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January 14, 2009
Broccoli and Rice
Cook rice, water and salt 15 minutes. drain. Cook broccoli and drain. Brown onion and celery in 2 tablespoons butter. Add Cheez Whiz, soup and milk. Blend all together and bake at 350 degree F for 40 minutes.
Noodle Hamburger Dish
Brown hamburger. Drain. Add remaining ingredients. Stir, cover tightly and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally and add water if needed. Can be done in electric skillet or microwave.
Chocolate Cherry Squares
Combine crumbs, sugar and butter. Press into 9 inch square pan. Chill. Stir chocolate and water over low heat until smooth. Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in chocolate. Fold into Cool Whip. Spread over crumbs. Top with pie filling. Chill. Garnish with remaining Cool Whip.
Repairing Scratched Pans
What do you do for scratched pans? I don't want to throw them away, I do not know what to do.
Dealing With Facial Hair
I went to get my facial hair lasered and because it costs so much ($160 per visit) I only went 3 times, thinking that would help my problem. But no, now since I've stopped I have MORE hair then what I went in with!
Pen Marks on Leather
How do you clean pen marks off of leather?
Removing Old Contact Paper from Windows
How do I remove contact paper from windows that have has been on over 5 years?
Protecting Plants as They Start to Grow
What is the best stuff to make or buy so that my seeds don't get fungus or get tamped down and croak when they start to grow? This would be for wisteria, crape myrtles, apples and some ornamental grass. Thanks, I love this site.
Making Mapquest Directions Fit on Index Cards
Could someone please tell me how to reduce the size of Mapquest directions? I want to make the spacing between lines "normal" and make it a smaller font? Ideally I would like to be able to print the directions on 3x5 or 4x6 index cards so I don't have the torture of re-entering all the info ad infinitum! Thank you.
DVD Player Not Playing DVDs
I have a Samsung DVD/VCR player. The DVDs load but stop playing. They will not fast forward or rewind. Any suggestions? Is there a cleaner that may be used?
New York University FIT School
I have a question about the FIT school of New York University. I am concern, I have a daughter that wants to study there. I am from Puerto Rico and I don't know what to do, I have never been in NY and I don't know where to start. She filled out the application form, but I want to know what help is available for economical matters there. I am a disable woman and need help so my daughter can study fashion marketing. Thanks.
Dog Doesn't Like to Stay Outside
My dog doesn't like to stay outside when I have to go to work. Does anyone have any tips? He is an inside dog and I bring him nearly everywhere I can but have no choice during the day when I need to go to work, he has to stay outside. When I am home he stays outside but as soon as he knows I have to go out and he is not coming he is not happy and is starting to growl and bite. My Dog is a Moodle that will be turning 1 soon.
Slow Cooker Recipes
I just got a 3 quart slow cooker. I am looking for recipes for simple soups, stews and casseroles and any other recipes for a slow cooker. Thanks so very much.
Recipes for Ron Popel Automatic Pasta Maker
I would appreciate recipes for the Ron Popei automatic pasta maker. Thank you ever so much.
Toilet Adding Water by Itself
Why does my toilet add water by itself about every 20 minutes. You can hear it add water for only about 5 seconds, but it does this about every 20 minutes.
Is My Son a Vegetarian?
My 10 year old son has never really liked meats from the time he was able to eat foods. His doctor at the time said he may become a vegetarian. I have tried everything over the years to get him to eat meats. I can only get him to eat poultry. He loves spaghetti but will pick out the meat.
George Foreman GGR50B Replacement Grill Plate
I am looking for a George Foreman indoor/outdoor GGR50B replacement grill plate.
Stains on Nokia Phone
My favorite orange colored Nokia mobile has black stains on it. I tried water, alcohol prep pads, Clorox, Dettol, nail polish remover, etc. I don't want to cover up the stains. How can I remove them?
Weight Watchers Recipes
It's that time of year again, the diet started yesterday! After a break of 16 years I am following the old Weight Watchers Exchange System. If anyone has any good recipes or tips I would love to hear from you.
Dishwashing Powder That Won't Etch Glass
Is there a dishwashing powder available that will not etch glassware?
What Kind of Eggs Are These?
