July 27, 2008

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Banana, Orange, and Pineapple PunchDissolve sugar in water. Set aside. In a blender, combine one banana, some orange juice concentrate, and sugar-water mixture. Blend until smooth and transfer into a very large mixing bowl or large pot.

 

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Spiced PeachesI used to pay $3 or more for a can of whole peaches that held maybe 5 peaches. For holidays, it would take 4-5 cans to make spiced peaches because everybody liked them so much. Here is an easy and cheaper way.

 

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Tater Tot Shepard's PieThis Tater Tot Casserole recipe is an easy kid-friendly twist on Shepherd's Pie that pleases everyone with its crispy tater tots, melty cheese, and beefy filling! Parents will appreciate the fact that nutritious veggies are mixed in and that it's a perfect meal-in-one. Try it on the "meat and potatoes" lovers in YOUR family!

 

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Houston Shrimp CreoleSaute' first 3 ingredients in bacon drippings until onions are golden. Add tomato paste, tomatoes, seasonings and herbs. Simmer for about 40 minutes until thickened. Add shrimp and salt. Simmer for 15 minutes.

 

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Elizabeth's Pasta BakeHere is a frugal and easy meal that we use a lot around our house. Several years ago one of the pasta sauce companies sold a jar of pasta sauce that you could add to dry pasta for an easy, oven-baked pasta dish. After purchasing this product once (on sale, of course!), this is what I came up with.

 

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Lemon Cheesecake PieCombine first 3 ingredients in small bowl, mixing well. Press into bottom and side of 9 inch pie plate. Bake at 325 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden; set aside to cool. Beat cottage cheese in bowl until smooth.

 

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Cheese and Pepper EnchiladasSaute' onion and pepper in small amount of margarine in skillet until tender. Soften tortillas over steam from vegetables. Place 1 spoonful soup, 1 spoonful vegetables and 2 spoonfuls cheese in each tortilla. Roll tortillas to enclose filling.

 

A Peruvian mussel dish inside the mussel shells.

Peruvian MusselsThis is my absolute favorite dish when we go to Peru! Wash and clean them with a brush. Cook the mussels in boiling water and remove them from the flame while they're getting opened - you don't want them to become overcooked.

 

Articles

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Sweet Sassy Sue (Black Lab)Sweet Sassy Sue (Sassy) is a 14 year old Black Lab. My parents gave Sassy to our boys as a gift.

 

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Bologna SnakeTo add a touch of fun to the traditional bologna sandwich, I showed my boys how to make bologna snakes. A table knife is sharp enough for the task, yet safe for kids to use.

 

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Feeding Rescue Cats And Dogs CheaplyI have several dogs and cats that I have rescued, to save money on dog food I cook a lot for them. Kidney is cheap and they love it with rice and some veggies. I buy chicken when it is on sale. I save all the bones in the freezer all summer.

 

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Save Web Addresses On Index CardsTo save memory space on my computer, I came up with this idea. I took a recipe box with the index tabs A to Z and index cards and turned it into a web site and e-mail buddy address box.

 

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Recycle Flour Bags For Baked GoodsRecycle your flour bags by reusing them to store your homemade baked goods (cookies, pastries, etc). I carefully open the bags to begin using the flour and when its finished, I reuse the bag.

 

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Buy Family Sized Meat PackagesBeing not so new at the grocery store shopping, I have found that instead of buying individual meats (for dinners), I buy the larger "family / super sized" meats and freeze them. I do this 1 time per month and usually end up saving like $25.00 to 30.00 per month that would have been wasted by purchasing individual serving sizes. Yes, I am shopping for 1 (me) and disability doesn't go far.

 

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Get a Reduction in Rent By Being a HandymanTo get a good deal on an apartment. Offer to do either simple handyman's work or some janitorial work in the evenings or weekends for a reduction in the rent and possibly free rent.

 

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Keeping Spice Holes from Plugging UpI used to have a lot of problems with the spice holes plugging up. Then, I realized it was because of steam. So now, I season my pots and pans that have cool oil or water, then turn on the heat. It sure has made a difference!

 

Questions

Dog's Eating Patterns Have ChangedI am hoping for some advise, as I just might be worrying. I have a 7-8 month old Husky/Shepherd. He always used to eat on schedule -we'd put down a cup of food in the morning and he'd eat, then afternoon, night, etc.

 

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Keeping Soda from Going FlatHow do you keep Coke from going flat once it has been opened? I would like to be able to drink the whole bottle, instead of having to use the flat Coke as a toilet bowl cleaner (which is a great use for it!). Thanks guys!

 

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