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January 31, 2011
What is Taxable and Nontaxable Income?
This may be a dumb question to some, but, on my taxes, do I have to claim any money I received from ThriftyFun.com (TF), such as from TF contests or craft submissions?
How Do I Make Cleaning Wipes?
Anyone know how to make my own cleaning wipes like the ones that come in the plastic containers?
What Can I Substitute for White Wine in a Recipe?
What is a substitute for white wine in a recipe?
Discontinued Wallpaper: Imperial Wallcoverings #SR5166
I am looking for 1 roll of Imperial wallcovering item #SR5166.
How Do I Make Homemade Brown Gravy?
Does anybody have a recipe for homemade brown gravy?
Getting Rid of Mouse Urine Odor on Stored Luggage
How do you get rid of mouse urine or stink bug odor on stored luggage? I already stored fabric softener sheets in each section of luggage when I put it in storage. I am going on vacation soon and need to get this smell gone.
Scars From Acne
How can you get rid of acne scarring quickly?
Can you freeze onion?
Painting Arborite Composition Countertops
How would I paint my kitchen counters? They are blue Arborite, a paper and melamin composition material similar to Formica. I did hear that Hardrock paint is good; is that true?
Making Cushions for a Kitchen Nook
I just bought a kitchen nook bench/table set used, at a great price! I am now looking to get the cushions for it and they will be more than I paid for it which to me makes absolutely no sense! Does anybody possibly have any sort of sewing patterns to make them?
What Breed is My Dog?
What is Sugar? Pit ?
Painting Glass Lamp Shades
I have white glass lamp shades on my kitchen chandelier. I want to remove them, and spray paint them a "color". My question would be, what is the best paint to use, where to purchase it, and if anyone has painted glass lamp shades with "success"?
What Breed is My Dog?
I would love to know what kind of dog I have no one seems to know.
Bradford Pear Tree Berries Causing a Mess
My Bradford pear tree is 10 years old. This was the first summer there were abundant berries on it. There were so many that when they fell, they stained an area on my driveway 15" x 5". How often does the tree produce berries that cause this problem?
Weight Watcher's Quick Start Book (1980)
Weight Watchers Quick Start program in the 80s came with pamphlets. Does anyone have the yellow week one pamphlet that had a skinned down version of the whole plan? I would really luv a copy it worked so well and I lost it.
What Causes Dark Marks on Ceiling Where Attic Insulation Has Been Disturbed?
What causes dark marks on my livingroom ceiling? They appear anywhere the attic floor insulation has been disturbed. Also it marks the ceiling rafters where they meet the outside walls. I can paint over it using Kilz plus another finish coat, but it reappears in about eight months.
How Do I Remove a Stain in a Composition Granite Sink?
I have a black double sink in my kitchen. It is a composition granite material. The other has a disposal unit, and that's the sink we dump all the kitchen waste in. There is some sort of stain or discoloration around the drain hole which I can't remove.
Student Loan Advice
I've been out of school since September 2009. Is it too late to get my student loans deferred?
Mower Won't Start
I have a mower and when I pull the string sometimes it will jam up. This is killing my hand and shoulder and it also does not want to start. It tries to start, but all you see sometimes is white smoke coming out.
Homemade Windshield Washer Fluid
Will adding Dawn dishsoap to the windshield washer fluid help cut the winter grime from windshield? How much do you add?
How Do I Level a Sofabed When Folded Out?
I have a sofabed that sits on an uneven floor. When folded out, the foot of the bed is much lower than the couch. How can I prop up the "feet" of the fold-out bed to make it level? Thanks.
Where Can I Buy Fels Naptha in Ontario Canada?
I have been looking for Fels Naptha for quite sometime and am wondering if you could direct me to where to buy it in Barrie?
Growing a Burning Bush
I don't know my gardening zone, but I want to know if a burning bush will grow where I live? Sometimes it is very windy. Also where can I buy the plant? Thank you.
Choosing and Testing Ingredients for Making Soap
How can I apply sugar, milk, beer, and honey to soap recipes? How can I test to know that finished home-made soap is good for the body?
Neutered Dogs Fighting With Each Other Around Females in Heat
Can 2 neutered male dogs get along? I have 2 Dachshunds, a father and son. Dad got fixed when Jr. was about 6 months old (about 6 months ago). They got along very well, until just recently. It was Jr.'s turn to get fixed. He came home to 4 female Dachshunds in heat.
Frugal Wedding Reception Venues in Baltimore
I am looking for affordable location to host my wedding reception for about 100 guests on a very tight budget! Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
Repairing Furniture Leg Damage to Laminate Flooring
I had laminate flooring laid in dining/kitchen area. The chairs have rubbed laminate off even though we put felt pads under chair legs. What can we do to cover the damage without replacing the floor?
Gift Bags for Seniors
My sister-cousins and I make gifts bags for the Senior nursing home every Christmas and the seniors love these. We use items from freebies and small items we collect on sale, off-season, or after a holiday.
Cleaning the Stove Hood
Are you looking for a way to easily clean your range hood without the drippy mess? All you have to do is reach for the hand cleaner used to clean hands after working on vehicles. Simply wipe all over range hood, then wipe off with wet cloth.
Reusable Bowl Covers
Not only will this tip save you money, it will save you time. If you are anything like me, you are always hunting for lids for your plastic containers. Plus with the warnings that many plastics shouldn't be microwaved, why take the chance.
Removing Ink From Leather
To remove ink from leather, spray with hairspray then wipe away. Test first on an inconspicuous place
Lifeline Discount for Low-Income Telephone Customers
I spoke with my provider, AT&T, on another subject today, and learned something very useful in process. Because I am low-income enough to qualify for food stamps, I qualify for AT&T's Lifeline discount.
