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February 8, 2005
Thrifty Ways To Add a Warm Touch To Your Home
We have just moved to a much larger home. I would be interested in hearing how some of you have added warm comfortble touches to your homes. Thriftly, of course. Beth
Wet Stain On Suede Jacket
My son "threw" his suede jacket into his locker at school and a wet smelly substance, (who knows what), was on the sleeve. He tried to wash it off with water. Now has a wet looking, still smelly sleeve. I have tied off the sleeve into a bag that is filled with baking soda. Any suggestions to get a uniformed color back from what the washing with water left on the jacket's sleeve? With dry cleaning being so expensive, he can just go purchase another jacket! Thanks for your help, Mrs. Jones
How to Look After a Chile Plant
How do I look after a potted chile plant? If any one has any ideas I'd be most grateful. It has little white flowers but the chiles that were growing have all shrivelled up! It is the only plant in my flat, and deserves a good life! Many thanks in advance! Julie (near London)
Need Help Rearranging My Living Room
I need some help rearranging my living room. We have a room that has several windows and is very difficult to work with. I am hoping to make this room a bit more cozy and inviting as well as improve the lighting.
Stop Action Image
When trying to capture a 'stop-action' photo, take multiple shots as fast as you can to raise the possibility of getting a good shot. By Aginghippie
Meet Cookie! (Jack Russell Terrier)
Cookie is a Jack Russell Terrier, approx 10 mos.old and 11 pounds of fun. She is very calm, loveable she does get wild but that is only outside. She does chase our spoiled cat Scottie around and Scottie is not sure about that but loves Cookie.
Treating Stains When You Travel
Take along a stain pretreatment stick whenever you travel -- using it on stains before they set will ensure that they will wash out when you get home.
Remedy For a Stubborn Zipper
Do you have zippers that don't operate smoothly? To make a zipper slide better, rub a bar of soap over the teeth.
Keeping Packed Sandwiches Fresh
Put tomatoes and lettuce in a separate container and place in your sandwich later to avoid mushy bread. Also, keep your mustard, etc. in the lounge kitchen (also to avoid mushy bread). By Crystal Podvin
Make a Jersey Quilt
Take the jerseys you have accumulated and make them into quilt squares. This is a neat keepsake. My son is in hockey and has a lot of jerseys.
Keeping Vegetable Water
Whenever I cook vegetables such as broccoli, carrots etc. I always pour the water into a plastic tub (peanut butter jar) and keep it in the freezer. I add to it each time I cook vegetables. This way I always have stock on hand for soups etc. By Margaret
Counter Garbage Can
Take an 2-3 pound coffee can and line it with your used ziplock bag.
Sharing Our Sam's Club Membership
I have a family of six, have two parents and my brother and his wife are another pair. We love to save wherever we can and found a thrifty way to use our Sam's Club membership. We have found that we can save a lot by buying in bulk, however, perishables do not always get eaten fast enough.
Whitening Your Dentures
Let soak 10-20 minutes then rinse really really well. Do this as often as needed to keep them white. I've tried it and it does work. You won't taste the bleach
This is a great soup recipe and feel free to add or delete any veggies that you may or may not have. It's called harvest soup but I also call it "clean out the refrigerator soup".
Molasses Sugar Cookies
Cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses and egg, beating well. Sift flour, soda, spices, and salt. Add to first mixture. Mix well. Chill, then form 1 inch balls.
Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cream together the shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add the eggs and the flavoring and beat well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; add to the above. Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips.
Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Add salt and sugar, melted shortening and 2 cup flour. Beat real good with electric beater. Add the eggs and beat again.
Oat Bran Apple Muffins
Mix eggs, milk, vegetable oil and honey. Mix in rest of the ingredients. Fill muffin pan with liners in the pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 19 muffins
Eyeglasses, Glass Windshield, Wiper Blades
Clean Eyeglasses, Car Windshields & Wipers by using paper coffee filters. These filters cut grease & give you great results. When your wipers are not performing well try cleaning the Wipers first before replacing them. . .
Easy and Cheap Chicken and Gravy
This is a simple, inexpensive, and delicious chicken dish that you can make, it's one of my favorites. You can make this meal complete by adding mashed potatoes and vegetables, such as carrots, peas, or green beans.
Perfume on Pink Suede Purse
A bottle of victorias secret body spray - garden scent leaked on my brand new pink suede coach purse. It covers 1/4 of it. What should I do? HELP. Allissa from Idaho
Refilling Scented Oil Warmers
We inherited several of the plug-in scented oil warmers (ours are Airwick) when we bought our house. I would like to use them, but the refills are so expensive and they only come in a few scents. Does anybody have any ideas on how to refill the little bottles, or even if you can? Camilla
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