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Where Is the Most Beautiful Place in the World?
Home is the most beautiful place in the world. Filled with family, friends, love, laughter, tears, memories, dreams and security, who could ask for a better place?

 

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Spray Starch Time Saver
Not often, but occasionally, I have need for a stiffening agent with my ironing. Instead of buying Spray Starch, I do what my mother always did and make my own. Heres how: Combine equal parts water and white sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil until the...

 

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Slippery Shampoo Bottle
Several years ago when I had a broken shoulder, wide wet shampoo bottles were a struggle to manage. I cut the hand part off from a pair of rubber kitchen gloves and slipped the bottle into the sleeve. I even did it with the dish detergent bottle. The sleeve...

 

A plate of baked cinnamon sugar nests.

Crispy Cinnamon Sugar Nests
These look so.o.o.o yummy. Im allergic to cinnamon so almost all pastries and treats are homemade, substituting ground nutmeg or demerara sugar for the cinnamon. Another keeper recipe. Thanks.

 

masks hanging from the swatters

Face Mask Holder
This is a good idea. Heres another one .... I purchased a chrome shower caddy, the kind that holds shampoo, etc, and hung it in my front hall closet. It holds a bottle of sanitizer, a container of Lysol wipes, a box of disposable gloves, new single use masks...

 

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Making Really Smooth Sweet Potato Purée?
Have you tried using a ricer? 100 or so years ago (at least thats how it seems) I pureed everything for my son using a ricer. I still use it to puree potatoes for homemade gnocchi.

 

Dark Clothing Dye Transferred to Bra - peach colored bra with black stains

Dark Clothing Dye Transferred to Bra?
Drop a couple denture tabs into a bucket of water to remove stains from white clothing. Itll blast through coffee, tea, or tomato stains - all the hard stuff.

 

A heart shaped Earth.

Cleaning Plastic Containers Used For Powdered Drinks
Yay, youre back !! Ive missed your tips, suggestions and information shares. Stay well.

 

stack of Chicken Pizzadilla quarters

Chicken Pizzadilla
Good thought about using the tortillas. I recently made something similar that were calling Mizza but I used everyday sliced bread with the crust cut off and flattened out with my rolling pin. I got the idea from having used rolled out bread slices in the past...

 

Recycled Eggshell Vase - finished vase with faux flowers glued to the front

Recycled Eggshell Vase
What a cool idea. Im thinking that this would make a fantastic tabletop Christmas tree, using a green wine bottle, green paint, a light sprinkling of gold glitter and a few tiny red baubles. Methinks that I can cut out a star from a margarine lid, glue on the...

 

Recycled Eggshell Vase - finished vase with faux flowers glued to the front

Recycled Eggshell Vase
This is such a cool idea and tweaks my imagination. I think Ill make an eggshell tabletop Christmas tree using a green wine bottle, green painted eggshell, a light dusting of gold glitter and tiny red baubles. Methinks that I can make a star from a margarine...

 

Chicken Marsala in pan

Chicken Marsala
Hi Toosa .... I recently had something quite similar to this at my friends home and he served it with the Hungarian langos that I gave you the recipe for. The langos was used as a dipper for the creamy sauce and for fun, you might want to try serving it that...

 

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Cornish Game Hens & veggies with Wild Rice

Cornish Game Hens with Wild Rice
I think this would go well with quail too, 1 or 2 per plate, depending on the appetite of the person being served. Here in SW Ontario, the quail is sold 6 per package. Theyre a little picky to eat but theyre so.o.o.o. good!

 

How to Make Orange Clove
Pomanders - three variations resting on a bed of evergreen branches

How to Make Orange Clove Pomanders
Hi Toosa, I made two of these, one for myself and one for a friend. They smell so.o.o. nice. Thanks and keep these ideas coming !! I used a shish kebab skewer for poking the holes into the oranges, being less fragile and a little faster than using a toothpick...

 

cut Herbed Chicken Rolls in Cherry Sauce

Herbed Chicken Rolls in Cherry Sauce
Im definitely going to show up on your doorstep for a scrumptious meal one of these days !!! lol And of course, youre coming here too to be introduced to the new authentic Jamaican cuisine Im learning to make.

 

cut Herbed Chicken Rolls in Cherry Sauce

Herbed Chicken Rolls in Cherry Sauce
Imagine the eclectic mix of cuisines we could put together for the eclectic mix of 4 nationalities !! And everyone wearing brightly colored clothes of course. :)

 

Make a Bicycle Planter - blue bike

Make a Bicycle Planter
Love it, Love it. Oh, how I wish that I had the space to do something like this too. I also like the old chair planters that some people have in their yards. Eclectic ideas always appeal to me and your bike falls into this category. I once saw an old metal...

