May 12, 2008

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Nutty Apricot CrispHeat oven to 350 degrees F. Layer ingredients in order listed in ungreased 9x13 inch pan. Bake 55-60 minutes. Let stand at least 15 minutes before serving.

 

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Quick and Easy CasseroleCombine above except for 1/4 can noodles. Place in large casserole. Cover with remaining 1/4 can chow mein noodles. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.

 

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Jelly GlazeWhat do you do with leftover jelly or jam? Make a glaze for chicken or pork.

 

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Hamburger Gravy with NoodlesThis is easy, quick, and delicious. I usually add a can of cream of mushroom soup to the ground beef before adding in the flour/cream mixture. I don't add extra salt.

 

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Non-Fat Coffee Cola FloatIn a large glass (30 oz. if possible), put in about crushed ice and coffee. Fill the remainder of the cup with your favorite cola and stir well. You need the tall glass because it will really foam up!

 

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Butterscotch CakeBeat above ingredients for 2 minutes; put in 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle topping ingredients on top. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes.

 

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Spicy Asian Peanut NoodlesOnce you buy the oils, you generally have the ingredients laying around the house, and they are very inexpensive. If you have one, I suggest Trader Joes, they sell this stuff dirt cheap.

 

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Freeze Cake Before FrostingTo frost a cake easier, after baking, cool and remove the cake from the pan, wrap a layer in wax paper, and freeze.

 

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Changing Backgrounds on Your Cell PhoneIf you like changing backgrounds on your camera cell phone, but don't want to pay for multiple downloads - here is a great idea my son came up with; use your camera phone to snap pictures of things you like (my son takes pictures of children's book covers that he likes).

 

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Cleaning and Polishing Leather with Banana PeelsStop buying leather/shoe polish. To clean, buff or moisturize leather/pleather/vinyl or any shiny outerwear use a banana peel. Simply rub the inside of a banana peel over the item to be cleaned and buff with a soft cloth.

 

Scenery: Trafton SchoolhouseThis is a very old school house that is still in use in Trafton, WA. I had a lot of fun taking pictures of it. Old buildings fascinate me.

 

Strip pieced quilt.

Quilting By StripsA quicker way to quilt! Use strips instead of blocks. If you're like me and love to quilt, but don't have the time to spend building a quilt square by square, try using strips!

 

Black and Tan dog.

Charlie (Mini Pinscher/Chihuahua)Charlie is 4 months old. I think she is a Mini Pinscher/Chihuahua mix. I got her at 3 months.

 

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Use Heavy Whipping Cream To Make ButterMaking your own butter from heavy whipping cream is very easy, saves you money, is better for you than margarine, and you also get buttermilk (an expensive item in the market to buy). Buttermilk is good to drink, and is great for baking and making salad dressings.

 

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Check Your Free Credit Report Every YearGet a free credit report yearly and check it carefully. The 3-4 credit bureaus allow you one free credit report a year. We were surprised to find a problem on ours that we did not know about.

 

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Sorting Tips For Unwanted ClothesSpring cleaning can be a tiring task. Even after I've gone through my closet, how to know when to pitch my old clothes and when to pass them on to someone else can take more time then needed. Three simple guidelines helped me decide which stack to put each item.

 

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Create an Inventory List for Household ProductsTo cut down on buying items you already have, create an inventory list for the bathroom, kitchen and pantry. Create two columns. Column 1 is to list the items you like to have on hand and column 2 is to check off when you run out of an item.

 

A frog themed baby shower gift.

Frog Themed Baby ShowerI made this diaper cake in a frog theme for my boyfriend's sister's baby shower. I also made a flower centerpiece out of a frog planter and filled with flowers made from baby socks to look like little roses.

 

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Toothbrushes for a Cleaning ToolI use a toothbrush as a pot scrubber/scraper. It works like a charm, and I've never had it scratch surfaces. I use the brush part for scrubbing and the hard, plastic back for scraping.

