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October 30, 2009
Carpet Color to Coordinate With Blue Walls
I have a multi room activity area. One side is painted a grayish blue color (teen media room), the other is a bright bold blue (toddler play area) the trim is white. There is an archway with no door connecting the two.
Tips on Introducing Two Cats
I have a very dominant 6 year old female cat. She has an aggressive nature, but not to us, her owners, just other people. My daughter just moved in with her 3 year old female cat. Both are fixed.
Anyone have some good moving tips?
Instructions for Pillsbury Bread Machine #1021
I am looking for free instructions for Pillsbury Bread Maker model#1021.
Metallic Crochet Thread and Other Fancy Supplies
I am crocheting a snowflake afghan and have been using Nomis gold metallic thread (it's polyester and nylon, along with my regular white yarn) that I had from a project I did years ago. I have run out and and can't seem to find anything similar anywhere.
Dishwasher is Flashing CL Code But Door is Closed
My Frigidaire dishwasher just stopped working properly. It flashes a CL code and didn't finish its cycle. The CL code means that the door is not closed, but the door is closed. What can I do to easily fix this?
Something is Eating My Swiss Chard
My young chard plants have holes in the leaves, about 1/4 inch in diameter. Could it be cutworms? Ho do I prevent them?
Williams Sonoma Monkey Bread Recipe
I'm looking for the recipe from the Williams-Sonoma monkey bread mold package that has cream cheese rolled into it. Does anyone have that?
Building a Pet Gate
How can I make an inexpensive pet gate for a wide opening? It will be used inside the kitchen so it will need to look nice as well.
I would like to know about the personality of the long haired dachshunds. Are they hard to train?
Grooming Long Haired Dachshunds
Do long haired dachshunds shed? How often do they need to be cut or shaved? Thanks.
Shiny, Colorful Concrete Floors
I've read the archives on staining concrete floors; but is there a stain or process by which you can make the concrete floor colorful and shiny?
My son recently washed my queen size comforter. Long story short, it is now a very lumpy comforter. Is there any thing I can do to save it, make normal?
When Do You Stop Giving Christmas Gifts to Adult Nieces and Nephews?
At what point is it reasonable to stop giving Christmas gifts to adult nephews and nieces? When they marry? Have children of their own? Turn 25?
Managing Cords on Kitchen Counters
How do you all store cords on kitchen counters? For things like coffee pot, lamps, etc.
Halloween: Little Scarecrow Costume
This is "Our Little Scarecrow" Tyler. His costume is homemade by me, his mommy. I took an old pair of overalls, some scrap material and a little creativity. My secret weapon was using an old hula skirt as his straw hair, stuffing, etc.
Teach Your Children the Value of Money
As a retired school teacher, I saw many teenagers who had no idea of the value of money. They felt they should be given whatever they wanted. They also had trouble taking responsibility.
Freshen Sheets Every Morning
Truth be told, I change my bedsheets once a week. I also love the smell of clean bed linens and the smell of baby powder. When I make up the bed every morning, I sprinkle baby powder over the bottom sheet.
Link: Free Low Income Cell Phone
You can get a cell phone for absolutely nothing. It is for low income people, every month you get 80 free minutes.There is no catch, no hidden charges. If you lose the phone, they will send you another one for free. I just got my replacement phone.
Mix Cheap Wine With Kool-Aid
Now that my child is in college we have had to cut back on expenses. Mixing cheap wine with Kool-Aid (even the big gallons that only cost about $15.00) tastes really good. I only drink red wine, so I am not sure about whites.
Making Junk Mail Useful
I cut the envelope open with a letter opener (unless the flap can easily be opened without cutting). Uses: store coupons, to do lists, store receipts. If it has see through window on back, with plastic then when I am done with the envelope, I cut that out with border to use for crafts.
Pumpkin Serving Bowls
These pumpkin bowls make beautiful serving dishes for any autumn event.
Decorate Presents With Useful Items
When I wrap presents, I don't use bows. For boys, I use a matchbox car, small ball, etc.; for girls I use hair accessories, pencils, etc.
Bacon and Egg Casserole
Slice the eggs into a casserole dish and add the cooked noodles. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the eggs and noodles. Make a white sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan and blending in the flour until smooth
Orange Crock Pot Chicken
Just too easy for words. Place chicken in crock pot and pour soda and water over the chicken and then top with celery.
Cream of Chicken Soup with Grapes and Hazelnuts
Awesome, I love vegetables. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut the bread slices into 3/4 inch cubes. Place them on a cookie sheet and toast them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes; set aside.
Easily made one-pot meal and very tasty too! This was a traditional Dublin Saturday night supper when people came home from the " Pub".
Every time I take this somewhere, people want the recipe, it is simply so good! Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13x9x2 inch baking pan. For crust, combine shortening and brown sugar in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer.
Parmesan and Mustard Toastettes
Not long ago a tip was posted about using mayonnaise instead of butter to cook a grilled cheese sandwich. I personally don't think I could do that but it got me thinking and decided to try using mayo instead of room temp butter for this broil recipe and it was good.
Freeze Leftover Liquids in Empty Water Bottles
To save leftover broth or juice that is about to expire, or any sauces or juices that you want to save; use your empty water bottles. This will work great for Thanksgiving, when you are making broth from the very last remnants of the turkey.
Use Refried Beans for Thick Chili
Some of my family do not like kidney beans, so I use refried beans instead. It makes my chili thick and very good.
Buy Cheap Pumpkins After Halloween
Be sure to check your local Walmart right after Halloween for leftover pumpkins. Many people will not buy them after Halloween and you can get them for nearly free.
Halloween: Bubble Gum Machine Costume
Dress child in clothes. Cut arm and neck holes in bag. Put bag on the child as a shirt. Tape the bottom opening tight around their waist. Fill the bag with the balls from neck opening.
Halloween: Hermit Crab Costume
Cut 8 - 3 1/4 inch strips of red felt, the length of the child's arms. Taper at ends, sew two pieces together to make tubes and stuff. There should be 4 arms total, two for each side. Stitch in 3 joints in each arm.
My Frugal Life: Learning From a Frugal Mother
I remember as a child, my mother would save small soap pieces and put them it hot water and mush them up, making liquid soap. We would use it to wash our hands. There were other things she did, such as saving any food containers.
Lucifer Kane (Rottweiler)
Lucifer Kane is 3 years old and a Rottweiler. I bought him from Petland. For fun, he likes to chew bones, smell the flowers, snuggle, and go for rides in the car!
Using recycled cardboard, a piece of acrylic sheathing and Christmas lights I had on hand, I made a few Halloween lamps for the holiday.
Kricket is 10 months old and a Pomeranian. I wanted a Pom since I was 10 years old, finally got one!
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