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September 15, 2011
Making a Homemade Blues Brothers Costume
Here is a great site with easy instructions on how to put together your homemade Blues Brothers costume.
Making a Blues Brothers Costume
This is a guide about making a Blues Brothers costume. The Blues Brothers is a classic movie with iconic costumes that are recognized everywhere. With a few key accessories, your Blue Brothers costume will be ready to go in no time.
Removing a Tarnish Stain from Silver
I have used the salt and baking soda cleaning method for cleaning silver. However, many pieces were so tarnished and old that they have what looks like a tarnish stain. I have used commercial products to no avail. Does anyone know something I can try?
Using Candy Melts Without a Mold
I want to make a dinosaur skeleton for my son's birthday cake that will lay in the cookie crumb topping like it's a dinosaur dig. It was suggested to me that I use candy melts to pipe bones out on wax paper. If I'm not using a candy mold, will it just run all over or spread?
Removing Odors from Sneakers
How do I remove odors from sneakers?
Masquerade Decoration Ideas
At school we have a sophomore banquet (prom for sophomores pretty much) and I am head of decorations. I just need some ideas that aren't related to Mardi Gras. Our colors will probably be red, silver, black, and white.
Yardley's Bond Street Perfume
Is there anybody out there who still supplies Yardley's Bond Street perfume? I miss the scent so much.
Buying Good Quality Flannel Sheet Sets
Can anyone please tell me how to get a good set of flannel sheets? A few years ago I got a set by Martha Stewart, they washed great. My other half likes them in the winter, luckily I am usually in Florida!
Covering Cantaloupes at Night
We live northeast of Spokane, Washington in zone 5. When should I put the cover on my cantaloupes? It has been hot during the days, but now it is in the high 70s and cooling off at night to in the 40s. Thank you.
LG Refrigerator Keeps Shutting Down
What would cause my LG fridge to just keep shutting down after 5 minutes or less? I unplug it and plug it back up and it starts again, runs another 5 minutes or less and shuts down. Please help.
Biscuits and Gravy Recipes
This page contains recipes for biscuits and gravy. Biscuits and gravy, with or without the sausage, is a traditional southern breakfast meal. You can easily make this tasty dish at home.
Homemade Brownie Recipes
This page contains recipes for homemade brownies. For the chocoholic what could be more satisfying than homemade brownies? Rather than grabbing a box mix, you can make your own batch of these delicious, fudgy snacks.
Getting Rid of Ground Ivy (Creeping Charlie)
This is a guide about getting rid of ground ivy. Ground ivy is notoriously invasive in many areas. Also known as creeping charlie, this ground cover, a member of the mint family, can quickly take over your flower garden and infiltrate the lawn.
Making Homemade Granola Bars
This is a guide about making homemade granola bars. Homemade granola bars are simple and fun to make. Making them yourself allows you to decide what ingredients to put in them, so the flavor options are endless.
Making Homemade Dryer Sheets
This is a guide about making homemade dryer sheets. Dryer sheets soften your clothes and help prevent static. They can be quite expensive, so making your own can save you money.
Cleaning Vintage Linens
This is a guide about cleaning vintage linens. Linens can yellow with age in addition to getting stained from usage. Cleaning them must be done properly to avoid damaging the often delicate fabric.
Junk Mail As Scrap Paper
If it is blank on the other side I use it as scrap paper to write on. If not blank, I put it my recycle bin.
Reducing the Amount of Junk Mail
You can cut down on the amount of junk mail you receive by registering at dmachoice.org.
Shred Junk Mail
I have a shredder. I shred all of my junk mail. I use the strips for packing materials when I mail boxes.(eBay) I also use them for paper mache projects with my children or kids in my class. I sort the colored paper out.
Sort Junk Mail At The Mailbox
The quickest way to get rid of junk mail is to have a wastebin (waste basket) somewhere near where you pick up the mail. Don't let the junk mail get any further. Drop it in the wastebin right there and then and you will have no worries about junk mail clutter.
Refuse Junk Mail And Return Unopened.
I have, in the past, just written "refused" on the unopened junk mail and put it back in the mailbox. The postal service will take it away.
Use Rope To Deter Snakes
To get rid of any snake, use sisal rope. Put it where you don't want the snake. Because of the soft underbelly of the snake, it will not cross over the rope. This is an old cowboy trick handed down by my family.
Return it to Sender
I mail it back to the sender if they enclose an envelope for which they will pay. Let them pay twice for the spam and they can get rid of the clutter. Otherwise if I can use the backs for note paper, I do that.
Cleaning Urine Stains from a Mattresses
Mattresses are expensive so replacement isn't always an option when they get soiled. It can be tough to remove urine stains on your mattress though. This is a guide about cleaning urine stains from a mattress.
Pumpkin Vines Not Setting Fruit
A pumpkin patch was started by mistake with seeds from last year's pumpkins. We have lots of yellow flowers, but none have sprouted the pumpkins yet. What can I do to get fruit to set?
