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Double Boilers: What they are, and how they're used!
A double boiler is one of those pieces of kitchen equipment that always seems to crop up around the holiday seasons, and generally there is little information included on how a newcomer is even supposed to begin. They are quite simple to use, and you…
Anacampseros
Anacampseros is a genus consisting of a number of species of small perennial succulent plants, native to South Africa with one species from Australia. The botanical name Anacampseros is an ancient one for herbs supposed to restore lost love. The plan…
Anacampseros Rufescens
Family: Portulacaceae Genus: Anacampseros anakKAMseros Species: Rufescens rooFESenz Height Can grow to just under 6 inches 15 cm Hardiness Will excel in USDA Zones 9b11 25F40F Sun Exposure Sun to Partial Shade or Light…
How Not to Cut a Tree
There is so much information on the Internet on how to cut trees, but you will seldom find information on how NOT to cut a tree. If you do not follow the rules of tree felling, especially in London, you could injure yourself or cause damage to your p…
Spearo from Chesterfield, VA asks, "For the first time this…
Bestofour from Monroe, NC Responds Hi Spearo, and welcome. Usually sweet potatoes are ready to harvest when the leaves and ends of the vines have started turning to yellow, but you can leave them in the ground up until the fall frost. The vines defi…
Emily asks, "My recipe calls for Cooking Sherry, I have…
Well, Emily, if you have Apple Cider on hand you could use it as a direct replacement, or if using apple cider vinegar, cut the amount to onehalf of what is called for and replace the remainder with water.
Too Many Dogs Asks, "I have several dogs that have…
Tina from California Responds I really cannot think of anything that would compete against dogs; my best suggestion would be to divide the space into two or more yards that you could alternate using to let growth recover. Not a perfect solution, I k…
HyperFerret from Arkansas Asks My fountain has green algae constantly…
Dianne from Texas Responds I was thinking of getting a bird bath or a fountain so I was doing research on placement, cleaning, mosquito's etc. What I found on algae build up is part placement, part lack of enough oxygen, and part cleaning; a wate…
Rita from Ohio Asks, "I'm not sure what the differences…
Joclyn from Pennsylvania Responds A Sedum is a succulent, but not all succulents are sedums though. There are even some plants that have both succulent and nonsucculent varieties such as the pepperomia, for example. Margaret from New York Resp…
Gallery Overhaul
I'm happy to say that I've just put the finishing touches on the Gallery system; it'll now properly list items by their pages, and the newer design makes it a lot easier to navigate. Due to some Facebook updates over the last couple of months, sev…
Hardiness Index Overhaul
This week we have overhauled the Hardiness Zones feature of our site to support International Zones, we also have a cleaner display for the various North American zones that we've listed in the past. We have also added some data for Baltic States,…
Forum Upgrade September, 2016
We have been beta testing the initial builds of the new version of the UBB.threads forum software here for some time; one thing that's been holding us back from the latest updates which also include updates for mobile users has been that the new da…
August 2016 Front End Update
In the coming weeks we'll be applying updates to the main site not the forum which can break several sections; we're aware that certain areas may not even work until the update has been completed. We will keep you informed as the near completion…
Server Update
It has come to our attention that the Captcha image on the forum hasn't been loading for all users due to an inconsistency with the ImageMagick library on the server; this issue has been rectified this afternoon and should no longer plague users atte…
What is the "What Did I Send" "What Did…
The "What Did I Send" and "What Did I Receive" boxes are for you to note for both the user and the administration what you sentreceived. The sender will not see your note until you mark that you received your package. The recipient will not see y…
I cannot see the user information!
