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How To Get Rid of Drain Flies

For two weeks, I have been battling small, flying bugs in the kitchen.  My normal methods to get of fruit flies were not working on these bugs, and I soon realized they were not, in fact, fruit flies at all.  They are a similar looking flying insect commonly called drain flies.  They are small moths that breed in standing water and in your drains. Unlike fruit flies, drain flies are not attracted to fly strips or vinegar traps.  I was at my wit's end with these buggers.  I had to keep my kitchen meticulously clean at all times -- not an easy feat with three kids! -- and they still did not go away. So I turned to Google for an answer.  I found out they were actually a small moth, and they live in wet places like a dish rag left on the counter or a drain.  They especially love a clogged drain.  The only real advice I could find to get rid of drain flies was to seal any plumbing leaks and unclog your drain with a foaming drain cleaner.  The foam cleans out all of the drain to flu

Three Tier Wedding Cake SVG

This is a simple wedding cake SVG file, but I used it to make an elegant wedding shower card.  You could also use beads or lace to decorate it for a beautiful card or scrapbook layout. For personal use only.  Please do not share the file.  You are welcome to share this page with your friends if they want the file.  Thank you for respecting my time as a blogger. Download the file here .   I have a different version of a wedding cake available here . 

Homemade Grape Jelly From Grape Juice Recipe

My kids are on a no high fructose corn syrup or food dye diet, so I have to make many of their favorite foods.  Homemade jelly sounds difficult, but it is very easy to make.  Promise.  I made two batches tonight in under an hour including clean up.  I make my grape jelly with grape juice, so it takes even less time than making other jellies or jams. If you buy a box of Sure Jell from the store, it really isn't cheaper to make your own , but the taste is worth it.  I am fortunate enough to live by Amish country, so I buy pectin in bulk.  A 1.75 ounce box of Sure Jell is $2.99 at the grocery store.  A 1.78 pound bag of bulk pectin is $5.14!  If you do buy bulk pectin, 1/3 of a cup equals one box of Sure Jell. I use the quick and easy freezer jelly recipe from Sure Jell.  I have done cooked jelly, but the quick version is just as tasty.  It doesn't set up quite as hard, but it definitely works for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Ingredients 3 cups grape juice 5

Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe No HFCS or Dyes

I have one child on the spectrum and one with Sensory Processing Disorder, so we avoid high fructose corn syrup and food dyes.  One will only drink milk with chocolate, and both like chocolate with their ice cream treat.  Even though they don't get it often, I wanted to make my own chocolate syrup recipe without any artificial ingredients.  It only takes a few minutes to prepare and only uses five ingredients!  The best part?  It tastes even better than store bought syrup! Ingredients 1/2 cup cocoa  1 cup water 2 cups white sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon vanilla Directions 1.  In medium to large saucepan, whisk cocoa powder and water. It will clump at first.  Whisk until there are no lumps.   2.  Heat over high heat and whisk until cocoa is completely dissolved.   3.  Add sugar and keep whisking. 4.  Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 3 minutes.  Keep whisking. See how it bubbled up?  That's why you need a big saucepan for 2 cups of

Home Remedy For Bee Stings

Earlier this week, we discovered a rather large yellow jacket nest in the front flower bed.  We are on day 3, and there are still several hundred bees swarming around.  We put the first application of Sevin Dust on last night, and we expect that to kill quite a few today. I thought I was safe to water my plants on the front porch this morning, but I got stung on the finger.  I used an old home remedy for bee stings that I read about on the Internet several years ago, but, fortunately, never had to try.  I'm happy to say that it stopped the pain immediately, and an hour later, I am still pain free! What You Need Ice Baking soda Meat tenderizer Bowl Water Directions Put ice on the spot immediately to control swelling.  Mix equal parts baking soda and meat tenderizer in a bowl.  I used about a tablespoon of each.  This does not have to be exact.  Add enough water to make a thick paste.   Spread the paste all over the sting. Let dry before rinsing off. If y

In This Home SVG File For SCAL or MTC

I bought a 12x12 tile about 3 years ago, and I've been waiting to find the perfect quote.  I saw this in a store and made my own SVG file to cut with my Cricut.  This is sized for a 12x12 tile, but you could break it apart and move around the words. I would like to show the finished project, but me and the transfer tape, uh, got in a bit of a fight.  The transfer tape won. In this home we do second chances.  We do grace.  We do real.  We do I'm sorrys.  We do mistakes.  We do hugs.  We do love.  We are family. Download SVG Download SCAL2 file for Sure Cuts a Lot

Homemade Dog Shampoo Recipe

When you buy commercial dog shampoo, it can be loaded with artificial colors, fragrances, and chemicals. It's easy to make a natural shampoo for your pet that gives him a shiny, soft coat. If your dog has sensitive skin, homemade shampoo will not irritate his skin and may help him heal. Do not use shampoo made for humans on your dog because dogs require a different pH than do people. Also, do not use your pooch's shampoo on your cat. Since cats groom themselves, they can ingest essential oils that did not rinse completely. Natural Shampoo Recipe This recipe is great for your dog's regular baths. It will leave him with soft, shiny fur. The vinegar lowers the pH to a safe level for your pet. Glycerin is a humactant, so it draws moisture from the air to your dog's skin to keep it moisturized. Ingredients 1 cup regular dish soap 1 cup distilled vinegar 4 cups water 1/3 cup glycerin Directions Mix all ingredients well. Wash dog as you normally would. Av

To Die For Whole Chicken In A Crock Pot

I adapted this recipe from a few different recipes.  It's not an exact recipe; I use what I have on hand, and I don't measure when I cook.  Feel free to add more or less depending on what you have or your family's taste.  Since the prep work is done the night before, it takes almost no time to prepare this the day you cook it.  I like to make this whole chicken in the Crock Pot, but you could make bake it in the oven for a crispy outside. Ingredients One whole chicken (innards removed) 1/4 cup salt 1 tablespoon peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 to 1 teaspoon thyme Onion, chopped 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Water Directions Fill a large sauce pan about 3/4 full of water.  Add salt, peppercorns, onion and spices.  Add whatever vegetables you have to make a broth.  I like to use carrots and celery, but it tastes great without them, too. Bring to a boil on high heat.  Reduce heat to medium, cover and let simmer for an hour.  Turn off heat and let cool

Vinyl POW MIA Flask

I made this flask for my husband for Christmas.  I found the image online and converted it to a SVG.  Unfortunately, I can't find the image right now, and the link is on my old laptop.  If I do find it, I will update this post with a link. I used Wall Pops from Home Depot for the vinyl.  It cuts in the Cricut perfectly and transfers great!  This was a very easy project and my 9-year-old completed it in about 10 minutes.  Shhhh...don't tell hubby that!

Upcycled Bird Cage

I can post again!  Got a new laptop, so I'm back.  Yay!   Here's just one project I worked on while I was gone.  I picked up this wood bird cage at a thrift store for $4! Squeeee!  I'm sure no one saw the potential in this baby! Cell phone pic -- I was too excited to get a good pic! This thing had been painted multiple times, and quite a few coats stuck together on the wires.  I sanded it and used a wire brush to remove the big chunks.  Then I primed and painted.  That took forever to get both sides of the wires and the inside.  Just when I thought I was done, I'd pick it up and find more white.   After I got it all black, I realized it needed something.  I used fishing line to attach my Amy Butler chickadees   die cuts inside and lined the bottom with coordinating Amy Butler paper.   This is it now!  I am absolutely in love.  I hung it in my foyer, so it's the first thing you see when you walk in.  Oddly, no one seems to be as in love with it