December 27, 2011

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Recipes

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Nutty BrittleNot a cookie, but a wonderful present to give with its variety of delicious nuts.

 

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Cottage Cheese SaladA variation of something I grew up on. Very good salad.

 

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Cinnamon Swirl BreadOne of my favorite bread recipes.

 

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Ginger Chicken Stir FryGreat Oriental type dish. The mandarin oranges in this are very tasty!

 

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Potato Chowder SoupA favorite soup recipe of mine!

 

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Easy Bundt CakeAt Thanksgiving, I made a simple cake from a recipe I found on Thriftyfun. Today I tried a different version and oh-my-goodness! Delicious!

 

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Creamy Tomato Bacon PastaI tried this the other day. It's easy and feeds everyone. I have 5 kids at home and it satisfies all. It is inexpensive as well.

 

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Italian Salad with Warm Balsamic DressingThis salad is incredibly good and well worth the trouble of making it. I like it for special occasions.

 

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Broccoli-Cauliflower SaladLove this yummy good salad! Love this recipe, but don't care for raisins in this particular recipe, so I omit those. Otherwise, very good!

 

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Sweet and Sour Chicken NuggetsAnother kid-friendly recipe. Very good!

 

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Homemade NesquickMy kids love it, and it costs less!

 

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Sour Cream and Cheddar Noodle BakeGreat cold weather dish! Very easy and good.

 

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Pecan PieThis is an easy recipe to make. Very tasty!

 

Articles

Lending Books, Organizing Your Book Collection

Organizing Your Book CollectionMost book lovers eventually encounter the same problem sooner or later: how to organize their book collection. If you have a few books then this might not be such a problem.

 

Tile with stenciled duct tape ready for painting.

Painting Tiles with StencilsI have covered the back of a tile with white duct tape. I made a frame of duct tape too around the tile. I then put stencils on it, with a purple ink pen.

 

Nino the Yorkie-Poolying on wrapping paper and surrounded by gift bows.

Niño (Yorkie-Poo)Niño is a 6 year old Yorkie-Poo. I replied to an ad in a local publication in May of 2005 and visited the litter. He appeared to be the ambitious runt at 3-weeks old and since I always go for the "underdog", he stole my heart.

 

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Wooden Spoon When Cooking FudgeWhen making fudge, use a wooden spoon not metal. Heat from the fudge will go to the spoon and it takes longer for the fudge to come to the right stage.

 

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Minimize Cleaners Under Your Kitchen SinkVinegar, baking soda, dish detergent; that's about all the cleaning products I use in my kitchen other than a few SOS type pads.

 

New Years Resolutions

New Years Financial ResolutionsNot all of my 2012 new year's resolutions focus on money. There are a few others like going to the gym regularly and calling my grandmother more often. But the money saving resolutions are the one I'm looking forward to the most.

 

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Sturdy Storage for Plastic BagsI use old Kleenex boxes or wipes containers to store my plastic bags. I try to organize them by size. For the kitchen, I need larger bags to fit my waste basket. In the bathroom or for recyclables, I can use smaller sizes.

 

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Donate Plastic Bottle CapsMy nephew's elementary school collects all kinds of bottle caps and gets some kind of money for them. We always put our bottle caps is a basket and when we see Jacob we give them to him.

 

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Buy Generic Prescription MedicationI am a nurse and I have one very simple way for everyone to save on their healthcare. Buy all your meds at Walmart or a pharmacy that offers the three months supply for $10.00.

 

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Password Remembering TipsRegarding the problem remembering passwords, etc., I have always used former addresses which always have numbers and capital letters. Also, grandchildren's names with their date of birth.

 

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Use Your Phone Camera to Check Your Remote BatteryIf your remote (for your TV or other similar device) stops working, but you're not sure if it's the battery or the connection, you can check this by using your cell phone camera.

 

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Washing Small Bowls in the DishwasherHow many of you have placed plastic bowls in the dishwasher only to find they have turned upright and are full of water? I line all of my plastic bowls up on the same side of the top rack of my dishwasher.

