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Welcome Little Baby Girl Card
Zucchini Fritters
Zucchini Boats
Baby Bird in the Garden
Basket for Bathtub Toys
Etegami (Japanese Folk Art)
Fishing Boxes as Craft Organizers
Frozen Yogurt Discs
Fuzzy (Domestic Long-Hair)
Garlic Parmesan Chicken
The Persevering Purslane
Use Old Blankets for Quilt Batting

Old wool like blankets make great filler or batting for quilts, especially the scratchy ones.

Make Dog Toys from Mystery Socks

Use your old socks to make dog toys. Buy some squeakers, you can buy them in bulk online. I found them on Amazon. Roll one in some socks to make a small ball. Stuff that in a long one and tie one or two knots in it. It lasts longer than all those toys. Squeakers are optional, but the dogs like the hanging parts that flip around.

Super Easy Beer Bread
Use Coffee Mugs for Storage
Atheina (Mixed Breed)
Babycatt (Calico)
Bailey Belle (Golden Retriever)
Dollar Store Placemats as Drawer Liners

I use plastic place mats from the dollar store for this. They work best in drawers, but I've had success on smaller shelves with them. You could glue them down, but I usually cut them to fit snugly in place so they can be removed and washed.

Independence Day Gloriosa Daisies
Leave Sugar Out of Cooked Foods

I don't add sugar to my veggies. I just heat them, whether canned or frozen. I don't put sugar in my cornbread. I am not diabetic, I just don't require that all my food be sweetened.

Max (Bull Boxer)
Old World Spaghetti Sauce
Raindrops On Commander in Chief...
Raindrops On Roses
Reuse Old Shower Curtain Liner

My clear plastic liner is getting to be pretty disgusting so I'm going to replace it. I'll go to the Dollar Store and buy a new liner and clean the old one on the driveway and save it for drop cloths and such.

Store Compost in Refrigerator

Composting makes great fertilizer for my garden and reduces waste. I have tried a number of ways to avoid walking to compost pile every time I have compostable kitchen waste, veggies, fruit, paper napkins, plates, etc. Everything I tried, even fancy counter compost containers, left me with fruit flies.

Storing Empty Moving Boxes
Tape Recipes to Cupboard Door
Dakota Wild (American Eskimo)
Ralphy (American Quarter Horse)
Zaffari (Green Iguana)

Zaffari loves to eat and chase the cat around the house.

Getting Melted Crayons Off Leather Seats

Using the plastic card take some time to scrape off as much of the crayon as possible. It's easiest to do the bigger pieces when the wax is cooler so that it can pop off. Then squirt some baby oil onto the wax, or all over the seat so that the seat is evenly oiled

Keeping Track of Egg Count
Vaseline as Diaper Cream

I thought I'd share my sure fire diaper rash preventative. My boys are 60, 57, 55, and 38. I used petroleum jelly Vaseline on their bottoms after each diaper change. We "never" had diaper rash! Not even after I started giving them "real" orange juice.

Keep Groceries Organized to Save...
Lego Batman Costume (Head and Cape)
Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs
Lexi (Chihuahua Mix)
Outdoor Pillows from Pet Food Bags
Curry Chicken
Healthy Microwave Popcorn
Should Floating Seeds Be Saved?
Baby Ducks on a Log
Baked Sausage and Peppers
Dry Erase Marker Removes Permanent Marker

Just take a dry erase marker and rub it over the permanent marker and wipe off. This only works on shiny surfaces.

Miles (Mixed Breed)
Seal Spackle to Prevent Drying Out
Todd (Pomeranian)
Use Garlic Capsule as Emergency Disinfectant

Staying with my aunt recently, I had a rash on my foot which was sore and weeping, but could find no antiseptic in her cupboard. I nipped off the top of a garlic oil capsule with my fingernails, and squirted it on the affected area, then went to bed. Next day, the sore place was clean, dry and starting to scab over.

Wood Ashes for Watermelons
Cake Mix Banana Bread
Hibiscus Syriacus
Hoo-to-You Owl Collage Artwork
May (Bantam Chicken)
Missy (Pit Bull)
Nicotiana
Bailey (Chocolate Lab Mix)
Life as a Homesteader
Natural Pest Control

I have a recipe for pest control using essential oils. It smells fabulous and can be applied to your skin, but keep it away from your eyes. It works better than the Avon stuff and is way more natural than chemical sprays.

Prevent Bitter Tea

Tea is better if it's made by the sun, bringing water to a boil on the stove creates 'bitter' tea. And sun tea does not necessarily mean that it has to sit in the sun. Tea bags will make tea sitting on the counter or in the fridge, it just takes time.

Rain-X to Remove Ink from Dryer

Use Rain-X X-treme Clean for baked on ink. Put some on a dry cloth and rub for 10 seconds. It removes it easily and without damage to the dryer surface. Clean after with a wet cloth. Soft Scrub may work too, but may be overly abrasive. You can remove the dryer door for easier access.

Recycled Backscratcher
Recycled Infinity Scarf
Store Fruits and Vegetables in a Cool Place

Years ago when our family started getting larger, we needed more refrigeration space so I purchased a small dorm type refrigerator without a freezer compartment. I discovered that this refrigerator was great for keeping potatoes, tomatoes, apples, blueberries, onions and even bananas longer.

