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June 15, 2010
Using Awesome to Clean the Carpet
How much Awesome cleaner should I use to clean carpets?
Repelling Neighborhood Cats
How do I keep cats from using our property as a kitty litter box?
Covering a Bathroom Window
We are remodeling a bathroom that is in a house built in 1954. It is a very small bathroom with no shower. We are installing a shower and keeping the tub and putting up the bath surround kit.
Mold on a Shower Curtain
I need ideas as to how I could successfully remove the black mold that collects at the bottom of a plastic shower curtain. Thanks.
Using Self Stick Vinyl Floor Tiles on a Shower Wall
Can you use self stick vinyl floor tiles on a shower wall?
Chipotle Dip Recipe
I am looking for a recipe for a chipotle dip that I have had in a restaurant. It is served with sweet potato (yam) fries and is delicious! Can anyone help me?
Underarm Smell on T-shirts
I have a very embarrassing problem with my t-shirts. They start to smell under the arms even when they are freshly washed. I am using deodorant (tried lots of different brands) and shower everyday, so it cannot be me.
Lawn Mower Carburetor Leaks Gas
My 17 hp Briggs and Stratton lawn tractor floods upon initial startup. The gas will gush from the top of the carburetor. I have to blow out with shop air to get started. Once you get it going, it will run good rest of day.
Carnation Breakfast Bars
Does anybody know where how I can find out how to write something to the Carnation Instant Breakfast people about a cereal bar that came out in the 80s?
Cleaning Your Dog's Ears
My Lavender keeps shaking her head, as though she has something inside her ears. How safely can I clean her ears, and with what?We thank you!
Repairing Faded Spots on Fabric
I have a 65% rayon and 35% cotton blend dress that had a stain so I soaked it in cold water with a diluted mild detergent. The stain came out thankfully, but now there are a few faded spots. Is there a chemical or solution I can soak it in to even it out?
Can anyone tell me if mosquitoes hate the smell of lemons?
Bring Back Thunder Blast Cleaner
Where can I find Thunder Blast? I have used other cleaners, but nothing works like Thunder Blast to remove grease from everything.
50th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas
My parents will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I'm an only child and my mom's large family is expecting a party. I'm looking for ideas that won't break the bank (since I have no one to share expenses with) and satisfy everyone. Please help!
George Foreman Grill Accessories
Where can I get a replacement plastic spatula that goes with the George Foreman grill?
Roof Repair Advice
I need to replace my whole roof, down to the rafters. I need the cheapest way to do this since we are living week to week. My roof has 4 layers (I'm told) of shingles and it is the original slat board roofing ...
Oil and Grease Stain Remover
Is there a good homemade formula for removing chocolate or grease stains from cotton clothing?
The Bottom of My Tomatoes are Turning Brown
My tomatoes are turning brown on the bottom.
When can I transplant creeping phlox? They are really thick.
Heavenly Fruit Salad
Combine egg yolks, sugar, vinegar, pineapple juice, butter and salt. Cook over hot but not boiling water until mixture thickens stirring constantly.
Chicken And Wild Rice
Mix soups together. Add water, milk, butter, mushrooms and rice. Add only 1 Tbsp. of seasoning that comes with rice. Pour mixture into 9x13 inch pan.
Combine hot water, salt, shortening and sugar. Cool to lukewarm, then add yeast softened in lukewarm water. Add the egg, half the flour and beat well. Stir in more of the flour, enough to make a dough that is easily handled.
Pull back the skin and add spices. Replace the skin. Add about a cup or so white grape juice. Place in pan and cover with lid or foil. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 1 and 1/2 hours.
Just as the title says it is a dump recipe that you can vary the ingredients in and it is done in 45 minutes with little mess.
Split Pea Soup
Really good pea soup!
Island Sweet Potato Slaw
In a large bowl, add the sweet potato, pineapple, celery, onions, and cucumber. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, pineapple nectar or juice, ginger, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
Raspberry Cream Pie
Light and tasty. Beat the cream and almond extract until stiff peaks form in a large bowl. Bring the sugar, gelatin, and water to a simmer over medium heat in a saucepan and stir until the sugar and gelatin dissolve.
What kind of acid or chemicals can be used to avoid snakes?
Dishes Smell Bad After I Wash Them
After I run my dishes in the dishwasher, they have a strange odor to them. I have tried several detergents and had my water tested.
Finding Cheap Airline Tickets on the Web
I see where you can fly for $49 to Jacksonville, Florida each way. I try to check it out and can't bring anything up. What's the trick?
