September 9, 2008

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Cheese StrataGrease 9x13 inch glass pan. Layer bread in bottom of pan; place cheese and meat over top. Heat remaining ingredients together and pour over top. Place in refrigerator overnight. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until firm.

 

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Chicken OliverMix all ingredients in top list together and top with ingredients in the second list. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes in a 9x13 inch pan. Serves 6-8

 

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Sweet Zucchini RelishI have made this before and it's really good. You can use the gigantic zucchini for this.

 

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Freezer JamMix well and let stand 4 hours or overnight: 2-3 cups mashed strawberries (or other soft fruit), depending on desired thickness, 3 cups sugar.

 

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Ambrosia PieIn blender, mix:1 3/4 cups milk, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup biscuit mix. . .

 

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Deeli's Caesar SaladThis recipe is so much yummier than the bottled/pre-packaged Caesar dressings. It's quick and easy to make and it's fresh.

 

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Recipe for Hummus Without TahiniAny hummus recipes without tahini? I have a lot of garbanzo beans I need to use up. Any other recipes using garbanzo beans would be good too. I don't want to buy anything special since I am moving soon and don't want extra ingredients to pack.

 

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Easy on the Stomach BBQ SauceFor chicken or anything else you may want to use it on. You may want to double if cooking for a family of 5 or more.

 

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Tortillas for Soft TacosMix together and let rise 1 hour. Roll out with flour to 1/4 inch thick. Use 3 inch bowl to make circles. put meat filling in each, fold over and pinch edges together.

 

Articles

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Organizing With Shoe Boxes for a MoveI recently moved. I was VERY disorganized but am getting better. The one thing I found out is that Target stores are more then happy to let you have empty shoe boxes. I drove my family nuts I had shoes boxes all over.

 

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Pack and Freeze Individual Servings From Your Fruit TreesWe have fruit trees, and end up with far more fruit than we can eat fresh, despite sharing with friends and neighbors. I go to the restaurant supply store and get a sleeve of 5 1/2 ounce individual serving cups (I pay about 5 dollars for 250, and several dollars more for lids) which means about 3 cents for a set.

 

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Keeping a Lighter Where You Can Find ItThis is handy for people like me who always misplace a lighter or it falls in the couch.

 

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Tips for a Small Laundry RoomWith 5 in our family and a small laundry room, this can be a challenge for us. The kids each have a basket in their rooms. Then there's a 'general' basket in the bathroom.

 

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Craft Project: Paper Sand DollarsThe kids will think they're still at the beach after making these easy sand dollars.

 

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Preparing Graham Cracker Crumbs for Holiday BakingIn cleaning out my food pantry yesterday, I found that I had three unopened boxes of graham crackers. I was surprised since I usually do not stockpile things.

 

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Wrap Metal Headboard To Match DecorThis is not only decorating, but crafty as well. I had an older style futon for a bed frame, and it was black shiny metal. Not conducive to a nice lilac and mint green bedroom.

 

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Put Mayo Between Meat and Cheese To Prevent Soggy SandwichesMy son loves Bologna and Cheese sandwiches with Mayo, but I've always hated knowing that by lunch he was eating a soggy sandwich.

 

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Keeping Cool TubeTake a diaper and take apart the layers. In the middle is cotton type material, it contains microscopic crystals, that holds moisture.

 

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Make Chew Bones Interesting AgainKeeping those rawhide chew bones interesting: A clerk at the pet store told me that instead of throwing them out, she rubs a small amount of peanut butter on cleaned doggie rawhide chew bones.

 

Rosalita (Chihuahua)Rosalita is 3 ish. She is a Chihuahua. I got her 2 years ago from a dog rescue.

 

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Use a Pumice Stone to Remove Fabric PillsInstead of using a lint shaver, try using a block of pumice stone. Those nasty tiny pills, and small specs will disappear onto the stone. It's easy to clean the stone that once helped the rough spots on your feet.

 

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Use Salt and Dawn to Kill FleasTo kill fleas in your home, put down lots of salt in your carpet. Wait 24 hours and vacuum. If you do this every other day, your home will be free of fleas. You have to keep up this or they will come back.

 

My Frugal Life: Stop Looking At The JonesEveryone starts their frugal journey for their own personal reasons. Either it is to simplify or their hand is force. I for one, fell into the latter group.

 

The Keebler TreeThis is a tree in the yard of my son's employer's yard - they call it the Keebler Tree.

 

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Store Cleaning Supplies In Your Car For Idle MomentsStore a small bag of car cleaning supplies in your trunk, such as empty bags for litter, car interior wipes, and even a roll of paper towel and window cleaner. I find tidying the car a good use of time when I am waiting on a passenger during an appointment.

