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Recipes/Tips



Easy Fruit Crisp 
“Dump” Cake 
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
1 package cake mix (yellow, white, or spice)
1 can (8 0z) crushed pineapple, unstrained
1/2 cup margarine or butter, melted 
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread pie filling and pineapple in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Stir together cake mix (dry) and margarine or butter in large bowl until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over fruit. Bake 35 to 40 minutes until light brown. Serve warm or cool. 
Notes: I like to serve it warm with whipped cream. We also like to use canned apple pie filling with lots of cinnamon and raisons with spice cake mix. I have also used other pie filling like blueberry. If you don’t use the undrained pineapple you can add orange juice or cranberry juice.


Fudge Crinkles 
1 package chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil Powdered sugar 

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Stir cake mix (dry), oil and eggs in large bowl, using spoon, until dough forms. dust hands with powdered sugar, shape dough into 1 inch balls. Coat balls with powdered sugar, place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
Notes: I like using a lemon cake mix, but any flavor works well.


Crazy Chocolate Cake 

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Sift well into ungreased 10” square pan;
1 c. sugar
1 t. soda
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. cocoa

Make 3 holes in the mixture. In one hole put ½ cup oil. In second hole put 1 tablespoon vinegar. In third hole put 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Pour 1 cup water over all. Stir well with fork, but do not beat. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.

Notes: I like to add nuts. We like to eat it warm with ice cream and chocolate syrup over it.


Jello Poke Cake 

Following the directions on the cake mix, bake cake in pan you can serve the cake in. While cake is still warm, poke holes in it. I use a big fork and make rows of holes with the rows about an inch apart. Make up a large package of Jello and pour over the warm cake. Cool the cake in the frig, and then frost cake. I like these combinations:

White cake with any red Jello and white frosting

Cherry cake with cherry Jello and cherry frosting

Lemon cake with lemon Jello and lemon frosting (good). You get the idea.

Keep the cake refrigerated.


Chocolate Chip/Oatmeal Cookies 

1-½ cups unsifted flour1 t. vanilla extract
1 t. salt
2 eggs
1 t. baking soda
2 c. rolled oats
1 c. shortening
12 oz. chocolate chips
½ c. granulated sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 35o degrees. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat together shortening, sugars, and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, beating until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture and rolled oats. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop batter in well-rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are done. Cool cookies on sheets for two minutes before placing them on wire racks for further cooling. Yield: 7 ½ dozen cookies.
FRUIT SALAD
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
2 c. mini marshmallows
1 cup flaked coconut
6 ounces sour cream
Combine the oranges, pineapple, marshmallows, coconut, and sour cream. Stir till mixed well. Refrigerate till cold. Serve.


Sunday Brunch Casserole
12 slices bread 3/4 lb. sliced cheese 6 slightly beaten eggs 2 Tbs. finely chopped onion 2 cups bacon or sausage 3 cups milk 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
Cut bread & arrange in bottom of 9x13 pan. Cover with layers of cheese and bacon. Arrange rest of bread over top. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over casserole. Refrigerate overnight or for 6 hours. Bake at 325 for 1 hour or longer. Let stand 10 minutes.



Lentil Soup

Ingredients:
1 onion, choppe
 1/4 cup olive oil
 4 carrots, diced
 4 stalks celery, chopped
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 1 teaspoon dried oregano
 1 teaspoon dried basil
 1 can crushed tomatoes
 2 cups dry lentils
 8 cups water or stock
 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
 salt to taste 
ground black pepper to taste
 red pepper flakes to taste
 can add potatoes and/or smoked sausage last 30 minutes
In a large pot, heat oil and add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender. Add garlic, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve youcan add 1/2 cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced, and cook until it wilts.

Stir in vinegar, salt and pepper, and vinegar as desired.

Crock Pot Roast 

Ingredients
1 T cornstarch
8 carrots, cut into thirds
Cut 2 onions into fourths
salt and pepper
1 beef chuck roast
2 T Worcestershire sauce 
Directions
Stir cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water in crock pot until smooth. Add carrots, onions and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle roast with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and place on top of vegetables then drizzle with Worcestershire sauce. Cover and cook on high, 6 hours or on low for 10 hours.

 Bisquick Short Cake

Heat oven to 425
Mix together:
2 C Bisquick
1/3 C sugar
3 T melted butter
½ C milk

Make 6 cakes, place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10 to 12 min. Serve warm with sliced strawberries and whipped cream.



Cha-cha-cha

 In a pan, sauté 1 diced onion and 2 cloves garlic. Add 1 can of diced tomatoes and green chilies or Mexican style tomatoes, about 1/2 cup chopped olives, and 1 can beans "your choice". 

Layer in a 9 X 13:
1/2 jar of 505 green chili sauce (I use med - you can use any green chili sauce).

Stale tortilla chips or broken hard taco shells.

Grated Monterey jack cheese or Colby/Monterey jack.

The sautéed onion/tomato mixture.

& the other 1/2 jar of green chili sauce.

More chips or taco shells.

More grated cheese. 

Cover with heavy foil, bake at 350 for 25 minutes, then uncover and bake another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with a green salad.



POTATO CHEESE soup 

Potatoes
Cheese
Onions
Celery
Butter
Milk
Salt & white pepper 

I use about two potatoes per serving. Peel the potatoes and cut them into small pieces, then boil until tender. Drain and return potatoes to pot. Partially mash potatoes leaving mostly chunks. 

