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June 8, 2010
Locating Smocking Plates
I am looking for a smocking plate for ladybugs. Does anyone have one they would like to share a copy of? Or know where I can find one?
Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Can you freeze sour cream?
How Can I Tell If Something is Made of Silver
I have heard that a sure way of checking whether an item has silver in it is by seeing if it will stick to a magnet when you touch the item. Is this true?
Improving Herb Garden
How can I get better results from my herb garden?
Yeast Doughnut Recipe
I need a good yeast donut recipe.
Remedy for Hysterectomy Induced Sweats and Weight Gain
I'm 46 and had a total hysterectomy 10 years ago. I understand about the sweats 24/7, but I have had enough. Premarin doesn't work, compounding pharmacy products don't work.
Connecting 15 Amp Washer to 20 Amp Breaker Wired with 12-2
I am hooking up a washer that is rated as a 15amp. appliance. The outlet I am plugging it into is pre-wired with 12-2 gauge wire and has a 20 amp. circuit breaker. Will this cause problems (too big a breaker for the appliance, not trip when it is supposed to, etc.)?
Removing Hair Spray from Microfiber Upholstery
How do I remove hair spray from microfiber upholstery?
Paint Color Advice to Coordinate with Turquoise Carpet
What color paint would most accent a turquoise carpet?
Finding Discount Grocery Stores in Pittsburgh
Are there any discount grocery stores in Pittsburgh, PA?
Making Dried Manure Pods for Fertilizing Garden
How do you make poop pods out of horse or cow manure to fertilize a garden or flower beds? The ingredients are mixed together and placed in a ceramic mold to dry and placed in garden, but what are all the ingredients that are mixed?
Homemade Denture Cleaner Recipe
Does anyone have info on making homemade denture cleaner? I'm not interested in bleach; my dentist said never use bleach as it bleaches them out. I've seen homemade everything, but not this. Thank you.
Preparing to Take Part in a Community Yard Sale
I am going to be taking part in a community yard sale that is going to be held in a church parking lot. Should I make my own signs? What can I do to make my booth stand out from the others?
Restoring Sun Damaged Vinyl Car Trim
I have a 10 year old Volvo wagon which I like to maintain. The vinyl trim is badly oxidized and dull from the sun. Does anyone have suggestions on a product that will return the trim to it's black color.
Getting Rid of Skunk Odor Under Deck and In Garage
How do you get rid of skunk smell under a deck and garage?
Stretching a Cap That is Too Tight
I have quite a big head and most ladies' hats won't fit me, especially when I let my hair grow longer. Sometimes I have to buy in the men's section and even those can be too small.
Looking for a Poem About the Separation of a Dog and Its Owner
I was wondering if anyone knows of an ole time pet poem about a dog and his owner, there are many. But this particular one my husband came across from a kennel club online about 4 1/2 years ago.
Electric Straightener is Burning My Hair
How can I stop my hair burning while using a GHD straightener?
Is There a Home Test for Parvo?
How can I test my dog at home for parvo?
Cat Taking Medication for Kidney Failure Always Hungry
My cat has been on Fortekor 2.5 mg tabs and renal prescription food for the last month for slight kidney failure. Since he has been on this medication he is always hungry and has put on weight, although this can happen on this medication.
Repairing a Water Damage to a Camp Trailer
I need advice on how to redo a camper trailer. The problem is that somehow the 2 windows in the top of the trailer started leaking and has been leaking all between the walls and into the floor to the point that it is rotted and needs to be redone with new materials.
Dog House Trained Except at Night
I have a house dog that is potty trained except of a nighttime. He won't wake me up during the night, he will just go to a bedroom at the back of my house and go. Is there a way to stop this?
Birthday Gift Ideas for Artistic Boyfriend
My boyfriend is turning 17 in a month. We have been dating for 8 months, but have been close friends for a long time. He is an artist and uses many different mediums. He is also a poet. He is a bit of an introvert.
How Can I Make My Yogurt Thicker?
I make goat's milk yogurt, but it turns out thin and not thick like I want. I like spoonable yogurt. Can someone help me without having to put all kinds of preservatives in it? Thanks.
