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August 24, 2010
Tomato Plants Set Fruit Then Shrivel and Die
I'm having so much trouble growing tomatoes. Just when the plant is bearing lots of them, it seems to shrivel up like it's not getting enough water and the leaves turn yellow then black. The tomatoes are smaller in size, split open and rot on the vine.
Making Chocolate Dipping Sauce for Cookies
What is the reason for adding shortening (such as Crisco) when melting chocolate for making chocolate dipped cookies? I make Ritz peanut butter cracker-like sandwiches and am always concerned about adding the shortening. I appreciate your answers, thank you.
Removing Nail Polish Off of a UPVC Window Sill
How do I get nail polish off of a UPVC window sill?
Making a Flower Pot from an Old Tobacco Setter
I would like to turn an old tobacco setter into a flower pot. I need help.
Decorating Duct Tape Purses
How do I put designs on duct tape purses? Can you use waterslide decals, etc.?
Using Diatomaceous Earth for Tape Worms in Cats
My daughter has an 18 year old cat (Princess) that has been troubled with tape worms. She bought some of the diatomaceous earth and has been mixing this in her food for about 2 weeks.
Cleaning a Painted Door
My pantry door is painted black. When I try to clean the fingerprints off it with a damp rag or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser it leaves a white film. I've even tried furniture polish. I'd like to find something that I can use on a daily basis to keep this door clean!
What Breed is My Dog?
What breed is my dog? It's 8 months old.
Removing Hair Dye from Hands
My sister just dyed her boyfriend's hair and got hair dye all over her hands.
Canning Soups That Contain Milk
I want to can cream of broccoli and corn chowder soup and want to know if I make it with milk and and thicken with butter and flour will this be okay?
Mix sugar, salt and cocoa. add water to make paste. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Boil for 3 minutes. Add vanilla and pour at once into a jar.
Combine corn, eggs, salt, onion, cracker crumbs and milk. Pour into well buttered casserole dish. Dot with butter. Arrange triangles of cheese on top as desired.
Drain juice from canned pears and add enough water to make 2 cups liquid. Heat liquid and dissolve gelatin in it. Stir in cream cheese. Mash pears and add to liquid; add lemon juice.
Chicken and Rice Casserole
Saute' together first 3 ingredients. In an ungreased casserole, combine the last 5 ingredients. Add the sauteed veggies to the last 5 ingredients and mix.
Squash and Cucumber Bread and Butter Pickles
Has anyone ever pickled bread and butter pickles with a mix of cucumbers and squash?
Helping Children Who Are Afraid of Animals
My son, 2 and my daughter who will be 4 in Nov., are afraid of all animals, especially those on 4 legs. We had an outdoor cat when my daughter was 2 and my son was around 4/6 months. Then we moved and had to get rid of it.
Getting Rid of Parvo Virus Before Getting New Dog
I recently lost a five month old puppy due to parvo. I want to get a new 10 month old W Westie, she needs her last two sets of shots.
Sulfur Mosquito Repellent
I just read about sulfur and mosquito bites. I want to know how often do you do this with the honey or even match stick tops? I have a lot of mosquitoes in my yard and hate to stay in. I want to sit on the swing, enjoy working in my yard, but have tried everything.
Removing Fabric Paint
How do I get fabric paint off my backpack?
Registering a George Foreman Grill
We got a George Foreman Grill (GRV80) for Christmas (2009) and just opened it up. There was no paperwork at all in the box.
Keeping Dogs Off Lawn
I would like to know how to keep stray dogs off of your lawn.
Possums In My House
How do I get rid of possums in our vents without harming the animals or the home?
Kraft Tomato and Bacon Salad Dressing
I am looking for the Kraft Bacon Tomato dressing and cannot find it anywhere. I have tried Walmart, Dierbergs, and Schnucks in my area.
Reupholstering a Lazy Boy Chair
How do I reupholster a Lazy Boy recliner and how much fabric do I need?
Pickled Squash Recipe
Can I use Mrs. Wages Bread and Butter Pickle recipe/seasoning to make pickled squash or squash relish? Has anyone ever used it and how did it turn out?
