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May 7, 2005
Infrequent Blossoming Dogwood Tree
I have a dogwood tree that is at least 15 years old. I think it has blossomed only two or three times since buying it. What does it need nutrionally or is it the amount of sun it receives that is crucial for annual blossoming?
Cloud Filled Grand Canyon
I want to share our first visit to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It was awesome -- it was filled with clouds! We were told this was a rare occurrence.
Laundry Detergent Lid Planter
Here is an inexpensive craft for Mother's Day easy enough for pre-schoolers to do.
Homemade Fresh Brush Refills
Does anyone have some ideas for making your own Fresh Brush refills? I love the idea of a disposable toilet brush head, I just don't like the price, esp. since I swish the potty almost every day.
Give Your Presence, Or Calling Cards
With Mother's Day and Father's Day coming up, the best gift you could ever give is your presence. But if this is not possible, send them several prepaid calling cards so they can keep in touch with you and their grandchildren more often than maybe their budget will allow.
For Mother's Far Away
With Mother's Day right around the corner I thought I would send a tip that I like to use. We live several hours away from the closest relative so we need something easy to send.
I learned this recently. When applying mascara, remove the wand from the tube and wipe the excess off with a tissue before use. No more clumpy eyelashes.
How to Transplant Lilacs
Lilacs are exceptionally easy to transplant. I have transplanted many lilac bushes from the original bushes that my grandmother planted on our Wisconsin dairy farm 70 years ago. Early spring until late spring, from when the lilacs develop buds until they actually have small leaves, is the best time to transplant.
I have a girlfriend who saves all her rose bouquets from her husband from gift giving occasions. When the roses dry, she'll gently take the arrangement out to her garage, set it on some newspaper and thoroughly spray the floral arrangement with a good holding hair spray.
Storing Clothing in Totes on Wheels
I bought one of those clear plastic upright totes on wheels. It has 2 drawers in it. I wheeled this into my bedroom closet. I keep my bandanas and sweat bands in the top drawer.
Nail Polish Tips
Tips and ideas for applying and removing nail polish. Post your ideas.
Labeling Measuring Cups
I take an indelible pen and mark the size of each of my measuring cups on the inside (1/4, 1/2, etc.) so when I grab one they are easier to choose from.
Whiskey Sour in Strawberry Jam
Substitute whiskey sour mix for lemon juice when making strawberry jam.
Use an Old Freezer as a Pantry
Someone gave us a huge used upright freezer. It worked fine, but I didn't really need THAT much freezer space and it needed to be defrosted way too often for me.
May's Best Food Buys
Asparagus, Beans, Beef, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggs, Fish, Lamb, Lemons, Peas, Onions, Pineapple, Pork, Potatoes, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Summer Squash, and Tomatoes.
Preventing Vegetable Water from Boiling Over
When boiling potatoes, other vegetables, or pasta for your favorite recipe, a small amount, 1/2 tsp. or so of butter, will keep it from boiling over onto the burner.
Tips to help you cure a headache, post your ideas.
Tips for dealing with arthritis pain. Post your ideas.
Fireplace Safety Tips
Tips for using a fireplace to heat your home, safely. Post your ideas.
Nana's Chicken Pie
Cook pearl onions and carrots in boiling water to cover 5 minutes. Add green pepper; continue to cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and drain. add peas; set aside.
Sausage and Cornbread Pie
Cook sausage, onion, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat until meat is browned, stirring to crumble meat; drain. Add tomatoes, chilies, corn, and chili powder, simmer 20 minutes.
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