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October 6, 2011
Microwave Chocolate for Pretzels
I simply melt white or milk chocolate bricks (found in the baking section of the grocery store) in the microwave for about a minute. Dip the pretzels in the chocolate and put them on waxed paper on a cookie sheet.
Use White Vinegar for Cleaning
I like cleaning with vinegar, but I found that the white vinegar is my preference. I ran out and had apple cider vinegar and that smelled so bad with what I was cleaning, it was like there was a reaction to whatever I was cleaning at the time.
I have chives, basil, rosemary, dill, parsley, and thyme growing in window boxes. How do I overwinter them?
This is for an emergency only, such as you go to work and realize you forgot to put any on: rubbing alcohol. Most businesses have it in their medicine chests either in the form of a bottle or sealed wipes. It helps with the odor only.
Home Finance Bill Organizer
I use a Home Finance Bill Organizer to organize when and how much I pay each month. It has a page for each month with a pocket for bills and notes, a section to list date due, expense type, amount and when paid.
Set Up A Bill Paying Desk
A desk by the front door with a desk calendar are necessities for me. I open all mail immediately and log bill due dates on the calendar. Bills are then placed in an "accounts payable" folder with due date and creditor's phone number on the front of the envelope.
Sort Out Board Games Pieces At Once
To organize your board games, gather appropriate materials: snack bags, sandwich-size bags with a zipper, a marking pen, Scotch Brand Invisible Tape, and the right shelf space in the closet, or cupboard.
Planning a Large Family Birthday Party for a Two Year Old
I need to plan my youngest son's 2nd birthday party. My husband and I feel strongly about inviting our families until the age of 5. This allows our children to get to know their aunts, uncles, and cousins better.
Making a Dog the Bounty Hunter Costume
This is a guide about making a Dog the bounty hunter costume. Dog the bounty hunter is a very recognizable and charismatic television character. His distinctive look and manner make this is a popular halloween costume.
Making a Dinosaur Costume
Here is a website with a great basic design for making a Halloween costume. It can easily be adapted, using the patterns provided, for a variety of dinosaur sizes and colors. They also have a convenient no-sew pattern!
Making a Dinosaur Costume
This is a guide about making a dinosaur costume. Kids love dinosaurs, there is no way around it. That is why dressing up as a dinosaur for Halloween is always a popular option.
Redecorating on a Tight Budget
This is my first attempt at decorating my house. I have taken out a built in shelf that jutted out into the room and put down tile in the entryway, painted the walls, added new curtains, a mirror, and vinyl lettering above the fireplace.
Ideas for Posting Photos on Office Bulletin Board
How can I display pictures on my office bulletin board other than with a thumb tack? I have a cork bulletin board and we have lots of photos we took at an office picnic I would like to display.
Caramel Sauce Sugaring
How do I keep my caramel sauce from sugaring?
Cleaning Bathroom Floor Tile
What is an easy way to clean my bathroom tile? The grout is discolored.
Cleaning a Washing Machine
What is the best method to remove soap/softener build up from the tub of a washing machine?
A couple of these palms have come up in The Path Garden. Recently someone told me they were Mexican Palms and not native to this area and will destroy the garden.
Garden: Angel Trumpet at Night
When I turned on the porch light one evening this gorgeous Angel Trumpet bloom caught my attention. It was even more spectacular at night than it was during the daytime.
Tic and Tac (Red Ear Slider Turtles)
My husband and I adopted there red-earred sliders recently. The are quite daring and always entertaining. My favorite "act" of theirs is the stack. They will do just about anything for shrimp!
Puppy is Pooping in Crate
I have a 3 month old brindle pit bull puppy and he will not poop anywhere besides his crate. I see a lot of people saying they won't pee or poop where they sleep, but not only does he pee in there, he will only poop in there.
Celebrating a Child's Birthday When You Have No Money
How do you celebrate your child's second birthday with absolutely no money at all?
