August 18, 2010

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Chocolate Eclair CakeTastes like those scrumptious chocolate eclairs you find in fancy bakeries. Quick, easy and inexpensive to prepare, and most important, it's covered with chocolate!

 

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Choice SaladCook juice, sugar and cornstarch until thick. Add beaten eggs and cook 2 minutes longer. Pour this mixture over pineapple, cheese, marshmallows and nuts. Chill and serve.

 

A plate of sauteed kale

Garden Skillet KaleA great way to prepare "the world's healthiest vegetable". Cook the kale in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the leaves start to wilt.

 

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Popcorn SaladThis is different because it uses popcorn! Mix mayonnaise, chopped onion, chopped celery, cheddar cheese, and sugar together in a large bowl and chill for a couple of hours. When you are ready to serve the salad, add the bag of microwave popcorn.

 

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Ginger Glazed CodThe fish itself can be baked or grilled in a foil boat in a single layer, for about 8 minutes for 1 inch thick fillets, instead of frying. The marinade glaze would be tasty for shrimp, chicken and pork too!

 

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Burnt Sugar CakeMelt sugar in skillet and stir until smokes intently (dark brown and smooth). Remove from heat and add boiling water; return to stove and stir rapidly until molasses-like syrup results. Pour over cake.

 

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Four Cheese-Veggie Lasagna CupsHeat oven to 350 degrees F. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Separate 2 biscuits into 3 layers each; add 1 layer to each of remaining 6 biscuits.

 

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Cantaloupe with Raspberry SauceThis is nice for breakfast, dessert or a snack.

 

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RigatoniBrown hamburger meat and onion in skillet. Cook noodles in 6-8 qt. kettle as directed on package. Drain well. Add meat, mushrooms, tomatoes, sauce and green beans.

 

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Glorified Open-Faced Hot DogsCook hot dogs; slice long ways, mayonnaise the bread, lay the hot dogs on bread. Top with chili, onions and cheese. Then put in the oven and broil until cheese is melted.

 

Articles

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Use Crock Pot to Make ApplesauceIt is so nice to have apple season approaching. What to do with all those apples? An easy way to make a very sensible applesauce or apple butter is to use your crock pot.

 

Glass pop bottle turned into a vase.

Glass Soda Bottle VaseTo create a beautiful vase using a pop bottle, you'll need 2 kinds of peel-n-stick shelf paper. Cut leaves and branches from the peel and stick paper and adhere to the bottle. I then made paper branches to put in the bottle.

 

Rumba (Chihuahua)

Rumba (Chihuahua)Rumba is 7 months old and a Chihuahua. We purchase her from a private family. She likes to chase rabbits, eat anything and everything, and play with her squeaky stuffed toys.

 

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Use Popcorn as Packing MaterialAnother packing material: popcorn! You can buy 10 pound bags of popcorn for very little money. All you need to do is get out your air popper, and 10 pounds of popcorn will probably fill up a very large move. I really did this for one move when I went across country.

 

Cupcake (Lhasa Apso Mix)

Cupcake (Lhasa Apso Mix)Cupcake is 3 years old and a lhasa apso mix. I rescued her on Valentine's day. She loves to chase cats.

 

Menchi (Lab - Border Collie Mix)Menchi is 5 years old and a Lab - Border Collie mix. She was given to me to care for when she was only 3 weeks old!

 

Foam hanging blue bird.

Hanging Blue BirdSummer isn't over yet. Keep the kids busy with this cute blue bird project to hang in a window!

 

Buddy (Ferret)

Buddy (Ferret)My pet's name is Buddy, a ferret. He will be 7 years old on the 4th of October. I bought Buddy when he was 4 months old from a pet's store in Ottawa. When I saw him in the cage, I knew he was coming home with me.

 

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How to Tell When Oil is Ready for FryingI came up with a fun way to remember the rules of checking for proper temperature of oil for frying battered foods, without a thermometer in a skillet or pot based on "Goldilocks and the Three Bears".

 

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Repair Reading Glasses with Toy Train ScrewsI am hard on my reading glasses. I have 6 pairs that have one side or the other of the ear piece broken off. I keep the pieces, hoping one day to fix them somehow, but on each one a part of the top where the tiny screw holds them together had broken off.

