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I'm a SAHM and I love it. I love to cook, craft and even clean. I'm always looking for new recipes, crafts to make, and household hints and tips to make life easier.
I've been happily married for over 20 years and have two wonderful children.
Life is grand and I do believe in happily ever after because I live it.
October 31, 20090 found this helpful

Ha, ha, ha! OMG this is the best in a long time. Excellent idea. You two are hilarious; my kind o' fun. Happy Halloween! I can see a blue ribbon for the number one costume tonight.

October 29, 20090 found this helpful

The more leaves the merrier in our garden. Gardener's gold is what my husband says.

We have a friend who works for the city and he uses a ride on lawnmower with a grass collection bag. They use to put all the leaves and grass clippings into garbage bags and just throw them into a dumpster. I asked if any chemicals or pesticides were used and, no there wasn't, so now they put those bags in a spot for us to back our truck in and load up. We just get a phone call when it's time to pick the load up.

In the spring it's grass clippings in garbage bags, at the beginning of the garden season we use this for mulching around bedding plants. I rarely have to pull a weed around anything; got to love a weed free garden. This also helps to keep the moister in on those hot dry days and the heat for a head start on the colder spring days.

Then in the fall after the garden has been pulled my husband tills in all those bags of leaves. That's also when we pick out a spot to plant the garlic and insulate it with leaves.

I've also heard of people putting the leaves into a big garbage can and using a weed-eater to mulch up leaves. Our lawnmower also has a grass collector bag and by running over the leaves it picks them up and chops them as well.

It's a win, win; no raking leaves, a garden that flourishes, and virtually a weed free garden.

March 30, 20090 found this helpful

It actually pays here when you check your receipt. If the store makes a mistake. You give them the receipt and they have to give you the item plus give your money back. I walked out one day with 6 lbs of butter at over $4.00 a lb. A cool savings of $24.00. Butter is expensive in Canada. The people who program the computers are pretty good when they know it'll cost the store. I still check because it still tends to happen every now and then. Like I said "it pays". lol

March 30, 20090 found this helpful

When I was a kid we just had a big container with a hinged lid. It was called the 'sock box' Everybody's socks went in. The only time I ever heard anyone complain was my Dad. We would use his work-socks (the fuzzy ones) for gloves when our mittens got wet. Lol.

The sock box was in the hall near all the bedrooms. They called it a hassock back then and you could sit on it well you put your socks on. It was easier then trying to figure out whose, is whose. Just put them together and throw them in the box. Hope this helps too.

January 10, 20090 found this helpful
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My Aunt use to make these when I was a kid, many moons ago. These were so yummy. They taste just like that round chocolate bar "Pep". Here in Canada they sell it in Green and silver foil. She would leave some of the filling white but then divide up 2 more bowls and add green and pink food colouring to make them look pretty when they were broke open.

Chocolate Covered Peppermint Patties

* 1 cup mashed potatoes

* 1 teaspoon salt

* 2 tablespoons melted butter

* 2 teaspoons peppermint extract

* 8 cups confectioners' sugar

* 8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate

* 2 tablespoons shortening


1. In a large bowl, mix together the potatoes, salt, butter, and peppermint extract. Gradually mix in confectioners' sugar; mix in enough to make a workable dough, between 6 and 8 cups.

2. Knead slightly, and roll into cherry-size balls. Flatten balls to form patties. Arrange on sheets of wax paper, and allow to dry overnight.

3. Place chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Dip patties in melted chocolate, and let cool on wax paper.

January 1, 20090 found this helpful

I too recommend the Dyson. I've owned mine for a year and it's incredible. The Dyson picks up so much dust and dirt you wonder where it comes from; my old rugs look great again. My Dyson is the upright model with the ball and it's especially designed for people with pets. More suction I guess? I do wish that the hose that is attached was a little more flexible for when you want to use the brush or floor attachments. All and all I would rate it a 10+ though.

Mrs. B Schultz, BC Canada

November 2, 20080 found this helpful

What a wonderful idea; a truly special memory for your little guy. Happy Halloween! Thanks for sharing.

July 25, 20080 found this helpful

Very nice roses. Who would have ever thought salt; thanks for the great tip. You've also given me a great idea for my new entrance to another outdoor room and a way to hide my compost area. lol

July 25, 20080 found this helpful

Awesome news about your health Connie. Here's to lots of sun filled days for your big move.

July 17, 20080 found this helpful

This is where the Z in my rolodex comes in handy. It's on my desk and no one thinks to look under Z for passwords and user names. lol

July 17, 20080 found this helpful

I found this poem on this website called; A Candy Cane Christmas and thought it was nice for your candy wreaths. Just drop the cane throughout the poem unless your using candy canes to decorate it of course. Thank you for a great gift idea and reminding me that Christmas isn't so far away.

Candy Cane Friendship Wreath Poem

It's the time of year to show friends that we care,

So I put up this candy cane wreath that I'd like to share.

Please take the scissors and snip away,

Take a candy cane with which I say. . .

"A Candy Cane for you, 'cause you're such a sweet friend,

And with each little sweet treat, my thanks to you I send!"

