May 17, 2020

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Different colored bromeliads in bloom.

Bromeliad PhotosThese beautiful, colorful, tropical plants are mainly native to the tropical Americas. Some are found in the subtropics and one species grows in Africa. Despite their unusual appearance they are not high maintenance as one might expect and can be successfully grown as houseplants. This page contains photos of these tropical beauties including one with a cute little visitor.

 

"Eyes On You" Valentines - glue down a square with a heart cut out

Making "Eyes On You" ValentinesKeeping your crafting eyes open allows you to see the potential for using all sorts of packaging materials in future craft projects. In this case tape packaging was incorporated into homemade Valentine's Day cards. Learn how below.

 

Mixed Vegetable Quinoa

Making Mixed Vegetable QuinoaQuinoa melds well with many additions. In this case mix in tomatoes, onions, baby greens, and garbanzo beans for a delicious dish.

 

A view of Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii.

Oahu (Hawaii) Travel PhotosOahu is one of the islands in the Hawaiian Island chain. It is the home of the state capital, Honolulu. Favorite tourist attractions include Waikiki beach, the Pearl Harbor memorial, the Polynesian Cultural Center, Diamond Head, and more. This page contains travel photos taken on this beautiful island.

 

A classroom of students.

Montessori School Name IdeasChoosing a name for your Montessori school is an important step in setting up your educational business. You will want something that speaks to your philosophy, is catchy, memorable, and unique.

 

Bell Pepper Salsa in bowl

Bell Pepper SalsaMake this delicious fresh salsa from bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, avocados, and spices. Use as you would any salsa on tacos, burritos, chips, etc.

 

A pan full of fried mushrooms.

Making Fried MushroomsFried mushrooms are a quick and tasty side dish. They can also be served over various cuts of meat such as steak. The recipe can be found below.

 

A gratuity left behind at a table.

Tipping AdviceTo tip or not to tip, that is a common question, followed by how much. There are recommendations for the percentages when dining out, sometimes even on the bill. Deciding on an appropriate tip in other situations can be confusing. There is some good advise offered on this page.

 

Using a Straw in a Soda Can - insert straw

Using a Straw in a Soda CanIf you prefer to drink your soda out of the can through a straw, check out these two methods for keeping the straw from moving around in the opening. Try both and see which way you prefer.

 

pile of Sticky Rice Cake

Making Sticky Rice Cake (Banh Tet)Sticky rice cakes are typically sold around Chinese New Year, but using the recipe on this page you can make your own anytime.

 

Almond Crusted Shrimp on plate

Making Almond Crusted ShrimpGround almonds mixed with coconut flour and seasonings is used to make these delicious fried shrimp. They are juicy on the inside and delightfully crunchy on the outside.

 

Birthday Balloons Card - finished card

Making a Birthday Balloons CardWhat better theme for a birthday card than balloons. Using circular stickers and yarn makes this an easy project. The instructions, supplies list, and photos follow.

 

Faux Egg Faces - closeup of flirting eggs and gassy egg

Making Faux Egg FacesA fun activity for the kids involves decorating faux eggs with funny faces. Lay out the markers and let the creativity begin.

 

Sour Gummy Sugar Cookies on tray

Sour Gummy Sugar CookiesThis recipe was improvised in the face of a lack of chocolate chips and nuts. The result was a soft chewy sugar cookie studded with chopped up Sour Patch Kids gummies. Initial raised eye brows dropped when they came out of the oven and were quickly decimated.

 

Value of a Vintage Disney Record Player - Mickey Mouse record player

Value of a Vintage Disney Record PlayerDisney items are definitely popular in the collectibles realm. The vintage record players can be found for sale on the internet. The actual selling price is typically determined by condition and the inclusion of records. An average sold price seems to be around $50 currently, but can fluctuate over time.

 

Crochet "Go Back" Bowl - finished crochet bowl with another bowl inside holding a small pair of scissors and glue stick

Making a Crochet "Go Back" BowlThis fun little crochet project makes the perfect bowl for collecting up those small craft items and other things that we need to put away. You can add a ceramic or plastic bowl inside the crochet work or not. Learn how to make a crochet "go back" bowl below.

