November 9, 2010

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Recipes

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Sweet Cinnamon BiscuitsTry these yummy, hot biscuits with breakfast or as a dessert.

 

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Potluck Pumpkin DessertBetter than pumpkin pie! Mix first 6 ingredients and pour into 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix over top. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle pecans over the top.

 

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Crustless Tuna QuicheNot only do I like the flavor of this quiche but I also love that it freezes well.

 

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Crock Pot TurkeyEasy, moist, and great for company!

 

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German Chocolate Cake (Microwave)The frosting oozes all over the cake and it is the most scrumptious cake ever.

 

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Broccoli Dressing CasseroleBoil broccoli in 1 cup salted water; do not drain. Add soups. Mix dressing and margarine together. Mix broccoli and dressing together in casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

 

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McDonald's Big Mac Special Sauce (Copycat)My 3 daughters always wanted to go to McDonald's following their skating classes, and we did that for as long as they were young. Then when they had their own money to spend, they decided they'd rather eat at home and save their money to buy pretty clothes.

 

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Product Review: Keurig Elite B-40 Coffee MakerI bought the Keurig Elite B-40 coffee maker and having entirely too much fun with it. I bought it at Kohl's on sale and used one of those discount coupons they send in the mail.

 

Road covered in snow.

Scenery: Snow Covered Roads.I was driving home on Rt. 60. I just thought the road and everything else covered in snow was so beautiful, I decided to take a picture as I was driving down the road.

 

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Preventing Wax Residue in Candle HoldersI used to have the kindest neighbor who I would visit often. She always put a little bit of water in the bottom of the glass votive before putting her candle in to prevent the wax from sticking to glass votive and she was right!

 

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Make-up Storage SystemAfter searching high and low on the internet for an organizer that I can keep right on my desk, I went to Home Depot and bought a good size wall mounting organizer with clear drawers and large trays.

 

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Keep File with Maintenance RecordsWe all have to do it periodically. Buy a home, do maintenance on that home and/or yard, buy a car, do maintenance on that too. But how many of us can say exactly when it was done, how much it cost, who did it, and all the other details of each?

 

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Activate Scan When Leaving ComputerIf you're a 'home-only' computer user that typically leaves the computer 'on' during the day, but leave your computer for moments in excess of 15 minutes, do this: activate one (Virus, Trojanware or Malware) of your protection programs.

 

Hairless cat.

Stitch (Egyptian Sphinx)Stitch is a 4 year old Egyptian Sphynx. Stitch was a rescue that came into our home in 2009. We fell in love with him and decided to adopt him ourselves. Stitch's idea of fun is to bounce off the couch, chairs, shelves, walls, and entertainment center.

 

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Pin Sponges to Your PantsIf you need to be kneeling down, but don't have a pad for your knees, take two large safety pins and two large sponges and pin one sponge to the knees of your pants.

 

chair box

Altered Box As ChairThis box was made with a 4x4 inch paper mache box from the Dollar Store, some of my scrapbook papers, flowers, pearls, and a little vintage poodle figurine. Even the little pillow the dog is sitting on is made with paper.

 

Bella (Prague Ratter)Bella is a 3 1/2 year old Prague Ratter. She was flown to the US from the Czech Republic when she was 8 weeks old, weighing only 8 ounces! She settled right in to life in the US, being spoiled by her new mommy!

 

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Hemostat to Help with SewingKeep a hemostat in your sewing kit if you know a nurse you could get one from. It is handy for pulling/grabbing needles through thick fabric.

 

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Compost LeavesEvery fall, we see people working very hard with leaves, putting them in paper bags for city collection. Anyone who has even a modest back yard can use an easier method. You may already have a compost heap where you put your garden clippings, etc.

 

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Remove Condensation from Car WindowsWhen your windshield steams up on you, a clean blackboard eraser kept in the glove compartment of your car or truck can be quite handy for wiping off the moisture. The eraser is less bulky than a cloth and doesn't shed lint on the glass.

 

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Cleaning Stained PorcelainClean badly stained porcelain with a paste of peroxide and cream of tartar. Simply scrub with a brush and rinse. If the stain persists, try again by covering stain with the paste and adding a few drops of ammonia.

 

Longhorn Cattle (New Mexico)

Wildlife: Longhorn Cattle (New Mexico)This is the long horn I spotted driving out of a canyon in New Mexico. He was standing there almost posing so I took advantage of the opportunity and snatched this magnificent photograph.

