October 3, 2007

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Recipes

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Cream Cheese Cucumber DipAllow cream cheese to soften at room temperature. Peel onion and cucumber and grind. Drain off juice. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer and add cucumber and onion.

 

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Chocolate SurpriseMix crust, reserve small amount of mixture for top. Pat in pie pan. In double boiler, mix milk and marshmallows. Occasionally stir until marshmallows are all melted.

 

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Cucumber Molded SaladDissolve Jello in hot water and add softened cheese. Allow to cool. Mix cucumber and onion together and add to Jello mixture. Add rest of ingredients, pour into molds and refrigerate.

 

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Banana Cream PiePreheat oven to 350 degrees F degrees F. Mix wafer crumbs and butter until well blended; press firmly onto bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate. Bake 5 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

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Italian Salad DressingIn blender place olive oil, minced onion, Parmesan, salt and spices. Blend 30 seconds and add vinegar and lemon juice. Blend another 30 seconds.

 

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Tarragon Chicken SaladPlace all ingredients in a food processor; pulse a few times, then process until fairly smooth, or to the desired consistency, scraping down the sides occasionally.

 

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Broccoli and Chicken CasseroleCook noodles according to package directions. Drain well. In a 2-quart casserole stir together noodles, chicken or turkey, broccoli, and green onions.

 

Articles

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Nestle's Quik for Flouring PansWhen making chocolate brownies or cake and the recipe says "grease and flour the pan" substitute Nestle's Quik for the flour. The cake, or whatever you're making, will release from the pan more easily and the extra taste on the sides is a real family pleaser (especially when you make chocolate fudge brownies).

 

Pug with pink and white shirt

Betty (Pug)Betty is 9 weeks old and is a pug. I got this pet on the same day my nana was to be buried, we named her Betty after her. She loved dogs.

 

Painted votive candle holder.

Painted Votive HolderYou don't have to be an artist to create beautiful hand-painted candle holders from inexpensive glass containers.

 

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Frugal Blogs at HustlerMoneyBlogHustler$ just posted a LARGE list of frugal blogs. You might find one of interest - although they tend to be the 401K/stocks/bonds financial wizard types rather than us.

 

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Stretch Your Canned SoupTop brand soups are getting outrageously expensive! Try extending them by adding an extra can of water and some powdered soup of whatever flavor you are using!

 

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Keeping Track Of The Grocery Bill When ShoppingI usually have my grocery list and check off items as I put them in my basket. Instead of a calculator, I just put a slash mark on my grocery list, for the price of the item, rounded out to the dollar.

 

Staying with Family: A Guide To Being A Better HouseguestHere is a list of tips you can use to make visiting with relatives just a little less stressful.

 

New drapes from flowered sheets.

New Drapes Out of SheetsIt will be 9 years next month since we moved into our house. There were absolutely no drapes in the house. So I had to find a frugal way of either buying drapes or making them myself.

 

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Dishwasher Soap for Cleaning PansThe best cleaner for dirty pans, crock pots, etc. is dishwasher soap! Just put about a tablespoon full into the pan with some hot water ...

 

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Honeymoon JournalA great idea for a memorable shower or wedding gift is a pretty, but blank, journal/diary and a nice pen. Write a note to the couple, instructing them to make an entry every night or first thing in the morning for every day of their honeymoon.

 

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Making a BannerTips for making a banner for a birthday, holiday, or any celebration. Post your own ideas here.

 

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Lock Cigarettes in Your Trunk to Help You QuitIf you're trying to cut down on cigarettes in an effort to quit smoking, try locking them in the trunk of your car rather than keeping them on your person or in your house.

 

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Review of Dollar Tree Inkjet Refills?Yesterday at the "Dollar Tree" I saw refills for inkjets. Has anyone tried these? Are they any good?

 

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Thinning Jam?Can I re-cook my jam and add water to make it less thick?

 

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Colors To Go With Hardrock Maple Countertops?The color of my cabinets is "Hardrock Maple" the color of my countertop is "Butter-Rum". I have stainless steel appliances. I am looking for suggestions on floor color and paint color.

 

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50th Anniversary Party Favors?My friends and I are planning a surprise 50th anniversary for another couple of friends. We're having it at a a very casual restaurant on the river. Does anyone have any ideas for cute simple place cards/favors to put at each seat? Maybe something we could put a few mints or other little items in. Nothing fancy because it will be quite casual.

 

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Do Mothballs Kill Spiders?Do mothballs kill spiders?

 

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Removing Cooking Oil From Wall?Sometimes when I cook oil splashes on the wall and I've been trying to paint over the oil spots. However, when I paint over the spots after a few hours you can see the oil spots again. Please tell me what I am doing wrong. I thought about putting up wallpaper in that area but I have 3 electrical sockets in the way. It is a small area only 5 inches wide and about 48 inches long.

 

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Pork Roast or Beef Brisket Marinade?Can somebody help me? I'm looking for a recipe like one my great grandma use to use for pork roast or beef briskets. It has relish, Heinz 57 sauce, onions and a bunch of other stuff you can marinate with it as well serve it on the side and put a little on top when cooking.

 

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Dealing with Disgusting Emails?I keep getting disgusting emails. I tried to have it changed but my ISP's process is so difficult I can't figure it out. Can I get a second email address? Preferably a free one because this computer is costing a fortune as it is. Would I have to report this second address to my ISP? I hate dealing with those people! I'd be so grateful for any help. I'm starting to think getting this computer was the worst mistake I ever made.

 

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Cleaning a Dirty Rubber Doll?How can I clean a very dirty rubber doll? It is an old doll with many nooks and crannies.

 

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Inexpensive Owl Halloween Costume For 5 Year Old?Looking for ideas to make an inexpensive owl Halloween costume for a 5 year old friend. Thank you.

 

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Getting Rid of Underground Bumble Bee Nest?How should I go about getting rid of a bumble bee nest in the ground? They take offense at our mowing the lawn. I've heard those nests can get very large under ground if left alone.

 

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Sunday School Craft?Last Sunday started Sunday school at church. I had my students answer some questions on a paper. They were questions about themselves including asking them their favorite place in the church it self.

 

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Draining a Can of Tuna?What is the best way to drain a small can of tuna?

 

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Removing Fly Paper Adhesive From Fabric?Help! I dropped a Sticky Fly Paper Pest Strip onto my suede pillow and pants. I was able to pull it off, but now I am left with this sticky goo on both items. Can anyone please tell me how to get this goo off of my things! Thanks.

 

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Getting Rid of Sour Smell in Bed Sheets?Does anyone know how to get rid of daily sour smell in bedding without having to change sheets every day. Febreze does not work on it. Thanks.

 

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Making a Braided Rug from Crochet Chains?My daughter and her friend were learning to crochet and have made a bunch of chains. They were wanting to make rugs, like the braided rag rugs. I was wondering #1 how to make them and #2 how would you join the rounds together. The chains are yarn not cloth. Any help would be appreciated.

 

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Canadian Coupon Swappers?Is there a section on Thrifty Fun for Canadians to swap coupons?

 

Pomeranian Yorkie Mix is Throwing Up?My dog is still technically a puppy cause she is 9 months old.

 

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Caring for Lilac Saplings in the Winter?I have three brand new Lilac bushes and it is starting to get very cold here at night. 38 degrees this morning. I am wondering if it will hurt these young saplings to keep them inside for the winter...

 

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