April 29, 2008

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Peanut Butter-Cheerios BallsBring sugar and syrup to a rolling boil. Add vanilla, peanut butter, and Cheerios. Form bite-size balls and cool on wax paper.

 

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Traveling TacoMix together: 1 lb. hamburger (browned), 1 can refried beans, 1 package taco seasoning.

 

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Cheap Sausage DishTotal cost under $5.00. Cook your rice. Cut your onion an pepper into slivers, put in pan with butter or oil, what ever you want. Cut your sausage in half and place on top of your onion and pepper.

 

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No Dairy Creamy Hot Garlic SauceThis is my own recipe, I use it on everything! Good on potatoes, burritos and even to use to replace cheese in lasagna! Can also be used as a dip.

 

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Ice Water Chocolate CakeCream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Blend in cooled chocolate. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture alternately with ice water. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees F) about 30-35 minutes.

 

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Grape-Blueberry Jello SaladDissolve Jello in water, then add other ingredients. Put in a 9x13 inch dish and refrigerate until firm. Combine topping ingredients, then add Cool Whip to mixture and spread on top; refrigerate.

 

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Potato Stick Hamburger CasserolePlace 1 can of potato sticks on bottom of casserole. Brown:

 

Articles

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Water Down Dish Detergent To Save MoneyI keep a dish detergent dispenser on the sink. When I refill it, I fill it with about 1/3 water and the rest with soap. I shake a little to mix. I find it works just as well as full strength detergent.

 

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Talcum Powder for Musty BooksIf you have musty books, sprinkle talcum powder between pages, wrap the book in brown paper and store for several days. Remove and brush out powder.

 

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Storing Leather ItemsNEVER store leather in a plastic bag. It can't breathe.

 

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Keep Head Scarves from Slipping and Other TipsIf you like to wear head scarves but they tend to slip off your hair, I have two ideas for you.

 

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Berry TreasuresWhich one is better for you, blueberries or cranberries? It's not even close, according to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, citing a study from the Technical University of Denmark.

 

Closeup of red flowers.

Flowering Crab AppleThis is a flowering crab apple that I planted 15 years ago. It smells wonderful and is just beautiful for 2 weeks. The birds love to hide in it and fuss at the squirrels.

 

Dealing with DustHere are some dusting tips as recommended by our ThriftyFun community. When you dust, start at the top and work down. A clean paint brush is useful for dusting hard to reach places.

 

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Prevent Soggy Crusts for Cream PiesTo prevent crust from becoming soggy with cream pie, sprinkle crust with powered sugar.

 

Soap Swan

Soap SwanThis is a vintage craft from the 60's made from nylon net and a bar of soap. The kids could help with this one. I think the shape of the Dove soap has changed so you may have to modify the pattern or the bar of soap to complete this project.

 

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Using Frozen Bulk Boneless Chicken BreastsI buy boneless chicken breast frozen in bulk and get a lot of uses out of it. Straight from the market I leave out the chicken breast to thaw out 1/2 of the way and then I take a few and cut them into nuggets which I fry and store in freezer for anytime use.

 

Mini Papier-Mache Piñatas

Mini Papier-Mache Piñatas for Birthday PartiesMini Papier-Mache Pinatas are great for birthday parties. Thrifty parents and children will both love this craft idea. They are fun to create and can save a ton, as the store purchased Pinatas can be expensive. As an added bonus, is you can choose the theme and the loot.

 

Pebbles The CatPebbles is 2 years old and has been with us the whole time. She loves to cuddle. This is our sweetie, she is very loving. She is expecting babies.

 

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Goof Off for Paint on ClothingI got white paint on my cotton hoody jacket like sweat-shirt, and was in pain over it. Didn't notice it until I saw it in the mirror, at least an hour later. Thought, there is no way to get it out.

