Saturday, August 16, 2008

Some Household Tips

When you make homemade soups and there's a slight layer of grease on top, place a lettuce leaf on it and wait a few minutes. The lettuce will absorb the grease, leaving you a healthier soup.

An old Amish proverb says, "Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or go without!" Sounds like good advice to me. Too many times we think we have to have everything new and fancy, or as my boys say, "From the store!"

If you rinse a pan with cold water before scalding milk for a recipe, you can clean it up easily when you're done.

If your child outgrows his favorite sweater and it seems the sleeves are the only part that's too small, cut off the sleeves and sew a hem around the armholes. He can continue to wear it a while as a vest.

Place a pill in a spoon of applesauce to help a child swallow his needed medicine.

When uncracked eggs float in a dish of water, it means they are old. Discard them if in doubt.

To make self-rising flour, mix 4 cups flour, 2 teaspoons salt, and 2 tablespoons baking powder. Mix well and store in tightly covered container. I still use the Tupperware cannisters I bought 25 years ago and they are the best (in my humble opinion.)

A great way to make bread crumbs is to toast the heels of bread and put in a blender or food processor.

Stay tuned for more hints in future posts!

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