September 29, 2011

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

Making a Phantom Of The Opera CostumeThis is a page about making a Phantom of the Opera costume. An iconic, mesmerizing and terrifying character, the Phantom of the Opera is an excellent costume for Halloween, costume parties or cosplay. With the distinctive mask this is a recognizable and fun costume to wear.

 

Young girl with red braids sticking straight up

Making a Pippi Longstocking CostumeThis is a page about making a Pippi Longstocking costume. Pippi Longstockings is a long loved fictional character. With Pippi's distinctive braids she makes a great Halloween costume.

 

Organized Classroom

Organizing Your ClassroomThis is a page to organizing your classroom. A well organized classroom not only looks tidy and professional but also teaches your students basic organization skills. Having an organized classroom is key to having a successful school year.

 

Recipes

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Savory Butternut Squash and Sausage SoupUnlike other squash soups made with apples and other sweet ingredients, this one is savory, full of wonderful fall flavor and hearty enough to keep your family full and happy!

 

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Crab Apple JellyYou might think that crab apples are just decorative, or even a nuisance when they fall on the ground. But, prepared properly, they make an absolutely delicious butter, jelly, or jam.

 

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Cream of Oyster SoupWish my dad was still alive today so I could make this for him! He loved oysters!

 

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Jalapeno Popper Dip or SpreadThis isn't just for tortilla chips so serve with anything your heart desires from celery or jicima to toasted pita slices or toasted thinly sliced French baguette.

 

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Pumpkin BarsPumpkin makes you think of fall and holiday times. Try these delicious bars for a special dessert anytime.

 

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Caramelized Red Onion ChutneyIt is a excellent accompaniment for meat, cheese, or anything. It is so easy and tastes great.

 

Articles

Halloween Mobile

Halloween MobileSend out Halloween greetings by way of a mobile. Hang it where it can catch a breeze and it will turn out wishes for all! It's a great way to recycle those cardboard tubes and felt scraps. Kids will have fun making their own Halloween creation.

 

A scoop inside an open box of laundry soap.

Laundry Soap OverloadIt's laundry day, and the clothes are separated, the newest energy efficient washer is on, and the water temperature is set to cold. It's a financially efficient laundry load, right?

 

Woman with a Pippi Longstocking Costume

Making a Pippi Longstocking CostumeHere is a quick and easy Pippi Costume that you can easly throw together in a pinch.

 

Large Yellow and Black Butterfly on a Flower

Wildlife: Butterfly In The Spring TimeI took a walk with my camera one day and when I got back home this butterfly was flying around and after awhile I finally caught a picture of him.

 

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Reward Your Obedient DogWhen out walking with your dog off the lead, keep a small plastic pot containing cat biscuits. As you call your dog to return, shake the pot, when your dog returns to you, reward him/her by feeding a couple of biscuits.

 

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Reducing Cable CostsIn an effort to cut costs to the barest amount, I called the cable company and asked them to turn off our service. I told them I only watch the local channels. They offered me a new plan of only the local channels.

 

Trees and Sunset in Moorpark, CA

Scenery: Sunset (Moorpark, CA)We have some stunning sunsets here in Moorpark, right outside our front door.

 

hummingbird on Wire Near Feeder

Hummingbird At Front Door FeederWe have several hummingbird feeders around the yard and Path Garden. This is at the front door where we can see this little guy standing "guard " over his own personal buffet.

 

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Dog Recovering From AccidentOne of our darling pets is recovering from an accident. He was run over by a car trying to get to one of my children across the street, who accidentally called him back when he was already across the street.

 

Black and Brown Llama

Funny Llama (Coos County Fair)Funny Llama is actually a friend's pet, the picture is taken at the Coos County Fair. I would love a llama of my own, and plan to have one when my hubby and I get our family farm up and running!

 

Honey Pot the Dog in a Striped Sweater

Hunny Pot (Puggat)Hunny Pot is a 1 year old Puggat. I rescued her from a commercial breeder just before Christmas 2010. It was a costly process but well worth it. Although crazy, she is a lovely little dog.

 

Book bag hanging on the knob on back of door.

Library Book SwapOur library has a program where you can take home 10 books from a paperback shelf. You do not have to return them. They are donated books; you can return all the paperback books on your shelf that you do not want any more.

 

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Running Older Software On Your Newer SystemOne of the great tools in the Windows operating system is the compatibility mode. Many people don't even realize they have this feature. Microsoft made it pretty standard starting with Windows XP.

 

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Dryer Sheets To Remove Love Bugs From CarsLiving in Louisiana we have many, many interesting insects. One of which is called a love bug. There is nothing loving about a love bug! They are extremely irritating, swarming around like a black cloud twice a year.

 

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Lint Roller For Cleaning Lamp ShadesI got so frustrated trying to vacuum my lamp shades or knocking the dust off with a rag. A lint roller is the best thing I have ever tried. It takes the dust off like a champ. Cleaning lamp shades could not be easier.

 

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Use Wax Paper For Snacks Or Messy TasksI use wax paper for sandwiches and any non liquid food for my grandchildren. I tear it into the right size, use and throw away. It also is good for putting under little paint or glue projects for little hands.

 

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Save Hot Pepper SeedsWhen you are chopping up hot peppers of any kind for cooking, canning, or drying, save the seeds. Separate as many as you can from the pith, but don't use the pith. Line a baking sheet or pie pan with wax paper and put the seeds in it.

 

Man in Phantom Costume

Making a Homemade Phantom Of The Opera...Here is a site with very detailed instructions on how to make a very high quality homemade Phantom of the Opera costume, while keeping an eye on the bottom line. They have done a great job of documenting all the steps and showing how you can save money along the way.

