February 11, 2011

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Hamburger Vegetable SoupBrown the ground beef and onion in a small amount of cooking oil. When lightly browned, drain off excess fat. Combine with the remaining ingredients in a large kettle.

 

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Liver DeluxeMelt butter in skillet and saute onion. Dredge slices of liver in flour and brown on each side. Pour gravy on liver and season with parsley, salt, and pepper, to taste.

 

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Can Jelly and Juice Year RoundI love to can and make jelly and jam. So when the fruit is readily available, I make a batch or two of jelly and can the juice in quart and pint jars. Around Christmas time, I make another batch or two and again in mid-spring.

 

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Keep Electrical Cords From TanglingTired of your electrical cords getting tangled, like your curling iron hairdryer or other bathroom apparatus with a cord? Save the cardboard holders from the toilet paper tube and insert cord into empty cardboard tube place on shelf or wherever.

 

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Link: Free Screen Capture SoftwareHaving trouble capturing your screen with a 'scrolling' mode? I've been fighting PicPick for months now. All works wonderful except when I want to capture something with the scrolling mode, nothing seemed to work.

 

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Use Leftover Wrapping Paper for ArtIf you're like me, you have way too much wrapping paper left over from Christmas. I turn it over, white side up, and staple it to the wall in my kids' room for their artistic whims to go wild! They love decorating their new "wallpaper".

 

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Clean Coffee Pots with Baking SodaThe other day, I was in my local big box discount store, walking by the coffee making machines. On the shelf I saw a box of coffee machine cleaner. The active ingredient was sodium carbonate - baking soda.

 

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Tips for Hand Washing DishesAdd 1/2 tsp. baking soda to dishwater to help cut grease. Then, add 1 tsp. vinegar to the hot rinse water for sparkling glasses and to remove any soap residue.

 

White picket fence

Things to Consider Before Building A FenceBuilding a fence is a long-term investment, so it's important to choose a material and design style that enhances your home and garden. It's also important to be realistic about future repair costs and how much regular maintenance you're willing to take on.

 

Celebrate Baby's Six Month BirthdayOur family celebrates a baby's 6-month birthday, one of my traditions that I started. We just have a small party with inexpensive gifts (hand held toy, t-shirt, or any small gift). I used to bake a cupcake just for the little one and they get to tear it to pieces.

 

Vitamins stored upside down.

Store Vitamins Upside DownI buy my vitamins and put them in a divider for ease of consumption. However, when I go to the medicine cabinet, I sometimes forget if I have all of them in there, some, etc.

 

Sweetheart Gift Box

Sweetheart Gift BoxWrapping a gift is just as important as the gift itself. Paper roses, pearl sticker, pink stripe paper, and ribbon were used to create this sweet little gift box.

 

Plant Sprouted GarlicDon't throw away garlic just because it is starting to sprout. Plant it in a pot for your kitchen window! I had a bulb that got forgotten about and several of the cloves were dried out, while some others were questionable.

 

My Frugal Life

My Frugal Life: Difference Between Thrifty and CheapThere is a difference between being thrifty; and being cheap. Being thrifty takes into account time and money, and occasionally payback time. Being cheap only counts the amount of money spent.

 

Valentine umbrella

"Showering You With Love" ValentineMy staff gets very little recognition. The least little bit of recognition makes them happy. We have a fabulous nursing team and every so often I like to tell them how much they are appreciated for the work they do.

 

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Cleaning Dirty White SocksHave trouble getting your white socks white and don't want to bleach them? Update that box of baking soda in the refrigerator and use the old one to soak your socks in.

 

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Paper Clip as Chip Bag ClipFor a simple chip bag clip, use a paper clip. Also works great to keep the cereal bag inside the box from unrolling and going stale.

 

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Scented Milk BathMix all the ingredients but the oils together into a glass bowl. Drop the oils in and work it together with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Pour into a container.

 

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Organizing Electrical Cords on Small AppliancesTired of your electrical cords getting tangled, like your curling iron hairdryer or other bathroom apparatus with a cord? Save the cardboard holders from the toilet paper tube and insert cord into empty cardboard tube place on shelf or wherever. No more tangles of cords!

 

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Start Hope Chests for Your ChildrenTo begin teaching the value of thriftiness to your kids, start a hope chest for them. Instead of tossing things out to the garage sale, you can imprint in their minds and hearts, that they have a future, and home development, cooking, and saving, are in their control now.

 

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Use Lipstick for Matching BlushIn a pinch, you can use lipstick as blush. Just rub a little on your finger tip and apply where you would apply blush.

