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March 4, 2009
Finding Donations for the Troops
I am the new FRG Leader for the Charlie Co. of 1-82 ARB in Ft. Bragg, NC. I was wondering if anyone had any idea about which companies donate to troops going overseas? Any info would be greatly appreciated!
String Easter Eggs
Why does no one have a picture of the string Easter eggs? How much string do I use? How much of the balloon should be covered? Does anyone have pictures for this craft?
Bottle Caps With Pictures on Them
I've been making bows and would like to know if anyone out there knows where and how do people make these bottle caps for their bows with different pictures on them? Thanks.
Tape Residue on Mirrored Wall
Any idea how to remove scotch tape residue from a mirrored wall?
Cell Phone Battery Isn't Charging
All of a sudden my cell phone battery won't charge with any of its chargers. It's not the battery, the front of the phone shows no indication that charge is reaching the phone at all. Could the "leads" be dirty? Thanks!
Favorite Bulbs and Plants Catalog
What are everyone's favorite catalog for bulb and perennial ordering? I just thought I'd take a poll. Thank you!
Mice Urine Odor in Ventilation
How do I get rid of mice urine odor in the ventilation?
Releasing a Domesticated Dove
About a month ago, a pair of ring-necked doves (also known as Barbary doves) showed up at my house. Yesterday I realized that one of them is now gone, we have hawks and owls here.
What Breed is My Dog?
What breed is my dog? We know his mother is a Long Hair Chihuahua and we think he's Pekingese. What do you think?
Using Aloe Vera on Oily Skin
How can I use the aloe vera plant on my face. I don't know how to use it direct from the plant. My face is oily. Thanks.
Buying Marble Chase
Where can I buy the game Marble Chase?
Flattening Curved Seat Cushions
We have just put together the pine bunk bed that was ordered last month. Mostly it is fine but there are a few slight problems. The two large seat cushions are warped and don't lay flat on the seats.
Keeping Colds at Bay With Coldeeze
For the last 2 school years, I have put 1/2 tab of Coldeeze into my 3 boys orange juice every morning. I swear that it has had an impact on their not getting ANY colds or illness this school year, and only one last school year.
Take Your Lunch in a Cloth Tote Bag
To save paper and money, I take my lunch to work every day in a cloth tote bag that I bought at the Dollar Store. It is about 10x10 inch square and has a nice handle. When I come home, I just put my lunch bag in the fridge so I can find it fast in the morning.
Reuse Packing Paper for Crafts
Now that many places are using recycled or green packing materials, we get lot of brown scrunched paper in the boxes when we order items online. If you unscrunch and smooth out that paper, it's often 4-6 feet long and 2-3 feet wide.
I wanted a crystal chandelier for my dining room. I searched for something affordable. Not! So I decided to make my own. I found an old rusty candle light fixture at a junk shop. Cleaned it up,and painted it with "gold" rust stopping paint.
Spot Color Your Wedding Photos
This is one of my favorite pictures of my son's wedding. The photographer said this was very easy to do and could be done with any picture that he took.
Boil Burnt Pans With Soap Powder
If you have any burnt pans: instead of scrubbing them, simply fill pans that are burnt on the stove with boiling hot water and simply put a little soap powder in the pan. Boil gently for about 10 minutes then rinse out thoroughly before use.
Gardening: Wood Shavings in the Garden
Place wood shavings around your plants to prevent them from getting sandy from rain or watering. This also retains moisture, conserving water, and prevents weeds from growing through. Wood shavings can be bought at many garden shops.
Make Your Own "Name Brand" Hair Products
When my 3 boys hit puberty, they wanted name brand hair products. I bought one bottle and as it emptied, I added about 1/4 cup Dawn regular dish detergent and then filled with water. It thickens and I never bought another bottle of expensive shampoo again.
Walnut Cinnamon-Apple Salad
Heat sugar, water and cinnamon candies in a saucepan over low heat until candy is dissolved. Pare and core apples. Place in syrup. Cover and cook very slowly until tender but not broken. The apples should be bright red.
Craft: Baby Bottle Snow Globes
I help raise four grand-daughters, all crafty. It is very expensive with art supplies for four. I asked a friend of mine who is also raising grandchildren (babies) for some of her taller baby food jars, and lids.
Dispose of Prescription Bottles Safely
Be especially safe with your old prescription bottles. Be sure and mark through the name of person and drug name with a marker before putting in trash as some people would try to get it filled, especially if it is for a pain pill.
Yummy Deer Stew Meat Chili! This is a great chili recipe I created. A little on the spicy side, but very good! I used a big wok for the whole meal.
Thrifty Toddler Entertainment
We have a lot of toys for my 16 month old son. He's really rough on them, throwing them around and stepping on them. While we have bought a few toys brand new, we prefer to buy them used.
Crisco as Frugal Face Moisturizer
I know this will sound crazy to most of you but I use Crisco on my face and neck at night for a moisturizer! It takes only a very small amount for a light coat. My face has never broken out. It doesn't clog my pores and it makes my face feel soft in the morning.
Microwave Doggie Doughnuts
The great thing about these dog treats is that you can make them in your microwave. It's really nice in summer so you don't heat up kitchen.
Picture of lilies in my flower bed last year. They come back every year.
Meatballs with Rice
I can remember having this at least once every month. It was my fav.
I serve this when I get tired of yet another plain can of veggies. Will last for two meals, and is a great breakfast item too.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. With pastry blender cut in 1/2 cup firm butter. Beat egg slightly, add milk and vanilla and beat to combine. Stir into flour mixture. Roll out dough thinly on lightly floured board.
Fruity Green Salad
In a salad bowl, toss the greens, pears, and cherries. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Make Bag Salads for Camping
Camping is a great family time but you always don't have lots of room for cooking and storage. I make what we call a bag salad. You cook all your favorite ingredients (pasta or potato salad) and put in a ziplock bag.
Bunny Jar Vase
Create this cute bunny vase for your Easter table from a pint jar, felt, and few other supplies.
Plastic Canvas Purse
A purse made from plastic canvas. First, cut plastic canvas to the dimensions above (or any size you want) then cut fabric to that size and sew it onto plastic canvas. Sew the pieces together to form a rectangular purse then sew lace or whatever inside for a liner.
Fancy Ham Egg Scramble
In large skillet, cook onion in margarine until tender. Ad ham, eggs and scramble until set. Add mushrooms and cheese sauce. Mix slightly. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and simmer to desired consistency.
Denver (Brittany Spaniel)
Denver is a 2 year old Brittany Spaniel. She was a birthday gift for our daughter when she turned one. They have been good buddies. We named her Denver because that is where our daughter was born.
Mushroom and Asparagus Soup
Add can of mushrooms to either celery or asparagus soup. This makes a good combination. To this add 1 can milk; stir well while heating, then serve. With this serve croutons.
Combine and mix well ground beef, salt and pepper. Shape into six patties and place in a baking pan. Top each patty with an onion slice. Mix together and heat soup, mustard, and sauces.
Sprinkle gelatin on cold water to soften. Add very hot water and stir until gelatin is thoroughly dissolved. Add vinegar and salt. Chill until mixture mounds when dropped from spoon.
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