May 17, 2011

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Honey Bun CakeRich, sweet and delicious dessert for any occasion!

 

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Chicken CrunchI got this recipe from a friend. It's delicious served over hot rice or creamed potatoes.

 

Articles

Recycled Paper Pot

Recycled Paper PotteryLooking for something to do with junk mail from your grocer or old magazine pages? Make "Paper Pottery"! Colorful vases, bowls, plates, and more can be made with different themes using old maps, books, colors, invitations, holiday cards, etc.

 

Getting Out of Debt, Picture of a woman cutting a credit card.

Getting Out of DebtThis page is a page about getting out of debt. Consumer debt is at all time highs and the interest on carrying large amounts of debt is very expensive. Carrying less debt is something that every household should strive for.

 

Chives in Flower

How to Grow ChivesIf you only have room to grow one type of herb in your garden, then consider growing chives. This common perennial herb is easy to grow and definitely earns its keep.

 

Dog playing outside.

Garlic Oil to Prevent FleasI buy garlic pills (the gel-caps) and poke a hole in one gel-cap with a needle and squeeze the oil into my dogs food about 5 days a week.

 

Foxy Friend

Wildlife: Little Foxy FriendThis was taken at my husband's grandparents farm! So pretty!

 

Dish Drainer Filing

Dish Drainer for FilingI have just moved and ended up with five dish drainers. So, I was gathering them up to donate and thought of a way to keep a second one in the bedroom's office.

 

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Cleaning Lint From Hair DryersThe lint build up in a blow dryer can cause it to heat up. The screen in mine was very hard to reach because of the plastic bars on top.

 

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Lace Tablecloth As ScreenOne window in our mountain cabin does not have a screen, so I tacked a lace tablecloth to the inside of the frame.

 

Brown dog laying on the ground

Barli (Lab - Saint Bernard)Barli is a 7 1/2 year old Lab/St. Bernard mix. We got Barli as a wee puppy, from our son whose Lab visited our neighbor's St. Bernard, and had 10 adorable, BIG pups. Barli is a laid back kind of dog, and loves to sleep, feet up, spread out on our sofa.

 

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Preventing Moldy BirdseedIn early spring, rake or sweep up the fallen seeds and hulls under a feeder. This prevents mold from forming and also keeps the seeds from from attracting pests like mice and shrews.

 

Raindrops on Treetops

Scenery: Raindrops on TreetopsIt had just rained, the tree was just blooming and I was learning how to use my camera. I love spring rain.

 

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Fever Blister Home RemediesFor a home remedy for fever blisters on your mouth, make a paste with a drop of water and meat tenderizer. Dab the paste onto the blister.

 

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Use Beans and Pasta For Children's CraftsWhen I was a Girl Scout Brownie troop leader, our little troop didn't have much money to spend on supplies for the "making art" segment of the meetings. One of the ideas that I came up with was not only very thrifty, but ended up being one the favorites.

 

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Include Note in Framed ArtWhen I frame my craft projects, I enclose a magazine or newspaper and a short note telling a little about myself, along with the current price of gas, housing, grocery staples, etc.

 

Terrible Twosome

Mike & Meagan (American Long Hair Cats)Mike and Meagan are 7 year old American Long Hairs. Michael and Meagan were my MIL's beloved furbabies.

 

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Pine Sap for SplintersWith the weather warming, we can all get out and take a walk enjoying the beauty of nature. While you're walking, look for pine sap.

 

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Eco-friendly Tote BagThis crochet project I made is eco-friendly because I help reduce plastic bag garbage litter in our environment.

 

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Freeze Garlic and PeppersI have found that garlic freezes beautifully. Thawed, it is just as good as fresh, but is soft. That works fine for me; I chop it a little, and it breaks down into the food nicely, especially if it is a long-cooking food like soup or stew.

 

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Burlap Bags for Door MatsA fellow coffee roaster, John, shared that he uses his excess coffee bags for outside door mats. He likes the fact that they do work great for catching the dirt and when it is grungy, he can just toss, compost, or burn.

 

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Teach Children About Money With a Weekly AllowanceMum gave us weekly pocket money which was about double what we needed and used to tell us "Right, this is your money for the week. It's up to you how you spend it. Don't come asking for more before the week is up because you'll get nothing."

 

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Secret Book SafeThis tutorial takes you through how to hollow out one of your unwanted hardback books into a hiding place to keep your treasures out of sight.

