September 18, 2008

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Grandma's Potato SoupPare, dice, cook potatoes and onions in about as much water as amount of soup desired. When potatoes are half done, add half stick of margarine. Sift flour and salt into a bowl, make a well in center of flour. Drop eggs in the well.

 

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash SoupTry this smooth, golden soup that can be made with an inexpensive seasonal ingredient that tastes "like fall." Roasting the squash in a hot oven browns the edges and brings out the sweetness in this simple but healthy soup.

 

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Gooey Pound SquaresMelt butter and mix with the cake mix and 2 eggs. Spread in a greased 9x13 inch pan. (This is a stiff batter). Mix cream cheese, 2 eggs and powdered sugar. Pour over cake mix. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar when cool.

 

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Baked Canned Chicken SandwichesChop large pieces of chicken, if necessary. Add broken crackers and dried onion. Toss slightly. Add beaten eggs and blended celery. Mix along with the water or broth until soupy. Bake at 375 degrees F for 1 1/2-2 hours, stirring twice during baking.

 

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Escalloped TurnipsCombine turnips and onion. Mix flour and milk together. Pour over turnips. Mix crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle over all. Use oiled casserole. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.

 

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Recipes For Juicer PulpOther ways to use the pulp from juicing. I feel it is a sin ;) to just toss away the good leftovers from veggies and fruits so I am kinda making stuff up and if it's good, I send it in to share.

 

Articles

Suitcase Dog Bed

Suitcase Dog BedI saw this on the Creative Home Arts Club site. It was too cute not to share. Perfect for your on-the-go, fashion-forward pooch and charming enough to accent any room in your home, the suitcase dog bed is more than just a soft place for Spot to rest his head.

 

In Memory Of Goopie (Boxer)Goopie is a 2 year old Boxer. I got him when he was 7 months old. A couple at work couldn't keep him in their new apartment and they gave him to me.

 

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Using Analog VCR with Converter BoxWe wanted to use our analog VCR with the new converter box (bought with a government issue coupon) for the analog TV. Had to call Customer Service for information as the TV would not communicate with the VCR no matter what I did.

 

Mixed terrier with patchy fur.

Feed Dogs Yogurt for AllergiesMy dog Dazee has problems with allergies that cause her to chew, lose hair, and get sick. After treating her with cortisone shots, not only was it becoming expensive to visit the vet, she refused to eat the expensive foods we bought.

 

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Dolly's Delight (Copycat)Slice two thick pieces of angel food cake. Fill with one scoop of vanilla ice cream. Top with hot fudge and whip cream. Add cherry on top.

 

Buying Bulbs

What to Look For When Buying BulbsBulbs are containers. Each of them houses all of the necessary ingredients (except water) to grow a beautiful flower. It should come as no surprise then, that the quality of the flower you end up with depends a lot on the quality of the bulb you start with.

 

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Use Lidocaine To Ease Mammogram PainTo ease the pain during your mammogram, apply over-the-counter lidocaine on breasts before the exam. It works better than aspirin or any other pain reliever.

 

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Getting Ready For School In AdvanceMy son just started kindergarten, I work part-time and my husband works second shift. So at night, preparing for school the next day is all up to me! To help myself stay organized, I do the following:

 

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Apple Cider Vinegar For Treating Rain Rot On HorsesI have horses. Recently they got rain rot. This is a bacterial, not fungal infection. I have used fungicides in the past for another rain rot infection my mare got 7 years ago.

 

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Use a Shower Extension Rod to Keep Large Flat Objects UprightHere is a tip for storing large flat objects such as picture frames or odd shapes such as wrapping paper tubes, etc. Use a shower extension rod at the back of a closet.

 

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ThriftyFun Mentioned In Reader's Digest Article: "My Family's No-Buy Experiment"There is an article in Reader's Digest - October 2008 "My Family's No Buy Experiment" by David Hochman that tells about frugal living AND the first thing that happens is the family has a plumbing problem.

 

Save Your Pringles Lids For Covering Yogurt Containers

Save Your Pringles Lids For Covering Yogurt ContainersIf you recycle your Pringles cans, keep the lids. Most yogurts don't come with them anymore, and most of them can be used for food or crafts. However, without lids, they are great for plants starts but not much else.

 

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Freeze Canned BiscuitsI found out just today that you can freeze the biscuits-in-a-can! Find a sale, stock up, and throw them in the freezer. You can either let the can thaw out, pop it open and then bake the biscuits or (frozen cans will NOT pop) pry the frozen biscuits out of the can and bake them.

 

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Add Salt and Cinnamon To CoffeeA pinch of salt and a little bit of cinnamon in your coffee grounds in the morning makes coffee special. Also takes the twang out of the coffee.

 

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Plant Daffodils To Prevent PestsIf you are having trouble with something eating your flower bulbs, try planting daffodils around your flower bulbs. Daffodils are toxic to mice and voles. Worked great for me.

 

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Make Your Own ButtermilkThough many people have an aversion to buttermilk, this tasty, cultured dairy staple has a place in every frugal household.

 

Garden: Anita's FlowersThis is my garden this year. I planted phlox, gold barberry, impatiens, Mexican heather, petunias, celosia, and a barberry pillar. I am so proud of my garden.

