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Pumpkin Angel Food CakeWhat a great holiday cake and so easy. A comfort food with a hot cup of coffee or tea. This also makes a great gift.
Chicken Soup with Garlic Now that the weather is turning colder I am on a soup kick. I love to cook up extra and freeze in individual serving containers to save time for future meals.
Indian Fry BreadThis is a fried flat bread with many uses includes topping with anything from refried beans, lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream to honey or your favorite jam with peanut butter.
Mom's Cherry SaladMy mother used to make what we all called Cherry Salad. Unfortunately it is one of those things I never learned to make and now she's gone.
Clam and Cauliflower ChowderDrain juice from clams and pour over frozen cauliflower and carrots in small pan. Add enough water to cover and cook until tender. Save liquid. Melt butter, add flour and salt, add milk; cook until smooth and thick, stirring constantly.
Vegetable MeatloafDifferent and very tasty from the traditional tomato or ketchup meatloaf. Mix hamburger, grated vegetables and salt, add stuffing with seasoning mix, eggs, milk and 1/2 can of mushroom soup, saving the other half.
Company is Coming Mac and CheeseExcellent taste, pretty, very nutritious, on hand ingredients, and cheap. Cook macaroni, drain and set aside. Melt butter, add flour. When it thickens, add milk and salt and pepper. This a a basic white sauce at this point.
Granny's Custard PieHeat milk, then add beaten eggs, sugar, and salt and vanilla. Pour into a 9 inch pie shell (unbaked); sprinkle top with nutmeg.
Removing White Marks on Black ShirtsMy husband always has white marks on his black shirts. I soak them in water and a little vinegar for few minutes, then rinse and dry.
Straight Pin Storage JarMake a decorative magnetic straight pin holder made from an empty recycled container. Mine is made from an empty plastic facial cleanser pad jar.
Volunteer at Community Food Pantry or Thrift StoreVolunteer at your local thrift stores or food pantry. They will be appreciative of your help and you most likely will be able to choose some material items or food in exchange for your donation of time!
Dizzy Lizzy (Iguana)Dizzy Lizzy is about three years old. She is an almost 4 foot Green Iguana. I purchased Dizzy Lizzy from on the internet from an locally placed ad. She loves to climb. Dizzy Lizzy as all iguanas like to be up high.
Yo Yo TurkeyHere is another easy yo yo creation. A little turkey that would make really cute place "cards" for your holiday table.
Recycling Unrecyclable #6 StyrofoamI cut out the logos from the Styrofoam cups and cover them with see through plastic. I then glue them to a sheet (e.g.) a poem I made up and give as gifts. Or use as a scrapbook page.
Crocheted Chain Craft IdeasWhen you have made your chain, you simply have to get a hook bigger than you did the chain with and pick a project. For instance, for a hot pad, make a chain the size of the work you want to do, in an even amount, then make a single crochet in the second chain from the hook.
Bubba the CatBubba Flowerface is a six year old cat. He was born in our closet. His mother was a rescue kitty that showed up one day at our feral colony. He loves to pose for photos and show off his handsomeness. In this picture, he shows off his heart.
Alcohol for Cleaning a Fiberglass TubThis is a tip on cleaning fiberglass tubs. I found that pouring alcohol (plain vodka or Japanese Saki works well) straight on stained areas of your fiberglass tub will make cleaning easier. The dirt and soap scums drips right off!
Decorate Bubble Wrap as Window InsulationJust read a tip in Ready Made magazine about putting up bubble wrap on a window with tape to mask a bathroom window. I am going one step further.
Use Grocery Sacks for Wrapping PackagesSimply cut out the bottom and slit down the side of a grocery sack. Use to wrap packages you mail. Why waste money on buying packaging paper when this works just as well!
Halloween: Box O' Popcorn CostumeI took a box, painted it white. Then I painted red stripes, leaving a spot to make the circle (I used a pan lid to make the circle.) I cut holes out for his head and arms (cut the flaps off the open end of the box where the legs come out).
Elk in Elk Country, PAWe planned a trip to Elk County, PA this year. It was awesome to see the clusters of the doe with usually one bull elk. They seem to have no fear of us.
Tried and True Ways To SaveI am naturally frugal by nature and often complain that there are NO new frugal tips and hints. These are not new or difficult ideas BUT they do work for me and are tried and true ways to save money!
Deleting Temporary Files On Your ComputerComputer slowing down? If you've run Spyware/Trojan programs and cleaned out your 'Cookies, History and Temps' via the Internet Options under Tools in your browser, you might want to verify that the Temp files have been removed.
