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October 28, 2010
Halloween Costumes Made from Things Around the House
I need a Halloween costume for me and my boyfriend for a party. What can I make with stuff I have around the house?
Making a Book from Recycled Paper
I would like to know how to put a book together using recycled paper.
Chocolate Fruit Cake Recipe
I need the recipe for a fruit cake that has cocoa powder in it and sliced almonds around the side. It was in the San Francisco Chronicle or the San Mateo Times in the 60s or 70s.
Burger for a Bunch Recipe from the 70s or 80s
I need the recipe for "Burger for a Bunch". I can't find the book it was in. It used ground beef and potato flakes. There was mayo in the crust, I think. It was from the 70s or 80s.
Rubber Rug Pad Left Sticky Residue on Hardwood Floor
I just lifted an area rug with rubber padding on my hardwood floors. It left the area sticky and filmy. I have tried cleaning with Bona Floor Cleaner and it didn't work. I need some suggestions.
How Do I Remove Peeling Paint from a Driveway?
How do I remove peeling paint from driveway?
Ideas for a Psalm Reading at a Church Fall Festival
I am looking for ideas on how to do a psalm reading as an activity at a church fall festival.
Crochet Whisk Broom Cover Pattern
I am looking for directions to make a whisk broom cover for Christmas. You crochet the cover and then decorate the front. I had the pattern, but I lost it. They make great gifts. Thanks for any help.
How Do I Preserve Inkjet Iron-on Transfers?
Is there something I can use to stop iron-ons from peeling and flaking when washed? Last Christmas I made my kiddies some really cool pillow cases and the adults place mats with iron on designs I had made with my Inkjet printer and dang, every one of them flaked and peeled and are ruined.
What Can I Use for Dusting Instead of Spays?
I am looking for an alternative for dust spray, ie., Pledge. Any suggestions?
How Do I Clean Soiled Muddy Suede Boots?
I would like to know how to clean suede boots. I have a pair of boots and if someone could tell me how best to clean them I would appreciate it. They are soiled and a bit muddy. Thank you.
How Do I Paint a Concrete Floor?
I am looking for information on painting a concrete floor. Thanks.
Will Painted Countertops and Tile Withstand Heavy Use?
We are trying to give some new life to our old kitchen in our church. We have dusty rose cupboards, oak cabinets, light pink ceramic tiles on the bottom half of the walls and some steel on the walls.
Burning Bush Does Not Turn Red
I have a ring of burning bushes planted around my driveway. They do not turn the brilliant red that I had expected. They are healthy and green in summer but just don't turn red in the fall. Any ideas?
Getting Rid of Cutworms
I have cutworms coming out of my pavers. How do I get rid of them?
Holiday Crafts for Toddlers
I need craft ideas for toddlers (ages 2-5) for Thanksgiving, Fall, Christmas, and Winter.
Fun for kids and adults to make for Halloween! Cover baking sheet with waxed paper. Combine butter and both types of chips in a large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until chips are melted and mixture is well blended.
Making a Boutique Hair Bow
How do you make boutique hair bows?
Planting Lilac Bushes
When is the best time to buy and plant lilacs? Is it better to choose lilac bushes or lilac trees?
Halloween Button Bracelet
The Halloween button bracelet is a very simple project that can be done by adults and children. This project can be a very personal and special project because you can use new buttons or older buttons that may have been your mother's, aunt's, or grandmother's.
A photogenic lizard, warming himself in the sun.
Travel: Cozumel Beach Bar
Really colorful bar on the east side of Cozumel
Garden: Indian Summer Sunflowers
Bumble bees get very tired gathering pollen on these beautiful flowers.
Halloween: Little Witch
My baby girl's first Halloween. She is just the cutiest thing in the world! She had lots of fun and lots of candy. I hope she doesn't lose any teeth, that wouldn't be so cute! LOL!
Our oak trees are dropping all of their acorns. All of these were there one morning after a strong wind overnight. We live surrounded by woods and pastures, so there are lots of deer, squirrels, and raccoons to eat them.
Fiona is 4 1/2 months old and an Angora. I got Fiona from a friend who needed to decrease her pet population. I was looking for a kitten at the time because I just had major back surgery and needed some company during my recuperation.
Boo Boo Bear (Great Pyrenees - Komondor)
Boo Boo Bear Age: Boo is 2 years old in this picture Breed: Great Pyrenees and Komondor cross. She was born on our place and because of her personality she got to stay here instead of going on to another job elsewhere. She is a working dog.
Mick is 3 years old and a Pomeranian. A lady was giving him away because she could not take care of him anymore. He was 2 months shy of 1 year old when I got him.
