June 23, 2008

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Recipes

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Chicken and Rice SkilletSaute chicken in oil in skillet until no longer pink, Remove and set aside. Saute rice in oil until golden brown. Add chicken, corn, beans and Ro-tel and water and bring to boil.

 

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CrabbiesRecipes for Crabbies.

 

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Snappy Ham and Cheese SnacksCombine first 3 ingredients with 3 Tbsp. butter in small bowl, mixing well. Separate roll dough into 4 rectangles, pressing to seal perforations. Cut each rectangle in half; stretch dough to form eight 4x4 inch squares.

 

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Cloud of ChocolateSoften gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Combine chocolate and confectioners' sugar in saucepan. Stir in milk gradually. Heat to boiling point over low heat, stirring constantly. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Add gelatin, stirring until dissolved.

 

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Banana Dream TreatYou can modify this dessert any way you'd like according to diet restrictions of family, friends, etc. A deeper cake dish usually works best. I always try to stick with glass; I usually get a metallic taste when I use metal pans for fruit.

 

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Honey-Carob BrowniesPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Blend together melted butter, honey and carob spread in a bowl. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add a sifted mixture of whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well. Stir in chopped walnuts.

 

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Mexican Apple CobblerChop apples in pie filling. Fill each tortilla with 1 Tbsp filling and roll. Place in pan with rolled end down. In a saucepan, add remaining ingredients and heat until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted. Pour over tortillas and let set in refrigerator for at least 8 hours.

 

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Strawberry TrifleCut cake slices into 3 pieces each; set aside. Dissolve gelatin in 2 cups boiling water in large bowl. Add frozen strawberries, stirring to mix. Set aside to cool slightly. Prepare pudding using package directions.

 

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Easy Dark Cherries and Ice CreamThis is a summertime favorite at our house and so easy to prepare!

 

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Meat Loaf Souffle'Combine first 4 ingredients with 1 egg, 1 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper in bowl, mixing well. Press lightly into 9x9 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes. Pour off drippings. Top with cheese and tomato slices.

 

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Delicious Carrots MarinadePlace prepared vegetables in large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in medium bowl, mixing well. Pour marinade over vegetables. Chill for 24 hours.

 

Articles

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Use Anti-Seize Lubricant on Lug NutsWhen changing a tire, put a small amount of Anti-seize lubricant on each wheel stud. The next time you have to change the tire, it will be much less difficult to loosen the lug nuts. Anti-seize lubricant is available at auto part stores.

 

Multi Color RosebushThis is my rose bush. It has so many different colors. I really just want to share it. I think it is so pretty.

 

Black and tan dog in red knit hat.

Spike (Chihuahua/Rat Terrier?)This is Spike. He is 1 1/2 years old now but 2 months in this picture. He is a Chihuahua and maybe Rat Terrier. I got him for Valentine's Day because my first Chihuahua, who is a female, fell in love with my husband and he joking said maybe I needed a male Chihuahua to love on me.

 

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Joke: Jewish and Catholic Wedding SongA lovely Jewish woman was to be wed to a handsome Catholic man. Traditions were equally important to both families and this made choosing a theme song for their wedding a major challenge. The groom's brother had a rich operatic voice and was especially noted for singing Ave Maria.

 

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Reuse Cardboard Containers for LeftoversSave all your cardboard cartons; milk, cream, half and half, ice cream, etc, I wash them out in warm water, using a dish mop. I invert them on a paper towel and the next day when dry, I keep the top closed from dust, etc with the wide parcel tape until needed.

 

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Mash Eggs for Egg SaladMy husband loves egg salad. I hated the chopping of the eggs. So I took my potato masher, the one that has all the holes, and mash them. It only takes a minute and all the egg pieces are the same size. I add a little garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt and dill. I throw in some mayo and mix it all up. Chill it and enjoy.

 

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Link: Get The Best Electrical Rate In TexasHere in the Dallas, TX, area we have www.powertochoose.org (The Official Electric Choice Web site of the Public Utility Commission of Texas). You input your zip code and it shows a list of electricity providers for your area and their rates. There are a lot more providers than you might imagine, all using the exact same electric delivery company.

 

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Saving Water TogetherI have a one-handle kitchen faucet, and I have noticed lately that I use too much water. I have started to reduce the flow of water when I use it. Since then, I am using a lot less water. Most of the time, just a quarter of the flow is sufficient, even sometime just a trickle is enough.

 

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Take Your Plastic Bags Back to the StoreRecycling is very important to me, sometimes to the dismay of my husband, who complains about clutter. The plastic grocery bags accumulate, even though I mostly use cloth bags.

 

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The Shaving Cream VolcanoFun recipes for kids, GREAT babysitting idea! Take the body wash and dump it in your bottle. Then take the shaving cream and fill up about 3/4. Fill ALMOST to the top with perfume. THEN SHAKE! Shake harder and harder for a couple of minutes then go outside (or to a sink) and pull off your cap!

 

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Store CDs and DVDs on a SpindleThrifty space saving tip for campers who don't want to give up their music and movie collections.

 

Baby Discovers A Mirror

Baby Discovers A MirrorThis is my 9 month old, he thought his reflection was so cool!

 

"Hot Spot" Collar For Dogs

"Hot Spot" Collar For DogsOur dog, Joshua, develops "hot spots" in the heat of summer, and constantly chews his back and his bobtail until it is raw and the hair is gone. I have tried all kinds of ointments with no success.

 

Quick Flowers in a Basket

Quick Flowers In A BasketThis fun floral craft is perfect for a centerpiece on the table, a small decoration, or a beautiful kid's craft. You just take some floral Styrofoam and arrange some fake flowers in it.

 

Climbing Rose

Canadian Explorer Climbing RoseAs you can see, I live in Iowa and our winters can be fierce. If you want to grow a climbing rose for anyone in zone 5 or less, your best bet is the Canadian Explorer Roses.

 

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Start Your Own Frugal ClubMy friends and I have started a "frugal club." We have made frugal living our new hobby. Whenever we find a sale or a new coupon or new website; we share it with each other. We have made it a friendly competition to find local deals.

 

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Use Microwave to Help Remove RX LabelsAfter many times of trying to remove labels from empty pill bottles to remove my identity from them before discarding them, I hit on a new way tonight. I was standing at my kitchen sink, next to the microwave. I filled my empty pill bottle with water, sat it in the microwave, heated the water in the micro for a few seconds or minutes.

 

Woman and grocery shopping cart in produce aisle.

10 Quick Ways To Reduce Your Household BudgetNowadays, the only way to survive with gas and food prices rocketing is to find cost cutting measures for your household budget. My household budget consists of food and cleaning supplies, yard and house maintenance and entertainment and family gifts and clothing.

 

What's a Victory Garden?

What's a Victory Garden?During WWII, Britain and the United States pushed their citizens to plant "victory gardens." These gardens were marketed to help the war effort by reducing the demand for food on the country (people grew their own instead of purchasing it), thus reducing the cost of food for the troops.

 

Questions

What Breed Is My Dog?I know my dog is some sort of Rottweiler mix, but I can't figure out what else he has in him. Can anyone help?

 

What Are You Doing to Pinch Pennies?As gas prices continue to go up and food follows, what are you doing to pinch the pennies to make ends meet? Here are some suggestions from the ThrifyFun community.

 

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