October 20, 2011

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup RecipesCream of mushroom soup is delicious on its own or as the base of a casserole. You can make your own instead of buying those little cans of condensed soup. This page contains cream of mushroom soup recipes.


Pink rose with bumble bee.

Growing Roses in Hot Weather?This is a page about growing roses in hot weather. The heat of summer can take its toll on your roses. Don't be disheartened; there are steps you can take to successfully grow rose in areas with hot summers.


Small Mountain Town

Moving to a Small TownThis is a page about moving to a small town. Moving to a small town, especially if you have never lived in one before, can be a real learning experience. Make the move as smooth as possible with these tips.


Tide Laundry Detergent

Saving Money on Laundry DetergentThis is a page about saving money on laundry detergent. Laundry is a chore we all deal with on a daily basis, especially if you have children. All those loads of dirty clothes can really use up a lot of detergent, and that can get expensive.


Rusty bike leaning against a stone cottage wall.

Removing Rust from a Bike?This is a page about removing rust from a bike. Time and the elements can take their toll on the steel frame and wheels of your bike. Not only does the rust mar the appearance of your bicycle but it can also impair its performance.


Finding a Good Retirement Community, Houses in a retirement community.

Finding a Good Retirement CommunityThis is a page about finding a good retirement community. Finding a good retirement community can require some research. If you decide to move into a retirement community, it is important that it has the amenities that you want and need.


Green onions on white background.

Drying Green OnionsThis is a page about drying green onions. Whether you grew your own bumper crop or found a great deal at the super market, you now have an abundance of green onions. One good method of storing them is by drying. Dried onions can be stored in a small space and used as needed.


Refrigerator With Leftovers in Tupperware

Keeping Track of LeftoversThis is a page about keeping track of leftovers. Whether they are from a dinner out or a homemade meal, it is important to eat or use up leftovers soon. Knowing what is waiting to be used in your refrigerator is the best way to reduce spoilage.


Large Homemade Butterfly Pinata

Making a Butterfly PinataThis is a page about making a butterfly pinata. Pinatas are great fun for children's birthday parties. They love to break it open and get all the candy inside. Making your own pinata will make it even more special for the party.


Adding Painted Murals to Your Home's Decor, Laundry Room Mural

Adding Painted Murals to Your Home's DecorThis is a page about adding painted murals to your home's decor. If you have a large blank wall in your home, you might have a perfect place for a mural. Instead of a plain solid color, paint a mural and make the wall into art.


Borax powder, with a measuring cup and spray bottle.

Cleaning With BoraxThis is a page about cleaning with borax. Borax has many uses when it comes to cleaning. Not only is it a great stain remover it also works well as a deodorizer.


Generic Shoe Insoles

Cutting Insoles for ShoesThis is a page about cutting insoles for shoes. If you need extra support or are just looking for more comfort, shoe insoles can really help. Most come in generic sizes and will need to be cut down to fit your shoes size.


Stripping Paint Off Wood Cabinets, Peeling paint on wood drawer.

Stripping Paint Off Wood Cabinets?This is a page about stripping paint off wood cabinets. It can be difficult to remove paint from cabinets. It is important to not damage the wood in the process.


Large Outdoor Blue Goodwill Sign

Organizing Goodwill DonationsThis is a page about organizing Goodwill donations. Setting items aside to donate to the Goodwill is a great way to reduce clutter in your home. Keeping your donations organized will help you know what your giving, particularly for tax eduction purposes.


Houses Wrecked by Tornado

Preparing for a TornadoThis is a page about preparing for a tornado. If you live in an area where tornados occur you know how important it is to be prepared. However, tornados can strike just about anywhere so it's a good thing to be ready.


Pile of Frozen Oranges

Freezing Oranges?This is a page about freezing oranges. Freezing oranges is one way to enjoy this delicious and nutritious fruit year round, not just when it is in season. You can use it to make smoothies, sorbets, and other fruity desserts and snacks.


Cutting Homemade Soap into Bars

Making Soap Without LyeThis is a page about making soap without lye. Making soap at home can be a great way to save money, however, many recipes call for using lye, which can be dangerous if not used properly. Using a pre-made soap base can be safer because the lye has already been converted.


Dishes in Kitchen Cabinet

Organizing Kitchen CabinetsThis is a page about organizing kitchen cabinets. Whether your kitchen is small or large it's important to be able to work efficiently in your cooking space. Keeping your kitchen cabinets neat and tidy is a very important part of keeping your kitchen organized.


