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October 7, 2010
Vanilla Extract as Odor Remover
I recently inherited a piece of furniture that had unfortunately been in a fire; nothing was wrong with the dresser other than the smell of smoke. My colleague told me to try this, and it worked wonders at eating the odor!
Removing Lipstick from Washable Fabric
How do I get lipstick out of washable fabric?
How Do I Get Rid of Mice?
What is best way to get rid of mice?
Diaper Ointment Recipe
Don't buy diaper rash treatments when you can make this for much less money! This works so well, you'll never go back!
Paper Plate Alternative
To make a homemade paper plate, place a paper towel over a plate or saucer. Have a sandwich, cheese and crackers, or those cookies we all love. Remove your paper towel revealing your clean plate. Then dust off any crumbs from your paper towel and replace your clean plate.
Lighted Fish Bowl Snowman
I am looking for the instructions for a lighted fish bowl snowman.
Cleaning Your Steam Iron
To remove burned on starch from the iron place a towel dampened with vinegar on the ironing board and sprinkle generously with table salt. Set iron on warm dry setting and run over a towel until the stain is removed.
Warning: Glass Will Explode if Left on Burner
Exploding glass! My daughter and I just finished cleaning up large shards of glass in the kitchen. She did not know that a glass pie plate was so close to the electric burner and it exploded.
Pressure Canning Pumpkin at Home
Is there a safe way to pressure can pumpkin at home?
Other Uses for Plastic Knives
Plastic knives are the least used in sets purchased or given with to go meals. They make handy stir sticks for coffee, etc. They also are useful as garden markers. You can write on them with permanent marker or nail polish.
Guitar Picks from Repurposed Items
I recently found an old wallet from somewhere I lived years ago. In it I re-discovered old library cards, bank cards, etc. Instead of throwing them out, I grabbed my snips and made myself some guitar picks! For softer strengths, use milk jugs or plastic lids.
Name Ideas for an Interior Design and Cleaning Business
I need a name for my new business I'm wanting to start. I will be doing interior design and cleaning and want my name (Lisa) in it. So if anyone has any ideas let me know. Thanks.
Keeping Toddler Out of Pantry
My toddler was constantly getting into the pantry and helping himself to crackers or other snacks the minute I turned my back to focus on dinner. Between the ruined appetite, spilled boxes of cereal, and dents in the floor from dropped cans, I decided I HAD to keep him out.
Floor Wax to Restore Damaged Varnished Surface
If you damage a varnished surface with ammonia, try applying a thin coat of liquid floor wax to restore the texture and shine. If the first coat is uneven because the wax is soaking in, reapply.
Removing Rubber Sole Shoe Marks from Waxed Tile Floors
How do I clean rubber sole shoe marks from tile floors with out damaging the wax?
Winterizing a Fuchsia Plant Indoors
I would like to know how to winterize my fuchsia plant indoors for the winter.
Glitter Foam Bookmarks
Homemade bookmarks made from glittery craft foam. Accents can either be purchased or cut out.
Washing Brushes and Combs
To clean my combs, brushes, hair picks, etc., in the morning I fill a large empty Cool Whip bowl (or you can use any bowl not used for cooking) with hot water and dishwashing detergent.
Heavenly Chocolate Cake
This recipe is courtesy of my husband's cousin, Judy. Very rich and yummy cake! Mix chocolate cake according to directions on box. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes. Take out when done and poke holes with wooden spoon handle.
Homemade Dog Biscuits
Our dogs love peanut butter dog biscuits. To make some at home, mix 3/4 cup powdered milk, 1 egg, 1 cup peanut butter (smooth), 2 1/4-2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, and 1 Tbsp. baking powder. You can customize the recipe by adding and subtracting ingredients your dog likes.
My Frugal Life: Of Grandfathers, Gleaning and Gluttony
On Sunday mornings, Grandad would sometimes call for my younger brother and sister and I take us for long, exciting walks in the countryside around the small rural town where I spent my childhood.
Scenery: Kyle Carvers Orchards (Cosby, TN)
A view of Kyle Carvers Orchards in Cosby, TN. I took this picture on our annual trip to the apple orchard this past weekend.
Scenery: Loch Lindores (Fife, Scotland)
This was the scene from the cottage we rented for our holiday. The loch was just across the road. The other photograph shows swans on the loch at dusk.
