November 9, 2011

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Crate Training a Puppy, Young Papillon in a crate.

Crate Training a PuppyThis is a page about crate training a puppy. Crate training is an important step in training an inside dog.


Young woman coughing into her hand.

Homemade Cough RemediesThis is a page about homemade cough remedies. You can develop a cough in conjunction with a cold or flu or even as the result of allergies. There are a plethora of medicines you can buy at the pharmacy, but often a homemade remedy will work just as well.


A girl helping make rolls on Thanksgiving.

Preserving Thanksgiving MemoriesThis is a page about preserving Thanksgiving memories. Many people have fond memories of Thanksgiving in the past. Preserving those special memories and being able to share them in the future is invaluable.


Sad looking puppy on carpet

Cleaning Dog Urine Stains from CarpetAccidents resulting in dog pee stains can happen whether you have a new puppy, a senior dog or anywhere in between. This is a page about cleaning dog urine stains from carpet.


A birthday cake with a 13 topper.

13th Birthday Party Ideas for GirlsPlanning a 13th birthday party can be difficult. Your child is not really a little kid anymore, but they also aren't a teen yet. This is a page about 13th birthday party ideas for girls.


A rose bush in the snow.

Preparing Your Roses for WinterThis is a page abut preparing your roses for winter. If you have roses, you probably put a lot of time into caring for them. It is important to properly prepare them for winter to keep them healthy.


Tree Covered with frost

Preparing Your Trees for WinterThis is a page about preparing your trees for winter. Preparing your trees before the winter will not only protect them from frost but also boost their health for the next growing season.


Homemade Varnish Remover, Up close photo of varnished wood.

Homemade Varnish RemoverThis is a page about homemade varnish remover. Varnish is used to protect wood furniture and make it shine. Making your own varnish remove allows you to use a product that is less toxic than store bought versions.


Young yellow lab napping on the couch.

Keeping a Dog Off FurnitureThis is a page about keeping a dog off furniture. Dogs see themselves as family members with the same rights and privileges. Once they become accustomed to lounging on the furniture, it can be difficult to get them to stop.


Teaching a German Shepherd to stay.

Teaching Your Dog to Stay?This is a page about teaching your dog to stay. A well trained dog is happier and more enjoyable for you too. Teaching your dog to stay is one of the initial commands, after sit. It takes patience, consistency, and a good technique to teach your dog this important lesson.


Organizing Plastic Bags, A blue plastic grocery bag.

Organizing Plastic BagsThis is a page about organizing plastic bags. Many homes have an assortment of plastic bags, from grocery bags to trash bags. It can be difficult to organize them all, so it may require some creativity.


Cleaning a leather purse with ink on it.

How to Remove Ink from LeatherWhether its a jacket, purse, or other item, ink stains on leather can ruin an items appearance. It is important to not further damage the leather when trying to remove the ink. This is a page about removing ink from leather.


Cat scratching at a screen door.

Keeping Cats from Scratching Screen DoorsThis is a page about keeping cats from scratching screen doors. Cats can quickly ruin a screen door with their claws. Training your cat to not scratch at the screen will save you money and allow your screen door to serve it's purpose.


Gas can on the car hood.

Cleaning Gasoline from Car CarpetGasoline odors can be very noxious, especially inside of a car. Since you can't remove your car's carpet it can be tough to remove spilled gasoline. This is a page about cleaning gasoline from car carpet.


Photo of using laundry detergent caps in the bathroom for organizing.

Uses for Laundry Detergent CapsThis is a page about uses for laundry detergent caps. When you finish a bottle of laundry detergent, consider saving the cap. Those durable plastic caps can be put to use in many different ways.


photo of brown leather couch

Removing Pen from Leather FurnitureLeather furniture is an expensive investment. It is important to not damage the leather when trying to remove pen ink from your furniture. This is a page about removing pen from leather furniture.


A picture of the Eiffel Tower.

Decorating a Room With a Paris ThemeThis is a page about decorating a room with a Paris theme. Daydreaming of adventures in Paris is even more fun in a room with Paris themed decor. There are many ways to bring Paris to you home with some creative decorating.


An aloe plant in a pot.

Growing AloeThis is a page about growing aloe. Not only is aloe a neat looking plant, it has medicinal uses too. It is easy to grow aloe at home and have access to its soothing qualities the next time you get sunburned.


People at a Thanksgiving meal.

Finding People to Share Thanksgiving WithThis is a page about finding people to share Thanksgiving with. If you are alone for Thanksgiving you are certainly not the only one. Seeking out others in the same situation can make Thanksgiving for everyone. There may also be opportunities to join in someone's family get together.


Money Saving Tips for College Students, Students studying at a table.

Money Saving Tips for College StudentsThis is a page about money saving tips for college students. College is an exciting time, much time will be spent in studying, socializing, and perhaps working. It is also a very expensive undertaking.



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Prune CakeDon't let the fact that this cake is made with prunes dissuade you from making it. It is delicious! It is a spice cake, but made very moist by pouring a buttermilk syrup over it after it is baked, and the prunes themselves taste great.


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Upside Down PizzaGot this recipe from my daughter. I think it's pretty clever and it's very good!


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Tartar SauceThe best I have ever had! It's the one my Mama used to make.


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Peanut Butter PieLove this because it's so quick to fix!


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Favorite Broccoli SaladThis one lives up to it's name at our house because it really is one of our favorites!


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West Coast GranolaA great, healthy snack!



