June 23, 2005

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Recipes

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Kool-Aid JellyMix water, Kool-Aid, and pectin together in a large pan, like a stock pot as the liquid will boil up high, several quarts at least.

 

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Easiest Summer SoupThis soup is basically fat-free and delicious hot or cold.

 

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Chilled Cucumber SoupThis light and refreshing soup is perfect anytime. It is low in fat and full of flavor.

 

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Strawberry Cream Filled Angel CakeThis delicious cake is the perfect dessert to make for the one you love this Valentine's day.

 

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Barbecued Pork Spare Ribs (without a BBQ)Cut pork side into ribs. Usually 2 ribs per piece. Place ribs in a pot and cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook for approx. 1/2 hour. Drain and place ribs in a long and flat glass dish.

 

Articles

companion plants

Give Your Plants CompanionsPlants make great neighbors, especially to each other. They repel harmful insects, create shade and windbreaks for each other, help each other pollinate and even support each others climbing habits.

 

Making Raised Beds with Styrofoam

Making Raised Beds with StyrofoamIf your ground is solid rock, the best way to raise veggies is in a raised bed. My husband built a raised bed garden this year. The "blocks that hold the garden together are, believe it or not, Styrofoam. This was salvaged from boat docks a few years ago when they banned its use in the local lakes.

 

Transpanting PlantsThis photo was taken with the Fine Pix camera which I am PROUD TO SAY was won from Thriftyfun. It is proof that a growing plant can be transplanted from one spot to another if carefully and properly done. The tall Lilies were growing in the middle of my son's flower bed, which looked out of place. I carefully dug it up making sure not to cut the bulb in the process.

 

Modge Podge Designer Shelves

Modge Podge Designer ShelvesAn old shelving unit can be renewed to look like a designer accent piece with just a little ingenuity. Whether you want to give your tired shelves color and life for a child's room or make them look sophisticated for a library, this project will allow you to create a perfect one-of-a-kind look for your specific décor.

 

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2 Course Meal for Under $4I am looking for a 2 course meal for under $4.

 

Questions

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New Car with Bad Smell?I just got new car, which had mice in it. The mice are out, but they used mothballs to get the mousey smell out. I had it professionally cleaned. The cleaner seemed to get the mothball scent out at first, but now that I've driven it, I can smell mothballs and the cleaner. I've tried Febreeze, and air fresheners, and I don't know what else to do!

 

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Painting Over Smoke Stains?I had a problem with our gas fireplace and didn't realize it until a few weeks went by. Apparently the flue was never opened all the way, so now I have some dark stains on my ceiling.

 

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Stains on a Yellow Raincoat?How do I clean stains from a child's yellow raincoat?

 

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Santa Rosa Plum Tree Not Blooming?I live in San Diego and planted a dwarf Santa Rosa plum tree in January of this year. I dug the hole quite deep and planted the tree in steer manure, peat moss and gardening soil and also use a drip system.

 

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Posting Bathroom Rules When You Have a Septic System?Does anyone have a cute saying about the "rules" pertaining to using the toilet in a household that has a septic system? I would like to post it in the bathroom.

 

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Liquid Nail Glue and Fiberglass Sink?We put in a fiberglass sink and now I have liquid nail glue on the Formica counter. How would I go about removing it safely without damaging the counter or the sink?

 

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Fluid in Cats Ears?My cat seams happy and content, she sleeps above my pillow everynight. My husband always rubbs her head when he gets into bed. Lately he noticed she shakes her head when he does it and there is a lot of fluid in her ears, some actually comes out. Does anyone have any feedback on this?

 

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Removing Peeling Acrylic Paint?I have a bathroom that was wallpapered. We removed the wallpaper, and painted it with two coats of vinyl acrylic enamel paint. Now, the paint is cracking and peeling everywhere.

 

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Cleaning Up Kerosine Spill on Non-leather Couch?We had an old kerosine lamp fall off of a mantle in the living room and onto the couch. Some of the kerosine spilled onto the corner of the couch. Does anyone know what I can use to absorb the oil? What is good to use for the stain and smell?

 

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Wedding Theme Compromise?My fiancé wants a wedding in his parent's backyard with a Hawaiian theme (Pig roast!). I want a church wedding and /or reception held at the local arboretum or park mansion. How can we compromise so that we both can get some of what we each want?

 

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