November 8, 2011

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Man training a dog to sit.

Teaching Your Dog to Sit?This is a page about teaching your dog to sit. One of the first training commands you can teach you new pup is to sit. This sets the stage for other commands.


A man giving a gift to his wife.

Gift Ideas for Your WifeThis page contains gift ideas for your wife. Many men have a difficult time shopping for their wives. Buying her a gift doesn't need to be stressful though.


Freshly baked white dinner rolls.

Saving Money on Dinner RollsThis is a page about saving money on dinner rolls. Dinner rolls are a common side dish. Finding ways to save money on dinner rolls is helpful if you eat them often or are feeding a lot of people.


Preventing Cats from Scratching Furniture, Kitten with front paws dangling over the front of the couch.

Preventing Cats from Scratching FurnitureThis is a page about preventing cats from scratching furniture. Scratching is a normal part of cat behavior but when our indoor kitties begin to use the furniture, it is time to intervene.


Litter Box Training a Cat, Tabby in litter box.

Litter Box Training a CatThis is a page about litter box training a cat. Training your cat to use a litter box is well worth the effort. Cats being cats, there can be set backs and varying levels of frustration along the way.


Paint chips on a kitchen blueprint.

Kitchen Paint Color AdviceIt can be difficult to select the right paint colors for your kitchen. You need to consider the colors of items such as appliances, countertops, and floors when picking paint colors. This page contains kitchen paint color advice.


Cats laying on a woman sleeping in bed.

Training a Cat to Not Sleep on Your HeadThis is a page about training your cat to not sleep on your head. Many cats love to sleep with their owners, however they don't always honor our personal space. Sleeping on our heads may be their way of showing that they care, but it can interfere with a good night's sleep.


Banana Bread

Banana Bread RecipesThis quick bread is sweet and dense, the perfect use for those overripe bananas. It is good as a snack or with breakfast or brunch. This page contains recipes for banana bread.


An elderly woman being served a meal.

Helping Others for ThanksgivingThere are a lot of opportunities to help others for Thanksgiving. Through donations or volunteering your time, you can help make Thanksgiving nice for others. This is a page about helping others for Thanksgiving.


A slice of pumpkin pie.

Baking Pumpkin PieThis is a page about baking pumpkin pie. Many people love pumpkin pie and it is a staple at Thanksgiving. Whether you are making the pie from scratch or following the instructions on the can, these tips can help.


Carving a Turkey

Using Your Turkey Bones for SoupA great way to save money is after having a delicious turkey dinner to put the turkey bones in the stock pot and make soup. This is a page about using your turkey bones for soup.


Cleaning gas burners with a sponge.

Cleaning the Burners on a Gas StoveFood particles and grease build up on gas stove burners can effect your cooking and be unsightly. A clean burner will help with even heat distribution and the efficiency of your stove. This is a page about cleaning the burners of a gas stove.


Preparing Your Car for Winter, Young man putting snow chains on his car tire

Preparing Your Car for WinterWhether you have overdue maintenance or need to collect emergency supplies, making sure your car is prepared for winter is important to do before winter arrives. This is a page about preparing your car for winter.


A headstone for a deceased pet.

Making a Memorial for a Deceased PetThis is a page about making a memorial for a deceased pet. Losing a pet can be very difficult. For some, honoring their pet's memory with a memorial can be comforting.



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Alaskan Paradise PieThis is so good!


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Mulligatawny SoupLike the fresh veggies in this soup.


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Banana BreadMy favorite quick bread!


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Smoked Gouda Filled Pork MedallionsI served this dish with Garlic Sauteed Spinach garnished with fresh lemon wedges.


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Pea SaladLove the peanuts in this recipe! Very good!


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Garlic Sauteed SpinachThis is the recipe I used to serve with the Smoked Gouda Filled Pork Medallions.


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Turkey FancySince Thanksgiving is coming, thought I would start offering some good leftover turkey recipes. This one is very good!



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Healthy Choices When Eating OutHere are some tips for when eating out. Order a plain hamburger or a junior roast beef sandwich. Order a grilled chicken sandwich, not fried chicken sandwiches, or chicken nuggets/strips.


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Freeze Baked Sweet Potatoes in FoilSweet potatoes actually freeze well. I prick them a few times with a fork, then put them in a baking pan and cover it with foil. I roast them at 350 degrees F until they are fully cooked.


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Immediately Sort Junk MailWhen I bring in the mail, I head straight for the trash can and immediately sort out the junk mail. The rest goes in a small basket, until I get a chance to deal with it properly.


Closeup of Beach Pine Branch

Scenery: Beach Pine (Shore Acres State...While hiking the crazy trails above the Pacific shorelines on the outskirts of Shore Acres State Park in Charleston, I came across this spiky little tree. Its twisted branches reached out in every direction.


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Indoor Winter Air TipsIt's winter way before most expected it. However there's still time to help your cold body, dry skin, and other winter issues that are always there when it gets colder outside. Your source of heat is the other.


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Easy Roasted TurkeyI always dreaded the clean up after roasting a turkey for Thanksgiving. The whole idea of thawing for three days, cleaning etc. wasn't something I looked forward to doing with a 40 hour work week, and 3 kids; and husband that never helped in the kitchen.


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Mugs for StorageWe have too many mugs! So, I use some of them on tops of bookcases, file cabinets, dressers, etc. to store small items. One contains a pair of scissors, buttons, and single earrings for sewing and crafts.