Green Frog Sitting on Wood Chips

Wildlife: Frog (Coquille, OR)Many of us mindlessly reach into our purses without looking each and every day. Well, on one such day during one such moment, I was casually rummaging my hand around in my purse. Suddenly, my fingers brushed across something wet and slimy.


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Freeze and Reuse Fryer OilFreeze left over oil from the turkey fryer or other frying oils used. Place in a freezer-safe container and label. When you need oil later, let thaw and use. You can also freeze Crisco without any loss or change in quality.


Penny, Luna and Myla Sleeping on a Couch

Penny, Luna, and Myla (Dogs)Penny, Luna, and Myla are various ages. Penny, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was a rescue dog. Myla, a miscellaneous mix and Luna, a long hair Dachshund, were give-away dogs in need of a good home.


Beige SUV parked on street

Schedule for Front Seat RidingMy 3 grandchildren used to argue as to who would sit in the front seat. I devised a schedule so that everyone will know when it is their turn to sit in the front seat of the car. This schedule changes after going to each destination.


Use Every Bit Of Laundry Detergent

Use Every Bit Of Laundry DetergentWhen your laundry detergent bottle is about empty, turn it over and stand it up on the cap. Leave it for a while, and you will most likely drain enough out of the bottom for at least one more load!


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Capt. Mel Anderson's Alaskan Whale StewIf you make this, please let me know how it is!


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Honor Veterans on 11/11/11Whichever allied country we live in, I am hoping we will all collectively observe two minutes of silence together in memory and in thanks to all of our soldiers past and present. Let us also remember the loved ones at home who have or continue to sacrifice.


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Moist Upside Down TurkeyThe electricity was out, so I fired up the wood cook stove. By candle light, we put the turkey in the oven bag. But since it was dark, I didn't notice it was put in upside down.


Finished angel.

Lace AngelThese darling angels make wonderful Christmas gifts for anyone on your list. Choose ways to personalize them with special embellishments that the person on your gift list will enjoy. These can be made as ornaments or as brooches.


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Ginger for the HolidaysGinger is great for your health and home. With the holidays and cold season approaching it's time to stock up on some ginger. For your winter supply of ginger, here's a list of items to keep on hand.


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Repairing A Door Knob Hole in WallYou see a lot of these holes in the wall where a doorknob has gone through the sheet rock or wallboard. You can use a laundry detergent bottle cap for this as fix.


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My Frugal Life: Learning to be FrugalI had always been someone who spent too much on things we just didn't need. I would buy on impulse, and shopped until I dropped. About 6 months ago, I saw a video on YouTube about couponing in Canada, and decided to try it out.


Glue "Love" onto fall heart

Thanksgiving Mural DecorationUsing simple materials, one can make a mural decoration that will be suitable for Thanksgiving.


Fall Forest Colors

Fall Colors (Tulsa, OK)Chandler Park is a park that sits right on top of one of the few high hills in Tulsa. It's surrounded by woods and rocky cliffs popular with climbers, it's like being in a forest inside the city.


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Use Spices to Protect Garden BulbsTwo seasons ago, I lost 200 bulbs to squirrels. They cross the highway to get to our yard like it was a salad bar at Boston Market. I read that an older lady used spices, particularly cinnamon and cayenne.


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Extended Use for PensFor ink pens that won't write; place the pens upside down in a cup of hot water until the water cools off. Wipe dry and use.


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Master List for TravelHave you ever left on a trip only to realize you left one or more essential items at home? Depending what is forgotten, it can possibly ruin a long planned for vacation. Here's how I make sure I never forget anything.



VW Westfalia camper.

Removing VW Westy Upper Bunk?I want to remove the mattress/pad from the upper bunk in my 1986 Westy. How do I do that? We never use it, but would like to keep the option of "popping" it back in sometime.


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Lightening Dyed Hair?I know they say to only ever go one or two shades lighter/darker, but I was stupid and wanted dark brown hair. However the store bought hair dye turned out to be practically black! I haven't dyed it for a good 6 months and my roots aren't really showing and the colour is still dark.


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Removing White Marks from Wood Table?How do I remove white marks from dark wood tables?


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Hard Wired Smoke Detector Chirping?Do all hard wired smoke detectors have batteries? Mine was chirping on and off and when I went up to open and see there was no battery. Is that normal?


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Removing Crayon and Pencil from Linoleum floors?How do I get crayon and pencil off a linoleum floor without taking up the wax?


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Removing Cat Urine Smell from Shoes?How do I get rid of the smell of cat urine in a tennis shoe?


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Finding Free Furniture?I need free home and kitchen furniture. Please let me know the best places to look.


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Rice Filled Heat Pad Sweats When Heated?I made a heat pad with rice, but when I first got it out of the micro wave it was sweating. Why?


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Repairing the Lift System on a Pop Up Camper?How do I repair a crank lift system on a Dutchman pop up camper? Only 3 of the 4 lifts will come up.


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Tea Tree Oil for Mold on Plants?How do I use tea tree oil on plants to help stop mold? Can you give me a solution to make?


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Brown Paper Wallpaper Technique?I want to do the brown bag wallpaper treatment on my wall. Can I use wrapping paper instead?


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Using Homemade Laundry Detergent In a Front Loader?I'm very intrigued by the idea of making my own laundry detergent, but I'm also a bit concerned. We purchased a front loader a few years ago and had the same problem as many with odors. After trying different ideas, I stopped using liquid laundry detergent and fabric softener.


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Finding Assistance with Medical and Prescription Drugs?I am not 65 but am on medicare and can not get medicaid. What help can be found for RX drugs and medical?


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