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RE: Recipes for Crockpot - Week 4 December 2012 (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: walnutcreek on 12.27.2012 at 01:18 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

A friend sent this recipe to me for using leftover ham.

Cheesy Ham and Hashbrowns

1 26-oz bag frozen, shredded hash brown potatoes
1 8-oz container sour cream
1 10.5-oz can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup butter, melted
onion, chopped fine (about 1/2 a small onion)
16 oz of cubed ham
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or a bit more if you like)

Crockpot Directions: Coat the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray or butter. Spoon the hashbrown mixture into the slow cooker. Cover, and cook on High for 1 1/2 hours, then reduce heat to Low, and cook for an additional 2 1/2 hours.

Oven Directions: Stir all the ingredients together. Place into a lightly greased casserole dish (9 x 13 in). This is optional but you can add a bit more cheese on top if you like. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min - 1 hour. Let cool a bit and serve.


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RE: Is "Java" necessary? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: ravencajun on 09.08.2012 at 12:48 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

If you have java you MUST MUST MUST update it and especially the latest one they are already exploiting it right now so anyone that has not done the latest update and has java get to it and update it now.

If you do not have java and can live with out it then you don't need it if you are going to sites that prompt you for java then those sites will not render properly with out it.
All old versions of java must be removed because simply updating to the latest will not stop the problem with the old one as long as it is on the pc.

This little tool called javara can remove all the old java from your pc.
JavaRa 2.0

here is the verify java site to make sure you have the most recent update
Verify Java Version

to update java go to control panel to all your programs find java (the coffee cup) open it go to the update tab click check for updates.
be very careful when doing the update NOT TO GET the extra addons like toolbars etc you will need to pay attention and uncheck any of those that may be checked.

article about this latest zero day attack with java
Zero-Day Season is Not Over Yet

It is essential to keep java, adobe, and flash all updated just as you do your windows updates because the latest infections have all been due to people not updating those or leaving the vulnerable versions on their pc. An antivirus program will not do much to help you in most of these cases.

NEVER update java or anything for that matter, anywhere other than from the official java update site(or official site for what ever product you are updating), if you go to a page that offers you a link to update your java do NOT use that link you do not know if it is a real java link or a link to click on for a malware install.


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Wind Chimes

posted by: kirkus on 07.01.2012 at 02:30 am in Garden Junk Forum

A little blurry but here's our windchime made by a garden friend. :o) It sounds BEAUTIFUL!



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RE: craft question (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: joann_fla on 05.06.2012 at 02:55 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Putting it as simple as I know how:

First, find your picture, right click and save to your computer then go to step 1.

1. Have a photo storage place, like Photobucket or Tiny pic (I prefer
Use the first set of codes (HTML for Websites) for the Garden web/ KT
some of the other message boards use the second set of codes (IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards) (MH)
2. Paste this code in the message box
3. Preview your message, make sure it came out like you wanted.
4. Click Submit...your done!


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RE : Be very careful friends (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: ravencajun on 03.18.2012 at 10:35 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

here you go download install update and run full scan see what that does.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (Win) - Detecting and Removing Malware

it is totally free. then go here and run the online scan
FREE Online Virus Scan


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RE: homemade laundry soap (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: arkansas_girl on 01.14.2012 at 04:59 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I made one posted by liz ga back in a thread from 2009, here it is(you can easily cut this down to 1/2 this):
The Recipe

1/3 bar Fels Naptha

1/2 cup washing soda

1/2 cup borax powder

~You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size~

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use 1/2 cup per load.


