September 9, 2011

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A cooked whole lobster.

Freezing LobsterThis is a page about freezing lobster. Lobster is an occasional treat for those of us who don't live near a seaport and none of it should be wasted. Using your freezer for storing lobster is a great way to preserve it for future celebrations or meals.

 

A man cleaning a window in his house.

Saving Money on Window CleanerThis is a page about saving money on window cleaner. Having clean windows makes everything outside look nicer. However, the cost of window cleaner can add up, especially if you have a lot of windows to clean.

 

A dog scratching his fleas.

Home Remedies for FleasFleas can be extremely difficult to get rid of when trying to avoid toxic remedies. With perseverance home remedies can work. This is a page about home remedies for fleas.

 

Recipes

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Easy MeatballsSimple, only 5 ingredients. Something I have been making for years for friends at pot luck dinners.

 

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Eggs GoldenrodMakes 2 hard boiled eggs go a long way.

 

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Cilantro Jalapeno Ranch SpreadThis is really tasty spread on veggies, crackers, or tortilla roll ups. If you would like to thin this to use as a dip, then change out the cream cheese to 4 ounces of cream cheese and 2 ounces of sour cream.

 

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Potato SconesSift flour, measure, and sift with baking powder and salt. Add mashed potatoes and shortening which have been creamed together.

 

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Starting an Antique BusinessWe had 2 stores while living in west Illinois. People look to you for answers and to be knowledgeable, but most of all they want no BS. Most people are not stupid, be fair, honest, help them all you can, and you will build a great reputation.

 

A table filled with antique nicknacks.

Reselling Antiques and CollectiblesSeveral of my friends are now making good, extra money re-selling used items and/or antiques and collectibles. Two of them are working an eBay store called Hollywood Junque.

 

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Safer Potato PeelingSo that you don't cut your fingers when using a potato peeler to peel potatoes, peel the rounded ends of the potato first, while holding the other half of the potato with your hand. Once you're done peeling the ends, peel the rest of the potato.

 

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Thin Your Nectarine FruitAs difficult as it is, be sure to thin your nectarines after the fruit has set. You do not want any two fruits to be touching each other. The best distance between two fruits is about 6 inches.

 

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Disguising WiFi Box and All WiresI watch TV from my chair and seethe at the constant blinking WiFi box. I hate all those wires too. Recently I restored a fabric covered storage cube. It is the fourth of a set, three of which are now under my kitchen sink.

 

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Use Denture Cleaning TabletsDrop a couple denture cleanser tablets in the water with enough room to swish around. Leave it there over night and there should be nothing left but green water and a quick rinse should do the trick.

 

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Boraxo or Limeaway For PorcelainI too have had problems cleaning, here in Hawaii, my porcelain tub. I have been researching it for a month now. I have come across some very good cleaning agents for your porcelain, old or new.

 

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Attach Important Items To HandbagMy daughter attached everything to my body when I lost everything, twice in six months. My bus pass, my glasses hang from my neck, my CC, cash, and driver license are in a small coin purse attached with an elastic band inside my handbag with a metal clip.

 

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Taking the "H" (Hassle) out of Homework!My grandson begins 2nd grade this year. My daughter found a $2 plastic tackle type box at the local toy store. She filled it with pencils, crayons, pencil grips, scissors, stapler, tape, etc., everything you would need for homework supplies.

 

One 26 pound (12 kg) black kettlebell used for exercising.

Using KettlebellsWith its center of gravity located directly below the handle, it forces you to engage your core and leg muscles when doing even the most basic of exercises with a kettlebell.

 

Ocean Shores Sunset with Birds in Foreground

Scenery: Sunset (Ocean Shores, WA)Ya know when you just happened to be at the right place at the right time and you just happened to have a camera in your hand? Well, I certainly was this time. I seem to have a camera in my hand MOST times!

 

Empty candle holder and tealight with spilled wax that has been removed from it

Cleaning Candle Wax from BrassStick the brass in the freezer for about 2 hours and the wax will come off super easy.

 

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Save on Car Insurance for Your TeenWhen my teenage son took Driver's Ed in high school, we went to our car insurance agent to get my son added to the insurance policy. There I learned that we did not have to pay a dime until my son gets a driver's license.

 

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Vegetable Water Blanching TimetableThere have been a lot of requests for blanching veggies as of late so here's an easy timetable to follow. Be sure to check tenderness part way into the blanching guide times because freshness and size of vegetables vary.

 

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Donating Clothes And Household Items To CharitiesCharities should be a no-brainier, it seems everyone who reads ThriftyFun shops or has shopped at thrift stores. It makes you wonder if as many people give back to these charities.

 

Front of Air Force One at Ronald Reagan Library

Travel: Air Force One (Ronald Reagan Library,...The Ronald Reagan Library is just a few miles from us. We took the great grandkids to see it and they seemed to enjoy it a lot. They got to see inside the plane and saw the motorcade and Marine One, the helicopter.

 

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Beware of Drug InteractionsMy father has been feeling incredibly ill lately. He has been suffering from muscle aches, weakness, vomiting, shaking, just to list a few. I visited him last week and noticed he had a huge load of medications he was instructed to take daily.

 

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Cleaning Sandal InsolesI have a pair of sandals with faux suede insoles that had darkened with perspiration and dirt. It was unsightly and annoying until I tried washing them. I used a toothbrush and an enzyme household cleaner, although I'm sure soap would work as well.

 

Snoop the Basset Hound

Snoop (Basset Hound)I'd like to introduce you to Snoop, my 12 year old, photogenic, loving, goofy, Basset Hound. He happily runs to me, as shown in this picture, when I go outside to see him and visit with him.

