May 9, 2008

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Chocolate Peanut Ice CreamIn saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt. Stir in milk, egg and chocolate. Beat rapidly with rotary beater until chocolate is blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil 1 minute.

 

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Homemade Chai Tea LatteI love the Chai Lattes that all the places are coming up with, but I'm cheap and I don't like the prices. However, I found this great recipe for an Indian spice chai that's out of this world!

 

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Black Bean BurgersTwo recipes for Black Bean Burgers

 

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English Muffin LoafCombine 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt and soda. Heat liquid to 120-130 degrees F. Add to dry ingredients and beat well. Stir in enough flour to make batter stiff. Grease and sprinkle 2 loaf pans with cornmeal.

 

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Texas Beef BrisketRub both sides of meat with garlic powder, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Place in oven cooking bag with onion soup mix. Pour broth on both sides of beef.

 

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Corn CustardBeat eggs well; add other ingredients. Pour into buttered casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, as any custard. (If baked too long, it will curdle).

 

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Steaks with French Onion SauceSprinkle steaks with thyme, pepper and garlic powder. In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown steaks in 1 tsp butter on both sides. Remove and keep warm.

 

Articles

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Invest In a FoodsaverWhen buying food, buy bulk if possible. I splurged a little this weekend and bought a Foodsaver. It sucks the air out and seals my food so it will last longer. Then I went out and bought a lot of meat and divided it up into meals and sealed it.

 

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Customizing Your LuggageI have plain, black luggage, which looks like many others. To identify mine, I took acrylic craft paint, and using a stencil, painted a flower. On the larger pieces, I used the end of a dowel to put pink polka dots on them. They were easily spotted, even at a distance!

 

Paper Flower Wreath

Paper Flower WreathUse circle template to cut a ring from cardstock. Trace big and small flowers onto decorative papers. Cut out. Punch a hole on center, and insert brad. Curl up the edges of each layer with your fingers.

 

Saving Money on Ice Cream

Saving Money on Ice CreamTips for saving money on ice cream. Buy cheap vanilla ice cream in 5 gallon containers and then add your own toppings. You can get chocolate syrup or chop up candy bars that are on sale and make your own designer ice cream flavors.

 

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Buy Forever Stamps Before The Rates Go UpMust act now. Buy US Postage "Forever" stamps before 5/12/08 when postal rates go up. The "Forever" stamps are good "forever" even when rates go above 41 cents. Even though next Monday's rate hike is only 1 cent, these "forever" stamps will be good no mater how high the rates go. Just an FYI!

 

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Consumer Conplaint: Villa Nuria Apart Hotel, San Pedro Sula, HondurasWhen I saw Villa Nuria on the internet, It looked nice. I read the good reviews and ignored the bad ones. Wrong thing to do! - The bad reviews were right so I am filing this complaint so others can be

 

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Toothbrush for an Eyebrow GroomerBeauty Tip: Don't get rid of your old toothbrush. It makes a great eyebrow groomer!

 

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Seal Lettuce In An Opaque ContainerRefrigerate lettuce in a sealed, opaque container, such as Tupperware, to keep it green and crisp at least twice as long. Paper bags or black and white newsprint also works, but a container seals in moisture.

 

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Missing Socks PoemWhen my 4 children were young I wrote the following poem that I hope you will enjoy. I sent it to a family magazine and it was rejected (sob), but maybe it will put a smile on your face.

 

Sam_I_Am (Polydactyl Cat)Sam_I_Am is 4 years old. He is a short haired polydactyl, which means he has more toes than normal. My late husband got Sam for me when I was going through a medication change in 2004.

 

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A Mother's Day Card for Kids To MakeBend one piece of construction paper in half. On one half draw in pencil a large triangle. Cut along the penciled lines to cut the triangle out.

 

A bowl of oatmeal.

Saving Money on OatmealOatmeal is a wonderful staple and great to have on hand for breakfast or baking. Here are some tips for saving money on oatmeal. Feel free to share you own.

 

Rose made from dollar bill attached to stem and in vase.

Dollar Bill RoseA single rose is an elegant gift, no matter what the occasion. I have been making these since the early '70s.

 

peanut butter toast

Saving Money on Peanut ButterTips for saving money on Saving Money on Peanut Butter. Try to use less peanut butter when you use it. It has a good flavor and a little goes a long way.

 

Questions

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Recipe For Weed Killer Using Orange OilI am looking for a recipe for weed control using orange oil, molasses, and vinegar.

 

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Toilet Tissue HolderI am looking for a knitted pattern for a toilet tissue holder. Just the other day, I saw a handmade toilet tissue holder at a flea market but it was already sold. I tried to take a picture so that I could attempt to make one when I got home, but thought that would be tacky.

 

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Plastic Cover On Leather SofaWhat happens if plastic is used for a cover on a leather sofa?

 

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Removing Fused InterfacingNeed sewing advise. I added Pellon fusible non-woven interfacing to the front and back of an evening bolero jacket (per the pattern instructions) and I do not like the stiffness. Does anyone know how to remove the fused interfacing?

 

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Getting Rid Of Pledge Smell From DresserI used Pledge Allergen Trapper polish on my wood dresser, and it turns out I'm allergic to it. I've been airing them out for weeks, trying to get the smell out, but it won't go away. Does anyone know how to get the smell out?

 

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Getting Puppy To Wear A HarnessI am having a big problem with my new boxer puppy Zeus. I have tried everything to get him to wear a collar or a harness. He freaks out throws himself into windows and trees won't eat or go potty. He refuses to do anything except lay or wallow trying to get the collar off. Now we have a harness and he is doing the same thing. I have raised a lot of dogs and never had this happen before.

 

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