March 15, 2006

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Apple BrowniesThis makes a thick batter. Bake in greased 9x9 inch pan at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes...

 

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Fast Fixin' Fruit 'N' CakePreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put oil in 9x13 inch pan; tilt to cover bottom. Put cake mix, eggs and water into pan. Stir with fork or spoon until blended (about 2 minutes). Scrape sides and spread evenly in pan...

 

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Escalloped PineappleBake in a well-buttered casserole dish for 1 hour at 325 degrees F. It is best baked in a larger, flat pan. Good with ham or hamballs...

 

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Brownie PieGrease 9 in. pie plates. Beat egg whites and salt until frothy. Add sugar gradually, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until stiff peaks are formed. Blend in vanilla. Gently fold in chocolate cookie crumbs and nuts...

 

Articles

Growing: Peony

Growing: PeonySome peonies secrete a nectar to attract ants, which in turn help them open their dense double flower heads. Once open, the ants disappear...

 

Growing: Hydrangea

Growing HydrangeaPlant in spring or early fall from cuttings or purchased plants. Dig holes as deep as the existing root ball, but three times wider to accommodate the lateral spreading roots...

 

Lily-of-the-Valley

Growing Lily-of-the-ValleyStart with purchased plants in early spring or fall. Plants should be spaced about 4 inches apart. Plants will benefit if mulched with 2-3 inches of compost to keep soil moist...

 

red flowers

Growing HoneysuckleThere are over 180 species of honeysuckle shrubs and vines growing in a variety of habitats. Growing requirements will vary some according to species. Generally speaking, purchased plants or rooted cuttings are best planted in the fall.

 

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Keeping Track of Rows with Different PatternsWhen knitting or crocheting a pattern that has different instructions for each row I copied the pattern and cut out each row and put 1 row on a 3X5 blank index card and put it into the binder that comes with index cards. (I bought mine at Wal-Mart)...

 

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Gift for Mom JokeA man went into the pet shop to purchase something for his mother's birthday. His mother was alone and he thought it would be a good idea if she had a nice companion with her. He couldn't decide what kind of a pet...

 

Growing Ivy

Growing: IvyPurchase young plants or take cuttings from a friend. Plants root easily in soil or water. Do not feed newly potted or purchased plants for the first 3 to 4 months.

 

Growing: Ornamental Grasses

Growing Ornamental GrassesGrowing requirements vary by grass type. Care should be taken to provide adequate space for growth, without allowing grasses to take over your garden. Ornamental grasses should be spaced as far apart from other plants as they are tall....

 

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"You Are Driving Me Crazy"This weekend I had a craft day with my five year old nephew. I was having trouble with my words getting through to him. He kept doing the opposite of everything I asked.

 

white flowering hosts

Growing HostaSlugs are common pests to Hostas and can munch large, unsightly holes in their leaves. Creating a barrier of coarsely crushed eggshells around the base of plants will make slugs think twice about crossing.

 

A doily in yellow and green with a G for Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay Packers DoilyThis is my own design Packers doily, I crocheted it myself. I do enjoy crocheting. I've been doing it for years since I was a teen. I do sell lots of them for my friends. We all love the Green Bay Packers here in Wisconsin.

 

deep pink flowering primrose

Growing PrimrosePurchase plants in spring or grow from seeds sown in pots in early spring or fall. If plants start to lose vigor they probably need to be divided. Once their flowering period starts to end, dig up and divide crowded plants...

 

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Hiding the Easter GoodiesEaster is coming up and that means the 'pastels' and other good candy is out on the shelf. Here's a way to hide a secret stash; put some of your Easter favorites into a brown paper bag and stick it in the freezer labeled "Fish".

 

Protecting Birds from Striking Windows

Protecting Birds from Striking WindowsThe Audubon Society estimates that in the United States and Canada, as many as 1 billion birds die each year due to collisions with glass. Collisions that don't end in fatalities often leave birds temporarily stunned and vulnerable to predators, or worse, seriously injured.

 

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Festival PostersMany festivals and organizations print out their own posters and give them away - free. Keep on the look out for them for your decorating...

 

Growing: Lavender

Growing LavenderWatering is unnecessary with well-established plants-except during extreme drought conditions-lavender does not like wet feet, so well-drained soil is a must. Trim plants lightly each year after flowering or cut them back more severely every few years to keep them bushy.

 

Growing: Helenium

Growing: Helenium (Sneezeweed, Helen's Flower)Purchase plants from nurseries in summer and fall or start seeds indoors several weeks before last frost date in the spring. Plants should be spaced 12 inches apart and mulched with 3 inches of compost around their base to help keep their roots moist...

