June 21, 2011

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Recipes

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English Muffin PizzasBecause I had a serious heart attack and was having pizza withdrawal, the dietitian came up with this idea for me. I lived on these for lunch for a couple of months.

 

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Chicken SaladThis is a favorite of mine. Nice because it is good as a salad or in a sandwich. I prefer mine not in the sandwich but just plain.

 

No-Bake Pavlova

No-Bake PavlovaYou can't fail with this Pavlova. No more worries about baking it just right. Anybody can make this with success. It's so easy and yummy, too.

 

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Beefy Mushroom HamburgersI like this beefy mushroom hamburger recipe because it is easy and so tasty.

 

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Julia's Macaroni SaladAs easy as chopping and mixing various ingredients. A nice contrast to other salads being served at the same meal.

 

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Roasted PotatoesThese are my personal favorite! So easy and tasty!

 

Articles

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Kill Ants with Pam Cooking SprayPam kills ants on dog and cat food. I spray the food and bowl, and it kills the ants immediately. They are usually black kitchen ants. It will not kill other ants. It won't poison the dog or cat if they eat the Pam on their food.

 

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Kill Ants with Pam Cooking SprayPam kills ants on dog and cat food. I spray the food and bowl, and it kills the ants immediately. They are usually black kitchen ants. It will not kill other ants. It won't poison the dog or cat if they eat the Pam on their food.

 

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New Life For Ceramic FigurinesI am partial to angel figurines and have actually found some nice ones in the dollar store, but they were a bit too colorful for me (pink cheeks and so on). So, I have sprayed them white or off-white craft paint to paint in the colored parts of the figurine.

 

Clean Yellow Croc Shoes

Cleaning Your Croc ShoesIf you wear Croc (plastic) shoes like I do, the best way to clean them is to wear them in the shower every time you take a shower. Then once a week, use a back brush on them with a little soap. They will stay looking new.

 

Dragonfly

Garden: DragonflyI saw this little one setting on a flower pot. I just had to get the camera, and get a shot of him.

 

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Store Earrings in Ice Cube TraysI love earrings and was tired of not being able to organize them where they stayed together. Use ice cube trays!

 

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Reuse Plastic from MailingsThe magazines I receive often come in plastic bags, and I find that if I am very careful and cut them at the top, I can re-use them around the house. Same with the plastic bags samples come in and so on.

 

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Decorate Gifts With Recycled Greeting CardsI am often without wrapping paper for a special occasion. I also keep a box full of cards that I have received, rather than pitch them. When a holiday comes around, it is fun to take a paper bag or white construction paper and use pictures from old cards.

 

A wooded area at Croft State Park.

Scenery: Croft State Park (SC)The scenery at Croft goes from the beautiful lake, to a horse ring, to the lovely, very wooded campsite circles. During our visit there this week, we encountered a gray fox, a flock of turkeys, various rabbits, squirrels, and more.

 

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Crafts Using Styrofoam Ice ChestsI have several of those Styrofoam ice chests. I decided to hot glue them to their own lid, then decorate them to make ottomans. I can even put something heavy in them before gluing the lid on and decorating to make little chairs for kids.

 

Walk Behind Mower

Tips for Buying Walk-Behind Lawn MowersMowing your lawn can be a source of pleasure or pain depending on your lawn mower. Like any home and garden tasks, the right tools can make the job a whole lot easier. If you're in the market to buy one, here are some things to consider before you head out to the showroom.

 

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Orange Spray Furniture Polish as Roach SprayPowerhouse Furniture Polish, the off-brand Orange type that you can buy at the store, kills cockroaches if you drench them with it. A mist of it won't work, they have to be soaked. They go into seizures and die.

 

A brown steer with a yellow tag on his ear.

Norman (Brown Steer)We got Norman from a neighbor in 2002. The mother wouldn't accept him, so the neighbors gave him to us. I bottle fed him from 3 days old. He would play with Maggie, our dog.

 

A blue silk flower pin with a pearl center

Synthetic Silk Flower PinsDress up a simple tee or wear it in your hair, either way they are fun to make and wear.

