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Storing Nuts

posted by sballou

Nuts are indispensable to cooking and baking. They add such crunch and flavor to practically any dish. Some nuts are expensive and you don’t want them to spoil before using. Here are the step take to keep them fresh. 1. […]

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 […]

Quickie Cheesecake

posted by sballou

If you need a dessert in a hurry, here’s a no-bake cheesecake that’s easy to make and delicious to eat. 1. Mix 1 package of vanilla pudding, according to directions. 2. Add 1 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese and […]

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 […]

Sharpening Scissors

posted by sballou

You don’t need a special tool to sharpen scissors. Simply go to your kitchen and pull out a roll of aluminum to get rid of those dull edges. Here’s what to do next. 1. Tear off 3-4 pieces of aluminum […]

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Ink Stains on a Laptop Computer Screen?
This can and does happen when we are working on our computers. Yes, you can try to remove it and here’s how to do it very carefully: 1. First, lightly dip a cotton swab into a mix of one-party isopropyl alcohol (70 percent strength) with one-part distilled water. 2. Very carefully dab the swab

posted 8:00:02am Apr. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Photo Stuck to the Glass in a Frame?
If you have a treasured picture in this situation, you can try to save and remove it. Follow these steps carefully: 1. First, scan the pictures or take a photo of it through the glass. You will have a copy—just in case. 2. Put the frame and photo or just glass and photo into a plastic freezer

posted 8:00:25am Apr. 17, 2014 | read full post »

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 »


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