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  1. Just Tips
      Use up sidewalk chalk nubs: If you have leftover sidewalk chalk, make 'sidewalk chalk paint.' Crush the nubs into a powder (keep different colors separate) and add water. Stir to dissolve the powdered chalk. If you don't have chalk nubs, you can still make sidewalk paint. Mix two tablespoons...
  2. Family
      Camping: Kids go swimming often when camping, so instead of hanging bathing suits to dry, whirl them in your salad spinner to remove excess water. Kids enjoy using it, so let them play with it to help dry their suits. This works well for backyard pool swimming, too. Draining macaroni: When...
  3. Kitchen Basics
      You'd rather have too many hamburger buns than not enough. But when there are some leftover buns, you're faced with a keep-or-toss decision. Don't let them sit on the counter until they mold or hide them in the back of the freezer until ice crystals form. Don't throw them away, either. They...
  4. Kitchen Basics
      RANCH DIP MIX 3/4 tablespoon dried parsley 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3/4 teaspoon dried chives 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder 3/4 teaspoon lemon pepper Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a small bag. Attach a...
  5. Family
      Garage sale: Declutter your home and gather potential garage sale items. If you don't have enough items to sell, ask friends or family if they'd like to have a group or community garage sale. You'd be surprised to find what will sell. One reader, Sarah, from Massachusetts, says: "I'd like to...
  6. Frugal Living
      Water: Drink plenty of water and soak in water, too. Avoid long, hot showers (use warm water) or strong-scented and drying soaps. Use bar soaps that are considered beauty bars that contain Lanolin, cocoa butter or coconut oil. When soaking in the tub, add a cup or two of Aveeno (or grind...
  7. Kitchen Basics
    Warm weather means more get-togethers and plenty of meals outdoors. This year, make a few new dishes that are crowd pleasers. The first two recipes are quick side dishes that can be made ahead. The other two take some time and aren't cooked on the grill, but they are well worth the extra effort...
  8. Kitchen Basics
    Potato salad is a standard summer dish. Made with simple ingredients, it seems impossible to fail, but not everyone can make a good potato salad. I'm sharing five variations to enjoy. None are fancy, but all are creamy and tangy, and will stand out from plain potato salad. Sweet Potato Salad 2...
  9. Kitchen Basics
    photo by shygantic After a holiday dinner, chances are you'll have extra ham. Macaroni and cheese with ham is tasty, but you don't have to resort to that every time. Once it's cooked, you can chop and freeze any extra ham, so you don't have to find ways to use it up immediately. The following...
  10. General Chat
    Why can't I get my ticker to work in my signature? Uuugh, frustrated! Any help would be appreciated. TIA
  11. General Chat
    How you weight ticker in your profile, i tried signature area not there.
  12. General Chat
    You know those tickers in siggy lines that show how much longer until a birthday or anniversary, how much weight you've lost, etc...do you know of any debt countdown tickers? (i realize, I'd have to manually update). Thanks!
  13. General Chat
    ...look a little like bears? They remind me of the Grateful Dead bears.... :toothy:
  14. General Chat
    Sorry, I dont know where to ask this question. I need directions on where and how to add a ticker for weight loss and debt reduction to my siggy. Help please
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