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June 12, 2008
Relieving Plugged Ears
I've had some colds/bronchitis recently and now one of my ears is completely plugged up. I've tried the Murine Ear Wax Removal, hydrogen peroxide, and alcohol, but so far nothing has worked. Anyone have any suggestions or do I need to see the doctor?
Using Chestnuts To Control Spiders
I've heard of using chestnuts to control spiders. Do you use them whole, or do you break them up?
Frugal and Foolish
My husband likes to remind me that there's frugal and then there's foolish. It's hard to tell the difference because companies and products want to market themselves, so they claim that they are essential. However, there are foolish ways to be frugal, and many of them end up costing more money in the long run. Take a look at where I've learned not to cut costs.
Sharon's Hanging Garden
I started a hanging tomato garden, and not having anything to hang them from, I built a trellis using the 1 1/2 inch and the 1/2 inch PVC piping. The milk jugs I used for my garden fit perfectly on the 1/2 PVC piping, and will sit on top of the 1 1/2 inch PVC piping rectangle trellis I made!
Are Tomato Products Safe From Salmonella?
The US is having salmonella issues with tomatoes. My question is: If these tomatoes were used in processed foods like tomato paste or spaghetti sauce will the salmonella still live in the paste or sauce?
Hydroculture: Growing Your Houseplants in Water
Who needs dirt? Not your houseplants, at least not all of them. Many can be cultivated using a technique called Hydroculture, where soil is replaced with water and a liquid fertilizer, and a clay aggregate is used to support the plant's roots.
Use Spray Paint to Update Garden Planters
The large terracotta-colored pot we used last summer for our porch planter just did not look right with the selection of coleus and other shade plants we wanted to use this year.
When Should We Trim Our Japanese Maple?
We have a 30 year old beautiful Japanese Red Maple tree in our front yard that is getting way too tall and wide. It is getting near wires and hitting the house. When is the best time to cut it back and give it a good trim and shaping? Thanks.
Why Are My Green Beans Yellow?
My green beans are yellowish. What are they lacking?
Three Tier Garden Container
An impressive and fun garden project is a three or four tier container suited to a particular spot in your garden.
How to Get a Start From a Flowering Almond Bush
Can I get a start off my moms flowering almond bush, or do I have to go buy my own? If so, how do I do it?
Prolonging the Life of Cut Hydrangea Blooms
Is there a special process needed to prolong the life of a hydrangea bloom as a cut flower? I cannot get them to stay attractive overnight?
In a large sauce pan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the warm water, barbecue sauce, and seasonings; bring to a boil.
Use Wood Ash for Cleaning
Here's a different use for your wood ash. It could be used for any household cleaning needs that requires scouring. It can also be used in the garden as fertilizer and if you have a pen for livestock....
Recommendations For Donut Chains
We haven't had decent donuts in years. None of the ones we've tried over the last decade can compare to the donuts from our youth. So, is there a donut chain that you'd like to recommend that comes close to what we remember? Don't think we're over indulging - this is just for the occasional treat several times per year.
Ham and Chicken Casserole
In a skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. In a large bowl, combine ham, chicken, peppers, olives, soup, sour cream, salt, pepper and onion. Fold in noodles. Pour into a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish.
Use Mesh in Garden to Keep Cats Away
In the past we have had a problem with the neighborhood cats using our garden as a liter box. We devised a way to stop them from digging.
Easy Bread and Butter Pickles
Take 3 sliced onions, 6-8 cucumbers, sliced celery and carrots all layered in a 1 gallon jar. Bring to a boil: 4 cups sugar, 4 cups white vinegar,1 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds,1 1/2 tsp. celery seeds,1 tsp. turmeric and 1/2 cup un-iodized salt.
A spicy, sausage and onion filled baked dish that is cut into squares. This easy recipe can be served hot or cold and makes great appetizers.
Graduation Gift: Business Cards
This has become my favorite gift for graduating high school seniors or kids presently in college. Have professional business cards made for them.
Turkey Cutlet Pacifica
Mix egg and milk together in small bowl. Dip turkey in flour, then in egg mixture. Roll in bread crumbs, coating well. Brown in butter in skillet. Season to taste.
Product Review: SunSilk Shampoo and Conditioner
Product: SunSilk Shampoo and Conditioner. My hair is Very fine and thin, always has been. I need to wash my hair everyday because it gets really oily and flat within 24 hours.
Oreo Peanut Butter Dessert
Take 1 large package Oreo cookies, crushed. Mix with 1 stick margarine. Put 2/3 in bottom of 9x13 pan. Mix at slow speed: 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream and 1 1/2 cups peanut butter.
Organizing With Your Computer
I started doing this in January 1997 and it's amazing how helpful to my family and myself it's been! I use my computer and on the desk top, I opened a "new text" and titled it "Diary". I don't have to be "online".
Keep Deer Out With Liquid Fence
To keep these pesky critters out of your garden use liquid fence from your garden center.
My Frugal Life: Frolicking On The Sand
Life can be quite challenging and interesting, if one applies some ingenuity and has an open mind. I tend to walk everywhere which is borne from not wanting to pay the bus fare. When I realized that not wanting to pay bus fare was another way of saying "I'm cheap" I then realized that this could turn into something for me.
Fudgesicle Recipe Request
Does anyone remember Fudgesicles and banana Fudgesicles, that we used to get from Popsicle? I would love to find the recipes to make them. Thanks for the help.
By WM miller from Terre Haute, IN
Use Vicks on Your Feet Before Bed When Sick
Have a nagging cough from a cold? Rub Vicks Vapor Rub into the bottoms of your feet and then put on heavy socks and go to bed. You will be amazed how fast you stop coughing. I don't know how or why this works but it does. My kids even ask me to do this for them so they can sleep when they have a nasty cold. And it's a blessing for the rest of the household that is trying to sleep!
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