Simplify Your Menu Planning
Paper Flower Bowl
This is darling, Maricel! Thank you!
Wildlife: Meerkat At The Zoo
Awww, so fun! Hubby and I went to the zoo here in the Netherlands last week and the meerkats were my favorites. I just stood and watched in awe of these little guys! Thancks for sharing your photo as I forgot my camera when we went.
Congratulations Paul and Harlean (50th Wedding...
What a wonderful love story! Congratulations to you, Paul and Harlean, on your 50th wedding anniversary. God is good and He has blessed you with each other and a wonderful life together.
Learning to Crochet?
Go to YouTube and type in beginner crochet and you will find lots of lessons. Good for you for wanting to learn!
Ballpoint Pen on Wall?
Have you tried alcohol, shaving cream or hairspray (not all at the same time, but if one doesnt work, try the next, hairspray as a last resort)?
Halloween: Box O' Popcorn Costume
Now that is cute, cute, cute!
Michael Jackson Costume
Nice job ... great looking Michael! (btw, Im from Modesto)
Making Your Own Wall Sayings?
Wow. If you know anyone with a Cricut Expression cutting machine (there are smaller ones than the Expression), then that would be the way to go. I have one and I just love it! I have cut vinyl and placed it on wooden plaques but not on walls yet. I dont know...
Miniature Pies Baked in Canning Jars
What a neat idea! Thanx, April!
Can You Use Bleach on Carpet Stains?
Hi Nguyenn! Bleach is mostly used for white cotton when used for laundering. Its probably not a good idea to use bleach on your carpet as it will take any color out of the carpet...not just a stain. There are things on the market that are better to use on your...
Finding a Craft Email Group?
ClintonNichols is right about blogs being the way most people give and get information. If youre interested in a particular craft, then you can key in the type of craft before the word blog in your search engine. For instance, if youre a stamper, then key in...
Painting Vinyl Mobile Home Skirting?
Krylon makes a paint that is specifically for plastics. http://www.krylon.com/products/categories/plastic/ Hope this helps.
Beans for Weight Control
I, too, am curious what your portions are at breakfast and lunch. Do you eat just a half cup for each meal? Also, when you bring the beans to a boil, do you continue cooking them for the 30 - 40 minutes that they are covered or do you turn the heat off? I find...
Beans for Weight Control
Thanx, NotWrong :) I think Ill give this a try. I live in the Netherlands (but from California) and I have never seen crab boil, doubt seriously thats its available here. I was so proud of myself this week. I made my first batch of apple butter (crock pot) because...
Recipes for Magic Bullet Blender?
My goodness, Kat, are you in luck! Here is a site (RecipeZaar...one of my favorites) with 304 Magic Bullet recipes: http://www.recipezaar.com/recipes.php?s_type=%2Frecipes.php&q=magic+bullet+recipes&Search=Search You can also key Magic Bullet Recipes in your...
Natural Home Remedies for Chafing?
Hi Chlly Wlly, I dont know how old you are, but when I was young we had petty pants (also called pettipants). With the silky (nylon???) material between the thighs, it seems to me it would be the perfect answer to keep from chafing. I looked on the internet...
Fresh Salad Bowl
I love this idea!
Cleaning a Film on Pyrex?
I agree with the straight vinegar soak. However, if that doesnt remove the film, its likely that the glass has been etched and nothing will remove that. Good luck.
Homemade "No More Tangles"?
Also, a good tip for tangled hair is to pull all of the wet hair up to the top of the head and start combing it down in small sections, starting at the nape of the neck.
Mashed Potato Salad Recipe
Growing up, my Mom always made mashed potato salad and it does have mayonnaise in it. Its actually pretty much the same as chunk potato salad but using cold mashed potatoes. We always put diced pickles (your choice of sweet or dill or both), chopped onion, pieces...
I used to use Neways hair products because they have no harmful ingredients. The only way to order is through an independent dealer. Perhaps you can find one in your area or become one :) Another thought is when I rinse my hair in vinegar and water, it leaves...
Dawn Detergent in the UK?
Do you have a liquid dish soap called Fairy in the UK? Im from the USA but live in the Netherlands and Fairy is definitely the equivalent if not the same as Dawn (I always used Dawn in the USA).
Cleaning With Lemon Juice?
Heres an interesting site: http://www.gomestic.com/Homemaking/Lemons-are-Not-Just-for-Lemonade.52005
Homemade Masks for a Masquerade Party?
Heres a site with free printable mask templates: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/mask_templates.htm You can google free printable mask templates and find more, Im sure. Have fun, oh and Happy Birthday (early) :)
Free Reverse Phone Lookup?
