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Reusable Refills for Swiffer
I have always done this, only I use old towels that I cut into an appropriate size. Saves a lot of money.

 

My Chicken Stock has Nine Lives

My Chicken Stock has Nine Lives
I just read in the Weight Watchers magazine that wings or backs are the most economical to use.

 

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HP Ink Cartridges Have an Expiration Date
I have used places where they refill cartridges and the first one I had really good luck with. After that, they didnt seem to work well so I stopped buying refills and just buy new ones.

 

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Biddeford Blanket Replacement Controls?
http://biddefordblankets.com/parts.asp Try this.

 

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Removing Air Bubbles in Wallpaper?
You have to gently push the air bubbles out. If the paste has dried, a method I have found effective is to use an injector like a nurse would use. I am pretty sure you can buy them from a pharmacy, and fill them with wallpaper paste and inject the paste, then...

 

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Sharing Mortgage Expenses with a Partner?
You will have to do what you think you want but if it were me, I would never agree to that unless you contributed nothing to the house to begin with or will ever be contributing anything. When my husband and I married a year ago, we both had families that had...

 

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Making a Teapot Lamp?
I would use a ceramic bit and you cant force the bit on a drill. You could use an epoxy glue or E6000 glue.

 

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Curtain Colour Advice?
Cream colored walls are neutral. You can use any color you want.

 

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Using Hedge Apples to Get Rid of Spiders?
This is an old wives tale. Google it and you will see.

 

Antique dresser, head and footboard.

Selling an Antique Bedroom Set?
You could always try Craigslist and put it under antiques. The advertising is free. It is a gorgeous set! Antique dealers have to make money on what they sell so you would be taking a loss on it if you sold it to an antique dealer, I would think.

 

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Easy Peasy Cole Slaw
How large a can of pineapple, please?

 

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Curtain Color Advice?
I would go with a print since it sounds like you have no print in your furniture. Go with one of the Ikat patterns to keep it updated and you could use any color you would like. Just make sure you balance out the room by using accessories in the same color...

 

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Mineral Spirits For Laminate Floors
Maybe I am wrong, but I think using mineral spirits would be very hard on laminate floors even though it is diluted. I would check with your manufacturer before doing it too many times.

 

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Remedy for Ear Itching?
Why dont you go back and ask your doctor? I had itching in my ears and my dr. said I probably had a fungus. Take a cotton swab dipped in hydrogen peroxide and gently swab your ear. Do this for several weeks and hopefully the itching will be gone.

 

Kitchen with orange cupboards.

Painting a Kitchen with Orange Cupboards?
If it were me, I would be painting the cupboards! It is a long procedure to do it right but it would be worth it in my opinion. This Old House website had a good tutorial on it.

 

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Urgent Dental Care Without Insurance?
If you are deaf and disabled, I see no reason why you cant get SSI. Here is a website where they have a forum to talk about it. http://www.alldeaf.com/american-disabilities-act/39731-can-someone-deaf-receive-ss-ssi.html

 

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Pineapple Orange Chilled Refrigerator Cake
Is that the cooked kind of pudding or the instant type?

 

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Manual for WelBilt Bread Machine?
I dont know if it is available but you can give it a try. Go to manualsonline.com. (without the quotes)

 

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Kimchi to Treat Night Leg Cramps
Do you think it would work for RLS (restless leg syndrome) and where do you buy it?

 

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Tiny Spiders in the Toilet Bowl?
I dont know what they could be but I would spray right now! Yikes, never heard of such a thing!

 

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Can I Claim my Ex-husband's Social Security?
I have been collecting from my X husband for years. Since I remarried, I could only claim about 1/3 of it. If you have not remarried, you would get 1/2. It does not affect what your X would get. I agree with the other poster that it is worth it to go into your...

 

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Bathroom Paint Color Advice?
I agree, I think a light to med gray would be lovely. You can paint tile now, there are products to do this. But if you cant, gray would be very pretty.

 

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Colouring Hair Makes Scalp Itch?
You might be allergic to the products. This is what happened to me.

 

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Decorating Sliding Glass Door?
I have the same situation where I am going to be moving in AZ. I hate vertical blinds (I think they look institutional) so I plan on making curtains for my sliding door. I have two windows adjacent to the sliding door, not three but the situation would be the...

