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Dryer Lint & Egg Carton Firestarters

Recycling dryer lint and egg cartons can make some great firestarters. Dryer lint burns well and is a wonderful material to use for making fire starters.

All you need to do is save the dryer lint from the clothes dryer vent, a few cardboard egg cartons, and some old candle wax. I added some bits of wood and yarn scraps to enhance the firestarters. You can use cardboard and scraps of paper also for additional material in your firestarters.

Fill the egg carton with bits of the materials such as dryer lint, yarn and paper about 1/4 full. I just use whatever materials I have on hand at the time to fill each egg cup hole. Warm old candle wax and dibble it in each hole over the material. Add more dryer lint and/or yarn and wood bits and dibble more hot wax over the materials until Continue Reading →

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Dutch Oven Pot Roast Meal

Roasting a pot roast meal in a Dutch Oven is so easy and good tasting. So when it comes to the proverbial question, “What’s for dinner?” You can say a wonderful pot roast meal. Not only is it great tasting but super easy to put together. Once you start cooking with cast iron, you will love the results and easy cast iron care steps.

Just place a 3-4 pound beef roast in the Dutch Oven. I like to use a cast iron trivet in the bottom to keep the meat up from the bottom but it’s not necessary if you don’t have one. Season the meat with all goodies you like on it such as seasoning salt, pepper, onion, garlic, sage, few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and some beef broth. I like to put all the ingredients in a large measuring cup and mix it all up and pour it over the meat and veggies.

Next add the potatoes, some slices of onion and other veggies. I used carrots and some sliced celery too. Again I like to pour the seasoning and broth over the meat and veggies before baking.

Put the lid on the Dutch Oven and bake Continue Reading →

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Match Lighting Tip

Lighting a match in the wind can be tricky.

Check out this vintage and useful idea for lighting a wooden match that provides extra burn time and protects the flame. I just love these old cigarette card tips. There are truly timeless.

Here is my wooden match that I cut. Continue Reading →

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Aluminum Foil Box Tip

I just found out something that I never knew about Aluminum foil and plastic wrap boxes. They have these end tabs that you are suppose to push in to hold the roll in place. By locking the tabs on the box ends, it holds the rolls in place and prevents them from falling out. Oh you know what I’m talking about if you have had the whole roll fall out of the box and you had to roll it back up. What a pain, right?

Well I can’t believe after my 50 some years of life that I’m just now finding out this great tip. Continue Reading →

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Unusual Mushroom

I found this unusual wild mushroom growing on the side of my home. It cropped out of the rocks and grew up against the siding. It is just so weird-looking and has stained black powder on the ground and wall of the outside of the house.

Black Ink Mushroom

Maybe it was just leftover from Halloween because this creature is sure strange and scary looking!

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