November 8, 2005

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Recipes

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Jell-O Pastel CookiesSprinkle lightly with remaining pkg. of dry gelatin. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks. Cool completely...

 

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Summer Vegetable SpaghettiThis lively vegetarian pasta dish contains no added fat or oil, is low in cholesterol, and is good hot or cold...

 

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Taco Pork SkilletHeat dressing in large skillet on medium high heat. Add pork; sprinkle with half of the seasoning mix. Stir-fry 2 minutes. Add vegetables, rice, water and remaining seasoning mix; mix well...

 

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Caribbean Pink BeansMake beans without lard or other fat.

 

Articles

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The "Secret" Ingredient For Cooling Neck ScarvesI have seen requests for the ingredient to make "cooling scarves" have been posted in the past. This is where you can find it.

 

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Laundry Soap Caps for Bath Tub ToysExtra laundry soap measuring cups make great bath tub toys. So do the plastic lids off of bottles of things like Wisk. When they get gunky throw them out...

 

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Saving Marker CapsWhen your kids use up their markers save the caps then when they lose a cap from a new batch of markers just pop a saved one on...

 

Boxers

Kolby and Kendall (Boxers)These are my two 9 month old boxers, Kolby and Kendall. They love sitting in their own lawn chairs in the backyard while we do the yard work!

 

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Recycling Rubber SpatulasRecycling everything you can always saves some money, and also your time and energy. When my rubber spatulas get old and are no longer flexible, they go in a jar by the sink.

 

Mayonnaise Jar Piggy Bank

Mayonnaise Jar "Piggy" BankI made these piggy banks out of empty mayonnaise jars. I painted the lid and ears (heavy card stock), painted and hot glued dowel rods for the feet, and hot glued on a tail made from a pipe cleaner.

 

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New Years Decorations for Graduation PartiesDo you have a child graduating in 2006? A clever money-saving party tip is to buy leftover New Year's decorations...

 

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Buying on Sale and Preparing Hamburger MeatWhen I can ad match hamburger for around $1.38 I buy the 5 lb containers, then bring it home and cook one package at a time in my crock pot on high for about 5-6 hours, while I'm doing other things around the house.

 

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Laundry Soap Caps for Cookie CuttersThe lids from the Wisk bottles make the best cookie cutters for kid playdough-just right for little hands...

 

Nibler (Ferret)Nibler is a 4 yr. old ferret. We got him from freecycle. He likes to sleep in funny ways and hide.

 

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Avoid Wasting Cooking OilWhen I open a container such as cooking oil, I peel the seal on the bottle just enough to allow a trickle to flow. This prevents a huge splash of oil that was not part of the recipe. It saves time, saves oil, and there are no gadget needed!

 

Questions

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Storing Coffee?What is the best way to store coffee (both for unground beans and for already ground)? My DH and I don't drink it up very fast, and I've heard keep it in the freezer; I've heard keep it in the refrigerator; I've heard oh, no, don't do either of those, that'll dry it out, just keep it in an airtight container.

 

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Antique White Walls?I just purchased Winter Beige carpet for my bedroom. The bedspread is a gold design. I purchased antique white paint for the walls but I think it looks too dark. Am I being picky, or is Antique White ok for a 12x15 bedroom?

 

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Cooking Oil on Suede?I have a cooking oil stain on my suede Timberland boots what can I use to get this off?

 

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Volleyball Banquet Centerpieces and Decorations?Our high school volleyball banquet is tomorrow night. I need a fun crafty idea to use as decorations for the tables!

 

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Egg Stain on Wall?How do I get raw dried egg off a wall?

 

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Water Rings on Oak?I had water rings on my oak desk and put mayonaise on them and left overnight. When I wiped it off, the rings are now very dark and it looks worse than ever! Is there help or will I have to refinish?

 

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Piccadilly's Macaroni and Cheese?I would love to get the recipe for Piccadilly's macaroni and cheese. That always brings back good childhood memories for me. Also, I would like to surprise the family with it for the holidays.

 

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How do you make a surface patina?How do you patina? Is there a 'frugal' way to make a surface look like it has been oxidized (out in the elements for several years) 'without' purchasing a product from a store?

 

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