April 10, 2020

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Recipes

Loaded Chicken Nachos on plate

Loaded Chicken NachosThese restaurant-style chicken nachos are easy to make. I didn't have tortilla chips handy so I made my own using tortillas I cut into triangles. This can make a nice appetizer for a group, or a shareable meal for two.

 

A bowl of creamy blue cheese celery soup.

Creamy Blue Cheese Celery SoupI discovered this soup when looking for ways to use up an excess of celery. It makes an elegant lunch or first course for a special dinner. It would have been wonderful with a slice of crusty bread or croutons.

 

Articles

The creamy soup placed back in the pot to warm.

Creamy Blue Cheese Celery SoupThis creamy soup combines the flavors of celery with pungent blue cheese. Potatoes are added to thicken and mellow the rich flavors.

 

Storm Clouds - very dark clouds over the tree tops

Storm CloudsWe have had a couple of days of rough weather coming from the northwest. Rain, wind and hail. What's that old saying, "April showers bring spring flowers"?.

 

Horse Lubber Grasshopper - chunky grasshopper on bright green leaf

Horse Lubber GrasshopperAt first glance, this grasshopper has a horse shape which is probably why it is called a horse lubber grasshopper. The colors are more profound against the bright green leaf background.

 

Fabric Face Mask - two completed masks

Fabric Face MaskI found this pattern on the Kaiser Permanente website. It is for making a pleated style face mask. The photos are mine, but the instructions are based on their pattern. I have included Kaiser the link as well. The pattern is for a small/medium mask.

 

Questions

Janome Sewing Machine Making a Buzzing Sound - sewing machine on a desk top

Janome Sewing Machine Making a Buzzing SoundI have a 18 yr old Janome model 4618. I've been sewing face masks quite a bit these last two weeks with the coronavirus shut down. My machine is now making a loud buzzing noise when it is running. It still sews normally. It is just loud.

 

Identifying a Fabric Doll

Identifying a Fabric DollI have had this doll from my birth (2000) until like 2010 and then I lost it. Now I would like to know what kind of doll it is (like name, brand, etc.) and if possible where I could find it.

 

Identifying Tiny Black Flying Bugs

Identifying Tiny Black Flying BugsI started to notice these tiny black bugs crawling on my lamp, table, and wall in my bedroom. I have tried to find out what they are, but I have had no luck. They can fly and I believe jump as well, but they mostly just crawl everywhere. Could someone please help me on what they are and how I should get rid of them?

 

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Battery Case on Swiffer WetJet Won't OpenI'm trying to open up the battery case because my Swiffer WetJet isn't working, but the battery case won't open. I've taken out the screw and stuff, so I know that that's not the problem. I'm trying my hardest without being forceful. I don't want to break it. What should I do to open it?

 

Identifying a Household Insect

Identifying a Household InsectI found this in my bathroom. I don't know what it is. To me it looks like a tick or carpet beetle, but it's tiny.

 

Value of a Conant Ball Desk  - simple desk

Value of a Conant Ball DeskI came across this Conant Ball pedestal desk and was wondering if it has value? I saw on line references to Russell Wright. How do I verify if it is indeed a Russell Wright? Any info would be appreciated.

 

Identifying a Vintage Porcelain Doll - doll wearing a pink dress with a white pinafore leaning up against a wall

Identifying a Vintage Porcelain DollSo I don't think this doll is too old, but I still would like to identify it. This doll was my mom's, possibly from late 60s. The doll was bought in Europe.

 

Value of a 1924 Webster's New International Dictionary  - red leather bound dictionary

Value of a 1924 Webster's New International DictionaryWhat is ballpark value of a 1924 Webster's New International Dictionary with Reference History? This is a single large volume in very good condition with no visible wear on the cover. The binding & pages are also in very good condition. Overall it appears to have been very well cared for.

 

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Finding Help After a House FireMy dear friend Michael lost his entire home in a fire. He has 3 children and no money due to the virus. He needs help with food and a place to stay temporarily. Where can he find help?

 

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Removing Hardened Pine Pitch from Stone FloorHow can I remove the baked on pine gum from the stone floor near my stove? It comes off easily if it is fresh with Pam or another oil spray. The pine gum I didn't notice has baked on, but I am not sure how harsh a remover I can use on my stone tile. I have tried most everything.

 

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Can I Move My Pet Duck's Eggs?My duck just laid eggs for the first time. Her nest is not by her house or her area at all, we have owls and cats that can take her eggs. Can I move them without losing any babies?

 

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Weeping Cherry SuckersWill a weeping cherry tree sprout back from the trunk if cut down?

 

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Replacing the Belt on a Troy-Bilt MowerI am trying to replace the belt on my Troy-Bilt 42" riding mower, and I don't know how to get it past bar that is apparently in place to prevent the belt from slipping off.

 

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