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January 24, 2011
Urine Stains on a Mattress
How do I remove urine stains on a mattress?
Cleaning Vinyl Flooring
I have ground in dirt on old kitchen vinyl flooring. I have tried ammonia and bleach, not at the same time. I got all the old wax build up off, but am left with streaks of cloudy gray ground in dirt. How do I get this floor clean?
21st Birthday Party Ideas
It's my daughter's 21st in May. I would like to give her a party at home for about 25 people. The weather is usually OK at this time so I can open up to the little garden we have and summerhouse. I need ideas for decor and food. Many thanks to anyone out there who can help.
Paper Training a Puppy
I wanted to know if anyone has any ideas on how I can potty train my new Pit Bull puppy? He is too little to take outside so I laid out papers all over.
Youth Banquet Centerpiece
We are having a teen banquet, the theme is, "I Want That Mountain."
Paint Color Ideas for Kitchen with Black Appliances
I need to paint the kitchen walls. My countertop is the dated orange laminate. I have black appliances with darker wood cabinets and brushed silver/contemporary hardware. What color should I paint?
Crate Training a Puppy
I have a 10 week old female Boxer that may have anxiety in her crate. We have trained on this consistently. She will freely go in to eat or get a toy, but the moment the door closes she gets anxious. I have sat in front of the crate and talked to her and fed her treats.
Wind-Up Music Boxes for Stuffed Animals
Where can I find a wind up music box to replace the broken one in a stuffed animal that plays "It's a Small World"?
Painting Formica Counter Tops
What is the best way to paint or recondition a 20+ year old Formica kitchen counter top?
Finding a Veterinarian That Accepts Payments
I need to find a vet that will take a small payment now and let me pay off the remaining amount with monthly payments. I only have like 60 dollars now. My kitten has to be seen by someone or I am sure he will die. Please any information will be helpful at this point. Thanks
Growing an Avocado Tree in Arkansas
I'm growing the avocado tree inside my home in Arkansas. When it is matured and I plant it outside, will it go dormant during the cold months and return in the spring or will it die off?
How to Report Rental Income from a Live-in Relative?
We just bought a house and my sister is going to live with us for a time and give us $500 towards expenses each month. Once tax time comes, I am not sure how to claim this money that she gives us. Does anyone else have a similar situation, and how do you work it with taxes?
Homemade Cookies Taste Salty
I'm trying to learn how to cook. I baked cookies according to this recipe, but they came out tasting salty. Could anyone help me figure out what went wrong?
Adjusting E-mail Screen Settings
Part of my contact list is covered by the width of my e-mail messages. How do I adjust the screen?
How Do I Become a Food Vendor at Various Fairs?
How does a (fair/food) vendor get into the various fairs?
Repairing the Soles on Vintage Basketball Shoes
I have a pair of Patrick Ewing basketball shoes (very rare). They are 20 years old and when I wore them for the first time the rubber at the side of the sole started to crack. Now the sole is hanging off the shoe. You know (talking shoes)?
Frugal Decorating Web Site
I am looking for a frugal decorating website? Any ideas?
Shopping for Grass Fed Meats and Poultry at a Reasonable Price
I am a former vegetarian and animal lover now with a larger family that eats meat. I also eat meat now for several reasons. I am looking to transition my family to grass fed/humanely raised meats and poultry, but am spending a fortune on it as of now!
How Do I Remove Kerosene Soot from Walls and Ceiling
I have a kerosene heater. When I woke up, I had black all over my walls, ceiling, and rugs. What do I do to get it out of my house and do I have to stay out my house for a certain amount of time?
Can I Use Florescent Lights to Start Seeds?
Will a florescent lightbulb put off enough light to start seeds indoors versus the expensive grow lights?
Removing Melted J-Cloth on Glass Top Stove
While cooking, I stupidly grabbed a dry J-cloth to remove food off a still hot element and now there is melted J cloth on my glass top stove. I have tried all the normal tricks for cleaning, such as the cleaner and letting it soak. Does someone have any suggestions?
Making Tossed Salad
Is it safe to toss a salad with a large plastic bag prior to serving it?
Recipe Using Mandarin Oranges in Syrup
So I have a bunch (10 or so) mandarin oranges in cups, that are in liquid. My hubby is not really a big fan, so I was wondering if I could make some type of dessert with them and give them to some of my friends. Any ideas?
