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March 3, 2009
My Frugal Life: Living On Less
For those who have lost their jobs, or about to do so, here is some help: Yes, I know it's a hassle, but it's the shortest, fastest and easiest way of seeing if you are living a life of wallet holes or if you truly are brilliant at saving.
Stir together beets, apple, raisins, celery and walnuts. Sprinkle the liquids over and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate.
Defaulting on Student Loans
I have around $80,000 of unpaid student loans, in default. Can I be sent to jail for not paying this amount? How many years in jail for such action?
Curtains Over Sliding Glass Door
How do you decorate sliding glass doors with curtains?
Dyeing Sheer Curtains a Different Color
How do you dye polyester sheer curtains?
Knifty Knitter Golf Club Cover Pattern
I'm looking for a pattern for a golf club head cover that can be made on the Knifty Knitter.
Putting Hair in a Ponytail
Would someone please give me instructions on how to make an ordinary ponytail? I have shoulder-length fine hair. When I make a ponytail to keep it out of my face it looks like I've had an eyebrow lift! Nothing but the aging hipster look, instead of something softer looking for my hair above the ponytail.
Cleaning a Glass Table Top
How do I get my glass table top to sparkle?
Dryer Leaving Rust Stains on Clothes
I have noticed several items that have come out of the dryer have a brown rust stain. Any ideas what could be causing this, how I can stop it from happening again, and how to get the stains out of the clothes so they can be salvaged? Thank you very much for your input.
How do I go about finding moles?
Adjusting Microwave Door Hinges
Does anyone know how to adjust the door hinges on a Frigidaire Microwave oven Mod# FMV156DB,DS,DQ,Em. The oven doesn't work unless I raise the door manually once its closed.
What Breed is My Dog?
I'm desperately trying to find out what breed my puppy is. It is 10 weeks old. Please help me! Thank you.
Aggressive German Shepherd Behavior
I bought a German Shepherd puppy 2 years ago for my daughter's 8th grade graduation present. Just yesterday, Rocky, started to growl at her. If anyone has ideas on how to correct this please let me know. Thank you and have a wonderful day.
Popping Microwave Popcorn Without a Microwave
I hope that someone can help me. I was given some Microwave popcorn. The only problem is I don't have a microwave to pop it in. Can I pop it on an electric stove and how do I go about doing this? Thank you for any help.
Saving an Uprooted Cactus
Can an uprooted cactus be saved?
Grocery Bag Dog Leash
I'm making a leash from grocery bags. After you get the bags all cut down the sides and glued to each other, you then loop the bag-cords together by laying them out next to each other, grabbing them in the middle (now making 4 bag-lengths), and then looping them around a swivel hook. Then you make square knots.
What Breed is My Dog? (Ridgeback)
Does anyone know what kind dog I have? Thanks.
Shaving Sensitive Skin
I have extremely sensitive skin. Whenever I shave my legs never get smooth and they break out. I've tried all different kinds of lotions and baby oil to keep my legs moisturized but nothing works. My legs always burn and itch after shaving.
Favorite Potato Recipes
I am looking for your ideas to use potatoes. Besides mashed, french fries, and oven-baked. What are your favorite ideas in using potatoes?
Keeping a Tan from Fading
I've got my tan where I like it but want to know what I can do to prevent it from fading. I'll still probably tan once a week to help but is there something more I can do?
Will A Hybrid Save You Money?
"Will a hybrid save me money?" Wouldn't it be great if there was a definitive answer to that question? Unfortunately, and despite what a showroom salesman will tell you, there is no clear answer.
Mitten Man Puppet
A fun little project to make and to play with. Draw and cut a mitten shape from construction paper. Glue on large wiggle eyes, or you can make eyes from white paper and black marker to glue on.
Boil meat 20 minutes briskly, drain. Spray 1 large glass pan with non-stick spray, layer meat, rice, veggies, cheese evenly. Whisk eggs and half and half until frothy, pour into casserole slowly. Garnish as desired.
"Spring Into Friendship" Dance Theme
A middle school dance idea I used in the spring was a "Spring Into Friendship" dance. It had a sixties appearance. We decorated a gym.
Over Easy Eggs without Flipping
If you like over easy eggs, but hate to flip them, here's a nice thing I learned while cooking for a living. Have a nice flat pan or a skillet that allows for a flat center. Get a squirt bottle with some water, and a good lid that covers the pan or at least the eggs.
Neat Chef Tools on the Cheap
I love to salivate over the goodies in the cooking catalog like Williams-Sonoma, but some of the things are just plain unnecessary, or you can make them yourself. I saw two such things in the latest one, and I've been doing both things for years.
Recipes for Cherry Cobbler.
Quilt Binding Without Mitered Corners
How to sew binding on a baby quilt (it could be a big quilt also) without having to bother with doing mitered corners. Mitered corners are hard to get just exactly right and if you are a perfectionist and want it to look just so, then you should try this method.
Baked Spaghetti With Ground Meat
This recipe is a favorite. I have been asked repeatedly to bring this for potlucks, so it's not just my family that loves it!
Use Antbacterial Gel in Your Bathroom
Our house is 100 years old and any activity on the plumbing affects the water pressure. When someone is in the shower it is a big problem. I have added anti-bacterial gel next to the sink so if you need to "wash" your hands the person in the shower doesn't get scalded.
Gardening: Contain Your Mint
Many plants, especially herbs, are very invasive and will spread and quickly take over your garden. To prevent this, place the plant, like this spearmint, in a container. This mint is planted inside an old ice cream maker.
In Memory of Kirsty (Lurcher)
Sadly we lost Kirsty to epilepsy when she was just short of her 3rd birthday. She was a lurcher we bought in 1996. She loved to run on the beach and over the dunes. This is her curled up on her own chair!
Use Duvets to Pad Older Mattresses
My mum gave me this idea. I have 5 children and 4 of them were sleeping on hard mattresses where you could feel the springs. Over the years I have accumulated double duvets.
Chinese Style Chicken Wings
It's a sure winner at our house and perfect for parties. The best part about it besides the incredible taste is that it's easy to make and inexpensive. You'll make it again and again.
Wash New Clothes With Similar Colors
When you purchase new clothes in dark or bright colors, take advantage of the dye bleeding in the wash by adding faded clothes of the same color. The faded clothes will become brighter!
Use Cake Mix to Flour a Pan
My mom gave me this tip a few years ago. When a cake mix calls for greasing and flouring the pans, she uses butter to grease and some of the dry cake mix to flour the pan. The cake doesn't end up with white on the outside and it doesn't taste bad like flour would.
Product Review: Save-A-Blade
My husband uses the Mach III razor and razorblades. If you buy this product you know they are super expensive to replace. ($11.00) for 3 razorblades at Wal-Mart. We watched the infomercial on TV that showed how you can re-sharpen your razor blades.
Use Lemon to Clean Electric Jugs
To clean inside your electric jug, put a whole lemon in and boil it once or twice. It will go back to looking really good again
Sift dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients well and stir into dry mixture. Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full and bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.
Liver Albanian Style
In a small bowl, combine onion, cayenne, parsley and sugar; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine liver and liqueur; let stand 15 minutes. Drain; par dry on paper towels.
Wash and Store Lettuce Right After Buying
Wash lettuce when you come from the store. Shake it a little to remove excess water then put a clean folded tea towel into a large plastic bag (I use a plastic grocery bag).
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