Wedge Sandals Squeak
I read all of the responses about fixing a squeaky shoe, but none seem to apply to me. Mine are 3 inch wedge sandals that squeak. There is no lining to remove. Any ideas?
How do you freeze squash so that it can be battered and fried later?
Removing Ink from Textbooks
I'm a teacher who is trying to clean up textbooks from this past year. Anyone know how to get ballpoint ink and Sharpie ink off textbook pages without erasing all the other print?
Homemade Spot Remover
I am looking for a recipe to spot-clean my cotton t-shirts, white blouses, cotton pants, as well as my school-teacher garments. I am spending too much money on spot-removal products at the supermarket. Does anyone have a cleaning solution for me?
Removing Fabric Glue from Clothing
How do I remove fabric glue from clothing?
How Do I File a Complaint with the Post Office?
How do I file a "complaint of negligence" with the US post office for a priority mail box that I mailed on May 5, 2010, to Boulder, CO? It has never been received or returned. I did file a lost package claim form, but have heard nothing.
Supporting Snapdragon Plants
How do I support the 3'-4' tall snapdragon plants my garden? They need something soon. They out grew their metal hangers.
Growing a Trumpet Vine
During the summer, what is the best way to trim spent flowers on my trumpet vine in order to encourage more blooming throughout the season? I've only had one round of blooms for the past 4 summers, and suspect it is the way we are trimming.
Using Epsom Salts to Green Up Lawn
How do I use Epsom salt to green up my lawn?
Natural Remedies for Water Retention
Does anyone have any tips on how to prevent water retention during the summer months? My feet and hands are puffy and feel tight. Any home remedies that you can share would be most appreciated.
Cake Decoration Pattern for Baby Trainers
Can you help me with a pattern for little trainers for my grandson's christening cake? I want to use them as a topper.
Other Uses for Kitty Litter
If you have a stinky pair of gym shoes you would like to deodorize, try cat litter. Put some fresh litter into a couple of old socks (about a half cup in each), tie the tops, and tuck them inside the offending shoes.
Ever wonder how long your favorite food or beverage will stay safe and tasty or the best way to store it? Get the answers for thousands of items!
Thank You Speech for Mother's 80 Birthday
I want to make a thank you speech for my mom's 80th birthday. Can you give me sample of wordings I could use?
Waterless Car Wash
"Wash" your car during a water shortage by wiping it down with a soft cloth (microfiber works well), while there is dew on it in the morning. A lot of grime comes off with the moisture.
Removing Ink Stains From Leather
A client of mine accidentally made a long ink pen line on the leather in my Cadillac. I tried all of the suggested removal methods and they did not remove the ink. Finally, I decided to call Dr. Vinyl in Naples, FL to have the area redyed.
Take Tupperware for Leftovers When Dining Out
It is common knowledge that styrofoam equals sustainability's nemesis. When I am forced to take home an entirely too large take-home box after a meal out, I cringe. To solve this, I take a tough, non leaking, Tupperware with me when I eat out now.
Mark Dosage on Bottle
I got tired of squinting at the tiny dosage directions printed on many pain reliever bottles when needing something. When a new bottle/brand is bought, I take my black, permanent marker and write the dosage in bigger print on the bottle.
Removing Cow Manure Stain on Clothing
I went walking and got cow poo on my trousers. Any suggestions for removal of stain would be welcome.
Find Inexpensive Ways to Follow Fashion Trends
I realize that I have gotten into the habit of looking at fashion trends in magazines, then figuring out an inexpensive way to follow the fashion.
Use Refrigerator as Dry Erase Board
Whiteboards are awesome items to have around the house. Uses range from chore lists to honey-do lists and reminders. If you don't own one already, I bet you already have one that you weren't aware of - your refrigerator!
Use Everyday Items For Crafts
Instead of going out to Jo-Ann Fabric's to buy things for children's crafts, use some everyday items like aluminum foil and tissue paper.
Flywheel Only Turns With Spark Plugs Out
I have a Sears riding mower with a 12hp Briggs and Stratton engine. It was working fine. Now when the starter engages the flywheel it spins 3/4 and stops. The drive belt is off and the blades are off, so there is no bind. I take out the spark plug and it spins normally.
Removing Ink Pen Lines From Brown Leather Sofa
I want to get pen marks off my brown leather couch. What do I do?
Safe Flea Treatment for Cat with Kittens
My cat just had her first litter of kittens on June 6, 2010. I knew she had fleas before she delivered, but was told that I couldn't treat her with anything topical while she was pregnant and nothing while she is nursing as well.
