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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

Plastic Bread Bags: How to Reuse and Recycle
When the bread is gone, don’t throw out the empty plastic bag! Instead, you can reuse it in a bunch of ways around your home you probably have never thought about. Here are my Heloise Helpful Hints: 1. Put the bread bag into a gym bag and you can use it to hold a wet swimsuit until you get home

posted 8:00:37am Sep. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Salt: What Can You Use It For Other Than Cooking?
Salt is a household staple with a zillion uses. Aside from seasoning food, it’s cheap, safe, mildly abrasive/scrubbing cleaning agent. Here are some of my favorite Heloise Hints you can use to clean instead of using harsh chemicals: 1. To sop up salad-dressing drips on garments or red-wine stai

posted 8:00:44am Sep. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Home Seem Extra Dusty?
You may not realize it, but an enormous amount of the dust in our homes, we actually track it in from the outside. So, there are many steps (pun intended) you can take to prevent it from getting inside: 1. Put doormats in front of every entrance into your home. Ask everyone to wipe their shoes on

posted 8:00:46am Sep. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Kids Computer Keyboard Yucky?
Your kids will use their computer while eating or drinking or with sticky hands, just like adults! Of course, the keyboard will get grimy. So, here’s how they can clean it when it is dirty and disgusting! 1. First, turn off the computer and unplug the keyboard. 2. Put down a sheet of newspaper

posted 8:00:05am Sep. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Friendship Celebration Cake
This is a wonderful long time favorite Heloise reader idea for sharing at family gathering. If you are celebrating a big anniversary, everyone one can participate in bringing a part of this Friendship Celebration Cake. 1. When you send out the invitation this kind of special family event, ask eac

posted 8:00:09am Sep. 17, 2014 | read full post »


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