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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 […]

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 […]

Gunk Burned Onto Skillet?

posted by sballou

If you cook, this just happens, and it can be such a pain to remove. Here’s an easy way to handle this cleaning job. 1. Sprinkle the gunked areas with salt and cover with a small layer of hot water […]

Previous Posts

De-Stressing! Water to the Rescue
After an action-packed, long day, taking a relaxing bath can be a wonderful way to unwind. You can grab low cost items you have in your house to make the bath even more aromatic and calming. I do this after a business trip when I come home with sore and stress muscles: 1. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of herbs

posted 8:00:15am Sep. 03, 2014 | read full post »

Make Kids Breakfast Fun
If your kids are bored with breakfast or just don’t like to eat it, try these Heloise Hints to get their attention and make them more interested in breakfast: 1. Create a breakfast pizza: Bake a whole-wheat crust and top with cheesy scrambled eggs and (real or fake) bacon bits. Add tiny pieces

posted 8:00:23am Sep. 02, 2014 | read full post »

Don't Over Pack Your Suitcase!
It always seems so difficult to fit everything you want to take into your luggage, but here are some Heloise Hints to help you make more efficient use of the space and that means you can take (and bring home) more: 1. Place the heaviest items on the bottom of suitcase, meaning when the bag is pic

posted 8:00:16am Sep. 01, 2014 | read full post »

Sticky, Gummy Video Game or Cell Phone Equipment
Your children’s must-have tech devices do get a messy workout with all those dirty, sticky fingers. So here’s the quickest way to get off the gunk: TO CLEAN: The best way for children to clean a cell phone is by using an alcohol based wet wipe, but not on the screen. This at least will remove

posted 8:00:40am Aug. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Stinky Lunchboxes? Double Yuck!
If your children take lunches to school, the lunchbox or bag will inevitably get dirty and smelly. Here’s how to remove the bad odors: TO CLEAN: Lightly wet a paper towel with a bit of household vinegar or sprinkle some odor-neutralizing baking soda on it. Place inside the lunch bag or box over

posted 8:00:18am Aug. 28, 2014 | read full post »


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