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Caramel BrowniesMix together cake mix, 1/3 cup evaporated milk and margarine; put in 9x13 greased pan. Bake 6 minutes. Let cool. Melt caramels with 1/3 cup evaporated milk.
Cauliflower and Carrot CasseroleCook cauliflower according to package directions or boil fresh until tender. Boil carrots until tender. Place carrots and cauliflower, broke into flowerets, in 1 1/2 qt. casserole, mix with mushroom soup and cheddar cheese.
Yam Souffle'Boil yams until tender. Peel and mash or beat with electric blender. Stir in melted butter, sugar, nutmeg, lemon peel and egg yolks. Cool slightly and fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
Double Decker Pumpkin PuddingIn a large bowl, mix pumpkin, sugar, milk, eggs, butter and pumpkin pie spice. Beat until well mixed. Fold in the nuts. Pour into a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
Seafoam IcingMix sugar, water, salt, and egg whites thoroughly. Cook in double boiler over rapidly boiling water for 7 minutes, beating constantly with electric beater. Take off heat and blend in vanilla.
Beans and Ground Beef ChiliPuree the tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Brown the beef in the olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp. ground cumin, the cumin and caraway seeds, and the chopped onion.
Stuffed FlounderWash flounder, then salt, pepper and brush with butter. Place in well greased flat pan. Saute' onion in butter. Add to remaining ingredients and mix well. Fill flounder pocket.
Cottage Cheese Spinach SquaresBeat eggs and add all ingredients. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Uncover and put in 8 inch baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40-50 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
Fake FTC E-Mail Carries Dangerous VirusThe Federal Trade Commission, which has declared war on Internet scams, warned consumers on Monday not to open a bogus e-mail that appears to come from its fraud department because it carries an attachment that can download a virus.
Snazzy Jewelry DisplayI needed a way to hang my jewelry up instead of having it all getting in a jumbled mess. I came up with the concoction with just a few simple things I had laying around the house.
Facial Mask and ScrubPut all the ingredients in the bowl (I really don't use measurements, just kind of guess). Do not put the lemon peel in, only put a tiny bit of vegetable oil in, if too much is added it will ruin the consistency.
Marley (Yorkshire Terrier/Chihuahua)This is my puppy, Marley, enjoying a fall day at the park. Marley is a 4.5 month old Yorkie/Chi Mix. With all the fun to be had, he managed to pause a moment for the camera.
Razor Blade for Caked On Kitchen SpillsI always keep a razor blade holder with a new single edge blade in it in my kitchen drawer. It is a great tool for cleaning ceramic stove top spills, caked on spills in the refrigerator or other stubborn spots.
Quilted Tote BagI make cakes, make quilts, and now I decided to get into purses and totebags.
Use Painters Tape For Straight CutsToday I was cutting some strips of fabric with my rotary cutter and a ruler. My ruler kept slipping, causing my cutting line to go crooked. This has happened to me so many times. It drives me nuts! Then a light bulb went off in my brain.
Check For Mismarked Sizes At The Thrift StoreJust got a beautiful pair of like new red silk Stuart Weitzman designer ballerina-style flat shoes at a thrift shop for $1.99. When I researched it on the internet, they were worth at least $250! They had no wear at all, and I wondered about that until I saw that they were marked 8 1/2 and they fit me who usually wears 7 1/2 to 8.
Buy Sale Baking Products Now For Next YearNow is the time to buy baking products for the year. Stock up on cake and brownie mixes, nuts (esp. pecans, I buy several bags and put in the freezer) and chocolate chips (we eat chocolate chips right from the bag as a snack when you just need a little chocolate, or on ice cream).
Hairspray for Ink StainsPermanent markers, ink, etc., will come out with hairspray. Just spray the area and blot with paper towel or soft cloth. Also, WD40 works wonders on this kind of thing.
Using Leaves For Mulching Tender PerennialsMy husband and I have a lot of flower gardens in the summer. I have around 250 day lilies that I have collected, and am still collecting more. As the leaves are falling, we take a leaf blower and pick them up, which chops them.
Vacation Spots From Virginia to Key WestMy husband and I are planning to drive from Blacksburg, VA to Key West during the Christmas time. We would like to stop somewhere in the middle for a few days. Any suggestion for a beautiful little town with a lot of art galleries, nice shops, and good restaurants.
