April 13, 2009

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Marmalade (Apricot) CakePreheat oven to 350 degrees F (180C). Beat margarine and sugar till creamy. Add marmalade then add other ingredients alternately. Put in greased or floured 1lb loaf tin. (I use non stick cake tin liners which makes it easy to remove cake, too!)

 

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BBQ Sauce Using Tomato SoupIn 1964 a friend gave me a barbecue sauce recipe. It was mild and just the best sauce. Somewhere along the line I lost the recipe. I've done searches on the web, but can't find it, and it is impossible to locate my friend.

 

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Crock Pot Meat LoafThis is an easy, yet delicious meatloaf, and you can make it without turning on the oven. Put it in the crock pot in the morning, run errands all day and your main course is ready when you get home.

 

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Pear and Nut BreadVery good bread. A little different.

 

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Asparagus with Honey MustardAnother flavor for asparagus because I love asparagus ;-) Bring water to boil and cook asparagus over medium heat until crisp but tender. Mix honey, mustard, lemon juice and olive oi in small bowl. Drizzle mixture over cooked and drained asparagus and serve.

 

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Ramen and EggsCook the ramen only 2 1/2 minutes (not three), with seasoning packet. Then in a in a frying pan, cook eggs, slightly over medium, (you want just a little runny. Chop the eggs into 1/2 strips.

 

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Chilled Berry SoupWash strawberries and remove stems. Whirl all ingredients in a blender or food processor. If the soup is too thick, stir in a little more water. Cover and refrigerate until cold.

 

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Spinach PotatoesVery good veggie recipe. Cook potatoes in boiling water in saucepan until tender; drain. Mash with sour cream and margarine in bowl. Add spinach, onion, sugar, salt and pepper; mix well.

 

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Spiced Cherry TeaThis is a great drink either hot or cold, but I prefer cold. Mix all ingredients in large saucepan. Simmer for 1 hour. Strain to remove whole spices. Ladle into serving mugs or chill and serve cold in tall glasses.

 

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Easy Blueberry CheesecakeCheesecake is a favorite of our family, especially my husband! Mix first 3 ingredients in bowl. Press into 9x12 inch pan. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and eggs in mixer bowl until smooth. Spread over crumb layer.

 

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Pizza Pork ChopsVery different and yummy main dish. Place mozzarella cubes in pork chop pockets; fasten with toothpicks. Rub with seasoned salt.

 

Articles

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Crocheting a Rug from Scrap FabricsI have a rather large fabric collection. We decided to paint our new bathroom a pumpkin color. It looks very nice, but hard to match for accessories. So, I decided to crochet a rug using my left over fabric.

 

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Crocheted CarnationsYou can crochet this and many other carnations with just a few crochet stitches and some fake foliage stem ware. I made this one for a sample for here, but have also made roses for wedding and anniversary boutonnieres.

 

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Use Carabiner to Secure Purse to Shopping CartI've heard news announcers tell us to use the seat belt in a shopping cart to keep our purses safe by putting it through the handle of the purse and snapping it closed. Sometimes the seat belt is broken or missing, so it isn't always possible.

 

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Hedge Apples for Pest RepellentThere are no chemicals involved so I guess it's a green tip. If you have a problem with roaches, ants, mice, or other pests inside the house, gather some crab apples and place them around your basement, crawl space, and foundation of your house.

 

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Stop Temper Tantrums with Gentle RestraintWhen it comes to restraining a child, there are good restraints and there are bad restraints. Obviously, tying a child to a chair is a bad restraint, but when a child is riding in a car, a car seat is a good restraint.

 

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Use Plastic Boxes as Litter BoxesCovered cat litter boxes are ridiculously expensive, however they certainly do help contain cat odors. Since we are a multi-cat family I found the best way to cut the cost and still reap the benefit was to use plastic storage containers.

 

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The Money That ThriftyFun Has Saved MeI wanted to list the ways ThriftyFun has saved me money over the years. I will itemize the things here ...