 

Christmas Tree Decor Sign - tree sign standing next to a Merry Christmas sign

Christmas Tree Decor Sign
So simple and nice.

 

Make a Bicycle Planter - blue bike

Make a Bicycle Planter
Hey Toosa, Heres a thought. Imagine a bright yellow vintage bike in another part of the yard with cascading red bougainvillea from the basket. How cheery that would be !!

 

A shadowbox frame storing small packets in a pantry.

Shadowbox Frame to Organize Packaged Goods
What a good idea ! Where did you get the box? Its nicer looking and has more compartments than what i use to keep things organized. In my pantry and the bathroom vanity drawers Im using white plastic cutlery trays from Dollar Tree, the ones with straight edge...

 

An old fashioned wringer washer.

Frugality Ain't What It Used To Be
Your reno hasnt been exciting Im sure, but the positive is that your roof doesnt leak and youre living in a warm lead free home with the pipes and wiring new and up to code. And, you can shower and cook again even if youre not 100% pleased with the fixtures...

 

Adjusting a Dust Pan Clamp - broom and attached pan hanging

Adjusting a Dust Pan Clamp
Using the elastic is a good idea and Ill use it next time if I need a quick fix. What I did was make a thick bead around the broom handle using a glue gun. That works for a while but it gradually breaks down. The elastic is a more practical solution. Thanks...

 

Cabbage and Kidney Bean Quinoa in bowl

Cabbage Kidney Bean Quinoa
Im not crazy about quinoa but knowing that its very nutritious, Im always on the lookout for ways and means to dress it up. I saw your recipe here and thought to try it, but not having cabbage in the house, I substituted with bok choy and added some browned...

 

Grape and Edamame Caterpillars - one of each type of caterpillar

Grape and Edamame Caterpillars
Ha, these are adorable. I didnt have any edamane in the house so I used cooked lima beans instead and they were so.o.o. cute !! I think Ill try red kidney beans too and use white sesame seeds for the eyes.

 

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Using Paper as Refrigerator Mats?
I use old tea towels to line the crispers and fabric placemats on the fridge shelves. Theyre absorbent and can be switched out with clean ones when they need to be laundered.

 

Green Apple Monsters - 4 apple monsters including two with jam instead of peanut butter

Green Apple Monsters
Amazing ... you did it again. And the daycare children will love them !!!!!

 

Fun Halloween Bathroom Decor - mummies and ghost

Fun Halloween Bathroom Decor
Cute. My daughter in law does home daycare and for sure shell like these in the kiddies bathroom. For a chuckle, go back to your pizza article.

 

Graveyard Brownies on tray

Graveyard Brownies
What an imaginative and clever gal you are !!! I made the olive spiders that you gave the how-to for in your pizza recipe were a hit and I commented. Thanks.

 

A television in the corner of a room.

TV: The Thief of Time
I never did hook up cable when I moved to my current home three years ago. It was expensive and didnt provide me with value for my hard earned dollars. I do stream though and from time to time Ill watch an documentary or movie that interests me. When the local...

 

A brillo pad stored inside a sandwich bag.

Sandwich Bag for Brillo Pad
Thats a good idea and Ill try it. Thanks. What Ive always done is let it dry out in the dish rack overnight then toss it back in the box in the morning.

 

A ziptop bag of whole tomatoes to be frozen.

Freeze Surplus Tomatoes
I never thought to use the skins and now youve given me a reason to keep them. Ill give it a try. Thanks.

 

A vintage gold trinket on a white background.

The Thief In Your Closet and On Your Shelves
Very well written article. Thumbs up; you have my vote.

 

A moonflower blossom at night.

Moonflower Illusion
Beautiful photo you took Veronica. Its frame worthy.

 

A small boy in a large white cowboy hat.

10 Gallon Heart
This is indeed a nice tribute to your father. Thanks for sharing.

 

Stick people with a bubble containing curse words.

A Better Today and Tomorrow
Ive never heard that expression and just looked it up on the internet. I suppose every area has its own words and expressions, be they good or bad, and the key is know what is acceptable and what isnt. I agree that theres much garbage mouth on the tv as well...

 

Stick people with a bubble containing curse words.

A Better Today and Tomorrow
My thinking is that nothing changes in life until you do something to make it happen. Its not enough to just get used to it and hold onto the belief that its not going to change. Thats giving in way too easy in my books. Its no more than negative acceptance...