Humorous Ideas for a High School Survival Kit Gift
I want to make a homemade survival kit for the senior year of high school. Does anyone know some funny and innovative ideas for a high school survival kit birthday present?
Solarcaine Stains on White Cotton Clothing
I have stains on white cotton t-shirts from Solarcaine. Anyone have any ideas on removing it? I have tried everything I can think of and I am open to suggestions. It almost looks like rust stains. Thanks.
Keeping the Floor Clean in a High Traffic Area
I am always cleaning the linoleum floor in my kitchen. It is the one room where people are always walking and the floor seems to be dirty all the time. The floor is mostly white. What can I do to cut down the cleaning?
Inexpensive 80th Birthday Party Ideas
I need inexpensive ideas for dad's 80th birthday party. I am doing this alone so I need to watch how much money is spent.
Growing Japanese Maples
I would like information on growing Japanese maples. Thanks.
Raising a husky in a Hot Climate
I posted a question as to the breed of my dog. I have another problem with this dog, I live in the Philippines so as expected we have really hot weather here. My Husky seems to not like the weather here. She keeps opening her mouth and I guess she can hardly breath.
Scrub Jay Deterrents
Predator scrub jays make loud and harsh noises, enormous feces, and their love of bird meat is ruining the previously calm, safe, and enjoyable small backyard for both humans and all other birds. Does anyone have a good idea that could be installed and work 24/7?
Spinach and Pear Salad
Arrange spinach leaves on 8 individual serving plates or on large platter. Top each with pear wedges, cheese, onion and walnuts. Drizzle each with 2 tablespoons salad dressing.
Green Beans And Potatoes
In a large pot, cook the bacon to render the fat and then remove the bacon to paper towels to drain. Or, if you have bacon fat that you've saved, heat a 1/2 cup until sizzling.
Easy Pot Roast And Gravy
Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil leaving plenty of foil to roll up and form into a sealed envelope. Put the meat in the center of the foil and sprinkle the soup mix on top.
Treating a Sunburn
For about 2 weeks I've had a sunburn on my scalp. It's annoying and looks like dandruff. I found this stuff around my house called Key Lime Lotion and it's an after sun product. Is there something easier I can do to get rid of the flakiness, without my hair looking greasy?
Roasted Red Potatoes
This is such a flavorful way to use potatoes. I have had this recipe for many years.
Grandmother Bryan's Baked Stuffed Pork Chops
This is another of my Father's favorite home cooked meals. My Mother made the best buttermilk biscuits and cornbread and that is what we had on hand as a rule.
California Style Salad
Place the first six ingredients in a large bowl and toss. Whisk together the reserved artichoke marinade, vinegar, mustard, garlic, and oil in small bowl and flavor with salt and pepper to taste.
Honey BBQ Ribs
Place the ribs into an 8-quart saucepan and add water to cover. Heat over medium-high heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the meat is tender.
Chocolate Raspberry Supreme
Yummy goodness in every bite! Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spoon flour into a measuring cup. Level off. In a bowl combine the flour and powered sugar.
Cooking Tips for Vegetables
A lump of sugar added to water when cooking greens helps vegetables retain their color.
Homemade Door Screen
We leave our front door open all the time but we need a screen because I hate flies. I put up a small pressure rod for a curtain at the top of our front door opening then I put one sheer white panel on the rod.
Designing Wedding Invitations
I need help with my wedding invitations. I'm having the oh-so-classical budget wedding. It has a theme, it's "Rainbow Festival." Does anyone with the slightest artistic ability at all have any ideas?
Exercise Ball As Desk Chair
Use an exercise ball as an office chair! It's fun, comfortable, can be good for bad backs, and you work your core muscles while at your computer just sitting and maintaining your balance.
Video Link: Hummingbirds
This is a very unique video about hummingbirds. Using new photography, they took pictures of how they work and live that are amazing!
Product Review: The Diet Solution Program
I saw the video on the internet and was impressed. You get about six different diet manuals, including a cookbook, for $47.00. Well, please learn from my foolishness.
Craft: Sandycast Shell Faces
This was one of the most fun and memorable things we ever did on a beach vacation with the kids. Sandycast faces made with sea shells.
