March 26, 2008

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Easy Company CakeThis is a recipe that I have been making since I first learned how to bake cakes and make icing. And I am not saying how long that would be,but I am wearing my Granny Glasses to write this. I am not saying another word! So you can bet it it is simple.I t is a spur of the moment "Oh boy, we are having company" type cake but I promise you it is good and about as easy as you can get!

 

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Hawaiian Banana Nut BreadCombine dry ingredients; stir in nuts and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients, add to dry ingredients, stirring just until batter is moistened.

 

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Red Berry MoldPrepare gelatin according to package directions. Pour 1/2 into a 1 1/2 quart dish, preferably glass. Chill until thickened, like egg whites, about 30 minutes. Stir in raspberries, thawed if frozen.

 

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Tasty Tuna PastaBring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside.

 

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Broccoli and Grape SaladCombine and chill, allowing flavors to blend.

 

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Cod with Italian Crumb ToppingPreheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a small shallow bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, cheese, cornmeal, oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper; set aside.

 

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Chili Sauce (or Salsa)Can be used uncooked as salsa. Chop tomatoes, peppers, and onions fine. Cook until desired thickness (I cook this 1 1/2 hours, slowly).

 

Articles

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Use Paper Towels To Sow Small Flower SeedsTo sow all those fly away seeds, simply lay paper towels in your flower beds, wet, and then put seeds directly on the towel. Cover with soil and water as needed. Presto! You will have flowers popping up in no time and the paper will simply rot in the ground!

 

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Make Your Own 2% Milk At HomeI do not pay for the store to water down my milk, as in 2% and such. We found that we can do this at home. Buy whole milk and add cold water to it. Since this is a matter of taste, you will have to find what suits your family best.

 

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Drinking Straw FrameRecycle colorful straws and cardboard to create these cute little frames for small photos, such as wallet-size school pictures. Great for kids to make and share with friends.

 

Imagine: Global Understanding DayMarch 26th is my birthday and I can't think of a better day to be born on than "Global Understanding Day". Probably the best way to celebrate Global Understanding Day would be to follow John Lennon's advice.

 

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Track Sales With A Price BookIt's a pretty basic concept: when something you use goes on sale, be sure to stock up enough to last until you expect it to go on sale again.

 

Scenery: Tree At DuskThis picture is of a tree in the front of my apartment. It was taken at dusk in the late afternoon. My favorite time of day, in October of 2007 in sunny Cali!

 

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Wait To Unlock Your Car DoorWhen I am in parking lots going in or coming out of the store, I see people all the time clicking their car unlocker. They are like 20 or 40 feet away from the car. Please don't do that! Every time I see some one do that I think, wow, they are calling attention to themselves saying here I am and that is my car and it is now unlocked.

 

Beauty (Sealpoint Siamese)Beauty is 1 1/2 years old and is a Siamese - Sealpoint. We have her mother, she was born in our bedroom.

 

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Always Check Postal RatesAlways ask the postal clerk to check for the least expensive shipping option. Sometimes what you think will be cheaper to ship media mail, like CDs, will actually be cheaper to ship first class. It never hurts to ask.

 

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Using ApplesAs the old saying says "an apple a day keeps the doctor away!" Apples are helpful in controlling blood sugar levels due to the pectin content, and may help with cancer prevention.

 

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Stop Receiving Catalogs At CatalogChoice.orghttp://www.CatalogChoice.org is a website where you can opt out of hundreds of catalogs you no longer wish to receive. It is a free service, and the company will not sell your information to any online marketers or emailers. Their service saves the environment and saves you money, because there is no longer that temptation to buy. It only took me about 10 minutes to opt out of about 30 catalogues. The site was very easy to maneuver through. I highly recommend it!

 

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Use Brake Fluid To Prevent Auto Doors from FreezingHere's a tip to prevent your auto doors from freezing to the door molding. If you park in the driveway during the freezing weather and in the morning you find the door frozen/stuck to the molding, try this.

 

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Hair Serum Has Many UsesSilicone or Dimethicone based products made for smoothing Frizzy and Curly Hair (Like Citre-Shine or Frizz-Eze anti-frizz serum), are great for smoothing rough elbows, knees and feet better than anything out there!

 

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Reusing Beneful Wet Dog Food ContainersThese are 10 oz. containers with recloseable lids. They are dishwasher safe and can be sanitized. I find they are a perfect size for individual meat and gravy servings. Also, meatballs and sauce.

 

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Mr. Peabody's Apples - Book ReviewWant to teach a great lesson on not gossiping or spreading rumors? Madonna not only is a great singer, actress and dancer she is also a good writer. I have used one of her books called "Mr. Peabody's Apples" for my lesson.

 

Ruler attached to clip board.

