June 5, 2008

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Frugal Meal Recipe For New ParentsDoes anyone have a really yummy FRUGAL recipe (other than the usual lasagna or spaghetti) for a family that had a baby recently? I really want to make a meal for them, but usually make a recipe that has a lot of expensive ingredients. Thanks!

 

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Butterfinger Angel DessertTwo recipes for Butterfinger Angel Dessert.

 

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Growing Hydrangeas InsideCan I grow Hydrangeas inside?

 

wood sided compost pile

Keeping Your Compost Pile Trouble-FreeComposting is an easy, inexpensive way to reduce your yard and kitchen waste, while keeping your garden filled with nutrient-rich soil. Keep your compost pile neat and trouble-free, by preventing these common problems before they arise.

 

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Properly Socialize Your PuppyProper socialization is one of the key factors in raising a well-behaved puppy. By meeting all types of dogs in all types of situations, your puppy will be well-adjusted and will learn that they should not bite hard.

 

Garden: Hyacinth

Garden: HyacinthThis is a photo of a hyacinth from my garden.

 

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Looking For Recipe For Swiss TartDoes anyone know of a recipe for a little cake called a Swiss Tart? I had it years ago in a big cook book (now long gone). I've Googled, but the only ones I can find are for things called Swiss Chard tart. Not the same thing.

 

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Can I Cook Rice In A Crockpot?Does anybody know if you can successfully cook rice in a crock pot?

 

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Was My Puppy's Shot Administered Wrong?What happens when you administer a puppy shot wrong? My puppy is sore where the shot was administered.

 

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Puppy Has Very Runny EyesMy puppy Jewelz gets very runny and it leaves stains under her eyes. It seems like its getting worse. Could this be something serious? We think she is a little under six months, which brings me to another question of when will she start to menstrate?

 

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Cleaning Baking Dishes Using PeroxideI used to have a formula to clean the brown stuff off baking dishes. I think it had peroxide in it. I tried a few combos but just can't remember what it was.

 

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Online Resources For Teaching Preschool I teach preschoolers. I would really appreciate any help with some internet addresses that may help me with handwriting, alphabet, number work etc. Even craft ideas to go with these subjects. I have looked at some, but seem to go back to the same ones all the time, so I would love any other suggestions any one out there has been on. Thanks for your help

 

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Getting Rid of Monkey GrassThe person I bought my house from went crazy with Monkey Grass. I was wondering if there is any way to totally get rid of it? We have tried digging it up but it just comes back. We have a small child and I'm concerned about snakes hiding in it. Please help.

 

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Using Newspaper In Garden BoxesI am experimenting with what I would call "lasagna gardening". My boxes are 6' x 1' x 1', on wheels, with a chipboard bottom and made out of pine. Any recommendations on how thick of a newspaper layer I need? Should the paper go above or below the gravel layer?

 

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Bald, Oiled Scalp StyleMy spouse is thinking about shaving off his remaining hair and doing the bald, oiled scalp style. How does one go about proceeding with this hairdo?

 

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Installing Vinyl Tiles Over VinylHow do I install vinyl tiles over coved vinyl?

 

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Temporarily Covering ScarsHow can I cover scars, just for one night?

 

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What Are Good Vegetables for Dehydrating?What are some of the vegetables that are good for dehydrating, and do you have any recipes for them?

 

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Getting Rid Of Wild Grape VinesWe have a flower bed that has been sorely neglected. Elm seedlings and wild grapes have invaded. There are still some desirable plants - some Japanese dwarf iris that haven't bloomed for a couple of years

 

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Fixing Overlap Marks From Paint RollerAfter applying a second coat of paint (after a coat of primer) to my 40 ft long ceiling, I noticed really obvious overlap marks from the roller. Is there a way to fix this problem, short of doing a third coat?

 

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Baby Gift Ideas for a Great Granddaughter I need suggestions for a gift for a soon-to-be great granddaughter. It's been much too long for this babe to know what is good and 'cool'.

 

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Gift Ideas for a Long-term BoyfriendMy boyfriend have been going out 1 year on the 17th of this month. I'm not sure what we can do or where we can go to celebrate it, any ideas? Also, I'm not sure on what present to buy him, as the only things he's really into are cars and computer games. I want to buy him something he'll remember forever.

