October 22, 2008

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Cool Lemon BarsCombine the flour and powdered sugar together. Add the butter and mix until crumbly. Press into a greased 9x13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes until lightly browned. Combine the eggs, sugar, and lemon juice together and stir in the flour and baking powder.

 

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Easy Flan RecipeI'm looking for an easy, delicious flan recipe that I can make with ingredients I already have on-hand. I don't have sweetened condensed milk, and most of the recipes I have seen use that ingredient. I do have evaporated canned milk.

 

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Pumpkin RingPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 12 cup Bundt cake pan. With an electric mixer, on low speed, beat the Bisquick, sugar, brown sugar, margarine, eggs, pumpkin and pumpkin spice together, scraping the bowl continuously.

 

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"Gooey Buns" RecipeI am looking for a recipe from the 1950s or 60s. They were called "Gooey Buns" and contained cubes of ham, hard boiled eggs, cheese (Velveeta?) and some other ingredients? Then the mixture was placed in hot dog buns, wrapped in foil and baked in the oven until melted and gooey. I loved these when I was a child and my Mom made them often. Thanks for the help!

 

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Creamy Hash Brown PotatoesMix together the soup, margarine, cream cheese and milk. Add the hash browns and bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours. You can add any type of shredded cheese on the top, for the last 5 minutes of baking time.

 

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Date Christmas CakeA fruity holiday cake baked in an angel food cake pan.

 

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Chicken and Bean SkilletSpray a large skillet with cooking spray, and over medium high heat cook the chicken. Stir in the green beans and water and reduce the heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until the beans are tender.

 

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Cranberry Drop CookiesWith cranberry season arriving, there will be some excellent buys for them.

 

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Sausage Pepper ZitiHere's a quick, easy and cheap pasta recipe that can be frozen, and is perfect for these cooler days and nights.

 

Articles

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Permanently Mark Used BatteriesWith the price of batteries and the holidays around the corner, we all could use a tip to save money and batteries. All battery operated items do not use the same amount of power.

 

My Frugal Life: Surviving On Social SecurityI'm retired due to a disability, but because of the career I chose, I have no retirement fund and no pension and must live on Social Security alone. Therefore, frugality has become my middle name. Here in west Michigan, our supermarkets offer remarkable savings every week. They love to BOGO (buy one, get one free!).

 

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Puppies (Maltese/Bishon)Here are puppies from my Bishon mom and Maltese dad. They are 3 weeks old'

 

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Thrifty Spoon Rest As ArtworkThifty Art Work. I found this bargain name brand spoon rest at a thrift store. Put the photo on the front of a card and sent it to a long distance bargain hunter pal.

 

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Deep Fry for Crispy BaconTo get really crispy bacon, you can deep fry it! The oil needs to be kept in a different container than your regular frying oil. You can use it to make your hush puppies taste better, though.

 

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Oven Penny ReminderI have a small kitchen. Like some of us, I have to store pans and pots in the oven. Too many times I started the oven and forgot them inside.

 

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Reminder for Muted Cell PhoneEach time I was putting my cell phone on "vibrate" to be considerate of others or in situations that require it, I was forgetting to turn the ringer back on.

 

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Use Boxers As Summer PajamasInstead of spending a lot of money on my preschool boys' pajamas for the warmer months, I buy cute boxer shorts off season for next to nothing. They look as cute as can be in the fun boxers and undershirts.

 

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Use Dishwasher Detergent For Baked On FoodI find the best way to remove any baked on or burned residue in pans or casseroles, or burner rings is to sprinkle on some dry dishwasher detergent, cover with hot tap water and allow to sit overnight. In the AM, the stuff will come off with a wipe of the sponge. I don't find that any other method that works without scrubbing.

 

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Plum Pancake Topping I find most syrups too sweet, and since we had a bumper crop of plums this year (my husband is still picking them in the snow!) I invented this recipe. It is a very casual recipe, but it does require boiling water bath if you want to preserve it for later in the year.

 

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Place Denture Tablet in Plastic Bag For TravelingThis helps when I travel. I have dentures and found a way to not pack my soaking tub. In a sandwich zip style plastic bag, I place one denture tablet and sufficient water to cover dentures for soaking while traveling.

