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Apple Upside Down CakeMix apples and 1/2 cup sugar and put in pie tin. Add cinnamon. Mix the other 1/2 cup sugar, butter, salt, egg, flour, and baking powder, spread over the apple mixture, spreading it up to the edges.
Beef-Chicken Noodle Hot DishBrown hamburger and drain. Add onion to hamburger and brown also. Put all ingredients in casserole and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours. Serves 6.
Wild Rice CasseroleWash and gently boil the 1/2 cup rice for 40 minutes. Drain. Mix with other ingredients, dot generously with butter and bake at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes.
Lemon-Cheesecake PieThere are three things I require in all of my recipes: quick, easy and good. I don't have any long, complicated, expensive-to-make recipes because, to me, that would take most of the joy out of cooking.
Artisan BreadWhile looking into recipes online one day, I came across a review of a book "Artisan Bread In 5 Minutes A Day." I am an avid bread machine user and like it, but I have tried this method more than once and I love the result of the breads.
Grandma's BiscuitsMix milk, sugar, butter and salt together and cool. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add to milk mixture. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until very smooth. Add eggs.
Jalapeno Lime and Cilantro Chicken I haven't tried grilling these yet, but my mouth is watering at the thought of marinating skinless thighs for an hour or two in the refrigerator and then grilling.
Monster Chocolaty Oreo CakeIt's chocolaty and filled with sweet flavor. Everyone I know likes it. It is delicious and yummy. The filling is filled with cream cheese and the Oreos which tastes superb.
Mixed Bean SaladEasy to make and very good.
Use a Window Fan To Cool HomeTo keep your house comfy and save money on electricity during summertime, buy an exhaust fan that you can easily mount/dismount in one of your windows.
Make a Memory Board for Photos and KeepsakesOn it, I place pictures of people who have gone to heaven, special obituaries, corsages of my daughters' weddings, a metro card from my trip to New York, old badges from jobs I had and loved . . .
Keeping Cool When Walking The DogMy dogs and I walk every morning. The weather in southern California is heating up. When it gets like this, we go out earlier in the morning and I have a hat and a kerchief which, when soaked in water keeps me cool.
Designer Names at Thrift ShopsGet to know brands for the best thrift shop bargains! A $7 purse is nice, but a $7 Anne Klein purse is an even better value. The brands will probably be better made, so that the item will wear better too.
Home Made FramesA walk down the framing aisle of a department store reinforces the known expense of designer frames. Some small but beautiful frames costs $16 or more. However, they are easily made by both adults and children for minimal prices.
Cutting Your Own HairTo cut your own hair so that it frames your face in layers, do the following: Standing in front of a mirror, front comb hair and fasten in a ponytail directly above your nose. Make sure that hair is evenly drawn into covered elastic band.
Store Honey Bottle in a Mason JarI buy the plastic squeeze bottles of honey at the grocery store and they always drip and leave a "honey ring" in my cabinet. So here's a great tip. Put the honey bottle right inside a mason jar or other jar that it will fit into.
Scenery: Pond (Upstate Western NY)I've been living near Pensacola FL on the Gulf Coast for the last 10 years now, but I was born and raised in farming country in Up State Western NY. About 30 miles east of the Buffalo-Niagra Falls area.
My Frugal Life: Happy BarginistaBeing known to stretch a pretty buck has been my forte as it has kept me in-tune to bargains, better eating habits, and extra cash on a rainy day. It has also rubbed off on the bad spending habits and bad financial values of my husband.
Wildlife: Mr. Bird (FL)I took this picture with an Easy Share camera. He was sitting on a beam on a pier in Dunedin FL. I got the camera level with the beam he was sitting on without getting the beam itself. I was surprise to see the outcome.
Sheikha (Siamese Seal-Point)Sheikha is one year and three months old. She is a Traditional Siamese Seal-Point cat. We got her from a breeder in April of this year. She was timid at first but now she is very lively. Her favorite thing to do is cuddle.
Sadie Belle (Boxer)Our Granddoggie, Sadie Belle is right at 7 years old now. She is a Boxer. Our oldest daughter and SIL got Sadie when she was a baby about 4 months old, we guessed. Sadie loves to run and play with everything she can find.
Rustic Iowa BarnScenery near Honey Creek Resort State Park near Moravia, IA.
Wildlife: Bee on WisteriaOur wisteria was especially pretty this year. The bees love it. This was a lucky shot as the bees hardly stay still long enough to get a picture!
Refurbishing A Faded Patio UmbrellaOur deck table needed an umbrella and someone threw one out. It was faded but otherwise in pretty good shape. I decided to spray paint it using an indoor/outdoor paint that is good for wood, metal, and more.
Make Studded Running ShoesI love to go trail running here in Alaska where there are lots of hills, so when snow, rain, or ice hit, I wear my studded running shoes! All you need is a drill and some sheet metal screws.
Fix Sandal Clasp with Key RingI purchased a pair of sports sandals for $.50 at the thrift store. I hadn't noticed a plastic clasp was broken on one side of a sandal. I decided to get pliers and completely break the piece off the sandal and do the same to the other side.
Lily (Cat)Lily is three years old. She is a mixed breed. On a very hot August afternoon, my mother asked me to come to her house. Five tiny kittens were on her patio.
Homemade Mouse PadsI picked up some beautiful tourism booklets at the local welcome center. There are all kinds of materials you can use for projects with kids.There were glossy woodland scenes in this one particular booklet, and the pages were square like a mouse pad.
Give Child Your Old PhoneWhen you upgrade to a new cell phone, take out your SIM card and give your children your old cell phone. Depending on your old phones features they might be able to take pictures and play games.
Make Your Own Fabric Softener SquaresTake a package of soft cloths and cut them in half. Soak in fabric softener, wring out well, and hang dry. When ready to put a load of clothes in the dryer, slip a dried softener sheet in.
Removing Stains on a Stainless Steel Pan?I fell asleep on the couch shortly after I'd put water on to boil in a Revere Ware saucepan. It's somewhat discolored, usable, but discolored. Any ideas on how to get it shinier?
Flavoring Water Without Adding Calories?I can't consume artificial sweetener of any kind without getting really sick, so I freeze chunks of fresh fruit and put in the freezer to use as a flavoring and cooling agent. Pineapple, lemons, limes, apples, pears, watermelon, and honeydew are all good choices.