 

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Coffee Bar Recipe?
I dont suppose this is quite the recipe you are looking for since it does not contain molasses but it is really good and it came from the 1957 Betty Crocker cookbook. Cinnamon Coffee Bars Cream together: 1/4 cup soft shortening, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 egg. Stir...

 

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Company Name Feedback?
I would think of floor cleaning, and I like the last name.

 

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Returning Defective Sewing Machines?
I dont understand when you say I cant thread them from the bobbin. What does that mean? If you cant figure them out, go to a Brother dealer (not Walmart or one that sells them with no education on it) and show them what you mean.

 

Section of oak table.

Oak Table Refinishing?
The only thing I can think of is that after you washed it that the dark places had a looser grain and the water stayed in the grain where it didnt in the lighter grain. The moisture may have lifted the grain. Urethane is not easy to refinish. I think I would...

 

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Welbilt Bread Machine Owner's Manual?
You might try this but you need your breadmaker model number. They have some but not all. manualsonline.com

 

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Baking Guide for Welbilt Bread Machine ABM-100-3?
Here is the Welbilt customer service number. 877-374-9300. Normally, you can find most manuals at Manualsonline.com but I dont see this one listed. They will, however, look for it for you if you ask.

 

Dark brown cabinets in dated kitchen.

Updating a Kitchen?
Although it is lots of hard work, the first thing I would do is to paint the kitchen cabinets. It takes a long time to do it right but you can do it. This is good advice if you do not know where to start. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/tv/ask-toh/video

 

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Potato Plant Leaves Turning Purple?
There ARE purple potato plants and there are chartreuse ones. You might have the purple one. Was it chartreuse to begin with?

 

Crate filled with purple and white pansies.

Tips on Buying Violas and Pansies
Be careful with violas. They are very invasive. Each year I put out hundreds of them.

 

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Finding Free or Low Cost Furniture?
Sometimes you can find something like that on Craigs list. Look in the Free section.

 

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Using Kilz on Subfloor for Urine Odor?
I am not sure Kilz would cover the odor. You might have to shellac it to be sure.

 

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Unique Name Instead of Gramma?
I was a first time grandma at 39. At first it seems shocking but you will get used to it. I never minded being called Grandma at 39. You will probably have more grand children so do you want all of them to call you something other than grandma?

 

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Getting Hair Dye Off Skin
What do you think the ratio of shampoo to sugar is for your scrub?

 

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Kitchen Wall Color Advice?
I am with the previous poster. My cabinets are maple and the counter tops black granite and the floor beige also. I plan on painting the wall where the dinette set is in red and also above the cabinets. Then I will paint the rest of the room in a honey gold...

 

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Kitchen Wall Color Advice?
Here is the dining area. I am anxious to get to AZ and paint but have to sell my house in IA first.

 

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Paint Color Advice for Kitchen and Adjoining Family Room?
I dont know what you could do with the mauve counter tops but paint them. Rustoleum has kits to do that. I would pick something out that looks well with the cabinets and then worry about the paint color for the walls. I suppose you know but mauve color really...

 

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Granite Color with Ivory Cabinets?
I would think you would want a medium to dark granite for contrast to the light cabinets. It depends on your flooring also. There are some gorgeous granites in the browns and beige combos that would go with laminated flooring if that is what you have.

 

Sofa

Paint Color to Coordinate with Sofa and Adjoining...
From the photo, it looks like the couch is white. If it truly is butterscotch, why not paint the walls a medium gray and more toward the blue side. Gray and butterscotch would be a great combo.

 

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Fixing Dry Skin
Where do you buy coconut oil, in the grocery store?

 

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Value of Collector's Choice Porcelain Dolls?
Go to ebay and check the prices. There are so many that it is hard to say. It depends on the particular ones you have the way it looks.

 

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Value of 1973 World Book Encyclopedia?
Jess is right... I couldnt even sell a set of 1932 books I had at one time.

 

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Plastic Packing Peanuts for Large Planters?
I am assuming you want to fill in on the bottom of a planter so you dont have to use so much soil? A better way to do this is to use soda cans. They take up a lot of room and when you need to dump the soil for any reason, they dont all blow away. I know this...

