January 24, 2008

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Recipes

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Layered PotatoesLayer potatoes, salt and pepper, boiled eggs, and Kielbasa. Repeat layers. Smother the top with sour cream. Bake at 300 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.

 

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Chocolate Coke CakeMix by hand! Sift sugar and flour in a large bowl. Combine butter, shortening, cocoa and Coke. Heat until butter is melted, then pour over flour mixture and stir. Add buttermilk, soda, eggs, vanilla and marshmallows.

 

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Sausage and Tomato RigatoniCook pasta as directed. Meanwhile, brown sausage in large nonstick skillet; drain. Stir in onions and tomato paste; cover.

 

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Frosted 7-Up SaladPrepare the gelatin as directed, using boiling water and 7 Up for cold water. Allow to chill until thickened; then add the pineapple, marshmallows and bananas.

 

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Brownies With Chocolate IcingThis recipe is so good it's almost decadent. Hope you enjoy. Combine first 4 ingredients and beat until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until creamy. Add vanilla/butternut and pecans.

 

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Cream Soup MixThis is a recipe I have had long before fat free canned soups appeared in the local grocery store. I copied it from a newspaper article years ago. The recipe is wheat/gluten free!

 

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Use A Steam JuicerWe go through a lot of juice because my husband makes his own wine. Friends give us their unwanted extra fruit. In order to get plenty of juice, we invested in a steam juicer. It is a large, three-tiered pot; really more like three pots in one.

 

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Perfume on a LightbulbHere's an old fashioned tip on making a room fragrant. Put a dab of perfume on a light bulb in a lamp, and then when the lamp is on, the heat of the light bulb will diffuse the scent.

 

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Add Red Pepper To Your Bird Seed To Deter SquirrelsAs an avid birdwatcher, I do not enjoy watching the abundant squirrels devour all my bird feed. Not many birds came even though I refilled the birdhouse countless times. Thankfully I once heard that squirrels HATE red pepper.

 

Sunset Captured On Mobile PhoneThis photo was taken on my mobile phone from my front garden last autumn

 

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Add Mouthwash To Your Steam CleanerGet more cleaning and germ killing power with your steamer cleaner if you add a little mouthwash to the measure of water your steamer uses! I have done this countless times and always love the clean feeling this gives me!

 

Jack (Irish Glenn of Imaal Terrier)Jack is 11 and is a Irish Glenn of Imaal Terrier. I found my pet when he was about 8 months old on a very dangerous intersection. No collar, no identification. He deserved a good home. Where ever he came from, they did not deserve this very special wonderful pet. We love him so much.

 

Garden Arch For Protecting PlantsHubby used a garden arch to put planks on for some plants I was saving to take with us when we move (don't know when that will be now). It started to get cold here in So.Ca. and I was afraid we might have a freeze like last year.

 

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Use Dish Soap When Driving a ScrewTo make your job easier when your driving a screw into hard wood, putting a drop of liquid dish soap on the screw end will make the screw go in much easier and the soap won't hurt a thing.

 

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Use Dawn Dishsoap for Stripping Hair of BuildupWhen you want to get all the hairspray and chemical build up out of your hair, use Dawn detergent once a week to strip it from all of those chemicals. Instead of using shampoo, use a little Dawn and wash your hair.

 

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Use Envelope for a Year's Worth of ReceiptsI have a tip for organizing your receipts for income tax. Every year in January, I get a medium brown envelope and write on it "Tax receipts 200?" (whatever year is the current one). I put all my receipts in it through the year.

 

First Time Gardener

First Time Gardener GuideWith all the emphasis on getting more vegetables in our diets, maybe you are thinking that this just might be the year that you decide to put in your first garden.

 

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Add a Marshmallow Inside Ice Cream ConesWhen giving little ones ice cream in cones, I put a marshmallow in before the ice cream; large for square bottoms, mini for triangle cones. Less mess!

 

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Where to Find a Dry-Erase MarkerWhere can I find a dry-erase marker pen and can you really wipe it off with a Kleenex?

 

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Where Can I Buy Orange Blast?Where did you get orange blast? I have looked at a lot of stores and haven't found it.

 

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Ideas for Using Old Fashion MagazinesI have over 100 Fashion Magazines, Vogue, etc., with pages and pages of beautiful pictures. Any ideas out there as to what I can do with these? It would be a shame to just toss them out.

