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October 8, 2008
Painting Cabinets With a Distressed Black
I have a cabinet that is primed in white. How can I paint it distressed black?
Vaseline Stains on Clothing
How do you get a Vaseline (regular) stain out of clothing? I would like to know what pre-treatment is necessary before washing.
Trouble With Pre-Finished Hardwood Floor
Has anyone else had trouble with wear on the finish of pre-finished hardwood floor? It is a Johnson product, Brazilian Oak, and is supposed to be harder than domestic oak.
Pattern For Highchair Pad
Does anyone know where to get patterns for a highchair pad? I bought a chair at a thrift store, and it needs a new pad. I could order one from the company, but they want 3 times what I paid for the chair. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Uses For Old Keys
I love to find new uses for old things. I have tons of keys and was wondering if anyone had any idea what could be done with them?
Using Bleach On Tile Grout
Two years ago we installed a fiber glass tub/shower combo with 12x12 tiles surrounding the tub. A small amount of mold is beginning to form where the tub meets the tile grout. Can I use a small amount of bleach on the tile grout to get rid of the mold? Will the bleach hurt the tube in any manner?
Looking For Lumpia In Vermont
Where do you buy lumpia in Vermont? My grandma moved here from Washington and can't find it anywhere. I guess its some kind of wrap, similar to spring roll wraps? Thanks in advance!
Burnt Insulated Cookie Sheet
I've read through the solutions for removing burned food from stainless cookware, but I have burned apple pie juice on an insulated cookie sheet, which cannot be soaked. Any suggestions, besides throwing it out?
I am looking for a recent post for a luau cake. It was a can of pineapple crushed mixed with an angel food cake mix with cool whip for icing and then roasted coconut I believe.
Ground Cover Inside Dog Run
I have a German Shepherd who is an outside only dog. He injured his knee and I was told by a vet to keep him locked up to where he can't run. I made a 9 x 30 enclosed dog run to keep him in. I was wondering what kind of ground cover I could use?
Personalized Wedding Mints
Where can I purchase inexpensive personalized wedding mints?
Arrowroot is used as a thickening agent for gravies and sauces. Will give a nice gloss to the food you add it to.
Keeping Pool Full Of Water During Winter
Has anyone kept their swimming pool full of water throughout the winter months? It is from Wal-Mart with the white metal posts that hold up the sides and it makes a circle to hold the top edge of the pool up. It is not the one that has the ring on the top that you blow up to keep the pool upright
Books On How To Make Nylon Butterflies
I have been having such a difficult time trying to find out if there are any books to buy that explain how to create the nylon butterflies, flowers and dragonflies? I was mainly searching for the type of nylon fabric I would need to purchase in order to create the nylon butterflies. I have tried everything and have been unsuccessful. I went to craft stores, book stores and even onto the internet. Nothing at all!
Frugal Tips For Cruise Vacations
Hubby and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary by going on a Western Carribean cruise. I would like some general frugal tips from people who have gone on Royal Carribean Cruise Lines (or any line really). We are trying to do this budget friendly while still getting the most out of our trip.
Wood Keeps Oozing Sap
We have a wooden fire surround and the wood has not been sealed and therefore it oozes sap continuously. What can I do to stop this?
My Frugal Life: Serve Meat Kabob Style
I have found a way to cut costs on meats. If you have a large family, this will also help on costs of meats and vegetables. I went to an Adult Birthday Party and all the meat was served kabob style.
This is a recycled coffee can that you could use for your Halloween candy or just for a decoration.
Garden: Purple Zebra Mallow
This is the first year I have planted these, but I was so pleasantly surprised! In fact until this year, I had never even heard of them. It's called a purple zebra mallow.
Non-Toxic Grout Cleaner
Can someone recommend non toxic cleaner for grout for ceramic floor tiles. Grout is discolored from daily traffic.
Freshen Up Clothes With Perfume In The Dryer
When I remember, I like to add a few drops of essence to a wash cloth and pop it in my tumble drier. My clothes smell delicious! If I want to freshen up an item to wear, I pop a damp wash cloth in the tumble drier with a drop or two of essence or perfume and put it on for 10 minutes.
Creative Gift Ideas for My Boyfriend's Birthday
I just remembered that my boyfriend of 3 years is turning 20 next Sunday (October 12). I feel really bad for forgetting! I never do that. I've just been so busy. I don't want him to know I forgot. The problem is I am a broke college girl. I'm in art school and I'm naturally creative.
Storing Wrapping Paper With Elastic Bands
I found a really neat way to keep your wrapping paper from unraveling, without tearing or spoiling your paper. Use a coated elastic band used to hold ponytails.
Scenery: Lake Norman, NC
Enjoying the last moments of summer. This is on Lake Norman in North Carolina.
Maggots in the Garbage Can
How do you get rid of maggots in the garbage can?
Low-Cal Pumpkin Cheese Pie
Mix first 4 ingredients and put in pie shell. Beat remaining ingredients and pour in shell. Bake at 350 degrees F for 65-70 minutes.
