June 1, 2011

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Recipes

Slices of apple cooked in the microwavea and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Easy Baked Apples (Microwave)A simple fruit dessert in minutes. Thinly slice 4 large apples. Place in a microwaveable dish, sprinkle with cinnamon, and place a lid on top.

 

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Quick Lemon PieHeat oven to 325 degrees F. Blend milk, lemon juice, rind, and egg yolks. Pour into baked pie shell. Top with meringue; made by beating egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy.

 

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Rice with Beans and BaconHeat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients except bacon in ungreased 2 quart casserole. Cover and bake until liquid is absorbed, 60-65 minutes.

 

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Southern Style Chicken and DumplingsPlace chicken into large soup pot and pour in water. Add salt and 2 Tbsp. butter, bring to boil, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer chicken until meat is very tender, 2 1/2 - 3 hours.

 

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Breakfast BakePlace bread cubes in 8 inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer ham, red pepper and cheese over bread, and set aside. Combine sour cream, egg substitute, mustard, onion powder, and pepper; pour over cheese mixture.

 

Articles

A makeshift shelf for the bathroom counter, covered in contact paper.

Makeshift Shelf For Bathroom CounterI moved into an apartment that has almost no counter space, especially in the bathroom.

 

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Italian-Style Spaghetti SquashRemove seeds from squash. Place squash, cut side down, in microwave safe dish. Add water. Cover and microwave on 100% power for 10-14 minutes or until pulp can just be pierced with a fork.

 

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Dollar Store For School SuppliesI have found that the dollar store is a great place to buy school supplies.

 

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Stretching High End Hand SoapI just love some of the Body Shop liquid hand soaps, but find that they are so strong scented, very thick and creamy, and too expensive to waste. I found even one pump put too much soap into my hand.

 

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Flavored WaterNot only is this a great way to drink water, but it's also a great way to be frugal! This works great with bottled water and makes tap water drinkable!

 

A white cockatoo tilting his head to the side.

Spike (Little Corella Cockatoo)Spike is a 4 year old Little Corella Cockatoo. Spike was a surprise Christmas gift from my family. Spike likes to eat furniture in his spare time. I fell in love with Spike while visiting our local pet shop.

 

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Baked Potato PeelsWhen peeling potatoes for mashed potatoes, save the peelings. Put the peelings in a bowl; season with seasoned salt, pepper, and a little Italian dressing; and toss.

 

A white poodle outside.

Shroeder (Toy Poodle)Shroeder is a 9 year old Toy Poodle. I got him from a breeder when he was 7 weeks old. He enjoys walking with me.

 

Pinkie (Great Pyrenees)

Pinkie (Great Pyrenees)Pinkie is an 8 week old Great Pyrenees. We have both the parents to our 8 week old. Pinkie goes for an afternoon swim each day to cool off in our goldfish pond. He was surprised to be caught on film.

 

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Sandwich Bags For Temporary GlovesIf you don't have your dish washing gloves, and want to keep your manicure nice, just grab a sandwich bag for a temporary solution. Put it over your hand, secure it around your wrist with a hair band, and there you have it!

 

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Removing Burnt On FoodTo easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan and bring to a boil on stove top.

 

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Newspaper Bags for Dog Clean-upI have friends and family save the plastic bags that the newspaper comes in, and I use them to pick up after the dogs. If there's a mess to pick up, I slide my hand into the bags, pick up the mess, and then pull my hand back through.

 

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Socks for DustingI had several old socks with holes in them. Darning was not an option. One day I was needing to dust around the TV, stereo, etc., so I grabbed one of them, sprayed on dusting aerosol and put it on like a glove.

 

Six colorful ice pops ready for the freezer.

Ice Pops For Hotel TreatsWhen you are vacationing and you know you will be staying in a hotel with a mini-fridge, throw some unfrozen ice pops in your suitcase when you go and pop them in the freezer when you arrive in your room.

 

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Lessons From a SquirrelIn April, the rains came and came and wouldn't stop. Beginning May, everything is drenched in rain, including my hanging baskets. I started reworking the soil in my hanging baskets and planted nasturtium seed that I had soaked overnight.

 

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Grass Clippings as Garden MulchWhen you mow your lawn, take the grass clippings and use as mulch on your flower and vegetable beds.

 

Questions

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Homemade Liquid Dish SoapKindly provide the method of preparation of making liquid detergents to wash the utensils. If you provide, I am very thankful to you.

 

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Eating Walnuts to Add Volume to Fine HairMy question is to the person who mentioned that eating walnuts helps your hair, do you mean fresh, or packaged walnuts, does it make any difference? Thanks.

 

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Health Concerns About Food Canned in ChinaRecently I've heard several people mention that they wouldn't eat Chinese canned goods. I buy different products from Dollarama (such as mandarin oranges, mushrooms, etc.) that come from China and am wondering what others think about using them? Thanks!

 

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Water Lilly Leaves Red Instead of GreenI have established water lilies in my pond, but they are coming up this year with red leaves and stems instead of green. Any ideas why?

