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Making Jam: How to Tell When Jam Is Set

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Making jam is simply heating fruit, sugar, lime or lemon juice, and a bit of time and patience to the mix.Making jam: A simple "spoon...

Room Makeover: Sleeping Porch to Orderly Office

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home office remodel
Confession: I'm no neatnik. Oh, you guessed as much?  Dang. I apparently posted one too many photographs exposing my penchant for clutter and collecting....

Best Way to Slice an Avocado

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avocado halves
You're likely thinking, "How to Slice an Avocado? Really Tom, really?" Trust me, I was reluctant to post this seemingly ridiculous tutorial, but I've...

How to Make a Better Fruit Fly Trap

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 Behold, a fruit fly trap that really works and doesn't require a mechanical engineering degree. With my countertops buckling under the weight of ripe produce,...

Video: The Best Way to Ripen Peaches

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Click on image to play video. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPeRAQqXmik] The most popular post on my blog (based on number of comments and views) is The Best Way...

How to Prune Raspberries: Instructions, Photos, and a Video

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Fallgold raspberry: a sachet of sweet and delectable perfume. Behold, the raspberry, the gold standard by which I judge other berries whether planted in my...

Storage Solutions: My Mom’s Bright (and Admittedly Good) Idea

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Storage Solutions and How to let the sunshine in on a window shelfMy mother is not one to sit idly by. After her last visit...

The Best Way to Cut Corn Off the Cob

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best way to cut fresh corn off the cob
The best way to cut corn off the cob begins with a cake pan. Fresh corn kernels, good as gold in my book. Even as I...

Summertime and the Pittin’ is Easy: A Better Way to Pit...

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An inexpensive tool and better way to pit cherries Did you know that Washington state grows more cherries than any other state? Yep, this is...

How to Make a Garden Fountain

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easy and simple way to build a water fountain for your garden
My fountain built in 2005, algae aged and still running. Garden Fountain: An Earthly Delight What's my sign? (I thought you'd never ask.) As a card-carrying,...