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Saturday, September 16th, 2006
1:43 pm - What to do with comic book bags?

I'm not a mint-condition kind of girl, so I tend to keep my comics in the plastic/mylar bags at three-comics-to-a-bag.

Which means that I have a surplus. And they're just taking up space.

I can't recycle them in my area, and they're too small for bin bags, really, so does anyone else have any ideas on what to do with them?

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Thursday, September 7th, 2006
9:54 am - Fall garden?

I am wondering.

I live in SE Pennsylvania. I'm thinking of putting in a fall garden. For this area, what's the best time to plant, and what are the best plants for the area? Also, are there any late-season herbs that can take the cold?

Just wondering!

Thank you, and namarie',


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Saturday, April 29th, 2006
9:26 am - Mod change?

Is anyone interested in taking over as moderator for this community? It's clearly getting very little traffic and I wouldn't be dishonest if I said that it's required basically no work since I set it up, but I suspect it could be a more active community if the mod was willing to do something more than, well, nothing.

I won't delete the community if no one's willing to take it over or anything -- I'll just let it continue as it has.

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Sunday, April 16th, 2006
7:22 pm - Hi, hi, hi...

I'm new here, but not new to either a)my fandoms or b)my cleaning (heck i just did the bathroom today). I am pretty good with cleaning, but I have a problem.

Wheeeee! A QUESTION!Collapse )

Thanks for your answers and Namarie'.


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Sunday, March 19th, 2006
9:45 pm
prissy_girl Sorry if this is bad, didn't see anything in the rules, and it is a similar community:

X-posted with love :D

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Monday, February 13th, 2006
1:15 am - barley salad

I invented a recipe the other day on a whim, and it went over well, so I wanted to share it. It was basically a "I'm bored of winter; what summery food do I have in the house" recipe.

Barley Salad:

1 C barley (about 3-4 cups cooked)
1 can of black beans
1 bag of corn I froze last summer when I was a genius and planning ahead, but a bag of frozen corn should do as well
2 C frozen tomatoes I froze ditto, but a can of diced should do as well
Tossed with a little bit of olive oil (mine was spicy I infused with habaneros, so in the absence of spicy oil, maybe add some other heat, cayenne or something?), lots of cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper.

Yummy taste of summer in the snow!

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Friday, December 2nd, 2005
11:50 pm

This year, I have decided that I have altogether too many friends. Or, rather, that too many friends are going to be at various Holiday parties, including the one I'm hosting. And, being a student, I cannot possibly afford presents for everyone I WISH I could give presents to (and I acknowledge the fact that this is not reasonable). However, the fact is also that a lot of my friends are students, or in their 20s, getting established with their jobs, and not able to leave the city and go back to their families for the holidays. And most of them don't cook. Therefore, since I also love to cook, everyone is getting homemade cookies for the holidays. Different kinds, in tins. It will be glorious.

However, 3 of my friends are allergic to nuts. Therefore, I need cookie recipes (or, y'know, links or ideas or paths to follow) with recipes for holiday-ish cookies that don't have nuts in them. I've got gingerbread and sugar cookies. Something else, please? Help!

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Friday, September 16th, 2005
7:35 pm - Recipe request: quinces

I have 3 quince bushes in my yard - they were bought as ornamentals, but this year they have produced a bumper crop of fruit that I'm going to be harvesting this weekend. Anybody have any interesting recipes involving quinces? It's not a fruit I'm used to, and I have a whole mess of them to work with. (We only got half a dozen quinces last year and tried to make this paste that didn't work at all, so I'm hoping for a more reliable recipe to try.)

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
4:22 pm - Decorating ideas?

Can anyone point me toward some good websites that would have photos of cool things you can do when painting a room? I'm going to paint my office and I want to do something pretty and a bit unusual, but I don't have any ideas.

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Sunday, June 19th, 2005
9:50 am - Is there any body out there?


I have recently (like in the past week) began to feel like doing some home redecorating/improvments and want to start w/my bedroom.

One of the things I'd like to do is get a headboard, or make one, for my full size bed. Does anyone know of a shop (either in the U.S. or online) that sales headboards? Alternatively, does anyone have any recs for websites on making a headboard at an affordable price?


current mood: curious

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Monday, May 23rd, 2005
2:01 pm - Help!

I need a receipe or two my sick husband can cook. He's a wary cook in the first place and when he sick, he gets a foggy brain. I need to use up a metic ton of carrots and celery from a convention hopitality I got stuck with and some beef stew chunks. Then more kitchen staples, the better.

