September 21, 2011

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Plate of apples and caramel dip.

Caramel Apple Dip RecipesThis page contains recipes for caramel apple dip. Apples dipped in caramel are heavenly. Rather than buy the dip at the store consider making your own fresh.

 

Upclose photo of corn spoon bread.

Corn Spoon Bread RecipesThis page contains corn spoon bread recipes. Corn spoon bread is a wonderful side dish. This moist bread has a subtle sweetness from the corn and a creamy, pudding-like texture.

 

A plate of chicken parmesan on penne pasta, topped with tomato sauce and melted cheese.

Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana) RecipesThis page contains recipes for Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana). This popular Italian dish consists of chicken coated with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. It is usually served with tomato sauce and pasta.

 

Flying ant on a white background.

Getting Rid of Flying AntsThis is a page about getting rid of flying ants. Swarms of flying ants are not uncommon during the summer months. If these swarms are from colonies in your yard or the walls of your house you may want to get rid of them.

 

Child in Indian Costume

Making a Chief (Indian) CostumeThis is a page about making a Chief (Indian) costume. The Indian Chief costume has been a favorite with both kids and adults for many years. This costume is also very versatile for group costumes like the Village People or a Cowboys and Indians theme.

 

A cucumber salad.

Cucumber Salad RecipesCucumbers work as well as lettuce as the base for a healthy salad. Cucumbers have a very mild taste so can be flavored to accompany many different international cuisines. This page contains recipes for cucumber salad.

 

Panna cotta with caramel sauce and fresh strawberries.

Caramel Sauce RecipesThis page contains recipes for caramel sauce. A favorite dessert topping is caramel sauce. Although there are several commercial brands available at the market, you may want to try making some for your own use or as a sweet gift for a friend or family member.

 

Shepherd's Pie Recipes, A classic mash potato topped shepaherd's pie.

Shepherd's Pie RecipesWhether known as shepherd's, shepard's, or cottage pie, these savory all in one potato topped meat pies are a delicious way to use up leftovers. This page contains recipes for shepherd's pie.

 

Boy Dressed as Christmas Elf

Making a Christmas Elf CostumeThis is a page to making a Christmas elf costume. Dressing up as an elf for Christmas or Halloween is a super fun costume for kids and adults alike. Whether you are bringing Christmas cheer to your trick-or-treating or passing out presents Christmas morning, this costume is sure to be a hit.

 

A pan of chicken casserole made with noodles and veggies.

Chicken Casserole RecipesThis page contains chicken casserole recipes. Casseroles made with a combination of chicken, vegetables and starches can be made ahead, frozen and then reheated for an easy weeknight dinner.

 

Cold frame and glass cloches for plant protection.

Preparing Your Garden for WinterThis is a page about preparing your garden for winter. When summer winds down into fall it is time to start thinking about putting your garden to bed for the winter.

 

Boy Behind Fence in Convict Costume

Making a Convict CostumeThis is a page about making a convict costume. Whether it's broad horizontal black and white stripes or a bright orange jumpsuit, the convict costume is a favorite for costume parties and trick-or-treating. It's a simple, inexpensive costume that is a lot of fun to wear.

 

An array of neckties.

Making a Tree Skirt with NecktiesThis is a page about making a tree shirt with neckties. Men's neckties come in so many beautiful colors and patterns they are a great choice for your next craft project. One interesting choice is to craft a tree skirt using neckties.

 

Vietnamese Iced Coffee, Saigon Style

Making Vietnamese Coffee (Cafe Sua Da)This is a page about making Vietnamese coffee. Vietnamese iced coffee is a delicious, refreshing beverage. Making it at home is easy. Check out these recipes and tips for making this drink.

 

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Easy Breakfast PizzaThis is a tasty breakfast that is easy to make and is healthy. Plus my son loves having a pizza all to himself.

 

Flatbread pizza with apples, gorgonzola, and walnuts.

Apple, Gorgonzola and Walnut PizzaThe pairing of apples and Gorgonzola cheese on these flat-bread pizzas make them rich in flavor. They are perfect as an appetizer or a light dinner.

 

Dubliner au graten potatoes.

Dubliner Au Gratin PotatoesDubliner is an Irish cheese that has a sweet, nutty flavor with a bite. It is a delicious choice of cheese for making creamy au gratin potatoes.

 

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Graham Bread From Long AgoCopied as written in newspaper Jan. 15, 1920. This was in my mother-in-law's "save" box.

