February 1, 2007

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Recipes

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Corn Bread Vegetable CobblerPlace the squash, potatoes, parsnips, and onion in a shallow 3 qt. baking dish. Combine the oil, salt and tarragon; drizzle over veggies and toss to coat. Bake, uncovered at 375 degrees F for 1 hour or until tender, stirring once. Meanwhile, in a large pan, bring broth to a boil.

 

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Homemade Instant Cocoa MixCombine all ingredients; mix well. Store in covered containers. To use, mix 3 heaping tsp. to a cup of hot water. Stir.

 

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Hazelnut Chocolate CookiesIn a small mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and cocoa; gradually add to creamed mixture. Beat in ground hazelnuts. Roll into 1 inch balls. Press one whole hazelnut into each.

 

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Tomato Spinach SpreadIn a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, milk, salt and cayenne until smooth. Stir in the tomatoes, spinach and onion. Spoon into an ungreased, microwave-safe 9 inch pie plate.

 

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Pudding Cheese CakeYou can top this with fruit pie filling, chocolate curls, sliced fresh fruit. Also, you can fill the bottom of the pie tin with sliced fruit, and top with the mixture

 

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Almond Chicken CasseroleIn a large bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. Transfer to a greased 9x13 inch baking dish; sprinkle with cheese. Toss cornflakes with butter; sprinkle over cheese.

 

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Garlic Lime ChickenPreheat grill. Mix all ingredients except the meat in a plastic or glass bowl. Wash and pat dry chicken. Add to the marinade. Cover and place in refrigerator for 1 hour.

 

Articles

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The Basics of Plant PollinationMany of the more mysterious problems that come up during the gardening season can be traced to the pollination process going awry. Crops look healthy but fail to produce fruit, flowers fail to set seed, and yet there are no observable signs of insect damage or disease.

 

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Tips From The Refrigerator Repair ManI just had the refrigerator repair man out to look at my side by side refrigerator. I thought the evaporator fan wasn't working and my service contract is going to expire next month.

 

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Use Email As Your Online CookbookI have one email address that I use as my online cook book or archives. I send all of my recipe newsletters to that address and have created folders that I store all my recipes in.

 

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Willow Tree Near Our Home's FoundationI have a willow tree about 12-15 feet from the house and the base of the trunk is about 12 inches. I understand the roots can enter water systems, but can they also impact house foundations?

 

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Long Lasting Cat LitterI have 7 cats and use the scoopable cat litter. After cleaning, I spray the Febreze for pet odors and mix it up. The cat litter lasts forever!

 

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Growing Asiatic Lilies in a PotI was lazy and now my bag of mixed variety Asiatic lilies (sitting outside the garage door) did not get planted this fall. I would like to plant them in a pot.

 

Reddish brown and white dog under a blanket.

Gracie (Pitbull Mix)Gracie is about 6 months old and is a Pitbull mix. We got her about a month ago from the local animal shelter.

 

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Earn Tax Credits and Save EnergyTax returns are a pleasant springtime surprise for many. By cashing in on deductions, one can make that surprise even bigger. One of the deductions to plan for in the upcoming year is the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

 

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Vegetarian "Chicken" SaladHello all! I'm having a great time at this site! It's awesome to be able to share some of my vegetarian ideas. My youngest daughter and I don't eat meat, but still like the taste and idea of chicken bits in a salad.

 

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How To Have Fantastic Spring Color For Your Garden Or LandscapeGenerally you should fertilize once in the spring, summer and fall. If your plants are not blooming, there could be a lack of phosphorus in your soil.

 

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Healthy Valentine's GiftThis is for Valentine's Day, but you could alter it to whatever day you want. I used a printing program and found a picture of the little heart candy with sayings on them. Below it I printed "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."

 

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Use Teacup Saucer To Keep Yolks From RollingHate wrestling with boiled yolks when making deviled eggs? I accidentally discovered that those saucers that have the indentions for the cups in them make a very good "holder" for when you mash the yolks gently and quicker, individually with a fork.

 

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Cutting Meringue PiesYou can cut a meringue pie cleanly by coating both sides of the knife lightly with butter.

 

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Lower Salt SoupsWhen preparing homemade soups, use margarine instead of butter and herbs instead of salt.

 

Video: Scottie Tails: My Date with Barney, the First DogKenzie begins her quest to get a date with Barney, the First Dog.

 

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Dealing with Shrunken UnderwearIf you have cotton underwear that has shrunk or just gotten a bit too tight, you can get a more forgiving fit by cutting the elastic waist band just a bit on one side. The cotton knit is forgiving and will stretch, giving you a better fit, and you can wear it a bit longer.

 

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Humidity And Your HouseplantsMost houseplants prefer humidity levels of 40 to 50 percent. Unfortunately, the air inside our centrally heated homes usually falls somewhere near the 10 to 30 percent range during the winter. To houseplants (especially flowering houseplants), this can feel like living in the Sahara Desert.

 

Questions

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Frost Damage on Mint?I have mint plants and they almost got frozen last week. Some stems died. Are they evergreen or should I just harvest them now before they go dormant?

 

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Green Oranges?How do I change the color from green to orange on my oranges?

 

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