August 9, 2017

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Stamped Tile Coasters - Finished coasters.

Stamped Tile CoastersUsing tumbled tiles and stamped images you can make attractive tile coasters for yourself or to give as gifts. This is a page about making stamped tile coasters.


Coin Purse Made from Hot Glue Sticks - finished purse

How to Make a Coin Purse from Hot Glue SticksHot glue sticks can be melted into a sheet that is then cut to shape and made into a coin purse. This is a page about how to make a coin purse from hot glue sticks.


A woman wrapped in a white towel.

Towels Leaving Lint on Your BodyNew towels can leave lint on your skin after a shower. While quite annoying, this usually stops over time with multiple washings and being dried in the dryer. This is a page about towels leaving lint on your body.


Apple chips being dried in an oven.

Drying Fruit and Meat Without a DehydratorWe have been drying fruit and meat successfully long before the availability of dehydrators. Options include the oven and even outside in dry warm weather. This is a page about drying fruit and meat without a dehydrator.


A generic white bleach bottle.

Generic vs. Name Brand BleachMost generic cleaning products contain the exact same ingredients in the same percentages, making them typically interchangeable. This is a page about generic versus name brand bleach.


A man cleaning his car's dashboard to remove smoke odors.

Removing Smoke Smells From a Car?Cigarette smoke odors or smoke smells resulting from a car fire can be difficult to remove from all of the interior surfaces and fabrics of your car. This page offers suggestions for removing these odors.


A food dehydrator with apple slices on it.

What is the Best Food Dehydrator?Choosing the right dehydrator for your needs depends on frequency of usage, size, and cost to name a few considerations. This is a page about, "What is the best food dehydrator?".


Several glass spice jar full of bulk spices.

Buying Bulk SpicesOne way to save on your food budget is to buy your spices in bulk. They are available this way from various markets and on-line. This is a page about buying bulk spices.



Grilled Pork Shoulder Skewers on plate

Grilled Pork Shoulder SkewersYou can't go wrong with a nice sweet marinate for grilled pork skewers! This is a tasty recipe that we love to prepare when we host BBQ parties. No one is ever disappointed. You can substitute the meat, but on hand I used pork shoulder.


Sautéed Shredded Zucchini on dinner plate

Sautéed Shredded ZucchiniA fabulous way to use up the zucchini that's in season right now. If you have pre-shred your zucchini ahead of time and freeze it, this can be a very quick side dish on a busy day. I had the basil, mint and Parmesan on hand, so I added them in.



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Moisturize When You Have a SunburnBuy a decent moisturizer and apply several times throughout the day. Don't wear makeup, which will dry your skin even more and prevent the moisturizer from working. Try to get a rich oil-based one like apricot kernel oil.


A close up of a mockingbird walking on grass.

Mockingbird's Unique BehaviorHave you ever noticed mockingbirds scurrying about on the ground while intermittently raising their wings? I believe when the bird lifts its wings and exposes the white bands to the very close ground, the white bands disturb and frighten insects in the immediate area, causing them to move quickly to avoid danger.


A white bowl containing several figs.

Freezing FigsWhen I was growing up, I spent a lot of time over at Grandma's house which was across the road and up a long lane. In August, you could find me up the fig tree munching on some of the best brown figs I have ever tasted. I would eat and eat until my belly was full. I still love figs.


Flowers in bloom, along a walking trail.

Flowers Along A Hiking TrailMy 9 year old daughter and I recently had the opportunity to go to a beautiful spot in western Wisconsin, where we had a lot of fun hiking and exploring. My daughter loves to take pictures, and these are 7 of the hundreds of photos she took while we were hiking on trails. She can't decide which is her favorite!


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Check your License Plates RegularlyIt is very important to be familiar with your license plate number, or at a glance, know your license plate. Sometime last year, we had our rear license plate stolen and replaced with a different license plate. We noticed because when we went to close the trunk, the license plate rattled because a screw was loose.


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Apple Cider Vinegar for a SunburnA cool bath of apple cider vinegar helps take the burn out of sunburn. At first it stings, but after a bit, it starts working. Make your water as cool as you can stand it. Soak the sunburnt areas.