 

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Remote Control KeeperI was always losing my remote in the bedroom. Plus I have two small grandchildren that like to play with the remote control. I got a small laundry net bag, like you use to wash small items.

 

Jars of dried food on a shelf.

Preserving Food by DehydratingI have always had a problem with throwing food away. I also like to prepare for the rainy day. We live 20 minutes from any shopping facility and we grow some of our own food. I have learned that the most economical way to preserve food is to dry it.

 

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Emergency Coffee Filter ReplacementHave you ever run out of coffee filters on a day that you really need a fresh cup of Joe? The solution that I discovered is to take a regular paper towel sheet, fold it in half, place it in the place you would put your filter.

 

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Using and Storing ApplesThis is the time of year we get our apples. The Apple Harvest is a event in West Virginia that happens each year at this time. The apples we get there are not only reasonably priced, but they are delicious.

 

Decorated Jenga sticks.

Grammar Tiles For HomeschoolingI am home schooling this year. I like to combine a lot of things together to make subjects more fun. We are studying words and structure. We had a container of Jenga sticks that had not been used in years.

 

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Use Permanent Marker to Dye Exposed ThreadsI just bought a black sweater and the label's white threads were showing through at the neck line. I have short hair, so it was truly bugging me. I grabbed my permanent black marker and brushed over the exposed threads.

 

Cardboard shoe sole template.

Keep Shoe Insole TemplateI have to have insoles in all my shoes. Sometimes, the little lines are annoying and if you don't follow them just right then once it is cut, it is cut for good.

 

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Organizing Computer Games and ProgramsIf you have a lot of computer games and programs, an easy way to keep track of them and keep the ones you use most right at your fingertips is to invest in a CD folder.

 

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Fig DumplingsI had trimmed the crust to fit the pie tray, and had quite a lot of pastry left.

 

Questions

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Receiving SSII was married to my husband for 10 plus years. When I become eligible for my SSI will I receive his SSI?

 

Orange tabby kitten in suitcase.

Keeping Six Month Old Kitten Off CountersI have a six month old kitten who keeps jumping on our counters and tearing into our bread or whatever is on the counter. I keep a spray bottle around and I say very firmly, "Ava no". She usually responds by getting off the counter when I'm around, but she will keep doing it even after I spray her.

 

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Crochet Baby Bootie PatternI want to know if anyone has a crochet pattern of an infant size bootie that's shaped for a left and right foot. Or perhaps you have a foot shape bootie.

 

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Aggressive Opossum in My YardI have an aggressive possum in my yard that wants to hurt my Pomeranian. At night it screams at me or the dog. It's huge. I only have a small courtyard, so it's quite a problem as it's bigger than the dog.

 

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Craft Uses for Unflavored GelatinI have a ton of Knox unflavored gelatine and wonder what should I do with it? I know I am not going to make jello. Is there a craft my kids can make with it? Any other use?

 

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Clorox Ready Mop RefillsWhere can I buy refill containers of detergent for my Clorox Ready Mop?

 

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Slogan Ideas for Daycare BusinessWhat's a good slogan for Neicy's Angel's Daycare?

 

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Making a Thermal Container for School ProjectI am in high school and am looking of information on making a homemade thermal container. It needs to be made without using foil. Any suggestions? Thank you.

 

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Identifying the Source of a Musty OdorI live in a townhouse with an open floor plan downstairs. The whole downstairs smells horribly musty. I have cleaned everything and everywhere that can be cleaned and our crawl space is plastic sealed so the smell isn't coming from down there.

 

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Yoga Studio Name IdeasI have a small home studio where a few friends teach yoga, meditation, Sanskrit, and eastern spiritual philosophy. I'm looking for a name for the studio and would love to hear your ideas.

 

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Reblooming Iris Only Bloomed OnceI have several reblooming iris plants and they bloom in the spring, but only once. Any thoughts?

 

Home Remedies for Oily SkinI have a oily skin. I want to be beautiful and have normal skin. Can someone advise me on some tips for remedies that I can do at home?

 

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Vegetable Planting Calendar for the UKWhere can I find a vegetable planting calendar for the UK?

 

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Kitchen Paint Color AdviceI have black granite counter tops and maple cabinets. The dining room is going to be codwell green. What will be the best color to do in the kitchen and also an accent wall in there?

 

Asking Boyfriend to Winter FormalI'm dating a guy from a rival school and he is a head football player. We are seniors this year and it's our last dance before he goes to basic. So I want it to be very special. He is always super spontaneous and creative.

 

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Sharpening Rusty Garden ToolsHow do I sharpen two of my garden tools, 2 pairs of shears? I forgot them outside and it rained and they got rusted. Thanks.

 

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Homecoming Phrase Ideas for a SignWhat is a catchy phrase that I can use for a homecoming sign design? My team's name is the Tigers and we're playing the Indians.

 

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Cleaning the Shower FloorThe base of my shower looks really bad. It's supposed to be white but has a lot of ground in dirt discoloring it. Nothing I have tried has worked.

 

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Uses for Moon SandThe moon sand recipe sounds great, but I wish to know what to do with it!Thanks.

 

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Repairing Jeans PocketsI have some jeans that are well worn and the back pockets are starting to loosen from the jean or starting to make a hole. How can I fix this?

 

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Moon SandWhat is moon sand?

 

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Troubleshooting Wiring ProblemWhat could be the problem in my wiring when I have power to my receptacles and none to my lights?

 

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