February 7, 2007

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Recipes

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Soft PretzelsDissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the sugar and pinch of salt. Blend in the flour and knead until the dough is smooth. Cut the dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a rope.

 

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Broiled Open SandwichFor each sandwich, toast a slice of bread on one side. Spread untoasted side with mayonnaise, and then place on a slice of tomato, slice of cheese, and top with two strips of bacon which have been partially fried.

 

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Oriental Chicken SaladRamen noodles can make a wonderfully flavored salad!

 

Articles

My Frugal Life - My Favorite BirthdayMy uncle Al sent everyone on his Christmas card list, the story of his favorite Christmas. In turn, I wanted to do the same back, yet I couldn't come up with one that stood out. A birthday did stand out though, it could be frugal depending on the two people involved, for us it was.

 

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Easy Potluck Idea: Crockpot Roast Beef SandwichesHere is a wonderful easy hit to bring to those office potlucks or family reunions, or any other kind of gathering where everyone has to bring something.

 

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Heating Vinegar For OdorsI burned a low carb tortilla in a non-stick frying pan. The whole house absolutely stank. I used air neutralizer sprays, wiped down the countertop next to the burner, opened windows, ran the heat to blow air, ran the electric air filter cleaners, grumbled... Two days later I could still smell it.

 

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Problems with NewslettersWe've received a few complaints about problems with the new format of the newsletters. One person has Vista and cannot read the html format but a few others are having similar problems running XP. If anyone has any ideas what might be happening, and how people can correct the problem, please post below.

 

Photo of flowers made with tissue paper.

Tissue Paper FlowersThis is a decoration I made for a Valentine's Day party this year. The vase is made from a drinkable yogurt container. I hot glued on a red ribbon around the middle and hot glued on a bow. I painted the top to give it a little more color.

 

Living room grouping with dolls.

Quick and Easy Crocheted Doll FurnitureCalling all little girls that love their Barbies or that have little dolls that need some furniture. Have I got a deal for you! This is number 1 in a three part series of articles about easy doll house furniture. Next week will be a crocheted kitchen and the week after that her bedroom.

 

Row of decorated coffee cans.

Decorated Coffee Can Containers for GiftsI save large tin coffee cans to use as containers I give my baked treats away with. This is the Christmas theme I used. I am not camera savvy, sorry.

 

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Manufacturers Sometimes Replace Instead Of RepairingTry to get things fixed by the manufacturer! My husband went through all the customer service/diagnostics for our Epson scanner/printer/copier with no luck. So they told him to send it in for repair.

 

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Visit Civil Rights Museum Free In MemphisThe National Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis (the historic south main arts district) is free after 3pm on Mondays.

 

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Onion FlowerBefore you begin you will need: sharp paring knife, ice water and a skewer. Peel the onion. Hold it so that the onion point is on top. Make the first cut by taking the knife directly down the middle, using a rocking motion.

 

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Using Wallpaper BorderAt most dollar stores, I can buy wallpaper borders. I apply it to a tin can to match the decor. I have one on my end-table with pencils, pens, scissors, and whatnots. In the bathroom, it holds razors, toothbrush, comb, and tweezers.

 

Making a Scary DollTo get a good effect on a scary doll, try gluing a chunk of a halloween mask to the original face. It gives it the look of a leather face, and looks real cool too.

 

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Growing Cucumbers on a FenceTry growing your cucumbers in hanging baskets hanging on a fence. If it's a wooden fence, all you need to do is stretch a wire or some string along it so as the cucumber has something to grow along.

 

Chloe (Yellow Labrador Retriever)

Chloe (Yellow Labrador Retriever)Chloe is almost 2 years old and is a Yellow Lab. Chloe is my daughter, Sara's, 16th birthday present.

 

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Keeping a Designer Handbag CleanI just got a lovely designer handbag as a gift, spring colors! It's sort of a Coach bag with part fabric, so I am going to have to spray it with Scotchgard before I use it, to help keep it clean and new looking longer.

 

Questions

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Foster Care Advice?Do any of you have experience with foster care? I would like to hear about it. We are considering doing foster care.

 

Converting a Twin Size Quilt to Full Size?How difficult is it to convert a twin size bed quilt to a full size bed quilt? This bedding is identical to my daughters crib set but I need it to be full size for her bed and it only comes in twin... any suggestion from all you craft seamstresses?

 

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Color Running From a Mink Coat?I just purchased a mink coat and I find the color runs around my neck. I do not wear make-up or spray perfume. I returned it to my furrier and he says that he cleaned it.

 

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Blonder Book - Shalimar?Oh How I would love to find a roll of wallpaper and 2 rolls of border. It is discontinued, I believe it was a Blonder Book, called Shalimar. It has a dark green stripe with a rusty color.

 

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Ink on a Door?I've got an ink stain on my door (from an pen which had exploded in my pocket). Does anyone have any ideas in getting it off or will I have to repaint the door?

 

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Framing Newspapers?I have tons of newspapers that I would like to frame and use as wall hangings for a rec room. However, I am having a hard time finding a way to do this without breaking my budget.

 

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Western Costume for a Dog?I need a western costume for a little dog. Can you help?

 

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Steam Cleaning an Oven?What is best method for steam cleaning an oven?

 

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Buying Trendy Jeans?Where can i find trendy jeans that are 100% cotton, NO spandex?

 

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Can't See Images In HTML Newsletter?Since you changed newsletter formats the pictures are not opening for me. Is it just me or is it effecting others? Thanks for all the hard work.

 

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Painting Kitchen Cupboards?Can I paint shiny kitchen cupboards?

 

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30th Anniversary Ideas?I am looking for 30th anniversary party planning ideas.

 

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Sticker Residue on Suede?I put a sticky name tag on my new suede jacket and now the glue won't come off. Any ideas on how to take the glue off of my jacket?

 

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What Does Campho-Phenique Do?Can anyone please tell me what Campho-Phenique does?

 

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Waverly Manchuria 5502203?Looking for Waverly Manchuria 5502203 Hallways collection. Please help.

 

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Digital Photo Frame Reviews?I am looking for reviews of digital photo frames.

 

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Minimizing Cigarette Smoke and Odors?I need to know how to get rid of cigarette smoke in my house. My husband smokes. I have used all kinds of spray. Burned candles, still I can smell the smoke.

 

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