April 11, 2006

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Original Toll House CookiesSift together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. Combine butter or shortening, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and water; beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Add flour mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate morsels and nuts.


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Kate Smith's Devil's Food CakeAny one Remember KATE SMITH and GOD BLESS AMERICA? Here is her Devil's Food Cake Recipe.


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Crescent BakeThis recipe has been made a number of times and I'm getting rave reviews for it! It is very family friendly and everyone always asks for the recipe.



Chinese Crested

Breed Information: Chinese CrestedThe Chinese Crested dog is unusual looking and comes in two varieties. The first is "the Hairless" which is almost completely hairless except for a crest of fur on its head, a tuft on its tail called a plume and fur around his feet known as "socks". The second is the Powderpuff, which has long silky hair.


Breed Information: Yorkshire TerrierThe diminutive and glamorous Yorkshire Terrier is a very compact dog with a long, silky coat and an lively and ostentatious personality. Originally developed by the working class to control rats in mines and cotton mills...


Dominic - Everything Will Be OkayMy son Dominic and a policeman, taken on September 11, 2002 (one year after), lower Manhattan, just feet from World Trade Center Site. This picture says to me ...."Everything will be okay."


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Before Purchasing a Cell Phone PlanBefore purchasing or renewing your cell phone plans, ask around and find out what your friends and family are using. Some cell phone carriers allow you call people on their network for free which can dramatically reduce the number of minutes you need each month.


Photo of an angel carved out of soap.

Soap AngelHere is a picture of the soap angel I carve for birthdays and Christmas for my Friends, Neighbors and Children. I learned this from a Girl Scout leader over 60 years ago.


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Neck Support Pillow in the BathRather than buying a neck support pillow for when you take a bath, just roll up a towel. It works great and assuming you don't get it wet, you have the towel handy to dry yourself off.


Picking the Right Food For Your Pet

Picking the Right Food For Your PetWhen it comes to chowing down, there are a lot of chow options for your dog or cat. How do you pick the "right" food? There are several factors to keep in mind:


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Use Moisture Prevention Packages In The CrisperPut those little packages, that come in everything (moisture preventing) in your crispers. It keeps all you keep there, lettuce etc. fresher for a much longer time.


German Shepherd Dog

Breed Information: German ShepherdThis strong, courageous dog is one of the most popular breeds in the world. It possesses one of the keenest noses and highest degrees of intelligence in the dog world, making it suitable in almost any working capacity: herding, police work, guard dog or guide dog.


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Onion Bags for ScrubbingI have saved and cut into squares the mesh (plastic) bags that potatoes, onions and some fruits come in.


Pet Mice and Rats

Pet Rats and Mice InformationChildren have always been fond of keeping mice and rats as pets, especially young boys. Intensive breeding over hundreds of generations has resulted in many colorful and interesting species.


sleeping baby and kitten

Pets and The New BabyA new baby is an adjustment for everyone, parents, siblings, and pets! Here are some tips to help make the transition easier for everyone:


Completed flowerpots.

Watermelon Flower PotsI love painted flowerpots, and I think in the spring they make a fun statement. One of the most popular outdoor motifs is watermelon. I have watermelon cups, plates, and pitchers, so I decided that I wanted to make watermelon flowerpots to match.


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Poll: Do you have a hard time sticking to a budget?Today's poll asks: Do you have a hard time sticking to a budget?


My Frugal Life - Growing Up FrugalGrowing up in a family of 5 you didn't have to learn to be frugal, it was a given. A lot of our clothes were bought at garage sales and my mom even made some. Most new clothing was gotten at the beginning of the school year, Christmas and Birthdays.


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Cooking Sausage LinksStick two toothpicks through three links of breakfast sausage before cooking. It makes them easy to flip over, they cook evenly and stay together in the pan or on your griddle.


Bichon Frise

Breed Information: Bichon FriseThe Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy dog with a fluffy white coat who loves to be the center of attention. This breed is known for its friendly nature and physical agility. This breed makes a good companion for the elderly, small children, and other family pets.


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Rejuvenating Old Paperback Books or PostersYou can rejuvenate old paper items like the covers of used paperback books - or worn posters by touching up the worn spots with colored markers.


Charlie the CatCharlie is our 6 months old domestic long hair/short hair mixed cat. We got him from an animal shelter in October, 2005


lemon balm

Growing: Lemon BalmLike its name suggests, Lemon Balm has a strong and invigorating lemon scent. Its decorative appearance includes clusters of tiny white flowers, and vein-filled, oval-shaped leaves that contain lemon-scented oils.


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Kitten JokeWhat kind of kitten works for the Red Cross?


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Using Butter WrappersIf you bake yeast breads and dinner rolls, often the recipe will call for a final brush of butter across the surface after taking them from the oven. I save my stick butter wrappers for not only coating baking pans for casseroles, but also for running over the finished, hot yeast bread or rolls.


wet white dog

Bathing Your DogTips for giving your a dog a bath. It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. Two factors make giving your dog a bath a huge undertaking: The size of your dog and how much your dog likes (or hates) water.


Paper Plate Suncatchers

Paper Plate SuncatchersYou and children of any age can make these simple suncatchers with just some mini paper plates, tissue paper, clear contact paper, scissors, a hole punch and yarn.



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Yogurt Dip Dog Treats?I am looking for a yogurt dip recipe for dog treats that will harden and keep even out of the refrigerator. If you have one, please let me know.


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Laguna Beach Travel Tips?My family of 4 (DH, and DD ages 8 and 14, plus me!) is traveling to the Laguna Beach/Irvine area in California in October of this year. We plan on visiting DisneyLand, the Nixon Library, the San Diego Zoo, Hollywood and Balboa Island.


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Homemade Post-it Notes?I have some cute note paper and I would like to make post-it notes using this paper. Can this be done? Can I make my own post-it notes?


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Storing Potato Flakes?I was wondering if anyone knew how long potato flakes would be good for. I have a bag of flakes in the cupboard and I think they are 2 years old. I could make instant potaoes for the dogs if need be, I suppose, to use them up. Any suggestions for using them besides thickening stews and soups?


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Hawaiian Cream Pie?I am looking for an old recipe from the late 60's to early 70's. It was called Hawaiian Cream Pie. All i remember is it was a custard type pie and had a nutmeg taste and the crust was very thin. The topping had a whipped cream mixed with something else. I have searched every cookbook but I can't find it.


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Cupcake Bath Bombs?Does anyone know how to make cupcake bath bombs and also I am looking for a recipe for they resemble jello jigglers but they are for your bathtub. You scent them, color them and drop one in the tub for a nice bath.


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