December 18, 2019

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Large paper clip attached to table for cord.

Use a Binder Clip to Hold Cords in PlaceBinder clips are the perfect solution to keeping cords from falling behind furniture. They are also a great way to manage the mess of multiple cords.


Baked Biko on plate

Making Baked BikoBiko is a Filipino sweet rice cake made with sticky rice, coconut milk, and brown sugar. This easy to make dessert is creamy, chewy, and gluten-free.


Christmas Ornaments Wreath - closeup against white background

Making a Christmas Ornaments WreathString some pretty shatterproof ornaments onto copper wire. Add a twisted ribbon laced around the ornaments and finish with a bow. This easy to make wreath is perfect to hang indoors or out. Made with sale items from the previous Christmas season it is also very economical and of course reusable.


Peanut Butter Banana Muffins cooling on rack

Peanut Butter Banana MuffinsThese peanut butter banana muffins are a great way to use up those bananas that are sitting on your counter. They are perfect for breakfast or as a snack.


Recycled Plastic Bottle Herb Planters

Recycled Plastic Bottle Herb PlantersThese recycled plastic bottle herb planters are also self watering making them lower maintenance. Make several and grow herbs year round.


Grocery Bag Ghosts

Plastic Bag Ghost DecorationThese grocery bag ghosts can easily be made with items you likely have around the house.


A rainbow over some fields.

Country Meets CityWhen I was five, we would travel from Hamilton to Roebuck to see my dad's parents. We loved it there, even though there was no running water or any thing fancy. There was a built in toilet, like an outside outhouse. I remember my aunt carrying the pail to dump, she hated it. She would have to feed the pigs and other animals. We would follow her around.


Closeup of unique Christmas arrangement

Making a Recycled Christmas BouquetRather than discarding excess, old, or broken Christmas decorations use them to create lovely Christmas bouquets. The possibilities are as vast as your supplies and imagination. Some examples are pictured on this page.


Dick Larson's Walking Sticks

Making a Tree Branch Walking StickWhether you happen upon a neat branch that has fallen from a tree or chose to remove one from a tree in your yard, it is easy to turn it into a handy walking stick.


Baked Egg in a Tomato on plate with bread slice

Making Baked Egg Tomato CupsThese baked egg tomato cups are a great way to prepare your favorite tomatoes. You can customize them with your favorite herbs and toppings or try one of these simple recipes.


salad on plate

Cranberry Walnut Quinoa SaladThis cranberry walnut quinoa salad offers the perfect blend of tangy, creamy, and sweet flavors. Enjoy it atop a bed of lettuce for a light lunch.


A man holding open an empty wallet.

A Fortnight's Lost IncomeThis is a story from my past, which taught me that when you have to you can do it! It was the day after payday and I had the cash on the table, working out where it would be going. There was a knock at the door so I hid the cash. It was an hour or so before I got back to my budgeting task. Unfortunately, I had forgotten where I'd put the money!


Cheetos Carrots

Making Cheetos CarrotsYou can make these awesome carrot treats by filling triangular shaped treat bags with Cheetos and tying them off with green ribbon.


A finger and thumb pinching a penny.

Pinch Those Pennies When You're YoungMy great aunt and uncle were very frugal. They made their own furniture out of pressed wood. They had a schematic of the property, where every wire was buried outside, location of all piping, cable etc. They ordered kitchen cabinets to put together themselves and bought parts for repairs in bulk; plumbing, sprinkler, electricity, basically anything that could break and need repaired. They bought the best quality gloss enamel paint so everything was easy to maintain with washing.


Baked Red Potatoes on tray

Baked Frozen Red PotatoesWhen preparing your frozen excess potato crop try this idea. The results are excellent and the taste is as good as they were fresh from the garden. The recipe for making marinated, baked, frozen red potatoes is found on this page.


Spiral Miniature Christmas Tree Decoration - finished tree closeup

Making a Spiral Pipe Cleaner Mini Christmas TreeThis cute mini Christmas tree is made using a pipe cleaner, pom poms, a cork, and a bit of craft sheet foam. Set them around the house as tiny spots of holiday cheer. The kids can use them to decorate a doll's house or Lego house. There are surely more ideas for putting them to use in your holiday decorating and gift giving activities.


Crocheted Pouch with Lanyard for Crafting Supplies - pouch filled and hanging from lanyard

Crocheted Pouch with Lanyard for Crafting SuppliesThis crocheted pouch can be worn around your neck and helps keep supplies you need close at hand. You can easily customize it to the size that best meets your needs.


Angel Blowing On Trumpet Christmas Card - add cut pieces from the scrubber as hair and pens to make eye and pink cheek

DIY Angel Blowing On Trumpet Christmas CardThe recipient will truly appreciate this beautiful handmade holiday card. It is a gift in itself. The materials needed and steps, with accompanying photos, are found on this page.


