June 1, 2007

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Recipes

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Green Grape Dessert SaladThis is a wonderful dessert salad that never failed to be a hit. Made the day before, the brown sugar makes the sauce taste like caramel. Wash and dry grapes. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Fold in grapes, mixing until evenly distributed.

 

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Baked ChimichangasPreheat oven to 475 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with olive oil-flavored cooking spray. In a large skillet sprayed with olive oil-flavored cooking spray, brown meat and onion.

 

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Cocoa Cream PieCombine dry ingredients in saucepan. Gradually blend milk into dry ingredients, stirring until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until filling boils; boil one minute.

 

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Turkey Swiss CasseroleCool pasta, drain, and rinse in warm water. Put in microwave-safe casserole dish. Add turkey, olives, and mushrooms to pasta. Stir in 1 cup grated cheese and 1/4 tsp. Mrs. Dash.

 

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Green Lettuce SaladPut all the following into a large bowl and toss. Cut peppers into rings about 1/4 inch thick, cut onion into wedges, cut tomatoes into wedges, and slice celery sticks.

 

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Hot Ham and Cheese SandwichesThese are great for a get-together, movie night with the kids or for just everyday. Cut rolls; place bottoms in a 9X13 inch baker. Place one half of slice of cheese on roll, add ham on top, place second half of cheese on ham and place top of roll over ham.

 

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Chichen Itza ChickenIn microwave safe dish combine taco seasoning mix, salt and garlic powder. Coat chicken pieces with mixture and arrange side by 6 side in microwavable dish. Do not stack.

 

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Quick And Easy Peach JamCombine peaches, sugar and pineapple. Boil for 15 minutes, then add gelatin. Stir until well dissolved. Pour into jars and seal. They can be refrigerated.

 

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German Chocolate CheesecakeMix cake mix, coconut, butter and 1 egg and put into bottom of a 12x9 inch ungreased pan. Beat cream cheese with remaining 2 eggs, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.

 

Articles

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Product Review: Arm and Hammer Shower CleanFinally! I found the best stuff to clean the shower and glass door. I was using bleach to get rid of the mildew that built up but I had to constantly work at it to keep it under control and the toxin from the bleach I knew was not good for me to breathe.

 

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Q-Tips For Cooling Hot GlueWhen working with small projects and a glue gun, I usually keep a jar of water and some Q-tips on my table. When I need to cool the glue down fast, I just dab the glue with the wet Q-tip.

 

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First Rose of the SeasonThis is my first rose blossom of the season; it is a tea rose from Bellengrath Gardens in Alabama; it has such a beautiful fragrance that no perfume could "hold a candle" to it!

 

I Love "Lucy" (Bearded Collie/Terrier)Lucy is 4 and a half years old and is a Bearded Collie/Terrier mix. Lucy was rescued in Jan. 2004. She likes to run and bark. Lucy's hair grows and grows ...

 

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Hand Sanitizer for Glass CleanerIf I am out of glass cleaner I use hand sanitizer. Works great.

 

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Pinata From A Paper BagFor my three year old's birthday party, we wanted to have a pinata. Rather than buy one, we went to our local H.G. Hills supermarket and picked up a brown paper grocery bag with handles, for free, of course.

 

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Consider The Advantages Of BarteringAlways consider the advantages of informal "bartering". I have sung for my brunch at a local bistro, and played in exchange for use of an instrument or for a set of strings.

 

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Wire Coathangers For GardeningRe-use old coathangers by twisting to desired shape to hold climbing plants, like roses, in place on lattice or wire structures. Once the cane is trained, you can remove and use elsewhere.

 

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Cute Treats for your Graduation PartyHere are some links to cute graduation treats. They also have video demonstrations.

 

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Substitute for Powdered SugarIf you are out of powdered sugar, put regular sugar in the blender and process on high until it turns powdery. Be sure to stir up the sugar on the bottom a couple of times so it all turns out to be the same consistency.

 

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Insulate Your Water HeaterThe water heater is the second biggest energy user in your home. Help it maintain the correct water temperature by adding extra insulation around the outside of the tank.

 

Rainbow Through the LilacsI love this picture, taken May 19th when the sun came out between the rainy times. It lasted very briefly but I am happy I caught it! My lilacs are blooming nicely now too and I am always looking to get that unusual picture!

 

Soap Holder Purse

Soap Holder PurseI made these decorative soap holders for my daughter's shower. Kind of resembles a purse. Start with two different colored face cloths. Place white in middle rolled in together.

 

FDA: Avoid Toothpaste From China Containing Harmful ChemicalThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as made in China. Consumers should examine toothpaste products for labeling that says the product is made in China.

 

Questions

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Dinnerware for a WeddingMy daughter is getting married in October. She wants me to fix the food! I can handle that, but I don't know about how to make sure I have enough dinnerware, etc. How do I estimate all the serving stuff?

 

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Getting Dogs to Sit Still for Nail TrimmingI have 2 dogs that need their nails trimmed; I have dog nail clippers but neither one will hold still long enough! Any suggestions?

 

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Queen Sized Bedskirt PatternI would like to make my own bedskirt for a Queen-size bed and am looking for a pattern. Can anyone help me?

 

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Separating Plants in a Dish GardenI received a lovely large dish garden. It has 8 different plants. When should I separate and repot?

 

Plastic Protein Powder Jug

Uses for Plastic Protein Powder JugsMy son goes through two 1 gallon jugs of protein powder per week and I hate to toss the jugs. I know there should be some creative way to reuse them. I had thought about decorating them like stone cannisters but I don't have a clue how to do it.

 

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Gasoline Smell on ShoesI stepped in gasoline while filling the car and want to know how to get the gas smell off the bottom of my shoes?

 

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Smell on a CountertopMy counter tops smell. I'm 15 and I asked my parents how to get rid of it and they couldn't smell it! But I can. If you bend down and sniff the counter tops the stench is right there and its only in one area. Mainly were we keep the flowers.

 

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How do I remove cooking oil stains from a wooden floor?Some oil leaked from a bag I put on the floor, about a month ago. The oil has leaked into the wood, leaving a dark stain. I've looked up various remedies online but have not found a clear solution, and I don't want to go messing around with the floor until I know what I'm doing.

 

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Crocheted Bag Made From Grocery BagsI saw a clip on the news about a lady that crocheted carrying bags for groceries etc. from used plastic Safeway bags. Would anyone know how this is done.

 

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Cleaning an Old PhotographHow do you clean dust and grime of an old photograph?

 

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Ring on a Corian CountertopHow can I get white ring out on my corian counter top?

 

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