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August 13, 2010
What is the Best Oral Remedy for Whitening Skin?
What is the best and effective oral skin whitener?
Can I Use the Saucer from a Glazed Flowerpot to Serve Food?
Is it safe to eat or place food on a glazed flowerpot's glazed saucer?
Buying a GPS
What is the best brand of GPS at a reasonable price? Any information would be helpful. I need one in order to get my husband to a new doctor in a city I am not familiar with. Thanks for your help.
Removing Vaseline Stains from Carpet
A friend of mine wanted to know if anyone knows how to get Vaseline out of carpet. She had put some on her heels and forgot and walked across the carpet. Thanks!
Cleaning the Shower Before Caulking
I want to recaulk the area around the floor of my shower. I understand the area has to be very well cleaned beforehand. What is the best way to do this? Someone told me to use Varsol, but I think this may be too harsh for the tiles?
How Durable if Laminate Flooring?
I have new laminate flooring and the salesman said that it's very durable. He demonstrated by rubbing a key on the sample piece. It didn't scratch. I want to know from readers if laminate is sturdy and is it really that scratch resistant?
Tips for Dusting
I keep having this recurring cleaning issue. Every time I wipe down surfaces, be it with a wash cloth or a sponge or even a wipe, it loosens up all of this fuzzy/lint stuff that's impossible to pick up using said cloth!
Removing Stains from Liquid Laundry Soap
How do you get liquid laundry soap stains out of your clothes? Or is it even possible?
Bleach Stained the Shower
I have been using pure bleach on my shower stall floor and have noticed a discoloration. I have to use pure bleach and allow to stand for 10 minutes since my foot doctor said so. I have plantar warts and do this so I don't spread them to my husband's feet.
How Do I Store Bell Peppers Until I Am Ready to Cook?
How do I store bell peppers until I am ready to stuff and have enough to stuff?
What Can I Make With Immature Pears?
One of my pear branches broke. I waited as long as I could and now that the leaves have started to turn brown, I picked the small immature fruit. They have a good taste to them, but are grainy. What can I make with them? Thanks.
Starter Spins But Flywheel Does Not on John Deere Mower
I have a John Deere Sabre riding lawn mower with a Briggs/Stratton motor. I have never have had any problems with it until now. The starter gear spins, but the fly wheel doesn't. Does this mean the starter gear is worn out or could it be a more major problem?
Remove Furniture Scratches with Walnut
For furniture scratches, rub the meat of the walnut (no shell!) over any scratches or nicks. Test the method on a less visible area to be sure it doesn't darken the wood.
Rinse Oil Containers in Bath Water
When you empty out containers of cooking oils, lotions, creams, etc., don't throw them away. I keep mine and when I have several, I put water in them and rinse out in my bath water. You get everything out of them and your skin will thank you afterward.
Use Tinted Car Window Film For Home
I have seen many hints on here about using black plastic bags over windows and glass doors to block the sun from coming in. I agree that this should work, but it makes it impossible to see outside and that's what I like.
Keep Free Weights in Wire Egg Basket
To keep our free weights in one small space, my wife took her grandmother's old wire egg basket and embellished it with fabric. The weights appear to be out of sight, but are still in a handy place. We have the egg basket sitting under a small accent table.
Getting White Clothes White Again
Pour the hot water into a plastic, enamel or stainless steel (not aluminum) container. Add the dish washing soap and bleach, and stir well. Put 100% cotton in this and let soak for 30 minutes.
Use Tray for Containers in Refrigerator
I live in an older mobile with the original refrigerator. The light doesn't work and most of the slats for the shelves are broken. I have to keep the shelves pretty close together and I find that limiting in keeping things from getting shoved into the back and forgotten.
"Farm-Sale" Sloppy Joes
Cook meat and onion. Drain well. In a large pot combine all ingredients. Stir and simmer for 1 hour.
Melt chips. Combine with sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time; beat well. Add vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to chocolate mixture; stir in nuts.
Beat eggs, brown sugar, orange peel, salt and nutmeg. Add yams, milk, pecans and butter. Pour into a slightly oiled casserole dish and bake 50 minutes at 350 degrees F.
It's cold, sweet and tart, and rich, no bake.
Grilled Bananas with Ice Cream
I haven't tried making these using the broiler yet, but I can't imagine they wouldn't be as good cooked that way during non-grilling months too. Halve each of the bananas lengthwise and then width-wise. Sprinkle bananas with lemon juice.
Tang Fruit Salad
This is fast and uses few ingredients. Drain the oranges, but use the pineapple juice. Stir the pudding, Tang, and pineapple juice.
French Tuna Sandwich
Takes a bit more work than your usual Tuna Fish Sandwich but it sure is worth it. Heat oil in a medium-size frying pan. Add onion. Sprinkle with sugar, salt and pepper. Stir often over medium heat until onion turns golden, 5 minutes.
