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January 17, 2008
Gardening Resolutions For The New Year
Each year I come across new ideas for improving my garden the following year. Sometimes I find a new idea for an outdoor project, and other times I discover a way to improve upon an old gardening technique.
Poison Oak Warning For January
In our area, January is typically the coldest month of the year. We use a wood stove to heat the house and use the furnace only as back up. Interestingly enough, we came down with a nasty case of Poison Ivy/Poison Oak.
Storing Bird Seed With a Garbage Can
We store bird seed in our garage in a plastic garbage can with a lid. This keeps squirrels and rodents out. You can put the bag itself in there with a scoop or empty the bag of bird seed into the container and keep a scoop with it.
Compost Dryer Lint
Since dryer lint is mostly organic material, it is great for the compost pile.
Garbage Disposal Cleaner
Some people don't know, but there is a garbage disposal cleaner that should be used at least monthly to rid odors. It is a small paper package, that when inserted into the disposal with a trickle of water, it produces a blue foam with cleans the pipes.
How Do I Stop my Dog Ripping Up Paper?
How do I stop my dog ripping up the post (mail)? I am looking for ideas to discourage her but still allow the post to come through the door. Maybe allowing her to rip up all of the Christmas paper was not the best idea!
Mix soup, can of water, tuna and minced onion; place in flat baking dish. Make up 2 cups of biscuit mix as you would for baking them. Place cut biscuits on top of tuna mixture, and bake at 400 degrees F until biscuits are done.
Mall Scavenger Hunt and Other Party Ideas
My Daughter is turning 10 soon and so I have some UNIQUE ideas. These are great for ages 10-18.
Sweet and Sassy Spareribs
Adjust oven rack to 6 inches from broiler. Preheat broiler to high. Line large shallow baking pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Marking Beauty Product For Easy Use
Regarding eyeliner and eyebrow pencils: Because both sides have similar caps (one for the pencil liner, the other for a brush or eraser), taking each one off to examine is tedious.
Jockey's Reward Pie
Combine first 4 ingredients; beat well. Stir in vanilla. Sprinkle walnuts and chocolate morsels into pastry shell; pour egg mixture over, and bake at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes; then reduce to 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Sparkleheart! I've been experimenting with turning a sparkleball into a sparkleheart for Valentine's Day. So far so good, but if anybody else wants to give it a try, jump in!
Helen's One Skillet Lasagna
This easy no-bake dish offers the cheesy goodness of a traditional lasagna without the lengthy prep time. In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta, water, salt, Parmesan, and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella.
Backyard Campsite Area
When my husband and I bought a new travel trailer, we constructed a site pad from old bricks we had collected for many years for the travel trailer to be parked on; we used fluorescent paint to mark the bricks that the back wheels of the trailer should be parked on...
Creamed Peppered Corn
Fry bacon till crisp; drain grease except for 2 tsp. Saute' green pepper and onion. Add cooked corn, salt and pepper. Crumble bacon and stir with cream into corn mixture.
Don't Reuse Ziploc Bags Containing Meat
Someone mentioned washing and reusing ziploc bags. I'd like to offer this side note: Please do not reuse bags that have contained meats. I'd rather throw away the bag, than to possibly get sick from contaminated plastic. It just isn't worth it.
Feta Cranberry Pinwheels
Mix the cheeses together, add the onion and the cranberries. Spread on a tortilla, roll up tightly and cut into pieces.
Vitamin E for Hair Repair
Fabulous hair repair tip! Vitamin E capsules are a CHEAP and fantastic remedy for dry hair, split ends and damaged hair.
Dye Light Towels To Match Decor
I went shopping to a local store and was going to catch some towels on sale. They only had 2 colors left and I had a store credit and it was the last day of the sale and no rainchecks. No other store had the color I wanted either. I got a light color and 1 pack of dye. So, I went home and followed the directions on the dye and the color
Baby Oil For Cleaning Shower Doors
To remove soap from glass shower doors, use baby oil and a scrubbing sponge. After, use a glass cleaner to remove the baby oil.
Combine ingredients in order listed and beat until smooth. Will frost a sheet cake or 2 dozen brownies.
Baby is about 3 years old and is a Beagle. She was adopted from an animal shelter in Raleigh, NC. Of course she LOVES us...and she has her favorite chair and crocheted afghan that she pulls down on her when she gets cold.
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