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RE: help ravencajun (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: ravencajun on 10.28.2011 at 07:53 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

it could be a heat problem you did not mention if this is a desktop or laptop, if it is a desktop I would recommend turning it off disconnect all power from it, open the side of the case and look inside, if it has not been opened and cleaned in a long time my guess is it is full of dust bunnies, those dustbunnies can hold in the heat and heat will cause the pc to do what you are describing. To clean it out be sure you ground yourself by touching a metal portion of the back with one hand, you do not want to have any static charge happen that can damage things. You can use canned air to blow out a lot of the dust, do not use a big vacuum you can actually pull connections loose, I have a very small vac that I use on mine. to keep the fans from turning while you blow it out stick a pencil in to hold them in place.
especially clean around the power supply area and all the fans. Here are a few links that might help understand how to do this.
YOU can do this!
It could also be a powersupply going out, the heat issues will exacerbate that. Replacing a power supply is a very easy task and should not cost that much to have done if you do not want to do it your self. I would recommend going with one or two steps larger than the one that was in it.

The one thing I would like you to do, but I do not know what version of windows you have so I can not give your specific directions, is to go to the event viewer and look for red flags.
In control panel look for administrative tools, there look for event viewer, select that, there will be various options go through each one open them and look for any red or yellow flags especially red ones, any red ones you see double click right on that line and it will provide an info box with codes and errors messages write those down and post back with them. Look here go down to where it says instructions so you can see what the event viewer will look like
How To Use the Event Viewer Applet

How To Thoroughly Clean Your Dirty Desktop Computer

How to clean the dust out of your computer

Cleaning the Interior of your PC

Clean a Dusty PC

Let me know how things go after doing these things. And please give me some info on this pc, windows version, laptop or pc, a good way to find out everything you need to know is to run this free program it will give you all the info including how much RAM and how much hard drive space is left.
Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit
you will probably need some of that info should you need to replace parts so go ahead and make a copy of the results


clipped on: 10.28.2011 at 10:18 pm    last updated on: 10.28.2011 at 10:18 pm

Jingle Bell Flowers

posted by: toomuchglass on 10.11.2011 at 02:43 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I found these on another site -- I just had to try them out ! Flowers made out of Jingle Bells ! Here's a picture . All you do is open them up with a needle nose pliers and glue one inside the other . This is an inspiration for some cool garden junk :) Now I just have to think of how to make something out of them.


Cool,huh ? LOL Notes on making them :

JoAnn's sells "big value" packs of bells in all the sizes you need.They come in Silver,blue,gold & red.

Next time I'm wrapping tape around the needle nose , because I got scratches on the bells.

Finally , I think I'll line up all the bells in the shape I want them , an spray paint them before I glue them together. ( I used E-6000)

That's it ! Now to tweak them & think of uses ........

Here is a link that might be useful: Cut out & Keep website with tons of ieas


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RE: Well this is embarassing...question about killing roaches (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: lazypup on 09.26.2011 at 09:07 am in Kitchen Table Forum

I was the maintenance supervisor for a major apartment complex in Florida for over 8 years, and for the first two years of that time we had a professional exterminator on a monthly contract, yet we were constantly receiving complaints from tenants about roach infestations that defy verbal description. Finally I took an exterminator course at the local technical school and boy was that an eye opener. Basically I learned that everything I thought I knew or had been told about roaches was wrong.

First off, attempting to kill roaches with a poison bait is at best a fools errand. Roaches do not eat nearly as much as one might expect. Roaches live approximately 45 days and one 1/4" diameter bread crumb will supply all the nourishment they need in their lifetime. Roaches do not eat sugar, in fact, a roach will starve to death if trapped in a sugar bowl. The absolute favorite food of roaches is the glue that is used to make paper grocery bags, and their next favorite food is cooking grease.

One of the first steps of controlling roaches is to throw out your grocery bags as soon as you unpack them. Not only does the glue on the paper bags feed the roaches, all the little nooks and crannies of paper or plastic bags is the ideal hiding & nesting place for roaches.

If you presently have an infestation make it a habit to put all your trash in plastic bags and tie them shut and remove them every evening before turning the lights out.

Lift the top on your cooking range and thoroughly clean any food spills or grease that has dripped down through the burners.

