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July 6, 2009
Pound Cake Came Out Dry
My pound cake came out dry, although I used 7 eggs as the recipe called for. My oven cooks slowly and I had to leave it in 15 minutes beyond the recommend cooking time. Could this have caused the dryness?
Pruning a Plum Tree
I want to prune a Plum tree in winter. How much can I trim without killing it?
Jobs for 14 Year Olds
I turned 14 in April. Do I have to be 14 and a half to start working at certain jobs?
Earwigs in Packaged Foods?
Will earwigs get into my food, like chip bags and cereal boxes?
Keeping Water in Birdbath
My bird bath seems to lose a lot of water. It quickly evaporates. What can I do ?
Looking for Copy of the Comedic Story of Dionysus
Where can I get a copy of the "comedic story of Dionysus and his love of wine and women and how things changed as he got older"? There were a couple of suggestions to use it for a 50th Birthday gift. It sounds like fun, but I can't find it anywhere.
Cleaning Rawhide Lamp Shades
I have 2 antique raw hide lamp shades, they are yellowing with age and have a few marks on them. How should I safely clean raw hide?
Cleaning Mesh Patio Furniture
How do you clean mesh fabric on patio furniture ? I have no idea what exactly is on the furniture, but it is very grimy. Thanks.
What Are the Lumps Behind the Seats in Solstice?
Why does the Solstice car have those 2 lumps on the back of the car, one behind the driver's seat and one behind the passenger's seat? Is there a purpose for them?
Removing Scotch Tape from Cloth
I would like to know how to remove Scotch tape from cloth.
Creamy Banana Pie
Soften gelatin in cold water; set aside. In saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Blend in milk and egg yolks.
Farina Bonbon Cookies
Combine flour and salt; sift into bowl. Stir in farina; reserve. Beat butter or margarine until creamy. Beat in sugar gradually.
Barbecue Green Beans
Mix all ingredients and bake in a covered casserole at 275 degrees F for 3 hours.
Keeping Rhubarb from Getting Mushy When Cooked
What is the best way to cook Rhubarb so it's done, but keeps its shape? I want it to turn out like it does in the cans of Rhubarb you can buy. We grow it and like it, but I've never found a really good way to cook it. Please help. Thanks.
Restoring Computer Without a Recovery Disk
My HP computer got a virus. How can I restore it? The original restore disk is broken.
My corn did not develop completely. We had a bout of hot weather and then it turned cold for a week or two. What happened?
Potted Lemon Tree Leaves Small
I have a 2 year old Lemon tree that I bought last year in a 5 gallon pot. It had lemons on it last year and this year it is flowering, but the leaves are very much smaller than last year.
Ideas for a Corn Festival Float
I am looking for ideas for a float that will appear in our Corn Festival parade. This year's theme is "Hats off to Historic Grundy County". I live in a small town, originally settled by Indians.
Plants for a Water Garden
Does anyone know of any plants which will grow in water other than water lilies. I made a small rock garden with a tiny pump for running water. I am wondering if there are any plants I can stick in among the rocks which don't need to be planted in soil.
Painting Rocks for the Garden
Anyone out there with ideas for painting rocks for the garden? I am not a artist, but well blessed with rocks.
Making Swans from Boiled Eggs
I want to make swans from boiled eggs. What can I use for wings? I have pipe cleaners for neck and head.
What is This Tool?
What is this tool and how do you use it?
Free Printable Labels
I would appreciate being directed to where I can find a printable, free label template for my glass spice bottle. I would like one for the top of my round lid and for the bottle itself.
Bookcase Doll House
I am making a doll house out of a small bookcase. I was cutting pictures from magazines to use for the "rooms". I glued them to the sides and back of the inside of the bookcase and wanted to cover them with something clear to help hold the pictures on.
White Stuff on Arrowhead Plant Leaves
I have this huge Arrowhead plant. It's growing beautifully and very full. However I've been noticing this white stuff around the edges of a lot of the leaves. It stays right around the edges of the leaves.
What is This Plant?
Can anyone identify this wild flower? It seems to be a ground cover. I would like to use it for landscaping. Being it is a native plant, it will probably do very well. I plan on planting it in a pot before the cold weather sets in and keep it in the house.
What Breed is My Dog?
What breed is this dog?
Inexpensive "Blues Clues" Decorating Ideas
I am looking to decorate daughter's room in "Blues Clues". I'm on a budget in a rented home. I'm looking for cheap ideas to make the most of the space. Painting is not a factor, store bought accessories are too much for a passing faze. Any ideas would be appreciated.
What is This Plant? (Nigella/Love in a Mist)
Can anyone identify these flowers? They start out with a hairy pod and then bloom. I do not know if they are wild or if I planted them. They are purpelish blue.
Refinishing a Bird Cage
I have a bird cage that my feathered friend has removed most of the painted from. Is there a safe and inexpensive DIY way to refinish the cage? New cages for that size bird are over $200 new and the cage itself is still in good condition just the finish is damaged.
Using Starch to Apply Fabric to Plastic
Would it work to use liquid starch to apply fabric to the fronts of plastic drawers? I have seen this done on walls and am trying to figure out how to make the clear plastic drawers in those cheap storage carts opaque.
