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August 31, 2009
Contacting People for High School Reunion
We would like to know the best way to notify a ten year span of grads from Bently High School. The big reunion is being planned for August of 2010. Members are all over the U.S. All ideas appreciated.
Making Curtains From Towels
Has anyone made towels into curtains with grommets? I would like a spa looking bathroom and I have two windows above my corner tub. It is a large bathroom and the kids do come in at times and like to play in the big tub.
Considering a Copper Kitchen Sink
I'm considering installing a copper kitchen sink. Would I need to have copper faucet as well? Does anyone have pros or cons re: a copper sink?
Will Spray Paint Freeze?
Will spray paint cans freeze?
Household Tools for Wood Burning Project
I want to do a one time project of burning letters into wood. Does anyone know of any household items that might burn into wood?
I am looking for Tex-Mex beef enchilada recipes. Also, how is the sauce made that goes over them? Thanks. I love this site.
Squash Vine Borers
Squash vine borers have destroyed our whole squash crop. We have tried aluminum foil, pantyhose, waiting until after the borer "season" nothing is working. We will try the covered technique next year, however, the pollinators are unable to get to the squash that way.
Yahama Wave Blew Waterbox Off
My 94 Yamaha Wave, running at 3700 RPMs backfired hard enough to blow the waterbox off.
Agencies That Assist With Stray Animals
We take in stray cats and dogs and have them spayed and neutered, but right now the economy is bad and our resources for food and cat litter are pretty tight and low.
Getting Rid of Weeds in Grass
Is there any quick home remedy to get rid of weeds from the grass?
Homemade Yogurt and Lactose Intolerance
Does anyone know if homemade yogurt affects people who are lactose intolerant? I have intestinal problems, and have heard (and read) how homemade yogurt helps with that. But I'm also lactose intolerant, and am wondering if all that milk will cause further problems.
Hamburger and Tomato Sauce Recipes
I am looking for a recipe using hamburger meat with tomato sauce.
Dog Won't Go Outside at Night
I have a 6 year old, 150 lb. Rottweiler/Shepherd mix. Recently he has started fighting me to go outside after dark. I have to literally carry him up the stairs and shove him outside. He's too heavy for that.
Ideas for a 50s Dance
We are having a 50's dance for our Township in November. Does anyone have ideas for this? We are on a tight budget.
Cleaning Bare Wood
I have a small shelf of bare wood that is a lovely color-except where the dust is ingrained into it. The previous owner left it either in the garage or outdoors somewhere. How do I remove the ingrained dust from it?
Homecoming Date Idea
I am going to homecoming in two weeks and I am looking for ideas for a day activity. I'm looking for a really good one that she will really like. So if you have any good ideas just tell me. Thanks.
Recipes Using Cucumbers and Onions
I'm looking for recipes for cucumbers and onions, preferably with a white sauce.
Reducing Blood Pressure
Anyone have tips to reduce high blood pressure especially upon awakening in the morning? I have been on several different types of BP meds and they all have side effects. I am on an ace inhibitor now, but it does not keep the BP down.
Recycling Window Curtain Packaging
Forgive me if this question has been asked before, but I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how they re-use the packaging that curtains come in? They are thick plastic and have a zipper at the top. I have used the large ones to store blankets and clothing.
Keeping Mold Out of Packaged Foods
I have food stored in my basement, but I have mold in my basement that keeps coming back. The food is stored in a stand alone pantry with doors that don't close very well. Should I be worried about mold spores getting into my food, even if the food is unopened?
Butter Pecan Cookies
Sift flour and salt together; set aside. Cream butter, vanilla, extract, almond extract, and powdered sugar together in bowl. Add flour mixture in 3 parts and mix well.
French Fry Hot Dish
Fry ground beef and onions; drain. Then add soup and fries. Mix all together. Bake in 325 degree F oven for 45 minutes.
Cream Cheese Taco Dip
Soften cream cheese, then add sour cream gradually, mixing with mixer. Add bean dip and taco seasoning and beat on low speed until well mixed. Put in casserole dish and top with cheddar cheese.
Sugar Free Tangy Drink
I love tangy drinks and am diabetic so I made up my own sugar free version of an "Arnold Palmer":
Lost Bread (Pain Perdu)
Have Left over biscuits? Try splitting them horizontally, dip them into beaten eggs with a little ground cinnamon and granulated sugar mixed in (and a little nutmeg if you like).
Fresh Tomatoes with Dipping Oil
Quick, easy, can be used along with the entree, as an appetizer or even a snack
Black Bottom Pie
My most favorite pie in the whole wide world :-) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Make pudding mix with milk as directed on box for pie. Cool 30 minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times.
Bubba's Pork Chops in Orange Tomato Sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a shallow pan.
Stretching Tuna for Tuna Salad
I don't know how many of you have noticed, but tuna now comes in 5 oz cans, not 6. The price didn't go down either! That's a 17% decrease in the contents!
