January 9, 2012

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Best Batter Recipe for Deep FryingThis recipe produces a light, crispy coating on whatever you are making. I made fish with it last (swai, my favorite fish), but it is really good for chicken nuggets, onion rings, and thinly sliced vegetables.

 

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Macaroni SaladThis dressing is extremely good! Very good salad!

 

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Honey-Glazed Carrots and ParsnipsGreat recipe with a nice, sweet taste.

 

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Pistachio (Watergate) SaladThis is a recipe I grew up on. My son in-law now loves this and requests it all the time!

 

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Macaroni SaladThis dressing is extremely good! Very good salad!

 

Cinnamon Apple Chips - A green apple being sliced into rounds for drying.

Cinnamon Apple ChipsCrunchy and thin, these light and crisp treats are a perfect answer to a potato chip craving while watching your waistline.

 

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Chow Mein Chicken CasseroleI love this because it's very simple and inexpensive to make. You can use leftover chicken making it even cheaper. Very good and hearty.

 

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Store Broccoli in WaterTo keep broccoli fresh longer, trim the bottom of broccoli. Place the bottom in bowl of water, and put it in the refrigerator. This keeps it firm until I use it. It works for me, and I love broccoli.

 

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Freeze Aloe Vera GelWe all know the aloe vera plant is great for burns. Having five kids at home someone's always hurting themselves one way or another. So I squeeze the gel out of the plant into ice cube trays, and freeze them.

 

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Cleaning In Tight SpacesI found that an easy solution to cleaning corners or tight spots is to purchase a cheap set of artist paintbrushes from the craft area at Walmart, etc. Use the big brushes for larger dirty areas, small brushes for tiny areas.

 

Winter Sunset on Lake Lida Minnesota

Winter Sunset (Lake Lida, MN)This photo is taken behind some trees near the lake we live on, Lake Lida in Pelican Rapids Minnesota. The fish houses are so small compared to the winter sky, reminding us of just how small we are on this earth.

 

Two wolf and German Shepard puppies dancing together.

Sage and Daisy (Timberland Wolf and...These two, half Timberland Wolf and half German Shepherd, two month old sisters, Sage and Daisy are dancing happily. As the runt puts her arm around the other's back and they turn heads towards each other, they start to move around the room together in a motion that looks like they are dancing.

 

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My Frugal Life: Small Town Lessons for Big City LifeWhere I grew up life was tough. Even as children, we had long days of working, helping in the garden and in the kitchen. I assumed this was just how it was.

 

Using Leftover Vegetables, Freezing Green BeansPhoto of green beans with frost on them.

Freezing Vegetables Tips and TricksThis is a general guide about freezing and storing vegetables. Most vegetables can be frozen which preserves them for later use and saves you money.

 

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Motivating Your WalksI find that I am more motivated to walk for exercise when I have something to look at! So I like to window shop up and down shopping areas. This is also true of casual sightseeing.

 

Finished button bobby pin hair accessory.

Button Bobby PinsUsing shank buttons and bobby pins you can create fun and unique hair accessories that will make girls of any age smile.

 

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Warm Mascara With Body HeatI agree that warming the mascara helps. I'm lazy though. I just sit on it first thing when I sit to put my makeup on. It's amazing how much heat your body can generate.

 

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Using Extra PlumsI use the extra plums to make "Plum Good". I put them in a large jar, add sugar and a bottle of vodka and let it set for about 3 months. When ready, we enjoy the cordial and the liquor infused plums.

 

Quick Shake container taken apart.

Quick Shake Gravy Container Lid for FunnelIf you have a Quick Shake gravy container lid, you can use it as a funnel. It fits neatly inside an empty milk container and some soda bottles. It's wide enough and deep enough to easily fill with liquid or seed, etc.

 

Keep Toothbrush Germ FreeAre you sick and tired of those awful toothbrush holders that need to be cleaned out constantly? Don't they gross you out? Have you been hearing on TV how filled with germs your bathroom is?

 

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Writing Thank You NotesOne of the first observations you might make is that saying thanks to someone in writing is usually referred to as sending a thank you note, not a thank you letter.

 

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Discontinued Wallpaper Border: Pfaltzgraff's AprilCan anyone tell me where to find a couple rolls of Pfaltzgraff's April border paper?

