January 30, 2008

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Recipes

A Is For Apple Butter

A Is For Apple ButterWhen temperatures drop, there's nothing like the warm, comforting aroma of simmering apple butter to brighten the gloom of a dark winter day. Try this easy crockpot version that doesn't skimp on taste.

 

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Very Rich Fudge PieCover bottom of pie shell with pecans. Melt butter and chocolate together. Prepare remaining ingredients in separate bowl, mixing thoroughly. Add butter and chocolate mixture to this.

 

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Fried Green ApplesHeat 2 tablespoons bacon grease and 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Drop in sliced green apples; add about 1 cup sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

 

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Cherry Chocolate Crockpot DessertPlace pie filling in slow cooker. Combine dry cake mix and butter. Sprinkle over pie filling. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours.

 

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Herb RiceCombine all ingredients in covered baking dish. Bake 1 hour in 400 degree oven.

 

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Turkey RollupsPrepare stuffing. Put a healthy dollop on each slice of turkey. Roll up and place in a baking dish. Pour gravy all over and make sure turkey is well coated.

 

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Savory Vegetable Beef SoupMy friend sent this recipe to try during our abnormally cold weather. It was delicious and a recipe that I'll make often during winter's cold.

 

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Cabbage Go RoundLayer ground beef, onion, salt and pepper and cabbage. Repeat layers. Top with tomato sauce or tomato soup. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

 

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Nut-Crusted Pineapple BreadCream together butter, sugar, and egg until light and fluffy. Blend in orange peel. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add undrained pineapple and sour cream and mix by hand just until all of the flour is moistened.

 

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Use Tin Foil To Make Your Own Sewing PatternsA friend of mine knows someone who sews "Knock offs" - Dresses that look just like those worn at the Oscars made by designers. The trick is aluminum foil. Yes! Plain old tin-foil.

 

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Set Your Dishwasher To Rinse With Cold WaterHere is how I use my 10-year-old-three-cycle dishwasher, so it doesn't "cook" the food in the plates. First, I must say that I never rinse any of my dishes; I put all of them right away in the dishwasher.

 

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Cleaning With Club SodaClub soda is the best stain and odor remover I've found when my dog has a potty accident on the carpet. The key is to get to it as soon as possible. First use a paper towel to tab up as much of the urine as possible, then pour about 1/2 a small bottle of club soda directly on the area.

 

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Make Decorative Pillows Out of Old Bridesmaids DressesAn old friend wanted some material so I gave her my old bridesmaid dresses. In return, she made me pillows, one from each dress and each pillow was different. Now when I look at the pillows, I can remember the wedding I was in.

 

Virginia (Corgi Mix)Virginia is a 7 year old Corgi mix. We discovered her, on our anniversary, 6 years ago, in the local SPCA. Even though Corgis are herding dogs, her previous mommy gave her to the shelter (for possible destruction) because she didn't like this little baby chasing her chickens.

 

Brand-New Grandson RowanJust wanted everybody to enjoy my brand-new grandson, Rowan. Swaddling a newborn really works to calm them. Their nervous systems aren't quite developed enough to self-soothe when their own arm and leg movements startle them.

 

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Melt Candles on a Coffee Cup WarmerExtend the life of scented candles: Instead of burning them (which uses oxygen, may generate soot, and could be a fire hazard), melt them in a heatproof jar atop an electric coffee cup warmer.

 

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Plan Meals in Advance to Save Grocery MoneyThe number one way I save money on my groceries is menu planning. I write out what we will have for dinner the whole week, make up the grocery list, and add to it any necessity items such as toilet paper, detergent, etc.

 

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Use a Spreadsheet to Track InterestI have made up a spreadsheet to keep track of our mortgage repayments, how much interest we are paying and all our extra repayments.

 

Homemade pull string bag.

Pull String BagAn all round pull string bag can be used to accommodate a variety of things from shoes to bathroom bubble bottles. Made simply with two matching sized pieces for back and front, and an extra piece on the front for a pocket that is stitched down the centre for extra bits 'n' pieces.

 

Front Yard PerennialsWe removed the turf from the postage stamps size areas of our lawn next to the house, and put in lots of stone and ground covers. Over the last few years, we have added many perennials along the odd wind chime and bubbler fountain.

 

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Look For Clues To The Age Of Your HouseA simple way to find out how old you house is when it was built. Tip Check in the toilet tank, the date inside indicates when the fixture was installed. Chances are that is when the house was built also.

 

Questions

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Wedding Gift Bags to Hold Bottled Water?Can anyone give me a website where I can purchase inexpensive 'Welcome' wedding gift bags that can fit two bottles of water?

 

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Is .925 Silver Worth Anything?Is .925 silver worth anything?

 

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Why do Recipes Call for Both Water and Milk?Most of my bread machine recipes call for amounts of milk and amounts of water. Although I've been using only milk for awhile with good results I still wonder why those recipes use both. Does anybody know?

