November 20, 2019

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A spray bottle with cooking oil.

Using a Spray Bottle for Cooking OilsYou can save money by purchasing a mister bottle or plastic spray bottle to use with your favorite cooking oil(s). Some suggestions follow for sources and use.


Beetroot Borscht in bowl

Russian Beetroot BorschtThere are numerous variations on the the recipe for borscht, or beet soup. This page offers a dish that contains beets, cabbage, potatoes, stew meat, and more. Give it a try; it could easily become a family favorite. Add a dollop of sour cream or yogurt when served.


A whole chicken being prepared for cooking.

Cooking a Whole Chicken in an Instant PotSeason your chicken, place it in the Instant Pot and come back when it is done. Then it can be divided up and used in other dishes including salads, sandwiches, and more.


DIY Workout Enhancer Lotion - pour into clean jar

DIY Workout Enhancer LotionMake your own all natural workout enhancer lotion at home for less than the commercial products available. Learn how in the tutorial on this page.


Two bowls of cereal on a white background.

Recipes Using CerealPackaged cereals are used in a variety of recipes, typically sweet snacks or granola bars, along with some savory snack mixes. This page contains several recipes using popular boxed cereals.


A plate of pecan log balls served on white liners.

Making Pecan Log BallsAn alternative to serving a pecan log sliced is to take the slices and roll them into balls. Place the balls in paper cupcake pan liners and offer to your guests.


Seasoned Pretzel Twists

Making Seasoned Pretzel TwistsUse puff pastry to make these tasty baked pretzel snacks. The ingredients and steps are found on this page. Serve them plain or with a dip.


Flaky Pastry and Cream Tower on plate

Flaky Pastry and Cream TowerThis delicious pastry and cream tower begins with discount croissants. The directions and ingredients needed for this transformation are found on this page.


baked Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Chocolate Pumpkin CookiesThese delicious whole wheat chocolate chip pumpkin cookies are perfect to serve for fall holiday get-togethers or to give as gifts to friends, family, and co-workers. The recipe is provided on this page.


Turn a Photo Into a Colouring Page - original photo and one ready to print or send to friends for them to color

Turn a Photo Into a Colouring PageUsing the free photo editing app, Prisma, you can transform a photo into a fun coloring page. Learn how on this page.


Ribbons decorating a flowering bush.

Using Ribbon In Your GardenAdd seasonal interest to your garden by decorating with ribbon. Add ribbon bows or fabric strips to your planters and more. This page has some suggestions to get you going.


Snickers-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Snickers-Stuffed Peanut Butter CookiesAdd slices of Snickers bars to your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and enjoy this delicious snack. It is a good way to use up leftover Halloween candy.


cut Square Corn Cookies

Square Corn CookiesConvert a humble box of corn bread mix into tasty cookies with the addition of evaporated milk, condensed milk, and brown sugar. The recipe is found on this page.


Mexican Fruit Salad in bowl

Mexican Fruit SaladMix together cut up tropical or other types of fruit and add shredded coconut, a drizzle of lime, and a bit of salt and chili powder for a different tasting fruit salad. It can become addicting.


Little Shop of Horrors Costumes - dog dressed up as plant and one as Seymour

Little Shop of Horrors CostumesCreate a Little Shop of Horrors scene with your dogs dressed for their parts. This project includes step by step instructions and photos.


Bricks being used as a tree ring.

Using Bricks as Tree RingThere are many options available for creating a tree ring. Rather than the curved stone cinder block material or decorative rocks, try clay bricks. You may find that they are less expensive and give you a look that you prefer for you garden.


baked nectarine cake

Nectarine Cinnamon Banana CakeThis baked from scratch, cinnamon, nectarine, banana, and coconut powder cake is to die for. The recipe and instructions are right here. Start preheating the oven.


A woman reading a recipe from a spiral bound notebook.

Making a Recipe Book for Online RecipesWith so many recipes now available online you might still want to consolidate your favorites into an old school recipe book. One example would be to print and add them to a photo album.



Roast Beef meal on plate

Perfect Roast BeefI love roast beef when it's cooked perfectly. The way I like it is rare, so it's great to be able to cook it myself to my specifications. Then I slice away for meals and pack away for many lunches to come. Here is my simple recipe to the best roast beef. If you don't like it rare, just cook it a bit longer. I've added a temperature guide in the steps.


Cuttlefish Cubes with Star Beans in bowl

Cuttlefish Cubes with Star BeansWe love seafood and its amazing seeing your family members loving all the recipes you cook for them. Cuttlefish is one that my father likes to eat in sweet, savory and spicy flavors. This time no spice as my kids really likes to have them too.


Butternut Squash Soup in pan

Butternut Squash SoupI make this every Thanksgiving. I make ahead and freeze it without the cream. When I am ready to serve it I add the cream. I also serve it with 3-4 soup crackers on top. I submitted that recipe as well. I double the recipe since everyone loves it and I have a big crowd. I am submitting this recipe now so interested readers can prepare it in time for Thanksgiving.



Our Pond - in-ground goldfish pond with water lilies and flowers planted around the sides

Our PondOur pond is a place we like to sit and watch our goldfish.


Thanksgiving "Gather" Leaf Frame - frame ready to hang or sit on a shelf

Thanksgiving "Gather" Leaf FrameMake this cute framed "Gather" home decor piece just in time for Thanksgiving. It is perfect to display on your mantle or place in your kitchen. I was able to make this frame with a couple of items I already had laying around!



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Uses for Costco Black Plastic Food Trays?For several years we've been Costco members. We mostly purchase food items from them, especially prepared meals sealed in vacuum bags and also packaged in sturdy black plastic trays that have no lids. I've been using the trays as desk drawer office supply holders (the trays are the right size for pens, paper clips, little note pads, etc.), but I now have accumulated way more than I need.


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Selling Vintage Garrard Turntable Parts?I have a Garrard Synchro Lab turntable in disrepair. Does anyone know of a location(s) that might be interested in parts?


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Dog Is Eating Wooden Throwing Sticks?I have a 5 yr. old Shepherd Lab mix who has eaten sticks all of her weaned life. She gradually eats her oak throwing sticks in noticeable amounts a day. I'm wondering how safe it is for her to do.


Value of an Antique Piercy's Patent Tortoise Shell Thimble - antique thimble

Value of an Antique Piercy's Patent Tortoise Shell Thimble?I have an 1800s gold and silver tortoise shell Piercy's Patent thimble. I was wanting to know about what the value of one was?


Identifying the Maker's Mark on a Ring

Identifying the Maker's Mark on a Ring?Can anyone help me identify the maker's mark on this ring?


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Removing Stains from Calvin Klein Sweatpants?I have a couple oily stains, from having sat on something, and now I have spots of red Gatorade on the front of them. I just bought a few pairs of Calvin Klein performance yoga pants and sweatpants so I'm freaking out on how to keep them looking more fresh than worn.


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Name Ideas for a Handmade Lollipop Business?I need some name suggestions for a business selling lollipops.


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Making a Reversible Tissue Box Cover?Can you make the tissue box cover reversible?


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