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Preventing Kitchen Fire Hazards

posted by lwhite

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 […]

Paint is Wrinkling?

posted by lwhite

If you are painting a room and you see that the paint is starting to wrinkle, here’s what you can do to stop or correct it. Take these steps right away: First, examine the area to see if you have […]

Storing Cans

posted by lwhite

If 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 […]

Cleaning Pewter

posted by lwhite

Pewter 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 […]

Other Uses for Clear Nail Polish

posted by lwhite

When 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 […]

Photos Curled Up?

posted by lwhite

If you are going through photo boxes, getting ready to put them in albums, then you realize that some of them have curled up, here’s what to do to solve that problem: 1. If the photos are newer, place between […]

Have Trouble Threading a Needle?

posted by lwhite

Trying to thread a needle can sometimes make you crazy. This simple task can be so difficult. Try these hints to make it easier: 1 Wet the end of the thread, or dab with a tiny bit of colorless nail […]

Basement Too Dark?

posted by lwhite

If you have steps going down to your basement and the lighting is poor, here’s how you can remedy it before there‘s an accident. 1. Paint bright, fluorescent/luminous stripes on the stairs or walls going into the basement. 2. Put […]

Pet Food Dishes Messy?

posted by lwhite

Pets can be messy when they eat and leftover food can easily get stuck to the dish. Here’s how to prevent that problem: 1. Before you put food (especially canned) into the dish, spray it with a non-flavored, non-stick spray. […]

Cloth Napkins have Creases?

posted by lwhite

If after you wash your linens, you continue to fold and iron them the same way, creases can become embedded in the fabric and wear it out. Here’s what to do instead. READ MORE When you remove the napkins from […]

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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 »

Knives for Your Kitchen
As most of us know, one of a cook’s best friends in the kitchen is a quality, sharp knife. In fact, you really can do most everything—cutting, dicing and chopping—with just three knives. Here’s the cutting edge info on the three: 1. A long chef’s knife will be the best for slicing and

posted 8:00:54am Apr. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Baking Soda as Fire Extinguisher
When baking soda is on sale, buy extra boxes to keep in your kitchen. You can use it to contain small grease or oil cooking fires. Here’s how-to use it most effectively in an emergency: 1. If you see small flames, try to turn off the stove. 2. Then move back away from it and toss a handful of

posted 8:00:47am Apr. 10, 2014 | read full post »

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