Removing Paint from Windows
To remove paint from windows, try using undiluted, hot, white distilled vinegar. Give the solution time to soften the paint before removing with a razor edge tool.
Attach Magnet to Bathroom Cabinet to...
If you are like me I am always looking for a pair of tweezers, that was until I found this hint. Attach a magnet to the inside of your medicine cabinet, stick your tweezers to the magnet and you will always know where they are if you put them away.
Vinegar for Soft Hands
To keep hands soft, spray with a mist of vinegar after washing dishes in soapy water.
Organizing with Binders
I love organizing. I've also worked in the office product industry for 29 years so I have had access to some pretty amazing organizational products. But the bottom line is that the key for organizing all my multiple projects is 3-ring binders.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
This is like Cascade and Sun Light. This homemade natural formula will safely cut through grease and sanitize your dishes as well.
Roasted Edemame Beans
Roast shelled edamame beans, lightly coated with extra virgin olive oil, on a baking sheet in the oven. Allow to cool and add to your salad for extra flavor, crunchiness, and lots of protein.
On my trip to Egypt, I had the chance to see and ride a camel. I named him Smiles.
Thaw Meat in Electric Skillet
An electric fry pan can be used to thaw stew meat. Place the frozen meat in the fry pan and cover with the lid. Turn the pan to the warm setting. When the meat is thawed, drain the liquid out and add a bit of oil.
Scenery: Shell Chapel at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Indiana)
This was taken the day I graduated with my Bachelor Degree in Science from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. The chapel itself is made completely from various shapes and sizes of sea shells and fossils.
Soak almonds in warm water for a minute if you need to peel them quickly.
Caramel Apple Jam
In a large kettle, mix apples, water, and butter. Cook and stir over low heat until apples are soft. Stir in pectin; bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Holiday: Blooper Banner
I bought this banner on sale for my husband's Christmas party when it was our turn to be the hosts. I didn't even look at it while I was hanging it: I just taped it up on the wall and then starting doing other things.
This is one of my cleomes taken in my garden last year. I am really ready to get out in my garden already, but us northerners have a long way to go! Looking at our photos can let us dream.
Scenery: Clouds (Texas)
Clouds are amazing! I always loved studying them in school and 50 years later, they still are my favorite. This is a formation I took in Texas.
Reuse Christmas Cards as Gift Tags
Save your used gift cards. Cut the fronts of the cards to make lovely gift tags using fancy edged scissors if desired. Punch a hole in the top of the tag, then thread a colored string through.
Straws for Flower Arranging
With spring right around the corner, we will be cutting flowers and bringing them in for arranging. One thing that always presents a problem is the short stems on some of them.
Asparagus with Essence of Hollandaise
Hollandaise sauce is high fat high calorie but I wanted a way to make asparagus have the flavor of it without all the junk. I played around and came up with this simple dressing.
Weight Watchers Baked Salmon (7 PointsPlus)
This an easy and quickly assembled, quick cooking recipe. A weight Watchers Points Plus+. It's also a Low Carb recipe with 0.1 grams of Carbohydrates per fillet!
Tips For Urban Gardening
Space is at a premium for most gardeners, but especially for people living in large urban areas. A few may have limited access to a small backyard plot, but most consider themselves lucky if they have a small balcony or rooftop terrace on which to grow plants.
Shabby Chic Yo-Yo Window
This is a wall hanging made for my sewing/computer room.
Borage and Rosemary Wine
Steep a rosemary and dried borage leaves in one bottle of white wine for a week or more. Strain through cheese cloth or a paper coffee strainer.
Maraschino Cherry Nut Bread
Beat eggs, sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder together. Add juice from cherries. Add chopped cherries and nuts. Bake in greased and floured pan at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.
Soak rice in water 15 minutes. Heat 2 tablespoons shortening and fry onion until light brown. Add cumin seeds, cinnamon sticks, cardamoms, bay leaves, and cloves; fry for one minute. Add peas and fry for another 5 minutes.
Old Fashioned Potato Salad (with a new twist)
In at least 1 quart boiling water, in covered saucepan, cook potatoes with 1 tablespoon salt until fork tender, about 2 minutes after coming to a boil. Drain well in colander.
Lemony Horseradish Sour Cream
The sky is the limit for uses of this recipe but my favorites are, of course, for dipping medium rare beef into or spreading on any type of beef sandwich ;-)
Cat Cave Using Mini-blind Slats
I have one of those cat beds that is just the bottom with short sides around. I've been trying to come up with a way of making a cover for it because my cat likes the "cave" feel.
Shredded Newspaper for Dog Bedding
I shred newspapers and use them for our outdoor dog as bedding. Shredded newspaper also makes a great fire-starter.
In Memory of Bobbie Sox (Cat)
Bobbie Sox has passed on, but wanted to share this picture. I was looking for her, calling her name and came around a corner to discover her "Just Hanging around", she was a card!
Jill (Jack Russell)
Our Jack Russell's name is Jill, and she is such a ham when it comes to getting pictures taken. She is always posing as soon as she hears the sounds of the camera turning on.
Pepper and Eclissi (Cats)
Pepper will be 4 later this month, and Eclissi will be 4 in April. Pepper is classic silver mackerel tabby with very close fur and well-defined nearly black stripes. Pepper is the size of a kitten, a very petite oriental type and cross-eyed.
Dusty is a 2 years old Morkie, but took more of the yorkie. I found Dusty for sale on line about a 100 miles from us in Wisconsin. Dusty loves to play with two other morkies we have.
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