 

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Keeping Shower Drains Hair FreePlace a piece of scrunched up nylon netting into your shower drain to stop hair from going down the drain. When you pull the nylon netting out, the hair will come out with it!

 

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Turkey Loaf SkilletI made a turkey loaf that was very dry. My husband was a trooper and ate it with added salsa on top. I decided to see if I can salvage it. What I did is saute onions and garlic, added chopped celery, chopped red pepper, canned mushrooms, a can of diced tomatoes with just a little bit of the sauce and a half a can of tomato paste and assorted seasonings.

 

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Reusing Broken Mini Blind SlatsWhen one of my mini blinds broke, I thought about what a waste it was. After a time I was repotting plants and needed markers for them. They were African violets. I decided to cut up the slats of the mini blinds.

 

white wild flowers

Queen Anne's LaceThis is a picture of some Queen Anne's Lace taken in our nearby National Park of Waterton/Glacier. This park straddles the border between Montana and Alberta, Canada.

 

Questions

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How Long Can You Freeze Fresh Mango?How long can you freeze fresh mango?

 

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Looking For Reviews of Carpet Tiles?We are thinking of installing carpet tiles in a bedroom. Has anyone done this, and are you satisfied with them.

 

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Removing Musty Smell From Wool Rugs?I bought two beautiful rugs made in India. They are cut wool pile and were a great bargain. Now that they are in my house, they smell very musty and visitors have commented. I have used the fabric deodorizer sprays and hung them out to air but the smell lingers on. What can I do?

 

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House Decorating Advice?I am moving into an almost perfect home in June that my fiancee and I just bought and would like to redo two rooms' walls next to the kitchen plus the master bedroom walls. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions!

 

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Translating "Tapioca" Into Spanish?Does anyone know how to translate tapioca into Spanish? I live in Chile and not all translations are the same. Thanks.

 

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Looking For Online Store to Buy Bulk Dog Food?Does anyone know of a good online place where I can buy Purina Pro Plan Adult Large Breed Weight Management Chicken & Rice dry dog food online in bulk quantities?

 

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Environmentally Safe Way to Remove Anthills From Lawn?Does anyone have advice on getting rid of anthills in the grass, using a environmentally friendly solution for the grass not the ants.

 

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How to Deep Clean Doug Fir Wood Floors Without Refinishing?I have old doug fir floors which we had stained and poly'ed professionally when we moved in 10 years ago. Now they are marked all over, every which way, with black marks, scuffs, other markings, bits of dirt that won't wash off easily etc, etc.

 

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Neutrogena Exfoliator?I use Neutrogena Exfoliator, I was wondering is it bad for my skin because it foams and lathers. I think its a face scrub, too.

 

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Repairing Dull Spot Left by Magic Eraser on Laminate Counter Top?I had a spot on my laminate counter tops in the kitchen. It appeared to be a spot that had been wiped but left a dull finish.

 

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Using Dish Soap and Iron trick on Koolaid Stain?Does anyone know if the dish soap and iron trick will work on month old red koolaid stain on aqua wool rug?

 

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Making Homemade Fresh Brush?Does anyone have any idea how to make homemade Fresh Brush, I like the Fresh Brush but I don't like the price all the time.

 

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Craft Book For Making Rhinestone Jewelry?I would like to learn how to solder/make rhinestone brooches/pendants. It there a craft book or resource that gives instructions? Thanks.

 

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Decorating Long Tables?I need an affordable idea for decorating nine 6-8 ft long tables for a party. There will be 7 to 9 people per table, I'm thinking of putting them in a u shape. I'd like to have lots of flowers in long, low vases (like a runner down the center of the tables.)

 

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Making Potato Flour?Does any one know how to make potato flour? I Googled it but only came up with sweet potato flour.

 

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Where to Find Ballard's Corn Meal?Just wondering if anyone in this wonderful group has ever heard of Ballards CornMeal? I can remember my mom using this brand of cornmeal when I was young.

