October 7, 2008

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Easiest Quesadillas EverI learned this recipe when working at a day care. I call them the easiest quesadillas ever, and they are a real hit with my family. Of course you can embellish and add but this is what I do:

 

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Vegetable Bean SaladMix dressing ingredients and set aside. Drain all canned vegetables, mix with fresh vegetables. Put into a large, covered container and pour dressing on top. Refrigerate overnight before serving. Keeps well for 2 weeks.

 

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Blueberries and Cream PieMix Cool Whip, condensed milk, and lemon juice. Fold in blueberries. Fill each crust and refrigerate.

 

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Diabetic Fruit CakeCombine all fruit, juice,and nuts. Stir well. Mix in remaining ingredients, mix well and pour into a well greased 10 inch Bundt pan. Put into a preheated 350 degree F oven for 40-50 minutes.

 

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Sloppy Joe Maid RitesBrown hamburger and onion, drain. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat until desired temperature and serve.

 

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Three Day Coconut CakeBake the cake according to the directions in two 8 inch or 9 inch pans. Combine the sour cream, coconut, vanilla and sugar together and chill. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture to add to the whipped topping. Spread the coconut mixture between the cake layers. Frost the cake with the coconut and whipped topping mixture.

 

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Swedish Rice PorridgeIn a saucepan, with 1 cup of water, combine the rice, salt and butter together, until boiling. Cover the rice and cook for 10minutes. Stir in the milk and cinnamon stick. Cover and cook, over low heat, for about 45 minutes or until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally.

 

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Tangy Zucchini SauteIn a large skillet, saute zucchini and onion in oil until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper; saute 1 minute longer. Add vinegar and saute for 1-2 minutes or until liquid is evaporated and zucchini is evenly coated. Happy tasting.

 

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Wash and Freeze Your Apple HarvestWith apples so good and plentiful now, why not freeze them so that you may enjoy sauces and apple desserts all year. Fill empty spots in your freezer with apples that have been washed only. Don't pare, core or peel. Just put in plastic bags before storing in freezer.

 

Paper egg crate maraca that looks like a pumpkin.

Mini Pumpkin MaracasShake, shake, shake to the music with these cute little pumpkin themed maracas. A fun fall craft for kids.

 

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How To Keep Bread Fresh Without a TieWhen you are done using the bread, hold the open end and give the bread a spin. The twisted part of the bread wrapper should be closest to the bread. Fold the top over the bread and it's ready for the next use. This tip is also good when camping.

 

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Have A Bag Packed For Trips With Your DogI travel quite a bit with my little Doxie and like to have her "stuff" handy. She needs several things through the day so we now have a "Penny bag" for Penny's stuff. This bag is just a cloth tote that can be washed in the washer.

 

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Using Old Socks for Protecting Arms While CleaningMy son goes through a lot of white socks. Instead of throwing them away, I cut off the ribbing about 1 inch towards the heel. These are great to protect your arms when washing walls above your head and painting, all kinds of messies. I keep some under the kitchen and bathrooms sink and some in my container with my painting supplies. These are adult sized socks.

 

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Adding Length to CurtainsHere is a tip to add a little pretty length to curtains so you don't have to spend to replace them if you move and they no longer fit. Add ribbon or trim or how many even rows of yo yo's needed to make them the right length. You could even add width to them the same way.

 

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Leave Remotes and Appliance Manuals When MovingWhen moving, don't forget to leave behind garage door, blind, and ceiling fan remotes. Also, leave any appliance manuals and warranties that may still be applicable. You could even leave the names and numbers of the utility companies that they may need to call.

 

Patty and Creede (Shetland Sheepdogs)

Patty and Creede (Shetland Sheepdogs)Patty and Creede are Shetland Sheepdogs, both are 4 years old. I got them when they were babies. They love to chase balls!

 

How To Clean Your In-Room AC Unit

How To Clean Your In-Room AC UnitIf the air blowing from your air conditioning unit starts to smell bad, you may have mold growing in your AC Unit. This should be taken very seriously as the stagnant water can lead to fungi, molds, mildews.

 

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Watch For Seasonal Clearances For GiftsWith a family of 5 kids, there is always a birthday or a holiday around the corner. What we do is always pay attention to the seasons. Seasonally, the store put items such as toys and those kinds of items on sale. We always scope these items out. We have bought $20-30 toys for almost nothing. I am not just talking about toys that were hot last season.

 

Wooden box with envelopes in it

Make Your Own God BoxWhen life's decisions get overwhelming, one way to find your way back to order is to create a God box. Where (or if) you go to church doesn't matter; your God can be Christian, Jewish, Mother Nature, the Cosmos or anything in between. The magic of a God box happens when you release your problems and questions to a higher intelligence.

 

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Potatoes in TiresWe just had our first frost last week, and I dug up my potatoes grown in a tire stack. I was disappointed to find only 6 potatoes. I planted 3 seed potatoes in the initial tire, and partially covered the greens, as they appeared to a final height of 5 tires.