 

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Review Of Body Detox SystemsHas anyone used a detox system for their body that you were pleased with the results? I would like to try a detoxification cleanse. Has anyone made a homemade concoction?

 

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Can I Use Lysol On Dogs?Can you use Lysol on dogs?

 

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Slim Fast Type Powder For DiabeticsI'm diabetic and I would like to know if anyone has a recipe for SLIM FAST type powder that's diabetic friendly. The regular kind has too many carbs and too much sugar in it.

 

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Will An Air Fern Hurt My Puppy?My puppy got into my air fern. Will this hurt her?

 

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Green Stuff Appearing In Ice CubesA painter had to move my refrigerator to paint my kitchen. After moving it back the copper pipe sprung a leak. The painter stopped the leak by breaking off the pipe at the point of the leak and reconnecting it. He showed me green stuff inside the piece of pipe he broke off.

 

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Does Table Waste in Compost Attract Animals?If using table waste in the compost pile does it attract animals to feed from it? I am concerned that table waste will attract mice, rats, raccoons, etc. If so it seems that this would give the critters access to the vegetables in the garden as well.

 

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Removing Hot Dog Stain From T-shirtHow do I remove a hot dog stain from a cotton tee shirt?

 

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Getting Rid of Lesser CelandineCan anyone tell me a foolproof and organic way of eradicating lesser celandine from my lawn? Also any suggestions what to grow in its place as grass doesn't take very well (the area's too shady). Will have to put some paving down (where tree roots allow) but need some ideas what to plant around it.

 

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Saving A Storm Damaged Gum TreeI have a sweet gum tree that was damaged in a storm a couple years ago. It lost a large branch and is now rotting the tree. Is there anything that can be done to save this tree?

 

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Removing Paint From Inside Of DryerI used the dryer to dry a bed spread that has cloth paint on it. Bad idea. The heat from the dryer has caused some of the stuff from the bed spread to stain the insides of the dryer drum or wall. Any suggestions to remove this stuff. I tried all kinds of stain removers to no effect. Help.

 

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Using Vick's In Steam InhalerI just purchased the Walgreen's cough and cold steam inhaler. It says use water only and do NOT add any medications (vicks),etc. I really want to add Vicks though! What do you think will happen? It is a plug in device that has a 1/4 cup size base for the water, that heats to steam.

 

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What Is A Balance Bar On A Serger?I would like to know if anyone can tell me what a balance bar is on a serger sewing machine? The thing is skipping stitches bad and no matter what I sew it still skips. I have cleaned it, changed needles, checked tensions, rethreaded,etc but it is still skipping.

 

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Removing Dye On Scotch Guarded PurseI have a fabric Oroton handbag that has got dye transfer from my jeans. It has been Scotch Guarded, but I am concerned about how to get it clean. Can anyone help?

 

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Rats Are Eating My TomatoesI am having problems with rats eating my tomatoes. Is there any thing that I could do to stop them? I am not the only one around here that is having this problem.

 

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Will Calla Lilies Grow In The Blue Mountains?Will Calla Lilies grow in the blue mountains?

 

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Recommendations For Mopping ProductsWhat do you think is the best mop or cleaning product for mopping floors? I find nothing I use is doing well enough. Does anyone know how well the steam mops work?

 

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Looking For Good Soap RecipeI am looking for people who make their own soap.Do you have a good recipe?

 

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Looking For 20 Mule Team BoraxWhere do I find the 20 Mule Team Borax?

 

What Breed Is My Dog?This is Abbey. She looks like a golden but has a curly tail. What kind of dog is she?

 

Painting a Space Saver CabinetI bought a bathroom space saver a couple of months ago and couldn't figure just why I was not so pleased with it after a couple of weeks. I finally figured out that the dark color (dark brown) made my bathroom appear smaller. It's not that large in the first place. I would like to paint it white, but do not know if I need to prime it first and what kind of paint should I use?

 

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Covering Bare Patches In GrassOur back yard has both sunny and shady areas where the grass won't grow, so it becomes muddy when I water. Of course, so does the dog. Is there anything that will keep the mud away which I can sprinkle over it. That won't be harmed by the lawn mower, the dog, the occasional heavy rain nor strong winds?

