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Pyrethrin insecticides have a dangerous sounding name but they are extracts from the very natural chrysanthemum flower. They kill fleas and might be useful on floors and bedding. (An exterminator once told me that every flea has to return to the floor within a 24 hour period. Fleas cannot remain constantly on an animal and live.) In quantities far more than recommended they would be poisonous to dogs, but in the way that too much celery is poisonous to people.

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I'd suggest putting the cut (or whole) garlic cloves in something a bit more odor proof than a zipper bag before freezing. Maybe something like a pimento jar. Not too many folks appreciate vanilla-garlic ice cream :-)

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Alph you're right, waste not want not. The giblets take extra time to deal with. (How long do you have to boil a turkey heart or gizzard, anyhow, so they don't end up as bits of rubber in the gravy?) Feed to cat or dog, they'll appreciate being part of the feast too. Keep neck for yourself.

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WELL, Farrah, even you had to pay for the electricity to pump the free water out of your well.

Why not splurge. Tomato juice (unsalted) instead of water. Now it's a $11 meal. Serve it on Sundays.

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Another thing I discovered quite by accident is that sodium free bouillon mixes make an excellent gravy stock with just a small amount of salt added (less than would be present in a "normal" bouillon or even a jarred soup base). These dietetic bouillons make a really heroic effort to create good flavor, although when made as directed they end up smelling wonderful and tasting lousy. A little salt and they smell wonderful and taste wonderful. Add some flour or cornstarch and olive oil to complete the gravy.

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Seems to me you could also freeze your own ready-to-go lasagna and pop it out of the pans to wrap in freezer wrap, to be returned to the pans and baked later.

Good homemade lasagna does not require boiling or even using no-boil noodles. Just add an extra cup or so of liquid (tomato juice etc.) per pound of dry noodles, be sure the liquid covers all before baking, and cover with foil when baking to prevent a dry top. Variations can be done with other kinds of dry pasta. Horizontal layering would also be cool.

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This would certainly produce greatly elevated garden beds. Be sure to warn the kids not to step into the stuff, or they'll sink down to the cardboard boxes.

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Or shoot, why not use pink light bulbs to complete the theme, and paint "for girls only" in pink polka dots on the door. Your little brothers will never dare enter your pink boudoir. Your big brothers and dad will laugh.

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Paint is OK for wooden parts. For durability it should be topped with a wood finish like polyurethane. For vinyl, cloth, or leather, you will need an appropriate dye. (What the heck is floral spray paint, anyhow? You just spritz it on and you get a flower design? Patent that and you will make a billion dollars!)

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Alcohol is great for getting off latex (house) paints. Probably will not touch enamel.

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Paint remover? I don't know if Citristrip can be had in the land of OZ. It is virtually non-toxic, although very slow. Other more powerful chemicals could be used, outdoors.

Or just spritz on more paint strategically, so it all looks like it was done on purpose.

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Or, simply avoid the marks by scrubbing stains on the wrong side, and washing the pants inside out.

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To be really frugal don't worry about it. They'll soften up themselves after a few washes, and meanwhile enjoy the new jean smell and feel experience while it lasts. Wash new jeans together with old ones to brighten up the color of the old ones. Wash and dry them inside out, then turn them normal side out and steam iron with hot iron. (But avoid line drying or they really will be stiff as boards.)

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PS whatever is used to stiffen the burlap, the planter should be lined with something so water doesn't get on the burlap. That would "un-stiffen" it in a hurry.

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For lazy crafters, try spray starch. I got a huge can of it from a dollar store not too long ago for... a dollar.

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Is this a hunting doggie or one that likes to run outside in the winter? Make it some protective booties from old bicycle inner tubes.

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Mmm 3.5-4 cups, that's a lot of mayo! That's equivalent to almost the same volume of vegetable oil. Maybe just brushing the tops with melted butter before seasoning would work. Grated cheese too, don't forget that. (sharp Cheddar and/or Parmesan to taste) Brush on mayo afterwards. The result might be even better than the cafeteria version.

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I believe the original requester wanted no grass, not short grass. In the winter, vegetation on the driveway contributes together with ice to slipperiness.

Roundup isn't the only option. A second's Googling for grass killer turned up a green (oxymoron given the purpose?) product called BurnOut, a concoction of lemon juice, vinegar, and clove oil. Have no idea how well or how long it would work, since clove oil is volatile and the acids would rinse away. Or, there's another synthetic product called Preen, and another one called Remuda and another one called Spectracide. Plain old salt would probably be the "greenest" long lasting option. Or have some fun every few months with a Dragon's Breath torch and a tank of propane.

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At Bed, Bath and Beyond or similar home furnishing stores, you can get waterproof zippered mattress covers. Cover the mattress and no more stink.

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Check local landlord-tenant laws. Some attorneys may provide an initial half hour or so counseling for free. You may be able to force the replacement of the dryer or reimbursement if you replace it yourself. (Or, you may be able to find a cheap used one.)

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