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September 7, 2010
Why Does My Sunflower Have Multiple Flower Heads?
I have a multiple flowering sunflower (30 flowers and more to come) which is 15 feet tall. I read your explanation for why this would occur, but it is growing near my house and no pesticides have been used. Any other explanation and is this rare?
Discontinued Wallpaper: Pink Flocked Paper Maybe a Sanderson Product Circe 1987
I am searching for a roll or two of flock wallpaper circa 1987 which is now I assume discontinued. It is a floralish pattern and a salmony pink. Sorry to be vague, but I do have a sample photograph. I think it may have been a Sanderson wallpaper, but again not sure.
Candle Wax on Wood Furniture
How do you remove candle wax from wood furniture?
Island Stove Top Results in Grease Splattering on Carpet
My stove top is in the island. Oil splatters over into the carpeted walkway in back of it and also to the right side. I have been tying to figure out what I could put behind the stove that would be easy to take to the kitchen sink for cleaning.
Pattern for Christmas Mouse Renuzit Air Freshener Cover
I made a Christmas mouse several years ago for the Renuzit Fresheners. I cannot find a pattern to make more since I no longer have the one I had. Does anyone know where I can find a pattern?
Ice Maker Does Not Work After Changing Water Filter
I changed the water filter on the refrigerator and now the ice maker will not make ice. The arm for the maker is in the right position to make ice.
Lost Power to Closet After Changing an Outlet
I changed our wall outlet plug in our 2nd floor bedroom from a two prong to a three prong and now I don't have power to my closet. I've tried various configurations to remedy the problem; however, none of them seem to work.
Buying the Sticky Paper Refills for Nightlight Flea Traps
Where can I buy the sticky paper refills for the flea trap using nightlights? I have had these for years and cannot find the refills.
Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden
We want to build a raised garden next spring and had heard that there are certain vegetables that grow well together, the "three sisters", but we can only remember corn. Does anyone know about this or have suggestions?
Paint Color Advice for Kitchen With Red Tiles and Dark Faux Granite Countertops
I am slowly trying to transform my (very old) kitchen on a very tight budget. The back splash tiles are so ugly. The wall by the sink has a black and white checkerboard pattern of ceramic tiles and the wall by the stove has bright red ceramic tiles.
Should I Be Concerned About the Rat Snake Living Under My Porch?
I have a black rat snake living near my front porch and have found several snake holes around the porch. I understand that they are non-venomous, but I am concerned if they can still bite or hurt one of my kids.
Ideas for Expanding a Sports Bar Business
I purchased a sports bar that is already up and running. How do I get the ideas to improve on the production and its look?
Paying Taxes on On-line Sales Income
My husband and I are both retired and want to sell natural handmade soap from an online distributor. The soap distributor doesn't require a tax ID either. So, who pays the taxes and do we need a Tax ID?
Mustard Greens Are Blooming
I would like to know what to do when mustard greens bloom.
What Do I Do When Arugula Blooms?
What to do when arugula blooms?
Macaroni Salad Recipes
I would like some macaroni salad recipes.
Dog Hiding From Her New Puppies
My female Pit Bull just gave birth to 4 puppies about 4 days ago. She is acting really weird. She leaves the puppies and tries to hide underneath the mother-in-law house out back. She has never done this before. Is this common for her to leave her puppies and hide for hours?
Recipe for Pears Preserved in Liqueur
Does anyone have any recipes for preserving pears in liqueurs?
Ice Maker Dispenses Ice On Its Own
My Kenmore ice maker dispenser suddenly starts dispensing ice on its own. It happened twice in the last couple of hours. Opening the door temporarily stops it. I finally had to remove the ice bin, but the dispenser motor still randomly comes on on its own.
Maple Trees Raining Sap
We have a couple of maple trees in our yard. For about the last 2 years they have been raining sap and I mean raining. What can we do if anything? Will tapping them help?
Puppy Will Pee Outside But Not Poop
I have a pet Schnoodle who is 12 weeks old. I have had him since he was 8 weeks old. I am having problems with toilet training him to do solids outside. He has been fine with liquid waste and will go whenever he is put outside and instructed to do so.
Eliminating Urine Odor in Bathroom Trash from Disposable Underwear
My spouse has prostrate problems and wears disposal underwear for accidents. Even if he puts them in a plastic bag our bathroom and the trashcan smell horrible. What can I do?
