April 10, 2006

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Recipes

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Fried Rice with VegetablesIn medium pan, heat oil and saute onion, garlic, and rice. Add hot water and salt. Bring to a full boil. . .

 

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Chicken Breasts with Hawaiian Pineapple SauceSaute chicken in butter until done (can be grilled). Whisk together remaining cornstarch, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, pineapple juice and lemon juice in a small saucepan.

 

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Golden SmoothiesStart your morning of right with this delicious smoothie!

 

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Applesauce Surprise CookiesSift together flour, soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. In large bowl of electric mixer, using cream setting, beat butter and gradually add sugars. Beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until blended. . .

 

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Norwegian Butter CookiesFestive cookies for the holidays or anytime.

 

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Queen Mother's CakeAdjust rack to 1/3 up from the bottom of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a springform pan and line the bottom with wax paper. Butter the paper and dust all over it lightly with fine, dry bread crumbs.

 

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Dilly BunsSoften yeast with warm water. Allow to cool. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Stir in flour. Allow to rise until double in bulk. Punch down and allow to rise again.

 

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Chocolatetown CakeStir together cocoa and boiling water in small bowl until smooth; and set a side. . .

 

Articles

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Remembering to Make Favorite MealsI am notorious around my house for forgetting to make certain meals after a while. Since I try so many recipes, sometimes I lose track of some winners that my family loves.

 

Sam (Raccoon)

Sam (Raccoon) and ChickSam was probably around 3 months old. I'm not sure how old the chick was, it was one that we hatched.

 

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Traveling With Your PetIt just isn't safe for your dog or cat to be roaming all over the car while you are trying to drive. My German Shepherd/Husky mix used to always knock the car out of gear while he was switching from the front seat to the back seat - not good!

 

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Inexpensive Denture SoakInstead of using those pricey denture tabs, soak your retainers in hydrogen peroxide like you would buy in the first aid aisle. I use this all the time and I never have a build up like I did with the denture tabs.

 

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Keep Marshmallows from Sticking TogetherYou can keep marshmallows from sticking together in the bag by putting a little powdered sugar into the bag.

 

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Tough Chicken JokeWhere do tough chickens come from?

 

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Poll: Are you a cat person or a dog person? Today's poll asks: Are you a cat person or a dog person?

 

Plaque and butterflies on wall.

Memory GardenWhen a loved one passes on and the family receives plants. Think of making a "Memory Garden" with them. I lost my dad in 1980 and my sister in 1998 and nine months later my mom in 1999.

 

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Honey Tips - Keeping, Storing and SubstitutionsMy family loves honey and I have had bottles turn to sugar because I did not store it correctly. To maintain quality, honey has to be stored properly - in a closed container, in a dry location and at room temperature, about 70 to 75 F. . .

 

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Keeping Track of Bills and DonationsAs soon as I open a bill, I put it on my computer keyboard. Next time I'm online, I schedule the payment to be made 2 days before it is due. That feature allows me to pay when the bill is due without any fear of forgetting it.

 

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Less Bitter CoffeeHubby noticed that the coffee we had been buying seemed bitter. We use filtered water and had a new coffee maker. So I told him to do what my mom used to do.

 

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Round Up Credit Card PaymentsWhen paying off credit cards, always round up payments as much as you can. If the minimum payment is $25, try to pay $30. Credit card companies set minimum payments to maximize the amount of interest they can earn from you over the life of the debt.

 

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Bud Vase Centerpieces?My mom is getting married for a third time in early March. She really likes the bud vase that the hotel will provide but we are having difficulty coming up with a way to make them into an elegant but simple (and inexpensive) centerpiece. She also wants to use carnations as her flowers.

 

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Surprise Pies?I have been looking for a recipe for surprise pies. My mother made these when I was young. I think they were made in a cupcake pan (graham crust?) and the filling was chewy and had chocolate chips in it. I've searched everywhere to no avail.

 

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Easter Gift Ideas?Does anyone have a good suggestion for a Easter gift for my son's girlfriend? I would really appreciate any ideas. She is 23 years old.

 

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Restoring Heart Pine Flooring?I am restoring a rear porch on a 100-year-old home that had painted heart pine tongue-in-groove flooring. To repair beam rot, part of the floor has been replaced with 3/4 PT plywood.

 

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Advice for My 16 Year Old Daughter's Party?My daughter will be 16 soon and she wants a boy/girl party for the first time. Any and all ideas are welcome. I haven't a clue what to do with them. She is inviting 9 people so including her there will be 10 teenagers in my small apartment.

 

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My Cat Seems Bored?I have a 4 year old cat who seems bored lately. He won't play very much anymore. His health is fine. We both work days, so he is home alone from 10 AM till 4 PM, but he seems to sleep during that period. I was wondering if I should get a kitten for him to play with? He is pretty skittish with other animals and doesn't seem to like other animals.

 

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Quilting Theme Centerpieces?For our Girl Scout dinner we are having a quilting theme. I am in charge of making the centerpieces and really need some ideas. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

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