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December 17, 2009
College Reunion Ideas
Does anyone have some suggestions for a good and attractive name for a college reunion?
Using a Wood Burning Stove
We recently added on to our home and with that addition we installed a wood stove. I am interested in any tips about using and getting the most heat out of it. I would also appreciate some ideas on making the mess that it leaves easier to clean up.
What Fruit Crops Will Grow in Salty Soils
I am a farmer; I have 12 acres of land. My land is salty and the water is also salty. Can someone please suggest to me which type of fruit production I can attempt on my land? I am located in Maharashtra, Jalgaon City.
Toddler Won't Play Alone
My 4 year old son doesn't like to play in his room by himself. He follows me around most of the time saying hes bored, and he also has a really nasty temper and breaks all of his toys. Any ideas on what I can do?
Buying Buckwheat Hulls for Pillows
I'd love to make my own buckwheat pillows, similar to those used in Japan. They're made with buckwheat hulls. However, I'm having a hard time finding "reasonably priced" buckwheat hulls. I can't see spending a great deal of money on hulls.
Buying a Round Loom
Many years ago, I saw a device that was a small wooden tube with four pegs on on end. It was used to knit or weave yarn and/or fabric strips into a braided rope that could be used for small mats and rugs.
Mom's Black Walnut Cake
Separate eggs. Beat together the butter, sugar, and egg yolks. Stir together the cornstarch, milk, and vanilla, then add to first mixture. Add flour and baking powder, which have been sifted together.
Glazed Fruit Salad
Use all of orange juice and enough pineapple juice to make 1 cup juice and mix with vanilla pudding in a small saucepan. Cook until thick and clear; cool.
Holiday Felt Wall Hanging
Using only felt, buttons, and thread I hand sewed this Christmas wall hanging while watching TV at night!
Line baking pan with a piece of foil large enough to wrap around the above ingredients and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 3 1/2-4 hours.
Craft Project: Lighted Welcome Tin
Reuse those Christmas popcorn tins to welcome your holiday guests and place it by an entrance or anywhere to make them feel welcome and add holiday charm to your home.
Broccoli Cauliflower Cheese Dish
Cook broccoli and cauliflower until tender. To prepare white cheese sauce, melt butter, add flour and salt and gradually stir in milk.
Decorate Your Tree With Popcorn
Instead of stringing popcorn to hang on the tree, simply pop the corn and throw it in handfuls onto the tree. It will stick onto the branches and look like snow. Even the youngest of the family can participate.
Keep an Emergency Envelope in Your Purse
My family knows if I am ever in need of medical help and can't speak for myself to get the orange envelope out of my purse. Orange is my favorite color and easily found in my purse.
Cinnamon Sticks to Decorate Packages
I wrap up cinnamon sticks with plaid ribbon and use it on gifts along with the bows as an "extra" gift. I also use the cinnamon sticks as Christmas ornaments.
Advice About a Student Loan in Default
I am a single mother who was out of work for a while and the cosigners to my student loan paid about $2,000 during that time. I am now working and sent out a payment to them, but they wanted me to sign a confession of judgment.
Make Your Own Medicinal Chafing Powder
Diaper creams are expensive and hard to apply and talcum powder is not advisable due to problems with breathing it. Make your own medicinal powder with cornstarch and zinc oxide powder.
Pre-cooking Potatoes For The Week
When I buy a bag of potatoes, I go ahead and boil as many as I think I might use that week. I place them in a colander in the refrigerator and, when ready to use, I either dice or shred them and just brown in some olive oil.
Use Bread Ties to Secure Christmas Lights
I save my bread ties and have found one use for them. I use them to tie the Christmas lights to our fence. Merry Christmas!
Savory Baked Chicken Breasts
This is an easy and great tasting recipe that I just threw together for something different one night. My family loved it and were asking for seconds!
Homemade Garden Hose Holder
An easy, thrifty way to wind a garden hose: I had bought many different hose reels over the years, at considerable expense, but recently came up with this idea: fill a bucket with water (in this case, it's rain water), and wrap the hose around it. That's it!
3rd Anniversary Party and Gift Ideas
It's our 3rd anniversary this February. I recently had a miscarriage and we are both very upset about it. So, I want to make this anniversary a very special one for him.
Stamped Tile Coasters
Super easy stamped tile coasters! These make great inexpensive gifts for family and friends.
Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes
These are chocolate cupcakes I made for my little sisters birthday. I used the cake recipe on the bake of the Hersheys coco powder box, but instead of making a cake I made cupcakes.
Pepper Jelly Cornbread Cookies
A wonderful different cookie. If you are tired of the same old cookie, try this one. It is fabulous and people will ask you for recipe. Use red or green jelly or both for a Christmas look.
Heating a Fully Cooked Ham
I am wondering if any one knows if I can bake a half ham. I have the one that is fully cooked, pre-sliced and wrapped in plastic. I believe the one I'm thinking is Hormel brand.
Decorating Child's Bedroom with Dance Theme
I want to redecorate my 5 year old daughter's room with a dance theme. She takes tap and jazz, but not ballet yet. I am looking for decor ideas that can incorporate the various styles of dance, not just ballet. Any suggestions?
Winter Veggie and Beef Soup
This soup tastes good, is healthy, easy and inexpensive to make. In a skillet, break up and cook hamburger until it is no longer pink. Set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, saute carrots and potatoes in oil for about 10 minutes.
Use A Craft Line To Dry And Display Ornaments
So after all these years of crafting and with my kids grown, I finally came up with an idea I could have used all along: my craft line. I asked my handy husband to attach a thin wire over my breakfast bar in the kitchen so I could allow my paper mache ornaments to dry.
Wedding Hair Styles For Women With Dreadlocks
I am getting married next year and the planning is going well. My only problem now is that I can't find any pictures of wedding hairstyles for women with locks (dreadlocks).
Dry Dog Shampoo Recipe
Is it good to use cornstarch on a dog for a dry shampoo? It's in a lot of dry shampoos.
Replacement Parts for Berg Plaster Mixer
I am looking for a switch for a Berg Plaster Mixer, 100 volts.
Scenery: Sunset in Maui
On my recent vacation in Maui, we were watching the sunset and I saw this beautiful ray of sunlight coming through the clouds with a ship entering into the light. Had to take a picture.
Sophie (Jack Russell Terrier - Affenpinscher)
AnnaSophia Marie-Antoinette (Sophie) is 18 month old Jack Russell Terrier/Affenpinscher. I adopted Sophie from the Humane Society of Charlotte in July 2008. I had recently had to return a rescue dog to its first owner and I was heartbroken.
Ben, Henry and Tammy Faye (Turkeys)
Ben, Henry and Tammy Faye Turkey all hatched in Spring '09. They are Bourbon Reds. I purchased them for pets. They like to stand on the pickup hood and look at themselves in the windshield. Sure does scratch the paint though.
Applying Face Shiner
How do I apply face shiner on my face?
Bees in House Siding and Coming Down Chimney
We purchased a beautiful home in the country on 5 acres and thought we were buying our dream home to retire in. Every summer we have hundreds of bees that come into our home through the fireplace and vents.
Pecan Shortbread Bars
For pecan and shortbread lovers. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, sugar, butter, salt and pecans. Press dough evenly into the bottom of a greased 8x8 inch baking dish and bake until golden, about 30 to 35 minutes.
Kalanchoe: A Festive Alternative to Poinsettias
Over the past few years, these happy little succulents have enjoyed a steady gain in popularity as houseplants and Christmas-flowering gift plants, and it's easy to see why.
Real Christmas Trees Are Green
Not everyone likes the idea of sacrificing a living tree for the sake of celebrating a holiday, but it doesn't change the fact that trees harvested for the Christmas tree industry are a renewable and sustainable resource.
Hair Extensions and Thinning Hair
I once had thick shoulder length hair, but I have lost most of my hair and its thickness due to hair extension glue. I have been trying to grow it back, but no results. Please help.
Party Games For 5 Year Olds
I am looking for some games for a 5 year old birthday that will be celebrated at school.
Washing Silk Clothing
Can you wash a silk dress or shirt?
Paneer (Indian Cheese)
This is a wonderful recipe for paneer (Indian cheese). Pour milk, yogurt, lemon juice, and salt in a heavy based pan. Bring it to a boil on medium heat. When the curds separate, remove pan from the stove.
Aunt Gladys' Old Fashioned Fruit Cake
Makes 4. Quarter pineapple rings, remove stem from figs. Cut dates crosswise and mix dates and raisins with 1/4 lb of the flour. Mix the rest of the flour with soda and spices.
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