February 13, 2006

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Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream CakeAt low speed, beat cake mix, eggs, sour cream 3/4 cup water and extract until combined. At medium high speed, beat 2 minutes. Divide between pans...


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Fiesta Black Bean SaladGently toss together corn, onion, red pepper, and beans. Stir in chili powder and allow to sit at room temperature. Meanwhile, whisk together olive oil...


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Marzipan (Eggless)Blend almond paste with corn syrup,almond flavoring and salt. Beat in powdered sugar, working in the last with hands if the mixture seems to stiff for beaters.


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Grant Wood's Strawberry ShortcakeGrant Wood was an Iowa artist best known for his painting of American Gothic (the couple with the pitchfork), which is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.



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Valentine's Day GameHere's a really fun game for Valentine's Day. I call it "Put the Lips on the Heart". The really fun part is the kids have to put the lips on the heart using their own lips!


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Smooth Leg ShavingIf you find the different types of shaving cream for your legs to be expensive, try using some baby oil on your legs. Your legs will be soft and smooth and it also will help protect them from nicks...


Changing Dog Food

Changing Your Dog's FoodMy dog recently got over severe diarrhea and vomiting. She spent 2 nights in a very good animal hospital in Springfield, MA. The doctor did numerous tests but found no answers.


field of flax

Growing Flowering FlaxSow seeds directly outdoors in fall or in early spring as soon as soil is workable. They should be spaced so plants grow approximately 8 to 10 inches apart.


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Poll: Do you use any homemade cleaners?Today's poll asks: Do you use any homemade cleaners?


Butterfly Bush

Growing Butterfly BushFor continuous flowers all summer, trim spent flower clusters off just above a set of leaves and plants will send out two new spikes to replace the one you cut off. As they name suggests, the Butterfly Bush is very attractive to butterflies...


pink azaleas

Growing Azaleas and RhododendronsSpring and fall are the best times to purchase and plant azalea and rhododendron clumps. If you buy whole balled or burlap wrapped plants, late summer is the best time for planting...



Growing ImpatiensMost often bought as transplants, but seeds can be started indoors 8 to 10 weeks before last frost date. Seeds need light to germinate so press them into seed starting.


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Valentine's Day BasketThis is a suggestion for a Valentine's Day gift for someone you love. Decorate a basket for Valentine's Day using lace and ribbons and your imagination, and fill the basket with fruit...


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Frugal Valentine's DayFor a frugal Valentine gift to your honey, make a favorite meal that they enjoy. Then have their favorite movies ready (I get them at the library or rent them)...


Pink Lavatera flowers

Growing: LavateraIn the spring, sow seeds directly in the ground or place seedlings 3 to 4 inches deep at 3-foot intervals. Lavatera are wildflowers and difficult to transplant so they should be planted where you want them to grow...


Growing: Lobelia

Growing: LobeliaLobelia was first introduced in the wild form over 200 years ago from the Cape of Good Hope region in South Africa. Also known as Indian tobacco, it has historically been smoked as a treatment for respiratory ailments by Native Americans.


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A Dress Up Box for KidsA dress-up box makes a great gift for your nieces and nephews. Instead of spending a fortune on mass-produced toys, collect neat clothes...


Close up of Astilbe Plant

Growing: AstilbePurchase a nursery raised pot containing numerous plants and divide them up when you plant them. For the first summer give them extra attention...


Seed pod.

Growing: Love-In-A-MistLove-in-a-Mist has been cultivated for over 400 years and is a relative to the buttercup. The aromatic seeds are used in the Middle East for culinary and medicinal purposes...


Finished pin on sleeve.

Felt Heart PinShow your passion, wear your heart on your sleeve. I made these as Valentines and everyone loved them.


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Fruit Flavored PancakesIf you like fruit flavored pancakes from a mix you can use orange juice or other fruit juices in place of milk.


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Coca Cola for Battery TerminalsCoca Cola is great on corroded battery terminals in your car. The caustic acid eats the corrosion quite well. And if your windshield is oily from driving in rainy weather? Coke works great!


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Removing a Rusty TailpipeYou can't beat WD-40 for loosening stuck hardware or parts. I could not remove a piece of rotten tailpipe. I gave it a shot of WD-40 and it fell out of its own accord a few hours later.


Closeup of Larkspur flower

Growing: LarkspurSow seeds directly in garden in the spring. Sow them in the location you want them to grow as Larkspurs do not like to be transplanted. Plants should be spaced about 6 to 8 inches apart...


Poppies and various colors.

Growing: Iceland PoppyDespite being true perennials, Iceland poppies are usually grown as annuals or biennials. To use them as cut flowers, sear off stems with a lit match or lighter and place them in very warm water.



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Dog With Discharge From Eye?I adopted a 5 year old male Chihuahua from a shelter, I've had him for 10 days he has had 3 vet visits. He started getting small red boils around his stomach and the top of body, he was treated with a antibiotic and a steroid shot.


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Olive Oil That Tastes Like Olive Oil?Do any "foodies" out there know of an olive oil that tastes like OLIVE oil? All the companies seem to be advertising a "light" taste. I'm looking for something with an unmistakable olivey flavor, even better if it doesn't cost a fortune.


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Red Lobster Biscuits?Red Lobster biscuits. Does anyone happen to have a recipe for these?


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