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April 10, 2006
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Round Up Credit Card Payments
When 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.
Keep Marshmallows from Sticking Together
You can keep marshmallows from sticking together in the bag by putting a little powdered sugar into the bag.
Sam (Raccoon) and Chick
Sam was probably around 3 months old. I'm not sure how old the chick was, it was one that we hatched.
Poll: Are you a cat person or a dog person?
Today's poll asks: Are you a cat person or a dog person?
When 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.
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.
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.
Traveling With Your Pet
It 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!
Applesauce Surprise Cookies
Sift 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. . .
Fried Rice with Vegetables
In medium pan, heat oil and saute onion, garlic, and rice. Add hot water and salt. Bring to a full boil. . .
Soften 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.
Less Bitter Coffee
Hubby 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.
Norwegian Butter Cookies
Festive cookies for the holidays or anytime.
Tough Chicken Joke
Where do tough chickens come from?
Queen Mother's Cake
Adjust 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.
Start your morning of right with this delicious smoothie!
Chicken Breasts with Hawaiian Pineapple Sauce
Saute 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.
Stir together cocoa and boiling water in small bowl until smooth; and set a side. . .
Keeping Track of Bills and Donations
As 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.
Inexpensive Denture Soak
Instead 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.
Remembering to Make Favorite Meals
I 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.
Honey Tips - Keeping, Storing and Substitutions
My 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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