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Taco MacCook box of macaroni as package instructs. Add browned ground beef, sauteed onion and other ingredients to pot of mac and cheese. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water.
Almond Vegetable MandarinCook and stir carrots and beans with oil in skillet over medium high heat 2 minutes. Add cauliflower and onion; cook, 1 minute longer.
Vegetable-Clam ChowderCombine carrots, potatoes, onion, celery, and liquid from clams in 2 qt. microwave-safe casserole. Cover with lid. Microwave on high 10-12 minutes or until veggies are tender, stirring once or twice.
Extra-Easy Spinach LasagnaMix ricotta cheese, spinach and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Spread 1 cup pasta sauce in 2-quart shallow baking dish. Top with 3 lasagna noodles and half the spinach mixture. Repeat layers.
Roasted Cheddar PotatoesPreheat oven according to package directions for potatoes. Place frozen potatoes in a large self-sealing plastic bag. Combine cooking oil, garlic, paprika, and salt. Drizzle over potato wedges. Seal bag and shake to coat potatoes.
Bored with Lettuce SaladBlanch broccoli and cauliflower; combine with remaining salad ingredients and toss with dressing.
Crock Pot StroganoffMix all ingredients in crock pot. Turn to low in early morning. It will be ready to eat for 5:00 dinner. Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes. To speed up cooking, turn heat to high.
Baked Corn CasseroleMix all together and bake in 2 qt. casserole at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.
Cleaning Tips With Household SuppliesSour milk of any kind, cow or goat, cleans brass. Rinse well after using for no leftover sour milk smell.
Keep a Cooler in Your Trunk for ErrandsKeep a cooler, any kind, in your car winter or summer to keep frozen food frozen, and to keep perishables, fruits and vegetables from freezing or becoming too hot. I use the really thick styrofoam ones that meat is sometimes delivered in.
Tanner (Bearded Collie)Tanner is a Bearded Collie and is 4 years old. I got him through the internet. He likes to sit on the deck, chase squirrels and deer.
Product Review: Dawn Direct FoamMy best frugal tip for cleaning is using a particular dishwashing soap that is just amazing. Dawn Direct Foam is handy for so much more than just your dishes!
Storing Pet Info and SuppliesMy dogs' information and emergency supplies are conveniently "stashed" in a crate I purchased on sale for $10. I have stored my pets' info in handy, colorful binders for easy access (one binder for each dog).
Avoid Domed Burgers By Indenting MiddleAvoid the dome effect when cooking hamburgers (your burger plumped in the middle). Before cooking, make a large enough indent in the middle on both sides. Works for me.
Vinegar to Remove Smelly Cooking OdorsAfter cooking fish, broccoli or anything with an odor, simply set a bowl of vinegar in the room overnight and the odor will be gone.
Use Italian Dressing To "Fix" Overcooked FoodI was in a hospital in Los Angeles for a week and, after the first meal, I knew I had to do something to the food to be able to eat it because I am not a vegetarian. My chicken was baked DRY and I almost threw it out, until I looked at the little packages of Italian dressing they supplied, and I thought "heck why not, I can't make it taste any worse."
Store Produce With Packing PeanutsSave all the styrofoam peanuts you get in packages. When storing potatoes, apples, onions or fruit, just sprinkle the peanuts between layers to keep the items separated and allow air circulation.
Scent Your Tabletop FountainIf you have a tabletop fountain, try adding a few drops of vanilla, or mint to the water. The aroma will soon fill the room. Experiment and use the scents you like best.
Add Aluminum Foil to Your Bread BowlTo keep rolls or other bread items warm longer, crumple aluminum foil at the bottom of your bread bowl. Then put your bread napkin in as usual. This is especially great for parties or potlucks when the bread will have to sit out for a long period of time.
