Thursday, February 25, 2010

oven door glass cleaner

Is the glass in your oven door grease splattered? The old standby cleaner that's the cheapest and makes grungy things sparkle, ammonia, is poured into your dishcloth and wiped onto the glass to wet it well. Then use a paint scraper (the kind that uses a razor blade) to scrape away the grease spots. Keep the area wet with the ammonia while scraping. Rinse well and it's sparkling clean.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

using leftovers

You won't use leftovers if you don't see them in the fridge. The best way to know at a glance what's there is put leftovers in a container with a piece of plastic wrap on top and secured with a rubber band which keeps the food airtight and usable for a longer time. Then plan your meal so that these "plannedovers" are used. Stretches your food dollar, a large expenditure in our budget.
Also, to save room in the fridge buy a package of gallon-size plastic bags (the kind secured with a twist tie, not zip lock type, which are much more expensive and don't seal as well as the twist tie). Use these to store leftover tossed salad, rice, fruit, veggies. You'll find all sorts of uses for fridge storage with these bags.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

prune rose bushes

Gardening advice: The first week in March is the best time to prune roses. The Knockout variety and all other of the shrub-type roses can be pruned as far back as desired. Climbing roses don't usually need pruning, except to remove dead canes as needed. Once new growth begins fertilize with a half-cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer. Repeat the fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season and water as needed during drought. You'll be rewarded with bushes full of bloom.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

heart attack treatment

A close friend recently experienced chest pain, shortness of breath and perspiring while in church. His wife gave him a 325 mg. aspirin, a lifesaving treatment till the ambulance arrives.
I've now placed aspirin in a small snack-size ziploc bag in our cars and in my purse.