August 17, 2011

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Antique alphabet sampler.

Protecting Heirloom NeedleworkThis is a page about protecting heirloom needlework. If you are fortunate enough to own one or more pieces of heirloom needlework, you want to protect it and extend its life even more.

 

Various Spices in Containers on Wooden Background

Organizing SpicesThis is a page about organizing spices. Spices can quickly take up more space in your kitchen than you may have intended. Keeping your spices organized helps to reduce their storage footprint and makes them easier to locate while you are cooking.

 

House Fly

Getting Rid of House FliesThis is a page about getting rid of house flies. House flies are a nuisance and unsanitary. Getting rid of house flies is easy if you use the proper methods.

 

A skunk getting ready to spray.

Removing Skunk Smell from a DogThis is a page about removing skunk smell from a dog. Skunk spray is oily and can be tough to remove from your dog's fur. Luckily there are ways to remove the odor without harming your pet.

 

Glass stemmed dish filled with red and white candy cane cookies.

Candy Cane Cookies RecipesCandy cane cookies for many of us are a Christmas tradition. If you are looking for a new variation or are planning to bake these fun favorites for the first time you will be needing a recipe. This page contains recipes for candy cane cookies.

 

Photo of a man painting his house.

Removing Paint Stains from ClothingPaint stains can be difficult to remove, especially if they are allowed to dry. Depending on the type of paint stain, you will want to use different stain removal methods. This is a page about removing paint stains from clothing.

 

Small stack of nectarines against white background.

Peeling NectarinesThis is a page about peeling nectarines. Mid to late summer is stone fruit season. Nectarines are are a delicious variation on the peach and oh so sweet. When peeling fruit you want to remove only the skin and retain as much fruit as possible.

 

Lady Bug on a Green Leaf

Identifying Beneficial Garden InsectsThis is a page about identifying beneficial garden insects. With the multitude of bugs flying and crawling around your garden, it can be difficult to know which are best to have near or on your plants. Knowing which insects to keep can be very helpful.

 

A variety of lettuce.

Storing LettuceThis is a page about storing lettuce. Lettuce is best when it is crisp. Storing your lettuce properly will keep it from wilting and help maintain its flavor.

 

Removing Your Fingernail Polish, Lady Removing nail polish

Removing Nail Polish From Your NailsRemoving all of your nail polish can be challenging, especially when removing polish in deep colors. This page has tips about how to easily remove nail polish from your fingernails.

 

Yard Sale Sign

Making Garage Sale SignsThis is a page about making garage sale signs. Garage sale signs are one of the best ways to advertise your sale. Making your sign standout from all the rest is key to getting the "garage salers" to come your way.

 

Two brown eggs, one peeled part way, on white background.

Peeling Hard Boiled EggsHard boiled eggs are a delicious protein rich snack and an ingredient in many recipes. However, sometimes rather than a cleanly peeled egg you are left with a mess of ragged egg white stuck to the shell.

 

Brush cleaning charcoal grill

Cleaning a Charcoal BBQ GrillThis is a page about cleaning a charcoal grill. Nothing says summer better than a good ol' BBQ! Cleaning your charcoal grill is a necessary yet tedious task. Keeping your grill clean will extend it's life.

 

Leftover food in containers in the fridge.

Freezing LeftoversThis is a page about freezing leftovers. One problem many people have is getting a chance to eat leftovers before they go bad. One option is to freeze them until you are ready to eat them.

 

Garage Sale Sign in Front of House Having a Sale

Promoting Your Garage SaleThis is a page about promoting your garage sale. Having a garage sale can be be a lot of work with little reward if very few people show up. Promoting your garage sale will help ensure you have a successful sale.

 

Saving Money at Disneyland, Entrance to Disneyland Park

Saving Money at DisneylandDisneyland is special destination for everyone, young and old. However, the trip can quickly become expensive, especially when you are buying tickets and souvenirs for the whole family. This is a page about saving money at Disneyland.

 

Women Exercising at Gym

Saving Money on Gym MembershipsThis is a page about saving money on gym memberships. A gym membership is a perfect way to get in shape, meet new people, and spend time with your family. However, they can often be big drain on your budget.

 

Group of Generic Hair Products

Organizing Your Hair ProductsThis is a page about organizing hair products. From hairspray and mousse to stiffeners and de-tanglers, the average bathroom has a lot of hair products. Save space and find what you are looking for by organizing your hair products.

 

Pile of Old Books for Sale

Selling BooksThis is a page about selling books. From making room for new books to getting rid old text books, selling books is a perfect way to get some extra cash. Whether online or at a garage sale, there are many ways to sell your old books.

 

Recipes

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Rocky Road Ice Cream SpecialDelicious! Yummy! To DIE for! What more can I say.

 

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Cilantro Lime MarinadeI am on a cilantro kick this summer and just tried this. I love it as a marinade for grilling kabobs, but it doesn't need to be used only for kabobs! This is enough marinade for about 1 1/2 pounds of shrimp or skinless chicken any way you choose to grill it.

 

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Fig PreservesMy family is trying to limit their refined sugar intake, and I have been experimenting with different products. Found one that I used in making fig preserves, and it tastes just like what my Mom used to make when she used sugar.