 

Peep aka "My Lion"Peep just turned 8 on March 7th. He's a common but uncommon cat, :) beautiful face, short legs. His siblings were all different with even one looking part maine coon.

 

white flowers

Growing PhloxSeveral species of phlox are commonly grown in the gardens of North America. Moss phlox is a low growing variety that thrives in full sun. Wild blue phlox and creeping phlox both form broad clumps of fragrant flowers suitable for shade gardens. Tall garden phlox needs staking and is most susceptible to powdery mildew. Annual varieties can be grown from purchased transplants or seeds sown directly into the garden several weeks before your last frost date...

 

Penstemon flower

Growing Penstemon (Bearded Tongue)Purchase plants in summer while in bloom to ensure you get the color you want. Water regularly during the first season. Once plant is established it will be fairly drought tolerant. In warmer zones, cut back spent stems to encourage a second wave of flowers in late summer to early fall.

 

Growing Hibiscus

Growing HibiscusRegular pruning keeps plants shapely and invigorated. New growth starts below any cuts made, so plan accordingly when stepping back to assess the plants overall shape.

 

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Poll: Have you made candles before? Today's poll asks: Have you made candles before?

 

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Plastic TotesI don't have a company that comes to pick up my recycled items, I have to drop them off, so outside I have plastic storage totes. I have different colors for the glass, cans, etc.

 

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Bring Food to the OfficeMy frugal tip is that I often bring part of my breakfast and lunch to work and buy the remainder from the cafeteria. This way, I can still socialize with my coworkers and also feel good about saving money at the same time...

 

Questions

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Dry and Brown Leaves on a Loquat Tree?I have a young (3') Loquat Tree planted in my backyard. Its leaves are turning dry and brown despite sufficient watering, and may have some "munch markings" on the edges. I have 2 other Loquats in my front yard receiving similar sun, shade, and water and they are doing fine.

 

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Making a Candle Making Kit?I need a candle making kit. I have no supplies right now. I will need everything it takes to make candles. I am also interested in making pillows, sewing, flower arrangements, etc.

 

Building a Step For Our Dog?Does anyone have easy to follow plans to build steps for "Buddy" to use to get to the top of the bed and down again? We don't know how old he is or what injuries he might have had before we got him.

 

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Don Pablo's Corn Cake?Does anyone have a recipe for Don Pablo's corn cake?

 

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Urine Smell on Toddler's Clothing After Being Washed?My 2 year old son occasionally urinates through his diaper and the urine gets on his onesie and pajamas. What I've begun to notice is that even though I wash these items, the urine smell remains. Is there anything I can add to the wash load to help with the smell. I've tried Oxiclean but that hasn't worked.

 

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What are "Fashion Earrings"?I had my ears pierced a few months ago and will be purchasing earrings. I was wondering what the term "fashion earrings" means? Are these made by designers, or does it mean what is in fashion today? I will not be buying expensive earrings, any suggestions on where to buy?

 

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Cutting Seashells?I would like suggestions on how to cut sea shells. I have some small conch shells I want to cut like coins. I have a craft project in mind for them. I have seen it already done in stores so I know it is possible. Thanks for any suggestions.

 

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Recipes Using Dry Milk?I have a few packages of Dry Milk that my Mom gave me, and I have no clue what to do with them. Any ideas for usage? I'd hate to just pitch them. And if a recipe calls for milk, can I use this (already made) instead of regular milk?

 

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Mother's Day and Father's Day Craft Ideas?I am captain of a Relay for Life team that raises money for American Cancer Society. For fundraisers, we enjoy making and selling things for each holiday (such as crafts or food items). For example, we are making and selling large candy Easter eggs for $5 each for Easter. I wondered if anyone had any suggestions for foods or crafts for Mother's Day and Father's Day.

 

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Dealing with Radiotherapy Side Effects For Prostate Cancer?My husband has been diagnosed with caner of his prostate. He starts radiotherapy next week for 7 weeks. He has been warned about side effects for his skin, bladder and; bowel. Please can anyone who has been in this situation tell us how to minimize the side effects.

 

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Using Creosote Logs In The Garden?Can I use Creosote logs for a flower bed or will the Creosote harm the plants?

 

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Highlighting Black Hair?I want to highlight my hair at home, but I have very jet black hair. Should I use hair bleach before hair highlight for better result? Can you please tell me the procedure of bleaching before highlighting?

 

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Using Restaurant Size Dry Mixes In Smaller Batches?I have tried several of the recipes that are in the recipe newsletter. My question is the following, a family member had a small restaurant for a few years and due to a family illness she had to close her restaurant. There were several large packages of mixes that she used, for example: pancake mixes, biscuits, etc. These are restaurant size bags. How can I cut them down to use for a family of four?

 

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