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How to Use Online Auctions and Not Get...This is a page about how to use online auctions and not get burned. Online auctions can be a great way to find bargains, but there are always risks when buying items on online auction sites. Safely buying and selling on online auction sites like eBay can be a great way to save or even make money.
Making Spaghetti Sauce With Fresh TomatoesThis page contains tips and recipes for making spaghetti sauce from fresh tomatoes.
Tomato CrostiniYou can also finish with a topping of some fresh finely shredded Parmesan cheese before baking too ;-)
Spinach and Tortellini SaladGreat spring/summer time salad.
Georgia GumboA great way to use your summer garden produce. I cut this recipe out of some newspaper years ago and just recently found it again in my recipes. Tried it last summer and it was delicious.
Miss Etta's Fourth of July PicklesYou make these wonderful pickles using whole dill pickles that already have a lot of the work done. You just buy them at the store in gallon jars
Lamb Chops ParmesanThese are tender and yummy.
Potato Crust PizzaA different way to make 'pizza.' I enjoy this, because I actually am not a big bread person. I have been known many times to eat the topping off regular pizza and leave the crust.
Strawberry Parfait PieGreat summer dessert.
Nancy Reagan's Pumpkin Pecan PieHaven't made this yet, but sounds like a great combo for next fall, when family want both pumpkin and pecan pies.
Sharpen Scissors with Scrubbing PadTo sharpen scissors, simply cut through metal scrubbing pads and continue until your scissors are sharp. I have done this for years, and it works well for me.
Getting the Last of the Butter From TubWhen I make instant mashed spuds, corn, or anything that I want to enjoy with margarine, I sometimes find the tub is almost done with too little even for a spatula. So, I simply set it upside down on the top of the pan and let it melt.
Sunset on the Mississippi River (New Orleans, LA)We were sailing out of New Orleans down the Mississippi River on June 4th, 2011 when I took this photo from the deck of the ship Carnival Triumph. It turned out so beautiful I am thinking of enlarging and framing it.
Sand Paper as Nail FileSometimes I forget to bring along a nail file or emery board. I have found that if I get a little bit of sandpaper and wrap it around something like a toothpick, it will provide enough of an edge for me to file down the ragged edge of one of my nails.
Dish Drainer Rack for StorageTake the insides of an old dishwasher and use it for filing folders, letters, etc. Some can also be used to store pot lids. The racks are plastic coated for easy cleaning, and instead of a stack of papers that you have to go through, you now have a neat easy to spot folders.
Morris (Cat)Morris is a 3 year old kitty cat. He is one of Callie's kittens, and this is my granddaughter, Sunshine, trying to reach him. Morris loves to play outside, and chase all the little critters. He was also checking out Sunshine and her new pool.
Hand Washing Sweaters and DelicatesI grew up doing laundry the old-fashioned way for the most part, but today, I use the convenience of automatic washer and dryer for everything except nice sweaters and delicate clothing, which I still treat the way my mother taught us to do.
Giving Pills to DogsWhen I give medicine to any of my dogs, I crush them in a bowl and spread them on the food. Then, I put a small dollop of any pure meat (beef, chicken, etc.) in the bowl with about a teaspoonful of warm water.
Wildlife: Tiger SwallowtailI photographed this tiger swallowtail butterfly, as it alighted on brilliant flowers. I asked him to pose for me, and he did!
Product Review: Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Baking MixesI am allergic to gluten and have had to make big adjustments in my eating habits. Cutting out wheat flour has been one of the hardest tasks I have ever tackled. Wheat is in about everything.
Makeshift Kitchen ShelfSince I can't see outside while doing the dishes, I can at least enjoy my pretties. This board was 3 inches wide and $.30 per foot, at 6 feet it was only $1.80, and the cans were free, with the contact paper $.50 for a roll of 50 feet.
Removing Orange Glo from Laminate FlooringTo remove it, I used Simple Green at full strength on a small area. It worked great. Spray a small section, and let stand a few minutes. Take a damp cloth and wipe up the wax. Continue with this process until you have completed the waxed areas.
