August 28, 2008

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Tuna Ball CasseroleCombine first 5 ingredients and form into balls. Place tuna balls in buttered casserole dish. Combine the soup and the milks; pour over the tuna balls. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.

 

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Seafoam SaladIn blender, blend drained pears; also blend cream cheese. Add hot juice with gelatin and add to above. Prepare Dream Whip according to package directions and add to above. Pour into mold.

 

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Greek ChickenIn small bowl, mix feta cheese, lemon juice and oregano until smooth. On work surface, flatten breasts. With a spatula, spread cheese mixture over each chicken breast. Fold in half and secure with toothpicks.

 

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Cheese MuffinsIn a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Next stir in all three cups of cheese. (if you like a sharper cheese flavor you can substitute cheddar)

 

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Easy Good Chow MeinBrown meat in Dutch Oven, add cut up celery and onions and water to cover by about 1 inch. Bring to boil and lower heat to simmer. Simmer about 1 hour, covered until onions and celery are tender. add soy sauce (about 1/4 cup or more to taste).

 

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Ranch Dressing MixSeveral versions of a convenience mix for Ranch dressing

 

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Chocolate MuffinsPut cake mix in bowl, add the pumpkin and mix until combined. Use an ice cream scoop to put batter in paper lined muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with chopped pecans and chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until done.

 

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Ham RollsAsk butcher to grind ham and pork together ahead of time. Mix first 5 ingredients (I use pastry blender). Form in rolls about the size of large goose eggs. These shrink some in cooking.

 

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Summer DinnerBrown and drain sausage. Add rest of ingredients and simmer till squash is not real soft. This is a great recipe for this time of year. We love it, so I usually double it.

 

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Sammy Jo (Mixed Breed)Sammy Jo is 6 months-1 year old, I adopted her on 8-11-08

 

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Tips for Parents Sending Kids to CollegeA few tips as your student goes away to college. Send an umbrella. They may never have used one in high school, but they will to walk all the way across campus in a downpour.

 

Enjoy Your Garden

Simply EnjoyEnjoy the planting, enjoy the seedlings sprouting to life, enjoy the sights and smells too but most of all, enjoy the healthier lifestyle that gardens provide to all that see it.

 

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Saving The Natives: Wild Flower Rescue GroupsMost of us are familiar with the concept of pet rescue groups, groups that take in unwanted, abused, or stray animals and attempt to find suitable homes for them. However, did you know that there are similar groups dedicated to rescuing native wildflowers?

 

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Butter Corn on the Cob as a BatchMy family loves corn on the cob. They all complain about buttering their corn, even with the new squirt butter, which I did not like to buy since it rather pricey! I buy the aluminum throw away pans when they are on sale and use one to butter the corn.

 

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Homemade Deck CleanerHere is a homemade recipe for cleaning your deck. This works as well as the store-bought cleaners and is far more thrifty.

 

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Link: Diplodocs.com For ManualsI just found a wonderful site for obtaining manuals for those great garage sale finds that you haven't a clue on how to use or even know if they are complete. It is free and I didn't even have to register to download the manual I needed.

 

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Easy CurtainsMeasure your window/windows. Purchase fabric to fit the window"s width and length. Use contrasting colors to make your window covering interesting.

 

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Disposable Cameras for WeddingsPut a disposable camera on each reception table, these often capture very special candid moments! Do not buy the overpriced ones you see in wedding catalogs though! You can buy them in packages of 6 at walmart for $10.99 and there are many free templates for camera covers on the internet.

 

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Uses for Milk JugsCleaned out milk jugs are so handy around the house. Of course I take them to the store to fill for drinking water. I mix up plant fertilizer in them to feed the plants. So easy to grab and pour. I mix up hummingbird food and store in the frig.

 

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Add Pickle Juice To HashI made my usual unimpressive corned beef hash (leftover corned beef, diced and pan sauteed onions and cubed potatoes). On a whim, I added a couple of splashes of pickle juice at the very end.

 

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Stock up at Back To School TimeI used to work in a daycare, and at back to school sale time, I stocked up on items I would need for the daycare for the year (scissors, colored pencils, markers, etc.).

 

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Using Swivel Hooks for Organizing ClosetsI find that room in my closet is essential to lessening my stress. If you are the same, I have a cool idea I came up with that you might like.

 

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Make Sure The Lid Is Tight On PaintTo avoid a "I cant believe how stupid..." moment. When you buy paint, MAKE SURE the lid is on tight! I just assumed they would pound it on, well they didn't and I spent all night cleaning latex paint out of my carpet.

 

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Tips for Bathing a CatMy cat, Teddy, is impossible to bathe. Although normally cats do not require a bath, he sometimes seems to get dirty using his litter box and then smells, albeit rarely this happens.