 

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Creamy Pepper Gravy over Pork Tonkatsu

Easy Pork Tonkatsu in Creamy Pepper GravyA long day of work at home, moving things, cleaning up and everything deserves a good treat so I decided to cook a rewarding dish for dinner. We couldn't eat out so the best thing to do is bring restaurant recipes at home.

 

Paper Bottle Opener - opening a bottle with a folded paper bag

Paper Bottle OpenerOpening a bottle can be so hard without a bottle opener. Last night my partner solved it with a piece of paper. It was shocking! I never thought a piece of paper could become a bottle opener.

 

Placemat Organizer - placemats in hanging file box

Placemat OrganizerI used to store my placemats inside my hutch on a shelf. They were stacked on top of each other and soon they became a scrambled mess. I came up with this storage idea using a hanging file folder system for easier access and to keep them tidy. It is much easier to choose placemats when it is time to set the table!

 

Washing a Sunbeam Heated Blanket - blue and white heated throw

Washing a Sunbeam Heated BlanketI received a heated throw for Christmas and recently my kids spilled some food on it. I assumed that all I could do was wipe it with a damp cloth, but it turns out you can wash them! You do need to be careful when washing and drying and you can not wash as you would a regular blanket.

 

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Decorations and Centerpiece Ideas for 75th BirthdayI'm throwing a surprise 75th birthday/retirement party next year (in May, 2021) for my mom. The colors are black, white, and gold with a Polynesian flair added. I need ideas for decorations and centerpieces. I'm trying to make it budget friendly and hope to make it very special. She's had a very tough life and really deserves this!

 

Information on a Mersman Coffee Table

Information on a Mersman Coffee Table?Would you happen to have any info on this coffee table?

 

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Ice Maker Overflows When Dispensing Water?I just changed the valve on my Whirlpool gs6haxls03 fridge because the ice maker was not working. Now every time the drinking water paddle is pushed it dispenses water into the ice tray and overflows into the freezer.

 

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Adjusting the Needle Alignment on a Singer Sewing Machine?I have a Singer 8019 model sewing machine. I need to fix the needle alinement to the center. How can I do that?

 

Value of Noritake China - white cup with silver edge and a pastel floral pattern

Value of Noritake China?I obtained this set at an estate sale. It is just a delicate set that appealed to me. Can you tell me its age and value if any? I just loved the look.

 

Value of a Brandt Table - curved plywood with mahogany veneers vintage table

Value of a Brandt Table?I found this poor baby out in the weather here in Alaska and asked the owner if I could take it and fix it up. The finish on the top is gone and really weather wrought. I looked on hundreds of auction sites and couldn't find one like it at all.

 

Value of a Collector's Choice Series Doll by DanDee - doll with long dark curls wearing an embroidered ecru dress

Value of a Collector's Choice Series Doll by DanDee?Could you tell me the value of this doll?

 

What Color Are the Sofa and Curtains in this Photo?

What Color Are the Sofa and Curtains in this Photo?Does anyone know what colour is this curtain and also the sofa? I love how bright the room is, but don't know what the colours are.

 

Curtain Color Advice to Complement Beige Walls - living room

Curtain Color Advice to Complement Beige Walls?What color curtains would be best? The walls are beige, the tables are black, and couch is gray.

 

Corona Typewriter Line Space Not Working

Corona Typewriter Line Space Not Working?I just purchased this lovely Corona Automatic 10 typewriter, but when we hit thepower returnat the end of the typed line the new line types right onto the existing typed words. Is my line spacer bent out of shape?

 

Age and Composition of a Brandt Table

Age and Composition of a Brandt TableI inherited this table from my grandma. Her sister gave it to her 100 years ago. She got it from a family in NY where she was a governess. I need to know when it was made and if it's solid wood or veneer. I'm going to refinish it next week.

 

Identifying a Household Bug - dead bug

Identifying a Household BugThis bug was crawling up the wall. I smashed it, but it looks like it has wings down the shell. I was freaking out about bed bugs or even a bat bug, but I don't think that's what it is.

 

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Educational Assistance for College Students During PandemicI'm enrolled at Colorado Technical University and they were recently allocated a bunch of money to help students cover expenses during covid19. Unfortunately the money is only for on campus students displaced and having to switch to online classes. Is that fair? I'm an online student and am having a lot of hardships myself. Can I do anything about this?

 

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