October 2, 2008

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Hearty Winter SoupBring water and vegetables to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender. Add remaining ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally until cheese is melted.

 

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No Bake Peanut BrowniesCombine first 4 ingredients with a pastry blender or whisk. In small saucepan, melt chocolate and milk over low heat and stir constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

 

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Quick Mediterranean Cucumber AppetizerHealthy, quick and easy. Arrange cucumber slices on serving plate/tray. Top each cucumber slice with a dollop of hummus. Sprinkle each cucumber with Feta and finish by topping with red bell pepper.

 

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Salmon and Cracker PieDrain liquid from salmon into measuring cup. Set aside to use as part of liquid. Turn salmon into bowl and flake. Add minced onion, seasonings, milk and reserved salmon liquid. Mix lightly.

 

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Bacon Corn CasseroleFry the bacon, remove from fat, and when cool bread bacon into small pieces. Slice the pepper and onion and fry in 2 Tbsp. bacon fat. To the peppers and onion add the corn, bread crumbs, beaten egg, milk, salt, pepper and bacon pieces.

 

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Spicy Chicken Salad With Mango SalsaFor salsa, in a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; chill until serving. In a large skillet, saute the chicken, garlic, cumin, onion powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper and salt in oil until heated through.

 

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Eggplant And Zucchini CasseroleI just made this up the other night and the amounts can vary, depending what you have on hand. my family really liked it.

 

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Swiss Green BeansMelt margarine, stir in flour, salt, pepper, sugar and grated onion. Add sour cream and stir until smooth. Cook and stir until sauce is bubbly and thickened. Fold in green beans. Pour into a 1 1/2 qt. baking dish.

 

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Fettuccine with Shrimp and AsparagusI came up with this idea for asparagus left-over when not feeling quite up to cooking a gourmet meal. The family thought it was great and I hope you enjoy it as well.

 

Articles

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Dryer Sheets for DustingBuy dryer sheets at your local dollar store. Attach them to the end of your broom and will pick up dust, pet hair, misc. Also, use for dusting furniture.

 

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Product Warning: Dollar Store Toilet PaperWARNING - Do not buy the knockoff of the "Scott 1000" Toilet Paper at the Dollar Store! This gave my 5 year old granddaughter a very painful and itchy problem "down there" and it took 2 weeks and 2 visits to the doctors office to get her all healed up!

 

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Buy (and Ship) Wedding Gift at Bed, Bath and BeyondGo into Bed, Bath, and Beyond to send a wedding gift if you cannot attend. If you go into the store, you can use your coupon (which you cannot online) and you pay for shipping based on the price of the item (not the weight).

 

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Buy Individual Salads at a DeliI got tired of buying salad fixings only to eat from a head of lettuce once or twice and tossing it out. I now buy a salad with a little shredded cheese and tomato wedge from the store deli.

 

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Get Rid of Pests in Fall ArrangementsIf you wish to use pine cones, seed pods, and the like in your fall arrangements, spread them on a foil covered cookie sheet and put them in the oven to about at hour at 200 degrees F. That will kill any critters that might be hiding inside.

 

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Freeze Heavy Duty Water Bottles For WorkI carry a bottle of water with me to work every day and I love very cold water so I freeze my water so it will stay cold all day but you can't use those "wimpy" plastic bottles. I buy Propel or the small Gatorade bottles which are heavy plastic and will take freezing.

 

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Something Is Eating The Leaves On Weeping CherryI have a weeping cherry tree that was planted about 2 months ago. I put mulch around it, watered it regularly and put it in a spot where I thought it would be free of infestation.

 

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Cloning Rose BushesHave you ever tried cloning rose bushes? If you have with out success, here is a simple tip that will get you started on your way.

 

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Drying and Storing HerbsMost herbs dry easily, and if properly preserved, will retain their flavor and aroma long enough to carry you into the next growing season. As with a lot of gardening, timing is everything.

 

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Easy Way To Get All The Tomato PasteHow to get all the tomato paste out of the can. Open both ends of can, with a can opener. Take one can end off. Push the other end down, all the way through the can. When tomato paste is out, remove the can lid.

