July 28, 2010

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Ham and Vegetable SoupPlace tomato juice, beef broth, 1 broth can water and ham shanks in large kettle. Bring to a boil; reduce to simmer. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Remove shanks from kettle.

 

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Sausage Potato QuicheCombine vegetable oil and potatoes in 9 inch pie pan. Press evenly in pan, forming crust. Bake 15 minutes on 425 degrees F. Remove from oven. Layer cheese, sausage, and onion in crust.

 

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Chicken WrapsUse leftover fried or grilled chicken. Fast, easy, and delicious. Warm tortillas slightly in microwave. Spread chicken over the top with lettuce and cheese. Drizzle your choice of dressing.

 

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Frog Eye SaladCombine sugar, flour, salt, pineapple juice and eggs in saucepan. Cook over moderate heat until thick, stirring constantly. Add lemon juice. Let cool. Cook pasta in water and oil according to package directions.

 

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CassataIn the Middle Ages, it was a specialty to be found only in the monasteries of Palermo where nuns had perfected the dessert and sold it to the public

 

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Lemon Jello Bundt CakeThis is by far one of the easiest cakes to make and great for the beginner's confidence building experience. It's a delicious blend of sweet and tart and adds the perfect finish to any family meal.

 

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Grilled Rib Eye SteaksThe marinating time for these steaks is worth it because they are so tender you can almost cut them with a fork! And don't forget a loaded baker to accompany on the side.

 

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Mozzarella TomatoesQuick and easy. Especially good this time of year with homegrown garden tomatoes and fresh basil.

 

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Honey Mustard SauceThis has a great balance of sweet, tangy, and salty. I've used it for fried zucchini sticks and french fries.

 

Articles

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Fire Starters For ChristmasMake Christmas gifts by recycling egg cartons and dryer lint! Using a cardboard one-dozen egg carton, fill each hole generously with dryer lint. Using melted scented candles purchased at a yard sale, pour hot wax into each hole, filling 2/3-3/4 full.

 

folded fabric decorated tin

Recycled Quilted TinThis is a "keeper" for miscellaneous items made from an old candy tin. A fruitcake tin or cookie tin can also be used.

 

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Store Ribbon on Metal DowelUse a metal dowel mounted on the wall in brackets to store craft ribbon and lace. A metal dowel works better than a wooden dowel at keeping them straight. For loose ribbon and lace, store in clear candy jars on a shelf or table.

 

Stella (Dog)After weeks of relentless rain, my dog Stella was visibly happy to be running around our local park!

 

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Packing Food for Road TripsRoad trip eating doesn't have to be expensive if you enjoy the great outdoors. We always pack a cooler with canned soft drinks and take along sandwiches and snacks when we start out from home.

 

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Buy Cheese Ends For Shredded CheeseI buy cheese ends cheap, shred them in a food processor, and use as toppings on all kinds of food. I also use the shredded cheese to make mac 'n cheese, etc.

 

Brown dog lying upside down.

Poppi (Mixed Breed)Poppi is a 5 year old Pitbull, Sharpei, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Chow mix. A real Heinz 57. He's also part Handsome, so I'm told. He came to me through a family member no longer able to care for him about a year ago.

 

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Foot Massage for Children at BedtimeThis is a massage technique I have learned from a few different sources (books and charts). This massage helps the child relax by stimulates important nerves and relaxing muscles they have been stressing all day.

 

Lumpy (Cat)Lumpy is a 21 year old Brown Tiger (feline). In 1992, he was given to me by a friend who was graduating college (and I was not yet). Lumpy sleeps and watches the resident wildlife through the lanai screen.

 

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Add Onion to BBQ CoalsSave onion peels to toss onto hot coals when grilling. They will add extra flavor to your grilled foods.

 

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Crocs Shrink in the SunI recently ordered a pair of "Malinda" style Crocs to wear to my office job. I wear an 8.5, but because the style isn't available in half sizes, I ordered a 9. I decided to leave them outside for a couple days to let the smell dissipate before wearing them again.

 

Cicadas (Ohio)

Cicadas (Ohio)Sitting on the porch and enjoying a cup of coffee, I spotted a cicada on the leaf of a sunflower that is getting ready to bloom. I couldn't resist capturing a picture.

