October 10, 2008

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Recipes

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Spaghetti Squash Straw and HayThis is a great way to use up all the Spaghetti Squash in your garden. Also a great way to stretch your food bill. Cooks in the microwave so it won't heat up your kitchen in the summertime.

 

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Apple RollMix together flour, salt, shortening, milk, baking powder and 2 Tbsp. sugar. Roll dough an inch thick, spread with chopped apples. Roll up and cut into 1 1/2-inch slices.

 

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Double-Roasted Pumpkin SeedsI tried something new today and it worked great.

 

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Simple Chicken PotpieIn a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Stir in flour and poultry seasoning until blended; gradually add broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken and vegetables.

 

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Japanese Fruit PiePreheat oven to 325 degrees F. Melt margarine. Add raisins, pecans, eggs, coconut, sugar and vinegar. Mix all ingredients. Pour in unbaked pie shell. Bake for 40 minutes

 

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Classic Pot Roast Instead of beef bouillon cubes - TRY this. It's in a jar and called Better Than Bouillon - Beef Base - put a little bit - you can always add more!

 

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Easy CheesiesMix all ingredients together. Spread in a 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle grated cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours.

 

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12:00 CocktailsPlace all ingredients in blender and blend till smooth. Pour into chilled glasses and serve with a twist of orange. Perfect for an afternoon luncheon. Also, pour it into popsicle molds or paper cups and freeze.

 

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Vegetable-Barley SoupPlace soup bone and beef cubes in a large pot. Add water, tomatoes, onion, and salt. Cover and simmer 2 hours. Add carrots, celery, and turnip; simmer 30 minutes.

 

Articles

Cat with her head in a tuna can.

Hailey The CatHailey is 5 years old. She was born in a barn and someone found her.

 

A pair of jeans painted with a Halloween scene from Charlie Brown.

Halloween Painted JeansTransform those old jeans/overalls/skirts, etc into Holiday Wear. With this EASY Project for lasting results of enjoyment. All you need is a scene of your choice (here I did The Peanuts Gang with Charlie Brown receiving his bag of rocks).

 

Using Balsamic VinegarTraditional artisan balsamic vinegar is highly praised by gourmet chefs and is also very expensive. The balsamic vinegar drizzled liberally over a salads which many of us are familiar is not made in the same way as the traditional artisan balsamic vinegar...

 

lace design on furniture

Use Lace For A Subtle PatternI wanted a subtle pattern on the table that I painted and then thought of the idea that I used quite some time ago on a trunk. First I primed and painted the table a soft green and let it dry. Then I bought some lace with a large pattern and laid it over the top.

 

Saving Money on Milk

Saving Money on MilkTips for saving money on milk as suggested by the ThriftyFun community. Post your own ideas here.

 

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Don't Store Root Vegetables While On VacationDon't go on a vacation and leave potatoes and onions in the pantry. I must warn people to remove these before departing. I came back to a terrible smell in my house and it took me all morning to remove it. Nothing smells worse should they go bad before you get back.

 

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Use a Paper Towel Tube for VacuumingWhile vacuuming, I misplaced the tube with the flat end. I noticed an empty paper towel tube and flattened the end of it. It worked perfectly!

 

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Use Two Shopping Lists to Save MoneyMaybe not a new idea but I think it 's a money saver. Make 2 shopping lists. First is considered a monthly list, in which items like; paper towels, TP, soap and other household items purchased, and a second weekly list for food items only.

 

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Repurposing Cookie TinsWith the holidays approaching, its a great time to repurpose those cookie tins. Square and rectangular cookie tins (top and bottom) make great drawer organizers which can be very expensive when bought at the store.

 

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Halloween Gravestone EpitaphsI came up with a series of silly epitaphs for tombstone shaped Halloween cards, but I thought other crafters might come up with other ways to use them.

 

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Replacing Canopy on a Lawn SwingI have an old aluminum lawn swing which needed a new canopy. The cushions were easy to replace but I need a canopy. I went to a hardware store and bought a vinyl roll up shade (could be bamboo) and placed it over the top of the swing.

