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September 18, 2008
"Restful" Paint Color
What is a good (restful) color to paint a bedroom?
Something Is Eating My Garden!
First of all, I lost my enire garden to the severe hail we experienced. I have babied back what plants I could salvage and have been very protective of them. I was able to produce 1 pumpkin that I have promised to my granddaughter, but when I went to check on garden this morning something has eaten the whole side of it off.
Low Cost Veterinary Clinics in San Fernando Valley, CA
Where could I find a low cost veterinary in San Fernando Valley, CA
Other Uses for Laundry Detergent
I just bought a new front-loading wash machine and I have to use special low suds detergent in it. So, I am left with a very large box of regular Tide detergent. Any ideas on how I can use the Tide in other cleaning tasks?
Paper Mache Pumpkin
Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a paper mache (sp?) pumpkin for Halloween? Instead of buying a pumpkin I'd like to make some that I can keep and reuse. Any ideas would be welcome.
I am looking for a recipe for blackberry dumplings.
Does Heat Ruin Batteries?
Could keeping a battery that goes to a battery-operated vehicle in our shed ruin it due to the high heat? The vehicle just stopped working one day and the battery says it was fully charged. Could the charger also have been affected?
Steam Build Up on Windows
I need to know how to get rid of old steam build up on windows.
Removing Scale From Aluminum
How do you clean scale from aluminum? We have an old cast aluminum tea kettle with heavy mineral-scale deposits inside and a little around the openings on the outside.
Giving Private Piano Lessons
I'm a musician and I would like to give private lessons in piano but I don't have a degree. Should I pursue a degree first or should I go ahead and teach privately?
Advice for a Backyard Patio
I am starting to get my back yard cleared out. About 15 trees will be removed, grass seed will be planted and I would like a small patio area to be exposed from the French Doors I hope to have installed.
Low GI Diet
Does anyone use the Low GI Diet? If so, can you give me some information on what to look for on packages of food, to see if it has a low GI. Thanks
Researching Old Wine Bottles
I have what I believe are two wine bottles that were made in Italy. I do not know much about them. I am hoping someone could tell me a little bit about them. I would like to know how old they are and if they are worth anything?
Crustless Egg Custard Recipe
I lost a recipe for crustless egg custard that you did not have to cook in a water bath. This is such a wonderful comfort food and I miss it! Thanks.
Cordless Kettle Sticking To Base
My cordless kettle is sticking to the base. Any suggestions?
Creme Brulee Recipe
I am looking for a great tasting creme brulee recipe and a quick way of melting the brown sugar topping without burning it.
Eco-Friendly Flea Remedies
How to get rid of fleas from yard and house and pets. Eco friendly remedies, please.
Feed Dogs Yogurt for Allergies
My dog Dazee has problems with allergies that cause her to chew, lose hair, and get sick. After treating her with cortisone shots, not only was it becoming expensive to visit the vet, she refused to eat the expensive foods we bought.
Fixing a Muddy Area in My Yard
One side of our yard is always wet and muddy. Can anyone suggest a cheap fix?
What to Look For When Buying Bulbs
Bulbs are containers. Each of them houses all of the necessary ingredients (except water) to grow a beautiful flower. It should come as no surprise then, that the quality of the flower you end up with depends a lot on the quality of the bulb you start with.
Printable step by step instructions for making an origami basket by Maricel
Add Salt and Cinnamon To Coffee
A pinch of salt and a little bit of cinnamon in your coffee grounds in the morning makes coffee special. Also takes the twang out of the coffee.
Use Lidocaine To Ease Mammogram Pain
To ease the pain during your mammogram, apply over-the-counter lidocaine on breasts before the exam. It works better than aspirin or any other pain reliever.
I never seem to know when to cut my lavender to get the best fragrance. Also, what is the best way to dry it.
Using Analog VCR with Converter Box
We wanted to use our analog VCR with the new converter box (bought with a government issue coupon) for the analog TV. Had to call Customer Service for information as the TV would not communicate with the VCR no matter what I did.
Make Your Own Buttermilk
Though many people have an aversion to buttermilk, this tasty, cultured dairy staple has a place in every frugal household.
Garden: Anita's Flowers
This is my garden this year. I planted phlox, gold barberry, impatiens, Mexican heather, petunias, celosia, and a barberry pillar. I am so proud of my garden.
Plant Daffodils To Prevent Pests
If you are having trouble with something eating your flower bulbs, try planting daffodils around your flower bulbs. Daffodils are toxic to mice and voles. Worked great for me.
Hibiscus Flowers Not Opening
I have a hibiscus plant that will bloom, but the blooms will not open up completely before they die. I have planted it in the ground and fertilized it. I water it everyday, but nothing seems to work. What should I try next?
ThriftyFun Mentioned In Reader's Digest Article: "My Family's No-Buy Experiment"
There is an article in Reader's Digest - October 2008 "My Family's No Buy Experiment" by David Hochman that tells about frugal living AND the first thing that happens is the family has a plumbing problem.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Try this smooth, golden soup that can be made with an inexpensive seasonal ingredient that tastes "like fall." Roasting the squash in a hot oven browns the edges and brings out the sweetness in this simple but healthy soup.
