October 18, 2007

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Recipes

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Cheddar Cheese BreadIn large bowl, thoroughly mix 2 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and undissolved yeast. Combine water and milk in saucepan and heat over low heat until warm. Gradually add to dry ingredients and beat 2 minutes at medium speed or electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally.

 

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Onion QuicheRoll out 1 cup Ritz crackers. Saute' onions in butter and add to cracker crumbs. Pat in 9 inch pie tin. Mix milk, eggs, salt and pepper. Pour into prepared pan.

 

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Chocolate RollSift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. To beaten egg whites, gradually add half of the sugar. To beaten egg yolks, add the remaining half cup of sugar and cold water.

 

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Tangy Cold VegetablesMix ingredients together. Marinate in dressing overnight in refrigerator. Keep tightly covered. Drain well before serving. These are good as a salad served over lettuce or use as a side vegetable dish.

 

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Hot Pepper JellyMix sugar, vinegar and peppers and boil 1 minute. Cool 5 minutes. Add fruit pectin. Pour in jars and seal while hot. This makes a pretty jelly for gifts!

 

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Crockpot V-8 Vegetable SoupPut all ingredients into a crockpot and turn on LOW. Cook all day, then serve.

 

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Cherry SquaresTwo recipes for Cherry Squares

 

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Graham ToffeesPlace crackers in jelly roll pan lined with foil. Combine butter and sugar in saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for exactly 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add pecans. Pour mixture over crackers.

 

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Chicken and StuffingPrepare stuffing according to directions. Spread in a 9x13 inch dish. Top with layer of chicken which has been cut in small pieces. Melt butter in saucepan. Blend in flour and seasonings. Add cool broth and stir until thickened.

 

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Pumpkin Pie PancakesIn a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, salt and sugar. Whisk in buttermilk, pumpkin, eggs, oil and vanilla extract; blend well.

 

Articles

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Saving School PaperworkI know how precious and special looking back on my children's school work really is. Every day, when we empty his backpack, the 7 year old and I put all his work into a box. Since I check his school work/homework each evening by initialing and dating it, it's easy to sort through and pick the best of each month to save.

 

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One Place For All Your PaperworkAfter trying every type of organization system possible for a house with four people, I have found the best solution. I put a big basket on the kitchen island, where everything seems to land. Every single piece of paper goes into it.

 

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How to Get HD Shows on Your HDTVThere is a nice article in the Dallas Morning News. It tells about how to get it. Easy reading. Mentions antennas, cable, satellite, dish, TIVO, etc. It sounds complicated when I re-read it, but this article is very simple and straightforward.

 

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Use Sheets For Quilt BackingI just recently learned to quilt and for the backing of the quilt, I used a king size sheet for my queen sized bed. I wanted a solid color and didn't want to spend $4 a yard when I could get a sheet at Walmart for $5 and get the color I wanted.

 

Preparing Your Garden for Fall and Winter

Preparing Your Garden for Fall and WinterTips to prepare your garden for the fall and winter from the ThriftyFun community. Right now we are just concentrating on getting as much of the garden produce in the house as possible. Frost threatens tonight!

 

A nuthatch at a birdbath in a backyard.

Nuthatch Eating SunflowersI put spent sunflower heads on a hanging feeder. This nuthatch didn't seem to mind that I was standing almost right next to him.

 

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Peg Board for Kitchen OrganizationAfter moving into a rented house with a narrow kitchen, I needed a place to store my many gadgets, strainers, etc. that wouldn't fit in the cabinets. One wall had space, so I hung a large square of pegboard, covered with adhesive paper in a coordinating pattern.

 

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Trick or Treat Gifts Instead of CandyWe get a lot of trick or treaters in my subdivision. I'd like to give them something other than candy, which they get plenty of elsewhere. I want it to be something they'll like. Does anyone have an idea or something they've done before that pleased the little ones?

 

What Not to Put In Compost Pile

What Not to Put In Compost PileLooking for advice on starting a compost? Here are some tips from the ThriftyFun community. Most people avoid meat and meat by-products because of the smell and the tendencies to attract flies which do nothing to help the compost process.

 

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Add Your Own Sticker To Address LabelsWhen mailing items, if you're using plain white address labels, you can stick onto either side of the address label your own choice of small or tiny decorative stickers.

 

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Help Your Teenager Narrow the Career SearchPart-time jobs, job-shadowing, volunteering and internships all help teens decide whether or not a career they have in mind is the path they want to follow.

 

Mr. Kitty Keeping His Cool!This summer was hot and dry, but Mr. Kitty found a way to keep his cool!