 

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Fresh Peach CobblerPreheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine peaches and 1 cup sugar; set aside. Melt margarine in a 9x13 inch glass dish. Combine all remaining ingredients; mix until all lumps are gone.

 

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Crunch Coated Lemon ChickenThis recipe is simple and uses deglazing of the skillet to make a great sauce.

 

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Easy Shepherd's PieThis is one of those dishes you plan leftovers for - leftover mashed potatoes, in this case. Leftover fresh veggies are nice too.

 

Articles

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Organizing Kitchen CabinetsI live in a small apartment and have limited storage space. I love to bake and have lots of odd size pans and casserole dishes. I purchased several small plastic crates similar to a milk crate. These fit neatly in one lower cabinet.

 

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Snack Cup Pudding PopsTo make pudding pops from a snack size pudding cup, make a small cut in the top and put the Popsicle stick in it, then freeze. Pull off the foil when ready to eat.

 

A blank grocery list ready to be filled out.

Thrifty Grocery ShoppingI have found over the years that if I use a shopping list, I tend to spend less money. Depending on the layout of the store that you shop in, make up a form such as this one on your computer and save it so you can print one out any time you need it.

 

Finished sister card, two popsicle stick girls on a blue background with clouds

Sister's Day CardStep by step description of how to make a cute sister's day card using ice-cream sticks and simple household stationery.

 

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Used Vacuum For the GarageI don't spend money on those vacuums for the garage, workshop, etc. I buy the old working vacs from garage sales, for no more than $4.00. They do the job just as well.

 

George, Pomeranian Shih Tzu, Laying on bed

George (Pomeranian Shih Tzu)George is a 3 year old Pomeranian Shih Tzu. I got George from my sister-in-law He likes to tease the bigger dogs. He loves his bones and if there's a soft pillow nearby he will steal it. He is very friendly and sweet.

 

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Read Ebay's Rules FirstI would like to add a post for potential eBay Sellers. I was a seller on eBay. Read all of eBay rules and regulations BEFORE becoming a seller. The Buyer is fully protected, the Seller has next to nothing in protection from bogus bidders and/or buyers.

 

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Using Shoes Instead of Tennis Balls When Washing ComfortersI just threw my full down comforter in the washer along with several pair of heavy size 9 flip flops and toddler Keen sandals. I used low suds detergent and 1/2 cup vinegar to freshen things up.

 

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Ice Cube Trays for BeadsOrganizing beads is simple if you use an ice cube tray to keep them in.

 

Lots of Purple Chocolate Soldiers With Green Variegated Leaves

Garden: Chocolate Soldiers in AugustThese plants are called Chocolate Soldiers. A few were given to me by my friend Marshall. I knew him for many years. He was a large, kind and gentle man, the kind people say would give you the shirt of his back if need be.

 

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Read Labels and Avoid Marketing SchemesI, like so many other woman, will try almost anything. Then I noticed companies are betting on just that! Shaving cream for one example: it softens, has aloe or tons of other promises. Maybe they do, but is it worth the extra money you pay for it?

 

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Use Clarifying Shampoo for Greasy HairTo keep oily hair under control, I use a clarifying shampoo every other time I wash my hair. I always follow a thorough rinsing with a mixture of one quart water and 1/4 cup cider vinegar.

 

Ducks on a Log at East Lynn Lake, WV

Ducks (East Lynn Lake, WV)I took this picture in July at East Lynn Lake in Wayne County, West Virginia. This was our children's first camping trip. They loved the ducks and geese.

 

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Keep A Snake's Cage Secure"Make sure the cage is secure!" I always said to make sure the top screen is tight. My daughter said, "He won't leave his home." She was an older teen at the time, famous last words!

 

Chairlift at Canaan Valley WV

Travel: Chairlift (Canaan Valley, WV)We are just returning from a great vacation in Canaan Valley. This is the view coming down on the ride on the ski lift chair. The view was beautiful. Great place to visit. It is truly "Almost Heaven" WV.

 

Silhouetted Dragonfly on Flag Pole

Dragonfly on Flag PoleI wasn't sure these photos of this dragonfly would turn out well because of the cloudy day but decided to try and see what would happen. Glad I did because I was pleased by the wonderful results.

 

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Use Community Websites When Planning TripsA few years ago, I taught an "Introduction to the Internet" class for the Community Education Department of the local school district. The project I presented to the class was to "map out" the vacation of their dreams.

 

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Lemon Juice or Vinegar for Greasy HairMix the equivalent of the juice from 1 lemon with 1 cup water. Pour through your hair, and then rinse with warm water.

 

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Using Olive Oil and Aloe Vera for Stretch MarksCombine the following ingredients in a small container and place in the freezer until it solidifies.

 

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Dry Shampoo for Greasy HairBefore companies created the dry shampoo to use when you don't have time to wash your hair, I used baby powder. Just sprinkle sparingly on your head and massage into your scalp.

 

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Potpourri Packing Peanuts Scent JarIf you take a potpourri pot or a small jar and fill it with packing peanuts, then spray your favorite perfume on it, it will hold the scent and keep the room fresh. You can also use potpourri spray for this.

