April 21, 2008

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Famous Oatmeal CookiesBeat shortening, sugars, egg, water, and vanilla together until creamy. Sift together flour, salt, and soda; add to creamed mixture. Blend well. Stir in oats, raisins, and nuts.

 

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Oriental Shrimp SaladCook rice; cool. Mix next 4 ingredients into cooled rice. Mix dressing ingredients and toss into salad mixture; refrigerate. Prepare salad the night before serving.

 

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Yummy Fruit DipMix well. Serve with various fruits, cut up into small pieces.

 

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Baked SquashWash, drain, and peel squash; cut into small pieces and cook. (Do not overcook.) Drain and pour into baking dish. Add butter, salt, pepper and onions. Combine milk and eggs; mix well with squash.

 

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Diabetic Apple PieMix crust ingredients and roll between wax paper. Combine apples, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and frozen apple juice. Put in crust and sprinkle with lemon juice and dog with margarine.

 

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Dye Old Jeans To Look NewWe have 5 daughters. As a result, a lot of clothes get passed down as hand me downs. The younger ones complain about the jeans already being faded out. If they are still decent jeans, I don't want to buy more. So, what I do is Rit dye them back.

 

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Use Cupcake Liners For Freezing Individual MeatloafWhen making my meatloaf recipes, I often use cupcake liners in a cupcake pan to make individual servings. These can be frozen for future use. Select what you want and bake them in a toaster over.

 

Photo cut into strips.

Be Creative When ScrapbookingWhen scrapbooking, use your creativity. In this example, I cut the photo I was referring to in my journaling into several long strips.

 

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Replace Snaps With VelcroHere is just a simple way to save a break out on your child or someone else. I went to Wal-Mart and bought some velcro, the little rounds ones. I place them over the snaps, in back of the snap that close to the body.

 

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Hang Notes on Metal Doors with MagnetsI have a steel front door so when I want to remember something, I'll stick the note on the door with a magnet. This way when I leave, I can't help but see the note and remember! I just leave several magnets attached to the door in case I need them.

 

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Tips for Packing a PicnicSpring is here and it is a beautiful time for a picnic. Bring several bottles of water for drinking and one to wash up if you are hiking with no place to wash up. Napkins or some moist wipes.

 

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Use a Bread Closure as a Guitar PickIf you can't find a guitar pick, you can instead use one of those small square plastic tabs they use to close bread. My ex used one all the time. He wasn't good for much, but he sure could play that Les Paul.

 

Lucky (Siberian Husky/American Eskimo)Lucky is a 2 1/2 year old Siberian Husky/American Eskimo mix. We got Lucky from a woman getting a divorce. She had 2 twin girls and a very large Shepherd and did not have enough room for Lucky. We were fortunate enough to inherit her 1 year ago last November!

 

Photo: Red Hot TamalesRed Hot Tamales. Red Hat Society In Springfield, IL

 

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Reuse Bags For Thrifty Litter Box Clean-UpI have this "thing" where I like to reuse anything that's headed for the trash in another way at least one more time (yes, I probably border on obsessive-compulsive). However, in the long run, this practice does save money.

 

Rigitoni Reindeer

Rigatoni Reindeer Ornament or PinThis is a good craft for the kiddies. They will need a little help with the hot glue gun, or you could substitute thick Tacky Glue. They can make it to hang on the tree or as a lapel pin.

 

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Use Ammonia as an Oven CleanerTo clean an oven, fill a glass baking dish with ammonia and place in a cold oven overnight. The next morning, remove ammonia and wipe down sides with wet cloth. The fumes from the ammonia will have cut through the grease and come off with ease.

 

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Adding Sugar To Powdered DrinksWhen making powdered drinks where you have to add your own sugar; take the sugar and some of the water and heat on stove or in microwave until the sugar dissolves. Finish as usual.

 

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Switch To Dollar Stores For ShoppingTo save money shopping, purchase your incidentals at Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Big Lots. You'll be surprised at how much money you'll save by buying shampoos and cleansers.

