May 12, 2006

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Barbecue Chicken and Roasted Onions (Freezer Meal)You can always make extra of this summer favorite to enjoy throughout the year! For variety, try using this recipe to make a delicious topping on homemade pizza!


Nut Lover's Chocolate Bread Machine Loaf (Freezer Bread)What's more convenient than a bread machine for fresh loaves of bread? Knowing that you can enjoy your favorite nutty treat anytime when you keep an extra loaf tucked away in your freezer!



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Baby Car Seat Challenge (Baby Shower Game)Get a life sized baby doll - a floppy one is best and a car seat. Blindfold each guest and ask her to lock up the doll safely in the car seat with all straps done up properly. The guest that does this the fastest without missing a strap or a loop wins.


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Saving Your Meat DrippingsWhen roasting, stewing or grilling meat of any kind I always pour the drippings into a freezer container and freeze them just as soon as they have cooled just a little. When they have frozen, I pry up the layer of frozen fat with a fork and discard it, leaving only the defatted, seasoned broth or drippings.


Safety Pin Necklace Race (Baby Shower Game)Present each guest with a bowl full of safety pins. Set a stopwatch for one minute and yell, "Go!" The woman who can make the longest chain of safety pins in two minutes wins!


Installing Molding

Installing Baseboard Moldings and TrimBase moldings are installed to cover the gap between the floor and the wall. Laminate and wood flooring for example, is installed about half an inch away from the wall, so there is always a measurable gap to cover.


A trellis made out of grapevine

Grapevine Garden TrellisA rustic looking ladder for sweet peas or other climbers to scramble up in your garden or in a planter on your patio.


Welsh Terrier

Breed Information: Welsh TerrierWelsh Terriers are sturdy, compact dogs with wiry coats and active, playful personalities. Originally bred for hunting small game like otters, fox, and badgers, these robust, medium-sized dogs are the perfect companions for an active family and make good watch dogs.


Dealing With Loud Barking - barking dog

Dealing With Loud BarkingAny tips on a loud barking Yorkie? Oso is so adorable, loving, and sweet but late nights he goes out to pee and then barks at the top of his lungs. I am afraid he will wake next door neighbors as it is pretty late when we go to bed.


Dusty Miller plants.

Growing Dusty MillerNative to southern Europe, Dusty Miller is grown primarily for its attractive silver-gray foliage and most gardeners prefer to cut off the flowers to encourage leaf growth.


Soooo Tired Mom and DaughterThis is my daughter with her daughter. They just had flown in from Honolulu , Hawaii where they lived. My daughter just got out of the Navy and came home for Christmas before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado where her husband is stationed. They were both soooo tired. . .


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Inexpensive Contact Paper at the Dollar StoreYou can find good ends of contact paper at the dollar store. I get 1.5 yard rolls of clear contact paper for 99 cents to cover books - but I have also found that frosted contact paper, frosted with a pattern, even see-thru lace patterns will work just as well for my purposes (covering my music books). I suppose you could use regular contact paper - but I like to see the title of the book.


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Poll: Are any of your kids in college?Today's poll asks: Are any of your kids in college?


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Bedding for 11 PuppiesOur Border Collie just had puppies. In fact, she had 14 total, but only 11 survived. 11 puppies! Oh my gosh. Thoughts were going through my mind about how we were going to help our "girl" look after them.


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What You Need to Know When Using a ContractorWe recently went through renovating our kitchen, due to a fire. Here a some great tips I would like to pass along on any room you are renovating, when using a contractor.


Baby Bottle Bowling (Baby Shower Game)This game is exactly what it sounds like. Line up 10 pins (plastic baby bottles) at the end of a long hallway and give your guests a tennis ball. The ladies who knock down all ten pins win a prize.


Celosia (Cockscomb)

Growing Celosia (Cockscomb)Celosia thrives in heat and humidity. Sow seeds directly outdoors in warmer zones. In cooler zones start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost.


The Baby Tray Game (Baby Shower Game)This simple game challenges your guest's photographic memories. Arrange 20 baby items on a platter or tray and cover it with a cloth. Pass the tray around to each guest and have her examine the contents of the tray for thirty seconds.


Pomeranian on the grass.

Indy (Pomeranian) 11 MonthsThis is Indy. He is an 11 month old and is a pomeranian.


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Ask for Discounts at the VetMany veterinarians will give a discount if you bring in more than one pet at a time, if you've adopted your pet from a shelter, and some even give senior citizen discounts! It doesn't hurt to inquire about these kinds of discounts.


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USA Themed BackyardI am doing my patio with red, white, and blue. I am making a stencil from cardboard out of stars and spray painting my stepping stones in the appropriate colors. I think it adds a little bit of America to my back yard.



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Beaded Purse Has Yellowed?I want to use my mother's wedding purse as my something borrowed but it has yellowed. It is beaded with crystals. Any ideas?


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Homemade Urine Gone?I have a small puppy. I purchased Urine gone but that is to expensive to keep buying. Does anyone know how to make that solution? At twenty dollars a bottle and with two dogs that keep on marking their territory you can just imagine how expensive that can get.


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African Animals Wallpaper Border?I am looking for a wallpaper border that was sold at wal-mart but has been discontinued. It is called African Animals and the code it WT 1020 BCS. I do not even need a whole roll, half a roll will work.


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Painting Vinyl Kitchen Cupboards?I would like to paint my white kitchen cupboards that have molded vinyl doors with a sort of grainy finish. Any ideas?


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Changing a Main Panel in a Mobile Home?My question is that I am having a problem with my main breaker, so I want to change my main panel which is a Westinghouse main panel to a GE main Panel. My question is, could I change a mobile home main panel to a regular Residence Home main panel?


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