 

Completed Garden Stakes

Frugal Garden StakesI've been wanting garden stakes, but I wanted to make my own. So I finally came up with this idea. It's cheap and it works for me, just might work for you too.

 

Lavender Azalea

Garden: Azalea for Mother's DayGrandson Chris sent me this azalea, and he happened to be here when it was delivered. He was surprised, and then upset that it was red, because he had ordered the lavender one.

 

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Buy Discounted Flowers and HouseplantsA few years ago while shopping in the grocery store, I passed by the florist area, and there was a bedraggled rose in a two inch pot for fifty-nine cents. I am no gardener, but I bought it anyway.

 

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Vinegar to Remove Cherry StainsMy daughter loves cherries and messes. After leaving the cherry stains to soak into her shirt for a day, I was having a very hard time getting the stains out. In the end, I poured vinegar on the stains, rubbed the shirt together and, no more stains!

 

A vivid Oregon coast sunset with a silhouette of a man to the left.

Scenery: Sunset (Oregon Coast)We live on the water, and within walking distance to the ocean. Every single night I see a new sunset. I was at the stoplight. I usually carry my camera because I never know what I might see with all this beauty around me.

 

Antique Bowl in Window

Photo: Beautiful Antique Bowl in WindowI love to window shop downtown at the car show in Elizabethton. This seems too beautiful for even words to describe!

 

Questions

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Why Do My Chocolate Chip Cookies Turn Two Tone?Why do my chocolate chip cookies turn two tone?

 

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Growing Red Head Fountain GrassMy red head fountain grass perennial has not come back this year. I'm not sure whether it was too wet. Should it have started growing already? Is there still a chance it will grow this summer or next?

 

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Removing an Ink Stain from a Light Cream Leather SofaWhere do I buy products to remove an ink stain from a light cream leather suite? Also, How do I remove ink stain from my light cream leather sofa?

 

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Reviews of Dyson Digital Slim VacuumI am handicapped in a motorized chair. I have been thinking of getting the Dyson Digital Slim vacuum. It has been advertized on TV a lot recently. It is cordless and looks easier to handle. I cannot handle a standard vacuum.

 

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Repelling Gnats OutsideDoes anyone have an idea to make me less attractive to biting gnats/noseeums? I spend a lot of free time outdoors gardening and playing with my canine babies. These gnats are brutal.

 

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Bearded Iris Stopped BloomingI have 100 bearded iris that have bloomed profusely for six years, even our heavy California clay soil didn't bother them. But the past couple years they get foliage, but no flowers or flower buds.

 

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Snowball Bush Won't BloomI've had it for several years and have only seen one or two blooms on it. The bush looks healthy. I planted another one in a different location in my yard and it doesn't bloom either. It's been there a few years, too.

 

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Kilz Primer is Very WateryI bought Kilz primer to cover very dark paint. I was surprised at how thin and watery it was and the part of the wall I painted looks like the paint is trying to separate or run. This happens after I smoothed the paint with my brush.

 

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Bugs on Canna Lily Flowers and LeavesI don't know why, but my cannas won't unravel it seems as if they continue growing, but are sown together with these little black dot looking things. They are aligned in the center of the plant. It looks like it's eating the plant as well. Please help me.

 

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Free Wood ChipsDoes anyone know where I can get free wood chips in the Brighton, MI or Livingston Co., MI area? I only need enough for 4 to 5 small flower beds.

 

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Recipes Using AvocadosI have just been give four avocados. What are some "quick" recipes for using them? Thanks for any help.

 

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Garlic for FleasI bought a bottle of garlic in gel cap form (500 mg) for fleas on my dog, but I am hesitant about giving my 12 lb. Dachshund her first dose. Anyone else using the garlic gel-caps for fleas and how many mgs. do you use?

 

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Peach Tree Not Leafing OutMy peach tree does not have any leaves and it is at least six months old from the shop. It is about 2 feet in height and looks quite healthy, but I am afraid if it does not leaf it will not bear any fruit.

 

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Cleaning Upholstery with VinegarCan you tell me if you can use vinegar to clean a couch? If so what is the mixture?

 

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