March 9, 2006

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Tropical Dream CakesMix together all fruits and coconut. Place sponge cakes on individual serving plates. Spoon 1/4 of each pudding cup onto sponge cakes. Then spoon 1/4 of the fruit mixture onto this.

 

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Twice Baked Potato DinnerTurn off oven and turn broiler on. Carefully remove portion of each potato and place in large mixing bowl. (You will have a potato shell remaining.) Set shells aside. Place all remaining ingredients into bowl with potato and mix well...

 

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Frozen Sherbet DessertCombine cookies, margarine, and mix well. Press 3/4 into 9x13 pan. Add flavoring to Cool Whip and mix with sherbet. Spread over crust. Spread remaining crumbs on top and freeze. Remove from freezer a few minutes before cutting and serving...

 

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Chocolate Lovers DreamOn individual serving plates mound 1/4 of crushed cookies Then spoon 1/4 of pudding onto the mound of crushed cookies. Next sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped nuts and then half the chopped candy bar...

 

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Harvest Dinner Apple CakeMix above in order. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold with Cool Whip or ice cream...

 

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Brownie DropsMelt chocolate and butter. Beat eggs until foamy, add sugar, 2 Tbsp. at a time and heat until thick. Blend in chocolate. Add flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon- blend...

 

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Pretzel DippersPlace on prepared cookie sheet and freeze at least 30 minutes till frozen solid. Then melt semi sweet chocolate chips as above and dip each pretzel 1/4 the way up the white chocolate dip...

 

Articles

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Coffee Creamer CartonsI like to recycle things and I have found that the containers for coffee creamers are great for elbow macaroni.

 

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Other Options for Weight LossDrink plenty of water: By drinking plenty of water, toxins can be removed from your body without putting on any calories.

 

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Decoupage TipFor decoupage, use a diluted solution of ordinary white glue to seal in the decorative paper you have applied to your object. It dries to a nice, shiny surface.

 

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Poll: Do you grow any of your own fruits and vegetables? Today's poll asks: Do you grow any of your own fruits and vegetables?

 

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Lightening the Look of Dark Wooden CabinetsLiving in a rental apartment with particularly dark wooden cabinets, I have lightened them up by applying small flowered plaques from the dollar store (reproductions of classic art) with adhesive putty which doesn't mar the surface.

 

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Uses for Cereal BagsOne thing I do as an avid recycler is to use the empty bag inside the cereal box for crushing graham crackers to make crust. I use crackers and dried bread to make crumbs for meatloaf.

 

Angel (Southern Belle)Angel (Southern Belle) is 9 months old. Sept 1, 2005 I came home from a painful bunch of needle shots for nerve damage. "Another stray" I said at my door. So again I let one in. This one though is NOT LEAVING ME!

 

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Epsom Salts for RosesI've heard that Epsom salts are good for roses. How much of it should I use and how often? Do you have any other suggestions for care of roses?

 

Tips For Ordering From Garden CatalogsJanuary is the month most garden catalogs arrive in our mailboxes. Each one is chock-full of compelling descriptions and colorful, larger-than-life photographs of perfect plants.

 

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Growing Monster VegetablesHave you ever wondered how people grow those gigantic vegetables that you see at the county fair? You've seen them-the scale crushing pumpkins that weigh in at 1,000 pounds, the 6 pound carrots and the cabbage heads twice the size of basketballs.

 

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Repairing IKEA-like Laminate FurnitureWe rescued a bookcase off the side of the road with worn bottom edge showing the particle board underneath by covering with a strip of matching wood grain paper...

 

Questions

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80s Theme Birthday Party?My boyfriend is turning 30 on April 9th. I'm on a budget and need some ideas fast. I love the whole 80's theme, and think I'm goona go with it, but where should I have it without breaking the bank?

 

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Faded Mock Crocodile Purse?I have a turquoise mock croc purse that is beginning to fade. I've found shoe polish in the right color, but I'm wondering if this will be the best bet to fix the purse. Will the shoe polish be colorfast, or will it rub off on my clothing when I wear the purse?

 

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Photo Toy Box?My son has a boy in his class that is moving and we want to give him a wooden toy box with photos for a going away gift. What do you suggest to use to put the photos onto the wood so they would be permanent and it would not hurt the pictures?

 

What Is This Tree? (Ornamental Plum Tree)I have several of these trees growing in my yard. They are volunteers, meaning they just grew up on their own. I live in the Pacific Northwest (Western Washington near Puget Sound). New ones grow up around the largest tree so I'm assume they are from seed from the tree. They have some white flowers in the spring and the fruit shown in one of the pictures is about the size of a jumbo olive and olive shaped or plum shaped.

 

Curling Leaves on a Anemone Coronaria Bulbs?I have planted some Anemone Coronaria Bulbs in pots indoors. They started out with full leaves but now they are starting to curl and seem a bit dry. They were in a window in sunlight but, possibly too cold? Any advice would be helpful.

 

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Can You Dye Carpet?I have tried everything to clean my carpet but still have stains. Has anyone ever dyed carpet? Have you had good results? Please help, as I can't afford to replace it right now.

 

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Caring for a Bougainvillea?I've had a Bougainvillea for 2 years as a houseplant. It's tall, has lots of leaves, but does not flower. It looks sickly, how can I better care for it?

 

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Cranberry Walnut Bread?I would like a recipe for cranberry walnut bread like that sold at Starbucks.

 

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