October 5, 2005

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Easiest 2-ingredient Beer BreadPeople are so impressed with home-made bread!

 

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Goulash or Elbow SpaghettiBrown beef and onion with whatever spices you enjoy (I use garlic salt and Italian herbs). Boil macaroni noodles as directed on package. Drain noodles. Mix in beef and onions. Pour in tomato juice, mix and enjoy!

 

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Apricot Coconut BallsCombine apricots and coconut. Add sweetened condensed milk and blend well. Shape into small balls and roll in powdered sugar. Let stand till firm.

 

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Keeping Pets HealthyTo keep your pets healthy, always make sure they have their shots up to date, make sure there is always water and food for them, and give them baths once a week to keep them clean.

 

Fall Planting Guide for Spring Bulbs

Fall Planting Guide for Spring BulbsFall is not the time for cold climate flower gardeners to "live in the moment." It is actually the time when planning for next spring's blooms will produce the biggest payoffs.

 

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Limiting Fights Over TV ShowsTo stop some of the TV program fights set times for each age group in home.

 

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Using Other Items for CurtainsIf you're in need of curtains and don't have the money for them. Use a small blanket or rug with fringe on the ends, such a Southwestern Indian. Just tie one end of the fringe onto your curtain rod...

 

Old candles can be remelted and recreated into new.

Old Candles Made NewCandleberry, Old Yankee and Home and Hearth candles never seem to lose their good scent, no matter how old or low they have been burnt. Don't throw them away - RECYCLE into new!

 

Cuda (Rottweiler/Lab)

Cuda (Rottweiler/Lab)This a picture of Cuda. Cuda is a 7 year old Rott/Lab mix. He is a big goofy dog! He loves to walk around with a stuffed animal in his mouth at all times.

 

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Using Pumpkins as Decorations All MonthI buy my Halloween pumpkins at the beginning of October to sit out on our porch. Instead of carving them right away, knowing they won't last until the end of the month, I take a black Sharpie marker and draw the eyes, nose, and mouth and color them in, then sit it outside.

 

Ella B is Climbing NowThis is a picture of my 13 month old niece that I babysit.

 

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Marking Hand-Me-Down ClothingWhen marking childrens clothing for family use, (Will not work for trips, like for camp). Use 1 mark for largest child, 2 marks for next size and etc.

 

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Keeping Track of Low-Cost Family ActivitiesI have a 2 year old son and a VERY limited budget, but I hated that a lack of money could be a barrier to us going out and having fun! Weekends would roll around, and I would be out of ideas as to what we could do that was free or cost very little...

 

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Hydrangea RootingA neighbor of mine asked if I could give her a cutting to root from my hydrangea. It is the type that has the "flat blooms." I have the rooting hormone to dip the cutting in but want to be sure where to take the cutting from the plant and if I can take it in now, in the fall, and possibly start it through the winter.

 

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Uses for Car CompoundCan I use a mild car compound on formica counter tops?

 

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Hand Soap Container for Soap PiecesSince I was a little girl in a house of 6 kids, we always had leftover pieces of soap. I saw a container in the Harriet Carter catalog on a product that turns old, small pieces of soap into hand soap in some kind of container. Does anyone know where I can find one, I have tried looking in the Harriet Carter catalog and they don't carry it anymore.

 

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Musty Smell on Old CurtainsI got a pair of old, silky feeling oriental curtains from my great grandmother about a week ago. I love them, the problem is they smell musty.

 

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