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Easy Seven Veggie Salad

Great for potlucks!

Glue Bait Down to Catch Chipmunks

They will steal the food in the traps. I had success by using a hot glue gun to glue sunflower seeds to the cage or mousetrap. We have caught over 50 chipmunks in the past 2 months. It works great in the live cages.

Gluten Free Corn Bread
Hope Chest

I started a hope chest for each of my sons when they were twelve. Now if they don't marry immediately upon leaving home,they will have a lot of things they will need for their home.

Rooting Strawberry Runners In Pudding Cups
Salted or Unsalted Butter

What is the difference between salted or unsalted butter? Salted butter is for putting on a warm bagel, muffin, potatoes etc. Unsalted butter is used for baking. If you use salted butter for baking, use no salt!

Sunny and Bright Iris
CDs to Keep Birds from Eating Fruit

I have 2 apricot trees that I started from seed. They are now over 7 feet tall, after only 5 years. When they start to bloom, I hang old CDs from a string on the branches. The birds don't like the reflections, especially if there is a breeze to move them around.

Do Not Trust Online Inventory Databases

My advice is not to trust the online store inventory databases. Go to the store and see for yourself.

Dry Onion Soup Mix

Here is something to make when you do not have any dry mix!

Laundry Basket to Transport Warehouse Purchases

When we are going to be shopping at Sam's Club, where they do not bag the groceries we purchase, I put my laundry basket in the truck of the car. When unloading the shopping cart, we put the items into the laundry basket.

Muffin Tin for Draining Glasses
No-Blow Picnic Tablecloth

When I was a kid, we picnicked a LOT in the summer. My mom got tired of the table cloth blowing up and tipping everything, so she began packing a twin-sized fitted sheet in the basket. It fit the public tables perfectly, and no more blowing tablecloths.

Onion Snow from Frozen Onions
Seasoned Rice Mix

This is a big time saver!

Hummingbird Nectar

This mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for about 1 week.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Better than any store bought. It's cheaper, you do not use as much, and it is sooooo good!

Ideas for Finding a Free Laptop

I read on here about going through Freecycle. That doesn't work so well here in Indiana. One place we were able to find a free laptop is through the college classifieds online.

Online Textbook Trade-in Tips

Do you ever plan on using Amazon's trade-in program to get rid of old textbooks. Before you send in a book, cancel your trade-in submission and wait a couple of days to see if they will raise the price. I did this recently and the company added $8.00 to the trade-in value.

Pill Bottles for Transporting Salad Dressing

I take lunch to work daily. I use the empty and cleared pill bottles to carry my salad dressing. Then, no soggy salad and the size is perfect for the correct amount of dressing without drowning the salad

Buggins Natural Insect Repellent
Check Prices Online Before Buying Amazon

Do you shop online using Amazon? To make money off of their customers, they sell items they have in stock for less than retail value, with the promise of free shipping if you purchase an Amazon Prime membership.

Chewy Chocolate Candies

These are so good!

Fridge Organizer

If you or your family ever get frustrated losing things in the refrigerator, I hope this helps!

How to Make Flavored Oils

I realize that some of the things I send in call for oils. Do not buy them, you can make them as easy as ABC! I go to Vitamin Cottage and buy the herbs I need in the herb section. I never buy spices at the grocery stores because herbs are better tasting and cheaper!

Ms. Kitty (White/Tabby)
Treating Chigger Bites

I am allergenic to chigger bites. I found how to kill them on me quickly.

Banana Cherry Spinach Smoothie

An ice cream smoothie blended with fruits and veggies.

Butterfly Net As Bug Catcher

No photo, but a great tip. Use a dollar store butterfly net to cover the bug, then use your shoe. No bug spray needed.

Cleaning Stained Plastic Bowls

To clean stains out of bowls, leave bowl sitting with white vinegar in it. Leave it for a few days, then rinse and wipe out.

Creamy Chicken Fettuccine

I love this recipe!

Easier Cleaning of S'mores Skewers

If you invested in the metal skewers for your s'mores, or just for roasting marshmallows, here's an idea for you:

Easy Camping Firestarters

My son used to be in Boy Scouts and they loved to make a fire at night during the summer. For fire starters, we took the cardboard from toilet paper and taped one end shut. Then he filled the tube up with dryer lint and taped the end shut.

Frozen Mocha Pie

Great summertime treat!

Pay Off Property Taxes Early

I am unemployed and work part time jobs off and on during year. So I have starting paying off taxes during the year. Working at the tax office, I found out you can pay your taxes early.

Protecting Hummingbird Feeders
Cabbage Tossed Salad

I was making salad a few days ago and already had many of my veggies chopped and ready to go. I realized at the last moment there was no lettuce in my fridge. I don't really care for any kind of lettuce anyway so I hauled out a head of cabbage. I will be making this salad again.

