June 22, 2006

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Recipes

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Cherry Crumb DessertIn a mixing bowl, cut butter into cake mix as for pastry dough. Set aside 1 cup. Pat remaining crumbs onto the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Spread pie filling over crust...

 

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Strawberries-and-Cream Roll Mash 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries with a potato masher or fork. Beat cream and sugar in a medium size bowl with electric mixer until stiff peaks form when beaters are lifted.

 

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Watermelon-Lemonade CoolerWatermelon-Lemonade Cooler recipe. Process watermelon in batches in blender until smooth. Combine lemonade and mint sprigs and cook in a saucepan over medium heat for 10 minutes.

 

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Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate CakeHeat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.

 

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Maple Popcorn BallsThese yummy popcorn balls are easy to make and are perfect for a snack or even a bake sale.

 

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One-Dish Chicken and Rice BakeHeat oven to 375 degrees F. In 2 qt. shallow baking dish mix soup, water, rice, paprika and pepper. Place chicken on rice mixture.

 

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Fried OkraMelt shortening in a 12 inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat until a frying thermometer registers 375 degrees F. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs and milk in a bowl.

 

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Minty Grasshopper PieWith mixer, beat cheese until fluffy; gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stir in food coloring, then crushed cookies.

 

Articles

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Working for Local Elections and the CensusThose who live frugally pick up extra money here and there when they can. I have worked my way into a position as an inspector for our local elections, which is a steady gig a few times a year.

 

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Watch For Bargain Hair ColorIf you are getting lots of grey hair like me, it gets expensive to get your hair colored. I quit the salons long ago, due to health and financial reasons. I was buying the $3 hair color from Dollar General.

 

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Understanding the N-P-K of Organic FertilizersIf you took a biology class in high school or a botany class in college, you probably learned the basics of plant chemistry and maybe even learned a useful tidbit or two about using organic fertilizers.

 

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Be Careful What You Wish For... A JokeA man and his wife, now in their 60's, were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day, a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been so good each one of them could have one wish...

 

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Getting Fussy Eaters to Eat FruitDoes someone in your house just refuse to eat fruit often enough to get the daily requirements like in mine. I used to purchase canned fruit that he would eat.

 

Sam - Poodle

Sam (Poodle)Sam is a poodle and will be 10 years old on August 2nd. We bought her when she was 6 weeks old. She likes to play fight with her "daddy"...

 

Mouse the CatMouse is a 1 year old Ragdoll mix. Someone told me a friend of their's has free kittens. They were part ragdoll, which I had heard a lot about.

 

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The All-Important Summer VacationAs summer approaches prime time vacation season heralds its arrival as well. Enjoy the trip without the aching wallet with some planning.

 

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Bread Machine TipsTips and advice for using bread machines.

 

Gardening With AllergiesGardens should be a respite from the stresses of everyday, but for gardeners who suffer from hay fever and other allergies, certain plants and weather conditions can make gardening more miserable than tranquil. Here are some tips to help make your time gardening relaxing and sneeze-free.

 

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Poll: Do you own a bread machine? Today's poll asks: Do you own a bread machine?

 

Questions

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Reducing My Utility BillsOur utility bills were hiked at the beginning of the new year and nearly 6 months into it I'm still not used to it. I'm looking for your help on how we can reduce our utility bills as I've tried everything I can think of!

 

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Gentle Hair DyeI want to dye my hair. In the past when I dye my hair I get a headache. I am getting older and I want to cover my gray. Please help. I want to know which hair color product that is out there that I can use that is gentle. Also, I get some shedding afterward.

 

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Blue Rainbow TeaWhat is the meaning of a Rainbow Tea? My color is blue.

 

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Tang and Vanilla Pudding Fruit DipI don't know if anyone can help or not. Years ago, when fresh fruit and dip first became popular, I had a recipe for a dip that was made with, I think, vanilla pudding mix and Tang drink mix, but I'm not sure what else.

 

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Leaves Turning Yellow on a HibiscusThe leaves on my hibiscus are turning yellow. I have beautiful blooms. Does anyone know what I can do?

 

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Pansy Jelly or JamDoes anyone have a recipe for Pansy Jelly or Jam? How and when do you pick the flowers?

 

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Getting Seeds from Collard GreensI am growing collard greens and have many, many plants. I pick and cook the leaves regularly. Recently, I have noticed that 3 of my collard plants have began to go to seed and have beautifully yellow blooms from the seeds. How do I get these seeds and plant them so they can make more collard green plants? Is it too late after the blooms develop or can I cut of the bloom with stem and plant in the dirt?

 

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Dishwasher Not Drying DishesI bought a dishwasher at Lowe's last year. For some reason, even when I put on the heated dry, I still have wet dishes. I mean cups and stuff that are hanging to where they should have dried. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do?

 

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Saving Money on Gameboy GamesOur Gameboy was stolen along with our games, some were old games, such as Mario Land, Donkey Kong and Tetris. We are trying to replace them. Any ides were to buy them new and at a good price. What we found were starting at $40.00. We are looking to spend a little less that.

 

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July 4th Activities for a Senior ProgramMy mom runs an active senior program and needs fun, maybe even wacky, ideas for July 4. Such as a games, crafts, contests, etc. Any ideas would be helpful.

 

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Smoothie Maker Reviews (frozen drink maker)Do you have any comments pro or con? I was thinking about buying a machine to make something with a low carb count similar to a snow cone or a frozen coffee drink. Or am I wasting my time?

 

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Keeping Plants Alive When You're AwayKeeping plants alive when you are on vaction. How can I keep my plants alive when I am gone for months? I'm going out of the country for June, July and August, the hottest months of the year, and I am looking for advice on how to keep my plants alive for the duration.

 

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