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Freeze Leftover Rice
Kini (Indian)
Product Review: FURminator
Robbie's Home in the Petunias

My front lawn is a mess. I hauled in soil to level and raise it, so as to better tie it in with my adjoining vacant field. So, is there a real point of interest in this 'work in progress'? Yes. I didn't plant those scraggly petunias in the near corner. They are volunteers. Could they be hiding something? You betcha!

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)
My Mother's Yard (Redlands, CA)
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
Benny Blanco (Bichon Frise)
Chalkboard Shopping List
Chiquita (Chihuahua Mix)
Cleaning Nicotine Off Walls

Our apartment has been smoked in for 15 years. All walls were originally painted white, but now are a lovely shade of yellow/brown. We decided to stop smoking so now I have begun the arduous task of cleaning walls.

Dreamy Landscape (Kochi, India)
Frankie (Domestic Short Hair)
Karma (Seal Point Siamese)
Key Hook from Binder Clip
Mosquito Trap
Not Completely Silver

Several years ago, I started doing my husband's haircuts. I still do it because it is more economically feasible. Both he and I are completely silver, or so I thought.

Preventing Split Ends

Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks. When you get out of the shower, use a comb not a brush. Crack an egg in the shower. Wash it with shampoo and conditioner. . .

Removing Bathtub Stains for Under $20
Stuffed Burgers
Stuffed Green Peppers
Crochet Owl Note Hanger
Savory Rice
Tabbouli
Wildlife Corner (England, UK)
Bulbul (Bird)
Paper Spool Shaped Magnets and Pins
Pink Flower (Bangalore, India)
Quick and Healthy Tilapia
Roxy (Terrier Mix)
Small Drawstring Bag
Taffy (Mini Aussie)
Flip Caps for the Last Drop of Lotion

I suggest that you collect a random assortment of flip caps. Remove the pump, select a flip cap that fits and prop the bottle upside down to drain. There won't be 1/10th of an ounce wasted.

Have Butcher Cut and Repack Bulk Meat
Kaiser (Husky Mix)
Re-purposed Dress
Babygirl (Pointer/Pit Bull Mix)
Cali (Belgian Shepherd Cross)
Chicken Gorgonzola Stuffed Apricot Cups
Fruit as Party Centerpieces
Holi Moli Stromboli
Tips for Making Fire Starters
Truck Hitch to Separate Pails

If you hook the top pail's handle over a mounted trailer hitch on the back of a truck, you should be able to hold the bottom pail and slightly pull and twist to release them from each other.

Warm Leather to Remove Smoke Odor

I put the leather item into the oven at the lowest setting for about an hour and a half. I opened the doors several times along the way to let the newly-evaporated tobacco tars and oils escape.

Frozen Chocolate Mousse Tart
Making a Slip From An Old Nightgown
Peanut Stew
Sweet Tangy Mango Chutney
Dexter (Shih Tzu)
Lola May (Boxer)
Marley (Tabby)
Spray Deodorant for Removing Ink Stains

Spray deodorant on the stain, then rub with a cloth. It should come off. If it doesn't come off straight away, but instead only fades after you have rubbed it, then spray more deodorant on the stain.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Keeping Track of Card Balances
Seed Packs To Store Garden Notes
Fresh Mango Shake
Liquid Dishwasher Detergent
Furniture Polish for Removing Labels
Healthy Choconana Cashew Ice Cream
Luna (Russian Blue Mix)
Shrimp with Rice
Using Herbs And Seasonings
Wire Wrapped Bead Rings
Add Fruit to Ice Cubes
Birthday Party Ideas
Chinese Take-Out Containers Are Plates
Don't Substitute for Butter

I don't mean to start a war here, but I am 77 and I have eaten butter all my life. I don't do the half measure and I don't add water. If a recipe calls for butter I use it because it is dairy. Who knows what is really in margarine?

Mix Beef, Pork and Veal for Best Meatloaf
Peach, Tomato and Basil Salad
Poppa Bear Card for Father's Day
Strange Watermelon Vines
ThriftyFun is Part of My Family

We live in an area where there are lots of trees and woodland critters. A large rat had taken up residence in my neighbor's yard had been killed. My son, who has a mischievous streak a mile wide, asked me if I needed pics for ThriftyFun.

