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September 2, 2010
What is Cool Whip?
I would like to make a recipe, but am at a loss. What is Cool Whip please?
I have lots of tomatoes. Can fresh tomato salsa be frozen?
Caring for an Aging Parent
Anyone out there taking care of an elderly parent? My mom lives an hour away from me. I spend 4-5 days a week staying at her home taking care of her, the house, the yard, etc. She is 87 and in poor health.
Roasting Sunflower Seeds
I grew some mammoth sunflowers and have seeds. Can I eat some? If so, I need recipes for cooking them.
Reducing Carpet Wear
I have new carpet in the bedrooms (3) of my home. Each bedroom is entered from a laminate floored hallway. The carpet is a good grade. It wasn't really expensive and it certainly wasn't cheap. It is a short looped shag.
Crafts Using Patio Pavers
I recently saw where a crafter had painted a hexagon cement patio tile to look like a snowman's head. I would like to know what kind of paint I should use and if you have any patterns for other faces?
Removing Auto Paint from the Driveway
How do I remove car paint from our decorative driveway?
Preserving Rice With Diatomaceous Earth
How do you use diatomaceous earth to preserve rice?
What is the Best Method for Selling Dolls?
How do you determine the value of dolls? Also, where is a good place to sell them?
Homecoming Float Ideas: Trojans Vs Tigers
What is a good homecoming float for us Trojans that are going against Kirksville Tigers? It has to be something about Tigers.
Backsplash Ideas for Faux Granite Countertops
I have faux granite counter tops and I was wondering if you had any ideas for backsplashes? I really need some help. I have all black and silver appliances in my kitchen. Thanks so much.
Dishwasher Left Black Streaks on Dinnerware
I have bowls that have black streaks from the dishwasher. I usually place them in the lowest tray. Nothing else on this tray has gotten these ugly streaks. What are they and how do I get rid of them? I have heavy china dinnerware.
What Breed is My Dog?
Can anyone tell me if my dog has Pit Bull in him? He's 3 and is a Staff cross, but I don't know what he's crossed with. He's really big, too
Homemade Ice Cream
Separate eggs. Beat whites until stiff; then beat yolks. Add sugar and sweetened condensed milk. Fol in beaten egg whites. Add cream, milk and flavoring.
Craft Activities for a Children's Festival
I am looking for creative children's activities for a festival-like setting.
Hot Chicken Sandwiches
Mix well and spread on buttered buns. Wrap in foil; bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Layer the ingredients in the order given in 9x13 inch pan. Cover with foil and chill. Stir before serving.
Building a Roller Coaster Out of Popsicle Sticks
Does anyone know how to build a roller coaster out of Popsicle sticks?
Pride of Iowa
Beat eggs. Add milk, corn, onion, broken crackers, salt, and pepper. Add sausage and stir until it is well distributed. Place in 8x8 inch pan. Cover top with ketchup.
Freezing Banana Peppers
If you freeze banana peppers, do you have to remove the seeds before freezing?
Sugar-Free Iced Chai Lattes
Our family decided to cut out soda and fruit juices because of the high sugar, calories, and cost. But milk and water were getting a little boring, so I started experimenting with iced teas.
Looking for Help Using skype.com
I need help on skype.com! I have no idea how to add my cousins who live somewhere else. I have already downloaded my free video chat, but it says in order to add friends I must go to my directory. How do I go there? Thanks.
The sausage flavors the chicken, the peppers compliment the sausage, and the dish cooks very easily in crock pot! I also like to do Dutch oven cooking while camping and this recipe would work very easy in that pot as well.
Making Small Kitchen Appliance Covers
Does anyone have patterns for making the covers for small kitchen appliances like the toaster, blender, etc.?
Cheese Crescent Rolls
Unroll crescent rolls and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Roll up loosely, brush on a small amount of butter, and sprinkle any stray cheese on top. Bake according to directions on rolls.
Asian Meatballs with Chili Spaghetti
Combine the beef, ginger, garlic, coriander, spring onion, rice wine, pepper, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, chili, and egg yolks in a bowl. Mix well and shape into small meatballs.
Cooking Okra Without the Slime
I fried okra with a little oil and it was slimy and stringy. Then I put water in it to boil it and it still was the same. What can I do to get right?
Tomato Pepper Cheese and Egg Scramble
Heat the oil in a skillet over low heat, add onions and garlic and saute until tender. Add the tomatoes and pepper and continue cooking on low, stirring occasionally, until peppers are softened.
Plantable Wedding Invitations
I wanted it to be special without spending much. I looked over numerous types of invitations and they were very costly, even to buy software and make your own.
Setting Up an Exchange Account for Microsoft Outlook
How do I set up an exchange account for Microsoft Outlook so I can share my calendar with someone else?
Cleaning Wood Furniture
We have some chairs with wooden arms and these have become dirty from use (dirty hands?). Does anyone know how to clean this black off the arms without removing all of the varnish and stain stain?
Use Egg Cartons as Packing Material
Use cardboard or foam egg carton as buffers for packaging (you can easily cut them to size). You'll never waste money on bubble-wrap or padded envelopes again.