 

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Trouble Viewing Web Pages on a NotebookI recently received an Aspire One notebook but when viewing web pages, I constantly have to scroll up and down and across to be able to see the whole page at the same time. Can this be fixed? If so, how?

 

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Planning a 31st Birthday Party for My BoyfriendWhat can I do for my boyfriend who is turning 31 on the 4th of April? He doesn't smoke, doesn't drink as well, but I want to do a party for him. I don't know where and how.

 

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Donating Fabric to CharityDoes anyone know where I can donate fabric in Los Angeles?

 

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Recipe for Pulled Beef Without BBQI am looking for a recipe for pulled beef without BBQ in it.

 

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Keeping Moles Out of Flower BedsHow do I get rid of moles in my flower beds?

 

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Why Would My Hair Turn Orange When Bleached?I have over the years have had my hair bleached to pure white as that is what I like. The last year when I got it done, it turned out orange (my hair is dark brown). Yesterday it happened again and now it needs to be bleached again like 4 months ago.

 

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Cheese Has White Edges After FreezingI put some slice cheese in the freeze about 4 or 5 months ago in only the store wrapper. The cheese has a white powder on the edges now. Is it okay to use?

 

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Making Boxed Cake in a Turbo CookerDoes anyone know how to make a yellow cake in a turbo cooker using box cake mix?

 

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Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Snackin' CakeI am looking for a recipe that duplicates the old Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Snackin' Cake. They stopped making it years ago and it was so good and easy. It was loved by so many. Any help would be greatly appreciated not only by me.

 

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When Can I Buy Corned Beef?When is corned beef coming back to stores?

 

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Using Pedi PawsIs Pedi Paws safe?

 

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Wiring a 4 in. Octagon BoxHow many #12 wires does the NEC allow in a standard 4 in octagon box?

 

Keeping Cats Off Counters

Keeping Cats Off Counter TopsWe have two 4 month old kittens that are constantly on the kitchen counter and table. They lick any dirty dishes left out, hang out in the sink, sit in the empty crock pot, you name it. We call them the obnoxious kittens for a reason!

 

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Pattern for Knitted Harry Potter ScarfDoes anyone have the knitting directions for the Harry Potter scarf for young people? I also want to know the brand of yarn and correct name of colors used.

 

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Overseas Coupon Program - Sending Coupons to Troops FamiliesI read that we can send coupons to our service men and women overseas. I definitely want to do that. I need the address, etc. so I can do that and spread the word to my other friends. I am retired, so I have lots of time on my hands.

 

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Uses for Leftover BreadI am looking for ideas for using leftover bread, either slices or bits and pieces. I already make croutons and dry + crush as bread crumbs. What else?

 

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Removing Pickle Odor from a JarHow do you get rid of the smell of pickle juice from a jar?

 

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Making Cookies With Cake MixI'm looking for recipes for cake mix cookies or bars.

 

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Paint Color Advice for Bedroom and Adjoining BathroomI have a very large master bedroom and master bathroom. I have dark heavy furniture in the bedroom, my comforter is a bright, but soft yellow and white. On far side of the bedroom I have dark green wicker furniture with dark green and white cushions.

 

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Replacement Battery for Fossil Wrist WatchI am looking for a replacement batterer for a Fossil wrist watch FS 2689 (250001). If the back is opened, do I need to replace the waterproof gasket?

 

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Advice for Growing RhubarbI need some advice regarding rhubarb. Firstly my stalks are well over 10 inches but still green, should they be red to eat? Secondly one of my bushes is seeding on top. Should I pull this bush out or just cut the top off.

 

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How Do I Use a Stove Top Convection Oven?I was recently cleaning my mom's cabinets and found a new stove top convection oven. Most of the directions are missing. What all can you do with this oven (for example can you bake)? I don't know a thing about this type of oven.

 

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Resident Cat Aggressive Towards New CatsRecently I had to take in two older cats whom my sister's ex could no longer keep. They are both mature, around 2 or 3 years, and are fixed. I also have my cat, who's been here for around 1 1/2 years. The two cats are male and female.

 

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Strawberry Refrigerator JamI am looking for a recipe for refrigerator strawberry jam.

 

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Crystallized and Hard HoneyI have a half-gallon container of honey that has solidified. Can it still be used? How do I liquefy it again?

 

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Free Building SuppliesI am looking for free building supplies in the Tampa Bay area. Any ideas?

 

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Growing a Hardy Vine Under an Oak TreeI have an arbor under a large oak tree and I want a hardy vine to cover it for shade. What do you suggest?

 

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