Repair Rubber Gloves With Super Glue
I got a small leak in one of my rubber gloves and was about to throw it away, but decided to try Super glue. I put a small dab on the tear and it worked great.
Cleaning With Hydrogen Peroxide
My best cleaning tip is hydrogen peroxide. I put it in a spray bottle and clean everything in my bathroom from sinks to toilets, chrome, and mirrors. It also sanitizes and kills germs.
Cat Bacteria Deadly to Birds
Always supervise your cat and bird when they are together. Cats transmit a bacterium in their bites and scratches that is almost always deadly to a bird. In birds, this is called Pasteurella Septicemia, which usually means death within 24 hours if not treated.
Control Taco Seasoning With Shaker
In a hurry to make taco meat for supper? I bought Old El Paso Taco Seasoning in a shaker (instead of a bag) and used what I thought would be good. I added Old El Paso mild salsa and a little bit of garlic salt. It was wonderful!
Keep Raccoons Out of Garden
To keep raccoons out of the sweet corn, put peanut butter between strips of aluminum foil folded over an electric wire about a foot off the ground. The raccoons will be attracted to the peanut butter and touch it and get a shock which will keep them away.
Keeping Flies Off of Shrubs
How do you keep flies off of shrubbery? It is a green shrub with green and white leaves and sometimes green and yellow leaves.
Plants Look Bad After Transplanting
I have transplanted a bunch of plants and they look terrible. How long does it take to know if the they are going to live? It's mostly ground cover and daisies.
Use Kitty Litter Bucket for Kitchen Compost
I always wanted to compost so a kitchen composter was easiest to start with but expensive. I noticed our kitty litter container (hard plastic) was a purrrfect size and has a lid and handle. It fits under the sink and has been working great.
Pests are Eating My Pansies
My potted pansies have been doing very well for almost 2 months. Recently they apparently are being eaten by something that I cannot identify.
Herbal Remedies From Common Weeds
In a non chemical garden many weeds can be utilized. Many common ailments today can be prevented using basic plants that grow in our gardens!
Using a Stove Outside
I have an old donated professional Garland gas stove. I have a small partially enclosed room on the ground level of my house, and am thinking of having the stove piped there.
Helping Newborn Mallard Ducks
This morning six new born mallard ducks were swimming with their mother in our small garden pond. Now we can not find them. Are they hiding? Do they sleep, so young? Will they stay here before trying to leave? For how long, typically?
Mama (Leopard Gecko)
Mama is a 7 year old Leopard Gecko. I adopted her and her sister from a woman who didn't want them anymore. He likes to eat worms, and bask in the sun
Cerebus (German Shepard)
Cerebus is a 6 year old pure bred German Shepard. My family adopted Cerebus from our local animal shelter two years ago, in the month of June.
Merlin is a 12 week old 3/4 Yorkie and 1/4 Maltese. We got Merlin 3 weeks ago. He loves to run in the yard, play fetch, snuggle, dig, sleep on our lap and entertains us. He is a bundle of joy.
Roxie is 3 years old. My husband and I adopted Roxie when we got back from our honeymoon. She and her siblings were left on the side of the road in a box to fend for themselves. We also adopted her sister, Oreo. She loves playing in boxes and bags.
Robin and her offspring in their nest in our lilac tree. Such a beautiful site to see and I had to show you!
Garden: Angel Statue
My guardian angel sits between my red twig dogwood bushes. She sits just off my main patio where we can enjoy her as we dine, either in our kitchen or on our patio. I love looking out my kitchen window to see her quietly contemplating about the gardens. Enjoy!
This lovely Alice orchid was given to me by a castmate of a play I was in recently. It is one of the most beautiful things that greet me each morning.
Scenery: Mountain Laurel
I just happened upon this Mountain Laurel in bloom.
The 3 Important Tips for New Organic...
Organic gardening is not just a matter of replacing synthetic fertilizers and pesticides with more natural products. It's about learning to look at your garden as a whole system and how all things are interconnected.
Red White And Blue Heart Pin
Two sizes of hearts for a pin, or magnet. Chain 4, make all stitches in the first chain. 3 trc, 3 dc, chain 1, 1 trc, chain 1, 3 dc, 3 trc, chain 2 slip stitch. Fasten off.
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