July 12, 2012

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Recipes

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Cake Batter PopcornWe tried this the other night it tasted great.

 

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Chicken SaladThis is what I like to think of as a classic chicken salad recipe. Very, very tasty! Great for these hot weather days!

 

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Sweet and Sour Bean SaladWe love the taste and the variety. All you need is in your kitchen. Ten minutes to make and delicious with chicken, beef, and with no mayonnaise, it is a great salad for cook-outs.

 

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Bar-B-Q SandwichesAnother great warm-weather sandwich recipe!

 

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Goulash SoupIf you are a goulash fan, you will love this yummy soup!

 

Articles

The completed tin.

Vintage Decoupage TinMy father is currently recovering from cancer, and he uses a food supplement called Lifegain that comes in a neat tin. When the first tin was empty, I asked my mom if I could have it, as I was thinking of recycling this tin.

 

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Getting the Last Tissues OutWhen the new box has had about an inch worth of tissues used out of it, I go to the storage closet, pull out the almost empty one, remove the tissues and gently fold them into the fuller box, tucking them in neatly.

 

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Make Your Own Memory Foam PillowsMake your own memory foam pillows and save money. Buy a bargain priced (single bed size) 3 inch memory foam mattress pad and two zippered pillow case covers.

 

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Organizing Toiletries When TravelingI have a soft sided "train case" for cosmetics and toiletries. When traveling, the contents would all shift, and upon arrival at my hotel I would spend time reorganizing and putting bottles upright, etc. until I came upon an inexpensive solution.

 

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Bed Making Tip for Bed WettersIf you have a child who soaks the bed in the night, just put a rubber sheet on to protect the mattress. Then add another sheet and then another rubber sheet, and finally another sheet on top of that.

 

Distant view of mountains taken on car trip.

Planning Ahead For Traveling With ChildrenRecently we took a rather long road trip. It was a learning experience for us all! I did manage to do a few things to make the trip easier.

 

Home Remedies for Minor Burns

Home Remedies for Minor BurnsThis page contains home remedies for minor burns. To reduce pain and scarring it's important to know what to do when a minor burn occurs.

 

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How to Reduce Paint OdorsThere are a few items you can use that greatly help to mask or neutralize the smell of fresh paint. You also need to have good ventilation during, and for at least a couple of days after painting for health safety sake.

 

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Storing Plastic Bags in Purse or ToteI found that if I take a plastic bag and smooth it out and fold it up small, I can get several into a large prescription bottle which then goes in my purse or tote. You'll always have a plastic bag when you need one and you're away from home.

 

View of a river in Montana.

Scenery in MontanaOn a recent trip through the state of Montana we were thrilled to see such vivid colors and such beautiful scenery! We pulled over for me to take this shot of the mountains, clear sky, and beautiful river. It was a wonderful day to fish, as you can tell by the boat on the river!

 

Full view of the moth.

Massive Polyphemus Moth (Bay Area, CA)My father was outside gardening when we heard him calling for us to see a huge butterfly. It was not a butterfly, but a really beautiful and humongous silk moth. It had a wingspan of about six inches, beautiful blue eyespots and a chubby belly. I think it's quite cute!

 

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Use Muffin Pans for Making Taco BowlsIf you ever want to create taco bowls, turn your muffin pan upside down, spray with cooking oil and bake tortillas for 10 minutes at 375 degrees F.

 

Cut Shasta daisies in hanging jar.

Hang Jars of Cut Flowers in Your Garden for ColorThis is an idea for an easy way to add color and interest to your garden. Hang jars of water around the garden in places where there's mainly just foliage. I use wire around the rim of the jar and then secure to tree branch, fence post, wherever.

 

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Dryer Sheets for Cleaning Bugs Off a CarWhen those pesky "love bugs" are all over your car and very hard to remove try using your dryer sheets, either new or used. They actually work. I tried it after a friend told me about it. Sure does save a lot of time and aching muscles.

