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August 9, 2011
Homemade Shampoo Recipes
This page contains recipes for homemade shampoo. Making your own shampoo not only can save money, but allows you to control the ingredients and fragrances or lack there of.
How to Attract Butterflies
Butterflies are welcome visitors to the garden. There are various ways to attract these delicate beauties. This guide is about how to attract butterflies.
This is a guide about canning mangoes. Mangoes are not always available year round. Canning them allows you to enjoy this tasty fruit even when it's out of season.
Organizing Sewing Supplies
This is a guide about organizing sewing supplies. Keeping all of your sewing supplies well organized makes working on each project easier.
Cleaning Picture Frames
This is a guide about cleaning picture frames. Picture frames are perfect dust catchers. Keeping them clean will allow you to show off your favorite pictures.
This is a guide about organizing batteries. With all of the different sizes of batteries, they can make for a jumbled mess. Getting them organized will make it easier to find the right one when the remote or flashlight stops working.
Organizing Camping Supplies
This is a guide about organizing camping supplies. When you go camping, you need to bring all sorts of supplies that you take for granted when you are at home; like equipment for cooking and cleaning, first aid, sleeping and more.
Saving Money on Sports Equipment for School
This is a guide about saving money on sports equipment for school. If your child plays sports at school, there are a lot of expenses for equipment. Finding ways to save on this equipment is important especially if they play more than one sport or you have more than one child.
Homemade Lip Balm Recipes
This page contains recipes for lip balm.Lip balm can protect your lips from the sun and keep them from getting chapped. If you use lip balm often, you can save money by making your own.
Baby Back Ribs Recipes
This page contains recipes for baby back ribs. Ribs are a staple of summer, whether cooked on the grill or in the oven.
Cleaning Bath Toys with Bleach
If they already have mold or mildew on them try to clean them before you throw them out. Follow these simple steps:
Organizing Playmobil Toys
This is a guide about organizing Playmobil toys. Playmobil sets are a favorite toy for children. Keeping all of those sets and their numerous pieces organized can be a project in itself.
Cleaning Bath Toys with Vinegar
Cleaning bath toys with a simple solution of vinegar and water will help get rid of bacteria and mildew. Vinegar is a natural option that is safe to use on your children's toys.
Cleaning Bath Toys
This is a guide about cleaning bath toys. Cleaning bath toys is important, so that they are sanitary for your kids. Over time they will build up soap scum, bacteria, and mold.
Keeping Rabbits Out of Your Garden
This is a guide about keeping rabbits out of your garden. Although cute, rabbits can be a real pest in the garden. They can quickly devour all of the plants you are growing.
Natural Remedy for Black Spots on Tomatoes
What can I do about black spots on tomatoes with out using chemicals?
Blanching Green Beans
What is the proper time to blanch green beans before freezing? One person said 1 minute and another said 3 minutes. Also, can I put them in a freezer bag or do I need actual freezing containers?
Keeping Carpets Clean with a Toddler
We are going to be moving into a new apartment in the beginning of September. I have a 10 month old who loves to make messes and the new carpets are white. My question is; does anyone have ideas or tips on how to keep the carpet (especially in the dining room area) clean?
Getting Rid of Mildew Smell on Leather Furniture
How do I get rid of a mildew smell on my leather furniture?
This is a guide about preventing dandruff. Nobody likes to have to deal with an itchy scalp or the flakes from dandruff. As with most things, prevention is the best way to deal with dandruff.
Previously House Trained Dog Peeing in the House
My 4 year old male, neutered Siberian Husky is peeing after being house trained. We lost his companion in 2008, and he and I suffered terribly. However, it didn't start then. Two years ago, my husband rescued a female Lab/Pit mix.
Housebreaking an Older Dog
How do I housebreak an older Min Pin?
Spartan Mayonnaise Manufacturer
Who makes Spartan mayonnaise?
Making a Large Batch of Fruit Salad
How much fruit salad is needed fro 150 people?
Making a Large Batch of Potato Salad
How many bags of potatoes are needed to make 6 gallons of potato salad?
Challenging a Decision Made by an HOA President
Our president of the HOA went ahead and proceeded to paint our curbs around the parking areas white and then removed some of the grass areas and replaced it with small stones.
Moth Ball Odor in Blanket Chest
How do I get rid of moth ball smell in a blanket chest? It is part cedar and part particle board. I did not want to damage the wood, so I have just been airing out the chest when the weather is nice.