 

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Identifying Tiny Biting InsectSomething keeps biting me when I sit on my couch. They are minute, whitish-to-clear little "balls". Since I can't figure out what they are, I can't figure out what to do about them.

 

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Remedy for Dog's Itchy Skin and Accompanying OdorMy baby girl is my 11 year old Toy Poodle. I have had her since birth. Approximately 5-6 years ago, she began suffering from severe itching and an awful odor that followed her scratching herself. No vet can give me a diagnosis or a lasting remedy. Medications are very temporary.

 

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Pumpkins Bloomed But Did Not Set FruitI tried planting pumpkins last year and got plenty of blossoms, but no pumpkins. What do I need to do to get the actual pumpkin to grow?

 

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Training a Puppy Not to BiteI have a 7 week old blue Pit Bull female. I have had her since she was 5 weeks old. When I let her out to play, she likes to bite, snap, and growl sometimes when I pet her, and she's even like that with kids. I'm trying to break her out of that, but she is very hard headed.

 

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Canceling a Magic Jack AccountHow do I cancel my Magic Jack account?

 

Splotchy green and yellow leaf

Remedy for Leaf CurlIs leaf curl a bug? How do I get rid of it? Can I use a natural remedy?

 

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Buying Metal Bangles for Making BraceletsI love some of the bracelets I saw made using metal bangles. Since money is very tight, can anyone tell me the best place to purchase these bangles?

 

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Paint Color Advice for Kitchen with Maple Cabinets and Walnut FloorsI need help with deciding a paint color for my kitchen. I am completely remodeling. I am having maple cabinets, walnut flooring, white trim, stainless appliances, and Giallo Napoli granite counter tops.

 

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Organizing a Small BedroomI have a pretty small room. The walls are bright and colorful, but I have a bed, a desk, a wide dresser, and a tall dresser. My room's so crowded so I put one of my dressers in my closet. Please help organize my room!

 

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Mom's 60th Birthday Invitation WordingI'd love some help with the wording of the invitation. I really want to make it special for her.

 

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Acne RemediesI have been having troubles with acne and I need some home remedies on how to get rid of it fast!

 

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Looking for Walmart Home Ceiling Solution PaintDoes anyone know where in my area (Atkinson, NH) I can purchase Home Ceiling Solution Paint from Walmart?

 

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Removing Ink from a Leather JacketHow would I remove a blue Biro mark from a white leather jacket?

 

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Can Homemade Soap Containing Fels-Naptha Cause a Rash?I have used the homemade soap and loved it. It cleans well and is cheap. I started using it in January of 2011. In February I started with a rash on my head.

 

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Making Bean Soup with BaconI am wondering if 4 cups of water is correct for bean soup with bacon. When I make soup using 1 lb. of beans I use 3 qts of water. Please advise.

 

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Brown Spot in Lawn Where Tree Was RemovedI had a large tree cut down three years ago. I've replanted the spot with grass seed in September every year since. The grass looks great until June when the spot turns brown. The lawn receives a lot of direct sun light.

 

Black Lab type dog laying on the grass

What Breed is My Dog?I just want to know if my dog is a Pit Bull cross Lab. I think he is, I just want to know for certain. Could you tell me please?

 

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Lilac Bushes Don't BloomTwo of the bushes were transplanted 15 years ago and have not bloomed since then. One bush does usually lose a lot of its leaves every August and then puts new ones out. There tends to be an iron deficiency in our soil, could that be a problem?

 

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Removing an Oil Stain from Cotton ClothingHow do I get an oil stain out of cotton pants?

 

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Bar Mitzvah Centerpiece IdeasI need ideas for a bar mitzvah centerpiece. The theme is Safari. I'm trying to keep it age appropriate (13). A lot of them are too childish. Thank you.

 

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Cleaning Velvet UpholsteryI have a velvet wing back chair and white sofas, badly in need of cleaning. Stanley Steamer, among others, refuse to touch them for fear that they will yellow or spot. Someone mentioned that there is another process for cleaning these items. Is there a "dry cleaning" method?

 

Closeup of weathered deck railing

Refinishing a Wood DeckMy husband pressured washed the finished off our pressure treated wood deck. How can we repair it to like new condition? We tried Thompson's Water Seal, but it hasn't lasted. The deck is about 4 years old and looks 10 at least.

 

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Manual for Welbilt Bread Machine Model ABM 3900I need the manual for the Welbilt bread machine, model ABM 3900. Can someone help me please?

 

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Will Deadheading Chives Encourage More Leaf Growth?Should chive flowers be clipped to keep chives coming?

 

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Breaker TrippingI have a 7.5 Kw motor started by a control circuit with breaker. The breaker is tripping while I stop the motor. What is the cause for this?

 

Long sleek light colored lizard with dark markings

What Type of Lizard is This?I live in the panhandle of Texas and am wondering what type of lizard this is. He has lived under my porch for over 3 years :)

 

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Homemade Indoor Insect RepellentIs there a such thing as a green/natural homemade insect repellent for indoors?

 

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