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May 2014 Archives

Copper Pans and Pots Need Polishing?

posted by lwhite

These beautiful pans look so great when they are nice and shiny, but they do get discolored. Here’s how you can restore that shine: 1. Create a paste by mixing salt and vinegar together or by using ketchup, which has […]

How to Avoid Lumpy Gravy

posted by lwhite

When you make that delicious gravy that enhances so many dishes, it’s inevitable, it seems, that those unsightly, and definitely not tasty, lumps suddenly appear. Here’s how to prevent them: 1. Blend a bit of a thickening agents, like cornstarch […]

Making Chocolate Last Longer

posted by lwhite

When you receive chocolate as a gift, you may not, as unlikely as this seems, want to eat it all up at one time. Chocolate can be affected negatively by heat, light or other strong odors. Here’s what to do […]

Getting Settled in a Hotel Room

posted by lwhite

After checking in, when you first go into your room, take these steps to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay: 1. First, get out alcohol wipes or anti-germ gel and wipe down the TV remote, phone, door handles and other […]

Cleaning Under the Kitchen Sink

posted by lwhite

This cabinet gets so much daily use and consequently so much dirt, debris, grime and spilled liquids. Here’s how to clear out and reorganize: 1. First, lay down newspaper on the kitchen floor. Then remove everything and put onto the […]

Adding Chocolate Chips and Nut Pieces to Batter

posted by lwhite

When you are baking and mixing the ingredients, here are some hints on how to do this the right way with the mixer or hand mixing: 1. If you have large nut pieces or chocolate chips, they can be chopped […]

How to Freeze Cakes

posted by lwhite

If you have to freeze a cake, it’s better to freeze without filling or frosting because they make the cake soggy. Here are the steps to take: 1. Wrap the cake in a couple of layers of plastic after it […]

Tired of the Same Old Coffee?

posted by lwhite

If you want to jazz up your daily coffee, but don’t want to buy expensive flavored coffees, here’s what you can use right out of your kitchen cabinets to add some flavorings to that cup of Joe: 1. To flavor […]

Hot Paper Plate Leaves Marks on Wood Dining Table

posted by lwhite

Oh, this is so easy to happen when you are eating at your dining room table—hot paper plates placed right on top of the wood. Here’s what you can do to remove that unsightly marks: 1. Make this mixture to […]

Piano Keys Dirty?

posted by lwhite

If your children take piano lessons and practice, practice, those keys can get sticky and grungy. Here are hints to clean the keys: 1. If the keys are plastic, mix a small amount of vinegar with warm water and then […]

Previous Posts

Have Extra Cake Leftover?
While that may seem impossible to all my dessert lovers, you just may have some. Here are ideas to jazz it up and transform it into another dessert: 1. Cut the cake into bite-size pieces. Then layer with your favorite softened ice cream. Drizzle with chocolate sauce. 2. Use a liqueur over the ca

posted 8:00:31am Jul. 30, 2014 | read full post »

Have Ice Cream Sticks?
When your children are done eating ice cream on sticks, don’t throw them out. Instead, they can be useful around the house. You can recycle them these ways: 1. Use as a stir for coffee on the go. 2. Utilize to level dry ingredients when measuring. 3. Take to picnics for spreading condiments l

posted 8:00:19am Jul. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Where Should Toothbrushes Stay in the Bathroom?
This is a good question because it’s important to protect them. They get such use and you want them to be clean and effective. Here’s what to do: 1. Store toothbrushes on the counter—as long as they are away from the toilet. Keep them in a container with a cover. Airborne bacteria can spre

posted 8:00:22am Jul. 28, 2014 | read full post »

Washing Drapes and Curtains
Drapes and curtain can be dust and debris magnets. They need to be cleaned on a routine basis. Here’s how: 1. Draperies or curtains that can be washed first should be taken down. Get them outdoors for a good shake to remove the dust. But if they are really soiled, soak them in warm water and f

posted 8:00:56am Jul. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Have Extra French Bread?
If you have leftover French bread that has gotten stale, don’t throw out. Instead you can transform it with these ideas. Here’s how: 1. Slice the French bread and drizzle olive oil over the slices or you also can sprinkle your favorite grated cheese over it. Bake in the oven until the slices

posted 8:00:00am Jul. 24, 2014 | read full post »


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