 

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Re-Use Small Bottles for LotionRe-use those 2 oz. energy drink bottles you've accumulated to put lotion samples in if you make your own lotions. They are perfect for purses because of their size. You could also refill them with shampoos and conditioners to take along camping or on trips.

 

Fluffy Princess (Dog)Fluffy Princess is one and half. I don't know what breed she is. She was the last of four brothers and sisters. She was adopted by a family that, after one day, decided to give her away.

 

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Print On The Back Side Of PaperInstead of throwing away copy paper that has been run through the printer or copier, I have started to save them. Place the used paper in a file folder or appropriate sized box to keep the corners flat and paper unwrinkled.

 

long haired brown cattle, mom and baby

Scenery: Aberdene Angus Cattle (Bodmin Moor, UK)These are Aberdene Angus Cows. You normally find them in Scotland. That's why they have such thick coats. This was taken on Bodmin Moor, where I drive through to get to the cottage in Polperro. All the animals are free to wander all over the moors.

 

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Glass Stovetop Cleaner for Shower DoorsI found the best way to clean water spots from shower doors. I tried vinegar soaked on paper towels and left it on there for forty minutes. It didn't work and I now smell like vinegar. I tried Comet with a scrub pad, it didn't work.

 

Wildlife: Twin FawnsMy daughter yelled "Mom, there's a deer in the yard!" So I look and there are twins there. Of course they are not looking at me, but they are still so cute!

 

Various colors of yarn.

Make Striped Shawl with Leftover YarnI decided to make a prayer shawl that used some of the Lion Brand yarn stash I have accumulated while making various other prayer shawls. As you can see from the stash photo, my palate leans toward the earthy colors.

 

Garden: Wildflowers And RosesI just cut these wildflowers and roses this morning, Friday, July 23, 2010. They are from my miniature rose garden in my front yard. The wildflowers are from my hummingbird garden in our back yard. I just cannot seem to stop buying flowers.

 

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Coleus Canina to Keep Pets Out of GardenIf you can get your hands on a plant called Coleus Canina (hybrid) it is supposed to keep cats and dogs from fouling your vegetable and flower beds. I gives off an aroma which they hate.

 

Questions

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Cat Has Worms That Won't Go AwayI treated my cats and kittens for fleas and worms. One of the kittens has worms again and now they all have fleas again. I have put Advantage on them for 2 months now. Please someone help!

 

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How Do I Make a Replacement Canopy for an Outdoor Swing?How do you sew a cloth outdoor swing cover and a valance?

 

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Super Glue on EyeglassesI got super glue on my glasses. How can I remove it?

 

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Pruning a Blue Spruce TreeI have a young blue spruce that has been damaged leaving a big bare spot on one side. Should I prune to try to reshape the tree? There are several branches which are much longer than the rest and stick way out. Is there anything I can do to prevent that?

 

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Norfolk Pine Fronds Turning BrownWe have a large Norfolk pine tree in our backyard. The fronds are turning brown and have been doing so for the last couple of months. What can we do to help prevent this brown from continuing further up the tree?

 

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Drying ZucchiniHas anyone out there tried drying zucchini in wedges, so it will be pretty when reconstituted? I'm curious to see if it works.

 

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Making Beaded Wire TreesI am looking for instructions to the wire bead trees. My mom use to make them with the tri beads and wire. She would twist the limbs then twist them into a tree trunk.

 

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Buying Wall Paneling with Country ScenesI am looking for a website that sells interior wood paneling with a country scenery already on it, preferably engraved into it. Thanks.

 

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Cleaning Outdoor Furniture CushionsI have some lawn chairs that are kind of cotton, white with green flowers that after it rained they started to grow mold all over them. The humidity is so high here, I am sure that combined with the rain caused it. Now how do I get rid of it?

 

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Dealing With the Stress of Home BuildingAfter one year break of building work we are tackling the last room in our house and are stressed out. Who can help with the better half of mine turning with his opinions on everything into a little pest at best? How to avoid confrontation and still getting an input?

 

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Removing Hairspray from LCD TV ScreenHow do I remove hair spray from my LCD TV screen?

 

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Business Name Ideas for Home Accessory StoreI am still searching for a name for my new store, where I want to sell exotic home decor, lamps, and accessories. I don't mind a name in Spanish that means beautiful home decor.

 

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Ice Maker Continually Making IceI just repaired my ice maker because it was no longer making ice (valve replacement). Now it is continually making ice! What now?

