April 27, 2011

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German Apple CakeThis is one of my family's favorite recipes, and it's one of the simplest recipes I've seen (it only has THREE ingredients). I always have the ingredients on hand, and tastes so rich that nobody ever believes it's so simple.

 

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Raspberry Glazed Chicken Pieces (Crockpot)Combine all into crock pot, mix (except chicken and raspberries). Heat on high 10 minutes, mix again. Add chicken, coating well. Cook on low 7 hours.

 

Pineapple Pork Roast on a white plate

Pineapple Pork RoastPork loin roast smothered with a sweet pineapple, apple and Marsala glaze. This recipe is easy to follow, easy to prepare and has an amazing taste.

 

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No Bake Cherry DessertPut mixing bowl and beaters in refrigerator before-hand to cool. Crush graham crackers, mix in small bowl with butter and sugar. Put graham cracker mixture in 9x13 inch pan. Whip whipping cream in large bowl.

 

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Delicious Pretzel BreadA soft and chewy bread perfect for sandwiches or treats

 

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Ham SaladCombine first 5 ingredients in salad bowl. Mix mayonnaise, yogurt, mustard, and garlic salt in small bowl. Add to salad; toss to mix well. Refrigerate until serving.

 

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Caprese Panini For OneLayer one balsamic brushed side slice of bread with two slices of mozzarella cheese, tomato slices, basil leaves, then the remaining slices of mozzarella cheese and top with remaining balsamic vinegar brushed side down on remaining slice of bread.

 

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Old-Fashioned Stove Top PopcornThis is the old-fashioned way of making popcorn. It is easy to make and tastes so much better than microwave popcorn. This is the way my family makes popcorn. Nearly every kernel pops and it does not take that long to make.

 

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Savory Pot Pie ToppingThis recipe is very easy, it's thrifty, and it is delicious. Use leftover homemade chicken soup or beef stew, thickened a little, for the bottom. Put this on top, and you have a delicious stew. It makes a tender, fluffy, biscuit-like topping.

 

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Spanish RiceThis is a frugal and super quick and easy recipe for Spanish rice, like restaurants serve alongside Mexican food.

 

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Monkey CookiesGreat for babies and all ages!

 

Rice Custard Pudding in cup

Rice Custard PuddingThis is a perfect way to use leftover rice. Add whatever amount you have. Once you try this simple and delicious dessert, you will arrange for leftover rice on purpose!

 

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Easy PunchTry this refreshing punch kept cold with frozen pineapple juice.

 

Articles

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Cheeseburger and Fries CasserolePreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brown hamburger in skillet, stirring until crumbly; drain. Spoon into 9x13 inch baking pan. Pour mixture of soups over hamburger.

 

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Shop Second Hand For FabricI have been second-hand shopping for several years. I got a beautiful ski coat with real fox fur on the hood for $5. I have also bought shoes that were just like new.

 

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Insulate Tube on CPAP MachineSleep apnea is a dangerous condition. It's linked to heart failure and a myriad of other health problems. I have been diagnosed for about 2 years now and am using a CPAP machine.

 

Photo: The Smaller Things in LifeIt never has failed to amaze me of the excitement of a little kid, in finding joy in something that we over look everyday. It's times like these that we need to stop and think about what we are overlooking and missing in our everyday routines.

 

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Ice Cream Scoop for Measuring Sticky IngredientsWhen baking, I use my ice cream scoop to measure shortening or peanut butter. It is the type with a lever you push and it goes around the inside edge of the scoop to empty.

 

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Dishwasher Tablet for Burned On FoodTired of scrubbing roasting pans or burnt food in your favorite saucepan?

 

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Use Sanitizing Bleach SprayThe one tip I can't live without on a daily basis is I keep a 48 ounce bottle of a mixture of 1/4 chlorine bleach and the rest water. I find myself using this bottle several times/day.

 

Mallory (Pit Bull)

Mallory (Pit Bull)This is my dog Mallory. She is a 2 years old Pit Bull. My fiance got her for me, and she's practically one of my children.

 

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Frugal Spa Gift BasketTo make this Frugal Spa Gift Basket I purchased body wash, body cream, shampoo, conditioner, facial mask, and bar of lavender soap from a Dollar Tree Store.

 

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Mix Leftover CerealTired of throwing out cereal when there's not enough for a bowlful? Make "mystery cereal". Get a nice large plastic container with a lid and just pour those odd bits of cereal into it.

 

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Peach HibiscusMy brother's hibiscus had bloomed while I was visiting. It was really beautiful.

 

Shop Pet Aisle for Reusable Can Lids

Shop Pet Aisle for Reusable Can LidsYou can find rubber lids that fit aluminum cans at many pet food stores, designed for resealing pet food cans. I use these to recover opened aluminum cans or juice concentrate containers for "human" food as well.

 

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Make Your Own Recycled Knitting BagWhen taking your knitting project with you, a container for a wine gift holds your yarn and those long needles and looks stylish. It can be covered with gift wrap, but most are already pretty.

