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Christmas Ornament Decorating Idea
I love this idea! It falls in the category of why didnt I think of that! Carol

 

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Do I have to flour a cake pan?
The grease keeps the cake from sticking. The flour is so the batter has something to cling to so it will climb high and will rise light and fluffy in baking. I sprinkle sugar in my pans instead of flour when I dont plan to frost my cake. Works great for me...

 

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Cut-Out Sugar Cookies?
These can be soft OR crisp. The key is to take them out AS SOON AS they start to puff up. about 8 minutes. 3/4 cup butter 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt Cream butter...

 

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Cut-Out Sugar Cookies?
Also I usually just roll out the dough on an old pillow case sprinkled with powder sugar. Then cut into triangles with a pizza cutter. Rolling them in flour makes them tough. Carol

 

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Recipe for Doubling Butter?
Barb, I usually just blend equal amounts of butter and vegetable or olive oil. Also a dab of salt. Makes a soft spreadable butter from the fridge. Carol

 

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Reusing AOL CDs & Computer Disks?
glue label sides together with spray adhesive string them together with fishing line, from ceiling to floor, then use as hippie-beads; those curtain-type things, around a bed or to divide a room for a teenager.

 

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Decorate With Old Buttons
This is a terrific idea! Also beads could be used, also a fringe by those that can crochet.

 

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Saving Money on Laundry?
You can wash with half of the amount of laundry detergent if the clothes are not very dirty. I have used dryer sheets cut in half, but they always end up in my filter screen. They dont if left full size. I do put the used ones in a baby wipe container with...

 

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Uses for Potato Masher?
I use mine to mash my beans and ground beef when I make chili.

 

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Saving Money on Candles?
Put a taper candle that you have cut to the heighth of your candle holder, in the center of holder. Put chipped wax that is leftover from candles you have burned. Enjoy!

 

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Ideas for being neighborly.
I dont agree with Linda there. Allowing the pets to stay and have them just find a place to stay somewhere else seems kind of rude to me. Houses get burned down all the time, and surely they have relatives to stay with. Thats the problem with neighbors, they...

 

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Remedy for Sneaky Peeky Kids at Christmas
haha, I remember one year, I cut a small square out of the wrapping of the present that was mine so that maybe I could see a word or something that could give me a hint to what it was. Well, my mom found out. She said that I could open the present on Christmas...

 

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Make a Treat Out of Leftover Cereal
I tried this yesterday with grape nuts cereal. It was yummy!!

 

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Drying Nail Polish Quickly
Dip your nails in ice water. It dries them immediately. no wait time,

 

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Adjusting Oven Temperature?
If your oven seems to cook to fast, or too slow, take the oven temp. knob off and look at the back of it. You may see a screw. If so, unscrew, or screw, just a bit and then put back on and try again. Keep doing this until your oven heats they way you want it...

 

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CD Scratch Removal?
I have used turtle wax. The best is white toothpaste. rub from center out, with a coffee filter. the professionals have told me , as long as the scratch doesnt go all the way to the other side, so that you can see through it, it can be fixed. so far this is...

 

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Earrings That Cause Itchy Ears
I have the same problem. I have good luck dipping the earring post in antibiotic ointment before inserting in my ears. Carol

 

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Halloween Pumpkin Dyed Eggs
This is one of those ideas that we say now why didnt I think of that ? This would also be great for other holidays using characters suitable for the particular holiday!!!

 

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Looking for Snake Advice?
Obviously the snake managed to get into your basement by discovering a hole of some sort in the wall of the basement that leads outside. Snakes are Exotherms, meaning they dont maintain a constant body temperature. So, Snakes will spend a certain amount of...

 

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Uses for Paper and Craft Ideas?
Karen I would be very interested in the template! It sounds adorable. Is it downloadable from the net? Carol

 

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Does My Dishwasher Need Replacing?
Make sure your drain hose is higher than the drain plug or it will siphon the dirty water back in. Also running a load with vinegar helps. Is your water very hot? It will need to be to clean well. Spin your spray arm in the opposite direction it usually runs...

 

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Homemade Laundry Soap Blunder?
I would be very interested in this recipe please.

 

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Homemade Laundry Soap Blunder?
Thanks for posting the recipe

 

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Removing Odor from Newspapers?
I have had good luck sprinkling baby powder in the pages of old books. shake out excess after a few days. Do not breathe in the powder dust. It is a lung irritant.

 

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Chocolate Marshmallow Holiday Treats
I am so going to do this! It falls into the category....

 

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Remedy for Sore Gums?
My dentist advises rinsing with equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water, twice daily. It has been a life saver for me.

 

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Making Bra Straps Shorter?
What I do is cut off the excess length and restitch the ends together.

 

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Cornstarch Antiperspirant
If a rash appears you might have to discontinue use because cornstarch is notorius for holding and feeding bacteria and promoting yeast infection.

 

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Migraine Headaches?
The suffering a migraine causes is enormous. Lack of sleep, not eating regularly, cheese, wine, onions, withdrawl from caffeine, allergies to cleaning products, colognes, chocolate, weather even can bring one on. chlorine bleach, perfumes are a major cause...

 

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Help for Sluggish Dishwasher?
I have to spin my dishwasher arm counterclock wise to free its movement. If I dont do this every few days, my dishes are not clean, and just like yours the arm doesnt spin fast enough. Worth a try.........Mine is many years old.

 

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Rid-Ex Alternative for Your Septic Tank
The yeast really works! And a whole lot cheaper!!

 

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What to Do with Pine Cones?
Make a Christmas tree using several pinecones - With pinecones standing on their widest end (the base), glue the sides of them together in the form of a circle Some of the petals can interlock w/each other to help hold it in place. Just use hot glue to secure...

 

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Iceberg Lettuce Tip
keep a paper towel in the bag or covered bowl that you store lettuce in.

 

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Thrifty Christmas Ornaments?
Salt dough ornaments are great fun and cheap!! Kids love this.make sure to make a hole before baking to hang it with. 4 Cups of all purpose Flour 1 Cup of Salt 1 1/2 Cups of Hot Water Holiday Cookie Cutters Decorations, Glitter, Paint, Beads, Etc. Knead the...

 

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