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August 24, 2006
Burnt Burner Covers
My mother was at my house and didn't realize that my stainless steel burners covers were over my electric burners on my stove. She turned on a burner and it created a bronze colored stain on the burner cover.
Are Toads Harmful To Dogs?
My dog recently caught a toad and after spitting it out starting foaming at the mouth. On a recent post about what foods are poisonous to dogs there was a tip to go to the ASPCA site.
Keeping Leeches Away From You While Swimming
Do you know a way to keep leeches away from you while swimming? Perhaps a natural repellent of some kind?
Qmodel Commercial Ice Machine Not Working
My Qmodel (by Manitowoc) commercial ice machine won't go into harvest mode and is not making ice at all.
Suggestions for Using Balsamic Vinegar
I received a bottle of balsamic vinegar as a gift and I need suggestions on how to use it.
Freezing Creamed Corn
Can you freeze creamed corn?
Making Paper Mache Plaques
Does anyone know how to make paper mache plaques for painting? They are usually used for welcome signs and such, and the wooden plaques can be very expensive.
Getting Rid of a Tan
I have had a tan for many years now. I have tried everything to get rid of it. Should I use lemon juice?
Recipes Using Cornbread
I seem to always have leftover cornbread. I hate for it to go in the trash once it gets too dry to eat. Besides putting it in milk and eating it or using it for stuffing, does anyone have a recipe that uses baked cornbread?
Blues Theme Party
I am hosting a summer party/wedding reception and the theme is "Peace of the Blues." We have a blues guitar player performing plus a lot of background blues to play between sets, as well as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the "Blues Brothers" with their soundtrack.
Button Tied to Candle Wick
A friend recently bought candles at Kohl's, one is a small pillar and one is round. Each had a long wick tied in a knot at the end with a button attached to the end. Anyone know what the button is for?
York, Mango Bay, Tropical Birds NG8097
I am looking for a discontinued wallpaper York, Mango Bay, Tropical Birds NG8097. Can anyone help me find it?
When traveling or even commuting, be mindful of regional bargains. For example, when we drive to Eastern Washington (from Western Washington), we visit some fruit stands to take advantage of bargains on apples and cherries.
Mixing Frozen Juice Concentrate
Use a potato masher to break up frozen juice concentrate. It will dissolve much faster when broken up. You can also put the juice concentrate along with the required water into a blender to quickly mix it together.
Cut Your Own Roasts And Steaks
We buy briskets on sale and cut them into roasts and steaks. You may wish to marinate the steaks before cooking.
Teaching Laundry Skills To College Bound Students
While parents are preparing to send their children off to college, they try to think of all the material items to take with them to supply their dorm rooms. One thing that some parents don't think of, is showing your child how to do his/her own laundry.
Saving For School Expenses
Saving For School Expenses. Purchasing school supplies takes a huge bite out of our budget (and it's a free public education!) Each payday, I place $25 in an envelope to be used for school related expenses. . .
Stretching Ground Beef
For ground beef, substitute 3/4 lb for any recipe calling for 1 lb. It adds up to savings over time and no one will miss it.
Perennial Blooming Shrubbery
Perennial blooming shrubbery bursts forth as reliably as the robin sings, each happy springtime. . .
Skipper Butterfly Photo. This is a very tiny 'Skipper' butterfly. I set my finger behind it to show just how tiny it is. When you have one or more butterfly bushes in your yard. . .
Recipe for Big Cookies. Place golf ball size cookies about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 to 350 degrees F for 10 - 15 minutes . . .
Brutus (German Shepherd and Siberian Husky Mix)
Brutus Photo. Brutus is my 1 1/2 year old German Shepherd/Siberian Husky Mix.
Printing Just What You Want
To print only what you want instead of all the ads and links, highlight only what you want to print. Go to File, Print and under print range. . .
Hannah And Her First Ponytail
Froggies And Her First Ponytail Photo. Hannah, my 14 month old granddaughter, wanted to play in the rocks in our new water garden feature in our front yard; her hair has grown in the back so I put her hair up in her first ponytail. . .
The Best Advice Is From Health Professionals
Best Advice Is From Health Professionals. This web site is awesome and I truly enjoy it each and every day. I have noticed, though, that many requests are for information about health problems either for people or their pets. . .
Ooey-Gooey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add 1/4 condensed milk, butter and 1/4 cup milk, and package of cake mix together.
Preventing Bacon From Sticking
Preventing Bacon From Sticking. If you sprinkle just a tiny bit of sugar in the skillet when you are browning bacon. . .
Recipe for What Cake. Mix oatmeal and butter together. Pour boiling water over them to soften. Add soda, cinnamon, salt, flour, sugars, and eggs. . .
Quote: "Love never asks how much must I do. . ."
Love never asks how much must I do, but how much can I do.
Plant Art: Topiary Design
By definition, topiary is the art of training, cutting and trimming plants into ornamental designs. The word itself is from the Latin word, Topia, meaning "ornamental gardening."
Seven Layer Cookies
Recipe for Seven Layer Cookies. Melt oleo in 9x13 inch pan and spread rest of ingredients in order over butter. . .
Mexican Garden Salad
A hearty, taco flavored main dish salad served with tortilla chips.
Wood Planter Patterns
I'm looking for plans to make a wooden planter for outside. Does anyone have any or know of a website that has free plans?
Easy Bread Pudding
Recipe for Easy Bread Pudding. Mix sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Beat in eggs and slowly stir in milk. Add rolls that have been broken up into small pieces. Add raisins. . .
Use Old Sunscreen As Moisturizer
Most people toss out products when the expiration date comes about. For your sunscreen. . .
Wash cauliflower, don't dry. Place cauliflower in casserole dish. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave 8-9 minutes until tender.
I would like to plant some peony bushes. When is the best time to do this?
Half of My Daylilies Didn't Bloom
For the past 3 summers my daylilies have bloomed so well. This year, half the group did not develop scapes, while half did and are now in bloom.
Frugal and Tightwad Living
This is my story about frugal and tightwad living! To start, I live alone right now. I have been frugal my whole 38 years. I am also a tightwad. My family laughs about to what lengths I will go to live the way I do.
Transplanting and Harvesting Mint
I started a container mint herb garden and I would like to know if I can transfer it into my regular garden and if so, when? I also need to know when is the best time to harvest it and how. Can you freeze it or do you dry it?
Question About Ellen
I just want to know how you know so much about gardening? Did you go to horticulture school or what? I love the newsletter, thanks for publishing it!
Adding Acidity to My Roses
I need to add acidity to my flowers bed for roses. What should I use?
Pruning a Weeping Cherry Tree
I have a newly planted weeping cherry tree, last year. It is at least 3 years old. This year it has shoots growing on the bottom of the trunk. Do I keep them on it or do I cut them off.
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