 

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Getting Rid of Bad Odors in the FridgeClear out everything, throw away any left overs, wash any containers that hold odor, all fruit, opened packages will and have absorbed the odor you want to get rid of.

 

A Maine Coon cat wrapped in a sleeping bag.

Merrill (Maine Coon)Merrill is a 5 year old Maine Coon. I got my cat almost four years ago from an old art teacher of mine.

 

Morning glory enveloping porch light with purple blooms.

Morning Glory VineNever expected this morning glory vine to climb up and devour our porch light, but it has.

 

Plant against a white trellis and glass decoration

My Frugal Life: Of Gardens and JournalsI found out this year how fun it can be to try new things in the garden. I have a new Patio Peach tree, which was given to me as a Mother's Day gift, and I have some beautiful wildflowers which I have had a wonderful time watching.

 

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Use Less Bleach In LaundryI was taught to put bleach in all my white loads for 3 reasons.

 

Grandpa and Grand Daughter Walking in Garden

Photo: Walking the GardenPapa gets lots of help in the garden. They walk it often as it grows and she learns so much.

 

Questions

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Cornsilk Loose Facial PowderAre the makers of Cornsilk Loose Facial Powder going to bring it back? It is the only facial powder that doesn't change the color of my makeup. I need it to come back!

 

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Transplanting a Lilac BushWhen is the best time to transplant a small lilac bush that has not bloomed yet? It has four separate shoots about three feet tall.

 

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Repairing Cloudy Headlight LensCould a Brillo pad be used to remove the film and oxidation that is on the lens? Also, I would not use much pressure, but the cloudiness seems to remain. I have used the toothpaste method and the baking soda method and neither helped.

 

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Peroxide to Whiten TeethDo you using full strength peroxide along with toothpaste to whiten teeth or do you dilute the peroxide?

 

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"0" Button Not Working on Microwave Touch PadI have a Sharp microwave oven model R-508HS. The "0" on the touch pad is not working. Any suggestions?

 

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Cat is Shedding and Has DandruffI have a 2 year old indoor cat and she is shedding more than normal and has dandruff on the top of her back. I haven't seen any bald spots or missing hair. She isn't scratching or acting abnormal. What can I do for her?

 

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Hard-Wired Smoke Detector Battery Keeps DyingOur only smoke detector is hard-wired into the ceiling. We have had 2 different smoke/CO detectors with battery backup. When a new battery is placed, it is fine for a few hours and then dies, causing the detector to chirp.

 

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Recipe for Subway FlatbreadI am looking for a recipe for flatbread like they sell at Subway.

 

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Azaleas Blooming in the SummerIt's summertime and hot here in Virginia. Why are my azaleas blooming in the summer?

 

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Liquid Hand Soap Recipe Using OxicleanI am looking for a recipe for 10 gallons of liquid soap. It used Oxiclean as well as the standard ingredients.

 

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Peeling and Eating a MangoHow do you peel or eat a mango?

 

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Is Borax Safe to Use Around Children?We have a horrible flea problem throughout our house and I have a 1 year old. I don't want to use chemicals and thought about using borax. After I apply it does anyone know if it is OK for my 1 year old to walk on the carpet with borax in it?

 

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Plumeria Not BloomingI have had two plumeria planted in a big pot for 10 years now. Should I transplant it or just add more soil for it to bloom? It has not bloomed in 3 years.

 

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Buy Now, Pay Later WebsitesI am looking for online shopping sites that offer installment billing.

 

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Planting a Rose Mallow PlantI need to know how to care for a rose mallow. I am in Twin Falls, ID. Where should I plant it? Does it need sun or shade? What soil conditions does it need? Does it need to be cut back?

 

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Theme Ideas for a Combined Birthday PartyMy aunt and I decided to have our 45th and 25th birthday parties together, but we can't decide on a theme that would be just right for the both of us. Any ideas?

 

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2nd Birthday Party Decoration IdeasI just moved to France and my daughter will be two years old on the 26th of this month. We want to celebrate her birthday, but we don't have a lot of money and I am not too good with house decorations.

 

Tableware set: white with red flowers and leaf spray around half of outside edge. The edges appear to be ruffled.

Determining the Value of a 1940s Tableware SetThese dishes are from the 1940s and have been in the family since then. The only mark on the bottom is "Made in USA". They are hand painted and rather pretty, but I have no idea if they are worth anything at all.

 

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White Flakes on ParsnipsI have parsnips in a box and they have what looks like dandruff. They also have a small black beetle with orange stripes on its back. What should I do?

 

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Transplanting LilacsCan lilac bushes be transplanted and if so, when should and how can this be done?

 

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Asking a Friend to Sadie HawkinsI need really good ideas for asking my friend to Sadies.

 

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Combining a Baby Shower and Wedding ReceptionMy daughter is getting married in November 2011. Their baby is due December 2011. Does anyone have any frugal tips for a baby shower/reception? The wedding is going to be at their church.

 

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Scrambled Eggs are WateryHow do you prevent watery scrambled eggs?

 

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