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May 9, 2011
Troubleshooting an Ice Maker That is Not Making Ice
My ice maker quit making ice. I changed the filter and water came out of the water dispenser but nothing for ice making
Asian Ladybug Trap Pheromone
Is the lure in this trap a natural pheromone? Or can it be man made?
Asian Ladybug Trap
Is the lure in this trap a natural pheromone? or can it be man made?
Eco-Friendly Homemade Housecleaning Products
How many and which herbs can be substituted for the traditional rather toxic store bought cleaners, i.e. rug cleaners, laundry bleach, fabric softeners, window cleaners, etc.?
Epsom Salt For Flowers
How much Epsom salt do I add to a gallon of water for flowers?
Fixing a Slow Running Drain
I have 5 year old plumbing in my kitchen and bath. Both drains are now running very slowly. Any quick, inexpensive solutions?
Dehydrator Recipes and Other Suggestions
Do you have any recipes or suggestions on using a dehydrator?
Alternative Uses for China Markers
What are some alternate uses for china markers? I found a box and don't know what to do with them. I can't remember why we bought them. Thanks.
Clearance Items for Christmas
Iif you do a little on-line shopping at any major stores and click on "clearance", you'll find incredible deals on sweaters, down vests, winter hats, etc. Quality items will go for 50-75% off of what you would pay in November or December.
Document Historical Events with Photography
One way that I document historical events in a personal way is to take a photograph of the television screen when major events are being broadcast. I started this on 9/11.
Keep Light Bulbs From Sticking
An electrician recommended that I smear a little vaseline/petroleum jelly on the screw-in base of a new bulb when I put it in.
Attach Remote to TV With Velcro
I keep a remote controlled television in the kitchen where I watch the news and my favorite programs while cooking or cleaning. Attached to the TV is a DVD player with it's own remote.
Lacing Project for Preschoolers
I take care of a couple of preschoolers a few hours each week. Lately they are into "lacing". I made my own lacing boards. Store bought ones run from $2 to $12.
Keep Grocery List in Cell Phone
I keep my grocery list on the "notepad" of my cell phone, so that when I go to the store, all I have to do is check on my phone to see what I need. No more forgotten grocery list at home. I always have my cell phone with me.
Hang Drying Small Items
Being short on space to hang lines for my small laundry items, I lined up three laundry baskets on the bed in the room next to the laundry room. That gives me plenty of room to hang all small items.
Crocheted Beach Bag From Plastic Grocery Bags
I keep our plastic grocery bags and re-use them, but sometimes we get way too many to keep around. I fold them flat and cut strips of plastic circle and intertwine them.
My Frugal Life: Shopping Wisely
Once again today, I scored at the thrift store. Last week, I did very well at Aldi. My family is considered "upper middle class" and yes, we shop at such stores.
Photo: Tough Job (Cutting Down A Tree)
I watched this guy meticulously trim the branches from this tree in my neighbor's back yard, and carefully lower them to the ground by rope. Then he took the tree down a chunk at a time. Not for the faint at heart to be sure.
Wildlife: Bee Hive
This bee cluster was in a very small tree in front of a residence. The bees were probably keeping the queen bee warm. The cluster of bees stayed there for approximately 2 days.
Scenery: Small Lake (Bancroft, Ontario)
Here is a photo of our small lake outside Bancroft, Ontario, at the end of last summer. Can't wait for the weather to warm up to enjoy these scenes again!
One-Dish Chicken Florentine
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Season chicken, if desired, with salt and pepper. In a 9x13 inch baking dish, combine pasta sauce, water, rice, and spinach.
Fruity Summer Cooler
Mix honey, limeade concentrate, and poppy seed in medium bowl. Carefully toss fruit with honey mixture. Sprinkle with almonds.
Let pie crusts stand at room temperature according to package directions. Meanwhile, for filling, in a large skillet, cook the sausage, chopped onion and chopped green pepper until meat is brown and vegetables are tender.
Spaghetti Squash Salad
Remove seeds and stringy pieces from center or squash. Discard. Cook each half of squash in microwave for 8 minutes. Will be VERY hot! When cool, use a fork to rake the insides of the squash.
Quick and Easy Crepes for Kids
When I was a Cub Scout leader, we made these often. They were such a big hit, that most of the boys asked for the recipe so they could make them at home, and my own boys did too.
Repairing Squeaky Shoes
How can you prevent shoes from squeaking?
Where Can I Get Repair Parts and Owner's Manual for Pop Up Camper?
I need to know how to repair the cables that make my 1976 Starcraft pop up camper go up? Also, where can I get the cables and owner's manual?
Reuse Jars for Leftovers
I was washing an empty Miracle Whip plastic jar for recycling, when I decided the jar would hold a lot of left overs. I use the bowl containers from butter and cream whips, but I realized I can get more in the large Miracle Whip container.