While the potatoes are boiling, chop an onion and celery very fine. Then sauté in butter until the onion turns transparent, stirring continuously so the onions do not brown. Add these to the drained potatoes. 

Stir in milk a little at a time for desired thickness. Add cheese and bring soup to a boil. Add salt and white pepper to taste. Note – You can use black pepper but it shows up as black specs in this white soup. 

Pour into bowls or mugs and top with cheese, chives, parsley, etc. Serve with crackers or breads. 

There are other variations on this soup. Omit the cheese and add ham, polish sausage, chicken or other meet (a good way to get rid of leftovers). Add other vegetables. Try different Seasonings. You can use soup stock and cream instead of milk. 



Pecan Pie Bars
Yield: Makes about 30 bars.

Crust:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine

Filling:
1 can sweetened condensed        milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package (10 ounces, or about 2 cups) almond brickle chips, such as Heath Bits O' Brickle
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix together the flour and powdered sugar. Chop in the butter, until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Press into a 13x9-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool. Mix together the filling ingredients, and pour on top of the cooled crust. Bake for an additional 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool before cutting into bars



Taco Burger Bake

1 pound ground beef
1 (1/4-ounce) envelope taco seasoning
3/4 cup warm water
1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar or taco-seasoned cheese
1 egg
1 (8-count) tube refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 (16-ounce) can refried beans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In skillet, brown ground beef. Drain. Add taco seasoning and water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix together sour cream, cheese and egg. In a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, spread out crescent rolls to form bottom crust. (Do not separate rolls.) Spread refried beans over rolls. Spoon ground beef mixture over beans. Spread sour cream mixture on top. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Serves 6 to 8.


MERLINA’S
PUNCH RECIPE

OF COURSE ORIGINAL RECIPE CALLS FOR “FRESH MADE” JUICES, SINCE BACK THEN YOU COULD NOT BUY AT GROCERY STORE . . . NOW THAT WE CAN, I HAVE MADE ALLOWANCES FOR INGREDIENTS LIST. BOTTLED JUICES WORK JUST FINE; JUST MAKE SURE THEY ARE PRIMARILY JUICE AND NOT COLORED SUGAR WATER .

¯2 PARTS APPLE CIDER (NOT CARBONATED)

¯1 PART WHITE GRAPE JUICE

¯1 PART BERRY JUICE (A NICE BLEND OF WILD BERRIES IS GREAT, I.E.: RASPBERRY, BLUE BERRY, BOYSENBERRY BLEND ~ EASILY FOUND ON GROCER SHELVES)

¯1 PART STRAWBERRY JUICE BLEND (CAN USE STORE BOUGHT STRAWBERRY/BANANA JUICE BUT MUCH BETTER IF YOU CAN ACTUALLY PURÉE FRESH STRAWBERRIES IN BLENDER ~ ADDING SUGAR TO TASTE AND ENOUGH WATER TO LIQUEFY)

¯1 LARGE CAN PEAR HALVES WITH JUICE

¯1 LARGE CAN PEACH HALVES WITH JUICE

¯1 SMALL JAR CHERRIES WITH JUICE

¯1 SMALL STALK FRESH GRAPES (TOSS IN VIA SINGLES W/OUT STALK)

¯1 CINNAMON STICKS PER QUART (BASE RECIPE MAKES 2 GALLONS +, SO AT LEAST 8 STICKS, MORE IF YOU DESIRE)

¯1 B PINCH NUTMEG PER QUART (CAN ADD MORE, IT’S DELIGHTFUL, I DO)

¯1 B PINCH ALLSPICE PER QUART (DO NOT ADD MUCH MORE, MAKES BITTER)

¯ADD FOLLOWING AS YOU DESIRE: APPLE SLICES & FRESH BERRIES

(I TEND TO FAVOR BLUEBERRIES, BOYSENBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES & WHOLE STRAWBERRIES – REMEMBER THEY DID NOT HAVE BANANA OR GUAVA, BUT IF YOU LIKE THEM, YOU CAN ALWAYS AMEND THE RECIPE)

IN OLDEN DAYS, WAS SERVED ROOM TEMP, BUT MOST PREFER IT COLD, SO USE A BLOCK OF ICE, NOT CUBES TO AVOID WATERING IT DOWN. YOU CAN ADD ALCOHOL TO THIS IF YOU DESIRE, I PREFER NOT TO

ENJOY!
MERLINA


Some tips
  1. For extra juicy hamburgers, add ¼ cup of evaporated milk per pound of meat before shaping.
  2. EGG REPLACER: This egg substitute works well to replace an egg or two when making pancakes, muffins, cakes & cookies. Instead of saturated fat & cholesterol, you'll increase your intake of omega-3s. This won't replace eggs in an omelette, quiche or soufflé. Flaxseed oil should never be heated, however the omega-3 fatty acids present in ground flaxseed survive the baking of a muffin or pancake. To prepare your own egg replacer, blend ½ cup of flaxseed for about a minute until all seeds are turned into a coarse powder (blend longer for a finer powder). Store ground seeds in a jar in your refrigerator or freezer for several months; they retain their omega-3s either way. For your favorite recipe for pancakes or baked items, use this proportion as replacement for each egg: 1 tbsp ground flaxseed & 3 tbsp water, stir & add to wet ingredients in recipe.
  3. Never put a lid on anything you're cooking that is cooked in milk unless you want to spend hours cleaning up the stove when it boils over
  4. Anything that grows under the ground start off in cold water (e.g. potatoes, beets, carrots, etc). Anything that grows above ground, start off in boiling water (e.g. peas, greens, beans, etc).
  5. To clean aluminium pans that are stained dark, boil with a little cream of tartar or vinegar
  6. To remove tea or coffee stains from china pots or cups, use baking powder
  7. Hard boiled eggs will peel easier when cracked and placed in cold water immediately after taking out of hot water
  8. You can cut a meringue pie cleanly by coating both sides of the knife lightly with butter
  9. To keep cake icings from cracking and drying out, add a pinch of baking soda to the icing
  10. If soup tastes very salty, add a raw piece of potato to absorb the salt
  11. When rolling out cookie dough, sprinkle board with powdered sugar instead of flour
  12. To remove fish or onion odors, wash in a mixture of baking soda OR bleach and water
  13. If you add some baking soda to the water when boiling cabbage, you don't get so much gas


