February 25, 2008

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Brown Sugar and Pecan PieBeat eggs slightly, add milk and melted butter, mix. Continue mixing while adding brown sugar at same time. Add cornmeal and flour, mix. Add vanilla and pecans.

 

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Judy's Nacho SaladLay whole chips on a plate(s). Fill in cracks with broken chips. Layer fresh spinach or spring mix over chips. Spread black beans over spinach, then salsa. Next top with fresh cilantro and avocado slices. Top with shredded cheese to your liking.

 

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Parmesan TomatoesBlend crumbs, 3 Tbsp. oil, garlic, paste and cheese. Stuff tomatoes and place in pan. Add 2 Tbsp. oil. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes or longer until done.

 

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Watermelon Fire and Ice SalsaCombine and mix all ingredients, chill. Serve with tortilla chips or topping for grilled chicken or fish.

 

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V-8 Vegetable SoupBrown ground meat and onion in large kettle. Spoon off and discard any fat. Add remaining ingredients and stir to blend. Bring to boiling point, then cover and reduce heat so mixture can simmer until veggies are tender and flavors blend.

 

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Pasta Soup with Beef, Tomatoes and VegetablesHeat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then the ground beef. Saute until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, breaking the beef into bits while cooking. Add the peppers and onions; season lightly with salt and pepper.

 

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Bam - A Quick DinnerDice the spam small and put into a saucepan. Pour the Sloppy Joe mix and spices over the spam, cook until good and hot, about 15 minutes.

 

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Crab MousseGenerously brush oil in mold. Set upside down on paper towel in freezer. Combine soup and cream cheese in saucepan over low heat until creamy. Dissolve gelatin in cold water over low heat. Mix with soup mixture.

 

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Egg BiscuitsHeat oven to 400 degrees F. Sift together in a bowl; the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar. With a pastry blender, cut in butter or margarine until consistency of coarse crumbs.

 

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Slumber Party French ToastPlace margarine in baking dish and melt margarine in microwave. Place brown sugar and cinnamon in another bowl and mix. Sprinkle mixture over melted margarine in baking dish.

 

Articles

My Frugal Life: Invest In 401K and College SavingsLiving a thrifty lifestyle has allowed my husband and me to retire from the corporate world at the age of fifty five. We have always spent less than we earned. Two savings events made it easy to live on less; maxing out our 401ks and starting college saving plans for our children as each was born.

 

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Use Vegetable Oil to Fix Squeak in DoorTo fix a squeak in the refrigerator door or inside doors, use a little cooking oil on a q-tip. Works right away and no smell from cooking oil.

 

Easy Knit Glasses CaseHere's an easy-to-create craft that can be made in an evening. The cases are fun and inexpensive to make for gifts, too. I keep one in my car for my sunglasses.

 

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Pay Attention to Package Sizes When Grocery ShoppingWe need to be careful at the grocery store. I have noticed a growing trend about package sizes. Many companies are putting less product in their packages but keeping the outside packages the same size.

 

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Avoid Chemical Cleaners for Spring CleaningMy tip for your spring cleaning is basically simple. Don't do it! Think of the environment and all the chemicals you will not be placing into the environment if you don't do it!

 

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Independent Sewing PatternsI was just thrilled when I ran across this source on the web! For those of you who are sick and tired of Simplicity and McCalls patterns, here's a bunch of links to independent pattern makers. Sew something well-fitting and unusual!

 

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Tea Cozy and Hot PadIf you're a tea lover, here is a very easy sewing project. They also make great gifts for family and friends. I always use my tea cozy whenever I brew a pot of tea, and it will keep the teapot warm for several hours.

 

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Recipes From Betty Crocker and PillsburyIf you need some recipes, you can go to www.pillsbury.com and www.bettycrocker.com to get recipes

 

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Reuse Silica Desiccant Packets in PackagesWhen I've ordered something, most always the box has those "silica" packets. I re-use them. Some examples: in a photo box, where you've stored until "someday" you'll get around to them, or in my power tools carrying cases. Anywhere you might have moisture.

 

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Use A Scanner To Make A Photo CollageIf you don't have the money for expensive Photoshop software, but have a scanner and want to make funny photos with yourself and others in it, simply go through your photos and pick out poses of yourself and others that you like.

