November 4, 2008

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Bean Beef SoupCombine beans with cold water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Add onions, garlic, 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Bring to a boil; simmer 1 hour or until beans are just tender.

 

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Gooey Orange RollsMix together sugar, orange juice and butter. bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into 9x13 inch pan. Mix up biscuit mix or combine flour, salt and baking powder.

 

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No-Bake BrowniesIn a large bowl, mix together first four ingredients. Melt chocolate chips in the milk, in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until thick and smooth. Remove from heat; add flavoring. Reserve 1/2 cup of chocolate mixture for frosting; add remainder to crumb mixture.

 

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Use Nails To Bake Potatoes FasterI like the taste of potatoes better when they are baked in the oven, as opposed to the microwave; however, it takes ever so much more time to do it this way. If you are in a time-crunch, and want to hasten baking time, then place a well-scrubbed nail into the middle of each potato before you put them into the oven.

 

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Coconut RollsVery simple recipe for coconut lovers. Mix coconut, peanut butter and syrup together well until dampened. Form a roll.

 

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Butterfinger DelightTear angel food cake into bite-size pieces and place in a 9x13 inch pan. Put frozen candy bars in plastic bag, then use rolling pin to break up candy bars. Sprinkle most of the bars over the cake, saving a little for the top.

 

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Pumpkin Cake DessertCombine the first 6 ingredients (this essentially makes a pumpkin custard similar to pumpkin pie filling). Pour into lightly greased 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle the cake mix on top with all of the dry cake mix.

 

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Seasoned ButtersThe base for all six butters is 8 oz. of softened butter (margarine can be used, but is not as good).

 

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Chicken Vegetable CasseroleIn a bowl, combine soup, milk and salt, stirring until blended. Fold in chicken, beans or peas, chop suey veggies, cheese and raw onion. Pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 45 minutes or until beans or peas are tender.

 

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5 Ingredient MeatloafOh boy, "Another meatloaf recipe!" I can hear everyone saying but this one is quick to make. If you have a container of cracker crumbs ready and cut up your celery the day before, then it make's it a lot faster. And last but not least, it is really good.

 

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Onion Straws (Copycat)Those Onion Straws at places like Ruby Tuesdays can be expensive. Why not make your own? You need ONLY THREE INGREDIENTS!

 

Articles

Paige (Lab Mix) After SurgeryPaige is 2 1/2 years old and is a Lab mix. She is our rescue that we adopted this summer!

 

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Using WasabiIf you are blessed to be in an area where there are ethnic foods, wasabi is a good Japanese horseradish to buy. It usually is sold on the top shelf in groceries because it comes in a little green box. You want to buy the kind in a tube. It is the best.

 

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Using Magnet for Laundry RemindersI have a favorite magnet, that's really eye catching, that I use it in my laundry room. I usually use liquid fabric softener, so if I need to put dryer sheets in a specific load of laundry, I put the magnet on the washer as a "reminder".

 

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Use Powdered Creamer As Emergency MilkOut of milk? Try powder coffee creamer!

 

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Subtract Savings FirstIt seems the more I made the more I spent, until I decided to try a special way to save money. Each month, when I get paid, I subtract an amount of money that I am going to try to save.

 

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Pre-Treating Greasy StainsI've found the best way to remove any greasy stain (including shirt collars) is to put a little dishwashing liquid (Joy, Dawn, etc.) on the stain, and rub it in. Then dip the spot in as hot water as is appropriate for the fabric and rub again.

 

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Baking Soda for Facial ScrubBaking soda makes a fantastic facial scrub! Just mix around a teaspoon of baking soda with a little dab of mild liquid soap, and a drop or two of water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with warm water.

 

Craft Project: Holiday Leaf CardsLet the kids create these easy, one-of-a-kind holiday leaf cards for family and friends.

 

Preparation for VotingWell, it's finally here, after nearly 2 years of primaries and the last month filled with political calls, mailers and commercials, it's time to vote.

 

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Free Starbucks Coffee For Voting DayIf you are in the U.S. today, Tuesday, November 4, 2008, go to Starbucks and get a free drip coffee in celebration of Voting Day.

 

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Gak RecipeMix 1 cup of white glue (ex: Elmers) with 1 cup liquid starch. Add food coloring to get the color you want.

