August 4, 2010

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Recipes

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Pecan SandiesIn a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add water and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add flour; fold in pecans. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets and flatten with fingers.

 

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Sunshine Dill PicklesThis is the easiest and quickest recipe I have ever found! These don't seal so you have to keep them in the refrigerator. We have an old one in the garage that I use just for extra garden produce and pickles.

 

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Spud-Crusted HaddockThis is melt in your mouth delicious. Served with a lettuce salad and you have a wonderful light supper - quick too. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Pour melted butter into shallow medium dish.

 

spinach chicken pasta dish with cherry tomatoes

Spinach And Chicken PastaBrowned chicken with fresh tomatoes and spinach makes this very easy. It also combines your meat, vegetable, and pasta with cheese. It's easy, quick and delicious.

 

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Sweet and Sour SpareribsPlace ribs on a rack in a large shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours. Meanwhile, combine sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan.

 

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Bachelor's ButtonsThis recipe is a favorite because it's so quick, easy and economical and yet looks and tastes so special. It is loved by children and adults alike.

 

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Norwegian Parsley PotatoesCook potatoes in boiling salted water for 15 mintues or until tender. Cool slightly. With a sharp knife, remove one narrow strip of skin around the middle of each potato.

 

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Brandied Pineapple GrillThese are excellent alone or topped with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Stir honey, brandy, and lemon juice in a glass dish. Add pineapple, coat well with marinade mixture, cover, and marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour.

 

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Salade de Betteraves (Beetroot Salad)Beet greens and roots with bacon, onion and cheese tossed with vinaigrette, will make a deliciously different salad entree.

 

Articles

Color Primer: Choosing Colors For Home Decor

Color Primer: Choosing Colors For Home DecorChoosing the perfect color for that room can be a tough decision but I am here give you some tips on how to pick the color that will be perfect for you and your personality.

 

Scenery: KidsThese are some of the 30 babies we had this summer, mostly girls and all bursting with new bounding energy.

 

Penny-Candy (Yorkshire Terrier)

Penny-Candy (Yorkshire Terrier)Penny-Candy is a 6 year old Yorkshire Terrier. We adopted Penny 2 years ago from a Rescue Source in St. Louis, Missouri. She was very skinny, no hair, and was used for breeding purposes only.

 

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Use Wallpaper Samples for ScrapbookingHere's a money saving tip for all you scrapbookers out there. instead of buying those expensive scrapbook paper pads, get something for free and is earth friendly - wallpaper books!

 

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Kill Spiders with HairsprayKill spiders by spraying hair spray on them. Any kind will do; aerosol or the pump spray kind. We have all kinds of weird bugs in Houston, Texas, USA and including spiders we know as "jumping spiders" because they really do jump.

 

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Grow Your Own HerbsIt can be very expensive to buy herbs from the grocery store. The next time you need to buy a bunch for a recipe, purchase a potted herb plant from the home improvement store instead.

 

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Make Your Own Oil ClothTo turn almost any fabric into a substitute for oilcloth, cut clear contact paper to cover the fabric. Press out "bubbles". Set iron on lowest setting and place a thin pressing cloth on top of contact paper covered fabric.

 

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Replace Frequently Used CrayonsWhen we ran low in our crayon containers, the big boxes would provide the unusual colors, but the basics (red, blue, black pink, green, etc.) would get used more often. I would throw in a 24 count for the quickly used colors more often than the 64 count.

 

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Use Music for Cleaning MotivationMusic is a wonderful aid to motivate me to do household chores. When I'm just "not in the mood" for cleaning, dishes, laundry, etc. I pick the JUST RIGHT tune to get me going. It works for me and I have suggested it to my friends also.

 

Orange and yellow day lily.

Garden: Day LilyThese flowers are so beautiful and I just love to take pictures of them. This one was taken after a rain.

 

Nikko (Shih Tzu) - Groomed long haired Shih Tzu with hair tied up.

Nikko (Shih Tzu)Nikko is 3 1/2 years old and a Shih Tzu. We bought Nikko from a Shih Tzu breeder in our area at 8 weeks old. He likes to retrieve his toys and go for runs in the park.

 

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Use Candles As Car FreshenerI like the candle scent so much I am going to take a melon ball thing and take round things out of this scent, flatten them, and put them under the car seats where the dogs can't get at them.

 

Oporto, Portugal

Travel: Oporto, PortugalThese shots were made during the city's holiday night when everyone come out to the street all night long to celebrate and enjoy!

