March 25, 2020

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A puppy smelling a flower in a field.

What Breed Is My Puppy?Puppies take a bit of growing before it they look like their parents' breeds. Here are questions and answers about all sorts of different puppies and what they might be combined with.

 

Truffles on plate

3 Ingredient TrufflesThese delicious chocolate truffles are easy to make with just three basic ingredients. They make wonderful treats for Valentine's Day or Christmas.

 

Chicken Soup in bowl on set table

Instant Pot Bone BrothBone broth is an excellent soup base with rich flavors and nutrients from meat bones. The Instant Pot makes this recipe a snap but it can also be made in a slow cooker or stockpot.

 

serving of Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Healthy Peanut Butter Mug CakeMake this individual snack cake right in your microwave. It's great for an after school treat or for a sweet end to the day.

 

Making a Plastic Egg Garland - garland hung with the banner made earlier

Making a Plastic Egg GarlandBrightly colored plastic Easter eggs are strung into a festive garland with twine. It's a nice decoration for your door, window or mantle.

 

Valentine Gift Jar - pink rocks added to the lid, ready to fill with candy or other small gifts

Making a Valentine Gift JarDecorate a recycled jar to create you own handmade Valentine gift jar. We can show you how. Change the motif and it works for many occasions.

 

Valentine Hearts Kite Vase - finished bottle with stems in it

Making a Valentine Hearts Kite VaseA clear glass vase or recycled bottle can easily be transformed into a bit of Valentine's Day decor with a heart shaped kite motif. The supplies you will need and the instructions can be found below.

 

A woman washing her hair.

Homemade Natural Shampoo and Conditioner Recipes for Color Treated HairIf you have color treated hair and want to make your own shampoo and conditioner from natural ingredients, here are some ideas. It's best to avoid harsh ingredients to prevent the colored dye from fading prematurely.

 

Frosty in bowl

Making a Chocolate FrostyIf you love to go to Wendy's and get their chocolate frosties, here's a way to make them at home. It will save you time and money.

 

Lamb and Eggplant Dip with crackers

Making Lamb and Eggplant DipStart with lamb, eggplant, and lentils to begin preparing this delicious Middle Eastern dish. It can be served as an appetizer or the main course.

 

Garlic Parmesan Veggie Mash in bowl

Making Garlic Parmesan Veggie MashHere is a delicious alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. It's an excellent way to use up leftover veggies and sneak added nutrition into a meal.

 

Valentine's Day Picture Frame - man's photo in the finished frame

Making a Valentine's Day Picture FramePaint a photo frame red and then decorate it with recycled CD hearts. Follow the link in the project for instructions. It makes a fun gift. Everything you need to know can be found on this site.

 

Penguin Valentine's Card or Crown - finished card faced crown

Making a Penguin Valentine's Card or CrownThis amazingly cute paper penguin can be used as a Valentine's Day card or become the decoration on a crown to add to your child's stash of play wear.

 

Heart Sticks Valentine's Day Arrangement - finished arrangement

Making a Heart Sticks Valentine's Day ArrangementMake this decorated jar filled with twigs from your garden, adorned with foam hearts in various sizes and colors. It is a great project to work on with your kids.

 

Sweet Chili Shrimp in bowl

Making Sweet Chili ShrimpSweet chili sauce is a staple for many Southeast Asian cuisines. Combine it with fresh aromatics to make these delicious stir fried shrimp.

 

Recipes

Homegrown Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto on plate

Homegrown Mushroom and Asparagus RisottoI love growing my own mushrooms at home. It's easy to do and I love that they're not covered in unknown dirt. They turn out so yummy that they are a fantastic replacement for meat. Of course, if you don't grow your own mushrooms at home, use store bought ones when you try this recipe. You will love it either way!

 

bowl of Minestrone Soup

Homemade Minestrone SoupThis soup is a favorite of all! A great vegetarian soup also. It is warming and comforting. I really don't know anyone who doesn't like Minestrone Soup!

 

Articles

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Help Your Neighbors During the PandemicThe old-fashioned "help your neighbor" has never been more important as it is now! I live in a complex living community! I have been blessed by real neighborswho are helping me since I have been quarantined. In return, I am taking some of the burden of of them by being a neighbor and helping with whatever I can do! We all have to work together through this difficult time!

 

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CDC Guidelines for Using Bleach to Disinfect SurfacesBleach can be used effectively to clean and disinfect surfaces if prepared following the instructions on the CDC website.

 

A dog resting on his back with a blanket over him.

Brody's Resting, You Should TooWhile sitting home with my doggy Brody, my nose is running and I'm sneezing. The reason I'm telling everyone is that we are in allergy season. If you're not in high danger areas or don't have a fever, don't get scared. Everyone's afraid it's the virus. It isn't but panic is not good for your health either.

 

A piece of masking tape on a container of food.

Masking Tape Tupperware LabelsHere is a way to really save food and money. No more guessing what and when food was put in tupperwares. Simply keep masking tape and a permanent marker in the kitchen to make and date labels on containers. It has made a major change for me in maintaining food freshness, and a waste free kitchen.

 

Cheerful greeting cards in a pile.