(A friend emailed this to me)
ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS
The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material .. I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well ... the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us  that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free ... that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box ... well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?! Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it, the water ran right thru the screen! 


The Amazing Cucumber
(A friend sent this to me)

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
 
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
 
4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
 
5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the photo-chemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!
 
6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!
 
7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!! 


WD-40 Uses:

 1. Protects silver from tarnishing.

 2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.

 3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

 4. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.

 5. Keeps flies off cows. (I love this one!)

 6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.

 7. Removes lipstick stains.

 8. Loosens stubborn zippers.

 9. Untangles jewelry chains.

 10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

 11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

 12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

 13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.

 14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.

 15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

 16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.

 17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.

 18. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use

 WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't  seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to  get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.

 19. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed  quickly! Use WD-40!

 20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super  fast slide.

 21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of  handling on riding mowers...

 22. Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.

 23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them  easier to open.

 24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.

 25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as  well as vinyl bumpers.

 26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

 27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.

 28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles  for easy handling.

 29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them  running smoothly.

 30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

 31. Removes splattered grease on stove.

 32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

 33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

 34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony  because they hate the smell.

 35. Removes all traces of duct tape.

 36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve  arthritis pain.

 37. Florida’s favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from  grills and bumpers.'

 38. The favorite use in the state of New York, WD-40 protects the  Statue of Liberty from the elements.

 39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and  you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot  cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that  purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or  lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.

 40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away  immediately and stops the itch.

 41. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the  mark and wipe with a clean rag.

 42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has  washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate  the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is  gone!

 43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

 P.S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.


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Great Grilled Vegetables

1. Slice all vegetables at least 1/2 -inch thick. If the vegetables are small,
grill whole and chop after they have been grilled or thread on a soaked bamboo
skewer before grilling.
2. Coat the vegetables with a thin layer of olive oil. Use my plastic bag trick
to do the job quickly and efficiently: Place the sliced vegetables in a resealable plastic bag; only fill the bag half-way full. Add just enough olive oil to coat the vegetables, about 1-2 tablespoons. Seal the bag and massage the vegetables to coat with oil.
3. Sprinkle with Kosher salt or sea salt and freshly ground pepper, if desired.
The salt is essential since it will help to draw out the natural sugars and
promote caramelization. I prefer Morton kosher salt for grilled food because it
is larger grained and it doesn't dissolve as quickly as Diamond Crystal kosher
salt.
4. Preheat your gas grill or wait until your charcoal is covered with gray ash;
and reduce the heat to medium or else the vegetables will burn on the outside and be raw on the inside. Make sure your cooking grates are clean.
5. Place vegetables on the grill going the opposite direction of the cooking
grates. This will prevent the veggies from falling through the grates.
6. Turn with a pair of locking chef tongs. Slide the tongs gently under the
center of the food in the thickest part when turning.
7. Turn only once, halfway through the cooking time.
8. Remove veggies when they are crisp tender -- they will continue to cook a
little once they come off the grill.
9. Taste the grilled vegetables while still hot and if they need more salt, add a bit while still warm. Do not try to season the vegetables once they have
cooled.
10. Experiment with all kinds of vegetables. Even Brussels sprouts taste better
from the grill!
 
Coke
 #1.    In many states the highway patrol carries 
     two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from 
 the highway after a car accident. 
 
 #2.     You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke 
 and it will be gone in two days. 
 
#3.    To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the 
 toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour, 
then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes 
 stains from vitreous china. 
 #4.    To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: 
Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds 
Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola
 
 #5.    To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour 
a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble 
 away the corrosion. 
 
 #6.   To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola 
to the rusted bolt for several minutes. 
 
 #7.    To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into 
the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. 
Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix 
 with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy. 
 #8.   To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke 
 into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run 
 through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen 
grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your 
windshield. 

Pumpkin-Caramel Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS

Crust

1 1/2 cups finely crushed gingersnap cookies (30 cookies)

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted Filling

3 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened (do not use margarine)

1 cup sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1/2 cup caramel topping

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 eggs

Topping

1 cup whipping cream

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS 

1  Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap foil around outside of bottom and side of pan to catch drips. In small bowl, stir crust ingredients until well mixed. Press mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set.

2  Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed just until smooth and creamy. Beat in 1/2 cup butter until creamy. Do not over beat. On low speed, gradually beat in sugar. Add pumpkin; beat until blended. Beat in caramel topping and flour. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, just until blended.