 

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Comparison Shop Local PharmaciesIf you take particular medications regularly, compare prices with different pharmacies. Call each of them and let them know each medication you take; the name of the drug, the dosage, and the amount your prescription calls for; and ask what their price is.

 

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Product Review: OdobanMy 3 year old son got sick and vomited all over our brand new shag carpet. I mean brand new, 3 days old. So I tried and tried to get the smell out; the stain was not a problem, just the smell.

 

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Turkey Carcass for Broth and MeatNever throw out a turkey carcass, even after you think you have picked off about all the meat you can. I start by taking the bones and breaking them up to fit in my large crockpot, along with a couple of carrots, a cut up onion, a Tbsp. of dried basil, a tsp. of kosher salt, then cover it in water.

 

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Grease on Frosted GlassHow can I clean the grease and spots of grease from the frosted glass?

 

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Keeping Cats From Using Dog's Pet DoorI want my dogs to have access in and out using the pet door, but I do not want my cats to come in. Any suggestions?

 

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Painting Kitchen with Green Tile and White CabinetsMy husband and I are looking to paint our kitchen, but are having a difficult time choosing a color. Our kitchen floor is green tile. Our cabinets are bright white, and one wall from the living room that extends into the kitchen is a tan color. What color would go well with this scheme?

 

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Life Cycle of Convict FishHow long for baby convict fish to grow into adult convicts?

 

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How Long Should Primer Dry Before Using Painter's Tape?How long should I let Kiltz primer dry before putting the blue painters tape up?

 

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Artificial Hydrangeas Candle RingTrying to find artificial hydrangeas for a cheap price. Preferably in a candle ring in purple, lilac, or ivory.

 

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Cheap White Tower VasesI'm looking for cheap white tower vases, 24 inches. Please Help. I need about 25 of them.

 

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How Do You Know if an Egg is About to Hatch?I work at a pet store that has a no breeding policy. I began to take out the finch eggs and put them in my finch's nest. I have two females who are sitting on the eggs constantly. I have added eggs every time I see them at work, which I now realize may be problematic.

 

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White Fuzz on Black ClothingI always have white fuzz like marks on my black clothes after they dry. I have to take a wet cloth and rub off the marks. Is there something I can do so this does not happen. Thanks

 

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Instructions for H2O VacuumI bought a H2O Vac and didn't get any instructions. Can anyone tell me how to use it?

 

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Discontinued Wallpaper: Village wallpaper #5810656, Navy Country Heart TossWould anyone have Village wallpaper # 5810656, Navy Country Heart Toss? I need 2 double rolls and the paper is discontinued.

 

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Health Issues After Quitting SmokingSince Aug. I have had a sore throat on the right side with on/off ear pain. The ENT said it is a cyst, not a big deal he said. I quit smoking and thought it would get better, no. I gained 20 pounds.

 

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Tips for Painting on DenimI need some tips for painting on denim. My stepdaughter painted some jackets for her son and my daughter. My daughter's jacket turned out great but her son's jacket didn't cover as well. It was a dark denim. She put several coats of orange paint but it looks as if she only did a half of a coat! The white paint covered fine but not the orange. What are the best paints? Is there a 'base' coat to use?

 

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Advice for a Dealing with Fiance's FamilyMy daughter is getting married in a few months and she is so stressed out. Her fiance's family is trying to change most things about the wedding. She doesn't have much done, but she wants an evening wedding and they tell her she should have it in the afternoon. She had already decided on the church, her colors, her menu, and that she wanted to have a nice wedding. Nothing too big, but nice. Now they're telling her to look around at other churches, she should add other colors, to only have finger foods.

 

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Decorating Sheep's Pen at the FairI know it is early yet but the kids need decorations for their sheep pen at fair in June. Any ideas for sheep and lamb crafts and other decorating ideas?

 

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Side Swept BangsDoes anybody know how to get those side swept bangs? Do you style them? Do you need to cut them? Whats the deal with side swept bangs?

 

What Breed is My Dog? (Malamute Mix?)I'm having a hard time figuring out what breed my dog is. His name is Trigger and he's 6 months old. I think he's a malamute, husky, wolf mix. Also his tail curls when he stands. This is my only big picture I have of him.

