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Wood Ashes for Sanding

I have written before about reusing wood stove ashes for sanding but just had to post again about this great idea. I just cleaned out our wood stove and got a full bucket of wood ashes. Here is a quick picture of just how far this one bucket of wood ashes will go towards sanding.

This hill as you can see is steep. It tends to get icy and we need some added traction at the crest of the hill. Just by adding wood stove ashes, it really does help with traction. Plus the wood ashes melt down in the snow and help with ice build-up.

You can read more about reusing wood ashes here for sanding your road along with more details. Just a note so you don’t track wood soot in the house. Continue Reading →

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Homemade Dog Cookie Treats

Here is a quick and healthy dog treat that you can make for your pet. I wanted to make some pet treats for the upcoming holidays and used a recipe that was shared in a local newsletter.

Here is my finished dog cookies in a jar complete with a bow.

Here is a copy of the recipe courtesy of AWCnet.org from their recent newsletter. Just click on the image below to supersize it. Continue Reading →

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Green Depression Glass Measuring Cup

This beautiful green depression glass measuring cup has been in my family for many years. It belonged to my Grandma and was given to me after her death. I believe it dates back to the 1940s or maybe even earlier. I displayed the 4 cup green measuring cup for years in my kitchen and didn’t use it.

The bottom of the measuring cup shows what I believe is an Anchor Hocking emblem. I did some research and found that Anchor Hocking was one of the oldest operating glass manufacturers in the United States. The company was one of the major producers of green depression glass. Continue Reading →

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Fixing a Door That Swings Open

Do you have a door that swings open by itself? Does the door not stay in its place when opened partway? Well let me share this easy idea on how to fix a door swing problem yourself in just minutes.

If you have a door that swings open by itself, it is because the door jamb is not square and the door is not balanced properly. This easy fix works and takes just minutes to complete.

All you need to do is take out the top pin on the door hinge and bent it a bit to get your door to stay put. Here are the steps to take:

  • Remove the top pin from the door hinge
  • Place the pin on a flat solid surface like a board
  • Hit the pin in the center with a hammer just a few times to put a slight bend in it
  • Replace the pin in the door hinge

Here is my pin after it was bent a bit. Continue Reading →

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Freezing Cabbage

I discovered this useful idea for storing fresh cabbage. I cut up this garden fresh cabbage and froze it in freezer bags. A half of a cabbage head fits nicely into a quart sized freezer bag.

Roll up the freezer bag with just a small opening left in the zip lock so the air can escape. Roll the bag up towards the zip lock opening and push out all the air you can.

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Warming Pizza in Cast Iron Skillet

We enjoy our leftover pizza warmed up. The problem is that most people microwave it to warm it up. Microwaving leftover pizza tends to leave it soggy and the crust limp.

If you read this blog occasionally, you will know that I love and use cast iron skillets and pots for cooking and baking quite often. I love my cast iron pans and find new uses for them all the time. So… I figured I would try putting a few pieces of leftover pizza in my big skillet to warm it up. In my first attempt, I scorched the bottom of the pizza crust. I found you want to keep the heat lower and allow extra minutes to warm the pizza slowly.

My 2nd attempt warming pizza in the cast iron pan turned out wonderfully. Not only does the crust stay nice and crisp but the topping heats up and everything turns out great. Tasted almost like freshly baked pizza. So here are the details for successfully warming pizza in a cast iron skillet.

Warming instructions: Continue Reading →

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