Macrame Ruler BoardWhen making macrame jewelry or friendship bracelets it is sometimes hard to measure the length of your project. By photocopying a ruler and taping it onto your clipboard or macrame board, you will save a lot of time!

 

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Black Stuff In Bosch Nexxt Washer?My Bosch Nexxt Washer has black stuff on rubber.

 

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Tub Surround vs. Tile?I can't decide whether to put in a tub surround or to put tile around my tub? Any ideas, also which is easier to keep clean?

 

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Stains In A Fiberglass Whirlpool Tub?We moved into a 11 year old house that has a HUGE fiberglass whirlpool tub in the master bath. Its original color is beige but it has, what I believe is water staining, that I cannot get out. Its not rust, lime, or any other one I know of. I've tried CLR, Lime Away, Clorox etc. All the common type cleaners. Anyone got a suggestion how to clean this thing?

 

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Vinegar to Remove Shampoo Build Up?I have a question about using vinegar for a hair rinse. Do you use it full strength, or dilute it? Do you rinse it out after, or leave it in? If you leave it in wouldn't it leave a smell? I have very fine, thin hair.

 

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Losing a Bedroom When Renovating?Help I need an opinion. My wife and I are thinking of redoing a very small main floor bathroom. It is 5'x6'. There is a small room abutting it that we really don't use. I am thinking of stealing a piece of that room for the bath and using the rest to build a walk in closet and to make the family room also a bit larger.

 

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Cleaning Wooden Deck Cracks?How do you clean the cracks in your wooden deck? The boards on my deck are a little too close together and SO MUCH gunk gets stuck between them. I tried using a screw drivers to scrap it all out and I also used the high power nozzle on the end of the hose to shoot it out with water...

 

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Gift Ideas For Father's 97th Birthday?My sister and I need ideas for our father's 97th birthday. We want to get him something different and unique. He enjoys his computer and feeding/watching the birds in his backyard, playing pool at the Senior Center, etc. His mind is still bright, but it's hard for him to get around much, using a walker. It's going to be a relatively small celebration, with just relatives. Anyone have any ideas?

 

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Hair Ideas for Girls That Play Sports?Should 15 year old girls get a very short hair cut if they play sports? If yes, please give ideas.

 

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Teaching Letters and Numbers?I need crafty ideas to teach 4 year old letters and numbers. My little girl is very lively and I need to get her to learn numbers and letters. She is interested but cant keep still. I was thinking maybe games like hop scotch or ones with lots of movement color or lights. Any ideas please?

 

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Cleaning Cat Urine Off Luggage?I have a carry on bag that was stored in a closet that a cat urinated in. Now the bag smells TERRIBLE! Anything that is put into the bag also stinks when I take it out. I can't throw it in the washer because it has a cardboard panel in the bottom to help keep its shape. How do I clean it? HELP! There are also other luggage pieces from that closet that will need to be cleaned as well.

 

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Selling Off an Estate?I am interested in hearing advice, experiences, tips on what is the best way to go about selling the contents of an estate. My husband and I have inherited a family home which itself is in run down condition, but the contents are antiques. We have heard negative things about auction houses and estate dealers. How do we go about finding the value of items?

 

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How much does a concrete driveway cost?Does anyone have an estimate how much a new concrete driveway 20x41 would cost? My old driveway has to be dug up and new fill brought in.

 

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Discontinued Wallpaper And Border: Brewster, Mirage #931-78857 Satin Classics 6?I am looking for a a wallpaper and border originally distributed by Brewster. It is a Mirage #931-78857 Satin Classics 6.

 

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Dyeing Straw Purse?My favorite straw purse has become really faded. Could I revitalize it by brushing on something like RIT dye? What would be more colorfast, liquid or powder? I don't want the color to come off on my clothes.

 

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Burnt Tomato Soup?How do I get burnt tomato soup out of a metal pan? I was making grilled cheese and tomato soup the other day and seemed to let it sit to long. I now can't seem to get the burnt soup off the bottom of my pan.

 

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Tuna Salad without Mayo?Anyone have recipes for tuna salad WITHOUT mayo? I like tuna salad, but would like to try different versions without the fat/calories of mayo.

 

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Surprise Birthday Party for an Adult?I need suggestions for plan a surprise party for my mother. She is turning 53 this year. What theme should I do?

 

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Using Shoe Polish On Leather Furniture?I have beautiful leather living room furniture in a dark reddish brown color. It was expensive and (I thought) good quality. I'm very careful with it and use leather cleaning products regularly. My husband's recliner has patches where the leather is "crinkling" as opposed to cracking.

 

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Preventing Discoloration in Apple Juice?How do I prevent the brown discoloration of freshly-squeezed apple juice?

 

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