May 16, 2020

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A small gem marking the proper temperature on the shower faucet.

Marking the Perfect Spot on Bathtub FaucetOnce you have found the position for the perfect mix of hot and cold water on your bathtub faucet you can mark it. This will save the testing and water wastage that can occur as you try to locate it each time you shower or bathe.


Identifying a Fabric Doll

Identifying a Fabric Doll?Identifying a childhood doll can be difficult, especially if there are no markings or tags to help begin the search. This page offers some tips and suggestions for identifying a favorite fabric doll.


slice of cookie ice cream cake

No-Bake Cookie Ice Cream CakeThis no bake ice cream cake features layers of cookies, ice cream, and cookie crumbs. Read on for instructions for assembling this scrumptious frozen layered cake.


A demitasse cup of espresso.

Identifying Demitasse Cups?Demitasse or espresso cups are for some a collectible item. Identifying them can be somewhat difficult if they are unmarked and uncommon.


Paper Cup and String Telephone - two young children talking on the phone

Making a Paper Cup and String TelephoneKids have made tin can and string phones for decades. Try this variation using paper cups. This is a fun simple toy to keep your children occupied and pretending.


on plate

Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast BurritosFor a tasty breakfast burrito try this recipe. It combines, crispy tater tots, cheese, veggies such as peppers and onions, and a meat of your choice. They can be frozen for quick meals later on.


Recycled Paper Memorial Day Wreath - finished wreath hanging on over the door hook

Recycled Paper Memorial Day WreathRecycled cardboard and a paper plate was used to make this star studded Memorial Day wreath. Hang it inside to commemorate those who fought and died while serving in the US Armed Services.


Plastic Egg Match-Up Game - finished game board with first match exposed

Making a Plastic Egg Match-Up GameMake a fun matching game for the kids using bits of this and that, such as buttons, pom poms, etc. and plastic Easter eggs. We can show you how.


Message Box for the Frontliners (COVID19) - open gift box drawing

Child's Message Box for the FrontlinersIn times of crisis our first responders and frontliners work hard to help protect us. This kids' craft is a simple but rewarding project that can help your children learn to appreciate their service.


Identifying an Old Piece of Equipment - vintage piece of metal equipment, sort of a table

Identifying an Old Piece of Equipment?Trying to identify an old piece of equipment completely out of its environment can be a daunting task. Internet searches and sharing photos on-line may help you discover its original use.


Pork Stuffed Filo Triangles on plate

Pork Stuffed Filo TrianglesThis recipe features flakey filo triangles, stuffed with a mixture of ground pork, onions, ginger, celery, and more. Give it a try as an appetizer or light meal with a side salad.


A banana tree with bunches of banana fruit.

Banana Plant and Flower PhotosThis beautiful purple flower is a banana tree bloom. They form at the end of the fruit clusters. In South-East Asian cuisines they are eaten raw or cooked in salads, soups, and curries.


Watermelon flipped on grill

Making Grilled WatermelonTry grilling watermelon slices with a dash of salt for a delicious twist on this favorite summer food.


A Louisiana swamp.

Louisiana Travel PhotosAmong other things, including excellent food, Mardi Gras, Cajun zydeco, and jazz, Louisiana is also a scenic wonderland of bayous and cypress trees draped with Spanish moss. Scenic photos follow.


Zesty Lime Cheesecake Bars stacked on plate

Making Zesty Lime Cheesecake BarsThese baked cheesecake bars are flavored with lime juice and have a cinnamon graham cracker crust. The ingredients and recipe follows.


Protecting Clothespin Bag Left on Clothesline - dog food bag slipped over clothespin bag

Protecting Clothespin Bag Left on ClotheslineIf you like to leave your clothespin bag out on the line rather than bring it back and forth this solution might work for you. Repurpose an empty bird seed or pet food bag to make this handy protector from the sun and rain.


adding flour to Mug

Banana Muffin in a MugUse up an overripe banana to make this one serving microwave muffin in a cup. The instructions follow.


A cupboard with the lower shelf supported by glass vases.

Customizing a Cupboard ShelfSome times the configuration of your kitchen cupboards may not really work for you. One size or layout in this case does not fit all. There are simple, even temporary ways you can adjust the shelving to make it more suitable to your needs.


A scoop of pine nuts next to two pinecones.

Removing the Seeds from a Pinecone?It can involve a lot of time when trying to remove seeds from a pine cone. The cone will need to be heated in order to cause it to open and release the seeds. Some tips follow.


Thumbs Up Father's Day Card - front of finished card with greeting on the front

Making a Thumbs Up Father's Day CardA construction paper handprint is taped in place to offer a thumbs up greeting. This card can be used for any number of occasions. Just add the appropriate wording. Here it is designed as a Father's Day card using a child's handprint.


Easter Box - filled goodie bag in Easter box

Making an Easter BoxIn lieu of a traditional Easter basket, what about making a recycled Easter box. The craft project on this page will show you how.


Spring Calving Season Cowboy/Cowgirl Wreath - finished wreath hanging from an over the door hook

DIY Cowboy/Cowgirl WreathA western theme in honor of the spring calving season decorates this wreath. Faux barb wire, twine, cows and colorful fabric give this wreath its cowboy look.


Chia Sunflower Bread on wooden board

Making Chia Sunflower BreadThis homemade loaf is filled and topped with a mixture of chia and sunflower seeds as well as oatmeal. Delicious!


Use Leftover Egg Dye for Craft Projects

Use Leftover Egg Dye for Craft ProjectsThe dye left over from dyeing Easter eggs can be used in craft projects. Some ideas are offered below.


Crocheted Exfoliating Soap Sack - sack with a piece of soap inside lying on the bathroom counter

DIY Crocheted Exfoliating Soap SackUsing cotton butcher's twine you too can make this little, hanging exfoliating soap sack. Add the little bits of leftover bar soap and enjoy.


Value of an Vintage Sideboard

Value of a Vintage Sideboard?Sideboards, also known as buffets, are pieces of furniture designed to be used in a dining room to store, linens and flatware. Trying to determine the value of a piece that you either inherited or purchased will require some research. Markings on the back of the piece or knowing the history will help. It may require a professional for a valid appraisal.



Celery and Herb Stew on plate with rice

Celery and Herb StewMany traditional Persian stews are difficult to make, but I find this one great for beginners. Believe me when I say it does not taste beginner at all. The celery gets fried with mint and parsley, making it very fragrant and tender. You can use any kind of meat you like for this stew. I used beef. You could also make it vegetarian. Serve with a bed of basmati rice.


man holding bowl of popcorn

Popcorn in BagsThis is a fun popcorn recipe. It is very simple and you can make it in your oven. You can of course choose any flavoring you want, butter, oil, spices, etc.



How To Reuse Ziploc Bags - bag drying

How To Reuse Ziploc BagsI don't know about you but we go through Ziplocs like crazy! So what with how much we use them and how expensive they are, we've been rewashing ours. Now granted, after about 3 washes I would say it's about time to throw them away depending on what brand you use. But a few more uses for just one Ziploc gets you a long way!



Value of a Conant Ball Breakfront China Cabinet

Value of a Conant Ball Breakfront China Cabinet?When is this piece from? Is it a Russell Wright piece and how much is it worth? I got it at an estate sale.


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Causes of Sudden Death in Dogs?My 14 year old dog passed yesterday. While we were outside he started barking, and we went in for a break and sat down. We heard him starting to breathe extremely fast and saw his eyes roll in the back of his head. His head flopped backwards and his tongue was out as he was shaking. He did have heart failure.


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