 

Fabric wrapped handle on small wooden box with rabbit motif.

Fabric Wrapped Flat WoodWhen I submitted my wrapped bed frame, a kind lady said she wanted to do it to her bed, but it was flat. I promised her I would submit a sample of wrapped flat wood.

 

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Schedule Your Chimney Cleaning As Early As PossibleNow that fall is upon us, this is a good time to check out your fireplace. If you need to call in a chimney sweep, do it now, before he is in big demand. In our area, we only have one chimney sweep.

 

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Seabrook Gango Editions wallpaper Pattern GG32002?I am looking for one roll of Seabrook Gango Editions wallpaper pattern GG32002. I need only a small amount to re-wallpaper over a drywall repair, and I do not have scrap pieces long enough to work.

 

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Cooking Frozen Chicken?Thank you so much all of you for your quick responses and your imaginative recipes. The only thing is, I don't have a crockpot and really can't afford one right now. That may sound silly because I know they don't cost a fortune, but right now we don't have much money coming in at all. Any other baking, stove top ideas? So much appreciated! Thank you, you are great!

 

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Canning Minestrone Soup?I have made minestrone soup and canned it. I have found that when I open the bottles, the minestrone has an off-flavor. I have eaten the soup anyway with no consequences. What I would like to know is what is causing this off-flavor? Is it a certain vegetable or the way I can the soup?

 

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Keeping Wheelchair Ramp Ice-Free?I just recently got a wheelchair ramp put together for my son Ryan. The 3 guys who put it together put underlayment over top. They said not to put rock salt on top of it or to use a shovel. Any suggestions about what I can do about the up coming snowy weather? What can I do to keep the snow off and to keep my son from sliding?

 

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Black Ink On White Micro Suede?How do I clean black ink out of white micro suede?

 

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Puppy Fears His Owner?Should a Pit Bull puppy fear his owner? Should he be yelping out as if his owner is seriously hurting him? Should he be shaking in his owner's presence and hold his head low?

 

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Saving Money on Irrigation?I am looking for ideas. We just got our water bill and although we have had more rain than normal our 1/2 year water bill was a whopping $600. I believe it is our irrigation "system".

 

What Breed Is My Dog?What breed is my dog?

 

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Things To Do Near XL Center (Hartford, CT)?I will be attending a concert at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on Nov. 30th. What is there to do in close proximity to the center before the concert (ie. dining, shopping)?

 

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Wooden Table Damaged By Pine-Sol?My husband cleaned our nice wooden table with Pine-Sol? Now it has white streaks everywhere and looks very dull and ruined. Any ideas on how to remove these? Thanks.

 

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Curtain Color Advice?My husband and I just bought a house. I'm not much of a decorator and so something as simple as picking out curtains freaks me out. The living room walls are a pale yellow, we took up the carpet to show the hardwood flooring, and all the trim throughout the house is white.

 

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Clear Plastic Boxes For Note Cards?Could you help me in finding clear plastic boxes (top and bottom) for note cards measuring 4 5/8 in. X 6 1/8 in. X 1 in. in size? I am having a terrible time finding them. Thanks.

 

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Making Peppermint Oil?Does anyone know what the process is for making Peppermint oil? I have a whole lot of it growing wild. Thanks.

 

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Looking For Black Salve?Where can I purchase black salve?

 

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Egyptian Cake Recipe?I am looking for a recipe for 1950's cake we called Egyptian Cake. It was a three layer cake, with a frosting made with heavy whipping cream and coconut. I would love to have this recipe again.

 

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Car Has No Power When Accelerating?Several days ago I bought a 1992 Mitsubishi Mirage. It's exactly the same car with the same size engine as my 1991 Dodge Colt so I know how it's supposed to perform. The Mirage lacks power when accelerating suddenly, like from a dead stop into traffic (dangerous) and also from 55 to a faster speed on the freeway.

 

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Themes For Formal STUCO Dance?I'm the STUCO president and we have a dance Nov. 7, 2008 and its a formal one. I need themes. Any ideas?

 

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Butter Clogging a Drain?In the restaurant I work we keep the butter scooper's in a hot water well. The well builds up with butter all the time. How can we keep it flowing without calling the plumber all the time?

 

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Looking for a Moist Muffin Recipe?I am looking for a good, moist, muffin recipe. I would like to make them Texas size, and use them as treats to share with co-workers. I have tried the ones in Betty Crocker recipe book, but didn't like them. I also would love to add chocolate chips to them.

 

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Stainless Steel Sink Stained By Lime Away?I need to know how to restore my brand new stainless steel sink? I put Lime Away on it and let it stand while I mopped and when I came back to clean it off it had dulled in the places that the lime away dripped down. Please tell me there is a way to fix this?

 

What Breed Is My Dog?What kind of mix is my mini pincher? He is only about 3 months old. I got him from a shelter so I am not very sure.