Trundgirl is right, I just experimented with numbers I know and both Google and Yahoo search told me who the numbers belong to. However, it didnt work for cell phones.
Bees Drilling Into a Wooden Porch?
Apparently this is a Carpenter bee (Id never heard of them before). This site has videos of them and the man says they most definitely cause damage. I hope this helps. http://www.carpenterbees.com/
Cleaning and Organizing My House?
Sticking to a Weight Loss Program?
Im the most successful with weight loss when I allow myself a cheat day and then the next day its right back on my program. I believe one needs a good 2 weeks under ones belt before starting the cheat day plan (which should be perfect for you since you said...
Sticking to a Weight Loss Program?
LOL ... WickedDiam0nd, I didnt even notice the mispelling until you apologized. No apology needed. You can just call me Selma, too :D:D:D You were right on with the exercise advice, too. I realized after I hit the Post button that I hadnt even touched on that...
Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe?
I found this recipe about 3 years ago and I think its excellent. I found it on this site: http://southernfood.about.com/od/mushrooms/r/bl40621z.htm Cream of Mushroom Soup INGREDIENTS: 8 ounces thinly sliced mushrooms 2 cups boiling water 3 chicken bouillon...
Painting Plastic Door Trim?
Krylon makes a spray paint for plastic. Ive never used it but Ive heard that it is good. Its something to think about. http://www.krylon.com/products/fusion_for_plastic
Iced Black Tea is Cloudy?
Sally, if youre talking about your tea being cloudy after refrigeration, then all you need to do is pour some boiling water in it and the tea should clear up.
What is Baking Soda?
Hi Leah (thats my daughters name, too). In the USA, baking soda is, indeed, Bicarbonate of Soda ... or Sodium Bicarbonate (both are the same).
Homemade Chocolate Liqueurs?
Hi Kimberly! Ive never made chocolate liqueur before, but here is a site that shows how to make it. It looks pretty good: http://coffeeworks.blogs.com/coffee_and_tea/2006/06/make_your_own_c.html I hope this helps.
Organizing Your Home?
Hi Elizabeth! Heres a great site to help organize. Good luck :) :) http://www.flylady.net/
Recipe Book for Jack's Power Juicer?
Hi T.S. - You can key in Juicer Recipes in your search engine and get recipes. Ive included a couple of sites below. I have to say that my personal all time favorite is carrot apple juice with ginger. I dont measure. Just start putting them in the juicer with...
Removing Glue from Prescription Bottles?
I just use peanut butter...smear it on and let it sit over night, wipe it off with a paper towel then wash with soapy water.
Pink and White Coconut Candy?
Hi Catastrofy! I had never heard of this candy but I wonder if this recipe called Coconut Ice could be the same as your Grandmas. I found it on RecipeZaar: http://www.recipezaar.com/Coconut-Ice-173380
Pink and White Coconut Candy?
Aw...glad to hear it, and youre very welcome. Enjoy!
Wine Cork Self Portrait
Wow...this is really amazing!!! Great job. You must be quite an artist. Thanx for sharing this self portrait with us.
Happy Holidays From ThriftyFun
Wishing our dear ThriftyFun Staff/Family a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Prosperous and Happy New Year!!! Thank you so very much for all you do on this site. Take your time enjoying your family and friends through the holidays. Susan, I hope and pray...
Round Plastic Knitting Looms?
Hi Jean. Are you talking about the Knifty Knitter round looms?
Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes
Oh Scott!!! This looks delicious. Ill have to try it!!! Thanx for sharing the recipe.
I dont find the idea of using used baby wipes that have been washed in the laundry disgusting at all. It would be no different than when we old timers used cloth diapers, laundered them and used them over and over again on our babies. Thanx, Siris, for the...
Proper Way to Sign Personal Letters?
Thank you, Kaelle and Tsiegl! Indeed, you both have helped. I just found myself going back and forth on signing cards and personal notes. Again, thank you both for taking the time to answer this question.
Six Year Old Keeps Peeing on the Floor?
Alanna, you dont say whether your step-son does this all through the day or just at night. If its just at night, is it possible that hes unaware that hes doing it? Perhaps hes asleep and thinks hes going to the restroom. God bless you and stay patient.
Looking for Edfred Cleaner?
In California, I always bought EdFred at my grocery store.
Hang Family Calendar in the Bathroom
This is done in many, if not most, homes in the Netherlands...at least in my experience. I found it odd when I moved here but I see now how useful it is. Its almost impossible to miss someones birthday or anniversary. :)
My Mother is Nagging Me About My Weight?
Dear Wacky Camper, I believe the best way to handle any problem is with love and boundaries. The next time your Mom starts telling you what you need to do, perhaps you could say something like this, with as much love in your expression as you can muster, Mom...