June 11, 20080 found this helpful

Copy and paste by right-clicking and holding and dragging to highlight the text. Once you have what you want to copy; (not including the email addresses) let go and right click on it again and a little box will come up, press copy. In the new email box you have opened you just have to right click in the area where you would type your message and another box will come up where you can click on paste.

The best way to stop this in the first place would be for everyone who forwards or sends emails to stop using the To and CC part but to leave them blank and add all your addresses to the Bcc (blind carbon copy) only. Sometimes you have to press on "To" and bring up your addresses for the Bcc to show up.

Hope this helps

January 18, 20080 found this helpful
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Avoid using ammonia based products to clean dog urine. One of the ingredients of dog urine is ammonia and he may well be encouraged to re-offend in the same area. Remember, your dog's sense of smell is a hundred times better than yours. I would suggest vinegar and water, something to neutralize the smell.

Here is a site I found for a homemade Dog Urine Smell and Stain Remover. I hope this helps.

http://www.dogc  g_urine_odor.htm

January 12, 20080 found this helpful

I use to have a christmas card registery but peoples address's change now and again and I would forget to change it in my book and it was a hassle. My sister gave me this idea and it works wonderful. When I receive a Christmas card in the mail I just cut the return address off of the envelope and tape it to the back of the card and then after Christmas I just bundle my cards with an elastic and put them in with my stored Christmas decorations for next year. When it's time to send cards I just pull out my cards from the previous year and I have all the people who sent cards and their addresses.

Then when I'm done with those cards I cut the front off of the cards (the pretty pictures) and use a hole punch and turn them into gift tags. There just too nice to throw away. I hope this helps.

January 12, 20080 found this helpful

We just did a little remodeling in our Kitchen and used some of the iron on laminate veneer around oak plywood that we use for our new island, The island looks as though it's a solid peice of wood; it's wonderful stuff. We bought it from our local builders store.

January 31, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you for a wonderful idea. I'm going to make one today for my front door. I will be cutting mine out of fun foam and adding a magnet to the back. (our door is metal) This way I will have it for next year too.

I love homemade decorations and this one is definitely a keeper.

July 25, 20060 found this helpful

Where I live in BC we have been the hot spot in Canada two days in a row. It's been 41.8 Celsius or 107 fahrenheit; I love it.

I can remember when we were kids and A/C wasn't heard of back then; me, my brother and sister would soak our sheets in the bathtub or hose them down on the lawn and then between the three of us we would wring them out tight so we could sleep under them all night long.

I have also heard of people putting a block of ice in a shallow pan and setting the pan just behind a fan to draw cold air through it. Just remember to make sure the pan you use can hold the melted ice block. Frozen milk jugs full of water would work great to contain the water.

As for me, I love this weather no big bulky coats or big heavy boots and best of all, NO LUGGING IN FIREWOOD. LOL

June 25, 20060 found this helpful

Yahoo!, we just made our last mortgage payment on May 30th and it sure feels good to know we are debt free and we are at a great age to still enjoy it. I just turned 44 and my husband is 47. We did this all on one income as well. What really helped us was adding a little bit extra money to our mortage payments and also by paying weekly. Our mortgage would have been paid off when I turned 38 but we added an extra $50,000.00 to it to buy a new truck.

Now my husband says it's time for toys.

We have tossed the idea around about buying a little piece of property on the nearby lake we enjoy and to build a cabin on it.

Like my Dad told us 18 years ago,"you can never go wrong with buying a home." He was so right. He also told me long ago; "you'll never feel prouder then to say, you did it, and you did yourselves."

I know he's looking down on us at this very moment from his shinning star and he's just as proud. I lost my dad in 2000; he had just turned 58. As you can tell my Dad was a big inspiration on us buying our first home. His exact words were "quit throwing your money away on someone elses mortgage".

June 23, 20060 found this helpful

I use to make bread by scratch long ago. Every Monday was my bread day. I would clear my kitchen table off and fill my house with that wonderful aroma that would make my whole family smile.

Then I couldn't do it anymore because of medical reasons it just hurt my hands too much to knead the dough.

My sister bought me a bread machine. At first I hated the bread because it always seemed to dry out so fast if you didn't eat the loaf in a timely manner. Now it's a god send; I don't cook with it anymore I only use it for kneading. I have adapted all my recipes and only use the dough cycle. I bake it in my oven. The recipes are endless and so easy to whip up. Although when I was younger and had more teenagers living at home. I still say you can't beat clearing the kitchen table and smelling up the house. Here is a sample of my french bread that I make often.

May 5, 20060 found this helpful

I make a hamburger stew that is quick and easy. My family loves it. When I was a kid, it was a recipe that my Dad would make when my Mom was away training as a lab tech. This recipe has been in my life for 40 years and it's still a favorite.

Brown some burger

Add, chopped carrots, chopped onion, chopped garlic, handful of frozen corn and peas and a can of sliced mushrooms with liquid.

Add enough water to cover slightly and simmer till vegetables are tender.

Make up some flour and water to thicken stew; add.

Season with salt, pepper, seasoning salt, (I use Hy's) and a tablespoon beef bouillon.

I serve this with mashed potatoes but my family loves it even on toast.

You can freeze leftovers in small containers for a quick lunch or dinner. I like this recipe because anything goes, You can mix and match just about any vegetable you have on hand.

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