When looking at insecticide products at your grocery or hardware store read the label very carefully. Many of those products tell you to spray the product then sweep up and discard the dead bugs within an hour or so. That is because those products don't really kill the bugs. It only puts them to sleep for a while and if left out, they will wake up and run off to bug you again and again. Notice that on some of the cans they have a disclaimer that says if this product doesn't solve your problem you should contact a professsional extermination service, and some even have an 800 number for the service. Many of those products are not intended to kill the bugs because the manufacturer of that product also owns the professional extermination company they are recommending. Taking that to the next level, some unscrupulous exterminators do not want to kill your bugs. They spray enough to provide a level of control, but so long as even a few still remain, they have job security.

We have all heard the old wives tales about making balls of boric acid and condensed milk. The truth is, you can kill more roaches by chasing them with a fly swatter than what you will kill with those balls.

Boric Acid powder is one of the most effective products you can use, but only if applied correctly. If you can see the powder you have too much and it is no longer effective.

Roaches, or actually insects of all varieties do not have a nose to breathe with as we do. Instead they have holes on either side of their abdomen called spyrochetes and there is a tube through their abdomen that serves as a simple lung. If you spray a roach with an insecticide, then watch it, it will instantly stop and begin moving up and down like its doing pushups. It does that to hyper-ventilate to get the poison out of its system.

Roaches really are very clean in regards to their personal hygene. If they run throuhg a dust and get it on their feet, they will find a hiding place then begin preening themselves to clean the dust off. In the process of cleaning the dust off thier feet and legs some of that dust will get on the openings of their spirochettes (lung openings). Generally their is a little bit of moisture around those openings and the boric acid will cling to the moisture making a paste that plugs up the openings, then the bugs are literally choked to death. However, if we put the boric acid down too thick the surface of the boric acid will soon absorb moisture from the air, causing the surface of the powder to form a mud that dries and locks it together so the roaches can now run through it at will. The trick is to apply the product as a light dust so it cannot clump together.

For about $12 you can get a small puffer. The puffer is about 2" in diameter and 3" tall. The body of the puffer is a rubber tube with a spring inside and a metal cap on each end. On the top end there is a snap cap and on the bottom there is a short tube extending out about 6". To use the puffer you remove the cap and put 2 to 3 tablespoons of boric acid in the tube, then drop in a couple of little pebbles from your driveway and put the top back on. When you shake the puffer the pebbles will rattle around inside making a fine dust, then you put the tip of the puffer in the area you want to treat and squeeze it, and voila', a puff of air will shoot the boric acid out in a fine powder mist.

For best results you should use a liquid spray product as well as the dust.

One of the best spray products is a product called "Demon WP". WP means it is a wettable powder. AT $60 a pound Demon WP would seem expensive, but they also sell a 4oz package for about $15. (The 4oz package has 4 one ounce packs and each pack makes up a gallon of spray).

To use the liquid spray you will need a 1gal tank sprayer (available at any hardware or home supply center garden shop). Fill the sprayer 1/2 full of water then put one pack of the Demon in the sprayer, close it up and shake vigorously, then open the sprayer and fill to about 2" from the top of the tank. (you have to leave some space for air). Pump the tank up to build pressure and adjust the sprayer for a fine mist.

Now keep in mind that roaches do not eat much, but they need excessive amounts of water, so you will concentrate your spray efforts in areas where they have access to water, like under the kitchen and bathroom sinks where the plumbing pipes come in. Where the pipes actually come through the wall there is usually a little chrome escutcheon trim piece that covers the hole in the wall. Slip the escutcheon forward on the pipe and spray in the hole, then slide the escutcheon back in its proper place. Next, spray under, behind and in between your appliances in both the kitchen and laundry. Be especially critical of under the fridge because all frost free refrigerators have a drip pan where the condensate moisture goes before it evaporates. That is a prime location for roaches. Spray the inside of your trash basket before you put a bag in.

