May 8, 2006

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Artichoke Quiche (Freezer Meal)A perfect addition to any brunch or an easy supper for two, this quiche is delicious with a mimosa in the morning or a salad and white wine in the evening.


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Grandpa's Hearty Green Bean SoupLightly brown ham cubes and onion in shortening. Add green beans and tomato juice to cover. Heat to bubbling, then reduce heat and simmer until beans are cooked. Serve in soup bowls.


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Pineapple-Mixed Fruit SaladCook first three ingredients until thick. Cool. Drain fruit and mix together with pudding mixture. Refrigerate.


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Beef Stew (Freezer Meal)This nutritional favorite is best served over noodles and accompanied by warm rolls. Although great year round, this cozy dish can warm the whole family on cold nights.


Chicken Wonton Rolls (Freezer Meal)When you need something that looks like it took a lot of effort to make but you don't have the time, these Chicken Wonton Rolls are just the thing! Try serving with chicken gravy to make a complete meal!


Chocolaty Pumpkin Bread (Freezer Bread)This delicious sweet bread is perfect any time you need a treat or a quick dessert for unexpected company! This bread is also wonderful as a gift for any occasion!



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Pony Tail Holders from Knee High StockingsThe tops of knee high stockings make great pony tail holders! Just cut off the top band. They hold hair in place, plus there is no snagging. I even keep a few in my kitchen "junk drawer" to hold back my hair while I am cooking.


Tux (Shepherd/Lab)Tux is a 2 year old Shepherd Lab. My son brought him home as a puppy. He likes to play ball or play in his pool. He's very smart and full of energy - If he loses his ball, he will spend countless time looking for it.


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Homemade Pizza SubstituteI raised a very large family on very little and believe I am very thrifty. Now there is only my daughter and I and neither of us eat very much so it's hard to adjust my cooking habits.


Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Should It Stay or Should It Go?Tax time is a good time to clean the filing cabinet and eliminate yourself of old paperwork. Yet, the fear of throwing out financial papers causes many people to save everything, leaving a packed filing cabinet with yellowing paperwork.


Burmese Cat - closeup of cat

Breed Information: BurmeseThe Burmese is a medium-sized cat with a straight back, deep chest and slender legs. They have small, rounded ears, a round-shaped head and rounded, slightly Oriental eyes. Their bodies are well-muscled and strong and their coats are very short and dense with virtually no undercoat.


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Breed Information: Labrador RetrieverThe Labrador Retriever is the original water dog. Originally bred to assist fisherman in Newfoundland, these sturdy, muscular dogs are now respected worldwide for their contributions to the military, police work, as guide dogs and for performing search and rescue.


Closeup of red poppies.

Growing Oriental PoppyTo be certain you get the color you prefer, unlike other poppies, it's best to buy Oriental poppies from nurseries. Plants will spread some, but prefer not to be disturbed.


Blackberries on bush

Growing BlackberriesBlackberries grow well in zones 4 to 9. Choose hardy, virus-free plants cultivated to your specific growing zone. Because varieties have different growth habits (upright or trailing), plan ahead to create a training and support system to match the variety you select.


Growing PeachesPeaches are hardy to zones 5-9. There are several varieties suitable for backyard landscapes, all of which need some period of cold weather before heading into the growing season.


Growing Harlequin Flower

Growing Harlequin FlowerHarlequin flowers prefer a southern exposure. These plants are not drought tolerant, so keep soil moist until foliage dies back after flowering and the bulbs go dormant.


Litterbox Training

Teaching Your Cat to Use the LitterboxKeep in mind that kittens are a lot like toddlers who are potty training: sometimes it's just easier to wet the bed than to go find that bathroom.


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Poll: Do you own your own business?Today's poll asks: Do you own your own business?


Thyme growing in an herb garden

Growing ThymeThyme is a highly aromatic herb that makes an attractive edging or perennial border and a culinary staple for any herb garden. Native to the Mediterranean, thyme grows best in the cooler zones, where it is less prone to insect diseases than it is when grown in the south.