What is Eating My Plants?
Something is eating certain leaves in my garden. I just potted a coleus plant on Sunday and something is eating that one already. I also have a sweet potato vine growing right near this and a full pot of basil, which are not touched at all.
Determining Amount of Raw Food to Feed Dogs
I have a 3 year old Husky and a German Shepherd puppy. The Husky hates store bought food. How much raw food do you feed them?
Removing Red Wine Stains from Carpet
This is a guide about removing red wine stains from carpet. If you drink red wine then you know that spills are going to eventually happen and they are very difficult to clean up. Red wine stains are one of the hardest stains to remove from any fabric.
Getting Family Members to Help Around the House
My kids and hubby rarely help out around the house. Does anyone have tips and ideas for getting family members to pitch in?
Planning a Wedding
I'm a male US Marine and I'm getting married in a year. I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on what I need to plan for it and the type of things to get. Something like a checklist would do perfectly. Thank you for your feedback.
Choosing Clothes to Wear to School
My kids are always changing their minds about their school clothes at the last minute. Any ideas how to get them to make a clothing decision and to stick to it so we aren't running late every morning?
Getting Kids Up and Ready for School
My kids are heading back to school soon. Does anyone have any tips on how to get everyone up and out in the mornings?
Choosing a Countertop Color
I have cappuccino colored cupboards, the flooring is a medium brown laminate with light brown grooves going threw, and my walls are a light brownish color with a burnt orange accent. I need to know what color quartz countertops to get.
Home Remedies for Termites
I need to get rid of termites. Does anyone know of any household products that will work? I'm looking for a way to get rid of them without buying the termite treatment in stores.
Manual for a Galloping Gourmet Convection Oven #AX-707
Where can I get a manual for my Galloping Gourmet convection oven, model AX-707?
Keeping a Play Table from Moving on Carpet
Any tips on keeping the plastic legs of a baby stationary play table from sliding across carpet when the baby stands and pushes on it?
This is another yummy recipe that is also fairly quick to fix.
Kidney Bean Salad
If you like kidney beans, you will like this salad.
Strawberry Custard Pie
I think this is a very different pie recipe, but it is very good.
Emergency Main Dish
This is a great quickie recipe. Mix partially-drained green beans with mushroom soup. Add corned beef hash. Pour into casserole.
Salvage Grocery Supplier in Pennsylvania
We are looking for a salvage grocery supplier for small country store near Franklin, PA. Our recent supplier is no longer able to take our orders. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
Refilling Down Pillows
Does anyone know a method to combine down pillows to bring them back to fullness? They have been laundered and fluffed. I think after a number of years they lose feathers. Any helpful hints are appreciated.
Freezing Green Tomatoes
Does anyone have experience with freezing green tomatoes? I would appreciate hearing your results. Thanks so much.
Keeping Birds from Eating Berries
How do you keep birds from eating your entire grape, blueberry, and blackberry crops. I didn't even get one!
Paint Color Ideas for Tan and Red Bathroom
We have a dark beige bathroom suite with lots of stained, tannish wood and a bright rusty red carpet. The tiles are white and dappled tannish. What colour should I paint the room?
Removing Paint from Carpet
How do you clean paint out of a carpet? It is orange paint on a cream carpet.
Determining if Spices are Still Good
If you find yourself debating on whether to use a spice that doesn't have an expiration date, try these methods to see if they are still good:
I have a very deep corner in my cabinetry where I put a slick linoleum tile on the counter top. I put my blender and my food processor on top of the tile and when I need them I just slide the tile out to the counter edge.
Shelf-Life Guidelines for Spices
Here are some general shelf-life guidelines for spices:
Winning the War Against Fruit Flies
Fruit flies invaded our home recently. We tried everything imaginable short of spraying chemicals. We put out a variety of concoctions such as apple cider vinegar, juice, etc. as traps to catch and drown them.
Few plants can rival the dramatic spring beauty of a wisteria vine in full bloom. With the right growing conditions and some occasional pruning, wisteria is a beautiful, fast growing vine - and a worthwhile addition to nearly any garden.
Make a hand-painted birthday card for a special family member.
Add Water To Votive Candle Holders
By pouring about one-fourth inch of water in the votive holder before adding the candle, I could easily remove the used candle and any wax that had accumulated before replacing it the next day.