After you have sprayed you then wait till the spray is dry (about 1 hour) then begin using the puffer. Lightly puff into all cracks and crevices. Especially if their is a crack between your counter top backsplash and the wall. (A better solution is to caulk that gap after you have puffed it once).

If you have a real infestation, remove the cover plates from electrical switches and outlets and puff the dust inside the opening and electrical box, then replace the cover.

Put the tip of the sprayer down though the opening under your range burners and puff a bit of the dust in each opening. (I even puff a bit in the vent holes on the side of the microwave.)

For a worst case scenario, spray around the doors and windows of your house, then spray around the outside of the house about three feet up from the ground.

I am attaching a couple web sites where you can get the Demon WP, the puffers and one has a video on how to spray.

I would also like to mention that in addition to the boric acid, one of the cheapest and absolutely the most effective dusts is "DE Powder" (diatomacious earth powder". You may not be able to find DE powder in small quantities, but it is used on some swimming pool filters. If you go to a swimming pool supplier and explain to them what you want, they may have a broken bag and would just give you a 1/2lb or so. (A half pound would last a homeowner a lifetime...LOL)



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Totem Sculpture

posted by: MosaicReflections on 09.11.2011 at 09:33 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Good Morning Everyone!
Last spring I posted a message about a project that I was working on for my children's school garden and I received lots of good advice about how to make the shapes out of concrete and mesh. I used polystyrene shapes, then mesh and thinset mortar. There is a 2" pvc pipe inside each piece which all slide onto a 1 1/2" steel pole. This project has taken me 9 months to complete and I am very happy with it! Now, I have so many ideas in my head that I can't wait to make something else! :)
Thank you all for your advice! (sorry for all the pictures, I can't help myself...this has been my baby!)
Mosaic Totem Sculpture
ArtPrize Totem Sculpture


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How to Post Pictures Using

posted by: adina72 on 12.28.2008 at 12:08 pm in Garden Junk Forum

In case anyone is having difficulty posting pictures, I thought I'd post a tutorial on how to post here. I did a search on this forum and the instructions I found are a little out of date since Photobucket has changed a little bit since those tutorials were first done. I hope you find this helpful and if anyone has any other suggestions please feel free to post them here also. You can also use this post to practice on.

This is just one way to post pictures. There are others, but I thought this was the easiest to post.

After you have your photos uploaded to Photobucket, all you do is copy and paste the HTML code of the picture you want to post to Gardenweb in your post.

Open two windows in your Internet Browser. One for the GardenWeb forum and one for your Photobucket account. Start a post or reply to a post as you normally would at GardenWeb. When you are ready to post a picture, go to the window that has your photobucket page open and find the photo that you want to post.

To copy the code, put your cursor over the photo so that the different codes show below the photo. The first one will say "E-mail & IM", the second one says "Direct Link", the third one says "HTML Code", and the last one says "IMG Code". Different forums post pictures differently, but GardenWeb uses the HTML code. Left click on the space to the right of the HTML Code and it will become highlighted. Mine is blue, not sure if they are all the same. While it is highlighted, press the "Ctrl" button and the "C" button on your keyboard at the same time. This will automatically copy that whole HTML code and put it in memory on your computer so that you can paste it into your post. Usually when you highlight the code, your computer should automatically assume it's going to copy that code, but I've found, that depending on your security software and settings, that it may not always copy automatically, so I usually do the Ctrl C thing just to make sure it works.


If you want to type more of a message after your photo, then you can type it after the last > sign. Or you can post another photo after that. Just make sure you put a space after that > sign so that the HTML code displays correctly.

Once you are finished with your post, click on Preview Message. If your picture shows up properly, you will see it there. If all you see is that HTML Code, then something didn't post correctly. You can erase what you did and try again.


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posted by: shysue on 04.04.2011 at 05:06 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Hi everyone,

I have been checking all the new posts and love all the activity going on. I haven't had anything new to show lately, but am enjoying what others have made. I did get a tipsy pot made last fall and the Plentifall trailing pansies are starting to look pretty in it. I know a lot of junkers have used the water drop faucet and I used one in my pot. My DH is working on making a potting bench for me and I hope to post some pictures of that pretty soon.