 

gazebo made from found wood

Recycled GazeboThis was made out of downed trees using recycled vintage furniture, old stained glass for windows, antique hanging chandelier surround with plants outside and a copper weathervane on top.

 

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Inexpensive Ways To Fortify Your Garden SoilWith fall and winter coming up, it is time think about fortifying your soil for next year! Don't run of to purchase expensive fertilizers - free (and often better) material is easier to find than you may think.

 

My Garden By The SeaMy Garden by the Sea

 

Questions

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Downloading Ring Tones?Is it safe to buy and download a ring tone for your cellphone from a website not run by your cellphone provider? I've heard that it can download a virus to your phone, so you should stick with downloading ring tones from your provider's site only.

 

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Butterfly Bush Not Blooming?My butterfly bush is not blooming this year, why? I have the one with blooms that look like little purple butterflies. It's about six ft. tall and three ft. wide, healthy but no blooms

 

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Soil Recommendation for Petunias?I planted wave petunias for the last two years in beds and they start out fine. I water and fertilize, but then they just die. I think the soil must have too much of something. What do petunias need in the soil?

 

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Help My Azalea?A friend gave me her azalea before moving. Before replanting, I removed baby's breath that had wrapped itself into and over the plant. I even rinsed the root system to keep it from returning.

 

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Dog Is Aggressive After Owner Died?I have a 3yr old American Bulldog. Since my husband past away he's become worse then ever. He's very aggressive when on walks and chasing my neighbors. He barks and cries all the time inside, he even play bites. He went to Petsmart 3 different times when younger, it didn't really help.

 

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Using Fabric Softener With Vinegar?I use vinegar in my final rinse when I do my laundry because I've found that my towels don't have so much lint, but I love the smell and softness of fabric conditioner. I was wondering if I could mix the vinegar with the fabric conditioner to get the best of both worlds, so to speak. Vinegar is great to prevent lint, but my laundry is much softer and smells much better with fabric conditioner. I don't want to use essential oils. They are very expensive here in Malta which makes them very uneconomical. Any suggestions or ideas please?

 

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Power-Save Solar System Review?Has anyone been successful with purchasing from this site? http://www.power-savetv.com/solar.html Thanks!

 

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The Cost Of Leaving Things Plugged In?Keeping our electric bill down is continually a challenge. We have had over 30 days over 100 this year. I keep a folder to store any tips I find in magazines. While cleaning the folder out last week, I came across a great article I would like to share about high tech's hidden cost. This is average annual energy cost for each item.

 

White Substance On Grapevines?Can anyone tell me what this white substance is on our grape vine? It's a thick liquid that's running down and collecting on the stems of the grapes.

 

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Recipe Ideas For Someone Who Hates To Cook?Does anyone have any tips or advice for someone who can't stand cooking? Besides frozen foods and take-out?

 

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Canning Cauliflower?I'm trying to find out if I could can cauliflower? I'd like it in a sweet brine with onions and banana peppers. Could I just cook the cauliflower until it's almost done, then pour the cooled brine on top? Then keep it in the refrigerator? I would appreciate any input you could give me. Thank you.

 

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Can You Replant Tomatoes In The Same Place?Can you replant tomatoes where you have had tomatoes the year before if the tomatoes had no problems? Thank you.

 

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What Are These Flowers?I see these flowers on my way to work and have never seen them anywhere else, other than at this spot.

 

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Neighbor's Cat with Day Old Flea Ridden Kittens?This morning a neighbor's cat had kittens in my tree (a hollowed out hole in the trunk, not out on a limb.) It has rained a couple of days and the tree is wet. The two kittens lay at the bottom of a hollowed hole. Not only do i fear it is too cold and wet, I know the mother has terrible fleas as well.

 

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Decorating Rubber Kitchen Gloves?Can anyone offer suggestions on decorating some rubber kitchen sink gloves? I would like to decorate with Malibu feathers and other things (similar to the gloves the BBC channel program English Cleaning women use). They would be gag gifts. Any ideas on materials and how to attach them? I would love to add a "diamond" to the ring finger. Thanks for any help.

 

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Puppy Keeps Running Away?My 8 month old male Sheltie has recently decided that he likes to run around the neighborhood, and not respond to return commands. I follow him on foot, get a couple feet from him and he just takes off running! I have never physically hit or spanked him. It's becoming very frustrating.

 

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Information From "Quilt In A Day" Book?I had a quilting book by Eleanor Burns from her Quilt in a Day series that was all about the Log Cabin quilt. In our latest move I lost (or can't find) my book. Could someone please tell me how much fabric is needed to make a king size quilt. I can't remember if there are different measurements for different styles. Help me out if you can please.

 

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