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April 4, 2006
Five Things You Should Be Doing but Probably Aren't
People hate to think about negative things happening, but it's a fact of life that they happen. The more people prepare for unfortunate events the less stressful these times will be. Here are five simple things that you probably aren't doing but need to be.
Poll: Are you the most frugal person you know?
Today's poll asks: Are you the most frugal person you know?
It's easy to grow shrubs and many other plants by simply planting a branch. Cut off a branch and bury it in decent soil leaving only 6-8 inches out of the ground. It may be small, but it will grow.
Cleaning an Air Filter
You can prolong the life of your air cleaner filter by getting a non-allergic member of the family to remove and WASH the pellon filter to remove excess dust which clogs it. Then dry and use as usual.
Q. What kind of fish do grizzlies catch?
Silky Looking Cakes
Professionally decorated cakes always seem to have a molten, silky look. To achieve this look at home, frost as usual and then use a hair dryer to "blow-dry" the frosted surfaces (on low) until it looks right.
Vistas in Every Room
On a visit to my urban apartment a friends commented that I had put "vistas" in every room - and, although it hadn't been conscious, I realize that I had positioned pictures in every room that looked as if they were artistic "windows" to an outside natural world. It really does make it easier to live in the city with them.
Saving Money on Printer Paper
Tips for saving money on printer paper.
Hanging Paper Towels on a Boat, Camper or RV
On our boat we use a stretchy "bungee" cord to hang up our paper towel roll (you put the cord through the roll). You could do the same in your camper or RV - or anywhere else, for that matter!
Leather vs. Plastic or Vinyl Shoes and Purses
Real leather shoes and bags wear better in the long run, and can be polished and waxed. BUT in the rain (or the snow), PLASTIC or vinyl has the benefit of not being ruined by water.
Living Without a Microwave
My 5-year-old microwave died shortly before Thanksgiving last year and my budget didn't allow for replacing it right away even though we had company coming for Thanksgiving. I mentally made a note to replace it after the first of the year; however in January, I thought I would wait for a good sale.
My son is now 7 and we are having a hard time with the bed wetting. I will take his drinks away at 6 PM and wake him up to let him go to the restroom but he still happens wets his bed. He has been prescribed medicine and it isn't working either.
Embroidering a Robin
I am in need of a transfer to hand embroider a robin. As young children, my siblings and I lost our mother and because she always woke us in the mornings with the "red robin" song. I thought it would be nice to give to my siblings a robin with the song framed.
ZoeyZen (Old English Sheep Dog)
ZoeyZen is a 5 year old Old English Sheepdog. We got Zoey when she was 10 weeks old in 2001.
Italian Delight (from Gladys)
Brown 1/2 onion, 1/2 bell pepper and garlic with 1 lb. ground beef.
Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
Combine all ingredients in a small jar and refrigerate.
Jubilee Salad Ring
Drain raspberries, reserving syrup. Set raspberries aside. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve gelatin in the boiling water.
The French Quarter
The French Quarter, New Orleans
Hot Turkey Sandwiches
Mix all ingredients, except cheese, in crockpot or electric skillet. Heat until bubbly. Stir in the grated cheese and serve on buns.
Simply Elegant Steak and Rice
Cut onions into 1/2 inch slices and separate into rings. Drain mushrooms and reserve liquid. Cut steak into thin strips. In a large ovenproof skillet, brown meat in oil using high heat. . .
Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until mixture thickens. . .
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