Mother's Day Rocking Horse Craft
If helping a child with this project, the adult can cut the cardboard pieces and work with the hot glue while the child can decorate the horse and fill the cup with goodies!
Cilantro and Lime Dijon Mayonnaise
Great as a dip, spread, or topping. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and chill, covered, for one to two hours to allow the flavors to blend.
Garlic Green Beans with Tomatoes
A different twist on green beans. Drain green beans. Add stewed tomatoes, about 1 teaspoon minced garlic, seasoned salt, and pepper according to your taste.
Decorated Chocolate Chip Cookies
It's delicious and good for a quick snack!
Shrimp Pad Thai
My favorite memories of my dear friend from Thailand, were of us laughing together over a good, authentic Pad Thai. This recipe is easy and so delicious!
Seasonal Refrigerator Magnets
What to do with those advertising magnets; that is the question? Let the kids make holiday decorations for the refrigerator out of them; that is the answer!
Packson is a 10 year old Tabby. I adopted him in 2005 at the Nebraska Humane Society.
Getting Dental Work Done Without Insurance
I am in need of periodontal work and have no insurance. Where is the most inexpensive place to get it done?
Best Frozen Meals for Losing Weight
I am looking for a way on how to start my own diet plan using something like Weight Watcher's frozen food packages from the store, etc. I would like some advice on what store brought frozen food I should buy to help me with my goal of losing weight.
My Newly Planted Geraniums are Turning Yellow
I purchased my geraniums several weeks ago. Finally I planted them this week because the leaves were turning yellow and the buds looked awful. Will they survive or should I pull them all up and start over? I picked all the yellow leaves and drooping flowers off.
Kitchen Dilema: Paint Color Advice for Cupboards and...
We just bought this place and I have no idea what to start with for colors. I like the countertop and I think that will be my jumping off point. I am planning on painting the cupboards, walls, trashing the curtains, and possibly putting blinds instead?
Peanut (Basset Hound)
Peanut is a 6 year old Basset Hound. We got him when he was 8 weeks old. He likes to go for walks. He follows our son around everywhere.
Removing a Tick From a Pet
The best way to remove a tick, use tweezers or a tick removal device and pull the tick off. Grab the tick as close to the head as possible. With steady, gentle pressure, pull the tick out of the skin.
Home Remedy for Flies
I live next to a ranch. During the summer the flies are out in insane amounts. I was wondering if there is a home remedy or natural way to get rid of them? I don't want to use chemicals and fly tape only gets rid of a few.
Homemade Repellent to Keeps Cats from Scratching Carpets
Does anyone have the recipe for stopping cats from scratching my carpets? We found it once online and it worked great. I can remember it had cloves, cayenne pepper, I think rosemary and baking soda, but I can't remember the whole recipe and I can't find it anymore.
Removing Metallic Taste from Stainless Steel Thermos
How do you remove a metallic taste from a stainless steel thermos?
Income Ideas for a Stay at Home Mom
I am a SAHM with two kids under 2. I was getting disability checks for 1,000 dollars and they have just been turned off. That's 1,000 dollars each month that we won't have and we are barely making it as it is.
What I Can Spray on My Lawn to Break Down Thatch?
I had my lawn thatched this spring. There's still a lot more is there. Is something I can spray on to help break down the thatch?
Finding a Basket Spring for an Eight Cup Percolator
I am looking for the spring that holds the basket in the percolator. I have an 8 cup percolator that I love. Please help me find the above. Thanks.
Older Dishwasher Not Drying Dishes
Our 38 yr. old Hobart Kitchenaid dishwasher is doing a poor job of drying the dishes. What part should we be looking to replace? We're having a problem finding a place with replacement parts for such an old machine. Thanks.
What Temperature Water Do I Use to Remove a Chocolate Clothing Stain?
All I need to know is if you wash the clothes in hot, warm, or cold water?
User's Manual For Older Brother Sewing Machine...
We bought the sewing machine when we lived in England. It is a model 730. There are several model numbers that are very similar, but not the same! Ours is a "regular" sewing machine, model 730.
How Do I Freeze Bread Dough?
Can all bread dough be frozen for future use? I like to make honey wheat bread from scratch, which has no white flour. At what point can I freeze the dough for future use? Also, can you make rolls out of your favorite bread recipe or dough?
How Can I Reapply a Peeling Letter on an Athletic Shirt?
We managed to get a normally very expensive football shirt a lot cheaper because it had a slight defect as one of the letters is peeling off. Does anyone have any tips for reapplying?
Prepping Older Kitchen Cabinets for Painting
I need to paint some 60s vintage kitchen cabinets. They are "custom" oak veneer plywood. There has been some delamination on some of the doors and drawer fronts. What would be the best way to fill these damaged areas prior to priming and painting?
Growing Camellias from Cuttings
Is it possible to start a camellia from a cutting? And if so, how do I proceed? Do I use new growth? Please share your advice. It will be most appreciated.
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