June 18, 2008

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Recipes

Grandma's Comfort Foods

Grandma's Comfort FoodsI am going to pass on some of my mother's and my aunt's "secret recipes" that they used to make for us. All can be made and frozen then reheated.

 

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Mexican SpaghettiQuick, easy and delicious! Cook beef and onion in large nonstick skillet, stirring frequently, until brown. (drain, if necessary) stir in salsa, corn, water, and seasoning mix. Cook over medium- high heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened and bubbly.

 

Articles

Rows of books in a library

Libraries Offer So Much More Than BooksDo you have a library card? If not, you're missing out. While libraries are known to offer free reading to the community, they offer a host of services to their patrons. Many libraries have lost state funding in the past years which may have caused them to stop some of these services, but there are still many benefits found through those doors. If you don't already have one, get a library card, use it, and save.

 

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Remembering Your Tips for ThriftyFunI usually think of good ideas for tips to post on ThriftyFun when I'm in the middle of doing something and will most times forget the idea later. So whenever I think of a tip to post here on ThriftyFun, I have a folder in my computer where I can save my ideas.

 

Garden: Wonders Of NatureThe presence of a beautiful visitor to your garden sometimes adds more decor than YOU could ever!

 

My Frugal Life: Poor But ProudWhen my family lived in Coos Bay, in the late 70's, my husband lost his job. Having come from country roots, I dug in and decided we were going to be ...

 

Orange rose bush with one branch blooming yellow.

Garden: Two Color Rose BushThis rose bush in my backyard has bloomed in orange for the past 5 years. This year it has added a bit more color, we have one branch with yellow blooms!

 

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Adapting Crochet Patterns For DollhousesI joined ThriftyFun today. I was looking at the craft projects and was impressed with the ideas for dollhouse decor. I am an accomplished dollhouse creator and have been making dollhouses for about 50 years.

 

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Get Minimum Service on Your Home PhoneI signed up with ATT but I chose only the minimum phone line with no extras for $14.95+ tax. I don't need caller ID, call waiting, etc. It was costing me $43.00+ a month just for the phone.

 

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Mow High and OftenThe average person should be able to mow a lawn... right? WRONG! The only time a lawn should be scalped is if you are switching to rock. You want the grass to be a winner, not the weeds or diseases. Mow high and often!

 

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Fixing A Tank Top That Droops?I have a striped square neck tank top with gray piping that needs a slight modification. The top chest area is 1/2 inch too wide. After an hour, the chest area stretches out and sags. Then it's a good inch too wide and droopy on top. Any suggestions?

 

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Reassembling An Ocello Mop?I bought an Ocello mop, it is a string mop. I just used it recently, I took it apart to wash it and now I can't seem to be able to put it back together again. Could you please help me? Thanks.

 

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Removing Candy Stains From Clothing?I need to get lolly stains out of a toddlers clothes.

 

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Are A Deaf Dog's Ear Canals Closed?Are a deaf dog's ears closed entirely or is the canal open and they just can't hear?

 

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Flying Ants?Does anyone have a remedy for tiny flying ants that are swarming one of my windows in the bedroom I rent in a shared house? My landlord refuses to do anything about it (that's another story).

 

Gathered Bag Pattern?I am looking for a gathered bag pattern like this bag. Anyone know where I can find one, free or not? I saw this bag on Burdastyle.com that this lady made but she had no pattern or measurements. I would like to make some of these.

 

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Information About a Deaf Pitbull?about 4 months ago i adopted a white pitbull. Turns out that he is deaf. However, I was told that he would be able to hear after a few months. Something having to do with his jaw interfering with his ears.

 

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Baskin Robbins Jamoca Almond Fudge Mud Pie Recipe?For Father's Day, we purchased a Baskin Robbins Jamoca Almond Fudge Mud Pie (a family tradition). I paid $21.00. It seems to me I might be able to make one without the weird chemical tasting fake whipped cream for less money.

 

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Pattern For Knitted Crossover Cardigan?I'm looking for a knitting pattern for a ballet crossover cardigan to fit a five year old. Any help gratefully received.

 

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Are There Hydrangeas That Are Naturally Blue?A friend told me that no hydrangea is naturally blue. One has to be forced through one method or another to create that color. I find that hard to believe. My grandmother always said that one had to plant iron nails in the soil to create the color one wanted. I don't remember doing anything special to mine but it is a beautiful blue and has been for many years. Anyone know anything about this please? Thanks.

