November 19, 2008

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Orange Raisin SquaresMix first three ingredients together and let stand until cool. Cream together remaining ingredients. Add raisin mixture. Bake in a 9x13 inch pan at 350 degrees F oven for 25 minutes.

 

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Spinach Lentil SoupIn a large saucepan, saute carrots and onion in oil until tender. Add the water, salsa, lentils, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until lentils are tender.

 

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Easy Apple CrostataHeat oven to 450 degrees F. Remove pie crust from pouch; place flat on ungreased cookie sheet. In medium bowl, mix 1/4 cup Splenda granulated, the cornstarch and cinnamon. Gently stir in apples.

 

Cookies and candy corn turkeys.

Turkey TreatsThis is such a fun project! Do it with your kids or by yourself. Great for the Thanksgiving table, or to make as a treat for your child's class.

 

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Poppy Seed ChickenSteam the chicken in about 1 inch of water approximately 30 minutes. Let it cool and remove the chicken from the bone. Cut the chicken into small pieces. Combine the chicken, with the cream of mushroom soup and sour cream and put in a 9x13 inch dish.

 

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Greek FriesYou can cook this on grill or in oven in 12 inch foil pan covered with foil. Start with layer of potatoes on bottom. Salt and pepper. Add ham or bacon or both on top of potatoes. Add pepper and onion next and keep layering like this until pan is full.

 

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Pineapple Boat Fruit SaladCut pineapple in 1/2 (lengthwise). Dice the pineapple and discard the core. In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, strawberries, bananas, kiwi and mandarin oranges together.

 

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Blueberry DessertButter a 9 inch baking dish. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients except the whipped cream or ice cream. Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 25 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

 

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Sweet Pumpkin TreatHere's a sweet pumpkin treat that doesn't need a pie shell. Make a pumpkin smoothie by chilling a 15-ounce can of pumpkin and a 12-ounce can of evaporated milk. Combine the pumpkin and milk with 8 ounces of low-fat vanilla yogurt, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 tsp. pumpkin-pie spice.

 

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Gift Idea: Bedroom MakeoverThis is our second year doing this. Last year we did a bedroom makeover for our youngest daughter. She was locked out of her room until Christmas Eve. We are a family of 6 and everyone did something to the room. Our youngest son liked the idea so much that he asked to have his room done this year.

 

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Freeze an Envelope to Remove a StampTo remove a stamp from an envelope, put the envelope in the freezer for a few hours. When you remove it, the stamp will pop right off. The adhesive is still good and the stamp can then be placed wherever you want to use it.

 

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Stacks Books Under LampsWith the cute lamps that I'd like for my living room being too expensive for me right now, I have to make due with what I have, so I've taken little, less expensive lamps and put them on books!

 

viszla dog with glasses

Sunny Lisa (Vizsla)Sunny Lisa is an 8 year old Vizsla. I got her 8 years ago.

 

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Pinecone BirdWe love to use "things to make things"! My daughter (9) and I made this bird from 2 pine cones. We made his wings from some wide cloth ribbon, eyes from broken necklace beads, beak from scrap ribbon and the tail from braided jute.

 

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Watch Out For Counterfeit Internet CouponsI just wanted to alert everyone about some counterfeit coupons from the internet that are going around. I work in a grocery store and my boss showed us these coupons. A certain word in the coupon appears twice in the coupon, it is something like "vrylmkt".

 

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Reusing Wrapping PaperYou get a gift that is wrapped with beautiful paper or a beautifully decorated gift bag with lovely tissue paper and you would like to save and reuse the gift paper or the tissue paper, but it's all crumpled and creased.

 

My Frugal Life: Be My BFFF (Best Frugal Friends Forever)BFFF? Yup, best frugal friends forever. These days, particularly in Michigan, frugality isn't just a chosen lifestyle, it's true survival! I'm over 60, disabled, widowed, with abso-posi-lutely no family; therefore, there's no one I can call upon in a pinch for an extra few dollars.

 

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Use Office Supplies for Doll FurnitureSome time ago there was a lady that wanted ideas for doll furniture. I find that most website ideas are for actual miniatures, not play-scale which means 11 1/2 inch fashion doll size.

 

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Using Breakfast Leftovers For Making A Frugal DinnerHubby took me out for Breakfast with a 2 for 1 coupon, I had Ham and Eggs, Took home almost 1/2 lb of ham steak! OK what to do with this ham? On the way home I remembered I had a couple of bags of split peas (of course bought with a coupon).

 

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Save Money By Baking Your Own BreadOne way to save quite a bit on food is to learn your way around baking yeast. You can find a whole pound of it for about $2.50 at little shops or places that sell in bulk and you use it a tablespoon at a time - it lasts for months in the refrigerator.

 

Family: Emily In Her Heirloom DressThis picture is of my granddaughter Emily who was born 9/15/08; she is wearing her mother's dress. The dress is white and has a matching lace blanket. I have a photo of Emily's big sister Hannah wearing the same dress.