I've heard the argument before. The expensive price tag on the iPhone is justified by the applications that it runs. It sounds like a good argument, but when the calculators come out, it doesn't work. So, what's a smartphone worth?
Transmission Fluid on Jeans
How do you get transmission fluid off of jeans?
Scenery: Yellow Flower (Shore Acres State Park,...
While walking the paths leading through the gardens of Shore Acres State Park, this pretty little yellow blossom caught my eye. I loved the way some of the petals curled, I also like the color yellow - it reminds me of sunshine!
Spa Towel Wrap With Shoulder Straps
It's easy to turn a bath towel into a spa wrap. This project can be completed in about two hours. Just be sure the towel is long enough to wrap around you with some overlap.
Wildlife: Spider Web
I was simply amazed by this gigantic spider web on my porch. Although I marvel in it's "craftsmanship", I do NOT wish to see the spider that created it! :)
Cleaning a Microwave Quickly
To clean the interior of a microwave, first boil a bowl of water in it for 3-4 minutes. The humidity allows everything to wipe out easily with a regular dishcloth.
Inexpensive Flea Prevention
For inexpensive flea prevention blend equal amounts of dried chamomile and dried pennyroyal. Stuff the mixture into homemade fabric bags. Place these pillows in kitty's bed, on their favourite windowsill, floor area, or other popular spots.
Oktoberfest (Leavenworth, WA)
We visited the lovely town of Leavenworth, WA, for Oktoberfest. The annual festival runs for the first two weeks of October. Since Leavenworth has a Bavarian theme, Oktoberfest spills out everywhere in the town.
I just came up with this. Super easy!
Refunds For Reebok Easy Tone Shoes
Reebok recently settled with the FTC for a 25 million dollar settlement for deceptive advertising. You can go to the link below to request your refund for having been duped. The merchandise must have been purchased after December 5, 2008.
Replace Margarine with Olive Oil in Recipes
My husband and kids all loved the boxed macaroni and cheese, but I've never been a fan of all the fat and calories in it. I always used skim milk in the mix, but cutting way back or deleting the margarine/butter gave the stuff a noticeably blander flavor they didn't like.
Rosie (German Shepherd / Mini Pin)
Rosie is a 7 year old German Shepherd/Mini Pin. Rosie was a feral puppy that adopted us when she was around 4 months old.
Scenery: Double Rainbow
This was taken on 9-29-11 at 6:40 PM during a short break in the 60 MPH winds and lightning storm. I ran outside and took this picture of a double rainbow over our home.
Tips For Making Beds
I have an easier way of making a bed up. When I make my bed in the mornings, I don't go around the bed five or six times. I do one side of bed completely before going to the other side.
US Map Puzzle to Mark Your Travels
I recently made a trek from Oregon to Illinois, then drove from there to Virginia and back to Oregon. When I got back, I got to thinking of where I have lived and traveled, and it turns out to be over half the United States!
Use a Notebook for Organizing Bills
I am on Social Security and I pay all my bills on the 3rd of each month. When a bill comes in I open it, write the amount in a notebook, and place the bill in a old refrigerator bin I keep in my desk.
Use Olive Oil to Clean Makeup Brushes
For my eyeliner brushes that are hard to clean, due to the fact that cream eyeliner is not water soluble, I clean with olive oil. I put a little oil on a paper towel, 'dip' the brush in the oil, and 'brush' the paper towel.
Using Iron On Patches
I have found that iron-on patches can be very useful for mending and they come in all sorts of colors. Always round the corners of the iron-on patch, so they won't peel off.
Vanilla Extract Room Freshener
Recently I wanted to freshen up my home and had no air freshener on hand. Instead I took a small pot and placed some water in it, added a few drops of vanilla and some ground ginger.
This is simple and quick to assemble and tastes like it was made by a pro.
Wildlife: Hooded Oriole
The Hooded Orioles are beautiful birds and are in our area and garden in the Spring. This one, at the tip-top of the cypress, showing its golden sun colors, immediately attracted me to photograph him.
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