January 8, 2009

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Beef Creole With RiceIn a saucepan with tight-fitting lid, bring water to a boil; add rice. Cover and reduce heat to simmer; cook for 15 minutes without removing lid. Remove from heat and let stand, covered for 3 to 5 minutes or until rice is tender.

 

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Chicken and Bow TiesFix all ingredients in skillet and then add cooked bow ties.

 

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Turnip Vegetable MedleyCook turnips covered in small amount of boiling water until tender, 15-20 minutes. Cook peas and carrots according to package directions. Drain vegetables and combine. Add margarine and season to taste.

 

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Vegetarian MarinaraIn a large saucepan, with a small amount of olive oil, saute' the onion and green pepper, until the onion is translucent. Add the stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, garlic, oregano, parsley and sugar.

 

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Cinnamon Peach CrispIn a bowl, combine the peaches, orange juice, brown sugar and cinnamon. Transfer to an 8x8 inch pan coated with non stick spray. Combine the flour, sugar and baking powder. Add egg and butter; mix until crumbly.

 

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Squeeze Noodles Pour your batter into a plastic ketchup bottle. Squeeze into boiling chicken broth to make quick noodles.

 

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Butterscotch FudgeLine an 8 inch square pan with foil. Spread 1/2 cup of walnuts, evenly, on the bottom of the pan and set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the marshmallow creme, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt together.

 

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Pronto PupsMix ingredients. Dip hot dogs and fry in 4 inches of oil at 375 degrees F until done.

 

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Connie's RollsSpray 9x13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Layer the pecans on the bottom of the pan and place the frozen rolls on top of the pecans. Pour the dry pudding over the rolls. Combine the melted margarine with the brown sugar and pour it over the rolls.

 

Articles

Landscaping on a Budget

Landscaping on a BudgetA big landscaping project can be a budget buster, but with a little creative planning it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips for creating a beautiful landscape without breaking the bank.

 

Scenery: Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RailroadWe live in Southern Colorado and one of my favorite things to do here is ride the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, a 100+ year old narrow gauge train that travels from Antonito, CO to Chama, NM.

 

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Use a Metal Coffee Can to Store BagsEasy storage for grocery store plastic bags: Save your metal coffee can when finished with them. Cut a medium size "X" in the middle of the plastic lid.

 

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Use A Salt Solution For Your Icy DrivewayIf you need to salt your driveway or stairs, try this. My salt from last winter absorbed some moisture during the fall, and the salt bucket had as much water in it as salt. I scooped up a bunch of both and spread it out and had great results!

 

Steven and Connor (Conure Parrot)

The Best Of Friends: Steven and Connor (Conure Parrot)Steven's hair has been nick-named "happy hair" by his Aunt Sarah, because it sometimes sticks out all over the place. Connor, the Conure parrot, loves to stomp around in Steven's happy hair, and nibble on it. They are the best of friends.

 

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Get Buckets from BakeriesGo to your local grocery store bakery and ask if they throw away their icing buckets or donut glaze buckets. If they do, I am sure they would love to give them away instead.

 

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Sharpen Electric Shaver BladesBefore you replace those blades on your electric shaver, you can easily resharpen them for a temporary new life. Make a light mixture of Mineral Oil with Toothpaste (not the gel type) and apply to the shaver's screen/blade surface.

 

Install Your Own Sprinkler System

Install Your Own Sprinkler SystemMy husband has been bugging me to have a sprinkler system installed since we bought our house four years ago. He finally gave up on having the system installed, went to Home Depot and figured out how to do it on his own.

 

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Use Dawn for Very Oily HairI have always had oily hair, but in the last several months the oiliness has just gotten worse and worse--to the point that I could wash it as usual and it would be extremely oily only a few hours later.

 

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Save the Peach Juice from Canned PeachesSave your juice from canned peaches. Freeze it in ice cube trays then when solid move over to a ziplock bag and store in freezer. Use them in your glass instead of ice when drinking iced tea. Is good with any tea, but especially good with raspberry tea.

 

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Emergency Dishwasher SoapFound out we had run out of dishwasher soap, even the samples I had gotten, and I went to the internet to find out a homemade substitute.

 

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Ornament Stand CenterpiecesI had to make centerpieces for an athletic banquet. Our school colors are purple and gold. I made 40 centerpieces for less than $200. I bought ornament stands (brass) off eBay in bulk. I found purple star ornaments (with flecks of gold) at a pottery store.

 

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Use Socks as Chalkboard ErasersLittle hands seem to have a hard time holding on to and using sponge or other type erasers that come with chalk boards. Slip one of the child's old socks (or new!) over the hand he is not using to write with.

 

Questions

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Helping My Cat Lose Weight?I have a very overweight cat, we're talking 20 lbs. I don't want to buy expensive weight loss food and she can't go outside (she has been de clawed). Help please!

 

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Removing Wax from Eyelids?Is there a remedy for getting wax off of eye lids?

 

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Chihuahua Yelping and Stiffening Its Neck?I have an 11 month old Chihuahua, she was in her kennel and began to yelp like she was hurt. We went in there to get her and picked her up and she kept yelping.