 

Man in Housewife costume

Frugal Halloween Costumes for Children and AdultsHalloween is fast approaching! Here are some easy and inexpensive Halloween costumes for adults and children alike, using sweat suits and stuff you have laying around the house.

 

Chloe and Delilah (Jack Russell/Lab and Beagle/Lab)

Chloe and Delilah (Jack Russell/Lab and Beagle/Lab)Chloe is a Jack Russell and Lab mix. Delilah is a Beagle and Lab mix. Both are two. They were strays left on side of road that I picked up. Both were starving.

 

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Do Online Surveys for RewardsI signed up for surveys that you get points for answering. They give rewards of either merchandise or cash. For the last 4 years each October, I turn in the points for gift cards or merchandise to be used as gifts.

 

Get Free Hedges and Plants By Propagating Your OwnI live in an area where I need privacy but can't afford to buy all the plants I need to grow a hedge, so I decided to propagate my own plants for free! All you need to buy is a container of rooting hormone (under $5) and several bags of playground sand.

 

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Make Sure You Are Registered To Vote TODAY!Remember that voting is coming up very soon. NOW is the time to vote absentee or to register. I believe the law is that you have to register 4 weeks in advance in order to vote.

 

Questions

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Homemade Presents For Dog Lover?Does anyone have ideas for homemade presents for the dog lover? I have seen the frames from doggy bones and the dog biscuits are also great, but does anyone have other crafty ideas for the pooch and its owner?

 

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Rat Terrier Started Peeing Inside?My 8 year old dog started peeing in house after going outside all the time, what happened? It is a Rat Terrier, smart, cute and listens but what went wrong now?

 

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Soup Made With Baked Potatoes?I used to have a recipe a few years back called 'baked potato soup', but can't find it anymore. It was really simple and delicious. You start out with baked potatoes and there's only a few more ingredients. Can anyone out there help? Thank you!

 

Cultured Marble Counters

Refinishing Cultured Marble Counters?To make this project easier I removed my faucet and drain.

 

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Water Repellent for Clothing?In the 80's, a co-worker of mine sold some type of water and stain repellent for clothes, shoes, etc. I thought it was an amway product but I cannot seem to find it anywhere. It was such a great product, as our uniforms were always clean and never had stains on them. Water literally rolled off our shoes.

 

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Getting Seeds From Zinnias?In hoping to get seeds from faded Zinnias. I am faced with either the spent petals (which fit into the flower-head and look like the heads of spears) or a much smaller seed(?) which comes out of the flower head when the flower head looks like a carefully trimmed buzz cut. Which is the preferred product?

 

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Homemade Children's Birthday Present Ideas?We are doing the 30 day challenge in Readers Digest for October. My daughter has a birthday party to go to for a little girl who is in 4th grade. I want to give her something special but not "buy" it. Any ideas?

 

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Dr. Brandt Pore Effect?How good is Dr. Brandt Pore Effect?

 

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Buying "The Ice Princess" Book?Does anyone know where I can get the book The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg for ten to fifteen dollars?

 

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Ideas for Sweet 16 Welcome Message?Looking for ideas for a Welcome message for a 16th Birthday (for a sweet girl).

 

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Relieving Cold Symptoms?I have been hit with a very bad cold. I was wondering if anyone has a quick fix, inexpensive, to alleviate the symptoms? I started using Zycam yesterday, my husband swears by it, but it is expensive.

 

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Inexpensive Oven Beef Jerky?I'd like to find an inexpensive beef jerky recipe that's not spicy. One that can be made in the oven.

 

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Faux Finish Over Flat Latex?I used a wall coating with insulation in it. The coating is flat latex. I had it tinted as the company said but it has turned out too dark. The company said I can paint over it with another flat paint but I am tired of all this painting. Can I do a faux or color wash on this flat paint? I have looked everywhere for help. I need help with this please. Thanks a lot. I love this website, I look on it a lot.

 

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Affordable Wedding Locations In Somerset, NJ?I am located in Somerset, NJ and just moved from NC. I am getting married next summer and would like to know if anyone has any ideas on locations. We will be purchasing a house just before the wedding so that after the honeymoon we can come home to our new home. So I am trying to keep the wedding under $3,000. Any ideas would be appreciated.

