May 4, 2007

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Recipes

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Mexican Party WingsHeat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray large cookie sheet with no-stick cooking spray. In blender, place dressing and chiles. Cover, blend on medium speed until smooth.

 

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Coffee Whip DessertIn large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir in coffee. Add marshmallows; cook for 5-6 minutes over low heat until marshmallows are melted, stirring occasionally.

 

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Italian EggplantPlace in a colander and sprinkle salt on the slices to let the bitterness come out for a few minutes. Rinse off the salt. Dip the slices in seasoned flour (salt and pepper).

 

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Avocado PlatterMix base with mixer and spread on plate or platter. Top base with veggies in order listed. Serve on tortilla chips.

 

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Banana-Praline MuffinsIn a small bowl stir together brown sugar and sour cream. Stir in pecans. Set aside. Mash bananas. In a medium bowl, stir together egg, sugar, oil and mashed bananas until well blended.

 

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Earthquake CakeIn a small saucepan, melt cream cheese with the butter then stir in powdered sugar. Pour over top of the cake batter, spreading topping a little thicker at the edges...

 

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Noodles a la KingCook noodles per directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter and cook onion until tender, but not brown.

 

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Mexican AppetizerSpread cream cheese on tortillas, then refried beans. Sprinkle salsa over beans. Sprinkle desired chopped veggies and cheeses.

 

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Cranberry Citrus QuencherThis is a quick beverage to make it a friend comes over or for a small party.

 

Articles

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Pinata Safety TipsA pinata at a fiesta is great fun, but can be very dangerous if the hitter is still swinging when the pinata is broken and the kids rush in. I organize this activity by instructing the kids that no one can move until I blow a whistle, or yell a word really loud like "ARRIBA" meaning it's safe to run.

 

Saving Money on Gas, picture of money coming out of a cars gas tank

Saving Money on GasHere are some tips to help you save money on gasoline as well as a run down of tips that have been proven ineffective.

 

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Hip To Be Square MeatballsMeatballs with less effort. In today's newspaper (April 25, 2007), the Dallas Morning News ran a column titled "Double Duty Dinners", by Susan Nicholson, about making a meatloaf and, after baking, cutting it into small squares.

 

Keepsakes in an ivy bowl.

Keep-sake Ivy BowlThis is a super easy craft and an attractive way to display unusual collectibles. I made the ivy bowl (see below) to display crystals that Ed (my husband) and Anna found and gave to me from a hike in the woods.

 

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Stock Up On Whole Hams After EasterWhole hams are on sale for only .99c a lb.! So now is the time to stock up a little bit and have the butcher quarter your whole ham.

 

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Wintergreen, Spearmint or Pepperminte to Repel InsectsBeware of the coming seasonal flying insects that are attracted to floral and fruity scents! Be as safe as possible and invest in a bottle of Ivory Liquid dish soap and put 10-12 drops of wintergreen, spearmint or peppermint essential oil in it and shake it up!

 

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Easy Homemade GuacamoleThe easiest way to make guacamole is to mash ripe avocados, pitted and peeled, of course, with a potato masher to the consistency that you like.

 

Brandy (Golden Retriever)

Brandy (Golden Retriever)Brandy is 5 years old and is a Golden Retriever. We bought her as a puppy for our grandchildren. Brandy likes to fetch sticks and balls, eat, and, of course, swim in the family pool with her kids.

 

Questions

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Chicken Pulling Out Its Feathers?My chickens are molting at the moment. My concern is that one of the hens is pulling out her own feathers! Should I be concerned or is this normal. I only have five hens and they don't seem to have any lice causing them this strange behavior.

 

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Cleaning Painted Cement?Our back room has a cement floor that was painted. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to clean this? Products to use, etc. Just general mopping.

 

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Large Water Spot on a Maple Coffee Table?I'm not sure if this is a cleaning request or not but I have a solid maple coffee table that I, unfortunately, put a plant on. Over a period of time after watering it I have an enormous water spot on my table.

 

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Casseroles Without Cheese?I need a family-type casserole recipe, but NO cheese in it.

 

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Frugal Spring Cleaning Ideas?I am looking for helpful ideas and frugal at the same time to make Spring cleaning a lot easier and simple.

 

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Unusual Food Ideas for a Benefit?We are having a benefit for my father at the end of June and serving turkey and ham sandwiches, potato salad, pasta salad, mac salad, and baked beans. One restaurant owner that is close to my dad wants to make something that is typically not made for benefits to serve with this.

 

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Remote Control Tips?The TV remote has disappeared again! So annoying! Has anyone seen or constructed something that is a transparent case which holds the remote and is attached to a coiled wire linked to a piece of furniture preventing travel out of the room?

 

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Preparing for a Baby?I have found myself to be VERY unexpectedly pregnant at age 38. My husband and I have two sons, ages 16 and 10. I work but have no benefits and my husband is on Social Security Disability.

 

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