Apple Crumble Slice Recipe
Does anyone have the recipe for apple crumble slice?
Knitting Needle Gauge Tool
I bought some knitting needles for knitting socks sizes 0, 1, 1.5, 2. My question is that they are so close that I can't tell them apart and my tool for finding needle sizes doesn't go that small. Does anybody know where I can find a tool for that? Thanks for your help.
In bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In bowl beat brown sugar, margarine, and vanilla until creamy. Add egg; beat well. Gradually add the flour mixture.
Molded Corned Beef Salad
Heat V-8 juice and water. Dissolve gelatin in hot liquid. Let cool. Shred corned beef. Add all prepared vegetables and shredded meat and chopped eggs and Miracle Whip to the cooled gelatin.
Saute in large pan or skillet, the peppers, celery, onion, and ground meats in margarine. Add salt, reduce heat and cook 5 minutes. Drain off excess fat.
Homemade Cream Of Tomato Soup
Brown onions in butter. Add tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Mix flour and sugar in shaker, add enough milk to form creamy consistency. Shake. Bring tomatoes to boil and slowly stir in thickening.
Durkee Buffalo Chicken Wings
Mix the wine vinegar with the milk, and allow the milk to curdle. Add the yellow onion, garlic, parsley, mayonnaise, bleu cheese, lemon juice, salt pepper, and cayenne.
Quick and easy, and FINE! Over medium high heat melt butter and oil. On one half of a flour tortilla place a couple of tablespoons of apple pie filling. Fold over.
It is moist, very flavorful, and a crowd pleaser.
Shredded Brussels Sprouts
Heat the oil over high heat in a large skillet and immediately stir in the Brussels sprouts, salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the shallot, bell pepper, and garlic.
So good! Drain cherries; pat dry with paper towels. In medium bowl, sift together butter and corn syrup. Stir in powdered sugar; knead into smooth ball forms.
Skewers for Stacking Dishes
Whenever you find yourself cooking meals that require lots of advance preparation, try this. Put wooden skewers across the dishes so you can stack them. If you put skewers on top of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, you can then stack a smaller baking dish on top.
Isn't cooking bacon a hassle sometimes? My sister-in-law showed me a great way to cut the hassle. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, spray grates with Pam, place your bacon strips tight together on the grates as it will shrink.
Adding Salt for Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs will peel so much easier if you add salt to the water. I usually add about 1/4 cup salt to a 4 quart pan of water. The salt penetrates the shell but has no effect on the egg.
Store Vegetables Longer By Wrapping in Paper
To keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer, wrap them in newspaper before storing them in the fridge.
Reuse Dye-Catching Laundry Sheets
If you take your load out of the washer (or dryer) and the little sheet is still almost white, or lightly colored, it can be used in another load, until you wash something which leaves more dye on the sheet.
Use Microfiber for Swiffer Pads
Instead of buying the Swiffer Wet Jet replacement pads to clean your floor, it's less expensive and greener to purchase a couple of micro-fiber "towels" which will fit on your Swiffer and you can just throw the micro-fiber towels in the washer when done.
Repurposing Old Plastic Drawers
Like most people, I went through a frenzy a few years ago to organize everything. A major task was the kids rooms! I bought nice plastic stacking drawers on wheels in fun colors - and it worked! For a while.
Use Envelope Labels As Return Labels
You don't have to get return address labels specially printed. Cut out the typed address block from business envelopes/letters sent to you. Stick them on your out mail with glue or tape where you usually put your return address.
Natural Health Remedies Using Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar to a gallon of water. This eliminates low grade fevers that chronic fatigue suffers get and helps eliminate thrush/coating in the mouth which is sometimes caused by antibiotic use.
Keep Grill Lid From Sticking
When it's cold during the winter months, my outdoor Holland grill lid sticks due to a little grease buildup around the edge. It's really hard to open and we use the grill several times a week, so this became a real problem.
Two Week Cleaning Plan
I am always reading where people say to clean as we see things that need it. That's a great idea, but sometimes it builds up and takes more organizing to get it done. This is my plan to get it all caught up.
Drying Snow Boots
To make a snow boot dryer, use a pair of heavy wire paper towel holders from the Dollar Store. Put a boot over each holder and set the holder over your furnace vent.
