February 8, 2011

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Circuit Rider StewIn large black skillet, cut up the hog jowl or bacon into tiny pieces, no longer than a quarter. Cook until almost crisp, then add the onion also cut into small pieces.

 

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Baked FishFresh of frozen fillets may be used. If frozen are used, sauce will be thinner. Combine onion, celery, and parsley. Arrange in large shallow 9x13 inch baking dish.

 

Articles

Spray The Snow Shovel With Pam

Spray The Snow Shovel With PamEver have snow stick to your shovel? Make heaving the snow from your shovel a little easier by spraying Pam cooking spray on it. The snow won't stick anymore.

 

Organizing Console for Van

Organizing Console for VanI was tired of not having a good place to store toys/books in the van, so I took an empty cat litter box, covered the words with contact paper, and attached a divided bucket to the lid with duct tape.

 

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Make A Heart Cake Without A Heart Shaped PanNo need to buy a special heart-shaped pan when you want to make a heart-shaped cake. Use one 8 or 9 inch round pan plus one 8 or 9 inch square pan. When the baked cake is cooled, cut the round cake in half.

 

dogs toby and dusty

Toby (English Setter) and Dusty (Beagle)Toby resembles an English Setter and Dusty Beagle is a Beagle. In the photo, they were around 6 months and 10 months old. We rescued Toby from a Craigslist ad and found Dusty at a construction site that my son and I worked at.

 

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Use Newspaper Plastic Bags for Doggie BagsWhen walking your dog, take along the plastic sleeve from your newspaper. It is a perfect size for poo and fits into almost any pocket.

 

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Broccoli CasseroleMix all ingredients together. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. 10-12 servings.

 

Tips For Cutting Your Party BudgetWhen partying planning, you can cut your budget in half if you visit yard sales and thrift stores and post ads on Freecycle and Craigslist for wanted items, instead of buying all new things.

 

Start a Sprouted PotatoInstead of throwing away any potatoes that have stared sprouting, try putting 2-4 toothpicks in the side and put the half which is starting to sprout into a small bowl or glass of water.

 

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Removing Lime DepositsTo remove lime deposit, heat white vinegar to boiling point, then pour over fixtures. This will release or remove lime deposits.

 

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Check Clearance Aisle For DealsWhenever I shop, whether it be the grocery store, the drugstore or any store, I always pass through the clearance aisle and take a quick look. I have saved many dollars by making this detour through the store.

 

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Cooking Beans from ScratchMy husband is diabetic and eats a lot of beans. We buy about 12 different types of beans (we can get some local types here also), and he takes my big water bath canner and cooks up a whole pot of beans.

 

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Bath Potpourri BagsFor each bag, combine equal parts dried chamomile, mint, and lavender. If you don't have access to muslin tea bags, cut squares of muslin and tie with jute or kite rope. Toss 1 or 2 bags into warm bath.

 

Ziva lying on floor near door.

Ziva (Yorkie)This is Ziva at 16 months. She is a Yorkie, born on 9/01/10. I got her from a private first time breeder. She was the only litter the female ever had. She likes to play fetch and run through the yard.

 

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Unsweetened Baking Chocolate SubstituteIf you run out of unsweetened baking chocolate, try this substitute: combine 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder with 1 Tbsp. vegetable shortening for every ounce of chocolate.

 

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Use Clearance Wallpaper for Shelf and Drawer LinersLook for discontinued wall paper. You can use it for shelf liner.

 

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Uses for Old OverallsI have found a great way to recycle the denim overalls my husband wears out, with no waste. Cut the top bib portion off around the waist area and triple stitch it shut using a heavy duty coat thread. Next, go up to where the bibs "clip" on.

 

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Warm Butter On CoffeemakerWhen we want to soften butter for our breakfast or brunch, we put the butter dish on top of our 5 cup coffeemaker. While the coffee is brewing it softens the stick of butter just enough to make it spreadable.

 

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Warm Lotion in WinterLike a lot of people, I use a small electric heater in the bathroom during the winter. And for convenience, I keep my body lotion on the side of the tub. I have found that when I get out of the shower, the lotion is warmed, goes on so smoothly, and feels so good!

 

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Vinegar For Sore ThroatUse 1 tablespoon vinegar to 8 oz. glass of warm water for a sore throat. Gargle every hour and swallow after gargling, with 2 mouthfuls.

 

Track Grocery Stores Sales Cycles

Track Grocery Stores Sales CyclesThis idea takes time and planning to set up, but will save lots of money on the grocery bill. All the stores seem to cycle their sale items. Track some of the items that you use, and you may see them on sale often. You might even want to keep notes.

 

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Keeping Utensils In Dishwasher BasketIf you have trouble with your silverware falling on through your utensil basket in the dishwasher, save those old scrubber pads and line the bottoms of the compartments with them.

 

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Keep Spare Oxygen for EmergenciesWinter is here and has reared it's ugly head upon most of the United States. During these times, we often forget that people who are on oxygen may need to make sure they are kept in supplies. Most people have concentrators which run off electricity.

 

A potpourri filled scented doily

Scented Doily SachetWhether you make one for a linen drawer or to hang in her car it is sure to please. The big decision will be how many to make for yourself.

 

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Car Mats for Transporting GlassWhen I bought 3 coffee tables at a thrift store, I had 3 huge panes of glass that I had to safely transport home. The table bases fit in my car, but I didn't have anything to protect the glass.

 

Two black cats.