When I was in boarding school, they had the nicest breakfast. A large cookie sheet with a small rim would hold many almost fried eggs floating in water. We'd scoop out an egg and eat it with buttered toast. I'm calling them almost fried, because they looked like they were fried, but there was no evidence of pan frying. No crispy edges nor caramelization. Any ideas how there were made?
Deer Buck Party Supplies
I am looking for birthday plates, cups and napkins with a deer buck on them.
Sunkist Raisin Bread Recipe
I am looking for a copycat recipe for Sunkist Raisin bread preferably one that has raisin concentrate in it. I would also like information on how to find and/or make raisin concentrate. Thank you.
What Breed is My Dog?
My puppy is 5 months old, weighs 55 lbs and is brown and beige with long wavy hair. She has short legs, a very stalky body, short tail and large feet. What breed is she?
Disposal Blade is Not Rotating
When I turn on my garbage disposal it smells like burnt plastic. There is no smoke coming out and I push the reset button the blade is not rotating.
Bingo Themed Party Invitations
I am planning an 80th birthday party for my mom. She loves to play Bingo. I am trying to figure our a cute way to make invitations with a bingo theme in mind. Does anyone have any ideas?
Fairy Themed Graduation Party
We're having a open house for my daughter's graduation this June. She wants to have a Fairy theme for her party. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to decorate for the party? We'll be having it outside in our back yard. We'll be renting a tent for the party. We're having a taco bar for the food. Please help.
Turpentine Stains on Clothing
How do I get rid of turpentine stains on black trousers?
Resources for Parenting Teens
Does anybody know of any good online sites, magazines, or books that help you understand your teenager (female). There seems to be so many for raising younger ones but the teenage years can be hard on some of us parents. I'm kind of surprised there is not a magazine (that I can find anyway) on parenting teenagers although I know there are books - the ones I have browsed have not been helpful.
Home Improvement: Surprising Places for...
When shopping for larger home improvement items, price outside the box. While the do-it-yourself option seems to be the most frugal, that's not always the case. Expecting to find the best deal at a large home improvement store rather than a specialized dealer is also a false assumption.
Small Mesh Vegetable Bags
Where can I buy small mesh vegetable bags? I use them for homemade bird suet cakes.
Salvage Wooden Beads from Beaded Car Seats
Do you remember the beaded car seats that were popular quite some years ago? My tip is for using the beads. I bought a couple of the seats just to tear apart for my crafts, and still have a good supply. Perhaps you have some in your storage area.
Have an Artichoke Party
At our house we have what we call artichoke parties. We sit all around the kitchen table and just eat steamed artichokes. It makes for wonderful family bonding time and we love our veggies. A little butter and garlic salt added we have a very fun evening with lots of giggles and stories.
How to Catch an Opossum
I tried to catch this guy 3 nights in a row with no success. So last night I put a trail of bread OUTSIDE the cage and then a trail of bread going INSIDE the cage. Well, just like Hansel and Gretel, he followed the bread crumbs all the way into the cage far enough to trip the door closed.
Grands Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls
I was hungry for cinnamon rolls the other morning and I had a can of Grands Biscuits in the refrigerator. I took each biscuit and rolled it into a circle, spread it with butter, topped it with cinnamon and brown sugar and raisins. I cut them in half and put them in a greased muffin tin. Baked at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
Cloth Diaper for Thrifty Window Cleaning
I ran out of paper toweling and I don't want to buy any more. I used a cloth baby diaper to wipe down my windows and mirrors. It works great - no streaks! Now I just have to make my own glass cleaner with vinegar and water.
Green Rice Bake
This is one of our favorite side dishes. Cook broccoli according to package directions. Drain. Saute onions in butter until soft but not brown. Stir in rice, soup and broccoli. Turn into a buttered shallow 1 1/2 qt. casserole.
Little by Little Vegetable Soup
Before microwaves became so available, I started the habit of putting small amounts of leftover vegetables in the freezer, in a large plastic container with a snug fitting lid. It was amazing how quickly the container filled with leftovers which weren't enough to serve my family, and to see visually how much would have been wasted.
Spray Snow Shovel with Silicon
Snow was sticking to my snow shovel until I coated the blade with silicon. The silicon spray I used was for my knitting machine but I've seen cheaper silicon spray at the hardware store.
