April 14, 2015

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Recipes

A dish of tamale pie, topped with salsa, sour cream and avocado.

Hearty Tamale PieI love comfort food just as much as the next person, probably more! But after making this recipe I discovered that comfort food can be healthy too.

 

Three Layer Coconut-Pineapple Cake

Three Layer Coconut-Pineapple CakeThis wonderful Easter was topped by this magic cake that looked so big, but was feather weight. The cake was so light and delicious. There wasn't a sound while everyone ate dessert! Ahhh, just the way I like it! :)

 

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Mall Birthday PartyI live in Texas. For my best friend's 13th birthday, we went to the Woodlands Mall and shopped there and just looked around. We didn't spend a lot of money, but we went to Build a Bear Workshop and acted like little kids and it was really fun.

 

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Chewable Sulfur Tablets to Ward off MosquitoesGrowing up with grandparents from "back in the day" was to me an advantage. In the 60's and 70's, as a kid, we children were sent outside to play, whether or not we wanted to. I did not mind, nor did the mosquitoes. Mosquitoes loved me. I was usually bathed in and caked in calamine lotion each night after my bath and stood in front of a fan to dry and try not scratch the bites that covered my little body. Finally, one year I was given a tasty orange chewable tablet daily in the warmer months here in Louisiana. I loved it. Mosquitoes never bothered me again, those many warm seasons ago. My pharmacists of today never heard of this Sulfur chewable. Nor, did they ever admit knowing the positive effects of sulfur against mosquitoes. Unfortunately, this isn't really a tip. It's more of a request. Pharmaceutical companies, please put this sulfur tablet back on the shelf. I'm sure it's quicker and safer than eating a match head or making my own tea. Even at age 50, I'm too eager to go outside to my garden. My grandmother knew what to do for me back then. There are some truths to "old wives tells".

 

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Hiding House Key for Emergency PersonnelWe all have our favorite key hiding places for our own use. However, to tell the location of a well-hidden key for a 911 call may not be easy, especially by the person who may be in need of emergency personnel.

 

Two silica packets on a white surface.

Recycle Silica Gel PacketsI save all those little packets of silica gel. You can find them in purses, shoes, etc. They are used to soak up the moisture. I throw them into a jar and save them and use them to mix into my soil, as they tend to soak up the moisture and slowly release it.

 

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Razor Blade to Clean Glass Shower DoorsSoap scum just flakes off into a powder by removing it with a single edge razor. Very simple. After years of spending money on chemicals for my shower doors, they are now clean!

 

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Crocheted HangersFor mere pennies, you can have a pretty hanger. This one is for my little girl, but with more mature colors, etc. you could easily make them for adults too. All you need is a basic plastic hanger, yarn of any weight, and something pretty to attach to the neck.

 

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Removing Gorilla Glue from GraniteSoak the spot with Orange Glo. Take a sharp knife and gently scrape away the glue. Wipe off the dried glue and cover area again with the Orange Glo, let sit, and wipe clean.

 

Two shirts on sale.

Frugal Queen in ProcessI am frugal and learning every day. I budget every cent I have on pen and paper. When I spend it, I keep my receipt and log in down. I pay a little more on each bill as often as possible.

 

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Cleaning Smoke Smell from Porcelain DollsI just purchased 2 musical porcelain dolls from eBay and they were very smoky and had what appears to be water stains. I opened seams and removed the music box, removed the hands, feet and head.

 

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Rocker Soles for Heel Spur ReliefI have also suffered from heel spurs and my solution to the pain and final cure was to wear rocker soled shoes! I found the shoes were such a relief eventually I could wear my regular shoes again!

 

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Dealing with a Troubled TeenI have gone through these upsets. If the doctor has checked for drugs and depression, then go into how the youth feels. Some people have been bullied in to doing things that are life changing ,so tell your youth how much you love them and how worried you are and how not one thing in this life could stop your love and understanding.

 

Mark Opening for Turning a Sewing Project

Mark Opening for Turning a Sewing...Accidentally forgetting to leave an opening to turn a sewing project right-side out can be very frustrating. At a recent sewing class, the teacher gave me this fabulous tip to keep from sewing your project shut. Determine where you want your opening to be then mark the beginning and end of the opening with 2 pins.

 

A selection of different spices, both powdered and whole.

Spices as an Alternative to MothballsWhen most of our belongings went into storage for 12 months, I used peppercorns and cloves in all clothing containers and bay leaves in all my book boxes. Never had a problem and everything smelt nice when I unpacked.

 

Questions

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Curtain Color AdviceWe just moved into our house and I'm wondering what I should do for the curtain color. I will be hanging new ones in the living room and dining room. Any ideas?

 

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Replacement Electric Blanket CordWhere can I find a replacement JC Penney's electric blanket wide 2- prong power cord?

 

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Sewing Machine Runs After Taking Foot Off PedalMy sewing machine is still stitching quickly after I take foot off the pedal. It has been serviced recently.

 

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Curtain Color AdviceWe just moved into this new apartment. And I am going crazy about what color to choose in regards to the curtains. When I browse curtains online and see "cool white" or "white" colors, they look very bright/shiny white with my walls, which are not true white.

 

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Getting Rid of Ants in an Exterior Lamp PostMy outdoor lamp post is full of tiny brown ants. They are coming out of the electrical side socket. Not wanting to short out the socket I haven't sprayed. How can I safely treat the socket?

 

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Kitten Has Eye DischargeMy kitten has discharge coming from its eye. What should I do?

 

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Ice Won't Dispense Through DoorI have a nearly new refrigerator with ice in the door. The icemaker makes plenty of ice and when I hold a glass to the lever, a sound is made but the ice only dispenses once in a while.

