May 15, 2006

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Double Chocolate Bundt CakeWhen I don't have time to bake but need a great double-chocolate cake for a funeral dinner, potluck or family or neighbors, here's the one I like. It has excellent flavor, requires no frosting, stays moist for several days and is a one-bowl wonder . . .

 

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Ground Beef Curly NoodleThis is a thrifty recipe that my sister came up with when she had several children that she watched in her home daycare. It can be spiced up quite a bit for the adult version, or left as is for picky children

 

Articles

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My Frugal Life: Born ThriftyI am a natural born thrifter. I have been poorer than a church mouse as well as on top of the mountain. That has never stopped my bargain hunting. I learned about thrifty living early in life since my mom was raising 3 kids on just her salary.

 

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Saving on Vacations with CouponsI purchase an Entertainment book for the area where I'm planning to vacation during the summer. These books usually go on sale for about $10 by that time of year, and they offer savings on two-for-one meals, entertainment, etc.

 

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Cleaning Black Burnt-on Stuff from Stainless SteelFor burned-on black yuk in a stainless steel pot or a glass one, use bleach (like Clorox). Pour in enough to cover. Usually by the next morning, the black will be gone. Even if the charred part is thick, the bleach will loosen it enough that your pot can be saved, and with no strenuous scrubbing. Some pots will require more than one overnight (don't ask how I know).

 

A tub of popcorn as a stress relief.

Make a Stress RelieverI have a simple stress reliever tip (and picture) to share. I was in a class once and learned this from the teacher. Take a good-sized tupperware storage box (Just big enough, yet small enough to store somewhere, you'll know what I mean in a sec.).

 

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Keeping a Master Grocery List on the ComputerAfter reviewing my grocery receipts and pantry for a month, I devised a shopping list on my computer that lists everything I use in my home, broken down into general categories like Produce/Fresh; Frozen; Pantry; Office; Toiletries/Household.

 

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Cooking Bacon in the MicrowaveWhen cooking bacon in the microwave use your kitchen scissors to cut the slices in half. This allows you to arrange the bacon on the plate so that none of it hangs over the edges, causing a greasy mess.

 

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Poll: How much do you spend on prescription drugs each month? Today's poll asks: How much do you spend on prescription drugs each month?

 

Roxy (Shetland Sheepdog)

Roxy (Shetland Sheepdog)Roxy is a 4 year old 100% Shetland Sheepdog (Shelty)

 

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Keeping Track of Medical InformationWe brought my mother to our home to live during the last few years of her life. She had a multitude of medications and medical information. Much of the information, especially prescriptions, changed often.

 

Questions

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Dog Bed Patterns?Does anyone have a pattern for a simple and fast doggie bed?

 

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Retrieving Parts from a Broken Drain?The linkage to my plunger type drain broke and the remainder of the rod fell back down in the pipe where the lever is located. How do I retrieve it? is there a magnet that can be used?

 

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Cutting Back a Yellow Trumpet Vine?My yellow trumpet vine has never flowered after a few years. I just read your advice to cut it way back before it gets its leaves. Is it too late to do it now? I trimmed some of the longer branches, but it is starting to get leaves. Can I still cut it way back?

 

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Make a Poster Look Like a Painting?I once saw a show on how to make a poster look like a painting on canvas by pasting the poster onto a piece of stretched canvas with podgee. Does anyone have the instructions?

 

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Removing Tear Stains From a Dog's Eyes?Does anyone know a frugal way of safely removing tear stains from dogs' eyes? My best friend has two little Yorkies, and she said that the tear stain removal pads are very expensive.

 

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Repairing Seat Cushions With Ripped In Them?I have a couch that has some small rips in the seat cushions. Can anyone recommend how to repair that with out replacing the cushions? I'm not sure if sewing will keep it from ripping every time someone sits on it.

 

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Keeping Eyeliner on Your Bottom Eye Lid?I have tired everything to keep eyeliner on my bottom eye lid, but nothing I try helps - it melts away. Any suggestions?

 

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Leather Sandals Smell Bad?Last year I purchased a very expensive pair of BORN Sandals. They are entirely made of leather. By late summer, last year, and now this summer already, they have acquired a nasty smell under my feet. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this odor?

 

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I Get "Blisters" When I Get Nervous?When I become nervous or get very stressful, I end up with one particular outbreak of "blister" or "shingles" on my thigh. Any known natural remedies or cures for this?

 

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Refurbishing Wood Salad Bowls?I have inherited a old (possibly teak wood) salad bowl set. The finish has worn off (light mahogany) in various spots on the bowls. How do I refurbish these bowls (hopefully, so they could be useable)?

 

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Beetle Infestation?We have been infestation by the millions (no joke) of nasty little beetles that come in black, red and sometimes gray. They don't seem to be going for any kind of food item such as wheat, flour, etc. They like to feed off of their dead comrades, and anything else they can find dead. The closest thing I can find that matches their appearance is a death watch beetle.

 

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Looking for Switches for Craftsman "60" Drills?I am new to site and looking for help. I am searching for a switch for a Craftsman "60" electrical drill. Both Models 315.7901, and 315.7750. Both are great drills, and will run a long time, if I can find the switches. Both switches have the A-H 3A-250V and 6A-125V stamped on the side.

 

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3 Bean Italian Salad Request?I am looking for a 3 Bean Italian salad, I had it while in the hospital and it tasted fantastic. I know hospital food usually doesn't taste good, but this was! I know it had white beans (navy or great northern) and pimentos and a great dressing, the rest I don't remember.

 

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Foul Smelling Clothes?I have some foul smelling clothes. I tried vinegar, fabreeze, lestoil, baking soda the works. I have to wash my clothes 2 times a week and the smell is still there.

 

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Cleaning a Textured Refrigerator?I hate those rough texture coats they put on refrigerators, they are hard to clean? Any suggestions would be great, plus I am a smoker so that doesn't help any.

 

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