February 29, 2008

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Recipes

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Artichoke-Dilled Potato SaladScrub potatoes under running water. Cook unpeeled potatoes, covered, in boiling water (lightly salted), 20 minutes or until just tender. Drain and cool. Cut in halves or quarters.

 

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Crescent Apple DessertUnroll crescent dough onto an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan; seal seams and perforations. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 10 minutes. Combine the walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; sprinkle over crust.

 

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Green RicePrepare Minute rice according to directions on package; set aside. Cook broccoli and drain. Add Cheez Whiz while broccoli is hot.

 

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Homemade Spatini RecipeNeed Spatini, Try This recipe!

 

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Cheesy EnchiladasPour 1/2 can cream of chicken and 1/2 can of cream of celery into a bowl with the diced onion and 1/2 of the package of shredded cheese. Microwave until it is melted and stir. Mix chicken together with the microwaved portion.

 

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Cheese BreadSlice loaf of bread down middle and lightly spread with margarine. Sprinkle with garlic salt. Mix equal amounts of both cheeses with mayonnaise to right consistency for spreading.

 

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Gourmet Macaroni and CheeseThis always goes over good at church potlucks or family get-togethers!

 

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Tortilla Chip CasseroleMelt butter and add onion; saute'. Ad tomato sauce, chilies, chili powder, parsley, and salt. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

 

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Corned Beef HashThis is an easy pleaser. Boil potatoes, carrots and an onion until tender, add a can of corned beef and salt and pepper.

 

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Chicken-a-la-ReineSprinkle chicken breasts with seasoned salt. Brown in margarine. Remove to platter and saute onion, thinly sliced, in the same pan.

 

Articles

Decorated Valentine's Day mailbox.

Valentine's BoxThis is a Valentine's mailbox that I made for my neighbor girl. They had a contest at school and she won second place with it.

 

White and tan dog swimming.

Audrey (Terrier Mix) In The WaterWhen we moved to Hawaii, Audrey came along (of course). We lived there for about 2 years. Here is her first experience with water and swimming, when we went kayaking in Kaneohe Bay on Oahu. She used her tail like an above-the-water rudder, very cute!

 

Cows (Navosta, TX)

Cows (Navosta, TX)Sunday afternoons at their best in Navasota, Texas.

 

A man washing windows.

Saving Money on Window CleanerTips for saving money on window cleaner as posted from the ThriftyFun community. Don't pay extra for Windex. Wait until your auto parts store has car windshield cleaner on sale and stock up. Save dollars by refilling your spray bottles at home.

 

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Save Beef and Veggie Leftovers in the FreezerExperts say that the best way to SLASH your grocery bill is to eliminate the waste-stop throwing things out! Here is my way of salvaging the tablespoon of corn or green beans that is not enough to eat but I can't bear to throw out.

 

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Cleaning Condiment and Toiletry LidsCondiment lids get really icky and need to be cleaned like most anything else does. My ickiest one is catsup! Every once in awhile, take off the cap and soak it a little while in water (I drop mine into a coffee cup that also needs soaked a bit) and the buildup comes off easy.

 

My Frugal Life: Cut Any Corner You CanI'm frugal because I just don't like throwing my money around! Not that I have a lot, being a single parent and not having a well paid job. There is also a deep sense of satisfaction knowing that I can do most things in a cheaper way. I like to try to be as 'green' as possible too.

 

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Use Loose Leaf Paper In Your PrinterHere is a great tip that I came up with out of "desperation": I love to peruse craft websites and print out free directions for ones I want to do later. Well, one day I went to print out a couple and found I was out of printer paper.

 

Beautiful BabyBeautiful baby!

 

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Educational Customizable Game ShowsFound a great web site for teachers. Templates of many popular game shows (example Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) that you could add your own questions.

 

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Making Your Own Dress FormFor those of you who sew, you all know how much it would help if you had your own dress form. (To get the correct fit on my garments, I'm always trying-on my sewing projects inside-out, and getting stuck with pins while trying to look in the mirror while pining behind my back at the same time!)

 

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Stretch Eggs With Powdered EggsAs expensive as a dozen of eggs have gotten over the recent months, a good way to extend them is to add some dry powdered cafeteria eggs or Army powdered eggs or other if you can get them! Sometimes you can find them at the Mennenite stores if you are lucky enough to have one near you!

 

Spring Birds on a Headband

Spring Bird HeadbandThis is a very simple craft indeed. Great for little girls who love nature and easy for anyone to create! Be sure to supervise little ones (there are sharp wires on the craft birds).

 

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Using Tea Tree Oil for CleaningUsing 2 cups of water and several drops of pure tea tree oil will clean dirt off windowsills, and clean mostly anything wooden. Also use tea tree oil, diluted with water and sprayed on a child's hair, keeps the lice away.

 

Questions

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Neighbors Cook with Curry?I have just recently moved into a 2nd and 3rd floor apartment. My neighbors below cook with curry every day (twice a day) and the curry scent is so powerful in my apartment, it makes my roommate and I sick. The aroma is so strong in my sleeping room that my eyes burn from the odor. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to rid our apartment of the smell?

 

baby crib bumper pad

Craft Ideas Using Crib Bumper Pads?I have crib bumpers for my twins that I am not using because of safety issues. But they came with the bedding set and are so cute! Any creative ideas for things I can do with them, besides making pillows out of them?

 

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Inexpensive Seasonal Flags?Does anyone know where I might find a set or several garden/decorative flags with holiday or seasonal themes at a thrifty price? I have several small flags (about 12in x 18in) for the mini flag poles, but would like to mount a flagpole on my porch for the larger house/decorative flags (about 2' x 3').

 

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Free Baby Bib Pattern With Sleeves?I am looking for a bib pattern for a baby/toddler that has long sleeves and Velcros in the back. Thanks very much.

 

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Name Ideas for Artificial and Dried Flower Business?I need a name for my new business which is printing words and graphics on real or artificial roses and dried flowers for confetti and favors.

 

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Hanging Lightweight Wooden Carving?I have a 5' L x 1/4in carved piece I have sanded and finished. It is light in weight and I want to hang it as a cornice in my kitchen bay window. I don't want to nail it to the shelf over the window as I don't want to put nails in it. Since it is light in weight I considered velcro. Are there any other suggestions as to how to hang this from the shelf edging? Mahalo

 

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What is 'Packed' Brown Sugar?When a recipe calls for 'packed brown sugar' what is this? We have ordinary brown sugar and treacle sugar here in South Africa. I'm not sure what the 'packed' is.

 

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Shining Quartz Counter Tops?Is there a way to shine Quartz counter tops?

 

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New Brake Pads Still Squeaky?I just had my pads replaced at Christmas on an '06 Malibu. They are still squeaking and seem to be getting worse. They stop fine but I'm wondering if I should be concerned. Anyone have any advice?

 

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