Much thanks,

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Sunday, February 27th, 2005
3:22 pm - Vacuum recs?

I have a Sharp upright vacuum that I purchased... huh, I guess going on five years ago now. It was supposed to be top of the line, highest recommended, best buy yadda yadda, and frankly it's driven me nuts for years. Which is esp annoying considering how much I paid for it.

The problem is the fan belt. I can use the hose part of the vacuum with no problem, and in that regard it's downright magical. But try to actually do something crazy like vacuum a floor and I can't go more than two feet without the fan belt slipping off. Cue me turning off the vacuum, walking back to the wall to unplug it, taking the vac apart, putting the belt on, putting the vac back together, back to the wall to plug it on, turn the vac upright again, turn it on, vacuum about two feet and... cue me doing that all over again.

You can see why this is annoying.

I bought a new belt and that one still slips off. I suppose I could take it in for repairs but the last time I did that all the guy did was put the belt on for me and charge me about thirty bucks for the honor.

So here's my questions:

1) Am I missing a really obvious cause for why the fan belt keeps slipping? Ideally a cause I can fix on my own? Bear in mind that the vacuum automatically adjusts to carpet height and my carpet is a very low berber style, so it's not that the machine is getting caught in a thick shag or anything. Also bear in mind that there's a new belt in there as of two hours ago, so replacing the belt doesn't do it.

2) Should I spend the money to try to get it repaired again? The last time I did this was a while ago, so I can't take it back and ask the guy to fix it for free under the premise that his previous fix didn't work. I'd have to pay all over again. Which I'd do if it would actually fix the problem, but if not...

3) Should I give up on using this vac for my carpets and take the money I would have spent on repairing it and put it towards buying another, albeit cheaper, vacuum?

I have to admit #3 is running high on my list of possibles, because I currently have a credit on my Amazon account which, when combined with the free shipping, could get me a cheap but hopefully servicable vacuum for about the same price as I'd spend on repairing a vacuum I hate with a firey passion. I can still use the old vacuum for cleaning the furniture and various nooks and crannies, so all the new one would have to handle is the rug. Which, again, is not that difficult a rug to deal with.

If so...

4) Anybody have any recs on good, affordable vacuums? (ideally ones that don't mind getting pet hair out of carpets) =)

Thanks in advance!

(xposted to my own LJ and fan_domestics)

current mood: discontent

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Sunday, February 6th, 2005
10:33 am - Quick baking question

How many tablespoons are in a stick of butter?

I ask because, here in the UK, you don't get sticks of butter. And I can't remember how many tablespoons are in one. Is it eight? Six? Eleventy?

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Friday, January 28th, 2005
2:24 pm - New site Homes for sale by owner (fsbo) in USA on MiaDomo.com
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Thursday, January 27th, 2005
8:52 pm - Ack! Pie failure.

So, I tried to make Alton Brown's Lemon Meringue Pie. 'Tried' being the key word, as the lemon curd part didn't set up.

I made a different crust, a sort of butter-flour-confectioner's-sugar affair that I use for lemon bars. I find it hard to believe that that had anything to do with the failure. I don't think it was a length of cooking issue, since if anything I left in the oven a bit too long, to the point where the meringue ended up a bit more tan than golden.

I felt like I followed the lemon curd part of the recipe pretty well. The water-cornstarch-sugar mixture thickened up beautifully, so I think the problem came during the whisk-into-egg-yolks or cook on low for another minute sections. Should I have had it bubbling gently during that last minute? Ought it to have thickened up then?

I'm figuring it's safe to eat, since the meringue was well cooked and the egg yolk in the lemon part had boiling thickener whisked into it and then cooked at 375 for 12 minutes. If anyone thinks it might be akin to eating raw egg and I should toss it, speak now or forever... um, listen to me whine about being ill.

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Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
11:37 am - Bathtub and shower liners?

Does anyone have one of these? They're like a huge plastic insert that goes over your bathtub and tile walls. Are they hard to keep clean? Are there things about them you like or hate?

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8:16 pm

I have a chili plant, which I am delighted about because a cat dug up my patch an I didn't expect any of the seeds to live. However, it's very small at this stage and it's got about nine flowers on it. I'm not convinced that the poor wee thig will be able to support the fruit from nine flowers. Does anyone know anything about gardening? My fingers are decidedly non-green, but I have a hunch I should nip off the flowers in order to save the plant.

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