May 2, 2006

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Chicken with CardamomIndian food is as diverse as its culture, geography and climate. The essence of good Indian cooking relies on the appropriate use of aromatic spices. The skill lies in subtly blending a variety of spices to enhance ...


Orange-Chocolate Pie (Freezer Dessert)Do you remember that delicious, creamy orange and vanilla ice cream treat you loved as a child? Now you can have it just about anytime you want to with this convenient make-ahead desert!


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Potato Chip Cookie Mix In A JarPlace above ingredients in 1 quart mason jar or ziploc baggy with recipe's tag directions. . .


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Sausage BallsMix by hand. Form into small balls. Put on cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees F until done, 20-25 minutes.


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Glazed Fruit and SausagesIn a medium saucepan, combine jam, lemon juice, cornstarch and cinnamon. Cook and stir until well blended. Add sausages and pineapple; heat through. . .


Chili Potato Bake (Freezer Meal)This delicious dinner dish can be baked in a large casserole dish or in two smaller dishes to suit any size family! Either way, try this dish served with sour cream and enjoy an entirely new, rich and creamy dinner treat!


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Almost Nutri Grain BarsPreheat oven to 375 degrees F. Melt butter.combine cake mix and oats in a large bowl. Stir in butter until mixture is crumbly. Measure 1/2 of mixture (about 3 cups.) . .


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Pralines RecipesCombine all ingredients in a large heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring gently, until sugar dissolves. Cover and cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes to wash down sugar crystals from sides of pan.



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Books on CD from the LibraryI am a avid reader, but I don't have the time to sit and read, so I get CD's at the library. I get so many at one time, that I don't finish all of them before the due date. So, now I still get 4 or 5 and load them to the computer, then I can listen while I work on the computer. If I want to take them on the move, I just burn them to a CD or a MP3. I now get all my material back on time.


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Using Coupons and Avoiding Impulse BuyingThis is saving me time and money at the grocery store. With trial and error, I finally figured out how to use coupons more effectively and efficiently. . .


An ivy plant in a china teacup with saucer.

Teacup PlantersThis simple project is a wonderful way to use the china teacups gathering dust on your shelves. Filled with soil and ivy they make dainty and long-lived planters.


Growing: English Mallow

Growing English MallowWith the right conditions, mallow can grow to 3 or 4 feet high. Native to the marshes and damp meadows of England and Denmark, this lovely perennial herb has been used for its culinary and medicinal properties since ancient times.


Breed Information: Schipperke

Breed Information: SchipperkeThe Schipperke is a small, compact dog with a short back, strong legs, docked tail and fox-like head. This breed has a distinctive black coat that forms a ruff at the neck.


A Javanese cat on a blue background.

Breed Information: JavaneseThe Javanese is elegant and angular, with the elongated body, wedge-shaped head, large ears and blue eyes that are typically found in the Siamese. It's really only different from the Siamese in that it has a long, silky coat.


burn barrels

Alternatives to Backyard BurningI grew up in a rural community in the 1970s and 80s with a burn barrel in the backyard. Like most of our neighbors, our family burned trash in an effort to minimize costly trips to the dump. As a kid, it was one of my favorite chores. I mean, what kid doesn't like being asked to light stuff on fire?


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Save Tiny Ziploc BagsSave those tiny ziploc bags when you come across them, the ones that hold small samples, etc. They can be recycled for all sorts of things, such as sewing kits, eyeglass repair kits, or if they are bigger, groupings of cosmetic samples.


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Keep Popcorn in the FreezerKeeping popcorn in the freezer will help to eliminate "old maids."


Jack Russell closeup

Breed Information: Parson (Jack) Russell TerrierThe Parson Russell Terrier, also commonly called the Jack Russell Terrier is a small, medium-boned dog with muscular hind legs, a strong neck and docked tail.


Hummingbird vine.

Beautiful Hummingbird VineI like to let hummingbird vine grow upon my iron fence. It gives my garden a "lacey" look.


closeup of one with cropped ears

Breed Information: Miniature SchnauzerThis version of the Schnauzer retains all of the characteristics of the standard-sized Schnauzer-a square shaped body, wiry coat, v-shaped ears, bushy eyebrows, a prominent beard and a large black nose. This affectionate, obedient breed is playful and alert and makes an ideal small companion dog.


