December 29, 2010

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Recipes

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Pizza SandwichBrown hamburger and onions and drain. Mix ingredients. Can be refrigerated until serving time. Spoon on to hamburger halves or English muffin halves.

 

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Last Minute Traditional English Rich Fruit Christmas CakeChristmas just isn't Christmas in the UK without a Rich Fruit Christmas Cake. If you have forgotten to make your traditional rich fruit Christmas cake, don't worry because I have a easy to follow recipe that can save your blushes.

 

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Homemade CroutonsA thrifty way to use up bread and you can spice, or not, to your own liking for use in salads, soups and stuffing! Sometimes my seasoning of choice is simply grated Parmesan or dry Ranch Dip mix.

 

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Country Soup in a JarGreat gift idea! In a wide mouth 1 quart jar, layer the barley, peas, rice, and lentils. Then layer around the edges the onion, parsley, salt, lemon pepper, bouillon, and the alphabet pasta.

 

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Roasted Garlic Mashed PotatoesMy family loves them! Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place garlic cloves in a small baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, cover, and bake 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

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Peanut Butter SquaresYou can do a lot with this recipe. We make these as cookies around the holidays for parties and during the summer for making our own ice cream bars (sandwich ice cream between to large bars).

 

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Almond Caramel RollThis is a great holiday appetizer or dessert to have with coffee.

 

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HO-HO-Holiday OmeletPreheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan or a 9 inch round baking pan.

 

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Hershey Bar PieIf you love chocolate! Melt the Hershey bar over low heat or in the microwave. Immediately blend in the Cool Whip until smooth. Spoon into the crust and chill at least an hour before serving.

 

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Product Review: BIN Stain KillerHave you ever tried BIN stain killer? It's an alcohol based primer that works great on any kind of stains. For nicotine stains on walls and water stains on ceilings, it really has Kilz beat

 

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Buy Gift Cards from Resale SitesMany people receive gift cards that they don't want or forget to use. There are websites where you can sell your card for slightly less than its value. My tip involves the flip side. The same websites allow anyone to buy these gift cards, thereby getting the card at a discount.

 

Scenery: Little Pine River (Bayfield, CO)This is the Little Pine River in Bayfield, CO. It was beautiful from our little bit of snow.

 

Suzi (Pomeranian)

Suzi (Pomeranian)This is a picture of my Pomer-people Suzi. Suzi is now 7 years old, and this picture was taken right before she turned a year old. I had Suzi's full sister Snuggles from a previous litter.

 

A cube craft to celebrate the New Year.

Happy New Year CubeBring in the New Year with an adorable New Year cube. Hang them or add them to a flower arrangement. Easily made with things around the house, this little inexpensive decoration has many possibilities

 

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Keeping Natural Peanut Butter SpreadableAfter stirring in the oil that collects at the top our jar of natural peanut butter, we store natural peanut butter in the refrigerator. The problem is, it promptly gets very hard and difficult to spread. We soften it by heating the jar in the microwave for 15-30 seconds.

 

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Reuse Newspapers and Magazines for PackingHere's an idea for packing material. Tear out magazine ads and stuff in boxes. My mom and I share magazines and then I leave them in public places for others to enjoy.

 

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Cat PuddingCats need dessert too! Mix milk, yogurt, mayonnaise, and syrup together well. Bring 1 cup water to boil and mix in Knox gelatin. Set aside.

 

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Craft Uses for Nail PolishWhen making crafty things such as cards, instead of glitter I always use clear nail polish with glitter in it. You can get it at any dollar store and it makes no mess. You just paint it on where you want the glitter and you'll have a pretty craft with no mess!

 

Collage of eclipse photos.

Scenery: Lunar Eclipse (December 21,2010)This is a collage of five images of the December 21 lunar eclipse that I took from my backyard in Sarasota, Florida. My family members were all asleep during the eclipse, so I took these photos to share the experience with them.

 

Frozen Peas and Corn for Pet BirdsAmongst the many pets I have, there is a sulfur -crested cockatoo, a rescue bird, who is a real joy. He came to us in extremely poor health, nearly dead in fact He had been fed most of his 4 years of life on dry dog food of all things.

 

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Endless Cleaning Possibilities For ToothbrushesKeep extra, new toothbrushes in the kitchen. They can be used to clean the handles of pots and pans, the coffee filter, the teeth of dirty forks, the rim of the stove, and the handles of the oven or refrigerator.

 

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Easy-Off to Remove Stubborn Glass StainClean a stubborn stain from a window by spraying the glass with Easy-Off Oven Cleaner. Wait several minutes, then wipe clean.

 

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Remove Grease and Oil from AppliancesTo remove fingerprints and smears and to shine kitchen appliances, make a mixture of half household vinegar and half water. Wipe over the dirty areas with an old, clean terry towel.

 

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Reduce Overflowing in Fruit PiesWhen I bake fruit filled pies such as Blueberry, after adding the top crust as well as cutting slits in the top crust, I take a piece of tube type pasta and insert it in the center of my pie crust.

 

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Link: Beadwork Instruction SiteThis is link for a site called Beadage which offers free instructions and online tutorials for making jewelery. It gives you ideas for ways to sell your own designs online and the chance to upload pictures and instructions to show others how to make your projects.

 

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Blend White Sugar to Make Icing SugarMake your own icing sugar. There is a huge difference in the cost of regular white sugar and icing sugar, yet icing sugar is only white sugar ground finer. I have a little "magic bullet" food processor and its a snap to throw a cup of sugar in there and grind it up.

 

Using wood to slide boxes down stairs

Use Boards to Slide Boxes Down StairsI had a wonderful idea that might help you all when you have to move from down a flight of stairs. I made a ramp out of two 2X6's and slid the boxes down the steps!

