February 6, 2008

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Golden Onion RingsSlice and separate onion rings. Dip each in above mixture and drop in hot oil or shortening until brown.

 

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Spanish Rice With BeefBrown and meat, breaking and stirring about 5 minutes. Add vegetables, water, tomatoes and seasonings and bring to a boil.

 

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Shake and Make Ice CreamThis is a great thing for children to do. Younger ones might get bored shaking, but I think it would be good for a 7 to maybe 10 years old.

 

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Fire and Ice TomatoesSkin and quarter tomatoes. Slice pepper in strips and red onion in rings. Place all together. Make sauce from next 8 ingredients; boil hard for 1 minute.

 

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Hearty Italian SoupIn a large saucepan, cook the sausage, onion and green pepper until sausage is browned; drain. Stir in tomatoes, water, tomato sauce, sugar, bouillon and garlic powder.

 

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Rice-less JambalayaAll will be cooked in slow cooker/crock pot. Toss in diced tomatoes (do not drain). Turn crock pot on low. Chop up onions, green pepper and celery and add them to crock pot.

 

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Chocolate Pie with Butter Crunch CrustMix ingredients in oblong pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and stir with a spoon. Immediately press mixture in 9 inch buttered pie pan.

 

Articles

Pink box with white buttons arranged in the shape of a heart.

Valentine's Button BoxHere's a gift I made for a friend for this Valentine's Day. I purchased an inexpensive box from the craft store and painted it with salmon pink acrylic paint

 

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Let the Sunshine InMany of us forget, especially those living in the northeast, to open those blinds, drapes, shades, etc. to take advantage of the free heat from the sun. It can shave off as much as 8 percent from your heating bill.

 

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Use Less Dishwasher Detergent in Soft Water AreasI had my dish washer repaired and I got a tip from repairman. If you are in an area like Memphis, which has soft water, you need use only a fraction of the amount of dish washer detergent recommended.

 

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Preparing For The SATMy son is a sophomore in high school and will be taking the SAT probably next year.

 

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Buy Gas With A Card That Pays Cash BackThis is how we turn the painful gas prices into a rewarding experience. If you don't already have a credit card that has rewards, research card companies that have great rewards.

 

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Use Old Socks as Stuffing for a Pet BedOur cat loves to sleep on something that we use or have used. We had a bunch of odd socks and holey socks from years gone by. Originally I was going to make sock puppets but had a better idea.

 

roses and chocolates

A Guys Quick and Frugal Tip for Valentines Day...In the soul of every woman, there is the desire for her man to do something wonderful and unexpected for Valentine's Day. Every woman wants romance and something magical for this special day so here are some quick tips on how to make this the best Valentine's Day ever.

 

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PatternReview.com Sewing WebsiteA wonderful web site for those who love to sew: For all you who love to sew, beginners to advanced, this web site and forum is just the ticket. You can look up any questions you may have about sewing.

 

Yard Sale CandleOne of the things I collect at yard sales during the summer is scented candles, because they are SO much cheaper, and I love to burn them throughout the winter for the scent and feeling of warmth. This unique candle was like finding a treasure - for only $.50!

 

Rosco at Mardi GrowlRosco at the Mardi Growl parade in Knoxville, TN 2-3-08

 

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Sponge HeartsThis is a quick and easy Valentine gift. I took a sponge and cut it into a heart shape (you can do any shape you like). Then I took different color acrylic paints and put them on to one side of the sponge.

 

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Uses for Raspberry BranchesPretty soon it will be time to clean up what Old Man Winter left behind. I have raspberries and, come every spring, winter has left me broken branches, I'm sure the birds also help in the process.

 

Lavender stationery with doily added to paper and envelope.

Craft: Romantic StationeryAdd a romantic touch to stationery and envelopes you already have, using paper doilies. Cut the corners off of the paper doilies. Use the glue stick to apply glue to the back of the corners.

 

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Tell Someone How You Feel For Valentine's DayThis tip is for a great, thrifty, and heart-felt Valentine's Day gift. The best part is, it's free! One year, I wrote a poem about my favorite aunt, who I'm very close to. Though my poetry is rather personal to me, I finally decided to share it with her for Valentine's Day not long ago.

 

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