  • 3  Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Pour filling into partially baked crust. Place springform in large roasting pan; pour hot water into roasting pan until one-fourth full. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 25 minutes or until edge of cheesecake is set at least 2 inches from edge of pan but center of cheesecake still jiggles slightly when moved. Cool in pan on cooling rack 30 minutes. With sharp knife, loosen cheesecake from side of pan. Cover cheesecake; refrigerate at least 8 hours.
  • 4  In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook almonds over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until just beginning to brown; sprinkle 1/3 cup granulated sugar over almonds. Continue cooking and stirring 2 to 3 minutes longer or until sugar is melted and almonds are coated. Spread almond mixture on sheet of foil sprayed with cooking spray. Cool 2 to 3 minutes; break apart.
  • 5  In chilled medium bowl, beat topping ingredients with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake again; carefully remove side of pan. Cut cheesecake into wedges; place on individual dessert plates. Top each wedge with whipped cream and almonds.

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My Belly-Blasting Turkey Chili
By Coach Josh On December 7, 2010 Under Nutrition Tips
Ground turkey tends to be dry and bland by itself, but this recipe overcomes both of those problems quite handily. Comparable in flavor and texture to a traditional beef chili, this dish is a real crowd pleaser. If you prefer a five-alarm chili just add extra cayenne or chili pepper flakes. This can be served with diced onions and shredded low-fat cheddar cheese.

Ingredients:
1 ½ pounds ground white turkey meat
1 onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 14 ½-ounce can kidney beans, drained
1 14 ½-ounce can black beans, drained
1 14 ½-ounce can pinto beans, drained
1 29-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 29-ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
Salt to taste
Black pepper, cayenne, or chili pepper flakes to taste
Directions:
1. Cook and stir the onion, celery, and carrots in olive oil over medium-high heat until softened, about 6 minutes.
2. Add the ground turkey and garlic. Cook the turkey until it’s just done, taking care not to overcook.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serves six.


John Long’s father, Harry E. Long's
DATENUT COOKIE BARS
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
FILLING:
1 lb. chopped dates
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1 tblsp orange rind zest is added after the mixture has started to cool and thicken. 

Boil the ingredients together in a small pot, stirring occasionally. When the items have begun to boil turn off the heat and let it cool to a thick, warm gel. After the filling has cooled somewhat, add the orange zest and stir it in letting it set, while you finish mixing your crusts. 

Place the following ingredients into a large bowl and begin mixing them thoroughly together. 

Top and bottom crusts: 
2 cups rolled oats
2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup softened butter 

When the dry ingredients are mixed thoroughly, blend in the softened butter to gain a consistency of a 1/4 inch size mixture. Place half of the mixture into a 13" x 9" cookie sheet (preferably with high sides so the crust will not fall off the sides of the pan). Pat down making sure the entire bottom is covered. Remove the filling from the stove, and with a spatula spread the mixture evenly across the center of the pan. 

When this is done, use the spatula to spread the mixture evenly back and forth across the pan, making sure to leave the spatula in contact with the ingredients at all times. Lifting the spatula up will only lift the crust mixture and leave a hole in the crust. Once the filling is spread out evenly to the sides, add the remaining topping and spread with your fingers, patting it down gently to the edges of the cookie sheet. 

Place the cookie sheet into the preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. When 30 minutes has elapsed, let cool. The pan should be warm to the touch. Cut the mixture into equal squares and remove from the pan. For the best results and flavor, place the cut cookies onto wax paper, separating them into layers into a container to hold the 24 cookies. 

Place into the refrigerator to cool completely. Leave them there until you want to eat one. They taste better chilled. If they are too hard or cold when removed from the fridge, let them set for a few minutes until they soften.

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Peroxide Uses (3% Hydrogen Peroxide—3% H2O2)

1.     Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash. 


2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs. 


3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters. 


4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria. 


5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 

50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them 

(especially the toes) every night and let dry. 


6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide. 


7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and Water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without Harming your septic system like bleach or most other Disinfectants will. 


8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 

50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.


9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly. 


10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change. 


11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections. 


12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary. 


13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this. 


14. Another place it's great is in the bathroom, if someone has been careless & has peed on the floor around the toilet & it's begun to smell of urine. Just put some peroxide in a spray bottle & spray. In the blink of any eye all the smell will be gone & the bacteria eliminated!



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Dog Treats for Christmas

Fido will love chomping on these tasty & healthy treats!

Biscuit Dough:

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water

Glaze:
1 large egg
2 Tablespoons milk

1. Preheat the oven to 275°.

2. In a large bowl: combine the flour, oatmeal, wheat germ, peanut
butter, vegetable oil, honey, baking powder and water.

3. Mix the ingredients until thoroughly combined.

4. Roll the dough out to a ½-inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
Cut into desired shapes and place on baking sheets.

5. In a small bowl, mix together the egg and milk. Brush the glaze on
the biscuits.

6. Bake for 30 minutes. Rotate the pans, and bake for an additional 20 -
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Clever Ideas worth knowing:

How to clean your cookie sheets--Kitchen "Miracle" Cleaner! 
You put about 1/4 cup of baking soda in a small glass bowl and squirt in hydrogen peroxide until it makes a nice paste. Then you rub it on the offending dirt/stain/grease...whatever! You can usually just use your fingers...but you can also use a small sponge as well.

(this has gone around in emails a long time)

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster. 

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold! 

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking. 

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich, add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up. 

For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting. 

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic. 

Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!!  Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm! 

Reheat Pizza. Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy.No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works. 

Easy Deviled Eggs - Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up. 