 

green plastic hanging planter

Vertical Planting PouchesHave you seen the pouches at the gardening centers that have small opening in them and appear to be made from heavy plastic? You plant flowers in the openings and when it gets filled out you have a virtual waterfall of plants.

 

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Cleaning Gardening Pots Before ReplantingAlways scrub out last year's pots with a slight bleach solution to kill any fungus, blight, or other diseases that may have accumulated in your pots from last year's use. After soaking in a slight bleach mixture, make sure you wash extremely well in HOT water to get rid of the bleach.

 

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Add Greens To Your Ramen NoodlesDress up ramen noodle soup in a healthy, delicious way! Place ramen noodle soup in a bowl, just cover with water, and add your favorite greens (I especially love mustard greens).

 

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Joke: Buttered ToastWhy did the man throw his buttered toast?

 

A file folder for tax receipts.

Home Business Tax Deduction ChecklistIf you're running a personal business, you need to keep close fiscal records for each year's income tax. Keep track of both your earnings and your deductions, and save a receipt for everything.

 

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How to Save a Scratched CD/DVDSpray the entire surface down with Pledge. Wait about 10 - 15 seconds. Wipe of Pledge until the product is completely dry. Something in Pledge smooths over the imperfections making the DVD/CD playable again.

 

Questions

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Discontinued Wallpaper Border: Waverly Palm #op6035701?I am looking for Waverly border wallpaper. Palm pattern #op6035701 in green. Can anyone help me? I need one roll.

 

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"Card Locked" Message on Casio Digital Camera?I have a Casio Digital camera that I cannot use because it says "card locked". What does this mean?

 

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Removing Oven Cleaner Stain From Slate Tile Floor?Hi, I accidentally spilled some oven cleaner onto my kitchen floor tiles and only realized the next day. This has left a stain which I can't seem to remove.

 

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Where Can I Find Macrame Cord?Where can I find macrame cord in Australia or someplace online that will ship to Australia?

 

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Dead Heading Dianthus?Is it necessary to dead head dianthus?

 

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Painting Unfinished Pine?I have a shelf/coat hanger made out of unfinished pine. I would like to paint it distressed black. Does anyone have a good, easy way of doing this?

 

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Fixing Shrunken Sheets?My queen size sheets have shrunk. Is it possible to put a gusset in each side to make them a tad bigger? Has anyone done this and how did it work out? Were you satisfied with the results? Can some one suggest another option for fixing this problem?

 

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Getting A Dog's Coat Shiny?The dog had a nice shiny healthy coat this past winter (and he would eat 1 fish oil pill daily). But now he won't go near the fish oil and his coat is somewhat dry feeling. Help! His dog foods always say, "complete" nutrition and he gets about 4 times a week, plus 2 scrambled eggs.

 

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Growing Plants In Florida?I have a tomato plant and several other flowering plants. They are just doing terrible. I am new to Florida and perhaps my growing experience is not suitable for this climate? I even planted 10 different seeds under clear plastic and am having no luck there either. Help please?

 

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Looking For Yellow Shrub The Flowers Through Summer?I Live in the Northeaster part of the country and I am looking for a shrub, preferably yellow that flowers all Summer.

 

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Help With Hair in Windy City?Solutions for hair in a windy city. No matter what I do, 5 mins. in the wind makes my hair a mess.

 

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Looking For Review of "Not So Scary Halloween"?I'd like to ask anyone who's gone to Disney World's Not so scary Halloween. I'm planning on going in Oct. this year and just not sure which week would be best.

 

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Painting Liquor Bottles So They Look Full?How do I paint empty liquor bottles so that they look full, and transparent? Is there a special paint ? And where do I get it?

 

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Identifying Male And Female Avocado?How do you know if you have a male or female avacoda seed to grow?

 

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Help Identifying Pastry From Wedding Reception?When I was younger, I attended my Uncle's wedding, and at the reception there were these wonderful "treats", they were like a pastry, only they were very thin (like a chip, only larger in size),and were sprinkled with powdered sugar.

 

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