August 15, 2019

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Corn Soup with Pork Crackling in bowl

Corn Soup with Pork CracklingWe had steamed corn last Friday but none of us dared to eat it, because it was "literally hard" to eat. It went through pressure cooker several hours but nothing happened. I wanted to save the corn from the waste basket. Here's what I did.


cooked Quinoa in Instant Pot

Fluffy Instant Pot QuinoaDo you have a busy schedule? Investing in an Instant Pot has been a big help. Before I used to make quinoa in a rice cooker and now with an instant pot I am saving over half the time. Here's how you can make fluffy quinoa in an Instant Pot. The splash of lemon adds a nice flavor.


finished Panini Quesadillas

Crispy Panini QuesadillasThis is a fun and super delicious hybrid of a panini sandwich and a quesadilla. Place your favourite sandwich fillings inside two tortillas, add heaps of shredded cheese, and press. You want the cheese to ooze out because it will crisp up and make the most amazing crunchy crust. You don't need a panini press to make this. Instead, you could use a nonstick pan and press down firmly on the filled tortillas with a large spatula.


Vegetable Medley on dinner plate

Vegetable MedleyIf you like a combination of vegetables, or just have small amounts of various vegetables to use up, this is for you. You can vary the vegetables according to the season and what is on sale.



Red leaf Japanese maple

The Significance or Meaning of a Japanese MapleI actually found out a tree story about my brother and his new wife. I guess her grandparents got a tree for one of their wedding gifts and it was a Japanese Maple so wherever they moved to they would dig up the tree and take it with them. So, I thought that might be a good idea.


Monarch on a Zinnia - butterfly on an orange zinna

Monarch on a ZinniaWe have so many butterflies on our zinnias and here's a picture of one.


Cades Cove Tennessee - deer in the trees

Cades Cove TennesseeFor our 59th wedding anniversary, we went to Townsend, Tennessee and stayed at Townsend Gateway Inn. This motel is vintage style with 2 rocking chairs sitting in front of each room. You pull up and park right there at your room. The room was very clean and quiet. Beside the TV was a little basket of snacks for us to enjoy.


Damian (Pit Bull Mix)

Damian (Pit Bull Mix)I got him on 8/14/19 from a groomer that works at my sister's shop. He likes to play with toys, play with other dogs, and go for a walk.



Ferrule Shoes for a Mersman Table

Ferrule Shoes for a Mersman Table?I have a Mersman table that needs new ferrule shoes like the one in the photo. Any ideas where I might find some?


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Selling a Porcelain Doll Collection?Where in Scotland can I sell my porcelain doll collection of about 15-20 dolls all in really good condition? Some one is even H. Samuel limited edition collection pieces.


Value of a Seymour Mann Scarlet O'Hara Doll  - Scarlet wearing a white dress and and matching hat

Value of a Seymour Mann Scarlet O'Hara Doll?I found a rare Scarlet O'Hara doll in a white dress and not green. There were only 2500 made. I can't find what she would be sold as because no one has her. There is no damage at all. The stockings have no rips and the shoes are still there. There are no stains on her. I don't have her certification or box.


What Breed Is My Dog?

What Breed Is My Dog?I don't know if I have an American Pit Bull Terrier or an American Bull Dog.


Identifying a Houseplant - variegated fuzzy leafed plant upclose

Identifying a Houseplant?I posted a picture of this plant yesterday, but it turned out very dark so I am posting it again today with a new picture. I am wondering what the name of this plant is. It has fuzzy leaves and stem and has tiny red flowers when it flowers. The 2nd pic shows 2 tiny buds and once it flowers the blooms only last for a day or two.


Value of an Ashley Belle Doll - doll wearing a white lacy dress with a dark blue overskirt

Value of an Ashley Belle Doll?I came across an Ashley Belle porcelain doll while cleaning out a recently purchased storage building. I never knew these things had value until now. I've looked and scoured through eBay and other sites and am unable to find this particular Ashley Belle doll. How do I determine the value if any of this doll?


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Furniture Help for Low Income Individules?I recently moved into an apartment and it took everything I had in the bank to rent this place. I am in great need of a couch, an indoor recliner bed frame and box spring, kitchen table, and two chairs. I am 100% disabled and I can only work part-time. I'm moving from a camper into an apartment and I have no furniture except for one mattress.


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My Dog Pees on Her Bed?I recently adopted an American Staffy. She is 3 years old and she pees on her bed all the time. No matter how many times I take her out for a walk she will pee or poop on her bed and keep sleeping on it. Any suggestions?


Value and Age of a Vintage Singer Sewing Machine - looking down on the back side of a sewing machine in a cabinet

Value and Age of a Vintage Singer Sewing Machine?I am looking to find out the value and age of my Singer sewing machine. Serial number AJ968917. I can not find any information on it.


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Replacement Lid Seal for a Gott Water Jug?I have a Gott Cooler, model 1534, double handled one gallon jug. I need a seal for the lid. It leaks. Where can I get one? Do I have to purchase the entire lid?


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Making an Adjustable Follower Block?I have quite a bit of DMC floss stored in those floss away bags. I currently am using index card boxes and dividers, but would like something bigger. I would like to store them in a photo box storage. I recently bought 2 from a craft store, but they didn't have the steel adjustable follower block (what you use to make the files stand up straight).


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Breeding Zebra Finches?I have a pair of zebras. They built a nest. Today the female died. I want to get a new female tomorrow. Do I put them together and do I need to take out the old nest?


Determining the Value of a Silver Tray - ornate serving tray with handles

Determining the Value of a Silver Tray?Looking to find value, maker, and year of items posted.


Avocado Tree Not Setting Fruit - potted avocado in the garden

Avocado Tree Not Setting Fruit?I have an avocado tree. I need to know what I have to do to make it fruit. The plant is close to 2 years old.


Identifying French Porcelain Dolls - doll with hair in long ringlets wearing a blue dress with white underskirt

Identifying French Porcelain Dolls?I bought these lovely dolls in southern France. I have no information about them. Does anyone know? I think they are modern, but I don't know how old or if they are worth anything at all.


Ivy Dies Back in August - dying ivy

Ivy Dies Back in August?I have two identical ivy plants on opposite sides of my yard. They both receive several hours of afternoon sunshine. Every August the one ivy shrivels up and dies practically overnight and the other one is healthy all summer. The dying one looked as healthy as the other one up till a week ago. Can anyone tell me why this might be happening?


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Breakers Tripped When Changing Dryer Plug?I was changing the plug for my dryer, in an older home I just bought. My circuit box is not labeled well. I thought the correct breaker was off. Guess it was not. As I pulled the wires through the plug box. Sparks went everywhere. If flipped a 15 amp breaker. And half way flipped the main 100 amp breaker. Will it work again if I just replace the 2 breakers? Or could more be wrong?


Clematis Dying Back - one of two clematis plants dying back

Clematis Dying Back?These two clematis are growing beside each other. The one is healthy and the other one is dying off. I'm just wondering if it is normal for the one to be dying off so early. There is some new growth on it, but it's looking terrible.


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Caring for an Umbrella Tree?How do I care for an umbrella tree? I found one that is almost a yard tall. Someone left it in my garbage room and it is in great shape. It is root bound and very thirsty. I gave it a nice drink today of my super vitamin water that I make for my cannabis plants (water, banana skins, and avocado shells) that I let sit for days. I figured that I would give it a nice drink before transplanting.


What Kind of Pit Bull Is He? - dog lying down on carpet

What Kind of Pit Bull Is He?Can someone please tell me what type of Pit Bull he is so I can figure out how big he is going to get? Right now he is 6 months old.


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