July 6, 2009

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Recipes

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Pacific Salmon ChowderThis soup is a favourite of mine because it is tomato based rather than cream based. It is fresh tasting and fairly easy to make.

 

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Creamy Banana PieSoften gelatin in cold water; set aside. In saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Blend in milk and egg yolks.

 

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Coconut Cream MuffinsA wonderfully moist muffin - Yummy! Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper liners (or spray with cooking spray).

 

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Lemon Meringue PieMix sugar, cornstarch and flour in top of double boiler. Add boiling water, stirring. Cook until slightly thick.

 

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Party ChickenPound chicken breasts to flatten. Top with ham and cheese, roll up and wrap bacon around breast and secure with toothpick.

 

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Farina Bonbon CookiesCombine flour and salt; sift into bowl. Stir in farina; reserve. Beat butter or margarine until creamy. Beat in sugar gradually.

 

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Barbecue Green BeansMix all ingredients and bake in a covered casserole at 275 degrees F for 3 hours.

 

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Never-Fail Rice PuddingAlways turns out smooth and creamy, just perfect!

 

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Quick and Easy Cherry ParfaitThis is a quick, easy, eye-catching desert for a special occasion, or just because it can be made ahead of time.

 

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Reuse Old Hammock as Under Deck Float HolderReuse an old hammock by stapling it with some slack in it to the underside of your deck. Makes and excellent holder for pool floats to keep the wind from blowing them away. Bonus: the floats can drain through the hammock so no mildew!

 

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Cleaning Wax Off CountertopsAnyone who's ever said "just wait for it to dry and chip it off" has never actually tried to clean wax off a nice shiny countertop. I spilled candle wax and it wasn't the kind of wax that gets hard.

 

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Fill Detergent Cup at End of Dishwasher CycleImmediately upon emptying my dishwasher I put the detergent in the cup. That way if the cup is closed, the dishes are dirty. I use the little packets and they don't dry out. Saves a lot of "are the dishes clean or dirty".

 

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Thrifty Watering TipsThrifty watering is the way to go, especially during Colorado's dry summers. Here are my tips:

 

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Reusing Old SheetsJust wanted to share an idea with you. I was at our local thrift shop to buy a sheet to re-cover the pads in our dogs cages and I bought a beautiful sheet for a $1.50 and find it's too nice to use in dog beds.

 

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Recycle Event FlowersRemember that flowers can be recycled, too! After an event, many a flower arrangement will end up in the trash! So rescue it, re-cut the flower stems and re-arrange the flowers at home.

 

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Dehydrate Extra Summer SquashSummer squash taking over? I chop mine into about 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces and dehydrate them. Because of the water content of summer squash, they really dehydrate to a tiny size, so you may need a smaller grate.

 

Buying More Time

Buying More TimeThere are some things that money cannot buy, and time is one of them. No matter how much money we save, we struggle to save time. But then, what's more valuable; time or money?

 

Garden: Pink ThemeThis is my pink garden that I am developing with the addition of four pink barrows. These are planted with pink-ivy geranium and pink pig-face, both will hang over the edges.

 

Baby Boyzee and Sarah (Cats)Baby Boyzee and Sarah are 11 month old mixed breed cats. I found their mommy and nursed her and she had kittens. I could not part with any of them and kept all 3!

 

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Autism Research InstituteIf you or anyone you know has autism or is on the spectrum of autism, please go to this site. Because of this site, my 19 year old daughter is so much better. Things have changed in the past two months and I owe it all to ARI.

 

Filled jar.

Vintage Rag JarSome people like the looks of old vintage jars filled with items to remind them of the olden days. This one is filled with rags rolled up like they use to make the old rag rugs.

 

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Inexpensive "Blues Clues" Decorating IdeasI am looking to decorate daughter's room in "Blues Clues". I'm on a budget in a rented home. I'm looking for cheap ideas to make the most of the space. Painting is not a factor, store bought accessories are too much for a passing faze. Any ideas would be appreciated.

 

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Underdeveloped CornMy corn did not develop completely. We had a bout of hot weather and then it turned cold for a week or two. What happened?

 

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Ideas for a Corn Festival Float I am looking for ideas for a float that will appear in our Corn Festival parade. This year's theme is "Hats off to Historic Grundy County". I live in a small town, originally settled by Indians.

 

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Making Swans from Boiled Eggs I want to make swans from boiled eggs. What can I use for wings? I have pipe cleaners for neck and head.

 

Cut stems in vase, with orange flowers.

What is This Plant?Can anyone identify this wild flower? It seems to be a ground cover. I would like to use it for landscaping. Being it is a native plant, it will probably do very well. I plan on planting it in a pot before the cold weather sets in and keep it in the house.

 

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What Breed is My Dog?What breed is this dog?

 

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Cleaning Rawhide Lamp ShadesI have 2 antique raw hide lamp shades, they are yellowing with age and have a few marks on them. How should I safely clean raw hide?

 

Photo of a bird cage in need of refinishing.

Refinishing a Bird CageI have a bird cage that my feathered friend has removed most of the painted from. Is there a safe and inexpensive DIY way to refinish the cage? New cages for that size bird are over $200 new and the cage itself is still in good condition just the finish is damaged.

 

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Jobs for 14 Year OldsI turned 14 in April. Do I have to be 14 and a half to start working at certain jobs?