 

Questions

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Snails Eating Mastic Around Windows?Why have snails suddenly started eating the mastic around my windows?

 

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Wrinkled Suede Skirt?Is it safe to iron or steam a badly-wrinkled suede skirt? If not, what do you recommend?

 

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Vinegar-Proof Covering For Canning Jars?I have started making pickles and chutneys again after a gap of about twenty years. I used to use Porosan synthetic skin to cover the jars but cannot get it now. Does anyone know a cheap vinegar-proof alternative for use on all sizes of jar? Cheers.

 

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Removing Stickers From Painted Wall?How do you remove stickers from a wall without removing the paint?

 

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Dyeing Leather Shoes?I have a question about dyeing or spray painting leather sandals. They are cream colored leather, Naturalizer brand. I want to make them bronze or brown. Can I use the new spray paints that are on the market for plastics? They seem like they would be "flexible" which is what I need.

 

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Christmas Float Themed "Jingle Bells and Sea Shells"?I need ideas on how to decorate a Christmas float with the theme "Jingle Bells and Sea Shells".

 

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Dishwasher Not Washing Dishes?My Kenmore dishwasher is about 8yrs old and all of a sudden it doesn't seem to do the wash cycle. It fills, makes some noise and then drains out. It had been cleaning poorly for a while prior to this. I am probably going to take it apart, just hoping for some idea on what to look for.

 

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Storing Large Kitchen Utensils?Where do you store your kitchen utensils like your large cooking spoons and forks, spatulas, potato masher, can openers, turkey baster, etc.? I have a small kitchen and would like to store them somewhere other than the wall and counter.

 

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Stains on Granite Countertops?How do I clean granite countertops? They are darkening, and are bothered by water stains. Actually, they seem to stain very easily. Products advertised to clean granite and marble do not seem to work. Please help! They do not look good at all!

 

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Does Zotes Make Body Soap?Does Zote make body soap? Where can I buy some? Thank you very much and have a great weekend.

 

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Piano Smells Like Cigarette Smoke?How do I get the cigarette smoke smell out of a piano? The people we bought it from smoked, and we are serious non-smokers. We should have known better, but we thought it would come out with a simple dusting! I now have a musical ashtray. It has smelled up my entire house. We are all sneezing, and that includes the dog.

 

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Making Cushion For Porch Swing?I have a new wooden porch swing and I'd like to make my own cushion for it. I sew but I don't know what fabric would hold up in the outdoor weather. It's underneath my porch, but I'm afraid the moisture might ruin it. I need some ideas.

 

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Using Natural Tones With a Navy Couch?I am receiving a navy couch from my soon to be mother-in-law. Its a nice couch with recliners on both sides and it is leather. I am a big fan of browns, blacks, tans, and animal prints. Any tips on how I can make a huge navy couch fit my motif?

 

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Sebaceous Cyst on Back?Does anyone have any ideas for how to get rid of a sebaceous cyst on the back. It is about the size of a fifty cent piece and the center is draining yellow pus and blood. Around this it is red.

 

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Dyeing Material Without Coloring Box?How do you dye material without buying a coloring box?

 

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Reviews Of Wide Mouth Thermoses?My honey has requested taking soups, stews, etc. with him to work. He is a carpenter, and here in Vermont it gets below zero. Does anyone have a suggestion on the best wide mouth type thermos to keep foods hot?

 

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Do Possums Hibernate?Do possums hibernate?

 

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Hard, Black Worms In Basement?How can I remove little black hard worms, approximately 1 inch long that come into my basement during the fall? The Exterminator says they come up through the foundation in older homes? Thanks.

 

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Pop-up Virus (Anti-Virus 2009)?Has anyone out there had experience with a pop-up virus - Anti-virus 2009? I delete it constantly but it keeps recurring. It's seems like it's trying to take over my computer. Any ideas on how to get rid of it? Thanks.

 

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Controlling Moss In Lawn?What's the best way to control moss in damp, not enough sun areas of the lawn? Thanks!

 

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