Brighten Up Breakfast with Bursts of Flavor

(Family Features) The most important meal of the day deserves to be special, so enjoy a fresh take on some classic recipes and infuse delicious gourmet flavors into every bite.

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How to Use Your Washer and Dryer More Effectively

Your laundry room presents the most opportunities in helping to save water and energy. Do you think you’re using your washer and dryer right? These simple steps should help you in using your washer and dryer more efficiently.

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Complete Guide to Cleaning All Types of Pool Furniture

By Meagan Deacon

The most efficient method for cleaning commercial grade outdoor furniture is with a pressure washer, using plain water and a mild disinfectant or detergent under low pressure. DO NOT use chlorine or harsh cleaning solutions. Not to self: If the pressure is strong enough to blow your items around the deck, it’s probably strong enough to peel off the finish as well! Don’t have a pressure washer? Simply clean your outdoor furnishings with a soft brush, mild soap and very warm water. After a few years, when plain soap and water do not clean the worn finish, begin to add small amounts of household bleach. When a half and half solution no longer cleans, it’s time to think about getting new furniture.

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Get Creative with Sorghum this Fall

(Family Features) Leaves will soon begin to change into their golden vibrant hues. The aroma of cinnamon, crops being harvested and bonfires will dance in the wind as the autumn breeze begins to cool the air. Fall is right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about how to decorate for the upcoming season.

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4 Ways to Eat Healthy Food on a Modest Budget

If you’ve tried to buy healthy food at the grocery store, you might have been put off by the price. After all, organic apples are so much more expensive than conventionally grown ones, and whole grain snack crackers cost more than white soda crackers.

But those price comparisons are not the whole picture – maybe whole grain snack crackers cost more than white ones, but have you compared that to the price of a bag of flour, from which you could make your own snacks? Sometimes you have to rethink the way you view food prices to really get the healthiest food for the best price.

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4 Hindrances to Enjoying a New Craft or Hobby

When you decide to create something out of nothing or to take up a new hobby, it is very easy to get lost in the negative aspect instead of focusing on all the joy your new hobby or craft brings to you.

There are several things that can get in the way with a new hobby or craft. However, there are ways to be aware of these downsides and ways to avoid them as well.

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6 Ways Fad Diets Can Harm You

Fad diets are weight loss schemes that promise quick fixes, often involving very strict and extreme eating plans, or very low caloric intake. Unfortunately, these diets do not provide long-term benefits. If anything, they can cause serious health problems.

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13 Trending Recipes for July 30, 2015

Here is a round-up of delicious-looking recipes trending on Pinterest today. I think I’m in a cooking slump! I need some interesting ideas. Hope you enjoy some of these.

Included are:

1.  Slow Cooker Baked Beans
2.  Honey Garlic Pork Chops
3.  Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies
4.  Taco Braid
5.  One-Pot Mac and Cheese
6.  Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats
7.  Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake
8.  Mini Pumpkin Pies in a Muffin Tin
9.  2-Ingredient Cinnamon Apple Cake
10.  Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs
11.  Steak Sandwiches
12.  Crock Pot Pizza Dip
13.  Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

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Tasty Cheddar Chicken Bake

At times I get tired of trying to make chicken less boring.  This recipe uses cheese crackers, saltines, panko bread crumbs, and cheddar cheese to bring it to life.  I think you’ll enjoy this dish.

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Ridding Your Home of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are common in many states, and are despised by almost everyone who hosts them. They have six legs, two antennae and sometimes wings. They can be large, often times measuring over two inches in length. They love to invade homes and restaurants, and can carry diseases since they tend to congregate near bathrooms as well as kitchens.

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Mosquito Control around the Home

Mosquitoes are very common pests. You would be hard pressed to find any area in North America that does not have to deal with these pesky little critters. Often, mosquitoes are nothing more than an annoyance. But other times, they can mean more serious problems. Some individuals have severe reactions to mosquito bites. Other times, mosquitoes can carry diseases such as West Nile virus, dengue and malaria that can become serious and life threatening very quickly. For whatever reason you want to keep these common pests out of your life, here are some ways to do it.

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Huge Back to School Bundle

Over the years, Old Fashioned Homemaking has published quite a few articles for the “back to school” season. Here is a large collection of these articles. Hopefully, some of these will have tips to help you and your children ease the transition from summer to school.

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Ten Safe Ways to Remove Garden Pests

There are so many great things when it comes to gardening with kids. You can teach them science lessons and also many life lessons. But while gardening with the kids you want to take measures to also make sure they are safe. And removing pests from the garden can lead to some less than safe options to protect your garden from pests.

With that in mind, here are ten safe options to remove garden pests from your home garden.

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How to Bug Proof Your Household Contents

Yesterday we talked about getting rid of bugs in the pantry.  Bugs are a constant threat to every home. There are various types of bugs depending on where you live, but the common denominator is that no one wants them there. Here are some ideas and simple tips to keep bugs out of your home and away from your belongings.

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How to Get Rid of Common Bugs Found in the Pantry

The pantry is a favorite spot of many unwanted insects. What pest wouldn’t love a place where there is such a variety of edible living spaces to be found? Depending on what part of the country you live in, some of these pests may be more common than others. But whatever uninvited guest has made itself at home in your pantry, here is a list of the more frequent ones and how you can get rid of them when they have taken up residence in your kitchen area.

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