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Spice Apple Cheese SpreadIn a small mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients until well blended.
Barbecue Beef and Bean CasseroleHeat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine ground beef, onion and bacon in 10 inch skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until ground beef is browned.
Buttermilk Corn Meal MuffinsMix dry ingredients. Add milk, eggs and oil. Greased muffin tins and fill three-fourths full. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Pineapple Sweet and Sour SauceCombine all ingredients in large saucepan. Stir constantly till mixture comes to a boil and thickens.
Francine's SaladTear greens in bite size pieces and put in a long 2 qt. glass dish. Sprinkle onions, peas and crumbled bacon over this. Spread dressing over greens like icing.
Tomato and Pepper SalsaUsing a blender or food processor, put 1 each of all vegetables and pulse, until it is still chunky. Drain, reserving the liquid. Repeat until it is all done. Mix drained salsa, adding sugar and salt, and at this point, add some of the drained liquid to make it to suit your taste.
Strawberry Pecan DessertCream butter (must use butter). Add sugar to butter, cream until smooth. Add strawberries and pecans and mix well. Fold in egg whites that have been beaten.
Coffee Grounds as a Garage Sweeping AgentSave your used coffee grounds from your morning coffee in an old coffee can, sealed with a lid in a cool area. Keep them on hand until you need to sweep up the garage floor, then use them as a "sweeping" agent to keep the dust down when you sweep.
Look For Coupons In Phone BooksCheck your phone books from local areas for business coupons. You might be very surprised to what all they have, that you could take advantage of.
Keeping Cakes FreshTo keep cakes fresh, especially pound cakes, place a slice of apple beside the cake inside the container. The cake will actually become more moist.
Use a Ribbon Instead of a Chain for PendantsUse an inexpensive ribbon (for example the 50-cent or 99-cent ribbon at a craft store) instead of a chain with your favorite pendant. This is best for costume jewelry or high-quality inexpensive jewelry, not fine jewelry, but it adds a special touch to any outfit.
Shrink Wrapping Gift BasketsYou can make baskets for gifts and holidays, by buying the shrink wrap paper to put over it and then blow dry it. You can use anything to load the items in you want to cover.
Cookie Stack DessertUse any cookie that you like that softens when dunked in milk. It can be any flavor, any type, even sandwich cookies! Whip 1 pint heavy whipping cream to stiff peaks in a cold bowl, adding powdered sugar to taste.
Tip for Knowing Whether the Dishwasher Has Been RunMy DH suggested this one and it makes a lot of sense to me. Instead of trying to remember whether or not the dishwasher is "clean", when he's here alone and has a load too small to run right away, he will put the bottle of dishwasher liquid in the rack with the dishes.
Frugal Family Name Drawing For ChristmasSince my family has grown to (so far) a total of 23, we decided in January to draw names and choose to buy at garage sales or thrift shops.The highest one can go is $10.00, the lowest $5.00.
Brutis (Chipin)Brutis is 6 weeks old. He is a Chipin. I have the parents. He was born at my home. He likes to chew on ears, and toes. He loves to explore.He is very adventurous.
Halloween PlateThis plate is both inexpensive and easy to make. My 9 year old daughter made this one.
Make Rustic Frames With BranchesI changed my decor in my living room to a "Rootin'-Tootin' Cowboys and Indians" theme. I needed new picture frames so I went to my yard and cut off small branches, cut them to size of my old frames and hot glued them on.
Cloth Placemat Area RugI found the placemats on sale for .50 a piece at my local Dollar General (with tax it was $4.24) and sewed them together with fishing line that I had on hand. You will want to use a needle that has a bigger eye to thread the fishing line through.
Reuse Wyler Bouillon JarsI don't ordinarily save jars, but I've found that the best to save are the Wyler's bouillon jars, nice size, airtight, and the labels easily come off!
Repeating Clothes Wash CycleI like to run a extra wash cycle on my clothes sometimes. The problem has been that I missed the end of the wash cycle, and when I got back to the washer, it was already into the rinse cycle.
How Do You Make Game Boards With Cards?How do you make real game boards with cards?
Bootie Purses?How do you make bootie purses?
9 Year Old Lab Losing Hair?My 9 year old yellow lab has recently begun to lose patches of hair. He started itching about a month ago but didn't show any other signs.
Removing Sharpie From Vinyl Bus Seats?Help! One of my little darlings on my SCHOOL BUS wrote some pretty nasty graffiti on my bus seat with a SHARPIE.
Restoring Steel Sink After Using 409?I made the mistake of using 409 on my steel sink and now parts are spotted and it seems some of the silver actually came off if that's even possible?
Ideas For Reusing Small Tea Tins?I received a variety of teas in small tea tins for Christmas last year. I enjoyed the tea tremendously, now I have 8-10 small tins that I would like to "recycle" into a craft item.
How To Paint a Child's Face Like Spiderman?Any suggestions out there for how to paint a child's face for Halloween?
How to Make Bread Bowls For Soup?What type bowls do you use to bake them in. I want to try making the bread bowls where you take off the tops after they bake and add soups, etc.
Product Rating Web Site?I am looking for the web site that tells the ratings of products such as appliances, cookware, vacuums, and even airlines. I went to Consumer Reports, but it requires that I subscribe for around $19. Isn't there a free site where we can find out all this information?
Recipe For Cherry Goody?I grew up making and eating something called CHERRY GOODY. Even our school cafeteria made it...does anyone have a recipe?
Changing Your Email Address on ThriftyFun?Thanks for your feedback on my post,"Dealing With Disgusting Email". I took your advice and got a new email address. Now I have a new problem: How do I notify Thriftyfun about the change?