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Use Pure Aloe for Dry Sunburned SkinIt's not going to be the prettiest look in the world but try putting on a thin layer of pure aloe. It'll take the sting out and give you some moisture back. That's always worked for me!


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Keep A Running Shopping ListWe all know sticking to a list is the key to saving money. I live 11 miles from town, so I keep what I call a 'running list' all the time. When I make it down the mountain, I know I have to keep to the list to keep the pantry stocked, especially in the winter.


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Evaporated Milk for a SunburnBuy a can of Carnation whole evaporated milk (not the skim). Use soft cotton balls to apply the milk to your sunburn. It will help healing and also makes the skin feel soothed if you refrigerate the canned milk prior to using it.


A collection of paint brushes of different sizes.

Stop Bristles from Falling Out of Paint BrushesSometimes when I'm painting crafts and whatnot, the bristles of my paint brushes will fall out. I know the easiest way to fix this is to get better quality brushes, but since I don't want to completely waste the ones I have, I have a little trick to temporarily help with the bristles.


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Borax and Powdered Sugar for Killing AntsTo kill ants, mix equal parts of borax and powdered sugar with just enough drops of water to make a paste. Place on pieces of cardboard where you see ants. This works both inside and outdoors within hours.


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Glycerine for a SunburnGlycerine will help moisturize it. You can find a bottle of this in the pharmacy area of any store and by the first aid too. There is a product called Aquaphor that contains glycerine that can be found with the hand creams and stuff like that. That works great for me.


A view of the Rocky Mountains, across the foothills.

Summer in the Mountains (Wyoming)After a very busy year so far, in July, we took the opportunity to take a little family vacation tent camping in the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming. It is about a 7 hour drive from where we live. The vista was breathtaking!



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Need to Manually Start Washer Spin Cycle?I have a Kenmore 90 series washer (110-C28922790). Washing, rinsing, and draining are no problem. But when it comes to the spinning cycle, it doesn't spin. I need to start it spinning manually until it starts spinning.


Value of a Reel Mower - reel mower

Value of a Reel Mower?Who knows about this mower? I was wondering what something like this is worth now a days. It pushes and the blades rotate like it just came off the assembly line. I'm seeing if it's worth selling as an antique or sharpening the blades and using as a mower.


Replacement Ice Containers for Gott 60 Ice Chest - blue and white ice chest

Replacement Ice Containers for Gott 60 Ice Chest?I have a 1980s era Gott 60 ice chest. The ice packs are lost. How can I replace them?


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Puppy Peeing on Herself When Lying Down?How do I get my 6 month old Pit mix puppy to stop laying down and peeing on herself. She only does it if there's something under her in the house. She will not sniff around to go pee. She just lays there and pees, but she will get up to go poop. How do I get her to get up to go pee outside?


Value of 1912 Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia Set

Value of 1912 Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia Set?I have a 10 volume 1912 Funk and Wagnalls encyclopedia set. Does it have any value?


Making a Wedding Gown Bodice - young woman wearing the dress

Making a Wedding Gown Bodice?It looks like a drop waist, but on the hanger it looks nowhere near drop waist. I guess my question is, where would the bodice end? Below, or above the belly button, etc? I'm making a wedding gown, and this is the bodice length/style I would like. I am a newbie to sewing.


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Breaker for Water Heater Not Working?I turned the breaker to my water heater off and when I turned it back on my water heater wasn't working. As it is a very old water heater I thought it had gone out, so I replaced it with a new one. It is still not working. The plumber installed it correctly, we filled it, and turned the breaker on, nothing.


What Breed Is My Dog?

What Breed Is My Dog?Is my puppy a rednose Pit Bull?


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Removing Rotten Meat Odor from Deep Freezer?I have a chest freezer that had a rotten turkey in it due to the power going out. When the power returned it tripped the breaker. The freezer works still, but the smell is horrible because the power was off to it for 3 months before I noticed the smell coming from the shed.


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Selling Old Police Achievement Trophies?I have a box of 50+ police awards from the 50s. Where can I sell them? They're really nice ones for high achievements.


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