 

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Making Popcorn the Old Fashioned Way?
When I was growing up, we popped corn in an old pressure cooker. The seal was worn out on it but it popped great corn. I dont think we measured anything but the amounts given by other posters seem right.

 

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Identifying Type of Paint on Walls?
You can also use lacquer thinner or fingernail polish remover.

 

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Potato Peels Clogged Plumbing?
If my sons were here who are plumbers, I could tell you what to do. Sorry, but I can just tell anyone. These were orders from my sons, NEVER put potato peels down a garbage disposal. I clogged my plumbing once at a family Thanksgiving meal and my sons spent...

 

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Can You Eat Hedge Apples?
I agree with Grandma, we call them Hedge Apples or Osage Orange. The idea that they help to keep bugs away from your home is a misnomer though. Google it, you will find it is not true.

 

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Rice Krispy Pumpkins
That is a darling idea. Wish I had little ones to make these for!

 

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Using Hedge Apples for Pests?
They should only be used outside the home. I have heard conflicting stories about whether they work or not. My daughter used them outside and had great luck but from what I have read, they do not work at all. At any rate, if you try them, leave them whole and...

 

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Stuffed Green Peppers?
I made them for the first time the other day and I looked online and it said to blanch them for 5 minutes in boiling water. It also said it works better to cut them lengthwise, deseed, and then stuff. I did it and it worked great for me.

 

Purple flower is prominent yellow center.

What is This Flower? (Balloon Flower)
It kind of looks like a balloon flower, but not sure.

 

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Getting Rid of Fruit Flies Permanently?
You must have some rotten fruit or veggies in there somewhere. You wont have fruit flies if you get rid of whatever it is they are eating.

 

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Painting Over a Water Stain from Leaking Roof?
I agree with Foxrun. The shellac will do the trick.

 

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Killing Weeds in a Patio?
If you want something green, full strength vinegar is the cheapest and best way. Try not to use the chemicals unless absolutely necessary.

 

oatmeal raisin cookies

Salted Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
My oatmeal cookie is very similar except for one thing. That seems to me to be way too much salt. Did you mean teaspoons instead of tablespoons?

 

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Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal?
You have something going on that is not nicotine withdrawl symptoms. Call your doctor. I quit some time ago using the patch and did not experience anything like that. Call your doctor!

 

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Choosing Curtains to Go with Mexican Tile Floor?
I am assumng the studio apt. is not very large. I would go with the solid yellow, keeping it as light as possible.

 

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Hydrangea Not Blooming?
Hi Adina! I agree with Adina. The exact same thing happened to my Endless Summer. They also are heavy feeders so next year you might want to feed them with an acidic fertilizer.

 

Side view of moonflower blossom.

My Blooming Moon Flowers
Some people call them moonflowers but they are really Datura. You should know that the plant, if ingested by humans or animals is highly toxic. I had them also and got rid of them because some of the seed blew into my veggie garden into a row of mixed lettuce...

 

E Z Moves Furniture Moving System

Product Review: E Z Moves Furniture Moving System
What show do you usually see these on? I never watch infomercials so am not familiar with it.

 

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Trouble Swallowing Pills?
Try putting the pill on the tip of your tongue and then take a swallow of water.

 

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Homemade Hummingbird Nectar?
I dont know about harmful but the usual ratio is 4 to 1. In other words, 4 cups water to 1 cup sugar. I would think it would spoil quickly in hot weather.

 

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Removing Dried Masonary Paint From Clothing?
Is it a latex paint? If it is, you might stand a chance by going to a home improvement store and asking for a product that removes paint when you have painted walls at home and got some on the woodwork. It might work the same on clothing. I cannot remember...

 

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Bee Jar Trap
I so agree with the other posters. When I see a bee in my garden, I rejoice because they help pollinate the flowers, among other things. Certainly you have read about the shortage of bees!

 

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Drying Nail Polish Quickly
I have used that too, but you still have to wait till the last coat dries before using the top coat.

 

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Use a Whisk to Colour Easter Eggs
I just saw this on The Rachael Ray show...thought it was a great idea too!

 

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Homemade Honey and Mustard Dressing
That is a good idea but you can scrape out the last bit if you heat it in the microwave. It kind of melts and comes out easily.

 

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Surprise Santa
That is such a cool, thoughtful idea!

