March 25, 2011

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Keep Your Knives SharpWe keep all of our knives for cutting, peeling, filleting, and other uses in a butcher block style holder. They stay very sharp all the time. The trick to this is once they are used they are immediately washed and dried off and replaced in the holder.

 

Scenery: Golden Trees in November (Fallon, NV)I fell in love with these trees when I was driving into Fallon, NV. They are so beautiful on their own, but adding the mountains in the background is just amazing. The golden-yellow color is so vibrant, makes this scene so eye-catching to me.

 

When Are You Being Too Frugal?

When Are You Being Too Frugal?The definition of frugal is "Prudence in Avoiding Waste". We all should be wise and thrifty, and reuse or recycle where possible, but here are some indicators when you just might be going too far to be frugal and are simply being cheap or possibly hoarding:

 

Bunny bean bag game or Easter basket.

Tisket Tasket Bean Bag BasketI love to recycle and am on a constant basis, thinking, "What can I create with this?" Not only does it save space in the land fills, I don't have to empty the garbage as often! One of my most used items is Kleenex and I came up with this idea for my grandson on Easter

 

Newspaper Shield When Steam Cleaning - Newspaper taped up behind small bottles.

Newspaper Shield When Steam CleaningUse a little tape to hang a sheet of newspaper to the wall behind a sink to catch splatters when you steam clean small items. This will save having to also wipe up dirt or debris blown off the caps.

 

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Saving On Service RatesLooking to lower fees for your carriers, like insurance companies, TV, phones, computer, etc.? First, I bundled (calling one carrier such as AT&T to combine multiple services) which is a HUGE savings.

 

Scenery: MoonriseThis picture was taken right after the time change. It was around 7:45 in the evening and the moon came up early. It was a beautiful southern evening.

 

Reusing Tins

Reusing TinsIn the past, I've used zip closed bags to store things like powdered sugar, dry pasta, or bread crumbs, but it recently occurred to me that I have accumulated several (various sized) metal tins that are sitting empty in my pantry.

 

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Using Last Year's School SuppliesWe asked other families if they had some good school things from the year before, then gave them 1/4 their cost. This saves and helped the other family too.

 

My Frugal Life: Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!Ahh! There is nothing like the soft scent of peach, cinnamon, and vanilla; or maybe you like flowery scents like rose and lilac. For me, I will always be reminded of my mother and the outdoorsy scent of balsam and pine she loved at Christmas.

 

A banana spider hanging in a garden area.

Banana SpiderA Banana spider spun a web on the side of my house. It stayed there for several weeks.

 

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Cleaning Your MicrowaveTo clean the inside of your microwave of splatters of food without any chemicals, fill a soup bowl half away with water and put in the microwave on high power for five minutes.

 

Close-up of Crab Apple Tree

Garden: Crab Apple TreeThis is our crab apple tree in full bloom. It is absolutely beautiful against the clear blue sky.

 

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Planting Vegetables TogetherI am looking for tips on sister planting which is sometimes called Indian planting. Does the space between the rows of food produce less if the rows are closer together, and what other foods produce well when planted together in the same hole like corn, beans, and squash?

 

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Homemade Sauerkraut RecipeI am looking for good sauerkraut recipes.

 

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Looking for Octagon SoapWhere might I find Octagon soap in my home town of Columbia, Mississippi?

 

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Name Ideas for an Interior Design BusinessCan you suggest a name for an interior design business?

 

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Removing Facial HairHow do I remove coarse facial hair? I have tried an epilator, shaving, various creams, Nads, and wax. What works the best? I can't afford to go to a salon for treatment. Any feedback much appreciated.

 

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Treating a Child with ConstipationMy 8 month old grandson has trouble with being constipated. What else besides feeding him prunes (baby food) works?

 

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Substitute Applesauce for Oil in BakingDo I use the same amount of applesauce as I would oil in baking a cake?

 

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What Can I Use to Kill Weeds in My Lawn?Will Treflan kill African Bermuda grass if I put it on to kill weeds?

 

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What Are Some Uses for Talc?Any new ideas for using talc? I don't like what I've read about the effects of talc on skin and I didn't get good search results here. Thank you!

 

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Why Do Recipes Call for Draining and Rinsing Canned Beans?In a lot of recipes, it says to drain and rinse canned beans. What is the purpose of this?

 

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Paint Color for Room with 1970's Avocado Green Tile WallWhat paint color should I use with 1970's green wall tile?

 

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Cheapest Cell PhoneI need a cell phone with minimum features and a low monthly service fee. I just want to make and receive calls, maybe a couple of times daily. Please recommend a phone model and service provider.

 

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Removing Dark Discoloration from Stainless FlatwareI have applied silver polish to my silver plate or stainless steel flatware, and it has not helped one bit. I also applied manufactured metal cleaners of all kinds, even Tarn-X, and copper polish, and such, to no avail.

 

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Dog Won't Eat His Food Only the Cat's FoodCan my Shih Tuz eat homemade food? I have a problem with my puppy not eating his food. He will wait until we are not looking and then go and eat the cat food all the time. Can you please help me with what kind of food to feed him?

 

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Handwashing Techniques for Camping and Other Outdoor ActivitiesWhat handwashing techniques are easy to use while camping or being outside for a long time?

 

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Cleaning the House After ParvoHow do I clean the house after parvo?

 

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Recipes Using Leftover SconesWould anyone know what to use left over scones for? I don't want to throw them away. They are going hard, but not off right now. I have heated them in the microwave for a couple of seconds, but they are not right. Many thanks. Helen xxx

 

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Kitchen Paint Color AdviceI have a small kitchen. I have a dark green counter, not too much of a counter and a light green and white back splash. I have a window and then white cabinets. Any suggestions on a new paint color for my walls would be greatly appreciated!

 

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