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June 16, 2006
Know Store Return Policy Before Buying
Before purchasing something from a store, make sure you know and understand their return policies, and how they apply to what you are buying.
Eat Half Your Entree
You have probably noticed that the serving sizes at most restaurants is either more than a person can eat or more than a person should eat.
A Guide to Freezing Pizza. Prepare and freeze pre-baked crusts ahead of time to have on hand when you need them. Freeze leftover meat, vegetables and cheese to use as toppings.
A Guide to Freezing Corn. Corn should be harvested for freezing in the "milk stage" (as soon as the kernels are full of sweet, milky-colored juice). If the fluid in the kernels is clear, the corn is not ready yet.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
I would like a good recipe for a chocolate peanut butter cheese cake.
Recipes Using Avocados
I love fresh avocados and can sometimes get really good deals on them. Does anyone know of a recipe or if you can freeze them in any way?
Making Mulberry Jam
I have many Mulberry trees that are almost ready to pick. I would like to make jam with them this year. Do I need to take out all the little stems when making cooked jam or will they cook up soft in the processing?
Losing Weight With a Treadmill
How do I know if I am burning fat when I use my treadmill? I have a calorie indicator and a pulse monitor but how do I know if I am working out effectively? I weigh 160 and am 5'9 and 37 years old.
Pet Roly-Poly (Pill Bug)
I would like to know about keeping a rolly pollie as a pet. I mostly want to know what to feed him. He's in a cage and has a name, I just want to know what to feed them.
Converting an Outdoor Cat into an Indoor Cat
I have two 12 year old cats who have lived their whole lives at my house. They are mainly indoor cats but have always been free to go outside whenever they wanted. In 2 weeks I will be moving to a mobile home. It has a small yard but there is a lot of traffic and I don't want to let them outside, at least not for a while.
Recipes Using Leftover Hot Dogs
What can I do with left over hot dogs?
Whitley (Lhasa Apso Mix) and Lacey
Whitley is a 4-5 year old mixed Lhasa. We adopted our girl from PetFinder on the internet about 2 years ago. She was Shabby Chic and needed lots of love...
Easy Chicken Feta Salad
The best part of this salad is that its so easy. Oh yeah, and it tastes so wonderful at the end of a hot day! I always appreciate easy meals. This is kid friendly too...
The Good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose...
Reduced Fat Chocolate Layer Pie
Combine 1 1/2 cups milk and pudding mix; with mixer, beat 1 minute (mixture will be very thick). Spoon into crust.
Banana Berry Smoothie
Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. . .
Praline Sundae Topping
Melt butter in a saucepan. Add brown sugar, marshmallows, corn syrup, and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until marshmallows are melted and mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; cool for 5 minutes. . .
Getting Your Pet to Pose for a Picture
If you are trying to get your pet to pose for a good picture:
Put zucchini, celery, onion, carrot and green pepper in skillet with cooking oil. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Homemade Ear Plugs
Here's a tip if you're going swimming and don't have any ear plugs. You can keep a new can of children's Silly Putty on hand, to tear off a bit to put in your ears.
Music Instruction Materials Online
I just scored on a concertina for $20 in a thrift shop (used ones go for 3 times that much) and the bonus is that I found I could get instructional material on the internet, so I could get going without further expense.
Keeping Brass and Silver-Plate From Getting Tarnished
To keep brass collectibles or silver-plated picture frames or various what-knots from tarnishing try this: While the item is new and bright colored, spray it with two coats of clear lacquer/shellac. Let it dry completely between coats. . .
Washington Rhododendron in May
On a grey, wet, May day in western Washington, the state flower (rhododendron) adds a little color...
My "Oasis" is in my backyard. A project all my own. My husband was a bit skeptical in the beginning, but now is quite enjoying it. It's pretty in the winter, but serene, private, shaded from the hot Georgia sun in the Spring/Summer when the leaves return. . .
Coat muffin cups with cooking spray. Combine sugar and eggs, and mix well. Stir in apples. Combine flour, bran, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; stir into apple mixture. Stir in raisins.
Cook mac and cheese as directed (for 8 minutes) drain. Cook ground beef and green pepper, drain. Mix all ingredients together and heat until just warmed all the way through...
Keeping the Floor Clean When Pets are Eating
When feeding pets canned food indoors, try this to make it much less messy. Place their bowl or dish on a large piece of newspaper. If the dish is against a wall, angle the newspaper so it extends a little way up the wall instead of laying flat on the floor.
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