Take Picture of Completed Puzzle
Use Unsalted Butter

I like the taste of salted butter, but it recently occurred to me that a lot of the things that I have with it contain a fair amount of salt themselves. So I experimented with spreading bread or toast with unsalted butter when using these fillings, and found that I didn't miss the salt.

Grilled Jalapeño Poppers
Lint Roller for Shedding
Paper Plate Sea Aquarium
Sticky Tile to Catch Fleas

We had a dog that we took in while his parents were busy with moving house. Soon after the dog was gone, I went into the room to do some laundry and was attacked by what I can only describe as an army of little black vampires.

Sunflowers from my Enchanted Garden
Vi (Chihuahua)
California Chicken
Clove for Toothache

Take a clove and let it sit in your mouth for a minute or until soft, then apply over the painful area until the pain goes away.

Hummus
Quick and Safe Strawberry Hulling

Many suggestions are floating around for this chore, but yesterday I found the winner. I took a pair of needle-nosed pliers to the task. All I did was slide the pliers under the hull, catching the stem, and lift the hull off.

Ripple Crochet Purse
Rooting Lantana Cuttings
Ryleigh (Mixed Breed)
Toothpaste to Clean Diamond Earrings

Take some toothpaste and use your hand or a brush of sorts and brush the jewel. Then rinse and by then you have a sparkling piece of jewlery.

All Natural Copper/Brass Polish
Cilantro Scramble
Cornstarch Play Dough
Emma (Tabby)
Monay (Yorkie)
Sophie (Yorkie)
Chance (Pit Bull Terrier)
DIY Eyelash Adhesive
DVT Delicate Calf/Shin Protectors
Edible Purslanes
Ginger (Mixed Breed)
Molly (Brown Nose Pit)
Moonflower Vine In Trees
Salt Water for Tarnished Silver Ring

After using household bleach for cleaning I realized my favorite silver ring had been tarnished and I was freaking out! I had the impulse to rub it with salt as it is an alkaline and submerge my ring in salted boiling water. It worked in about 25-30 mins!

Arizona Sunflowers
Do Different Vegetables "Cross"?
Dry Clothing on Hangers
Duct Tape Wasp Nest Decoy
Enzo Furrari (Pomeranian)
Forest Butterfly Birthday Card
Homemade Soft Scrub
Plastic French Wire Hooks for Sensitive Ears

My daughter has always had trouble with metal wires for her earrings. One day while we were in the local craft store, we found replacement French "wires" made out of plastic.

Quick Rag Dolls
Refreshing Frozen Yogurt Bars
Sweet Strawberries
Tana Leather Cleaning Lotion

I used the Tana leather shampoo for the rear seat of my BMW. No signs of residual rust yet several other products had failed before. Tana is made in Australia but should be available elsewhere.

Tape for Mosquito Bites

I fell upon a solution that is so simple, I almost hesitate posting it. I put a small piece of plastic tape over the bite and it started to lessen the itch right away.

Toothbrush to Clean Feet

I recently discovered that a soft bristled toothbrush is a big help in getting between toes and behind ankles when in shower or bath.

Homemade Vinaigrette
Max (Staffordshire Terrier Cross)
Freeze Leftover Rice
Kini (Indian Tabby)
Product Review: FURminator
Robbie's Home in the Petunias
Summer Breeze Infinity Scarf
Coconut Squash and Tofu
Munchkin (Indian Tabby)
Niko (Husky)
Simple 4th of July Dessert
Old Fashioned Sewing Jar with a New Twist
Leeloo Dallas (Long Hair Faded Calico)
Lucy (Toy Fox Terrier/Chihuahua Mix)
Luna Pink Swirl (Hibiscus Moscheutos)
My Mother's Yard (Redlands, CA)
Rabbits to Control Bamboo
Use Any Body Lotion in Shower

I recently got a sample in the mail for Nivea in-shower body lotion. I was taking a bath the same night and looked over on the shelf next to tub and saw a bottle of hand and body lotion. I just put some on me and rinsed it off. It works fine and saves me money and uses up my old lotion.

Button Magnet
Fourth of July Pie
Handle Your Puppy's Foot Pads Early

As soon as you bring your puppy home, start playing with their pads. Using your fingers, touch and rub the pads of each paw. Do this daily and your pup will become accustomed to you handling their paws, making the future years of nail-clipping much easier.

How to Kill Old Growth Ivy
Izzie (Short Hair)
Jeanie & Johanna's Vegetable Garden
Lil Bit (Chihuahua)
Missy (ShiChi)
Shell Summer Crochet Headband
Troubleshooting A Beeping Smoke Alarm

I had the same issue. My detector beeped loudly once a minute; and another one beeped once a minute, so beeps were heard every 30 seconds from 2 detectors. I vacuumed the units, turned off circuit breaker, disconnected wire unit from detectors, replaced batteries, held test button with battery out and then with battery in. None of this helped. All detectors had green solid light. I tried to solve all day and got a headache of course.

Unemployment Blues are "Green"
Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap
Using Herbs And Seasonings
Sheets as Shade Cloth