Recycle Tank Top into a BagI came across a couple of tank tops that I know I would never wear again, and considered giving them to the Goodwill or Salvation Army but I paused thinking, "Hmm, turn it inside out and sew up the bottom of it!"
Be Accurate In Recipe AmountsA few dairy companies are now manufacturing butter wrapped in 2 ounce sticks instead of 4 ounce sticks so it would be a good idea to make sure any recipe you give out clearly states either the ounces, tablespoon or cup amounts instead of simply saying "a stick of butter".
Buddy (Shih-Tzu/Poodle)Buddy is a 2 year old Shih-Tzu/Poodle. We adopted Buddy from a rescue organization in Algonquin, IL, who had saved his entire litter from a puppy mill. We adopted him when he was ten weeks old, and he weighed less than three pounds.
Office Chair Damaged Wood Floor?I have wood floors in my dining room that we now use for an office with a roller chair. The chair started to dull and seemed to whiten my floor. We bought a plastic floor mat to solve the problem, but the marks are still there.
Sofa Pillows Sagging?How to fluff sagging leather sofa pillows?
Cat Won't Use Litter Box?My cat won't use litter box.
Making Soup?I need help. I was grocery shopping the other day and found, in the produce section, a 28-oz package of soup mix. The package contains items to use in making soup. Here are the ingredients in package:2 carrots, 2 celery, 2 leeks, and 3 red boiling potatoes.
Asking an Out-of-Town Friend to a Dance?My guy friend lives 20 minutes away. He went to my school last year but not this year. I want to ask him to Sadies but I won't be able to drive to his house. How should I ask him?
Care Credit For Expensive Vet Bills?I have just gotten a kitten, she is 9 weeks old, and needs her shots and first vet visit. I have called a few vets, and the cheapest cost for the first visit is $109. If I could pay it in installments it would be fine, but they tell me I have to pay in full.
Removing Sharpie from a Couch?My daughter used a Sharpie marker on my couch. Any ideas on how to remove this?
Making Baby Booties on a Loom? I need some help making a heel for baby booties. I am making them on a loom. Thanks.
Uses for Sour Tangerines?I purchased a bag of tangerines that are just awful. They are sour and full of seeds and just not edible at all. Any ideas of what I can do with them besides juicing them? There is so much pith that I don't even think they will juice very well.
Cleaning Fragrance Lamp Wicks?How do I clean the wicks to my fragrance lamps? I have the ones with the stone attached to the cord.
Painting Bathroom Faucets?I would like to change my outdated gold bath faucets, showerhead, etc. in my bathroom. Are there companies that will change them to black? Or is there a way to paint them? I hate to throw out perfectly good fixtures.
Electronic Ignition on Oven Not Working?No electronic ignition sound. Gas oven doesn't light. What do I do?
What Breed is My Dog?Does anyone know what kind of breed this dog is? Thank you.
Starting Sunflowers from Seeds?When do we plant those huge sunflower seeds, in Tucson, AZ?
Bubbles When Sealing Countertops?I have read all of the post on painting countertops over the past few weeks and thank you for all the wonderful advice and pictures. I got the courage and started on mine a few days ago I sanded, primed, painted with Rustoleum granite spray and coated with famowood glaze coat.
Recommendations for Mattresses?I've had one bad experience after another with beds over the last 5 years. I'm tired of them bowing and I end up in a valley every morning with pain in my hips and legs. I've tried Simmons and Stearns & Foster. The best beds I sleep in are always in hotels.
Graduation Gift Ideas for Boyfriend?It's my boyfriend's year 12 graduation next Wednesday and I would like to buy him a present. Does anyone have any ideas?
2 Year Old Birthday Party Ideas?Does anyone have any ideas for a 2 year old boy's birthday party and presents?
Tried and True Recipes for a Healthier Diet?Please share your healthy recipes with me. My family is trying to change its eating lifestyle, lose weight, and become healthier; and I have a request for the Thrifty Fun community. If you have a healthy recipe that tastes great, please send it my way.
Older Dog Frightened and Aggressive with New Puppy?I have an 8-year-old Yorkie who is very friendly with people, but terrified of the frisky 4-month-old puppy my adult daughter (who lives with us) recently acquired.
When Did Bisquick First Appear on the Market?How long has Bisquick been around?
Rust or Mineral Stains on Laundry?The water we have coming into our home has rust in it. It is city water. It created orangish spots on our clothes (many friends suffer this same problem). However, the spots appear on browns, grays, and some yellows. They do not appear on reds, pinks, or greens.