December 13, 2018

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Cranberry Orange Marmalade in bowl and on toast

Instant Pot Cranberry Orange MarmaladeI was craving my mum's homemade orange marmalade the other morning but had ran out of it. She uses lots of orange zest in hers, which I love, so I thought I'd try to remake it with a bit of a twist in my Instant Pot... because I wanted it in an instant! I added fresh cranberries to it since we have so many around for the holidays. What a tangy delight! I'll be making plenty of jars to give out for the holidays.


bowl of Tarragon Soy Avocado on lettuce

Tarragon Soy Avocado SaladThis is one of my absolute favourite ways to use avocado. Using soy sauce instead of salt really gives depth to the savoury flavours, while the tarragon really punches through the creaminess and livens things up. This is originally my mother's longtime recipe, and the way she got me hooked on the heart-healthy avocado when I was very young. Thanks Mama!


decorated Pineapple Coconut Carrot Cake

Pineapple Coconut Carrot CakeA very sweet, moist, and fruity carrot cake, that is based on this recipe. Carrot cake can be dry so I am glad that the pineapple helped solve that. I am doubling the baking time because it literally took twice as long as what the link said.


Roasting a Pie Pumpkin

Roasting a Pie PumpkinA couple weeks ago I celebrated the last lingering rays of fall by finally baking up the pumpkin I bought at the farmer's market for Halloween. Specifically, it was a pie pumpkin, not a Jack-O-Lantern. I hoped to get a second use out of it and, woah, it worked! :) Thank you to my sister, who recommended roasting, not boiling it; another Holly, at for the instructions; and Rosemary at for the roasted seeds idea.


Taco Lasagna

Taco LasagnaMy guests went crazy when they tasted this Taco Lasagna. What a great party pleaser! It has everything you need. No need for chips, just plates and forks and good beverages. You can make this mild, medium or hot! I would suggest doing some items mild and some medium. It is a good mix.



Sagittarius Constellation Card - finished card with the stars showing through the holes in the card front.

Sagittarius Constellation Greeting CardThis is such a cute minimalist card you can make for anyone as a birthday greeting card. Or, you can apply this concept with nails and wood for a nice artwork piece.


Free Flower Pots at Lowe's Garden Center - shelves with plastic pots

Free Flower Pots at Lowe's Garden CenterSome garden centers like Home Depot or Lowe's have a rack for free pots. If they don't, you can ask if they have any free pots you can have. What's awesome is once in a while you may stumble across a nice ceramic, clay pot too!


Christmas Candy Egg Carton Gift Box - finished gift

Christmas Candy Egg Carton Gift BoxOne way of reusing an egg carton is by making a holiday/Christmas candy gift box.



Identifying Vintage and Antique Furniture - dry sink and a chair

Identifying Vintage and Antique Furniture?I am curious as to the value of these two pieces. I did some research on the dry sink and it appears to be an Ethan Allen piece with an Ogee bracket type foot, but I haven't seen the exact same one. I don't know the history of it, as it was left as trash at someone's house about five years ago.


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Name Ideas for an After School Program?I'm looking for a short and unique name for my after school program.


Finding Discontinued Wallpaper - sample of pattern

Finding Discontinued Wallpaper?I am working on a project at an old hotel in New Jersey. There are air walls (bifold doors) in their ballroom that required updating to meet code. We replaced two panels of the air wall with code compliant exit panels, but they do not come in a finish to match the existing ones.


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Identifying Swarms of Flying Insects?I would like to id these swarms that are in my backyard. They seem to hover or swarm in one spot. I also see them in other back yards next door. I'm located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Does anybody know and how to stop them?


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Cleaning Rate for New Construction Homes?What is the rate for a final interior cleaning of a 3,550 sq. ft. newly built home in Guelph, Ontario?


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Recycling VHS Tapes?What is the best way to remove the film from VHS tapes? I have over 50 tapes. I need to separate the film from the plastic before recycling the tapes.


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Searching for a Bud Doll Made by Ideal Toys?I am looking to buy a 1965 Bud doll. It's the boyfriend of the Tammy doll. Any advice on where to look ?


Is My Dog a Chihuahua/Dachshund Mix? - small black dog with one ear sticking out to the side

Is My Dog a Chihuahua/Dachshund Mix?I'm 99.5% sure that my dog is a Chiweenie. The vet's office that we got her from didn't have much information, as her previous owners had dropped her off to be put down because she licked their new baby, or something like that.


Value of an Ashton Drake Porcelain Doll - doll in box with certificate

Value of an Ashton Drake Porcelain Doll?Can you help me by giving me an idea of the value of this doll please?


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Understanding Crochet Instructions?What does it mean when a crochet pattern has -10 (sc) (30)rd?


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Measuring Dry Macaroni?I need to know how to measure the correct amount in cups to fill a 1 1/2 qt dish when prepared.


Identifying a Porcelain Doll

Identifying a Porcelain Doll?I found this doll in the garage of a home we just purchased. I am wondering if it's a real Bru, a replica, or what is it worth. The doll is 14 inches tall. There was a note pinned to the doll under the dress with a phone # and the name April wxxxx. That # has been disconnected.


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Prognosis for a Puppy with Parvo?I just adopted a 35 day old Labrador. He was fine for three days and then started with vomiting and diarrhea. I took him to the vet who started him on oral antibiotics, but as it got worse he is also on IV fluids and injectable medication. Today is the fourth day and he has been diagnosed with parvovirus.


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Getting Rid of Fleas in the House?We just recently started seeing fleas in our home. We have a newborn and a toddler. We took our dog to the groomer. We sprayed the yard. We have done our house twice now with two different sprays. I have cleaned the curtains, comforters, and rugs. I also vacuumed the couch and rugs and cleaned all kinds of stuff.


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