February 14, 2008

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Recipes

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Cherry Chocolate Pudding CakeHeat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine brown sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa and hot water in a 13x9-inch baking pan. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

 

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Jo's Cinnamon and Sour Cream Bundt CakeBeat main ingredients except 2 combinations of cinnamon and sugar for 5 minutes. Pour 1/2 of batter into Bundt pan. Swirl first combination in. Pour second half of batter in, and repeat the swirl with last combination.

 

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Steve's Chicken and DumplingsHere is a good use for leftover chicken. Mine is for one person. Mix pancake mix (I use this instead of regular baking mix, just because I like it. You can use Jiffy or whatever pleases you.)

 

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Linguini SaladBoil noodles until firm but done, rinse with cold water until completely cool, place in bowl, add salad dressing, stir, add the rest of the ingredients and chill.

 

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Sesame BroccoliCook broccoli till tender. In saucepan, combine remaining ingredients; heat to boiling. Pour over broccoli; turn spears to coat. Serves 4.

 

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Cabbage and Potato SoupSimmer together in pot. I make a lot of soup and tried this cooking the potatoes, carrots, celery and cabbage in homemade chicken stock, then added rest of ingredients and simmered.

 

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One-Pan Roasted Pork SupperPreheat oven to 375 degrees F. Toss sweet potatoes and onions with dressing and 1/2 tsp. of the thyme. Arrange in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.

 

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American Piece-A-Pie (Pizza)Blend. Gradually add 2 to 2 1/4 cups flour, blending after each addition. Knead on lightly floured board until smooth and satiny. Place in greased bowl. Let rice until double in size.

 

Articles

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Learning Site Using Paper PlatesUnusual Website - I found this really neat website that has great ideas for using paper plates as learning tools for your kids - and these are not simple art projects. I'm thinking someone might be able to take advantage of this for a science fair project or homeschooling.

 

Seed Starts by Window Indoors

4 Steps To Figuring Out When To Start Seeds...For slow maturing plants and gardeners with short growing seasons, starting seeds indoors can be a crucial element to achieving success. To figure out the optimal time to start your seeds indoors, all you really need is a bit of backwards thinking.

 

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Dollar General ClogsI wanted to recommend these shoes I got today at Dollar General for only $4. They are super comfy and lightweight plastic slipons. i will love to scoot them on to go outside for mail or firewood or to take out the trash.

 

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Simple Tips for Great Tasting Beef StewTo thicken up a stew, use mashed potato flakes. It gives you that potato flavor. Instead of boiling your meat and veggies in water, use beef broth. Great stuff.

 

Gardening This Season

Gardening This Season - What's Hot and What's NotEvery year a leading garden research group releases a report citing the gardening trends for the upcoming gardening season. You and I actually create the data for this report, according to how we spend our gardening dollars over the previous 2 years.

 

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Caring For Cut FlowersDid you get some cut flowers? Here's a little prep work you can do to make them last longer. Using pruning shears, make a fresh cut at the bottom of the stem. Do this under running water.

 

Questions

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Choosing a Cupboard Color I have medium color laminated flooring with dark marble green/black counter top. What color should I paint the cupboard. The wall is light beige.

 

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'Soaked In' Stains on PlatesI have some old plates that are discolored with cloudy brown soaked through looking stains. I have heard that these stains are treatable but not sure how to go about it. Any ideas, suggestions or experiences would be appreciated.

 

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Making White Part of Soccer Uniform White AgainMy daughter's soccer uniforms are white polyester with black sleeves and have become very dingy with some set in stains. I have bleached them, used Oxy Cleaner and have bought RIT whitener. Nothing seems to help. We have hard sulfur water which is a lot of the problem. Does anyone have any suggestions that would help.

 

Are Raised Beds Better for a Vegetable Garden?My late husband was the vegetable gardener, he passed away last yr. My daughter tried to do some in his honor but it didn't work out. I would like to try again with a few that we enjoy, like tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, etc.

 

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How Long Can Bread Be Kept Frozen?How long can bread be kept frozen, without significant loss of value?

 

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Review of '05 Chevy Malibu MaxxI just bought a 05 Chevy Malibu Maxx. I was just wondering if anyone out there had one and what their thoughts on the car were? Any repair problems, reliability, etc. Thank you.

 

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Tin Foil Method for Silver CleaningWould anyone out there have the recipe for silver cleaner using the tin foil method?

 

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Pros and Cons of Having Pet InsuranceI know that a lot of you have pets an am wondering if any of you have pet insurance. With the prices at the vet, it gets a little expensive and if you have more than one pet it's really expensive. I would like to know the pros and cons that you might have.

 

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Removing Tree Sap From a BlanketHow can I remove tree sap or resin from a blanket that was spread out on the ground? I saw all the postings for small areas but can I use the hand sanitizer in the washing machine? It's going to be a big job to get it all out!

