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October 2013 Archives

Storing Canned Goods

posted by sballou

If you are setting up your first pantry, here are some hints on how to make the canned goods last longer and stay fresher. * Don’t store canned goods in the basement close to a furnace or steam pipes. * […]

Halloween Dessert Decoration

posted by sballou

If you are making a variety of desserts for Halloween likes cupcakes, cakes, cookies or even ice cream, to save time, try these easy ideas for decorating them. * To create a pumpkin or scary faces like skulls, use mini […]

Floral Arranging

posted by sballou

If you are going to arrange silk or dried flowers in a big vase, here are several hints to help make this decorative foliage more stable. * Put sand or cat-box litter in the vase to hold the arrangement in […]

Easy Halloween Goodies

posted by sballou

If you have to bake Halloween treats for your children’s school, here’s an idea that your children’s classmates and friends will love! They’re just a tad different and that will delight them. 1. Bake cupcakes in ice cream cones with […]

Fast After-School Snack

posted by sballou

When your children come home from school, they often are hungry. Here’s a quick and easy nosh they can make. Keep a package of flour tortillas and also a package of individually wrapped processed-cheese singles on hand. Teach them how […]

Garbage Disposal Stinks?

posted by sballou

The garbage disposal is such an indispensable item in our kitchens. And with daily use and abuse, it can accumulate all those food odors. Here’s what to do to contain and prevent them. * At least weekly, grind all those […]

When Using Flour for Cooking

posted by sballou

When you buy flour in paper packages, where and how do you store it in your kitchen? You can keep it the original packaging or put it into a sealed plastic or glass containers. Also you can store it in […]

Previous Posts

Out of Milk? What to Do!
It happens all too often, you are making a recipe, and discover that you don’t have one of the ingredients. What to do at the last minute? Check your pantry! Here are several substitutions you can make for the 1 cup of milk called for in the recipe—which you don’t have! 1. Mix nondairy coff

posted 8:00:17am Oct. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Drinking Glasses Cloudy?
What do you do if take drinking glasses out of the dishwasher and suddenly notice that they are cloudy—even though they are clean? Here’s how to check to see if the cloudiness caused by etching or can be removed. Here is the Heloise way to find out if drinking glasses have a hard-water buildu

posted 8:00:48am Oct. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Digital Photos? How to Make Them Last!
Even though we e-mail so many of our digital photos, we also print them out. With the holidays coming up, picture taking will be part of every event, so here are some Heloise Hints on how to save and protect the photos and memories captured in them: 1. If you print pictures using an ink-jet print

posted 8:00:07am Oct. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Out of Silver Polish?
If you have run out of silver cleaning polish, and you need to clean a sterling silver or silver-plated item, here are two Heloise Home Hints that will do the job in a pinch. Give them a try: 1. If the silver isn’t too badly tarnished, just wash it by squirting a good hand dishwashing liquid on

posted 8:00:17am Oct. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Halloween Tasty Treats on the Cheap
If you don’t want to buy pricey Halloween candies or treats to give out, you can create tasty, fun and less expensive homemade treats. Here are two recipes: QUICKIE RICE CEREAL TREATS This child favorite, no-cook recipe requires only 2 ingredients: a box of rice cereal and a jar of marshmallow

posted 8:00:38am Oct. 16, 2014 | read full post »


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