Tipsy Pot

Water Drop Faucet


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RE: Outdoor butterflies on a stick? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: slowmedown on 03.25.2011 at 02:53 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

When I was making my own mortar, I used three parts sand to one part Portland cement - maybe a little more cement to make it a tad stronger. Once I used up all the Portland cement, I decided it's easier for me to use the Quikcrete Mortar Mix, cuz the Portland comes in 96-lb bags. It had to sit in My Jeep until my yardman w/take it out and put the bag into my garage. It's just too much for my purposes. The Mortar Mix comes in 40-lb bags (there's a bag in the Jeep now waiting for my yardman), and I sift it and add water - in a wheelbarrow/hoe. Use a little water in the beginning, working up to a nice consistency that you can pick up w/gloved hand and make a nice soft ball - not too wet and not too dry - crumbly. Keep adding water a little at a time, mix thoroughly b/f you add more water. You'll get the hang of it w/practice, and b/f long, you'll know just how much to add. It is sooooooooo easy to use this technique w/the wire mesh/mortar, that you'll be quite surprised at the ease. The possibilities are endless. You'll no longer have to look for substrates, forms or moulds - BUILD THEM!!! There's nothing you can't do w/this technique. If you get so confident that you want to build a small bench, chair, table etc., use the diamond lath - cuz it's stronger. Three tools necessary - get the Wiss tin snips, a good linesman's pliers and the 17 - 18 or 19 guage wire for stitches. Put a crook in one end of the wire - making a "needle". Slip the wire into your armature, catch the two layers of mesh, pull out, and w/your pliers catch hold of the end of the little hook and pull it through, twist it and w/the pliers wind it once/twice and viola - a stitch. Repeat until your armature is all put together and you w/be soooooo proud of what you've done. I can't wait for you to try this and report back to us.


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RE: Whew.......IE 9 download (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: ravencajun on 03.17.2011 at 01:20 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

That is correct IE9 is NOT for any version of XP and if you have Vista be sure you get the proper version.
Download Internet Explorer 9
the top one is the English version on the select your version click the drop down arrow and make sure you select the one to go with your Operating system and if it is a 32 bit or 64bit. That of course goes for windows 7 users as well.


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RE: laundry soap (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: cynic on 03.03.2011 at 07:53 am in Kitchen Table Forum

Here's 10 recipes for powder and liquid. Additives can include diswashing detergent with enzymes, oxy type cleaners, baking soda, water softeners (Calgon), STPP, scents or more.

BTW, in Canada washing soda comes in a blue box. In the US it's in a yellow box. Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda". Fewer places carry it now but it's still around and usually will be with the additives like Borax, oxygen cleaners and the like. It's sodium carbonate, aka soda ash. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. If you can't find it in the grocery/department stores, you can also buy it in the pool chemical departments at home improvement stores, pool supply places and the like. Often it's much cheaper than in the other stores. Another example of things marketed to different people, at different prices.

Some do use baking soda in place of the washing soda but many don't think it works as well. It's not the same, but it makes a different formula. Baking soda works well as a deodorizer. Would be a bit of an offset if you're looking for smell.

BTW, around here Kmart carries both Zote and Fels Naptha. Some like one better than the other. Some save soap slivers and use them. Ivory Soap is often recommended too.

10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes

Here is a nice stack of different homemade laundry detergent recipes I’ve collected over the years. Do they work? Yes, I’ve had good luck with them.

Tipnut's Homemade Laundry Detergent
At the time I was using homemade detergent, we had a relative who was in trade school living with us. Every day he was mechanic grease from head to toe�"the clothes cleaned up nice!

Making your own laundry detergent is a discipline and it’s not for everyone, but it definitely saves money�"sometimes just costing pennies a load!

