August 29, 2005

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Perfect Fruit BarsCream butter or margarine and sugar together. Gradually beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. Sift the flour and baking powder and stir into the creamed mixture. Spread evenly in 9x13 inch greased jelly roll pan. Spoon pie filling on top of the first layer in about 12 big mounds.

 

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Buffalo ChipsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream margarine and shortening. Add sugars, eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in oats, flour, baking soda and baking powder. When well blended, stir in coconut, pecans, Rice Krispies and chocolate chips.

 

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Dressing Kids in Matching OutfitsBecause of our work schedules, my husband usually gets our 2 year old son dressed in the morning. To make things easier, I made up a set of hangers with the days of the week on them.

 

Prettier than a Blackeyed Susie

Kokoa Girl (American Staffordshire Terrier)This is a photo we would like to enter of our Kokoa Girl. Our baby just celebrated her 3rd birthday and is "Prettier than a Black-Eyed Susie"! Besides her beauty she has a personality that would melt your heart for sure.

 

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Homemade Waterproof MatchesHere are a couple of ways to create your own waterproof stick matches for camping trips. Melt a small amount of paraffin wax in a double boiler and dip your the match head in the melted wax, then let dry. Or, coat the match head with clear nail polish.

 

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Fireplace Match ReplacementIf you run out of fireplace matches, long matches that are useful or starting fires or lighting pilot lights, use a long piece of spaghetti. Just light the spaghetti and use it as a match.

 

No-Sew Bandana Skirt and Top

No-Sew Bandana Skirt and TopWhat do you get when you hand four bandanas to a crafty kid with her own sense of style? The result just might be this very cute two piece bandana halter top and skirt. The little set is not quite no-sew, but the few stitches that you take are so simple that it's hardly sewing at all.

 

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Friends and Family Mailing ListsConsider setting up an email discussion list to help stay in touch with friends and family. Assuming your family members are computer literate, it can be a great way to post announcements and stay in touch with family members all over the world.

 

Preserve Memories With A T-Shirt Blanket

Preserve Memories With A T-Shirt BlanketAs I was getting ready for college, I realized two things: one, I had too many t-shirts. Two, I loathed parting with said T-shirts. Here's how to keep those well-worn memories fun and useful.

 

Trunk Full of KittiesI just have to send this picture that my Sister sent me. Two of her Cats had kittens and they took them and put them into the trunk of an old Caddy sitting in the yard. Aren't they beautiful! And they all sleep together. I am glad I live too far away to get one LOL.

 

Rooting plant in stemmed glass with rocks and water.

Rock Garden Rooting GlassRooting in water is one of the best ways to start a plant. Just take a few snips from a plant that you love, being sure to include a growth node or two. Strip off any leaves that will be beneath the level of water in the glass, then place the stem end into water in a clear glass container.

 

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Cordless Phone AdviceI am looking for a new cordless phone. My old one which I love doesn't work well anymore. It was a 2.4GHz. I've tried 2 new ones that were expensive and they are 5.8GHz which I thought would be better, but for some reason they have static. Should I go back to a 2.4GHz, at least the old one was clear?

 

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Smell From Animal Skin TableI just purchased a coffee table which was made in India. It has metal legs and the table top is some kind animal skin. The table was painted black. It started to smell the next day. I really want to get rid of this smell. What do I need to use for this?

 

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Waxing a Fiberglass BathtubI have a chocolate brown fiberglass bathtub (we built in the 70's, what can I say). The tub seems to show every water spot and I was told to wax it. Has anyone every done this, what kind of wax do I use and how often?

 

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Window Hardware for Roman ShadesI want to hang Roman shades on four windows. The sewing of the shades is the easy part. I need to find the hardware that rolls the shades up and down. Does anyone have any suggestions where I can locate the hardware for Roman shades?

 

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Cleaning Rust Off Dog CrateHow do I clean rust off the bars of a metal dog crate (cage) so it will be safe for a pet to use? I don't know what type of metal it is.

 

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Ford Mustang Themed Birthday PartyI am planning a surprise 30th birthday party for my husband. He and his friends are into Ford Mustangs and drag racing. I was thinking of having a Mustang show/theme. We are also having a cook out. Any ideas on how this can be planned?

 

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Rotten Milk in CarI hope someone can help me. About 3 days ago my son and I went and got groceries and he brought the groceries in but he did not bring in the milk. So yesterday I am going to lunch with a friend from work, still had no clue this was in my car, when I got home after wondering what the stink was I opened the trunk and there it is.

 

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Glue For Napkin Glass CraftsI have been doing paper napkin crafts on glass for about 4 years off and on since A.C. Moore (a local craft store) came to Maine. I was just wondering what I could use other than using Mod Podge to put the nakins on the glass.

 

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Escalloped ApplesI would like to find a recipe for Escalloped Apples. Does anyone have one, or know where I may find one? I have a good looking recipe from Pampered Chef for an Escalloped Apple Pie, and need to make the Escalloped Apples, for I can't find them anywhere but the Schwann Co. and they are too expensive for me.

 

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