Wildlife Eating Newly Planted Tulip Bulbs
I already planted my tulip bulbs; I live in zone 5. Now the wildlife are digging them up and friends are telling me to dig them back out of the ground and wait another month or so. I have spent hours searching on the web and have ended up more confused.
Dispose Of Used Paint At Local Dump
Here in Georgia at our county dump, there is a bin marked for used paint disposal.
Sand And Vinegar For the Inside of Bottles
Fill the object with straight, plain vinegar and letting it sit for a day or two. If this does not work then add a bit of sand to the vinegar and shake it really well, repeatedly.
Making a Children's Devil Costume
This devil costume has patterns for the cape, tail and horns. It's a super inexpensive costume idea for a little boy or girl.
Making a Devil Costume
This is a guide about making a devil costume. Devil costumes come in all shapes and sizes, from the cute little devil kids up to elaborately detailed adult costumes. A few simple accessories is all it takes to get started on your devil costume.
Love the sweetness of this tea.
Yummy corn recipe!
Chicken Rice Bake
The onion soup in this recipe makes it extra good!
My husband's favorite dressing.
Cleaning Wax from Clothing
The dyes and oils from candle wax (or other waxes) can leave stains on your clothing that can be tough to remove. This is a guide about cleaning wax from clothing.
Making a Chicken Costume
This is a guide about making a chicken costume. The chicken costume is one that will always be popular with both adults and children. There are lots of chicken suits for sale at costume shops, but a homemade chicken costume can be even better.
Caring for a Cat With Jaw Cancer
My 12 year old domestic short hair was just diagnosed with cancer of the jaw. Other than soft food, antibiotics, and pain killers does anyone have any other suggestions?
Drying Hydrangea Flowers
How do you dry hydrangea flowers? I have them hung upside down and do not know what to do next. Thanks.
Making a Hobo Costume
This is a guide about making a hobo costume. Kids have been dressing up as hobos for many years now and it's easy to see why. A hobo costume is a fun, fast and inexpensive Halloween costume idea.
Remedy for Dry, Flaky, Mature Skin
I really need a good "works every time" home remedy for dry, flaky, "elderly" skin. Help!
Making a Homemade Frog Costume
This site has a great homemade frog costume idea for little girls. It has detailed instructions for making everything from frog legs and hands, and even a lily pad!
Making a Frog Costume
This is a guide about making a frog costume. Kids love frogs, so it no surprise that dressing up as one for Halloween can be a big hit. This popular homemade costume will have your kids hopping from house to house on Halloween.
Organic Solution for Fruit Flies in Citrus Trees
Does anyone have a natural organic remedy for eliminating fruit fly in citrus trees (oranges and mandarins)? I live in Perth Western Australia. Thank you.
Removing a Dark Spot Left by an Insect Bite
I have a dull completion. A few days back an insect bit me on my nose and I scratched it. Now I have a black mark because of it. I want clearer skin. How to remove it?
Mimosa Tree Care
I had just sent in my money to join the Jerry Baker club and I would like to know if you have any information on mimosa plants. I just got one at a fair, but there was no information about them. So if you do, I would be very grateful for anything about them.
Keeping Suet from Melting
I am an avid bird feeder! How does one prevent suet from melting through in the summer warmth? On the market, I have only seen, small blocks of suet that claim to not melt. My experience leads me to say that all suet melts. Any suggestions?
Dyeing Fabric in a Front Load Washer
I have a front loading washing machine. I used to dye things in a top loading one. The material in question is too large for a pot. How do you use the dye in a front loading machine?
What Causes Facial Warts?
I am 24 years old and have warts on top of my eye lid. What is the main cause of these warts on my face?
Treating Fungus on Tomato Plants
There is fungus on the vines and tomatoes. Can I use Blue Shield on these plants?
Paint Colour Advice for Bathroom Walls
I am redoing a bathroom, the stand up shower is black with white, silver, and black accents. The vanity is stained with red cherry and the floor is charcoal grey. I am looking for a colour for the walls
Sports Team Decals for Glass Blocks
I'm trying to fine out where you can get a pattern for the glass block decoration. My mother-in-law got some last year at the blueberry fest, but this year they where not there. Please let me know if you know of a source. I'm looking for a Michigan one to put on my block.
Cleaning Black Granite Countertops
Are black granite countertops hard to keep clean?
I need a solution for organizing thread and keeping it untangled.
Choosing Countertop Colors
My kitchen cabinets are mocha colored. What color granite countertop would go well with them?
Washing a Dry Clean Only Robe
Can you wash a men's robe that says Dry Clean Only? The contents are 80 percent polyester and 20 percent acrylic?
Transplanting a Butterfly Bush
I transplanted a 6 foot, 2yr old butterfly bush today. Now I am wondering if I should have waited until spring. It was over-crowding everything in my garden. I feel that I got a substantial root-ball and I will mulch it very well.
Cinnamon and Orange Potpourri Bag
An easy gift that you and your child can make together. A perfect gift for a teacher or a sports coach.
How to Grow Coleus
Coleus has remained a popular plant ever since it rose to favor during the Victorian age. The leaves of this inexpensive and versatile plant come in a bewildering array of colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes.