 

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An electric frying pan on a countertop.

Countertop Heated By Electric Fry Pan
Ive also noticed the heat build up from the electric frying pan and from the George Foreman grill. When my stove isnt being used, I place the pan or grill on top. The crockpot sits there too when Im making an all-day slow cook. Its safe. When I had the new...

 

Autumn Decor for Your Refrigerator - decorated refrigerator

Autumn Decor for Your Refrigerator
What a novel idea !!! Well done.

 

Exercise Jar - jar filled with craft sticks with different exercises on each

Exercise Jar
What a novel idea and I commend you both for your efforts to stay healthy. A little exercise every day goes a long way. Thanks for sharing.

 

A Thanksgiving table set and ready for dinner.

Living Within Your Means
This is sound advice and I commend you for sticking to it. Your No. 1 tip to pencil in upcoming bills and considering it as an outstanding cheque is a smart way to help you manage your bank account. You could go one step further and pencil in $25 (for example...

 

Salvaging Hardware from Junk - lace up boots

Salvaging Hardware from Junk
Darn good idea as all your ideas are. Does your mind ever stop thinking of new tips and recipes? :)

 

Salvaging Hardware from Junk - lace up boots

Salvaging Hardware from Junk
That sounds somewhat familiar. At least no one can say that were ever boring. Ha! Ha! Its always a question of whats next?

 

Sun Room Paint Color Advice

Sun Room Paint Color Advice?
Youve already started with citrus colors, so why not stay with the color theme. I did my entire basement in citrus colors: yellow, orange, lime green and watermelon green. It was very striking and garnered many, many compliments. Im pleased to know that like...

 

Jars of butterscotch pudding.

Butterscotch Pudding
This is definitely a keeper recipe. Thank you.

 

Use a Baby Pool to Cleanup Yard Debris - pool loaded with tree branches

Use a Baby Pool to Cleanup Yard Debris
I think this is a wonderful idea too. I used to use a childs wagon to pick up garden debris, etc but the wheels didnt always roll as smoothly as I would have liked. The pool idea is better. Plus, it can be hung on the shed wall instead of taking up valuable...

 

Use a Baby Pool to Cleanup Yard Debris - pool loaded with tree branches

Use a Baby Pool to Cleanup Yard Debris
We had very high winds this past Friday and were under tornado watch here in SW Ontario. Luckily, it didnt touch down where I live but it sure did a lot of damage and there is debris everywhere. Thanks to your idea of using the baby pool, my yard is fairly...

 

Use a Baby Pool to Cleanup Yard Debris - pool loaded with tree branches

Use a Baby Pool to Cleanup Yard Debris
Possibly. Who knows? Im thankful that it didnt touch down here but it did wrack havoc further north of me in the Ottawa area, with 6 tornadoes touching down.

 

A bottle of vodka to be used for deodorizing clothes.

Deodorize Clothing with Vodka
Ive got several bottles of grappa that I dont drink. Think that would work?

 

A bottle of vodka to be used for deodorizing clothes.

Deodorize Clothing with Vodka
Thats a good use for it. I can only use so much of the stuff for limoncello and arancello and Im not ready to make another batch yet.

 

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Hygienic Thoughts
Have you ever taken out the body part of the stopper? Thats where the gunk on mine was.

 

finished Yakitori on platter

Japanese Skewered Chicken (Yakitori)
I love your recipes and will definitely try this one. Bet this would go well with satay :)

 

An oil spray being added to a bowl of popcorn.

DIY Cooking Oil Spray
I put refined coconut oil into a misting bottle today and used it to lightly spray the pan for a fried egg sandwich. Wow ... so easy ... and no wondering if youve put in the right amount of oil. Thanks for the tip. :)

 

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Recipe for Homemade Paint Remover?
In July I stripped, sanded and refinished a small birch drop-leaf table. Wearing gloves, I applied slightly heated pickling vinegar with a stiff bristled brush to one section at a time, let sit for about 15 minutes, then scraped off the softened paint with...

 

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Recipe for Homemade Paint Remover?
Why yes, certainly Ill send a photo when Ive got the camera fully charged again. Its on the dock now. I havent used it for a few years. The table turned out very nicely and is in full use in my kitchen now. I love it. Id previously used it in the utility room...

 

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Recipe for Homemade Paint Remover?
I sent a reply to you following your first comment. Also, I happened across an old query of yours regarding rosacea and gave answer. Take a look and let me know what you think.

 

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One Armed Dressing
If you happen to have one around. LOL

 

A black and white photo of a man in a suit.

