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May 20, 2010
Hot Fudge Sauce
A treat to dip strawberries or banana chunks once in a while. In heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt chips, butter, sweetened condensed milk, and water. Cook and stir constantly until thick.
Easy and quick! Mix pizza crust according to directions, roll out, and put spaghetti sauce, cheese, and toppings on top. Roll up the crust, pinch off ends to keep ingredients from oozing out, and lightly pinch off open edge on the side.
Versatile Sour Cream Spread
This recipe is very versatile. You can start out using it as a sandwich spread, then with one simple addition turn it into a dip or salad dressing. It's delicious no matter how you serve it.
Cheese and Jalapeno Smothered Chicken
I love this served over a bed of salsa flavored rice. Combine the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and garlic salt well in a shallow dish; add the chicken, turn chicken to coat and set aside for about 15 minutes.
Inside-Out Spaghetti Pie
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine evaporated milk, bread crumbs, onion, salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Add ground meat; mix well.
Use Paint Sample to Show Cooking Colors
Ever share a recipe that requires cooking to a particular color (eg., a Roux)? The next time you are near a paint department, get one of the paint samples that is as close to the color you mean and attach it to the recipe.
How To Tell if An Egg Is Fresh
Now that we are back to the two of us and watching our cholesterol, a dozen eggs lasts us a very long time. Being frugal, I hate to throw anything out once it's reached its expiration date, but I don't want to use anything that might be dangerous to eat.
Southern Corn Bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pour small amount of oil into cast-iron skillet. Heat skillet in oven. Combine remaining ingredients in bowl; mix well. Pour into heated skillet.
Brown turkey with onion and green pepper in large saucepan, stirring until crumbly. Add garlic powder; drain. Combine turkey mixture and remaining ingredients in kettle; mix well.
Low Fat Meatloaf
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine sirloin, sausage, carrots, potato, onion, egg beaters, oatmeal, seasonings and garlic in large bowl; mix well. Shape into loaf. Place in large bowl; mix well.
Place sliced beets in buttered baking dish that has tight fitting cover. Combine sugar, flour, salt and orange rind in small bowl and mix together thoroughly. Add orange juice and melted butter.
Removing Faux Ninelite Plastic Grid on Door Window
The upper part of my metal exterior door is one largish window, having a vinyl/plastic/resin faux framework that creates a 9-pane look in it. I'm about to spray paint the door with Rustoleum and would like to remove this grid, perhaps leaving it off entirely afterwards.
Keeping Flies Out of Cat's Food
I have to feed my cat in the garage because of small children around. The cat will only eat wet food. It stinks and draws flies! The cat eats a little bit all day, so it makes it hard to feed her in the house in the morning or at night. How can I keep the flies away?
Kindergarten Graduation Party Activities
My son graduates from kindergarten on May 27th. I would like to give his class a party on Wednesday, but I can't find any activities to do. Does anyone have any ideas?
Will Vinegar Neutralize Urine Odor in Laundry?
My mom is in a nursing home and she is incontinent. I launder her clothes. At times, she has urinated through her slacks. When I retrieve her laundry, her slacks smell badly.
Use Oils As Treatment for Head Lice
When my kids were young, head lice plagued the school system and my long haired children. I do not use chemicals and stories about them not working, costing a fortune, and causing damage just reinforced my choice not to go that route.
Pack Travel Basics In Advance
With vacation time just around the corner, now is the time to start planning what you want to take with you. There are a few things you can have ready ahead of time that will end up saving you valuable minutes as you're doing your final packing.
Math Fun: Multiplying By Nine
For the early stages of learning math, this is pretty interesting. The sum of any number multiplied by 9 will equal 9.
Remove Fish Smell with Lemon
To remove the stinky smell from cooking fish, add a piece of lemon/lime or few drops of lemon to water and rinse off.
Link: Make Your Own Finger Puppets
I just came across this and thought it would be so much fun for the wee ones to print, cut out and glue! Since school is out for the summer soon the children could make a bunch of them and put on finger puppet shows to enjoy.
What Breed is This Dog?
We found a stray puppy roaming the streets. No collar, not a runner, so we think she was "left" to find a new home. She's the sweetest thing ever and loves people. Could she be a mix maybe?
Use Bath Mitts for Cleaning
I buy bath mitts in the bath section at the grocers and they are wonderful. They are rough and designed to remove dead skin on the body, but I realized they could be used in other ways so I purchased two more pairs. Now I wash dishes with a pair of those gloves on.
I want to replant a few sunflowers. Where do I start cutting? Do I stick the flower in the ground or pot first? Do I water everyday or once a week?
My Frugal Life: Being Frugal and Green
There are a few things that I do to be green and/or frugal. I have 6 cats and 1 dog that live in my house. I change their water on a daily basis. Whatever water is still in their water tower is used to water my houseplants.
