Help me think of some simple gestures of appreciation for a friend who is giving me free music lessons. [more inside]
I have three big, lightweight, plastic spheres, and want to turn them into a three-light swag-type fixture. It would be cool to have all three controlled by one switch (kinda like a three-way floor lamp). Is there an easy way to do this? [more inside]
Are there any delicious treats or confections that can be made without refined sugar or white flour that can be mailed? [more inside]
What are your favorite salty, vegetarian, shelf-stable snack recipes, made entirely from scratch? [more inside]
My wife is making these pretzels for our party tomorrow. How much of the process can be completed tonight and chilled in the fridge to be finished in the morning so that the pretzels are hot and fresh for kickoff? Can they be shaped and chilled tonight then allowed to come to room temp before boiling?
I'm hoping some of you have had some success with homemade cat food recipes. Can anybody share their experiences? Either raw or cooked recipes are fine with me. [more inside]
How can I estimate the nutritional values for homemade yogurt? [more inside]
I want to make lots of neat little gifts to give friends for Christmas. I'd like these gifts to be useable, elegant, consumable, and grown-up (not decorative, artsy-fartsy crafty crap). My recipients are Pragmatic New Englanders, and would be irked receiving potpourri, eye pillows, embroidered towels, door-hangings, pine-cone-bird feeders, or anything of that ilk. Hence: consumables. In the past I've had past successes making figgy pudding with brandy butter and a collection of homemade ketchups, relishes, mustards, and chutneys, but this year I want to move out of the kitchen. Blow me away with millions of amazing little home-made gift suggestions. [more inside]
Since London's fickle summer is in full swing, I need recipes for dishes that can be eaten either hot or cold. [more inside]
Help me fancy up my homemade corn tortillas! [more inside]
Calling all sniffers, Does anyone know the different smells that go into getting Kiehls wonderful scent for their "Ultimate Man" Body Scrub Soap? [more inside]
How do I make BBQ flavoring for potato chips? [more inside]
Does anyone know the difference between, and good instructions for, flavored and infused liqueurs? [more inside]
Homemade condiment preservation without canning. I've made ketchup, hot sauce, and worcestershire sauce in the past. All the recipes say to store the finished product in the refrigerator and use within a relatively short time. [more inside]
To all home brewers out there: Need help with a recipe. [more inside]
Home made bagels. Christmas bagels actually. [more inside]
What gift item can I make in or from jars without lids? [more inside]
Share your baby food recipes! [more inside]
What would I need to do to bake homemade rice krispies ? [more inside]
Quick Pizza: What is the fastest way that I can have a pizza-resembling thing in my mouth without buying anything premade? Rules allow for pre-making things at home, as long as those things keep and don't take up too much space. [more inside]
I'd like nutritional advice for homemade dog food and maybe treats, using easy-to-find ingredients. I haven't been able to find high quality commercial dog food where I live, so I make most of her food myself, but I would like to make her homemade food as healthy as I possibly can with the resources I have, which are somewhat limited. Current routine, and many(!) more details inside. [more inside]
What kind of filler should I use in the home-made microwaveable heat packs I'm making for holiday presents this year? [more inside]
Talented people making high quality goods (belts, wooden objects, pens, misc leather items , clothes, manuscript books, etc) at reasonable prices. [more inside]
I want to make my own homemade, raw meat (chicken and rabbit) cat food. My girlfriend thinks it's a bad idea. Almost everything I can find on the interwebs suggest that feeding a cat a BARF (biologically appropriate raw food) diet is healthy for the cat. This wiki suggests that there is no scientific evidence pointing to a clear resolution - in the references section there are some vets arguing one way or the other, but nothing concrete. Has anyone been there, done that, or have any other advice? [more inside]
To the Indian MeFites - and the non-indian chefs as well - what are your favorite family Indian recipes and what are some tricks in the preparation to give the food that authentic Indian taste. You know, rich, delicious, mouth-watering, and savoury to the point that eating becomes a spiritual experiece in itself. [more inside]
My dog loves dried sweet potato chews. They go for $20 a bag in the pet store even though the only ingredients are potatoes. It must be that I can make them at home for the cost of a potato. Do I need a fancy food dehydrator or can I just cut the potatoes up into thick pieces and put my oven on 200F for a many hours? Anyone have a specific recipe or experience making them? [more inside]
A big problem and a small problem with my home made ice cream ... [more inside]
What are some good, unique pizza toppings? [more inside]
Can I make an Ableton Live sound pack with my own samples? I have .aiff drum sounds that I want to make into a kit.
How do I make semi-professional, waterproof labels for handmade lip balm tubes? [more inside]
I want relatively crisp reheated food from the microwave. Can can I buy or make something to do this for me, like that silvery-coated paperboard that comes with frozen foods? [more inside]
Need advice on making the ultimate moisturizer. [more inside]
TowletteFilter: Is there a specific name for the paper/cloth used in towelettes, and where can I get a few hundred for homemade sunscreen/bug-repellant wipes?
How can I best store homemade blueberry muffins so that they'll last up to six days? [more inside]
Crafty MeFites: What can I do with a sturdy wooden box? [more inside]
I love Aquafina bottled water. There's something in it that makes it taste much different than other bottled waters. Still, it gets expensive. What's in it that makes it taste so nice and can I make my own at home? [more inside]
Nothing better accompanies the StuporBowl than a huge pile of ribs. My problem: I need a great ribs recipe. [more inside]
Halloween websites with tons and tons of pictures of homemade costumes? Google was not good to me... [more inside]
Is making your own soaps/lotions/oils/candles/etc. worth the time and trouble? [more inside]
What can I use to build the frame for a martial arts dummy? [more inside]
Homemade noise-reducing headphones. Link wanted, please. My Google-fu is failing me... [more inside]
Any experience with home soy milk makers? Packaged soy milk is so expensive, yet soybeans are pretty cheap, so I'm considering getting a home soy milk making machine. I did try making soy milk myself, manually, many years ago and was underwhelmed by the result, which tasted more like bean soup than milk, and it took a lot of time and effort and, apparently, skill. But these machines make it seem so easy even a child could do it and so cheap that I couldn't afford not to get one.
What is the best bass for a camping trip, short of an upright? I have one, but can't haul and house it in the woods. I also have an acoustic/electric guitar style Washburn bass, but it provides no bottom whatsoever. [more inside]
Suggestions on how to do handmade tshirts better? Or ideas on how to make them better that isn't handmade (let's avoid small or large run online tshirt places - too much cost. Labor is cheap) [more inside]
HomemadePizzaFilter. For the love of god, please help stop the cheese from sliding off. [More inside but stuffed crust is definitely out.] [more inside]
Inspired by this article (NYT, blah blah), I've decided that I'd like to learn to make tofu at home. I've done this very successfully with paneer (which at least looks like tofu), so I feel like this shouldn't be a problem. Anyone know anything about making tofu?
Ideas for birthday Cards. I'm pretty clumsy, and have little / no artistic ability, but I like to make my birthday and (in five months time) christmas cards. Does anybody have any simple / easy recipies for good birthday cards. [more inside]
Does anyone here know how to make a homemade Slurpee?
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