Removing Spray Paint Over-Spray From Wood

One of our new home improvement projects requires a black wall to start with. (More on that next week!) Spray painting the wall black was easy, but when I removed the painter's tape from the edge, I realized my mistake. There was more over-spray than I expected, and it was quite obvious against the light wood.

So what's a DIY girl to do? I grabbed a bottle of olive oil and two microfiber cloths. A small amount of olive oil gives the wood a slick surface to start with.

Then I took a plastic scraper, this one from our kitchen sink, and wrapped it in another cloth. This protects the wood so you won't be able to gouge the wood or the finish. The scraper will peel away the paint and the cloth collects and traps it so you won't spread it to other parts of the wood surface.

A little bit of elbow grease was all it took to scrape away the dried paint.

I know the popular thing now is to do as little work as you can to accomplish the same job, but in this case that shouldn't…

Cheesy Ground Beef And Cornbread Casserole

Here's a fun challenge for this week: see what meals you can make using only the ingredients you already have in the house. Raid the pantry, see what's in the refrigerator and empty the freezer. You'll probably find several meals hiding here, just like I did.

A few pantry items and two pounds of ground beef from the freezer all came together to complete this tasty, filling meal. So get creative and see what you can whip up.

2 boxes cornbread mix
1 1/3 cups milk
2 eggs
2 pounds ground beef
mesquite grill seasoning
1 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp honey mustard
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 15-ounce can whole corn, drained
1 1/2 cups shredded colby jack cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Prepare cornbread batter by combining mix, milk and eggs. Pour into prepared baking dish.

3. Bake cornbread at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

4. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet with mesquite seasoning.

5. Add mustard, ke…

A Week Of Rekindling The Fire

Last month when our teens girls Bible study met here at the house, we took them up to the burn pile for a bonfire. We had pans full of bratwurst and went back up to make s'mores. To teens, this apparently means putting a marshmallow on a stick and then setting it on fire. Some of them skipped the other ingredients and focused on the flaming marshmallows.

What was interesting, though, was watching them try to roast the bratwurst and the marshmallows. It wasn't an overly hot day, but the fire was burning incredibly high and fast. Even when it was down to coals, it was difficult stand within arm's length to heat their food. I had to laugh as they stretched and leaned and tried to find a way to cook their meal without scorching their eyebrows.
As we stood there watching the flames together, it was the perfect time to talk about the flames of hell.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquit…

Getting A Handle On Your Pet's Shedding

A few years ago it was easy to stay on top of the dog hair in the house because we had two black dogs, mostly dark-colored clothes and light carpet. As soon as I saw black lab fur on the cream carpet, I would pull out the vacuum cleaner and take care of it. Part of our evening routine included grooming the girls and getting rid of all that excess fur.

Then along came Molly. Where the girls had black fur, Molly has light brown fur that shows up like neon lights on our dark clothing. Black labs have a dense undercoat that combs out easily, but Great Danes have this fluffy hair that falls out if you look at it funny. Everything we had done before to control the shedding situation went out the window because Molly is apparently the exception to all rules - in more ways than one.

So here is my arsenal of fur fighting tools. It takes some time and effort, but it's worth it for humans and puppy alike.

* Fur brush: It doesn't pick up and hold her fur, but it loosens it and makes it e…

A Flashback To Childhood

While looking for something completely and totally different this week, I came across a box of toys and games from when I was little. I had just been talking to someone recently about how everything we loved as a kid is popular again, and this box confirmed my theory.

This is the very first sticker book I ever had. You can tell that I made it myself, and I even counted them all and have the number written on the back cover. I got them for accomplishments at my piano lessons and for finishing my chores. 

 I still collect stickers, but they're now in a big bag in the craft room and I claim it's in the name of my business. Mostly I just like stickers. Obviously I always have.

One of the thrills of my surprise box was one of my favorite beginner books. My grandparents gave it to me for my second birthday, and I still have it memorized. Books are very, very special to me, and finding the Little Golden Book version of it at a thrift store recently made me smile.

These books still h…

The Do's and Don'ts On Donuts

Donuts always take me back to my childhood. Growing up I always had a different kind of donut with my cereal and banana each morning. My favorite is still a white cream-filled long john, although I really like apple fritters. And cake donuts. And all the ones with cream inside - not pudding, though. The white fluffy stuff.

Ok, so pretty much all donuts. I'll admit it.

Making donuts at home is super easy, and I've shared several of my recipes with you here.

* peanut butter mini donuts with marshmallow icing

* baked cinnamon donuts with cinnamon sugar topping

* chocolate and coffee doughnuts with coffee glaze

* baked cake mix doughnuts

* baked doughnuts with cinnamon and nutmeg

Whether you spell it donut or doughnut, or you like them baked or fried, they're a great treat - and not just at breakfast!

Here are just a few tips I've learned from my adventures in donuts.

1. When you're baking donuts, don't overfill the pan. If you do, the bottoms fill up and you lose…

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