September 22, 2011

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Illustration of two kids in costumes.  A witch and a pirate.

Making a Cruella De Vil CostumeThis is a page about making a Crualla De Vil costume. Cruella De Vil, the classic villainess from 101 Dalmatians, is a fun and recognizable character to dress up as for Halloween.


Two men Dressed as Storm Troopers

Making a Clone Trooper CostumeThis is a page about making a clone trooper costume. Children everywhere have wanted to dress up as a Storm or Clone Trooper since the movie Star Wars came out. There are many store bought versions available out there, but this costume can be made at home.


A woman pouring wine into a pan.

Substitutions for Wine in RecipesAlthough many recipes call for wine, substitutions can easily be made without affecting the flavor of the finished dish. This is a page about substitutions for wine in recipes.


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Making a Cow CostumeThis is a page about making a cow costume. Kids love to dress up as farm animals and the cow is by far one of the all time favorites. A homemade cow costume for your little trick-or-treater is easier than you might think.


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Making a Donald and Daisy Duck CostumeThis is a page about making a Donald and Daisy Duck costume. Donald and Daisy Duck make a great couples costume for Halloween or costume parties. These popular characters are sure to be a hit anywhere you go.


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Making a Columbia Costume (Rocky Horror)This is a page about making a Columbia costume (Rocky Horror). Rocky Horror has become an iconic play and movie, and it's especially popular around Halloween. Columbia is one of the many characters that you could dress up as.


Organizing Your Makeup, Makeup that needs to be organized.

Organizing Your MakeupThis is a page about organizing your makeup. Depending on how much makeup you use, it can become quite disorganized. With all of the different sizes and shapes it can be difficult to organize it all.


Computer login window.

Remembering Usernames and PasswordsThis is a page about remembering usernames and passwords. Many of us have online accounts that require usernames and passwords. If you use multiple ones for different accounts it can be difficult to keep track of them.



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Deeli's Roast Beef WrapI usually have roast beef sandwiches on oat bread but switching to flour tortillas was a nice change of pace yesterday. For even more flavor, add finely diced avocado and/or thinly sliced pepperoncini too!


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Legends of the Fall CasseroleI created this recipe to hide the cauliflower from the grandkids. I sometimes mix the cauliflower and potatoes, but I like the layering for serving.


Vietnamese Coffee with Filter

Making Vietnamese Iced CoffeeCoffee is very popular in Vietnam. Coffee shops are practically on every street corner. Whether it is a big fancy coffee shop or a sidewalk cafe, the coffee can be delicious at both, as long as the person making it knows how to make it well.


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Southern Louisiana Cajun GumboThis is an all time family favorite, the Scardina family true Southern Louisiana Cajun Gumbo. We eat it on a regular basis and at any large family get together. We have a big family!


Sweet jalapeno chicken with onionss and peppers.

Sweet Jalapeno ChickenSweet jalapeno chicken blends sweet and spicy flavors. It is delicious on tortillas or served with rice.



Woman Dressed as Columbia

Making a Columbia Costume (Rocky Horror)This site has very good instructions for putting together all of the different outfits Columbia wears.


Willie the Yorkie by a Teddy Bear

Willie (Yorkie)Willie is a 5 year old Yorkie. I got Willie about one year ago and he was a rescue. Plays with his brothers.


A blind man walking a path with a white cane.

Observations from the Blind SideBlindness ain't for sissies! Apologies to late actress Helen Hayes who originally said "getting old ain't for sissies", but this is true. It takes a special sort of mental, emotional and spiritual toughness to deal with suddenly being blind.


Pink circular card with basket of flowers on white doiley.

Circular CardWhen making my own cards, I love experimenting with different shapes and sizes. This makes the whole process of card making much more fun.


Kitten in Window looking out From Orange Wooden Shutters

Travel: Kitten in the Window (France)This cute little kitty was staring at me as I was walking down an alley in France on the way to getting some croissants. I thought the huge wooden shutters were beautiful, too. It really made my day!


Walter the Dog Sleeping on a Blanket

Walter (Lab/Bull Mastiff)Walter is a 4 year old Lab/Bull Mastiff. I got Walter at the Humane Society! He seems to be custom made for me as he is all the things I wanted in a dog and more.


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Keeping Track of ExpensesI pay bills by direct debit/check. Then I get my monthly allotment for groceries, gas, etc. in cash which I have in an envelope in my purse. After each purchase I put the receipts back in the envelope with the balance of my cash.


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My Frugal Life: Thinking About ThriftinessI've been thinking a lot about the world and the terrible state we are in. One thing I've been thinking is that we would all be a lot better off if we didn't say "someone ought to do something" and said "I'm going to do something" instead.


Moon Reflecting on Lake in Weekiwachee

Scenery: Reflection of the Moon (Weekiwachee...This is a reflection of the moon on a lake in the Weekiwachee wildlife management area, early in the morning.


