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March 17, 2009
Cedar Shavings for Dog Bedding
When using cedar chips in a dog kennels, could someone tell me what kind of cedar this is?
Uses for Leftover Fabric Scraps
I have a ton of fabric pieces in fairly large sizes. I purchased them for using as clothing on my sculpture art dolls. I am just learning to sew on my machine. I have two daughters so it would be great to get some easy sewing ideas to create some fun things for them.
Washer Door Damaged by Goof Off
My wife just bought a new washer and dryer. There was a sticker on the front of the washer on the glass. I used Goof Off and it caused a caustic-looking streak. What can I use to take this streak off the glass (plastic)? Please help!
Wedding Reception Party on Anniversary
I was married on Halloween of '08. We had a cute little ceremony. There was just 8 of us all together. My husband and I didn't have any family there seeing how it was on a Friday, plus we got married so quickly there wasn't enough time or money.
Washing Flannel Backed Plastic Tablecloths
Can I wash a fuzz-backed plastic tablecloth in a machine?
Chicken Noodle Children's Clothing Fabric
How do I locate the manufacturer of Chicken Noodle Children's clothing fabric?
How Often Should I Water My Garden?
How often should I water my garden here in Casa Grande, Arizona? I planted sweet corn, watermelon, cantaloupe, peppers, and squash. I want to plant onions, radishes, lettuce, and carrots.
Pruning a Jasmine Plant
I have a night blooming Jasmine that I planted less than a year ago and it has grown very large. I do not know how to prune it back. Can anyone send some advice?
Use a Torch for Bubbles
Well, I did it! I started with an upstairs bath that no one would have to see if it turned out really ugly, but I am just tickled. I couldn't have done it without you guys.
Give a Year of Gifts
Because we have many family birthdays throughout the year, I have tried to always purchase ahead to defray the cost of several birthdays that fall in one month. This year I decided to give three of our family members "a year of gifts".
Gardening: Flowering Container
This was my favorite planting last summer. I enjoyed all of the vibrant colors mixed together. The mix contains geraniums, begonias, a blue salvia, petunia, and dahlia, with 2 spikes for interest.
Pin Dryer Sheet to Piece of Laundry to Make It Easy to Find
I always hate it when I can't find the dryer sheet in my load of dried laundry. It is embarrassing to go out and find a sheet hanging out the bottom of your pants, or shirt sleeve. I resorted to turning every piece inside out before folding until I found the used sheet.
Cheesy Breakfast Rounds
Melt butter over low heat. Blend in flour and salt. Add milk all at once. Cook quickly over medium high heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Add cheese and stir until melted.
Decadent Dessert for Dieters
I have a digital food scale with tare feature, so can be very precise on the # number of carbohydrate grams of the berries, and the amount of whipped cream. The dessert is very low fat and low calorie, yet high in taste, energy, and nutrients.
Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
A tip which saved my life and maybe yours. Our house was just a couple of years old when my husband accepted a job which required him to be out of town most weekdays. Our budget could allow either new mulch in the natural areas or a security system installed.
Be Grateful for What You Have
The recession has taught me the difference between wants and needs, and how grateful I am to have a warm home, loving family and friends. Some things money just can't buy!
Color Code Rooms When Moving
I've been reading the moving advice here and have one more thought to it. When I moved, I bought 20 sheets of red, blue, green and yellow paper etc each, from at a copy center.
Refill Child's Cute Lip Gloss Case with Homemade Gloss
My daughter is 5 years old and loves all of the sparkly and colorful lip glosses that come in cute cases with her favorite characters on them. The problem is that these glosses are terrible for her lips! They are very low quality and drying to her lips.
Seafood Pot Pies
Dinner for 2. I know there are a lot of us out there! This is good and easy. I love pot pies and sea food.
Store Tongs in Empty Paper Towel Roll
To easily store kitchen/cooking tongs in your drawer, place them inside an empty cardboard paper towel roll. This keeps them from getting stuck in the drawer when opening.
Boneless Baked Chicken
Honey, mustard and spices can make a delicious sauce for basting baked chicken breasts.
Drain potatoes. Put in 9x13 inch pan. Set aside 1/4 cup of the cheddar cheese plus reserved ham. Combine all other ingredients and pour over potatoes.
Preventing Lumps in Polenta
In the directions for cooking polenta, it says "add cornmeal to boiling water very slowly to avoid clumping". My mother taught me another way when I was a youngster.
Eucalyptus Spearmint Bath Salts
I love this scent combination when my body is feeling tired. But buying it at the store is much too expensive. So I figured out how to make my own eucalyptus spearmint blend.
Dazzey (Mixed Breed)
Dazzey is a one year old mixed breed dog that we adopted from the Napa shelter when she was 10 weeks old. She loves to run and play with her sisters, an Irish Wolf hound and a three legged Chihuahua mix, and special friends at the dog park.
Cook and stir ground beef, garlic, onion and green pepper until brown. Add beans, sauce, water, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir until boiling. Lower heat ad simmer at least 1 hour.
Spicy Chicken with Peanuts
This is a classic Chinese dish. Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan, and add the pinch of dried red chillies. Next add the chicken cubes and peanuts, then stir-fry them for 1 minute.
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