 

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Composting is Free "Black Gold"The benefits of composting are many, such as free vegetables, healthy flowers, and the joy of knowing you are removing garbage from landfills.

 

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Paint Your Porch Ceiling Blue To Deter PestsTo keep wasps and spiders from building their nests, paint your porch ceiling sky blue or a pale blue. This tricks the insects into thinking it's the sky. They won't build there.

 

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Use Bleach For Removing MoldA very easy way to remove mold from the corner of bathtub wall is explained here. Have the Clorox bleach, not the bathroom cleaner, but the laundry bleach, in a small paper cup and pour this on the mold and around the tub corner.

 

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Use "Japanese Paper" To Repair BindingFirst of all NEVER use tape to repair a book. Tape does not age well. It becomes brittle, yellow, leaves a deep stain on the paper, and often the paper gets torn at the edge of the tape.

 

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Impromptu Taco SoupDH likes for me to throw stuff in a pot and make impromptu soup. Today I decided to brown some ground beef as I would for chili or spaghetti.

 

Deer Below Tree Stand

Wildlife: Deer by Tree StandThis is a picture of a tree stand my grandson built for hunting season. See the deer right next to it. He sure picked a great spot to spot deer.

 

Cleaning Rubber StampsUse baby wipes in their container, don't take them out, leave them flat right in the container. When you need to clean the ink off the rubber stamp, just open the lid and stamp, stamp, stamp.

 

An orange cat sleeping in a crib.

Tigger (Domestic Cat)Tigger is a 2 year old domestic cat. My Tigger was born on August 5, 2009. He was born under my bed and was the loudest kitten I have ever heard in my life!

 

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When My Purse Was MissingWhen I discovered I had no purse and had no idea where it was, I took that afternoon off from work. There was no way I could concentrate on any thing other than my loss.

 

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Walking Your DogI am responsible for the daily walking of my son's four year-old Beagle, Canti. What a gratifying time for both myself and Canti. We walk with a leash, a cloth bag, newspaper sleeves for clean-up, a water bowl and three 20 ounce fresh water bottles.

 

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Use Sectioned Food Containers For StorageA few years ago, a friend gave me a Christmas gift which was a deluxe assortment of nuts and candied nuts. They came in a round, thick, tough, plastic container with 6 sections and a lid.

 

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Eco-Friendly Flea RemediesUse 2-3 cups of dry 20 Mule Team Borax in a colander to sift it in carpeted rooms. Leave it for 2 weeks for their life cycle to finish before you vacuum.

 

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Where Can I Buy Borax?Where can I buy Borax in or near Richmond, KY?

 

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Cleaning a Fiberglass TubWhat is best way to clean a fiberglass tub? I purchased a house and the tub is very dirty. It is a one piece tub and shower

 

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Making a Wall Mounted Ribbon Holder for Sewing Room I am curious about getting some ideas for a ribbon holder for the wall of my sewing room.

 

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Finding a Pro Bono AttorneyI am trying to help two friends find pro bono attorneys. One of my friends is involved in a divorce where the husband has literally left her penniless and unable to afford an attorney.

 

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Farewell Party for Daughter Joining the ArmyDoes anyone have any ideas on how to have a simple going away party (20 people) for my daughter who is leaving for the Army next month? She is 20 years old.

 

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Potato ScabMy spuds have a bad case of scab. I don't think they're going to keep at all. Will it affect next year's crop as they're grown in a raised bed?

 

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Removing Hair Dye from Skin and NailsHow to remove hair dye from skin and nails?

 

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Ants are Eating Holes in Tomato PlantsWe are having trouble with holes in our tomatoes. It looks as if ants are eating them. We have sprayed them with an organic spray and with Ortho, but are still having trouble with this. Can you give us an solution?

 

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Nautical DecorWhat can I use to make a fake pier post for on my wall?

 

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Where Can I Find Arm and Hammer HE Detergent?I am only able to use Arm and Hammer due to severe allergies to the other detergents. Where can I find Arm and Hammer HE? I bought a new washing machine and must use HE detergent in it. Help!

 

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Sideburns Grew Back Thicker After Being ShavedI stupidly shaved my sideburns for the past two months. I was tired of keeping up with it so I decided to let it grow back. What a mistake! Not only did it grow back thicker, it grew back weird and resembles a man's sideburns!

 

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Simple Toddler Cape PatternI am looking for a simple cape pattern for a toddler that is 2.5 years old. I purchased 1 yd of material.

 

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Can't Get Email After Cell Phone UpdateThe Sprint store just updated my phone (Samsung Moment) and now I can't get my email. I got it before the update. I entered my address and password and still won't work. Why, how to fix this?Thanks.

 

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Safety of Canned SalsaWe canned salsa yesterday and when the jars were on the cooling racks I noticed some tomato colored juice on the counter. If they all seem to have a tight seal, do you think they are safe?

 

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Slow Cooker Liver and OnionsIs there a slow cooker recipe with liver and onions?

 

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Remedies for Acne and the Related ScarringI am 22 and have a dark complexion. I have old, black, acne scars on my face. My face is not too oily, rather it is dry and whiteheads occur often. My skin is sensitive and prone to acne. There is also acne on my scalp.

 

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Keeping Bees Away from Hummingbird FeederI need to know how to keep bees away from my hummingbird feeders. I have two hanging in my yard and the bees just all of a sudden showed up one day a couple of weeks ago and now the poor hummers can't get a drink in edge wise.

 

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Water Bottle CozyI need an idea on how to make a cover for a plastic water bottle.

 

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