 

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Peacock (Louisville, KY)We went to visit my brother in Kentucky and we decided to go to the zoo. It was a gorgeous day, and this little guy decided he wanted to show off. I snapped several photos of him, but this was the best.

 

bright calendula flowers

Calendula And ButterflyCalendula is the flower for the October born. It grows here in CA from spring to fall. It has the habit of re-blooming for several months with flowers getting smaller.

 

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Fix Rhinestone Jewelry with Missing StonesI have some old rhinestone jewelry that was nice but missing some stones and they were too small to replace. So I had the idea of applying pearl nail polish to the sites where the stones were gone and then sprinkling the area with silver glitter.

 

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Photo: Moses On The MoveDespite still needing a liquid feeding pump, he is now healthy and a very happy boy. He is big enough to carry the pump on his back in a backpack, with a tube that goes into a permanent port on the side of his stomach.

 

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Cookie Cottages From Tin CansWhen using the coffee plastic cans or even the metal ones, I make cookie cottages out of them, and give them as gifts, with home made goodies inside.

 

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Elastic Hem for Long PantsTrack suit slacks are made so the leg ankles nearly always drag on the ground causing wear and tear.

 

airport departure sign

AmEx Paid for My VacationAmerican Express paid for my son's vacation. Seriously? Yes, the focused and frugal can manipulate credit card rewards to their benefit. Of course, without dedication and restraint you'll fall into the trap that the credit companies created.

 

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Scrappy (Chihuahua/Min Pin)Scrappy is a 1 1/2 year old Chihuahua/Min Pin. We got Scrappy from some close friends in 2009, when he was 5 weeks old. He is 4 months old in this picture.

 

English Bluebells

Garden: English BluebellsYears ago, I brought foxglove plants from England wrapped carefully in a wet towel and put in a plastic bag. Somehow, English Bluebells must have been dug up at the same time and came with them.

 

Frosting in Ziploc bag.

Use Ziploc Bag For FrostingWhen making powder sugar frosting, why wash a bowl and utensil to stir with? Slip a plastic bag in a coffee mug and turn the top edge down over the rim of the cup. Put your ingredients in and zip the bag closed, mixing the frosting by hand.

 

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Spice, Ayuda, Dicha, and Chacota (Cats)We adopted all but one of these cats from animal shelters. That exception to our method of acquisition is our "wild kitten" Ayuda, who appeared on our acreage early one morning with pathetic mewing fully employed.

 

Questions

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How Do I Clean a Suede Couch?My mom has been looking for a way to clean her suede couch. She is currently taking care of my two little dogs, and she also has two little dogs. They all like to eat their treats and bones on there, which has left it stained.

 

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Surprise Party PlanningI am planning a surprise 17th birthday party for my best friend, who is a girl. So far I have started making the invites and the theme will be pink and black. It is going to be from 11.30am till 3.30pm.

 

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How Can I Stiffen Silk Flowers and Keep Them Glossy?Has anyone heard of spraying silk flowers with either a polyurethane or shellac spray to keep them hard and glossy over time?

 

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Planning a First Communion PartyHow do I arrange a party for first holy communion of my son?

 

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Home Remedies for Dog With Chronic Ear InfectionMy Lucy (Kelpie X) is 3 years old and has had ear infections for the past 2 years. We have been to the vet 10/12 times and Lucy has just finished her 8th course of antibiotics. She is on a diet of roo mince, veggies, and yogurt.

 

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How Do I Remove Scuff Marks From Hardwood Floors?Can someone tell me how to remove scuff marks from my wood floor that was installed in 2010. I'm not talking about "black" scuff marks, just scuffs that show on the floor.

 

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MTD Riding Mower Only Starts With Choke Pulled OutMy MTD 15.5HP riding mower won't run unless the choke is pulled out. What could be the problem and how to fix it?

 

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Finding a Source on the Internet for Small Paper Mache BoxesPlease tell me where I can order, over the internet, the round paper mache box for your lovely gift button box project?

 

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How Do I Remove a Swiffer Bottle?How can I take off the bottle on a Swiffer without pliers?

 

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How Do I Thank Guests at First Holy Communion?How do I give a vote of thanks to people coming during first holy communion?

 

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Reviews of Palm Leaf Shaped Ceiling Fan Blade CoversDoes anyone have any experience with those palm leaf-shaped ceiling fan blade covers? I would like to check before spending $100 to help save electricity this summer.

 

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Mother's Day Gift IdeasWhat are some really good and thoughtful Mother's Day gift ideas?

 

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Remedies for Bad BreathI would like to know how to treat bad breath.

 

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Cursor Problems With Dell Inspirion LaptopI have a Dell laptop Inspirion, and I'm on AOL 9.6 which is compatible with my system. As I type I am accidentally hitting possibly the space bar and or other keys and my cursor jumps to some previous place in my email. I've never had this problem before with other computers.

 

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What Type of Paint is Best to Use Over Wallpaper?Do you use an oil base paint or latex when painting over wallpaper?

 

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