Asparagus and Mozzarella Chicken Bundles
You can use chicken breast halves instead of thighs but I just happen to prefer dark meat. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Pound each chicken thigh to about 1/4 inch thickness. Sprinkle each side with salt and pepper to taste.
Grill Foods Before Company Arrives
The best way to have a family BBQ, is to throw everything on the grill about 2 hours before your guests are supposed to arrive. As things finish cooking, put them on covered baking sheets in your oven at about 200 degrees F to keep them warm.
Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise Sandwiches
I have been enjoying peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches lately. They are great! They taste good too. My hubby eats them all the time, so I finally tried one and I will probably do this from now on.
Uses for Jam or Preserves
You can add grape jelly or preserves (or whatever flavor you choose) to smoothies, yogurt, smoothies, pancakes, waffles, french toast, cottage cheese, oatmeal, ice cream, or muffins.
Baking Soda and Dishwashing Liquid For Soap Scum
I want to tell anyone reading this, that the tip about a paste of baking soda and Dawn dish-washing liquid to clean shower walls has given me the cleanest shower with the least effort in many years.
My Frugal Life: Of Grandpas, Greenhouse and Gardens
We all know how important our Grandmas are and tell them all the time, but please don't forget to let the Grandpas know how much we need them too!
My Frugal Life: Of Grandpas and Gardens
Gardening with my grandad was a lesson in patience. When I was a child my mother worked to put food on the table and shoes on our feet so I spent a lot of my time with my grandparents who lived across the road from us.
Use Rubber Glove Finger on Handle to Prevent Splinters
To keep from getting splinters, use the fingers of old rubber gloves for handle covers on hoes, rakes, brooms, and mops. Tape with black electrical tape, so it won't slip off.
Use Dishwater in Garden
I keep a large empty bucket by the floor near my kitchen sink. As I rinse off my dishes, I collect the water in a container in the sink. (I use an empty large sized yogurt container.) Then I pour the water I collect into the bucket until it is full.
Travel: Xian Watchtower
This is a watchtower from the city wall of Xian, China. I took it last summer while visiting China with my Nikon D5000. We were biking along the on the wall when I found this great angle of this great building.
Yesterday my husband was cutting down a couple dead trees in the yard with a chainsaw. Our chicks have never heard such a thing and were staying far away and stretching their necks to see what the noise was all about.
While visiting the Antietum Battlefield I was watching a bird in a harvested cornfield and was able to capture it in a picture. To my surprise it was an Eastern Bluebird. I think it turned out to be a very nice scene.
Scenery: Sunrise (Toronto, Canada)
Here is sunrise in Toronto, Canada
Garden: Verbena and Sweet Peas
I love this photo of Verbena Bonariensis with sweet peas allowed to grow and entwine as they want to amongst it. In the background are the yellow flowers of the shrub Hypericum Hidcote.
5 Tips To Make Your Pet More Green
In today's world, most of us are working hard to make the world a greener place. But while we struggle to reduce, reuse, and recycle at every opportunity, Fido is getting a free pass, the bunny is hopping around anywhere he wants, and the cat is mocking us.
Garden: Prizewinning Elephant Garlic
I entered my garlic at the local fair this year. It took first prize in its category. I put it on a standard picnic plate. Here's how it looks. Garlic anyone?
Bootsie is a 6 year old Tabby but I think sometimes she a dog! She belong to a neighbor. Her momma was called Spaz crazy right. I got her about 6 years a go, she was so playful, still is. She likes chasing my friends puppy and just about anything she can get into.
Our Sheltie, Sheena decided she was the guard dog and needed a post to watch from. Really she would have run if someone would have said BOO to her, LOL.
In Memory Of Mr. Kitty
We got our cat 7 years ago from a family member. Mr. Kitty passed away last week. He was 10 years old and we were lucky enough to have him for 7 of those years. He was our 4 years old son's "lil Kitty", although he wasn't little at all.
Maggie (Maltese Terrier)
Maggie is approximately 8 years old and a Maltese Terrier. We adopted Maggie a few weeks ago from the local shelter. She was found wondering the streets without a tag. No one claimed her, so when she was listed for adoption, we happened to be there at the right time.
Denim Toilet Seat and Tank Covers
This is a denim toilet seat and tank cover set I made from some lightweight denim scraps I had, combined with an old doily and some scraps of lace.
Tools That Help The Blind Today
I can't outline every tool available for the blind today. However, I promised I'd write about the tools that make my life easier. I try not to adapt more than necessary, but I do need some things accessible. I wrap a bread tie around the handle of the gallon jug of tea or fruit drink.
Pruning and Rejuvenating Overgrown Lilacs
With regular pruning, the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) maintains an elegant natural form and produces an abundance of fragrant blossoms. Without regular pruning, it soon turns into a mass of gangly stems and produces only a few flowers toward the top of its tall branches.
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