 

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Removing Fuzz After Removing Wallpaper?How to remove hanging chad and fuzz from facepaper after the wallpaper was removed?

 

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Black Puck Marks On Goalie Equipment?How can I get the black puck marks off my sons goalie equipment?

 

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Recipes To Use Up Eggs?My chickens and ducks are laying in triple overdrive. Normally I can make noodles and angel food cake to use up the extras, but I have at least 3 hens who are laying twice a day. The family is getting tired of omelets, deviled eggs, egg salad, and egg based casseroles. I need some new recipes that use LOTS of eggs. Any ideas?

 

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Removing a Cooking Oil Stain On Carpet?My husband prepared to drink his morning health drink of Odwalla Superfood fruit juice with about 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Well, he spilled it on our carpet.

 

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Getting Husband and Cat To Get Along?How do you get your new husband to get along with your 10-year old male cat? My cat is peeing around his things and hides from him and my husband teases him. :(

 

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Ziplock Vs. Reynolds Vacuum Sealers?There are now two vacuum sealers on the market, one by Ziplock and one by Reynolds. Has anyone used these?

 

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Low-Cost Casserole Recipes?I need low-cost, easy casserole and slow cooker recipes! Something that I can freeze for future use, as well. I'm facing a layoff at work and need to watch every penny! I thank you, my stomach thanks you, and my pocketbook thanks you!

 

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Christmas Float for a Kindergarten Class?I need a fun, cute and winning idea for a 2nd annual Christmas town parade. Our class won 2nd last year in a contest of best float. Although, we threw it together with one person's idea. However, this year we want to plan early, fundraise and make it not only fun for the kids but be surprisingly beautiful, fun, and have the winning idea for our kindergarten class of 20-30 children.

 

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Cream Of Turkey and Rice Soup Recipe?Winter months are approaching. Does anyone have a good recipe for a Cream of Turkey with Rice soup?

 

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Using Windex On Engineered Hardwood Floor?Does anyone know what damage Windex can do to engineered hardwood floors? It seems to be the only product that works for me and doesn't leave streaks and mark up by simply walking on it? I have used both Bona Swedish Formula and Swifter Wet Jet which were disastrous as they show every foot step and dog print.

 

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Orange Peel Chicken?Does anyone know how to make Orange Peel Chicken? I love the dried orange peel in it. My husband leaves it out, but I eat it. I'd like to know how to get the peels like that from my own oranges.

 

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Sharpening Hedge Shears?How can I sharpen very dull hedge shears?

 

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Salsa Is Too Sweet?I bought some black bean and white corn salsa. The salsa is a little too sweet for my taste. What can I add or do to it to make it not so sweet?

 

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Coloring Popcorn?How do you color popcorn? I have seen colored popcorn (unpopped kernels) in catalogs for sale, and it's rather pricey. Apparently when popped the popcorn is multicolor. I'd love to figure out how to do this.

 

White Poodle.

What Breed Is My Dog?Does anyone know what Poodle breed my dog is? I've been told he's a miniature Poodle purebred, but he seems way too big. What do you think?

 

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Substituting Butter for Shortening?Can butter be substituted for shortening in a recipe?

 

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Hairspray On Mirrors?Does anyone know how to get hairspray off mirrors?

 

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Maytag Neptune Stopped Spinning?Our Maytag Neptune washing machine quit spinning. The "best" Maytag repair person in our area has been out 3 times replacing, fixing, testing, etc. and it still won't work. It cycles fine but at the end it won't finish spinning to get the excess water off the laundry.

 

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Vinegar for Dishwasher Rinse Agent?Some of you have posted that you use vinegar in the dishwasher as a rinse agent (rather than products like Jet Dry). I'd like to do that too, but I need more information.

 

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Bugs In Compost Pile?I started composting a year ago. I'm not regular about turning, nor consistent about my mix of greens and browns. From what I have read I'm Cold Composting, although my bin got pretty hot when I started adding grass clippings.

 

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5-Gallon Buckets With Screw-On Lids?I am looking for new, cheap 5 gallon buckets with screw-on lids that have rubber gaskets. Anyone know where I can find them?

 

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Using Acetone In Microwave?I'm concerned about using acetone in my microwave. Is it dangerous to use in a device meant for cooking?

 

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Removing Blinds To Clean?How do you remove blinds in order to clean them?

 

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Bumbo Toilet Trainer?Does any one know where to get a Bumbo Toilet trainer?

 

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Making A Living Wreath?I have a large group of lavender plants and want to make a wreath. I have never done one and could use any suggestions on how to go about starting. Thanks.

 

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CD-R Recommendations For Burning Music?I have been using Memorex CDs to make a copy of my music and pictures off of my computer. I have problems with my CD player in my car when I use these CDs that I have made. They skip a lot, and a lot of the times the player is not able to read them at all. My son has the same problem with the system in his truck when he tries to use the CDs that he has made. Which leads me to believe that the quality of the CDs is not good.

 

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