 

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Use Floor Wax to Keep Silver ShinyThis is a great tip on how to keep your silver polished. While visiting the "Juliette Gordon Low" historical mansion in Savannah last month, we found out how they keep all the silver (lots and lots!) looking so beautiful.

 

Questions

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"Simple Green" Left Bleach Spots?Simple Green left bleach spots on my asphalt. Any suggestions to fix it?

 

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Mildew Stain On Satin?I have a mildew stain on a red satin shirt of my daughters and I have tried everything to try to get rid of it. It wouldn't be that big of a deal if I could find another one like it but I can't. If any one has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

 

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Food Sticking To Non-Stick Waffle Iron?I bought a new non-stick waffle iron, and since "non-stick" doesn't always mean that, I preheated it and brushed oil on it, as the manual said to do. Well, we all know what happened, right?! Stuck all over the place. I know not to spray Pam, etc. on non-stick. It's the kind that beeps when the waffle is ready, so I know I didn't open it too soon. Please help!

 

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Repairing Broken Door Frame?I broke the door frame in my house to my front door, where the lock is. How do I replace that part or do I have to replace the whole frame?

 

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Making Yard More Interesting?We have a very plain back yard. Nothing special. One rusted tool shed, one old swing set with pots of thyme underneath, and one gas BBQ grill on the patio with a cracked concrete floor - no awning. Also there is one small vegetable garden on the opposite side of the yard, a couple of nondescript bushes, one half dead pine tree and one crape myrtle.

 

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Burning Bush Has No Leaves?We planted 2 dwarf burning bushes in March right before our record rainfall of the year. Both plants' root balls sat basically underwater for a week, one worse than the other. The one developed leaves and seems fine but the other never developed leaves although it is covered in buds that never opened. We cut a stem and it is green inside and still seems to be alive.

 

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Can't Recycle Plastic Containers?I am overrun with plastic containers that aren't recyclable in my area (we only can recycle #1 and #2 plastics). Are there any crafts I can do with them or does anyone have a suggestion for donating them. Our local senior center can't use them. I have given away bagfuls at yard sales and still have more. Thanks in advance for your help.

 

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Hanging Fabric Up Instead Of Painting?I have wallpaper that I spent a fortune for, and for re-sale, would like to keep. My teenage daughter wants to paint over it with black paint. I just read how a couple of coats of primer would cover up the wallpaper, then the black, but a friend said there's some way that you can put black fabric, like curtains, throughout the room, using rods or some other way of holding them up.

 

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Homemade Weight Loss Dog Food?I have a dog that is overweight and the vet tries to get me to use an expensive prescription food that I don't feel is necessary. Does anyone out there have any suggestions on what I might give her to help her lose weight?

 

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Paying Off Credit Cards Quickly?When working on repaying my credit cards faster than minimum payments, am I better off paying $10.00 a week more or the same amount once a month? Thanks.

 

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Repairing Ceiling With Plywood?Can plywood be used to replace a ceiling?

 

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Pruning Squash Plants?Can squash plants be pruned to encourage new growth?

 

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Storing Garlic In Cellar?Can I store fresh garlic in a brown paper sack somewhere other than the refrigerator, such as a cellar?

 

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Noise Device to Repel Cat?My neighbor's cat runs loose in my backyard . She poops, is ruining my garden, and kills the birds. I have spoken to the owners several times. I don't see the cat for a few days then she's back. I have even phoned them to come get their cat.

 

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Washing Shoes?How do you wash shoes?

 

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Yellow Finches Stopped Coming?I live in Charlotte, NC. I placed a feeder in my yard and attracted a lot of yellow finches. I replaced the food with a different brand and they stopped coming around. I then got the food they liked and I cleaned the feeder really well.

 

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Cleaning Handbags?How do you clean handbags?

 

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Redyeing T-shirts?I'm trying to redye my black t-shirts. The shirts are not plain black, I don't own any plain shirts. So the real question is, is it possible to redye them myself or have them professionally done somewhere, so that the pictures/words on the shirt won't get ruined?

 

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Buying Bulk Canned Goods?I've Googled this until I cannot see straight! Is it cheaper to buy the big cans of fruits and vegetables like at Costco, Sam's, Groc Isle with the big Food Service sizes? If so, then is it ok/safe to freeze any leftovers? Any advice would be appreciated!

 

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Does Honey Make Hair Shinier?I was wondering if honey really helps your hair to be shinier? If so, how much should I use? Also do you know anything else that makes your hair shinier? Do avocados really work?

 

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What is a Bleach Alternative?What is a bleach alternative and does it kill germs on towels or socks? Thanks.

 

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Cleaning Chickens?I am looking for a recipe for stain removal, using non toxic household products. I would like to use it on my Silkie Chickens to remove the water stains that they get on their pom poms! Can anyone help?