 

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Look For Closeouts and Bargains NowCatch an end of season closeout sale at a lot of places NOW! Yesterday I lucked out big time (at Dollar General) and got several Panama Jack sun lotion type products (some over $5 each) marked 90 percent off!

 

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Product Review: Green BagsI wanted to share my review on the GREEN BAGS, that you see on TV. I bought mine at Walmart, they WORK. I put my lettuce, bananas, anything you don't want to ruin quickly. I put the bananas on the counter for a week and they barely turned at the tips.

 

Questions

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Decorating a Busy Kitchen?I need help with my kitchen. It is in a colonial style house and has 7 doors off it to various rooms. These doors all have white raised panel doors with white molding around them. Floors are a red oak hardwood, cabinets are the same red oak and appliances are black. The counter top is a robin's egg blue which is going to be replaced with either hardwood or a solid surface.

 

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Lion's "Tree of Life" Afghan?I am looking for the free pattern for the "Tree of Life" afghan, that Lion Brand offered on their blog this past spring. If anyone has it and would share it with me I would appreciate it, as I want to make it for a wedding gift. Thanks in advance.

 

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Dog Pushes Food Bowl Around Before Eating?I have a rescued miniature Schnauzer. I have had her for two years, she is the love of my life. She is so finicky, and has started pushing her food bowl all around the floor before she will eat. Has anyone else had this problem?

 

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Cold Air Coming Out Of Heater Vents?I always have cold air blowing out of my floor registers from my oil heat furnace and it's not even turned on. I turned the heat on today and I get the warm air then followed by the cold. Any ideas? I had a plummer come to fix the same thing last year. Guess it didn't work.

 

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Using Green Cherry Tomatoes?I had to pick my tomatoes because of the frost last night. I have a big bag of green cherry tomatoes. How should I go about letting them ripen? Or does someone have a recipe that calls for green tomatoes that maybe I can freeze to preserve them? I'm new at gardening and will appreciate any advice!

 

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Making Pom-Pom Animals?How do you make pom-pom animals?

 

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Walmart Getting Rid Of Crafts Department?Why is Walmart taking away their craft dept? I was saddened to go into the store on Saturday to get some Christmas fabric and wool and to my dismay the fabrics were gone. No buttons, no thread, no patterns, no notions, etc etc. The wool is going soon. The media is telling us to save our money or recycle and then when you want to sew they take it away. It's a shame. If the square foot in the store is not paying out it goes.

 

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Toilet Keeps Getting Rust Spots?In one of my bathrooms I have a commode that gets two rust spots in the same place, all the time, even on the very rare times that I have gotten rid of them. It is a brand new toilet. The really weird thing is that the new toilet gets the rust stains in exactly the same place as the old toilet did.

 

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Litter Box Training a Guinea Pig?We just purchased a 6 month old guinea pig for my daughter. I was wondering if anyone has any tips to litter train them? How long it takes for them to get it litter trained? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

 

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Upholstering Metal Chairs?I need to reupholster my metal frame kitchen chairs. I'd like to add extra cushion to the seat and would like to add upholstery to the backs of the chairs. They currently have a metal frame back with an "X" shaped design in the middle.

 

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Keeping Your Cat From Scratching Furniture?What is the best way to keep a cat from clawing upholstered furniture?

 

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Dusting Intricately Detailed Furniture?I purchased a formal dining set, and the detailing is very intricate. Any ideas on how to dust all of the nooks and crannies?

 

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Making Extra Money For The Holidays?How can I get extra money for Thanksgiving and Christmas because I need extra money?

 

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Recipes Using Quaker Oats Instant Breakfast?I am looking for recipes using Quaker Oats peaches and cream instant breakfast.

 

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Salvage Grocery Stores In New Jersey?I'm looking for a salvage grocery or discount store in New Jersey. Thank you.

 

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Reviews of Flea Products?What products work best for fleas? Flea powder, spray or other products, for dogs and cats?

 

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Homemade Remedies For Toothaches?Any good remedies for toothaches besides over the counter or oil of cloves?