On a User to User event you'll have access to user information once a user has been assigned to you. On an Organizer event, only the specified event organizer has access to user information. On an open event, all users have access to the addres…
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Sweet Potato Pie
Prep Time: 30m Cook Time: 1h 50m Ready In: 2h 20m Ingredients 1 1 pound sweet potato 12 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 12 cup milk 2 eggs 12 teaspoon ground nutmeg 12 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract …
Sweet Potato Bread
Ingredients 1 12 cups white sugar 12 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 34 cups sifted allpurpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 14 teaspoon salt 12 teaspoon ground cinnamon 12 teaspoon ground nutmeg 13 cup water 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet…
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time: 5 m Cook Time: 35 m Ready In: 40 m Ingredients 4 pounds sweet potatoes, quartered 1 14 cups margarine 1 14 cups brown sugar 3 cups miniature marshmallows, divided ground cinnamon to taste ground nutmeg to taste Direct…
Campbell's Green Bean Casserole
This traditional casserole made with cut green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and French fried onions is the perfect addition to your holiday table. Makes: 12 servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Ready In: 40 minutes Ingr…
Baked Zucchini Chips
Ingredients 1 Large Zucchini, sliced into thin rounds 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil 1 Teaspoon Pink Sea Salt or sprinkle to taste 1 Teaspoon Pepper or sprinkle to taste 1 Dash of Paprika to taste Instructions 1. Preheat your oven to 450…
How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When…
Theres a new threat in town, and it's only twelve inches tall. How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack is the only comprehensive survival guide that will help you prevent, prepare for, and ward off an imminent home invasion by the common garden gnome…
Handmade Swedish Tomte, Santa Scandinavian Gnome Plush
HANDCRAFTED AND SCANDINAVIAN DESIGNED Gnome, also known as a Tomte or Nisse, is originally designed by Swedish artist. Each one is individually handmade with lots of love! HOLIDAY GIFTS The adorable plush gnome is traditionalist and perfec…
RaisedBed Vegetable Gardening Made Simple
Framed raised beds and a modular approach to growing vegetables means more production in less space and with less work. Whether you live in a small city apartment or on a large country estate, youll find something in this book to help with your sp…
Bird Quest 18" Super Twirl Spiral and Twirl a Squirrel…
Patented spiral perch attracts more birds and allows more birds to feed TwirlaSquirrel feature is safe does not harm birds or squirrels Squirrel's weight on feeder activates a motor which gently twirls him off! No need to purchase "spe…
Fiskars Uproot Weed and Root Remover
Fiskars' standup weeder makes it easy to remove invasive plants from your lawn without kneeling, bending over, or using harsh, costly herbicide. Serrated, stainlesssteel claws penetrate tough soil to grab weeds by the root for clean removal, and an…
SAHM
Abbreviation for "Stay At Home Mom" Billy's mom doesn't work outside the house, she's a sahm.
Meter
A Meter US, or Metre internationally is a unit of length in the International System of Units. One Meter is equivalent to that of 3.28 Feet or 39.37 Inches.
Vermiculite
Vermiculite is a sterile soil amendment created when the mineral "mica" has been heated to the point of expansion like popcorn through exfoliation. Vermiculite makes a good addition to container potting mixes as it will help retain moisture and air…
Variegation
Variegation is the appearance of differently colored zones in the leaves, and sometimes the stems, of plants. This may be due to a number of causes. Some variegation is attractive and ornamental and gardeners tend to preserve these. The term is also …
Umbel
An umbel is an inflorescence which consists of a number of short flower stalks called pedicels which spread from a common point, somewhat like umbrella ribs. The arrangement can vary from being flat topped to almost spherical. Umbels can be simple …
Chinese Evergreen
Botanical Name: Aglaonema hybrids Chinese Evergreen is a member of the Aroid family Araceae, known for easytoplease foliage house plants. It is known to be a very adaptable plant, and tolerates low light, and dry air, better than most other hou…
China Doll Plant
Botanical Name: Radermachera sinica The China Doll plant is fairly new as a house plant. Introduced to garden centers in the 1980s, it quickly became popular because of its tolerance to the warm, dry, air of heated homes. Lush, emeraldgreen canopy …
Cat Palm Tree
Botanical Name: Chamaedorea Cataractarum Cat palm tree makes a dramatic house plant and is easy to grow if you give it what it needs. This lush, tropical palm will thrive in bright light, and would thrive in a sunroom, or in front of a sunny w…
Cast Iron Plant
Botanical Name: Aspidistra elatior As its common name suggests, Cast Iron Plant is tough; it will survive low light, infrequent watering, and extreme heat that would be deadly to most plants. In fact, it practically thrives on neglect. Take care t…
Cardboard Palm Tree
Botanical Name: Zamia furfuracea The Cardboard Palm Tree only looks like a palm; it is a Cycad, native to Mexico, and is much easier to please indoors than a real palm because of its tolerance of dry air. Place your Zamia furfuracea in a sunny …
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