blower/vac to clean your hepa filter in your vacuum also the filter on shop vacs.

 

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Keeping Necklaces OrganizedTo keep necklaces organized, use a 12 by 4 inch piece of wood, (thick enough to screw hooks into without them poking out the back) and medium to large screw-in-cup holders. Add picture hangers to the back of the wood.

 

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Cleaning With a Pumice StoneTips for cleaning with a pumice stone. Post your ideas.

 

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Changing to Diet CokeI needed to start losing weight. Since I drink Cokes all day as my coffee, I thought I would start drinking Diet Cokes instead but hated the taste of Diet. I use a screw top plastic bottle and pour canned cokes into it.

 

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Keeping Pet Toys From Going Under FurnitureIs the dog always knocking his toys under the entertainment center, bookcase, or sofa, forcing you to get down on all fours to retrieve his lost treasure?

 

turkeys in the snow

Wild Turkeys - Backyard WildlifeI am a very lucky woman. This picture was taken this morning as I looked out my kitchen window. It is such fun to stand there doing my dishes and never knowing what is going to turn up to eat out in our backyard. These turkeys show up on a regular basis to dine on the corn we put out for them.

 

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Good Friends Are Good MedicineOur news is constantly filled with the reality of death and dying. And each of us, if we live long enough, experiences the loss of persons we loved.

 

Ducks for EggsDon't be a chicken - raise a chicken! Seriously, if you can, own a couple of chickens in your yard and have fresh eggs daily. We have a duck and use duck eggs.

 

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Line Cake Pan With FoilWhen baking a cake instead of greasing and flouring the pan, line it with aluminum foil. After baking let the pan cool down and place the cake pan and all in the refrigerator to chill.

 

Questions

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Pattern For Knitted Clothespin Bag?Does anyone have a pattern for a knitted clothespin bag that hangs on the line!

 

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Lost My Job, Need Frugal Advice?I have a large family, I have recently lost my job. Its really hard to find work. We only have 1 income. I was curious on what everyone thought.

 

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Sinking In Debt, More Bills Than Income?We have over $22,000.00 in credit card debt, 2 car payments and can't get rid of them for we owe more than they are worth, a house payment and heloc loan we got when we purchased our home for the down payment, medical bills, and the utility bills.

 

Man holding back in pain.

Working Long Hours - Dealing With Pain in Feet,...I work long hours and have a lot of pain in my feet, legs and lower back. Basically, I hurt all over! I wear insoles in my shoes (not custom), and take ibuprofen for the pain. Does anyone know how to manage my pain without so much over the counter medicine?

 

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Weed Identification?Can anyone recommend a good site/book for weed identification? I know I sound like a real brainless wonder but I haven't a clue which plants are weeds and which were planted purposefully.

 

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Brown Water Stains on Fabric Wall?What is the best way to remove a brown water stain from a fabric wall that is inside the cabin of a boat? I've tried some cleaners using a Little Bissel green machine without any affect.

 

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Cootie Catcher Sayings For Wedding Favors?I'm getting married in April (wow thats soon). I am making cootie catchers thanks to a previous tip. I'm not very creative when it comes to wording something like that and was just wondering if anyone can help with suggestions for sayings, things people can do or things they can take pictures of.

 

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Polymer Clay Designs?Does anyone know of a good website for polymer clay designs? I know there are lots of cute ones, but can't seem to find the appealing ideas I want. I already have the clay, and want to make some gifts.

 

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