Repairing Bleach Spots on Sheets
I have a question on dyeing sheets. If Clorox has spotted or whitened high thread count dyed sheets, then how do you rectify this problem and get the sheet back to original color?
Concerns For Daughter Who Recently Has Been Depressed
My daughter has always hated summer and wears tank tops to block out the heat. All of a sudden she's been acting depressed. This is unusual because she's always happy. And now she wears long sleeves. I'm concerned that she's cutting herself. What's going on?
MTD Lawn Tractor Not Getting Gas in the Right Cylinder
I have an MTD lawn tractor with a Briggs and Stratton motor. It won't start, even with new plugs and a new coil. It's getting gas to the left cylinder and gas in carburetor, but no gas to right cylinder. I tested the compression on both sides and it tested normal.
Ceramic May Have Burnt Off the Eye of My Stove Top
I left a pot of boiling water on my ceramic top stove by mistake til the water boiled dry. The pot has a copper bottom, but I think the ceramic burnt off the eye of the stove. Do I have to replace the whole top?
Noodle Recipes Without Cheese, Tomato Sauce, or Butter
I am looking for simple noodle recipes that do not use cheese, tomato sauce, or butter. Thank you in advance.
Cleaning a Pop-up Camper
We have a pop up camper and it has green stuff on the outside of it. What kind of cleaner can we use to get if off?
Preparing Beds for Spring Sunflower Planting
After harvesting sunflowers, what's the next step? Is it best to remove the stalk and roots before winter? How do I prepare beds for spring planting? How necessary is "total" crop rotation?Thank you for sharing your expertise.
Can I Make Candle Holders Out of Recycled Wine Bottles With the Labels Intact?
I want to find out if anyone knows the legalities of using recycled wine bottles with their labels still intact to make candles and sell them at a craft fair. I have seen a few web sites that make serving trays out of liquor bottles with their labels.
Why Seeds Fail To Germinate
Although horticultural vegetable and flower seeds have been developed to germinate as easily and reliably as possible, things don't always go as planned. If some of your seeds failed to germinate this year, here are some clues to what might have gone wrong.
Food Coloring Stain on Clothing
I just washed a load of clothes and before putting them in the dryer, I noticed orange stains all over everything. It was gum, I had left a whole pack in my pocket. What in the world do I do to get the stains out?
Homemade Letter Soap
A very easy, cute gift that looks hard to make.
Skillet Handle Hot Pads
A handy hot pad. Trace around your skillet or pan handle for a pattern. Add about 1 inch on your pattern for seam allowance before cutting fabric.
Fundraising Ideas for High School Trip
What are some ideas for raising money for a high school trip to Egypt?
Travel: Pennsylvania State Capitol Building
While in Harrisburg for CHAP (Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania), my husband and I decided to see our state's capitol building. Neither of us had ever been to Harrisburg before and enjoyed our site seeing trip.
Box Elder Suckering from Stump
I recently had a box elder tree cut down and now I'm getting all kinds of branches growing out of the trunk. I could not have the stump removed because it's growing into a fence. How do I get these branches to stop growing out of the stump? It looks terrible. Thank you.
Scenery: Naples Zoo (FL)
Naples Zoo in Florida. I took pic of palms and dear hubby got the Florida panther. Just loved the nature.
Garden: Beautiful Flower
I'm not sure what this flower (or weed?) may be, but I think it's beautiful!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine steak, pork, onion, green pepper, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and egg in bowl; mix well. Shape into roll. Place in roasting pan.
Blizzard Party Mix
Spray 9x13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Combine first four ingredients in large bowl. Microwave white chocolate chips in medium bowl on medium power for 1 minute.
Dissolve yeast and sugar in the lukewarm water. Scald 1 cup milk. Add the 3 beaten eggs to the slightly cooled scalded milk. Then add to yeast mixture.
Thai Chicken Kabobs with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Grilled chicken kabobs with a nutty dipping sauce makes a wonderful main dish
Pasta Salad a la Jess
Warning: You may quickly become addicted! This recipe makes a lot (perhaps 2-3 pounds worth or more), so you may have to play with it to scale it down if you want to make it at home and not have to eat it for a week, lol!
Bedroom Paint Color Advice
I'm 15 and my room needs a serious make-over. My bed has a black head and foot board. My favorite colors are onyx black, crimson red, and midnight blue. I can have one base wall black, but I don't know how to go from there. I need some serious help. Please and thank you!