 

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Zesty Green Chile Spoon BreadMix all ingredients in large bowl. Pour into greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes.

 

Corn spoon bread on a blue plate.

Corn Spoon BreadCorn spoon bread is a simple side dish that even kids will love! This moist bread uses only a few ingredients and will compliment many dishes.

 

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Avocado DipMy friends and I make this. It's inexpensive and very easy to make.

 

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Homemade CaramelsSweet, sticky caramels are such a treat. This is a simple recipe to make them at home. Homemade caramels would make a delicious gift for someone special!

 

Plate of paprikash over spaetzle with a slice of rye bread.

Chicken Paprikash with SpaetzleChicken Paprikash is a wonderful dish made with sour cream and lots of paprika. This is my favorite recipe for it. I don't think that adding green peppers is strictly authentic, but it tastes darn good to me.

 

Articles

Bookshelf with different sized shoes on it.shoes

Use Short Bookshelf for Family ShoesWe constantly have a heap of shoes in front of our front door making it difficult to walk into our house. A short bookshelf that wasn't being used became the home for the family's shoes! Even my husband's big shoes fit on the shelves perfectly.

 

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Cooking Spray For Squeaky DoorIn a pinch, a spray from your can of Pam will work!

 

Osprey Landing in A Tree

Wildlife: Osprey (Weekiwachee Preserve, FL)This is an osprey landing in a tree in the Weekiwachee wildlife management area.

 

Boy walking on the Beach looking at his reflection

Photo: Day at the BeachMy 18 month old grandson, Moses, absolutely loves the beach. I was snapping pictures of him and did not realize I caught his reflection and that of the clouds above him in the watery sand until I had them printed.

 

Princess the Cat Sitting on the Floor

Princess (Cat)Princess is a 3 and a half year old medium haired domestic cat. When I got Princess, she was so thin you could feel every single bone in her body and she was very nervous.

 

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Magnetic Board on RefrigeratorA few days ago I tried to put a magnetic whiteboard on our refrigerator. It would not stay put, it just kept sliding down because of the slick surface of the refrigerator.

 

A close up of a paper flower.

Craft: Crayon Paper Flowers for ChildrenTake a paper that is blank and color it red or pink at the top, about two inches down. Then color the rest of the paper green, on both sides of the paper. When you arrange it a certain way and then twist the stem part and tape or tie it together, it makes a flower.

 

Boy in Elf Costume

Making a Homemade Christmas Elf CostumeThis site has some good basic instructions for putting together a homemade elf costume for your child.

 

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Work Any Oil Into The HingeI keep a small spray bottle full of baby oil. I have also used salad oil and Skin So Soft, but Dollar Tree's is just fine. I spray the hinges and the problem goes away.

 

Girl With Elf Ears

Making Christmas Elf EarsThis site has excellent step-by-step pictorial instructions for making elf ears.

 

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Use Medical and Vocational Schools For ServicesHelping others while also helping yourself can be a challenge and maybe not one you can often afford. I have a solution we all can do and save money while doing it. Many DYI things are a must for me, however sometimes it's a treat to go out and let someone else do it.

 

View of village skyline and mountains in Slovenia

My Frugal Life: Who Dares Wins!In the difficult financial times that many of us have found ourselves in over the past few years, giving up two well paid and secure jobs to take up one reasonably paid one in a new start up company in another country may seem a pretty strange proposition to put forward.

 

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Cinnamon Baked BeansAdd cinnamon to your favorite baked bean recipe. It is a simply wonderful taste that makes a great recipe even better. Add 1-2 tsp. or to your taste.

 

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Cat Paw MassageWhen you get a kitten or a cat, and they are all mellow near you, reach out and start massaging their feet while talking to them calmly. Get them used to having their paws played with.

 

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Cinnamon for AntsSprinkle ground cinnamon along cracks, windowsills, or wherever you find the ants. It doesn't take much, and it makes your house smell good while getting rid of the ants.

 

A cute dog sitting on a red couch.

Gucci (Dog)Gucci is a 1 year old dog. I adopted her in June 2010. Gucci loves playing with her brother Jimmy Choo and playing tug of war with Mom. Gucci loves tummy rubs and will do just about anything for one!

 

Boy in Convict Costume

Making a No-Sew Convict CostumeThis site has a super no-sew convict costume that is fast and frugal. The instructions are simple and you may already have all the supplies on hand.

 

Woman in Elf Pattern Costume

Christmas Elf Costume PatternsHere is a site with patterns for making a number of different elf costumes.

