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March 9, 2011
Make Sure Dish is Oven Safe
Before you decide to use a dish to bake an item in the oven, make sure it is oven safe for that temperature. Using a dish in the oven at higher temperature than what it has been rated for will cause it to explode.
Cooking Perfect Noodles
Years ago by brother-in-law was a cook in the Army. He taught me a trick to make beautiful spaghetti noodles. You cook the noodles the night before. Drain the noodles and fill the pot with cold water. Place in the fridge over night.
Use a cardboard egg carton for transporting mini muffins or mini cupcakes.
Mushroom and Almond Rice
In large skillet, saute almonds in margarine until golden. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat through. Serves 6.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Cream margarine and sugar. Add eggs, beating well after each addition. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and milk. Blend in zucchini and fold in nuts.
Stove Top Casserole
Brown ground beef in skillet; drain excess fat. Stir in next three ingredients. Add macaroni from packaged dinner. Cover and cook 15 minutes or until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally.
Clean and cut rabbit in serving size pieces. Soak in salted water at least 1 hour, overnight if possible. Pat dry. Dust with flour and saute in heavy skillet in butter and oil until browned.
Tybee Island Sausage Pie
In a heavy skillet over medium heat, crumble the sausage with a fork. Saute the sausage until completely cooked. Drain off the fat, remove the sausage, and set aside.
Peanut Butter Bars
This recipe may not be the "healthiest", but it is quick and easy with few ingredients for when your family has a hankering for something sweet.
Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
It's good, and less than 1/3 of what the store price is. We basically make it for free, as we make our own ketchup from tomatoes we grow, and grow our own horseradish, which I shred.
Baby Shampoo For Fleas
Why buy expensive dog shampoos at PetSmart to bathe your dog? My vet suggested I use any baby shampoo, so now I buy $1.00 generic baby shampoos at the Dollar Store and I have a dog that smells as good as a freshly bathed baby for a fraction of the cost.
Digger is a 4 years young Shih-tzu. I had always wanted another Shih-tzu, so when my husband came home the weekend of Mother's Day, he surprised me with him.
Nicky is my 10 year old Calico. Nicky was dropped off, thrown out, by someone who didn't want her. She was just thrown out of a car and left. I found her hiding at my Grandma's house, and my nephew told me that he thought she had rabies because she had hissed at him.
Winston (Sharpei/Basset Hound)
Winston is 10 years old. He is a Sharpei/Basset Hound mix. I rescued him from the pound when he was 3 months old. He loves to play tug of war with our other dog and hide his bones and toys in my shoes.
Roxy is my 15 month old Pug. She was a Christmas present in 2009. She likes to play all the time. She loves to be cuddly!
Budget (Anzac) Biscuits
A friend of mine sent this recipe to me. She found it in a budgeting booklet years ago in New Zealand. These biscuits were lifesavers when the money was tight. They are cheap to make, easy to bake, and delicious to eat and have become a family favorite.
Preventing Snails in the Garden
In the fall, if you have problems with snails, lay down an old wood board in edge of your garden. During the winter months, the snails will crawl under the board. When spring comes, go out and turn the board over.
Getting Smell out of Couch Cushions
Our cat peed on the cushion of our couch, it is much like a big pillow. If we put it in the washer, will it ruin the cushion?
Alternative Easter Baskets for Boys
Any suggestions as to what to use instead of the traditional basket at Easter time for a boy? In the past I have used a dump truck, baseball helmet, small tackle box, childsize wheel barrow, etc. I need some ideas appropriate for 6 and 8 year old boys.
Choosing Container Plants for a North Facing Balcony
I would like to have ideas for what to plant in a large planter pot for our north facing balcony. We get very limited sun and live in zone 5B.
Restoring Shine to Magnalite Pots
How can I bring back the shine on my Magnalite pots after putting them through the dishwasher? They are very old and have turned dark grey. Please help.
Ideas for Chicago Themed Birthday Party
I am planning a surprise 50th for my mom in April. She is a Chicago native, born and raised. All of her family and friends still live in Chicago. We are secretly bringing in all her siblings, goddaughter, and best friend.
Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash
How do I remove the colour stains of another colour shirt?
Freezing Eggs in the Shell
Can you freeze fresh eggs in the shell?
My House Reeks of Skunk Odor
A skunk died under my house last night. How do I get the smell out of everything?
How to the Remove Calcium Deposits Around Toilet
I have well water and have rings in my toilets that I have tried to remove with numerous cleaning products. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what might work? I even have a water softener, but nothing seems to work.
Use and Care of Cast Iron Skillets
How do you care for your cast iron skillets?
Changing the Color of Roman Shades
I recently put up some Roman blinds, at great cost. But, the colour is not quite right. Can I spray them to change the colour?
Cutting Mini Blinds To Fit New Window
How do I cut mini blinds?
New MagicJack Does Not Work With Windows XP
I had a MagicJack for 2 years. It worked great, but I had to replace it. I bought a new one and now get this message: "MJ not supported on your version of Windows, detected version, Win9x 4.10". I have WinXP.
Treating Hair Damaged by a Flat Iron
What is good for treating damaged hair from a straightening iron? It looks like split ends, but she just had her hair trimmed.
How Do I Remove an Oil Stain from Ceramic Tile Floor?
How do I remove an oil stain from a ceramic floor?
Can I Put Linoleum Over Indoor-Outdoor Carpet?
I have old kitchen carpet (indoor-outdoor type) that is badly stained. Could I put linoleum over the top of if rather than having to take the carpet up first? The carpet is glued down.
Using Buttermilk in Septic Tank
Can buttermilk be a substitute for Ridex in septic tanks?
Keeping Birds Out of Wood Chips
How do I stop birds from getting in the wood chips and flicking them all over the driveway? The wood chips are on the garden.
What are Ceiling Tiles?
I noticed a tip using ceiling tiles. Can someone please enlighten me as to what they are? I haven't a clue. Thank you.
Pump a Present
Does anyone remembers a tube balloon stuffer from the early 90's, called Pump a Present? It is 3 tubes pink, purple, and green, you put a large balloon on one end, but somehow a small present goes in then you hand pump air into it.
Tiny Black and Orange/Yellow Spotted Bugs in My Clothes
I have been finding tiny black and yellow/orange spotted bugs in clothes. They are small like a sesame seed, but a little rounder. They appear flat and do not move. I need help!
Floral Greeting Card
I used a soft pink and light green color combination to create a sweet and fresh-looking card. This is a wonderful card to send as a thoughtful greeting.
Removing Steam Stains from Cabinets
How do I remove steam stains created by a boiling kettle on solid oak kitchen cabinets. I've tried toothpaste, mayo, and rubbing alcohol.
Game Rules: Hands In Texas Holdem Poker
Traditionally full 52 card deck is used in Texas Holdem. Players need to get the best combination of 5 cards from 7 available (2 hole cards and 5 showed on the table).
Cheddar Cheese and Red Wine Dip
Serve with table wafer crackers of any flavor. Yum!
More Trashy Treasures: Upcycling Plastic...
There can never be enough trashy treasures in the world. When craft supplies are free and working double duty to keep landfills free, the urge to make more and more grows. Take stock of your plastic shopping bags, and consider "upcycling" them.
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