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Removing Grease Smell from Clothing
How can I get an old greasy smell out of clothes?
Decorating Tables for a Buffet
Does anyone have any great ideas as to how to decorate a buffet table for a reception?
Recycling Styrofoam Packing
I'm in Honolulu, HI (Island of Oahu) and looking for some place to recycle Styrofoam packing material.
Inexpensive Magazine Subscriptions
Does anyone know of a web site where you can get magazine subscriptions for lower costs than what the magazine inserts offer?
Moisture Damage on a Hardwood Floor
Today I found a large black wet stain under a plant on my hardwood oak floor. I had placed a bowl under the plant, but the water must have gone over the top of the bowl and has sat there for a few days.
Removing Ink from a Photo
How do I remove ink from a photo?
Uses for Fireplace Ashes
I need some ideas on what I can do with all the wood ash from our wood furnace and fire place. In the winter we use it like salt on the snow and ice. But what can I use it for now? Is it good in the garden?
Growing Acai Seeds
I just got some Acai seeds and can't find anything on the internet about how to grow them. Does anyone in the Thriftyfun community have experience growing this fruit? I live in Oregon, which has a hardiness zone of 8-9.
Loreal Duo Eyeshadow
Where can I buy Loreal duo eyeshadow in the color golden age/antique? I stumbled upon it in a dollar store and fell in love with it and now its almost gone. I can't find it anywhere. I'm not big on make-up but I loved this stuff, next time I'll stock up.
What Breed is My Dog?
We rescued this Lady in December of 2008 from a dog pound. She is a beautiful 2 year old dog. Her prior owner said she was a Pharoah Hound Mix. She is very active, very smart, well mannered, and extremely affectionate to people.
Crafts Using Coiled Notebook Binding
Does anyone have a craft using the coiled spine of a notebook or theme book?
Advice for Owning Four Dogs
I was given 2 huskies, one male and one female. I have always wanted them so I couldn't say no. The problem is I already have a 5 month old pit which is my 9 yr old daughter's and 5 month old lab mix which is my 6 yr old son's. Can I make this work and how?
What Breed is My Dog?
Can anyone tell me if my dog is a pitbull? Everywhere I go I've been told she is but I need to know for piece of mind.
Paying Off Bills
I don't know what to do with all my bills. My wife and I work but cannot save anything. Everything goes to bills. I know that you shouldn't beg anyone for money, but sometimes I wish to do it. Just pay it off and to start over. I'm so tired of all this. What can I do?
Grey Marks on Timber Flooring
I suspect the greyish marks on my timber flooring are from sprays (insect repellent, sunscreen) being used and the polish has been stripped. Is there any cleaning method or product I could try without having to have the floor re-sanded?
Reviews of Northstar Nutritionals Products
Has anyone used any products made by Northstar Nutritionals? What were your experiences? Are their claims accurate?
Are Crepe Myrtle Roots Invasive?
I am worried about the root system on a crepe myrtle tree. I want to plant one or two in my back yard close to my house and patio. Will the root system grow underneath my cement patio? How far away should I plant them? Thank you.
DeLuca's Restaurant Basil Vinegar Dressing
Anyone have a salad dressing recipe similar to DeLuca's Restaurant in Detroit? I had it yesterday while in town for a funeral and they said they sold the dressing, but I forgot by the time we finished our dinner and headed home. It was a sweet vinegar and oil with basil. It was outstanding!
Tray from Vintage Dishes
Put this tray on your vanity or dresser to hold your jewelry or use it on your buffet to serve desserts or treats. It would also make a nice gift.
Butter Pecan Popcorn
This tastes just like the popcorn you can buy but without the preservatives. Yum, yum!
Satisfy Sweet Cravings With Dried Fruit
Satisfy your sweet tooth with simple candied fruit available at your grocers. Or make your own in your oven or dehydrator.
Swiss Ham Salad
Very simple and very tasty. Don't forget summer is coming. Combine ham and cheese in a bowl. Make dressing with oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Use a Timer for Kids Time Out
Buy a $1 store timer and magnet it to the fridge for when your kids need a time out or a little time in the corner. My daughter sets it to 5 minutes, and if her 6 year old acts up, she'll sometimes get 5 more minutes.
Chinese Noodle Candy
Mix butterscotch and peanut butter in double boiler. Add noodles and marshmallows. Spoon out into small mounds.
Use Silverware Tray to Organize Makeup Drawer
I used to hate my makeup drawer! Now I use the silverware trays from the dollar store to organize my cosmetics! It works great and when it gets dirty I can just toss it in the dishwasher!
Family Photo: Logan's Easy Chair
Here is a picture of our grandson and his new easy chair, just like Grandpa's. Grandpa got a easy chair for his birthday and so did Logan.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
This will season 1 to 1-1/2 pounds of ground meat. I like things really spicy so you may want to half the recipe if you don't.
Mark Spool Thread Slot With Red Nail Polish
As I become a WOW (wise older woman), I find it easier to see if I mark the slot on a spool of thread (the little slot that holds the thread to keep it from unwinding) with a dot of red nail polish.
Recycling Plastic Canvas
I purchased a spice rack with a pineapple motif done in needlepoint on the front. I didn't particularly like the pineapple motif so I removed the plastic canvas piece. I was looking all over for something to put in its place.
Organic Coconut Oil for Cradle Cap
Instead of using baby oil on your baby's head for cradle cap, try using virgin organic coconut oil instead. As a natural product, coconut oil is much better for the skin than the chemical-laden lotions and oils most people slather on their children.
Simply Patriotic Afghan
The crocheted afghan will be donated to the V.V.A. (Vietnam Veterans of America) Scholarship Program for next year. At the present time I'm working on a second afghan for V.V.A.
Make Picture Cards for a Non-Verbal Child
We are always needing pictures for our non-verbal son. We have saved greeting cards to cut appropriate pictures, and then laminate them. He can use these pictures to start conversations about birthdays, and other holidays.
Asparagus and Sea Bass
Toast walnuts in dry skillet over medium high heat 1 to 2 minutes. Toss sea bass in cornstarch. Coat skillet with nonstick cooking spray and set over medium high heat.
Use Wide Mouth Food Saver Sealer With Canister
I recently purchased a large canister for my Foodsaver on Ebay. It evidently is an older model (the lid has a white knob with a red center) and the hose for my new Foodsaver wouldn't fit on it - much less vacuum seal.
Bruiser is a 1 and 1\2 year old Chihuahua. Bruiser was a birthday gift to my niece Catherine from her father last August. He likes to chase Catherine and chew on her arms, they wrestle all day.
A Complete Meal
Recipe that is exactly what it says! Easy! Place ground beef in greased electric skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Layer potatoes, carrots, onion, cabbage and soup over ground beef. Arrange cheese on top.
Use Tampon To Fix Painting Mistakes
When painting a room, if you find the touch-up tedious, use a tampon. This is how it works. Push a small portion from the applicator. Dip just the tip in the paint. Remove the drip. Blot on the mistake whereas your paint touched the ceiling or vise versa.
Italian Beef (Crock Pot)
Put in crock pot on low for 8 hours. Can add barbecue sauce, if desired. Serve on steak buns.
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Sift flour and salt together into bowl. Add milk, mix thoroughly. Add eggs, well beaten. Gradually add water and beat until large bubbles appear.
Frozen Fruit Delight Salad
Blend cream cheese and Dr. Pepper until light and fluffy. Fol in remaining ingredients; pack into containers; freeze. Serve sliced, on salad greens. Serve 6-8.
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