Apple Pineapple Side Dish
Quick and easy to make, healthy, and delicious. This is a great accompaniment to a pork roast, or add a little more sugar, top with whipped cream or ice cream, and serve warm or cold as a dessert.
Attract Fruit Flies With Fruit
The best success I've had getting rid of fruit flies is to take a small bit of over ripe fruit, smoosh it in a small bowl, cover it with water, and leave beside your sink over night.
Baking Soda for Smelly Microwave
For years I have kept a small opened box of Arm and Hammer baking soda in my microwave oven. I completely remove the top of the box before putting it in the microwave.
Brush Your Dog's Teeth For A Healthier Dog
It is best to start with a puppy, if possible, but any age will do. Purchase toothpaste and a toothbrush made especially for dogs. Put a dab of toothpaste on toothbrush and attempt to softly brush along the sides of their mouth along the gum line, pulling the cheek out.
Check Outside of Home for Wasp's Nests
When leaving the house, take the time to look up and check the doorway of the back door, front door and side doors. I did, and was horrified to discover a wasp's nest.
Conditioning Recipe To Repair Damaged Hair
I worked at a spa for several years. This is my own recipe of things I have heard helped others over the years.
Craft: Chicken in a Jar
Take a Kerr or Mason jar, put in some egg noodles, a small stuffed chicken of your choice, and cap it! You can make a circular fabric topper to really "countrify" it.
Easy Corn on the Cob
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F, rinse your corn, husk and all, DO NOT shuck it. Place corn on oven rack and bake for 30 minutes. Use oven mitts or heat resistant gloves and remove husks.
Easy Stuffed Baked Potatoes on the Grill
I was bored with plain baked potatoes and had some leftover dip to use up, so I came up with this recipe.
Encouraging Houseplants to Bloom
The number one cause of failure to bloom is insufficient light. So if your houseplant isn't flowering, then your first move should be to increase the light level.
Garden: Columbine Memories
Due to losing my husband and my children not wanting me to be so far away, I had to move to the city. I miss my garden very much but it brings a smile to my face to be able to see the photos I have taken from that garden.
Last summer our roses were beautiful. This one was rooted off of one of my Mom's bushes. That bush is over 30 years old.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
This is a super simple way to save a ton of money that goes down the drain for everyone. This also reduces some of the chemical toxicity in the water. For a little work, you can make 20 gallons for less than $5!
My Little Bear Bear (Pomeranian)
A photo of my little Pomeranian who is now 18+ years old. He still plays like a puppy, even though he can't hear very well and has cataracts. He loves playing with the other dogs, and they know he is pretty special.
Passion Fruit Delight
Lovely on a hot summer's day; just serve with cream or ice cream.
Scenery: Smokey Mountains...
I travel to the beautiful Smokies at least twice a year. This was taken early one morning on Hwy. 441 between Cherokee, NC and Pigeon Forge, TN. Pictures do not do this justice.
Scenery: Sunset (Michigan)
This is an amazing Michigan sunset. I loved how the tree and the cornfield privided awesome definition in the photo. Seeing this sunset with my own eyes and being able to capture it with my camera was an "ahhh" moment for me.
Socks (Maine Coon)
Socks is a 2 year old Maine Coon. I got her and her sister (Queenie) from a friend of my grand daughter's. They were just 7 weeks old then; they are 2 years old now.
Stretching 13-Bean Soup Mix
I priced 13-bean soup mix recently and thought it was very expensive. I still had some at home. The recipe called for 2 cups of the mix. Instead I used 1/2 cup of the mix and 1/2 cup each of three kinds of cheaper beans I had on hand.
Family favorite, great for doubling and excellent for freezing!
Easy to make! Delicious to eat! Serve with cold meats or on sandwiches. Can be made with either green or ripe tomatoes. Overripe tomatoes (sometimes cheap to purchase) are ideal for this.
Tuscany Chicken with Half Naked Spaghetti
This is a recipe I came up with for my wife, because she had been working so I made dinner. The name "Half Naked Spaghetti" comes from no heavy sauces being used ...
Wait For Insurance to Pay on Medical Bills
Make sure to compare your medical/dental bill with your EOB (Explanation of Benefits). You may find that your insurance paid the entire bill, leaving with you a $0 amount in the section labeled "patient responsibility".
Wildlife: Hummingbird Moth (Litchfield County,...
I never saw one of these and didn't know what it was! They hover and feed like a hummingbird, hence the name. Kind of looks like a shrimp with wings!
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