Suma - Grey CatSuma is our 10 year old grey cat. He's a very large cat, but a gentle giant indeed. Very sweet.


Growing Feverfew - closeup of flowers

Growing: FeverfewFeverfew is a lovely perennial herb that has white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers and soft, light green serrated leaves. Plants grow from 9 to 24 inches high and produce single or double flowers for most of the summer and early fall. Feverfew is useful for planting between stones or pavers on walkways and paths.


Summer colors dried flower wreath.

Dried Flower WreathA wreath of everlasting flowers that keeps summer memories in your home year round. Dried flowers can be purchased inexpensively from a florist shop if you haven't any on hand. Tansy, strawflowers and others are glued to a wooden wreath covered with moss. Well worth the extra effort!



Breed Information: SamoyedFirst developed by the nomadic Samoyed peoples of Northern Siberia, the Samoyed dogs were valued family members used to hunt, herd reindeer, and haul sleds. This strong and vibrant breed is still easily recognizable by its magnificent thick, white coat designed to protect it from the bitter climate of its origin.


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Storing Jig Saw PuzzlesTo better organize my daughter's puzzles I cut the picture from the top of the box and place it along with the puzzle pieces in a ziplock bag. Now the puzzles take up a lot less space and no more squished boxes and missing pieces.


Swiping a credit card through a machine.

Altering The Shopping HabitSpontaneous shopping is not only a problem but a habit as well. Have you ever gone shopping because you were bored or because it was a rainy day? This behavior leads to overspending and overcrowding in your home. Instead, follow some rules while shopping to eliminate the desire to purchase.


Beautiful Collie lying down.

Casper (Tri-color Collie)Casper is a 9 year old Tri-color Collie. Casper was born into the family.


Growing: Coriander

Growing CorianderCoriander plants are one of the most widely used herbs in the kitchen. Grown almost entirely for their culinary properties, the leaves (also known as cilantro) are used in a variety of ethnic dishes (especially Mexican)...


Dried Dill

Growing: DillDill is an easy-to-grow, aromatic herb and a good choice for those just starting to explore the rewards of growing their own herbs. Dill grows up to 3 feet tall and is an attractive addition to the garden's back border with its clusters of star-shaped yellow-green flowers and its airy, feather-like blue-green foliage.


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Using Fishing Line and Weed Whacker Line for Folk HarpsDoes anyone out there play a folk harp? Here's a $-saving tip - You can use fishing line for your harp strings. Compare the gauge needed with the heaviness of fishing line used for deep sea fishing.


Setting Up A Rat Habitat - rats in hammocks

Setting Up A Rat HabitatIn many ways, setting up for a pet rat is similar to preparing housing for other small furries -- rabbits, guinea pigs, or ferrets.


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Making a Toy Train TunnelIf you know a toy train enthusiast (or are one yourself) you can use an old metal mailbox to create a tunnel for your train. Just remove the door and back of the mailbox and let your toy train travel through it.


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Ziplock Bags and an Extra Pillow CaseWhen traveling and staying in hotels or motels, remember to pack a couple of snack size zippered plastic bags for used complimentary soaps and bottles of shampoo.


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Finding Usable FurnitureOne way to save money on furniture and such, is to go dumpster shopping. It's not as bad as it sounds. In spring, many university students are moving out of their apartments.


Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Camping and Hiking Safety TipsCamping and hiking can be a great adventure for both young and old. The possibilities can be endless, but only if precautions are taken to avoid simple mistakes that could end the adventure prematurely.



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Putting Butter on Your Cats Paws When You Move?I have been told that when moving to a new house with your cats you should cover their paws with butter to stop them roaming and getting lost. Does anyone know why or if it works?


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Preparing Muslin Fabric for Painting?How do you prepare fabric such as muslin so when markers or acrylic paints are being used they don't bleed?


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Storing Olive Oil?I have several glass bottles and a few metal containers of very expensive olive oil that were purchased a few years ago and have never been opened. They are kept on a shelf in my basement that is dry, cool and no significant moisture. Is there a deadline that the oil must be used or does it keep indefinitely?


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Eight Grade Completion Night Themes?I need theme ideas for an Eight Grade Completion Night. The theme needs a saying that is looking into the future in someway.


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