Write Greeting Cards for Nursing Home PatientsJust like everyone, I am particularly dealing with this Pandemic due being quarantinedover a week ago due to my several medical issues. I decided to try my best to distract myself from the news, it was just getting me down. So I got out all my old cards and started writing friendly messages to people who are in nursing homes and now have been restricted from all visitors!

 

A mini greenhouse made from a plastic bottle.

Mini GreenhouseYou can cut a water bottle or if you need a larger greenhouse a gallon water jug. Cover your plant to get them stronger before planting.

 

A cupboard with the lower shelf supported by glass vases.

Customizing a Cupboard ShelfMy kitchen if built for amazon ladies with no rotator cuff problems. So, today I decided to make some changes. Instead of so many dishes in the cupboards, I put some in drawers. Still out of site but much more handy.

 

A woman with a coffee cup and a computer monitor behind her.

Working From HomeMany people are attempting to work from home during the current lockdown. Here are some tips for being effective without having to go into the office.

 

A pot of beans soaking in water.

No-Gas BeansBeans are an inexpensive, healthy food. To eliminate most of the gas-causing enzymes, hot soak the beans before you cook them.

 

A chicken coop with a closed door.

You Don't Have to Kneel to PrayIt was the first of May and the Smiths, our neighbors that live across the field from us, were going on vacation for a week and asked if we could care for their chickens while they were gone. They have a dozen or so and I love doing it. It's a good walk over to their place and the two of us enjoy the exercise together.

 

Protection from the Birds and the Sun - garden area with tarp sun protection and netting on sides to keep birds out

Protection from the Birds and the SunWe added a conduit metal frame with side "curtains" and a "roof" to our grow box to prevent birds from attacking our plants and to prevent the sun from attacking our plants. It works well here in sunny Arizona where temperatures get up to 115 to 120 degrees in the summer.

 

A child looking through a sun in a cardboard box.

Toddler Activities for Learning at HomeI got this awesome list from my dear friend, Hannah, who is a teacher. I got her blessing to publish this list of activities she sent out to friends who were looking for ideas of what to do with their kids during the COVID-19 school and daycare closures. Check out what great ideas she has.

 

Questions

Value of a Brandt Table - coffee table

Value of a Brandt TableI am looking to see if anyone knows anything about how much this is worth. I can't find anything like it online. It was made by Brandt furniture from Hagerstown MD. It has a unique shape. There is a metal stamp on the bottom.

 

Identifying a Childhood Toy - green dog

Identifying a Childhood ToyIt is a green dog with big plastic eyes, little orange freckles, a little white tongue, and a plaid scarf. At one point he had a hat. He has no tags and I can't find him online anywhere. He was a gift from my grandfather.

 

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Repairing a Nelco Sewing MachineMy Nelco SZA 2211 needs repair after every project. I'm sewing simple surgical masks. But the wheel that advances the needle slips and spins. When the machine does advance it won't cross a simple bump of elastic in the seam. And the stitches bunch, and gather the fabric. Will a manual give me the information I need to repair this antique? Mine was lost years ago.

 

Value of a Conant Ball Drop Leaf Table - small table with pull out shelf with a basket

Value of a Conant Ball Drop Leaf TableHow much should I sell my Conant Ball solid maple drop leaf stand unusual style for?

 

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Recycling HosieryI have been unsuccessful in finding a company to which I can send unused nylon hosiery (still packaged pantyhose) for recycling. A couple of companies listed online no longer recycle hosiery.

 

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Sewing Machine Stitches Are LooseEverything works great on it, but my stitches are always loose each time I sew something I end up just doing it by hand. That as we know takes forever.

 

Determining the Value of Noritake China - gold trimmed white plate with three clusters of pink flowers

Determining the Value of Noritake ChinaMy cousin has a set of this pattern. I think it might be the Claytonpattern, but the stamp doesn't match the ones I've found online. Could you help me with the identification, including age and value?

 

Finding the Model Number for a Nelco Sewing Machine - vintage sewing machine

Finding the Model Number for a Nelco Sewing MachineCan someone tell me the model # for this machine? So I can look for the manual!

 

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Using Frozen CabbageI went to get my cabbage out of the fridge and it's frozen! I'm making pan fried cabbage and noodles. Will this still cook up? I don't care if it soaks up the butter, just want to be able to use it.

 

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Thread Bunches on the Top When Sewing in ReverseI have a Kenmore model 385 17630. My big problem is that when I try to back stitch it gets big loops on the top. I've cleaned it, changed the needle, and have tried to adjust the tension for the top and also tried to adjust the bobbin tension.

 

Identifying Insect Eggs - tiny elongated white eggs on a leaf

Identifying Insect EggsWhat bug laid these eggs?

 

Is My Chihuahua Full Blooded? - brown and white dog on the couch

Is My Chihuahua Full Blooded?I was wondering if my Chi is full blood. He is kind of long, but I was told his mother and father were full. He weighs about 10 lbs too, which I thought was pretty big for a Chi. He's a year old.

 

Identifying Household Bugs - small two color beetle

Identifying Household BugsWhat type of bug is this and should I be concerned?

 

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