August 13, 2008

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Homemade Chocolate Ice CreamCombine first 3 ingredients in large bowl, mixing well. Add cream and chocolate syrup. Combine pudding mix with 2-3 cups milk in bowl. Add to cream mixture. Pour into 1 1/2 gallon ice cream freezer container. Add salt, vanilla and pecans.


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Round Steak and Vegetable CasseroleBrown meat and garlic in oil. Arrange 1/3 of the sliced vegetables in a 4 qt. casserole. Place half of meat pieces over these vegetables and sprinkle with 1/3 of the rice and seasonings. Add another 1/3 of the vegetables, the remaining meat, 1/3 of the seasonings and all the remaining rice.


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Homemade Yogurt In Your OvenTake 1 qt wide mouth mason jar. Put in 3/4 milk in your jar and shove it into the microwave and heat until just under boiling (however, IF it boils a little bit then it's ok!). Sit it on your cabinet or stovetop and let it cool to lukewarm.


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Exotic Green BeansSaute' beans in oil on high heat for about two minutes. Add onion, garlic, chilies and fry 4-5 minutes. Peel, core and cut in wedges the tomatoes. Add tomato, vinegar and salt and pepper to mixture.


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Black Bean and Corn SalsaIn a medium bowl, blend mayonnaise, lime juice and cumin. Stir in remaining ingredients. Serve chilled.



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Emery Boards for SandingI always try to think of ways to use things as much as possible before tossing them out. I recently realized a great use for partially worn out fingernail emery boards. I keep them in a container and use them when I refinish antique furniture.


Junior (Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua)

Junior (Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua)Junior is 2 years old and is a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix. I got Junior in January of 2007 from a friend who could not keep him because his wife had just had a baby.


Filled jars.

Filling Display JarsIf you are like me, you love displaying things in jars. I do it with rice, 16 bean soup, buttons, etc. However, if you are doing something crafty and you want the effect without the wasted stuff on the inside that no one sees (not so important with rice but a real loss with old buttons), then do what I do.


A picture of a boy holding a large head of cabbage.

Garden: A Cabbage as Big as His HeadA photo of my son Joseph with a "cabbage as big as his head" grown in our last year's garden.


Use Stickers To Decorate Party PlatesRather than buying expensive themed party supplies, decorate plain or colored plates and cups with stickers that follow the party's theme. We used metallic star stickers for our fairy and wizard themed birthday party and we found them at the dollar store in packs of 500!


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Good Power FoodsThese foods will give you strength and energy


Child's Dress Up Box

How to Create a Child's Dress Up BoxKids love imaginative play, and one of the best ways to encourage creativity and self expression is through dress-up. Allowing kids to be their favorite action hero, cartoon character, or even an imaginary friend with the help of a few costume props helps to keep kids away from TV and video games, too.


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Product Review: Ikea's Foldable Drying Rack (ANTONIUS)I'd purchased a nifty large powder coated steel drying rack with foldable sides at Container Store right before it was discontinued several years ago. I was happy to see it now stocked by IKEA for $39.99


Patch Potholders

Patch PotholdersUse those scraps of material for a quilted potholder.


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Microfiber to Clean Up Dog HairBrooms don't do a very good job at picking up dog hair from the floor. I put a microfiber cloth around my broom bristles and secure it with a rubberband. Tada! It picks up the dog hair.


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Use Unwanted Ice for HouseplantsIf you drop an ice cube on the floor, don't just toss it into the sink. Place it in a potted plant or your pet's water dish instead. Use the same technique for any leftover cubes in mealtime water glasses.


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Major Store Identity Theft WarningSome of the accounts hacked include: TJ Max, BJ's Wholesale Club, Office Max, Barnes and Noble, Sports Authority, among others and keep a daily review of your accounts.


Pruning Sheers

Gardening Pruning Primer: What and...Knowing what and when to prune is essential to maintaining a healthy and aesthetically pleasing garden. Here are some general guidelines on what to prune and when to prune it.


black plastic on window

Make Blackout Windows With Black PlasticDo you have problems sleeping when the moon is full? Are you bothered by street lights or yard lights brightening up your room at night? Do you work at night and have to sleep during the day? Maybe you can benefit from this tip. To darken your room, cover your windows with black plastic.



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Recipes Using Cake MixI've come into about 80 boxes of cake mixes, mostly chocolate, a few white and a few yellow. I would welcome any ideas for these cake mixes besides the obvious.


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Restore-4 CleanerWhere can I find Restore-4 cleaner at a retail store?


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Looking for Ant Repellent ProductOur area of the state is well known for having to battle ants in the summer. Irregardless if it is indoors, outdoors, food on counter, bleached counters, it doesn't matter.


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Removing Wallpaper In StairwellI'm trying to remove the wallpaper from our 3 story townhouse. There is a staircase in the middle of house, with very tall walls. Most of the wallpaper is along the stairwell. How can I get to the tops of the walls to remove the paper? I have a 2 meter tall ladder, but how can I balance it on the stairs?


Lizard on wood.

What Kind Of Lizard Is This? (Western Fence...This lizard lives in our backyard garden. Can anyone ID him for me? Thanks for your time and efforts.


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Remedies for Sciatic Nerve PainMy father has been suffering from sciatica for the last three months. A month ago he underwent a surgery and after surgery he is still feeling pain and numbness in his left leg.


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Harvesting Black WalnutsMy friend has a huge black walnut tree, and has not found a good way to harvest the black walnuts. They drop to the ground with a green shell around them, and they are very difficult to get the outer shell off. Any ideas? Thanks.


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Redoing Blackberry JellyI had to do my blackberry jelly over again. I don't think it is going to take again. Can I redo it? If yes, do I do it the same way or some other way?


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Plants That Are Safe for CatsI love plants and have several Silk hanging plants, as I have heard that plants are not good for cats. But I would prefer the real ones. Besides I understand that they also keep oxygen in the air. I do have some places where I can put them up really high, but would love to have one of those tree plants in the corner. Let me know what you think. Thanks.


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