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Take 1 pkg. (9 oz.) BAKER'S Real Chocolate Melts and mix & match your recipe from these options...
recipe ideastopping choicesRocky Road Bark1/2 cup PLANTERS COCKTAIL Peanuts, 1/2 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature MarshmallowsCaramel-Pecan Bark1/2 cup PLANTERS Pecan Pieces, 10 KRAFT Caramels melted with 2 tsp. waterCandy Cane Bark1/4 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candiesS'more Bark1/2 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows; 2 HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, coarsely crushed (about 1/2 cup)
then follow our 3 simple steps:
MELT chocolate as directed on package.
SPREAD half of the chocolate onto wax paper-covered baking sheet. Add toppings. Drizzle evenly with remaining chocolate.
REFRIGERATE 1-1/2 hours or until firm. Break into pieces. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.
1. Eucalyptus oil removes the gummy residue left by shop stickers.
2. Buffing a marble tabletop with car polish leaves a thin, invisible film that helps reduce the risk of stains.
3. To remove furniture indentations from pure wool carpet place a tea towel over the area and then press with a warm iron. The heat will lift the fibres. Do not attempt this with synthetic or a wool/synthetic mix carpet.
4. Light a match and let it burn a few seconds to remove toilet smells.
5. To stop bathroom mirrors steaming up, regularly rub a dry bar of soap over the surface and rub in with a clean cloth.
6. Stop clothes with thin straps falling off hangers by sticking small felt furniture pads onto the hanger just beyond where the straps sit.
7. To remove oil from silk clothing, gently rub cornflour into the area and lightly brush off. Cover the oil mark completely with more cornflour and leave to sit for a few hours. Shake clothing free of flour and then hand wash, or use a gentle machine cycle, using soap suitable for delicates.
8. To keep spiders or any other nasty surprises out of shoes you keep outside, (such as your gardening shoes or work boots), place old stockings over the top of them. Make sure the stockings don’t have holes in them, and if they don’t fit snugly over the top, use an elastic band to secure them.
9. To make candles last longer, cover with a plastic bag and place in the freezer for 24 hours before lighting.
10. To keep your car windows ice and frost free when left outside overnight in the wintertime, mix three parts vinegar to one part water, put it in a spray bottle and spray on the windows as needed.
11. To prevent buttons from becoming loose or undone, dab a little clear nail varnish on the top thread or onto the stem of the thread and leave to dry.
12. To remove pollen from the stamen of flowers, take a piece of sticky tape about five centimetres long, gently press the sticky side to the pollen mark and lift off. Repeat with clean sticky tape as required. Do not try to brush it off.
13. To reuse the bits of soap that are always left over, combine them with glycerine and some warm water. Pour into a bottle for a handmade liquid soap.
14. To pick up small fragments of broken glass, press pieces of bread onto the affected area.
15. If you have an aquarium, save the water each time you change it and water your house plants with it. It’s full of nutrients and makes a great fertiliser.
16. To stop ants entering your house, draw a chalk line on the ground where you want them to stop. If you live in a rainy area where ants are a problem, you must re-draw the chalk lines each time it rains.
17. To deter silverfish, place whole cloves in wardrobes and drawers.
18. To get blood out of fabrics, use hydrogen peroxide. Apply it directly to the stain and then launder in the washing machine.
19. To remove body oil stains from collars and cuffs of coloured shirts and blouses, rub hair shampoo directly on the stains. Rinse out the shampoo, then wash the clothes as usual.
20. To revive a vase of wilted flowers, add a teaspoon of mild detergent.
21. Use leftover styrofoam peanuts as great drainage in the bottom of a pot.
22. To stop drawers from sticking, rub a bar of soap across the runners to make them glide smoothly.
23. To prevent ash from flying everywhere when cleaning out a fireplace, use a spray bottle filled with water to cover the ashes with a light mist.
24. To clean the bottom of the iron, sprinkle salt on the ironing board and iron back and forth.
25. To locate light switches in the dark, put a dot of luminous paint on tape and stick to the switches.
26. To keep pinking shears or scissors sharp, cut through a sheet of folded aluminium foil or coarse sandpaper.
27. To leave a room smelling fresh after you have vacuumed, place a few drops of your favourite essential oil (such as lavender or peppermint) near the vent where the hot air is released. The air warms the oil and blows it into the room.
28. To mask unpleasant odors, put some coffee beans in a saucepan and burn them. The smell of coffee will overpower the other nasty odors.
29. To clean a microwave oven, add four tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe them with a soft cloth.
30. To clean a stainless-steel sink, put the stopper in the sink with two denture-cleaning tablets and half fill with water; leave for several hours or overnight and the next day it should be sparkling. Then use the water to clean the draining board, too.
31. To remove fingerprints from stainless-steel appliances, place a small amount of baby oil on a napkin and wipe the affected areas. The fingerprints will just wipe away.