First Some Tips:
For the bar soaps required in the recipes, you could try Fels-Naptha, Ivory soap, Sunlight bar soap, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Don’t use heavily perfumed soaps.
Washing Soda and Borax can normally be found in the laundry and cleaning aisles.
Some people with really hard water or well water may have to adjust the recipes if the clothes look dingy.
Although several of the recipes have the same ingredients, the measurements are different�"some contain a higher soap to water ratio. Test and see which works best for your laundry needs.
You can make huge pails of this at once, or smaller quantities. Also if you can get your hands on a few empty liquid laundry detergent bottles they work great for storing the detergent. Just make a big batch and pour in bottles, cap then use as needed�"shake before use.
Some of the recipes call for large amounts of water. Check with a local restaurant to see if they have any empty large pails from deep fryer oil�"that’s how many restaurants buy the oil. See if you can have one or two of the pails after they’ve emptied it�"just wash them out really well before using. They’re big, heavy plastic and very sturdy when stirring the soap and hot water.
10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes

Recipe #1

1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).

Recipe #2

Hot water
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1 Soap bar
Grate the bar soap and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
Fill a 10 gallon pail half full of hot water. Add the melted soap, Borax and Washing soda, stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail up with more hot water.
Use 1 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).

Recipe #3

Hot water
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/3 bar Soap (grated)
In a large pot, heat 3 pints of water. Add the grated bar soap and stir until melted. Then add the washing soda and borax. Stir until powder is dissolved, then remove from heat.
In a 2 gallon clean pail, pour 1 quart of hot water and add the heated soap mixture. Top pail with cold water and stir well.
Use 1/2 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).

Powdered Laundry Detergent �" Recipe #4

2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated �" you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Recipe #5

Hot water
1 bar (4.5 oz) Ivory Soap �" grated
1 cup Washing Soda
In a large saucepan add grated soap and enough hot water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is melted.
Fill a large pail with 2.5 gallons of hot water, add hot soap mixture. Stir until well mixed.
Then add the washing soda, again stirring until well mixed.
Set aside to cool.
Use 1/2 cup per full load, stirring well before each use (will gel)

Recipe #6

2.5 gallons Water (hot)
1 Bar soap (grated)
3/4 cup Washing Soda
3/4 cup Borax
2 TBS Glycerin
Melt bar soap over medium-low heat topped with water, stir until soap is melted.
In a large pail, pour 2.5 gallons of hot water, add melted soap mixture, washing soda, borax and glycerin. Mix well.
Use 1/2 cup per full load.

Recipe #7

2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Washing Soda
2 �" 2.5 gallons hot water
Melt grated soap in saucepan with water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is dissolved.
Pour hot water in large pail, add hot soap and washing soda. Stir very well.
Use 1 cup per full load.

Recipe #8

2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Soap (grated)
2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda this time�"not washing soda)
Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.
Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load.

Powdered Laundry Detergent �" Recipe #9

12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)
Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.

Recipe #10 �" (Powdered)

1 cup Vinegar (white)
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
Mix well and store in sealed container.
I find it easiest to pour the liquid soap into the bowl first, stirred in the washing soda, then baking soda, then added the vinegar in small batches at a time (the recipe foams up at first). The mixture is a thick paste at first that will break down into a heavy powdered detergent, just keep stirring. There may be some hard lumps, try to break them down when stirring (it really helps to make sure the baking soda isn’t clumpy when first adding). I used 1/2 cup per full load with great results.
Liquid Detergents Note

Soap will be lumpy, goopy and gel-like. This is normal. Just give it a good stir before using. Make sure soap is covered with a lid when not in use. You could also pour the homemade soap in old (and cleaned) laundry detergent bottles and shake well before each use.

*If you can’t find Fels-Naptha locally, you can buy it online (check Amazon).

You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade laundry detergent. Add once the soap has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and cover.