Frozen Water Bottles for Knees
I keep small recycled bottles like the ones Sunny D comes in and freeze water in them for when my neck or knees act up. Yesterday, I ran out of ice and couldn't get my fresh brewed tea cold. It occurred to me to put the small bottle of ice right in the tea pitcher.
Squirrels Stealing Stuffing from Outdoor Furniture Cushions
What can I spray on the cushions of my porch swing that won't stain them, but will prevent the squirrels from ripping the cushions and taking the stuffing for their nests?
Put Pictures Under Plastic on Table at Parties
Having a casual party with old friends? Put a solid color tablecloth on the table you will be serving the drinks, buffet, or dinner on. Arrange photos of your friends and yourself on the tablecloth.
Make Your Own Bird Feeder Suet
This tip is for all you birdwatchers out there! This past summer I decided to start making my own suet. I make up a batch every month and store it in the freezer until I need it.
Understanding Butterfly Behavior
Are any of you really familiar with butterflies? We've had several small white butterflies, for a couple of months, and a couple of evenings ago, Sat, Aug. 28, just before 6pm, I thought I saw a couple of them fluttering, and then one flew off.
Preparing Previously Frozen Beets
I froze some beets from my garden. Is there a special way to prepare them for the table? Can I just let them thaw and serve them cold or would I have to heat them? How would I heat them? Any suggestions?
GTXpress101 Recipe Book
I lost my recipe book for my GTXpress101. How do I get another one?
Firefox Cannot Find Server Error Message
Firefox won't let me get to links. I usually get to the first link, but when I click on a link in that web site I get a Firefox error, "Firefox cannot find the server" of whatever I'm trying to connect to. If I continue to click on the "try again" box it eventually goes on to it.
Ideas for Making a Composter
How do you make a hot composter?
Suggestions for a Dog With Allergies
My rat terrier has an eye allergy every year about this time. He has no discharge but he squints all the time in his left eye. What can I do for it?
Ideas for Community Service Activities
Every 2nd Saturday our church youth gathers together for some kind of activity (usually games) and bible study. I have signed up to organize the December event and what I want to do is some kind of community service.
Homemade Diaper Cream
Heat mixture on low heat. You may have to add more water. When mixture is melted with no lumps it's ready to pour into containers.
Use Wok to Roast Large Turkey
One year we had a 25 lb. turkey and no pan big enough to bake it in, so my wife got our wok out to see if it would fit. It fit just right, but the bottom of the wok was rounded, so she put it in a cast iron skillet to steady it. It worked great!
Use Rag Wrapped Squeegee to Clean Walls
When washing walls, wrap a rag that has been dipped in your choice of the cleaning product and water then rung out around a squeegee. It is a very efficient way to clean walls.
Shredded Paper in Pea Trench
Shred your old e-mail paper and use at the bottom of your bean/pea trench. It retains any moisture and keeps beans happy.
My Frugal Life: Rebuilding Our House
When we got married, Jim and I had only one thing in large numbers: children. We decided to purchase some land in the country where the six of them could have room to grow. We had $5,000 saved, and used it to put a down payment on an 11-acre piece of marginally useful land.
Soak Bird Cage Grates in Kiddie Pool
Use a child's swimming pool to soak grates for bird cages. Place the grates into a child's swimming pool to let them soak for 5 or 10 minutes. It makes them so much easier to get the mess off when you are cleaning bird cages. No scrubbing required!
Scenery: Campfire in New Hampshire
My husband goes camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire every year with friends. This year he took a beautiful picture of their campfire and I'd like to share it with everyone.
Pelican (Kure Beach, NC)
This big fellow was just waiting for an easy lunch from the fishermen fishing off the Kure Beach Pier, Kure Beach, NC.
Tinker (Moluccan Cockatoo)
Tinker is a 15 year old Moluccan Cockatoo. I Adopted him from ParrotsR4Ever Avian Rescue for my wedding anniversary on Nov. 1, last year Tinker likes to shred newspaper with my husband; he thinks that all newspaper belongs to him.
Cayden is a 6 year old mixed breed. I got him 4 years ago, he was a Katrina rescue. He loves to ride in the car and visit the residents at the nursing home. He is my best buddy, can't imagine my life without him.
Scenery: Alta, Norway
This picture was taken in Alta, Norway, when we were there in July. I think it's pretty special because I captured the rainbow against the mountain side!
Rascal, Colby, and Mr. Cookie (Cats)
We share a home with 3 cats who are crazy. Rascal - the white one, Colby - the orange tabby, and Mr. Cookie - the black and white fellow. They love to play or lay in the windows to watch the birds and other wildlife, and all have there own personality.
Pugsley is a one year old Puggle. I rescued Pugsley from a shelter in Ohio. He was originally rescued from a puppy mill. Pugsley loves to play with his tennis ball; he also loves to be on the back porch and watch all the kids play and see the dogs pass by.
The lantana flower attracts several butterflies each year to my garden. Of course I run and get my camera when I see them. This year I was able to catch this on in a photo. Next year planting time, I will plant lantana all over my back yard.
Precious angels to add to gift package or make several and bring to your local hospital.
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