Store Large Trash Bags in Trunk

Keep a couple of big plastic trash bags in your car - trunk, tool box, or gear box - they will help keep the grease and grime off your clothes when you need to change a tire, attach or detach a trailer to the hitch, or add oil/radiator fluid under the hood.

Buffalo Chicken Bites

I love a good Buffalo Wing, but having food sensitivities dampens dining out. So I've developed an easy, gluten free and tasty alternative.

Chicken and Dumplings Surprise
Fuzzy Softbottom (Domestic Longhair)
Keeping Cool in the Heat

Wear a wet piece of cloth under your bike helmet and a wet bandanna around your neck. I had doubts about biking when it was too warm, but these two pieces helped.

New Tenants in the Birdhouse
Tuna "Salmon" Patties

Substitute tuna for salmon when making patties.

Clean Holes Where Water Enters Toilet

Watch where the water comes out and goes into the toilet bowl. There are about 50 or so holes to allow that water to flush. If they are restricted, it will impede the flow. Take an ice pick or nail and poke each one of the holes.

Litter Box Tips

I find it helpful to put many layers of old newspaper in them and then sand on top. I only let them use 1 box and keep the other clean, with its door to the wall.

Homemade Cream Soup for Recipes

Canned soups are not good for the blood pressure so I make my own. It is cheaper and better.

Homemade Irish Cream Creamer

Easy and delicious.

King Kennedy (Newfoundland (Newfie))
Perfect Splatter-Free Bacon
Picnic/Patriotic Cheesecake
Recycle Garden
Summer Shark Fruit Bowl
Take Your Garden With You
Apple Brown Betty Crumble

Easy and simple!

Banana Peel Sleepy Tea
Dilute Dishwashing Liquid

I buy 1 large bottle of whatever is on sale and I save the old bottles, When I get a new bottle, I fill 3 bottles with just a 1/4 of liquid and the rest water, I end up with 4 bottles of liquid detergent.

Freeze Juice Packs for Ice Pack

I always keep some of those Capri Sun juice packs on hand for the neighborhood kids. We live on a lake and there's always children going by.

Homemade Ring Toss Game

After the 4th of July celebrations, we had some of those light up necklaces that light for a few hours and then expire. The next day, we used them to make a ring toss game using a small orange cone that we had in the garage.

Make Garden Stakes from Discarded Sign Supports
Overgrown Grapevine
Prepare Ivory Soap in the Microwave

If you use Ivory soap for your homemade laundry detergent, put your bar in the microwave and turn on high until it blows up into a "mountain". Stop the microwave, let cool, then push down the mountain into a hill of soap flakes.

Trade With Your Local Florist

I had some house plants I had to get rid off so I took pictures of them to the local florist. They took some of the plants and gave me fresh cut flowers in exchange.

Use Gap as Hanger Helper
Uses for Old Screens
Using Any Vacuum Cleaner Bag
We Went to Paris for $20
Use Old Crocs as Wall Pocket
Emergency Sink Stopper
Trio of Butterflies Party Invitation
Bird's Nest In Garden Shed
Pick Up Leftover Outside Pet Food
Compressed Air for Dusting

My living room items get very dusty due to my windows always being open. I have wooden ships and knick knacks. I use compressed air in the can to spray the dust off of them. It works great.

Natural Herb Centerpiece
Clothspin Bag as Handy Organizer
Cure for Dry Skin

I have terrible dry skin. I am itching all the time, it is just horrible! I talked to my new doctor about it and decided to share her advice with all of you. It really does work and no pills!

Dryer Lint Firestarter

I use dryer lint in a cardboard egg carton and drizzle old candle wax from scented candles that have lost their fragrance. Once it has cooled, I cut the sections of egg cradles to separate and put in a ziplock to keep dry.

Frugal House Buying

I purchased a small house in a blue collar neighborhood. The owners had decided to retire about 3 hours away and kept lowering the price until I was able to pay cash.

Garden Hose as Border

Use your old garden hose as a border for your garden. It keeps rabbits out because they think it's a snake.

Pizza Crust for Teething Kitten

We recently got a 3 month old kitten and he's teething. The other day, me and the hubby fixed pizza and the crust was rock solid. Our kitten, being a curious little guy, starts sniffing my pizza so I gave him a bit of crust.

Removing Dry Erase Marker from Clothes

I let my little grandson scribble with a dry erase marker and he got it all over his shirt. I was really surprised that it would be so difficult to get out. I tried all the tips listed, except for the ink remover.

Splurge a Bit on Teen's Birthday

Your child is about to become a teen! It only happens once, so do something to remember.

Substitute for Sticky Pads
Use Nasturtiums for Salads, Sandwiches, and Wraps
Leaf and Button Print Birthday Card
Vertical Succulents
Making a 3D Butterfly Wedding Place Card
Shabby Chic Vintage Card
Pallet Garden
Rose Embellished Birthday Card
Summer Love Birthday Card