Decorative Sea Glass Light
This is sea glass in a small fish bowl. A lady I worked for made this. She spends hours and hours finding this glass in Lake Michigan and other lakes she visits in her travels. This is a Christmas gift from her and I wanted to share it with you!
Steak Salad for Dinner
When the family would like something a bit luxurious for dinner and the budget won't quite make it, try a steak salad. Get a smaller steak, marinate if for a few hours as you normally would (Italian dressing will do). When it's dinner time, cook it to suit the family, medium to medium well is best. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Combine 1 1/2 cups of Miracle Whip, cucumber, and milk. Mix well. Combine tuna, bread crumbs, 1 cup of Miracle Whip, egg and onion. Mix lightly. Shape into six patties. Brown on both sides of margarine.
Clothespin Doll Furniture
Dolls table and 4 chairs, 1 bench and 1 rocking chair for a Barbie sized doll, made from clothes pins. Cheap and easy!
No Grate Carrot Cake
Combine sugar and oil. Add eggs, 1 at a time. Blend dry ingredients into mixture, adding carrots and nuts last. Bake in tube pan at 375 degrees F for 50 minutes.
Overnight Bean Salad
Drain all canned ingredients. Add part of vegetable liquid to salad dressing. Let stand overnight.
Frugal Home Winterizing from Your Power Company
Free home winterization and free lightbulbs: In many areas your power company may provide low income homeowners with a free winterization home inspection and certain power-saving fixes for the home. In other areas they may provide winterization kits for your windows free.
Storing Your Thimble Collection
For thimble collectors, line the bottom of shallow scrap booking paper drawers with rubber liners. Thimbles will rarely fall over or knock against each other when drawers are opened in a normal manner, and the height of the drawers is perfect for thimbles which do not have stoppers on.
Cranberry Bread with Orange and Oats
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Combine eggs and brown sugar in food processor and process until smooth. Add oil and diced orange and process until orange is minced. Gradually add orange juice.
Paper Twist Ribbon Basket
A versatile little basket to make for any occasion or keep for yourself. Very sturdy and so easy to make. Great for gift baskets.
Store Sewing Patterns in Ziplock Bags
I do a lot of sewing, using the same patterns over and over. After a while, I've lost pieces, which drives me nuts! I finally figured how to solve the problem. After I cut a pattern apart, I put it in a Ziploc bag, with it's envelope.
Almond Pear Cake
In a food processor, combine almonds and 1/2 cup sugar. Cover and process until blended; transfer to a bowl. Stir in flour and salt. Melt 4 Tbsp. butter; whisk in eggs and milk; stir into almond mixture.
Keep Birds and Animals Out of the Garden With CDs
This tip doubles as many things. Decoration as well as scarecrow. Take those DVD/CDs you were planning on tossing aside for whatever reason. I used a soldering iron, melted a hole in the edge of the DVD/CD.
Flatten Packages For Quicker Defrosting
This is a tip for easy storing and thawing of ground beef, turkey, chicken, or bulk sausage. Divide into 1 lb. portions and place each lb. in a gallon zip lock bag. With the bag zipped closed, flatten by hand or roll meat flat with a rolling pin.
Brown meat; drain. Add tomatoes, paste, salt, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Combine cottage cheese, Parmesan, eggs, and parsley; mix well.
Newspaper Kitty Litter Alternative
We have 3 indoor cats. Unfortunately we have to really pinch our pennies or go without until payday. But when I realized that someone forgot to buy litter, after I had already dumped the cat box, I had an idea. I put our old newspapers to use.
Give a Girl a Matching Doll
Give joy to a little girl. Get her a doll that looks just like her! My granddaughter was thrilled!
Italian Style Liver
Roll liver strips in a mixture of the cornmeal and cheese and brown in the oil in the skillet. Add next four ingredients and simmer, covered about 5 minutes.
Combine sugar, syrup, and water. Place over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cook without stirring to 265 degrees F, which is hard ball stage.
Max at 20 Months (Boxer Mix)
Max is a 20 month old boxer. I got him on September 30, 2008.
Steak Ala Rabia
Marinate meat (cubed) in Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce overnight. Drain. Brown meat, will make it's own juice. Do not overcook. Just before serving add onions, green peppers, garlic, salt and pepper to taste, mushrooms
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