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CARING for YOUR PRECIOUS CLOTHING
I received a beautiful dressing gown for Christmas. I looked at the laundering label and was a bit puzzled about what some of the symbols there represented. Then I found a good page on laundry, ironing and dry-cleaning symbols:
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Boiling a Whole 10-Pound Bag of Potatoes Uses Less Energy than Many Little Batches
©M-J de Mesterton 2015
To boil a whole sack of spuds at once, I added a tablespoon of salt and a quarter-cup of vinegar to the water in this huge stock-pot. The potatoes came out of the sack clean enough to dump directly into the pot. I turned on the gas and waited for them to start boiling, then let them simmer for thirty minutes.
Reserve the Potato-Water to Use as Fertilizer for Your Garden
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When the boiled potatoes were soft enough to eat but still firm enough to slice, I turned off the gas. I then transferred the potato-water to a more manageable pot. Because the large stock-pot filled with potatoes and water was too heavy for me to handle, I used a heat-proof pitcher to ladle it out, and poured the remaining hot water into a bowl in the sink. Later, when this nutrient-rich water is cool, I shall take these vessels of liquid to the garden and water plants with them.
The potatoes, after having been drained of hot water, sat covered in the stock-pot to cool for a few minutes. To peel them, I simply throw some ice and cold water over the potatoes, let sit for ten minutes, then the jackets will slide off easily, leaving a very attractive spud indeed, ready to be frozen for later use. I developed this method of preparing potatoes for the future when an economy-sized bag of them threatened to sprout. To prevent the spuds from going bad, I boiled and peeled and froze them. They are perfect when turned into gratin Dauphinois, hash-browns and mashed potatoes.
©M-J de Mesterton 2015
These boiled potatoes are ready to be doused with ice-water for easy peeling. When the spud-jackets are removed this way, there is no waste like there is when a peeler is used on raw potatoes. These particular potatoes have such delicate skins that, testing them for softness, I smashed one in a bowl, seasoned it with Himalayan salt and pepper: the little spud, jacket included, was delicious!
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Waffle-Weave Towels Dry Quickly in the Sun
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Elegant Simplicity: Peaches and Cream
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Lowe's Home Improvement has a lot of ideas for making elegant Christmas wreaths with ordinary things--click here for photos and instructions. I think that this white wreath would be good for many occasions other than and including Christmas.
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|Fried eggs are placed on lightly sautéed tortillas, then covered with red chile gravy and Cheddar cheese. ©M-J de Mesterton The Elegant Cook|
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Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide
Toothbrush-Safety Soak your toothbrush in 3% hydrogen peroxide between brushings to kill bacteria
Shower Keep a spray bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide in the shower for spraying walls and floors of the shower, to kill bacteria bugs and viruses.
Dishwashing Add 2 ounces (or more) of 3% hydrogen peroxide to the regular washing formula to safely reduce the transmission of colds and diseases.
Cleaning Meats Use salt and 3% hydrogen peroxide in chilled water for washing fish, chicken or other meats to kill bacteria and viruses before cooking.
Cleaning Vegetables Add salt in addition to 1/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of cold water. Wash vegetables thoroughly, rinse with cold water and drain. This process prolongs freshness.
Leftover Green Salad Spray with a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Drain, cover and refrigerate. Eliminates use of chemical preservatives.
Kitchen Keep a spray bottle of 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide in the kitchen. Use this liquid to wipe off counter tops and appliances. It will disinfect and give the kitchen a clean, fresh smell. Use for cleaning refrigerators and lunch boxes.
Humidifiers Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water. This helps to keep them clean and germ-free.
Laundry Add 8 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your wash instead of chlorine bleach.
Pets For small animals (dogs and cats), use 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 quart water for their drinking water and bath.
House-Plants Put 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide in a quart water., then feed or mist plants with this solution.
Sprouting Safety Add 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide to one pint of water and soak the seeds overnight. Add the same amount of hydrogen peroxide each time you rinse the seeds.
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|The foods that I have cooked in my Green Pan slide right out; resultant residue is easily rinsed off, making clean-up easy and water-efficient. ©M-J de Mesterton|
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Now that hotels world-wide are infested with bedbugs and dog-fleas,
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