 

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Lava Rock To Remove Pilling On Clothes?I am searching for fired lava rock, in sheet form, approx 3/4 to 1in. thick to remove pilling from clothing. If you have information on where this can be purchased please let me know. Thanks.

 

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Oil Free Soap Recipe?I am looking for an old fashioned soap recipe using lye and lard but no oil. Many recipes I Googled had olive or other oils. I misplaced a simple recipe I had using only lye and lard. Thanks for any replies I receive.

 

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Keeping Puppy Out Of Car?We have a 5 month old female beagle puppy (outdoor only) who thinks it is her duty and right to get into our cars every time we open the door. Any ideas how to break her of this? We have tried loud noises, telling her NO, removing her and scolding her, misting with water, even using pet repellent. My car is fairly new and I am afraid she will damage it by her chewing or with her claws.

 

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Reinforcing Leather Gloves?Does anyone have any ideas for making leather gloves last longer? I have two pairs, one for gardening and one for working in the barn. The first things that go are the tips of the fingers on my right hand. Since I always buy gloves that fit snug (I hate loose gloves) there is no room for me to just sew across the top of the fingers. Is there a way I could reinforce the tops of the fingers before I start using the gloves? Thanks in advance for any advice.

 

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Dark Spots On Maroon Shirt?Recently I washed a marooned colored t-shirt with some other dark colored shirts, all the laundry had already been previously washed. Nothing but the maroon t-shirt had large spots of dark colored marks on it. Help, the shirt had only been washed a couple of times. Thanks.

 

Home Trends Palm Breeze #50910INS?I got one response to my request for Palm Breeze wallpaper border #50910INS. However, I have ordered the suggested wallpaper border from ewallpaperborder and it is NOT the same. Can anyone help me? I need the INS number listed above to make sure it is a match.

 

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Removing Permanent Ink From Pet's Fur?How do I remove permanent ink from my Golden doodle's fur?

 

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Looking For Replacement Glass Shelf?I am in search of a 12 inch clear glass square to replace a broken curio shelf.

 

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"Eras" Themed Homecoming Parade?I need some ideas for our homecoming parade. Our theme is Eras and we were thinking about the future. We are an insurance agency and the Warriors are playing the Flyers. Anyone have a creative idea? Thanks!

 

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Treats For Large Dogs?I am looking for treats for 60 pound dog with sensitive stomach. What would you suggest?

 

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Reusing Trampoline Mesh?Does anyone have any ideas of how to recycle an old trampoline mesh? My son is recycling the metal and my husband is keeping the springs. The mesh is still good and so nice and thick I was trying to think of something it could be used for. We have a mule and I was thinking we could use it as some shade for his lot. That's all I could come up with.

 

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Looking For Odor Gun Product?A few years ago a tomcat hopped into my car and sprayed it in the middle of the night. The next day, in the hot Louisiana sun, the stench was horrifying to say the least. Wal-Mart carried a product in the auto care department called Odor Gun. It had no smell, but it worked wonders.

 

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Boy's 16th Birthday Party: Asian Theme?I need assistance to plan a Boy's 16th birthday, Asian themed (not a 'sweet' 16). Decorations and games need to be cool, not child-like. What do 16 year olds want to do? He recently relocated and wants to make an impression of not being too dorky. I thought of hiding clues in fortune cookies to find presents? I'm making a cake shaped like Chinese take out and sushi sides (cake). Serving General Tao chicken and rice. It's an afternoon party in October 08.

 

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Lilac Bushes Look Wilted?I bought 2 lilac shrubs when all the flowers went on clearance at Walmart. They looked fine when I bought them and brought them home. I left them in their pots for about 2-3 weeks before I got to plant them. I got them planted into the ground but by that time they looked sort of wilted. I watered and watered and it didn't work so I added some miracle growth stuff and watered.

 

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Growing Tibouchina Plant?I have a Tibouchina plant, which I believe is native to Brazil. My question is how hardy is this plant? At the moment it is in a pot in my greenhouse, and covered with beautiful purple flowers. I live 400 yards from the English Channel, so our winters are reasonably mild. Any help on keeping this fantastic plant alive through the winter would be much appreciated. Regards to all.

 

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Sap In Dog's Fur?I have a yellow lab that constantly gets tree sap in her hair. I can usually get the big chunks out with a comb, but there's always a residue that is left behind and collects dirt. She has sensitive skin. What can I use to remove it? Anyone?

 

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Stone Coasters?Do absorbent stone coasters really absorb all that much condensation? I have some cheap rubber coasters from Target with a raised rim that catches the water (I really like them)

 

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Sweet Ginger Tofu Pudding?There is a Vietnamese snack made of sweet ginger syrup and very soft tofu mixed together. My question: Is the water supposed to be drained off of the soft tofu before adding the syrup? It comes in a large cottage cheese like plastic container with the sweet ginger syrup packaged separately.

 

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