March 12, 2009

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Hot Spiced TeaBoil 3 cups water and 1cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add cinnamon sticks and whole cloves, pineapple, orange juice and lemon juice. Boil 5 minutes. Add 6 tea bags and 1/2 cup sugar and steep 10 minutes. Put in gallon container and fill with water.

 

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Corn SoupTo the corn, add water and simmer 5 minutes. Scald milk with onion, remove onion, and add milk to corn. Bind with butter and flour cooked together. Add salt and pepper.

 

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Old Fashioned Salad Dressing Mix sugar and flour in the top of double boiler. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cook over hot, not boiling water, stirring constantly until mixture is thick and clear. Chill.

 

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Pot of Gold Irish SupperThese two great recipes can replace a costly corned beef and cabbage supper for your St. Patrick's Day dinner, or maybe you are just tired of corned beef and cabbage. This is a hearty soup with sandwich idea that may become a hit with your family.

 

Strawberry Soda Pop Cake

Strawberry Soda Pop CakeTwo recipes for Strawberry Soda Cake

 

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Mom's Barbecued Beef SandwichesSlow cooked, seasoned beef make for delicious hot sandwiches.

 

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Easy and Healthy GravyJust brown flour in fry pan, no grease. Slowly add enough broth to make it as thin as you like, stir with whisk. Add spices and simmer for 5 minutes.

 

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Bahamian Boiled FishA delicious Bahamian main dish for even the fussiest eaters.

 

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Bonnacord SquaresMix ingredients through vanilla and cook on the stove for 10 minutes. Cool Mix in remaining ingredients. Put in an 8x8 inch pan. Ice with orange or chocolate icing.

 

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Super Homemade Nachos Brown ground beef in a skillet and drain off all fat. Sprinkle taco seasoning over drained beef and add 3/4 cup of water. Stir until mixed, and add about 7 to 8 oz. of diced, frozen, or canned mild chilies,

 

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Brown Bag Bananas and Store in the FridgeWhen buying bananas, buy the green ones. Put them in the fridge in a brown paper bag. Make sure you take them apart one by one. No need to buy green bags, this works much better and adds the shelf life.

 

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Get Zippers Repaired at the CleanersThere is nothing more frustrating than something needing a zipper fix when the clothing is still wearable. I hate doing zippers in clothing. TADA! Found a fairly inexpensive idea - better than throwing away and buying new.

 

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Country Fair SheepWe were at the county fair, had come out of the sheep barn and found one sheep still to be unloaded. My granddaughter Tegan could not resist answering back to the bleating voice of "help me, help me!"

 

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Cocoa Butter and Vitamin EI no longer waste money on expensive moisturizers. I have found two products that are amazing and very inexpensive. The first is cocoa butter in a jar. It is made by Queen Helene and is a very rich and very moisturizing body cream that can also be used on the face.

 

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Pack Messy Lunch Items In Plastic BagsWhen packing anything in your lunch container that might leak or spill (liquids, etc.), put the items in those plastic bags we all get from the produce section of our local grocery store.

 

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Finding the Silver Lining in a Faltering EconomyI remember the morning when I watched the stock prices scroll across the bottom of the TV screen while I was watching the weather forecast. It was 5 AM, and I wondered if I was watching history happen; every stock was preceded by a red arrow that noted a drop in its value.

 

Teddy Bears (Domestic Short Hair)

Teddy Bears (Domestic Short Hair)Teddy Bears is an orange/white, domestic short hair cat. He will be 3 on Valentines Day 2009. I adopted him on January 31, 2009. I went to pick up my Corgi from his groomer and he was there waiting to be adopted.

 

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Being a Parent During Tough Economic TimesThe basic principles of survival are shelter, warmth, food, drink and hopefully love. Everything else is just WANTS.

 

Butterfly art in a butterfly garden.

Gardening: Butterfly Garden ArtHere is a butterfly garden sculpture I got in Ashville, NC last summer.

