Adding Punch to Prunes

Adding Punch to Prunes

  • These dried plums can be revitalized by soaking them in water, tea, wine or brandy. If they are cooking in a dish that contains lots of liquid, then they don't have to be soaked in advance.


Metal Miniblinds Greasy? 28-09-2014

Metal Miniblinds Greasy?

  • To remove dirt, wipe with a mixture of one teaspoon of mild liquid detergent and one quart of warm water. Rinse and wipe dry. Dust or vacuum regularly to prevent a dirty buildup.


Removing Ink Stains

Removing Ink Stains

  • A little lemon and seltzer will remove those pesky ink stains after you've been fingerprinted


When You Finish Painting a Room 02-09-2014

When You Finish Painting a Room

  • Write the brand of paint, color and amount used in the room on the back of the light-switch plate in that room. You won't have to try to find that information when you need to repaint — it will be right there.


Keeping Lemons and Limes

Keeping Lemons and Limes

  • Freeze wedges or whole citrus fruit in a heavy plastic freezer bag. When you need to use one, remove it and put into the microwave for a minute or two and then let stand for about 10 minutes before using.


How Long Will Peanut Butter Last? 20-08-2014

How Long Will Peanut Butter Last?

  • It's best if you refrigerate it. A jar of peanut butter will keep about 6 months unopened and about 2 months after it's been opened under normal storage conditions.


How to Make a Good Cup of Coffee 13-08-2014

How to Make a Good Cup of Coffee

  • Start with fresh cold water. Use the correct of amount of coffee (usually 2 teaspoons per cup) and choose the proper grind for the method of brewing. Drink coffee when it's fresh (if it sits around too long, it doesn't taste good). Wash coffeepot as often as you can - don't let coffee oils build up.


Need to Use Extension Cords? 03-08-2014

Need to Use Extension Cords?

  • Never put them under rugs. Because of wear-and-tear, the cords can fray, bend to expose wire, be gnawed on by pets and possibly short out, causing a fire.