 

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Removing Paint from 100% Polyurethane JacketI just received a beautiful black hip length jacket made of Polyurethane. I tried it on and it looks killer on me if I do say so myself! That's when I noticed on the left shoulder a thin vertical line of silver metallic paint about 1/4" to 1/2" in width and about 1 1/2" long.

 

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Can Salt Control Algae in Fish Pond?I have a 7000 gallon fish pond with more than 70 Koi fish. I am faced with the problem of algae, and it is spreading very quickly. One man advised me to put salt into the fish pond to control the algae. Is that true?

 

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Trimming a Bird's NailsMy parakeet, Charlie, has grown some super long nails. I don't know what the bird is supposed to do to keep them trim, and there's no one in my family that will trim them. Does anyone know a step by step way to trim a bird's nails and what I can use?

 

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Fabric That is Under $2.00 Per YardDoes anyone know of any websites that sell fabric by the yard for $2.00 or less per yard. I'm looking for all types of fabrics and widths. I need a bulk amount of 30 yards or more. Just trying to find the least expensive options such as closeouts, liquidators etc. Thanks!

 

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Buy Now, Pay Later Website for Kitchen ItemsLooking for online shopping sites to order new kitchen items such as cookware etc. that will let me order then send me bill.

 

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Dirt in Grain of Unsealed Hardwood FloorsI have hardwood floors, no sealant. We use traffic wax from time to time. In the high traffic areas dirt has gotten into the grain. How can I clean it to become the same color as the rest of the floor. I also use pure orange oil to keep the floor from drying out.

 

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Feeding 60 PeopleHow many full trays of food do I need for a party of 60?

 

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25th Birthday SpeechCan you give me ideas for my speech on my 25th birthday?

 

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Recipe for Bourbon ChickenWould anyone have a recipe for Bourbon Chicken like they serve at the mall? It would be great to make something like that at home.

 

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Painting Cabinets to Coordinate with 'Jalepeno Green' Counter TopsI have a dated kitchen with 70's 'jalepeno green' counter tops and dark brown laminate cabinets. The counter tops are in great shape, so I am wanting to paint the cabinets. Any ideas on what colors would look good?

 

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Oval Baking Dish with LidAlthough I have a nifty covered casserole dish by Tupperware, I'd like to get back to baking in glass or ceramic with a lid. Am having a difficult time locating a casserole that is oval, with lid, and 3 qt. size that isn't too heavy. I have tried Ebay, Amazon, general internet search. I have found 1, but no lid. I would like to be able to possibly put a small baking sheet on the top (don't want to use aluminum foil).

 

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Discontinued Wallpaper Border: Pfaltzgraff's 'Tea Roses'I am looking for a discontinued border from Pfaltzgraff. The pattern is called "Tea Rose". Can you help me?

 

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Where Do the Old Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones Go?Has anyone ever heard of a place called 'Recycling Center' in Franklin, TN? They give you a postage paid plastic bag and you send them your old ink jet cartridges or cell phones. How are they recycled? Who gets them? If it's for charity, schools, senior centers, etc... fine.

 

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Smokey Eyed LookHow can I get that smokey look on my eyes without getting eye pencil all down my face, and looking like a Panda? I use a Revlon pencil, or a Rimmel one. I love that very dark-eyed look. My eyes are very dark brown.

 

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Cleaning Pot BottomsI bought some new pots and pans, the bottoms are getting grubby and I want to hang them up, but they need cleaning. How can I clean them cheaply?

 

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Graduation Party: "Art Exhibit" ThemeMy oldest daughter is graduating from HS and going to art school. I want to do her graduation party as an "Art Exhibit" theme. Need ideas for decorations on the tables and menu suggestions.

 

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Frugal Sightseeing in San FranciscoWe are traveling to San Francisco and are looking for frugal sightseeing and restaurant tips. Thanks.

 

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Helping a Hurt BackWhat can I do for a hurt back?

 

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Protecting Carpet While Painting TrimI want to paint the crown molding in my living room but I'm trying to figure out how to do it without getting any paint on the carpet. Obviously I know to lay that painters plastic stuff on the floor but how do I make it stay CLOSE to the molding without it moving and getting on my carpet?

 

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