3 beautiful nectarines on leaves

Canning NectarinesThis is a page about canning nectarines. Canned nectarines are wonderful for year round tasty treats like pies, smoothies, or just right out of the jar. Canning is a great way to preserve nectarines until you are ready to use them.


Growing Tomatoes in Containers

Growing Tomatoes in ContainersThis is a page about growing tomatoes in containers. Container gardening is a great way to grow vegetables if you have limited space. Tomatoes are a good choice for this style of gardening. There are a few easy steps you can take to have a successful gardening experience.


Replacing a Shower Head, Modern shower head.

Replacing a Shower HeadThis is a page about replacing a shower head. Replacing a shower head is easy to do yourself. All it requires are a few simple tools.


Paint laden art brushes in a jar.

Cleaning Artist BrushesThis is a page about cleaning artist brushes. Good art brushes can be quite expensive to buy. By properly cleaning them after each use you can extend the life of your brushes.


Orange camping tent pitched near a mountain lake.

Saving Money on CampingThis is a page about saving money on camping. Camping is a fantastic family activity that can also be very frugal. However, if you don't keep an eye out for bargains, you will soon find yourself spending more than you planned.


Woman brushing her teeth.

Cleaning Your Teeth With Baking SodaThis is a page about cleaning your teeth with baking soda. Baking soda can do an amazing job at both cleaning and whitening your teeth. It is also an inexpensive alternative to more expensive teeth whitening treatments.



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Indian Naan BreadIn a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough.


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Sweet and Savory Turkey SteaksEasy and delicious. This makes a wonderful sauce and tender turkey steaks, great served with rice.


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Sweet Potato PuddingThis is a good and easy recipe for sweet potatoes. This time of year they are plentiful and cheap. I add some different spices at times to change the flavor a little.


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Homemade Asian CondimentsWhy purchase these four standard condiments when you can make them fresh at home? They are so easy to make that you're going to have an "I could have had a V-8" slap your forehead moment.



Fence in the Fall With River in Background

Fall FenceThe lighting was perfect reflecting off the leaves in the front. I love photgraphing fences. This looks amazing with the water!


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Cooking with Frozen TomatoesI use my frozen tomatoes in soups and stews. But the big thing I do is save them until I have enough to can them and I make my own spaghetti sauce. I thaw them and make my sauce and then I have lots on hand.


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Homemade Potato ChipsI love homemade chips. What I do after I peel my potatoes is use the peeler to slice the chips. Just be careful towards the end not to slice you fingers. Then I rinse the slices until the water is clear, getting as much starch off as I can. I do drain the wet chips after rinsing on towels.


Snowfall on Trees at Sandia

Scenery: First Snow (Sandia Mountain, NM)These trees so stood out against the white snow. It just took my breath away.


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Have A Movie NightYou would be surprised at how many movies/DVDs are available. You can get rid of old movies you really don't want anymore, and get new ones for the cost of postage.


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Dress Up BoxFor kids who like to dress up you can fill up a box of dress up items from a thrift shop. Also add some accessories from the dollar store. You can also find Halloween reduced costumes in stores.


A letter L made out of a denim scrap.

Saving Instead of Scrapping Old ClothesEach time I donate bags of clothes to Good Will, there is a lingering pile of items that didn't make the cut. It consists of frayed jeans and torn t-shirts that can't be donated and are destined for the trash can. After talking with someone about her scrap crafts,


Little Girl Dressed as the Mad Hatter

Halloween: Mad Hatter CostumeThis Mad Hatter costume was perfect for her personality!


Jacob Running With Soccer Ball

Combine School Birthday Parties With A FriendA local indoor soccer center hosts parties and was reasonably priced, especially once we split the cost in half! It was a large enough space that both kids could invite as many friends as they wanted.


Christmas Coasters

Christmas CoastersIt never seems to fail that I end up having an extra guest or two (sometimes more) for Christmas dinner. This is when we open gifts also. I try to keep something on hand that I can give them as a gift without them thinking they were forgotten.


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Recycled Bottles As A Sharps ContainersFor quite some time, I've been using old vitamin bottles, pill bottles, etc., to store the lancets, blood test strips, etc., I use to check my glucose levels, until they can be disposed of.