Add Vinegar To Pet's Water
To get rid of fleas, use apple cider vinegar! Add a bit to your pet's drinking water and it really helps! I have 3 small dogs that are prone to fleas and we no longer have that problem.
Arugula and Edamame Salad
Edamame (tender soybeans with a slightly Lima bean flavor) are quickly becoming a new favorite of mine because they are so versatile. They pair really well with the peppery flavor of arugula!
Booklights in Home Emergency Kits
Add a few "booklights" to your emergency kits. Mine came in very handy during the recent blackout. I just clipped it to the front of my shirt and as it is adjustable I just pointed it where I wanted it and had a hands free flashlight!
Broccoli Pie Casserole
Yummy and cheesy!
Bubba's Ronco Rotisserie Chicken
Only 4 ingredients, easy to make, great to eat.
Cheesecloth Ghost Costume
As a quick ghost costume, I had her wear black clothes, top to bottom. We then sponged white make up onto her face and used a good amount of black eyeliner and red lipstick. Finally, I draped a few layers of cheesecloth over her, including covering her face.
Deodorizing Plastic Food Containers
When a strong food odor remains in a plastic food container, wash it well with soap and water. Then, place it and its lid outside in a protected area for a few days.
I have found some excellent sites for parents to get the worksheets that they need or want, and most of them are free to print.
Keep Children Entertained When Eating Out
Try this to keep your children from getting restless while you wait for a restaurant order of food to arrive. One parent should go inside and place the order for everyone in the family.
Keeping Cool on Car Trips
One year when my kids were small, we had to move from South Carolina to California in mid-August, including taking along a dog and a cat. Unfortunately I had no A/C in my car at the time.
Making a Reminder Sign
We have all left home without our purse, homework, cell, laptop, you name it we have left it. Sometimes, we leave the water running, or the stove on and those booboos can be disastrous.
Manage Your Microwave
I fold a sheet of paper toweling to make a square and place it in the middle of the microwave turntable. If there are spills, it goes on the paper towel. I also like having the paper towel as a noise buffer.
Moving To A New State With Pets
Before we moved to another state, I had new dog tags made for all my dogs with our cell phone numbers and also my mother-in-law's phone number. I also contacted the microchip company where all our dogs and cats were registered and updated their files with our new address before the actual drive.
Ocean Rose (Oregon)
While hiking with my husband, I found a dozen long-stemmed, red roses strewn across the rocks of an abandoned beach near Shore Acres State Park. They were so beautiful, and smelled so sweet, you'd think they were put there just to be found by me.
Onion or Garlic Juice To Deter Aphids
If buying ladybugs is not an option, I have been successful making a spray made from a boiled onion or garlic. Strain the juice and spray on the plants affected by aphids. This works for me. Tobacco juice is also effective.
Save on Facial Cleansing Wipes
I've discovered a way to save on the facial cleansing wipes which are so convenient to use. I keep a pair of scissors in the bathroom and simply pull one out and cut it in half and slip the other half back in the package.
Saving Gladiolus Bulbs
When saving gladiolus bulbs, remove the green portion of bulbs with a weed wacker, thus eliminating bending to each bulb. You'll save time and strain on your back.
Scenery: Golden and Silver Falls (Coos Bay, OR)
I lived in Coos Bay in the summer of 2010. I spent a day at the beach and the Gold and Silver Falls just me and my camera.
Sebastian (American Staffordshire Terrier)
Sebastian is a 4 year old American Staffordshire Terrier. On December 6, 2007 a friend of ours who was moving to Hawaii. His dog had just had pups and he brought over two for us to choose from and we took both.
If you have ever had shrimp toast at a Chinese restaurant, you know how great it is, and have probably wondered how they make it. Well, it is amazingly easy, and even better than the restaurant stuff.
Summer Squash Bake
This is easy to make since it uses instant rice.
Use Hot Water To Clean Candle Sticks
Put the candle sticks in hot water. When wax softens, peel it off. Do this again if the melting is not complete. Have an old cloth ready to rub the stick while it is still a bit warm. This will take off the final residue.
Use Squeezed Lemons For Kitchen Cleanup
After I have squeezed a lemon for a recipe, I take the two lemon halves and rub them on the countertop to clean all the stains off it. I then throw the lemon halves into the garbage disposal and turn it on to have a sweet smelling and clean counter and garbage disposal.
Using Fresh Butternut Squash and Pumpkins in Cooking
Gardening is my passion and I grow lots of butternut squash and pumpkins. The fastest way to use them after picking is to soften them in a pressure cooker. I do two at a time, or one if the pumpkins are large.
Wildlife: Deer in the Woods (Cleveland, OH)
We were at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and walking next to the actual Metroparks. We were looking at the reindeer and I glanced into the park area and there were 3 deer. This one was only about 4 feet away over the fence so I took a picture.
Zoe (Chihuahua/Terrier Mix)
Zoe is a 7 month old Chihuahua/Terrier mix. We adopted little Miss Zoe from a rescue organization at the end of July. The rescue we went through rescues small dogs in the San Diego/Mexico area.
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