 

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Converting a Closet Into a Doll HouseI just recently bought a home where my 4 year old daughter's room has two closets. I would like to use one closet to convert it into a 2 to 3 story doll house. Anybody could give me some ideas or pointers on how I could get this started. I have not one ounce of creativity in my pinky so I need some help.

 

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Removing Dye from Wedding ShoesI bought a pair of Vera Wang shoes to wear in a friends wedding a couple of years ago. I had them dyed to match my dress but would like to wear them to my own wedding this year. They are the MOST comfortable shoes and I can't find the style anywhere. How can the color be safely removed? Is it possible to get them close to white or off white?

 

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Bride and Groom MaracasI'm the mother of the bride-to-be. The wedding will be in Mexico and I'm trying to find bride and groom maracas. I saw some in a magazine article of 2 yrs. ago, but no buying info. Does anyone know where I can find maracas that are hand painted heads of a bride with a veil and groom with top hot and bow tie?

 

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"Phantom of the Opera' Birthday PartyI want to do the 'Phantom of the Opera' theme for my daughter's 15th birthday. I need ideas for music, center pieces, invitations and so forth.

 

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Why Do Pots Keep Burning After They Have Burned Once?What causes pots to burn almost every time they are used, after they have burned once? They are clean and spotless.

 

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When Can I Bathe a Mommy Cat and New Kittens?My mommy cat is still having her baby kittens at 12:25am on Tuesday the 22nd of January, 2008. She started at 7pm Monday the 21st. I was curious how soon I could bathe momma and the babies for fleas. How long does it take for a mommy kitty to have all her babies?

 

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Removing Gum From Leather Car SeatHow can I get gum off of a leather seat in my car?

 

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Crochet Pattern For Confederate FlagI am looking for a crochet pattern for the Confederate flag. I would like to see if anyone has one in the granny square pattern stitch.

 

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Hunting Centerpiece IdeasWe are giving my brother in law a 50th birthday party. He is really into outdoors and hunting. Looking for a centerpiece idea.

 

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Finding Good Coupon SavingsWhere are Good Coupons? I've searched the recommended sites but nearly all the coupons are for foods that are too expensive anyway, etc. boxed and prepared foods. And cleaning supplies I never purchase. I use the ole standbys vinegar, baking soda, bleach, etc. I NEVER buy special cleaning products.

 

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Biscotti RecipesI am looking for great biscotti recipes. Especially lemon, anise and mocha.

 

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Ground Beef Casserole with Mayonnaise ToppingWhen my kids were growing up, I had a recipe for a casserole using ground beef with a puffy topping using mayonnaise. Sounded yuck, but it was delicious. Does anyone have the recipe to this casserole dish?

 

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Help with Egg on Car Paint!I came out to my car the other morning and someone had egged my car.

 

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Flavored Tortillas Used to Make WrapsI worked at a restaurant in GA where we made wraps (sandwiches) with different flavors of wraps (outside like tortillas). They were spinach, tomato, wheat, etc. When looking online I find flour tortillas and sandwich wraps but none of the other outside wraps. Does anyone know where I can find these recipes?

 

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Disinfecting a New MattressThe other day my fiance and I bought a bed. The thing about the bed is that it was the display mattress, where people can lay/sit on it. The reason for buying the display one was because it was a great deal, a $600 mattress for $335. I was wanting to disinfect it but I am unsure what to use. I was hoping to use the Clorox Anywhere Spray, but its for hard surface only. Does anyone know what I could use?

 

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Making a Kissing Ball for Valentine's DayAnybody know how to make a kissing ball for Valentine's Day? I saw one in a Better Homes and Garden magazine but it calls for some stuff I don't have.

 

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Min Pin or Chihuahua Mix?I was told that he was a Min Pin, I am thinking he's a chihuahua mix.

 

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Removing Rust Stains From Title DeedHow do I remove rust stains from a title deed, put there by water damage.

 

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Braces Wax StainsMy daughter left the wax for her braces in her pants pocket and I washed and dried it. It left spots all over her pants and a golf pull-over of my son's. I've tried oxyclean stain remover and bleach for colors. No help.

 

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How to Avoid Pilling on Clothes and SheetsHow do I avoid pilling on clothes/sheets. I have cotton sheets that have this and this is rough to sleep on.

 

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Crocheted AlphabetsI have searched high and low for a pattern for a set of crocheted alphabets. Anyone have any ideas?

 

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