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Cleaning a LampshadeThis is a page about cleaning lampshades. Lampshades are often overlooked when doing routine cleaning which can cause them to look drab and dirty.
Oatmeal Pancake RecipesThis is page contains oatmeal pancake recipes. Oatmeal pancakes tend to be a little healthier but still can taste wonderful.
Throwing a Neighborhood Garage SaleThis is a page about throwing a neighborhood garage sale. Organizing a neighborhood garage sale can be a fun and lucrative event. There are many things to coordinate to have a successful sale.
Apple Pie RecipesApple Pie is delicious and a great way to use up any extra apples you have. This page contains apple pie recipes.
Teaching Children Good Manners?This is a page about teaching children good manners. Ill-mannered children can make everything from life at home to running errands very difficult. Teaching them good manners will not only make you happy, they will be happier too.
Cream Cheese Crescent SquaresThis is such a quick little dessert to make. It is good for the house or for a church function. They are real addictive once you start eating them.
Pineapple Meringue CakeThis is a very easy cake to make, although the instructions and other "lessons" I've included makes it look long and difficult. I promise you that it's not at all. It is delicious and well worth learning to make for your special friends and family.
Cilantro Salad DressingThis tastes especially refreshing on a hearts of romaine, avocado, cucumber, and halved cherry tomato salad!
Barbecued MeatballsThese are so good!
My Frugal WaysI am a single mom of two awesome boys. I am always looking for ways to be frugal. I hang clothes to dry, make food from scratch, and I never turn down clothes, etc. for my boys and me when someone has them to share.
Wildlife: Fawn (Elk Neck State Park, MD)We went away for the weekend, and we stopped at Elk Neck State Park in North East Maryland. Along the side of this road was a brave little fawn that didn't seem to notice that we stopped our car right next to her.
Belladonna (Cane Corso Mastiff)Belladonna is a 4 year old Cane Corso Mastiff. I rescued Belladonna from a Rescue Center in Tennessee. Bella had been badly treated growing up, so a concerned citizen had rescued her.
Thrifty EntertainmentI like to note all the restaurants in my area that have "Kids Eat Free" nights and capitalize on those. I also arrange play dates around the summertime "Free Summertime Movies" at our local theatres.
Fourth Of July Apple PieOn the 4th, a friend brought over this Apple Pie, hot from the oven. How special for us. We had no plans for the 4th holiday as everyone was here for Memorial Day.
Store Screws on Magnet When Assembling ToysTo keep screws from getting lost when putting toys together, it helps to have some kind of magnet. It could be a refrigerator magnet, turned upside down, with the magnetic part facing upward.
Scenery: Mountain Life (Campbell Folk School)I took this picture while visiting the John C. Campbell Folk School in the Appalachian mountains. A reminder for us to be thankful for those things we may take for granted, like indoor plumbing and washing machines.
Grow Your Small Change At The SupermarketAt most supermarkets, using reusable bags can earn you 5 cents per bag. With 4 bags, that's a 20 cent savings each time you shop. If you shop once a week and use 4 bags, that works out to about $12 per year.
Place Sour Cream in a ZiplocI always use a baggie to fill my deviled eggs, so I thought "why not try using a baggie to put the sour cream on my tacos and wraps". It is fantastic! You can evenly distribute the sour cream with no fuss or broken shells.
Crush Stems of Woody Cut FlowersThe mock orange have woody stems. In order to prepare them to draw more water in the vase, I crush the stems with a hammer. The flowers can last longer that way.
Pip (Calico Cat)Pip is an 8 year old calico cat. I found her as a tiny kitten one very hot day while taking a walk. She was huddled on the sidewalk in the corner of a downtown building.
Pan ReleaseUse to keep cakes from sticking to pan.
Organizing ChangeAs the treasurer for a small community group, I often have to carry heavy bags of coins to the bank. To lighten my load, I take the coins to my workplace - a pizza store - and exchange them for notes.
Organizing Legos with DrawersI organize my Legos with a set of drawers I found at Home Depot that were designed to be hung on a peg board wall. The little drawers are great! You can remove them easily. I sort them by size and color. It is a great help when putting together a large project.