 

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Removing Lichen from a Teak Bench?How do I safely remove lichen from my teak bench?

 

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Can You Plant The Tops of Parsnips?Can you plant the tops of parsnips and will they grow?

 

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Working From Home As A Mortgage Broker?I would like to work from home. I am a mortgage broker. Any ideas?

 

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Ideas For Golf Themed Centerpieces?I am throwing a surprise 60th for my husband. I need ideas for cheap golf centerpieces. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Paper Towel Alternatives for Cleaning?The gunk on fake tile floor in my apartment usually comes up better with paper towels but they are so expensive. Does anyone understand? When I use a washcloth it doesn't get it all and then makes the washcloth impossible to rinse out.

 

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Removing Scratch From Oak Table?Best way to remove scratch from an oak table top?

 

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Help With Name For Home Based Decorating Business?I am starting a home base business. I would like some help on a name. I will be doing interior decorating, party planning and seasonal decorating. I like flip flop contessa style but I am not sure if people will understand what my business is. Need some advice.

 

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Making Single Serve Coffee Bags?My husband loves the convenience of the new Folger's single serving coffee bags. I don't like the price but like the idea. Does anyone have an idea how I can fashion my own?

 

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Replacing Rewind Spring On B & S Lawn Mower?How do you replace the rewind spring on a B and S lawn mower?

 

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Preparing A Cold Cuts Plate?I have a (college pinning) reception that I need to prepare a cold cut plate for. Any idea how many pounds of luncheon meats and cheeses I'll be needing?

 

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Light Is Delayed In Turning On?I have "slow electricity" in two of my light switches. One in a hallway and another in a bedroom. The switch is flipped and 1-2 seconds later the light comes on. Any thoughts, old switches maybe?

 

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Recipe For Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans?Looking for a recipe for chocolate covered coffee beans or espresso beans.

 

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Boston Brown Bread?When I was a kid (I am now 60+ year old) My mother would bake bread in empty cans. Some had raisins and walnuts in it and I think she called it (BROWN BREAD).

 

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Ideas For Sponge Bob Themed Party?My son will be 2 on May 5th, which is in a week. Its suppose to be rainy outside. I need some ideas on what to do for an indoor party. His theme is Sponge Bob but I have less then a week to figure things out and I haven't even started. Help. Thanks.

 

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Reviews Of Hybrid Vehicles?I am researching buying a hybrid automobile and thought the best place to get real opinions from people who have them is Thrifty Fun. I'd like to know what you have and what you like or do not like about your hybrid car.

 

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How to Starch Felt?I would like to make something out of felt and stiffen it with starch, but I have never tried this before.

 

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Do I Need A New Type of DVD Player?Has anyone heard about the new DVD's are going to start being made different, so you have to have a new DVD player in order to view the new type?

 

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Advice On Infrared Heaters?Has anybody used an infrared heater to heat their house this winter? I am going to have to buy something for this winter but don't want to be ripped off.

 

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Removing Rodent Urine Smell on Outdoor Furniture Cushions?Last summer we moved to the country. I stored my outdoor furniture cushions in a Rubbermaid container and put them inside an unattached garage.

 

Curl Relaxers For Gray Hair?I am looking for curl relaxers for gray hair.

 

Brown dog with black muzzle.

What Breed Is My Dog? (Boxer Mix?)Does my dog look like a Pit Bull?

 

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Hairs Still Feels Dead After Stopping Use of Dye?I have stopped dying my hair for almost a year and it still feels and looks dead! Does anyone know what I can do to make it healthy?

 

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Getting Rid of Smell on Vintage Coats?How do I get the ugly smell out of the vintage coats I buy at thrift stores? I've already sent them twice for dry cleaning, used Febreze, and put them outside for a few days.

 

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Fixing Separated Planks on Laminate Flooring?I have 2 yr. old laminate flooring and have noticed separated in planks in a couple of places. Any help is appreciated.

 

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