 

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Make Homemade Noodles In Your Bread MachineThis is a bread machine recipe for noodles. It's from my Oster bread machine manual. Measure all ingredients into bread pan. Select Dough setting. Press "Start/Stop" and allow to mix 8 to 10 minutes.

 

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Hair Conditioner For Clogged PipesFor small drain clogs, I accidentally found that a few globs of hair conditioner will get the water flowing. It seems to coat whatever is down there (ugh). Running hot water over the conditioner is helpful.

 

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Storing Fresh Garlic in the FridgeI love to cook with fresh garlic, but I never used it often enough so my garlic would spoil before I could use it up. The cloves would sprout and/or dry up in the cupboard, even when I used those pottery pieces designed to store garlic.

 

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Use Pool Chlorine To Kill MoldWhen my basement flooded, I had mold which made me sick. I used liquid Pool Chemicals in a field sprayer to wash everything in the basement. It killed the mold and washed right down. This was safe, didn't need any breathing equipment. I'm sure this can be used on our roofs here in the NW.

 

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Use Fabric Softener Sheets as a DeodorizerTo give the garbage can in the kitchen a fresh smell, tape a fabric softener sheet to the lid. Also tuck a fabric softener sheet in the toilet roll hole to freshen the bathroom.

 

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Trying To Find Mosquito Fish?I need mosquito fish or some sort of carnivorous fish that will eat mosquito larvae. I'm having a lot of trouble finding a place to get them for my pond. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Advice For Pruning Trumpet Vines?I need advice on pruning Trumpet Vines (Humming Bird Vines). I have already cut the vine back to about an inch or two above ground, after it's first year of growth, last fall and mulched it. We had excessive snow this past winter. Will it come back, or have I killed it? I thought it was like my clematis, which I cut down each year.

 

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Will Wheat Germ Help You Lose Weight?I am wanting to know if wheat germ will cause you to lose weight? I thought I overheard an uncle saying he put it on everything and he was so much thinner than the last time I had seen him.

 

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Anyone Have Tips for Thrush?I apologize for not being here daily, but I've been quite ill with Thrush in my throat and now I'm trying to get rid of it by eating only vegetables, salads without sugar in the dressing, High protein, (which I think is beef), and fresh fruit. I'm told that I can eat nothing with flour and/or sugar in it because this feeds the thrush.

 

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Covering Exposed Foundation Walls?I would like to do something with our foundation. We live in a ranch style house, built into a hill. The unsightly full, cement basement foundation is exposed on the south side. Foundation on front of house is no problem. The two ends also have more cement exposed than I like. What can I do to make it look nice?

 

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Stains Appearing On Washed Sweatshirts?I've encountered mysterious white stains on several sweat shirts. These sweatshirts are off white in color so these stains are not very noticeable, but they are quite annoying. I use Tide with a blue cap and Ultra Downy softener, and Shout.

 

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Graduation Gift Ideas for My Niece?My niece will be graduating from college in a few weeks. What could I give her for a present? Over the years I have given her many picture frames, keepsake boxes, photo albums, journals, and address books. I don't think she wants any more of those.

 

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Request for Tuaca Recipe?Does anyone have a recipe for a homemade version of Tuaca? Tuaca is an Italian liqueur, brandy based with vanilla and citrus flavor. It is rather expensive but a crucial ingredient in some delicious drinks.

 

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Spray Painting Plastic Lawn Furniture?Is it ok to spray paint plastic lawn/patio furniture? I have a basic plastic set (chairs and a table), but the plain white is boring, so I want to spray paint them in a color so they look cuter in my backyard.

 

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Getting Rid Of Rag Weed?How do I get rid of rag weed in my yard? It spreads by both roots and seed. I pull one up and two replace it, hoe it and same thing.

 

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Shortening A Knit Shirt?Can someone give me some information on how to shorten a knit shirt without stretching? Thank you.

