August 4, 2005

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Recipes

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Frozen Strawberry MargaritasThese delicious margaritas are the perfect way to finish off a romantic evening this Valentine's day.

 

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Orange Picante Pork ChopsMix picante sauce, orange juice and garlic in shallow non metallic pan. Add chops and turn to coat.

 

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Oven Fried Picnic ChickenHeat oven to 400 degrees F cover large cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Pour buttermilk into shallow glass pan or dish.

 

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Mashed Potato CasseroleNice to fix a day ahead and heat when needed. Allow extra time to bake if starting cold.

 

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Raspberry Beet Greens SaladAn easy salad to make with fresh items from your garden.

 

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Milk Chocolate Malt BrowniesHeat oven to 350 degrees F grease bottom and sides of 13x9 inch pan.

 

Articles

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Scents for the HomePut vanilla extract and a little cinnamon in a pan and bring to a simmer on the stove to have a nice smell in the home. I have even added a couple of peppermints to this. Try lemon,orange,and apples peels also.

 

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Joke - Raising Boys - 24 Key Points to Pondera) For those with no children - this is totally hysterical! b) For those who already have children past this age, this is hilarious. c) For those who have children this age, this is not funny. (AMEN!)

 

A Visitor to the Butterfly Bush

A Visitor to the Butterfly BushWith all the craziness in the world there is still some beauty to be found. Instead of chasing this guy around the yard with a net, I caught him with my camera. Not only is the Butterfly Bush as flashy as a fireworks display, but it is also sweetly fragrant and attracts the nicest characters.

 

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Your Own Single Serve Crystal LightFor years I've put one quarter of a teaspoon of any flavor Crystal Light into 8 oz of water and shook it up, instead of making a whole batch as required on the instructions.

 

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Freezing Marinated MeatsWe like to marinate meats for the grill, but we usually forget to thaw and marinate it ahead of time.

 

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Using A Mail Order PharmacyI talk to people every day who are amazed at how much they can save by using the mail order pharmacy that is available through their benefits package from their employer. It is nice to be able to use your local pharmacy for those medications that you need immediately, like an antibotic or a pain medication.

 

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Famine in Niger and Links for DonationsThriftyFun is donating $2 for every photo entry sent in through Sunday, August 7th to UNICEF. Urgent appeals have been made for help for famine-stricken Niger where more than one million people are at risk from starvation after a locust invasion worsened an already poor harvest.

 

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Grill Great Steaks at HomeFor absolutely great steaks, get a thick slice of sirloin steak, put it in a zip lock bag with Italian dressing (any kind) and leave it sit at a minimum of 2 hours. It can stay as long as a day.

 

Questions

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Shampoo Recommendations?I am looking for the name of a good commercial rug shampoo. Anything I find in a regular store (that is, a national brand) does not do the job. I have white carpet (former owner, not my idea!) and a dog! It is a nightmare. I have a steam machine.

 

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Seabrook Designs #CTC253B?Looking for as many rolls as possible of Seabrook Designs #CTC253B. Is straight edged border 10.2" wide of grape clusters/vines. Predominant coloring of sage. Grape clusters are green, white/lt. green and light purple. Called Seabrook Designs directly and was told pattern was discontinued 5years ago.

 

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Dishwasher Smell?Our dishwasher always keeps water in it and when it is done running it smells. Its connected to the garbage disposal. So it seems when I drain the garbage disposal it fills the dishwasher up with smelly water and when I run the dishwasher and it goes to drain it fills the garbage disposal with water.

 

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Ideas for Hanging Clothes?We are moving into a studio type apartment. There are no closets and rather than build one in the existing space I was just going to have everything open. I need ideas and how to hang clothes. Some type of clothes racks?

 

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Free Cool Party Invitations?I am going to have my 14th birthday party at a fancy restaurant and I do not know what kind of cool looking cheap invitations to give out! I don't know what they are going to look like or anything! Please post ideas!

 

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Paint Thinner Smell on Fabric?How do you get the smell of paint thinner out of a canvas bag? I knocked about an ounce of paint thinner into a canvas bag my mother uses on her wheelchair. I have washed the bag 3 or 4 times and it still stinks. I would welcome any help with this.

 

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Free Wedding Invitations?I want to make my own wedding invitations for free. Does anyone have any advice?

 

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The Cat Who, by Lilian Jackson Braun?I am interested in starting to read "The Cat Who" books, by Lilian Jackson Braun, but I am not sure if I need to read them in a certain order or not? Could someone please let me know, who has read them. If there is an order to read them, please post the order!

 

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How to Clean Jewelry?I'm looking for suggestions on how to clean some old jewelry worn by a smoker. Brown stains on white pearls. Smokey scent on pieces. What do I use?

 

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