April 15, 2008

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Recipes

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Nanaimo BarsIn bowl, combine crumbs, coconut, and nuts; blend. Set aside. In a small saucepan, place 1/2 cup butter and sugar. Heat until butter is melted. Stir in cocoa.

 

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Speedy Barbecue SauceCombine all of the ingredients in a screw-top jar. Seal, shake well until mixed. Store in the refrigerator

 

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Easy Pasta DinnerThis recipe is so simple and one of those meals where you can have it made in about 30 minutes.

 

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Mexican OmeletThis was a Sunday breakfast when in Guadalajara and siblings were visiting. I still make it occasionally.

 

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Cheesy Chicken Noodle CasseroleMix all together. Let stand overnight, covered, in the refrigerator. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees F.

 

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Easy Strawberry PieStir boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl at least 2 minutes, or until completely dissolved. Add enough ice cubes to cold water to measure 1 cup.

 

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Shrimp AspicSoak gelatin in the 1/4 cup cold water. Heat soup and water to boil. Add gelatin and cream cheese; stir until dissolved. Cool. Add Miracle Whip and other ingredients.

 

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Italian Ricotta CakePrepare cake mix as directed. Do not bake yet. Pour 9x13 inch pan. Mix together remaining ingredients. Pour on top of prepared cake batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden brown.

 

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Ugly Duckling Pudding CakeBeat first 6 ingredients on medium speed 3 minutes. Put in greased and floured 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle on topping #1. Bake 45-50 minutes. Cool 15 minutes.

 

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Peppered Pork TenderloinMix ingredients for marinade. Place tenderloins in a container that can be sealed tightly. Pour marinade over tenders and allow them to marinate for at least 6 hours in refrigerator; turn container often.

 

Articles

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Organize Pet Food With Recycled Plastic ContainersI keep all big plastic containers and clean them out to keep my doggie treats and dog food handy and in a cool dry place.

 

Pillows covered with scarves.

Recycled Scarf PillowsGive your old throw pillows a new look using old scarves. You can do this in less than five minutes and there's no sewing required. If you don't own any scarves, shop at yard sales or secondhand stores for pretty scarves under a dollar.

 

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Coffee Filters for Taco HoldersPut cheap coffee filters (often 200 for a $1 here) to use as taco holders. Hold the taco in it to your mouth as you would without it and it catches the"fall out"! Quite a lot less expensive than napkins!

 

Craft tools you can make

Craft Tools You Can MakeThese are simple tools that you can make for yourself that are just plain handy to have around. Some are for organizing, some are for actual crafting. You can keep these simple or decorate them any way you like.

 

Finished holster.

MP3 Player HolsterThis cute little belt holster will keep your MP3 player, cell phone, or camera safe while still easily accessible. It works up quickly and is very easy to customize - the possibilities are endless!

 

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Using Plastic Knives for Plant StakesHave you ever planted your plants and forgot which are planted where? An easy and inexpensive way to keep those marked is by buying plastic picnic knives from the dollar store and using a Sharpie marker and writing the plant type on the handle and sticking the bladed side into the ground. These knives are strong and durable.

 

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Link: List of Survey Research FirmsFrugal parents online has a great list of survey research firms all over the country to sign up with here:

 

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Pie Crust TipsIn making pie crust, the less it is handled the flakier it will be; kneading or handling it makes it tough. Just work it up with your hands until all the flour is worked into dough after adding liquid.

 

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Keeping the Refrigerator Shelves CleanTo keep your refrigerator fast and easy to clean, use old vinyl place mats on glass shelves and cut pieces to fit for inside of condiment shelves, vegetable bins, etc.

 

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Homemade Hand Dish DetergentAfter looking on many sites to find homemade hand dish detergent, I finally decided to make my own.

 

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Stacking Wire Shelves Make Great Space SaversI live in super-tight quarters, so I'm always looking for "space saving" ideas! To add extra shelf space to your kitchen cupboards, spend $3.99 and buy several of those 5 inch high stacking wire shelves at your local variety, liquidation or discount store.

 

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What a Kid Wants for GiftsI'm a kid and take it from a kid, kids hate getting: flashlights, clothes (unless we're in love with clothes of course), or anything involving safety for any holiday. What we want is of course is sweets, video games and and money, NEVER a gift card unless it's for Toys-r-us. We prefer money over gift cards any day.

 

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Craft Display Tips for Craft ShowsNeed ideas on displaying your items at craft shows or in your booth? The number one thing in displaying your crafts is make sure all of your items are priced and the tag can be easily seen.

 

Rusty (Long Hair Daschund)Rusty is 8 months old and is a Long Hair Daschund. We got him at a flea market in Modesto in the month of November

 

Questions

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Patterns For Amigurumi Animals?Does anyone have any cat patterns for crocheting Amigurumi cats or small animals? I just started making them. They are so much fun and make great gifts.

 

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Restoring Yellowed Plastic?We have a white plastic kitchen mixer that has yellowed over time. Is there a way to restore the color to white?