 

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Buying Food for Puppy with Pancreatitis?My Labrador/English Mastiff has recently been diagnosed with acute Pancreatitis. He is only 18 months old and I know this is very rare in young male dogs. He spent 4 days in intensive care and now I am lost. I know to feed him on a low fat diet but need to know some websites I can buy it from and the best one to get. It's also very expensive so any money saving tips would be much appreciated!

 

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Where Can I Sell Handcrafted Items?Where do you sell handcrafted items? I need some ideas.

 

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Removing a Spot from a Suede Jacket?I have a brown suede jacket that I recently got a spot on it. How do I get it out, without taking it to the cleaners and spending a lot of money? I read to use mild sand paper. Is that true?

 

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Homemade Oil Control Face Lotion?Does anyone know how to make your own homemade matte/or control lotion. I'm not interested in makeup but a skin lotion that will keep my face from being shiny all day. Does anyone know how these creams and lotions work?

 

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Removing Cracked Applique Transfers from T-shirts?Does anyone know an easy way to remove those vinyl/rubber/plastic decals or applique transfers once they start to crack on t-shirts? Thanks so much!

 

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Ariston Gas Oven Not Working Well?I have an Ariston oven/grill and can't keep the oven element burning after I let off the knob. I've tried to move the thermo-coupler closer to the flame but no success.

 

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Painting Plaster Walls?I own an old 4000 sq ft house, that is mostly plaster covered by wallpaper. The wallpaper is starting to come off in places and I want to take it all down and paint the walls. I (thankfully) started in 1 of the smaller hallways to find lots of cracks in the plaster. I bought some mud and tape and after quite a bit of practice, I fixed the walls in that small area.

 

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Soundproofing the Laundry Closet?We have a small open closet in the kitchen where the clothes washing machine is located. I just replaced the old one with a Kenmore. This made a lot of noise. After speaking with the store clerk, she suggested we swap it out for another one of the same model to see if the original was a dud. At the price we paid, the clerk said it should not be making this much noise.

 

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Food Ideas for a Tea Party Birthday?My daughter and I are planning a 'tea party' birthday party for her in April. Since we are in a cold part of the US, we will probably still have snow on the ground or at least have temp's not favorable for a 'garden tea party', so we will be doing the party indoors.

 

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Hoover Vacuum Stinks When Used?My Hoover upright vacuum cleaner stinks when I use it. I have put in a new bag and I have also used baking soda in the bag thinking that might help, but it hasn't. What's going on with it? Got any ideas on what I can do?

 

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Seasoning Veggies and Beans?Trying to change my eating habits. Would like to know what you season veggies and beans (collard greens, turnips, cabbage, black-eyed peas) with. I would normally use ham but I am trying to eat healthier this year. Any suggestions?

 

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Inexpensive 'Thank You' Church Dinner?Any ideas for the nicest church dinner I can provide on the cheap? I have a $900 budget to feed 125 people. It's an annual 'thank you' to volunteers.

 

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Bible Cover that Holds Note Pad and Pens?I would like to make an easy Bible cover that I can carry my Bible plus a note pad and pens. Anyone that has ideas for an amateur? Thanks in advance.

 

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Recipe for Pork Chop Sauce?I would like a recipe for pork chop sauce.

 

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Painting Foyer to Coordinate with Wine and Lion's Mane Colored Walls?I would like to paint dining room two colors. Two walls facing each other a wine color and the other two walls facing each other a lion mane color. I have a foyer that continues next to this room with a separating wall. What color should I paint it? Open to any other suggestions about which walls to paint what color.

 

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Removing Mold from Pushchair?My mother-in-law borrowed my pushchair and put it in her garage and now it has grown mold all over it! I have tried scrubbing with washing powder and kitchen cleaner (its the only thing I had with bleach in it) but so far nothing has worked. It's the type of mold that looks like black spots. I would be really grateful if someone knows what to do to get rid of it! Many thanks in advance.

 

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Giving a Sweatshirt a Makeover?I was given a very nice sweatshirt recently that was very large and roomy (which I like) but I need to do some makeover on it before I can wear it. I have cut off several inches of the sleeves and also cut off the elastic waist band at the bottom as I like my sweatshirts hanging straight down. Now what? Any creative people out there who can give me some ideas? I would certainly appreciate it. I have a sewing machine so that is no prob. Thanks you.

 

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What is My Steamboat Willie Watch Worth?I want to know how much a Steamboat Willie watch is worth?

 

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Dog Has Clear, Foamy Vomit?My Dog is coughing or hacking and has a clear or sometimes foaming vomit. Are there any home remedies out there?

 

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Inovisio Eye Drops for Cataracts?Has anyone used Inovisio Eye Drops for the removal of cataracts?

 

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Recipe for Bourbon, Herb, and Mushroom Steak?I would like recipes for a bourbon, herb, and mushroom steak.

 

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Decorations for Paris Themed Dance?What decorations could I use for a 'Night in Paris' themed dance?

 

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How Do You Say "Word Problems" in Spanish?In Spanish, how would you say, 'word problems'? As in "I am having difficulty in math class with word problems".

 

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