Craftsmen Mower Won't Start
I have a Craftsman lawn tractor. I have replaced the battery. The mower has been very hard to start. It seems like the starter isn't engaging like it should. I have removed the starter thinking that it might be burned up. Is there any way to check it to see if it is bad?
Problems Removing Bathroom Wall Tile
I am removing tile from the bathroom wall. I have discovered a 1 to 1 1/2 inch concrete backing behind the tile. I have been trying to break it up with a hammer and flatbar, but I'm not having much luck. Does anybody have a better idea?
Take Your Kids For A Walk
My husband and I have to work out entertainment on a very tight budget. I have two little boys, age 5 and 3. When my boys get the stir crazies, we take a walk to the closest park in the neighborhood.
Use Old Cell Phone to Set Reminders
I have joked and complained to my mother that I am getting as bad as she is with her memory and I need a dozen alarm clocks around the house to remind me of things I need to do or remember!
Cancer Risk With Non-Stick Cookware
I want to share something my oncologist told me. He said he hopes I will replace all my "non-stick" cookware with good stainless steel products. He was very definite about this. Since I have come through the surgery and am now cancer free, I will do all he asks.
Reuse Baby Wipes Used For Quick Clean Ups
I keep baby wipes in the car for quick clean ups and hand sanitizing. Baby wipes can be washed and used for other uses later on. After about four washings the fibers tend to break down, but they are still usable.
Making a Good Hamburger
What are the procedures for making a burger?
Cutting Back Iris After They Bloom
Should the ever-blooming iris be cut back at the same time as regular iris?
Securing Your Home from Burglars Without an Alarm System
I am looking for low cost ways to secure my home from burglars. I know there is some type of stick that you can get that goes under the door knob and to the floor. Do you know where I can buy one from or do you have any other suggestions for securing windows or doors?
Prevent Rust Stains From Soap Dispenser
More than once, I have had a bathroom hand soap dispenser that "leaks" rust on my white sink edge where the dispenser sits. I have really liked the dispensers and not wanted to throw them away.
Should the Retailer Compensate a Customer for Returning Due to an Error on Their Purchase?
I was charged twice for a item at Meijers. Do they owe me anything extra for having to come back?
Shopping for Vitamin K Cream
Can I find vitamin K cream at Walmart or Target?
Diabetic Socks for Injured Foot
If you have an injured ankle that is swollen or you are unable to move, it can be quite hard to get your sock on without causing pain or further injury. Try a pair of diabetic socks. They can be purchased at any store that sells regular socks and some drugstores as well.
Pastor Appreciation Service Ideas
How can I use Fruit of Spirit or 12 days of Christmas at a pastor appreciation service?
Boil Eggs With Potatoes for Salad
When I am cooking potatoes for potato salad, I put my eggs in with the potatoes. This way they all cook together, and I don't have to use another pot.
When using part of a can of chipotle chiles with adobo sauce, simply spread the remainder into a quart size Ziploc bag, and freeze flat in the freezer. When frozen, simply break off what is needed for your recipe, and refreeze.
Can I Adjust My Ice Maker So That It Makes Ice More Frequently?
My Kenmore ice maker's water line was stopped up, after fixing that my ice maker is now making ice every couple of hours. How do I speed up the ice making time?
Hang Children's Art on a Clothesline
When our boys where young, we would run a length of cord down the hall for each boy. They then painted clothespins (clip type), and when they brought home a creation they would clip it to their line.
Transfer Patterns with Vinyl Tablecloth
Use dollar store plastic or vinyl tablecloths to transfer sewing or craft patterns onto. They last a lot longer by doing this.
Crafts Using Tin Cans
Don't throw out those soup, vegetable, and fruit tin cans. You can use them to recycle into wonderful crafts.
Craft: Dice Bracelet
I made a bracelet out of dice. Maybe it will bring luck to me!
Craft: Recycled Tube Fall Faux Planter
I had some carpet tubing and tubes from crochet thread. With some hot glue, fabric strips, and silk flowers, I made a unique planter - of sorts!
Boiling Water For Stains
Did a mystery stain appear on a light colored cotton shirt after it had been washed? This stain is often from juice that has dripped from a juicy piece of fruit. When you first notice the stain, stretch it over a colander set in the sink and pour boiling water over it.
