November 26, 2019

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Felt Clip-on Harry Potter Ties - birthday boy wearing a tie and his Harry Potter glasses

How to Make Felt Clip-on Harry Potter TiesPlanning a Harry Potter themed birthday party or other event? You can easily make this cute felt clip-on tie to give to the guests as favors. Learn how on this page.


Fork Printed Flower Birthday Card - finished design glued onto card base

Making a Fork Printed Flower Birthday CardInstead of an artist's brush this pretty card was created using small cake forks and Q-tips to apply the watercolor paints.


Use a Plastic Plate Instead of Flower Pot Saucers

Alternatives to Plastic Flowerpot SaucersPlastic flower pot saucers can seem pricey for what you get. Many of them are thin, flimsy plastic. One alternative is a sturdy child's plastic plate. There are other options as well.


Whey for Healthy Plants - miniature rose

Use Whey for Healthy PlantsMany gardener's use whey to fertilize their plants. It contains nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and other minerals that are beneficial in small amounts. Too much has the inverse effect and can harm you plants.


apples and sugars in covered crockpot

Making Crockpot Apple ButterFall is the time for making apple butter. Slow cook seasoned apples in a crockpot and then store the flavorful butter in sterilized jars or freeze. This is a delicious treat for the family and can be given as gifts.


A vegetable and salmon salad in a black bowl.

Salmon Salad RecipesSalmon salad can be prepared using fresh baked salmon or canned. Mix in your favorite ingredients and serve with greens for a light meal or use as sandwich filling. Either way it is delicious.


A cat inside a hooded litter box.

Where to Keep the Litter Box?It is a great convenience that cats are easily trained to use a litter box. However, finding the best place to locate your litter box(es) out of site and reach of other pets and children can be a process of trial and error.


Metal Bottle Cap Oysters with Pearls

Making Metal Bottle Cap Oysters with PearlsTransform metal bottle caps into decorative oysters, each with a pearl inside. They are fun to make and more fun to gift or use as the basis for other crafts, such as magnets.


ground spices in bowl

Homemade Garam MasalaMake this popular Indian cuisine spice at home. It is cheaper than buying it prepared at the store and you can mix up a batch when needed. You may already have most of the spices needed.


pine chest

Turn Pine Wood Furniture into Objects of ArtUsing a heat gun to darken and define the knots and grain on pine furniture is one way to improve the appearance of this inexpensive wood. Add painted stencils, unique handles, and other decorative touches to create a lovely piece that complements your home's decor.


Mini Witch Hat Headband - young woman wearing the mini witch hat

Making a Mini Witch Hat HeadbandThis cute little witch hat headband is perfect for a minimalist Halloween costume when you don't want to go all out.


A selection of garlic rolls.

Making Garlic RollsGarlic rolls with or without added cheese are perfect to serve with Italian dishes or really with any meal. This page offers instructions for preparing tasty garlic rolls.


A piece of shoo fly pie on a plate.

Making Shoo Fly PieThis delicious pie comes to us from Amish country. The brown sugar crumbles top a pie crust filled with a scrumptious mix of eggs, molasses, water, and baking soda. There are several variations to the basic recipe. This page contains shoo fly pie recipes.



Two headbands tied together for a looser fit.

Combining Dollar Tree HeadbandsI went to the local dollar tree and get 4 nice wide headbands. But, they were just a bit too tight. In fact, they hurt my ears. So today I fixed them by cutting them on the seam and tying them together. I have a nice comfortable one, that is multi-colored!


A wood burning stove in the kitchen.

Living in the BoondocksWe live in the country and it is 45 miles away from any grocery store. The first thing we do is to make a shopping list and only go shopping once a month. Our doctors are 180 miles from our home so, when we have a doctor's appointment, we check the shopping ads for the stores in that town and buy what we know we will use and stock up on those items at those stores.


Christmas Tree Place Card Holders - two Christmas tree placecard holders

Christmas Tree Place Card HoldersWill you be hosting Christmas dinner? Do you want a cute and personalized place-card for your guests? You can make these cute Christmas tree place card holders for your guests to bring home as a party favor and decoration made with simple supplies! (I made these for my kids.)


An apple peeler and corer.

Reselling Thrift Store FindsA few local thrift stores have special "senior" Tuesdays when they offer an additional 30% off store-wide to those of us "better than 50ish". I take advantage of the discount and if I find something which I can use, I am already in advantageous status with the percentage off and the resale vs. retail price.


Round tea bags stored inside a Pringles container.

Store Round Tea Pods in a Pringles CanI just got some Tetley Green Tea and when I opened the box, I discovered the bags were round. Makes sense really, if your cups are round, the bags can be, too. No strings, staples or paper hangers. I am in love.


Tools organized on a shelf with recycled cans.

Organizing Your ToolsWe have a room that my boyfriend stores all his tools in. It is always a mess and you can't find anything when you need it. The screwdrivers are mixed in with the other hand tools and the woodworking tools are mixed in with the other tools. If you need any tools for the garden, they are mixed in with the power tools and you can't find what you need. You end up spending hours moving tools around to find the one you need.


A container with a blue lid that is marked with a "B".

Remembering The Right Lid for a ContainerTwo of my plastic containers are so close to the same, but with one small difference. I am always grabbing the wrong lid. So today, I marked the bottom with an indelible marker "B" to indicate the lid color. Now I can toss the yellow back into the basket it came from. Now when I grab the bottom, I will know it's the blue lid that goes with it.


Cheese Stuffed Banana Pops

Cheese Stuffed Banana PopsIt's harvest time for bananas and it's so plentiful that I have to share it to some neighbors. Some are set aside for banana bread and some I made into stuffed banana balls.


A jewelry box with a collection of different types of jewelry.

Cleaning Out a Deceased Person's HomeCheck pockets, linings of coats, insides of pocketbooks, inside pill bottles, radiators, inside books and picture frames for money and valuables. Check all collections of junk jewelry for the possibility of a gold or silver piece.


A cat sleeping on a quilt.

Holidays Away From HomeWhen my son moved across the country, traveling back home each holiday became too expensive so we devised one solution that especially got us through his first Thanksgiving away. We set up our laptop on the table while we all ate our meal together on Skype with him and his significant other.


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