Getting Rid of Poisonous Snakes Near Creek
How do you reduce the amount of snakes from around a creek? We recently bought some property and there are a large number of poisonous snakes on the creek. I have a ten year old to deal with.
Cleaning a Chef's Pizzelle Iron
I have a Chef's electric Pizzelle iron and I have a lot of grease on the outside of it. I would love to remove the grease, but I don't know what to use without scratching the metal casing. Any ideas?
Standard Can Size Measurements
Picnic = 10-1/2 to 12 oz. = 1-1/4 cups, 12 oz. vacuum = 12 oz. = 1-1/2 cups, #1 can = 11 oz. = 1-1/3 cup
Advice for Properly Busing Tables
I would like to know how to properly bus tables?
Edging and Trimming Your Lawn
To save time and money trimming and edging the grass along your sidewalks and driveway, simply drop one side of the the wheels on your walk behind lawnmower mower all the way down until that side barely touches the solid surface of your sidewalk/driveway.
Protecting Raspberries from Birds
I planted my first raspberry bush and would like something inexpensive to prevent birds, etc. from eating the berries. I bought some netting at a nursery, but it is expensive.
Give Ice Cubes as Dog Treats
Instead of buying pricey, high-calorie dog treats, we give our dogs ice cubes as treats. They love them! The ice cubes are free, zero calories, and help keep the dogs hydrated. They come running every time they hear ice falling into a glass.
My Frugal Life: Possessions Can Be Replaced
I have been reading 'My Frugal Life' for some time now, and thought it was appropriate timing to submit mine. I have been fairly frugal all my life. My mum tells me when I earned money as a child cashing 'bottles', I would have my money box with me to put the cash in.
Nail Fungus Remedies
What is a good home remedy for toe nail fungus?
Hanging Bottle Decoration
Finding pop in round bottles last week sat my heart to racing to realize that a little colored water in each hung from beaded twine would do wonders for my yard which is mostly "basic green."
What Breed is My Dog?
What breed is my dog?
I love flowers, especially perennials. More every year is fantastic. More to view, more to share, and more varieties always being developed. I just wish people would share more than they do.
What is This Tree?
I got the seed for this tree from the Chula Vista Marina Park about 18 years ago; please let me know the name of this tree. It looks nice from afar with its white flowers at this time, but don't touch its branches, it makes you feel so itchy!
Scenery: Pacific Beach (WA)
I took this photo at Pacific Beach in Washington. It just caught my eye and I thought it turned out pretty well. I do a lot of photography and especially love to take pictures of nature, flowers and animals.
I always get excited about my first peony bloom of the season. I think they are one of the most beautiful flowers. I wish they lasted longer!
Natural Homemade Ant Pest Control
Is there an ant control that I can mix myself?
Calhoun (English Bulldog - Boston Terrier)
Calhoun is a 1/2 English Bulldog and 1/2 Boston Terrier. He loves to play around. He can be caught playing peek-a-boo, hanging with his stuffed toys and hiding behind the furniture pillows.
Tiger (Maine Coon Mix)
Our little cat, Tiger, is about 5 months of age. We hand fed it since it was an orphan, one of 12 kittens. They learned to climb on my husband's chest and nuzzle his beard. They use their hands to ask to be held.
In Memory of Sammi (Yorkie)
Sammi was 13 in this pic. She's a Yorkie I got in Maryland from a breeder in '98. Sammi is no longer with us, she passed a couple of months ago. She was a very sweet little girl and she used to love to lay in the sun and run in the grass. A great soul who will be missed.
Decorate a Picture Frame With Wrapping Paper
Transform an inexpensive picture frame into a beautiful handmade frame for a personal gift that is sure to please everyone.
Frugal, Fun Kids Groups
Once upon a time a parent could walk a child to a sports field and sign him up for a season of baseball without costing a penny. Like the days of $0.50 hot dogs at ballparks, it's no more. Youth sports programs today can cost parents $100 per child.
Cut chicken in bite-size pieces. Brown chicken in a saucepan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Add remaining ingredients.
Creamy Mashed Potato Bake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine mashed potatoes, sour cream, milk and garlic powder in large bowl; mix well. Spoon half of mixture into greased 2 qt. baking dish.
Easy Strawberry Cookies
Got this one from my Grandma. She lived out of a farm far from town and needed to bake cookies for a get together and came up with this.
I like to serve this dish on a bed of basmati rice that has been cooked in chicken broth and place a couple of room temperature marinated artichoke halves from a jar of my favorite brand, Cara Mia, as a side garnish for each plate.
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