 

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Paying Off Mortgage QuicklyI am 48 years old and have 3 boys (16, 13, 7) and a wonderful husband. I have so badly wanted to "get it" when it comes to living frugally, but I get caught up in suburban life and credit line mortgages.

 

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Website for Address PrintingI am looking for a web site that allows you to download or print the address portion of a postcard. Any suggestions?

 

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Using a Crockpot Liner in the OvenCan I use a crockpot liner in a regular oven? My heating element has failed and I would love to use the liner pot in a regular oven because it is a big casserole size and I hate to throw it out.

 

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Removing a Dark Blemish on FaceTwo weeks ago I noticed what appeared to be a blackhead on my face which of course I picked at. I went to bed with a very small red spot and woke up with a red spot the size of a dime on my face.

 

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Freezing VegetablesHow do I freeze fresh celery?

 

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Making a Potato Baking BagNo one has put how to make one. It just says it is fun using bits to make one. I need instructions on how to make and best materials to use.

 

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Removing Strong Body Odor from ClothingWhat is the best way to remove a strong body odor smell from a black wool sweater? Is it safe to use ammonia? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

 

square version of tuna sculpture

Selling Nature Crafts OnlineI have the worlds largest tuna fish, hand crafted using gathered sticks and tree bark. Where can I post it and where can I sell it? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.

 

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Help for First Time Dog OwnerMy puppy is 15 weeks old. He is half Yorkie and half Toy Schnauzer. He will not poop on his pee pad. He will hold it for a long time after we feed him.

 

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Planning a Toddler Luau PartyI need ideas for a 4 year old birthday party. It's going to be luau themed and it's going to be outside. How do I implement Dora into this and do you know of cheap sites for decorations?

 

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Teen Seeking JobI'm 14 going on 15 (birthday is July 25) and I really wanted to get a job over the summer at my local Jo Ann Fabrics, but a lady said I have to be 18. Would it help them reconsider if I brought teacher recommendations and parent approval or something?

 

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Substitute for Marsala in RecipesWhat wine can I substitute for marsala wine to cook with?

 

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Cleaning a Marble FloorHow can I clean the marble floor in my bath room? I haven't sealed it since it was in stalled 5 years ago and now it looks like it has all water marks on it. I use hair spray and am wondering if that could be the cause. Someone please help!

 

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Growing Mint for TeaIs fresh mint tea considered green tea or is there a special process that needs to be done?

 

Natural Body Hair RemovalI am a 22 year old guy. I have too much body hair. How should I get rid off it naturally?

 

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Well Pump WiringI have a well pump that is currently on a 20 amp circuit and has 12 gauge wire. I want to add a light switch and receptacle in the pump house using 14 gauge wire.

 

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Removing Rust Stains from Bathroom SinkHow can you remove rust stains from water that is in your bathroom sink?

 

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What Can I Make With These Ingredients?I have flour, sugar, butter, and a Snickers bar. What can I make?

 

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Planting a New GardenI just bought a house and can't wait to dig up the yard. I need some garden tips, as well as, any spare seeds to get me going. Any advise on a good gardening book? Thanks!

 

Dryer Sheet AngelsYour instructions are to choose drawing of angel for the "angel dryer sheets". Where do you find them? Thanks in advance!

 

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Recipe for Potato Pancakes or PattiesI live alone. I have been trying to make up a recipe for potato patties or pancakes, using instant potatoes. So far all I have made is a mess. Can one of you Thrifty readers help me out? Thank you.

 

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Making a Recycled T-shirt Hooked Shag RugDoes anyone know approximately how many tee shirts of varying sizes it would take to make a 6X9 foot recycled rug, the kind that's looped through a grid backing? I'll cut the strips 1X 4 inches, as suggested.

 

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Dealing With a Verbally Abusive HusbandI am in this position right now that is horrible and very sad. I am 26 years old with one two year old and am a stay home mom, as well. My husband is a nice guy, but when we disagree on a topic, it is just not a pretty picture.

 

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Removing Sharpie from a BackpackMy daughter used the Sharpie pens on her backpack a while ago; how do you get the ink out?

 

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Carving Wood CaricaturesI am trying to teach myself to carve wood caricatures. I am in need of free patterns. I am retired, and don't want a big money output for my hobby. Anyone, interested in wood carving that can help me out?

 

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