 

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Sandless Hardwood Floor Refinishing?Looking for opinions on sandless hardwood floor refinishing?

 

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Fleas on a Cement Patio?I have read some awesome posts with great information on using Borax for Fleas....especially a post by "Betsy" on 5/27. I've started using the Borax in my apartment, I have mostly rugs. I'm doing one room at a time so my cat has somewhere to go.

 

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Changing The Direction Of A Toilet?I am renovating a bathroom and want to turn the toilet around, have it facing the opposite way. How would I do this? Does the plumbing underneath need to be changed in any way?

 

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Removing Lilacs from Lawn?How do I get rid of lilac suckers from my lawn? I have an urban forest in the making! I don't want to kill the lilacs or dig up the lawn. Will the vinegar, salt, water, and soap solution work? Mowing doesn't help.

 

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Legit Online Jobs?I am looking for legit online jobs. Anyone have any ideas?

 

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Pattern For A Wedding Heart?Looking for a pattern of a wedding heart that can be given by my mother to her grand daughter on her wedding day. She would like to be able to have their name and wedding date on it. It can be sewn, crotched, knitted or made with lace ribbon.

 

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Websites For Identifying Antique Markings?I am looking for web sites where I can find information about stamps or markings on the bottom of silver, china etc. You know those markings on the back or bottom of antique pieces. Sometimes they are in a diamond with numbers inside, sometimes they are stamped or embedded in the piece. I have a couple of items, I would like to look up and see if they are worth anything. Thanks so much.

 

Removing Hard Water Deposits On Brass Fountains?I have 2 indoor brass water fountains that have accumulated hard water deposits of calcium lime I believe, on the surface of where the water trickles down on the fountains. I once used the CLR Limeaway but it removed some of the paint that the brass has. Is there anything out there that I can use to clean away the deposits? The sculptured brass fountains have lost a lot of their beauty because of the white deposits all over them.

 

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Preserving an Autographed T-shirt?My son has a black T shirt and he had it autographed in silver marker. I would love to keep the shirt looking good. Any suggestions on how to preserve the marker?

 

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Pantyliner Stuck To Clothes After Washing?My sister washed some underwear with a pantyliner still attached. It fell apart and stuck to all the other clothes and she can't remove it even after washing the clothes again. Any suggestions? Thanks.

 

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Removing Clearasil Stains From Clothing?How to remove Clearasil stains from clothing?

 

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Removing Wallpaper Adhesive?I have removed the wall paper border, but the adhesive remained on the wall. Does anyone have a solution for removal? I have tried to sand it off, but it is time consuming and dusty. Has anyone just painted over it? It is in a bathroom. Thank you.

 

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Tips for Restless Legs at Night?I have one restless leg and it keeps me from falling asleep for hours at night. I have tried meds but didn't like the feeling it gave me. Does anyone know a way to stop the feeling of having to move my leg (one leg)?

 

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Ideas For A 75th Birthday Skit?What would be a good skit for a 75th birthday party?

 

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Work Clothes Feel Waxy?My husband's work clothes have a waxy feel to them, and I can never seem to get them clean. Does anyone know of a special soap or anything I can use to remove the waxiness? Thanks a lot!

 

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Free Patterns for Knitted Wash Cloths?I have recently started knitting dish/wash cloths with cotton wool. I would appreciate anyone who can suggest websites for free patterns. I am wanting to make a bunch of these as gifts. Thank you in advance.

 

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Can Liverwurst Be Frozen?Can liverwurst be frozen?

 

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Help Dealing With Bossy, Whiny Child?I have a 8 year old who thinks he is the boss of everyone!. Not only that, he has a bad temper when something is not going his way or if he is called out when he needs correction. I have tried everything I can think of to try to make him understand that he is the wrong when he is and that he is no one's boss. He ends up whining and making his voice known to the point of total aggravation to his father and I. What can I do to help us with this situation?

 

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Recipe For Tomato And Green Pepper Salad?I used to go to this small cafe in Illinois that had a salad of cut tomatoes and sliced green peppers with a special dressing on it. Has anyone had something similar like this? Please can I have the recipe for this salad? Thank you.

 

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Recipe For Almond Cookies Using Almond Paste?Does anyone have a recipe for an almond cookie that is really moist. Using almond paste, and then sliced almonds covering the outside? A nearby bakery makes some like this, and dips them into chocolate to cover half of the cookie and sells them for $2 each! My guess is that almond paste is used, as the cookies are pretty gooey in the finished product. Thanks!

 

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