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A cucumber wrapped in a cucumber.

Keep Cucumbers Crisp and Fresh
Is the paper towel dampened?

 

Paper Doily Christmas Tree

Paper Doily Christmas Tree
nice craft but it is shown to fast to take it all in................

 

A jar full of bills and coins.

Painless Ways to Save
I save by not spending certain one dollar bills. Single dollars have a letter on them A through M. Choose a letter or two and dont spend them when you receive them for change. When we get a B or C they are put away for our seasonal fee for our trailer at the...

 

House plant.

Plant Shine Substitute
Wiping the leaves with a damp cloth once a week or when they need it is the best way to go. If you look in a garden nursery they never use the stuff. Why should the leaves need to look shiny? Nature never intended to have someone oil its leaves. The plant shown...

 

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Donating Greeting Cards?
Youe local Senior Center would welcome them.

 

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What is Sour Milk?
I have an old recipe for Banana Bread that calls for 1/4 cup soured milk and it is made by putting 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar in the measured milk, stir, and let sit till it thickens, only takes a few minutes and there is no vinegar taste to the Bread.

 

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Removing Water Stains in Glass Vases?
Gently scour with an S.O.S. pad and rinse. This works on burnt on food, also on glass baking dishes.

 

Patterdale Terrier.

Dog Pooping in the House at Night?
Have her anal glands checked. I know it sounds weird but their glands around the anal get clogged with waste and it gives them the feeling of having to go. Does she scoot on the floor? That is a sure sign. Also if she has any lower back problems it may cause...

 

Child and dog.

Dog Chews Everything and is Aggressive to Child?
I am an animal lover but there is but one answer to this question. You need to protect your child and let someone else take the dog. Please do it soon before your child is hurt!

 

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Overwintering Potted mums?
You can leave them in the pots but need to bring them inside. Trim down, and put them in a dark place. Better yet plant them in the yard as soon as possible. Trim down and cover with mulch or a big pile of leaves. Mine come back each spring and I think they...

 

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Cooking With Crab Meat?
Lump crab meat is what was served in crabcakes on our trip last year to Maryland. I really dont think it makes much difference as long as it not canned. Frozen is the best bet. Good Luck.

 

Use a Crib Mattress As Dog Bed

Crib Mattress As Dog Bed
Great idea! Love your Great Greyhound too!

 

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Verbally Abusive Husband?
Leave now and dont look back!

 

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Causes for Check Engine Light Staying On?
Just as a hint that was told to me is that if its not flashing, you have some time to check it out. Be aware if it is flashing, have it checked immediately!

 

pure and white geranium

Regal Imperial Geranium
I would love to get one of those!

 

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Protecting My Blind Kitten from a Pool?
I have to agree with the previous feedback, but even better this baby should become an indoor cat. The house will become her world and be safer for her. I had a blind cat and she did just fine indoors, she got to know every nook and cranny and developed a remarkable...

 

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Cleaning the Shower Floor?
Try a mixture of 1 part bleach and 2 parts water. Use a stiff brush to apply and let it sit 15 minutes and then scrub!

 

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Mimosa Trees in Georgia
I also have a large Mimosa tree. Its one of the few trees that bloom in mid July till almost Labor Day depending on how hot and wet the summer has been. My sister gave it to me as a 2 year seedling and it is now about 18 feet tall and just as wide. It is truly...

 

Red Rose Bud

Garden: Red Rose
Stunning photo! Natures beauty!

 

Flat stone path through flowering lavender wisteria

Growing Wisteria
Be careful where you plant wisteria. Wisteria can be very aggressive and it can topple a fence if left to grow unchecked. The roots also travel underground and can pop up anywhere even on the other side of a fence in a neighbors yard. I pulled mine out 5 years...

 

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Recipe for International House of Pancakes Spanish Burger Salsa?
I will try that. I just saw your reply 2021! Thanks

 

Husky in the snow

Fruits and Vegetables as Dog Treats
2 years ago when we adopted our puppy we started her out with raw carrots as her treats for her first year. She still loves carrots and knows which drawer in the fridge I keep them in. Also we add vegetables in her dog food.. She loves broccoli, cauliflower...

 

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Cat Started Peeing and Pooping in Closet?
The cat needs the litterbox back! Some cats hate to go out in the cold or snowy weather when the ground is frozen or covered with snow. Remember, unlike dogs, they dig a hole, use it and cover their droppings, no can do certain times of the year. A great product...

 

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Freezing Mushrooms?
I took some frozen stuffed mushrooms out of the freezer the other day and baked them in the oven and they ended up in the wastebasket. They were soft and slimey. I think they are best used fresh.

 

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Storing Seasonal Vinyl Window Clings?
You might like trying some top loading sheet protectors that are used in 3 ring binders if the window clings arent to large.

 

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How Do I Make Seashells Shiny?
Spray them with clear acrylic sealer. You can buy a can in any craft store or hardware store.

 

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Potato Peels As Snacks
Cant wait to try this! Any way to cut a food bill is worth the try. It also sounds better than fried snacks.

 

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Oma's Red Cabbage
I always serve red cabbage at Thanksgiving, the same as my mother did. Its amazing how eventually even the younger grandchildren will try it. I like it served as a hot vegetable and also enjoy it cold as a slaw. Will try your recipe this year.

 

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Getting Dog to Use Training Pads?
Sorry to tell you that puppy pads are not a good idea. They tell the pup that going in the house is ok, and that the house is also her toilet. Do you crate her at night? I think the bad news is you have to get her up every few hours around the clock till she...

 

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Apples in Pie Too Mushy?
Try slicing the apples thicker.