 

Snowy night.

Scenery: Snow (East Coast)Here is a beautiful view I had out my bedroom window during the 2010 blizzard that hit the East Coast. It was starting to look like Christmas after Christmas.

 

Have Emergency Food Box On HandEvery year we have no idea what the weather will bring in the winter months. I have a special box just for this occasion. I buy soups, canned meats with pastas and other non perishable items to go in it.

 

Noyo (Dog)Noyo is some kind of heeler. My daughter and I were a couple of hours north on a weekend getaway. We had talked about rescuing a dog from a shelter, and were ready to do so. We visited the shelter, and found our dog.

 

Bobbie (Tabby)

Bobbie (Tabby)Bobby is a 7 year old brown tabby born in January 2005. My granddaughter called, and knew someone who was moving, and couldn't take him with her. I didn't want another cat, because 3 years earlier, my other 2 cats had passed away 7 weeks apart.

 

2 whippets on a boat

Basil and Baily (Whippets)Basil is 11 years old, and Baily is 3 years old. They are both Whippets rescue dogs. They can run 40 mph. They love to eat, sleep, and play with toys. Both dogs are couch potatoes.

 

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Question About Using Vinegar in a HumidifierHas anyone heard of undiluted distilled white vinegar? I have a humidifier that calls for cleaning with this. All I can find in the store is the diluted to 5% acidity distilled white vinegar.

 

Questions

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Save Sunday Funnies for Gift WrapI wanted to save money on Christmas wrapping paper. I started saving the Sunday comics to wrap children's gifts. However, when I went to use the comics, they had faded and are not pretty any more. How could I keep the colorful comics from fading?

 

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Saving Money on GroceriesSince the New Year is only a couple of days away, I need help saving money and really becoming frugal, especially when it comes to food shopping. Any ideas? I am only shopping for one, but money is really tight!

 

Black puppy.

Caring for a 6 Week Old PuppyI received a Pit Bull puppy exactly 5 weeks and 4 days old. She is very healthy. I'd like to now of any signs I should be on the lookout for, to know if there is anything wrong with her. Thanks.

 

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How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?I was wondering how much garlic I can use on my dogs that weigh approximately 10-17 lbs? They have fleas.

 

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Changing Crockpot Recipes by Adding Other IngredientsI'd like to get recipes for my crockpot, that can have a double or triple "personality". I need some recipes that can be updated by adding other ingredients. Is there a web site for that? Thanks.

 

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Cat Urine on Leather FurnitureHow do I clean my leather cushions? The cat has soiled on it and now it has urine stains and the smell is awful.

 

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Finding a Porcelain Figurine Repair Shop I have a porcelain figurine that has been broken. The arm broke clean off, so I need to find a repair shop in Jacksonville, FL. Please if you know of one let me know.

 

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Removing Permanent MarkerI need to get permanent marker out of multi-colored comforter. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

 

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Smoke Stain on Enamel StovetopI have a new stove. There is a smoke stain on the enamel stove top. I have tried Easy Off, Simple Green, and some off brand cleaners, nothing helped. The smoke stain happened while the self cleaning oven cycle was running.

 

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Making Fake SnowHow do I make "snow" from Ivory flakes?

 

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Introducing Our Cats to a New DogHow do I get my new one year old rescue dog to get along with my 3 rescue cats?

 

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Getting Rid of Mosquitoes in My HouseI have mosquitoes! Although I've lived in this residence for several years, this started this past summer and they are still here during winter. I thought I'd get a break until next summer, but no!

 

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Cleaning Soap and Conditioner Dispenser on Whirlpool AWE 6517 Top Load WasherI have a Whirlpool AWE 6517 toploading washing machine. My question is, the soap and conditioner container doesn't dismantle to be cleaned and has now become very clogged with soap scum and conditioner residue. Can someone suggest something that would clean it?

 

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Advice On Opening and Financing a Small BusinessDoes anyone know of a grant or organization that would help me open a fabric store? Thanks.

 

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Making a Stained Glass Crochet SquareI would love to make a stain glass crochet square. If you know where I could get directions please let me know.

 

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Puppy Ate a SockMy puppy keeps eating socks! What do I do to get her to stop?

 

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New Dog Not Eating or EliminatingI picked up my new toy Pom on Monday, Dec. 27th in the evening. Co-Co seems to be adjusting pretty well accept for a couple things. She really isn't eating and she has not eliminated inside nor outside. It's going on day 2 and I'm getting a little worried now.

 

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Best Strategy for Paying Off Debt and Repairing CreditWould it be better to get my credit repaired by going down the list to pay off collections, charge offs, and other delinquent debts when I get my taxes, or shall I seek a credit counseling service.....

 

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Use Shredded Paper in the GardenWill using shredded paper in your garden cause the plants to absorb lead?

 

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On Line Shopping Sites in the UK for Purchasing Gift CertificatesDoes anyone know of websites particularly department stores located in the United Kingdom that take Visa, Discover, or Mastercard to purchase gift certificates and send on to a recipient there in London? Thank you kindly for any help anyone contributes.

 

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Question About Using Vinegar In A HumidifierWill white vinegar neutralize the smell coming into the humidifier?

 

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Removing Food Stains on ClothingMy son has a cream colored sweater with old food stains on it. I've tried Resolve and Shout to remove the stain, but nothing works. Does anyone have some suggestions that might work? I thought about having the sweater airbrushed to cover the 3 spots, I hate to throw it away.

 

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Growing OrchidsI have two small leaves growing from the main stem of my orchid. I have several orchids and have never seen this before and wondered if anyone else has?

 

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Removing Skunk Odor From JewelryHow do I safely clean skunk smell off of my jewelry?

 

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