March 8, 2011

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Recipes

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Chicken Spaghetti With Velveeta CheeseSpray large skillet with cooking spray. Add chicken, cook and stir on medium-high heat 4 min. or until no longer pink.

 

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Corned Beef Hot DishCook noodles. Mix with corned beef, onions, soup, cheese and milk. Top with crushed corn flakes or potato chips. Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees F.

 

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Tangy Beef RoastPlace roast in crock pot. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over roast. Place peppers and onion over the roast. In a bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and beer; pour over roast.

 

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Twenty-Four Hour Fruit SaladPrepare Whipped Cream Dressing. "Gently" toss dressing and remaining ingredients in large glass or plastic bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 12 hours to blend flavors but no longer than 24 hours. Cover and refrigerate any remaining salad.

 

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Irish Champ PotatoesJust in time for St. Patrick's Day! This recipe is native to Northern Ireland and served as the main dish! eel and quarter potatoes and cook in boiling water. Meanwhile, simmer the milk and green onions in a saucepan for two minutes.

 

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Irish ShortbreadRich and delicate in flavor. Beat butter until fluffy and pale in color. Add the sugars a little at a time. Gradually add the flour and green food coloring (optional).

 

Articles

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Polymer Crystals for Container GardeningPolymer crystals (found in garden centers and some variety stores) are a tiny crystal that expands in water to hold up to 200 times its weight in stored water.

 

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Computer Virus Alert: System ToolsVery nasty virus has resurfaced!"System Tools" will suddenly appear on your screen and begin scanning your system. DO NOT CLICK ONTO ANY OF THE TABS!

 

Travel: Chicago, ILI got to see the Windy City. It is amazing. It was cold and snowing on the day we went. Here is a picture I took that day.

 

My Frugal Life: Learning From OthersWe live on a farm and raise goats. donkeys, shih tzu dogs, and bantams, plus we take care of every other animal that comes around. We are bird lovers, so we always take care of them along with the deer and the squirrels.

 

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Squeezing the Last Out of a TubeInstead of buying a clip for squeezing out your toothpaste, conditioner tubes, etc., put the tube down on the counter and with the handle of a screwdriver or hair brush, push from the bottom up to the cap end.

 

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Form Foil On Bottom Before Lining PanFor fitting foil into a roasting pan without tearing the foil, turn pan upside down and fit the foil to the outside of the pan. turn it right side up and gently fit the formed foil to the inside of the pan.

 

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Store Fish Hooks in CorkWhen transporting fishing poles to fishing spot, you can keep the fishing hooks and lures from catching into something you don't want them too. Get a bottle cork and cut it in half or thirds. Now you can stick the hooks or fishing lures into the cork.

 

Alice in Wonderland CakeMy husband told me as I walked in the door that he wanted something sweet to eat today. So he baked an "Alice in Wonderland Cake". I got a real kick out of his sense of humor when I looked at the cake. Enjoy!

 

Jasper (Dog)We just recently put our 13 1/2 year old Lab to sleep and were quite lonely without him. On Valentines Day. my husband decided to surprise us by getting this cute little guy.

 

Azi Tuc (Siamese)

Azi Tuc (Siamese)Azi turned 8 on December 19th. He is a Seal Point Siamese. When we got him as a kitten 8 years ago, he was a torment to my husband. Shhh, he doesn't know he is a cat. He plays fetch and comes running when you whistle.

 

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Less Odors from the Cat BoxWhen cleaning cat boxes, the ammonia smell lingers. Although ammonia is a weak base, it can also be a weak acid. My solution was to reduce the acidity by putting a small layer of wood ash from my fireplace in the bottom of the cat box, then add the litter.

 

Gold, pink, and green necklaces.

Embellished Mardi Gras NecklaceCrochet embellished Mardi Gras party beads.

 

Kodie (Mixed Breed)Kodie is an 8 year old mixed breed. I got him 8 years ago for Christmas, from my now deceased husband. He loves playing in the snow. Kodie has been what has kept me going since my husband death; I would not have made it without him.

 

Plant and Grow Peonies

How to Plant and Grow PeoniesPeonies are a favorite of many gardeners. Here are some tips for planting and growing them.

 

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Toothpaste For Tarnish On SilverWhy buy expensive jewelry cleaner for my tarnished silver pieces? Now I use white toothpaste with an old used toothbrush.

 

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Freeze Eyeliner Before SharpeningPut your eyeliner pencil in the freezer for 20 minutes before sharpening and it won't break as easily. It will sharpen very well too!

 

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No Bake Craft ClayFor no-bake craft clay, mix 1 cup cornstarch, 1 1/4 cup cold water, 2 cups baking soda, and food coloring (optional). Combine cornstarch, water, and baking soda in a saucepan and stir over medium heat 3-4 minutes. The mixture should look like mashed potatoes.

 

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Product Review: American Fare Trash Compactor BagsI was so tired of buying expensive brand name trash compactor bags at grocery stores. Now I go to Kmart for their "American Fare" brand (rated tops in Consumer Reports) and purchase them in volume for 30% off and get a better quality.

 

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Saving Powdered Beverage Containers for CraftsI save the containers for Crystal Light and use them to store beads, buttons, wire, and more.

 

Baby (Lab Mix)Baby is a two year old Lab mix. I got her through an animal rescue group. She likes to play and spend time with us. If you look at the picture real good, you will notice that Baby is guarding her very own crayfish.

