Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs and Dying Brown Eggs

Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs and Dying Brown Eggs

After raising hens with large brown eggs, I thought I must be crazy to feel I had to buy white eggs to dye for Easter.  After all, could brown eggs REALLY hold color like a white egg?  The answer to the question is YES!  Not only can the brown eggs hold the color, but the color is deeper and richer BECAUSE of the eggs being brown. However, with fresh eggs becomes a challenge with hardboiling.  WHY? I discovered very quickly that attempting to boil fresh eggs led to a peeling…

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Fixing SYMMONS Shut Off Valve Leak

Fixing SYMMONS Shut Off Valve Leak

In the course of doing repairs, it seems once you start working on one thing, another thing can go wrong. Silly me turning the water off to the washing machine while I was painting.  What was I thinking? When I purchased the house, the shut off valve was one that I personally hadn’t used.  It was made by a company called SYMMONS, and the water pressure that came out of it was impressive.  However, after more than 25 years, it seems the shut off part of it started to corrode and…

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What My Garden Taught Me About People

What My Garden Taught Me About People

I’m not a gardener.  I love to garden, but I don’t profess to be an expert nor do I have the world’s best green thumb.  What I do have is a little knowledge from growing vegetables over the years.  Moving from a climate in Virginia that had a much longer growing season made it difficult to adjust to New York.  However, I thought I’d get ahead of myself this year, and I started planting seeds indoors WAY before planting season.  I waited SO long for tomatoes last year that I…

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Fixing a Samsung Galaxy 5 Phone

Fixing a Samsung Galaxy 5 Phone

This isn’t something I ever thought I would delve into or attempt.  I use to buy insurance on phones, and then decided that I could buy a new phone every year with all the insurance payments.  It seemed like the right thing to do when the kids were younger, but why bother now? My eldest daughter’s phone was smashed.  I’ve NEVER attempted to repair phone glass or anything else, and, laugh if you will, but I didn’t even realize that people had their phone glass repaired until my sister-in-law had…

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Dining Room Do Over – How to Remove Urine Stains from Hardwood Flooring

Dining Room Do Over – How to Remove Urine Stains from Hardwood Flooring

Our house came with plenty of problems.  I was told the previous owner had nine dogs that were kept inside after a neighbor complained.  The result was urine damage to the floors. The floors were a honey color, and I wanted something more rustic.  What I REALLY wanted to do was attempt to save the original flooring.  I rented a floor sander and sanded the layer away, but the urine stains remained.  A real estate agent suggested that I make the floors black, but it wasn’t the route I was…

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From Starter to Finish

From Starter to Finish

Searching for your first place can be daunting.  We live in a HGTV, DIY world where shows exist that teach we can have everything we want for a minimal price with some sort of five week turnover. The truth of the matter is this isn’t true.  Most of us don’t have a team of people to fix up a house of our choice.  Most of us don’t have friends with their own HGTV show who can do a turnover for us within a two month period with a total revamping…

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Revamping an Old Chandlier

Revamping an Old Chandlier

My house has a two story open entry way that had a small brass chandelier in view of a window.  That chandelier was a bad size for the area it was located.  With a foyer that open and tall, I knew I could get away with something large. I love the wrought iron type of look.  However, purchasing a wrought iron chandelier that is four feet high would be ridiculous.  The weight of such an adventure would surely be problematic with me having to hire  a crew to help.  Even though…

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Restoring a Wrap Around Porch

Restoring a Wrap Around Porch

When we purchased this home, I really underestimated the amount of work that needed to be done.  The wrap around porch was something that I didn’t look closely at because it seemed to be in decent condition. Of course, I’ve really questioned our judgment with a few things regarding this home.  The first being the home inspector we hired who was 85 years old and working more for a real estate agent than us.  I’m not saying his age prevented a good evaluation.  However, it did prevent him from looking…

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Blackberry Brownie Cheesecake Pie

Blackberry Brownie Cheesecake Pie

    I was feeling creative and had this idea in my mind.  I wanted to create a pie with a brownie layer and cheesecake layer from scratch (no boxes), and came up with this idea.  Milk chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips would work as well.  This is a mildly sweet pie, so if you’re the kind of person who takes frosting off a cake, you’ll enjoy this.  If you hate making pie crusts, then purchase one frozen.  The pie isn’t a significant riser, so you’ll have enough room…

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Unfinished Projects Completed – Bathroom

Unfinished Projects Completed – Bathroom

My husband loves the reality television shows about Alaska.  He pointed out to me one day that a means of survival requires a dependence on the good will of neighbors.  Neighbors are essential and crucial to get repairs done or get help when you need it when you’re in the Alaskan frontier.  I’ve never been to Alaska, but, in theory, I think it would be great if we all used our skills and talents.  Bartering seems to be a thing of the past, yet seems so ideal were we all…

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