Expanding Frosting - When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories perserving. 

Reheating refrigerated bread - To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster. 

Newspaper weeds away - Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers. 

Broken Glass - Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily. 

No More Mosquitoes - Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away. 

Squirrel Away! - To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it. 

Flexible vacuum - To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings. 

Reducing Static Cling - Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ... static is gone. 

Measuring Cups - Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. 

Foggy Windshield? - Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth! 

Re opening envelopes - If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily. 

Conditioner -Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair. 

Goodbye Fruit Flies - To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever! 

Get Rid of Ants - Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!


Ant Control:Spread some ground cinnamon where you think the ants are coming in to the house.

Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. To deter ants, use catnip. Sprinkle it in their paths.

Make a mixture of 2/3 cup water, 1/3 cup white vinegar, and 2-3 Tablespoons dish soap. Spray where the ants are marching.


More tips a friend sent me.

Bathroom Odors: Place an opened box of baking soda OR an open container of activated charcoal behind the toilet to absorb bathroom odors.

Blood Stains: Soak the stain in hydrogen peroxide, wash (don't dry), and repeat if necessary. This tip works especially well for caret and clothes.

Carpet Stains: Baby wipes are miracle-workers on carpet stains, from motor oil to blood, they remove almost anything!

Candle Holders: To prevent the wax from melting and sticking to the inside of a votive candle holder, pour a bit of water in the holder, then place the candle on top. If you're reading this tip too late, and there's already wax stuck inside your candle holder, pop it in the freezer for an hour. The wax will chip right off.

Candle Wax: To remove wax from carpeting or other fabric, first scrape away any excess. Then, place a brown paper bag over the wax and run a warm iron over the bag. The wax will melt right into the bag! Continue moving the bag around as you pick up the wax so you are always using a clean section. If a little grease stain remains on carpet, sprinkle with baking soda and allow to sit overnight before vacuuming, which will remove the grease residue. If colored wax leaves a stain on carpet, blot with spot remover or carpet cleaner, following label directions.

Cast Iron Pans: To gently and effectively clean your cast iron skillets after most uses, wipe out excess food with a dry paper towel, then sprinkle salt inside the pan. Wipe clean with a clean, dry paper towel. The salt acts as an abrasive to scratch off any stuck-on particles of food without using soap and water, which can remove your seasoning. For stubborn stuck-on food, use a putty knife to scrape it off. You may, however, need to reseason the pan after doing this.

Chimney: To keep your chimney clean, throw a handful of salt on the fire. (Submitted by Pat Scattergood)

Chrome: To remove rust from chrome, wipe it with aluminum foil dipped in Coke®. To polish chrome, use a crumbled up piece of aluminum foil and rub.

Cloudy Drinking Glasses: Soak them for an hour or longer in slightly warm white vinegar. Then, use a nylon-net or plastic dish scrubber to remove film. Still there? The damage may be etching (tiny scratches that occur in the dishwasher) and is permanent, sorry to say. To avoid this altogether, hand-wash your best glasses.

Coffee Grinder: Grind up a cup or so of rice in a coffee grinder to clean the grinder and sharpen its blades.

Copper: To polish copper, rub an ample amount of catsup on the copper and let it stand for 5 minutes. Rinse off the catsup with hot water and dry to find an incredible shine.(Submitted by Sam Meyer)

Crayon on Walls or Washable Wallpaper: Spray with WD-40®, then gently wipe, using a paper towel or clean cloth. If the mark is stubborn, sprinkle a little baking soda on a damp sponge and gently rub in a circular motion. If the WD-40® leaves a residue, gently wipe off with a sponge soaked in soapy water; rinse clean; blot dry. Another method is to use a hair dryer - it heats the wax and wipes away instantly. If the color remains, like red usually does, wet a cloth with bleach and wipe.

Deodorize dishes, pans, cutting boards or utensils with pungent odors by adding 1/4 cup of lemon juice to your dishwater.

Dishwashers: To clean mineral deposits from the inside of your dishwasher, pour in a container of Tang® Drink Mix and run the dishwasher (don't put dishes in the dishwasher for this load).

Fireplace Soot Odor: In the Spring, when you're fireplace will be out of commission for a while, clean out the ashes, then fill the fireplace with crumpled newspapers (non-glossy pages). Leave the newspapers for a couple of days, then discard.

Fish or Spoiled Food Odor: Place a bowl of white vinegar on the counter for a few hours. The odor will disappear for good.

Freshen a Garbage Disposal: Sprinkle baking soda in it along with a few drops dish-washing liquid. Scrub with a brush (a new toilet brush works great), getting under the rubber gasket and all around the inside. Then, turn on water and let the disposal run to flush thoroughly. For a fresh citrus scent, throw in a few cut up lemons or limes and run them through, too, using lots of water.

Freshen Laundry Basket: Place a fabric softener sheet in the bottom of your laundry basket (remember to change it weekly.) You can also simply sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of your basket and that will help absorb the odors as well.

Freshen Linen Closet: In the linen closet place cotton balls that have been sprayed with your favorite scent. Once they are dry place them in corners and on the shelves.

George Foreman Grills: After removing the cooked food from the grill, place a paper towel soaked in water on each of the 2 cooking surfaces. Unplug the appliance, allow it to sit for 5-30 minutes (while you eat), then use the paper towels to effortlessly wipe out the grease and food particles.

Ink Stains: The best way I have found to get out ink stains is to put rubbing alcohol on the stain - it disappears! This must be done before washing. (Submitted by Darvin Mossing)For ink on the wall, wipe with bleach and it will disappear.

