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Cooking Dried Beans

posted by sballou

Cooking dried beans takes some time, but is worth the effort. Here are several hints that are useful when cooking them. 1. If your water has high mineral content, it will take longer to cook the dried beans. 2. If […]

Walnuts Gone Stale?

posted by sballou

Don’t throw them out (they are expensive)! Instead you can bring back the nut’s flavor with this Heloise hint. 1. Pour a bit of boiling water over the walnuts. 2. Then spread them on a baking sheet and heat in […]

Bundt Cake Pan Trick

posted by sballou

Bundt cake pans are great to use to create a lovely-looking cake, but getting that cake out of the pan perfectly can be difficult. Here’s a hint to solve this problem. 1. First, grease the pan lightly and then sprinkle […]

Make Bagel Chips

posted by sballou

If you have leftover bagels after a Sunday brunch, don’t throw them out. Instead, make bagel chips, a crunchy treat your kids will devour. Here’s how. 1. Cut the bagels into 1/8th-inch or thin slices 2. Put them on a […]

Nut-Crunch Appetizer

posted by sballou

Keep a couple of varieties of nuts in your freezer in a zip bag. If you have unexpected company drop by, you can make a crunchy nibble in a hurry. Here’s how. 1. Add olive oil or butter into a […]

How Do You Know When a Steak is Done?

posted by sballou

1. If the steak is soft, it’s rare or undercooked. 2. If it’s firm, and bounces back a bit, it’s medium rare. 3. If the steak is really firm, it’s well done. This post makes me feel…Inspired (2) Motivated (0) Happy (2) Better (2) […]

Celery Limp?

posted by sballou

1. Put raw celery into a bowl or stand it cut end down in cold water. 2. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to perk up the flavor. 3. Soak for about an hour in the refrigerator and it […]

How Did Pound Cake Get Its Name?

posted by sballou

Pound cake was made with 1 pound of butter, 1 pound of sugar, 1 pound of flour and 1 pound of eggs! Today, with lower-fat products we can eat pound cake without gaining a pound! This post makes me feel…Inspired (3) […]

Tearing or Cutting Salad Greens?

posted by jkerr

* You should gently tear whatever greens you are going to use rather than cut them with kitchen scissors or a knife. The reason is that the metal can cause browning of the edges faster than if you tear them. […]

How to Cook Rice

posted by jkerr

* Use twice as much liquid as rice. * Turn down the heat to low as soon as the liquid comes to a boil and simmer rice gently. * If you mix 4 cups of this rice with 1-1/2 cups […]

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Cleaning CDs and DVDs
Taking good care of your CDs and DVDs will make them last longer and play better. Here are steps to take to ensure good listening or watching: 1. If the surfaces look grimy or they are skipping, get a microfiber cloth to clean the surface. NOTE: Wipe over the disc in a straight line from the c

posted 8:00:43am Apr. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Scuffmarks on Patent Leather?
It’s so easy to get scuffmarks when you wear patent leather shoes or carry patent leather purses. Here are hints to remove these unsightly marks: 1. Use a terry towel/microfiber cloth or an art gum or pencil eraser and then rub off the scuffmarks. 2. If this doesn’t work, then use a cotton s

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

Spider Webs inside Your Home?
If you suddenly notice a lot of spider webs around your home and you don’t like them, be aware that here’s a reason they are there. Spiders like to eat moths and flies and if you have them in your home, spiders will be munching on them. Here’s how to get rid of them: 1. Clean up the inside

posted 8:00:58am Apr. 21, 2014 | read full post »

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 »


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