This is a great recipe that I came up with one day because we didn't have a lot of money and Payday was 2 days away! My kids call it "Vomit" as a joke.
Herbed Zucchini Soup
Place broth, zucchini, and tarragon (or dill) in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the zucchini is tender, 7-10 minutes.
Baked Tomato Omelet
The flavor of the Swiss cheese and chives is what makes this one extra tasty. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Beat eggs, cheese, chives, salt, and pepper in a bowl with a fork or whisk.
Keeping Fingerprints Off Microwave
When placing something in your microwave, instead of using your finger on the key pad, use the knuckle of your index finger. It won't leave a finger print.
Wind Steel Wool to Tighten Screws
My front door became difficult to open. Upon examining it, I realized that the screws had come loose and the strike plate was sticking out which made it difficult to open. I had a book of household hints that I had bought at a yard sale.
Cleaning Stuck Food Off Cookware
When cleaning a mucky frying pan, put water and a squeeze of dish washing liquid into it and bring to a boil. After the water has boiled for a few minutes, it will be easy to clean without much scrubbing.
Turn an Old Headboard into a Coat Rack
To turn an old decorative wooden headboard into a coat rack. Find the center of the board from side to side and top to bottom. This is the placement for your first knob. Use old dresser knobs and place as many as you choose on the header.
Organize Your Shopping List By Aisle
We have all heard that you should make a list before heading to the grocery store, but that list needs to make sense, or you'll spend your whole time running back and forth through the store.
Shred Wax Paper to Lubricate Shredder
Do you use a paper shredder for disposing of sensitive documents like I do? After a while, the blades need a little lubrication. Run a piece of waxed paper through the shredder to make it work like new again!
Uncooked Frozen Corn
To get 20 cups corn: Insert ears into boiling water. Boil 6 minutes. Take out and put in ice water. Cut kernels off ear. Then measure for above recipe.
Make Pan Liners from Paper Bags
When baking layer cakes, I cut pan liners out of brown paper bags. I lay the pan down on a bag and draw around it, then cut it out. If there is any printing on the bag, put it face down.
Buying Kraft Roka Blue Cheese Spread
Looking for Kraft Roca Blue Cheese for your holiday cheese dip? It's coming back this year (2010). Kraft has decided to start remaking the spread, because the complaints from customers were too many not to respond to.
Homemade Natural Pesticide
To make a pesticide, combine 1 head of peeled garlic and 2 cups water in a blender and blend on high until garlic is finely pureed. Store covered for one day and strain out pulp.
Use Bird Stand for Craft Table
When sewing or crafting, use your bird stand for a roll-around table, to hold your supplies. You can easily wheel it around from place to place where you are working, without having to transfer all your supplies from one place to the other.
Decorate Flip Flops With Craft Supplies
Take a pair of flip flops from simple and cheap to beautiful and different. You can create these flip flops with few supplies. You only need silk ribbons in different colors, needles, nylon, rhinestones, fabric glue, and creativity.
Blessing Bear Basket
This is an amazingly inexpensive gift, party favor, etc. You will want to make several and keep one for yourself!
How to Tell if Your Dog is Purebred
This is an unusual, but interesting dog tip. The palate of a pure bred dog's mouth is one solid color from the very front of it's mouth to all the way to the back of it's throat, where a mixed breed isn't.
Emma is a 9 weeks old. After our cat Zoey passed away about 1 1/2 yeas ago it took me some time before I was ready to get another pet, but my 5 year old really wanted to have a new kitten.
Neighbor (Hound Dog)
Neighbor is a 10 month old Hound. He is a frequent and friendly visitor to our farm. He likes to make friends and play rough and tumble games. We are a non-profit farm working with and for people with autism and this gentle neighbor dog has taken to attending events.
Maxwell (Standard Poodle)
Maxwell Brown is 8 years old. He is a Standard Poodle. I purchased Maxwell at 8 weeks of age. He likes to play ball and shake your hand. He is a lovable and well trained dog.
Mittens and Cottontail (Cats)
Mittens and Cottontail were 'sisters' (I had 3 of them originally) from a farm on Gower. Although they used to play, they became increasingly 'catty.' This peaceful picture belies the deadly animosity that existed between them normally!
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