April 15, 2005

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Great Garden VegetablesIn a skillet, saute the zucchini, summer squash, & onion till tender-crisp. Add tomato, and seasonings. Cook 2-3 minutes longer. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Serves: 4

 

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Baked Yams Like PotatoesFor a little twist on an old favorite we bake our yams like potatoes. Be sure to either wrap them in foil or put them on a baking pan because the juices will drip and caramelize on your oven (not a fun mess to clean.)

 

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Peach Praline PieCombine peaches, sugar, tapioca, and lemon juice in large bowl; let stand for 15 minutes. Combine flour, brown sugar, and pecans in small bowl; cut in butter with fork or mix with fingertips until mixture is crumbly.

 

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Pudding Pecan PieBlend pudding mix and syrup; gradually add evaporated milk and egg and blend. Add pecans. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees until top is firm and just begins to crack (about 40 minutes). Cool for about 3 hours before serving.

 

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Experimenting with Root VegetablesSave money by making your own specialty fries from a variety of root vegetables.

 

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Fresh Vegetable SauteHeat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add vegetables; cook and stir until crisp-tender...

 

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Roasted TomatoesI have a fantastically easy way to use up lots of ripe tomatoes. After peeling and coring, cut up tomatoes in medium chunks and place in a large, non-reactive dutch oven (avoid tall pans like stock pots). I use an enamel coated dutch oven.

 

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Quick Mixed VegetablesThis recipe has no exact amounts. Add as much of each as you want. Season to your own taste. Can be made in microwave or on top of stove. Takes 10 minutes at the most. Very delicious.

 

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Orange Glazed Chicken BreastsArrange chicken breasts in 9x13 inch baking dish and pour dressing over chicken. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove breasts from dressing.

 

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Angel Food Cake with Pie FillingThis easy recipe combines a cake mix and a can of pie filling to make a very easy and low fat dessert.

 

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Outside Windows the Easy Way!Cleaning the outside of windows the easy way using Cascade and hot water.

 

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Steamed VeggiesDo you have just a few carrots, potatoes, string beans, onions, etc. but not enough to make a batch of each one individually? Using a steamer place the heavier veggies in first (i.e., potatoes) steam them for about 5 minutes remembering to fill the pan underneath the steamer with water and then add the remainder of the veggies.

 

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Sneak Vegetables Into Your Dinner!This is a great way to cut out some of the carbohydrates from your mashed potatoes, and sneak some veggies in. Clean, cut up, and steam or microwave a head of cauliflower until it's soft, then put it in the blender or food processor, and process it into a fine puree (add water as needed)...

 

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If It Sounds Too Good to Be True...This goes back to the old saying "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". We were offered a two day-one night package at a local resort for only $40CAN.

 

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Cheap Personalized Bags For KidsIt's spring and my friends all seem to be having babies! I've always had a special place in my heart for the "Big sister/brother" and tried to find a good 'gift' for them as well so they don't feel left out. I found it!

 

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National Don't Call Registry - Stop Most of those Annoying Telemarketing CallsRegister up to 3 phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry at http://www.donotcall.gov

Works with cell phone numbers as well as land line telephones.

 

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Set Price Limits When ShoppingBefore your shopping trip, make a list of items you intend on purchasing. Going to the store with a list in hand you may be less likely to buy on impulse. Set a price limit so you'll not overspend. It's the thought that counts, not how much you've spent!

 

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ThriftyFun News - April 15, 2005 - Cooking VegetablesOnline version of the ThriftyFun News. Cooking Vegetables. Volume Seven, Number 16 April 15, 2005

 

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Haven't Filed Your Taxes Yet? Don't Panic!It is Tax Day here in the U.S. Here is some information for links to the IRS for extension forms and post office hours for mailing your tax return or extension.

 

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Laundry TipsA lot of power and water is used doing your laundry. Here are a few tips to help decrease the impact of doing laundry on your utility bills.

 

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Teriyaki VeggiesMy husband makes the best teriyaki veggies! He cuts the veggies - bell peppers, zucchinis, squash, and whatever we grew or whatever was fresh at the market - lengthwise and marinades them in teriyaki sauce (he uses homemade ...

