July 8, 2009

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Recipes

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Fruit PizzaGreat to make in the summer with fresh fruit!

 

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Frozen Fruit CupInto a large bowl, pour hot water and dissolve sugar. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into shallow pans and freeze.

 

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Cherry Coke SaladYummy! Drain juices. Add water to make 2 cups. Heat to boiling; add gelatin and stir.

 

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Bakery Chocolate Chip Banana MuffinsWhen the warmer weather causes your bananas to turn quickly, throw them in the freezer, and on a cooler day pull out a bunch to whip up a batch or two of these super moist and yummy muffins for a quick breakfast or snack.

 

Articles

Muffin Tin Ribbon Organizer

Turn an Old Muffin Tin Into a Ribbon CaddyHow to recycle an old muffin tin into a ribbon caddy: Spray paint an old muffin tin and appropriate number of dowel rods (any size that will accommodate a spool of ribbon).

 

Aggie (Shepherd Mix)Aggie is a 12 year old Shepherd mix. We adopted her from the SPCA about a year ago. Since she was a senior dog, no one really wanted her so she was there four long months waiting for a home.

 

Keep Foods Cold Using a Wading Pool

Use Wading Pools to Keep Food ColdI want to share how our family utilized a small place to set out food at our family reunion! We used 2 children's small swimming pools that we purchased at Walmart, I think it was $4.88 each.

 

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Save Seeds from Tomato and Pepper PlantsI do this each and every year for my tomatoes and peppers. When I am cutting/slicing my tomatoes and bell peppers, hot peppers, banana peppers, I slice them on a paper towel.

 

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Toilet Paper Tubes for Electrical CordsI take empty toilet paper rolls and cover them with wall paper samples to make "covers" for the cords on our small appliances.

 

Store Cords In Toilet Paper Rolls

Store Cords in Toilet Paper RollsWhen storing those extra extension cords, just fold them several times and insert each one into an empty toilet paper roll.

 

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Use Shop Vac to Clean a Small Animal CageDo you have small animals (hamsters, guinea pigs) and find it hard to clean their cages? I use my shop vac to do the job. Just remember to take the animal out first! Shop vac the bedding, wipe out with a cloth, and add in fresh bedding.

 

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Use Frozen Bottle to Help Keep CoolThis is a health tip for dangerous hot weather.

 

Switch plate covers  in a zebra print.

Zebra Switch Plate CoversI recently purchased a zebra print comforter set for my daughter's room. To carry out the theme, she wanted zebra print switch plate covers. Instead of purchasing pre-made ones, we decided to create our own from plain, inexpensive switch plate covers.

 

Scenery: Florida Preservation ParkThis was taken at a local preserve park near our home in an area not normally open to the public. I have never seen a truly "green" pond like this before. It also had goldfish swimming around in it. I call this photo "Hidden Emerald."

 

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Find the Biggest Fryer for RoastingI never understood what exactly a fryer chicken was, until I read this explanation in our local newspaper a while ago: " a roasting chicken is a large fryer, relabeled and sold at a higher price.

 

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Potholder Kitchen Scissors HolderI will be making kitchen scissor holders to hang on the wall for Christmas this year. You take a potholder, a regular sized one, and fold it to a cone shape like an ice cream cone.

 

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Baking Soda for Exfoliating MaskThe other day I was using baking soda for any of the million jobs that it does around the house, and I noticed this: if you mix three parts baking soda and one part water, you can use it as an exfoliating mask!

 

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Guinea Pigs Seem SkittishI bought two Guinea pigs and they are "so" scared of me. They hide whenever they hear footsteps and they barely eat. How can I get them to warm up to me? Help.

 

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Natural Remedies for Tinnitus Does anybody have any natural remedies or help for tinnitus (constant ear ringing)? It's driving my poor husband nuts. He is consulting with a good ear/nose/throat doctor, but the doctor has told him that there just isn't any help available, no medications, no surgery, nothing.

 

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Financial Assistance to Purchase a CarIs there any kind of help out there for purchasing a car? I am disabled and on a fixed income and I need some kind of help with money purchasing a car.

 

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Thinning Paint to Sponge CabinetsI want to thin paint so I can sponge it on my kitchen cabinets. I assumed that what I wanted to do was called whitewashing, but everything I've read says otherwise. What's the right mixture?

 

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Home Remedies For Ear AcheWhat could I do to make my ear ache go away?

 

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Keeping a Clothes Line from SaggingI put my dryer on "Summer Vacation" and hung a 100 foot wash line (on pulleys) from my 1st floor porch to a nearby oak tree which leaves me (and the clothes) 12 feet off the ground.

 

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Inexpensive Flat Screen TVHow do I find a good deal on a flat screen TV?

 

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Gas Squirting Out of Mower's Exhaust My riding lawn mower will spin to kick over, but when it does gas squirts out of the exhaust. When I take the filter off, gas squirts out of this black hose in the filter casing.

 

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Sleeping Better Without MedicationsI am 73 years old and have had problems with sleep most of my life. My doctor has put me on sleeping pills as he says my health depends on getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. I have tried every remedy given for sleep prep and also tried many herbs but none of this has ever helped me.

 

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Powdery White Substance Causes Grapes to ShrivelMy trellis is covered in unripe green grapes. It looked as if we were going to have a bumper crop. One morning I saw that most of the grapes were covered in a powdery white substance. Over the next few weeks the grapes shriveled up.

 

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Growing Rainier Cherries from SeedCan I get some help on starting Rainier cherry trees from the seeds? I just ate some and they are so good. I have saved the seeds. Do I need to dry them or soak them before planting in pots or what? Thanks so much for your help. Mike

 

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Changing the Color of Lilac FlowersIs it possible to change the color of your lilac flowers from white to purple? Please let me know. Thank you.

 

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