 

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Beauty Travel OrganizerDon't you just hate it when you're trying to pack for a European cruise, and you don't know how keep your hair styling tools together.

 

Easy Computer Christmas GiftsWhy not try something different for Christmas this year? Why not make this your very own make it yourself Christmas. There are several different things that you can make on your computer that will be lasting gifts for your friends and family, and they will know that you took the time to really give of yourself.

 

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Place Lit Candles Away from DraftsWhen placing candles in your home, if you're going to be just using them for decorative purposes, and not burning them; any place is fine. But if you're going to be burning candles, pay attention to things like vents for heating and cooling.

 

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Using Empty Tape DispensersI finished up the tape in this dispenser today and my brain kicked into overdrive.

 

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Recycle Carpet to Create FlowerbedRecycle that old carpet, and shrink the landfills. Cut the carpet in to any shape, you want your flower bed to be. Lay the carpet face down, and cover with mulch. You use less mulch and it last for years and years. When you are ready to plant, cut a X and plant.

 

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"Leave No Trace" Cub Scout Parade ThemeOur Cub Scout Pack decided we would use the scout motto, and collect bottles and cans from the crowd along the parade route. The scouts decorated wagons with a recycle theme.

 

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Reuse Election SignsThe election is almost over (thank heavens!) and I am thinking about all those campaign yard signs all over the place! After the election is over, you can pick some up and set them aside to use for your garage sales next summer.

 

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Flowers to Grow in Nashville, TNWhat flowers can I plant in Nashville that will last through the spring?

 

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Campbell's Soup Kids ValanceI am looking for a Campbell's Soup Kids valance to put above my kitchen sink. What store can I find one or can I go on line to get them? Or do they even have such a thing? Thank you.

 

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Kidsline - Over the Moon PatternI am searching for a discontinued wall border and pillow for my new grandson's room. It is made by Kidsline and it is the Over the Moon pattern. Does anyone know where I can get it? I have checked with Kidsline and they don't have any left in their stock.

 

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Thick Noodles for SoupI am looking for a thick noodle to add to chicken noodle soup. I've had it at restaurants; it's like a thick fettuccine noodle. Any ideas?

 

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Mozzarella Cheese Stick RecipeI was wondering if anyone could help me find a good recipe for mozzarella cheese sticks or cheddar cheese balls. I have tried many recipes and they just don't seem to turn out right.

 

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Sticky Residue on Steam IronHow do I get sticky residue off a steam iron?

 

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Gift for Someone Who's Had Hip ReplacedI have a good friend who just had her hip replaced. What could I do for her to pass the time while she is recuperating? I was thinking of a gift box, food etc. Her daughters clean for her. Does any one have any unusual suggestions? Something to brighten her spirits. Maybe something that is not food. Thanks so much. I appreciate any suggestions.

 

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Baking Soda and Vinegar Stained TableI was making a mixture of baking soda and vinegar for cleaning and of course it bubbled over. I had a really deep bowl, but it still bubbled over the sides onto my tablecloth. Not realizing what this would do to my oak table underneath I never looked at it.

 

Couch is Getting Lower and SofterMy couch is getting lower and softer. How hard is it to refresh the structure?

 

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Removing Sharpie from a Sleeping BagHow do you get sharpie out of a sleeping bag?

 

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Making Tree Party DecorationsHow can I build a tree for a party prop? I am throwing a "rock fantasy" themed party for my daughter who is gonna be 13. She wants it to be like an enchanted forest with faeries and stuff but "dark". Her colors are black and purple.

 

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Growing a Banana Plant in TexasWe were given a small banana tree when the neighbors were minimizing their stand. It isn't doing too well right now. Considering the weather, the fact it was not re-planted for a few days, and that it was planted in the shade.

 

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Preventing Mildew Around ShowerI have tried just about every cleaning solution out there to get rid of the black mildew that seems to build up around my shower enclosure. I have used mildew resistance caulking, but that does not seem to work.

 

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Removing Flarp Putty from HairMy granddaughter put Flarp Putty in her hair. How can we remove it safely without pulling her hair out? It's all the way to the scalp.