 

Barcelona, Spain

Scenery: Barcelona, SpainBy Yana from Brooklyn NY

 

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Cleaning Burner Pans With Dishwashing DetergentPut 1/2 cup of any powdered dishwashing soap into a roaster pan full of water. Stir; then add the burner pans. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 30 minutes.

 

Milkweed Ornaments

Milkweed Ornaments (Tiny Holy Village)It's not too late to scan your woods for dried materials to use in crafting. In western PA, I discovered a treasure trove of milkweed pods this year and have found the teardrop shape lends itself to many things.

 

Little Sock Monster

Little Sock MonsterI love making things that require no pattern or few instructions. This "Little Monster" is made from an orphaned sock, scrape fabric, and my imagination.

 

Chart Showing Financial Losses

Preparing for Tough Financial TimesIn the event you find yourself unprepared for the financial hard times we are facing right now, Don't panic, here are some things you can begin to do to help weather the storm.

 

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Plaid HeartHere is another ornament I made and am sharing with you. This one is a Plaid Heart.

 

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Use Coffee Grounds as Pin Cushion FillingHere is yet another way to recycle up your used coffee grounds. Fill a pin cushion with them! Use cute scraps of fabric and simply sew together right sides together leaving a small space open.

 

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Stick Old Photos to MagnetsMy best friend is a photography major. We were going through pictures one night and came across a great idea. We went to Wal-Mart and bought a pack of business card magnets in the school supplies section.

 

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Ask Thrift Stores for Odd Lot YarnsI approached the manager of the thrift store and asked whether I could buy the odd lots at a reduced price. They wouldn't have to discard it, and I could sort through it to my heart's content.

 

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Thumb Print TurkeysThese cute thumb print turkeys make great place cards or note cards. You can use stamp pads or acrylic paint, whichever you have on hand. I used acrylic paint for mine.

 

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Share Expensive Gardening Tools With NeighborsMy friend, who lives in another town, says she and her neighbors all share their lawn and gardening tools. This way no one has to be out the purchase price of expensive items, like lawn mowers, garden tillers, leaf blowers, etc., unless they just want to be. Clever idea!

 

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Suggestions for Games to Play With Adult ChildrenMy three sons and 2 daughter in-laws will be here in the beginning of January. We found that the plane flights were twice as many frequent flier miles or money at Christmas. We will celebrate Christ's birth then.

 

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Keeping a Trailer WarmI live in a old trailer that doesn't have heat. We have space heaters but can only run one at time or it throws the breaker. It's only really cold about 2 months out of the year here but is there anything else I can do to help warm the place up? Thanks for any help.

 

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Dog Wakes Up and Chases Her ButtCan someone please tell me what makes my mini schnauzer jump up out of a dead sleep and chase her butt, as if something was sticking her? She has no worms, as I keep up to date on all shots, worming etc. The vet has her on an antibiotic for proctitis and her anal glands have been expressed twice within a 7 day period. This is driving the dog crazy. She spends a lot of time looking at her butt.

 

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Woman's Day Magazine Wine Cork Christmas TreeDoes anyone have the pattern or directions to a Christmas tree made of wine corks? It was in Woman's Day, Dec. 5, 2006 issue.

 

Tiddliwinks Transportation Flecked BlanketI'm desperately seeking a Tiddliwinks Transportation Flecked Blanket. It is my 18 month old son's security blanket. He will not take anything else as a substitute. I've searched high and low and everyone seems to be out of stock. Does anyone know where I can find one?

 

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Incense Stick Melted to CarpetI was using incense in the home and lit the incense stick, it began flaming and the stick broke prematurely. It fell to the carpet and I was able to put the flames out but now the stick is stuck to the carpet. The carpet is a normal carpet you can buy at home depot. Cotton I suppose, any help?

 

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Recipes for "Canned" Cream SoupsI need a recipe for "canned" creamed soups. I have to eat gluten free and no MSG. Thanks.

 

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Pet Hair on MicrofiberMy husband and I just bought a really nice sectional. I do not know if it is suede or micro fiber. Anyway, my beagle keeps getting on the furniture when we are gone or at night when we sleep. I keep finding dog hair on it. Does anyone know how to deter a pet from getting on furniture? If not, what is a good way to get dog hair off other than the vacuum or lint roller?

 

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Removing Paint from Under Armour ClothingHow do I get paint off of Under Amour clothing?

 

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Discontinued Wallpaper: Waverly "Pear with Diamonds"I am desperately looking for Village/Waverly "Pear with Diamonds" background wallpaper. It may have been listed in Provence Classics, pg 86. I need 5 single rolls. Thanks.

 

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Cake Recipes Using White Cake MixI am looking for cake recipes using white cake mix.

 

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Brownie Pan RecommendationsWhat is the best pan to cook brownies in? I use a small nonstick square 8x8 baking pan by Bakers ($6.99). I buy the small brownie or muffin mix in the pack by Pillsbury. The nonstick surface seem to chip after using them a few times and I have to keep replacing the pan. I don't know if its the pan or the kids not using it properly. Please advise.

 

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Putting Siding on a BuildingMy husband has built a studio in the back. He purchased some siding today and we need information on how to put the siding on the building. What else does he need besides the siding? How does he start?

