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March 29, 2011
Cutting Down a Plastic Bottle For Craft Use
Turn your bowl upside down. Place your container next to it and make sure this is the proper height you need your container. Take a pencil and roll the container around holding the pencil still in place while marking your area.
Removing Tea Stains From Pitchers
Here's an easy way to remove those brown tea stains that accumulate in plastic pitchers. Alternate using the pitchers for tea with tomato juice or pineapple juice. The acid in the juices eat the stain off the plastic.
Pin to Identify Seeds
When starting flowers from seed, I mark each hydrated pod with a push pin to identify which pods contain a particular flower. For example, yellow for marigolds, red for zinnias, blue for petunias, etc.
Scenery: Snowed In
This photo was taken after the February storm, looking out our door at our deck. We received 4 feet of snow on the deck, which successfully blocked the door to our home.
Wildlife: Leaf Bug (Gatlinburg, TN)
This beautiful little leaf bug crawled all the way up to me, as I enjoyed my evening coffee last fall on a cabin deck in Gatlinburg, TN.
Scenery: Antique Horse Drawn Hearse (1800's)
The last ride is a journey home! This hearse was from the 1800's and a pair of white mules pulled it home. Years ago, this would have a everyday ride, but not today. Wonderful way to honor and respect the passing of a friend.
Garden: Apple Blossoms
To me, the spring makes everything OK.
Brown hamburger, onion, and garlic. Drain off fat. Add rest of the ingredients. Simmer 30-45 minutes.
Spicy Sausage and Potatoes in a Skillet
In a 10 inch or larger skillet, cook sausage until browned and drain excess fat. Add onions, potatoes, pepper, and thyme and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until potatoes are browned.
Tart 'n Tangy Salad Dressing
Combine and blend well.
Brown Ground Turkey For "Faux" Hamburger
The economy is tough, so we are eating more ground turkey instead of ground hamburger. It is always difficult for me to get the turkey to taste less like turkey and to get brown.
Freeze Individual Servings
My husband's job keeps him away from home for weeks at a time, so I'm usually cooking for just myself. I came up with this method of preparing them, and then freezing them.
Crispy Crumbled Bacon
When a recipe call for crumble bacon, if you cut up the bacon before you fry it, the bacon will turn out more crispy.
Vaccinate Pets at Home
A old neighbor of mine, that used to live on a farm, showed me how to vaccinate my dog myself. I had never heard of this before, but the vaccinations were much cheaper than a vet visit.
Clorox Bottle Crafts
How do I make Easter baskets from Clorox bottles?
Brady (Irish Terrier)
Brady is our 11 month old Irish Terrier. We got her 7/22/2010 when she was flown in from Missouri! She likes to play tug of war.
In Memory of Tobey (Mixed Breed)
Tobey was 14 years old. She was a mixed breed that my kids found in a drain pipe. I cleaned her and nursed her back to health. She then became my best friend and always liked to be with me.
Tommie is a 15 month old Papillion. He is a rescue pup from Wasatch Rescue in Salt Lake City, Utah. Petco is a sponsor for this rescue in Draper Utah.
Homemade Get Well Card
I recently had a friend (who is a newspaper editor) go through a heart attack. I wanted to give him something instead of just buying a commercial get well card. I saw this idea on a blog and thought "how appropriate, he just had a heart attack and he is an editor"!
Save a lot of money! Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Scald the milk and when lukewarm add to the yeast.
This is easy to make and kids love it so much. Wash lettuce and dry it well or let it drip dry. Next, fry your ground beef, grate cheese, and chop green onions, using all but the roots.
My Dog is a Picky Eater
Is anyone else having problems with their Bischon being a very picky eater?
Homemade Cat Repellent
How can I make homemade cat repellent for flowerbeds?
Zucchini and Asparagus Frittata
This is a Weight Watchers 2 Points Plus+ recipe. Perfect for Lent, vegetarians, and those following the Weight Watchers Points Plus+ system.
Rodent Control Suggestions
Is there a rodent bait that is safe for dogs? Our barn has a number of rodents, rats. To keep family dogs safe should they find dead one, I do not use poison.
Freezing Uncooked Potatoes
Can you give me some tips on how to freeze potatoes for roasting or chipping please?
Planning a Masquerade Ball
How do I plan a masquerade party?
Remedies for Dry Skin
I have dry skin. What can I use?
Removing Children's Face Paint from Clothing
How do I take children's face paint out of a nylon jacket?
Getting Dogs to Stop Marking Territory
I just got a 2 year old alpha male dog and I can't stop him from lifting his leg on everything. It's even worse now that my daughter lives with me, and she has a male dog. What can I do to stop this?
Honey Drizzled Cheddar Cheese
This is a yummy cheese plate appetizer! Be sure to put the cheese out at room temperature, covered, for one hour before drizzling and serving. You can pre-slice if you wish but present it in block form.
M & M Cookie Mix
Great as a gift! Make sure you include the baking directions.
Inexpensive Food and Drinks for a Graduation Party
My son is graduating from high school, so we're planning a graduation party. Does anyone have ideas for an easy, inexpensive punch that would be either black or gold colored?
McCormick's It's a Dilly Spice Mix
Does anyone have all the ingredients for McCormick's "It's A Dilly" spice mix. They have stopped making it.
Homemade All Purpose Cleaner
I am looking for "recipes" for all purpose liquid solutions cleaner for general bathroom, kitchen, etc. Please help.
Remedy for Roaches
How do I get rid of cockroaches? I have tried commercial pest control last year, but this year cockroaches have returned. Please suggest a lasting remedy.
Saving Money on Printer Ink
To save up to 30% on ink when printing, use the narrowest font possible. I never would have thought of this on my own.
Growing Forsythia from a Cutting
I heard you can take a forsythia branch and it will take root in a bucket of water. I would like to have this bush in my yard. Can it be done this way to start the root process?
Repairing a Chipped Glass Rim
How can I repair the rim of a bottle that has chipped?
Color Advice for Decorating Around a Black Leather Couch
I'm in my first real apartment so I don't really have any decorations. I was given a massive black leather couch and matching chair and ottoman, and I'm not sure how to decorate with them? They are black, bulky, the really fluffy kind of couch.
Best Grass for Iron Rich Soil
What is the best grass sod for soil full of iron ore and that doesn't require the addition of top soil?
Repairing a Pocket Door That is Off the Track
I am a senior citizen; the door in my 'pocket' door assembly has come off the rail/slide. It is slanted and won't move without difficulty. Can you help?
Removing Yellow Underarm Stains on White Clothing
What is the best solution for old underarm stains? They are mostly on the white colors.
Using The Dishwasher For Household Cleaning
Use the dishwasher to wash baseball caps. Place caps on the top rack and wash them without losing their shape. Don't use your dishwasher's heat drying option. Allow caps to air dry.
Dress Up Plain Shoes
If you have clip on earrings, they are great to dress up plain toed shoes. Just clip them on where you slip your foot into the shoe. You now have a pair of glamorous shoes that would ordinarily be plain.
How To Grow And Care For Burning Bush
Burning Bush (Euonymus) makes a wonderful ornamental addition to nearly any yard or garden. Here are some tips for growing and caring for burning bush in your landscape.
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