 

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Is New Washer Drain Hose Compatible with Older Plumbing?I need to get a new washer and dryer. I live in a 40+ year old house and I have been told that the outlet hose for the washers in these old houses are 1 1/2 inches. The new washers use 2 inch hoses. I don't even know where to go to get an answer or what to do.

 

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Suggestions for Buying Vinyl ShuttersWe are ready to purchase vinyl shutters for our home. Any suggestions/recommendations on what brand to buy? Our Lowe's home improvement store carries Vantage brand. I have come to the conclusion that paintable ones are our best option...

 

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Mold Stains on Synthetic CarpetI need a remedy for mould in carpet. It is a synthetic cream coloured carpet with mould along one wall. I can't remove the carpet therefore need a dry process if possible. Thanks.

 

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Name Ideas for a Cleaning and Painting BusinessI am looking for a unique name for cleaning and painting business.

 

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Tiny Holes on Trunk of Weeping WillowI have a weeping willow tree that is 4 years old. The tree has holes about 1/8 of an inch in diameter all around the trunk. The leaves are starting to get yellow.

 

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Removing Greasy Spot on New WindowsI have just had new PVC windows installed and there seems to be some sort of scummy marks on the glass, it's like grease or something. Everything I have tried to clean the glass with just seems to wash over the scum and I have tried everything I can think of. Any ideas?

 

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Using Cast Iron on a Ceramic CooktopCan I use cast iron skillets on a glass top stove?

 

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Cleaning Vinyl SidingWe had an exterminator spray for yellow jackets. The insecticide has left yellow and brown stains on our white vinyl siding. How can we get the stains off? They seem to be baked on by the sun.

 

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Car Parking and Tail Lights Don't WorkThe parking and tail lights on my car stopped working. The fuses are good. Now what?

 

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Cleaning the Inside of a Burned Copper Tea KettleI burned my copper whistling tea kettle. I can get the outside reasonably clean, but worry about the inside. How do I make sure it's free of nasty stuff inside?

 

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Discontinued Wallpaper: Thybony Pattern #TML7343 Book Name- Magnolia LaneLooking for Thybony (Book Name: Magnolia Lane, p. 91) Pattern #TML7343 wallpaper. Please contact me through ThriftyFun. Thanks.

 

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Red Candle Wax Stain on Manufactured Stone HearthI'm trying to remove a red/pink candle wax stain from the fake stone on my fireplace hearth. Any ideas?

 

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How to Tell When a Dog is Going into LaborHow do you know when your dog is ready to have puppies?

 

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Fabric Softener Stains on ClothingHow do you remove a dark color that bled through to a lighter color? I had softener show up on a light pair of pants. I tried to use Color Run. The softener did not come out.

 

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Homemade Salsa Too SweetHow can I fix my salsa recipe? It is very sweet from garden grown tomatoes. I have added vinegar and fresh squeezed lemon juice.

 

Discontinued Wallpaper SearchI am looking for a discontinued wallpaper pattern. I have a picture, but do not know the manufacturer's or name. Any help would be great!

 

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Freezing BeetsCan I freeze fresh garden beets in a food storage sealed bag?

 

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Saving Money on a Trip to the Great Wolf Lodge in DallasAre there any tips for saving $$ at the Great Wolf Lodge facilities in Dallas, TX? Can you find coupons? We will have 4 adults and 2 children; which room accommodations would you recommend? We don't need fancy, just roomy/comfy.

 

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Treating Overprocessed Hair Before Highlighting AgainMy hair is not the healthiest due to highlighting (overprocessing). I had my hair highlighted yesterday, but ended up with a completely different color than discussed with the hairdresser.

 

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Growing a Dwarf Fig OutsideHow can I protect a dwarf fig tree that is planted outside to get it through this winter? This the first year it's outside in the ground.

 

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Excessive SweatingI have been using Certain-Dri 72 hours roll on for a couple of weeks, but I see little result. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I take showers every night and than apply it after an hour, like the directions say. I could use some help.

 

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Storing Liquid Silver Cleaner in a Plastic ContainerCan I put liquid silver cleaner (the commercial kind) in a regular, plastic container, with a lid to make cleaning jewelry easier? I want to keep something in the bathroom, near the jewelry, so I don't have to take everything to the kitchen each time.

 

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