Kitty Litter: To keep cat litter fresh smelling, mix baby powder in with the litter.

Microwave Filth: Food splatters all over the inside of your microwave and cooks itself on after time. To easily remove this mess, place a sponge soaked in water in the microwave. Cook on high heat for 2 minutes, then allow it to sit without opening the microwave door, for 5 minutes. The filth is now ready to be wiped right off - no scrubbing - and your sponge is right there!

Microwave Odors: Keep a cup of baking soda in the microwave between uses to keep potatoes from smelling like bacon or other unusual combinations!

Mothball Substitute: Take your leftover soap slivers and put them in a vented plastic bag. You place the bag with seasonal clothes before packing them away. Not only will the scent prevent them from moth harm, but also they'll smell great when you pull them out.

Odor-free Car: Place a few briquettes of charcoal under the seat of your car to absorb odors and keep it smelling fresh.  Make sure to use the type without the starting fluid on them or your car will smell of fuel.

Paint on Carpet: Spray with Windex® and wipe clean. 

Permanent Marker on Carpet: Dab a washcloth soaked in rubbing alcohol onto the marker stain. Do not rub it - just blot it - rotating the cloth to a clean spot every time.

Pet Urine on Carpet: First, blot up what you can with paper towels. Then, with warm, soapy water and a clean cloth, blot the area clean; rinse with clean water; blot until dry. Next, combine 1/3 cup white vinegar with 2/3 cup water and dab it on stain; rinse with clean water; blot until dry. Once the area is totally dry (at least 24 hours), sprinkle entire carpet with baking soda or rug deodorizer; vacuum after a few hours.

Photos Stuck Together: With a hair dryer on low, slowly melt them apart.

Roach Problem: Combine equal parts boric acid (a powder sold in hardware stores and drugstores) and sugar, mix well. Sprinkle in crevices and, if building or remodeling, between walls before putting up plaster board. Put the powder in jar lids; place lids behind the fridge and under sinks. Caution: Keep mixture away from children and pets.

Shower Doors: I have clear glass shower doors. I have tried everything from CLR®, to Comet®, to Clorox® - you name it, I've tried it. Today I decided to try something different. I found a bottle of Resolve® spot remover for carpet and fabric. I figured "Why not? I have tried everything else." All I did was spray the Resolve® on the shower and with no effort ran a dish sponge over it and rinsed and every bit of the soap scum came off. (Submitted by Angela Cook)

Smashed Down Carpet: To make the carpet stand back up after moving a piece of furniture, place an ice cube on the spot. As it melts, the piles will go back up.

Smelly Cooking Hands: Simply rub your hands over a stainless steel utensil under running water. This works especially well for the odor of garlic, onions or fish.

Smelly Shoes: Simply fill a tube sock with kitty litter, baking soda, or tea leaves; tie the end closed; and place the filled socks in the shoes when you're not wearing them. These sachets can be used over and over in any kind of shoe.

Sour Sponge: Soak the sponge in lemon juice and rinse it out. This will remove the odor for good but keep in mind that it is important to either dispose of, bleach, or run your sponge through your dishwasher regularly to keep bacteria from growing.

Stains in Plastic Storage Containers: Use a baking soda paste (baking soda and water) and rub into the stain. You can then rinse with vinegar (optional) and wash normally. Another method is to place container outside on a nice sunny day and the sun actually bleaches the stain out. To avoid stains in the first place, spray container with cooking spray before putting things in it that stain i.e. spaghetti sauce.

Stickers, Decals, and Glue: To remove them from furniture, glass, plastic, etc. saturate with vegetable oil and rub off.

Stuck-On Food in Pots, Pans, and Crockpots: Fill the pan with water and place a fabric softener sheet in the water. Allow the pan to soak overnight. The food will wipe right out!


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51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda

Personal Care
1. Make Toothpaste
A paste made from baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can
be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes. (Or here's
a formula for a minty version.) You can also just dip your toothbrush with
toothpaste into baking soda for an extra boost.
2. Freshen Your Mouth
Put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odors are
neutralized, not just covered up.
3. Soak Oral Appliance
Soak oral appliances, like retainers, mouthpieces, and dentures, in a
solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of
warm water. The baking soda loosens food particles and neutralizes odors to
keep appliances fresh. You can also brush appliances clean using baking soda
 
4. Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts
baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate
the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use. (For a stronger
exfoliant, try one of these great 5 Homemade Sugar Scrubs.)
5. Skip Harsh Deodorant
Pat baking soda onto your underarms to neutralize body odor.
6. Use as an Antacid
Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour
stomach and/or acid indigestion. Refer to baking soda package for
instructions.
7. Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin
For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a
salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your
hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower. For specific tips on
bee stings, see Bee Stings: Prevention and Treatment.
8. Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors
on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts
baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean. You can try this
honey and cornmeal scrub for hands too.
9. Help Your Hair
Vinegar is amazing for your hair, but baking soda has its place in the
shower too. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm along with
your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly-baking soda
helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is
cleaner and more manageable.
10. Clean Brushes and Combs
For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove
natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes
in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water.
Rinse and allow to dry.
11. Make a Bath Soak
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and
help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft.
Epsom salts are pretty miraculous for the bath too, read about the health
benefits of Epsom salt baths.
12. Soothe Your Feet
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet.
Gently scrub. You can also make a spa soak for your feet.
  
