April 24, 2006

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Fruit BuckleBeat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in sugar. Add egg; beat until fluffy. Combine flour, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice; add alternately with milk to sugar mixture. . .


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Chicken Cutlet HeroPreheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice loaf of Italian bread horizontally in half. Wrap loaf in foil. Cut center part of tomato into thin slices; dice end pieces. . .


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Frozen Cream PuddingCombine crackers and melted margarine. Press 1 1/2 cup of mixture into bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Set aside. Stir nuts, if desired, into remaining crumbs; set aside. . .


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Fresh Peach-Blueberry PieCombine peaches, blueberries, sugar, tapioca, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Let stand for 15-30 minutes. Transfer to a pastry-lined 9 inch pie plate. . .


A bowl of granola with milk.

Quick Breakfasts for Busy MomsAbout twelve years ago, I was on a mission to find the easiest and most convenient way to satisfy my children's hungry appetites.



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Two DishwashersMy husband always says I have 2 dishwashers . . .


Seashore Candle Centerpiece

Seashore Candle CenterpieceI wanted to make a centerpiece for the island in my kitchen since I rarely use it for anything else other than placing my keys, wallet and other little things on it when I come home in the evenings. I love candles and the beach so I decided to do a seashore candle center piece.


Lonley Dog

Leaving Your Pet When You Go AwayIt's not always possible to bring your pet with you when you go on vacation. Sure, there are pet-friendly hotels out there, but you often have to be in the room with your pet at all times.



Breed Information: KuvaszThe Kuvasz is large, solidly-built herding dog with a wedge-shaped head, large black nose and a wavy, white coat. This breed combines strength and speed with a noble demeanor and was developed specifically to guard flocks of sheep, not herd them.


Bug wearing a red scarf

Bug (Boston Terrier/Pug)Bug is a 5 year old half Boston/half Pug, that's why he's a Bug. My husband bought him for me when he was just a tiny puppy. . .


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My Frugal Life: Tips from a Save-o-holicI honestly don't know where or how to begin telling everyone how I save money, because it's natural for me. It's an everything day thing. I love to teach others how to save. Saving money is a "rush" for me.


A Target in the ToiletDo you have guys (big or little) with bad aim when it comes to the toilet? Well take advantage of their natural instinct to hit at a target of any kind. . .


Tomatoes on the Vine

Turn Fresh Tomatoes Into Quick & Easy...Most of us know that planting a garden is one of the cheapest ways to provide your family with fresh vegetables. My husband is the chief gardener in our household, and since it is his domain, he gets to decide what to plant.


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Trip to Hawaii at HomeI have wanted to see Hawaii for many years, but my health is falling apart and I could never stand the hours of sightseeing. So this year, we are having Hawaii at home!


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Remedies for "Dud" RecipeWhen you encounter a "dud" recipe that is not to your families' liking, always try to look for ways to use those ingredients in another manner - your grocery budget will thank you!


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Shims for Plant MarkersInstead of buying plant markers go to your hardware store and ask for a bundle of shims. These are very inexpensive wooden slats and have plenty of room to use a permanent marker to write the name of the plant.


Growing: Bay - bay leaves

Growing: BaySweet Bay is a popular choice for herb gardens not only for it's culinary, medicinal and craft uses, but because its aromatic woody branches and dark green, glossy leaves can be trimmed and trained in order to make whimsical designs, stylish patio plants or formal topiaries. Sweet Bay is also a versatile shrub in that it can be allowed to grow very large, or kept to a height of 6 feet with regular trimming and pruning.


Bergamot (Bee Balm)

Growing Bergamot (Bee Balm)Bergamot is grown for its decorative flowers and aromatic foliage. The plants consist of tubular, crown-like flowers on top of 3 to 4 foot stems with dark green aromatic leaves.


Brushing Pet's Teeth

How To Brush Your Dog or Cat's TeethYou don't need to be a professional to help your pet keep their teeth in good shape! With a little patience, brushing your dog or cat's teeth can be a breeze!


Monopoly Money Belt

Monopoly Money BeltHere's a belt that is sure to impress your crafty friends. It's a belt made out of Monopoly money and vinyl.


