March 3, 2008

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Recipes

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Country Green BeansIn a saucepan, combine all ingredients; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until beans are tender.

 

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Bean, Pea, and Orange SaladMake marinade and pour over vegetables. Let stand overnight.

 

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Hearty Pasta SaladMix well and enjoy!

 

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Black Beans and RiceThis is such an economical and easy dish to make, not to mention delicious. On days when I don't have bread to make a sandwich for lunch or don't have anything else to pack for my lunch, I'll cook the rice while preparing breakfast in the morning.

 

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Baked Ham Roll-UpsCook frozen spinach as directed on package and drain. Combine with stuffing mix and sour cream; mix well. Spread each ham slice with about 1/2 cup spinach mixture.

 

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Roasted Rosemary Chicken and PotatoesThis is one of my easiest and DELICIOUS recipes. All in one pan, just add a salad or veggie!

 

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6 Week MuffinsMix first 5 ingredients. Add last 3 ingredients. Use a large bowl. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes in lightly greased muffin tins.

 

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Sweet 'n' Tangy Chicken Wings (Crockpot)Sprinkle chicken wingettes with a dash of salt and pepper. Broil 4-6 inches from the heat for 5 to 10 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to a greased 5-qt. slow cooker (crockpot).

 

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Apple Cherry SaladThis recipe comes from my daughter and I've not yet had a chance to try it, but it sure sounds like a Blue Ribbon winner.

 

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Simple CheesecakeBeat together cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, eggs (1 at a time), and vanilla. Spread package of crescent rolls in bottom and slightly up sides of 9x13 pan. Pour cream cheese mixture over crescent rolls. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

 

Articles

Homemade Deep Litter Box

Homemade Deep Litter BoxI always had a hard time finding a litter box that was deep enough for my cats. They kicked loads of litter out the side with traditional boxes. Then I tried a covered box and it just made them stinky when they came out. So I made my own litter box.

 

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In Memory of BootsBoots was 15 here and of an unknown breed, but possibly a Maine Coon. I got Boots 13 years ago, the same summer that I met my husband! She needed a home as her owner was pregnant and didn't want the cat around the baby.

 

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Swiffer Cleaning Cloths Are Good For BathtubsIn trying to use less chemicals around my son, I have discovered that the swiffer-dry cleaning cloth (no name brands as well) is great for cleaning acrylic bath tubs. I use a small amount of dish soap, a small amount of elbow grease and voila, I have a perfectly clean tub minus the fumes of harsh chemicals.

 

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Thrifty Organizational TipsTo get organized, use empty big cereal boxes in the pantry to group similar things together.

 

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Using Banana LeavesBanana leaves are cut from the banana plant and are used as a wrapping to cook food in, instead of tin foil. Banana leaves give a slight aroma and flavor to the foods cooked in them.

 

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Poke a Hole in the Center of Your BurgerWhen making burgers, poke a hole straight through the middle with your finger after you have flattened them with your hands. This helps them cook faster, and stay flat. As the burger cooks, the holes fill in a bit, but it is also easier to check to see if they are done.

 

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Use Wax Paper In Your MicrowaveWhen you use the microwave a lot, use wax paper to put on top of the food in your microwave, it helps with the splatter and mess. You can also use it when you want to roll out your dough and make sandwiches too.

 

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Recycling CrayonsI recycle my grandchildren's broken crayons into new crayons. Take all pieces of the same color crayon and melt in a can set in water on the stove. Be careful, this is very hot. Pour into a mold and cool.

 

Behind The Lines Of TimeThis is a photo that I took of my 85 year old daddy. I watched him for a few moments without him noticing me.

 

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Reusing Heads from Power ToothbrushesInstead of discarding them, you can attach them to your electric toothbrush, add a little baking soda paste (mix water and baking soda) and use it to clean the hard to reach areas of your house hold taps!

 

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Acrylic Remover for Dried Paint on Leather SofaTo remove old dried up paint from my leather sofa, my husband suggested I try the Acrylic Remover and Brush Cleaner, for cleaning paintbrushes. I dabbed it on the old stains, and voila! The stains are gone and leather in perfect condition.

 

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Video: Plane Trying to Land in Heavy Winds in GenmanyHere's a scary video of a plane in HAMBURG, Germany trying to land in very heavy winds!

 

Questions

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Removing Hair Dye Stain on Rug?I have a blue rug that has a hair dye stain on it. I've heard of this product Spot Shot, would that work? If not, are there any other suggestions?

 

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Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Cotton Fabric?Besides Ebay sellers, does anyone know what fabric stores are selling the new Disney cotton fabric of Pirates of the Caribbean? Our local Walmart does not sell it, nor does Joann Fabrics. I see that some Ebay sellers offer some but it's priced so high and then there's high shipping added.

 

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Cleaning Products for Venetian Blinds?Where do I buy the special cleaning products to clean Venetian blinds? I'm in Australia.

 

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Removing Endust Residue From Pergo Floors?I just had Pergo floors put in and my contractors cleaned them with 1/2 a can of Endust. Now they are all oily and greasy. What can I use to get it off the floor? Please help!

 

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Using 'Twist Embroidery Machine Thread'?I just bought a new Brother SE-270D combination sewing and embroidery machine and I have used the embroidery machine and love the results. Right now I have only done names with regular colored thread.

 

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Sites Similar to Thriftyfun?I was wanting to know if you all have any more sites that you all visit like Thriftyfun that you could share with me. I totally love Thriftyfun and there's not another site like it. It's the best ever.

 

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Laundry Products for Sensitive Skin?I found Arm and Hammer for Sensitive Skin laundry detergent once about a year ago. I loved it because it was not only good for sensitive skin but also I need the no perfume. I have not been able to find it in any of our stores, even drug stores. How can I find this line and also are there dryer sheets with no perfume? My zip code is 63628 if that will help in locating a store.

 

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Cleaning a Diamond and Pearl Ring?Does anyone know how to clean a pearl and diamond ring? I know how to clean diamonds, but I don't know how to clean the pearl. I seem to have gotten something on it that feels a bit sticky. I just got the little beauty for Valentine's Day. Help!

 

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Removing Water Marks from a Shower Screen?How can I get water marks off a shower screen?

 

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Making a Bedroom Door Stay Closed?How can I make a bedroom door stay closed?

 

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Replacement Vertical Blind Fabric Inserts?Looking for sites to find fabric insert replacements for existing verticals.

 

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Buying a TV on a Budget?How can I buy a nice TV on a very tight budget?

 

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Kraft Classic Noodles?Does anybody remember the Kraft classic noodles? They were my husbands favorite.

 

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