June 2, 2008

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Chicken-Potato StewPlace chicken in large kettle. Fill half full with water; add bouillon cubes, potatoes, onion and tarragon. Bring to a boil, covered,; reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove potatoes; add carrots.

 

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Mexican Corn BakePlace cheese, margarine, evaporated milk, garlic salt and red pepper in small Dutch oven. Cook over low heat until cheese melts, stirring until blended. Add corn and chilies, mixing well. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

 

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Meat Loaf SupremeCombine first 10 ingredients in large bowl, mixing well. Pat meat mixture into a 10x12 inch rectangle on waxed paper. Arrange salami over meat, leaving small margin around edges.

 

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Quick Caramel CornPop popcorn using package directions. Add corn syrup to margarine in saucepan. Stir in sugar, mixing well. Bring to a boil. Pour over popcorn. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

 

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Crock Pot Ham and BeansThis is cheap eating at its best. Really good food for scraping by at the end of the month when your cash gets low.

 

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Sloppy Joe Deep Dish PieHeat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and Worcheshire. Stir in sloppy joe sauce until well mixed (reserve 1/4 cup for later). Carefully unroll dough in pie pan so edges extend over sides.

 

Articles

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Test Scales With a Bag of SugarA good way to test or calibrate your bathroom or kitchen scales is to weigh a 5 lb bag of sugar or flour.

 

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Make Refrigerator Pie Crust Taste BetterI love the convenience of refrigerated pie crusts, but I must say, I do not like the flavor of the crust when I am making a dessert pie (as opposed to a quiche). So, before I put my pie in the oven I pour about 1 tablespoon of milk in a cup and add a dash of vanilla extract.

 

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Save Rose Petals For Future WeddingFor all you brides or hopeless romantics, begin saving rose petals from your bridal bouquet and from any other bouquets your beloved gives you through the years. When your dear daughters marry, their flower girls can toss those rose petals passing on a legacy of love.

 

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Encourage Your Kids With Their Own CookbooksI have 2 boys ages 5 and 8 who like to work in the kitchen. I have found that if you let them select recipes, they are more apt to try new things.

 

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Use Shoe Polish to Hide Scratches on Laminate FlooringMy laminate flooring had some nicks and scratches that have accumulated over the years. The other night, I took some regular brown shoe polish and rubbed it in the scratches and buffed it off. I did several layers and continued to buff, and it was like magic!

 

Baby Cow Sleeping

Baby CowThis is not my pet, but sweet nonetheless! This is a 2 month old calf. I took my kids to a local historic farm and this sweet baby cow was sleeping, despite all the children clamoring the fences to get a better look!

 

Girl holding license with cookie topped with car cutout.

Driver's License Cake TopperI was short on time, but wanted to have a little after school surprise for my daughter who her passed her driver's test today. So I whipped out a chocolate chip cookie mix, spread it in a square pan and made this funny topper, which includes the new driver and her older sister, with my photo software.

 

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Tell Businesses of Your InterestIf there are hardly any businesses of your preference in your town or area, write to the companies that you like. Tell them what properties in your town would be a good location for one of their restaurants, etc.

 

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Organize Notes Into Sections of a Spiral NotebookI'm not sure about you, but regardless of the fact that I'm very organized, I still used to find little pieces of paper everywhere with little notes, lists, etc. Here is what I did. I took a regular spiral notebook (a big one) and got some of those sticky labels that you can just stick on a page.

 

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Keeping an Iguana Out of My Vegetable Garden?I have a vegetable garden consisting of tomatoes, several peppers, egg plant, cucumbers, and honeydew. I also have an iguana that is residing in my palm trees near by. I don't want to do anything to hurt it, but it is eating up my garden before it even has a chance to bloom. I don't have a single leaf left on my plants. Is there anything I can apply to deter it from my garden?

 

What Breed Is My Dog?I am having my adopted dog evaluated for behavior issues and am wondering if he's primarily a herding-breed-type-guy? He's a mix weighing in at 55 pounds; that's a black saddle on his back and he holds his tail out or up; he has black eyeliner and some light spots in the white of his neck and nose.

 

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Becoming a Professional Organizer?What would I do to start as a professional organizer? I know what it is and the NAPO membership, but how do I price a job? How do I estimate how long it will take? I'm thinking residential clutter, maybe some office work later.

 

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Getting Rid of Flies at a Restaurant?We have a small restaurant out in the woods! Our main dish is seafood and crawfish, and the dumpster is far away. The flies still swarm the whole area, and it is getting worse as it gets hotter and hotter! I need a remedy for an outside area.

 

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