June 15, 2005

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Chicken, Spinach and Shell SoupIn a large pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic. Saute for 4 minutes. Add the spinach and cook for 2 minutes until the spinach is wilted. Add the broth and tomatoes.

 

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Low Carb Mock-a-Roni and CheeseGrease one large or two small casserole dishes and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Press and drain any excess water from the tofu in a paper-towel lined colander.

 

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Cucumbers and CreamClean, peel and slice cucumbers and cut tomatoes into wedges. Add green onions. Place vegetables in a large bowl and top with dill, pepper and salt.

 

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Homemade Apple Juice - Tips and IdeasTips and ideas for making your own apple juice. Post your ideas.

 

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Asparagus with VinaigretteThis flavorful dressing gives a delicious twist to steamed asparagus.

 

Articles

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Yelling Across the River JokeOle lived across the river from Clarence--and they didn't like each other at all. They were yelling all the time across the river at each other.

 

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Inexpensive Healthy Snack MixI make my own trail mix snack baggies with 1/2 cup multi bran Chex, a couple tablespoons of dried cranberries and a dozen or so almonds. It is not as fattening as the prepackaged trail mix.

 

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Repairing Bar SoapHave some bar soap that has split? Wet the soap and put in a plastic baggie and microwave it for a few seconds, then gently press it into shape.

 

Doe and fawn in garden.

Our New Neighbors (Doe and Fawn)Here are our new neighbors, mom and baby. This is just one of at least two pairs that live in and around our yard in rural Washington near the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Baby is about a week old now and follows mom very closely everywhere she goes.

 

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Learn to Say "No"When neighbors and friends come around trying to sell items, if it's not something that you're going to be able to use or give as a gift, don't feel like you have to buy from them. Learn to say "no" to frivolous spending.

 

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Get Exercise When You Are CraftingIt seems as though everyone has a hobby, but it can be dangerous to your health. Yes, especially for the people who sew, or create something while sitting. Even for young people sitting for too long at a time can cause blood clots in the legs. You need to move around and take breaks.

 

A Christmas ornament made from a recycled CD.

Recycled CD OrnamentMake a beautiful ornament with an old CD. This is very simple and easy to do. Let your imagination soar!

 

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Inexpensive Battery Powered Clock WorksNeed to replace the clock works in your favorite clock? Go to the Dollar Store and buy a clock and remove the clock works and place into your clock.

 

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Recycle Old Plastic Shower Rod CoversWhile this does not cover the entire closet pole, slip it on the top part where the hangers rest. It makes the hangers slide much easier!

 

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Going In Together on GiftsIf a gift giving occasion has arisen and you've found you're running low on funds, pal up to friend or loved one who'll also be giving a gift for the same person.

 

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Dust and Your Smoke AlarmWhile you're dusting, make sure you consider your smoke alarm(s). Dust in or around your smoke alarm can cause it to malfunction when you need it the most.

 

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MyCardMakerI've noticed several requests for sites that carry free printable cards. I found one yesterday,and it really has some nice printables and you don't have to sign up to buy. Quite a few nice cards for different occasions. It's http://www.MYCARDMAKER.com

 

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Pit Bulls - What did you expect?I am surprised to see three requests in the first three pages of topics about the nature of pit bulls. Dog lovers, be aware, pit bulls are bred to fight. So if you are seeing agressive behavior or biting, this is natural for them.

 

Questions

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Cleaning Foxing From Books?I have a lot of old books. Is there anything that will remove the 'foxing' and other stains from them?

 

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Bluish Black Flying Insects on My Roof?On the roof of my home I thought I had an infestation of bees. Upon closer examination I don't know what these insects are.

 

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Refinishing a Wood Door?I want to strip and stain a wood front door that is currently painted. What is the best and easiest product to use?

 

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Sayings for an Ordination Cake?Please answer soon. I am having a cake made for my son's ordination. I am doing a picture cake with a picture of him when he was 3 looking at Bible. I need a cute saying to put on it.

 

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12 Year Old Sleepover?My 12 year old daughter wants to have a boy and girl sleepover, but I don't think its a good idea. Any advice?

 

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Keeping Cats From Scratching Screen Doors?I have 2 indoor cats and several cats in the neighborhood come to my sliding glass door and create big holes in my screen by scratching. I have already replaced my screen once and do not want to do it again. What can I do to deter cats from coming to my back door and scratching big holes?

 

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Recipe for Rhubarb and Walnuts on Bisquick Base?I am looking for a bisquick recipe for a dessert using rhubarb and walnuts on a bisquick base. Thank you for your time.

 

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Laminate Flooring and Cats?I am thinking of putting down wood laminate in my house. Does anyone with cats have this? I am afraid that cat spray/pee may get on the floor and soak down between the crack and stink up my house forever!

 

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Why Is Dawn Detergent Recommended So Often?So many recipes for cleaners, insect control, plant food, etc and all-round-solutions-to-everything specifically recommend Dawn Dishwashing Liquid as one of the ingredients. Can someone tell me just what is so special about Dawn that it is recommended by name?

 

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Making a "Hugger" (fitted on one end) Comforter?Does anyone know how to make a "hugger" comforter from an existing comforter? My granddaughter has recently been given bunk beds and I think it would be easier for her to make the beds if she had hugger comforters (fitted on one end).

 

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Stubborn Stains on TV Screen?I have a 46 inch big screen that we recently purchased from a newpaper ad. It has 3 stains on the bottom left side and I don't know what it is.

 

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Cloth Training Pants?I am trying to make training pants for my son. I was thinking of using my old gerber cloth diapers for absorption and I am not sure what to use for a cover. Also I want to make sure the 'pattern' is correct. So if anyone has experience or and ideas about making cloth training pants I would greatly appreciate you sharing it with me.

 

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Dogs Barking While In Kennel?All of you have been so helpful before, I hope you can help me again. Because of an unemployment issue, my two dogs have not been kenneled consistently since March the seventh. My husband is working now and they have to be kenneled. they tend to get into trouble when left alone.

 

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Blackbirds Dropping Poop and Worms on Our Pool?We have these nasty blackbirds constantly bringing poop and worms and droping them on the top of or in our pool, I tried the CD thing and also bought an owl thats head moves around. Nothing helps, they do this all day long.

 

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