Caroline (Polled Herford)
Homemade Iced Coffee Cubes
Lacy Crocheted Baby Blanket
Make a Seed Sprouter for Salads
Thrifty and Quick Ribs
Lavender Under-Arm Spray
Swordfish with Lemon-Garlic Sauce
Vintage French Birthday Card
Washing Soda for Cleaning Sponges

Washing soda is best for cleaning sponges and cleaning cloths. It will remove soap, dirt, or anything else remaining within. Things caught in the sponge will cause odors as well as give germs a place to fester. I even clean my micro cloths this way. It is safe enough to clean Enjo mops and cloths.

Beer to Attract Slugs

Slugs in the garden may be a problem for you. If they are just fill a plastic cup with beer and put it in the ground so that the top of the cup is ground level. The slugs will be attracted and in the morning you will have a cup'o slugs.

Heirloom vs Hybrid Seeds
Swiffer Wet Jet Isn't Working

After trying all of the other suggestions to get my Swiffer Wet Jet working again I watched a YouTube video. It said to take acetone based nail polish remover to the battery connectors inside the casing and let dry completely. Re-install the batteries. This worked for me!

Texas Wildflowers
Cake Drops

This recipe was "developed by" Cynthia Ann Starr in Louisiana. It started out as cake mix cookies but I had forgotten the exact recipe and "thought" it was 3 eggs. These taste like cake and are soft like cake but you can pick them up like cookies. Freezes wonderfully.

Glue to Remove Splinters

To get out the splinter, put a drop of glue where the splinter sticks out. Let the glue dry, then peel the glue. The splinter will stick to the glue and go with the glue, right to the garbage can.

Hand Cleaner for Cooking Oil Stains

First, "do not" get clothing wet! Go to a Walmart and purchase Permatex Hand Cleaner. It says on the top of the cap, "Toughest on Laundry Stains".

Hand Sanitizer for Frozen Car Door

Take some of that hand-sanitizer that you bought that one time and put it on the key to unlock it (with the keyhole, not the button) or the outside of the door and the hand-sanitizer should get rid of that frost.

Mashed Potatoes from Oven Chips (Fries)

I did this initially when I ran out of fresh potatoes, and it worked really well - you place the chips in a saucepan of water, and boil as you would potato that you'd just peeled and cut up.

Pair Necklaces with Earrings
Sally Johnson (Labrador Retriever)
Whipped Potatoes and Carrots
Cool Off Coffee With Frozen Creamer

Coffee too hot and needs to be cooled down? Are you in a rush? Do you not want to put watery ice in your coffee? It depends on how you like your coffee. If you want sweetness put creamer in an ice tray and freeze it. If you just want to cool down your coffee, freeze some coffee.

Creamy Chicken (Slow Cooker)
Dishwasher Cubes
Moonflower vs Moonflower Vine
Separating Stuck Pots and Pans
Flip-Flop Beach Wreath
Use Bing Search Engine for Free Gift Cards

Ever hear of getting some moola effortlessly? Well you can, and I'm here to tell you how to do that. Bing rewards! Once you join, you automatically earn 1 point for every time you use your search engine. For example, say you get about 475 Bing rewards. You will get a 5 dollar gift card of your choice for free! So go on with your bad self, and light up that search engine.

Butterfly on Coneflowers
Buy Used Sewing Machine with Manual

I know all people who sew have "family attachments" to certain brands and since there are many who can't afford "brand new". I am suggesting that when you shop for a new (different) machine, and I have had many great ones in my 60 odd years of sewing, be sure to find one with the manual.

Chocolate is Good for You
Cooper, Bentley, and Harley (Shih Tzu)
Experimenting With Salad Ingredients
Hymenocallis Festalis (Peruvian Daffodils)
Kemmy (German Shepherd/Saluki Mix)
Lala (Mixed Chihuahua)
Lil' Pickle (Mixed Breed Cat)
Make a Soaker Hose for a Greenhouse

With these small cheap greenhouses that are plastic covered and are good for propagating seeds and cuttings, this a good way to water your seed trays and pots without the real risk of drenching and getting droop and rot.