32. To remove marker pen off hard surfaces, spray on hair spray and then wipe it off.
33. To remove cat and dog hair from clothes and furniture, rub them with damp rubber gloves.
34. To clean your shower curtain, wash it in the washing machine with about one cup each of vinegar and bleach, some white towels and a normal amount of washing powder. Adding fabric softener will help keep the curtain clean. When the load is done, return the curtains to their place in the bathroom to drip dry. The wrinkles will disappear in a day or so. (Check your washing machine manual to ensure it’s okay to use bleach).
35. To clean glass windows, add about one tablespoon of cornstarch to about one litre of lukewarm water. Wet and a rag or squeegee, remove excessive water and wipe down glass as if using regular glass cleaner. Dry with either a soft cloth or paper.
36. To restore toilet bowls back to their shiny best, clean with old, flat Coke or Pepsi. To dissolve limescale, leave the soda overnight to soak.
37. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to clean the tops and creases of Roman blinds.
38. Vacuuming a mattress, particularly along piping and crevices, removes dead skin cells that attract dust mites.
39. Clove oil (sold in chemists for toothaches) kills mould spores. Mix three drops in one litre of water and then use to wipe down areas susceptible to mould.
40. To get rid of the smell of garlic from your hands, rub against stainless steel – your sink is ideal. Then wash hands with soap or detergent.
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Why Use Vinegar?Vinegar works as a natural alternative to fabric softener. This means you can skip an expensive laudry product and use vinegar instead. Vinegar has an added benefit of helping to fully break down laundry detergent and its residue. Your clothes can actually be cleaner and softer when you add vinegar to the washing machine. Using vinegar will cause less detergent sensitive allergies for families that struggle with sensitive skin.
How Much Vinegar to Use?
Adding 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine will work naturally to soften your laundry.
What About the Smell?
Don't be put off by the fragrance of vinegar. The odor disappears when vinegar dries.
Cleaning a Washing Machine?
Vinegar is a great tool to use to freshen and clean your washing machine. Add a cup of vinegar where you would normally put laundry detergent and wash an empty load on the hottest water available. This will freshen the washing machine and remove leftover soap residue. http://housekeeping.about.com/cs/laundry/qt/vinegarlaundry.htm
Unexpected New Uses for Kitchen Items These items step up to the plate in less time than it takes to heat up leftovers.
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1. Dusting: used dryer sheets can knock the dust off nearly any surface, including furniture, blinds, car interiors, baseboards/molding. Also works for sawdust and drywall compound.
2. Keep bugs away: Place under lawn furniture to repel bees from your juicy flesh and encourage them back to the flowers, where they belong. You can also rub a sheet directly on your bare skin to discourage would- be buggers from leaving their mark.
3. Keep your clothes fresh: tuck a few fabric-sheets in your drawers to keep that ‘just-washed’ smell happening for weeks. Throw one in your dirty clothes hamper to prevent any rampant, residual odors from escaping into your bedroom.
4. Scrub your showers: Lightly wet a used dryer sheet, and scrub to remove soap build-up and mineral deposits.
5. Freshen your home: Place (or tape) a dryer sheet on your HVAC vents to scent the air circulating through your home. You can even place one alongside your filter in your central heating unit to distribute the scent. Also works on ceiling fans and on the back of box/portable fans.
6. Reduce static cling: Pat your self with a sheet to combat static on your clothes, stockings, and even long hair!
8. Clean your laundry room: When you finish drying a load, hold on to the dryer sheet, and wipe down the inside of your dryer’s drum, your lint trap, the outside of your washing machine and dryer, and scrub away any excess or spilt laundry detergent.
9. Scrub the bugs from your car: Summer drives often equal insect gut polka dots all over your auto’s body and windshield. Simply wet your car down, and use a dryer sheet to scrub away carnage with ease.
10. Wipe up hair: The cling of a dryer sheet is perfect to wipe up pet hair from your furniture, or even your own hair from your bathroom.
11. In your shoes: Toss a dryer sheet in the toes of your shoes to minimize odors and prolong the just-purchased smell.
12. While traveling: Place a few dryer sheets in between items in your suitcase to keep both your clothes fresh and to prevent your items from picking up any mustiness from old luggage.
13. In your crafts: Use dryer sheets to add texture to cards, scrapbooks, etc. Also use for reinforcement in appliqué and quilting work.
14. For diapers: Keep your used dryer sheets in your diaper bag, and roll one up in the diaper to prevent odors before you have to chance to throw it away.
15. In the kitchen: Soak cookware with burnt or baked-on food in warm water, with a dryer sheet or two. Makes clean-up easier than you’d expect. Also works on cook tops and dingy cabinet doors.
16. Clean paint brushes: Soak your used paintbrushes in warm water with a dryer sheet, and that pesky latex paint will come off in under a minute.