 

Bee on a beautiful pink blossom.

Bee Landing on Pink FlowerStrolling the paths of Shore Acres State Park is always a peaceful journey. During one such visit, I was mesmerized by the grace shown by this bumble bee as he landed upon a gorgeous, pink flower!

 

Grey parrot with Jiffy cake box

Zaz (Congo African Grey Parrot)Zaz is a 9 year old Congo African Grey Parrot. We got Zaz last April. I found him listed on Craig's List. He came from another family who loved him enough to give him up.

 

French Bulldog.

Syrup (French Bulldog)Syrup is my 12 year old French Bulldog. Syrup enjoys long and relaxing sleeps :-) He is the most laid back dog I have ever known.

 

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Reuse Pringles Can For CookiesPreviously it was mentioned to use Pringles cans to store cookies or to give them as presents. I go a little further. I have friends and family in the service, many are deployed overseas.

 

Blue Neti pot.

Use Distilled Water in Neti PotsIt's better to be safe than sorry so please use distilled water or water that has previously been boiled and then stored in a sterile container. Also, rinse your Neti pot well with hot water, turn upside down on a clean towel to drain and allow to completely dry....

 

pure and white geranium

Regal Imperial GeraniumMy Regal Imperial is slow to bloom in this cool weather. It is indeed a prolific bloomer when it flowers. The color is attractive, and its multi-flower blooms are very vivid in the garden.

 

Two children.

Homemade Flour Finger PaintMix 1 cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of salt in a saucepan, add 1 and 1/2 cups of cold water, stir until there are no lumps. Add 1 and 1/2 cups of hot water and bring to a boil.

 

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Clean Teak Wood With AmmoniaI have been a waterman for 60 years and didn't like to pay for expensive cleaning solutions for teak decks. The solution is to just wet down the deck with a hose and use household ammonia.

 

House Finches landed on purple sage flowers

House Finches on SageOur Mexican sage plants are beautiful. The purple of the blossoms is incomparable. Often different birds visit the large sage in the front garden to find a seed or two to eat.

 

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Buy Large Bags Of PopcornHe bought one of the large bags of popcorn for two dollars. He says this will last him 3 or 4 months as opposed to 2 or 3 dollars a week for microwave popcorn.

 

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Cash for GoldThis is a good way to get extra money fast and when you need it. Look through your jewelry box and get out all the broken necklaces, old earrings or earrings you no longer like or wear.

 

A purse that has been knitted from blue yarn.

Easy Elegant Knitted PurseThis is an easy project as it is a straight piece. There is no shaping involved.

 

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Fabric Softener Without Dryer SheetsPour a dab of fabric softener on an old sock then put in the dryer with your clothes. It can be used for several loads. It saves using Bounce sheets.

 

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All Natural Mandarin Mint Mirror and Window CleanerMix well before each use to avoid streaks. Use newspaper to clean windows; it works better.

 

Preparing A Suitcase Winter Kit

Preparing A Suitcase Winter KitI used an old suitcase and put in extra winter clothes that don't normally like to wear, my store bought emergency roadside kit, and rubber dish washing gloves.

 

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Use Stickers To Personalize Wrapping PaperDo you get those free address label stickers from charities soliciting money around the holidays? Don't throw them away. Cut off the addresses, leaving only the cute graphics behind.

 

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Keep Extra Garbage Bags Under the One in UseWhen one full bag of garbage is taken out, I replace it with a new one. I make sure there are 6 folded bags under the new one. I always have a full week of garbage bags without hunting for them when they have to be replaced.

 

Sunflower canister and wooden Pinocchio doll.

Photo: Retro Canister and Mr. PinocchioI've recently found my grandmother's old canister set. It is so cheerful with its bright colors and so appreciated. This set of tins is so retro and colorful. I always like to add some humor. Mr. Pinocchio reminds us always to never tell a lie.