 

Federal Direct Student LoansThe idea of the college loan is that tuition is covered while studying, and most loans only ask for repayment after graduation. For some loans, interest isn't calculated until repayment begins, again often after graduation.

 

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Bookmarks From Recycled CardsI grew up with my mother recycling things out of necessity. Now, many years later, it is not only out of necessity to save money, but also to help the environment. I collect up old greeting cards and make lovely bookmarks to give out to friends at Christmas time.

 

Make Steps From Cinder Blocks

Make Steps from Cinder BlocksI was visiting a friend who had just moved into a new home, and I saw these steps they made with cinder blocks. I thought this was great. They look so nice and orderly!

 

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Joke: GirlfriendsA group of 15 year-old girlfriends discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally, it was agreed upon that they should meet at the Dairy Queen next to the Ocean View restaurant.

 

Homemade Shower SeatBecause I have several disabilities, I have a hard time feeling safe in a shower. The shower seats are hard to find in thrift shops, as people tend to hang onto them. Buying one new isn't possible, either.

 

Health Concerns With Flea Medications Be careful when using flea medications on your pet. My standard poodle suffered fits after I used a medicine where you put a drop on the back of the neck. It was very frightening to see and I thought she was a goner, but since we stopped using it she is OK.

 

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Toothpaste to Remove MarkerFor those of you who were wondering how to get Magic Marker off walls, leather, and anything other than wood furniture, use toothpaste (not gel).

 

Uses for Clear Plastic ContainersI recently purchased a four pack of tomatoes. I was headed for the recycling bin when I realized the value of this little container. I can put four balls of crochet thread or yarn inside, and they have been kind enough to even put four holes in the top for me!

 

Scenery: Ocean At Dusk (Louisiana)This picture was taken at dusk in Louisiana last year.

 

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Remove Stains with Boiling Water and BleachDenim dye bled on my coral dress, white cotton scrub top, and pink shorts with embroidered frogs. To get it out, I used 6 quarts almost boiling water and 1/8 cup Clorox. I dipped each piece in this solution and it removed every bit of the denim dye.

 

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Check Hardware Store for Craft SuppliesI was making over 200 tiny angels for a ladies' retreat and needed something affordable for halos. The hardware store provided a wonderful solution. I used washer rings! They were just the right size. A hardware store is a great source for craft supplies.

 

Scenery: Flame Trees (Mariana Islands)Over here in the Northern Mariana Islands there are beautiful trees that bloom fire red and bright orange flowers. They are so beautiful they even have a festival in honor of them.

 

Questions

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Potpourri RecipeHow can I make homemade potpourri in five days?

 

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Fat Free Mayonnaise RecipeI am looking for a mayo or mayo substitute dressing that does not contain oil?

 

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Blueberry Jam Turned Out HardI have just made my first attempt at blueberry jam, the old fashioned way without using pectin. It has gone so hard that I am thinking of reheating it and pouring it onto a baking sheet to make boiled sweets.

 

What is This Plant?I have a houseplant I can't identify, does anyone know what this is?

 

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Dog Has Started Chewing on ShoesMy dog started chewing my shoes. She's a 1 year old Pit, recently spayed and has never done the chewing thing before. She's a rescue dog who was abused and is a friendly, well behaved dog. Please help.

 

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Why Would My Cat Urinate on My Clothes?Why did my cat urinate on my clothes?

 

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Treating a Bug Bite on Your Eye LidHow do I make a bug bite on my eye go down faster?

 

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Restoring a Steamer TrunkHow do I refurbish old steamer trunk?

 

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Bill Me Later WebsitesDoes anyone know of any websites to where they send you the bill with your shipment, like buy now pay later? Any help would be appreciated, I am trying to start early on my Christmas shopping for kids and family. Thank you so much!

 

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Painting AppliancesHow can I change the color of my fridge?

 

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Grape Juice Stains on ClothingWhen I was washing my white cotton sweatpants, grape juice got transferred from a dirty tea towel in the same load. I unknowingly put said pants into the drier baking the stain in. Yikes! How can I get the stain out? (I do not like to use bleach. btw)

 

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Making Your Own Colored ElasticCan white elastic be dyed a color?

 

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Removing a Dried Blood Stain on a Bed QuiltI have had a blood stain on my bed quilt for a quite a while now. It's dried, but I'm sure there's still a way to get it out. Does anyone know any cheap and easy ways to get it out? And yes, unfortunately, my bed quilt is white. I hope somebody can still help me though!

