Helpful Hints

  1. Toothbrushes are good for cleaning hard to reach places like the grout in showers and the edges of sinks.

    Helpful Hints
  2. Cut worn out towels into small pieces to use as dusters.
  3. One part vinegar mixed with 3 parts water is a good window cleaner.
  4. To clean mirrors mix 2 parts water to 8 parts rubbing alcohol.  The mirrors will not streak with this solution.
  5. Try cleaning wood work with cold tea.  Spot test in a hard to see area before cleaning the entire unit.
  6. Fill flower vases with 1 tbsp of salt and 1 cup of vinegar to clean. Soak for 24 hours.
  7. Polish glassware with toothpaste to remove scratches.
  8. Try removing price tag glue with peanut butter.
  9. Use old hairbrushes to clean your lint trap.
  10. Add a cotton ball saturated with essential oils to your vacuum ba to release a scent into rooms as you vacuum.

Veggie Pickles

This recipe is good for pickling firm vegetables such as beans, carrots, cauliflower and peppers.  Stock up on cauliflower when it is cheap and make a batch of this pickle.  They are a reminder of the sunny summer days in the cold winter.

1 large Spanish onion cut into pieces

Store in a cool, dry place.

Firm cherry tomatoes

1 cut green sweet pepper

1 cut red sweet pepper

1 large carrot cut into disks

1/2 cup yellow beans sliced

cauliflower florets from 3/4 of a small cauliflower Continue reading “Veggie Pickles”

Helpful Hints

  • Settle bubbles in the kitchen sink with a sprinkle of salt.

    Helpful Hints
  • Use an empty cardboard roll to roll your extra plastic bags around .  You can then store the bags in a drawer.
  • Place plastic wrap in the freezer for a few minutes if it is sticking to the roll.
  • Styrofoam packing is a good substitute for pebbles used as drainage at the bottom of plant pots.
  • Use the lids of margarine or yogurt tubs to separate hamburger patties when freezing.
  • When putting curtains on a rod which has sharp ends wrap the ends with scotch tape to avoid fraying the material.
  • Place cotton batting in the fingers of rubber gloves to prevent fingernails from poking through.
  • Use pompoms, dried flowers, candy canes, bells,  pencils, combs, tiny fans, hair ribbons,ornaments, etc. to decorate gifts instead of the standard bought bows.
  • Use up the ends of wallpaper for wrapping paper.
  • Leftover rolls of wrapping paper can also be used on tables at parties.  When the party is over simply gather up the wrapping paper and discard.
  • If stamps are stuck together put them in the freezer for a while.  They will then come apart easily.



Cranberry Orange Loaf

I love when fresh cranberries appear in the store in the fall.  The fruit reminds me of family get togethers where cranberries are traditionally served on the table. 

I like to make this loaf for Christmas.  The cranberries and the orange juice pares well together and provides a tart alternative to the sweet treats of the season.

2 cups flour

cranberry-orange-loaf2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup white sugar

3/4 cup orange juice

1 beaten egg

2 tbsp melted butter

1 cup whole cranberries

Mix wet ingredients into combined dry ingredients.  Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 too 60 minutes.

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