 

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Tie Plastic Refuse in KnotsYou can help save wild birds and animals: When unwrapping bread, groceries etc., I roll up the plastic wrapping or bags that I can't reuse and then tie them in knots before binning them.

 

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Color Seeds With Flour for PlantingWhen you are about to sow your vegetable or flower seeds, you will find that the colour of the very small seeds, blends in with the colour of the earth.

 

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Recycle Socks for Swiffer PadsI have been recycling my hubby's old socks into swiffer pads. I cut the end of of both ends of the sock and a cut down one side of the sock between the two cut ends, Then I fit it over the swiffer and then sometimes I sew the ends shut, sometimes I don't.

 

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Join a Science MuseumThink about joining a science museum nearby. We joined the one in Jacksonville where the membership rates are very reasonable when we went for a visit. We've been able to visit all of the science centers on the reciprocity list all over the country.

 

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Use Straws as Coffee Stir SticksI buy unopened bags of straws to use as coffee and hot cocoa stir sticks. I pick them up at yard sales, party outlet stores or thrift stores cheap! I cut them in half, or thirds, if I get the extra long ones.

 

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Jelly Bean ChicksCreate these cute chicks to hold jelly beans or other Easter candy. Give as gifts or add to your child's Easter basket.

 

Questions

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Wine Cork Picture FrameI would like to learn how to make a picture frame out of wine corks. Please help.

 

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Painting a Logo on a Hard HatI am trying to paint a logo on a hard hat for my daughter's boyfriend. I've tried Krylon for plastic, model car paint, auto touch up paint, and paint markers. I've tried cleaning it with alcohol first and sanding the surface. Nothing seems to work. Does anyone have any other ideas?

 

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Screw Heads Rusting Through DrywallI have a drywall ceiling with bleeding screw heads. How do I fix the problem?

 

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Using Goof Off on a Dryer DrumCan you use Goof Off in the dryer drum?

 

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Unique Sayings to MonogramMy daughter received a monogramming/embroidering sewing machine for her birthday. We are trying to create some unique items (baby bibs, dish towels, small purses, etc.) with unique "sayings" monogrammed on them.

 

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Red Shirt Leaving Pink Stains on EverythingI bought a red shirt about a year ago. Despite how much I wash it, every time I wear it it leaves pink residue on pretty much everything I come into contact with for a prolonged amount of time. Including the rim of my pants and on my skin. How can I wash out all of the extra dye?

 

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Toilet Clogged With Disposable TowelsMy toilet is blocked with disposable towels.

 

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Making a Doll Head Using HosieryI want to make a sculpted doll head from polyfill and nylon hosiery. Can someone tell me how?

 

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Tips for Using an iMacI just received an iMac as a gift and I am a little lost. I'd prefer not to have to buy Microsoft Office and Adobe to put on this new computer, but I don't know if I can do what I want to without them. I have been using Thinkfree Office for Write, and Show but miss MS publisher.

 

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Removing Tile from Plaster WallsDoes anyone have advice on removing tile from a plastered wall? We have a 1940's pink bathroom and would like to remove the tile from the walls, but I understand this will not be an easy project. Any tips for making it simpler or to at least help things go more smoothly?

 

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Stirring Tips for Cooking in a SkilletWhen I stir liquids in my shallow waterless cookware skillets, I find that there is more accidental splashing on to the stove top than with the other brand of pots I previously used. Any stirring suggestions? Thanks.

 

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Using Magic JackDoes the computer have to be on for the phone to work when using Magic Jack?

 

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Feeding a Newborn Golden FinchHow do you feed a newborn golden finch after it has hatched?

 

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"Milk Cracker" RecipeMy mom used to make a kind of light cracker that she called "milk crackers". I think she soaked soda crackers in milk, drained them a little then baked them. I honestly don't remember as I was pretty young. I just remember that they were light and melted in your mouth.

