May 18, 2020

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bowl of Italian Stew

Easy Italian StewThis quick and tasty Italian stew is made with sausage cooked in Italian salad dressing. Add diced tomatoes, cannelloni beans, bell peppers, broth, and elbow macaroni. Cook until pasta is tender. Top with grated cheese and dinner is served.


Cityscape Background for Playing with Toys - colorful paper cityscape

Cityscape Background for Playing with ToysScrapbook paper helps to define the individual buildings in this cardboard cityscape. It was created to serve as a background for a child's LEGO creations.


Repurposed Easter Wreath - finished wreath hanging on a door

Repurposed Easter WreathUpscale a sale wreath with items you might already have in your craft stash. Small faux eggs and a ribbon hanger complete the look.


Alligator Clothespins - two green alligator clothespins

Making Alligator ClothespinsGreen, red, and black markers help you transform clothespins into cute little alligators. The eyes are made using white paper and a hole punch. They are perfect as simple toys the kids can make themselves or to use as decorative clips.


Drumstick Pockets - drumsticks in the pouch pockets

Crochet Drumstick PocketsLooking for a fun gift for a drummer. This crochet project will show you how to make drumstick pockets.


Tiny Egg Nest Magnets - two magnets on the fridge

Making Tiny Egg Nest MagnetsMake these tiny nests from mini rattan wreath forms, crafting moss, faux eggs, and jar lids with magnets glued in place. What a fun way to hang papers on the fridge. The instructions are found on this page.


Personalized Initial Tissue Box Easter Basket - paper cir

Personalized Initial Tissue Box Easter BasketReuse an empty tissue box to create a initialed Easter basket. Scrap paper, hot glue and a few common crafting items will make a fun personalized container.


Recycled Mixed Materials Music Theme - rolling up a sheet of music

Recycled Mixed Materials Music ThemeRecreate this guitar themed recycled mixed media art piece. You can use old magazine pages, sheet music, etc. Additional embellishments help perfect the final outcome. This is an excellent project to stir up your creativity. Experiment, change the theme, and make several.


Leprechaun Hat Cup - filled cups

Making Leprechaun Hat Treat CupsAssembling these leprechaun hat treat cups is easy, using paper cups, felt, and cardboard circles painted green. The craft is detailed below.


Four-leafed Clover Hanging Door Decoration

Four-leafed Clover Hanging Door DecorationScrapbook paper, other decorative paper, even construction paper is cut into strips, folded into heart shapes, and stapled. They are then assembled to create this four leaf clover hanging decoration. A great kid craft or last minute decoration for St. Patrick's Day.


Fried Sweet Potato Shrimp Cakes on towel

Fried Sweet Potato Shrimp CakesJulienne cut sweet potatoes and diced shrimp are combined in an egg and flour batter. Then scoops of the mix are pan fried. They can be served with a salad or rice or alone as an appetizer.


Plants under a protective screen.

Protecting Garden PlantsYour garden plants may need protection from insects, too much sun, birds, wildlife, and more. Depending on the situation there are a variety of options discussed on this page.



fried cheese rolls

Cheese RollsA perfect snack for the kids this weekend. They were looking for something wrapped and crunchy and they love cheese. So I took some Shangai wraps and a bar of cheese. In bars and clubs these are served with beer or wine. They call them cheese sticks or cheese rolls. The price is twice the actual cost of the ingredients. Kids love them too.


Potato Pepper Omelette on plate

Potato Pepper OmeletteThis is a delicious little omelette that helps you get your veggies in. Panfrying the potatoes first gives them a nice crisp texture on the outside, but soft and fluffy in the middle. I like to lay the peppers rings on the pan first so when you flip the omelette onto a plate, you can see the pretty colours.



A plastic tub with a large hole chewed on the top.

Getting Rid of Mice in Your HomeEarlier in the spring, we heard a rustling in our walls and crawlspace. We started inspecting our home, looking for any entrance holes. Sure enough, we found a nest of garbage and insulation behind some stored tiles with a handy path behind our furnace. The rodents had chewed a hole in the back of the container we stored our dog food in. It was entirely covered from view by the container stacked above.



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13th Birthday Ideas?I am a girl and my 13th birthday is in a few weeks. I have no clue what I want to do. Last year I went camping and that was super fun, but I don't want to do it again? Any thing would help?


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Identifying the Engine in an Older Sears Push Mower?I have an older Sears push mower. The model is 917.380310. I'm trying to determine what engine it actually is. It says "Eager-1" on one of the shrouds, but that seems like a "nickname." I have heard it may belong to the Tecumseh family, but I'm not sure. Any ideas?


Information on a Paradise  - Galleries Doll - doll in pink dress

Information on a Paradise Galleries Doll?I have an older doll wearing a pink dress and matching hat. Can anyone tell me about this doll? I tried to email Paradise Galleries, but they said they didn't have any information on retired dolls and to ask a doll collector.


Dog Has Dry White Patches on His Back Legs - white patch in dog's fur

Dog Has Dry White Patches on His Back Legs?My dog has had very dry white patches on his back legs for the last 6 months. They are progressively growing and today after playing, the biggest patch started to bleed. My dog has been taking Bravecto every 3 months since the patches appeared.


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Manual for a Nelco Sewing Machine?My mom has an old Nelco sewing machine, model 1260C and is having trouble with adjusting the tension on it. She doesn't have a manual so I am looking for a manual for this model. Is there anyone who can help me find a manual?


Value of an 1847 Webster's Dictionary  - top of book spine

Value of an 1847 Webster's Dictionary?I would like to ask if you know the value of this edition of a Webster Dictionary. I think is the 1847 edition a little bit after his death. I am not familiar with old book prices. The front page that says the publisher before the preface is missing. Also I cannot read the hand-written letters. I would really appreciate if anyone could type them down!


Olivetti ET111 Won't Type - electric typewriter

Olivetti ET111 Won't Type?I've recently acquired this Olivetti ET111, it turns on and lights up, but doesn't work. None of the keys do anything. I am just wondering what the possible problem could be?


Small Black Bugs in Pantry Foods - long bug on white background

Small Black Bugs in Pantry Foods?What are these small black bugs? I have found them in rice and also seeds. I removed the rice and seeds, but they are still in the cupboard and around the microwave.


Identifying an Antique Table - black and white photo of the unique legs on this table

Identifying an Antique Table?I inherited this table from my dad some years ago, and am working on redoing it now. It is 35" in diameter, and has a pedestal base. The age is uncertain, but it was in my home when I was very young, and so I know it is at least seventy years old, but could be older. The underside is marked, Crowley, LA. That makes sense since I was born in New Orleans.


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Reason My Dog Died?I have asked this question recently, but am still unsure of why my dog died. I hope you guys will be able to clear my doubts. I had a Labrador, he was 4 years old and he passed away. He was a normal healthy dog, but for last 15 days he had a dry cough. I consulted a vet who gave him a tablet and syrup and he was okay. Then suddenly he was not able to breathe or bark. He kept his head straight.


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