 
Cleaning
13. Make a Surface Soft Scrub
For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks-even
fiberglass and glossy tiles-sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp
sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra cleaning
power, make a paste with baking soda, course salt and liquid dish soap-let
it sit then scour off.
14. Handwash Dishes and Pots & Pans
Add 2 heaping tablespoons baking soda (along with your regular dish
detergent) to the dish water to help cut grease and foods left on dishes,
pots and pans. For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the baking soda and
detergent with water first, then use dry baking soda on a clean damp sponge
or cloth as a scratchless scouring powder. Using a dishwasher? Try these
energy saving tips.
15. Freshen Sponges
Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of
the mess (4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water).
For more thorough disinfecting, use the microwave.
16. Clean the Microwave
Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the
microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.
17. Polish Silver Flatware
Use a baking soda paste made with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub
onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for
shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces.
18. Clean Coffee and Tea Pots
Remove coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing mugs
and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm
water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the baking soda
solution and detergent or scrubbing with baking soda on a clean damp sponge.
19. Clean the Oven
Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Spray with water to dampen
the baking soda. Let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub, scoop the baking
soda and grime out with a sponge, or vacuum, and rinse.
20. Clean Floors
Remove dirt and grime (without unwanted scratch marks) from no wax and tile
floors using 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water-mop and rinse
clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use baking soda on a clean
damp sponge, then rinse. Read Natural Floor Cleaning for more tips on
avoiding toxic floor cleaners.
21. Clean Furniture
You can make a homemade lemon furniture polish, or you can clean and remove
marks (even crayon) from walls and painted furniture by applying baking soda
to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth. 
22. Clean Shower Curtains
Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda
directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse
clean. Hang it up to dry.
23. Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent
Give your laundry a boost by adding ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry to
make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets
clothes cleaner, fresher, and brighter.
24. Gently Clean Baby Clothes
Baby skin requires the most gentle of cleansers, which are increasingly
available, but odor and stain fighters are often harsh. For tough stains add
1/2 cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a 1/2 cup in the
rinse cycle for deodorization.
25. Clean Cloth Diapers
Dissolve ½ cup of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and soak diapers
thoroughly.
26. Clean and Freshen Sports Gear
Use a baking soda solution (4 tablespoons Baking soda in 1 quart warm water)
to clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment. Sprinkle baking soda into
golf bags and gym bags to deodorize, clean golf irons (without scratching
them!) with a baking soda paste (3 parts Baking sodato 1 part water) and a
brush. Rinse thoroughly.
27. Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Use Baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage
floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a
wet brush.
28. Clean Batteries
Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers
etc. because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals
before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply
with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After
cleaning and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to
prevent future corrosion. Please be careful when working around a
battery-they contain a strong acid.
29. Clean Cars
Use baking soda to clean your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl
seats and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks. Use a
baking soda solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Apply
with a sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs, and tar.
For stubborn stains use baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush
Here's how Sustainable Dave washes his car.
  
Deodorizing
30. Deodorize Your Refrigerator
Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.
31. Deodorize the Cutting Board
Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse. For how to more
thoroughly clean your cutting board, see How To Clean Your Cutting Boards.
32. Deodorize Trashcans
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trashcan to keep stinky trash
smells at bay.
33. Deodorize Recyclables
Sprinkle baking soda on top as you add to the container. Also, clean your
recyclable container periodically by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge
Wipe clean and rinse. Learn about how to recycle everythin.
34. Deodorize Drains
To deodorize your sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from
resurfacing, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm
tap water-it will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain.
(This a good way to dispose of baking soda that is being retired from your
refrigerator.) Do you know what you're not supposed to put down your drains?
35. Deodorize and Clean Dishwashers
Use Baking soda to deodorize before you run the dishwasher and then as a
gentle cleanser in the wash cycle.
36. Deodorize Garbage Disposals
To deodorize your disposal, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour
baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water. Baking Soda will
neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain.
37. Deodorize Lunch Boxes
Between uses, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in everyone's lunch box
to absorb lingering odors. Read bout safe lunch boxes here.
38. Remove Odor From Carpets
Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long
as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger
amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum
cleaner bag will get full and heavy.)
39. Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaners
By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum
cleaner.
40. Freshen Closets
Place a box on the shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh, then follow
these tips to organize your closet in an eco-friendly way.
41. Deodorizing Cars
Odors settle into car upholstery and carpet, so each time you step in and
sit down, they are released into the air all over again. Eliminate these
odors by sprinkling baking soda directly on fabric car seats and carpets.
Wait 15 minutes (or longer for strong odors) and vacuum up the baking soda.
42. Deodorize the Cat Box
Cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda, then fill as usual with litter
To freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter after
a thorough cleaning. You can also use green tea for this purpose!
43. Deodorize Pet Bedding
Eliminate odors from your pets bedding by sprinkling liberally with baking
soda, wait 15 minutes (or longer for stronger odors), then vacuum up.
44. Deodorize Sneakers
Keep odors from spreading in smelly sneakers by shaking baking soda into
them when not in use. Shake out before wearing. When they're no longer
wearable, make sure to donate your old sneakers.
45. Freshen Linens
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels.
You can also make homemade lavender linen water with this formula.
46. Deodorize Your Wash
Gym clothes of other odoriferous clothing can be neutralized with a ½ cup of
baking soda in the rinse cycle.
47. Freshen Stuffed Animals
Keep favorite cuddly toys fresh with a dry shower of baking soda. Sprinkle
baking soda on and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing off.
 
