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October 20, 2006
Longer Lasting Paint Brushes
When you buy a new paint brush, soak it in linseed oil for 12 hours before using it for the first time. This will extend the life of the paint brush and make it easier to clean.
Painting Above Your Head
When you need to paint above your head and don't want paint drips falling on the floor or on your face, cut a slit in a paper plate and put your paint brush handle through it. The plate will catch the drips.
Shelling Walnuts. How to break walnut in one piece without making the nut in pieces?
Browning Flour for Gravy
The key to having appealing looking brown gravy, rather than pale gravy, is to brown the flour you use to thicken the gravy. Brown the flour in a skillet before adding liquid.
Find Special Discounts
Find out which discounts you qualify for and use them. My husband is a teacher, and gets a free discount card at Barnes and Noble, which brings down the price of the bargain books he finds there even lower.
Recipe for Brownie Mix. Mix dry ingredients thoroughly and cut shortening in. Refrigerate in sealable plastic container. Keeps indefinitely.
Air Travel With a Companion
Air Travel with a Companion. When traveling by air with a companion, be sure each checked piece of luggage has a change of clothing and some toiletries for the other person.
Canned Milk As Glue
Using canned milk instead of household glue.
Homemade Chocolate and Vanilla Pudding Mix
Homemade Chocolate and Vanilla Pudding Mix. It's easy to make your own homemade pudding mixes. They cost much less than the commercially made mixes.
Creepy Dry Ice Flask
This bubbling Flask decoration is made with food coloring and a little dry ice for fog and the bubbles.
Easy Corn Soup
Recipe for Easy Corn Soup. Combine corn with milk, powdered bouillon, butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to taste. You can also add any herbs you like, dried or fresh.
Chocolate Oat Scotchies
Recipe for Chocolate Oat Scotchies. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter; stir in brown sugar and corn syrup until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in 1/4 cup peanut butter and vanilla until blended. Add the oats; mix well.
Buying Gifts on Vacation
The very next time you are fortunate enough to visit a foreign or exotic place, take an hour or so of extra shopping time and make a serious effort to take to your children back home a whole new sort of gifting selections.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put 1/3 of the frozen potatoes in a 13x9 inch dish. Add chopped onion. Put in rest of potatoes and add pepper. Melt together cheese and butter.
Cook spaghetti and drain. Cook bacon and break up. Saute' mushrooms and onions in 2 Tbsp. bacon grease. Remove mushrooms and onions and melt butter with bacon grease.
Brown Sugar Goodies
Recipe for Brown Sugar Goodies. Combine sugar, syrup, and milk; mix well. Cook to about 238 degrees F, using candy thermometer. Take off and add butter at once. Cool till lukewarm.
Using Aluminum Foil
Using Aluminum Foil. Have you ever noticed that aluminum foil is shinier on one side than on the other? When you use foil for cooking (for example, when you wrap potatoes for baking), make sure the least shiny side is facing out.
Cheesy Zombie Fingers
Here's a fun and easy appetizer for your Halloween party. These are easy to make with string cheese and green peppers.
Benjie is a 2 year old Maltese/Dachshund. We got her on April 9, 2004.
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