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Reuse Food Containers for StorageLike most homemakers, I was always buying Tupperware or some store type of food storage containers. And like most people, I was always losing the lids. So there I was with containers and no way to seal them.


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Store Needlework Thread In Shoe BoxesI keep my embroidery floss skeins organised by colour, then number, in shoe boxes. Inside the shoe boxes, I have dividers made from cardboard I've recycled with a sticky label showing the number of the floss in that compartment.


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Reward Cat After PillBe sure cat's nails are trimmed. Put on a light jacket (not your best one). Set the cat on a stool or something higher. Love and pet the cat; talk gently.


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Meat Loaf for DogsThis recipe was fed to my dog on occasion when he was at the veterinary hospital following back surgery.


Phoenix the Rooster and His Shadow

Photo: Phoenix as TwinsWe have Phoenix a nice perch in our room. He likes to play games with the flashlight on the wall at night when he is in the house with us. He has a great affection for his "flashlight games."


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Our Family ReunionOur family has been having a reunion on a yearly basis. We have between 40 and 50 people attending. Every year for the reunion, we decide what foods we are going to have, and then it is easy to let everyone know what to bring.


Bright Rainbow in the Clouds

Storm Clouds and RainbowIt had been quite hot, then out of nowhere came these mean looking clouds. We had a terrible rain storm that lasted all of about 15 minutes. This small part of a rainbow appeared. It only lasted for a few minutes then it dissappeared and right shortly afterward so did the clouds.


Fall Doily Wreath Step 2

Craft Project: Fall Doily WreathWith an older doily, rattan ring, and some time, you can have a nice wreath.


Pebbles the Chow sitting on the Floor Looking up at the Camera

Pebbles (Chow)Pebbles is an 11 year old Chow. This picture was taken on Christmas Day. Pebbles was given to my husband and I as a wedding gift. She likes to go for rides in the van, and going visiting our kids and grandkids.


How to Add Charm without Adding More Work

Garden Accents: How to Add Charm Without...Accessorizing with non-living things like birdbaths, sundials, and garden stakes is an inexpensive way to add charm to your garden without creating any more work. Here are seven classic garden accents and some tips for incorporating them into your landscape.


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Use Sand Paper to Clean Toilet RingBuy wet and dry sandpaper; not the fine. The one that is just below the heavy grit. Wet it in toilet, and sand away. It will not hurt toilet as long as water in there. This is wonderful for under the rim also.


Woman sitting in front of pink, labelled photo boxes

Craft Supplies in Photo BoxesI purchased several photo boxes at Walmart, that has a label holder on the front. I got them all the same color so they would blend in with my wall color. This organizes my craft supplies. I can replace the paper label and change it anytime.


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Using Small Brads For Hanging HatsI used small brad nails to hang my husband's ball caps. I hung them spaced around the ceiling of the den and bedroom, when he got to have so many.


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Deter Dogs from Digging with Their Own PooI have mentioned this before and it does work. This is will not keep a dog from digging, but it will keep them from digging in the same spot or spots. It sounds a little unorthodox, but it is a quick and simple solution.


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Replace Fries with a Side SaladSince our budget is chronically tight, even fast food is somewhat of a luxury. I discovered something this week when ordering at our local Burger King. I already liked BK better than many other fast-food places because their burgers are broiled, not fried.


A banana rolled up in a tortilla with peanut butter and a raisin to look like sushi.

Peanut Butter Banana SushiMake your kids a fun and healthy sushi snack. They can even join in on the fun while making it!



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House Training a Puppy?I have a 2 month old Chihuahua. I am having hard time housebreaking her and she potties in her crate. What do I need to do? I love her, but need her house trained. Thanks.


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Dry Cleaning Removed The Sizing in Suit?I have been unable to find a trustworthy dry cleaner so far and need to restore several of their failures. Currently the suits look like a dish rag with no body and no way to hold a crease when pressed, some people refer to it as sizing if that helps.


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Cleaning Cigarette Smoke Residue Off Paneled Walls?How do you clean paneled walls and get cigarette smoke film off?


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Ivory Soap Bottle Santa?I am still looking for the pattern for Mr. and Mrs. Santa dolls made with Ivory Soap bottles. Can someone tell me where I can obtain it or the name of a book that contains the pattern for all the Ivory Soap bottle dolls. Thank you.


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Uses for Extra Syrup from Preserving Pears?I canned fresh pears in a sugar and water syrup. My recipe said to boil the water sugar syrup, add cored, peeled, and quartered pears to the syrup and boil for 5 minutes longer, then load into jars and fill with syrup. So far so good.


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Using Vitamin E for Skin Blemishes?Does vitamin E 7000 help for taking out marks on your face?


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Making Clothespeg Chairs?How do I make clothes peg chairs?


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Ideas for a 16th Golden Birthday?What should I do for my 16 year-old son's golden birthday? He's turning 16 on the 16th. He acts disinterested, but I think if nothing special happens, he will be disappointed. What should I do?


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Keeping Snakes Out of the Yard?Snakes are coming in my yard from the canal in back. How do I stop them?


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Removing a Burned Smell from a Microwave?I burned a piece of coffee cake. (10 minutes instead of 10 seconds) I have read all the great ideas about removing burn odors, however they seem to involve heating a liquid in the offending microwave.


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Name Ideas for Concierge Service?I am looking for a creative name for my concierge service. It will include errand running, organizational services, shopping, etc. Any ideas?


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Kitchen Paint Color Advice?I have canyon black counters, dark cabinets, and white appliances. What color should I paint my walls?


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