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August 29, 2008
I Don't Want a Car Anymore
My husband and I moved back from China a year ago and it's been rough keeping up with the economy. About 3 months ago, I realized how unhappy I was having a car because I felt like all our money went to gas (we all feel this way, right!?).
Ants on a Trumpet Vine
My yellow trumpet vine had a lot of black ants this summer. Is that normal? I never noticed this other summers. They were so many that a few came into the house. If ants are normal, can I spray something on the ants, or will I kill the plant?
Accent Colors For Brown Tones
I am building a house and we have a light brown/tan coach and navy blue chair in living room. We are painting the walls a light tan color and have a darker brown carpet color. I am wanting to know what accent colors would look best with these colors?
Saving Money on Shoes
Tips for saving money on shoes as suggested by the ThriftyFun community. Feel free to post your ideas below.
Saving Money on Bedding
Tips for Saving Money on Bedding as suggested by the ThriftyFun community. Feel free to share your own ideas here.
My hair is falling out. How can I get regrowth?
I have a balcony garden and would like to 'grow' earthworms. Does anyone have any tips?
Moon Phase Calendar For Gardening
I would like to find a calendar for Phases of the Moon for gardening.
Knitted Breast Prosthetics
A friend was telling me about a "breast prosthetics" that are knitted. Is there any one that knows of a pattern? I use a knitting loom.
Homemade Remedies For Dog's Coughing
My dog has a chronic dry hacking cough. The vet meds help some but are not enough. Does anyone have suggestions for some home treatments to calm the cough that aren't likely to interact with his prescriptions?
Brown Paper Bagging Wallpapered Walls
I am currently looking to brown paper bag the walls in my living room. Can you tell me if you can do this procedure over existing wallpaper?
Discontinued Wallpaper: Simply Irresistible, Blonder #SI 3807-3
I need 2 double rolls of Blonder wallpaper. The book is Simply Irresistible p.298 #SI 3807-3.
Long Lasting, Smudge-Proof Eyeliner
I desperately need a smudge proof, long lasting eyeliner pencil. One that won't fade, smear, or lose the shape that I draw! I've tried waterproof kinds and smudge-proof kinds. I've tried setting the liner with powder or powder eye shadow.
Giving Parvo Puppy Gatorade
We adopted a collie/retriever mix yesterday and today found out he has Parvo. My 4 year old is heart broken! They gave him IV fluids and some injections to help with vomiting and diarrhea. Is there anything else we can do at home? Can we give him Gatorade? This puppy has had a rough beginning, I don't want him to have a rough end too. Please help.
Figs Are Not Ripening
I have a fig tree in my yard. It has many figs on it, however, summer is almost over and none of the figs have ripened. They are still medium-sized and hard, they would probably need to grow a bit larger, then ripen.
Peach Jam Is Liquidy
I recently made several batches of peach jam. In one batch all the jars had a peachy color liquid layer at the bottom of about 1/2 inch. Also the jam is a slightly liquidy. Is the jam edible and what happened?
Muffin Pan Biscuits
I'm looking for a recipe that I thought was posted on this site. It's a biscuit recipe made in a muffin pan. I believe there was cheese in them.
Southern Living Magazine's Cook-Off
Does anyone know why Southern Living Magazine didn't have it's cook-off this year? I couldn't find anything about it in the magazine or on their website.
White Material With Chili Peppers
I have been searching high and low for chili pepper curtains or chili pepper material and can't find but one. They are black with chili peppers on them. I'm looking for white with chili peppers on them. Can anyone tell me where to buy them? Or what web site to go on? Thank you much.
Plan a Backyard Campout
When the idea of stargazing, s'more toasting and campfire singalongs beckons, but time and money are in short supply, consider a backyard campout.
Sister Diagnosed With Cervical Cancer
I just found out my sister/best friend has cervical cancer. I'm very shocked and heart broken over this news. We are both scared because I just lost my Mother-in-law to cancer so the word alone is so scary to me. I told my sister and she knows I'll be there for her through it all but I just want to know what I can do for her? What should I say to her?
Tie Dyeing With Bleach
I got bleach marks in various places on a long beach cover-up type dress. Can I do a reverse tie-dye to bleach out other areas to make the bleach marks more uniform?
Replacements for a Willow Tree
I had to chop down a beautiful 20 year old willow tree. It was a fast grower that started to drop huge heavy branches all over the ground and the alley. We wanted to stop the process before it attacked any of the neighbors or their cars in a high wind.
Floral Ball Table Decoration
These small and elegant decorations are perfect for throwing a formal, black-tie affair, such as wedding, prom, anniversary, graduation and the like.
Soup Base Recipes For Home Canning
Where can I find a good soup base for home canning? I want to can soups for my mom for the holidays. I know that you cannot can dairy products, so I am looking for a good base for broccoli cheddar soup and potato cheese soup.
Pumpkin Filled Jack-o'-Lantern Cookies
I'm looking for a recipe for Pumpkin Filled Jack-o'-Lantern Cookies. My mom got the recipe from either the Pittsburgh Press or Post Gazette some time in the mid-50's. She sometimes talks about them and since her memory isn't so great anymore her details are pretty sketchy. She does remember that they were good. :)
Removing Paint from a Cotton Duvet Cover
I have got some dried emulsion paint on a lovely new duvet cover (cotton). How can I get it off? What is Goof Off?
Bella and Her Babies (Boston Terrier)
This is Bella. She was 4-years-old this past April. My girl is a Boston Terrier and can scale a 4-foot-fence without a lick of effort. My daughter bought this girl for me a month after the loss of my Boston Terrier Bubba.
Don't Use Cardboard For Long Term Storage
If you are storing long-term, do not use cardboard boxes. Anything can happen to them, be it roof leakage or bugs or mice.
Make a "What To Do" List for Idle Moments
Have you ever wondered how some people get more done than others? I have always believed that wasting time is as bad as wasting resources or money. I started taking stock of how much time I spend waiting for something, and the numbers will astound you!
Link: Chicken and Pepper Jack Taquitos
This has become a family favorite and I always have to make a double recipe. Also sometimes we pour a can of nacho soup over the top before baking.
Cleaning a Hairbrush or Dog Brush
Once I've pulled out as much of the trapped hair from the brush with my fingers as possible, I take an envelope opener and run the pointed end through the brush's "lanes", pulling the embedded hair up to the top of the bristles.
Tips for Frugal School Lunches
I worked in an elementary school for 12 years and you would not believe the amount of food not opened children throw away. Watch CVS and Walgreens and check your coupons. Buy ziplock sandwich bags when chips, pretzels, cheese and crackers go on sale stock up.
Weight Watchers Banana Pudding
Mix pudding and milk. Mix in sour cream. Fold in cool whip. Layer wafers, bananas, pudding ending wafers on top.
Use a Light as a Pill Reminder
I used to be so sleepy when I'd go to the bathroom to take my morning pill that later in the day I couldn't remember if I'd taken my pill or not.
Cranberry Raspberry Salad
Mix first two ingredients together until gelatin has dissolved. Mix all the rest together and pour in mold.
Recipes for Seafood Casserole
Keeping Small Space Organized and Clutter Free
I have a small trailer so I have 2 plastic stands that I brought at Wal-Mart. One I use for putting items for cooking, baking, and extra stuff I don't use right away. I have a small one for my computer.
Household Items That Do Double Duty
Here are some household items that can be used for something other than their intended purpose.
Italian Cheese Bread
Combine the first 4 ingredients. Combine water and oil, add to mixture. Add additional flour if needed to form soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead for 1-2 minutes until smooth and elastic.
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