Iffy Sue (Cat)
I have many many photos of my Iffy in my room, but do not have the tech stuff to show you. I named her Iffy because when she came to me, she had been hit by a car. My former husband knew a vet. He took her in and she was treated.
And, of course, serve with celery sticks and blue cheese salad dressing for dipping.
Ghost On A Stick
Line baking sheet with wax paper. Insert sticks into stem ends of pears. Melt bark according to package directions. Dip pear into bark spooning over top to coat evenly.
Halloween Costume: Hungarian Girl
My granddaughter needed a Hungarian outfit for her heritage presentation at school. Thrift store here I come. I used a Hungarian doll my mother-in-law gave to my daughter when she was about 6 as a pattern for the design.
Oven Fried Potatoes
Mix ingredients and brush over potatoes which have been placed in shallow baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for approximately 45 minutes.
Roll chicken in flour; brown in butter. Remove chicken and stir in soup, seasonings and water into drippings. Cook and stir to boil. Spread Minute Rice into 1 1/2 qt. shallow casserole.
Cream of Watercress Soup
Trim ends off zucchini. Peel and chop. Melt butter in large heavy saucepan over low heat. Add leeks. Cook for 5 minutes or until soft but not brown. Add zucchini.
Coffee to Keep Pudding from Turning Dark
To keep chocolate pudding from turning dark, add a small amount of coffee.
These soft pretzels are super tasty and shaping them is a family affair. We always do a pretzel with the first letter of everyone's name, then everyone has free reign to make whatever they desire. The kids have a blast making and eating their creations.
Reuse Healthy Choice Steamer Baskets
If you are trying to eat healthier and steam vegetables in your microwave, a bowl from Healthy Choice steamers works well time after time. You will also be recycling at the same time. I love not having to drag out my strainer all the time.
Salt to Clean Up Eggs
To easily clean up spilled eggs, pour salt on top of the eggs to cover them. Then wipe up with a paper towel.
Simple Lemon Salad Dressing
Quick, simple, and healthy seasoning for your fresh salad.
Uses for Old Towels
If you have old towels that are stained or have holes in them, you can use them to protect your counter tops from spills, as tub mats, or as throw rugs in front of your doors.
Cute and Spooky! Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes. Make the icing mix and ice the cakes when cool, reserving 1/4 of the mix.
Store Vacation Memory Card Away From Camera
When you are on vacation, taking pictures of family/friends or just scenery you want to save, remove the memory card from your camera when going through the airport security check points and put it in your purse.
Product Review: Bissell Stainless Steel Cleaner Spray
I recently bought all new stainless steel appliances and heard horror stories of not being able to clean them. I went shopping at my local supermarket and found Bissell Stainless Steel cleaner in a spray can.
Baking Soda for Canker Sores
The best way to clear up a canker sore is truly putting baking soda directly on it. I went to the doctor with a mouthful of canker sores and they didn't have a clue. The sores were so bad I couldn't even eat or talk.
Store Items in Paper Towel Tubes
Store taper candles inside empty paper towel tubes. When traveling, store pantyhose in an empty paper towel tube to keep them from snagging.
Caring for Furniture
Clean all surfaces using only a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth. Use a mild soap as required.
Books For Parents
Two wonderful books I found at the library regarding kids. One book is on how to talk to kids so they can learn.
Use Beer to Clean Gilded Picture Frames
Clean gilded picture frames with beer. Dip a soft cloth in beer and wipe.
Halloween Costume: Black Eye Pea
Take a shirt and put a P on it. Then get the black stuff that the football players wear and put it under your eyes. Tell everyone you are a "black eye pea".
Rawhide Safety for Dogs and Puppies
When a rawhide toy gets soft and wet, it is time to lay it aside and wait until it dries to give it back to the pet to play with. This prevents large chunks from being digested. You can give them back when they reharden.
Storing Clothing in a Small Apartment
I moved to a small apartment and the bedroom is very small. I need some ideas for storing clothes. I have two small sets of drawers and a hanging rail but the rail looks out of place.
Repairing Paper Mache
I have a paper mache item that was damaged in shipping. Can someone tell me how to repair it?
Crust: Crush cookies; stir in margarine. Put into a 9x13 inch pan. Next Layer: Softened ice cream. Place in freezer.
Place these in skillet with small amount of grease. Cook until okra is brown; sprinkle flour over mixture to help brown and thicken. Add 1 can stewed tomatoes and water to desired consistency.
Potato Cheese Soup
Place water, potatoes, celery, carrots, and onion in large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender. Add soup, cheese, and ham. Cook over low heat until cheese is melted.
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