Baby Sisters (Cats)I got these cute sisters at a rescue site. They keep me laughing with their funny antics. Since my husband died recently, they are great company and keep me from getting lonely.

 

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Bath MilkThis is a recipe for making homemade bath milk.

 

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Clean Toilet with BleachHere in Finland, bleach is a lot cheaper than other bathroom/toilet cleaners, especially those with the spray tops. My tip is to use an old cleaning fluid bottle, the type with the spray top that allows you to spray the fluid, for bleach.

 

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Old Pens or Toothpicks for Painting DetailMy tip is for painting with detail. Even the finest of brushes are hard to paint lines or fine detail with. Therefore, I have been painting my fine detail with the end of old ink pens or toothpicks.

 

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Keeping a Scout's Stuff Organized'Tis the season for Webelos to bridge into Boy Scout troops. It's an exciting time for all, especially the new Scout! One way to keep all of the "Scout stuff" together is to get a plastic bin.

 

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Store Screws in Plastic Vegetable TrayI like fresh vegetables, but live alone so I buy the vegetable tray from the super market that has celery, tomatoes, broccoli, etc. and it has a little cup of dip in the middle. When empty, I use it to store nuts, screws, and other small hardware items.

 

Momma San (Japanese Bobtail Mix)

Momma San (Japanese Bobtail Mix)Momma San is our 8 year old Japanese Bobtail mix. Our daughter brought her back from Japan a few years ago. When they got transferred to England, the restrictions were strict and they opted to leave her with us for three years.

 

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Dora the Explorer Themed Birthday PartyFor my daughter's second birthday, we are having a Dora the Explorer birthday! We are serving enchiladas and chips, etc with a Dora cake and ice cream. We bought simple red and orange steamers and balloons to decorate with.

 

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Looking for 1980s Aran Isle Crochet Afghan PatternI am looking for the directions to a crocheted afghan pattern from the early 80s. It is titled Aran Isle and is made in blocks. The magazine page I have says Institute Needlework and Sewing Center.

 

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I Used Dishwasher Cleaner Instead of Dishwasher TabletsI used dishwasher cleaner instead of dishwater tablets, is it okay to rewash them or should I throw them away?

 

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How Can I Find Dried Dog Pee in My House?How can you tell where your dog pees? I can smell it, but my husband thinks I'm crazy even when I show him other stains.

 

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Manual for Regal Bread Machine #K6782I am looking for a copy of the manual for a Regal Kitchen Pro Bread Machine K6780 K6781 K6782.

 

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What Agencies Give Laptops to Underprivileged Veterans?I would like to know where to find information (if available) on agencies that give out free laptops to underpriviledged veterans or students. I'm an Iraq Freedom veteran. I'm also currently studying for my RN license.

 

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How Do I Make a Gazing Ball From a Bowling Ball?How do you go about gazing a bowling ball?

 

What Breed is My Dog?What breed is my dog mixed with?

 

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Can I Make a Cleaner Using Spoiled or Over Ripe Oranges?Can you make a cleaner from bad or over ripe oranges? I get a lot of these free from local grocery stores that I get bad produce from to feed my chickens and pigs, but none likes citrus.

 

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How Do I Remove Gel Ink from Clothing?I have black gel ink spilled on my white shirt. How can I remove it?

 

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Somasin For Toenail FungusWhere can I get Somasin for toenail fungus?

 

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Painting A MicrowaveHow do I repaint the inside bottom of a microwave, that has begun to rust?

 

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Dyeing Fabric Using Cold WaterI recently purchased 100% cotton bathroom rugs that were made in India. They must be washed in cold water and line dried to prevent shrinking. While I really like the rugs I do not like the color.

 

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Fly Spots on Lamp ShadesHow do you get fly spots off silk lamp shades?

 

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Wizard of Oz Table DecorationsI am looking for crafts for table decorations based on the Wizard of Oz.

 

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Freezing Bolognese SauceCan I freeze a Bolognese sauce that has been left in the fridge after cooking for 3 days?

 

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Ideas for Face-in-the-Board Photo Props for School FairI will be in charge of the photo booth at my child's school fair in a few months. I am looking for ideas for face-in-the-board photo props. These may be something that you've seen done at another event or while you were on vacation. Thank you!

 

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Cat Scratching His NeckHow do I stop my cat from scratching all the skin off of her neck?

 

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Removing Pollen Stains on FabricHow do you remove the orange lily pollen from fabric (60%cotton/40%polyester)?

 

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Soap Scum In Washing MachineWhat should I do/use to remove soap film build-up in a top loading washing machine?

 

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Caring For Baby FishI bought a fish yesterday and when I came home today I found about 20 baby fish! Should I separate them or does the mother have to care for them or something? I just don't want her to eat them!

 

Name Ideas for a Cake Decorating BusinessMy friend Denise makes decorated cakes. She has so many requests she's decided to start a business. As you can see from the picture (yes, it's all edible) they're amazing. What would be a good name for her business?

 

Flooring, Countertop, and Paint Colors to Down Play Pinkish CabinetsWe have pickled oak cabinets we are trying to decorate around. Our hardwood floor is a light maple color and we would like to refinish it, but are not sure what color/stain to go with. We are also wanting to replace the white Corian with a granite that would complement the cabinets.

 

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How Do I Keep My Coco Door Mat from Shedding?I bought an outdoor coco mat which constantly sheds its fibers. This is then transferred to my indoor carpet. Is there a remedy to prevent this?

 

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