 

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Surgical Treatments for Trigeminal NeuralgiaWho has Trigeminal neuralgia condition? What kind of surgical treatment worked for you?

 

What is This Tool?What is this tool and how do you use it?

 

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Looking for Copy of the Comedic Story of DionysusWhere can I get a copy of the "comedic story of Dionysus and his love of wine and women and how things changed as he got older"? There were a couple of suggestions to use it for a 50th Birthday gift. It sounds like fun, but I can't find it anywhere.

 

Bookcase Doll House

Bookcase Doll HouseI am making a doll house out of a small bookcase. I was cutting pictures from magazines to use for the "rooms". I glued them to the sides and back of the inside of the bookcase and wanted to cover them with something clear to help hold the pictures on.

 

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Pruning a Plum TreeI want to prune a Plum tree in winter. How much can I trim without killing it?

 

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"Lost Shaker of Salt" Game InstructionsWhat is the "lost shaker of salt" game for a Jimmy Buffet party? I am having my 4th party and need new ideas. Any new games out there to play for guests ages 22-70?

 

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Plants for a Water GardenDoes anyone know of any plants which will grow in water other than water lilies. I made a small rock garden with a tiny pump for running water. I am wondering if there are any plants I can stick in among the rocks which don't need to be planted in soil.

 

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Repairing a Steam MachineI bought a steam machine about 1 year ago. As I am not very organized and not a good housekeeper I haven't used it but a few times. I was using it today and two of the scrubber head things came off.

 

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Restoring Computer Without a Recovery DiskMy HP computer got a virus. How can I restore it? The original restore disk is broken.

 

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Pound Cake Came Out DryMy pound cake came out dry, although I used 7 eggs as the recipe called for. My oven cooks slowly and I had to leave it in 15 minutes beyond the recommend cooking time. Could this have caused the dryness?

 

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Using Starch to Apply Fabric to PlasticWould it work to use liquid starch to apply fabric to the fronts of plastic drawers? I have seen this done on walls and am trying to figure out how to make the clear plastic drawers in those cheap storage carts opaque.

 

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What Are the Lumps Behind the Seats in Solstice? Why does the Solstice car have those 2 lumps on the back of the car, one behind the driver's seat and one behind the passenger's seat? Is there a purpose for them?

 

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Benefits of Drinking Water in the MorningWhat are the benefits of drinking water in the morning?

 

Nigella with cosmos in background.

What is This Plant? (Nigella/Love in a Mist)Can anyone identify these flowers? They start out with a hairy pod and then bloom. I do not know if they are wild or if I planted them. They are purpelish blue.

 

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Cleaning Pee Off Microfiber FurnitureHow do I clean pee from microfiber furniture?

 

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1968 Briggs Hard to Start When Engine Cold1968 Briggs and Stratton 80202 0351-01 6807291

 

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Keeping Rhubarb from Getting Mushy When CookedWhat is the best way to cook Rhubarb so it's done, but keeps its shape? I want it to turn out like it does in the cans of Rhubarb you can buy. We grow it and like it, but I've never found a really good way to cook it. Please help. Thanks.

 

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Painting Rocks for the GardenAnyone out there with ideas for painting rocks for the garden? I am not a artist, but well blessed with rocks.

 

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Printing Photos From #127 NegativesIs there anyway I can make prints from size #127 negatives with a Lexmark 1150 or HP PSC 1500 Series printer?

 

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Keeping Water in BirdbathMy bird bath seems to lose a lot of water. It quickly evaporates. What can I do ?

 

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Is Using Salt and Borax for Fleas Toxic to Cats?How often do you have to put table salt or Borax in your carpet so that fleas won't continue multiplying? If I put Borax or salt in my carpet will it pose toxins to my cat?

 

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Earwigs in Packaged Foods?Will earwigs get into my food, like chip bags and cereal boxes?

 

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Potted Lemon Tree Leaves SmallI have a 2 year old Lemon tree that I bought last year in a 5 gallon pot. It had lemons on it last year and this year it is flowering, but the leaves are very much smaller than last year.

 

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Removing Candle Dye Stain From CabinetI stored candles in my cabinet and just discovered they left stains. It's not wax, but appears to be from the dye of the candle. Does anyone know how to remove it? Thanks.

 

White Stuff on Arrowhead Plant LeavesI have this huge Arrowhead plant. It's growing beautifully and very full. However I've been noticing this white stuff around the edges of a lot of the leaves. It stays right around the edges of the leaves.

 

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Removing Tub Reglazing Chemicals from ClothingI had my bathtub reglazed months ago and the chemicals are still in my clothing. Is there anything I can do to clean them?

 

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Cream Cheese and Marshmallow Cream DipsI am looking for dip recipes using strawberry cream cheese and marshmallow cream.

 

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Cleaning Mesh Patio FurnitureHow do you clean mesh fabric on patio furniture ? I have no idea what exactly is on the furniture, but it is very grimy. Thanks.

 

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Free Printable Labels I would appreciate being directed to where I can find a printable, free label template for my glass spice bottle. I would like one for the top of my round lid and for the bottle itself.

 

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Removing Scotch Tape from ClothI would like to know how to remove Scotch tape from cloth.

 

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Growing Potatoes from EyesCan I grow a plant from a potato eye?

 

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