 

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Using Olive Oil for Bags Under Eyes?I've been told that olive oil is a great facial moisturizer but I would also like to know if it can be used as an under eye serum as well? I have bags under my eyes and I don't want to make them even more noticeable by using a product that will aggravate the problem.

 

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Homemade Over-the-Hill "Survival Kit"?I am looking for ideas on what to put in a fun homemade, adult male over-the-hill "survival kit".

 

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Pattern for Long Housecoat?Does anyone know where I may obtain a pattern for a front zippered, floor length, long sleeved housecoat? I would appreciate any suggestions.

 

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Donating Used Stuffed Animals?I have a lot of stuffed animals my grandchildren do not play with and would like to donate them to some needy children in my area. Anyone know where I can donate these?

 

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Ring Tone from the Movie "Love and Die"?I was watching a movie on USA called to "Love and Die". The main female character had a ring tone put on her phone by two little girls. I have been trying to find out what the tone was but have had no luck. I went to the website for the movie and someone suggested that it was "La Grange" by ZZ Top, but it does not sound like it. Does anyone know what the tone is?

 

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Wax on a North Face Jacket?I splashed hot wax on my North Face fleece. It landed mostly on the nylon part. What do I do?

 

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Preventing Moisture in Attic?How can my friend prevent moisture in the attic? She has so much moisture that a dehumidifier and temp at 70 degrees has not helped. This is a 2 room addition that was built off her main house 3 years ago. Frame and siding is the material.

 

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Swiffer Wet Jet Stopped Working?I have a Swiffer Wet Jet and love it. I have been using vinegar and water in the bottle. It just stopped one day, so I bought another one, and the same thing happened. Has anyone had the same problem? Do you think it is the vinegar and water?

 

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Toilet Leaking Even After Replacing Seal?Can anyone give me a suggestion on what to do about our toilet stopping up and water coming out from under the toilet. I have had 4 new seals put on by qualified plumbers and was told it was fixed. We have had the drain cleaned and have stopped flushing anything but water. Our house is about fifty years old. Thanks for any feedback.

 

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Using Older Programs With Vista?Don't be afraid to use your old software on your new computer! If you use Vista, but still have Win95 programs you wish you could use, don't be afraid to try! There's a way you can, without risking crashing your operating system - and even if it doesn't work, you haven't lost or endangered anything.

 

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Storing Large Toys?Does anyone know of a better way to store large play toys (walker for babies, etc.)? I put them in big plastic bags in the garage but they just tear and then get all dirty. Any suggestions?

 

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Mattress is Sinking in the Middle?My mattress is sinking a little in the middle and I don't have money at this time to buy another one. I heard that the egg crate pillow topper will assist and make sleeping on the mattress more comfortable. Is this true? Please share your advice. Thanks.

 

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Removing permanent marker from paper?How can I see under permanent marker which is on photocopying paper.

 

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Caulk Not Sticking to Fiberglass Shower?We have recently had a new fiberglass shower surround installed and we are having a hard time getting the caulk to stick. When it is applied it looks great, but after a shower or two it starts to ripple and comes off.

 

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Paying Off Mortgages Quickly?I want to know if there is a way to pay off your mortgage faster. I live in Canada.

 

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Tips for Frying Chicken?What is the secret to frying chicken so it is done in the middle and crisp on the outside? Thanks a million.

 

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Taking Apart Computer Equipment?Could someone tell me if there are any hazards to dissecting LCD monitors or flat panel TVs? Also, is there anything hazardous about taking apart computer towers? Any chemicals I should be aware of ( for example, I know not to chew on capacitors)? How should I dispose of defective or dead capacitors, resistors or other thingamabobs in a safe manner? Thank you!

 

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Machine to Make Sugared Pecans?Does anyone know where I can buy a machine that makes sugared pecans? Thanks.

 

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Using Oven Cleaner on Drip Trays?I have very greasy build up on my top drip trays. Is it safe to use Easy Off oven cleaner on them?

 

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Puppy Seems to be Blind?We have a 4 wk lab/golden puppy. The momma had 7 in her litter and our little guy is the only one that made it. I know most puppies when first opening their eyes have a bluish cloudy look to their eyes but his isn't going away. My hubby came in from walking him last night and said he started to panic because he couldn't see my hubby.

 

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Sausage for Lentil Soup?Does anyone know the best kind of sausage to put in lentil soup? if so what brand etc.

 

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Manual for NEC Dterm 80 Phone?I am looking for a manual for a NEC Dterm 80 Phone. Does anyone have a manual or know where to get one?

 

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Itchy Skin Years After Being Stung?I was stung by a yellow jacket about 4-5 years ago. I sat back on a lawn chair onto a yellow jacket and I think the stinger broke off into my skin. My husband said there was no stinger in my back, but he didn't dig down into my skin. Since that time I have an itchy spot on my back in the same area where I was stung (it only itches in that spot). I've heard that if a stinger is not removed it will absorb into your skin? Is this true?

 

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Unusual Flavors For Bundt Cakes?I am looking for unusual tasting bundt cake recipes. Does anyone out there have some great recipes?

 

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Free Weight Loss Supplements?Does any one know of any sites that give away free weight loss supplements?

 

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Dry, White Spots on Skin?I have these white, dry looking spots on my arms and I'm starting to get them on my stomach too. I've had them for about 2 years. What should I do to make them go away?

 

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