 

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Empty House Cleaning EstimatesWe are wondering how to estimate and what we should charge. We live in Michigan and we will clean walls, floors, and appliances of houses being prepared for rent or sale.

 

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Washer Not Spinning3 days ago my Maytag front loader washer stopped and threw a code. So I looked it up and it turned out the drain behind the front panel was clogged. I fixed it. Well now when the washer is done I go to put the clothes in the dryer and they are soaking wet.

 

14th Birthday Party IdeasI'm 14 in three weeks and have no party ideas. I'm a tomboy and hate all girly things. I love horses and would love a riding party, but it's too expensive, I don't have my own horse. I would still love to do something to do with horses, but can't think of anything.

 

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What Breed Is My Dog?She's about 35 pounds. She is a year old and I don't assume she'll grow much more in size. She's what you would call a small or medium sized dog. The lady who I bought her from claimed she is a German Shepherd, but other than her color I don't see any German Shepherd characteristics.

 

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Selling Trees for LumberI have 2 acres of pine trees that I need to clear off my land to move a house on. Is there a logging company that could help?

 

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15th Birthday IdeasMy birthday is in August. I don't want a big party or anything I just want to chill out with friends, but I don't know what to do. Any ideas what to do? I live in Norway by the way. And there's not much to do here I guess.

 

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Using Rotary Brand Sewing MachineI was given a very heavy Rotary sewing machine. It is vintage, I think. It seems to be able to embroider with 2 spools of thread. I have no manual and I can't figure how to use it. Any suggestion?

 

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POA RightsI am not officially married to my boyfriend, but we have 1 year old daughter. I have given him POA over our daughter. In some days I'm flying with my daughter, without my boyfriend. Do I need POA permission from him? I'm not sure, if they will ask me this on airplane, because our daughter took her father's surname not mine.

 

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17th Birthday Party IdeasMy birthday is on the 6th of May. I wanted to have a party just with my close friends, but I have no idea what to do.

 

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Removing Tipp-Ex Correction Fluid StainsHow do I remove Tipp-Ex stains?

 

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College Cross Stitch PatternI am looking for a George Washington University cross stitch pattern?

 

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Asking a Boy to a School DanceI want to take one of my ex-boyfriends to a school dance, but I don't know how to ask him.

 

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Sharing Living Expenses With GirlfriendMy girlfriend and I have been on and off for 5 years and have recently started taking marriage classes. We are talking about moving back in together so we can save money for a wedding. I pay $400 a month where I'm at. She pays $878 in rent plus another $500 in car and utility bills.

 

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Cat Peeing EverywhereMy 1 year old female cat keeps peeing everywhere. We took her to the vet and they found nothing wrong so they put her on Prozac. It started helping, but now she's peeing everywhere again. What should I do?

 

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Glider Seat Repair PartsOur gliders have a grid like metal base under the seat held on by clips and four wide rubber "bands" holding all to the frame. One of the bands is broken, where do I find replacements?

 

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Should I Put Wire in a Concrete Mold?I have a Texas shaped mold. I can't seem to keep the panhandle and south Texas from breaking off. I was told to put chicken wire in my mold for stability.

 

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What Is My Pit Bull Mixed With?What is my Pit mixed with?

 

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Using InterfacingI would like to know if fusible interfacing is breathable? I am making a bed cover and pillow shams with a woven-acrylic material. It is very breathable, but I need to find the right fabric to put just behind this woven fabric. I am looking for a breathable interfacing/fabric.

 

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Riding Mower Won't StartI have a riding mower with a 16hp Enduro engine. The carburetor is getting plenty of gas. It will only start when I pour gas in the carb. So I put on a new carburetor and I still have to pour gas into the carb to get it to run.

 

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Childcare Business Name IdeasI'm an eighth grader and we have to create a business. I decided to focus on creating a childcare business and I'm struggling with what the name should be. It would be nice if the name of the childcare could include my first or last name, but it isn't required.

 

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Coloring Hair While Suffering from Poison Ivy RashThis is going to seem very petty, but here goes. My roots could really use a touch up, but I have poison ivy going on 2 weeks now. Since it is an immune system response, would it be safe to color my hair or might I enter the ninth circle of hell?

 

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Responsibilities of POAMy sister in law has power of attorney over her mom, and I am the full time care giver of her mother and have been for the past four years. With me being the caregiver does she have to pay to me for caring for her mom 24/7 for four years?

 

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Party Ideas for Hospital EmployeesWe are planning a party for the Environmental Service Department at the hospital. We need a "Spring Fling" ideas for our housekeepers and blue boys. Budget savvy, please.

 

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Replacement Dish for Chop WizardWhere can I get a plastic replacement dish for my Chop Wizard and what is the cost? I have broken 3.

 

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What Breed Is My Puppy?His mom is an English Bulldog, but I'm not sure about the dad. He looks mixed to me. Either way we love him and are just curious.

 

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Focus DIY Store WallpaperI am looking for a wallpaper which at the time when I bought it was from Focus DIY Store. The wallpaper is beige with a blue stripe and also has a gold stripe in it as well. Do you know where I could get any from or if anyone who would sell it?

 

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Pricing for Move Out Cleaning ServiceA lease management company wants me to clean a duplex after a tenant moved out. It has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. The oven is a disaster.

 

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Changed Outlet and Lights Won't Turn OffI swapped out an old painted over electrical outlet, that is connected to a light switch for a new one. Now, the light switch connected to the top plug of the outlet will not turn off. The lights are on constantly.

 

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What Breed Is My Dog?A friend of mine found three puppies on the side of the road and asked me if I would like to take one. I adopted her and have had her for three months now. The vet thinks that she is about 6 months old now, but no one can figure out what find of dog breeds she is.

 

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