Organizing Recipes In Cookbooks
I use many different recipe books. I don't always take the time to copy all the recipes onto recipe cards especially when it is something I make occasionally.
Keeping Cross-Stitching Hoop Tight
I have always had a hard time when I am cross-stitching when my hoop won't keep the material tight. I put a heavy rubber band around the bottom hoop and now I have nice and tight fabric.
Use Jewel Cases For Storing Small Craft Items
I was trying to figure out what to do with all the empty jewel cases I had lying around. I noticed that if you removed the spool, it leaves enough room for paper quilled pieces made with 1/8 inch or smaller paper strips.
Reuse Medical Scrubs for Gardening
When I go out to work in my garden, I wear a pair of old scrubs. Besides, being very comfortable, they have many pockets. I put gloves, shears, rags, my phone or mp3 player in them.
Use Hand Sanitizer To Clean Whiteboards
Can't get the dry erase marker completely off of your white board? Use a paper towel and a dime size amount of hand sanitizer.
Link: Shoeboxed.com For Storing Reciepts
I have to keep all my receipts for tax purposes. I hate searching though files of them and have found that it is so much less clutter and easier to find by using shoeboxed.com.
Lick Your Fingers to Open Plastic Bags
My disabled husband watched me trying to open a trash bag. He told me to lick my thumb and finger and try to open the bag. LOL it worked. Be sure your fingers are clean before licking.
Use a White Prom Dress as a Wedding Dress
I purchased a beautiful wedding dress and saved a lot of money by purchasing a white prom dress. Yes, these days prom dresses are available in so many colors and sizes that if you want something elegant yet simple, it fits the bill.
Button and Ribbon Bookmark
As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I use my Bible on a daily basis. My Bible only has 1 piece of ribbon as a place mark. During my Bible reading, I find a lot of Scriptures I would like to remember, so this is what I did.
Use Castor Oil for Better Eyelashes
A great way to get better eyelashes it to put castor oil on them. I read reviews of how it made peoples lashes better over night, made them grow in fast, etc., and I didn't believe it...until I tried it!
Boxes and Pegboard
I keep a pasteboard box (used for cereal, soda pack, etc.) handy in the kitchen; when I empty a smaller box, I flatten it and put it in there. When it's packed full, I take it to the recycling dump and just toss it in.
My Cleaning Made Simple
Instead of keeping specific cleaning things for specific jobs, I have learned to "generalize" my supplies. So now, I keep on hand the following things for cleaning any room in the house.
"To-Go" Coffee Cup for Cooking Oil
Know those "to-go" coffee cups? The ones with the little plastic lids that form a natural drinking spout? Instead of disposing of barely used cooking oil from your skillet after frying, use a rinsed out to-go coffee cup to pour it in.
Save Old Scrubbies to Clean the Tub
Save those worn out scrubbies used with liquid bath soap, and use them to clean your tub and surround. They are great to scrub off soap scum and hold enough water to rinse the walls of the tub surround effectively.
Be Good the First Week of School
In the first week of school, don't act bad. You will really be considered the "bad kid" and teachers won't be nice to you during the school year because they know how you act.
Pom Pom Rug
I had a lot of yarn laying around the house so I made a pom pom rug out of it. I got the idea from Lions yarns, but of course, I could not afford their yarn. I did not use their directions either.
Do you have a plant in the yard that is just beautiful but will die when the frost and snow come? I have 2 Pentas plant, Google it, they are pretty! Hummingbirds love them.
Use Beach Rocks Inside Vases
I keep my fresh flowers longer by putting them in stones I've collected at the beach. The jar is decorated with rub on decals. When the flowers die, I clean off the rocks, add shells and leave it.
Watering Can Centerpieces
I had an outdoor wedding in June and made these pretty centerpieces. I bought the watering cans at Big Lots and bouquets of flowers at Costco.
Garden: Head Planter
Our daughter made this "head" in pottery class. Our garden needed a little whimsey and he made the perfect addition. He is the "Head" gardener. We call him Big Al after my dad who was the real head gardener in our family.
Drink Mix Container of Pringles Can Pencil Tote
A nifty storage container made from an empty drink mix container. A great way for kids to carry or store pencils, pens or markers. Also a neat idea for storing craft supplies, small toys, sewing accessories, crochet hooks, etc.
Saving Summer's Bounty
Summer offers a plethora of berries and fruits that are both healthy and tasty. However, sometimes nature's bounty provides more than we can eat. Even at the best roadside stand bargain price, the produce costs too much if it's thrown away.
Heidi Ho (Toy Poodle/Shih Tzu)
Heidi Ho is 1 year old. She is a Toy Poodle and Shih Tzu mix. I fell in love with Heidi in a pet shop window when she was only 3 months old.
Fleur is 5 months old and a Persian. My friend's husband read about her in a newspaper and was so nice to bring her up 5 hours in the car from the Metro Detroit area.
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