Scenery: Double Rainbows over the Ocean
This is a photo of my front yard. Beautiful morning! Double rainbows over the ocean. You have to look close to see the other one. Glorious!
Wildlife: Daddy Long Legs
Granddaddy long leg spider on tomato plant.
The other evening I was taking sunset pictures when I noticed these tiny little flowers growing. Again, I have no idea what these are, but they turned out so pretty! I am terrible when it comes to knowing flowers of any type.
Cutting heating Costs By Blocking Open Doorways
I need your advice. My 2 largest rooms, between them, have 3 open doorways, yet I seldom use these areas (at least for now). My gas heat bills can be enormous, and blocking the vents alone doesn't quite solve the problem.
Repairing Scratched Corian Countertops
I need to remove scratches on my Corian countertop.
In Memory Of Ginger Snap (Cat)
Ginger Snap, a loving and adorable pet passed on recently. She had quite the personality. I came into the room one day and found her on tiptoes on the back of a chair, poking her head up beneath the window blind trying to keep an eye on the neighborhood!
Attaching Window Boxes to a Shed
I have just bought 2 wonderful wood window boxes with liners for my shed. They are great but came with no hardware or instructions on how to mount them. The shed is Amish built, wood construction with siding cover.
Looking for Free Fabric Samples
I am looking to start quilting for the first time. Is there any place that gives free scraps of material?
Angel is 6 years old. She is Heinz 57 but bordering on a Bengal. I prayed her in so I would have something to love and cuddle.
Crocheted Pot Scrubber
I would like instructions for making nylon net scrubbies.
Tips for Sweeping Up Hair
I work in housekeeping at a resort. We have a hard time sweeping up hair in the bathrooms. Does anyone have a trick for making this easier? The hair seems to want to go everywhere, except in the dust pan. Thank you.
Instant Oatmeal Packets
Make your own "instant" oatmeal bags. Measure out a weeks worth of oatmeal and place into ziploc snack bags. To each bag, add 1 tsp. chopped nuts and 2 tsp. chopped dates for date nut flavor.
Mae Mae (Porkie)
Mae Mae is a 4 year old Porkie (half Pom half Yorkie). She was the last of a litter that were supposed to be Poms. The lady that had her mother and father said her parents were full Poms.
Sudburri is a 4 year old Chinchilla. I got Sudburri at a pet store.
Rice Cereal Breakfast
Here's a super-frugal breakfast, to be used as either a side dish or as a light main dish. The night before, cook rice in your rice cooker or cook some instant rice in the morning.
Mix bread crumbs and melted butter. Pat into a greased 9x13 inch pan. Melt butter in pan; add onions and lightly brown. Add tomatoes, sugar, tapioca, salt, and paprika and cook 5 minutes.
Cheese Topped Ham Egg and Asparagus Bake
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Mix ham, onion, red bell peppers, and asparagus in the prepared baking dish.
Cleaning Antique Wood Furniture
How can I clean fine, antique maple furniture without hurting the finish?
Storing Cranberry Sauce
How long can you store cranberry sauce in Mason jars?
Super Fresco Wallpaper #10720, Batch001
I've run out of wallpaper 1 strip short of finishing. It's Super Fresco #10720, batch001. Can anyone tell me where I can get some?
Mount a Spice Rack on the Wall
I do a lot of cooking and have always had problems with where to store my spices. My solution? Mount the spice rack on the wall
Green Slime Dip
Perfect for Halloween! Drain spinach; squeeze dry. In food processor, puree spinach, cheese, sour cream, salsa, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Teaching a Puppy to Use a Puppy Pad
How can I get my puppy to use a puppy pad to poop?
1 Chicken: 16 Servings
I had a dilemma. I needed to make a single whole chicken feed my family of five for two days. We had been going through some thin times and I had been as creative as I could while trying to stretch every dollar to it's limit.
Manual for a Handy Stitch
I bought a Handy Stitch at a yard sale and need an owners instruction manual. I am also looking for a place to buy accessories for it.
How to Make a Garlic Braid
If you use a lot of garlic for cooking, making garlic braids to hang in your kitchen is a fun and functional way to store your harvest. Braiding not only makes the bulbs look attractive, it also provides each bulb with good air circulation, which prolongs storage.
Canning Fruit in the Oven
It works like magic, just put them in the oven and take them out when done! Pack your fruit in jars. Add the Fruit Fresh then make your syrup. Combine sugar and water; boil to dissolve sugar. Cover your fruit with syrup.
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