Toning Down Brightly Painted WallI painted one wall in my daughter's room in 4 brightly colored repeating stripes and need to tone down the color. Any suggestions?
Meal Ideas For Top Teeth Being RemovedI hope someone can help. My daughter has to get all her top teeth removed tomorrow, due to Chemo and the need of long term use of steroids. She is 24 and petite.
Where Do ThriftyFun Recipes Come From?I noticed that about 99.9% of the recipes posted on ThriftyFun are submitted by Robin from Washington, IA and Connie from Cotter, AR. I'm wondering if they actually try out ALL the recipes they submit or do they just submit any recipe they think looks good, etc?
Sending Wedding InvititationsIf I don't have an engagement party/announcement, and I don't send a Save the Date card, which cards go out first? The bridal shower card or the wedding invitation? How do I let people know about the registry for the shower. I would like to receive money for the wedding?
Taking a Puppy from it's MotherWhen can I take a Pit Bull from its mother?
Getting Things Done Around the HouseI've been reading on this site for probably a month. I hope someone out there can help me. I can't seem to keep up with all that needs done around the house. I do work full time so by evening just the basics of dinner/cleanup and homework get done. My husband had to move two years ago with his job of 28 years so usually weekends are spent on the road for me. I need more time management, better oraganizing skills, simple living tips,and more of me to go around.
Travel Themed PartyHaving a large party with a travel theme. I thought of having each table labeled with different locations. I thought of making large blowup photos of the location, but I don't know what type of container to use. I thought of a vintage valise as a container, but its too expensive.
Making Pull UpsHow do you make Pull-ups? I have an eight year old who is still wetting the bed at night. The price of store bought are getting expensive. Please Help!
Iced Cone CandyDoes anyone remember Iced Cone Candy from the 1950's? It was in the size and shape of a gumdrop and had a white icing. I think made by Brach.
Red Faux Painted WallsI am looking for suggestions for faux painting a dining room with reds. I am wanting a deep, rich red color, but am not sure what kind of effect the glazing will have on it. I will probably be using a shade that is the darkest or next to the darkest on the paint strip for the basecoat. Do I use just one or two shades lighter than the base coat to mix with the glaze? I want a subtle effect and I don't want it to look like a washed out red. Do I do a faux technique that uses "straight" paint? Haven't been able to find help on the web or many pictures. I did see a picture where black was used to tint the glaze, but it was too small a picture to get a good idea what it looked like. (Maybe it's just a bad idea to do this!) Thanks.
Getting White Washclothes White AgainMy white washcloths turn pinkish after continual uses and washes. I tried using bleach to get the hint of pink out, but that doesn't work. I'm guessing that this pink occurs from the type of water we have. I notice that my toilet bowls turn pinkish when they are not cleaned within 10 days. After scrubbing the toilet bowl, though, the pink tint does go away. But this isn't the case with the washcloths. Any ideas on reasons and solutions out there? I only wash the washcloths with whites--no dark colors, etc. Thanks!
Losing a Money OrderMy friend has closed her checking account and she uses money orders to pay her bills. She hates waiting to see of a check/debit has cleared. If you buy a money order from the post office and lose it, is it easy to track? Will the post office reimburse you promptly?
Website Security CertificateJust recently when I try to log into my email I get this message: 'There is a problem with this website's security certificate. The security certificate presented by this website has expired or is not yet valid. Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server. We recommend that you close this web page and do not continue to this website.' I don't have any problem bringing up AOL, I just get this message when I go to retrieve my email.
Creative or Romantic Birthday PresentMy boyfriend is turning 18 on Nov 21. and I'm not really sure what to get him.. I don't want it to be lame since its his 18th. He's into video games, but basically has all there is. War movies, blah but I don't want to get him something like that. If you can think of something really creative and fun that would be great! Or a romantic date, I'm not too good at those.
Gifts Made With a Bread MakerI've just been given a bread maker and I was wondering if anyone had any good food gift recipes I can make with it. I've found tons of break maker recipes online, but I'd like to have some from people who have actually made them and who think they're good enough to give as gifts. Thanks so much!
Removing Texta from Timber FurnitureHow do I remove permanent texta from timber furniture?
Organizing KeysI'm looking for a good way to organize my keys. Preferably something that I can mount out of reach of children.