August 5, 2020

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Extra Dish Drainer - white dishpan with a wire rack inside

DIY Extra Dish DrainerIf you need extra space for dishes, you can use an old dish pan and a cooking rack. This is great for parties or holidays when you have more dishes than normal.


Pie crust dough cut into half.

Making Perfect Pie CrustA little bit of apple cider vinegar adds the perfect touch to this homemade pie crust. This quick recipe can be used for all sorts of pies and pastries.


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My Frugal Life: If In Doubt, Don't!I have been working since I was 15 years old and I am now 51. Knowing how to stretch a dollar is a lesson I learned early. My older sister was a seamstress and she taught me how to sew.


A flameless candle inside a green flowered vase.

Mood Lighting for DepressionUse lights to brighten even the darkest day. Battery operated LEDs can be used as a substitute for traditional candles but any light source is helpful for elevating your mood.


Spicy Potatoes in a bowl

Chinese Crispy Spicy PotatoesThese crispy potatoes are flavored with Chinese spices, like garlic, ginger and cumin. They are perfect as a side or even as a snack.


The baked pan of French Onion Chicken.

French Onion ChickenMake this delicious chicken recipe with all the flavors of French onion soup. This would be perfect served with rice or potatoes.


A woman looking at her shopping receipt.

My Frugal Life: Grocery ShoppingI make it a habit of being open to food-shopping deals whenever I go anywhere. Today I stopped in at an independent dollar store, where I found a quart of lemon juice at 2/$1.00. That'll last a good long time.


finished dish

Savory Garden EggsUse the bounty from your garden to make a healthy breakfast. This nutritious recipe scrambles eggs with veggies and herbs for a savory start to the day.


Online Sales Tax

Will the Main Street Fairness Act Affect Me?As Congress debates whether or not to pass the Main Street Fairness Act, consumers are wondering what this means to them. In fact, customers have been wondering for years why they pay sales tax to some online and catalog orders and not to others.


Plastic Folder Aquarium - ready to explore the aquarium

DIY Plastic Folder AquariumUse a plastic folder, pens and paper to make this fun and colorful aquarium. It's a great project to do with your kids when they are bored or stuck at home.


Sprucing Up a TV Stand - finished makeover

Sprucing Up a TV StandIt's easy to spruce up an old wicker TV stand with a few basic supplies. This adds a great deal of storage in an attractive way.


A pile of shredded paper

My Frugal Life: Of Misers and MotherhoodMy father shared the title of his self published book "The Miser's Muniment." In the mid eighties, with freewheeling credit within the reach of practically everyone, hardly anyone was interested in reading about misers.


Ground coffee next to coffee beans.

My Frugal Life: The Coffee TestI have found it helpful, thriftily-speaking, to take a look at all the necessary things in my life and make a list of those that I just can't scrimp on.


A snowball bush in bloom.

Snowball Bush PhotosThe old fashioned snowball bush with puffy white flowers is found in many gardens and yards. This can be either a type of hydrangea or viburnum.


Faux Firecrackers - final display with plastic blue star bowl and red, white, and blue beads arrayed in front of the four firecrackers

Making Faux FirecrackersThese decorative firecrackers add a festive touch for a 4th of July party. They can be made with recycled materials and scraps of wrapping paper and ribbon.



The completed Italian sausage stew.

Italian Sausage StewI got this recipe from a friend and then tweaked it to my own tastes. Oh my, this dish is so easy and flavorful!


A plate of decorated cake pops.

Milo Cake PopsMilo is not just a chocolate energy drink. When you ran out of cocoa, try using Milo. It wouldn't taste exactly the same but trust me it tastes so good. I've tried using Milo for cupcakes. Then I decided to just make it into cake pops.


A plate of star shaped apple cider vinegar gummies.

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar GummiesApple cider vinegar gummies are all the rage for health these days. Unfortunately, a month supply that comes in the form of one bottle costs about $20. You can make your own at home for a mere fraction of that. These gummies are awesome for keeping your gut in check and keeping you from always being hungry. I chew on one in the morning with a glass of water.


A plate of fried onion rings.

Beer Battered Onion RingsWow these are soo good, lol. At first I thought, "hey I can go on the Internet and find an awesome recipe for these", but a lot of the recipes had buttermilk, or breadcrumbs. The catch? I did NOT have any of these things :( So I thought I might just wing it! And I am soooo glad I did, these are soo good and easy.



Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - finished cabinet

Boxy to Shabby Chic CabinetThis was a boxy looking little cabinet with drawers and I wanted to upcycle it to make it look shabby chic. So this is what I did. I found the cabinet set out for trash pick up, but didn't know what it was or what to do with it. After a couple of months, we came up with this idea for storing my daughter's Bath and Body Works collection!



A brightly colored street scene.

Identifying a Painting's Artist?Anyone know who this artist with signature "Dylan" is? And if the painting is worth anything?


Value of Dixie End Tables? - two tier end tables with a drawer

Value of Dixie End Tables?I am trying to determine the tables' age, value, and if their original color was white? They were purchased at a thrift store.


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Reactions to a DHLP Parvo Shot?My dog just had a parvo shot. He has been breathing heavily and is very antsy. He is also throwing up and constantly shaking his head. Could this be a severe reaction from the shot?


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Rottie Isn't Eating or Drinking After Being Spayed?My 9 month old Rottweiler got spayed today and is refusing to drink water or eat out of her bowl. She does however seem to eat her wet food out of my hand. I even put the food up to her mouth, but she just won't eat out of her bowl or drink water. I don't know whether or not to continue hand feeding her or wait for her to eat on her own.


A painting of fall trees.

Who is the Artist of this Painting?This painting was actually found by a dumpster when moving out of an apartment in Florida. It was in great condition and I liked the scene. The canvas is on a wood frame that has an engraving that says "ARTISTS MATERIAL, Grumbacher, New York." The length of the wood is also stamped "30"or etched "36" onto the wood piece. Any help on the artist and value would be appreciated!


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Raymond Waites Pattern #595587?I am looking for Raymond Waites pattern #595587. It is part of the Portfolio Collection. Book name Village. Pattern name Conservatory. Color Sage.


Value of a Brandt Dining Set?

Value of a Brandt Dining Set?What is the value of this Brandt dining set? I can not find anything like it.


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