 

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Shining Brass Buckles on Coach PurseI am trying to clean up an old leather Coach handbag and the buckles and closures are solid brass. I am having a hard time trying to find something to shine the brass buckles with as I have tried Brasso but it does not work.

 

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Drum Smells of Cigarette SmokeI was given a wonderful sounding drum but it smells badly of cigarette smoke. I have it out in cold air. What else can I do without harming this native made tanned leather?

 

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Atkins Diet Has Stopped WorkingI am trying to loose weight, I've been doing the Atkins diet. At first it was going well I lost 18lbs in four weeks. I walk on my treadmill at least 5 times a week for 45 min, I have not cheated one time. For some reason the weight loss has stopped, and to make things worse I gained two pounds!

 

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Fried Eggplant Was Too OilyI just fried-up some eggplants for the 1st time. They soaked-up the oil like sponges. I put down some newspaper, on top of that a whole bunch of Scott towels, then the eggplants. They drenched everything with oil, and were still so greasy, they were not edible. I also made sure to drain the water out of my eggplants overnight.

 

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What To Wear With Cheetah Print Shoes?I have a pair of heels that are cheetah print with a blue inside, but I don't know what to wear with them?

 

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Can I Use a Plastic Coffee Container for a Birdhouse?Could an empty 2 pound plastic coffee container be used to make a bird house? How could I do it?

 

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Using Advantage for Dogs on CatsDoes anyone know if you can use Advantage For Dogs on cats? On the back it is the same ingredients, so if one used a smaller amount of the Dog Advantage on a cat would it be ok?

 

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Training an Adult Dog Adopted From a ShelterI just got a German Shepherd/Husky from the local animal shelter. She is less than two years old. I was actually looking for a puppy, but saw this dog and just fell in love with her. So I adopted the dog but am waiting for the animal society to finish with the sterilization and inspection before they hand her over. I can't wait so excited.

 

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Is Guar Gum Safe for Dogs?Is Guar gum safe for dogs? I've been thinking about using it in some dog recipes.

 

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8 Year Old Is Now Afraid of Sleeping AloneWe have a challenge we can't seem to solve. About 4 months ago our 8yr became unable to sleep alone. He says he is scared. He started to try to get in our bed which we allowed for a few nights since it was a new problem. We realized we couldn't allow it permanently and refused to let him in, so then he started to sleep on the floor next to the bed and he continues to do so every night.

 

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Removing Cigar Tobacco From CarpetHow can I get cigar tobacco out of carpet? Looking for tried and true cleaning tip.

 

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Computer's F11 Key Doesn't WorkMy F11 button on my computer does not work 99% of the time. Because of recent updates on my computer, most of the time the box to write the chat in while playing games is all but cut off. The button doesn't work unless by chance. There is a link to do it another way, but that is only on screens with the tool bars at the top. The game page doesn't have those links. Anyone have any other suggestions? If we get the screen to enlarge , it surprises us so much we don't remember how we did it.

 

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Face Cleanser for a Teenage BoyI need help for my 13 year old grandson. He is at the age where he is starting to get the dreaded pimples. I would like suggestion on what to use for cleansing his skin.

 

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Turning Bergamot Oil Hairdress Into a Hand CreamI bought a pot of Jurgen's Bergamot Oil Hairdress, and all though my hair is very dry, I found it way too greasy to use. Since it comes all the way from the U.S. its not cheap here in Malta. I was wondering if I could add something to it so I could turn it into a hand cream. The main ingredients are bergamot oil, other oils and petroleum gel and it also contains paraffin oil. Any suggestions please, or should I just toss it, which would be a shame!

 

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Leather Sandals Squeak When I WalkI have a pair of leather sandals that squeak when I walk. I have tried rubbing hand cream in, but that didn't work. I think the problem is that I can't get the cream in between the lining and sole as it is stitched all around. It squeaks when I bend the sole up with my hands. Has anybody had this problem and managed to fix it?

 

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Painful Pressure in the Back of the HeadMy boyfriend has anxiety disorder, and for the last few months, he has been having pressure in the back of his head. He says it feels like his head is being squeezed in a vice, or a tightly wrapped bandage on his head. It makes his anxiety much worse, and he always feels like going to the ER for this.

 

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Deleting Saved Images From 'Shoebox' (AOL)When I send a picture in an email it automatically stores it to (aol) my shoebox. How do I delete unwanted pictures from the shoebox?

 

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Hot Water Smells Like Burned RubberWhy does my hot water smell like burned rubber for the first 10 seconds that I run it. It is in a newly-built cottage with all new plumbing and a new water heater. No one is living in the cottage yet, so the hot water only gets used for about one gallon each day. I'm trying to purge the water heater hoping that will do the trick.

 

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