 

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Yorkie Puppy Will Only Go Potty On Paper InsideI have a female yorkie, she is 5 months old. I got her when she was 10 weeks old and she immediately was paper trained. Everyday since she was 10 weeks I would take her outside when she woke up to go pee and poop. I have two other yorkies and they went with her. She would hold it until we came back inside.

 

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Putting An SOS Pad On A HandleI truly love SOS pads for just about everything. But I was wondering why they don't put them on a handle? I have so many jobs that I need to have then on a handle so I can reach places that need cleaning, but just can't get my hands in the spaces. If they could somehow put the pads on a thin handle to reach under stoves, spills under fridgs. etc. It would truly be a blessing to me. I have tried using paint stirs but cant seem to get the right something that makes the pads stay on the paint stir. Any suggestion?

 

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Salads For Mexican Food Themed PartyWe are having a Family Party in Aug. with approximately 40 people including children. I will be serving Mexican food. I have recipes for nearly everything except salads and appetizers. I will NOT be outside grilling nor do I want to heat up the inside of my house with cooking! So I'm looking for recipes that are easy to prepare. (I have an 'ice bath' to keep the food cold). Thank you in advance.

 

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Getting Rid Of CloverWe have creeping thyme in between pavers in our front walkway. There are 4 leaf clovers overtaking the thyme. Is there anything that can kill the 4 leaf clovers and not the thyme? Thanks.

 

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Trying To Dye Dark Hair RedI just dyed my dark brown hair red the other day with Herbal Essence's Deep Red #44. The results turned out rather purple and not the deep red that i was hoping for. The hair color I want is similar to Julianne Moore's. Could you post some recommended hair dye (brand and color) that would work over my first dye job and give me good results?

 

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Can Diet Affect A Dog's Disposition?My daughter has a dog with a nervous disposition. Is there anything we can feed him (I am not talking about drugging him) that will help to calm him down? Is there anything we might have been feeding him that contributed to this? Thanks.

 

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What Discarded Items Are Beneficial to Plants?Are banana peels, eggshells and coffee grounds really beneficial to plants? Are there any other discarded natural items that can be helpful?

 

What Is This Plant? (Rubber Plant - Ficus Elastica)I have searched the internet and called my mother who is an expert in house plants and can not find the name of this plant. Please could you help me. I thought it was a rubber plant, but my mother-in-law says it is not. Thank you in advance for your help!

 

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How Many Photos Will a 1G Memory Stick Hold?If a digital camera has a 1G memory stick, how many MB does it have? How many pictures will it hold?

 

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Planting Vegetables in AlabamaWe are moving to Alabama in about 2 weeks. We will have a nice big backyard that I would love to do a little vegetable gardening in. I also would like to plant a couple of fruit trees. I would appreciate any suggestions as to what fruit trees grow good in Alabama. Also which vegetables would be the best to try. Will I be early enough in mid to late June to plant?

 

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Scenting Your Home NaturallyI have recently stopped using all of my favorite scented cleaning products due to all the chemicals and such. I have replaced them with vinegar, baking soda and others. What I miss is the scents. Any ideas on how to scent your home without chemicals, sprays and air fresheners? Thanks to all.

 

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Getting Odors Out Of Insulated BagsI bought some chicken and put it in my insulated grocery bag to bring it home. I thought I had taken it all out, so I put a couple other of my insulated bags inside this one and put it out in my car for my next shopping trip. My car began to smell and when I looked in my bags I found I had forgotten a piece of chicken (it was wrapped individually). Now all 3 of my bags smell really bad.

 

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Making Meal Using Corn Tortillas And Queso FrescoIf you had the usual refrigerator and pantry items, a huge stack of corn tortillas and lots of queso fresco, what would you do with them?

 

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Discontinued Wallpaper: Northwoods II, #251-64962I'm looking for 1 or 2 rolls of Northwoods II by Brewster, pattern # 251-64962. It has been discontinued and I'm 6 feet short of finishing.

 

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Using Elastic Instead Of Drawstring In PantsI have a pair of pants with a drawstring waist. The drawstring opening is very narrow, so it can't be reused for the elastic. I'd like to attach a wider piece of elastic and do away with the drawstring. Suggestions?

