July 30, 2007

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Recipes

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Frosty Chocolate MousseCombine all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix until mixture mounds softly. Spoon into dessert cups and place in freezer for 2 hours.

 

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Malt and Shake RecipesDoes anyone have a secret recipe for a delicious Malt or Shake. I have tried different ways to make them but just don't taste the same as Ice Cream Shops.

 

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Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Saute'In a large skillet, saute the shallots, garlic, and thyme in oil until tender. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper; heat through. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese.

 

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Flaming Hot PopcornCut habanero pepper in half (I hold it by the stem not to get it on my hand). In a small saucepan, slowly warm oil and habanero pepper for about 3 minutes.

 

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Peanut Butter Crumb CakeCream sugar and shortening; add peanut butter and mix well. Sift flour and salt together and add to first mixture; then mix until crumbly. Reserve 2/3 cup of this mixture for topping.

 

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Spaghetti Squash With Red SauceCut squash in half lengthwise; discard the seeds. Place the squash, cut side down, on a microwave safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 14-16 minutes or until tender.

 

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Roasted Yellow Pepper SoupHalve peppers; remove and discard tops and seeds. Broil peppers 4 inches from the heat until skins blister, about 4 minutes. Immediately place peppers in a bowl; cover and let stand for 15-20 minutes.

 

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Toffee-Pecan BarsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, combine flour or sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; press onto bottom of lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan.

 

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Apple-Brie Spinach SaladPlace apples on an ungreased baking sheet; brush with 2 tablespoons syrup. Broil 3-4 inches from heat for 3 minutes. Turn; brush with remaining syrup. Broil 3-5 minutes longer or until crisp-tender.

 

Articles

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Top Shelf RuleWith three children under four, going to the store is a major event and I hate having to go more than once a week because I forgot something or we ran out of something before shopping day. The "Top Shelf Rule" has helped out tremendously.

 

Business Cards

Making Your Own Business CardsWe save money on business cards by designing our own. My husband took this picture in our backyard, and put the words on it on the computer.

 

Push Mower as Lawn Decoration

Old Timey Lawnmower Lawn DecorationThis is a picture of my old timey lawnmower that I have in my front yard for decoration. I hung a cute bird house and put in some fake sunflowers.

 

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Cleaning An Electric Grill Without Removable PlatesDo you have an indoor grill WITHOUT a removable grate? To clean, take about 5 or 6 paper towels and wet them well and set them in your grate and plug it in. Let it steam for a few minutes, unplug, then using a spaghetti lifter (the kind with claws on it) rub your paper with it and it will get in all the nooks and crannies.

 

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Remedy For Melted Chocolate Candy BarRecently on vacation my husband had bought a package of mini candy bars; we were sight-seeing and when we returned to the car, the candy bars were melted.

 

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Cheap Cat CollarsCat collars, on the cheap! Use plain elastic! Tie it. The beauty of a piece of elastic is that it won't choke a cat and works as an expandable "breakway" collar.

 

Coffee Mug Jams

Coffee Mug JamsI have a couple of friends that would like jelly but in a small amount, I started doing this years ago. Whenever I make jelly or jam, I always put approximately 3/4 cup in one of those coffee mugs I would really like to get rid of.

 

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Use Credit Cards for All Purchases and Earn Cash BackI recently received my credit card bill and was happy to see my cash back amount earned was $120.00, which I called and had them apply to my bill. We only use one credit card and charge everything we purchase in a month.

 

Maya and Mollie (Cats)Maya is on the left and Mollie is on the right! Mollie is a 4 year old tabby/Maine Coon mix. I found Mollie on petfinder.com 4 years ago and adopted her from our local humane society. Mollie is the queen bee at our house!

 

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Camouflaging Wall Flaws Using Leftover WallpaperAfter installing a new wallpaper boarder, I noticed a few flaws on the wall itself. I decided to camouflage the flaws by adding some pretty accents from the remaining wallpaper border.

 

Double delight rose.

My "Moon-Kissed" Double Delight RoseThis rose begins with a light color with light pink coloration with darker pink outlines on the outer petals. As it matures, the coloration gets darker...

 

Grandson and Easter Basket

Grandson and his Easter BasketThis is a picture of my 11-month-old grandson with the Easter Basket that I made for him this year. I actually wove the basket myself! (Not too bad for a first-timer).

 

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Product Review: Almay SmartShade Foundation MakeupI don't know how many people have tried the new SmartShade foundation from Almay, but for once they've created something that actually does what it's supposed to.

 

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Gift Bag SwapGift bags seem to go on and on, so it's a shame not to re-use them. Think about swapping them with a friend or someone at the office who doesn't have the exact same gift list as you do!

 

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Use A Teapot Instead Of A Soap DispenserSomething to do with the dishwashing liquid bottle. Instead of having the ugly bottle on your sinktop, you just purchase a cute teapot and pour your dishwashing liquid from the pot and you also have a cute decoration.

 

Questions

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How To Quiet A Squeaky Sleeper Sofa?I have a full sleeper sofa that is 18 months old. It squeaks every time you sit on it. I also have a queen sleeper in the set that doesn't make any noise. I had to have the full sleeper replaced once because it was defective. Since getting the second one, I have had to have someone come out to adjust the frame, but this has not helped with the squeaking. Any advice?

 

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Training A Young PuppyHave a new 8 week old male Shih Tzu and have to train with everything. Potty and chewing main problems. I have about every chew toy available but he seems to get bored and then chews my pant legs, or whatever he shouldn't!

 

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Rag Baby QuiltHow do I make a rag baby quilt and is there a pattern? What size blocks are used?

 

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How To Use A Ham BoneAny one know of a recipe that I can use a ham bone in? I had a huge ham in my freezer that I finally got around to cooking and dividing up for dinners and lunches. Now I have a this ham bone and I don't want to waste it.

 

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Cleaning Blood Off PlywoodIs there a way to clean blood off plywood?

 

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Painting Advice For Jewel Tone Living RoomI'd like suggestions on what color(s) to paint our living room walls. Our couch and my husband's chair are dark blue. The throw pillows on the couch have jewel-tone colors such as purple, green, gold, and blue. My chair is the same pattern/colors as the pillows.

 

Keeping Your Aquarium CleanI have a fish tank and I keep cleaning it but about 2 days later, it's dirty! Does anyone have any tips on how to keep it clean for longer?

 

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Borax For Poison IvyI've heard that poison ivy hates boron-rich soil, and that an easy way to kill it off and prevent it from re-growing is to add borax to the soil. Has anyone else heard of this? And do you know if it would hurt other plants as well? I have three 100+ year old maples that I really don't want to kill. I have tons of poison ivy, and this seemed like a relatively cheap and safe way to get rid of it. Any ideas?

 

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Legal Advice For Qualifying As Non Profit I leave in San Antonio, TX and I have an incorporated, non-profit business and I want to apply for my 501(c)(3) which is tax deduct for donors. I need someone that knows what the government looks for to qualify non-profit business as "exempt". Can any one tell me of someone that can help with this issue.

 

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Dryer Sheet ReviewsI was washing clothes and I put them in the dryer with the dryer sheet thingys but when I took them out they felt all waxy. Does anyone know of a different brand that can use so it won't leave my clothes like that it feels disgusting!?

 

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Frugal Las Vegas TipsWe are planning a family vacation (with 2 teenagers) to Vegas at Christmas. I was hoping to hear from either locals or people who have gone.

 

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Tips For Cooking Steak In The OvenIf you were going to brown a steak on both sides in a pan and then place it in a hot oven to continue cooking, do you have a suggestion for oven temp and minutes for cooking?

 

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