Arm Protectors For Carrying Wood
To save getting scratched, I keep the sleeve of an old sweatshirt beside the door, it is quick to slip over my arm as I step out to grab an armful of wood. We don't like to store more than a couple of extra logs inside because I am very allergic to bug bites.
Use Sponge To Paint Wire Fence
It's easier and less messy to paint a wire fence with a sponge instead of a brush. Just put the paint in an aluminum roller pan and dunk the sponge.
Welbilt Bread Machine (ABM2200T) Power Cord
I am looking for a Weltbilt bread machine (model #ABM2200T) power cord.
White Artificial Flowers Turning Yellow
I have some very old (about 40 years) artificial flowers which used to be white but have yellowed with age. Is there any way I can clean them and bring the colour back as close to it's original colour as possible without destroying them?
Keepsake Christmas Album
Wait! Don't throw away those beautiful Christmas letters and photos you received as Christmas cards. Here is a great way to preserve them, and you can compare how your friends and loved ones change from year to year.
Remote Control Holder
I m always looking for my remote in the bedroom, so I decided to make a remote holder with plastic canvas. I used left over yarn and beads, and some wire for the handle, and made a tassel for more decoration.
For a good all-purpose liquid cleanser, combine 1 teaspoon borax, 2 tablespoons white vinegar or lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, 1/2 teaspoon vegetable-based detergent and 2 cups very hot water.
Think Before Throwing Out
I have to admit, I never throw anything out before giving the item some deep thought on what I could use it for. I have a terrific husband who always asks me if I can use an item before throwing it away! This is my story on what I did with leftover linoleum.
Scenery: Snow Covered Barn
Since we don't get six inches of snow here in Georgia, I couldn't resist this picture of my red barn in the back yard.
Receiving 401K Benefit Without Contributing
If I didn't contribute to the 401k at my last employer (almost 5 years), are there any funds in the company's 401k with my name on them?
Travel: Our RV Trip Out West (Utah)
We took a long trip out west for 4 and 1/2 months. We'd never been out west before. We always said, when we retired we were going to do it, and we did! We were awed by all the things we saw and did.
Can I Change an Oval Table to a Round Table?
How to change oval dining room table to a round dining room table?
Rockwood Park (Chesterfield, VA)
As I was walking through the forest at Rockwood Park, I came along this place. I went back home grab my camera. I came up with this one, my favorite.
Garden: Monarch on Butterfly Weed
I was trying out a digital camera I bought at a garage sale a couple of summers ago and happened to get a close up picture of a monarch butterfly sitting on a butterfly weed plant in my garden.
How to Buy House Plants
When it comes to gardening outdoors, buying plants that we know will grow best in our gardens is extremely important. Indoor plants are no different. They each have their likes and dislikes when it comes to growing conditions.
Alter Sweater To Cardigan
For over a year, I've had a pretty knit top that a friend gave me. The fabric was so soft, it was one of my favorite colors, and it fit everywhere EXCEPT the neckline, which was so low and stretchy that I could never wear it and nothing looked good worn underneath it.
Yeast Infection on a Dog's Paws Or Ears
You can treat itchy paws, by rubbing "over-the-counter" women's vaginal yeast/itch cream into every crevasse of your dog's paws. Make sure they are dried a bit using your blow dryer. Put booties on if it is wet outside to avoid further dampness.
Using Dremel Tool for Dog Nail Trimming
To make trimming my Chihuahua's nails a little more safe, I use a small Dremel tool with a sanding hub. The noise is very low. Just tap the tips. She likes this better than using the nail clippers. I was always afraid of cutting her nails too short.
Snowflake and Precious (Lab Mix)
Snowflake and Precious were 3 months old when this picture was taken. They are a lab mix. Our family dog had her first litter of pups, and these were the last two to find homes. Who could resist these sweet faces?
Rex (Vizsla Pointer)
Rex is a 4 month Vizsla Pointer. We got him as the result of a chance meeting with family who could not keep him. He loves to run like crazy, sleep under the covers, and fetch toys.
Mama Kitty (Cat)
Meet Mama Kitty, age 3. She was my daughter's cat and then when she moved out the cat stayed to torment the dog. She is a really lovable cat. She likes to lay on you and be in your face.
Lila (Yorkie/Shih Tzu)
Lila is a 4 year old Yorkie/Shih Tzu. I purchased her in Spokane, WA when she was 6 weeks old! She loves to play with her stuffed animal toys, chew on her Dingos, and to cuddle.
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