 

Cowboy (Mixed Breed)Cowboy is 12 years old and a mixed breed rescue. He was chained on a farm for 8 years. He used to bark when someone drove in. We got him 5 years ago. Now, he likes to swim and play fetch from 6 AM until bedtime. This old boy loves the snow.

 

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Use Onion Soup Mix for SeasoningKeep packages of French onion dip or onion soup mix in your pantry. For flavor enhancement, sprinkle a tablespoon into homemade macaroni and cheese, cooked vegetables, or add to meat when making meatloaf or hamburger patties.

 

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Use Leftover Egg for Beauty FacialGive yourself a free facial while you mix up a cake. After cracking the eggs, with your finger wipe out the last bit of egg remaining in the shells. Rub it all over your face. Leave on for 20 minutes, or so.

 

Chacota (Cat)One of our four cats, Chacota, checks out the thorns on the trunk of a Kapok tree newly-planted on our ranch. There will likely be no cats climbing this!

 

Tractor in road.

Scenery: Country LivingEvery once in a while, you get behind a tractor driving down the road. I love living in the country!

 

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Reusing Plastic Band-Aid BoxEver have one of those ideas that just falls into your lap? Well, this one literally did! I accidentally knocked my digital camera off the desk. It fell into the empty Band-aid box and, as it turns out, it fits perfectly!

 

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Anti-Itch Spray RecipeTo take the itching out of bites to the skin after using the charcoal tip, make this spray up. Start with 30 ml. Witch Hazel. Add 20 drops lavender essential oil and 20 drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix well together.

 

Barli (Lab-St. Bernard)Barli is 7 years old and a half Lab, half St Bernard. I named Barli, the German word for Little Bear, after the brown goat in the book Heidi. I found out later that one of my German friends, big old Teddy Bear, himself, had that as his nickname.

 

Prevent Identity Theft

Prevent Identity TheftIf you're like us, chances are you know someone who's been taken for a ride by an identity thief. It's a bad ordeal, and when you're pinching pennies, it can be the last straw if someone invades your financial privacy. Here are a couple of things we do around our house.

 

Blue Heron

Wildlife: Blue Heron (FL)When the every day situational stress builds up one of my favorite stress reducers is to go observe wildlife. It always amazes me to see how such beauty exists all around when we take time to look.

 

Questions

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Advice for Someone Diagnosed With Dysphagia I have been dysphagia, a foodie's nightmare. I have been diagnosed as having a small sliding hiatal hernia with no acid reflux. I had the fluoroscopy to determine this and then a speech and swallow test, which I aced.

 

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What Are the Bugs That Look Like a Fireflies With an Orange Head?What are the black bugs that look like a lighting bug with an orange head? They are everywhere, on my my flowers and humming bird feeders, also. Are they a bad bug or a good bug ?

 

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Name Ideas for Handmade Invitation BusinessI need a name for my handmade invitation business that I am trying to build. Any ideas?

 

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Zucchini Bread Recipe with Wheat GermI am looking for a zucchini bread recipe with wheat germ.

 

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Will Pool Chlorine Turn White Hair Yellow?Does the chlorine in pools turn white hair yellow?

 

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Buying Elastic Bands for Button JewelryI want to make button rings with elastic ring bands. Do you know where I can get the bands? How do I attach the ring to the band?

 

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Removing Yellow Stains from LinenDoes anyone know how to remove old yellow stains from linen that has been stored? The type that just appear, old stains coming back? They are too good to throw away!Thanks.

 

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Recycling #6 Coffee CupsI'm trying to find out where I can recycle my clean used #6 coffee cups. I have many, many sleeves of them and refuse to put them in the landfill. And yes, from today on I will bring my own cup to Dunkin'! Thanks for your help in advance.

 

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Cucumber Leaves Turning Yellow and Brown and DyingWhy are the leaves on my cucumber vines turning yellow, then brown and dying? What should I do? I do have some new stems starting.

 

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Making Birdhouses Out of Scrap WoodHow can I make birdhouses out of scrap wood?

 

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Incorporating Owner and Children's Names into Name for Cleaning BusinessMy name is Shelley, I am starting my own cleaning company and am in need of a name. I have two boys Wade and Jordan, I would like preferably to incorporate all of our names somehow into the name of the company. Any ideas would be most helpful.

 

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Bleach Stained Washer Lid YellowI spilled Clorox bleach on the washing machine lid and around the inside dispenser area. The white enamel turned yellow.

 

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