April 21, 2009

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Recipes

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Cucumber Yogurt SaladA healthy, tasty salad to serve at lunch or dinner.

 

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Strawberry Butter TorteLove this because I love strawberries! Very yummy! Combine melted butter and 1 cup crumbs in bowl; mix well. Press over bottom of 8x8 inch dish. Combine remaining softened butter and confectioners' sugar in mixer bowl.

 

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Mystery PuddingSift together sugar, flour, salt and soda. Beat egg and add vanilla, fruit cocktail and juice. Turn into greased dish - do not have it too thick. Over the top sprinkle a mixture of brown sugar and chopped nuts. Bake 3/4 hour at 325 degrees F.

 

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Creamy Fiddlehead SoupPuree all but 1/4 cup of fiddleheads. Chop the remaining 1/4 cup of fiddleheads into small pieces, set aside.

 

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Sweet Grape Nuts BreadCombine all ingredients in bow; mix well. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 40 minutes or until bread tests done.

 

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Cheesy BBQ Chicken Tastes just like Chili's Montery Chicken! Place chicken breasts in large zip lock bag and pour enough BBQ sauce in bag to cover the chicken. Marinate them in the fridge from about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to broil HI, with rack 4 inches from heat.

 

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Biscuit-Topped ChickenYummy hot meal! Combine chicken, broccoli, soup, onion, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and curry powder in 1 1/2 qt. casserole; mix well. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees F, or until bubbly.

 

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Barbecue CupsTo browned beef, add barbecue sauce, onion and brown sugar. Press each of the flaky biscuits into ungreased muffin cups (up to edge) and spoon in meat. Top with grated cheddar cheese.

 

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Easier Than Pie CobblerEasy as a breeze. I personally love cherry ;-) Mix milk, sugar, flour, baking powder and vegetable oil. Spread 1/2 of the crust mixture in a slightly greased, 8x8 inch baking pan

 

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Use Non Fat Dry Milk for Coffee CreamerCoffee creamer that is actually good for you. Use non fat dry milk as coffee creamer. There is no need to pre-mix dry milk with water, just use it as is. You can use as much as you like, without the fat.

 

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Use Freezer Burned Veggies for SoupEveryone has told me that once as bag of veggies is freezer-burned that it's no good, and you'll have to throw it out. This is not true! There is one thing you can do with freezer burned veggies and that's make homemade veggie soup.

 

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Elegant Country Ribbon and Roses BasketThis lovely basket is wrapped with sheer ribbon and decorated with mini fabric roses. It's perfect for placing in the bathroom to hold soaps or towels, in the living room to hold mail, and makes a wonderful gift basket.

 

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Use Baking Powder for Smudges on Stainless SteelTo clean smudge marks off stainless steel appliances, make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub over the spots. Then wipe the appliance down with plain water, and dry.

 

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Clear Candy Tubes for Small Toy StorageA great way to organize and re-cycle while doing so. Those long clear tubes that candy (ex. M & M's) comes in provide great storage for small toy pieces and can make them more readily available for your child's play time.

 

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Canvas Bag ProjectThis is a really simple project that requires no real pattern and once you feel comfortable, you can just cut freehand and "eyeball-it"

 

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Teeth Whitening Kits from the Dollar StoreI am so excited to share this Thrifty tip with everyone! Do you use those expensive teeth whitening kits? Here's a very inexpensive tip to maintain your very white "pearly whites". The Dollar Tree carries teeth whitening kits, and they work!

 

Pugsley (Pekingese)

Pugsley (Pekingese)Pugsley is a 10 year old pekingese. My sister-in-law gave him to us 4 years ago. He likes to play ball with kids. He is very good with children and funny.

 

Recycle, Get Organized and Save Money

Recycle, Get Organized and Save MoneyEvery day people throw out product packaging and then turn around and purchase boxes, bins, and caddies to organize their homes. Instead, reuse the things that you're about to throw away, things that will fill landfills otherwise, and use them to save money and organize your home.

 

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Patch Kids Pants With Shirt SleevesSave the fabric when you turn a winter long-sleeved shirt into a summer short-sleeved shirt and use this fabric to patch the knees or add length to kids pants. The shirt can then be worn with the pants as a cute matching set!

 

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Freebie: Tomato SeedsGet a free pack of tomato seeds when you enter info located on the bottom of any Campbell's Soup can. Your request will also help Campbell's donate seeds to communities and schools through the National FFA organization. Expires 6/21/09.

 

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Keep Food Scraps Away from RaccoonsNever leave food scraps in a fire pit or in an uncovered garbage can. Use care with your compost pile to cover all your food scraps so the food doesn't attract nasty animals like raccoons and skunks.

 

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Burp Cloths for InfantsI bought $1.00 receiving blankets at the dollar store, and some terry cloth on sale at the fabric store. I made 4 burping cloths out of one receiving blanket. If you have a serger you can put them together in a snap.

 

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Dark Colored Towels Bled on Light Colored TowelsI read about using boiling water and bleach for taking out color bleeding. It appears that these were white clothes. What about green towels that had a red towel thrown in? They are now an awful brown color. Will the boiling water and bleach work on colored items?