 

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Cleaning a Burned Smooth Top Stove?
Poor but Proud is correct. Last Christmas I was making fudge and the pan overflowed. The sugar ate away at the top and now there is a place that cannot be cleaned because it is pitted. Replacing one of these tops is very expensive, I am told. I would never...

 

Red Skies At Night Whiskey Run Beach, OR

Scenery: Red Skies At Night (Whiskey Run Beach, OR)
I gotta admit...I am a sucker for a sunset pic. Beautiful!

 

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Slow Cooker As Air Freshener
Thats a great idea Deeli. Good way to get rid of some of my flavorings that I know have lost their potency to a degree.

 

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage
So beautiful!

 

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Awesome Cleaner for Stains
Bev, I agree! It is awesome, indeed!

 

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Adjusting the Timing on a Sewing Machine?
How do you know it is the timing? If it is, you are best to leave that to a professional.

 

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Awesome Cleaner for Stains
I second that! And it is only $1 a bottle where I live.

 

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Cheaper Instant Oatmeal
I make my own much the same way but I make a lot when I do so it saves me from getting all the measuring tools out. I am not sure where my recipe came from. Might have been on here but I have eliminated the powdered milk because powdered milk is more expensive...

 

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Honey Graham Oatmeal Cookies
Robin, did you mean use honey grahams? Is it a moist oatmeal cookie?

 

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Cranberry Walnut Bread Mix for Bread Machine?
Yes, just make sure your bread machine is big enough for the recipe. Use quick acting yeast and put the ingredients in the pan according to the manufacturers directions. I always put mine on the dough cycle and then bake it in my oven. But you can do the whole...

 

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Fitting In When You Move To A New Town
Mom from MO, I know what you mean about small towns. That is why I have never liked them so well. They are very cliquey and you have to live in them a long time before you are accepted. You had some good points about getting acquainted. I was a 4-Her and loved...

 

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Carol of the Bells Christmas Light Show
I saw something like this last year but it was fun to watch again. Whoever did this is an electronic genius. I would hate to pay the light bill!

 

A wild turkey in a backyard.

Wild Turkey (Santa Barbara, CA)
Wow Bob, that is something to seem them so close to civilization. I recently watched a show on tv where a fellow was a mom to a whole bunch of wild turkeys who had lost their mom. They followed him everywhere and eventually decided they had to be on their own...

 

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Reduce Calories and Fat in Asian Cooking
Copasetic, I agree. I feel that way about fish, too. I want to be able to taste it. I dont eat it often but when I have steak, I dont like steak sauce either. It completely covers up the flavor.

 

Legitimate Work from Home Opportunities?
Use this link: http://www.komando.com/columns/index.aspx?id=11051&page=6 This woman has a nationwide newsletter that helps you find things on your computer and other equipment. I have found her newsletters very beneficial.

 

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Replacement Canvas for Sofa Bed?
Use a canvas drop cloth, available at all home improvement stores. It comes in various sizes.

 

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Take Bulbs to Approved Disposal Center
Deeli, I think they are going to have to have more drop off centers than they do now. I have to drive an hour to the closest on to me. That is ridiculous!

 

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Determining the Value of Vintage Encyclopedia Set?
This has been discussed many times on here and most agree that they are not worth much.

 

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Reusing Snap Top Plastic Containers?
I have one that I use for recipes. Another contains my bottles of nail polish.

 

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Making a Sweet 16 Birthday Banner from a Sheet?
Do you want to paint or write on the banner yourself? If so, go to a home improvement store and buy a drop cloth. There are some that are 4 feet wide I think. They are canvas so would be nice and heavy.

 

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Removing Ink from a Leather Purse?
Alcohol or hair spray

 

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Cleaning Pergo Laminate Floors?
I used one on mine till I got my Bissell steam mop. You have to go over it with a cloth after or it streaks. You can use a Swiffer and put a towel in it to dry it but since I got my steamer I dont have to do that.

 

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Thumb Drive for Regular Backups
I just did this a few weeks ago. I was getting a new computer and my grandson was transferring things from my old one to my new one. For some reason all my pictures did not get transferred. Am I ever glad I used the thumb drive to back them up. I wish I would...

 

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Growing Hair Faster?
Are you serious? There is nothing that can grow your hair with an discernible difference in 3 days!

 

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