 

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Finishing Raw Carpet EdgesI just got some free carpet and it is really pretty. I wanted to make area rugs out of it. Any ideas on how to finish the edges easily? Sewing is very difficult for my hands and I don't have a sewing machine that can do carpet.

 

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Hanging Wallpaper TemporarilyIs there some way that I can attach wallpaper without using adhesive? I need to have it removable, as I live in an apartment and am not allowed to do anything that would be permanent.

 

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Removing Smoke Odors After a FireHow do I remove the smoke smell from a mattress and garments that were in a house fire?

 

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Making Garlic Pepper SeasoningDoes anyone know the measurements to mix your own garlic pepper? I was disappointed at the prices on a teeny-tiny bottle of garlic pepper in the grocery store. I figured I could probably mix my own cheaper. Thanks for your help :)

 

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What is the Title of This Movie?Can anyone tell me the name of this movie? It a vampire movie filmed in a huge white house during the winter with tons of snows. They rescue the girl being held in a bedroom by making escape out a window into the snow and get away in a horse and buggy.

 

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Reducing the Smell of Fabric Softener in LaundryCould anyone please tell me if there is any way I could minimize the scent of the fabric softener after the clothes have dried? It seems too strong and sometimes isn't that flattering anymore, especially when the dress is to be worn at a special event. Thanks.

 

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Pepper Plants Not FloweringI planted 4 different kinds of peppers this spring. They all look wonderful and healthy. The problem is only the green and banana peppers are bearing fruit. The other plants don't even have flowers.

 

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Getting Rid of Aphids on HouseplantsAphids are trying to take over my houseplants. Help!

 

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Mason Jar Craft IdeasDoes anyone have a craft that can be inserted in a mason jar?

 

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Corn Is Tasseling But Has No EarsMy corn plants are very healthy, over 6 ft now in tassel, but no ears. Also, my beets are not developing.

 

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House Windows Fog Up on the Outside DailyI have a lot of windows and I clean them almost everyday because they fog over so easily. It rains in Alabama a lot. I have a pool in my backyard and every morning I can't see the pool because they are fogged over from the outside. What can I clean them with to prevent this?

 

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Do I Have to Process Canned Foods if I Use Self Sealing Lids?With self sealing lids, do you have to process canned foods in a boiling water bath?

 

What Breed is My Dog?I got my dog from a rescue. She is about 11 months old and weighs 40 pounds. We were told she was a Feist/Terrier mix, but I don't think she is. She's the larger black and white dog. Any ideas on what she might be? Thanks for your help!

 

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Bleach Tablet Stuck in ToiletI accidentally flushed a bleach tablet down the toilet and now it is stuck. A plunger won't work. Is there a way to dissolve it? Help!

 

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10th Birthday Party ThemesI need party themes for a nine year old turning ten. Thank you.

 

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Preparing Okra for FreezingHow do I freeze fresh okra? Do I need to blanch it first?

 

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Bedding Color Advice for Bedroom With Grey Walls and Brown CarpetI'm also painting my mother's room this fall, the walls are going to be a light grey, and her carpet is a light and dark brown. What color bedding should I go with? I am looking for something not too expensive.

 

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How Long Will Butternut Squash Keep?How long will butternut squash keep after it is picked?

 

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Birthday Washcloth CupcakesI would like to know if there is someone out there that might have a pattern for a birthday washcloth cup cake? It is made in a cup cake paper with a small wash cloth and decorations on top.

 

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How Can I Kill Grass in a Perennial Peanut Bed? How can I kill grass in a perennial peanut bed?

 

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Grape Soda Stain on CarpetHow do you take out a grape soda stain out of carpet?

 

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Painting Faux Tile Wall Paneling in BathroomI live in a rental house and hate my bathroom. It has the fake tile patten paneling in a dusty rose/pink marble. I cannot find anything to match it. The person that put it in did a horrible job with the seams and trim and caulking. The pattern is not even lined up right.

 

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Cleaning and Restoring a Clawfoot BathtubI would like to know how to restore the clawfoot porcelain tub that I have. It's the inside that needs help, it's green in spots and has some rust and what looks like tape residue. Any one have any tips? I am out of ideas. Thanks.

 

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