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How to Season a Cast-Iron Skillet

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The Best Way to Season a Skillet

When I was younger, I used to think seasoning a cast-iron skillet was a complicated process. Fast forward to today … where life experience has taught me many lessons.  I now realize that the proper care for a cast-iron skillet is extremely easy.  Over the years I have tried different methods for seasoning; however, my… Read more

Broken Glass Jewelry

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Broken Glass Jewelry

Most folks know that I am an avid collector and researcher on the the vintage glass pattern, Fostoria American.  I do collect; however, other vintage glass patterns as well.  I will be the first to admit that I am partial to Fostoria glass; therefore, when an item arrives at my doorstep broken and in pieces… Read more

Mosquito Control

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Controlling Mosquitoes

Living in Florida, we have seen our share of pesky mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes carry a variety of diseases – such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, and even dengue fever.  It is; therefore, very important that we control mosquitoes as best we can.  For if we don’t, life outside is no picnic.  Controlling the mosquito population… Read more

How to Clean a Baking Sheet

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How to Clean a Baking Sheet

One of the greatest joys of baking is when the food comes out of the oven.  The baked goodness will usually fill up your kitchen and home with the greatest of aromas, all while teasing your taste buds.  Depending on how much you bake, your essential baking sheets can take a beating.  Even with the… Read more

Bubble Wrap Purse Shaper

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New Uses | Bubble Wrap Purse Shaper

I must tell you, it is a wonderful thing when you can find new uses for everyday items!  As most of you know, I collect vintage glass.  In doing so, I have accumulated a ton of bubble wrap and packing supplies.  Most of it gets stored away until I have to ship something; however, I… Read more

Reusing Spice Bottles

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Household Tips | Reusing Spice Jars

It is always a good thing when you can come up with new uses for old or depleted items.  For example, reusing spice bottles offers us a variety of storage options for many different things!  When you have used all the spice in the bottle, give them a good wash – and dry them thoroughly. … Read more

Why You Need a Cookie Scoop

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Kitchen Tools | Why you need a cookie scoop!

If you like to bake cookies, then you really need a Cookie Scoop! Why?  Because using a quality scoop will create cookies that are the same size, ensuring even and consistent baking results.  They will transform into bake-shop quality showstoppers – worthy of gifting.  With just a scoop, squeeze, and release … you will be… Read more

How to Clean Pleated Lampshades

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Household Chores | How to Clean Pleated Lampshades

Lampshades can sometimes be difficult to dust, especially if they are pleated.  While a vacuum with a dusting-brush attachment will certainly work, I have found a much simpler solution.  It is not as cumbersome as using a vacuum, and most people already have one sitting in their toolbox – a clean paint brush.  I have… Read more