October 25, 2010

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Balsamic Dijon and Shallot DressingThis dressing is good freshly made, but it's even better the next day or two after the flavors have had more time to blend.

 

Cheesy Hash Browns

Cheesy Hash BrownsThis is an awesome recipe to take to a pot luck or to go with your main meal. We love it with meatloaf and my kids REALLY love it.

 

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Harvard BeetsMix first two ingredients together. Add vinegar and water. Boil 5 minutes. Add beets and butter. Allow to stand over low heat until flavor penetrates.

 

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Rice Pudding DelightI was raised on this rice pudding. Us kids would beg Mom to make extra rice when she made it so we could have this wonderful Rice Pudding Delight.

 

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Beef and Rice FiestaBrown beef in skillet. Add onion and cook over medium heat. Add water, soup, corn, and chili powder. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice. Cut tomato in eighths and pepper in strips or rings and just lay over top.

 

Decorated Pumpkin Pancake

Decorated Jack-o'-lantern PancakeGreat way to start the day! Add orange food coloring or orange icing to whipped topping. Frost pancake. Cut a gumdrop in half and place both halves side by side (sticky side down) off the top part of the pancake to make the stem.

 

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Pumpkin CheesecakeIn a medium bowl, toss the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Place 1/4 cup of the mixture into a small bowl and add the candied ginger.

 

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Terrifying Tamale PieHeat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook until crisp-tender. Stir in garlic. Add turkey; cook until turkey is no longer pink, stirring occasionally.

 

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24 Hour DessertThe things I like best about this dessert are the great taste and the ease of preparation. It is an attractive dessert, as well.

 

Articles

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Wrap Burlap Over Bottom Rung of LadderMake your ladder safe by wrapping burlap around the bottom rung to wipe your feet before climbing.

 

A blue morning glory plant with several blooms.

Blue Morning GloriesThese are some morning glories that I grew from seed and transplanted into a raised bed in my Northern Canadian garden. I really think this is a beautiful photo, as the flowers look like they are illuminated from within.

 

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Ask Hospital for Help with BillIf you can't afford the Emergency Room bill, contact the hospital for an appointment with the billing department, taking along your last two years tax returns and evidence of your monthly expenses.

 

Gizmo The CatGizmo is 3 years old. I got her from the animal shelter. She likes to play ball, watch outside and cuddle. She is adorable and I love her!

 

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5 Things To Do with Leftover StewMake a big batch of stew, enough for leftovers. For a quick and easy meal pick one of the following and serve the leftover stew on top of cooked rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes. Super good and filling.

 

My Frugal Life: Out Of Sugar?Making another trip to the store; that makes how many this week? Is it a want or a need? A little planning always is the better way of course, but sometimes things come up and we do run out of something we think we just have to have.

 

Acey and Gizzy (Mixed Breed)Acey and Gizzy are sisters. They will be 5 years old on November 20th. My children rescued them from an uncaring home.

 

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Substitute Vinegar In Downy Dryer BallFill a Downy Ball with white vinegar. Toss it into the washing machine with your clothes. Not only will they will come out static-free, but fresh-smelling as well. A big plus is that it's more natural than regular fabric softener and cheaper too!

 

Halloween Costume: Robot

Halloween Costume: RobotThe body and head are made from cardboard boxes then wrapped with art paper to make the silver chrome paint more metallic. Head has a construction helmet, making the inside fitted to head.

 

Give Each Child Their Own ColorI have four kids in my house. To make things easier, each kid has their own color (green, blue, red, pink/yellow). we have three boys and a girl. Most things come in green, blue, red, and yellow like plates, bowls, cups, tooth brushes, etc.

 

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Eyebrow Grooming TipDo you want to pluck your eyebrows like a pro? Use an eyebrow pencil to shade the shape you want, then only pluck around the shaded area!

 

smallest horse

Scenery: Falabella Horse (Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia)This smallest horse (World Smallest Horse Breed) was eating in his cage. I took this picture during a visit to Sunway Lagoon - Malaysia.

 

Plastic canvas letter ribbons.

Plastic Canvas Ribbon DecorationI designed this ribbon for a teacher at the preschool. I made the baby one first, then the teacher did not want a bow on top of hers. I took a picture of the school then cut and colored mine to match.

 

Handing in the window.

Window Jack O'LanternA simple use of fabric scissors and a little sewing to make your window into a giant jack o'lantern.

 

6" paper scale on desk

Keep 6 Inch Paper at Desk for MeasuringI try to keep the clutter around my desk to a minimum, so I don't own a ruler. But, I do a lot of craft supply selling from there, so this helped me. I measured out a 6 inch piece of paper.

 

Bernese Mountain Dog

Charlotte (Bernese Mountain Dog)Charlotte is 3 months old and a Bernese Mountain Dog. We got her at 8 weeks old from a breeder in VA. She likes to catch flies and chew on shoes.

 

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Cleaning Smoke Stained WoodworkTo clean kitchen woodwork stained by smoke, spread a mixture of cornstarch and water on the woodwork and allow to dry. Remove with a soft brush or cloth, taking away the stain with the cornstarch.