 

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Tastefully Simple Chocolate Pound CakeDoes anyone have the recipe for Tastefully Simple Chocolate Pound Cake?

 

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Film in a Saltwater Swimming PoolI have a saltwater swimming pool and a brown rusty looking film gets on the walls and bottom. What is it and what can I do for it?

 

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Using Embroidery Thread for CrochetingCan I use cotton embroidery thread for crochet thread?

 

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Laminate Vs. Formica CountertopsWhat is the difference between laminate and formica countertops?

 

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Buying Dinner Rolls in BulkMy daughter's wedding reception is May 16, 2009. Where can I find dinner rolls, enough to feed 200-250 people for the reception?

 

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Homemade Napisan RecipeHi, i was just wondering if anyone knows of a homemade Nappy Soaking Powder Recipe? We have a product called Napisan down here but it's so expensive. I was hoping to make a similar product from scratch. Thanks

 

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Floor Covering Ideas for a Barn Wedding ReceptionOur son and his bride-to-be are having their reception in a barn. What could we put on the ground under the tables? I know we can rent a dance floor but flooring for the whole barn is too much? Thanks.

 

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Fundraising Ideas for a Relay for Life TeamI am looking for some simple, inexpensive fundraising ideas for our Relay for Life team. Something to raise money before hand and at our tent the night of the relay.

 

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Joystick Not Working With Windows VistaI have Windows Vista (32bit) trying to run MS Combat Flight Sim.1 with a Logitech Attack 3 joystick. The joystick will calibrate through cfs, but will not control the game. Please help.

 

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Discontinued Wallpaper: Village Home Wallpaper #5806671I am looking for one double roll of Village Home Wallpaper, pattern #5806671, run #2. It is 20 1/2 in. x 11 yards.

 

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Gift Ideas for Children's Choir MembersI need gift ideas for individual birthday gifts to give to choir members ages 5-12. Any suggestions?

 

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Stainless Steel Vs. Plastic Trash CansDo you prefer a stainless steel trash can or plastic? I purchased a stainless steel trash can ($60) and I love it. However, I find it hard to clean the inside of the can around the lid between the crevices. I have the kind that you step on and the lid rise.

 

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Removing Rubber Odor from Steering Wheel CoversI have purchased two different steering wheel covers and they both have a very strong rubber like smell which really bothers me. I would like to find a way to remove the smell so I can use them. I have tried leaving them outside in the sun but it hasn't helped at all.

 

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Getting Rid of Boxed Spring Water LinersI buy spring water from the supermarket in cardboard boxes. The water itself is in a plastic lined silver, soft container inside the box. What do I do with the lining when I've finished with the water? I use spring water like this because the water in my area is not good for drinking.

 

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Reviews of Spray-n-Grow ProductsHas anyone tried any of the Spray-N-Grow products?

 

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Dark Cabinets With White CountertopsI have white Corian countertops that I cannot change. I also have white cabinets that I desperately want to change. Any kitchen or kitchen magazine I look through always shows white cabinets with darker countertops, but never the opposite.

 

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Caring for a SchnoodleI just got a little schnoodle. I wanted to find out info on potty training and training. What do I need and just how smart are they?

 

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Removing Painted Pictures from Ceramic TileI have ceramic tiles in the kitchen and most of them have veggies and fruit painted on them. How can I get that off or do I have to replace them all?

 

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Extra Skin After Dog's Cherry Eye is RemovedMy chihuahua has had his cherry eye removed but he still has the skin all in the corner of his eye. The nurse said it was just swelling, is this normal?

 

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Games for Garden Club President's TeaOur community garden club is planning a President's Tea. Does anyone have any ideas on easy fun games we could play where members would win small prizes?

 

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Homemade Dog RepellentI want to make a homemade, cheap dog repellent. Something I can put on outside plants to keep my dogs away. I need help fast!

 

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Making a Sugar Glider BagDoes anyone know how to make a sugar glider bag?

 

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