Making a Gift Box Using Old Christmas Cards?
Hi Nancy! Heres a site that tells how to make small boxes using Christmas cards: http://www.allfreecrafts.com/recycling-crafts/greeting-card-box.shtml By the way, I was born in Stillwater OK :):)
Paint Color to Match My Couch?
Hi Daowens! You could consider painting the room a very very light sage color ... the same as your couch except with lots of white in it :D Rooms painted green can be quite lovely.
Orange and Peach Cake Recipe?
Hi Nancy! I found this recipe on the following site: http://www.claudiasrecipes.com/dreamypeachcake.html DREAMY PEACH CAKE 1 Box orange cake mix 1 Can Peach Pie filling 1/2 cup sour cream 2 large eggs Mix all well and pour into an ungrease 9X13 pan. Bake at...
Relieving a Dog's Sore Hips?
Hi Betty! Poor Spud :( ! You made me wonder if dogs could take glucosamine ... and apparently they can. I just keyed it in the search engine and several sites came up. I have had problems with sore hip joints but glucosamine helps me sooooo much. Its something...
Salad Dressing Stain on Cotton Clothing?
Hi Gail! Squeeze Dawn dish soap straight from the bottle, rub it in and launder as usual. Once in a while, youll need to repeat the process but, trust me, it works.
Finding Effective Acne Treatments?
Hi Jay! I had acne as a teenager and I did go to a dermatologist. The first thing she did was take me off of iodized salt. To this day, I can tell when Ive eaten iodized salt (restaurants or dinner at someones house, etc). She assured us that we got enough...
Removing a Cooking Oil Stain On Carpet?
Hi Janice! The first thing Ill say is that I have NOT tried this BUT I know what I would try. I dont know how large your oil stains are but I would try a THIN coat of Dawn dish washing liquid and, depending on your carpet pile, rub it in either with a tooth...
Wow!!! Incredible photo!!! Youre daughter has the potential to be a great photographer. Beautiful!!!
Gum on a Police Uniform?
Hi Sandy! I agree with everything that Dring-Crazy said. That is the method I use, too. Here is a video on getting gum off of clothing (not dried in a dryer, tho): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHYkYiDDuvk I hope you get the gum out...so frustrating, I know...
Glamorous Bathroom Wall Treatment
Beautiful!!! I wish I could zoom in on this photo. I sure do like this look...very elegant!!!
Use Car Keys for Remembering
Great idea, Vicki!!! Thanx!!!
Homemade Reed Diffusers?
Wow, Linda! You must have read my mind ... lol I was thinking that I wanted to find a way to make my own reed diffuser today. Heres is a site that I found: http://www.bigbigforums.com/arts-crafts/595825-make-your-own-reed-diffuser.html I hope it works for you...
Absolutely darling!!! I love origami projects!!! Thanx for sharing this :)
Garden: My Grandmother With Her Watermelon...
My word, Jackie!!! Youre so right....she did do something right. What a beautiful watermelon!!! Thanx for sharing this.
Keeping Salt and Sugar Free Flowing?
Hi Erica! Try adding a few grains of rice to your salt shakers. Perhaps someone else can make a suggestion for the sugar.
Bisquick and Yogurt Blueberry Muffins?
Hi Linda! This is the closest I could come to your recipe request on the Betty Crocker/Bisquick Recipes site. I hope its the one or at least close :) http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/recipe.aspx?recipeID=38780&Source=SearchResultPage
Removing Wallpaper In Stairwell?
While I have never done this, I have the same problem and the only thing I can figure is one needs a ladder that folds in different lengths and positions so that the short end is to the top of the steps and a longer side on a lower step. Im not suggesting this...
Name for a Christian Daycare?
I like all of the suggestions! I dont think you could go wrong with any of them. Remember that song Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam? How about Sunbeams for Him because the last line is Ill be a sunbeam for Him Another thought is Fishes & Loaves Daycare. May God...
Cleaning Between Glass Shower Doors?
I like Ed Fred for built up minterals from the water.
Product Review: Knifty Knitter Spool Loom
Hi Christi!!! Id love to see a photo of the scarf you made. I have one of these, too, but havent made anything yet.
Broccoli Ball Recipe?
Hi Linda! I have to admit, Id never heard of a broccoli Ball Recipe before so I did an online search and there seems to be several recipes. This one looks very tasty to me: http://www.recipezaar.com/41593 I hope it helps!!!
Stripes on my Zucchini?
I found a site that says this about zucchini: A popular summer squash shaped like a slightly curved cylinder, a bit smaller at the top than the bottom. A zucchinis skin color can vary from dark to light green, sometimes with yellow markings that give it a mottled...