Place a slice of cheese (American is fine) on one slice of sandwich bread. Place a slice of tomato on top of the cheese. Broil until the tomato wilts and the cheese melts.
Bedroom Feels Damp
My bedroom feels constantly damp, so does my bedding and clothes. I cannot find the source of the problem. There is no dampness on any of the walls or floor and I cannot find any cracks that might be letting in air. Does anyone have any ideas?
Framed Cosmetic Mirrors as Bathroom Art
Save or collect cosmetic mirrors (pick them up at sales or thrift stores) and hot glue them to an acrylic or glass frame. Some are upside down. You can mat the background with a coordinating fabric of your choice (under the glass).
Could This Be Spatini?
As a Spatini user for over 30 years, I too was devastated by Spatini's demise. This week, at Weis Markets, I discovered that Lawry's is now marketing a "Spaghetti Sauce" mix in individual packets. Is it possible that this is Spatini repackaged and sold singly?
Bentwood Tables With Tile Tops
This was made out of bentwood. I used it as a BBQ table. It has a plywood top that is covered with broken tile. The tile can be found from a tile company.
Painting Clear Glass Ornaments
I have seen Christmas balls that are originally clear glass. The balls have paint on the inside that has been swirled around. They were lovely. How do I make them? I have tried with my regular paint and with glass window paint neither did any swirling.
Repairing a Screen in a Screen Door
The screen on my front porch door is tearing where it is attached to the door frame, how can that be fixed?
Hang Pegboard for Playroom Organization
I was having trouble in my daughters' toy room. Their things were always on the floor. So I installed "peg board", as used in the garage, etc. I painted it purple and pink to match their room.
Microwave Peanut Cluster Treats
If you love chocolate more than butterscotch, simply reverse the ounce amounts ;-)
Making Wedding Invitations With Free Fonts
You can make your own wedding invitations look stunning (just as stunning as some letterpress stationery) by using carefully selected fonts and dingbat illustrations.
Marinated Bean Salad
Bean salads are great for summer gatherings.
What Is This Plant? (Red Sedum)
Can anyone give me a name for this plant that was given to me?The leaves are smooth and the flowers were light purple before they turned this deep red.
Use Powdered Alum On Blemishes
Powdered alum works wonders on blemishes and canker sores, and can be found in pencil or block form as well as the spice can we're more familiar with. Apply from the stick or mix the spice with a little water, leaving it on overnight for almost instant results.
Making a Nelly Bag
My daughter purchased a Nelly bag at a craft fair. It is filled with herbs and is to be microwaved. She uses it for her sinus and it has helped alot. I would like to make some if someone has the recipe I would love to have it.
Personalized Gift Business Name Ideas
I need a name idea for a personalized gift business. We will be inserting poems, etc. into picture frames and gifts.
Easy Oven Stew
Mix tomato juice with tapioca. Combine with other ingredients in a casserole with a tight fitting lid. Bake for 3 hours, covered, at 275 degrees F. Mix omit potatoes and serve over rice, if you like.
State Fair Rolls
Heat milk and shortening until warm. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water; add milk mixture to sugar and salt. Add eggs and yeast. Add 4 cups flour; mix well. Add remaining flour.
Weatherizing Windows with Plastic
When weatherizing windows is it best to put plastic on the inside or outside of the house?
Canning Stuffed Peppers
I want to can stuffed sweet peppers. Why can't I put the cooked stuffing before I put into a raw sweet pepper and put the pepper in a jar? Pressure canning it at 10# for 90 minutes should be OK I would think.
Watch Out For Garlic Allergies
This is a kind of 'warning' tip. I've noticed that many recipes have garlic in them, garlic cloves, minced garlic etc. It might not be well known but many of us are allergic to garlic, including me.
Pink Cloud Salad
Mix marshmallows, ground cranberries, and sugar; let stand overnight. Add the chopped apples, drained pineapple, grapes and nuts if desired. Fold into the whipped topping. Serve.
Yankee Swap Gift Exchange
If you get together with extended family over the holidays, gift giving can get really expensive (especially if you get everyone an individual gift). To cut down on costs we have instituted a "Dirty Santa" or "Yankee Swap" gift exchange for the adults.
What Breed Is My Dog?
What breed is my dog I know his mom was a Chihuahua? I have no idea what his dad was?
Keeping Your Garage Floor Clean
Does a dirty garage floor drive you nuts? It does me. We go in and out through the garage. I hate it when people come in and drag dirt in on their feet from the garage.
Give Trick or Treaters a Candy Container
Give Trick or Treaters a candy container if they come with plastic bags to your door. My husband noticed some kids who came to the door were only carrying a grocery plastic food bag to get their candy.
Malted Ball Pie
Mix and freeze ice cream and malted balls in crust. Mix next three ingredients in a mixer. Add whipping cream. Beat until soft peaks form (tips curl over). Spread over pie mixture and sprinkle with semi-crushed malted balls.
Bella (Lab Mix)
Bella at 4 years old. This is a picture of her in a box she curled into. She is a Lab mix. We rescued her from the Labrador Retriever Rescue in Davis
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