Essential oil ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil

Here is a link that might be useful: Tip Nut (also has a lot of comments on it)


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Can Flower Instruction w/pix

posted by: excessfroufrou on 06.24.2010 at 02:50 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Start with 3 cans. Cut the tops off 2 of the cans and cut off the bottom of the other can with about an inch of the can left. On the 2 cans mark the bottom into 8 sections with a sharpie. Cut down the side of the can at each mark until you reach the bottom. Fold out each petal.


Cut each petal to the shape you want. Stack them on top of each other and glue together, then poke 2 holes all the way through. Thread a piece of wire to the back side (this is what you'll use to attach them to things).
Now glue the flower center( the remaining can bottom) in place. I use a box cutter and then scissors to cut the cans and GE II to glue them. Photobucket

You can paint when finished or if you want 2 tone flowers, then paint befor you assemble them.



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RE: Facebook Deactivation (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: ravencajun on 02.24.2011 at 02:21 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

well deleting a facebook account is not really easy. You can deactivate it but believe me that is not the end of it! that does NOT delete it or your info. I try to make everyone understand you MUST take a lot of steps and effort to get this task done which should be a simple thing but they really don't want you to go so get ready to jump through those hoops!
How to Really Delete Your Facebook Account

In case that method does not work here is the long method
Longer Method

something that should be done with one click is made so difficult to accomplish and will only be done after you wait 14 days.

a few good articles for those on facebook to make yourself more safe and secure. And a must use tool to check your settings.
Stealth Mode: Making Yourself Completely Invisible on Facebook

Facebook Photos: Opt-Out or Tag You're It

Test Your Facebook Privacy Settings: Here's How

privacy check tool
Really a must use tool!


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posted by: zep516 on 12.26.2010 at 12:26 pm in Computer Help Forum see link for download.

Sorry about all posts having problems.

May as well send her here and follow instructions.

Hijackthis link below:

Download hijackthis, double click it, do a system scan and save a log file, copy and paste it in a reply. This will tell us if everthings been done correctly, if it does show infections we can direst you for help on that.

Here is a link that might be useful:


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Gift idea ... Chocolate 'Cup' Cake

posted by: jodi_in_so_calif on 12.21.2010 at 01:35 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I just got this in an email so I'm afraid it's too late this year to make these for friends, but next year for sure.




4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.
Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well..
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT ! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous)..

Now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!




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RE: More computer questions (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: joann_fla on 12.05.2010 at 07:02 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

1. go to Mail Options
2. on the left is Signature, click it
3. Paste a Picture in the box
4. Click SAVE your done!

If you have a old picture in there just "cut" it out.
be sure to "save" at the end.


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RE: Photobucket has gotten a lot unfriendlier for me (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: linesman on 12.02.2010 at 02:05 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

I do the same thing as kat_wa does
The only thing I do different is: I don't open the big picture
I just put my arrow on the HTML CODE and "LEFT" click on the code.
(If you look real fast while you "LEFT" click you will see it change,and the word "COPIED" flashes
in the background of the code for about a second..)
Now you can paste the code where you need to..

Hope This Helps

Have A Nice Day


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RE: I'll share my recipes if you'll share yours, September 13, 20 (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: jasdip on 09.13.2010 at 10:22 am in Kitchen Table Forum

Creamy Rice Pudding

I've made this recipe for a number of years. I'm writing the recipe as given to me, but I omit the eggs and butter. I also don't usually put raisins in, as I don't care for them. Hubby loves raisins though, so he puts them in his own servings, sometimes.

3/4 short-grain rice
1 cup boiling water
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp corn starch
pinch salt
4 cups milk
1 cup cream or half-and-half
nutmeg to taste
1/2 cup raisins
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp butter
cinnamon to taste

Combine rice and boiling water in medium saucepan. Cover and simmer 12 minutes until rice is absorbed

Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in 1 cup of the milk; add to the rice, stirring well. Add remaining milk and cream and combine. Add nutmeg and raisins.