Save Your Pringles Lids For Covering Yogurt Containers
If you recycle your Pringles cans, keep the lids. Most yogurts don't come with them anymore, and most of them can be used for food or crafts. However, without lids, they are great for plants starts but not much else.
Getting Ready For School In Advance
My son just started kindergarten, I work part-time and my husband works second shift. So at night, preparing for school the next day is all up to me! To help myself stay organized, I do the following:
Halloween Costumes For Big People
My husband and I are of "generous proportion", any ideas for Halloween costumes for big people? Much appreciated, thanks. =)
Recipes For Juicer Pulp
Other ways to use the pulp from juicing. I feel it is a sin ;) to just toss away the good leftovers from veggies and fruits so I am kinda making stuff up and if it's good, I send it in to share.
When Will My Clematis Bloom?
How long before clematis starts blooming? I planted from a gallon container. Clematis can take a year or two to bloom after first being planted, and will require at least several more years before reaching full maturity.
Freeze Canned Biscuits
I found out just today that you can freeze the biscuits-in-a-can! Find a sale, stock up, and throw them in the freezer. You can either let the can thaw out, pop it open and then bake the biscuits or (frozen cans will NOT pop) pry the frozen biscuits out of the can and bake them.
Suitcase Dog Bed
I saw this on the Creative Home Arts Club site. It was too cute not to share. Perfect for your on-the-go, fashion-forward pooch and charming enough to accent any room in your home, the suitcase dog bed is more than just a soft place for Spot to rest his head.
Repairing Warped Door Frames
I have glued up 3/4 inch ash door frames and I must have tightened up the clamps to much. Now the doors are warped, they are naturally as it is. Can I spray them with water and press them down to straighten them up? The door size is 14x16.
Suede Damaged From Cleaning
I was trying to remove a butter stain from my suede purse. I used soap and water and now it has lost the suede texture and look. Can I do something to restore it or at least make it look better. Thanks.
Dolly's Delight (Copycat)
Slice two thick pieces of angel food cake. Fill with one scoop of vanilla ice cream. Top with hot fudge and whip cream. Add cherry on top.
Use a Shower Extension Rod to Keep Large Flat Objects Upright
Here is a tip for storing large flat objects such as picture frames or odd shapes such as wrapping paper tubes, etc. Use a shower extension rod at the back of a closet.
Bread Machine Sandwich Bread
I just purchased a used bread machine. I've made some very tasty bread so far and love having the machine. What I don't seem to be able to do is make a good sandwich bread. If you have a recipe that makes good sandwich bread, please share with me.
Grandma's Potato Soup
Pare, dice, cook potatoes and onions in about as much water as amount of soup desired. When potatoes are half done, add half stick of margarine. Sift flour and salt into a bowl, make a well in center of flour. Drop eggs in the well.
Cooking Roast in a Crock Pot
If you have a roast with a layer of fat on one side should you put the fatty side down or on top if you are cooking it in the crock pot?
Apple Cider Vinegar For Treating Rain Rot On Horses
I have horses. Recently they got rain rot. This is a bacterial, not fungal infection. I have used fungicides in the past for another rain rot infection my mare got 7 years ago.
Combine turnips and onion. Mix flour and milk together. Pour over turnips. Mix crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle over all. Use oiled casserole. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.
Stain On Faux Marble Counter
I have a faux marble sink top in the bathroom. Yesterday I had taken one of those small wax coated Dixie cups figuring I would be safe because it was wax coated and had filled it with some Windex to clean a diamond ring. Well, the dye came off the cup and has now left a mark.
Looking For Envirotech
Where can I buy Envirotech?
Product Review: Body Butter
I purchased this cream at the Dollar Tree, looking for something to keep in my purse, to keep my hands from chapping. Where we live the water is very harsh and drying. I have tried other creams from the dollar store and found that some of them to be watered down.
Baked Canned Chicken Sandwiches
Chop large pieces of chicken, if necessary. Add broken crackers and dried onion. Toss slightly. Add beaten eggs and blended celery. Mix along with the water or broth until soupy. Bake at 375 degrees F for 1 1/2-2 hours, stirring twice during baking.
Avoid Cleaning Chemicals With Microfiber
I just purchased microfiber towels and a microfiber mop from QVC.com and I love them. You use the towels to clean almost anything without chemicals. Use them slightly wet to clean countertops, your stove, the bathroom sink, etc. I have never been able to get the shower glass to look clean.
Gooey Pound Squares
Melt butter and mix with the cake mix and 2 eggs. Spread in a greased 9x13 inch pan. (This is a stiff batter). Mix cream cheese, 2 eggs and powdered sugar. Pour over cake mix. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar when cool.
In Memory Of Goopie (Boxer)
Goopie is a 2 year old Boxer. I got him when he was 7 months old. A couple at work couldn't keep him in their new apartment and they gave him to me.
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