Japanese Aucuba

Growing Japanese AucubaThe Japanese Acuba is very pollution and drought tolerant making it a good choice for seaside landscaping. Fertilizing in spring will encourage berry production.


Arches National Park

Hiking and Camping in the National ParksArches National Park may be out in the middle of nowhere, but it has plenty of spectacular sights to offer any visitor. Located in the small town of Moab, Utah, Arches National Park offers up over two thousand naturally formed sandstone arches.


Hand picking a Strawberry

Growing StrawberriesStrawberries will grow in the majority of zones (3-10) and can delight growers with a crop of berries in as little as three months after being planted. Junebearing strawberries produce a single crop in late spring and depending on your zone...


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Post-Its for LabelingI use post-its in my pantry to indicate categories, such as pasta and sauce, veggies, and baking ingredients. This way anyone who helps put away groceries or is looking for things knows where to look.


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Buying Used Washers and DryersI have bought new sets of washer and dryers twice in my life. I have learned, that they wear out in 4 to 6 years, if you have kids. So, now, I just buy a good set used, and save $650 a set. And they last just as long.


Shayla Looking PrettyShayla Is 1 year old, She loves posing and dressing up. Did I tell you she likes purses and brushing her hair. This may not be best photo but All I had to say is "lets take a picture" and she poses like this.


Apricot Tree

Growing ApricotsWhen selecting trees, look for trees that are least 1 year in age. Trees are self-fertile (they do not need other trees nearby to cross pollinate with in order to produce fruit).


Lost Pets

What Do You Do If Your Pet Gets Lost?It is a horrible thing to think about: your pet slips out the door and seems to disappear. How do you get your pet back safe and sound? This timeline can help you out.


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Saving Giveaway ToysWhen I go to McDonald's, I get the Mighty Kids meal, and get a toddler toy, instead of the usual toy. I have used them to give to charity at Christmas for their toy give-away, and I have used them to give to my grandkids and great grandkids.


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How Much Do You Spend On Eating Out?Do you think that you don't eat out much but can not figure out just where you money is going? It's time to do an experiment to find out just how much you are eating out, how much it is costing you and how much you could have saved by making that meal at home.



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Medic Alarm Service Reviews?Does anyone have recommendations for any of the medicalert services? One had the "fallen and I can't get up" lady on their commercial. I need to get one for my elderly mother who is now living alone. I heard Lifeline brand was good. Any pointers would be appreciated.


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Cleaning Wallabees?I need help cleaning my Wallabees. My dog stepped on them and it left a paw print and my little brother used my makeup remover to try to make it go away but instead of the paw print off it left a brown spot. I don't know how to wash it off.


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Disinfecting Used Shoes?How do you clean shoes that have been previously worn? Is there some kind of home remedy or disinfectant spray?


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Retirement Dinner for a Teacher?I am in charge of a small committee that is planning a retirement dinner for a fellow teacher. She is a classy dresser. She is always in high heels and wears beautiful scarves. We have a budget of about nothing! Any ideas?


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Book About Popsicle Crafts?I am looking for a book or books on making things out of popsicle sticks for an adult who is incarcerated and has been given permission to do hobby craft. I would appreciate any help I can get in obtaining information on where I can order books to be sent in to him.


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Stewardess Diet?About ten years ago I had information about a Stewardess or Pilot Diet but I can't find it. Also, there was a book that was called the two day diet, can't find it either. Any help would be appreciated.


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Stain on My Floor Mat?I have stain on the carpet floor mat in my 2006 SUV. It was caused by a small bottle of air freshener which leaked and left a red stain, I think it must have been a red dye used to color this liquid. Is there any way to remove this stain or should I just replace the mat for $110? Hoping there is a cheaper solution.


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Cleaning the Leather Interior in a Convertible?I have a brand new convertible with leather interior. I left the top down and it rained inside. I also park under an oak tree and wet seed pods got into the car. They left a yellow stain on light taupe leather. I have tried everything I can think of to remove it. Does anyone know anything that might work?


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