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Contain Legos On A ComforterWe had huge Rubbermaid containers full of Legos that all 3 of my kids loved to play with daily. They would dump the containers so they could get pieces that were all the way at the bottom.


Lighted Pier at Night

Scenery: Lighted Pier at NightWhen I took this picture, I had no idea it would be a place to escape to! I see a place I have never been before, or perhaps a place I have visited in a past life. A life I love to remember or one I will never forget!


Woman Dressed as Cruella De Vil

Making a Homemade Cruella De Vil CostumeHere are some good basic instructions for a homemade Cruella De Vil Costume. It explains what supplies you will need and how to put the costume together.


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Dessert for Young Kids in RestaurantWhen we would go out to eat with our kids when they were quite young, most of the time, they would fuss and not finish their meals. So we decided to let them eat their meal at home before we went to a restaurant.


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Preventing Head LiceI had a terrible time with lice when my son first started school, they were so bad I had to cut his hair to a quarter inch long! These three tips worked to prevent them.


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Getting Rid of GophersHave your hubby save his urine and pour dashes of the urine on the mounds. The gophers move.


Child in Cow Costume

Making a Cow CostumeHere is a simple and inexpensive solution for your child's cow costume. The instructions are easy to follow and you probably have a lot of the materials on hand already.


Two Men Dressed as Storm Troopers in the Woods

Making a Homemade Clone or Storm Trooper CostumeHere is a site with excellent step-by-step instructions for making a great looking homemade Storm Trooper.


Calico cat peering through the leaves of a houseplant

Eight Houseplants That Are Virtually...For many of us, the perfect houseplant is one that looks great and continues to thrive without requiring a lot of extra attention. Although no houseplant is completely indestructible, here are eight that have earned a reputation for their adaptability and tolerance for neglect.


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Computer Safety and AntiVirus ProgramsComputers 101: Computer Safety and AntiVirus Programs


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Unsubscribe And Return Junk MailTo cut down on junk mail, first, I "unsubscribe" from as many websites as I can. That cuts down on a lot of junk mail.


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Store Coupons In Photo AlbumI purchased a small photo album that holds 3x5 inch photos. I use the clear double sided photo holders to place and organize my coupons so it's easy to thumb through at the store and goes easily in my purse.


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Simmer Fruit Peels For Holiday Home FragranceNear the the holidays, I find myself buying more apples and oranges than usual. I love the aroma of baked apple pie or the smell of oranges. Whenever I peel an apple or orange, I throw the peel into a pan of water on the stove.


Closeup of Broken Glass Bowl

Exploding Glass BowlsJust a warning about glass mixing bowl shattering. DD gave me a set of 3 nesting glass mixing bowls for Christmas. I had used the larger and middle size one 3-4 times and the small one 5-6 times.


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Avoid Using Aluminum FoilPlease remember that aluminum foil uses the most energy of any synthetic product on the market. It is expensive and in most cases can be replaced by pure elbow grease.


Couple in Donald and Daisy Duck Costume

Making a Homemade Donald and Daisy Duck...This site has a nice homemade Donald and Daisy Duck costume that is perfect for couples.


Three Men Dressed as Storm Troopers

Making a Homemade Clone Trooper CostumeThis site has incredibly detailed instructions for making a very authentic homemade Storm Trooper costume for cosplay or Halloween.



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Getting Work as a Longshoreman?How do I get work as a longshoreman in Newark New Jersey?


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Cleaning Sheer White Nylon Curtains?How can I brighten and still keep the sizing in my sheer white curtains without ironing them and using spray starch?


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Storing String Beans?What is the best way to store string beans?


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Making Toy Cars from Cereal Boxes?My 2 grandsons are often with me after school. I make crafts with them. I tried to make toy planes and toy cars from corn flake boxes, but the wheels come out wobbly. Does anyone have any tips on this?


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Leftover Steak Recipes?What to do with leftover steak? I'm clueless, and I definitely do not want to throw it away.


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Making Pillows Out of a Down Comforter?What is the easiest way to turn a down comforter into pillows, either bed-size or toss pillows?


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Smelling Strange Odors in Home?I have been getting three distinct odors periodically coming into my home. First a peppery burnt odor, then a sweet smelling gassy odor, and then an acrid chemical smell.


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Weatherizing a Door?I have a 1/2 French door (only one side opens) going out to my back porch. I would like to have ideas on how to eliminate air coming in around it. I have tried weather stripping, but it falls off or the dogs tear it away from the side.


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Cleaning Dog Urine from Carpet?How do I clean dog urine on carpet? There is no stain but an awful urine odor.


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Making Photo Tile Coasters?Where do you find the instructions for putting photos on tile and for making the 4X4 coasters? What type of glue and top coat and so forth? This sounds like something I would enjoy.


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