January 21, 2008

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Stained Glass SaladDissolve cherry, orange and black raspberry gelatin separately, using 1 1/2 cups hot water to each package. Mold each in a shallow square pan. Let set until solid.


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Fudge IcingCombine all ingredients except vanilla and pecans, and stir over low heat until chocolate dissolves. Stir constantly. When it comes to a boil, cook 5 minutes. Beat until thick. Add vanilla and pecans.


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Chow Mein CasseroleBrown meat in skillet. Combine meat, rice, onions and celery in 9x13 inch baking dish. Add soy sauce and enough water to cover mixture. Bake 1 1/12-2 hours in a 300 degree F oven.


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Apple Baked French ToastSlice bread into 1-1/2-inch slices. Spray a 9x13 glass baking dish with margarine or cooking spray. Place bread in the baking dish with sides touching (snug fit).


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Great Grandma's Sugar Cream PiePlace unbaked pie crust in a 9 inch pan.>Mix: 1 Tbsp. flour and 2/3 cup sugar. Pour into crust.


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Oven-Crisp Potato WedgesPreheat oven to 525 degrees F. Quarter potatoes and place in large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over potatoes and toss.



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Store Wrapping Paper in an Umbrella StandI use my tall brass umbrella "bucket" to store rolls of wrapping paper. All of my umbrellas are the small, compact type that get lost in the stand, so it works well for storing the wrapping paper.


Photo of a jeans purse.

Recycled Jeans PurseMake a statement, flower-child style, with this boho bag made from recycled denim. The fun of making these purses is that there are no rules - anything goes It's a great way to recycle favorite costume jewelry, use up bits and pieces of ribbon and trim and put creative juices to work for a truly one-of-a-kind result.


Laz'rus (Shetland Sheepdog)

Laz'rus (Shetland Sheepdog)Laz'rus is 3 years old and a Shetland Sheepdog. For Christmas 2005, my mother in law gave our other pups a gift card to Petco as a present.


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Use O Rings For Stitch Markers When KnittingI was working on a knitting project recently, and the pattern called for stitch markers. I could not locate mine, but my husband came to my rescue. He was doing a plumbing job on the kitchen faucet, and was replacing an "O" ring.


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Free Samples To Benefit OthersI'm always looking for ways to contribute to the homeless or less fortunate in my area. I was requesting free samples one day when it hit me that I could use this to benefit not only myself, but others.


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Pastry Blender For Kitchen TasksA standard pastry blender is indispensable for chopping up eggs for salad or for mashing avocados for guacamole.


Front and rear views of personalized planners.

Scrapbooked Calendar/PlannerCalendar/Planner gift idea: Scrapbooking isn't just for photo albums. Remove planner from plastic cover. Open plastic cover and lay flat on cardboard Trace around cover and cut it out with straight edge scissors (this is your template).


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Add Salt To Your Cleaner For More GritIf your cleaner doesn't have enough grit to it to do a good job quickly and easily enough, try adding a little table salt to it as you clean! I tried this today on my flat surface stove top, being out of my favorite regular brand, and it worked wonders !



Training a German Shepherd/Husky Mix?Here is my German Shepherd/Husky mix. He is 3 months old now, and it appears the bottom half of his ears have gone up, but not the rest. I know some mixes have the ears already up due to more Husky in them, but this little guy is pretty much half-and half.


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Cleaning White Film Off Fish Tank Hood?What can I use to clean a fish tank hood/lighting that has white film over it. I cannot seem to find anything to take the white stuff off the black hood.


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