 

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Origami BasketPrintable step by step instructions for making an origami basket by Maricel.

 

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Avoid Cleaning Chemicals With MicrofiberI just purchased microfiber towels and a microfiber mop from QVC.com and I love them. You use the towels to clean almost anything without chemicals. Use them slightly wet to clean countertops, your stove, the bathroom sink, etc. I have never been able to get the shower glass to look clean.

 

Questions

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Steam Build Up on Windows?I need to know how to get rid of old steam build up on windows.

 

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Repairing Warped Door Frames?I have glued up 3/4 inch ash door frames and I must have tightened up the clamps to much. Now the doors are warped, they are naturally as it is. Can I spray them with water and press them down to straighten them up? The door size is 14x16.

 

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Paper Mache Pumpkin?Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a paper mache (sp?) pumpkin for Halloween? Instead of buying a pumpkin I'd like to make some that I can keep and reuse. Any ideas would be welcome.

 

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Crustless Egg Custard Recipe?I lost a recipe for crustless egg custard that you did not have to cook in a water bath. This is such a wonderful comfort food and I miss it! Thanks.

 

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Other Uses for Laundry Detergent?I just bought a new front-loading wash machine and I have to use special low suds detergent in it. So, I am left with a very large box of regular Tide detergent. Any ideas on how I can use the Tide in other cleaning tasks?

 

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Removing Scale From Aluminum?How do you clean scale from aluminum? We have an old cast aluminum tea kettle with heavy mineral-scale deposits inside and a little around the openings on the outside.

 

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Eco-Friendly Flea Remedies?How to get rid of fleas from yard and house and pets. Eco friendly remedies, please.

 

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Fixing a Muddy Area in My Yard?One side of our yard is always wet and muddy. Can anyone suggest a cheap fix?

 

Researching Old Wine Bottles?I have what I believe are two wine bottles that were made in Italy. I do not know much about them. I am hoping someone could tell me a little bit about them. I would like to know how old they are and if they are worth anything?

 

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"Restful" Paint Color?What is a good (restful) color to paint a bedroom?

 

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Something Is Eating My Garden!First of all, I lost my enire garden to the severe hail we experienced. I have babied back what plants I could salvage and have been very protective of them. I was able to produce 1 pumpkin that I have promised to my granddaughter, but when I went to check on garden this morning something has eaten the whole side of it off.

 

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Hibiscus Flowers Not Opening?I have a hibiscus plant that will bloom, but the blooms will not open up completely before they die. I have planted it in the ground and fertilized it. I water it everyday, but nothing seems to work. What should I try next?

 

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Creme Brulee Recipe?I am looking for a great tasting creme brulee recipe and a quick way of melting the brown sugar topping without burning it.

 

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Cooking Roast in a Crock Pot?If you have a roast with a layer of fat on one side should you put the fatty side down or on top if you are cooking it in the crock pot?

 

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Looking For Envirotech?Where can I buy Envirotech?

 

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Cordless Kettle Sticking To Base?My cordless kettle is sticking to the base. Any suggestions?

 

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Blackberry Dumplings?I am looking for a recipe for blackberry dumplings.

 

When Will My Clematis Bloom?How long before clematis starts blooming? I planted from a gallon container. Clematis can take a year or two to bloom after first being planted, and will require at least several more years before reaching full maturity.

 

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Does Heat Ruin Batteries?Could keeping a battery that goes to a battery-operated vehicle in our shed ruin it due to the high heat? The vehicle just stopped working one day and the battery says it was fully charged. Could the charger also have been affected?

 

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Low Cost Veterinary Clinics in San Fernando Valley, CA?Where could I find a low cost veterinary in San Fernando Valley, CA

 

bunches of lavender drying

Harvesting Lavender?I never seem to know when to cut my lavender to get the best fragrance. Also, what is the best way to dry it.

 

Backyard patio

Advice for a Backyard Patio?I am starting to get my back yard cleared out. About 15 trees will be removed, grass seed will be planted and I would like a small patio area to be exposed from the French Doors I hope to have installed.

 

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Bread Machine Sandwich Bread?I just purchased a used bread machine. I've made some very tasty bread so far and love having the machine. What I don't seem to be able to do is make a good sandwich bread. If you have a recipe that makes good sandwich bread, please share with me.

 

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Low GI Diet?Does anyone use the Low GI Diet? If so, can you give me some information on what to look for on packages of food, to see if it has a low GI. Thanks

 

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Stain On Faux Marble Counter?I have a faux marble sink top in the bathroom. Yesterday I had taken one of those small wax coated Dixie cups figuring I would be safe because it was wax coated and had filled it with some Windex to clean a diamond ring. Well, the dye came off the cup and has now left a mark.

 

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Halloween Costumes For Big People?My husband and I are of "generous proportion", any ideas for Halloween costumes for big people? Much appreciated, thanks. =)

 

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Suede Damaged From Cleaning?I was trying to remove a butter stain from my suede purse. I used soap and water and now it has lost the suede texture and look. Can I do something to restore it or at least make it look better. Thanks.

 

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Giving Private Piano Lessons?I'm a musician and I would like to give private lessons in piano but I don't have a degree. Should I pursue a degree first or should I go ahead and teach privately?

 

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