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Setting Up a Carpool to WorkThis is a page about setting up a carpool to work. Carpooling or ride-sharing is a great way to save gas when commuting to daily activities. If your co-workers live near you or on the way to work it can be easy to set up a carpool for getting to and from work.
Learning Self DefenseThis is a page about learning self defense. You never know when you might need to rely on yourself to get out of a dangerous situation. Learning self defense can teach you the skills you need to protect yourself.
Choosing a Good CharityThis is a page about choosing a good charity. There are many great charities to give to throughout the world. However, some do a better job of making good use of your donation money than others.
Replacing a Bathroom Faucet?This is a page about replacing a bathroom faucet. Whether you are replacing a worn out fixture or just updating the look of your bathroom sink, a faucet fixture can add functional style to your family's bathroom.
Easy Summer SaladEasy to assemble and delish to eat, enjoy!
Easy Pineapple CakeThis is a very easy cake to make and even easier to eat. Make it ahead of time, and refrigerate for a day or overnight to allow flavors to combine and be at their very best. Cool and delicious treat for hot summer days.
Ham and Scalloped PotatoesAn old stand-by of my mom's.
Cranberry SaladGreat for holidays or any time.
Hot Weather Cold TacosCold tacos are simple, quick and nice in hot weather or a quick snack, brunch or lunch.
Roasted Red Pepper RelishSomeone here just requested a recipe for roasted red pepper relish and I recently just tried it for the first time from an old Bon Appetite magazine. The request motivated me to stop being a procrastinator and type it up to share.
Chicken StrataGood, hearty meal for cool weather, which we will be having here in Iowa before we know it!
Vegetable Beef SoupA hearty, healthy soup recipe to try on a cool autumn day! Let it simmer and your whole house will smell wonderful.
Using Whole Milk to Remove Red Wine StainsThe best solution I've found for red wine stains is whole milk. I just soak the stain in milk and rinse with cool water. Sometimes it takes more than one application and it won't work on old stains, but it usually works with fresh ones.
Club Soda or SunlightThere are two things that work for me. You can pour white wine or club soda water on the spots that have the red wine, let it set for a bit and wash the tablecloth. Or if you can, hang the tablecloth out in the sunlight, it too helps to get rid of the stain.
Roxxy (Dog)Roxxy is 8 months old, we got her from the animal shelter. She loves to take long walks and she loves playing out in the yard. She loves attention!
Stretching Coffee with EspressoAs coffee prices rose, I started using less, but it didn't taste as good. Now I have started to experiment with espresso. I added it a little at a time, until I got a great smelling, tasting, flavorful cup that is satisfying.
Wildlife: Turtles And Cormorant At Swan Lake...Swan Lake Gardens is a favorite place for relaxing in Sumter, SC. There are walkways, and beautiful flowers, but my favorite things are the butterflies, birds and water fowl. I didn't even notice the cormorant when I snapped this picture.
Scenery: Beautiful Country (West Virginia)This is the view from our backyard. It is beautiful in the spring and summer.
In Memory of Desmond Morton Bird (Cat)This is a picture of our darling cat, Desmond Morton Bird. He came to us as a stray, thus we cut an opening in the side of our garage as a safe place for him from the cold and other animals. Later he came in the house to live with us for about 10 years.
White PeacockMale peacocks are very handsome birds - sadly the female is quite dowdy in comparison. When the male is ready to mate, he displays his beautiful feathers and waves them like a fan to attract the female - obviously she rarely resists the attention.
KatydidThis katydid appeared to be lost as it sat on our picture window looking I don't know where, but it seemed to be looking in as if to be asking directions to the garden.
Container Gardening on a DeckI am getting older and working on my knees to garden is getting harder for me so I studied up on container gardening and added these colorful items to my deck. When the plants flower and ripen, it will add much more color.
T-shirt for Soon-to-be Big Brother or SisterShort-circuit sibling rivalry! When you know a new baby is coming into a home with an older child, make a personalized t-shirt for the older one(s) using plain t-shirts and fabric paint.
Renting an ApartmentHow much can you afford to pay for an apartment each month? Understand that most apartment complexes want a first and last month's rent or first month's rent and a security deposit.