 

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Removing Texture from WallsThe walls in my (very old) house have a "popcorn" type texture on them, as does the ceiling. It is covered with many old coats of paint. What can I do to remove the texture?

 

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Baby Sling Carrier PatternHow do you make a baby sling carrier for a newborn? My daughter is pregnant with her second child and wants to have her hands free as much as possible when the new one arrives. The baby sling she saw was around $65 and we think I should be able to make one.

 

Palm With ScaleI think I have an Africa palm, which I re-potted after 3 or 4 years (about 3-4 yrs. ago). I keep it on my front porch where it gets no direct sunlight, and in the winter I keep it in a spare shower, also diffused light. How did it get scale, and how do I get rid of it?

 

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Feeding an Azalea PlantI have an azalea in a pot that is just coming into flower. What can I use to feed it other than buying an ericaceous feed?

 

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Soil Has Eroded Away from FoundationOn one side of my house there are no gutters, expect for a single rain spout. Over time the soil has eroded away from the concrete foundation. I plan to get gutters, relocate that spout and add a small retaining wall. But I know that can get expensive.

 

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Tea Dyeing TipsI have these white curtains, 70% Polyester and 30% cotton. I want to dye them a medium tan to go with my new couches. I was wondering if anyone ever used coffee or teabags as a dye. Or should I buy that RIT dye?

 

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Getting Rid of ArmadillosHow can I get rid of armadillos? They are ruining my gardens. I planted a beautiful area around our above ground pool and they eat everything while we sleep.

 

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VHS Stuck in TV/VCR ComboA VHS tape is stuck in our small Magnovox TV/VCR combo. I've tried nudging it without any result. What else can I try? Thank you.

 

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Free Printable FliersDoes anyone know of a website where one can create fliers for free and print them for free?

 

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Reviews of Moisturizers for Dry SkinWhat is the best economical moisturizer to use on very dry skin for women over 50?

 

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Toro Riding Lawn Mower Won't StartI have a Toro Wheel Horse riding mower. I started it and pulled the choke up all the way really fast and now it will not start at all.

 

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Cleaning Solution for Monster 1200 Steam CleanerIs there a homemade cleaning solution that can be used in the Monster 1200 hand held steam cleaner instead of buying the Clean Blast 24 solution?

 

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Cleaning a Stainless Steel ThermosI have a stainless steel thermos and had always cleaned it with Crystal dish soap and had no problem. I was always using tea, however this time I used liquid dish soap. The man used coffee with the cream in it and the coffee came out tasting sour. What happened?

 

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Pillowcase PatternsI am looking for pillowcase patterns.

 

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How To Open The Wet Jet Battery CompartmentHow do I change the batteries on the Swiffer Wet Jet?

 

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Flavoring Sun TeaHow do I flavor my sun tea? I loved the Lemon Ginger sun tea I made over the weekend, but I'm sure there is a less expensive way to achieve similar results. I used individual tea packets that are lemon-ginger flavored. I have less expensive family-sized tea bags which I'd like to use.

 

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Chili Plant Has Small LeavesMy chili plant's top leaves are getting smaller.

 

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Dog Going Potty in the HouseMy daughter has a Maltese. He will be one year old this May. We can keep him in the yard for a long period of time to do his business and the minute we bring him in he does it in the house. We put his nose close to it and it still doesn't help.

 

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Loop Restaurant Creamy Tomato Bisque Recipe I am looking for a recipe for Loop's tomato bisque.

 

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Musty Smelling PillowsDoes anyone know how to get a musty smell out of pillows and linens?

 

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Looking for a Cheap iPodI'd like to buy a cheap iPod. Would anyone be able to tell me of some websites where I can find some? Thanks in advance.

 

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Drying Rose PetalsMy daughter will be a bridesmaid at a friend's wedding later this year. The bride wants us to save rose petals for the guests to throw instead of confetti. How can I dry them without losing their color?

 

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Earth Day RecipesI'm looking for some good, easy Earth Day recipes. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks

 

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What is Coir?What is Coir? It is a substitute for peat moss, but what is it?

 

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Getting Additional Health Insurance CoverageWhy should I buy Medicare in addition to my federal govt. health insurance if I am fully covered under Blue Cross Blue Shield when I retire? I live a very healthy lifestyle and have inherited excellent genes!

 

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Quick Ways to Lose WeightI have a big event coming up on May 26 and I am in need of a fast way to lose some extra pounds. I don't have lots of time for planning and exercising. I need something that will work fast but within a budget friendly neighborhood.

 

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Pen Ink on an American Girl DollHow do I remove ballpoint ink from a doll head? It's that hard rubber plastic. It's an American Girl doll.

 

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Gluing Seashells to a Bird HouseI am looking for instructions of how to glue sea shells to a wooden bird house to place outdoors. Please help.

 

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Steam Mop With Electrical Problem I purchased an H2O mop advertised on TV. I have contacted Home Trends (since their name is shown as shipper) with a complaint about two months ago. I have never heard back from them. We decided it must be a short in the electrical system.

 

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Dye Transfer on DenimI recently purchased a deep purple polyester/rayon top and a dark denim cotton dress. When I washed them both in cold water, the purple top bled onto the denim dress. Is there any way to get the splotches of purple out of the denim?

 

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