 

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Repairing Versus Replacing AppliancesAppliance repair can be very costly. Many times they can be repaired rather than replaced. Often you can do the repairs yourself. How do you determine when a repair will be more cost effective?

 

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Recipes for Green TomatoesI am looking for green tomato recipes.

 

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Getting Yarn Donations for Charity ProjectsWe are looking for donations of yarn and assorted size crochet hooks to make 100 throws for children. Where can we get supplies donations?

 

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Cleaning Brass Plated DoorknobsI plan to clean all of my doorknobs in my house and they are all brass plated. What is the best product or home solution to use?

 

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Cleaning Business Name IdeasI live in Texas and I'm trying to start a small cleaning business. (residential and commercial) I just can't think of a good name. I want something with a "country" feel.

 

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What Does the Crochet Abbreviation "ss" Mean?What does the crochet term "ss" mean? I have a pattern I am working on and the ss term is used with no explanation. My pattern did not provide a guide. It has something to do with the popcorn stitch, but that is all I know.

 

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Paint Color Advice for a Kitchen Light Green Tile and Oak CabinetsI have a very small kitchen, 10X12. The existing tile, which cannot be replaced due to lack of funds, is light green, almost a celery color green. The counter tops are white (from the 70s) with light green, yellow, and tan patterns. The cabinets (from 60s) are a medium oak.

 

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Battery Operated Pepper Grinder Does Not Work ProperlyWe recently purchased salt and pepper grinders, battery operated. We quickly found that the sea salt would not grind, as salt flakes were required. I purchased same and the salt grinder works fine now, but the black pepper grinder is another story.

 

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Remedies for an Anxious DogOur Rat Terrier was attacked by 2 large dogs 2 yrs. ago. She has become very frightened when we take her to the park her daily walk. Is there any medication I can get for her at the pet store that will calm her fears?

 

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Identifying a Set of Green Glass DishesI have a whole set of green glass dishes. I don't know what manufacturer, decade, or anything. Help!? I have salad bowls, punch bowls, plates, cups, saucers, salt/pepper shaker, cream/sugar bowls, and even flower vases!

 

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Front Load Washer Does Not SpinMy Hotpoint front-loader spins only when empty or with the motor removed from the machine. All else appears fine.

 

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Older Roller Workout MachineI am looking for an older wooden roller workout machine. They were popular during the 1960-70s. It must be in working condition, I intend to use it. Any ideas where I can find one?

 

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Canning How TosI am looking for information on how to can. Can anyone help me out?

 

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Birthday Gifts for 18 Year Old BoyfriendI've been on and off with my boyfriend since last June. We're pretty serious and have plans for the future already. He turns 18 on October 17th. What do I get him? He's a country boy, he likes fishing, hunting, and things like that.

 

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Removing Orange Glo Residue on Laminate FloorsHow do I get Orange Glo off laminate floors?

 

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Freezing AsparagusWhat is the best way to freeze asparagus?

 

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Gift Ideas for a 10 Year Old GirlWhat is a good gift for a 10 year old girl?

 

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Giving a Puppy Benadryl for Itchy SkinCan I give Benadryl to my 3 month old Yorkie terrier for itchy skin? And if so, how much?

 

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Girl's 13th Birthday Party IdeasWhat are good ideas for my daughter's 13th birthday party?

 

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Removing Stains Transferred from Subfloor to LinoleumHow do I remove stains on linoleum flooring? They are from the plywood floor beneath the linoleum. It is a pink/red colored ink like stuff that is all around the border of plywood and it just seeped through to the linoleum flooring. I've tried everything!

 

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Recipes for Sweet PicklesI am looking for sweet pickle recipes.

 

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Area Rug Placement in Room With a Diagonal FireplaceWhat is the rule for the placement of area rugs with a diagonal fireplace which juts out into the room? The rest of the room is a rectangle with an open (wall) at the opposite end from the fireplace.

 

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Encouraging Larger Dahlia BloomsI have a semi cactus dahlia "Tahiti Sunrise". What does pinching excess buds mean on this plant? I think that means only allowing 1-2 per stem, but am not certain.

 

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Growing Calla Lilies in PotsI have planted calla lilies in pots and was wondering if I am suppose to prune these plants in any way to keep them more healthy. They seem to look great, but I have never grown them before and they are starting to fall a little.

 

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