 

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Capping Off Wires and Covering With Blank PlateI have Jacuzzi tub on a 20amp circuit with a GFIC on it, that has a bathroom add-on outlet tied in to the circuit with 14 gage wire. I feel sure this is a code violation. I can not get to the junction box to replace the wire with out tearing our the tile around the tub. What should I do with this outlet? I was thinking of capping off the wires and putting a closed plate over it. Would that be safe?

 

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Ideas for Using Old Polo ShirtsWe've been cleaning out lately and getting rid of stuff we no longer need. My husband has several disreputable pique polo shirts that should no longer been seen in public and I'm looking for uses for them before they wind up in the trash.

 

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Fibers Coming from Linoleum FloorI moved into a new apartment less than two years ago and have a problem with my linoleum floor. I am pick up very large amounts of fiber like material, it looks like dust but it is not. The dust mop will become full of this material in 7-10 days and I mean full.

 

Large thorny, leafy green plant with green and lighter green balls.

What is This Plant?What is this plant? I found it in the woods by my house. Dose anyone have an idea?

 

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Caring for Dwarf HamstersCan someone tell me some tips for dwarf hamsters?

 

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Cleaning Moldy Refrigerator SealsHow do I clean moldy fridge seals and keep it from rusting?

 

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Discontinued Wallpaper: Brewster #LA 95897 Tropical FlowersI am looking for a discontinued wall border by Brewster. The pattern # LA 95897, it is a tropical floral.

 

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Handheld Vacuum ReviewsWhat is the best hand held vacuum for thick carpeted steps?

 

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Craft Ideas for a HairstylistI am looking for craft ideas for my hairstylist for Christmas?

 

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Ideas for Church Christmas Party GamesI need some ideas for a Christmas party for our SS class at church, most of class are senior citizen age. Ideas for games, decorations etc. will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

 

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Soaking Clothes in VinegarI heard that soaking new clothes in plain white vinegar helps the colors last longer. If you are familiar with this please tell me for how long should I soak the clothes?

 

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Bananas Turning Brown in Banana Cream PieDoes anybody have a trick to keep bananas from turning brown and watery in a banana cream pie?

 

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Evaporated Milk Has Brown TintI was given some evaporated milk and when opened it had a brown tinted color. I did thoroughly shake the can before opening. I looked at a web page about evaporated milk, and I could not see an answer. It was not passed the "use by" date on the can. It had a generic label but when I read on the back, it said Safeway Milk Company. Any ideas? Thanks!

 

What Type of Rabbit is This?What type of rabbit is this?

 

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Wallpaper to Match Imperial Wallcoverings Border #AP6141BI need wallpaper to go with border AP6141B, Lot 000126564. It has a cream background with a navy pattern. It is made by Imperial Wallcovering inc.

 

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Thrift Store CraftsI am looking for new ideas for using those "old things" that come into my second hand store at our sheltered workshop. The other day my kids made some birds out of polymer clay and I used them in a neat "remake" of an old teacup and saucer set, and a swinging nest type basket.

 

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Adhesive for Card MakingI am trying make cards and cannot find a decent adhesive. I have tried the roll on tape and find it just to frustrating with gumming up and all. Any suggestion on a good adhesive that will stick and not release from card?

 

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Removing Wall-to-Wall CarpetingMy cat has pretty much ruined my bedroom carpet. I really need to put in a tile floor, but I can't afford to at this time. I would like to remove the carpet and paint the floor or use vinyl. How do you remove a wall to wall carpet? Is there something that will cut it into pieces for easier removal? What would that be?

 

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Re-Installing Clothesline PostsI want to re-install my clothesline posts. Years ago we cemented PVC sleeves in the lawn to hold the posts. When we removed the posts, the lawn grew over the sleeves. Is there a simple way to find the location of these sleeves so I can re-insert my poles? Or should I just start digging!

 

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Recommendations for New CookwareI am looking for some new cookware. Everything I have is mis-matched or scratched or just plain ugly. It doesn't have to be really inexpensive. I want something that will last. I am so tired of having to get new cookware every year or so. I would like something easy to clean, but I don't want anything with Teflon or T-Fal or anything that will scratch and come off. It is so unhealthy!

 

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Homemade Heat Packs for ChildrenI would like to make a bean or rice heat pack, but I have a few questions. What fabric should you use? Are they safe for children? How long do you microwave them? I wanted to make them for my nephews for Christmas, who are both just under two years old. I worry about them chewing on them. I wanted to make a 2-D pattern of an animal. Any good suggestions on shapes or cut outs to use?

 

Redoing Fake Butcher Block CountersMy counter top is fake butcher block, I would like to redo it somehow. Any ideas that are cheap and easy to do? My kitchen is done with pale yellow walls and apple decor. Thanks.

 

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Turkey Gravy Using Evaporated MilkDoes anyone know how to make turkey gravy with evaporated milk?

 

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Has Anyone Used www.theperfectpet.com?Tonight on TV I watched a program on how to train your pets. The website was www.theperfectdog.com. When I went to their site it did not list anything about being on TV or a special. Does anyone know anything about this company?

 

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