Fry Cake Recipe
Hi Barb! I found a recipe on this site for Grandmas Fry Cakes : http://www.dollarman.com/recipes/cakes/ The instructions are as follows: Grandmas fry cakes Ingredients: (Makes 3 dozen.) 1 1/2 cup sugar 3 eggs 3 tbsp. melted butter 1 cup buttermilk 1 tsp. salt...
Homemade Tool for "Hard to Reach" Places
What a great idea, Barbara!!! Thanx for sharing this!!!
5 Year Old Having Bowel Movement in Pants?
Hi Debbie! You must be so frustrated to be dealing with this again. Have you had her checked by the doctor to be sure nothing is wrong (does it hurt to go)? If so, have you tried the reward system? You could have a container with little goodies (toys, games...
Tell Retailers You Saw It Cheaper to Get a Discount
Great idea if you actually saw it cheaper somewhere else. Otherwise, Id suggest just out and out asking for the discount or ask when it goes on sale. Many stores will give a discount when you ask.
Help Getting Batter to Stick?
Hi Larry! Great advice from AuntieEm39 :) Another thing Id try is to flour your chicken before you put it in your beaten egg with a little milk or water. Then go back to the flour again or try your Moms corn flakes for the 2nd coat after the egg. Let us know...
Getting Over A Break Up?
Hi Sue! First let me say how sorry I am that youre going through this breakup. I know its painful...been there. Lean on your friends and family. Spend time with them. I dont know how you feel about Dr Phil, I personally really like him. Here is some advice...
Recipe Substitute For Cocoa?
Many people who are unable to eat chocolate use carob (powder). It doesnt taste exactly like chocolate but its a very good substitute. I havent bought any in years but I think you can get it in health food stores. My Mom used to use it all the time. I hope...
Foods That Cause Acne?
Hi Kelly! When I was a teenager, I had acne really bad on my back. The dermatologist told me to buy salt without iodine because iodine causes a lot of people to break out. She insisted that we get enough iodine in other foods, such as fish. You should probably...
Keeping Grass From Growing In Brick Driveway?
Ive always used plain salt in cracks to prevent growth of weeds. Dont put the salt near anything that you do want to grow, though, because it will kill plants, too.
Camouflaging A Scar When Wearing A Skirt?
IMA has a good idea. The site for Dermablend is: http://www.dermablend.com/ I love to wear black nylons ... perhaps you could consider that. At any rate, God bless you and I know youll come up with something.
Making Mossy Terra Cotta Pots For Wedding?
Hi Cher! These instructions are on HGTV. I hope they help! http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/dc_floral_other/article/0,,HGTV_3421_1370692,00.html
Low Carb Pasta Recipes?
Hi Smoochie! What a Sweetie you are! Youre so right, you cant do it for them but just be encouraging and supportive. Let me tell you how I handle all pasta recipes. I replace the pasta with green beans and sliced mushrooms!! I usually drain the liquid and stir...
Sand: A Dessert
This is such a neat idea!!! Thanx, Gary!!!
Make Your Own 2% Milk At Home
Shirley, I just love the way you post. When others share their knowledge with you, you accept it so graciously and you dont become defensive. I truly enjoyed reading your responses back to the new posts. I learned something today, too. Thanx to all of you :):) Keep...
Happy St. Patrick's Day From ThriftyFun
Awwww...such cuties!!! Happy St Pattys Day to all of you!!!
Origami Garbage Bin
Oh Melody!!!! This is just soooooo cool!!! I just made one and love it!!! Thank you so much for sharing this neat idea and site. Big hugs to you!!!
Indeed he is!!!! Thanx for sharing him with us, Tricia!!!
Removing Krazy Glue Gel From Hands?
Hi David! If it is the glue thats rough (and not your skin that became rough), you should be able to remove it with fingernail polish remover with acetate in it. I hope this helps.
Tips for Painting on Denim?
When painting on dark fabric, its a good idea to put a white coat on before adding the colors (in this case orange). The white can then allow the orange to look bright. Those are darling jackets. Your stepdaughter did a good job!!!
Advice for a Dealing with Fiance's Family?
Hi People! I agree with Perfumed Fan that your future son-in-law needs to be the one to speak up to his family. There are some phrases your daughter (and fiance) can actually use when unwanted advice and suggestions are given. Learn to say things like, Thank...
What Goes Around Comes Around
What a wonderful idea!!! Thanx, Karyn!!!
Link: Dollar Stretcher Crafts
Great site!!! Thanx, Melody!!!
Vietnamese Avocado Shake
Oh, Stella, this really sounds good. I like what you say about not thinking of it as salty and creamy...thats probably the key. It reminds me of the first time my Dutch hubby ate cheese cake and was so disappointed...he thought in terms of a cheese dish....but...