 

Man standing near cornfield.

Scenery: Cornfields (Hanford, CA)Visiting my family in Hanford located in Central California in the San Joaquin Valley, my nephew Adam could not resist taking a walk through the fresh cornfields there. So I could not resist capturing the occasion on film.

 

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Divide Paper Towels in HalfI buy the good paper towels, like Viva, and halve them. Half of one of these is better than two of the cheaper kind.

 

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Give Cracked Spatula New LifeDon't throw your cracked rubber spatula out. Trim the cracked part off evenly, following the curve of the spatula. It is still usable for awhile.

 

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Lettuce Growing TipsPlant 4 or 5 different varieties of lettuce in your lettuce bed then you can have a variety of greens to eat. When cutting you lettuce off, just break off the leaves and leave the roots growing. It will produce more lettuce for you to eat.

 

dog on lease looking up at owner

Understanding Dog PsychologyEvery dog is capable of behaving if we use these skills in this order: exercise - discipline - affection. To have the dog be less of a 'hassle' for you, you need to put the time in when you first get the dog to teach him good from bad and teach him manners.

 

Wildlife: Winter VisitorsThese pictures were taken from my kitchen window recently during an ice and snow covered time. The creatures shown certainly appreciated the food provided for them. The ice is shown in the picture with the cardinal.

 

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St. Patty's Door HangerKids will love creating this easy and inexpensive Irish door hanger to hang on a door knob to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

 

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Check Deli For Gourmet Clearance ItemsSome of our grocery stores have a gourmet food section in their deli. This is a great place to pick up some things that you normally wouldn't be able to afford

 

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Brown Bag Microwave PopcornInstead of purchase of expensive microwave popcorn, I place about 3 Tablespoons of un-popped corn in a brown lunch bag, fold the top over, and microwave for approximately 2 minutes.

 

Travel: High Street (Great Yarmouth, UK)This picture was taken in Great Yarmouth, UK, walking along the popular High Street shopping district, all lit up at night.

 

A picture frame made from a heart shaped candy box.

Candy Box Picture FrameCreate a picture frame out of a pretty Valentine candy box. This is actually my first time at making any sort of craft. I cut the top off of a Valentine candy box because it was pretty and I thought long and hard about all the possibilities.

 

Questions

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Can I Dye a Microfiber Couch?Can I dye my microfiber sectional couch by hand, and if so what can I use?

 

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Removing Stickers from PlasticHow can I get a sticker off plastic?

 

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Converting VHS Tapes to Digital on ComputerHow can I cheaply convert my old VHS tapes to digital on my PC? Can I hook up a VCR to a USB port or something and record from there?

 

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Toilet Paper Advice For Septic TanksWhat is the best toilet paper for septic tanks?

 

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How Can I Get Rid of Sumac Bushes?How can I get rid of sumac bushes? They have taken over the area! I don't want them and have tried a number of things. Any suggestions for killing them off, roots and all?

 

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Natural Snake RepellentsDoes anyone know of any natural snake repellents? Please suggest.

 

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Wiring a Bathroom Ceiling Light and Fan CombinationI would like to replace a bathroom ceiling recessed light with a timed fan/light. The fan has 3 connections, live, neutral, and switched live. The old light has just 2, live and neutral. Where do I get the unswitched live from?Thanks.

 

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What is the Best Food for a Large Dog?I just adopted a new big dog and wonder what is the best kind of dog food to purchase? Any ideas of what keeps your favorite dogs happy?

 

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Getting Rid of Ammonia Smell My dog had puppies. Now the house smells of ammonia. What can I do to get rid of the smell?

 

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Getting a Smooth Finish When Painting Interior DoorsI am painting internal doors. I have tried rollers and brushes which were expensive, but still cannot get a smooth finish. What should I do?

 

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Oster Kitchen Center Pasta Maker ManualI am also looking for a Oster Kitchen Center pasta recipe/manual or a copy of one. I have been on every site. Can someone please help? I am desperately seeking the pasta manual.

 

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Making Homemade Laundry Soap Viscous and FoamyI would like to ask; what chemicals are likely to be used to make the soap viscous?

 

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Shoney's Strawberries and Bananas in Red Sauce I would like a recipe for a fruit dish that Shoney's restaurant serves/served on its buffet. It contained strawberries and bananas and was one of my favorites. The dish was not a pie or fruit salad. It was sliced strawberries and bananas in a cold sweet red sauce.

 

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Mothball Smell Out of Cedar Chest How can I remove the smell of moth repellent from an old cedar chest? I have tried sanding it down, wiping it with vinegar, setting it out in the sun, wadding up newspaper to absorb the odor and many other things as well. Nothing has diminished the smell.

 

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Curtains to Coordinate With Maroon Wall and Cherry Tables and FloorWhat is a good curtain color for my window? My accent wall is a deep red, almost maroon, my tables and floor are cherry wood, my furniture is beige?

 

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Lizard RepellentsDoes anyone know of any natural lizard repellents? Please suggest.

 

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Getting Rid of Fungus GnatsI have been having a problem with fungus gnats in and around my potted plants. I was told that if I diluted regular Listerine, 1 to 1 with water and spayed the organic soil mixture, the solution, would kill fungus gnats and their eggs that live in the manure.

 

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