August 25, 2009

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Finnish Sima - Mead BeverageSima is a sweet mead that is an seasonal essential brew connected for the Finnish Vappu festival in Spring. It is usually flavored by adding both the juice and zested rind of a lemon. My husband and teenagers love it better than root beer, and say it gives them energy all summer long.

 

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Tuna Chinese Noodle SaladMix above ingredients. Just before serving, add: 1 can Chinese noodles and 1/2 cup diced celery. Keep refrigerated.

 

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Spiced Peach JamPare and pit peaches. Chop fine or grind. Measure 4 cups into large saucepan. Add lime juice. Mix sugar and spices; add. Place over high heat. Bring to a full rolling boil.

 

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Bubba's Chocolate Cookie Crumb Ice Cream In a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the cream, milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is scalded.

 

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Dolly's Chicken SoupI have made this often, and everyone says it's the best chicken soup they've ever tasted, so I thought I'd share it with this group.

 

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Garden MeatloafThis meatloaf is absolutely delicious! The great thing about it is that it is full of goodies from the garden. Don't forget to double the recipe if you want sandwiches for leftovers!

 

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Perfect Pizza Dough It really is the perfect pizza dough. I have given this recipe to many ladies that enjoy a fun dinner, and the raves come back as some of the best pizza dough ever!

 

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Easy Beef CasseroleMix beef, rice and veggies in a baking dish. Add milk, stirring thoroughly. Bake 2 1/2 hours at 325 degrees F. When ready to serve, heat mushroom soup and pour over top.

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter PieIn a mixing bowl, beat pudding mix and milk on low speed until combined; beat for 2 minutes on high. Pour into crust. Chill for 20 minutes or until filling is thickened.

 

Articles

painted clay pot saucer with butterfly

Decorative Plaque From Clay SaucerI spray painted the bottom of the clay pot saucer white and added a body tattoo butterfly. I wrote "Welcome Friends" with a gold paint pen and sprayed a top coat of silicone.

 

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Cut Mr. Clean Magic Erasers In HalfI love using Magic Erasers to clean items in our home from walls to shoes to the glass shower doors but dislike the price of them. That's when I decided to cut the Magic Erasers to the size that was necessary to do the job.

 

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Mix Different Types of YarnIn a knitting blog, I read about acrylic yarn being a low-cost option. Well, it is - and to make it more interesting in small projects you can mix it with other yarns, even wool ones.

 

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Creating a School Year FolderYears ago when my kids started school every year I took a picture of each of them the first day of school. I taped the picture to a large manila folder. I wrote on the outside the teachers name, school and who were the friends at that time.

 

Ruby (Australian Shepard)

Ruby (Australian Shepard)Ruby is a 1 1/2 years old Australian Shepard. We adopted Ruby 2 weeks ago at the Humane Society, along with a Border Collie we named Dash.

 

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Shrinky Dink Charm BraceletUsing Shrinky Dinks, make a cute charm bracelet for little girls. After you've made some Shrinky Dinks, gather your other supplies to attach them to a bracelet. Be sure the chain fits or adjust by removing some links.

 

Hanging flower basket with red flowers.

Hanging Flower BasketMy son does all the flower work. He brings joy to all who pass and see the yard.

 

Garden: Place Fencing Between TomatoesThis year we put a hog panel vertically down the center of our garden and planted tomatoes along each side. As the plants grew we stretched out coat hangers and slipped them over and attached them to the fence.

 

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No Cruise Control, Not in the RainDid you know you should never use your cruise control when driving in the rain or snow? This can be very dangerous because if your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car can hydroplane and may speed up and you will literally fly through the air.

 

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Start School Schedule Before School StartsMy mother always started having us go to bed at "school night" times about 2 weeks before it started and getting up at "school morning" times. Then she'd have us write a short paper (usually only one page) to get our minds on track.

 

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Lighted Dog Collar For SafetyI just found a site that is perfect for anyone with a dog or a cat. Whether you walk your dog or take him on car trips or whatever. Using a lighted collar and leash would greatly improve the pet's safety!

 

Kizzy (Tuxedo)

Kizzy (Tuxedo)This is Kizzy...short for Kismet. She is 9 years young. She is known an a domestic shorthaired tuxedo. A friend's daughter moved to Texas and left her mom to do everything from moving her things, the kids and all of it, including find a home for the cat.

