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August 6, 2010
How to Bring Light Into Shady Garden Spaces
Some corners of the garden seem to be in a state of perpetual darkness. Cast into shade by a nearby building, shed, or even the shadow of your own house, these areas present a unique and difficult gardening challenge.
Fancy Tuna Casserole
Boil noodles till tender, rinse and drain. Mix with butter and paprika until highly colored. Sauce: Melt butter, saute onions and pepper, then add soup, milk, Worcestershire sauce, tuna and nutmeg.
Cookie Crust Fruit Pizza
You can replace any or all of these fruits with your choices such as kiwi, papaya, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, or canned, crushed and drained pineapple.
Distinguishing Real Leather From Fake
The other day, we were all talking about buying new furniture and about how to distinguish real leather from fake leather. I had never given it much thought as I am not interested in my furniture being leather although it does have it's benefits.
Bailee (Pug Mix)
Bailee is 10 months old and a Pug mix. Bailee is a rescue dog from Arkansas. She had a three day ride to the East Coast. She came to us on July 3, 2010. She loves to play catch and loves to go for walks.
Use Magic Eraser to Remove Stains from Counter
My tip is an alternative to bleach to clean stains on your counter top. Buy the "magic erasers" at the dollar store. They take off blackberry juice stains faster and easier than bleach and are much safer to use around kids and pets.
Denim Coffee Cozy
This is a denim coffee cozy for those fancy hot coffees sold at coffee bars or the frozen ones that are so good! Take the cardboard coffee cup you kept from the last coffee you enjoyed and use the paper cozy as a template for your coffee cozy.
Crush Garlic Instead of Mincing
To crush garlic quickly with little clean-up, place the garlic in a clean cereal bag liner and place on top of a flat, palm sized washed and bleached rock. Use another clean flat rock to crush the garlic.
Scenery: Gatlinburg, TN
This picture was taken from the deck of the cabin we rented in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Keep Your Freezer Full To Save On Electricity
Here is a way to be green and prepare for an emergency at the same time. I rinse out 2 liter soda and juice bottles and fill them 2/3 full with clean water. I then lay them almost on their sides (without the lids on tight), leaning against something, in our large freezer.
Plant Sale Fundraiser
Tired of fundraisers selling useless and cheap items? When the schools ask for volunteers for fundraising, volunteer to start a flower fundraiser. Our local schools used to sell flowers in flats and baskets from a local nursery.
Substitute for Corn Syrup
This is a substitute for corn syrup. A cheaper alternative.
Lupus (Glen of Imaal Terrier)
His name is Lupus, like the Latin word for wolf. He has a face like it (just the legs are way too short) but not the personality. He is nearly seven years old. He always had grey hairs in his face.
Jimmy (Shepard - Collie Mix)
Jimmy is a 14 year old German Shepard/Border Collie. 14 years ago, I adopted him from a person that could not care for him. For fun, he likes to run, run and more running!
Frozen Vegetable Pizza
Preheat oven according to directions on pizza crust package. Rinse vegetables in colander under warm water. Drain well; pat with paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Scenery: Oregon Coast
Our daughters 1st visit to the beach and she fell in love with seaweed. This was carried, dragged, wrapped and played with for over an hour. It was a good day indeed.
Keep Saran Wrap From Clinging
When tearing off food wrap film or saran wrap, pull the film back toward and allowing it to touch your body after tearing to keep it from clinging up. Then push the film forward to object to be wrapped so the side that touches your body doesn't touch the food to be wrapped.
Swiss Onion Soup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in a saucepan. Saute onions until tender. Stir in flour and salt; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in bouillon. Bring to a boil; reduce heat.
Sweet Broiled Grapefruit
Cut membrane out of the center of each grapefruit half. Cut around each section so it will be easy to spoon out when eating. Place 1 Tbsp. butter in the center of each half.
Breeze (Black Lab - Retriever Mix)
Breeze is 10 years old. He is black lab and retriever. Coming back from the country, I saw a sign for free puppies.
Six Nations Pow Wow (Ontario, Canada)
This was taken at Six Nations Pow Wow in Ontario, Canada.
Cover Sliding Door With Trash Bags To Keep Cool
Keep your house cooler by putting trash bags on sliding doors when it is hot and sunny outside. My sliding door lets a huge amount of sun and heat in in the morning. I use those large black yard waste trash bags to block the sun and heat. Painters tape will hold the bag.
Cafe De Olla
I'm not a coffee drinker, but I make this when company comes over. Apparently, it/s a keeper. If you have a French Press you will find it easier to pour from the saucepan into it.
My Frugal Wife!
My wife is one of the most fascinatingly frugal people I have ever had the honor to know. I regarded her desire to live a thrifty, uncomplicated life as thankfully low-maintenance, for we were young and broke and she could stretch a dollar a country mile with no complaints.
Scenery: Old Farm Machinery
While out on a walk about with my dog, I saw this old piece of farming equipment that appeared to have been left long ago. I love old equipment and think each tells a story of hard work.
Write Down Blessings To Change Your Mood
When you're feeling sad or overwhelmed take a breather and sit down with pen and paper, set a timer for four or five minutes, and write down all the things you can think of that make you feel happy and relaxed.
Grilled Corn with Parmesan Butter
Takes awhile for prep and grilling but it's so worth the yummy flavor.
Save Bags for Sack Lunches
Save fast food bags that aren't grease soaked to take your lunch in on another day.
Use Small Grocery Bags For Dog Waste
Save those tiny plastic grocery bags that are too small to use for anything else. I keep my other plastic bags to use for trash containers. You can use the really little bags to pick up doggie messes in the park when walking your dog and no waste bags are available.
This brings back memories for me. My mother always made these and she never canned them but kept them in a crock in a cold basement. I know this sounds gross, but a scum would form on the top. You scraped away the scum and pulled out a pickle!
Pecan Crunch Turkey Burger
Pecan Crunch Garden Turkey Burgers are tasty and filling. They have their own unique bite. One of my favorite recipes.
Use Linseed Oil to Treat Garden Handles
Rub the handles of of pitchforks and shovels once in awhile with a rag dipped in linseed oil and you'll find the shafts both last longer and are much more pleasant to use.
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