March 22, 2007

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Recipes

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Savory Roasted ChickenPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken, breast-side up, in 9x13 inch baking dish or roasting pan. Arrange potato, onion and carrots around chicken.

 

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Confetti Soup (Microwave)Combine first 7 ingredients (in 3 qt. casserole). Cover and cook on high in microwave for 10 minutes. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and sugar.

 

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Honey-Cinnamon SpreadIn medium bowl, blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve on muffins, warm bagels or your favorite breakfast bread.

 

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Making Your Own MarinadeWhat are the proportions of acid to oil, etc, in making your own marinade?

 

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Skillet Baked BeansIn a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray, saute onion and green pepper. Add the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic powder and beans.

 

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Paprika Pork ChopsSet uppermost oven rack 5-inches from heat source, and preheat broiler. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in onions, and cook until soft and golden.

 

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Never The Same SoupWe love soup around here so I make a lot at a time. Every time I have leftovers, I let them cool down. Then in a gallon plastic jug, I put all my leftovers and freeze.

 

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Petite Cinnamon RollsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. For cinnamon rolls, unroll crescent dough into 1 large rectangle; press perforations together with fingers to seal. Spread butter evenly over dough.

 

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Cream Cheese Noodle KugelFor kugel, cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Immediately return noodles to pan. Add butter and toss until butter is melted; set aside.

 

Articles

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Blender CompostingA good tip for composting if you have trouble turning the compost pile or you don't have room for one is to put all of your kitchen peelings, left over vegetable leaves, and egg shells in the blender.

 

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Keeping Linens TogetherAfter washing and drying your sheets, fold them and the pillowcases neatly and put them in one of the pillowcases and store them in the linen closet.

 

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Repairing a Broken StemHeal broken stems with a drinking straw. Split the straw lengthwise and cut to the desired length. Carefully put it around the broken stem and tape it shut. Make sure to water the plant well. Then hope for the best.

 

Photo of newborn kittens.

Newborn KittensThese are my new baby kittens. They are regular neighborhood Tom Cat short hairs. These cute little characters were born yesterday when one of my two look alike sister black cats gave birth.

 

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Chili Bean And Pretzel AppetizerTake some pretzel sticks and stick them into the heated chili beans. Stand them upright onto a plate and serve The pretzel stick acts like an edible toothpick.

 

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Cold Tea For Itchy EyesMy eyes get very itchy during allergy season, despite eye drops. I find cold tea helps when all else fails. I usually put on cold tea compresses or use cotton balls but, during the day, it seems to help to use cold tea applied with an eye dropper.

 

Grow A Wheatgrass CenterpieceWhether the snow is still blowing outside or your spring bulbs are already making their appearance, garden fever is in the air. One way to quench your need to get your hands dirty is to bring spring indoors by growing your own living decorations.

 

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Make Your Own Balloon ClownYou take one pink coloured balloon, one card sheet and some colorful paper and things for decoration. Cut eyes and nose out of black paper and lips of red coloured paper, paste on (blown up) balloon and wait to dry.

 

Homemade sugar eggs.

Panoramic Sugar EggHere are some lovely instructions for making Panoramic Sugar Eggs sent in by long time reader Harlean.

 

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White Shoe Polish For Brightening TrimDo you ever notice how the trim next to the floor in your house collects so much dust and never seems to come clean? Try wiping all the dust, dirt, and food off the best you can.

 

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Chamomile Herbal Tea Facial SteamerTry this facial steamer to help wash dirt that builds up in your pores. Boil 1/2 quart of water. Then put two chamomile tea bags (or a handful of dried chamomile flowers) in a bowl and pour the boiling water over them.

 

garden behind stacked wall

Strategies for Gardening on SlopesNot everyone has the luxury of gardening on perfectly flat terrain. This article has advice about gardening or landscaping on steep sloping lots.

 

Weeding Tips

Weeding TipsTips and ideas for pulling up weeds from the ThriftyFun community.

 

Questions

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Seashell Mirror?I'm looking for instructions on how to make a seashell mirror.

 

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Curtains and Window Dressing Ideas?Does anyone know of a good website where I can find ideas about curtains and window dressing? I need pictures as I'm not too good at describing what I've seen. Interior design sites seem to be too general.

 

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Skin on Compact Make Up Powder?What causes that "skin" on your compact make up powder after a few uses? I can scrape it off with my fingernail, but it comes right back. What am I doing wrong?

 

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Recipes Using Wheat Germ?What is wheat germ good for? And how can I use it? I bought some when I was baking at Christmas time for some dog treats I made, and have quite a bit left. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Smoothing Out Drywall After Removing Paneling?Does anyone know what the best way to repair dry wall after removing paneling in a kitchen. It goes half way up the wall and there is wallpaper on top. I wanted to remove all of that and smooth the walls to paint.

 

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Hot Dog Casserole?One thing I used to make a lot was a casserole that had cut up hot dogs, egg noodles and some sort of cheesy sauce. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

 

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Will Tea Tree Oil Harm Plants?My problem is the fact that I have a large number of indoor cats! I took 4 Q-tips and lightly moistened the tips with tea tree oil and laid them along the inside edge of the pot, to deter them from bothering the plant as they dislike the smell.

 

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Case Garden Tractor Parts?My husband has an old Cass Garden Tractor and he is looking to find out where he can buy reasonable tractor parts for it. There are several things wrong with it and parts can get out of hand and costly.

 

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1997 Isuzu Rodeo Air Condition Problems?I have a 1997 Isuzu Rodeo and my air conditions is not putting out the air flow it should. I have to run it on high in the summer time in order to keep cool.

 

Sprouting Amaryllis Bulb

Amaryllis Bulb Stopped Growing?My Amaryllis bulb (Red Lion) sprouted a tip of a leaf or stalk two weeks ago and stopped growing. Any ideas how to make it grow? The growth is green, just not getting bigger.

 

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Dog Drool on Microfiber (and Microsuede)?I have a microsuede couch that looks horrible, I have three dogs who drool A LOT! Please help tell me how to clean the stains.

 

Moles in the Garden?Have a problem with moles in your yard or garden? Here are some tips for removing the pests from the ThriftyFun community.

 

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Temporary Glue?I am trying to find a glue that can be removed from antique buttons later if I want to take them out of a display frame. They are fragile. There is a cloth backing inside the frame.

 

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Olney Pattern No. AQ40609?I am looking for a discontinued wallpaper pattern by Olney. Pattern No. AQ40609. It says Wallquest on the label. I need 2 double rolls. Please help me.

 

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ThriftyFun Contest Winners?Where do you post winners of all the submitted items?

 

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DVD Player Freezes When I Erase a Disk?I have a DVD recorder/player and it seems to freeze up every time I erase a (recordable) disc. I cant find any info about it in the book it came with. I am just wondering if anyone had ever had this problem before I go and call the manufacturer.

 

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Buying Bic Markers?Does anyone know where you can buy bic markers online? They have all kinds of great colors now and they mark on everything, even glass!

 

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African Tulip Tree Damaging a Brick Wall?African Tulip Tree Damaging a Brick Wall. My neighbor has an African tulip tree that they refuse to take responsibility for, despite repeated requests (by myself) over several years and repeated promises (by them) to do so.

 

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Peanut Chicken?Does any know how to make peanut chicken?

 

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Cleaning Dark Panelling?What is the best way to clean very dark panelling? I was asked to help clean someone's panelling in a home where they have no pets, but the occasionally smoke. I was thinking on using my usual bucket of hot water and liquid Lysol.

 

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