Read What Is Interesting to YouWhen I was a tutor, I coaxed reluctant readers with reading material keyed to their interests. A teen girl might like a fan magazine or the entertainment section of the newspaper. A boy might like Sports Illustrated or the newspaper sports page.
Bamboo Jungle (Cherokee, NC)We were in Cherokee, NC last October (at the base of the Smokies), and came across this bamboo jungle in a park. I loved it so much, that I had to snap a picture of it.
Bamboo Fiber Decorative BowlOne of my closest friends is an artist, and finding a birthday gift for her is always a challenge. This year, I decided to make a personalized gift with the help of some decoupage techniques.
Get Children To Read By ExampleYou as a parent/guardian are most important to the equation. Your time and interest will spark your child's.
Keep Grocery List in Cell PhoneI use the "note" section in my cell phone for my grocery list. I carry my phone everywhere so I am certain not to forget my list.
Cost Effectiveness of Solar Water Heating and Rain Filtration Systems?What's the cost and trouble if I try to put in a solar water heating system and rain filtration system? I want to install them as the main sources in our cabin. Could someone tell me their experience with regard to time and money? Thanks.
Planting Lawn Alternatives?What could I plant to replace the grass? I am old and don't want to cut grass anymore. Thank you.
Removing Old, Dusty Smell from Cabin?We just bought a cabin and I was wondering how to get that old, dusty smell out. I've cleaned but each time we go there it smells like dusty old wood. Any suggestions?
Lime Out Left Stain on Chrome Faucet?I put a Lime Away type product (called Lime Out) on a chrome kitchen sink faucet and was distracted by a phone call. When I returned to the sink to rinse it, the product had left a stain on the chrome.
Cleaning a Burned Stainless Steel Pan?How do I remove the stain from a stainless steel fry pan? The burnt on food has been removed, but the stain is still there. An help would be appreciated.
Electric Services in South Texas?What is the best electric service for south Texas?
Basic Spaghetti Cake Recipe?I am looking for a basic spaghetti cake recipe. All I can tell you is that it did not take much. The ingredients include spaghetti, of course, sugar, and eggs, not half of the stuff I see included on the internet.
Cleaning Pleated Fabric Shades?Does anyone know a way to clean the horizontally pleated fabric shades? They are so expensive to have cleaned, but I am afraid the pleats will come out if I clean them myself.
Growing Buttercup Squash?I planted two buttercup squash plants. They are now huge and there is an 8" to 10" green squash growing. Is this a summer squash or a winter squash? I have also planted butternut squash which I always have. I know this is a winter squash and when ripe has a light brown/tan outer skin.
Dog Has Diarrhea?My dog has diarrhea. She has had it for 3 days. I am giving her Pedialite. What should I do? Why is this happening?
Getting Rid of Dog Odors in a Kennel?How do you get rid of excessive dog odor in a kennel? We have English bulldogs, and sometimes the dog odor is almost unbearable. It is not a urine or feces odor, but just the dog smell. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Painting Trim Around Brown Windows?The previous owner put in all brand new windows right before we bought our house, which is great, but she chose brown trimmed windows, with brown grids and they sit in a brown window trim.
Highlighting Brown Hair With Lemon Juice?What is the best way to highlight brown hair with lemon juice but without it turning orange?
Cleaning Garbage Disposal Splash Guard?I am trying to clean the top of my garbage disposal splash guard. It is dull gray and I can't get it clean enough to make it look black again. Any suggestions?
Freezing UHT Milk?Can we freeze and refreeze UHT milk? If yes, how long can we keep it frozen?
Remedy for Skin Damaged by Apricot Scrub?I guess I over-exfoliated or did it too roughly. I have sensitive skin that is more delicate now that I am 39. After doing this, I can now see all the pores and it almost looks like there are small tears or scars or something where too much skin was rubbed off.
Canning Summer Squash?How do you can fresh summer squash?
Mowing Thyme?Do we have to lawn cut our thyme every year?
Name Ideas for Commercial Cleaning Business?My sister-in-law and I want to start our own business, cleaning small office buildings, churches, post construction sites, and rental property. I want a name that will be taken seriously, but is cute and witty.