Stirring steadily, bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to the barest simmer. Stirring occasionally, cook 1 1/2 hours or until mixture is creamy.

Beat egg yolk. Remove pudding from heat. Whisk a little pudding into yolk then add yolk mixture to the pudding. Cook 1 minute; remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter.

Cool, serve topped with cinnamon.


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RE: Having Trouble Saving to my Flash Drive (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: lindsey_ca on 08.19.2010 at 10:56 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

(Presuming you are right handed...)

Right click on the picture you want to save. You'll get a little popup window. Left click where it says Save Picture As...
Image and video hosting by TinyPic

You'll then get a window where you will need to navigate to your flash drive:
Image and video hosting by TinyPic

If you have a subfolder on the jump drive that you want to use, you'll just have to double click on the drive letter for the drive until the folder tree is shown, then choose the appropriate folder and click Save.


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Potting bench

posted by: gmadeb on 08.16.2010 at 08:55 pm in Garden Junk Forum

Everyone here has inspired me to make a potting bench!



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That Laundry Detergent recipe

posted by: angelaid on 08.12.2010 at 03:47 pm in Kitchen Table Forum

Do you think it would be okay if I could post the homemade laundry detergent recipe that many of us use? If so, here it is.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

1 Fels Naptha bar soap (Sunlight Bar for Canadians)
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
4 cups hot water

Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan of hot water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap is melted.

Fill a 5-gallon pail half-full with hot water. Add melted soap, washing soda and borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Add more hot water until the pail is full.
Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

The next morning it will be a gel-like consistency.
Dilute the gel 1/2 and 1/2 with water in a laundry jug.

Use 1/2 cup for top-load machines and 1/4 cup for front-load. (I just fill the cap on the laundry jug)

The concentrate can be used as a stain pre-treater.
It works great to remove carpet stains!


I've never heard of Fels Naptha bar soap. Will another brand do? And what is "washing soda" ???



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Glass bell thingee

posted by: toomuchglass on 07.16.2010 at 04:58 pm in Garden Junk Forum


I found the 2 glass pieces at the GW --- glued them together - drilled holes & strung beads to jazz it up . It's not a windchime , but I thought it turned out nice !
(The glass part is about 6" high)


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RE: Silverware windchime question (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: toomuchglass on 07.16.2010 at 04:12 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I've made it both ways . I like the looks of both . This is my most recent one - I didn't flatten the silverware - and as you can see - the fork & the spoon on the right keep "getting it on ". I think if I flattened them - that wouldn't happen .



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Yesterday's Project

posted by: soonergirl1968 on 06.28.2010 at 09:11 am in Garden Junk Forum

I'm lying in bed Saturday night watching "Hoarders" on TV and it scared me! lol I thought, "Oh my... I cannot let my new obsession get out of hand!" I made a promise to myself right then and there to use the junk I bought before I was allowed to buy any more junk! So yesterday morning I got busy!

I had bought a bunch of succulents (multiple varieties of sempervivums and miniature sedums) to make another sphere but it occurred to me that I didn't have a sunny place to hang one (too many trees) so I made this instead... (Total cost $16 + plants - we don't want to talk about how much the plants were!!! :)


AFTER... I found the tiniest little pots for my "metal thing"!


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Birdbath Pixie Garden

posted by: excessfroufrou on 06.28.2010 at 01:25 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I think it was GoldenPond that had the miniature garden in a leaky birdbath that inspired this project. I made plans for a fairy garden and then found this pixie, so it morphed into a pixie garden. This is my kind of project, the most expensive thing was the pixie for $2.00, everything else under $1.00 and it took me about 30 minutes to put together. Some of my favorite things are the squirrels on the ladder ( a pot hanger), the garden arch with little pond ( a candle holder), and the tiny little garden trowel and pot. This was such fun, that I'm still planning a fairy garden, believe it or not, I have two leaky birdbaths. I think the fairy garden will be more whimsical and colorful, I wanted to keep this one kind of natural.







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