 

Halloween Costume: Measuring TapeHere is a photo of my son-in-law's Halloween costume. All hand made with cardboard, metal, plastics, etc. He always wins with his unique costumes.

 

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Loading a Pig in TruckPigs, just like people, often have ideas of their own, especially when you're trying to load one onto a truck or into a trailer. Beating and/or attempting to reason with a stubborn porker under those conditions usually does little good.

 

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Product Review: Emery Cat BoardI will start off by saying that after reading the reviews about the Emery Cat Board I wasn't sold, but I wasn't totally turned off either. There are many sites that offer areas to critique the Emery Cat Board. I recommend you read a few of them.

 

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Buy Extra Turkeys During Holiday SalesSave time and money with turkey. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas, turkeys are on sale so buy an extra 20 lb. one at each holiday and freeze it. Big turkeys have a larger ratio of meat to bone than small ones.

 

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Let Dough Rise in the OvenA perfect place for dough to rise is in the oven. Its draft-free and a perfect temperature. Of course, the oven needs to be off!

 

John Deere

Scenery: John Deere Farm (Owosso, Michigan)We were visiting a John Deere farm not too far from where we live. The man who owns this farm has everything you can think of John Deere. When people go there to see everything, they sign a book with where they are from and go on a small train ride.

 

A brick cold frame

How To Build A Cold FrameUsing a cold frame is a great way to protect your plants from cold damage during the transition months on either side of the growing season.

 

Pomeranian in front of a small helicopter.

In Memory of Jasmine (Pomeranian)My daughter brought this model home and asked if I could fix it. When I finished, I wanted a picture of it, so I took it with Jasmine, my beloved toy Pom. Her look is saying, " I'll sit beside it but I won't get in."

 

Magnets decorated with various colored sea glass.

Sea Glass MagnetsSo easy, your kids can do this homemade gift craft! Frozen juice can lids pair with glass to create a stylish and lovely accent for next to nothing.

 

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Prepare and Freeze Rice in AdvanceMake big batches of rice and freeze in meal sized portions to use later when preparing quick meals. When freezing individual sized portions, freeze leftover vegetables, meats and sauces for hassle free and cheap work lunches.

 

Questions

Reviews of Imagistone Kitchen Countertop ResurfacingI am trying to sell my home and want to do an inexpensive update in my kitchen. I have white cabinets and a black floor. What color counter tops should I do? I've been looking at a product called Imagistone (granite is way too expensive house is $275k). Anybody familiar with this?

 

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Replacement Parts for a Good Housekeeper Sewing MachineI have a Good Housekeeper model 7200 sewing machine that needs a bobbin case, bobbins, and needles. I searched the web and could not find a source of these parts. Please help.

 

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Dog Has Fecal Incontinence When SleepingMy 3 month old pit bull dribbles pee when she walks and sometimes poops when she sleeps. Why?

 

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Troubleshooting Electrical OutletI have a thirty amp circuit that seems to control the lighting and outlets on the attic level of my home. I also have the problem of outlets that are older and deteriorating badly, one of which came apart while being used and shorted out. Do I need to call an electrician?

 

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Using Developer When Dyeing HairI need help for my hair color. I use 4N- medium natural brown from Ion Brilliance semi permanent hair color. My natural hair color is black and I have about 50% gray. I use 2 oz of color and 2 oz of 10 vol developer.

 

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Planning a 25th Wedding Anniversary With Vows Renewal and ReceptionI'm trying to plan my 25th wedding anniversary. We will have a church renewal with a reception. My colors will be silver and black. I need ideas with finding a silver wedding gown, finding an inexpensive reception hall. All ideas are welcome!

 

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Spoon Marks Inside Coffee MugsCan anyone please advise me on how to remove spoon marks from the inside of Corelle coffee mugs? I have tried scourers, bleach, vinegar, bicarb, salt and soaking them in different mixes of these items. They are still there.

 

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Free Storage Ideas Using Common Household ItemsOkay, I know what to do with things when reorganizing my home. Throw out what you don't need, etc. The problem I have though is how to organize what I have left for "free". Sure, Martha Stewart says buy these cute bins or buy this closet organizer and whatever else.

 

cookies in a bag

Selling Homemade CookiesI need a name for my signature bag of little cookies that I am selling. The main shape is a circle (icing varies depending on season), however I also make bags of seasonal mini shapes. Any creative suggestions for "Bag of ?"

