Monthly Archives: October 2010

Infrared Heaters

So you’ve seen the ads out there for these new, efficient infrared heaters, right?  Well, at Tri-County, we have a company that comes in and sells their units at our store about once a month during the fall and winter months.  It took around 4 visits before I was convinced that I needed one of these heaters.  I can honestly say that it is actually something worth your money 🙂 I use ours to heat the basement rec/family room during the winter, keeping it closed off from the rest of the house.  Then I’m able to turn the thermostat down upstairs and for the rest of the house, saving on my heating bill.   Our unit runs constantly (because I set the thermostat so high) and I did see a $25 increase in the electricity part of my gas/electric bill, but, I also saw a significant reduction in the natural gas part that totally made up for the additional electric.  So I guess if you have any doubts about these units, here’s my positive plug on them.  As a matter of fact, I let my brother borrow ours for a weekend and he ended up buying one, too 🙂

Carving Pumpkins… This might surprise you :-)

Over the weekend, we had a pumpkin carving party at my brothers house. We set the table up in the garage, lined up all the pumpkins and the fun began!  After Derrik got done drawing out his design, he went to the tool box and pulled out a drywall jab saw.  We looked at him and started laughing!  With a big smile on his face, Derrik went over to his pumpkin and commenced the cutting.  I couldn’t believe how well that worked!!  No more sharp, pointy knives or pumpkin carving kits for me!  A drywall jab saw is all you need!

Easy Meatballs

I learned this one from a friend of mine 🙂  Super, duper easy and yummy, too!
Here’s what you’ll need:

One package of frozen meatballs

Can of cream of mushroom soup

Small container of sour cream

Mix together in bowl, throw in crockpot until heated through… Seriously, that’s it!  If you like them a bit soupier, another can of cream of mushroom wouldn’t hurt.  I brought these to a Super Bowl party and they went over great 🙂

What to use when applying stain to wood….

It’s probably something you’ve got in a drawer somewhere…. or check the laundry room… I like to use old socks or cotton t-shirts 🙂  Everyone has them laying around (you know that missing sock pile?)  Use these to wipe on and wipe off when staining wood… The easy part is the clean up…. Just throw them away!! 

Removing Dry Erase Marker from Carpet

This one is simple.. And trust me, I know this one from experience 😉  Use straight isopropyl alchohol.  Dump it on the spot and blot dry… Do NOT rub, but blot…. works like a charm!  I found this out when Neysa got black marker on Mom and Dad’s white basement carpet… 🙂