Christmas Ornament Card - card with greeting written on the front

Making a Christmas Tree with Ornaments CardThis pretty Christmas card is made from a folded piece of green paper. Punch small holes all over the card to create ornaments, which are then backed with colored bits of magazine pages. The kids will love helping to glue the paper on to finish the ornaments. Write a message on the front and you are done.


A sad and small Christmas tree.

The Christmas Tree GrinchMy father bought our Christmas tree every year on Christmas Eve. My father, well, he was a bit of a Grinch when it came to purchasing a tree. He didn't want to spend money for a tree that was only going to be up for one week. It was his money; after all, we were spending.


Clip holding the plaque attached to the wall.

Use Binder Clips for Hanging ArtworkBinder clips are an easy way to hang artwork, especially small items. Once you attach it to the artwork, simply hang the clip on a pushpin or a nail.


A bowl of chimichurri sauce

Making Chimichurri SauceThis herby sauce is less spicy than traditional chimichurri sauce and is perfect for dipping or as a marinade.


A binder clip used as a chip clip

Binder Clips for Closing Food BagsBinder clips are a sturdy alternative to the colorful plastic clips used for keeping chip bags and other food packages closed. Try some; you may find that they are a better choice than the popular plastic options.


I Hope You Dance to HeavenMy sister was diagnosed with cancer in the year 2000. She was not expected to live over one year, but God gave us seven years to watch her journey through this cancer and her spiritual journey to Heaven. The last Thanksgiving that my sister was on this Earth, she was wheelchair-bound and I was asked by her to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for her and her family.


String cheese and bell pepper cheesy zombie fingers

Making Cheesy Zombie FingersThese cheesy zombie fingers are the perfect snack for your Halloween party. All you need is string cheese, bell peppers, and cream cheese to quickly prepare a plate of zombie fingers.


Robin's Nest Craft - finished nest

Making a Robin's Nest CraftThis adorable robin's nest is made using peat moss from the craft store and small blue plastic eggs.


A jar of change being saved.

Finally Starting Out Being ThriftyMy partner and I are on SSDI with SNAP and I am enforcing a budget for 4 people in this household. We consume a lot of tea so we get the gallon bags on our main shopping trip. My partner brews it up in a large Dutch oven like pot and makes 2 gallons out of that, one for him and one for the rest of us.


Plastic Canvas Wedding Cake Patterns

Plastic Canvas Wedding Cake Patterns?A plastic canvas wedding cake is a beautiful keepsake that will last far beyond that special day. Here is some information for locating a pattern to make your own.


Chocolate Chip Blondies Dessert

Flourless Chocolate Chip Blondies DessertIts easy to make delicious flourless chocolate chip blondies using chickpeas. Here is a unique spin on a favorite dessert.


Cardboard Tube Gift Box

Making a Cardboard Tube Gift BoxYet another great idea for reusing the paper tube inside of toilet paper or paper towels. These tubes are perfect for many gift wrapping needs. You can wrap the tube and then add a bow.



gift wrapped baked brownies

30 Cent Brownie MixGifts of food are always appreciated. This brownie mix is inexpensive and has all natural ingredients. So moist, chocolatey and delicious. I decided to actually make the brownies and give those as gifts. I made up some extra mix to have on hand for a quick dessert for unexpected company.


Funfetty Cake Bites

Funfetty Cake BitesConfetti cake, that's how some people call it here in my place. Its just a cake with colorful bits inside. It is best to serve during the holidays, because kids love sweets and colors as well.



A cooler with ice in recycled bottles.

Using a Cooler During the HolidaysWhen more refrigerator space is needed for the holidays, bring out the cooler. It will come in handy to store the extra food that needs to be refrigerated. I use jugs of ice that I have in the freezer to keep the cooler cold.


Rainbow Christmas Countdown - countdown hanging on a brick fireplace

Rainbow Christmas CountdownThis is a craft I made earlier this month, but I haven't had a chance to post because I have been sick for the past week.



Is This a Bassett 6 Drawer Highboy?

Is This a Bassett 6 Drawer Highboy?Is this aBassett 6 drawer highboy style chest of drawers. It has a cherry finish and a pediment top. It measures 37" wide x 19" deep x 76" high.


What Breed Is My Dog? - black puppy with white on chin and chest

What Breed Is My Dog?What kind of dog does he look like? He is supposed to be mixed with German Shepherd. We wanted a big dog because we have a male that is big and wanted to get him a playmate. What do you think he may be mixed with? Does he look like he will be a big dog?


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Ideas for an Award Speech?I am going to receive a surprise award from my college which they are not disclosing. How should I give an award acceptance speech at that time?


Finding Roof Repair Assistance for Seniors - falling ceiling

Finding Roof Repair Assistance for Seniors?My mom has dementia. I quit my job to take care of her. Her roof is leaking and the ceiling in her home has fallen in. It's raining in her house.


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Cleaning a Burnt Stainless Steel Pan?How do I clean my stainless steel pot that has burnt on food? I forgot about it on the stove.


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