 

Litterbox in the basement inside a dog crate.

Where to Keep the Litter Box?If you're like me and have multiple indoor cats, you need several litter boxes. It's often hard to find a spot to keep them where they're not too much of an eyesore and the litter that gets kicked out doesn't cause an issue.

 

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Say Out Loud as You Complete TaskSoon after my husband passed away, my mind was in such a turmoil I couldn't remember anything. So, I would say things out loud even if I'm by myself.

 

Questions

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Ideas for Green Rainbow TeaMy color for my church rainbow tea this year is green, any suggestions?

 

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Geranium Stopped FloweringMy geranium stopped flowering. It's only a few months old and I recently repotted it thinking it may be root bound. That's not the problem. Is there something else I'm doing wrong?

 

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Calibrating an Oven ThermostatWe recently bought a condo in Florida with a gas stove. (At home in New York I have an electric stove). It is a conventional natural gas stove (not propane). I recently bought an oven thermometer to check the temperatures.

 

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Removing Ink Stains from ClothingI washed uniforms and a black pen. I didn't realize it and I also dried them. How to I get the stains out now?

 

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Sewing Two Panels of an Afghan TogetherI made some panels for an afghan using leftover yarn and now would like to sew them together. I haven't done this before and when I go online for some direction, the choices are overwhelming. Can I simply use a single stitch to "sew" them together or should I use yarn and sew them?

 

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Food Sticks on Foreman GrillI have the large grilling machine. Everything sticks to the non-stick surface. You can't even take it apart, like the size below this one; it is so fast to clean. What happen to this one?

 

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Kitchen Paint Color AdviceI have brown and mauve, granite counter tops, maple cabinets, black appliances, and hardwood floors. What color should I paint the walls?

 

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Weight Watchers Diet Exchange Plan BookletI have been looking for the 1980s Weight Watchers exchanges booklet. Can you tell me where I can find this?

 

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Removing Coconut Stain on Cotton ClothingHow do I remove a coconut stain from a cotton top? The stain is 2 months old.

 

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Organizing a Small BedroomI live in a room very small; any organization ideas? I don't have much clothes and not much "junk" per say. Oh and I'm fourteen so keep it limited! Thanks for the help!

 

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Acne RemedyI would like to find a homemade remedy for bad acne.

 

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Peanut Oil on ConcreteHow do I remove peanut oil from concrete?

 

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Making a Baby Blanket on a Knifty Knitter LoomI am looking to learn how to make a baby blanket with my Knifty Knitter loom. Can someone help?

 

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Painting Latex Paint Over Oil PaintI am getting ready to paint the foyer. The trim work has oil base paint on it. Can I use a latex primer or do I have to use an oil base primer and can latex paint be used on oil base primer?

 

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Removing Metallic Taste from Stainless Steel CarafeHow do I get the metallic taste out of a stainless steel carafe?

 

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Selecting CoffeeThe price of coffee has gone over the roof. I was drinking Folger's Black Silk before it went to nearly $11.00 at WalMart for a can weighing a little over 22 ounces.

 

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Homemade Natural Laundry Stain RemoverI am looking for a natural laundry stain remover, that I can made at home. I would like something that is chemical free.

 

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Freezing Cooked RiceCan you freeze cooked rice?

 

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How Do I Grow GingerHow do I grow ginger?

 

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Plastic Cover Left Table StickyHow do I remove sticky residue from my new dining room table? I covered it with a clear plastic cover, and now the wood is stuck to the cover. I believe it has something to do with the wood not breathing. I have to fix this. Help.

 

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Cleaning Refrigerator and Freezer GasketsWhat cleaning solution do you use to clean the rubber around the doors of your refrigerator and freezer?

 

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Purchasing a New Rotisserie Skewer AssemblyMy skewers have lost their coating. How can I purchase a new one?

 

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Plans for a Walking Puppet StageHere is an example of what I'm looking for. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml6kfEcua0UandNR=1andfeature=endscreen

 

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