April 7, 2005

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Recipes

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Strawberries & Cream Pie (with EASY No-Roll Pie Crust!)Make pie crust (see below) and bake the bottom shell at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.

 

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Mom's Strawberry JamBoil strawberries and vinegar for 3 minutes, then add sugar. Boil vigorously 6-8 minutes. Put in a crock and stir every now and then. Let stand 24 hours, then put in glass jars and seal without re-boiling.

 

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Chocolate Strawberry ShortcakePreheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 2 round cake pans with cooking spray. Combine flour, cocoa, soda, and salt. At medium high speed beat butter and granulated sugar until smooth. Reduce speed to low.

 

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Strawberry Mousse PieIn blender puree thawed strawberries and sugar; transfer to large bowl. In microwave safe bowl, sprinkle gelatin over juice; let stand until softened, 5 minutes. Mixture will have a soft gumdrop like texture.

 

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Grandma's Bread & Butter PicklesSlice any size cucumbers and large onions thinly. Add celery seed and salt. Pour boiling water over them and let stand until water cools; drain.

 

Articles

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Watch Your Receipts and Your Bank AccountI hired a mechanic through a friend at work. I thought he was a little "odd" but the price was right so I asked him to put brakes on my Jeep. As soon as he had my vehicle he searched it and found my debit card receipts in the console. I kept them in there, never reading them, not paying attention to the fact that many of them had my full account number and exp. date printed on them.

 

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How can I prevent identity theft from happening to me?As with any crime, you can't guarantee that you will never be a victim, but you can minimize your risk. By managing your personal information widely, cautiously and with an awareness of the issue, you can help guard against identity theft.

 

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When should I provide my Social Security number?Your employer and financial institution will likely need your SSN for wage and tax reporting purposes. Other businesses may ask you for your SSN to do a credit check, like when you apply for a car loan. Sometimes, however, they simply want your SSN for general record keeping.

 

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Antibacterial GarlicUse a split clove of garlic for an antibacterial for cuts, wounds of all sorts, athlete's foot fungus, etc.

 

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Mayonaise RollsThese are GREAT! Just keep it a secret that they have mayonaise in them.

 

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"They're Busy" JokeOne day, the phone rang, and a little boy answered. "May I speak to your parents?"

 

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Holiday AromaMix together, bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat.

 

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Credit Card Fraud PreventionRemove any credit cards from your wallet that you do not use on a regular, consistent basis, and store them in a safe location. Or, if this is not an option, check your wallet often to ensure all your credit cards are accounted for.

 

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Masking Tape for LintA roll of masking tape doubles; triples; quadruples as savings for you at home. Just like the much more expensive commercial lint roller used for clothing, a roll of ($1.25) masking tape wound around your hand will remove lint as easily as its counterpart.

 

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Pretzel Sticks Instead of TwistsA tip for parents and dieters. Instead of buying the pretzel twists, buy the pretzel sticks. One serving of twists = 15. One serving of sticks = 45. Same calorie amount.

 

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ID Theft, What fun!I have been there and I am still digging out of it. What your not hearing anywhere is the person who took your ID may be as close as a near relative.

 

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Tomatoes Until December!Cover your tomato plants with newspaper in the fall and they will survive the frosty nights. You will be able to pick tomatoes until December!

 

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Flavoring Meats Sassafras or Wild Cherry WoodWhen cooking your meats with wood for flavoring, (ex. hams or smoking turkey), sassafras or wild cherry wood brings the flavoring out best of all.

 

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Feeding PuppiesWe usually begin introducing food between 3 and 4 weeks softened with water to the consistency of runny oatmeal, progressively thickening as the pup ages. By 6 weeks it should be able to eat dry kibble and drink water.

 

Safe, Fun Fingerpaint RecipeMy 17 month old daughter Ellie is testing out my fingerpaint recipe in this photo. As you can see, it is completely safe.

 

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Micro Fiber Rag For My SwifferI bought one of those new swiffer flat mops today and then I bought a micro fiber towel at Family Dollar in the car section $2. bucks for 2 of them and used that with the mop. It works beautifully.

 

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Identity Theft StoryMy friend had her purse stolen. She had parked her car in an out of the way place in a local state park's parking lot. The park recreational area was situated a long way from the parking lot and by parking it where she did in the large parking lot, there were few cars nearby.

 

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Refurbished Decorations - Honey Comb Bell CenterpiecesI helped my sister with a baby shower for my daughter-in-law recently. She went to a party shop and the lady convinced her to buy these cute little laminated baby things like you'd tape up on a wall or door. Not really knowing what to do with them, I brainstormed.

 

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Buy Choice MeatsIf at all possible, always buy choice meats as there will be less waste & better flavor.

 

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Instant Oatmeal AlternativeMy daughter likes oatmeal for breakfast but the packets are way too expensive so I have taught her to put the right amount of regular oatmeal into her bowl, microwave the right amount of water until it boils and pour the water into the bowl on the countertop. Stir, let rest a minute and add cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar, milk, fruit-whatever you like and stir.

 

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Tomato Paste Can TipWhen adding a can of tomato paste to a recipe, open both ends of the can but remove only one. Then you can use the other lid to push the paste through cleanly, eliminating the need to scrape out the can. This technique works for canned pumpkin, jellied cranberries, etc.

 

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I Love You Chickie!This is one of my favourite pictures. Our granddaughter Morgan just loved our chickens, as this picture shows! She lives in a big city, so for her, this acreage and rural living was quite different.

 

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Season Beef With Garlic SaltWhen cooking beef, garlic salt brings more of the meats natural flavor than any other seasoning.

 

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Inexpensive, Attractive Waste BasketNeed an inexpensive but unique small waste paper basket? Reuse containers from plants or flowers, or go to your local craft store and buy a plant basket.

 

Questions

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Organizing T-ShirtsTips for organizing t-shirts. Post your ideas.

 

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Baked Potato TipsTips for making good, baked potatoes. Post your ideas.

 

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Punk Rock Birthday Party IdeasMy daughter is turning 14 and she is a Punk Rocker! I was thinking of inviting her friends over and we could hang outside and listen to music but other than that I don't know what to do. Please help with ideas. She wouldn't like a pamper party or a luau party, she has grown out of those things.

 

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Information About Spooling for Fly ThreadIn a recent post about extra income, a guest poster named Alica said "I'm not sure what area you live in, but I live in the Midwest, where we have LOTS of rivers and lakes and fishing is quite popular.

 

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Make Your Couch Smell BetterIs there some way that I can make my couch smell better? I have washed the covers on the cushions but it still smells. Thanks,

 

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