Author Bio: Claire BushAn Arizona freelance writer for the past decade, Claire is a regular contributor to the Arizona Republic's business, career builder and community sections and is also the author of a statewide restaurant guide, "Dining in Arizona - 101 Great Places to Eat" Claire has co-authored several cookbooks and is now a working chef and menu designer in Sun City, AZ.
Air Bubbles in Wall PaintI am painting a bed room wall a burgundy color and keep getting trapped air bubbles that do not go away. I have painted it 5 times so far using a roller, short and 3/4 mat, brushes, Behr and Ralph L. eggshell paints and yet it still looks horrible! Why? What am I doing wrong?
Recipe for Scottish SconesDoes anyone have a recipe for Scottish Scones?
Cleaning a 1930's Handmade Silk Wedding DressI have a 1930's handmade silk wedding dress. Does anyone know how I can clean this myself? Thanks so much!
Star Wars 'Stikarounds'I am looking for Star Wars bedroom 'Stikarounds' for my son's bedroom.
Website for Label TemplatesSome time back I stumbled upon a website with a zazillion templates and, of course, I didn't bookmark it or write it down. Now I really would like to have it. It had templates for all sizes of candy bar wrappers, Life Savers, lollipops, gift cards, seed packets, tea bags, recipe cards....
Reusing Foil Cereal BagsIs there a use for the aluminum foil bags that some cereal comes in?
Making a Photo QuiltHas anyone ever made a photo quilt? I am thinking about making one for my daughter's graduation. Any suggestions and/or ideas?
Is Walmart Paint Quality Paint?Do you think Walmart paint is just as good as the other or should I buy from Home Depot or Sherwin Williams?
Please Help Me Choose a Paint Color!My master bedroom we just painted deep red (I love it). My hall wall is chocolate brown I still need to paint the two extra rooms! I need help deciding what color to paint them. Do you have any ideas?
Looking for a Straight or Mermaid Style Prom DressI graduated high school last year, but since the boyfriend is a year younger, I have one more prom to attend. I'm looking for an inexpensive prom dress, preferably not poofy. I'd rather have a straighter dress or even a mermaid style. I'm a size 4.
Where Can I Get Pictures of Rick SpringfieldI am looking for pictures of Rick Springfield. Does anyone out there have any? I saw him on Oprah today...LLLLOOOOOOVE him! Thanks a bunch!
Choosing a Prom ThemeProm theme ideas that would go along with a picture background including a fire place.
Creative Acknowledgments of Coworkers' BirthdaysWhat type of gift or acknowledgment could we give to our coworkers on their birthdays? I work with a great crew and on the 1st of every month we buy a birthday cake which is for everyone whose birthday is in that month. We have been doing this for years and looking for new and more creative ideas. Any suggestions?
Choosing a PaintbrushAre there certain types of paintbrushes I should use when painting with Latex paint and also Oil based paint?
Squeaking Hardwood FoyerDoes anyone know what to do about a hardwood foyer floor that squeaks. The contractor did not put enough cement down when the boards were glued and it is squeaking badly in parts.
Repairing a Couch When a Strap Comes LooseHow do you fix a couch when a strap comes loose?
Making Homemade Granola BarsI'm looking for a recipe for homemade granola bars. Preferably one without too much sugar. Any ideas?
Primer Vs. KilzWhat is the difference between Primer and Kilz? I am painting over paneling and also sheet rock, those will be painted with latex paint and the molding will be painted with oil based. Which should I use, primer or Kilz?
Pre-cut Plastic Canvas LettersDoes anyone know where you can purchase pre-cut plastic canvas letters?
Renting Items for a Wedding ReceptionDoes anyone have any leads on how to rent chair covers, chargers and mirrors for a reception? I need chocolate brown and camel colors.
Eye Color Changes in Certain LightingMy eyes are very dark brown, almost black. Lately, a lot of people have said that in certain lighting they turn blue. I saw this happen once, the color was actually dark blue/green, like a peacock feather. Does anyone know what's causing this? Is something wrong, is medical attention needed?