Growing Vine Crops

Growing Vine CropsMost vine crops, including cucumbers, squash, melons, gourds and pumpkins, are members of the squash family. Although each of these different vegetables come in many different varieties in and of themselves, most members of this family have the same growing requirements for successful production.


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My Frugal Life - Depression Era Thread TipI wanted to tell you about how my mother was taught to be frugal. After graduating from high school during the Depression, she learned "make do, or do without".


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Extending the Life of Your Washing MachineTo extend the life of your washing machine and have less maintenance on it, set the machine to the longest and hottest wash cycle. Do not add any clothes or detergent. . .


The Internet Shopping DietIt's hard to resist purchasing items at the store, but resisting on-line is even more difficult. High internet sales suggest that consumers are finding it hard to curb their internet spending appetite. Maybe it's because the internet offers so many great desserts.


Breed Information: Pug

Breed Information: PugThe Pug has a square, compact body, strong muscular legs, a tightly curled tail and a flat, wrinkled face that bears a sweet expression and looks as though it's covered by soot.


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Reusing Dove Cleansing ClothsI've just started using Dove Cleansing Cloths. But they are expensive. And I can't afford to just buy them when ever I run out. So what I do is reuse them until there is no more soap. I can get 3-4 uses before I throw them away. It's saves me money.


Growing: Peppers

Growing PeppersPeppers are members of the Capsicum genus, and have been cultivated to exhibit a wide range of tastes, colors and sizes. Most have a strong, hot or sweet flavor and are used often as condiments or to add flavor and spice to dishes.


Adult Sphynx

Breed Information: SphynxThe Sphynx is immediately recognizable for its wrinkled skin and lack of hair. It has a long arched back and whip-like tail, long legs and a head featuring huge ears and large, expressive eyes. In many ways, the Sphynx has a body similar to the Cornish or Devon Rex, except that it lacks hair.


Flowering borage in the garden.

Growing BorageBorage is loved by bees and gardeners alike for its bright blue, star-like flowers with prominent black anthers and light-catching, silvery-haired foliage. Plants may have white or pink flowers on occasion.


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JC Penney Unadvertised Discount Code (2006)Here is an unadvertised 25% off discount code to use online at This offer is only good on regular-priced items and ends April 29, 2006.


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Using Old Hard Case LuggagePieces of old 70's hard-case plastic luggage make really good instrument cases for those instruments which come without them! I have my old Marxophone (a zither-like thing) in one.



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Hair Coloring Tips for Men?I have reached the age where I will need to start coloring my hair. I am considering using "Just for Men". One of the FAQs mentions that gloves are supplied to avoid staining the hands. I am bald on top. How do I stop the product from staining my scalp? Also, since I have less hair than the average man, can I use the product for two applications?


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Hanging a Crochet Doily?I am interested in making and hanging a crochet doily in my large front window. Does anyone know a good way to hang it?


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Bubbles From Glue on Scrapbook Pages?I need help. I am doing a scrapbook using Elmer's Craft Bond and the paper I am using with this glue is sticking up and bubbly looking. The layouts look horrible.


A woman with two English Sheepdogs.

Breed Information: Old English Sheepdog?Also called the Bobtail, Old English Sheepdogs are strong, compact, muscular dogs with an immensely shaggy coat that covers their entire body. Originally developed from drover's dogs, this breed has a loud, distinctive sounding bark, which he uses to announce any occurrences he deems peculiar.


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What is corn gluten?What is corn gluten, and where can I purchase it?


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Throw Up on Microfiber?My 4 year old threw up a lot on my microfiber sectional. There is no way to take the cushions off! I really need help finding out what are some safe ways to clean it up. I have it cleaned to the point that there is no stain, but how do I get the smell out?


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Ironing a Shower Curtain?I bought a 100% polyester shower curtain. No matter how I iron it, the packing creases will not come out. Does anyone have any suggestions?


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I Accidentally Sprayed Weed Killer on Flowers? I'm an idiot and sprayed weed killer on the flower beds. Needless to say, my girlfriend is REALLY mad and the flowers are not doing so well. Any way to rescue my relationship?


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Burn Holes on Microfiber Furniture?How do I clean some ash and burn holes on my microfiber furniture?


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