My Little Reject (Tabby Cat)
Nail Polish Remover for Wet Erase Marker Stain

While studying for an exam, I was using a green wet erase pen for my practice questions and I wrote on my new couch cover.

Scooby (Min Pin)
Tamarind Ginger Chutney
Disappearing Oatmeal Cookies
Lazy Cake
Growing Achimenes
Midi Rings
Stormy (Mixed Breed)
Deep Watering Hanging Baskets and Containers

A simple way to ensure that water gets to the heart of your basket or container is to insert a piece of hose or pipe long enough to reach the centre of the container. For hanging baskets often two are required, one each side.

Deterring Pests Around Hummingbird Feeders

I have had a lot of problems with yellow jackets, ants, and paper wasps around my hummingbird feeder. To solve this problem I took a strip of cotton and sprayed it with Raid Hornet and Wasp spray. You only want to dampen the cotton. Then I enclosed it in an onion bag, those mesh or net bags onions come in.

Ethanoic Acid as Fabric Softener

I found that vinegar 'softens' fabrics as well as any commercial fabric softener I've ever used. So now, I use vinegar, instead. Right? In a word, No! As it turns out, that nice, fresh smell, smells just like the vinegar it is. I refuse to 'go around' with my clothes smelling like a jar of Del Monte gherkins.

Marley (Mixed Breed)
Romeo (Domestic Shorthair)
Rosemary Dish Soap
Shoe Brush to Paint Cinder Blocks

Painting a cinder block breeze brick wall is a long laborious task; with aching back, arms and hands. Trying to get the paint worked into into the rough blocks, I kept thinking there has to be an easier way.

Boy's Haircut
Car Air Freshener
Dandelion Blossom Bread
Extending the Life Of Your Razor

I'm a big fan of Kickstarter and I'm really jazzed about getting a denim razor strop designed especially for modern, multi-blade razors! The problem is, it won't come for another month or so.

Five Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
Fuzzy (Domestic Longhair)
Healthy Chicken Dinner Foil Packets
Homemade Chicken Salad

I love homemade chicken salad. I finally have tweaked it to the point where it is the best I have eaten.

Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade laundry soap is a combination of Fels Naptha, borax, washing and baking soda. Take 3 bars grated Fels Naptha soap, 1 box of borax, 1 box washing soda, and 1 box baking soda. Mix it all together and use it as detergent.

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap
Keep Sneakers Snug
Making Lens Wipes Last Longer

I've found that paper lens wipes don't have to be used only once. So I keep a small air tight "film can" in the box with the lens wipes. When I tear open a new one and use it to clean my eyeglass lens, I can then just wad it up and stuff it into the little film can.

Oops Paint is the Best

I buy the "Oops" paint at Lowes to use when I redo various pieces of furniture. I have made great colors from the paint and I have also painted chairs and outdoor furniture.

Quick Fruit Crumble

Try this quick and easy fruit crumble.

Simple Edible Bouquet
Sterilising Tablets For Removing Printer Ink

Milton sterilising tablets dilute with water!

Super Healthy Smoothies
Turn Off Water Heater To Save Electricity

We turn off the breaker to the hot water heater. In the summer, we rarely turn it on. The water is always warm. We shower in that warm water. The temperature is perfect for showering in the summer.

Use Broom to Clean Popcorn Ceiling

I dust my popcorn ceiling by using a broom. Yes, it does cause some particles to fall but not if you dust/broom it lightly.

Wall Hanging From Old Screen Door
Ways to Use an Old T-Shirt

I was getting rid of old clothes and I tried several ways to reuse my t-shirts. I cut off the sleeves at the arm hole and now I have a head band. It's really good for keeping hair out of your face when working outside.

Wendy (Siamese Mix)
Pita Sandwich With Homemade Spread

I am too frugal to spend my money out on a lunch each day. This make a delicious salad and roast beef sandwich in one. Enjoy! :)

Clean Living is Frugal Living
My Orphaned Garden Friend
My Two Gardeners
The Genesis of My Garden
Second Year Petunias
Serenity Personified (Turtle Doves)
California Poppy
Nature's Beauty (Dandelions)
Wisteria at the Window
Sheets as Shade Cloth
Bleeding Hearts
Teaching the Next Generation to be Thrifty
Beauty of Springtime (Iris)