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March 2013 Archives

Cleaning Plasma Screens

posted by sballou

* Unplug the power cord first. * Wipe screen and remote control with a dry microfiber cloth. * NEVER use any cleaning solvent on the screen. Unless recommended by the manufacturer. * Vacuum or dust the vents on the backside […]

Computer Mouse Needs Cleaning?

posted by sballou

* First, unplug the mouse. You don’t even have to take it apart! * Dip a cotton swab into white vinegar and spin the ball as you wipe the swab around it. Or, use a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol. […]

If Furniture is Scratched

posted by sballou

* Paste shoe polish that marches the furniture * Matching color crayon * Pecan meat that’s been rubbed in your hands first. This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (3) Happy (2) Better (2) Challenged (2)

How to Tell if a Pineapple is Ripe

posted by sballou

1. Pick the pineapple up and sniff the bottom, which should have a sweet smell. 2. Next, pull out a leaf, which should come out easily, which indicates it’s ripe. This post makes me feel…Inspired (4) Motivated (6) Happy (3) Better (1) Challenged (1)

Extending the Life of Cottage Cheese and Sour Cream

posted by jgordon1

* Make sure the lids are on tight, which prevents air from getting inside. * Turn them upside down to store in the refrigerator. Put in a bowl just is case the lid does not seal tightly. This post makes […]

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Preventing Kitchen Fire Hazards
If you are using a number of kitchen appliances, like slow cookers or electric frying pans, it’s important to check the cords often because they can become fire dangers. Here’s why: 1. When using a slow cooker that’s going to be plugged in all day, be sure the cords are not frayed or damage

posted 8:00:37am Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Orange-Colored Stains
Spaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them: 1. Use a clean, cotton cloth and dampen it with water and moisten with a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of

posted 8:00:31am Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Making Better Popcorn
Popcorn is such a wonderful snack for the family. Ever think about how it pops? The dried corn pop opens when heated because the moisture inside the hull vaporizes, causing pressure. When it reaches 400 degrees, the hull bursts open 35 times its size. Here’s how to make it fluffier and better:

posted 8:00:19am Apr. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Knives for Your Kitchen
As most of us know, one of a cook’s best friends in the kitchen is a quality, sharp knife. In fact, you really can do most everything—cutting, dicing and chopping—with just three knives. Here’s the cutting edge info on the three: 1. A long chef’s knife will be the best for slicing and

posted 8:00:54am Apr. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Baking Soda as Fire Extinguisher
When baking soda is on sale, buy extra boxes to keep in your kitchen. You can use it to contain small grease or oil cooking fires. Here’s how-to use it most effectively in an emergency: 1. If you see small flames, try to turn off the stove. 2. Then move back away from it and toss a handful of

posted 8:00:47am Apr. 10, 2014 | read full post »


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