Check ASPCA and AVMA Vaccination Frequency Recommendations
I just discovered that the American Veterinary Medical Association and the ASPCA both state that new research confirms that dogs need certain vaccinations only every three years.
Hindu (German Shepherd)
Hindu will be 12 years old on 10/10/2010. He is a German Shepard. Hindu was given to me by licensed breeder. He was professional trained for Police or person protection. Registered name: "Eigenschaft Heartbreaker", pet name Hindu. He is retired now and a credit to his Breed
Can I Dye Mosquito Netting?
Would I be able to dye a white mosquito net that I have for my bed? I would like to dye it green, brown, or black.
Shopping for Sta-Flo Starch
I'm looking for Sta-Flo laundry starch. Can anyone help?
Connor is a 5 year old Cockapoo. We inherited Connor from my parents. My parents' house flooded back in 2004/2005 and had to move in with my Grandmother, who was sick at the time.
Hippie (Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund)
Hippie is almost 2. He is a Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund. I met a very nice lady while antiquing that breeds the Dachshunds. He loves to stay in the shop and work on cars with his Dad.
Bubba (Poodle/Chihuahua) and Miss Mollie...
Bubba(white) and Miss Mollie are both 5 years of age. Bubba is 1/2 Poodle - 1/2 Chihuahua and Miss Mollie is a long-hair Chihuahua. I got them @ 6 weeks of age from different friends. They are inseparable!
Keeping a Toilet Seat from Banging When Closed
Does anyone have any idea how I can stop my toilet seat top from banging every time it is closed? The noise is very annoying. I will be grateful for any ideas/suggestions
Cleaning Old Down Pillows Left in Storage
I'm cleaning out my mom's attic and found about 5-6 down pillows. The attic is closed up and hot and these pillows have been up there and unused for 15 or more years. Some feel really nice, none really look dirty.
My Crape Myrtle Only Has One Main Trunk
I have a crape myrtle that is 15 foot tall and only beginning to develop branches at the very top. How do I get it to branch from ground level? All of the other crapes that I have seen have multiple branches close to the ground.
Funny: Sneak Attack
My daughter and this little kitten were playing cat and mouse all day. My little girl could not figure out why her pants kept falling down. She would stand around swinging her arms, and the kitten would sneak up to attack her pants.
Travel: Fluorescent Room At Franklin Mine Museum (NJ)
While visiting the Franklin Mine Museum, Franklin, NJ, I took this picture in the Fluorescent Room where, with the help of a black light, the rocks give a show.
Scenery: Sunset (Lehi, UT)
I love sunsets and I especially loved the colors of this one. Taken after a family barbecue in Lehi, UT. The sky was just bursting with colors of all shades, and in all directions.
Wildlife: Eastern Box Turtle
After a long rain this little fellow showed up in one of our garden beds. There is one place that we do not have the small fence around our garden and that has to be the only way we can figure that he came in.
Help kids prepare for the new school year by making this quick and easy cow bookmark!
Red Beans and Rice
It's quick, practically cooks itself on those nights when you just don't have the time or energy, and the whole family loves it!
Had mango salsa at a friend's house, and have adjusted the recipe to suit us. Love this with chips, on Mexican food, or even as a condiment to grilled meat. A wonderful mix of sweet and spicy.
These are fun for kids to help with. You can do almost any kind of decoration for any occasion. Place butter in medium bowl. Microwave at high 30 to 45 seconds, or until melted. Add marshmallows, stirring to coat.
Spicy BLT Wraps
Spread mayonnaise and salsa down the center of each tortilla. Top equally with bacon strips, lettuce, tomato, and avocado. Wrap up burrito style and serve.
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk the first seven ingredients; shake well and set aside.
Potato and Hot Dog Casserole
Ready in 50 minutes. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice potatoes thin, like a homemade scallop potato dish. Slice hot dogs. Chop broccoli.
Mock Girl Scout Thin Mints
If you like "Thin Mint" cookies, try this. Melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips with a little bit of Crisco. Take off the stove and add some peppermint extract.
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