Simple Memories of Simple Moments
Thanks Attosa ... yeah, he was my Dad. Via a mutual friend, I remembered and it burned in me to write this piece. A simple thing like shaving is such a personal thing and and I think the fact that your father doesnt like being helped with it, is understandable...

 

A black and white photo of a man in a suit.

Simple Memories of Simple Moments
Thanks everyone for letting me know that the sharing of my memory of a tender moment triggered a special memory of yours. That was my hope. We all have memories ... tender ones that make us smile with contentment, happy and carefree ones that give rise to a...

 

A bright red teapot.

Double Purpose Pot of Tea
You know whats good too Attosa if you like peppermint, is to use a candy cane to stir your tea, pudding and even jello instead of using a spoon. Youll get just a hint of the peppermint taste but its not at all overpowering.

 

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Making a Fragrance Purchase On-line?
These are exactly the type of comments I was looking for. Thank you ladies. I think Ill wait and see if more comments are forthcoming and then decide if its worth potential hassle to save on pocket cost but lose in time cost when I could be doing something...

 

A Rose Named Charlie - pink rose bloom

A Rose Named Charlie
Hes cute. And oh, the stories he could tell ...

 

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Making a Fragrance Purchase On-line?
Buffalo here I come !! No online purchase for this gal. Thanks ladies.

 

Sweet Chili Shrimp in bowl

Sweet Chili Shrimp
I always use tapioca flour for thickening. Do you think I could do a swap out from the cornstarch?

 

finished Herbed Chicken Quarters with Smashed Potatoes on platter

Herbed Chicken Quarters with Smashed Potatoes
My minds eye picture of this comes complete with the aroma in your kitchen as its cooking. Its too bad we cant ask you to prove your dish is awesome by inviting us all over to eat. lol

 

finished Herbed Chicken Quarters with Smashed Potatoes on platter

Herbed Chicken Quarters with Smashed Potatoes
And wed probably have fun too. And judging by all your recipes that you so meticulously spell out, at least Id know what I was eating. Ill try everything as long as I know what it is but what I call mystery food is off limits for me. I dont eat things like...

 

finished Herbed Chicken Quarters with Smashed Potatoes on platter

Herbed Chicken Quarters with Smashed Potatoes
You like cooking and eating various cultural dishes ... I see this in the mix of recipes you submit. My mother came from what is now called Indonesia and she made many of the traditional dishes. One of them was nasi goreng ... look it up and give it a try. The...

 

Paint a Flower Pot Saucer that Doesn't Match Pot  - pot with slight white accents and painted saucer

Paint a Flower Pot Saucer that Doesn't Match Pot
I like eclectic and things that are off the wall. Fairly regularly, I go to the local Value Village and look for things that are singular (as in an old fancy china tea cup thats missing the saucer), something that is old fashioned or simply different from the...

 

finished Herbed Chicken Quarters with Smashed Potatoes on platter

Herbed Chicken Quarters with Smashed Potatoes
So Im guessing youre familiar with satay too .... I made it about a month ago, served over lamb. Now Im making myself hungry for another feast.

 

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Freezing Homemade Peppermint Creams?
These sound awesome. Ive never seen them or eaten them. I like peppermint and would like to try some. How do you make them, either the freezable or non freeable ones?

 

A woman wearing colorful clothing and holding a flower in the woods.

Me In My Colors
Ha, now this brings back a fond memory. Back in the 70s when colored bathroom fixtures were a rage, I had a lavender colored toilet, sink and tub. The window and shower curtains were a deep violet color and here and there I used bright orange as an accent. It...

 

A woman wearing colorful clothing and holding a flower in the woods.

Me In My Colors
Thanks everyone for your nice comments. In our own way(s) and to various degrees, were all thrifty and by sharing tips and means to enhance it and have fun at the same time, thats great. Thats what were all about here on TF.com isnt it?

 

Roasted Radish portion on plate

Roasted Radishes
Tried it and love them. I did mine on an old cookie sheet on the bbq. Thank you, thank you. My son dipped his in ranch dressing and said they were very good that way.

 

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Fix for Salsa That Is Too Sweet?
I suggest apple cider vinegar, putting in a little at a time, waiting 20 minutes or so, then tasting. The 20 minutes would allow for the vinegar to blend into the sauce and do its thing. You can add more vinegar as needed, but always giving some time between...

 

finished Quinoa Harissa

Quinoa Harissa
My son introduced me to Quinoa and though I cant say I really like it, I know its nutritious and I eat it at least once a week. Instead of using plain water though, I cook it in homemade vegetable broth that I always have on hand. It does enhance the flavor...