Miscellaneous
48. Camping Cure-all
Baking soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. Its a dish washer,
pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste,f ire extinguisher and
many other uses.
49. Extinguish Fires
Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying
pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of
the flame to help put out the fire-and call the Fire Department just to be
safe. (And, you should have a fire entinguisher on hand anyway, here's why.
50. Septic Care
Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. 1 cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH in your septic tank.
51. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub
Baking soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and
rinse. Here's another way to clean your vegetables as well.

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Kitty Humor from the Minds of Persons of Note
1. "Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will pee on your computer." -- Bruce Graham
2. "There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." -- Unknown
3. "Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." -- Anonymous
4. "Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." -- Jeff Valdez
5. "In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats." -- English proverb
6. "As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat." -- Ellen Perry Berkeley
7. "One cat just leads to another." -- Ernest Hemingway 
8. "Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message -- and get back to you later." -- Mary Bly 
9. "Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." -- Joseph Wood Krutch
10. "People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life." -- Faith Resnick
11. "There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." -- Anonymous
12. "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." -- Hippolyte Taine 
13. "No, Heaven will not ever Heaven be; Unless my cats are there to welcome me." -- Unknown
14. "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." -- Albert Schweitzer
15. "The cat has too much spirit to have no heart." -- Ernest Menaul 
16. "Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God." 
17. "Time spent with cats is never wasted." -- Colette
18. "Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well." -- Missy Dizick
19. "You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." -- Colonial American proverb 
20. "Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." -- Joseph Wood Krutch
21. "I got rid of my husband. The cat was allergic."
22. "My husband said it was him or the cat ... I miss my husband sometimes."
23. "Cats aren't clean, they're just covered with cat spit."









Benefits of garlic

According to folklore, this bulb of goodness helps to keep away vampires and evil spirits.
The botanical name for garlic plant is Allium Sativum and garlic has nicknamed as a ‘wonder drug’ because it enjoys a good reputation for treating illness. It has been traditionally used for medicinal as well as culinary purposes since olden times. And this continues even today, as doctors and medical experts in today’s age support this claim. Read on to find out about the health benefits of garlic:
To seek relief from dental problems like toothache, garlic is a natural remedy. Apply a piece of crushed garlic or better still, dab a tiny piece of cotton in garlic oil and apply it on the affected area to seek quick relief.
Garlic possesses antiviral properties that helps the body to fight allergies.
To get rid of the cold and flu, eating a small amount of raw garlic is helpful. Eat two to three cloves of garlic a day for a few days.
Raw garlic is good for people who wish to loose weight. Drink a glass of warm water mixed with the juice of half a lime along with two to three chopped cloves of raw garlic. Doing this regularly on an empty stomach in the morning on a regular basis, will aid in fat loss.
Skin problems like acne, pimples, blackheads and blemishes too, can be dealt with garlic. Applying crushed clove on your acne and pimples may cause a burning sensation, however, since garlic contains anti-septic properties it will help in fighting the infection from spreading further.
Making garlic a regular part of your diet is good because garlic acts as a natural blood purifier. Also, problems like blood pressure and bad cholesterol can be controlled by consuming raw garlic regularly.
Garlic is also a good source of anti-carcinogenic properties, which help in the prevention of lifethreatening diseases like cancer by preventing the cancerous cells to develop into tumours and also prevents the further growth of tumours.
If you wish to use some natural product instead of the numerous anti-ageing creams, garlic too, can help you here. That’s because garlic contains anti-oxidant properties that help in preventing the formation of free radicals in the body, thereby reducing wrinkles.

Garlic is also beneficial for pregnant women as it helps prevents the baby from being under weight, which is not a good sign. By regularly consuming garlic, the baby will be born heavier.

Coffee filters....
Sure saves washing dishes too.
Better than paper towels and a lot less expensive.
 
Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing, even the large ones. 

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.  

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.
 
3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
 
4.  Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter. 
 
5.  Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust. 

6.  Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.  

7.  Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter. 

8.  Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale. 

9.  Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods. 

10.  Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes. 

11.  Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter. 

12.  Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters. 

13.  Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken  fingers, etc on them.  It soaks out all the grease.  

14.  Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick  fixers." 
 
15.   As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliquéing soft fabrics. 
 
16.  Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors. 
 
17.  Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews. 
 
18.  Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car. 
 
19.  Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills. 
 
20.  Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash. 
 
21.  Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage. 
 
22.  Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls. 
 
23.  Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout. 
 
24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book. 
 
25.  Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc. 

OH YEAH THEY ARE GREAT TO USE IN YOUR COFFEE MAKERS

Amazing simple home remedies : these really work!! 

1. To avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables, get someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop.

2. To avoid arguments with the females about lifting the toilet seat - use the sink.

3. For high blood pressure sufferers ~ simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure on your veins. [remember to use a timer.]

4. A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.

5. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives - you'll be afraid to cough.

6. You only need two tools in life - wd-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the wd-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape..

7. If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.


HOUSEHOLD CLEANER

You peel 2 oranges, or in my case, 2 grapefruits, and soak them in vinegar for 2 weeks in a tightly sealed mason jar. I put mine in the window sill. This is for a household cleaner, but what I discovered is that this stuff takes iron stains off of the sink, faucets, showers and toilets and it works better than Lime Away and almost as good as Iron Out!!!! Non toxic too! I LOVE IT!!!!! Gael Orr