 

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Lemon and Yeast Facial RecipeI have a great skin care tip that you can make at home, and it seems to work well for all skin types. Mix a little active dry yeast and a little fresh lemon juice to make a paste. Spread it on your face and neck, let dry for about 15 minutes and rinse off.

 

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Hand Sanitizer For All Purpose CleaningI have discovered an amazing new cleaning product. It cleans that awful overspray hair spray in the bathroom that gets everywhere like a breeze. It shines chrome like you wouldn't believe.

 

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Hanging Gourds Outside To DryWe happen to have an old swing set in the backyard. So this year, I took the gourds off the vine, and took a hammer and long nail and punched 4 holes in the bottom of the gourds. Took twine and attached it to the stems and hung the gourds on the swing set and let the sun dry them.

 

Red and white decorated mini tote bags.

Mini Canvas Tote BagsBuy mini canvas tote bags (or larger). Next decorate them with any embellishments you like. (lace, fringe, beaded trim, pom-poms, fancy ribbons). Your choices are only limited by your imagination. Hope you like them!

 

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Shopping at Stores that are ClosingA new Super Target store unofficially opened here Wednesday (soft opening). The same day they had a wall to wall sell out of display items at the Target that was closing down.

 

Questions

Uses for Dried Lavender?Don't know what to do with your dried lavender flowers? Here are some tips from the ThriftyFun community. Post your own ideas here.

 

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Whirly Gig from Bleach Bottles?Looking for pattern to make Whirly Gig from bleach bottles.

 

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Homemade American Food for Japanese Mother in Law?My future mother in law is coming to America for the first time. I want to cook her something nice for dinner but this is the problem.. She hates garlic, nothing spicy or with spices and she hates bland food. What do I make? I want to impress her but i can't come up with anything. She's from Japan, but wants home-made American food.

 

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Fastnachts Recipe?We have always looked forward to getting Fastnachts at a local bakery on Fat Tuesday only. Unfortunately they closed. These light potato donuts with the sweet light creme filling were worth waiting for, on that one day. Does anyone know how to make them at home?

 

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Crazy Glue on Dashboard?How do I remove Crazy Glue droplets from dash of car? Thank my 4 yr. old son for this request!

 

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Inexpensive Christmas Craft Ideas for Cub Scouts?I'm looking for easy inexpensive idea's for a cub scout troop. The holidays are coming up fast and every year I end up spending a lot of money for the kids to make crafts for their parents. I'd appreciate any ideas; like bird house patterns or just any ideas.

 

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Where to Get Last Minute Baby Items?We are having a baby girl any day now and we are looking for some last minute baby stuff such as clothes. We are also interested if anyone has any baby clothes hangers. Thank you!

 

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Lamb Curry and Shrimp Fried Rice?I am looking for recipes for Ground Lamb with Curry (Indian dish) and Shrimp Thai Fried Rice.

 

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Hiking Themed Birthday Party?I'm throwing a hiking themed birthday party (for adults) and would love some creative and inexpensive ideas for party favors. Thanks for your ideas!

 

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Nursing Cover-up?I am looking for a pattern to make a nursing cover or shawl or blanket. I have seen lots of them on the internet, but no patterns. Thanks for your help!

 

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How to Package Homemade Soaps?What's the best way to package/wrap homemade soap? I've made some really nice soap, but not sure how to package it.

 

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Balsamic Vinegar Stain on Upholstery?I have a balsamic vinegar stain on light gray upholstery in my car. What should I use to clean it up?

 

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Child Size Lab Coat?I bought a clown costume for my 3 old but she wants nothing to do with it. She wants to be a doctor. I have everything but the lab coat. Where do I get a lab coat that size (3 yrs) or how can I make it? Thank you in advance.

 

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How to Remove Excess Old English Polish?Any Suggestions for removing excess Old English furniture polish?

 

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Making Lamps with Material?I'm looking for some help on making lamps from material. I recently saw them at a craft show. I thought I had it figured out but I'm wrong. They used an electric candle light. like the welcome lights you see in the windows of houses. I know they attached the candle base on a block, wrapped material around the bottom about half way up the candle. I thought they used fiber fill to make the material look puffy. I tried fiber fill but it made it look lop sided so that didn't work for me. Does any one have any idea how they're made?

 

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Graduation Cake Ideas?I need a unique idea for a college graduation cake. One idea I am considering is a graduation hat cake. My daughters graduation isn't till May of 08, but since I am planning on making and decorating the cake myself, I am planning to make some practice runs at it. Her degree is in higher math, so theres not a lot there that I can use for inspiration. Any ideas?

 

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Shag Rag Rug?I need instructions for Shag Rag Rug,(not Braided or sewn).

 

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