 

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Rhubarb Plants Turning Yellow?Why are my rhubarb plants turning yellow and soft? I have 3 plants, two have done this. Getting rhubarb to grow successfully in your zone may be a tall order.

 

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Does Concealapore Clog Pores?I have read on this site that Concealapore really does make facial pores disappear (or at least make them less noticeable). I'd love to try it, but does anyone know if it clogs the pores?

 

What Breed Is My Dog?What mix of breeds is my dog? My puppy is 6 mos old. His mother is Pekingese and Shih TzSu and father is suppose to be a Chihuahua mix? My puppy looks like his dad except for a smaller nose and face. Thank you.

 

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Growing Tomatoes Inside?Is it ever possible to grow tomatoes inside your home? Has anyone done this? What were the results, problems, etc?

 

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Burning Bush Changing Color Early?My burning bush is changing color too early in the season. What is wrong with it?

 

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Sewer Odor Coming From Drains?How do I get rid of the sewer smell in my shower drain?

 

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Knifty Knitter Blanket Keeps Rolling Up?I have a large rectangle Knifty Knitter. I am trying to make a blanket but it keeps rolling up. Any ideas on how to stop this or how to make it lay down eventually?

 

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Fall Themed 30th Anniversary Party?I want to do a surprise 30th anniversary party for my sister and brother-in-law. Any ideas? I am doing a buffet, fall colors, orange and yellow table cloths. Centerpieces are little fish bowls with a votive candle, amber marbles with a ribbon and flowers around the top.

 

A worn pink blanket.

Restoring Childhood Blanket?I have a pink and white old fashioned design twin size blanket that I've had since age of eight in 1963. Guess you could call her a sort of baby blanket. Anyway, she is threadbare now with a few holes.

 

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Remedies For Cow Licks?Does anyone have a remedy for cow licks? I have tried blow drying in the direction, gel, etc., but with no luck. Have you used a particular product and/or a technique that works? Thank you!

 

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Homemade Lip Stain?Does anyone have a recipe for a lip STAIN? Thank you!

 

What Breed Is My Dog?Can somebody help me to tell what breed my dog is? The people we got her from say she's a husky. She has ice blue eyes, but I think she's mixed.

 

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Female Bible Character Costumes?I need a costume for a female Bible character. Any ideas? Do you know of any patterns or websites where I can get some good ideas?

 

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What Do Musty Clothes Smell Like?Many people say they have "musty" smelling clothes or towels after washing them, caused by molds developed on the washer. I can't imagine how it smells but answering the following question would help me clarify this. Here's the question: Is it EXACTLY the same smell of clothes sold on thrift stores or is it a different one? Remember that thrift store smell?

 

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Decorating A Column To Look Like A Tree?I have a column right in the middle of a classroom and I would like to make use of it. I would like to create a tree symbolizing the tree of knowledge, using the column as the trunk. Do you have any ideas on how to create it?

 

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Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?We just moved into a new house our problem is the smell of our water and drains. It smells like rotten eggs. The washer is gross too, every time I wash clothes they either smell like rotten eggs while washing or the machine does. It is very gross. Taking a shower is also smelly.

 

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Planting Phlox in a Sunny Location?I transplanted some phlox 3 years ago to a northeasterly location. They get lots of hot afternoon sun from the south. They start out each year green and healthy and then start to turn brown at the ground level, eventually continuing up the entire stalk.

 

diseased pepper leaves

Trouble Growing Pepper Plants?I am having trouble with my potted pepper plants. The leaves keep dropping off and look horrible. Attached is an image of what they look like. I can't tell if it is a disease or some bug eating them.

 

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Putting Larger Bulbs in Glass Blocks?I would like to know if there is a way of making bigger holes in the glass blocks to accommodate putting in a night light size bulb rather than an string of lights. There was a sight I was on that sold the glass blocks with the 7 watt night size bulb.

 

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Making Burlap Stiff?I am making a plant hanger out of burlap. Can someone tell me how to make the burlap stiff? Like they do when they make straw hats made into planters. Thanks for any help I may get.

 

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