 

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Which Acne Products Should I Use?Should I use Oxy Daily Wash and Cetaphil together and BP after washing with these 2? Or should I just use Cetaphil and BP or Stridex?

 

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Make Your Own Scented Lotion?My favorite fragrance is now available only in a spray. I hate spray colognes. I find them to be wasteful (I think this is the idea--so we'll buy more) and hard to control. Usually completely overpowering and impossible to wash off!

 

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Make Your Own Catalytic Effusion Lamp?Where can I purchase the metal section (thrifty-wise!) to make my own catalytic effusion lamp? The instructions for how to make one are on Ebay but the lady selling the kit is a bit too high priced for me. There has to be another source, but where?

 

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Product Reviews For Household Fans?Summer is nearly here. Thought I'd get (yet another) fan.

 

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Recipes For Muffin Top Pans?I am looking for recipes for muffin top cooking pans?

 

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Praying Hands and Holy Cross Pillow Cases?I am looking for the praying hands and holy cross pillow cases to embroider? They are on the Michael's website but are not carried in the Michael's store here. I would prefer a chain store rather than a mail-order site, postage is outrageous nowadays!

 

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Looking For Second Hand Shops In Lakenheath, England?My daughter will soon be moving to Lakenheath, (near Cambridge) England. We were wondering if thrift shops, second hand stores, used book shops etc. are called any thing different there.

 

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Big "Ball" Shaped Lollipop Molds?I am looking for big 3-D lollipop molds. I have been searching all over my town and all over the net for some 3-D Lollipop molds. I've found bunches of flat lollipop molds, but I need the actual "ball" shape.

 

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Removing Musty Smell From Vehicle Carpet?What can I use to get rid of a musty smell out of my carpet in the trunk of my van?

 

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Pattern For A Cockatiel Flight Suit?Does anyone have a pattern for a cockatiel flight suit

 

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Varnishing Wooden Planters?What type of varnish would I use to weatherproof wooden planters etc for the outdoors?

 

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Reviews of Oreck Cordless Iron?Has anyone purchased a cordless clothes iron recently? My ancient cordless Westbend has been repaired several times but is on it's last legs, I'm afraid. I'm considering the Oreck or the Panasonic cordless brands.

 

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Protecting Your Hair During The Summer?Summer is just around the corner and I live in Florida. So you can guess what that means...yes...The BEACH! Just wondering if anybody has advice and tips on how to protect my hair and keep it beautiful during this time of SUMMER FUN!

 

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Blue, Oily Substance In Bathtub?What would cause a blue oily like substance to build up on bathtub? There are specks of this substance in only 1 bathroom, and it is almost impossible to remove from tub. Thanks.

 

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Plastic Religious Banks?When I was little, lots of my friends had plastic banks that looked like Bibles or praying hands. Do they still make these? Does anybody know where I can get them?

 

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Nail Polisher Remover Stain on Tile?I am epileptic and had a seizure in the bathroom. When I did I knocked over a bottle of nail polish remover and it left a stain on the bathroom floor. It isn't a ceramic floor or a vinyl floor. Just a regular tile floor.

 

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Making Silk Flower Petal Soap?I went to a Tea Room awhile back and used their restroom and when I washed my hands they had this dish with silk flower petals in it that had scented soap that coated them. You used one petal to wash your hands, that was all you needed.

 

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Decor With A Vintage Camera Theme?After getting a hold of a couple vintage cameras, I've fallen in love. Now I'd like my new living room to resemble an old film studio. I'm going to hang photos (black and white/sepia) on the walls and put the cameras up on shelves. I also thought about painting some small boxes to look worn, and label them things like, "flash bulbs" and "film" etc.

 

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Looking For Information About "Alstroemeria" Plant?I am interested in planting perennials this year and have found a beautiful plant called "Alstroemeria". Can anyone provide me with info on this flowering plant and whether it can be planted in my zone in central Louisiana. As well as upkeep and so forth.

 

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