 

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Use a Straw for No Mess YogurtI know yogurt can be really messy. Just give kids a straw to drink the yogurt out of their container, no mess. So much easier.

 

Sunset on the water.

Sunset at Sadler's Creek State Park (Anderson, SC)We recently visited Sadler's Creek State Park for a camping trip. It was so hot that we believed we had found Hades itself, if it weren't for the lovely views we could always find out our window!

 

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Reasons to Buy and Enjoy Real ButterHere are six reasons to use real butter:

 

Cassie on the floor near sleeping child.

Cassie (Calico)Cassie is a 4 year old Calico. We got Cassie from PetSmart when she was 1. She was such a sweet cat who obviously loved people. Cassie loves to sit in the windowsill when we have the windows open. She loves to be in the sunroom and watch the birds and squirrels. She also loves to lay on us and rub against our feet.

 

Completed earring on red background.

Beautiful Beaded EarringsI had some similar earrings and wanted to experiment and see if I could duplicate them, and also to design some other colors and give the earrings as Christmas gifts. I used what I already had in my bead box at home and this is the result.

 

Pink and yellow sponge ball.

Making Toy Sponge BallsThese were fun and easy too make. The kids like playing with them. They are soft and kids won't get hurt.

 

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Steam Clean Your MicrowavePour 1 cup of vinegar into a 2 cup measuring cup, then add 1 cup of hot water to that. Place the measuring cup into the microwave for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove the cup, use gloves and wipe out your microwave with a wet rag, then dry it. Stuck on stuff will come right off.

 

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Husking Sweet CornTake three ears of sweet corn still in the husks and lay them in the microwave. Cook them on high for 7 minutes. When they're done, get a hot pad and take the ears of corn out, laying them on a cutting board.

 

Questions

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Transplanting IrisesHow long will the dug and dried iris survive? We are moving in 5 months and would like to take our iris with us.

 

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Dog is Biting Her FeetMy Poodle has started biting her feet. This licking and biting has caused sores to appear on each foot. Is there something I can do to help her stop?

 

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Using Leftover Hair DyeI color my hair and have a lot of solution left over, as I have short hair. Is there anyway I can use this bottle again when I need to dye my hair again? Thank you.

 

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Green Bugs on My Tomato PlantsIs there any natural remedy I can use to get rid of these bug?

 

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Ants in Hummingbird FeederHow do I get rid of ants from a hummingbird feeder?

 

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Pressure Canning Green BeansHow long do I cook green beans in a pressure canner and at what pressure?

 

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Substitute for Nonfat Dry Milk in RecipeA recipe calls for 1/3 cup of nonfat dry milk. What can I use as a substitution?

 

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Removing a Yellow Urine Stain from a TubMy cat's litter box was kept in a spare bathroom tub and has left a yellow urine stain that I can't get out. What can I use?

 

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Parts for Gott Lunch ToteI have a Gott lunch tote, model 1806 and need the top for the screw on water bottle bottle #726 and I also need the tray # 715. Do you know where I can get one? The name on the bottle is Rubbermaid refreeze beverage bottle part# 8279. Thank you.

 

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Using Titletrader WebsiteI am having trouble on Titletrader.com. I cannot get the website to let me verify my email address and therefore I am unable to get books with my points.

 

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Making a Netting Petticoat for Wedding DressAs some of you may know I am working on my sister's wedding gown. She wants a mega-full ball gown type dress and wants a petticoat made completely out of netting, no hoops whatsoever.

 

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Leather Wallet Has Faded Spot Where CleanedI tried removing an ink spot off a Coach wallet. Now the leather pigment is removed. Can I re-dye the off white color onto the leather?

 

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Freezing Water BottlesAny suggestions on freezing water bottles? Mine keep cracking. I tried using less water and it still cracked. How can I keep the water cold all day?

 

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Black Biting BugsI am having a problem with tiny, black biting bugs. You feel it on your skin and it's gone like a flash of lightning. It bites leaving a terrible itch and small bump. What can this be?

 

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