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Salad DressingMelt butter and stir in flour; cook until smooth. Then add vinegar, water sugar and egg which have been beaten until foamy. Cook until thickened, stirring to keep it smooth.
Quick Bean and Beef CasserolePress uncooked ground beef in bottom of 10 inch square casserole. Add salt and pepper to taste. Slice onion and layer on top of beef. Add a layer of the beans and cheese. Top with mushroom soup. Choose noodles or potatoes to use in the casserole.
Spicy Peanut Butter Dip In a small saucepan over low heat combine vegetable broth, peanut butter, shallots, Worcestershire, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper, and optional jalapeno.
Spicy Beer CakeThis is one of the easiest and most simple cakes to put together, and it's rich in texture and flavor. You would never even guess it was made using beer. Tastes more like a spicy yeast bread and is delicious.
Better Than Anything CakeSuper sweet. Chocolate is my favorite. Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan. Prepare and bake cake according to directions.
Potato PancakesCombine eggs, pancake mix, potatoes, and oil. Add enough 7-Up to make a very thin batter; let stand 10 minutes. Fry on hot griddle until done.
Day Ahead BroccoliCook broccoli until tender; drain. Mix the following ingredients and pour over top. Don't stir. Put in baking dish. Put in refrigerator overnight. When ready to bake, top with buttered bread crumbs.
Cashew ChickenBone chicken breasts and remove skin. Slice horizontally in 1/8 inch thick slices, then cut into inch squares. Cut the green parts of the onions into 1 inch lengths and slice the white part 1/4 inch thick.
Chocolate Chunk CheesecakeCombine cookie crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 9 inch spring form pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Let cream cheese soften at room temperature.
Picante Meat LoafPicante sauce is a great substitute for ketchup. If you like spicy food, try salsa on your meat loaf.
Easy Apple CrispMix the first four ingredients together well and pour into butter-greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Mix the last four ingredients and crumble over the top of apple mixture.
Slow-Cooked Turkey Dinner
Place potatoes and carrots in 3 1/2 quart or 4 quart crock pot/slow cooker. Place turkey thighs over vegetables.
Remove Garlic and Onion Odors from HandsTo get the garlic smell off your hands just rub them against your stainless steel sink. It takes the smell right away!
Scenery: Winter WonderlandLast year we were "blessed" with a lot of snow. School was out, we were days off from work, and we did a lot of back breaking shoveling. Coming back from taking the dog for a walk, I had to reflect and look at the sheer beauty of it all.
Scenery: Sunrise (Georgia)Took this one on the way to Church on Sunday morning. Mornings are beautiful in South Georgia.
Keeping Garage Door from Freezing ShutWith all the snow we've had, my garage door's gaskets (at the bottom) froze to the cement. After thawing them out, I sprayed the gaskets with Pam! Now they don't freeze to the cement.
Tips for Buying and Growing HostasHostas are one of the most popular and versatile perennial plants you can have in your shade garden. As foliage plants, they offer an unmatched range of patterns, colors, and sizes and their leaves. Here are some tips for buying and growing hostas.
My Frugal Life: Pay As You GoIt seems that so many young people living in this fast paced world are getting in debt way over their heads because they want it right now or just because they feel they have to keep up appearances for their friends.
Spoonful of Syrup Makes the Medicine Go DownWhen my daughter was little, the taste of liquid prescriptions would immediately make her vomit, particularly antibiotics. A friend from work suggested that I give her a half spoonful of chocolate syrup before and after the medicine.
Scenery: Sunset (San Diego)Having to spend several weeks in San Diego due to my father being in the hospital, this was one of the highlights of my trip. I stayed with a friend in Point Loma, CA. And this was just one of many stunning sunsets.
Use Drawers For More Counter SpaceIf you are running out of counter or cooking room in the kitchen, open up your lower cabinet top kitchen drawers. Lay a cookie sheet or cutting board across them. I like to do this when baking and need more room to put my cooking racks on for baked goods to cool.
Memory Tricks For SpellingI always had trouble with these words; super and supper, diner and dinner, desert and dessert. I couldn't remember which words had the double letters in them. My daughter, a 5th grade teacher, told me of a easy way to get the spelling correct.
Wildlife: Dolphin (Monterey, CA)I took this picture at a dolphin facility in Monterey.
Honey Beauty RecipesHoney Cleansing Scrub: Mix 1 Tbsp. of honey with 2 Tbsp. finely ground almonds and 1/2 tsp. lemon juice. Rub gently onto face. Rinse off with warm water.
Decorated Napkin RingsThis is a fun craft to involve the kids in and they can let their imaginations run wild. It is also a great way to use up some of those old spices you don't use anymore.
Mac-n-Cheese Please!Healthy macaroni and cheese that is creamy and healthy. I wanted to get some vegetables nutrients in my son's diet and cook vegetables in new ways to give him more options to eat them.
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Tigger (Pug)Tigger is 5 now. We got him as a puppy at six weeks old from a breeder in our city that we found in the classifieds. He likes to run and play, fetch his rubber bone, or chew on his basketball.
