December 3, 2005

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Fresh SalsaChop ingredients, combine and keep refrigerated.

 

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Southwestern Snack MixIn a large bowl, combine popcorn, pretzels, bagel chips and corn chips. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; pour evenly over popcorn mixture...

 

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Fresh Tomato SoupThis simple soup is a great way to use your homegrown tomatoes this summer.

 

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Hot and Zesty SausagesCut sausage links diagonally into bite size pieces. Combine apricot preserves and mustard in a saucepan. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes...

 

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Making Candy When It is RainingWhen the holidays get closer many people like to make candy. One tip that is very important, and depends much of the time on the climate where you live, is to not make candy if it's raining outside.

 

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Cloudy or Crystallized HoneyYou can restore cloudy or crystallized honey to its original state by placing it in a pan of hot tap water. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and it will be good as new.

 

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Hold a Monthly Craft Exchange PartyHold a monthly party and invite all your crafty friends to exchange items they no longer need or use. This can save hundreds of dollars and you can get fresh ideas as well.

 

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Labeling FoodMethods for labeling food.

 

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Easy Frosting for Cake or CupcakesSprinkle chocolate chips on your cake/cupcakes just a few minutes before they are done. Then just spread the chocolate across the top after they are melted and the cake is baked.

 

Casino building on front lawn of Holiday Inn.

What Not To Put on Your LandscapeThe President Casino landed on the Holiday Inn's front lobby and lawn in Biloxi, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

 

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Acetone Nail Polish Remover and Magic Eraser to Remove InkPure acetone nail polish remover poured on a Magic Eraser works like a charm. The ink that my roommate got on my dryer came right up using this method. I should have made her do it!

 

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Saving on Wedding FavorsRather than spending $1.50 each for pre-made wedding favors that weren't at all personal, I made 50 of my own for about $13. I got the little bubble bottles (the clear wedding ones), some ivory address labels, and some pink and ivory ribbon.

 

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Keeping Peeled or Sliced Apples from BrowningCoat peeled apples with a little lemon juice to keep them from browning quickly. Or toss them into a basin of water with a pinch of salt in it.

 

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Chopping NutsIf you are chopping nuts with a knife, you can make them easier to chop by putting them in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes at 300 degrees F (149 C) before chopping them.

 

Easy GardeningDon't dig that dirt, do this. Lay sheets of newspaper on the spot you pick for a garden. Cover the spot in the papers and then pile on dirt and compost. Water it and let it sit. In a few months then plant your flowers. You can use cardboard in place of newspapers. Doing this kills the grass weeds etc. and it is so easy to garden this way.

 

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Organizing Papers and MagazinesA frugal way to organize magazines and papers. Ask at your local library for the holders that magazines come in. They are usually free for the asking.

 

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Meringues for Inexpensive BakingI love to bake, but baking can be an expensive hobby. When I'm especially strapped, I make meringues. Meringues are a cheap (and VERY low fat) delicious treat.

 

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Peeling Hard-Cooked EggsTap the egg on the counter all over to crack the egg shell in several places. Rub the cracked egg between your hands to loosened the eggs shell. Then dip the egg in a bowl of ice cold water and begin peeling.

 

An arbor lattice being reused.

Reusing a Broken ArborI reused my arbor that broke and made use of the lattice on my porch.

 

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Keeping Fruit Salad from BrowningSqueeze lemon juice on fruit salad and it will not brown quickly. Some grapefruit juice will work as well and will taste even better (if you like the taste of grapefruits).

 

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How do you make peanut brittle?How do you make peanut brittle?

 

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Gardening in FloridaFinally the temps have cooled off here. I'm going to try to start my veggie garden and plan on doing some flower gardening also. I have so much energy now! Does anyone have any Florida gardening tips.

 

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Fleece Camping Blanket With a HoodI am looking for a fleece blanket pattern. The blanket has a hood in the middle of the blanket on the side. I have found the same idea for camping but it is plastic and has no pattern.

 

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Microwave Heat BagI am looking for instructions for making the bags that you can put in the microwave. The ones you use for aches and pains etc. What is inside and how do you clean them when needed?

 

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Makeup Stain on a Cotton SweaterI have gotten makeup on a cotton sweater and cannot getit out. The sweater is black.

 

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