March 7, 2006

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Recipes

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Cherry Pom-Poms These are always included during the Christmas baking season...

 

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Perfect Pie CrustMix crisco into flour and salt mixture. Add milk. Ready to roll out. This will make 2-9" pie crusts...

 

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Grandma Johnson's "Improved" Homemade Ice CreamChocolate pudding with a tablespoon of cocoa powder. (Mix with just enough hot water to dissolve lumps. Cool before adding to mix.) Mix in mini chocolate chips or chopped brownies after the ice cream is done...

 

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Grandma Ethel M. Johnson's Homemade Ice Cream (1950s)Mix together well and pour into freezer and CRANK! Let stand in freezer for about 15-20 minutes to firm up...

 

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Chicken Macaroni CasseroleIn a large sauce pan, melt butter. Stir in flour until combined. Add cream and 1-1/2 cups broth all at once; stir until smooth. Cook and stir until bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat; add cheese and stir until melted...

 

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Soft Oatmeal CookiesThis is the original version of my Oatmeal Cookie Recipe which has been a favorite of my family for 40 years. This is a soft, not a crisp, cookie.

 

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Margaret's Prize Winning CakeYou can also sprinkle coconut, then chopped walnuts, then tiny christmas hard candies, or crush the regular size old fashion hard candies. Yummy and very pretty for the holidays...

 

Articles

Growing Baby's Breath

Growing: Baby's BreathScatter seeds every two weeks until midsummer for a steady supply of beautiful blooms. Cut Baby's Breath when about half of flowers are open. The more you cut, the more blooms plants will make...

 

Levii (Part Siamese)Levii is about 7 months old and is part Siamese.

 

Growing Salvia

Growing SalviaSow seeds directly into ground in early spring or start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost date. Some need light to germinate and should not be covered, but simply pressed lightly into the soil. Seedlings are also widely available for transplanting and should be spaced 10 to 20 inches apart...

 

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Rubbing Alcohol - Miracle Cleaner!I use rubbing alcohol for all kinds of cleaning jobs, full strength or diluted (I prefer full strength.) For most cleaning jobs I keep it in a trigger spray bottle. I use it for cleaning glass and mirrors - it evaporates too NO STREAKS! ...

 

Shirley Poppy

Growing Shirley PoppyAs poppies go, these are the easiest to grow. Broadcast the seeds outdoors in late fall (in cooler zones), or early spring (in warmer zones). Mix the tiny seeds with fine-grained sand for more even dispersal. The seeds need light to germinate so don't cover them with soil...

 

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Storing Canned Goods in Alphabetical OrderI enjoy organizing and my most helpful tip I use in the kitchen. When I buy canned goods, I store them in the pantry in alphabetical order.

 

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Poll: Do you color your hair?Today's poll asks: Do you color your hair?

 

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Keeping Your Words SweetAlways keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

 

Sanvitalia (Creeping Zinnia)

Growing Sanvitalia (Creeping Zinnia)Sow seeds directly outdoors as soon as soil is warm or start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost date. The seeds need light to germinate so do not cover them with soil, just press them gently into the surface of the growing mix...

 

Growing: Nasturtium

Growing NasturtiumNasturtium's peppery-flavored flowers are good to eat and taste good in salads. The flower buds and seedpods are also edible. Pick them just before they ripen and store them in a jar full of vinegar for three days...

 

pink and blue flowers

Growing Morning GloryA guide to growing morning glory. Morning glories are easy to start from seed. Soak seeds for 24 hours or nick the hulls prior to planting to speed germination, then sow them 1/2" deep directly outdoors.

 

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Perfect Gift For Mother's Day - Garden ApronI made this for my mom, who has 14 grandchildren...

 

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Fake Paypal EmailsLast week I received what genuinely looked like an email from Paypal stating my account had been violated. It advised me to log on and renew my information to make sure it was current. I smelled a rat...

 

Lola Hardy (Lab/Cattle Dog)

Lola Hardy (Lab/Cattle Dog)Lola Hardy will be 3 on March 30, 2003. She is a Lab/Cattle dog mix. She was adopted from the Paulding Animal Shelter.

 

A white and yellow blossom of meadowfoam in a garden.

Growing: Meadow FoamSow seeds directly in the garden in fall or early spring in a sunny location where soil stays consistently moist (not wet). Germination takes about three weeks. Seedlings should be thinned to 6" apart. If soil is nutrient rich, fertilizing should not be necessary.

 

Growing: Sweet Pea

Growing: Sweet PeaSow seeds directly where they are to grow. Place them 6 inches apart and 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep. Soak seeds for 24 hours prior to planting to speed germination. Purchased seedlings should be spaced from 3 to 4 inches apart. Deadhead spent flowers for continuous blooming until leaving some for self-seeding the end of summer...

 

Questions

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Sausage and Gravy Recipe?I am looking for a sausage and gravy recipe.

 

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Silly Wonderful Memories?I'm wondering what silly wonderful memories any of you have of your early days of relationships? I know there must be many. We have one that we remember and we still re-create it, if you will. This may not be that funny but it still makes us laugh.

 

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Hair Has No Body After Coloring?I have been coloring my hair since I started getting gray. For about a week or two after coloring, my hair seems to have no body, is way too soft, and won't hold a style or even hold a rubber band for a pony tail. I don't like this flippy-floppy texture when my hair is thick with a nice wave without hair coloring.

 

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Installing Tile Countertops?I have some relatively ugly laminate countertops from the 70s. I was wondering if I could put tile down on top of them? If so, what do I need to use to prep the counters before putting the tile down?

 

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Super Glue on a Stainless Steel Sink?I know someone here can tell me, how can I get super glue off a stainless steel sink without scratching it?

 

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Training a Dog to Detect Seizures?I know that there are professional trainers on here, but I was wondering, could you train a family dog (6 years old in June and a great nose) to smell out an oncoming seizure?

 

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Giving a Cat a Bath?I just wondered what people's opinions were on giving cats baths. My cat, Destiny, is an inside short-hair and when I first got her, I gave her some baths, which she hated, of course.

 

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Church Easter Ideas?My church asked me to help put something different and special together for Easter. I could really use some ideas.

 

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Flowers That Won't Wilt In Hot Weather?I was hoping to find ideas for flowers for my wedding party. I need to find some that will not wilt in the Florida heat for a September or October wedding.

 

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Too Many Bills to Pay?I have gotten myself in a bind and don't know how to get out. I owe a lot of money for my property tax. I also owe lots of other little bills that add up to big bill. Does any body have any recommendations, insights, etc.?

 

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Tips for a Husband Who is a Picky Eater?Does anyone have any suggestions for a picky eater? My husband and I are wanting to start a family soon and I want us to start eating better but he refuses to eat any veggies and very few fruits. The veggies he will eat are: broccoli, lettuce, fried squash, and corn on the cob.

 

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White Powder In a Fire Place?When I discovered this white powder (don't know what it is?) on the inside wall of my brick fireplace I took a closer look and there seemed to be condensation. The fireplace is on an exterior wall.We have been experience a bit of rain lately. Could this be the cause of the white powder?

 

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Removing Mildew on House Siding?My house has some green and black mildew on the brick and siding. The house does not need painting. I am thinking of having it power washed to remove the mildew. What time of year should it be done? I live in the Southeast.

 

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Cleaning an Oven Window?I was given a rather nice gas stove with a small window in the middle of the oven door to see inside while it is baking. This window is not able to be seen through very clearly.

 

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