My Frugal Life: Thrifty is a Wonderful ThingI live on a tight budget. My family doesn't have much money, but I manage to stretch the money we do have in some creative ways that enable us to pay our bills, take care of all our needs, and still have some fun.
Plastic Dartboard for CrayonsThis was not being used anymore because the kids could not get the darts to stick on it. They would throw the darts at the board, and the darts would hit sideways and fall to the ground.
Cleaning Paint RollersI clean my paint rollers and remove them from the arm of the roller. Paint still remains of course. So, I put the roller in a large plastic Ziploc bag and freeze it. The next time I need a roller, I let the bag defrost or take the frozen roller and put it in hot water.
No Effort FundraisersA myriad of companies offer fundraising for "shopping you'd do anyway." If you're involved in your school's fundraising, check out some of these businesses and sign up. Even one shopper could earn a few dollars, and every school can use those.
Store Paprika In RefrigeratorPaprika has always been the first spice to end up with bugs in it. If you will keep it in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator from the time you buy it until the last of it is used, you'll probably never see a bug.
Use Flat Bottom Sled for Garden WasteI use a flat bottom sled for garden waste. I find it very easy to pull all year round, and it holds tools as well as garden weeds. I put an old dog leash on the sled by using hooks through each end to put through the holes on each side of the sled.
Saving Water is ImportantI lived where saving water was very important. The city had only one source of water. If the lake from which it came was low, no water. So yes, I learned of the water police; they watch, fine, and can even put a lien on your property.
Use Short Grained "Pudding" Rice For RisottoArborio or carnaroli rice, the kinds that cookbooks recommend for making risotto, are extremely expensive. I always use ordinary short-grained white rice which is much, much cheaper, the kind called "pudding rice" in Britain as that's what it's generally used for.
Use Facecloths to Keep CoolThe heat in Europe is fierce these days, and I had been suffering until I remembered a trick I learned in Africa, but is surely well known in the southern USA.
Leave Blouses ButtonedI have arthritis and don't like tight clothes; so, even my cotton blouses are loose. That means that when they are buttoned, I leave them that way all the time. They are easy to get over your head like a T-shirt, easy to leave on the hanger, and easy to throw on when you don't have much time.
Rock Filled Plastic Bottles in ToiletPut rocks in plastic bottles. Place the bottles inside the back of your toilet so that they take up space, and the water fills the tank faster. By doing this, you use less water to fill the toilet tank and save $!
Snowman Plant StakeNeed something to brighten up someone's room, but they don't have shelf space? How about a plant stake? He can also be made to hang on a wall.
Zipper FixAs a fix, I have rubbed a #2 pencil on the zipper. It sometimes does the trick. Also you can try rubbing the zipper with bar soap. Anything is worth a try so you won't have to replace the zipper.
Pour Boiling Water Over StainFor a red wine stain, place the cloth item over a large bowl so it is stretched over the rim. Boil water in a tea kettle and pour over the fabric from about a foot away. Keep the cloth item stretched tight so it doesn't go to the bottom of the bowl.
Using Manila Rope for a Cat Scratching Post?Can manila rope be used for a scratching post?
Collecting Child Support from Social Security After Parent Dies?If my ex-husband died and he still owed a lot of back child support can I still receive support from his social security?
Previously House Trained Dog Pooping on the Floor?My 6 year old Maltese is potty trained and has started pooping on the floor at any given time. We are a busy family, but nothing has recently changed. There is no certain time that this problem takes place.
Keeping Cats Off Counters at Night?When I get up in the morning there's always at least one cat on the counter, often two. I have to scrub the counter before I can start my day. Any suggestion on how to keep cat off the counters at night? During the day I just move them off the counter.
Removing Kool-Aid Stains from Carpet?How do I get Kool-Aid stains out of carpet?
Freezing Raw Eggs Mixed with Other Meatloaf Ingredients?I am wanting to use my favorite meatloaf recipe and make a freezer dinner kit. In several sandwich size freezer bags, I plan on mixing some of the ingredients then putting all in a larger freezer bag.
Recycling a Class "A" Motorhome?Where can I get rid of my Class A motor home for salvage/junk?
Causes of Itchy Scalp Other Than Dandruff?My scalp is extremely itchy, there is no dandruff. I just started using a new shampoo and conditioner. I have used this shampoo and the conditioner before, but it's been awhile. Could it be the cause of my itchy scalp?
