June 17, 2015

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A pat of real butter.

Don't Substitute for ButterI don't mean to start a war here, but I am 77 and I have eaten butter all my life. I don't do the half measure and I don't add water. If a recipe calls for butter I use it because it is dairy. Who knows what is really in margarine?

 

Add Fruit to Ice Cubes

Add Fruit to Ice CubesI drink a lot of plain water but instead of adding ice, I freeze cubed watermelon or other fruits. Add to drinks for a festive, flavorful and colorful drink. Great way to help kids drink healthier too!

 

Mix Beef, Pork and Veal for Best Meatloaf

Mix Beef, Pork and Veal for Best MeatloafEveryone has their own old fashioned meatloaf recipe, usually handed down in the family. I know my mom taught me how to make my first meatloaf.

 

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Poppa Bear Card for Father's DayAn easy and cute Father's Day card idea for kids.

 

watermelon patch

Strange Watermelon VinesI live in a strange world. I could give you many examples. For now, I'll give you just two.

 

open container with rice and chop sticks

Chinese Take-Out Containers Are PlatesDid you know that the reason the Chinese take out boxes are shaped the way they are is because they are meant to be used as plates?

 

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ThriftyFun is Part of My FamilyWe live in an area where there are lots of trees and woodland critters. A large rat had taken up residence in my neighbor's yard had been killed. My son, who has a mischievous streak a mile wide, asked me if I needed pics for ThriftyFun.

 

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Harry Potter Birthday PartyOrganize a Harry Potter-styled birthday party. Mail yourself a "Hogwarts Welcome Letter," and get your child to collect the mail. Also, instead of birthday invitations, send your child's friends "Hogwarts Welcome Letter" as well, and instead of giving the location of Hogwarts, give your home address to the children.

 

Peach, Tomato and Basil SaladRefreshing and delicious. Next time I will add chicken to make a main-dish meal.

 

Birthday Party Ideas

Birthday Party IdeasIf you are having a birthday party and you don't know what you want to do, then my suggestion is to go to an amusement park. Let's say there is NOT a park near your home, then go to a community pool. If you invite only a few friends, it's still fun.

 

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Kenmore Refrigerator Not WorkingThe power to this house was turn off for about 6 months and now the refrigerator and freezer are not working. They were working when the power was shut off.

 

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Pine Stump PlantersI have two pine stumps/logs. They have been removed from the ground. I want to preserve them with the bark on and use as planters. Any suggestions on how to and what to use?

 

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What Is This Plant?I have this white flowering bush with a sweet scent. What is this called?

 

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Asking for a Cash Gift for Combined Birthday PartyI have five children, and this year we would like to consolidate all of their birthdays into one big summer celebration. Two of my kiddos are right before and right after Christmas. They never get a birthday party because people are so busy with their hectic holiday schedules.

 

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Cat Losing Hair on Ears and NeckI have a 1 year old female cat who very recently started losing hair on her ears, back of head and neck, and down almost to her shoulder blades in some spots. I thought it could be because I'd gotten a new collar, but I took it off and she's still losing hair.

 

white fur on black cat

Cat Losing Fur on BackA few months ago my mom found my cat, Luna, under our house half-dead. We figured she had feline leukemia. A few weeks later she got better. It was a week after she got better from her disease, or whatever, that she began losing fur. It spreaded to the beginning of her tail and now it is growing back white.

 

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Setting the Temperature in a RefrigeratorI have a question on refrigerator temp settings. I have a top freezer fridge in my garage. Sometimes, the fridge side does not work properly. It doesn't have a temp display, so I have placed manual temp gauges inside. My understanding is that the fridge side needs to be no more than 37 degrees to keep cooling.

 

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Bathroom Paint Color AdviceI'm getting ready to redo the bathroom in this home we just purchased. The tub, sink, and commode are black. The faucets are gold. The wall had black/brown wallpaper on it that had gotten damaged. I need to know what paint color do I need for the wall and what color tile do I need. It is a small bath.

 

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Zucchini Not Setting FruitMy zucchini is growing lots of big bushy leaves and lots of blossoms, but none of those blossoms are growing into veggies. Why? I would welcome any advice.

 

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