January 10, 2006

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Homemade BreadAdd yeast to flour mixture and add enough water to make it thin enough to beat air into it. Knead several times. Add 2 cup more flour, put in greased dish...

 

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Family Steamed Brown BreadMix sugar, molasses, and eggs. Stir in soda, salt, flour and milk. Grease whole inside of eight vegetable cans. Fill about 2/3 full. Cover with foil...

 

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Date BreadChop dates and add the 1 1/2 cups hot water poured over. Do this first. Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs and beat. Add cooled date mixture.

 

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Homemade Sour CreamTry this instead of sour cream on beans, vegetables, fruit, and tortillas...

 

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Healthy MuffinsAdding a few healthy ingredients can give a quick and healthy breakfast.

 

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Spice CookiesIn large bowl, cream butter & sugar. Add corn syrup. Combine flour, almonds, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and baking soda. Add butter mixture. Dough should be soft but not sticky. Add more butter if it's too dry.

 

Articles

Black and white photo of the two dogs.

Dolly (Lab Mix) and Dutch (Rottweiler)Dolly has proven to be an invaluable teacher for the new puppy. She has helped to teach him the house rules and to house break him. When she catches him breaking a house rule she snatches him by the ear and gives him a shake. She also will drag him to the door if she thinks he's going to mess in the house. This photo was taken while she was teaching him not to chew on the furniture.

 

Scissor sacks made from potholders.

Scissor SacksThese are potholder scissor holders. Fold a pot holder into a cone shape. Hot glue the sides together. Careful not to burn yourself. You can use the loop at the top for hanging or poke holes to run a ribbon for hanging.

 

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Easing StressIf you have a problem ask yourself will this matter next week, next month, next year, etc. If you do this you will realize that the problem often ...

 

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Oiling the Cupboard DoorsMy mom was 85 when she died, and she was a widow for over 20 years. So I had to laugh when she told me she used Wesson oil to stop her cupboard door from squeaking.

 

Kitty Finished the SodaAAAHHH that was GOOD

 

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Warning About Elastic Cat ToysWant to hear a strange cat story? Here's the story of the cat that ate the 5 foot elastic string. The elastic string came from a cat toy that you hang over a door and there's a furry mouse on the end.

 

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Hair Coloring as Carpet DyeI have a pal whose family members used hair coloring to dye their carpeting. It worked successfully. So if you're planning on new flooring...

 

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Debt Crash Diet: A Giant Step Toward a Different LifeShaunta Alburger has agreed to write articles for ThriftyFun. This is Part 1 of a 4 part series she has written about her plan to go on a Debt Crash Diet in 2006.

 

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Decorating or Hiding Your Dog's CrateOur dog's crate takes up a lot of room in the living room. Any ideas for hiding it or making it useful?

 

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Sweet Oil and Vinegar Salad DressingI am looking for a recipe for a salad dressing. It is an oil and vinegar sweet dressing that I have only had served over a lettuce salad, with apples and walnuts in it.

 

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Tired of Shaving My LegsWhen do women stop shaving their legs. I have shaved every day for the last 40+ years and I am sick of it. Do you just quit or do you shave every few days?

 

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Cat Pee or Spray on SuedeMy cats got to my suede leather jacket and a pair of my leather boots and one of them "sprayed" on them. Can someone give me a tip on how to clean them?

 

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Homemade Beer TipsI would like to make some homebrew. Does any have any tips or wisdom they could share about making your own beer. Is a kit the best way to start?

 

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How To Make A Vegan CakeDoes anyone have any recipes for making a vegan cake or taking a regular cake recipe and making it into a vegan recipe?

 

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Uses for Crib BlanketsMy children have outgrown their baby blankets and quilts, but still want to use them. Any ideas on how to make this small bedding more useful?

 

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Covering Wood PanelsWe have wood panels on the wall and alcoves over the fireplace, which we added in the 70's. Is there a way we can update or cover these without taking them off the walls?

 

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Dog With Hip ProblemsI have a flat coated retriever mix that is two years old. When she was little she had a problem with her hind hips. She would pull them out of socket when playing. In the last day or so she seems to be hurting and is have trouble standing. It's hard for her to get up off the floor. Could this be arthritis?

 

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Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus Air Freshener Covers'm looking for a pattern of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. It was from Atlanta Puffections some years ago. It was sewn together fit over air fresheners.

 

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Finishing Stairs With Something Other Than CarpetWe are removing the carpet on our stairway, but we do not want to replace it with more carpet. We wish to do something different.

 

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"Colonial Lady" Pillowcase PatternDoes anyone know where to find a pattern for the "Colonial Lady" or "southern belle" type of embroidery pattern that you used to do on the edge of a pillow? You embroidered the head and upper body, and then crocheted the "skirt" on the edge of the pillowcase.

 

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Ceramic Tile CraftsI have one lonely 12x12 ceramic tile that I found the other day. It's beautiful and I don't want to throw it out. Does anyone have any ideas for a craft that I could use to display this beautiful tile with that doesn't require a lot of other items?

 

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