 

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Getting the Family to Eat More Fruits and VegetablesTo get my family to eat more fruits and vegetables I cut them all up (like apples, or peel oranges) and put them in single servings in a plastic bag. So they can just grab what they want and not have to worry about fixing it themselves. It helps me to eat my fruit too!

 

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Lamb CostumeI saw a sweet little Halloween costume yesterday. It was a lamb costume. She'd used a black long sleeved bodysuit and glued white pompoms on the belly and made ears with a plastic hair band covered in black felt and hot glued ears with black, white, and pink felt.

 

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Grilling Pork ChopsWhen grilling pork chops, it's very important to have the heat hot enough to be able to hear the meat sizzling over the coals. While steaks need to be cooked on a very hot fire. Let the flames come up around the steak to seal in the natural juices.

 

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Avoid "Skip Payment" and "No Payments or Interest Until" OffersWhen shopping, avoid "skip payment" offers as they cause you to pay more interest and face larger bills. Also, avoid "buy now and pay later" offers, which encourage you to spend money you don't have.

 

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Clean It With CoffeeThe best way to remove ugly coffee stains in your favorite coffee cup is to take a paper towel or cloth, dip it in coffee, (cold coffee works just as good) and wipe the stains away with ease.

 

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Venturing Outside of Your Comfort ZoneWe live a life of choices. If you had a choice between comfort and risk, which would you take? Most people would choose comfort.

 

Magic (English Springer Spaniel)

Magic (English Springer Spaniel), Lily...Think ahead when buying clothes, slipcovers, etc. If you have a black dog or cat, buy dark colors. If you have a white pet, buy light colors.

 

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JoJo Rescued!Here's my JoJo. He's a rescue from PCDS, Hartselle, AL. What a guy! He's smart and happy, tripping over his own big feet.

 

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Frugal Turkey EnchiladasI decided to use up the last of a turkey that I had in the freezer by making enchiladas. I was appalled to find that the enchilada sauce was well over $2.50 a can.

 

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Corn Boiling TipWhen boiling corn, add sugar to the water instead of salt. Salt will toughen the corn. By Peggy

 

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Blanching VegetablesI use a plastic mesh lemon bag to blanche my veggies in boiling water before freezing. I bag them in quantities ready for recipes so they are ready to pull from the freezer any time I need them. By K. Cooper

 

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Roasting VegetablesI have found that roasting vegetables is the tastiest and easiest way to serve them. Just put them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place them under the broiler until done.

 

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Using an Electric KnifeUse it for everything in the kitchen, including partially frozen meat, cooked meats, veggies (tomatoes, etc.) bagels, breads, etc.

 

Questions

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Less Smell When Cooking Cauliflower?I would like to know if there is anything you can add to cauliflower while preparing it to take away that gaseous smell. I love cauliflower, but hate the smell.

 

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New Ideas For Church Fundraising?Anybody have any new ideas for fundraising? I need some fresh ideas for a small Catholic school in need of funds.

 

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Paint On Wood Floors?How do you get paint off wood floors?

 

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Fuel Injector Problems With A 2000 Buick Regal?I have a 2000 BUICK REGAL that is having fuel injector problems. Can I safely add fuel injector cleaning fluid to the gas tank?

 

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Boiled Baby Wipes?What is the recipe for boiled baby wipes? I saw it some time ago and would appreciate the recipe again.

 

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Buying a Portable Washer and Dryer?I am researching portable washers and dryers that can be hooked up to my kitchen sink. I live on the 2nd floor of a duplex and my apartment does not have a laundry hookup.

 

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Saving Money on Swiffer Mops?Any one have any hints on how to save money on Swiffer mops? Both the cleaner and the mop heads.

 

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Making Color Sand For Sand Art?Does anybody know how to make colored sand used in sand art, the kind you fill bottles with?

 

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50th Birthday Ideas?I would like ideas for a 50 birthday party for my mom, its going to be next month and would like ideas like for centerpieces, food and drinks.

 

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Washing Clothes With Concrete Dust On Them?My son-in-law works construction, he works with concrete. My daughter can't seem to find a way to get his clothes clean. She says his work clothes hold the concrete dust even after they are washed. She has tried shaking them outside before washing and using an extra rinse in the wash with no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions?

 

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Cabbage Cooking Tips?Tips for cooking cabbage. Post your ideas.

 

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