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Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs
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Use Silk Pillowcases Inside Cotton
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Recycling Aging Veggies or Salads

Know how we chop off ends of veggies or ditch salads or refrigerator veggies that are less than fresh looking but still good? Well, if you don't freeze them for future soup, consider JUICING them now in your food processor or blender.

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Easy Boiled Dinner

This was made from my ham bone from Thanksgiving I froze the bone that day after carving it. I took it out recently and let it boil all day long. I added add spices like: thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, black pepper, a splash of cider vinegar and a splash of white wine.

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Keep Cats out of the Christmas Tree

My cat doesn't like the smell of citrus. I take the tree shaped car deodorizer, orange scent, and hang them from the bottom branches.

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Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
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Perfume Insert as Bathroom Air Freshener
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Personalize Cookies as Gifts
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Restoring Old Photos At No Cost
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Charlie (Chiweenie)
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What Breed is My Dog?
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Anniversary Gift Ideas for Pastor

I need a pastor anniversity gift ideas for a soldier in God's army.

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Finding Free US Census Records

Several years ago I was working on my family tree and I discovered the US Census records. It was free. Now I have no idea how to find it. Every place online leads me to places like Ancestry.com, Family Tree.com or other websites that charge a fee. Can you give me a link to the site?

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Highlighting Hair With Well Water

I have dark blonde/light brown hair now. I want to do some color highlights with foil, but my household water comes from a well. Is there something I can do to assure it won't affect the outcome of the coloring?

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Sam (Raccoon)
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Value of 1972 Webster's Dictionary

My grandfather gave me a dictionary from 1972. I wish to know if it has value. It is in great condition it is the Webster's New World Dictionary of the American language from 1972 by the Southern Company in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Getting Dingy Curtains White Again
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White Hair Losing Its Color

I am 69 and was dyeing my hair since I was 27. My hair is pure white and it is loosing the pigment and getting invisible. It makes me look like I am going bald. I haven't been able to locate any white dye. Is there any?

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Christmas Gift Idea for Boyfriend

I don't know what to get my boyfriend for Christmas and he said he already got mine. He is 14 and we have been together for about 4 months. He is the country redneck type. Help please!

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My Dog Peed on My Bed
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Value of Collier's Encyclopedias

I need to know value of a collection of 1975 Collier's Encyclopedias.

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Donating Fabric Scraps

I live in Windsor Connecticut and have fabric to donate. Does anyone know who would take fabric scraps?

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Washing Machine Won't Power Up

My Maytag washing machine won't power up at all. It happened when the power in my house went off and back on again. Nothing displays on the screen.

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Christmas Charities for Children

I just lost my job two weeks before Christmas. I don't know how I'm going to pay my rent. I've been crying. I am so depressed I can't get her my 10 year old nothing. I've prayed to God and this is where he guided me when I asked him for answers.

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Interior Design Business Name Ideas

I am starting to open my own business, interior design. I need a name for my business. Please help.

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Using Fabric Glue for Decoupage

Can you use fabric glue for decoupage?

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Previously Trained Adult Dog Peeing Indoors

We have two Pomeranian dogs (males). The older one, 3 years old, has been previously trained and hasn't peed in the house since he was a puppy. But recently he has been peeing in the corridor near the doors whenever we go out.

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Value of 1932 Universal Dictionary

I have a 1932 Universal Dictionary, how much is it worth?

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Dog Wouldn't Eat Dog Food and Vomiting

I have a 2 year old female Shih Tzu. She didn't have a problem with her eating habits until recently. She doesn't eat dog food, only human food (like chicken). 3 days ago, we tried to put dog food (Pedigree) together with her chicken lunch. She obviously didn't like it as she immediately threw it up.

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Fudge Did Not Set Up

When making a white fudge I put in too much evaporated milk (didn't read carefully) and now it is too loose. Can I do anything to save it? I thought about layering it with brownie mix and baking.

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Hair Falling Out After Typhoid Shot

I had taken a typhoid vaccine 20 days ago. Now my hair is falling so much. What should I do now? Which foods should I eat now?

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Remedy for Dog's Smelly Ears
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Superfresco Wallpaper- Waffle White 10-179

I'm looking for 2 rolls of Superfresco waffel white 10-179, batch b paper. It has just been discontinued according to B&Q. I would be very grateful if someone could let me know where I could purchase some. Thanks

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Name Ideas for a Babysitting Business

I am looking for a catchy name for a babysitting business, with "monsters" somehow in the name.

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Is This Dog a German Shepherd?
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Side Dishes to Serve With Quiche

What are some good side dishes for quiche served as brunch?

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Zucchini Plants Stopped Setting Fruit

I'm growing courgettes in green houses. The problem is that my production has stopped after a few weeks even though my plants are strong and have green large leaves. Bees are also working very well. I don't think there is poor pollination. Can you give some suggestions as to what may be the problem?

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Sewing Machine Gets Stuck and Breaks

My needle will not go all the way down. It gets stuck or the needle will break. Can anyone help?

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Noodles with Red Peppers and Tuna
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Beach Towel To Protect Pillow

Hubby has oily skin and, being bald, he has no hair that absorbs at least some of the oil on his scalp. I bought several used beach towels at the Thrift Store and made them into pillow cases that I put over the pillow to protect it before slipping on the pretty top pillow case.

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Gluten Free Ice Cream Treat
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Add a Hershey's Kiss to Coffee

Ugh! Trying to lose weight during the holidays? When you get that chocolate urge, put a Hershey's Kiss in the bottom of your coffee cup! Pour coffee over the Kiss and you will have great tasting coffee with VERY little calories!

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Window Decoration Tips

Can you please share some tips to keep your windows decorated?

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Christmas Gift for My Boyfriend

I'm having trouble deciding on a Christmas gift for my 15 year old boyfriend. Since we have only been dating for a month, I don't want to get anything too big; small but meaningful.

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What is My Puppy's Breed?
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What Breed is This Puppy?
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Paint Advice for Daughter's Room

My glitter-fied 11 year old daughter's bedroom joins mine. I want to know if I can paint her room a different color, even though our rooms are connected (there is a door but no hallway).

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Drape Color Advice

I am purchasing a chocolate brown sectional and painting my walls a cream with gold colorant (I like to think of it as cake batter yellow). My floors are a medium wood color. What color drapes should I use?

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Troubleshooting a Refridgerator

My refrigerator gets cold on the bottom, but not on top.

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Christmas Gift for Boyfriend

What should I get my boyfriend for Christmas? He is getting me a ring and a new hoodie, but I have no idea what I should get him.

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Getting Materials to Finish Rebuild on Home

My husband's grandmother is an elderly woman who recently retired. She started rebuilding her home, but it abruptly came to a halt because there was not enough materials to finish the job. How do we go about getting her help?

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