17. In books: placing a dryer sheet in new books or photo albums will keep them smelling fresh, and can combat the musty paper smell of used or old books. Also works as a killer bookmark.
18. In toilet paper: Roll up a dryer sheet in your toilet paper roll. Each time you spin, it releases a little freshness into your bathroom.
19. As you sleep: keep a fabric-softener sheet in your pillow case and under your mattress or mattress pad for sweet dreams of summer all year ‘round.
20. While sewing: use a dryer sheet to store your needles while threaded to keep them from tangling, for paper piecing whilst you quilt, and for backing for embroidery.
21. Repel rodents: Use dryer sheets to keep out mice, skunks, squirrels, rats, etc from your basement, garages, boats, campers, and clubhouses.
22. In your car: stash dryer sheets under your car seats and floor mats, and in your glove box and trunk for fresh scents as you travel.
23. At work: Hide dryer sheets in drawers, behind computers, and in cabinetry to keep your workspace fresh, and combat your co-workers awful perfume or stale cigarette scent.
24. In you vacuum cleaner: Place a dryer sheet in your vacuum bag or dust containment unit. As the hot air moves as you vacuum, you’ll bulk up your cleaning efforts. (Make sure this is in NO WAY a fire hazard)
25. In storage: tuck dryer sheets in your rarely used items such as luggage, sports equipment, or specialty craft or kitchen items to prevent the inevitable smells of basements, attics, and garages.
Directions1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square baking pan.
2. Place chocolate and butter in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Add eggs, vanilla and instant coffee, stirring until well blended. Stir in sugar, flour, baking soda and salt; blend completely. Stir in nuts, if desired. Spread batter in prepared pan.
3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. About 20 brownies.
When the temperature drops and the weather becomes unbearable, remember that pets, just like humans, want to feel warm at all times. It's our job as responsible pet parents to make sure that our pets do not suffer the effects of the cold weather.
Ensuring the health and well-being of your pet should be a pet parents's top priority, especially during winter. Here are 5 tips on pet safety during the cold winter months.
How to tell if your pet is too cold
Dogs need to go outside to get exercise and take care of business regardless of the weather. However going outside in inclement weather can be dangerous.
Some things that may affect your dog's ability to tolerate the cold include coat density, and your dog's age, size, and health status. When you take your dog out during frigid winter weather, how do you know when your dog is getting too cold?
Here are 4 signs that your pet is too cold:
What are the signs of hypothermia in pets?
Hypothermia is a result of low body temperature in pets. When your pet is exposed to cold weather for long periods of time, your pet may suffer from hypothermia, and wet skin and fur can exacerbate the condition. That's why it's important to notice the first signs of hypothermia.
Hypothermia signs include:
What are the signs of frostbite in pets?
Some signs of frostbite are skin that appears pale or grey, and skin that is cool and sometimes hard to the touch. The commonly affected areas are parts on your pet's body least protected by fur including toes, ears, the tip of the tail, and the scrotum. The affected frostbitten area may become red and swollen, and may even begin to peel. As your pet's circulation returns it may be very painful for your pet. Dead skin and tissue separates from the body in one to three weeks.
Treat frostbite by slowly wrapping your pet's body in warm dry towels or blankets and placing hot water bottles wrapped in towels nearby, which act like a heater. It's important not to rub or massage your pet's affected area. If you suspect frostbite in your pet, take him or her to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
How do I prevent winter health problems?
A good rule of thumb: if it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your pet. So if you have an outdoor pet, keep him or her indoors during extreme temperatures.
Prevent future winter health problems with these tips below:
Other winter health concerns
Other concerns during the winter include sore, cracked paws from ice and salt exposure, the risk of antifreeze ingestion, and painful joints.
Sore cracked paws: occur when your pet is walking outside on ice and salted walkways. This can cause a lot of pain to your pet's paws if not taken care of properly. Every time you come back from a walk, make sure that you wipe off your pet’s foot pads with a damp towel or grooming wipes.
Antifreeze ingestion: the first signs of antifreeze ingestion include lethargy, lack of coordination, weakness, or depression. In later stages, your pet may experience vomiting, diarrhea, inability to urinate and gastric ulcers. Pets that have ingested antifreeze must be treated quickly. So seek care immediately. To prevent antifreeze ingestion, make sure to check the ground for spillage frequently. Also, keep your pet's water bowl filled with fresh water; since a thirsty pet is more inclined to drink antifreeze.
Tip: Keep water from freezing in the bowl by placing a heated pad under it.
Painful joints: occur in the wintertime frequently due to cold weather. This is the time of year when old, creaky painful joints may flare up. Giving your pet a joint supplement with omega fatty acids and providing a plush,orthopedic bed, can help reduce joint-related issues.
Max's Tip: Prevention is key; keep your pet out of the elements during cold temperatures and limit his or her exposure to ice and snow.
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