 

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Recipes for Potato FudgeI had a recipe for potato fudge that was out of this world and I lost it. It was something someone brought to work and he shared the recipe with me and now I have no idea what I did with it.

 

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Ideas For A Mudsy-Sudsy Birthday PartyI found an idea for a Mudsy-Sudsy Party. Basically water, swimming, mud and/or sand pies and bubbles are involved. Since my son's birthday falls in Nov., I thought it would be a fun way to have his friends over during the summer. So I am looking for any ideas or suggestions for maybe some games and food, on a very low budget.

 

How Do You Start Grapefruit Seeds?Do you start grapefruit seeds in water or in soil?

 

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Applying BBQ Sauce To ChickenHow do you apply BBQ sauce to your chicken? When I bake chicken I apply BBQ sauce 15 mins before its done. However, when I apply it on one said and try to turn it over the chicken sticks to the pan and some of the meat comes off the bone.

 

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Dehydrating Fruits and Veggies in the MicrowaveWhat do you use to dehydrate fruit and veggies? I'd rather microwave to use less power.

 

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Using Leftover Tea Tree OilI used to use tea tree oil for cuts and scratches, it was the best. Last October a store near my house had it on sale so I bought several bottles. Around Christmas I suddenly developed an allergy to it. I got the worst rash ever. It's only just now completely gone. What can I do with the rest of it? I can't find anyone who wants it. Thrift stores around here won't take anything that is medicine. Could I put it around the windows to repel bugs? Any suggestions?

 

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What Should We Do With a Truck That We Can't Afford?We are upside down on a truck. We need to relieve ourselves of this monthly payment. It is too much for us to handle. Is the best way to turn in the truck and make monthly payments on the remaining balance? Does anyone have any ideas?

 

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Getting Rid Of Thick, Yellow Toe NailsHow do I get rid of thick and yellow toe nails?

 

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Making Pond Planting BasketsAny ideas of how I can make my own pond planting baskets?

 

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Calla Lilies Not BloomingNo flowers on Calla Lilies, why?

 

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How Can I Keep My Hand-held TVs Working After Digital Switch?I have two Watchman hand-held TV sets that I have been using and loving for over 20 years. They are great for the car, at the beach, anywhere because they are powered by batteries. When the new system is put in place in February, getting rid of the analog sets and going to digital, does anyone know where I could get something to still make my portable TV sets work? I will absolutely hate to get rid of them! I listen to the news on my way to and from work! Thanks bunches!

 

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Homemade Household Cleaner RecipesLooking for recipes for homemade household cleaners.

 

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Clothes Come Out Of Washer Covered In FuzzEvery time I take a load of clothes out of the washing machine, they come out with fuzz balls all over them. What is the problem?

 

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Looking For "Erase Late Fee" CouponI am looking for a "erase late fee" coupon for Hollywood Video. I think some are up to $50.00. Thanks.

 

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Protecting Martin Babies From Black BirdsOur Purple Martins are being attacked by huge black birds. Is there a way to keep them from stealing the martin babies.

 

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Where Can I Sell Used Textbooks?Does anyone know where I can sell used college textbooks? They are used but are in like new condition. I paid $85.00 for my text book which I would like to sell. I have listed it on half.com but it does not seem to be moving. The buy back sites are quoting me the max $6.00-$7.00. I do not want to sell at this price. I would be willing to sell it at around $50.00. Any ideas would appreciated. Thanks.

 

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Using Baking Soda and Vinegar for CleaningCan you use vinegar or baking soda to clean stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops?

 

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How To Make Sweet Pickles with SplendaI am looking for a recipe for sweet pickles that uses Splenda and no sugar. There is a commercial brand of pickles called Mt. Olive. One of their lines of pickles is sugar-free pickles (using Splenda) and they are really good.

 

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Small Green Worms On Plant LeavesThis evening while checking my garden, and dead heading the flowers and removing dead leaves from plants, I noticed two small green worms on my rose bush. My vegetables, plants, and flowers all have leaves with yellow on the edges. I have had it planted for about two weeks now. Some of the bottom leaves on the rose bush have small holes on them as if something is eating them. What are the worms and what can I do to help promote the health of my plants without removing and starting over? HELP

 

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