May 19, 2008

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Recipes

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Beef BrisketWrap in foil and let set in refrigerator overnight. Next morning add more salt. Bake in foil, fat side up, in tightly covered pan 5 hours at 275 degrees F.

 

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Old Fashioned Rice PuddingScald milk. Wash the rice and drain it. Place in greased 2 qt. baking dish. Add sugar, salt, vanilla, cinnamon and butter. Mix; pour in scalded milk. Bake in 350 degree F oven until brown crust forms (about 1/2 hour).

 

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Grandmother's Chicken SaladCombine all chopped ingredients in large bowl. Blend remaining ingredients in bowl. Add to chicken mixture, tossing until well mixed. Serve on sandwich bread or on lettuce leaves.

 

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Tater Tot Hot DishPut hamburger in bottom of casserole cover with tater tots and pour cream of chicken soup over top. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes.

 

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Maize and Mince Balls With Tomato SauceBring water and salt to boil in a heavy-based saucepan. Slowly pour in maize meal, stirring constantly until smooth. Cover with lid, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Heat margarine in heavy-based saucepan.

 

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Balsamic Pork ChopsHeat some vegetable oil in a fry pan over med-high heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper over pork chops. Cook in the pan till done. Remove pork chops to a plate.

 

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Classic CheesecakeTwo recipes for Cheesecake

 

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Fake SteakCombine first 5 ingredients in bowl, mixing well. Shape into balls. Wrap with bacon, securing with toothpicks. Brown on all sides in skillet. Pour off drippings. Combine remaining ingredients with 1/2 cup water in bowl, blending well.

 

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Spaghetti ConfettiBreak spaghetti into 1 inch pieces. Cook using package directions. Rinse and drain well. Combine with remaining ingredients in bowl, mixing well.

 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie DessertSo easy and wonderful! You can switch it up using different mixes, frosting and candies. Frankly, I haven't tried anything different because these are SO good and always a hit!

 

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Deep Fried Pork ChopsTake pork chop(s) and lightly run under cool water. Place pork chop(s) into bread crumbs. Place one to two pork chop(s) into deep fryer (depending on how big your deep fryer is). Takes about 2-3 minutes; unless you are using thick chops.

 

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Quiche Crust Using LeftoversPreheat oven to 400 degrees. From your leftovers, take cooked spaghetti and rice, to make about 3-4 cups per pie. With kitchen shears, cut the spaghetti into small 2 inch pieces. Add the rice, add 2 eggs per crust, a few handfuls of Parmesan or mozzarella cheese, salt and your own seasonings to taste.

 

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Tropical Frozen Yogurt DessertBeat all ingredients in large bowl. Beat on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly. Then beat on medium speed about 2 minutes or until creamy.

 

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Best Ever Potato Salad In a large pot, add potatoes and water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender. Drain and cool. Peel cooked potatoes and cut into small chunks. Put in a very large serving bowl or container.

 

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Cashew Broccoli SaladMix broccoli (can use cauliflower instead), onion, raisins, and bacon; add cashews just before adding dressing. Mix dressing and let set until dissolved. Add to salad immediately before serving.

 

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Preacher's CakeMix ingredients together by hand. Bake in a greased and floured 9x13 inch pan at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes. Cool, then frost.

 

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Special K BarsMelt sugar and syrup over low heat until dissolved. Add peanut butter and vanilla. Mix into Special K cereal. Spread in pan.

 

Articles

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Easy Grow Potatoes In BoxesWant to grow potatoes? Lacking the gumption to dig them up? Here's the answer: Boxes. Pick a spot in your yard where you'd like to improve the soil a bit and set out your boxes (at least the size of a 5 gallon bucket).

 

Pink rose, Melody Parfumme..

April RosesFlower picture for April 2008

 

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Cover Tin for Pie EdgesI love pies and if you have any pie tins left after you make pies, save them. On a wooden board with a sharp knife, take your knife and cut out the bottom. Make sure there are no sharp edges, you can usually cut any parts like that out with scissors.

 

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Easy Indoor Pet PenWhen my cat came home after having emergency surgery, we needed a safe place for him to recover quietly and stop him from jumping until his incision healed.

 

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Rice Crispy Caramel TreatMelt together 14 oz.caramel with 3 Tbsp. water. Add 5 cups Rice Crispies and 1 cup peanuts and mix. Spread in a 9x13 pan and press. Sprinkle 1 cup each chocolate and butterscotch chips on the Rice Crispies. Bake at 200 degrees F until chips are melted. Cut into bars.

 

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Meatball-Zucchini HeroesSome evenings I don't feel like cooking or eating a full meal, so I make these heroes which are more than filling and delicious. The instructions below are for the full recipe. I use only the amount I want for the time being.

 

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Handy Headbands From Colored TightsI love headbands, for fashion (especially on a bad hair day) and for washing my face to keep my hair from getting wet. Now that spring is here, I like to use colorful headbands - here is a great frugal way to make your own "stretchy" headbands that stay in place and are cute and cheap, cheap, cheap.

 

Poncho and Mija (Chihuahuas)

Poncho and Mija (Chihuahuas)This is my little Poncho. He is 9 years old. His full name is Poncho Villa El Bandido. He is a Chihuahua. I rescued Poncho when I bought him from a woman breeder who was not taking care of the dogs she bred or the pups like she is supposed to. He was only 7 weeks old, not even nearly a pound yet, and when I got him, he had fleas. The AKC and the local Animal Control shut her down later on.

