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June 13, 2007
Minimizing Diseases in Vegetable Gardens
Diseases from bacteria, viruses and fungi can lead to the early demise of your plants. What are some tips for minimizing diseases in vegetable gardens?
Moe the Monkey Board Game
While cleaning out the attic, I found a board game from the 70's called "Moe the Monkey," produced by Romper Room. Does anyone have the rules for the game or know of a web site that might have directions for nostalgic games?
English Version of Graham Crackers
What are the English version of Graham Crackers?
Recipes for Someone with Prader-Willi Syndrome
Does anyone have any recipe ideas for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome?
Healthier Tunnel of Fudge Cake
I'd like to make this Tunnel of Fudge cake healthier. Suggestions? "This is the recipe Pillsbury offers for the prize-winning cake that started the bundt pan revolution. It is not exactly the same as Ella Helfrich's because Pillsbury stopped making the double dutch fudge buttercream frosting mix she used in the original.
Cleaning a Gas Oven
Can I clean a gas stove with ordinary oven cleaner? If not, what can I use?
Repairing a Popup Camper
I need to clean and repair canvas and screens on 1976 Coleman Popup camper. I am also having problems with bunk slide outs and with cranking. The canvas is very dirty; not much mildew; need to resew at the door.
How do you brown your pancakes? I cook mine in a nonstick Farberware skillet with one tablespoon of vegetable oil but I can't seem to get it to brown on both sides.
How Long Do Plastic Food Storage Containers Last?
I have plastic storage containers that I have used for food for many, many years. And I am curious if the plastic has been used too much and if it is so old that it is time to replace them with newer ones.
Plants Not Bearing Fruit
I have planted cucumbers, zucchini and tomatoes, they do not seem to be growing at all. They do have yellowing leaves. I have fed them twice so far this season and planted them in mulch, Any ideas?
White Bread In Meatballs
A few months ago I heard someone say that they put white bread soaked in milk in their meatballs and I can't for the life of me remember where I heard that. Does anyone have a recipe like that?
Medieval Theme Birthday Party
I am looking for ideas for 11 year old boy's party with a medieval theme.
Saving Money on Wedding Photography
I am looking for ideas for getting wedding photography that doesn't cost an absolute fortune. I don't have any friends who are good photographers and I would really like to have professional posed picture done as well as the usual candids you get when you put the little disposable cameras on the tables.
Dad, You Rule Ruler
Here is a simple craft that kids can do for their dad for Father's Day that he can use.
Using Sewing Patterns Again For Different Sizes
Advice for using sewing patterns again for different sizes. Includes tips for for different ways to trace patterns for resizing.
Easy Brick Herb Garden
A great weekend craft for anyone who uses herbs in the kitchen or anyone who wants to spruce up their yard. This craft makes use of old bricks. They needn't be perfect; actually the more character the better!
Easy Omlets For Camping
This tip is for use when camping outdoors. Get a ziplock bag, add a few eggs (w/o shell) into the bag, add shredded cheese, chopped onions, etc., whatever you like in your omelets.
Keep Kitchen Tools Handy
I keep my measuring spoons on a magnetic hook on the side of my microwave above my stovetop. I keep another set of measuring spoons on a magnetic hook on the side of my refrigerator beside my counter that has my stand mixer and food preparation area.
Lentil Chicken Crockpot Stew
Add water to just cover everything. Cook on low for 8-9 hours. Serve over cooked pasta or rice.
Frozen Peanut Butter Cups
Beat marshmallow creme, cream cheese, and peanut butter together. With rubber spatula, fold in whipping cream. Freeze in muffin tins lined with paper cups.
Sewing Stretchy Fabric
Tips from the ThriftyFun community for sewing stretchy fabric without warping. Have you tried sewing with tissue paper? Sandwich the fabric inside the paper, the feed dogs will not stretch the paper.
Chili Sour Cream Dip
Someone was asking about a chile dip - this is a family favorite. A Mexican (not authentic) dip that my family likes, not the one requested, but easy to make. Also addictive. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Healthy Tips for Reducing Fats When Cooking
After reading so many recipes on this site that are ladened with fats, I thought I would share one of my tips that I use to help our family use a little less of them.
Mix salad dressing with sugar. pour over top of the mixed vegetables that have been place in a bowl. Add salt and pepper. Let marinate a short time in refrigerator.
Ignore Fashion, Buy What You Like
There is fashion and there are things you just like. Espadrilles, for example, those rope soled canvas shoes that originated in the South of France. They come in both flat and wedge styles.
Potty Training Tips For Puppies
When house breaking your dog, remember it needs to go out before and after everything, before a nap, after a nap, before eating, after eating, before playtime, after playtime.
Lemonade Cream Pie
Beat together milk and lemonade; fold in whipped topping. Pour into pie crust. Freeze for 3-4 hours until firm.
Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Mix ingredients together. Pour into sprayed (Pam) 9x12 inch baking dish. Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until light brown on top.
Stay Dry When Tent Camping
Going on a camping Holiday? Great! But don't forget to bring a light-weight blue foam ground mattress to place under you when you sleep, and also a plastic sheet to place over your tent.
Chilled Baby Wipes For Summer
I suffer badly in extreme heat but love to go to parades, outdoor craft fairs, rummages sales, etc. I experimented and found that an inexpensive package of baby wipes (99 cents at the thrift store) are a life saver.
Fresh Orange Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter, sugar and egg. Stir in remaining ingredients and drop by spoon onto buttered cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes.
Spiced Cranberry Ring
Dissolve gelatin, salt, cinnamon and cloves in boiling water. Add cranberry sauce and orange rind. Chill until thickened. Fold in oranges and apples.
Excuses For Gossipy Callers
Gossip anyone? I always keep a timer in my pocket when I'm at home. When my friends call with the intention to gossip, I just ring the timer in my pocket and apologize that I must hang up to check the food in my oven.
Mylar Balloons for Scrapbooking
Re-use old Mylar balloons by cutting out the outer balloon designs; tape next to, and around photos for scrap booking. You can also cut the balloon apart to make a background for the picture in a frame, or as a border around the picture.
Plant Columbine For Spring Surprises
If you want surprises in your garden each spring, plant a few varieties of columbine, and see how they evolve. They are easy to propagate from seed.
Grandchildren: Matthew, Grace and Jacob
This is a picture of my 3 youngest grandchildren; Matthew (9), Grace (9) and Jacob (8 mos).
Bea (American Pit Bull Terrier)
Bea (Beatrice) is a 1 year old American Pit Bull Terrier. She was adopted from the shelter in December 2006. She likes to chase the cats, play ball and bark.
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