Darlene Johnson

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10th Birthday Party Ideas?
Tweens love to try grown-up pampering. Working with foster homes Ive had to be inventive with a small budget. If you have a hairdresser or nail school nearby you can ask for a student to come pamper the girls with hair chalk or manicures/pedicures. They need...


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Getting Coupons in the Mail?
You asked about coupons and magazines. Do you mean catalogues or paid for subscription magazines? I think you know you have to subscribe to magazines. However, when it comes to getting catalogues, you just go to the companys name online, there you will find...


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Keep Brown Sugar Soft
The piece of clay pot is exactly what they make the cute little disc out off that you buy at any kitchen store for brown sugar softening. I actually got one at a yard sale, still in package. The instructions say soak the disc in warm water for 15 minutes, insert...


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Cherry Limeade
My other half is crazy about maraschino cherries in any of his cocktails. I found that Costco has this 64 oz. large plastic jar of the cherries, at a very low price. I can use the juice for my needs. The container is stored in the back of my fridge with the...


hanging basket with pinkish purple flowers

What Are These Plants?
Here is another photo of the full hanging basket I am wondering what they are. Darlene J


Making Jelly from Fruit Juice?
This is one of my favourite sites when it comes to making jelly from bottled juices, Fun site as they show you each step with photos! Making jelly this way is perfect for when the kids are home in the summer. I find them a quick fix when you need to donate...


What Type of Desk is This?
I know the desk exactly, my grandmother had one. Hers was made by The Imperial Desk Company and called Imperial Secretary - The Supreme Typewriter Desk. If you go to put in the search for Imperial supreme typewriter desk you will get...


hanging soap in pantyhose

Hang Soap At Outdoor Spigot
Great idea! For my outside taps we have both hot and cold water. To get cleaned up after gardening I drill a hole in a bar of ivory soap, then slip a long shoe lace through the hole. The grandkids love to hang the soap around their necks so they can have an...


Stick sculpture for attracting birds.

Create Stick Sculptures to Attract Birds
This is a great idea, Ive put branch designs in the ground for ages. I stopped making the designs right in any gardens that had flowers, etc. as those gardens ending up being filled with sunflower seedlings very quickly even though I have cedar chips around...


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Scent Lightbulbs When Expecting Visitors
Your ideas are great, however, cinnamon comes from a wood-like base so it can be very flammable. I usually put some in a small sauce pan with a bit of water, then simmer on low, it works the same way! One idea I really use alot, if you have ceiling fans in...


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Crafts Using Pop Bottle Lids?
When in a boys club years ago my grandson had to make one of those scraping mats with caps. It was a small one where they used a scrap of outdoor carpet, same size piece of plywood, then another piece of carpet (got those free from places like Home Depot or...


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New Ideas for Meatloaf?
I had an old friend come for dinner who loves meatloaf. To make it a bit different I make the regular mixture adding about half cup of salsa. Then roll it out on some waxed paper. Then I place thin slices of black forest ham and mozzarella cheese on top of...


Wildlife: Royal Terns (Florida)
These birds are not only beautiful, they are so fascinating to watch. We have a condo at Marco Island, FL. where it looks out to the ocean. Since we go back and forth to our unit many times a year the Terns get to be seen in their different states. Our last...


Easy Bake Oven

Looking for Recipes for an Easy Bake Oven?
To find recipes for my granddaughter all I did was Google. Here is their link which will give you dozens of sites with great Easy Bake Oven recipes. I know my granddaughter has tried many of them. Good Luck.


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Shipping a Pie?
Check your bus service from where you live to your sisters home town. That is how I send items to friends who moved away. I know your baking is what your sister craves, however, as a volunteer our cancer group have been contact by family members living distances...


Using Every Bit of Laundry Detergent

Using Every Bit of Laundry Detergent
It is so true how much of so many products are left in a container. At first I would take the spout out or leave it inverted. Then I found the easiest way to get every last drop from a laundry bottle is to fill it up with my laundry tub tap. The first filling...


A pop can box made into a bag organizer.

Use Soda Can Box to Organize Bags
Another great idea for storing the plastic bags if you still get the from the stores. In my mind they are a pain. The way I handle them is to cut the opening a bit larger, fold the bags so they fit into an empty kleenex box. You can get approximately 30 plastic...


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Where Can I Buy Butcher Paper?
I am very lucky to have a butcher that will sell me the paper. He will get his large roll down to a size good for me, then I get it, usually is enough for at least 3 - 6 months. Since I buy most of my meat from him many times he does not charge me anything...


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Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole Recipes
Thanks for all the help with the recipe. However.. they all are what is known as Potato Deluxe which almost every frozen hash brown potato company puts out. I have these. Just not the Cracker Barrel taste. Maybe they want use to continue to visit!


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Dividing Up Your Ground Beef
I wss wondering do you add any seasonings at that time? I do the same but find I cook the ground beef with my usual onions and spices since it seems after the meat has been cooked the spices dont work in as well as they do when simmering in during the original...



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