July 28, 2009

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Recipes

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Salsa ChickenThis recipe is so easy. It's just chicken with salsa dumped over it. You can throw it together in the morning and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it.

 

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Fruity Pancakes or Waffles It was quick, cheap and wonderful! Add enough to make batter thin enough to make pancake batter. For waffle batter, don't add so much liquid

 

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Hamburger Rice CasseroleEasy and yummy casserole dish!

 

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Peppermint Icebox DessertLine pan with crushed vanilla wafers. Pour above mixture over wafer crumbs. Cover with more crumbs. Refrigerate overnight.

 

Buttermilk Coconut Pie

Buttermilk Coconut PieMix all ingredients (except pie shells) in a large bowl. Beat really hard. Pour into pie shells and bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until the pie is firm and knife inserted in center comes out clean.

 

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Copper PenniesSimmer in a saucepan, the salad oil, vinegar, tomato soup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Boil carrots until tender.

 

Articles

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Make Pet Blankets from Recycled T-ShirtsA great way to use T-shirts that are no longer wearable is to make a pet blanket or throw. Just cut the center out of the T-shirt and sew each square together. Fold the outside edges under to hem.

 

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Safety Tip: Keep Glass Paper Weights Out of the SunDo not put paper weights or snow globes where the sun can reflect off of them. When sun reflects off the paperweight, they become very hot (like a magnifying glass), and they can become hot enough to start a fire.

 

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Add Plastic Toys to Homemade SoapHere is a tip to help encourage children to love washing their hands and bathing with lots of soap without a huge hassle. When making your own soap, a very cheap thing to do is to buy a bag of small plastic toys from a dollar store.

 

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Use Stickers to Change Greeting CardsYou can use any greeting card for any occasion with stickers from the dollar store. For instance, I needed a graduation card this weekend and all I had was a cute doggie "Get Well Soon" card...

 

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Use Pine Needles for MulchIf you have any pine trees in your yard, use the needles as mulch! I did that in our veggie and flower gardens this year and it really holds up. You would be amazed and how much pine needles are under one tree!

 

A robin's nest with red and blue ribbon.

Patriotic Robin's NestAs we are getting ready for a party, we were trimming our Rose of Sharon plant and look at what we discovered. Little did Mrs. Robin know that our theme is red, white and blue!

 

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Driving Without a Windshield in ArizonaCan you drive on a city street without a windshield?

 

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Elastic Headbands for Notebook StorageCrisscross several thin, braided elastic headbands around the front cover of a three-ring binder, and your child can tuck pens, pencils, and reminder notes under them. You can also use the same concept on the sun visors in your car.

 

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Remove Nail Polish With Used Dryer SheetsRe-use dryer sheets to take off your nail polish. Takes it off without leaving a mess like cotton balls or tissue paper.

 

Jar Lid Pincushion

Jar Lid PincushionHandy little pincushions made with quilt batting, fabric and a jar lid or small metal can. Measure the width of your lid/can. Cut a cardboard circle just a bit smaller than this measurement.

 

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Store More With Freezer BagsTonight I needed to store some bean soup in the freezer, but since I was short of space, I filled baggies with the soup and was able to put a lot more in the freezer that way.

 

Taz the CatTaz is 14 years young! He is a long haired orange cat. He was a stray that came to live with us when we were between houses living in a 2 bedroom apartment with 2 adults, 2 kids, one dog, and two cats!

 

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Weigh Bagged Produce in the StoreWhen buying bagged produce in a store, weigh it first. Sometimes you can get more than the label states.

 

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Cut Pizzas With Kitchen ScissorsWe make pizzas at home quite often, sometimes half and half which makes it a little more difficult to share. My DH had a brilliant idea, use scissors (any will do, make sure they are clean though) to cut it into serving pieces.

 

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Entering Cookies in a Baking ContestI am busy perfecting a few cookie recipes, and I hope to enter them in the local county fair. However, I have never entered baked goods (or anything for that matter) in the fair. Any advice? Thank you.

 

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Getting Rid of Tiny Beetles in HouseI hope somebody can help me. I'm getting little flea/beetle looking bugs that a tiny what looks like a shell (like a beetle) and wings. I've never seen them fly.

 

Paper or plastic bag when shopping?

Paper Or Plastic Bags?Any interest in the paper vs plastic debate? Comments? I personally prefer paper bags, as they can be recycled curbside (and hold other paper recyclables at the same time), hold more, and come from a renewable resource.

 

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Filling In Acrylic Nails InexpensivelyMy husband recently gave me a gift certificate to do something to my nails at a local spa. The lady told him to do it for $75 (since he did not have a clue how much to buy).

 

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Discontinued Wallpaper Border: More Wild Apples, #WD32151b I am looking for a discontinued wallpaper border pattern #wd32151b, More Wild Apple. I need two spools. Thank you in advance.

 

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Uses for Back to School Items for AdultsWhat are some other uses for back to school items, if you don't have school age children? I want to take advantage of the $.25 back to school items, but want to be sure I have a good plan for the stuff other than collecting dust.

 

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Dog That Licks Too MuchMy dog licks all the time. Please help.

 

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Disability and Long Term Care InsuranceI have been pretty busy online checking ratings, reviews, etc. of disability and long term care insurances. I am wondering if any of you would care to share advice on Genworth, through AARP.

 

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Removing Tree Sap from Suede FurnitureHow can I remove tree sap from suede furniture?

 

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Looking for Bed Doll Pattern I remember my grandma having bed dolls, where the clothes were made with felt and embroidery thread. The skirts were really full and long and made out of felt cut into circles and then folded some way and sewn with the embroidery thread to make little bows.

 

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Expiration Dates on Canned GoodsLately I've been shopping at a local dent and bent store. I can't ever find a date on the cans. Someone told me that they take the dates off because they are expired so the customers won't know that.

 

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Making Paperback Book CoversI'm interested in recovering a paperback book with either fabric (stretchy knit?) or contact paper. Any hints or patterns out there?

 

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Finnish Michigan Pasty RecipeI am looking for a pasty recipe. It is made by the Finns in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

 

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Green Cleaner for Oil Paint BrushesHow do I safely rinse brushes with oil paint. I used to love painting with oil paint, and still have my brushes, paints, palette, etc. I would like to start up again, but I am not willing to use mineral spirits (highly flammable and bad fumes) to rinse/clean my brushes.

 

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Kitten With Discharge from One EyeI have recently came across 2 male kittens approximately 8 weeks old. One has a little discharge and closure to the eye. He has no foul smell, nor does he seem to be sneezing or coughing. What can I do to help the kitten?

 

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Hibiscus Not BloomingMy hibiscus is loaded with blooms, they are not developing like they did last year. Most of them fall off before opening or the blooms are very small like a husk. What can I do?

 

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Moisturizer Recommendations for After TanningDoes anyone have an idea on what body moisturizing lotion would be good to use after going to my tanning salon?

 

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