 

Thumb bandaged with rubber glove tip

Protecting a Hurt FingerI recently injured my right thumb and the nail cracked pretty far into the nail. I was able to keep it intact with some superglue and paper bandages. I then painted it, and went on hoping the nail would re-attach to the bed.

 

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Rubbing Alcohol For CleaningI've seen a lot of tips about cleaning items with hand sanitizer. The thrifty alternative is plain old rubbing alcohol. The main (active) ingredient in hand sanitizer is alcohol.

 

Deep Blue Sky at Dusk

Scenery: September Sky (West Virginia)I took this photo while walking my dog. The sun was setting and the sky was just amazing.

 

Closeup of folded paper under rear of presser foot.

Hemming Jeans with Thick SeamsI have hemmed plenty of jeans in my time and broken a lot of needles. The following are tips to do it and save your needles. First of all, look for needles that are made specifically for hemming jeans.

 

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Hyacinths for GiftsAt this time of year, we get ready to plant some hyacinth bulbs for Christmas. All year, I pick up pretty bowls from thrift shops and jumble sales as I see them. In October, I'll fill them with bulb fibre and plant two or three bulbs in each one, covering the bulb.

 

Boric Acid and Sugar for Ants

Boric Acid and Sugar for AntsI mixed an equal amount of sugar and dry Boric Acid powder and place the mixture in a secure place; safe from children and pets. The ants carry it into their homes, and it kills the queen ant.Keep this mixture away from animals and kids.

 

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Shopping Time LimitIs it hard for you to stick to a time limit when shopping? If so, buy a small oven timer and set it to the desired time you wish to spend shopping. Stick it in your pocket or purse, and when the timer goes off, it's time to go home.

 

Boy Dressed as Indian Chief

Making a Homemade Chief (Indian) CostumeHere is a site with excellent step-by-step instructions for making a homemade Native American Chief costume. It has designs for an Indian Maiden, Indian Chief and even an Indian Brave for a younger child.

 

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Crock Pot Ham Hocks and Mixed BeansDo you have a good recipe for me to try that involves cooking ham hocks and mixed dry beans?

 

Freezing Sweet PotatoesHow do I freeze sweet potatoes?

 

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Fertilizing Rhododendron and Azalea CuttingsWhich fertilizer should I use on rhododendron and azalea cuttings, once a month?

 

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Freezing CarrotsCan you freeze carrots?

 

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Dog Is Not EatingWhy wouldn't a dog eat their food?

 

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Removing Yellow Stains from Vintage Crochet TableclothI have my mother's crocheted tablecloth that is 66 yrs old, but it has a few yellow stains. How do I get them out? The tablecloth is not white, it is off white. Will this make a difference on what I use? Thanx.

 

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Healthy Banana Muffin RecipeI am looking for a healthy whole wheat flour, oats, and banana muffin recipe. Please share. Many thanks.

 

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What is Edamame?I feel rather foolish asking this, what is edamame? I've never heard of it except on this site.

 

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Removing Black Permanent Marker from ClothingI bought some white and pink little girls onesies to add a cute little a skirt onto. They were on sale when I bought them. The store marked a black line through the fabric where the tag is in the back.

 

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Living Room and Kitchen Paint Color AdviceDoes it matter if each room in my house is a different color? I want to paint my living room a Tiffany blue/chocolate brown, but I can't figure out what color to do the kitchen. I am thinking about a rustic fall red, but I don't want it to look crazy coming from the living room to the kitchen.

 

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Painting Over PVA Adhesive on ConcreteCan you use polyurethane paint on top of PVA bond adhesive on concrete?

 

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Sticky Primer on Shed FloorI painted a new shed floor with Kilz over 24 hours ago and the floor is still sticky. I painted at 10:00 am; that night it rained, but the door was closed and no rain got inside. The temperature was in the mid 80s during the day and the low 60s that night.

 

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Black Mold on Wood TrimI am noticing what looks like black mold (looks like a black spray paint can sputtered on the wood) on the wood trimming around my home. The areas that are closest to the ground, the wood is becoming like paper behind.

 

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Cranberry MayonnaiseDoes anyone know how to make cranberry mayonnaise? I had it on a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich at a restaurant. It had a little sweet taste, but it was very good. However, they would not give out the recipe.

 

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Natural Skin Care for Darker ComplexionsI have dark skin. I am looking for homemade, natural tips for getting fair, glowing skin. Please help.

 

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Bible Story CraftsI need some crafts for the bible story, man in need.

 

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