 

Scenery: Sunset (Su Saint Marie, MI)This is a picture taken of a beautiful sun set with a rainbow. It was taken four stories up in a hotel in Su Saint Marie, Michigan. Michigan is beautiful in the fall.

 

Daisy (Chihuahua Mix)Daisy is a 4 year old chihuahua mix. We found her in a newspaper and got her when she was only 5 weeks old. She loves toys. She can find a pet toy in a grocery bag. Even if there are 20 bags, she knows exactly what bag it is in.

 

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Use Nouns Instead of Verbs to Help Children MindWhen asking a child to do something that you want him or her to do, it is better to use a noun, such as "chair" and point to the chair rather than saying "sit" and pointing to the chair.

 

Scenery: Boulder Field (Hickory Run State Park, NE PA)Boulder Field is located in Hickory Run State Park in northeastern PA. You can either drive to it or hike through nature, emerging at this sea of boulders. Certainly a sight to see!

 

green and yellow gourds

Garden: GourdsFor those who saw my "baby" gourds right from the start, this is all I finished up with. No exactly what I was hoping for BUT there is always next year!

 

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Save Gifts for Sick ChildThroughout the year, reserve a couple of small gifts your child was given for holidays and birthdays for a sick day. You'd be amazed how much better a sick child can be made to feel when presented with a new tray of watercolors, box of crayons, or coloring book, etc.

 

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Dollar Store Scarves for Present BowsI was tying one of my daughter's scarves in a pretty bow and decided I was going to use these scarves as bows this Christmas instead of regular bows. That way, the "bow" won't be thrown away afterward and actually will get some use.

 

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Freezer Storage TipsI needed organization and room in my freezer. I use quart size freezer bags for storing all foods. The trick here is to fill the bag per portion you want, holding the opening up so food does not spill out.

 

Questions

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How Many Mbps are Best for a Residential DSL?For my DSL how many Mbps do I really need?

 

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Kenmore Front Load Washer Leaking I have Kenmore Elite HE 4t series. Mine is leaking from the bottom of the washer. All the hoses attach at the top, and there are no leaks there. Any suggestions?

 

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Armpit Odor on ClothingHow do you get perspiration odor out of clothing?

 

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Feeding a Puppy That Can't Eat Dry Food YetI am looking at a puppy that is 8 weeks old and still wants mom's milk. He won't eat puppy food. Any suggestions?

 

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Substitute for SaffronSubstitute the petals of pot marigolds for expensive saffron. They have a similar pungent flavor and the same yellow color. Let the flower heads air-dry or dry them in a microwave, then grind them into a fine powder with a mortar and pestle.

 

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Can I Clean Tinted Windows with Vinegar?My son has a dog that travels in the back of the car and slobbers on the rear passenger window, he has tried everything to clean them to no avail. The windows are tinted. Can I use vinegar to clean them? If so what solution break down? If not, any other suggestions?


 

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How to Find Free or Inexpensive FurnitureI am a mom in need of household items, furniture, twin bed, double bed and mattress and boxspring for both, living room stuff, and kitchen stuff. I need all of it. Thank you and God bless.

 

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Selling Homemade BreadWhat are the rules for selling homebaked bread from home or at a fleamarket?

 

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Will Adding Baking Soda to Beans Reduce Flatulence?I remember years ago my mother cooking dry beans and when they stared to boil she would add baking soda. I think she told me it was so the beans weren't so gassy. Anybody remember how much baking soda and/or what it was for? Thanks.

 

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Decorating Ideas for an Indoor Trunk or TreatI was wondering if anybody can give me ideas for decorating for an inside Trunk or Treat. We had it figured out for outside, but we must change it now. We only have 1 day to do it.

 

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Brown Leaves in Frozen SpinachI purchased a pack of frozen chopped spinach from the grocery store. When I got home and opened the carton I noticed a lot of brown chopped leaves in it. Does this mean the spinach was old?

 

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Home Remedies for WrinklesI need something for wrinkles, to reduce them.

 

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Threading a Sewing Machine NeedleDoes anyone out there have an easy way to thread a self-threading sewing machine? I have a Singer #1748 and am having a really tough time trying to thread the needle with the self threader or even manually. Any help would be much appreciated.

 

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Repairing a Microwave That Won't HeatMy microwave does not heat up. Can it be repaired?

 

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Cleaning a Teapot That Boiled DryHow do I clean the dried soot inside a teapot I left on too long?

 

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Can I Can Greens in a Water Bath?Is there a way to can mustard, turnip, and collard greens in a water bath?

 

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Getting Rid Of Trumpet VinesHow does one get rid of mature trumpet vine that is out of control?

 

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Can I Shave My Yorkie?Is it OK to shave my mini Yorkie?

 

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Reviews of Dr. Newton's Naturals SupplementsDoes anyone have any experience with this company's supplements? I am specifically interested in the Super C22 formula, but any experience or knowledge about their supplements would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Buying Netting for Making ScrubbiesI am looking for the netting that is used to make scrubbies. I want the stuff that is stiffer than regular netting and not as scratchy. I can get some at Joann's Fabric, but not in the colors I want. I would like to purchase this wholesale and in 20 yards or more.

 

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