Freeze Blended Celery and OnionsI don't use a lot of onions or celery, so I found them going bad before I could use them. It's much more expensive to buy smaller quantities, you are just paying for someone else to do the chopping when you buy it already cut up.
Show Photos of Garden in Bloom To Home BuyersSince I was planning to move, I took pictures of all my flower beds and saved them on a flash drive. I thought it would give potential home buyers a visual of how EVERYTHING looks when in bloom.
In Memory of Fritz (Beagle - Basset Hound)This is in memory of my dog Fritz. He lived to be 17 years old. He was half Beagle and half Basset Hound. I got him from a friend in January 1988. He loved to hunt rabbits and chase squirrels in his prime, but he never caught any.
Scenery: Snow Covered Gazing BallOur southern city has a blanket of snowfall on it; it is pristine and the objects in the yard are so pretty with their snowfall blanket. My homemade gazing ball has a cap of snow on it. The gazing ball sits atop a bird bath which is filled with snow.
Photo: Valentine's Day FlowersMy husband gave me these flowers as a surprise on Valentine's day. He picked them not only for beauty, but especially for the wonderful scents they give; our whole house is full of the aroma!
Krystal (Horse)I love my horses and mules and I am always taking pictures of my pets. Sunday afternoon, Krystal was feeling really good and she rolled in the sunshine!
Chuckie (Cat)This is Chuckie aka Stinky. He is a 1 year old part cat, part gremlin. My daughter, Elizabeth saw him in PetSmart up for adoption and liked his coloring and that he looked like a fat, lazy, lap cat - wrong!
Scenery: Twisted TreeWhile cutting a road to the back of our property, my husband discovered this twisted tree.
Cut Long Pantiliners in HalfI buy the box of "long pantiliners" and use scissors to cut them in half. You only use half anyway and it's like getting 2 boxes for the price of one.
Frugal Hair RinseI noticed a couple of people have asked about using vinegar on the hair. Vinegar, as well as, lemon juice can be used as an acid rinse. Both products are used to remove any build-up from the hair and scalp.
Keeping Lint Off ClothingWant to wash your fleece without getting lint all over it? Wash it alone in cold water. May combine two pieces.
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How Can I Save Money When Buying a Mattress?How can I save money on mattresses?
What is This Plant?I have a plant that I can't find information about. I am hoping for some help.
What Breed is My Dog?This is my dog Mowgli. What breed is he? I was told he's a Siberian Husky, but he doesn't look like most of the Siberians I have seen.
Remedy for Puffy Eyes?Does anyone have a magic cure for puffy eyes from crying? Mine are extremely puffy right now to the point where I can't go to work due to embarrassment.
Keeping Brown Sugar Soft?How do you keep brown sugar soft and fresh, not hard?
Black Spots in Sink?We have been getting these weird black spots in our sink. When washed away, they run like mascara. I can't figure out where it is coming from and I am worried it could be harmful to our health if it is indeed coming from the water.
Recipe for Korean Beef Stirfry Over Rice With Egg Omelet On Top (Bulgogi)?A friend of mine brought home a Korean dish recipe. It was pronounced Pagogie. It consisted of stirfried beef, soy sauce, potatoes, onions, brown sugar, and almost any thing else you wanted to add, without overpowering it. It is served over rice and topped with an egg omelet.
Eco Friendly Go Green Craft Ideas for Scouts' Blue and Gold Dinner?I need help. Does anyone have a really good craft idea for "Go Green". My son's den needs an idea for their Blue and Gold dinner. Thank you
Funny Birthday Gift for a New Teacher?My sister just graduated from college to become a teacher in the fall. Her 24th birthday is next month and I wanted to get her a fun/silly birthday gift related to teaching, almost like a joke gift. What kind of gifts could I get her?
Calculating Ingredients When Feeding Large Groups?I am feeding 60 to 70 people. I am making rigatoni, Sloppy Joes, and cheese potatoes. How much of the ingredients do I need?
How Do I Repair or Replace Frozen Water Pipes?The blizzard that hit Missouri froze our pipes. We were told to just replace all the water lines. We don't know where to start.
How Do I Repair Burnt Doll Hair?How do you fix your doll's hair when it is burnt? It is not a Barbie doll?
Is a Self Cleaning Oven Worth the Extra Cost?I need to buy a new stove. I live alone and seldom use a "big" oven, I use my toaster oven. Is it worth the extra $100 to buy a self-cleaning oven?
Urine Stains and Odors on Clothing?I need some quality product or home remedy for incontinence urine stains and smell removal from clothing. I've tried backing soda and vinegar, which works on some fabrics but not all.
Removing Paint from Leather Shoes?I have a pair of leather Nike Air Force 1s, similar to this shoe. I got artificial paint on them. Is it safe to use nail polish remover to get the paint off?
Where Can I Buy a Frame for a Bathroom Mirror?I am looking for a glass frame in black to fit round a mirror I have just fitted in my bathroom. It as to be 50 mm wide and at least a meter long. Can anyone come up with some help? Thanks.