Repairing a Steam Machine
I bought a steam machine about 1 year ago. As I am not very organized and not a good housekeeper I haven't used it but a few times. I was using it today and two of the scrubber head things came off.
Printing Photos From #127 Negatives
Is there anyway I can make prints from size #127 negatives with a Lexmark 1150 or HP PSC 1500 Series printer?
Surgical Treatments for Trigeminal Neuralgia
Who has Trigeminal neuralgia condition? What kind of surgical treatment worked for you?
Benefits of Drinking Water in the Morning
What are the benefits of drinking water in the morning?
Garden: Pink Theme
This is my pink garden that I am developing with the addition of four pink barrows. These are planted with pink-ivy geranium and pink pig-face, both will hang over the edges.
Removing Candle Dye Stain From Cabinet
I stored candles in my cabinet and just discovered they left stains. It's not wax, but appears to be from the dye of the candle. Does anyone know how to remove it? Thanks.
Is Using Salt and Borax for Fleas Toxic to Cats?
How often do you have to put table salt or Borax in your carpet so that fleas won't continue multiplying? If I put Borax or salt in my carpet will it pose toxins to my cat?
Cleaning Pee Off Microfiber Furniture
How do I clean pee from microfiber furniture?
Cream Cheese and Marshmallow Cream Dips
I am looking for dip recipes using strawberry cream cheese and marshmallow cream.
Removing Tub Reglazing Chemicals from Clothing
I had my bathtub reglazed months ago and the chemicals are still in my clothing. Is there anything I can do to clean them?
"Lost Shaker of Salt" Game Instructions
What is the "lost shaker of salt" game for a Jimmy Buffet party? I am having my 4th party and need new ideas. Any new games out there to play for guests ages 22-70?
Growing Potatoes from Eyes
Can I grow a plant from a potato eye?
Pound chicken breasts to flatten. Top with ham and cheese, roll up and wrap bacon around breast and secure with toothpick.
1968 Briggs Hard to Start When Engine Cold
1968 Briggs and Stratton 80202 0351-01 6807291
Lemon Meringue Pie
Mix sugar, cornstarch and flour in top of double boiler. Add boiling water, stirring. Cook until slightly thick.
Buying More Time
There are some things that money cannot buy, and time is one of them. No matter how much money we save, we struggle to save time. But then, what's more valuable; time or money?
Reusing Old Sheets
Just wanted to share an idea with you. I was at our local thrift shop to buy a sheet to re-cover the pads in our dogs cages and I bought a beautiful sheet for a $1.50 and find it's too nice to use in dog beds.
Autism Research Institute
If you or anyone you know has autism or is on the spectrum of autism, please go to this site. Because of this site, my 19 year old daughter is so much better. Things have changed in the past two months and I owe it all to ARI.
Recycle Event Flowers
Remember that flowers can be recycled, too! After an event, many a flower arrangement will end up in the trash! So rescue it, re-cut the flower stems and re-arrange the flowers at home.
Reuse Old Hammock as Under Deck Float Holder
Reuse an old hammock by stapling it with some slack in it to the underside of your deck. Makes and excellent holder for pool floats to keep the wind from blowing them away. Bonus: the floats can drain through the hammock so no mildew!
Fill Detergent Cup at End of Dishwasher Cycle
Immediately upon emptying my dishwasher I put the detergent in the cup. That way if the cup is closed, the dishes are dirty. I use the little packets and they don't dry out. Saves a lot of "are the dishes clean or dirty".
Cleaning Wax Off Countertops
Anyone who's ever said "just wait for it to dry and chip it off" has never actually tried to clean wax off a nice shiny countertop. I spilled candle wax and it wasn't the kind of wax that gets hard.
Save Extra Paper Petals for Confetti
When you're making flowers using paper sculpting or paper quilling and find that you have extra petals, hold onto them and use them as confetti. They're much easier to sweep up.
Thrifty Watering Tips
Thrifty watering is the way to go, especially during Colorado's dry summers. Here are my tips:
Dehydrate Extra Summer Squash
Summer squash taking over? I chop mine into about 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces and dehydrate them. Because of the water content of summer squash, they really dehydrate to a tiny size, so you may need a smaller grate.
Quick and Easy Cherry Parfait
This is a quick, easy, eye-catching desert for a special occasion, or just because it can be made ahead of time.
Never-Fail Rice Pudding
Always turns out smooth and creamy, just perfect!
Pacific Salmon Chowder
This soup is a favourite of mine because it is tomato based rather than cream based. It is fresh tasting and fairly easy to make.
Coconut Cream Muffins
A wonderfully moist muffin - Yummy! Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper liners (or spray with cooking spray).
Vintage Rag Jar
Some people like the looks of old vintage jars filled with items to remind them of the olden days. This one is filled with rags rolled up like they use to make the old rag rugs.
Baby Boyzee and Sarah (Cats)
Baby Boyzee and Sarah are 11 month old mixed breed cats. I found their mommy and nursed her and she had kittens. I could not part with any of them and kept all 3!
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