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October 3, 2005
Freeze Nectarines Before Peeling
Chill whole unpeeled nectarines until semi-frozen (1.5 to 2 hours). Peel with a vegetable peeler.
Boil Nectarines Before Peeling
The best way I have found is to plunge them into boiling water for a second or two. Then into an ice bath. The peel should split and come off easily.
Keeping Needles Easy to Use
When doing any craft work with a needle, I keep a hotel bar of soap handy, they are small, when you finish or need to sharpen your needle or it needs to slip in easy, wipe it down with the soap or poke end of needle in the soap. It makes it easy to use.
Molly (Dusky Conure) and Sammy (Sun Conure)
Here is a picture of Molly and Sammy. Molly is a 12 year old Dusky Conure. Sammy is a 13 year old Sun Conure. They love to play out of their cage. They want to eat whatever we are eating. They love spagehtti, ice cream, waffles, pancakes etc. There isn't much that they won't eat. They also talk and can be quite vocal at times!
Gift for Couples First Christmas
For a great wedding or shower gift, give Christmas ornaments for their first christmas together.
RJ (Beagle Mix)
This is our baby, R.J. He is a 7 yr. old Beagle mix. We got him 6 years ago from a newspaper ad for free after my husband and I both had lost our pet dog companions of many years.
Keepsake Sports Quilt
Several years ago I picked up a huge piece of material, the size of a twin bed, with a football field and player on it. My grandson has loved to spread it on the floor and have his own football game on it.
To make easy, tasty dumplings, mix together 3 eggs, one cup of flour and one cup of cottage cheese. Drop into very hot stew or soup. Great tasting and oh so easy!
Donating Hotel Shampoo Bottles
I am a registered nurse and also volunteer for the Red Cross and will be leaving shortly for the disaster in New Orleans. I just wanted to suggest a wonderful way to help your local shelter.
Melt and Pour Soapmaking
You can melt the base in a double boiler or the microwave. If you choose the microwave, make sure you cover the bowl you are melting the melt and pour (MP) with Saran Wrap to keep the excess moisture from evaporating out.
Baking More Than One Meatloaf
When baking more than one meatloaf, how much longer should I cook them? Should the temperature change?
Milk Question about Fudge Recipe
This recipe was listed, questions were asked and no answers were forthcoming and I still want to know... what kind of milk and how big a can? Here is the recipe as it appeared in a newsletter dated 9-10-05:
Does anyone any tips on peeling nectarines?
I would like to make big, light weight Medallion earrings. Can anyone give me some suggestions on how and what to make them out of?
It's been a while since the last time I posted about my cabin. I went to WV and painted the bead board white. I just couldn't decide on what colors to pick, and you know white looks pretty good.
Caring for Lavender and Fuschia in the Winter
Does anyone know if lavender and fuschia can stay outside in zone 6 during the winter months? I have all types. If not, can I bring it in as a houseplant? And how would I do that?
Permanent Ink Stain Out of a Silk or Satin Shirt
I would like to know how to get a permanent ink stain out of a silk or satin shirt. I do not know how long it has been there. Please help?
Health Risks from Stainless Steel Pots
Does anyone know if pit marks on the inside of a stainless steel pot are dangerous to your health? We have a pot that is one year old and now had pit marks.
New York Cheesecake
In a food processor, combine the ricotta, yogurt, Splenda, egg substitute, flour, vanilla, and lemon zest. Process until partially smoothed, about 1-1/2 minutes.
How do you remove the smell of rotten tomatoes?
I had a bag of tomatoes and I forgot about them on my kitchen counter. There was no room left in the refrigerator, so I figured they would be fine. After a couple of days, I noticed a rotten, foul smell. I put them in the garbage, and I cleaned the countertops and everything that was around it with an all purpose cleaner and then old dutch.
Middle Eastern-Style Chicken
In a skillet coated with nonstick spray coating, cook the chicken pieces over medium heat, turning frequently, until they begin to brown
Chicken Breasts with Cheese
Mix butter, garlic and herbs together, spread 1 tsp. on each breast. Top with one finger of cheese. Roll jelly roll style and secure with a tooth pick. Chill for a couple of hours. Mix bread crumbs and grated parmesan cheese together.
Christmas Gifts Using White Chocolate
I would like to know ways to use POUNDS of white chocolate chips that melted (by mistake) and now are a solid mass. Could it be remelted and molded into ornaments or gifts of some sort?
Lunar Rhubarb Cake
Cream butter and sugar until smooth, beat in egg and vanilla. Mix together the 2 cups of flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 dry and 2 liquid additions. Toss rhubarb with 1 tbsp flour and mix gently into the batter.
3-Minute Apple Cobbler
PLACE wafers in microwaveable bowl. Top with applesauce. MICROWAVE on HIGH 15 sec. or until hot. Let stand 1 min. to cool slightly. TOP with whipped topping. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
Peanut Butter Custard Pie
Combine ingredients and pour into pastry lined pie plate. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for 30-40 minutes longer or till knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Protecting Asparagus In The Winter
This request is for Ellen Brown. How can I protect my asparagus ferns from the winter months so they don't die back. Would covering them with plastic where they are hanging help them or hurt them? Do they require water during the winter if covered?
Crafts Using Gourds
I am a crafter wanna be but have a lack of imagination, so I need pictures of other peoples crafts to get me started. I have a lot of old barn wood and can't get any ideas on what to do with it. The same with gourds as I find I am not the greatest painter. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Tips for Losing 50 (or more) Pounds
I have tried everything to lose 60 pounds. I am about to turn 40. Any ideas on how to finally deal with this problem would be gratefully accepted. Because our good Lord knows, my ideas are not working up to this point.
Separating Stuck Together Pages
I stored some crafting books in my storage barn in a box for a couple of years because I didn't have room for them in my home and wasn't ready to part with them.
Turkey With Coke
I also heard you can cook a turkey with coke, I wish I knew in detail how that is done?
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