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June 9, 2010
Banana Nut Bread
Cream butter, sugar, and egg yolks. Sift flour, baking powder, soda, and salt together. Add alternately dry ingredients and milk and bananas. Add vanilla and nuts.
Soak the beans in water with a pinch of baking soda for at least 2 hours. Rinse beans. Add carrot, celery, and potato to the beans with salt, pepper and onion. Salt to taste.
Remove stems from berries, forming a flat base. Place berries pointed end up. With sharp knife, carefully slice berry in half vertically through center to within 1/4 inch of base.
Creamy Chicken Salad
Mix all together. Garnish with toasted almonds. Serve in lettuce cups of halved avocados.
Savory Chicken Crescent Squares
Open crescent rolls; make squares out of 2 each triangles. Mix rest of ingredients together and fill squares. Bring all four points to the middle and press dough together.
Use Bottle Cap as Strawberry Huller
I love strawberries and have a strawberry huller to help me get the green ends off. One day the strawberry huller went missing, so I had to improvise. I used a bottle cap with a serrated edge.
What is This Plant?
Can anyone tell me the name of this plant? It has grown to about 3 -1/2 feet, the tallest one. Then the other one is about 10 inches shorter and the third is only about 10 inches tall. I have since planted them in the ground.
What Breed is My Dog?
Can you please tell me what dog this is? I was told it is an Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier. But I think it may be an American Staff or a Pit Bull?
Succulents like jade plants are VERY EASY to propagate. Just break off a twig of the succulent and stick into soil and voila! Nine out of ten times, it takes root!
Milk Jug for Organizing Plastic Bags
An easy way to store your plastic grocery bags is in an old, clean plastic milk jug. Most of these milk jugs have an indented circle on one side.
Safely Storing Steak Knives
Do you have steak knives laying loose in a drawer? Control them and keep fingers from getting cut by gathering the blades together and putting a paper towel tube over them. Fold the end over and run a rubber band from end to end.
What Breed is My Dog?
I have a Siberian Husky, but I guess she is a mixed breed. Huskies are big, but she is medium sized or less. She has inherited the Husky traits and the looks, but the height is very much less. What could she be? I'm thinking about a Poodle Husky maybe?
Increasing Frequency of Traffic Tickets
I live in a coastal beach community and it has been reported on the news that the state police have significantly increased the number of police patrolling the highways that feed into the community.
Celery Aids Digestion With Beans
Three ribs of celery, chopped, and added to about 2 cups of beans (navy, brown, pinto, etc.) will make them easier to digest.
Store Food Waste in Freezer Until Garbage Day
To omit odors from our garbage can inside the house, if we have anything that may start to smell after a day or so, I simply put it in a plastic grocery bag and put that in my freezer.
Product Review: Bubba Mug
The big Bubba thermal mugs with the narrow base that will fit into a car's cup holder are great! I fill mine with ice cubes and a little water. I use it driving around town - summers in Florida get hot.
Old Credit Cards for Cleaning
I use an old credit card to clean the algae off of the front of the aquarium. Also, I took a watercolor class where the instructor used an old credit card like a squeegee to move paint around.
Homemade Glass Cleaner
In a gallon jar, mix all 3 ingredients. Fill jar rest of way up with water. Use in spray container.
Use Cucumber and Aluminum to Deter Slugs and Grubs
To help prevent grubs and slugs from ruining your planting beds, place a few slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and place in the garden. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent.
My Frugal Life: Craft Fair Birthday Party
Once upon a time there was a little girl with many, many friends. She often asked her mommy for lots of sleepovers and tea parties. Even though her mommy had very little money, sleepovers were easy and tea and cinnamon toast were cheap, so the mommy always said "yes".
Removing Odor from Vintage Clothing
I have received 50 year old baby clothes that have never been used! There are lots of pretty party dresses. The only problem is they have a very vintage smell to them. I have washed them once in Tide and dried them with fabric sheets. That really didn't help much.
Buying Dream Whip
What is Dream Whip? Do we find in at the super market?
Old Log Planter
We were recently given this old wash log and set it up on two old broken chairs then planted marigolds and sweet potato vines and hung the ferns on the fence. Goes to show that you can make something beautiful out of a little of nothing.
Cleveland Zoo (Ohio)
Our son and his wife love to visit the larger zoos around the US. Their favorites are the ones which have made provisions for the animals to live in the closest environment possible to their own natural habitats.
Garden: Day Lilies
One of my faves!
Trouble Shooting a Trip Fuse Problem
I have an electrical outlet that runs all my outside and garage outlets, about 9 outlets all together. It has a trip fuse on it and it keeps tripping.
Funny: Dog Choking The Cat
Bruce (dog) and Peanut (cat) wrestling, having a choking contest, lol.
Finding a Decorative Bead for Formal Dress
I really need to find this bead. I've given up if I don't find this bead my head is on the chopping block. I found it once, but the lady who supplied them to me recently passed away and I can no longer find this bead. I've tried Fire Mountain Gems they do not have it.
This is Snowball an 8 year old Maltese. I got Snowball 8 years a go. Snowball liked to run, chase, play tag, chew on plastic bottles and loved to eat crackers. RIP Snowball, we love you.
How Do I Make these Dress Closures?
How are these loops made? The dress that I am making for my daughter has these and I've never made these before. Thank you have a great day. Here is a picture:
Looking for Recipes for Cat Food and Treats
I am looking for simple recipes for cat food and cat treats. Kitty is a new mummy at 8 months old with 4 kittens still nursing.
Caring for a Newly Adopted Frightened Dog
I just got a 4 1/2 year old Chihuahua from a couple on the base. He stays beside the table and won't come out, except to eat once in a while. When he sees me he runs back. What do I do?
Riley sitting on his couch thinking. He loves to show off how cute he is. All I can say is give a pound dog a chance. I did and I am glad I did.
My father has died since I took this picture. I still get a chuckle every time I look at him and Belle taking an afternoon nap on the patio chairs together. Belle tried to keep watch but her head slowly fell down on the table as sleep overcame her.
Ted (Fox Red Labrador)
Meet Ted, the new addition to my brother's household. He is a beautiful twelve week old fox red Labrador. Here he is getting acquainted with his new toys.
Easy to make, uses both zucchini and yellow squash, tastes great, and is wonderful for you!
Spicy Pork and Chicken Skewers
I like to also skewer and grill 1 inch pieces of green bell peppers alternated with pineapple cubes without any marinade and serve all with basmati rice that is cooked in chicken broth instead of water for this dish.
Fruit Sundae Cones
Place strawberries in a blender container; cover and blend until smooth. Place desired fruit in bowl; gently toss together. Spoon fruit into cones. Drizzle with the strawberry puree.
This is a favorite recipe of Girl Scout Troops everywhere. I don't know where it originated, but I think I've helped the girls make at least a million of them. They are delicious, and very easy to make.
Fruit Slice Placemats
A fun and quick craft you can vary just by changing the fabrics. Either enlarge my pattern or draw a wedge shape. By changing the fabrics, you can have a watermelon, an orange, lemon, apple, or whatever fruit you like.
Strawberry Upside Down Cake
Easy and delicious! Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread crushed strawberries on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Evenly sprinkle strawberries with the dry gelatin powder and top with mini marshmallows.
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