January 13, 2017

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Hummus made from a prepared packet and garbanzo beans.

Product Review: Hummus Made EasyThis is a new product, Bush's Hummus Made Easy. You mix the contents of the pouch with one 16 ounce can of drained garbanzo beans and process in the food processor. You can process until it is the consistency you like. It comes in several flavors, but I have just purchased the classic flavor.


Uses for Non-Slip Utility Mats

Uses for Non-Slip Utility MatsI was at Food City and saw my favorite color, which is green, in a non slip utility mat. These are useful to prevent plates slipping around on trays. So I cut out a square and circle for meals which I take to my mom. It keeps everything in place.


A casserole lid that works as a small pie plate.

Casserole Lid as Small Pie PlateI purchased two small casserole lids. These lids can be used to bake a pie. It is a perfect size for a single person or retired couple to enjoy a pie without baking a 9 inch pie.


A pile of rock salt on a blue background.

Rock Salt for Whitening TeethSalt has natural preservatives for marinating foods. It is also good for removing stains and grease. The salt also can be a teeth whitening and can prevent of bad breath.


A corkscrew vine

Overwintering Cochliasanthus Caracalla (Corkscrew Vine)This post is a follow up on the plants I'm trying to overwinter. First, let me say, these plants have a large root system. My pots were sitting on the ground. When I lifted them to bring them inside, I found that roots had escaped through the drain holes and continued to grow, some as much as five feet.


Snowman Refrigerator Magnet - finished magnet sitting on a countertop

Snowman Refrigerator MagnetHere is a nice project for kids to make, personalizing it for birthdays, Valentine's Day, or other holidays, depending on the graphic you choose to make! Mine was a snowman since it was done around the holidays, but an initial, name, or a heart would look adorable!


Jade (Long Haired Tortoiseshell Hemingway) - Tortie lying down with front leggs crossed

Jade (Long Haired Tortoiseshell Hemingway)This is the adorable Jade. As you can tell, Jade is a real diva. She charms everyone with her adorable good looks and outsize personality.


A bowl of snow ice cream.

Snow Cream VariationsI guess you could call this a garden picture. The snow was harvested from my garden. And too, I don't have an actual recipe. The amounts of all other ingredients would vary according to how much snow was used.


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Homemade Brown SugarThe great thing about making your own brown sugar is that it's less expensive than buying store bought brown sugar and you have control over how dark the brown sugar will be.


Baba Ganoush in bowl with garnish.

Baba GanoushBaba Ganoush is a delicious eggplant dish that originated in Lebanon. It's super easy to make and tastes phenomenal. I love it extra because it's full of fiber!


Close up of wooden frame.

Covering Up Nicks and Scratches on WoodI used a crayon designed for covering up gray roots to fix a picture frame. This crayon is activated with water and goes on more smoothly than a regular crayon. I'll bet you can't tell where the damaged area was!


A waterfall in the woods.

Nature Walk at Anna Ruby Falls (GA)The majestic Anna Ruby Falls is located within the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in North Georgia. This past August, during the heat and drought of the summer, my husband and I found it so refreshing to escape to the paved 0.4-mile footpath which leads from the parking lot to the base of the falls.


Doctor's Bag Craft - two completed bags

Doctor's Bag CraftA popular theme in early grades is community helpers. Students learn about fire fighters, police officers, nurses, doctors, vets, teachers, farmers, and a few others. A favorite in my class one year was the doctor's medical bag. The bags are simple to make and are fun for kids to role play with.


A young girl with a cold or flu.

Stay Healthy During Flu SeasonThis is flu season. If you have to see your doctor for a check up or because your sick, DO NOT pick up a paper, brochure or especially a magazine! It is the easiest way to pick up an infection or another illness you don't have.


How To Use Watercolor Pencils - 4 examples on small floral shapes

How To Use Watercolor PencilsWatercolor pencils can be very versatile, and can be a great way to express your creativity. They can also be a wonderful tool for adult coloring pages.


A yellow lemon cut in half, ready for use.

20 Uses for LemonsTips on keeping lemons fresh, uses for lemons and a few lemon recipes. I wash and dry fresh lemons. Cut them into wedges and de-seed them. Toss them into a freezer proof bag or container. Whenever I need a lemon in my drink, I add the frozen wedges.



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Gift Ideas for Boyfriend's 15th Birthday?My boyfriend's birthday is on Valentine's Day. Mine was 5 days ago and he gave me a bracelet that said LOVE on it. We have been together for a few months. I would like to get something small. I don't wanna give him jewelry, cos it's a bit samey. He likes football and is very intelligent. Any ideas?


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Singer Sewing Machine Locked Up?I have a Singer Esteem sewing machine that recently froze up. The hand wheel does not turn. I have checked for errant threads in the bobbin case as well as the spool threading areas. Any ideas what could be wrong?


Dyed Hair Too Bright

Dyed Hair Too Bright?I have been experimenting with the DIY boxed hair colors. I did the 5.29 red Schwarzkopf color and loved it! But I wanted a little more red to show so I went big and got the Splat raspberry red, which I should've known was going to come out crazy red. Now my hair is like super bright, almost hot pink red!


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Making Candles from Leftover Wax?I love to reuse my old candles by melting the leftover waxs together to make a new candle, but as the wax is cooling with a wick in the center, the wax climbs the walls of the candle jar, leaving a big pit in the middle. This does not happen when there's no wick.


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One Light Fixture in Bedroom Not Working?My friends light is not working in his bedroom. The lighting circuit breaker is on and the other lights and switches in the circuit are working. I replaced the switch and light fitting, but it still doesn't work. I don't have any test equipment, but to me it seems as though the switch isn't getting any power to it.


Identifying a Houseplant - small multi branched green plant from side

Identifying a Houseplant?I bought this cute little plant a couple of days ago and it seems to be in need of some care. However I do not have the slightest idea about plant species, so if someone could identify this cutie for me, it would be very much appreciated. I can say that it is rather small.


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Manual for a Vintage Brother Pacesetter?I need a sewing machine manual for my vintage Brother Pacesetter sewing machine/ZU2-B687 G-85676013.


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Protecting a Finished Glow in the Dark Puzzle?Can you shellac the front of a glow in the dark puzzle without damaging the effect? If not, what can be used to protect the front side?


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Finding Donated Fabric for Charity Projects?I am disabled and sew quilts. I am on limited income and in need of fabric. I make baby blankets and take them to the children's hospital and also make them for the army reserve. Does anyone know where I can get fabric donations?


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