 

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Getting Rid of Sofa OdorsI just received a sofa and chair from my mom that she purchased at an estate sale. It has an unknown odor to it and stains. I am most concerned with getting out the odors, it's quite bad.

 

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Burning Bush Losing Its LeavesHalf of my burning bushes have lost their leaves and look dead but they are not. What can I do? I take care of them for a lady and she is upset about this. This is their 2nd year and they are still green, they did not change colors. I have a row of about 20. Thanks.

 

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Agenda Calendar for a BlackberryMy boys and I seem to have a busy schedule. I recently needed a new cellphone so I bit the bullet and upgraded to a blackberry. In the past I have tried free agenda calendars for my PC. One day I went to log on and it had all disappeared.

 

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Uses for Store HangersI have a bunch of the Walmart hangers. Does anyone have any other uses for them? I prefer the sturdy plastic ones for everyday use. Even if there was some place to recycle them, I'd be happy.

 

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Replacing Windows in Pop-up CamperWe recently purchased a Palomino Colt XL hard side pop-up camper, approx 1985. The canvas-type windows on the side of the beds need replacement or repair. Any ideas how to do that without taking off the entire end of the camper?

 

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Homemade Skin Moisturizer RecipeI would like to make my own skin moisturizer. I would like to make it with lanolin and other products that I can buy in the health food store. I use a natural moisturizer that I add a few drops of essential oils to boost the aroma.

 

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Buying Meat for 75 PeopleWe will be hosting a cookout for 75 people. We will be serving Boston Butts and Chicken Breast Quarters. Please help me figure out how many Boston butt and chicken quarters I need to purchase.

 

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Separating Frozen RavioliHow can I separate frozen ravioli that are stuck together?

 

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Keeping Collar Up on Faux Fur JacketI purchased a 60's faux fur Leopard coat on Ebay and the collar won't stay up. Does anyone know what I can do to reinforce this limp collar so that it stays up on it's own? Any advice will help. Thanks

 

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Recommendations for "Freebie" WebsitesI am really into finding samples. I know the usual sites: WalMart, Freebies 4 Mom, FreeGrabber and some Yahoo groups. I am looking for some other really great freebie sites. I am looking for ones that are easy to use and offer great freebies. Any suggestions?

 

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Low-Fat Oatmeal Cookie RecipeMy mother gave me an economy sized container of quick cook oats. Does anyone have a low-fat recipe for oatmeal cookies? I am on Weight Watchers. Or any other creative ways of using the enormous container of oatmeal. It would take my family 6 months to eat it! Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.

 

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Pancakes Keep Coming Out FlatNo matter what I do, my pancakes always come out flat! I have used mixes, extra baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Does anyone know what I can do to make pancakes look the way they do on the boxes? Thanks.

 

What Breed is My Dog?What kind of dog is this? I adopted her from the Humane Society and I'm just curious if anyone has any input as to what she is. She's about 22-24 inches at the shoulders and weighs around 35-40 lbs. Thanks!

 

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Cabinet Color for Small KitchenI have a small kitchen, I would like to know the best combination for the cabinets and countertops? Would you recommend the dark cabinets or light? I have white tile floors. Thanks.

 

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Wiring Dishwasher with 3-Prong PlugIs it okay to wire a dishwasher with a 3 prong plug (GFCI)? I'm having trouble direct wiring it due to previous owners wiring. I have a 3 wire coming from the box (2 red, 1 white). It is connected to a 3 wire that goes to an outlet box which is located under the cabinet, by the dishwasher. I think that is the way they had the old dishwasher but I'm not 100% sure.

 

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Wood Oil on Dress ShirtMy husband leaned against a solid wood wall that had just been oiled/stained. Does anyone have any idea how to salvage the dress shirt?

 

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Holiday Low-Carb RecipesLooking for the best low-carb recipes for the holiday season.

 

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Diaper Cake Using Disposable DiapersHow do you make a "diaper cake" out of disposable diapers? I am hosting a baby shower and would like to make one if it is not too complicated. Thanks in advance.

 

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Planting Rooted Willow Tree BranchesI recently cut a bunch of pencil size limbs from my willow tree. I placed them in a vase full of water. This was about a month ago. They are growing roots like crazy. It is early November in upstate NY. What do I do with them now? Start transplanting them into pots, etc.? I really wanted to put them in the ground, but its close to Winter.