 

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Color Bleeding On Coach Purses?Does anyone know how to clean the stain bleed on Coach leather trims and tags?

 

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Mini Vacations Near Statesville, NC?My husband and I are trying to pick some things to do around Christmas. We have a lot of extra time in December that we would like to plan some day or even two day trips surrounding around Christmas activities. We are looking for anything to do within 5-6 hours of Statesville, NC. We know about McAdenville, but we are trying to find some other places. Any ideas?

 

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Using A Mouth Guard?I recently got a mouth guard to wear at night time because I grind my teeth in my sleep. I can't make it through the night though. After about 2 minutes in my mouth my gag reflex kicks in, and I have to spit it out. I went back to the dentist and he adjusted it for me as much as possible, so it is more comfortable, but I still can't keep in in my mouth.

 

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Snacks Not Available In Australia?I am planning a trip to Australia in a few months and would like to know what snacks to bring along from the US that I won't find there?

 

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Can You Dry Clean and Wash Clothes?If you have clothes (cotton) that are NOT "Dry Clean Only" but you do Dry Clean them, can you then go back and wash them? Can you alternate or is this bad for the clothes to wash them once they have been dry cleaned?

 

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Removing Makeup From Face?What do you use to remove makeup from your face? I use Dove bar soap with a face cloth. Lately, I've noticed that Dove is not removing all the makeup after I wash my face. Sometimes after I wash my face I will get another clean face cloth and wipe my face and more makeup comes off. Do you use something better at removing makeup?

 

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Comparing Dog Breeds?I have the choice of re-homing an English Springer Spaniel 10 weeks old or a Dalmatian male 9 months old, both are adorable. I am not sure which breed would be best. Please help and advise me.

 

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Reporting A Kennel That Has Parvo?How do I report Parvo at a kennel who won't admit it. My dog got sick on my b-day Oct. 14, 2008, he passed away on Fri. Oct. 16, 2008. Myself, my husband, my son, and my daughter's boyfriend worked at a kennel. We never have before. Puppies are dying a lot, at least 10 to 15 a week. Also they burn them. My dog was 7 and had never been sick before this.

 

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Repairing Hole in a Vinyl Raft?What adhesive is best to repair a hole on my rubber (actually vinyl I think) raft. I have used all types of epoxy based glues but when I inflate the raft, the glue peels off.

 

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Cleaning Old Carpet Stains?How do you clean an old stain on Berber carpet?

 

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Using Lotion After Waxing?After a Brazilian waxing is there a safe, every day lotion that can be used in that area to keep it from looking and feeling dry?

 

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Websites That Sell Really Cheap Books?Does anyone out there know of a website that carries really cheap used books? I'm also not too particular about what shape the books are in, as long as they're not missing any pages. Preferably one that has reasonable shipping rate.

 

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Inexpensive Ways To Tile a Floor?What is the least expensive way to tile a floor?

 

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Painting Shower Tiles?I have a shower the previous owners painted. I removed as much as possible. Any hint on how to repaint or cover tiles?

 

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Free Cookbook Creator Program?A group of us are trying to put together a cookbook to sell at a fundraiser. We need a free program to do these on our home computers. We don't have any start up to pay a publisher. Anyone know where I can download a free cookbook creator program?

 

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Oil Stains On Sheet Rock?Fuel oil was recently spilled on the sheet rock wall next to our oil tank. I can see the areas where the fuel oil stained the wall. What product is best to use for cleaning the spots? The wall had been painted with latex paint.

 

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What is a Pore Vacuum?I recently asked for product reviews on Dermawand - and thank you so much everyone! In one of the responses I received, some one named 'Kimberly' on a guest post mentioned a 'pore vacuum', but I don't have any idea of what this is.

 

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Company That Collects China Pieces?I have a set of china that was given to me by my mother. Last week I dropped one of the pieces and it broke. A few years ago I saw on television a company that was collecting pieces of old china from all over the world for sale. Does anyone know about this companies address or have any information on it? Thanks.

 

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Fumes From Oven Cleaner?I used oven cleaner to clean my oven and now when I use my stove the fumes burn my throat. Can the oven cleaner be causing this?

 

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