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Pear PieLove the fresh pears in this pie!
Strawberry Poppy Seed DressingVery easy to make and very good!
Barbecued Beef SandwichesA favorite sandwich of my husband.
CavatiniGreat Italian dish similar to the Cavatini at Pizza Hut.
How to Make a Hummingbird GardenTheir iridescent, jewel-like colors and unique behaviors make hummingbirds some of the most fascinating birds we can attract to our gardens. Making a hummingbird garden is easy.
Watch for Discarded FurnitureFind out when large item garbage pick-up is happening around you. In the days before that date, inspect furniture sitting at roadside. Explore the alleys and dumpsters behind places of business. Sometimes businesses discard slightly worn furniture that is still useable.
Spray And Refrigerate Shirt Before IroningAs a kid, I learned how to iron a shirt. Most important hint: Using a spray bottle, lightly spray shirt here and there and roll into a ball. Refrigerate in a plastic bag for 5 minutes to 5 hours. First do the back of the collar, then front.
All-Purpose Cleaner RecipesWhen you make your own cleaning products, you avoid exposing yourself and your family to hundreds of harsh chemicals. You also protect the environment, and save money, too!
Store Bags in Empty Tissue BoxWith I store all my plastic bags in empty tissue boxes. Just tuck them in and pull them out one by one as needed. It's so easy to grab for lining garbage cans, dog walks, or any other fast thing I might need them for.
Cream of Tartar for Ceramic Cup StainsYou can easily remove brown stains from ceramic by wetting and then sprinkling area with something from your spice rack: cream of tartar. Rub with cloth or rough sponge. For tough spots try again and add lemon juice if necessary. Makes surface shine.
Embellishing an Older FrameI bought a nice wooden frame with a colander of apples in it for .50 a couple of years back. Today I finally had the time to fix it up properly by adding ribbon, buttons, fabric scraps, and an old glove. It turned out really nice.
Photo: Odd Silhouette Reflected on Computer...I was sitting directly in front of the computer screen, with the sun directly behind me. It was like a silhouette of my head in a big version, then the actual one inside.
Polar Fleece Dish ClothIf you love to work with polar fleece, like I do, you'll have plenty of scraps. I cut them into 9 inch squares and use as a dishcloth. I was so surprised at how absorbent they are.
Disinfect Secondhand ShoesYou've seen shoes at garage sales or the thrift store and might pass them right by. You can clean and disinfect them. Use Lysol spray or bowling-shoe disinfectant or simply replace the insoles.
Storing BobbinsA great way to keep up with your bobbins it to use Bic lighter holders. You can get them at stores after they are empty, for free. I learned this working in a sewing factory. They work great.
Picasso Ivy GeraniumThis is Picasso, a variety of ivy geranium. I especially like this flower with its multiple blossoms, and it brightens up the garden as it blooms.
Cat Window PerchTo make a cat window sill perch, cut a board as long as your window sill, and as wide as you want the perch to be. Take a piece of carpet, cover it, and staple excess under the board.
Use Norwex Cloths For Makeup RemovalI had the same problem and was thrilled to find a great solution. I purchased cloths made for removing mascara from Norwex, a company that sells high quality, silver infused products to hospitals in Norway.
Handle Mail OnceWhen you bring mail into the house take an extra moment to look through it. Immediately take bills to bill location, magazines to their area, coupons to theirs, etc. Junk mail can go straight to the "round file" - trash.
Tips For Cooking Brown RiceWhen cooking anything in a rice cooker, I always spray the insert with cooking spray. For brown rice, I've had success by adding water up to the next line. For example, when cooking 4 measures of brown rice, I add water up to the line that says 5.
Scenery: Pink Sunset (Whiskey Run Beach, OR)Ah, Whiskey Run Beach, my absolute favorite place to be! While strolling hand-in-hand with my husband down the gorgeous, low-tide shoreline, our eyes could hardly believe the array of colors surrounding us!
Paint Roller SnowmenThese cute little ones are fast and easy to make. They can be used as ornaments, gift tags, or put them on a table with a little Christmas tree. They would also make a cute little gift for a neighbor, mail person, or anyone you want to show that you appreciate all they do!
Candied YamsOpen a can of Bruce's Yams into a 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish. Add margarine, brown sugar and or maple syrup, then top with small marshmallows. Bake in 325 degree F oven for 30 minutes.
Kraft Roka Blue Cheese Spread?What stores carry Kraft Roka Blue Cheese Spread? I cannot find it in the Tucson area.
Liner for Wastebasket Keeps Slipping?I have a beautiful ceramic bathroom wastebasket and I was wondering if I could use double sided tape to hold the liner inside? I bought some 3 gallon liners, but they keep slipping down inside the wastebasket. Any suggestions?
Memorial Crafts Using Men's Ties?A family member recently died and left quite a few men's neckties behind. We are looking for a craft or something that can be made from them for his four children.
Shopping for Unpainted Crushed Pecan Resin Figures?I am looking for unpainted crushed pecan resin figures to paint and give as gifts. Does anyone know where to find them or something like them?
Sites for School Alumni Reception in NYC?I am the Alumni Director of a private N - 12 school in Wilmington, Delaware. We annually host a reception in NYC for our alums who work or live in Manhattan. It is generally a cocktail reception with heavy appetizers.
House Training a Two Year Old Dog?I just adopted a 2 year old Min Pin from the animal shelter. They say that she is house broken, but she wants to use the bathroom in our house. How do we stop that?
Homemade Auto Glass Cleaner?I am looking for a formula for warm weather windshield-washer fluid. Can anyone help?
Cleaning Business Name Ideas?I live in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia and I am trying to start a cleaning business. I can't think of a name for it. Any suggestions would be helpful. Can you give me some advice on what to name my cleaning business?
Grandchildren Ungrateful for Gifts?As I can't shop I usually give (fairly large amounts) of money to my children and grandchildren for Christmas. My children usually thank me in some way or another, but not my grandchildren.
Removing Hairspray from a Sofa?I have sofa chair with hairspray on a big area of where your head lays. Somebody has tried to removed it, but it turned white like and kind of soaked in hard. Any suggestions of what I can used to get it off.
Pattern for Nylon Net Pot Scrubbies?Does anyone have a pattern for the nylon scrubbies that are made of two crocheted circles and then they are crocheted together? A friend bought one and asked me if I knew how to make them and I told her I would try to find the answer on here. Thank you in advance.
Cleaning a Burned Smooth Top Stove?I had some renters that burned the smooth top very black on the burners. Polishes, razor blades, and scrubbing doesn't work. Can I try wet sand paper, maybe 1500 and then move to 2000 and 3000 grit?
Previously House Trained Dog Peeing in the House?I need some helpful tips and ideas on what to do with my dog! He's very attached to me and follows me everywhere. When I'm gone at work or just leave the house, he gets mad and pees on the corners of beds, couches, and on the floors.
Cleaning Blue Ink Out of a Dryer?How do I remove ink from inside a dryer drum?
Truck Heater Doesn't Heat?I have checked the thermostat and the flaps. The heater hoses are hot and still the heater does not heat the cab. What could be wrong?