March 21, 2006

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Recipes

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Italian Zesty ChickenHeat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking pan. In mixing bowl combine salad dressing and dry salad dressing mix. Dredge chicken breasts in mix and lay meaty side down in bottom of pan...

 

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Zesty Slow Cooker Beef Pulled SandwichesRub Dry mix and then pepper on entire roast. Place in Ziploc bag or bowl covered with foil. Let sit in fridge for at least 2 hours. place in slow cooker with 1 cup water and 1 cup diced onion...

 

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Juli's Beef Vegetable And Biscuits In One PotPlace vegetables and meat mixture into a large oven proof casserole or pan. Mix in undiluted soup and seasoning. Cover with foil and bake for about one hour until hot and bubbly and vegetables are still firm but cooked through.

 

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Marshmallow-Chocolate Fudge CakeCombine marshmallows, cocoa and hot water in top of double boiler. Let stand over hot water until marshmallows melt. Do not cook. Stir until smooth and cool. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Add sugar gradually to shortening, creaming well...

 

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Chocolate-Cherry Brownie SundaesThese sundaes are easy to make and are a perfect dessert or party treat.

 

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Crunchy Ranch ChickenHeat oven to 400 degrees F. Place butter in 9 by 13 inch baking pan and place in hot oven for 2-4 minutes just to melt butter. Remove and set aside. In shallow bowl beat egg and pepper. On large dinner plate or in zip lock bag combine dry salad dressing mix and crushed cereal...

 

Articles

red faced pears on tree

Growing PearsPears should be harvested when they reach a mature size and still feel hard. They should be light green in color and separate easily from the fruit spur (point of attachment). Let them continue to ripen at room temperature for 5 to 7 days before eating them...

 

closeup of raspberries

Growing RaspberriesRaspberries should be picked when they are thoroughly ripe. When berries are ready for harvesting, they will feel soft and separate easily from their core. Handle them with care as they are easily crushed.

 

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Freebies Help You To Be FrugalMy best frugal tip is to order as many freebies you can get. I visit free sample sites and get make-up, shampoo/conditioner, lotions/perfumes...

 

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Brick BookendsCover bricks with fabric or wallpaper to make attractive bookends.

 

Cat with paw on cabinet knob.

AaylaI don't know how old Aayla is, she is from an animal shelter. She is a tortie, otherwise I do not know.

 

Two Ripe Plums on a Tree

Growing PlumsPlums can be left to ripen on the tree and harvested when they reach their mature size and color. If they are rich and sweet to the taste, and fee slightly soft when squeezed they are ready to be harvested...

 

Closeup of dog's face.

Rosco (Unknown Breed)Rosco is 2 years old. I don't know what breed or mix he is.

 

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The Wonders of PaperclipsAh, the wonders of the humble paperclip with its many uses beyond just clipping together paper. It can be bent to hang a calendar over a cabinet door or form a picture hanger...

 

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Replacing Glass in Small FramesYou can use the acrylic sheets they use to print transparencies on to replace the glass in small pictures. Easy and safe.

 

purple grapes hanging from vine

Growing GrapesHarvest grapes when they are fully ripe-they will not continue to ripen on the vine. Grape's sugar content rises as much as 20% as they ripen, so a taste-test is the best way to tell if they are fully ripe.

 

citrus tree in garden

Growing CitrusMost citrus trees are self-shaping and need very little pruning. Root suckers or crossing branches can be removed as necessary on young trees and mature trees should be kept free of dead, broken or diseased branches.

 

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Learn a Sense of Your SizeSizes don't matter in clothing - just the fit. So learn to develop a sense of your size no matter what the size markings are.

 

beans on a plant

Growing BeansMake sure soil has warmed up to the proper temperature before planting. If necessary, cover the site with dark plastic as soon as the soil can be worked.

 

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Poll: Do you have a 401k retirement plan?Today's poll asks: Do you have a 401k retirement plan?

 

bunches of beets

Growing BeetsBeet seeds are actually small fruits that each contains 4 to 8 potential seedlings apiece so don't plant seeds to thickly together. If not thinned properly, they won't develop roots worth harvesting...

 

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Finding Change in Various PlacesCheck under your car seats, in pockets of coats and jackets, as well as in the furniture for loose change. You might be surprised how much you will find!

 

Questions

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Late 1800's English Decor?I am interested in ideas for creating an English, late 1800's interior decorating theme around fox hunts and English equestrian decor. My entire home is currently in transition to this style. Anyone know of where used, discarded horse rider apparrel is looking for a new home?

 

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Painting Over Chrome?So my question is, can I paint over chrome? And if so, what kind of paint would I buy? I'd like to know the proper technique to paint over chrome.

 

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Brown Boronia Information?Can any one tell me about "Brown Boronia"? And where to get them? My zone is 9-10 in Southern, CA. I'm told that they will grow here.

 

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Homemade Saddle Soap?I'm looking for recipes for homemade saddle soap.

 

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Pam Residue on a Cookie Sheet?Please help me remove baked Pam residue from a regular cookie sheet (NOT nonstick).

 

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Tropical Decoration Using Liquor Bottles?I am getting married soon and my theme is going to be tropical. I have a bunch of cool Liquor bottles and was looking for some ideas!

 

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Making Cookies for People With Allergies?I am looking at making frozen cookie dough for allergies. I want to do this for people who can't bake for their kids and would buy this. Can you use rice flour for a base (to replace wheat)? I saw that some substituted soy flour for eggs. Are there any other non-egg substitutes you can use?

 

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Burnt Oil In a Pan?I was frying some tortillas in vegetable oil when I got a phone call and as you can probably guess, I forgot to keep my eye on the pan and the vegetable oil dried up and I burned the pan. To make matters worse, I tried to scrape the burnt spots off with a plastic spatula and I melted a little bit of the spatula onto the pan.

 

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Clothes Wrinkled After Washing and Line Drying?Why are my clothes wrinkled after washing? I use homemade laundry soap, use vinegar during rinse, shake my clothes before placing them on clothes line; but still wrinkled.

 

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