 

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Keeping Clothes Bright?
Put in a scoop of Oxi-Clean. I love that stuff! Makes your colors pop!

 

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Removing Odors from T-shirts?
My husband sweats a lot and I use Dynamo Detergent and baking soda in the wash, after soaking them in Oxy-clean. It works.

 

Harley (Australian Cattle Dog)

Harley (Australian Cattle Dog)
We adopted a Cattle Dog/Whippet mix. We had no idea what we were getting! She is very smart but has a mind of her own. It took a while to get her to stop nipping because it scared the grandchildren. Nugget is 3 years old today and getting more fun everyday...

 

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Hand Knit Christening Outfit Has Yellowed?
The very best product on the market is oxy clean powder. It is safe for colors and if you follow the directions you will be amazed. It may take a little longer than printed on the package, but it is worth a try.

 

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Reviews of AAA Auto Club?
Check with your insurance company or agent, you may find that they have a plan that will also get you a discount on your auto insurance too. Our insurance plan offers a AAA type package for $49.00 a year, gets us a discount on the insurance and covers both...

 

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Making Your Own Flarp?
Another name for flarp is flubber.

 

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"Sisters Never Forget" Cup from Hallmark?
Try looking on ebay. My sister sells a lot of Hallmark ornaments etc. from past years. Look for 3 goils 2001

 

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Propagating Black Eyed Susan?
Best to ask your Dad for a few plants to transplant. They multiply quickly. When you dead head them, throw the dead flowers in the bed and they will propagate themselves the following year.

 

Three full Gazania blooms and several budding flowers in garden

What is This Plant? (Gazania)
That is an annual called Gazannia. It loves the sun.

 

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Getting Rid of Groundhogs?
We have used this method and it works, hope you have a cat or know someone that does! After locating their holes, they may have 3 holes,dump a box of used kitty litter in the hole and cover with something heavy like a patio block. The critters will move on...

 

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Petunias Stopped Blooming?
If they are the petunias called supertunia, that has tons of flowers, I have found that they are forced so early and probably are fed huge amounts of fertilizer that they kind of tire themselves out. I would try to give them a real hard cut back. All they need...

 

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Holes in Leaves of Basil and Pepper Plants?
Raid House and Garden Spray takes care of a lot of bugs inside and out. It must be reapplied after a rain.

 

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Arborvitaes Turning Brown?
Make sure they are not to close together. They need the air to circulate around them as much as enough light.

 

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Crocheted Potholders
Make sure you only use cotton yarn. The acrylic yarns will melt or catch fire.

 

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White Spots on Boxwood Plants?
The problem could be mealy bugs. Try spraying with Raid garden spray. Only use Raid Brand spray, others contain oil.

 

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Pie Baking Tips?
An oven temp. of 425F for 50 - 60 minutes should do the trick. No need to defrost, but cover the top with foil should the crumbs start to burn near the end of baking time. Good luck.

 

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Outdoor Cats Reduce Moles
If you can locate the moles hole, you can deposit some used kitty litter down the hole and cover with a patio block. This remedy worked with a woodchuck and it should work for a mole also.

 

Cat is Throwing Up Food?
We also have a puker he has done this for 10 yrs. He has been checked over and over by the vet and is fine. We have found it is best to give him the same food every day once we find one that stays down. We found him in the woods as a kitten and we cant imagine...

 

Plastic bags stored in a recycled plastic container.

Plastic Bag Storage Tip
I use an empty paper towel tube to store plastic bags. Roll up each bag and insert in tube. The tube fits neatly in any drawer or cabinet.

 

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Preventing Rust from Forming on Floor Vents?
I would suggest to remove the covers and spray them lightly with clear acrylic sealer. The sealer is available in the hardware stores or any craft store.

 

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Punto Card Game?
Thanks for all the help. After 3 years of hunting we finally found the game and it now called Scopa. This is the same game as Punto. It is a lot of fun and a great card game for the whole family My husband found it by accident in Barnes and Noble. Marlene

 

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Clothes Dryer Isn't Heating Properly?
I recently had the same problem and had someone come and clean out the dryer vent that goes out the window. An incredible amount of lint was removed and it is working much better. It did cost about $100.00 but is a lot cheaper than a new heating element. It...

 

Sprouting Vegetables in Water?
I plant Taro (a Spanish vegetable)directly in a pot of soil,choose tubers that have begun to sprout. They grow like potatoes from the eye. The leaves are shaped like the elephant ear plant. The leaves get huge in the summer garden if it is in a hot and sunny...

 

Bittersweet

Growing and Harvesting Bittersweet
Dont plant bittersweet! It gets out of control quickly and will look to climb on anything. I have had trees entirely engulfed in the vine and the vine eventually strangles the tree. It is a practically impossible to get rid of once established. If you use cut...

 

Windowsill Celery Hearts

Windowsill Celery Hearts
I have one growing right now on the sill. A little bit of spring with 5 feet of snow out the window! I think Ill try a transplant in the spring also.

 

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Craft Uses for Old Clothing
I use old jeans to make tablecloths. The jeans are cut to different size squares and sewn together. Finish the outside edges with seam binding. I also save the pockets and place beside each place setting to hold a napkin and silverware.

 

A black crocheted scarf with pockets.

Crocheted Pocket Scarf
Im looking forward to trying this, sounds quick and easy and a great way to use up leftover yarn. Unfortunately I dont really need another project as I have a room full of UFOS (unfinished objects!) I might actually finish this one though...Thanks

 

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Uses for Paper Towel Rolls?
I store plastic vegetable bags in empty paper towel rolls. They fit perfectly along the side of a drawer or under the sink and dont take up a lot of room. I also use one in the trailer at camp.

 

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