 

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Problem With Truck Transmission?I have my dad's old 1990 truck. The lifters are making noise and the tranny is going too. Someone told me to put ATF in the engine for the lifters and put Lucs transmission additive in for the tranny. Is this true?

 

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Make a Pool Spray from PVC Pipe?I am looking for a pattern to make a pool spray from PVC pipe. Any suggestions?

 

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Small Leaves on a Crepe Myrtle?How come one of my crepe myrtles has smaller light green leaves than the rest, who have bigger and dark green leaves?

 

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Using OFF To Remove Nail Polish From Fabric?When people recommend Off for nail polish removal, are they recommending Off the oven cleaner, or Off the bug spray? Thanks! This is for polish on a brand new cotton dress (fabric is on the thin side).

 

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Why Are My Roses Turning Brown?The tips of my roses are turning brown, even the new buds. What is causing this to happen?

 

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Fudge Fancies?I am looking for a recipe for Fudge Fancies. I don't know if it is particular to the Northeast or not, but I cannot find anything like it on the internet or in my cookbooks. Does anybody out there have the secret recipe for these cookies?

 

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How Do You Make Fun Shaped Soap Confetti?Not confetti soap, where clear soap contains colorful bits. But confetti soap, the fun thin heart or flower shaped disks that you can sprinkle into the bath? My only guess is to make a big block of heart shaped soap and slice off thin wafers until I have enough for confetti.

 

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York Wallpaper Pattern #AG7190N?I am looking for a York wallpaper pattern #AG7190N

 

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"Spice It Up" Themed Mother's Day Program?I am decorating the tables for our annual Mother's Day program. The theme is "Spice It Up". Spicing up your life, getting a makeover, etc. Any ideas on what to do for the centerpieces?

 

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Removing Makeup On Linen Shirt?How do I remove makeup on cotton/linen shirt?

 

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Perfume Smell on a Purse?I have a Signature Coach Purse. I had a bottle of perfume in it, and it broke inside it. How am I supposed to clean it to get the smell out?

 

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Where Can I Get Azulene Oil?Does anyone know what azulene oil is? Where can I buy some?

 

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Discontinued Wallpaper: Completely Kids Brick Pattern #5812210?I am looking for 4 double rolls of a brick pattern in Completely Kids pattern number 5812210. It has been discontinued. Anyone have this?

 

Looking For Curling Bookends?I am wondering if anyone knows where I can find and purchase a book end that is a piece of metal that curls up on itself from both ends till they meet in the middle and as you put books into the center it expands outward. They used to be made in lots of different lengths, back in the 60's or 70's but I can't find them anywhere today. I have tried to draw a picture of what I'm talking about, but I'm a BAD artist. Thank you much, in advance.

 

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Making Paper Mache Statues?Does anyone know how to make large paper mache statues with wood, wire sheets and paste? A lady who lived in my neighborhood when I was a kid made a whole night before Christmas scene in her yard. I'd like to do it but don't know what was used or if it was just a freelance thing.

 

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Biological Vs Non-biological Washing Powder?My washing machine is bobbling my husbands socks. I use a biological washing powder and I wonder if a non-biological washing powder would be better. Do you have any suggestions? Many thanks.

 

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Hamilton Beach Simmer-on Recipes?I just bought a Simmer-on Hamilton Beach Scovill. I bought it from a yard sale.

 

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Removing Furniture Marks From Rugs?How can I remove furniture marks from rugs?

 

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Repairing Drywall After Removing Tile?I recently removed ceramic tile from my bathroom walls. The walls underneath are still in pretty good condition (the tile had previously been up for about 20 years or so). There's some Thinset left on the walls, but hardly any wall damage. Is there a way to effectively repair the walls without completely replacing the drywall?

 

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Low Carb Pasta Recipes?I need some help please. My husband is diabetic and is extremely, extremely overweight. I have been trying to help - I won't go into it because I'm sure there are so many out there who are trying to help the people they love. Can't do it for them, but try to be supportive.

 

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Installing Grounded Electrical Outlets?I'm having this debate with my husband about how to install grounded electrical outlets. Should the 2 prong slots be on the top or bottom? I was told that when installed it should look like a smiley face with the round hole on the bottom. Does it make any difference?

 

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Requesting Themed Gifts For An Anniversary Party?I am planning a 50th wedding anniversary party for my parents. I thought that I would request no gifts. However, I think my parents would really enjoy something for the garden. Both of my parents love to work outdoors. What would be the best way to relay this information appropriately? Any ideas?

 

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Crocheting A Pillow Ruffle?I am looking for a pattern for an edging to crochet, to sew around a pillow as a ruffle. Can anyone help?

 

Brewster's Wallpaper Border

Discontinued Brewster's Wallpaper Border?I am looking for this wallpaper border by Brewster that is discontinued. Here is a picture.

 

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Choosing A Paint Color To Coordinate With Yellow Couch?I have a yellow couch from EQ3 and I am trying to find a wall color other than brown.

 

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