January 27, 2012

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Garlic Tomato SaladThis is one of those simple, quick to prepare salads that you flavor to personal taste. it's also a good way to use up extra tomatoes. The standard ratio for the vinegar and oil is 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil.


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Homemade Seasoned Rice MixThis is handy to have and is much cheaper than buying the pre-made mixes.



Paintstick Ruler

Paintstick RulerI didn't have a ruler and usually need one at my desk.


Finished rose.

Rolled Paper RosesPlaced on thin branches, these easy roses make a nice table decoration for Valentine's Day. They would also make great package toppers and could be used for other purposes.


Hang Mittens In Pairs, on string or twine.

Hang Mittens in PairsWith 5 kids in the house, we are always looking for their mitts especially for a matching pair. I took some twine and tied it to both ends of the shelf and used clothespins to hang them up.


In Memory Of Max (Basset Hound) sniffing at sunflowers.

In Memory Of Max (Basset Hound)Max was a 12 year old Basset Hound. My son gave Max to us when he and his wife divorced in 1999; Max was 2 years old then. Max liked to play with his buddy Roscoe (he's a Chihuahua mix) whom he grew up with in Sacramento.


Died Blue Orchid Flowers

Gardening: Blue Mystique OrchidMy granddaughter brought this "Blue Orchid " for me on Dec. 17th. This was "Our Christmas" as that was when all the kids could get here (except my youngest and wife in TX).


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Use Mascara As Liquid EyelinerAnother thing I do is to use left over mascara as liner. If the mascara is too clumpy, running low or just not the right amount that looks good. Take the wand and use it as liquid eye liner.


Cloudy Reflections at Devil's Kitchen

Scenery: Cloudy Reflections at Devil's Kitchen...We finally got a break from the wind and rain out here on the Oregon Coast! I was so excited to actually be able to go out walking TWICE yesterday! Once in the afternoon and once in the evening.


Child playing with dough in large storage bin.

Cloud DoughMake cloud dough for your little ones to play with. A great sensory activity. It sticks together like wet sand would.


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Use Handkerchieves Instead Of TissuesI have found that using a hankerchief rather than a tissue prevents the dry, red and chapped nose from a cold. Hankies may not feel as soft a tissue, but in the long run, it is much better.


4 Kiwi fruits, one cut in half.

Growing Kiwi FruitsKiwi vines grow up to 28 feet long and produce brown, egg-sized fruits covered with a fuzzy skin. Inside the fruit is a soft, juicy green pulp and dozens of small, edible black seeds. Kiwi fruits are rich in vitamin C, E, and potassium.


Quince growing in a tree

Growing QuinceQuinces (Cydonia oblonga) are fruit trees related to apples and pears. They require a chilling period to flower (100 to 140 days below 45ºF), and can be grown successfully in cooler tropical climates as well as colder temperate regions.


Stop a Window Brace from Rattling

Stop a Window Brace from RattlingI don't know if this would ever happen to you, but it did me.


Papayas growing on a tree

Growing PapayasPapaya plants are typically grown in the tropical and sub-tropical climates. In the United States, they are cold hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 9, but they can also be grown as container plants indoors.


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Becoming Your Own Handyman"Bill, before you go, would you look at my toilet? It's been running for weeks."Soon after the bathroom debacle, Marilyn enrolled in a continuing education class: Basic Repairs that Anyone Can Do". She figured she could save time and money (and avoid inconveniencing relatives and neighbors) by learning how to repair or replace toilets and other household items on her own.



Alahambra wallpaper photo.

Discontinued Wallpaper: Zoffany Alahambra...I am 1 roll short of a now discontinued wallpaper. It is Zoffany vinyl Alahambra #ACV08001. The batch letter is F, from the Arts and Craft volume V111. Even a different batch letter would do. Please help.


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Making Jo Jo Potatoes?Where is the recipe?


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Finding Inexpensive Furniture?I need to know how to find a bed and dresser. I am on SSDI, so I cannot afford much.


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Cleaning Marble?How do I remove little dark spots on marble?


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Cleaning Dishwasher Food Trap?Would putting in Tang or a pack of lemon Kool-Aid to wash the dishwasher help get rid of food particles in a non removable food trap? I am getting a lot of food particles coming back on some dishes.


Heart stickers showing distance on a map.

Long Distance Relationships and...My boyfriend and I have been in a long distance relationship for almost 2 and a a half years. I need ideas for what to do/get him! We're both juniors in high school and I just want to do something really cute or something.


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Child Support?The custodial parent has not ever gotten support from the noncustodial parent for child who's 9 years old. Also back pay may have already been paid to the noncustodial parent because he lied and said the son lives with him.


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Preventing Email Spam?I keep getting spam from one place that's trying to sell something. I use the filter in Yahoo mail, but that doesn't stop them from continuing to send me mail. In the "sender" field or the "subject" field they just add certain numbers or characters and the spam continues to get through.


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Painting Plaster Walls?We live in an old farmhouse with plaster walls. We are struggling with paint staying on the walls, especially the hallway walls and hallway ceiling. The paint is always cracking and chipping off. The last time we painted, it was only about 1 month before the cracking and chipping started.


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Making a Bonnet With Wire Shaped Brim?I bought a bonnet at a flea market, but can't figure how to make it.


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Straightening Curly Hair?I have very dry and puffy hair. I have already damaged the tips of my hair by using a flat iron too much. I even tried permanent straightening, but it did not work. Please help; what should I do to get straight hair?


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Preparing Previously Frozen Potatoes?How do you prepare frozen potatoes that have been blanched? Do you thaw them before adding them to water to cook? or do you heat them from frozen state?


Closeup of dog.

Calming a Dog with Severe Separation Anxiety?What was the Japanese flute music mentioned as being helpful? Thought I might be able to find some at the library. Thanks.


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