 

Bread tags marked with the names of different electronic equipment.

Use Bread Tags as Cord Labels
Using the tags as cord labels is a good idea and Im going to do it. Thanks for the tip. Heres another one .... I buy sourdough bread at Costco, 3 loaves in a large bag. The bread clip on the large bag is large and is thicker and harder than the tags on a single...

 

finished Quinoa Harissa

Quinoa Harissa
Im definitely going to try it. Thanks Jess.

 

finished Quinoa Harissa

Quinoa Harissa
Hi Jess, This past weekend I made the recipe you suggested and it turned out great. Instead of diced tomatoes though I used 1/3 of a bottle of V8 juice that I wanted to move along. As I said, it was great and I have enough leftover for tonights supper. Yum...

 

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Separating Photos Glued Together?
Heat with a hair dryer for a few seconds on low setting, the nozzle being a few inches away from the photos, then run a length of dental floss between the pictures to separate them. I did that once to a picture that was stuck to a photo album page and it worked...

 

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Separating Photos Glued Together?
Not to be a Negative Nelly, but if the photos are very sentimental Id be fearful of doing anything that might damage them beyond repair. That being said, before trying anything, Id have both photos scanned. My printer scans but in this case I think Id take...

 

Using Decorative Window Film on a Kitchen Exterior Door - 9 light kitchen door

Using Decorative Window Film on a Kitchen Exterior Door?
I agree with Judy that the adhesive backed film is difficult to remove when the time comes that its aged looking and needs to go. The only way I could get rid of the residual glue was with varsol and it wasnt a pleasure to work with. What I currently have in...

 

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Male Cat Allows Kittens to Nurse on Him?
My male Maine Coon nuzzled his sister when he was young but he outgrew it. To my thinking its no different than a young child nuzzling his pacifier.

 

Using Decorative Window Film on a Kitchen Exterior Door - 9 light kitchen door

Using Decorative Window Film on a Kitchen Exterior Door?
Ive had my Artscape film for 3 years without problem but for the heck of it I looked up to see if there is a guarantee against yellowing or peeling. There is a 3 year warranty so thats not bad on a $25 purchase. Im pleased to know that yours has lasted 10 years...

 

Using Decorative Window Film on a Kitchen Exterior Door - 9 light kitchen door

Using Decorative Window Film on a Kitchen Exterior Door?
Try it. I dont think youll be disappointed. I have New Leaf on both my bathroom and basement window and after 3 years Im as pleased as the day I put it up. The film gives me the light and privacy needed and look especially nice at night from outside with the...

 

Using Decorative Window Film on a Kitchen Exterior Door - 9 light kitchen door

Using Decorative Window Film on a Kitchen Exterior Door?
Speaking for all of us, its been our pleasure to help you to make your decision Doug. The Etched Lace will be very pretty in your new kitchen.

 

Using Bread to Pick Up Broken Glass - hand pressing a slice of bread onto a tile floor

Using Bread to Pick Up Broken Glass
What a good idea it is to use it for broken glass. Never thought of that. I did it once to help locate my hard contact lens that Id dropped on the floor. I wet the bread a bit first though. And I did quickly find it stuck to the bread and I was happy. Damn...

 

Name Ideas for a Bath Bomb Business

Name Ideas for a Bath Bomb Business?
Sorry, meant to put Bombs Away ... Plus +

 

How to Patch Tears in Rubber Gloves - repaired glove

How to Patch Tears in Rubber Gloves
Instead of cutting a piece in an inconspicuous spot to repair the glove, I make a patch from an old glove that cant be repaired anymore. I keep the old ones for patchwork.

 

Scrapbook Paper Key Cover - finished key

Scrapbook Paper Key Cover
Ive put nailpolish on keys to quickly identify them on my key ring.

 

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Boxer Shorts for Sleeping
Doug, youre hilarious and I love your unique reply. Youre generally inclined to short ones that you probably whip off without much thought so Im pleased that my new sleep shorts gave you a minds eye picture to chuckle about, thoughts of bygone days when things...

 

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Boxer Shorts for Sleeping
OK Anthony aka Buck aka Doug. And possibly you have other names too that youve been called over the years, mentionable and unmentionable ones. lol What was your nickname as a kid? Mine was Spider Legs, cuz as the name implies, I had skinny legs and knobby knee...

 

A paint key being used to open a jar of pickles.

Paint Key to Open Jars
Good idea that Im definitely going to try. Thanks.

 

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