November 18, 2008

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Recipes

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Jamie's ChiliBrown ground beef, garlic, salt and pepper. Drain grease and add meat to the slow cooker. Brown sausage, drain and add to slow cooker. Using the same pan, saute the onion and green pepper (add butter if needed) for 3-5 minutes (still crunchy) and then add to the crockpot.

 

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Grapes and OnionsThis recipe is easy fun and tasty. First you get 2 cups of green grapes and 2 cups of red grapes. Slice them in half, put them into a bowl and chop up some green onions, only about a handful of green onions. If your grapes are big, chop them up again. Happy eating!

 

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Meat BallsMix meat ball ingredients well and form into balls the size you want. Brown meat balls and pour off grease. Cover with sauce and bake 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees F.

 

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Creamy Mango Loaf CakeIn a large bowl, whisk half and half and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in mango. Slice cake horizontally into three layers; spread pudding mixture between layers and over the top of the cake. Top with kiwi.

 

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Russian Tea Cakes

Ingredients

Cream margarine, sugar and vanilla together. Add flour, salt & nuts. Roll into small balls. bake on cookie sheet at 375 degrees F for 12-15 minutes until delicate brown. Watch closely! Cool slightly and shake in a bag of powdered sugar. When cool, shake in powdered sugar again.

 

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Baked Pork ChopsPlace chops in shallow baking dish (not necessary to brown). Combine remaining ingredients and pour over chops. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour depending on thickness of chops. Baste occasionally during baking.

 

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Turkey Meatballs with Lemon SauceIn a large bowl, combine egg, bran, Worcestershire sauce and lemon peel. Crumble turkey over mixture; mix well. Shape into 25 meatballs.

 

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Diet CookiesMix dry ingredients. Add oil and mix well. Add beaten eggs; mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.

 

Articles

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Jingle Bell ScarfChristmas is coming! It is time to start thinking about those presents we want to make for our family and loved ones. I have young adults who are very into the latest fashions and I have noticed that one of the latest trends is away from the thick wide scarf that we all grew up with to a small thin scarf that is very long.

 

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Halloween Costumes At WorkHere are the people at my work that came in costume! Fun stuff! I'm on the end in the bowling ball costume, made from hula hoops and 13 gallon yard bags. Cheap and easy! (Just carry around a couple of bowling pins from a children's bowling set.)

 

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Collect Fallen Leaves for Thanksgiving DecorationsI like to take my children walking in our neighborhood. On our walks we find beautiful leaves and seed pods that have fallen from the trees.

 

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Martini Glass Sun CatchersPaint the stem of glasses with a colored glossy transparent paint. Let dry. Fill 3/4 of glasses with water. Drop desired amount of food coloring into water. Stir. Set on window sill. These reflect all around the room.

 

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Keep a Spare Clean Ketchup LidI keep a spare ketchup lid in my kitchen drawer. When it gets sloppy, I just swap lids and put the dirty one in the dishwasher. I do the same for the ranch dressing.

 

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Buy Stainless or Titanium Eyewear to Avoid Nickle AllergiesIf your eyewear turns green, only buy STAINLESS STEEL or TITANIUM frames. Your system does not like nickel metal which is present in a lot of eyewear. If the inside of your temples (arm pieces) is rough and corroded, same thing, the contact with your skin is making the coating come off and exposing bare metal to your skin, which can cause a rash similar to poison ivy.

 

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Wash Cloth for Phone Space Around ToddlersTo get space from my toddlers when I am on the phone, I sit with a wet facecloth and wipe their faces whenever they come near me. Now I can chat without them being right in my space.

 

Paper kid's craft canoe.

Native American CanoeThis is a simple craft, requiring very few supplies, that your kids might enjoy making to commemorate how Thanksgiving began.

 

Child on rocking horse.

Wooden Rocking HorseI have been busy in my woodshop again. I saw this pattern online and I just knew that I had to build it for my of my grandbabies. This is Savannah and I made this horse for her 2nd birthday.

