by JoAnn Derson
- Make ice cubes out of punch when you are entertaining. I like to make different combinations, which can be adapted for adult and child parties. One that I like very much is to make ice cubes from red fruit punch and then float them in lemonade. As the cubes melt, the mixture turns pinky-orange.
—I.F. in Missouri
- Bring egg whites to room temperature before whipping. You will get better volume, and they will be more stable.
- Ever make a delicious dinner that in-volves some stinky ingredients? This happens when I make broccoli cauliflower casserole, or pork and sauerkraut. No worries; you don’t have to smell that smell all day. Just simmer a pan of vinegar on the stove while making foods that are odorous. The vinegar smell goes away quickly, taking with it any other odors. All that’s left is the smell of yummy.
—M.N. in South Carolina
- Wash bath towels in cold water. It preserves color and still cleans them well. Add a clean, dry bath towel to smaller dryer loads to speed up drying time.• Turn down the maximum temperature on your family’s water heater. You will do two things: One is to avoid accidental scalding, which is especially important if you have young children or seniors in your house. The other is to lower your electric bill, because the water heater will not have to work as hard to keep that big tank of water so hot.
—T.D. in New Mexico
- Keep a few bandanas handy in cold weather. They can be used as a mouth/ face cover to keep your nose from freezing. They are easy to store in a pocket, and easy to put on and remove.
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