March 14, 2008

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Memphis Bar-B-Q in a Crock Pot?You bet'cha! Place Pork shoulder in crock pot. Add garlic and 1/4 cup water. Quarter-cut 1 onion and place quarters of onion at 4 locations around shoulder.

 

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Cran-Apple MoldDissolve gelatin in boiling water. Mix in remaining ingredients. Pour into a 5 cup mold and chill.

 

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Sweet 'N Sour Pork (Microwave)Set power select at medium high. In small glass bowl, combine reserved syrup, vinegar, and cornstarch; heat 3/4 to 1 minute or until thickened, stirring once. Set aside.

 

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Shrimp ScampiI love shrimp, and this is my version of an Italian recipe for shrimp scampi. It's the closest thing to the real Italian recipe that I can make and enjoy when I wish.

 

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Tomato Soup For CanningWash and clean tomatoes; cut out stems and any bad parts. Cut in halves or quarters and add onions, parsley, and bay leaves; cook 2 hours and strain.

 

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Southern Spoon BreadThis traditional Southern recipe is finished with green chilies and cheese. A great side with soups and stews.

 

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Triple Chocolate Bundt CakeIn large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix and chocolate chips. In another bowl, combine water, eggs and vanilla; mix well.

 

Articles

Easter Basket

Easter Basket IdeasHere are some good thrifty Easter basket ideas that are healthy and fun. Post your own ideas here!

 

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Remedies for Hot Glue Gun BurnsHot glue gun burns can be serious burns and extremely painful. Do not be hasty and try to pull the glue off as it will take skin with it! I protect myself each time I use a glue gun by placing a bowl big enough to fit my hand with cold water and ice cubes.

 

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Use Your Fan When Chopping OnionsFed up with the tears when cutting up onions? Put your cutting board on the stove (while the burners were off, of course) and turn on the range's vent fan. Now you can chop your onions tear-free!

 

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Furniture Polish - Olive Oil and Lemon JuiceHere is a great tip on saving money on furniture polish. Combine the olive oil and lemon juice in the spray bottle. Shake well before using.

 

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Don't Let Your Dryer Cool DownThe biggest mistake I found I have made in doing my laundry is letting the dryer cool off in between loads! It dawned on me that each time that happens the dryer has to be REHEATED, starting all over. If you pay closer attention as you empty one dryer load and have the next one ready to go to save a little bit of that heat!

 

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Combine Old Bar Soap With NewUsing Dial soap, I drop the one almost used-up into the shower while I bathe, along with the brand new bar. Once they are softened, the used-up bar fits nicely into the indentation on the new bar.

 

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Recycling an Old Grapevine Wreath for EasterI recycled an old grapevine wreath. I took off all of the old flowers and decorations and put on some new fresh plastic spring flowers and hot glued one dozen plastic Easter eggs around through the flowers and on the wreath. I looks wonderful on my front door.

 

White and tan bunny hats.

Bunny Hat DecorationThese bunny hats make cute door decorations for your home or office and can be assembled fairly quickly after the straw hat is painted. Instructions are for the white hat, but you can create a tan bunny by using tan spray paint, tan craft foam and brown chenille stems.

 

Man With Allergies Blowing His Nose

Allergies ChecklistA--Air-condition your home; B--Bathroom mold and mildew can cause allergy symptoms; scrub sinks and fixtures regularly.

 

American Gas Prices 1996-2008As we all cringe every time we go to the gas station for our next fill-up, I wondered just how the prices of gas have been over time. The DOE had data for 1996-2008 so I made a graph. The most recent spikes are not included. Gas today here was about $3.59 a gallon for regular.

 

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Dog and Cat Hair for the GardenIf you have a cat or dog in the home then you are vacuuming their hair off everything all of the time. Empty your vacuum canister or bag each time around the perimeter of your gardens.

 

Using AvocadosAvocados have the highest fiber content among all the fruits. Consisting of almost 20 different nutrients including, vitamin B, Vitamin K and Vitamin E also having a higher potassium content than bananas...

 

black pug outside

Tazor (Pug)Tazor was 2 years old in May 2008. He is a Pug. He was the "runt" of the litter. I fell in love when I went to see a friend who breeds pug, I had never seen pug puppies. Tazor was the smallest one and so sweet and loving.

 

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Four Hearts To Draw A ShamrockSometimes things are so obvious, we don't see them. I know I miss them -- would you believe I just figured this one out?

 

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Outdoor Casual, Non-traditional WeddingI'm planning a very frugal wedding for May. Let me give you some details first. We are renting a building at a local campground for the "wedding" and "reception". It will not be anything traditional. We will be getting married in bride and groom t-shirts and shorts/jeans. No flowers. No catering. We are ordering pizza for everyone and buying pop (soda) to drink.

 

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Rubber Stoppers for Refilling Ink CartridgesI am trying to find small rubber stoppers for refilling ink cartridges. Could you help please?

 

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White Spots On Frosted Glass DeskWe bought an inexpensive green frosted glass desk and I made the mistake of cleaning it one day with rubbing alcohol. Now it has white spots all over it that I cannot get off. Does anyone have a solution for this problem?

 

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Cleaning Out Waste in Dog KennelI am setting up a new kennel in the yard for my Sheltie, Blue. How should I keep it clean? Is there a system that can have the waste washed into or do I have to scoop

 

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Tippin's Restaurant Style Key Lime PieDoes anyone have an easy recipe for Key Lime Pie? I would love to find the recipe they use at Tippin's restaurants. The pie was great and the topping was unbelievable!

 

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Healthy Easter BasketsI have small children and much of the stuff to put in the Easter baskets is candy or are not really suited to little ones. I'd like to include healthy snacks rather than candy.

 

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Painting Walls in a Mobile HomeI rent a mobile home. I painted and stenciled one bathroom. It looks pretty good. For bigger rooms, what do you do with the spaces/panels? Do they spackel well? Wallpaper is not in my budget.

 

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