 

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Bake Cookie Dough as Bars in Toaster OvenI have a bunch of the Betty Crocker cookie mixes that I bought for next to nothing, but have been buying cookies instead due to the extreme heat in Arizona and not wanting to turn on my oven.

 

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Dog Waste Bags for Female Personal Hygiene ProductsI discovered that those small poop/waste bags for dogs make perfect bags to dispose of used sanitary pads or plastic tampons. Definitely handy while traveling.

 

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Nail Polish Remover on TableDoes anyone know how to get nail varnish remover out of an oak veneer table?

 

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Use Brown Paper Bag to Drain Fried FoodWhen you are out of paper towels and need to drain fried food, like chicken or French fries, use one of those brown grocery bags. It absorbs the grease and you can just throw it away.

 

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Wide Straw Cherry PitterI have to give my daughter Sabrina credit for this one. We were discussing pits in cherries last week, and she told me what she had discovered. If you save a firm, wider straw from one of the many fast food places, they are perfect for pitting cherries!

 

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Keeping Cool During Hot WeatherYears ago when I worked in a nursing home, the halls were air conditioned, but not the individual rooms. We would take a hand towel, soak it in cold water, ring it out and wrap around our necks, repeating as necessary. I have done this frequently at home, too.

 

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Craft: Chopsticks Diffuser JarSomeone asked a question as a recent TF Craft request about ideas for reusing chop sticks. I came up with an idea and figure I might as well also submit it as a recycle tip.

 

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Keep Hair Style Nice While SleepingIf you styled your hair, and you want to keep it nice overnight, in order to help it not get messed up during the night, put a slip over your pillow.

 

View of jump beads as adjustable clasp links.

Add Jump Rings to Handmade JewelryWhen making a necklace or bracelet as a gift (or for yourself!), you can achieve a professional effect and practical function by adding 8-10 (or however many you want) jump rings on the end of one side of the strand opposite the clasp.

 

Budget Kitchen RemodelThis budget remodel was the first project I have ever taken on and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. Using the tips I've found here, for just under $2,000 I have a marvelous fashionable new kitchen.

 

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Seeding Grass I didn't get around to planting my grass so far and I would like to know up to what month can one still plant grass? If still possible what is the name for "Carpet Grass"? I do have weeds growing, so do I need to kill all the weeds first before planting my grass?

 

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Uses For Formula CanistersMy daughter has kept all the large baby formula cans. Any ideas what she can use them for, or do with them?

 

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Preparing to PaintI have used a Dawn and water solution to remove the glue from a mural. It worked really well to remove the glue. But now as I am rinsing the wall with warm water I find I have lots of soap residue on the walls. Is it necessary to rinse until there is no more soap?

 

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Starting a Hibiscus from a CuttingHow do I get new start hibiscus plants from current plant that comes back every year?

 

Dog's Urine Smells BadMy dog's urine is really yellow and smells really bad. He is now 9 1/2 years old.

 

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Can I Sell Bamboo?Can I sell my cut bamboo stalks? Who can I sell them to? How?

 

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Crochet Patterns Using Fabric or Plastic Bags I am looking for crochet craft patterns using plastic bags.

 

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Canning Green Tomato PureeI recently canned green tomato puree using the following method. Is it OK for green tomatoes?

 

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Causes of Body OdorI have a strange odor emanating from my body. It's not a "BO" odor, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for when it starts. At first I thought it was some medication I was taking and which I stopped taking, but the odor continues.

 

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Oak Cabinets With Hardwood FlooringI too have golden oak cabinets with blue laminate counter tops. My living room, kitchen, and dining room are all open and inter connected. Any suggestions for what would go with the laminate, the cabinets, and wood floor?

 

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New Ideas for MeatloafI am looking for a good meatloaf recipe. If anyone has one they would like to share please do. I do not have one.

 

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Good Luck Cards for Football PlayersI'm on my high school's dance team and we're required to have a "football guy" that we make good luck cards for and stuff like that on game day. I have two football guys and I don't want to make their cards the same, and I'm not sure what to do for them. Help?

 

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Recipes for Diabetic Ice Cream and Frozen YogurtI am a fat diabetic and bought an ice cream maker to try to cut down on the fat in ice cream. I want to make frozen yougurt and ice cream that are low fat and use Splenda for sugar. I can use real fruit. Any recipe ideas would be great.

 

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Butterfinger Ice CreamHow do I make homemade Butterfinger ice cream?

 

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