 

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Save Energy Using Night LightsI purchased white night lights that have an on/off switch from the dollar store, for all over our house. We find they put out plenty of light.

 

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Use a Potato as Window CleanerMy mother taught us to cut a potato, so we could rub the starch onto the window pane. Three reasons why this is a good method:

 

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Set Up a Holiday Craft Station for KidsWith the holidays coming, and children needing things to do, set up a craft station nearby that has all the needed craft supplies that the kids can make something easy, to take with them. A place mat, door hanger for their room, or just a collage.

 

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Product Review: Freschetta Amore Frozen PizzaWe like carry out pizzas but usually can't afford those prices. When we're in the mood for pizza. We go for those "Freschetta Amore" pizzas, in the grocery store freezer section. They're the next best thing to carry out pizza.

 

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Recharge Ball Air FreshenersDon't throw out the air fresheners that are in a clear roundish plastic jar with vented lids that have colored scented round balls inside after the balls shrink and are seemingly dried up.

 

Fabric adhered to magnetic sheet and cut into shape of a star.

Make Magnetic FabricI found this at Spenser's Alley, a wonderful craft "mini mall" here in Salem, OR where I live.

 

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Link: RetailMeNot.com For DiscountsWhen shopping online, always check www.retailmenot.com before paying. You can usually find codes for free shipping, or a percentage off of the item. Just type in the company name you are shopping from in the Retail me not search bar and see what they have.

 

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Freeze Leftover Sauce in an Ice Cube TrayIf you have left over tomato sauce from an 8 ounce can, don't throw it away or stash it in the fridge where it could be forgotten. Instead, I pour the rest into an ice cube tray. After they're frozen, pop them into a ziplock bag.

 

Questions

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Can I Find Better Health Insurance?My husband's work is changing our insurance to a high deductible ($2600 for the family) insurance. It will start in Jan. I am looking for anyone who has gotten their own insurance that is better. If we go with this I will be terrified to take any of us to the doctors, as we would not be able to afford it. They keep taking away and making our health insurance go up with less and less coverage but they have not given him a raise in 3 years. However, I am thankful he still has a job (for now).

 

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Mayhaw Jelly Recipe?My mom used to make Mayhaw jelly and it was so good. It had a slight tartness to it that I never have found in any that I have purchased. My mom really didn't want to share the recipe. Would anyone happen to know how to do this? If anyone knows how to make it like this, please let me know how its done. I would be so grateful!

 

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Trouble With Pampered Chef Cookie Press?Can somebody tell me what I'm doing wrong before I have a temper tantrum and break my cookie press? I have a Pampered Chef press and I lost the directions in a recent move.

 

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Getting Auto Grease off Hands?What is the best way to remove auto grease from hands/nails?

 

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Clover Valley Pudding and Pie Filling?Where can I order a case of clover valley pudding and pie filling? Does anyone know how much will it cost us?

 

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Christmas Gifts For Teachers?I need ideas for Christmas gifts for teachers and childcare providers? Any ideas for something other than a coffee cup?

 

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Changing Autofill Options?My husband set up the autofill data and as he is now deceased, and my email address has changed I need to change the details on autofill.

 

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Converting Desk Drawer into Keyboard Drawer?I am trying to convert the center drawer of a desk into a keyboard drawer. I am trying to maintain the front of the drawer by having it hinged somehow. Any ideas? Thanks.

 

What is This Plant?I have two plants I can not identify. Could you please share what you know about these plants?

 

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Looking for a White Buccaneers Throwback Jersey?I'm wondering if anybody knows where I can get a throwback Jersey for the Buccaneers? The only catch is my boyfriend wants a white jersey with orange writing. I guess it was their away jersey until 1996. I can only find orange throwback jerseys. I would greatly appreciate any help. I've been searching the web for days. Thanks.

 

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Kingfisher Border Pattern 20671 and 20658: "Dove and Thames"?I am looking for Kingfisher border pattern 20671 and 20658, "Dove and Thames".

 

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