 

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Restitch Cloth Vacuum BagsI have an expensive vacuum that has cloth-like HEPA filter bags that I must purchase. In order to get more use out of them, I cut open the top of the bag and dumping the waste, then stitch it shut on my sewing machine. Works great!

 

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Simple Shelf to Organize ShoesAn easy project with three pieces of wood can help organize that pile of shoes at the bottom of your closet. My darling husband constructed this simple shelf, at my request, and his shoes and boots are manageable and tidy. I asked him to make one for my closet too.

 

Questions

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Growing Plants in Clay Soil?What are the easiest plants to grew in clay like dirt?

 

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Lee Ward Craft Patterns?Are any of the old Lee Ward craft store patterns still available?

 

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Using Stale Banana Loaf?Does anyone have any ideas or recipes for leftover (slightly stale) banana loaf? Thanks.

 

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Liquid Laundry Detergent on Wall?I recently spilled liquid laundry detergent on my wall. I can't get the stain off the wall. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have flat paint and I'm afraid that it will bleed through if I paint over.

 

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Making a King Sheet into a Queen?How can I decrease a king fitted sheet to a queen?

 

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Puppy is Peeing on Bed Ruffle?My dog is in a crate during the day and we have a puppy door so he can go out to the bathroom. However if there is a bag on the floor or a bed ruffle around the bed he will hike his leg and pee every time. Is there anything I can do to break this habit?

 

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Removing Fuel Odor on a Leather Jacket?I spilled Jet-A on the cuff of my leather flight jacket (not on the leather itself thankfully). Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get the smell and/or fuel out. Thanks!

 

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Refried Bean Soup Recipe?Does anyone have a recipe for refried pinto bean soup? I can't find one that isn't mixed with other beans. I just want use refried beans, spices, etc.

 

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Plastic Canvas Mailbox Ornament?I am looking for a pattern for a plastic canvas mailbox, that is a Christmas ornament. Much appreciated.

 

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Decorating With High Ceilings?My fireplace sits in a wall with no mantle, but has an indented space for the television. It sits off center from a 22 foot high pitch. With so much space I need help in decorating between the fireplace and the ceiling.

 

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Steam Iron Spray Nozzle Not Working?I have a Morphy Richard's steam iron. It's spray nozzle is not working. Ii want to open the iron. How can I open it? It is model #40708, serial #40700.

 

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Homemade Biscuit Recipe?I am looking for a recipe for homemade biscuits.

 

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Primer Showing Through Paint?I just bought a house that had dark colors on the walls, like a purple kitchen and chocolate brown walls. We primed everything with Kilz primer and did 2 coats because the original paint was bleeding through the primer.

 

What Breed is My Dog?What is my dog? His mother was a golden retriever and I want to say the dad is a German shepherd, but I'm unsure. What's your opinion?

 

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Stains on Cloth Napkins?I have recently started using cloth napkins exclusively for my family of seven. I am going through cloth napkins like nobody's business, as I am useless when it comes to getting out any stains! I use "fancy" white and cream-colored napkins.

 

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Curtains for a Kids Room?I am looking for some cute, unique homemade curtain ideas for kids' rooms.

 

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Buying Amaryllis Bulbs?I am looking for a place to get some really pretty amaryllis bulbs and a piece of a Marshall Neal rose.

 

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Scrapbooking With One Hand?Can scrapbooking be done with one hand?

 

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Can I Still Start Seeds?We live in Baltimore City, MD. Our hardiness zone is 7. Would you kindly let me know if it is too late to plant seeds? Can I start seeds in peat pots? I put it off, and I'm worried it's too late for this year.

 

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Reviews of Beniful Wet Dog Food?Is Beniful wet food in the plastic tubs safe to feed dogs and how nutritious is it?

 

Tan and white Pit looking puppy.

What Breed is My Dog?Is my dog a pure bred Pit bull?

 

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Making a Pellet Mill?I need instructions on how to make a Pellet Mill.

 

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Does Estroven Reduce Hot Flashes?Have you gotten relief from your menopause hot flashes by taking the supplement Estroven or any others? These hot flashes are disturbing my sleep and driving me crazy!

 

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