Product Review: Awesome CleanerI read someone product review on ThriftyFun and decided to try it. I am so impressed! I tried it on a spot on the carpet. Just sprayed it on and used a brush to just wipe away the stain.
Keep Pets Safe and Happy on July FourthKeep your pets inside on the night of July 4th. Anytime the fireworks are going off, keep them in and give them a Kong filled with peanut butter. It is like a puzzle with food in it, the pet has to figure it out.
Scenery: MacMillan Creek (Conesus, New York)One of my favorite ATV riding areas is MacMillan Creek, Conesus NY. It is one of the many creeks, streams, and springs that feed Conesus Lake, the western-most "Finger Lake".
Reuse Meat Tray for Art ProjectsStyrofoam meat trays or plates make great bases for children's drawings or decoupage projects.
Children's Hats from Scrap DenimIf you have small pieces of scrap denim, you can construct a simple hat for children in no time at all! This pattern shape can also be modified to create a skull cap!
Shake-A-Leg MagnetsGive your fridge color with some cute magnets and let Uncle Sam bring in the 4th of July. With a few scrap supplies and glue or thread, you can whip these up in no time.
Things to Do With Kids in New Orleans?My husband and I are planning a vacation to New Orleans for a week with our toddler and teen. We've never been there and aren't into latenight partying and drinking. I've heard there's lots of things for a family do, but wondered if I could get any ideas or tips from you guys.
How Long Are Dogs in Heat?How long will dogs be in heat?
My Dog Keeps Smacking His Lips?I have a 3 year old German Shepherd, and he recently started smacking his lips a lot. A friend of mine said they do that when they have to pee, but he does it even if he has just been out. I am just wondering if anyone has ever encountered this issue with their own dog?
Cleaning Matte Finish Vinyl Flooring?In my new home, the vinyl flooring has a matte finish (slip resistant?). When I try to use a dust mop there is a definite dragging feel to the movement of the mop on the flooring. Is there any special product that I should use with this type of vinyl?
Can Frozen Cabbage Be Eaten Raw?Can frozen cabbage be eaten raw, like for cole slaw?
Cleaning Wood Floors?What is the best way to clean wood floors?
Shopping for Lester Oil?Were can I buy Lester oil?
Choosing the Best Roller for Painting with Gloss Paint?When painting with gloss do I use a fluffy or smooth roller?
15th Birthday Ideas?My birthday is July 12 and I am turning 15 and have no idea what to do. Can anyone help? It needs to be fun for my boyfriend and for my best friend.
Using a Steam Mop on Laminate Flooring?We just bought an older, refurbished home. The contractor/flipper put dark laminate flooring in the livingroom and bedrooms. I have always had reservations about this type of flooring, because of the water spotting, etc. Has anyone successfully used a steam mop on laminate?
Planning a Trip to Six Flags St. Louis?Next week I am taking my kids (ages 16, 13, and 11) to Six Flags St. Louis. Can anyone share anything they found in Six Flags that was an unexpected treat? What about in the area around Six Flags, like in St. Louis or between there and Springfield or Peoria, IL?
Weeds Taking Over Wild Flower Gardens?I am having trouble with kosha weeds and sunflowers taking over my wildflower garden patch. Are there any other alternatives to hand weeding?
Removing Blueberry Stains from Carpet?What will remove blueberry stains from carpet?
Kenmore Side by Side Ice Maker Quit Working?I just moved into a condo and the ice maker worked fine for the first few days then stopped. Does anyone know how to fix it? Please and thanks for any help you may be able to give to me.
Being Denied Visits with Grandchildren?Why is it that when your child is angry with you; they deny you access to your grandchildren? It's that way with my children. I don't think it's one bit fair. My grandchildren love me. It only hurts them. They miss me.
Removing Scalded Milk Stain from Pot?I heated onion soup with milk and let it boil over. I immediately soaked the pan in hot soapy water. I cannot get the stain off my pot. I have hand washed it, used steel wool, run it though the dishwasher multiple times and nothing works. Help please!