April 27, 2005

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Smoked Sausage Noodle BakePreheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook noodles according to package directions. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onion until crisp-tender. Cut sausage into serving sized pieces.

 

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Spiked Watermelon LemonadeMix well. Chill and serve.

 

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EZ Red Beans and RicePlace all sauces in bottom of crockpot. Put in 1 can of beans and 1 layer of smoked sausage, cut in bite size pieces and 1/2 of 1 onion (chopped) and red pepper flakes. Continue layering till crockpot is full. Cook for 1 hour on high and 3 hours on low. Stir well and serve over rice.

 

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Crockpot BBQ WienersWhen my Aunt needs a quick, hurry up entree to have at a last minute, whether it be for unexpected company dropping in or for a church fellowship she might have not known about, she does this. At all times she keeps several packages of wieners in the freezer, just for this reason.

 

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Ham and Cheese DelightCook onion in butter till translucent. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well; pour into a 10"x 6"x 1 1/2" baking dish. Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes. Serves 6

 

Articles

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Keeping the Washer and Dryer CleanI've found a way to keep the exterior surfaces of my washer and dryer cleaner most of the time, and it's almost effortless!

 

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Treating People KindlyOne of the thriftiest things you can do is to treat people kindly. Offer your help and talents wherever you can. It's very much like planting seeds -- you're growing goodwill for the future.

 

Lake Shelbyville, IllinoisThe photo was taken a few years ago at Lake Shelbyville, Illinois. I thought it was really beautiful so I took a picture of it.

 

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Taking Care of Your FeetWhen looking for shoes, an expensive pair of shoes will often last longer than a cheaper pair. Plus the better shoes will be better for your feet, especially if you're on your feet a lot.

 

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Make Your Own Easy Bath And Body TreatsThis easy mask is good for all skin types. It clarifies and moisturizes the skin leaving it cleansed and silken. Egg yolks contain anti-oxidants which are very beneficial to our skin.

 

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Clothing That Never Goes Out of StyleThe following are clothes that almost never go out of style. If you're out and about shopping, whether it be at a name brand store or mall, yard sales, thrift stores, or at a relative's house and they're getting rid of some of their clothes look for these.

 

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Parking Beside the Cart HoldersI have parked beside the cart holders in the parking lot for years for several reasons. At first I did it because I had an infant carrier, and rather than carry it into the store and then get the cart, I put it on the cart and pushed the whole thing inside. Now I use it so that I cut my risk of a door ding in half, and I can put the kids in the van and put the cart away without leaving them!

 

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Conscious Decision to Have LeftoversAs I was preparing dinner Saturday night, I made a conscious decision to have leftovers. I was sauteing chicken breasts for our meal and included one more than I would need, planned to cook frozen peas and included as a side dish a box of chicken flavored rice.

 

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Rotating Tires TipWhen buying new tires or having the ones that are currently on your car rotated, ask to have the rims installed by hand, instead of with an impact wrench. With an impact wrench, sometimes they'll cross thread them.

 

Amarelinha and SailingHave a camera with you all the time, because there is a beauty in everything.

 

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Read ThriftyFun Before ShoppingJust before going grocery shopping, log on and read the latest ThriftyFun tips. You'll be inspired to keep your spending down, so you'll save lots of cash!

 

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Organizing Stray SocksI keep a cork board hung up in the laundry room. Each time I fold socks I take the strays and pin them up to the board. Next time I have strays, I check the board which usually has the match.

 

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The Meaning Of SuccessOne man began a speech to his fellow college alumni with the statement, "Some of you are successes, and some of you are failures -- only God knows which are which!" There are many kinds of successes, many kinds of winners; and which is which may not at first be apparent.

 

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Keeping Cook Books Propped and Open While CookingIf you need to keep a recipe book propped open while cooking, take one of those wooden pants hangers from your closet and clamp it over the pages at the top of the book. If the book is light enough, you can even hang it by the hook at eye level on a cupboard door knob!

 

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Vinegar and Paper TowelsTo keep cleaning time to a minimal, I keep a bottle of vinegar and roll of paper towels in the Kitchen and both bathrooms. I squirt the surfaces, sinks, toilets, floors, windows, mirrors with it and wipe with a paper towel.

 

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Removing Well Water Build Up From HairDoes anyone know how to get well water build up out of hair?

 

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Uses For CornstarchTips for using cornstarch around the house. Post your ideas.

 

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Dealing with Loose Face PowderI have found an easy way to deal with loose facial powder. I put it in a clean saltshaker, and that way I can sprinkle it onto a powder puff and apply to my face with little waste.

 

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Make a Child's Wading Pool SaferApply bathtub decals to the bottom of your child's wading pool to keep your children from slipping. You can even apply any leftover decals to the side for better gripping of little hands.

 

Questions

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Static Cling on My Computer Keyboard?I have a static cling problem on my computer keyboard. It attracts dog hair, and it's virtually impossible to pull the hairs off -- they seem to hang on for dear life. Any suggestions?

 

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Gift Ideas for a Blind Woman?Do you have any ideas for types of gifts to give a blind person that has enough money to buy herself anything she could desire? She doesn't wear jewlery or go shopping, so gift cards are not worthwhile. Any suggestions?

 

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Theme For a Mother/Daughter Birthday Party?I need suggestions on theme for birthday party. Also need help with menu. My mother and I have a birthday one week apart. I would like to throw a party for the both of us together. She will be 70 and I will be 50. This party will take place during the winter months.

 

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Preventing Odors in Your Refrigerator?Tips for keeping your refrigerator smelling fresh. Post your ideas.

 

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Removing Paint From a Woven Reed Chair Seat?I was given an old rocker. The seat is made of reed i believe, wider than cane and just woven. The whole chair has been painted brown. Could someone tell me how to get the paint off the seat. I can just repaint the chair but would like the seat natural.

 

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Removing Goof Off Stains on Vinyl Windows?I used goof off on a vinyl window to remove paint which it did. I cannot get the stain goof off left on the vinyl windows. What do you suggest I use? Thanks for any help you can give

 

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Cleaning a Polyurethane Rain Jacket?I have a rain jacket that looks like fabric but is mostly polyurethane and it can't be laundered or dry cleaned. Any ideas on what I could use to sponge clean it with that wouldn't require rinsing and would make it smell nice?

 

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Making a Horse Out Of a Yard Stick?I need to know how to make a horse out of a yard stick for a school project?

 

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Building a Cage For a Large Lizard?Has anyone built a large cage/house for a large lizard? We have a water dragon, and it apparently needs a cage about 6 feet wide and 4-5 feet high. My son wants to build one as a homeschooling project and we are looking for plans.

 

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Arbicola Plant - Sticky and Scaly Leaves?The leaves on my Arbacola Plant have gotten sticky and there is some kind of scaly substance on them. Can anyone tell me what to do to get rid of this?? Or do I need to throw the plant out?? Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated, cause this is a really big plant.

 

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Online Coupons?Does anyone know where you can get good coupons online? I have found some at smartsource.com, pillsbury.com coolsavings.com and a few others. What about brand websites like general mills, or procter & gamble? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

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