Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

Storing Cans

posted by lwhite

Canned foodIf your pantry is disorganized, here’s a colorful idea and organizational hint for canned goods:

Store them by color! Rearrange the canned goods by color.
1. Green shelf—pickles, peas green beans
2. Red shelf—tomato sauce, beets, cranberries, cherries
3. Yellow shelf—corn, fruit cocktail, pineapple
4. White shelf—applesauce, mayo, onions

Friendship Tea

posted by lwhite

9-21-coffeeIt’s fun to make gifts to give to friends. There are so many wonderful foods that you can create in your kitchen. This tea recipe is a favorite of mine.
Friendship Tea Recipe:

1. Mix: 2 ½ cups of powdered orange-flavored breakfast drink, 1 ¾ cups powdered instant tea, 2 to 2 ½ cups of sugar, 1 small package of lemonade mix, 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves, 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon.
2. Pour into an attractive glass jar. To make a glass, put 1 to 2 rounded teaspoons into 6 to 8 ounces of water.

Taking Care of Plants While You are Away

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12-27-glass vaseIf you are going on a trip for a week or so, you don’t want to worry about your small house plants surviving. And if you don’t want someone coming into your house to water them, here’s an easy way to care for them:

To keep your smaller indoor plants happy while you’re gone, try this. Fill the bathtub (put down a large bath towel first) with about ½ inch of water. Put each of your plants on a saucer. Cover the tub with a dry-cleaning bag or two. You have created a mini-greenhouse and your plants will be just fine.

Cleaning Copper Objects

posted by lwhite

copper panWhen they tarnish and need to be shined, you can make cheap homemade cleaners to make them shine again.

1. Douse a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice. Then sprinkle salt on it and rub the metal, rinse and dry well.
2. Pour ketchup over the object and clean off with a damp cloth and rub to polish.

Using Honey

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HoneyDid you know that there are more than 300 varieties of honey in the world? Wildflower and Scottish Heather each has a different flavor. Here are two ideas for using your favorite honey:

1. Spread buttered toast with fresh ricotta cheese and then spoon a dollop of honey on top.
2. Blend honey with apple cider and rub over a roast chicken or leg of lamb that been soaked in honey.

Cleaning Pewter

posted by lwhite

10-25-potsPewter has such a lovely soft finish rather than a shine. Occasionally, pewter pieces may need to be buffed up. Here are two home-style ways to do it:

1. Go to your refrigerator and take out several cabbage leaves and rub over the pewter to buff it up.
2. Or, clean pewter by dipping the item into leftover water that has been used to boil eggs.

When You Use Aluminum Foil

posted by lwhite

saltAluminum foil is indispensable in the kitchen. But there are several things you should know about using it in cooking. Here are some helpful hints:

1. If you are baking foods in foil, it does NOT make a difference which side, shiny or dull is on the out side.
2. Try not to let foods like onions, lemons or tomatoes come into direct contact with foil because these foods natural acids can create a chemical reaction that could eat through the foil.
3. Heavily salted foods also may cause little “rust” spot.

Other Uses for Clear Nail Polish

posted by lwhite

tangled chainWhen we are done using clear nail polish on our nails, it can be utilized for other purposes around the house, particularly in repairing items. Try these:

1. Apply clear nail polish to the inside of costume jewelry, so it won’t tarnish where it touches your skin.
2. Swipe a bit of clear polish on to halt runs in panty hose.
3. Repair a small hole in a window or door screen by covering with several layers of clear polish.

Ants Invading Your Kitchen?

posted by lwhite

10-28-ants-Mika HiironniemiIf you see ants marching across the counters, they have found a happy spot. They love to munch on food that’s been left out. Here’s what to do to prevent them from returning.

1. Clean all the work surfaces and counters. Remove all crumbs and food tidbits.
2. DO NOT leave food out overnight. Instead, store in the refrigerator or in containers with sealed lids.
3. Wash the floors often to be sure there’s no delicious debris for ants to dine on.
4. Vinegar deters ants, so wipe down safe surfaces with some white/apple cider vinegar, especially at night when done with dinner.

Vinegar is my favorite household helper because it will do a multitude of task, is safe to have around and is cheap! Visit my site for more vinegar hints!

Have a Roach Infestation?

posted by lwhite

10-07-roachesRoaches can easily get into your home. Here’s a non-toxic approach to help get rid of them. Create this tasty, but deadly, treat for them:

Mix equal amounts of boric acid powder with one of the following: flour, cornmeal or sugar. Sprinkle this over infested areas. Roaches will walk through this, and then eat it when they clean their feelers and legs. The boric acid powder will render them dead over time. Don’t let pets or small children come in contact with this mixture. Do use caution.

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