 

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Leave Drawers Filled When MovingRemove filled drawers with clothing, sheets, or whatever. Load the empty dresser, night stand, etc. on the truck. Replace the drawers and turn the furniture to the inside of the truck, so the drawers will not come open while traveling.

 

Recycled Bleached Jeans

Recycled Bleached JeansMake your jeans into a fun fashion statement. Make the most unique jeans around! Jeans are tied, scrunched, folded and secured with rubber bands, soaked in bleach and hot water.

 

Moss covered trees at edge of lake.

Lake Bistineau (Louisiana)Lake Bistineau (Bis-ti-no), Louisiana. Summertime... and the living is easy.

 

Photo of a messy closet.

Time for Spring CleaningSpring is here and it's time for spring cleaning. Nature does it with spring storms that clear dead branches, and her animals clear their winter bedding from their dens as the days get longer.

 

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When Moving, Set Up Beds FirstWhen moving, the first piece of furniture you want to move into your new house are the beds. Place them in the designated bedrooms, put them together, and make them up. At the end of the day, all you want to think about is a shower, food, and a good night's rest.

 

Blooming LilacI planted this Lilac late June and am very surprised how fast it grew, it was so small, and it is actually blooming! I thought it would take a second year before it would bloom. I am so excited, I planted it right by a window so I can enjoy the smell.

 

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Rinse Canned Foods Before UsingWhen you open a can of tuna, vegetables or even fruits, empty the contents of the can into a strainer and rinse under running water for up to 5 minutes before adding them to a recipe. This cuts out lot of the salt and sugars added to canned foods.

 

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Use Waxed Paper to Keep Your Microwave CleanOne of the hardest places to keep clean is the microwave since the kids and hubby also "cook" in it. That also means spills that no one "saw" and therefore did not clean up and then cooked again.

 

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Organize Drawers With Reused Plastic PackagingI don't know about you but my underwear drawer is frequently in disarray. I keep those clear plastic things that sheets come in and tablecloths because they are good for so many things.

 

Green tissue rose.

Tissue RoseThis was purely by accident. I had no wrapping paper, so I used several pieces of tissue paper and twisted it up and it formed what looked like, to me, a rose. So I stuck some silk leaves I had on both sides and it looked like I did it on purpose.

 

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Use Coffee Cans For Camping Food StorageInstead of throwing away plastic coffee cans, wash them out and store them. Then when you are going camping use them to fill up with: flour, sugar, noodles, rice, cereal and other dry goods.

 

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Use a Hot Dog Bun for Sloppy JoesNo More Messy Sloppy Joes! Cut a hot dog bun in half and fill with Sloppy Joe mixture. The Sloppy Joe stay in and not all over. Children love it because it's small and easy to eat.

 

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Personalize Party FavorsParty favors can be expensive. Personalize handmade party favors using foam craft cut out shapes and letters and include the theme using the pictures cut from wrapping paper, Valentines, cards, etc.

 

Questions

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Printable Games for 4 Year Olds?I am looking to print pre-made file folder games for my four year old. I've found tons of sites that have ideas or games you can purchase, but I am looking for something pre-made that's free. Any suggestions?

 

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How to Keep Wood Boring Bees Away from a Deck?How does one keep those huge wood boring bees away from your deck? My husband is spraying them with bug spray and I hate to find their dead bodies on the deck. Is there a more human way to get them to go elsewhere?

 

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Recipe Request for Fat Free Low Carb Oatmeal Cookies?I'm looking for a oatmeal cookie or bar recipe that is fat free and low in carbohydrates.

 

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How Can I Make a Diaper Wreath?Does anyone know how to make a diaper wreath? I saw one at a craft fair. One was made for a boy, and the other for a girl.

 

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Repairing a Fisher Price Phone (H8186)?We have a toddler Fisher Price phone H8186. Some electric components work like the 'mouth' moves but there's no music or other sounds. I've pulled it apart but it doesn't appear to be dirty - any other suggestions?

 

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Weight Watchers Pumpkin and Carrot Muffins?Could you please tell me the recipe for Weight Watchers pumpkin/carrot Muffins?

 

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How to Use Homemade Orange Cleaner?I read you can make orange cleaner at home (orange oil). I did it using water and orange peels. There other ways to make it as well. Does anyone know ways to use it for cleaning?

 

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Making Row Covers To Protect Plants?I've recently discovered that something is eating my sunflower plants in one flower bed, and a hibiscus bush/tree on my deck. You mentioned row covers as a deterrent to deer, rabbits, insects, etc staying out of flower beds.

 

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Looking for Lowe's Wallpaper Board #5815160?I am looking for a wallpaper border, this is the only number I have #5815160 this is actually what I got off of the wallpaper package at lowes and they no longer carry this. Please Help?

 

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Purple Robe Locust Tree With a Split?I have a purple robe locust tree that the main trunk has split, but a 1/4 of the trunk is still intact. Can my precious tree be saved!

 

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Foods You Should Not Feed Your Dog?I wanted to feed my pets some dog treats but I stumbled across this site that stated things not to give my beautiful chows. What should I do? Here is the site below:

 

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