Shopping for Spatini?I live in Aberdeen, Maryland. I want to know where I can buy Spatini? Can I order it somewhere if it is not available locally?
Replacing Land Line with Basic Cell Phone?I want to have a cell phone for my home, no texting, just a basic cell phone. Any ideas? I had Triple Play with Comcast and after my contract expired my monthly rate went up about 70% so I dropped phone service.
Uses for a Vintage Purse?The only thing I have of my paternal grandmother's, is a vintage purse. Does anybody have any suggestions for what I could keep in it, so that it has a purpose?
Removing Vaseline Stain on Satin Pillow?How do I get Vaseline off a satin pillow?
Choosing Flowers for Flower Boxes?I am looking for some new ideas for my flower boxes for next spring. I have been using begonias.
Finishing OSB as Wallboard?I have OSB for my walls, and I can not afford to put up sheetrock or paneling over it. Can anybody give me some suggestions on what I can do?
Craft Projects Using Pringle Cans and Medicine Bottles?I am looking for suggestions on how to use 2 dozen Pringle cans and a couple hundred assorted sizes of prescription medicine bottles. This collection is added to constantly so I have an unlimited supply and I've run out of ideas.
House Trained Dog Sometimes Urinates on Furniture?My dog has been trained to go out side to do his business. The problem is he sometimes urinates inside. Most of the time he does really well, then he starts peeing on everything. He knows better and does go outside.
Freezing Cauliflowers and Green Beans?How do you freeze cauliflowers and green beans? Do you have to blanch them first or can you freeze them without blanching?
Hearing Aids for Low Income Seniors?My husband's parents are 89 and 90 years old and badly in need of hearing aids. They are on a low income ($1000.00 a month). We tried the American Legion with no response and Medicare does not cover them. Our question is, does anyone have any other suggestions?
Child Support and Social Security?Can the state make you pay child support when the child also gets money from my SSA check?
Homemade Weed Killer Recipe Containing Gin?What is the weed killer recipe that includes gin?
Freezing Pears?Can I freeze pears and if so how?
PDA Hotsync Issue?I have an older PDA (Palm m505) that doesn't sync correctly. When I do a hot sync, it transfers all the data except the date book (calendar). Does anyone have any suggestions?
Getting Rid of Mice in the Kitchen?I live in Florida, in my dad's house that I just inherited. We have noticed over a 2 week period that something chewed a hole in the bread and a hole in the cabinet under the sink for the purpose of eating the garbage in the trash can.
Treating Heartworm in Dogs?I have a young Sheltie that I recently got from an owner that did not provide heartworm prevention. I do not actually know if Blue has heartworms or not, but need a less expensive preventive treatment than the vet offers.
Freezing Ricotta Cheese?Can you freeze ricotta cheese?
Dog Is Scratching Off Her Hair?I have a female 57 variety dog. She is about 10 yrs old and very nervous. We have had her since she was 6 months old. She is frightened of everything and everybody.
Aluminum Can, Glass Bottle, and Bottle Cap Craft Ideas?I want to make crafts out of recycled things and sell them. Everyone needs a little money now and then! How can I make things out of recycled aluminum cans, glass bottles, or bottle caps?
Removing Crayon from Dried Clothes?I washed and dried a crayon and now it is all over the clothes. How do I get it out?
Oven Canning?What is canning in the oven? How do you go about doing this? I have for a long time been interested in canning. This may be something I may want to do.
Shucking Corn on the Cob?What is the easiest, best way to shuck corn? I need to know how to get all the silk off short of pulling each strand. Thanks!
Advice for Painting Kitchen Cabinets and Walls?20 yrs ago we bought an old house in the country and remodeled most of it by ourselves. My husband built knotty pine cabinets in the kitchen to give the room that rustic look. I am so tired of them as all of the ceilings in the house are also pine and the kitchen is so drab.
Homecoming Float Ideas: Devils Vs Blue Devils?For homecoming this year we are playing the Aggies (Devils). We are the Blue Devils. Does anyone have an idea for our float?
Reusing Older Cell Phones?Why can't we use old cell phones again, even though they are a bit out of date? Is there no way to re-use them ourselves?