 

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Getting Rid of Mushrooms Behind DishwasherHow can I kill mushrooms growing behind my built in dishwasher?

 

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How Do I Convert a Cake Recipe into a Cookie Recipe?Can anyone please tell me how to turn an applesauce cake recipe into a cookie recipe? Thank you in advance.

 

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Kitchen Paint Color Advice to Coordinate With Green and Black Quartz CountertopsI am in need of some advice on what color to paint my kitchen. The countertops I have are the Viatera Sherwood quartz (greens and black). I am unsure what color would go good with the countertops.

 

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Pom Pom PillowsI was needing to know how to do the pom-pom pillow board.

 

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When is the Best Time to Plant Yucca?When is the best time to plant yucca?

 

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Long Term Storage of Dried FruitI like to buy dried apricots in bulk food stores to keep on hand. I have tried to keep them too long, I guess, because they darken almost to black if not used within a few months. I even tried vacuum packing, but that doesn't work. Does anyone have any other ideas?

 

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Cleaning GroutWhat can I use to clean white bathroom tile? I have 3 bathrooms with white tile and it is very tiresome trying to keep the white caulk between each square tile clean. I have been using a toothbrush to scrub it, but I thought you had a better idea. Please help.

 

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Is a Moldy Towel Safe to Use? I went to a summer camp in early August and when I was packing my stuff back up I put my cotton beach towel in a black bag and forgot about it until now (early november). I washed it and the smell is gone, but is it ok to use? Is there any fungus in it?

 

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Determining the Yield of a Cookie RecipeAbout how many cookies does the blue ribbon oatmeal peanut butter recipe make?

 

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Painting Plastic Christmas OrnamentsI am having preschoolers paint plastic Christmas ornaments. Which type of paint works best and do I need some kind of permanent sealer? Thanks!

 

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Buying Bulk Coal Near OhioI am going to Ohio and need to buy 1 ton of coal somewhere along Interstate 77 in Ohio, W. Virginia or Virginia. I am looking for a few companies to get prices.

 

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How Do I Make a Waterproof Coaster Out of Cardboard Blanks?I want to make coasters for the holidays. While at the local craft store I found paper/cardboard coasters that will work, but I'm wondering how to completely waterproof them (heat proof would be nice too). Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

 

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Removing Spoiled Food Odors from RefrigeratorI just came home from vacation to find the refrigerator breaker had tripped. Two refrigerators are completely thawed. How do I get rid of the odor in them?

 

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Ideas for Organizing Your CarHow do you go about organizing your car?

 

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Removing Curry and Tumeric Stains From ClothingI need to remove a curry stain off of a new white/black patterned blouse.

 

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Removing Dog Poop Stains from CarpetHow do I clean solid waste dog stain from wall to wall carpet? It is low pile, probably synthetic, and beige in color.

 

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Why Would My Dog Have Dry Peeling Skin on Her Nose?My German Shepherd puppy has dry skin on her nose and it's peeling. I thought maybe she's dehydrated. She drinks a lot of water, so I was wondering if it could be something more serious. We have an appointment with the vet, but....

 

Neutered Male Cat Spraying In The HouseI have had 4 indoor cats for 12 years. All were fixed as kittens. All of a sudden the male, who is 11 years old is spraying everywhere in the house. The vet says he's fine. Why all of a sudden is he spraying after all these years?

 

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Programs to Assist Low Income Families with Home RepairsHow do I find a program that assists with household repairs?

 

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Making Painted Decorative TilesI would like to hand paint ceramic tiles to give as gifts and am looking for blank ceramic tiles to purchase. Can you help me? I would appreciate it. Thanks.

 

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Kenmore Icemaker Making Hollow CubesI have a Kenmore filtered ice and water maker and the icecubes are hollow.

 

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Finding Financial Assistance for Pet Medical CostsMy dog, Sugar, is in need of surgery for a malignant tumor and needs surgery asap or she could die. Are there any financial services in the metro area of Washington, DC or Maryland that could help me? I am in dire financial need.

 

Raising a Miniature Cocker SpanielHow big does a miniture Cocker Spaniel get? What kind of problems do they have? Are they hyper little dogs? What kind of activities do they like?

 

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What Can I Use to Refinish or Reglaze a Whiteboard?I made grid lines on my whiteboard with tape; now I would like to reglaze it so I could write over it without getting hungup with the marker. What product could I use and where could I get it? Thanks.

 

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