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July 19, 2006
Sharpening a Pencil
Why is it that I can't seem to sharpen a pencil without the lead falling out as it gets pointed? I have to sharpen a few inches off a pencil until the lead does not break.
Mystery Shopping Advice
Mystery Shopping Advice. I am interested in mystery shopping. Has anyone done this with any companies that don't charge a fee and are easy to deal with? I know there are a lot of these companies, but I also know you have to watch which one you deal with.
Craft Ideas for Socks
Here are some craft ideas using socks.
Duct Tape Picture Frame
Even if you don't have a frame, you can make your pictures look decorative with colored duct tape! Add a magnet to the back and you can display it on your refrigerator with pride.
Wrap Around Rainbow Twine Bottle
A decorative bottle made from a recycled bottle, twine, decoupage glue and clear acrylic paint.
Garter Snake Under the Bush
Garter Snake Under the Bush Photo. I was weeding the peony bush I have planted under the mailbox. I checked to see if I got all the weeds and much to my surprise this garter snake was looking back at me.
Tissue Paper Pot
When you want to make those dull, red clay pots into something for display, all you need is some tissue paper, glue and water mixture, and clear varnish.
Save Money on Printing
Save Money on Printing Tip. I have started using the draft mode on my home computer's printer, you can too, and this will save ink "in some programs." You can change your preferences and settings so you print in draft mode for all programs, and then you don't have to change it every time you print. . .
Natural Heating Pad
Take a tube sock of whatever size you would like and fill 3/4 full of instant rice. Put in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. You will have a natural heating pad.
Buying Bargain Books
Buying Bargain Books tip. I always look at the bargain tables at the major book chains, like Barnes and Noble, for deals on books for presents - especially when they are marked down to less than $5. . .
Isis (Tabby/Blue Russian)
Isis is our 2 year old Tabby, Blue Russian. I work at a daycare and we have a cat there. She had kittens which I helped deliver.
A quick skillet dish that would be delicious with rice or pasta.
Poll: Do you have a guilty pleasure or something you splurge on?
Today's poll asks: Do you have a guilty pleasure or something you splurge on?
Quick and Easy Bean Soup
Quick and Easy Bean Soup Recipe. Combine one can of Navy beans (including liquid), one half can water, one scant teaspoon of bouillon, pepper to taste. Heat to simmer. Add desired amount leftover meat, sausage, or cooked bacon. . .
Refilling Ink Cartridges
Save money by refilling your own printer cartridges. I found that refilling ink cartridges is very simple and will save a ton of money! I ordered a refill kit from inksell.com and it came with everything to do the job. . .
Lemon-Watercress Butter Sauce
Recipe for Lemon-Watercress Butter Sauce. In large skillet, over medium heat, melt butter. Add shallots; saute' 2 minutes. Stir in flour until blended; cook 1 minute. Add half the watercress; saute' briefly, just until wilted. . .
Roasted Tomato Salsa
To roast tomatoes, place tomatoes on broiler pan, and broil 4 inches from heat for 5 minutes. Turn, and roast 5 minutes more. Cool 10 minutes. Peel away charred skin; halve and core tomatoes.
Summer Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Quarter several fresh garden tomatoes. Peel and slice one or two or more fresh cucumbers. Peel and slice one or two good, sweet onions. . .
Smooth Jell-O Pops
Recipe for Smooth Jell-O Pops. Dissolve Jell-O gelatin, instant soft drink mix, and sugar in boiling water. Add cold water. Pour into ice cube trays or small paper cups. . .
Frosty Freeze Pie
Combine cream cheese and marshmallow creme, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add sherbet; mix well.
July Birthday Decorations
I enjoy decorating for the month of July because my son and husband's birthdays are in July (5th and 27th).
Egg Salad Sandwich
Recipe for Egg Salad Sandwich. Mash 6 hardboiled eggs (or more) with potato masher. Add what you may want of Kraft Sandwich Spread, start with less as you mix. . .
My Frugal Life - More Time Spent With Your Children
How can you measure the worth of spending time with your child? In time? Money spent on activities? Neither! It is in their eyes when it is you they see when they wake up. It is in the way they say, "Momma", their voice so sweet and true.
Uses Toilet Paper Roll Wrappers
Save wrapper from individual toilet paper rolls. When disposing sanitary products use the wrapper instead of toilet paper.
Saving for the Wedding
Before our daughter got married, we charged her room and board once she had a job. However, instead of spending it we saved it without her knowing it. . .
Chocolate Sponge Cake
Recipe for Chocolate Sponge Cake. In small bowl, combine and beat well the flour, cocoa, baking powder, 1 cup sugar, egg yolks, water, and vanilla. In a large bowl, beat until stiff, egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar. . .
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