Using Homemade Carpet Cleaner in Dirt Devil Shampooer
I have a Dirt Devil shampooer, what homemade shampoo solution can I use?
Alternative Uses for Vinegar
What are some alternative uses for vinegar around the house?
How Do I Make a Guitar Cake?
I need to make a guitar cake, fast. It has to be easy. I have a party to do tomorrow and I am so sick. Please help.
Removing Hardened Clay Cat Litter from the Driveway
How do I clean up cat litter with clay from the driveway? It was on my garage floor and when I swept it out into my driveway the clay stuck to the black top seal. When the litter got wet it turned into a thick gray mass.
Train Cucumbers On Old Wooden Chair
In my garden I put out an old wooden chair which has no cushion on it. I planted cucumbers along the legs of the chair, and "trained" the cucumbers to climb all over it. Looks great and reduces garbage, while having a no-cost creative prop in the garden.
Use Baby Wipe with Skin So Soft For Fleas
Here is one to try for fleas. Take any kind of baby wipes (mark wipes container for pet use only) and add just 1/4 cup of Skin So Soft to the wipes container. This can be used daily for either cats or dogs.
Training a Dog to Ring the Bell
My daughter's fiance' taught their dogs Roxy, Cosmo, and Jada to jiggle the jingle bells hanging on the door when they needed to go outside. He started by jingling the bells every time he took them out and they caught on.
Sandy (Red Heeler Mix)
Sandy is a 5 year old mix, some red heeler. A friend's dog had puppies and we adopted two of them. She loves to chase the cats and a tennis ball stick on a rope. She is super smart and knows when I am feeling bad.
Trina (Lab Mix)
Trina is a 4 year old lab mix. I adopted from the Jr. Humane Society 3 years ago. She likes to walk, chase things in the backyard and play with toys.
Josie (Lhasa Apso)
Josie is a 4 year old Lhasa Apso. I had a yard sale to make enough money to buy her and she was the only Lhasa listed in the paper. Had her named picked out before I got her, couldn't imagine her being named anything else.
This is one single jasmine bush/vine. It was rescued just ahead of the bulldozer that would have taken it down when it was about 2 feet tall. That was 3 years ago.
Sunset (Moorpark, CA)
This is just one of many sunsets we enjoy from our house. The skies can be wide open with colors, depending on time of year. We are Blessed.
Use Removable Inserts In Birdbath
I have a lot of bird baths and most of them are made from cement and stone. They are very heavy and my biggest pet peeve about them is that they sit in the sun and they turn green with algae.
Refilling Glade Plug-ins
I recently discovered a way to refill a Glade PlugIn. I used a small screwdriver to pry up the the plastic plug that holds the wick, removed the wick, refilled the base with canola and essential oils, then replaced the wick with a piece of wood dowel. I wonder if this is safe?
Cat Pulling Hair Out
I have a one year old cat that bites herself and pulls out her hair so much that she is almost bald and has sores all over. I use Advanage on her once a month and spray her with Veterinarian's Best Natural care Hot Spot Itch Relief spray with tea tree oil and soothing aloe.
Dog is Greedy With Its Food How Do I Stop This?
How can I stop my dog, that is a German Shepherd/Husky mix, from being so greedy about food?
Keeping an Active Dog Happy
How would you keep a German Shepherd/Husky mix happy, as she is full of energy?
Monitor Starts Up Dark and Flickers
Probably this is a question with an obvious answer, but I wanted to be sure before thinking of this kind of expense. My monitor has been flickering for a month. The screen is also very dark when first tuned on. Is this fixable? Or do I need to buy a new one? Thanks.
Why Do Lemon Trees Drop Their Fruit?
Why is my lemon tree dropping fruit?
Hollyhocks Coming Up Everywhere
My hollyhocks are everywhere. Is there a way to kill them? Stop them from spreading?
How to Economically Create a Website
What is the most frugal way to put together a web site? If I do a search, the task can be daunting and I'm not sure who to trust. Specifically, I need to either learn how to put one together myself, or pay a company that is trustworthy and economically feasible.
Making Plarn Crafts to Benefit Library
I work at a library and we have a huge amount of newspaper sleeves. I have started exploring the idea of having some of our teen patrons make plarn balls. Then we could either sell them to someone to benefit the library or....
Tips For Transplanting Seedlings Into the...
When the calendar says it's time to transplant, tender young plants, which until now have been spared from drying winds, cold temperatures, strong sunlight and variations in moisture, must quickly adapt to life in the garden or suffer the consequences of transplant shock.
Removing Stains on Cotton Towels
How do I get rid of black marks on cotton towels?
What Breed is My Dog?
We rescued my pup. We think she's a Chihuahua/Terrier mix of some sort, but I can't figure out what kind of terrier. Please tell me if you know anything.
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