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My Frugal Life: Use Every BitRemember the satisfaction you felt at being able to extract that last bit of toothpaste or shampoo or cold cream? Remember how long it took? Each day you thought there couldn't possibly be anything left in that tube, bottle, or jar, but there always was.


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Mayonnaise on Soft Cloth For Wood RingsIf you have darker brown furniture and a white ring, a dab of mayonnaise on a soft cloth might fix it for you. Just rub it in and buff with a soft dry cloth. It may take a couple of times to get it done.


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"If Nothing Else Works" Cleaning PasteMaking a paste out of whitening toothpaste and baking soda is an easy, wonderful way to tackle some of the things that were hard to clean before I started using it. I get the cheaper whitening paste (or gel).


Swallowtail Butterfly in the Sand

Wildlife: Sandy Swallowtail ButterflyWhile visiting Laverne Park here in Coquille, Oregon with my mother and little cousin, I was amazed to see these Swallowtail butterflies fluttering around the river bed right on the sandy shoreline.



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Cleaning a Stain on Suede Shoes?I dropped a cupcake on my suede shoe. How do I remove the stain?


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Vinegar for Icy Windshield?Were do you store the vinegar? Can you keep the vinegar spray bottle in the car? Does it freeze? I park on the street and have a 1 year old, and MPLS gets very cold. I am hoping you say it doesn't freeze so I can keep it in my car! :-)


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Shopping for Ezy-Sauce?Can anyone tell me where you can get the bottles of Ezy sauce? None of the supermarkets in Bundaberg sell it anymore.


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ASPCA Vaccination Van Services?Do the vans supply free vaccinations yearly, after your pet has been fixed by the van?


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Inexpensive Birthday Gift for Boyfriend?What should I get my boyfriend for his 18th birthday?


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Baked Potato Chip Recipes?Due to health issues, I cannot eat fried foods. I would love a simple


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Puppy Vaccination Schedule?How old do my Boxer puppies have to be before I give them their first vaccinations and dewormer?


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Clothes Pattern for a Cement Lawn Goose?Does anyone know where I can find the pattern for clothes for a cement goose? I have looked everywhere.


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Troubleshooting a Watts Reverse Osmosis System?I just got a Watts premier RO system. It was originally installed in Feb 2011 and the water is great. At the 6 month mark (back in August 2011), I changed the 2 filters that where scheduled to be changed. As of the last couple weeks, the RO water is starting to taste like there is dirt in the water...


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Repairing the Chute Flap on an Ice Maker?I have a Kenmore 106.5703 side by side refrigerator (5 years old) and the ice flap on the ice chute door does not close. This allows heat to enter the chute and melt the ice. Do you know how to remove the cover plate which houses the selector buttons so I can find the broken part and repair it?


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Starting a Dog Sitting Business?What's a good way to get a free list of veterinarians' addresses in my surrounding areas? (not just local with the phone book) I'm not paying hundreds of dollars or getting caught up in some scam when in reality, I've done half of the work myself already.


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Discontinued Wallpaper: ROMO's Lazari W192/10?I am searching for a discontinued ROMO wallpaper called Lazari in the colour Wasabi (W192/10). I don't need too much, so if anyone even has open/partial rolls or knows where I can find some, I would be thrilled. Thanks.


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ChapStick Stains on Clothing?I washed clothes and I found that I accidentally left ChapStick in a pocket. The cap came off and it got on all of the clothes. How do I get this ChapStick stain off of the clothes?


Name for a Homemade Hand Sanitizing Lotion?Can you guys help me come up with a name for a product that I'm creating? It's a "hand sanitizing lotion".


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Cheap Recipes?I live on less than $800 a month. Can anyone help me with some very cheap recipes?


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Best Cell Phone with No Contract?Please, I need help from people who have personal experience concerning the best cell phone available without a contract and also maybe some suggestions on how to buy a good used phone.


Cleaning Men's Suits at Home?Does anyone know of an at-home method of cleaning men's dress suits? I remember reading books that mentioned "sponging" and other ways to clean wool suits prior to dry cleaning, but I don't know the procedures with today's fabrics.


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Making a Jewelry Christmas Tree?Years ago, my grandmother had a lot of junk jewelry around. Using a desired pattern, she painted the frames, covered them with felt, added wood to the back of the frame, drilled holes through the pattern, and added tiny Christmas lights.


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