 

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Cabinet Color for Terra Cotta Tiled FloorsMy daughter has Terra Cotta colored tile floors. What color do you suggest for the cabinetry and countertop in laminate?

 

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Surprising Someone with a Beach VacationI am planning a surprise 50th birthday party for my husband next weekend. I have booked a surprise beach vacation for us in 3 weeks. Does anyone have any original ideas of ways to tell him about it? Any ideas would be really appreciated as I'm running out of time! Thank you!

 

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Puppy Has Gel-like, Bloody StoolMy 12 week old puppy has stool with a gel-like look and blood in it. Can you tell me what that is and the cause?

 

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Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Burning OutEveryone claims that the new energy efficient light bulbs last a long time, some claim seven years! I have had three already that have burned out within less than three months. Has anyone else had this same problem? They are pretty pricey for this to happen.

 

Curtains for Room With Reddish-Pink WallsMy living room has reddish-pink (mix color) walls on all 4 sides and I want to put screens to the balcony door. Let me know which color curtains will go best with the color red? I have attached a picture which I hope can give you an idea of the wall color.

 

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Calgary Flames Cross Stitch PatternI am still looking for a free cross stitch or plastic canvas pattern for the NHL team the Calgary Flames. Thanks.

 

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Steamer is Not SteamingMy steamer is not steaming as it did when new. Is there a solution to this problem?

 

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Dryer Won't SpinHow do I make the clothes dryer spin. It was working fine, it still gets HOT but won't spin. Please help.

 

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Washing Leather Garden GlovesHow do you wash or clean leather gardening gloves? They are either goat or deer skin?

 

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Keeping Dogs Off FurnitureI have 3 miniature schnauzers. I need to try to teach them to stay off the furniture. I hate it but do you have a solution? What have you done? They still have one chair that is theirs. Have any of you tried the Scat Mat? Or if you have any suggestions I"ll be grateful forever! Right now, I'm putting newspapers on the couches. It seems to be working but it's so ugly. Thank you.

 

Discontinued Wallpaper: 737-8003 0000 "Made in Canada"I got some wall border at a garage sale and am looking for a match. I'm lacking less than half a roll. The only numbers on the package are 737-8003 0000 Made in Canada 10758-1

 

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Making a "Keyhole" Scarf on a Knitting LoomI need a knitting loom pattern for a 'keyhole' scarf. I don't know how to BO and CO to make the keyhole effect. Please help me, thanks.

 

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Puppy Cries all the TimeI have 2 wk old pit bull puppies. The mother had 12 pups and one cries all the time. She is fat and healthy. I don't know what to do for her, help!

 

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Keeping Hair from Sticking to DressI have a 100% black cotton dress. It will come out of the washer/dryer perfectly, but as I am wearing it all day, every piece of lint, pet hair, and other peoples hair clings to it. Is there some type of product out that will guard the fabric all day?

 

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Painting Glass BlocksWhat kind of paint do you use to paint on glass blocks?

 

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Christmas Decorations Made From Tomato CagesHow can I make a snowman with lights out of a tomato cage? Or any other Christmas decorations out of tomato cages. Anything but the garland and lights to make trees. I've done this.

 

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Discount Grocery Store Near Pearland, TXI am looking for a discount grocery store (scratch and dent )near Pearland, TX. I know there must be some in Houston but that is 30 miles and to far for me to drive. I need to find one close to Pearland, Alvin or Friendswood, TX. Does anyone know of any in these areas? Thank you.

 

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Reviews of KitchenAid MixersCan anyone tell me their experiences with KitchenAid mixers? I am looking to buy one and want to know what it the best for my buck. They have many different ones but am wondering does anyone have the 300 watt 10 speed and is it good enough for home use? I know they have a professional one but wonder if that is just too much for use at home (the cost is a couple hundred more and wonder if it would be a waste for home use).

 

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Plastic Bottle Melted in DishwasherHow do I remove a melted plastic water bottle from the bottom of a dishwasher?

 

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Getting Rid of Pill BugsHow do I get rid of Pill bugs in my house?

 

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