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Cherry Dump Cake

Tuesday, Oct, 21 2014

1 box regular yellow cake mix
1 (20 oz.) can cherry pie filling
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple or tidbits, undrained
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Grease a 9x13 pan.  Spread pineapple with juice in bottom of pan.  Top with the pie filling.  Spread dry cake  mix over all.  Pour melted butter evenly over top.  Sprinkle with nuts.  Bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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Picnic Cake

Wednesday, Oct, 15 2014

1 cup chopped dates
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup boiling water
Mix together and let cool.
1 cup sugar
½ cup Crisco
2 eggs, beaten
1-1/4 cups plus 2 T. flour
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking soda
Cream together cake ingredients; add date mixture and blend well.  Our into a greased 9x13 pan.
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup chopped walnuts
¾ cup chocolate chips
Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over batter.  Bake at 350º for 40 minutes.

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Beef Vegetable Soup

Wednesday, Oct, 15 2014


1 to 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef

1 onion, chopped

4-6 stalks celery, chopped

1 can stewed tomatoes

1 can kidney  beans, drained

1 large container Swanson’s chicken broth

Chili powder to taste

Bag of frozen mixed vegetables (1/2 bag or more)

1 to 2 cups chopped carrots

Salt and pepper to taste

1 small head cabbage, chopped

Ground beef browned with chopped onions.  Add celery, carrots, stewed  tomatoes, kidney beans and large container Swanson’s chicken broth, chili powder.  Simmer until vegetables are tender.  Add part of a bag of frozen mixed vegetables,  salt and pepper to taste.  Add chopped cabbage last 30 minutes.

Note:  For added flavor, add Knorr vegetable dip mix, about 1/2 env.  optional.

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Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Tuesday, Oct, 14 2014


Hydrogen peroxide is a non-toxic cleaner for many areas of your home Here are 10 ways you can use that brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your home's advantage.

In your kitchen:
1. Clean your cutting board and countertop.
Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away any nasties left after preparing meat or fish for dinner. Add hydrogen peroxide to an opaque spray bottle -- exposure to light kills its effectiveness -- and spray on your surfaces. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean.
2. Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher.
Because it's non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning places that store food and dishes. Just spray the appliance outside and in, let the solution sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean.
3. Clean your sponges.
Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.
4. Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans.
Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

In your bathroom:
5. Whiten bathtub grout.
If excess moisture has left your tub grout dingy, first dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit -- it may bubble slightly -- for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times, depending on how much mildew you have, but eventually your grout will be white again.
6. Clean the toilet bowl.
Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

In your laundry room:
7. Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths.
Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains -- just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It's a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.
Anywhere in your house:
8. Brighten dingy floors.
Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it's so mild, it's safe for any floor type, and there's no need to rinse.
9. Clean kids' toys and play areas.
Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it's not a lung irritant. Fill an opaque spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis. You could also soak a rag in peroxide to make a wipe.

10. Help out your plants.
To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you're spritzing plants.

posted by: Kathy Keene 11 month(s) ago Comment On This Post

Common Foods You Can Keep After The Expiration Date

Monday, Oct, 13 2014

Common Foods Many people think that as soon as the expiration date comes around, their food becomes toxic. While you should always proceed with caution, many of these foods are safe to consume for up to months after the date listed.

Some people throw out their milk the day after it expires, but in reality you have a little time before it completely spoils. Just smell the milk before you drink it -- if it smells sour, it should be thrown away. You can also tell it is expired if the milk seems chunky or otherwise discolored. If it smells and looks alright, then it is safe to drink. Most milk stays good up to a week after the sell-by date, as long as it's properly refrigerated.

While fresh meat shouldn't be eaten more than a day or two past the expiration date, frozen meat can actually keep for months. In fact, you can store frozen meat for a year or longer depending on its storage. So if you find a good deal on steaks or chicken, feel free to stock up, freeze, and enjoy throughout the year without worrying that it will go bad.

Canned Goods
Expiration dates on canned goods are often very wrong -- a properly stored canned good (kept in a dark, cooler area of the house) can keep for years past the expiration date. This is because there is no oxygen getting into the can, creating bacteria. This is why many people stock up on canned good in case of an emergency. Just don't forget a can opener!

Fun fact: America is one of the only countries in the world where people refrigerate their eggs. The reasons for this are fairly complicated and involve regulations for and against washing the eggs. When it comes to spoiling, however, there is a very simply way to tell if your egg is good: if it sinks to the bottom it is fine to eat, if it floats throw it out. Most eggs will stay fresh for up to a month after the sell-by date.

People love going to bakery thrift stores to get great deals on day old bread. This means that the bread is about to go bad, right? Not necessarily. If a person freezes bread, it will keep for significantly longer than leaving it in the bread box or refrigerator. If your family eats a lot of sandwiches, it might make sense to stock on bread and freeze it.

People may not realize it, but pasta actually keeps for much longer than the printed date. This is welcome news for smaller families who may only need half a box and wind up throwing the rest out. Because it's a dry good, pasta will keep much longer than the expiration date says. There is a relatively simply test for freshness: if it feels stale or has a funny smell, throw it away. Also, be sure to keep pasta in your pantry and not in the refrigerator.

Despite having an expiration date, bottled water actually never goes bad. The date is printed on the bottled because most states require all food and beverages to carry an expiration date. The flavor of the water may change over time, but bottled water that is kept sealed will stay good indefinitely. There are certain studies that say that the plastic bottle itself may be detrimental to the quality of the water, as chemicals may leach in. But this is the case with fresh bottles of water as well.

Packaged Greens
Lettuce, spinach or other greens will sometimes look wilted if left in the fridge for too long. However, a cold water bath can revive these greens, making them perfectly edible. However, lettuce that is visibly decayed should be thrown away.

Potato Chips
Surprisingly, potato chips will stay fresh for months after their expiration date, with proper storage of course. This is because they are usually highly processed. If they smell or taste stale, then obviously they need to be thrown out.

As long as your store-bought mayonnaise jar has been stored at the correct temperate it can actually be used 3 to 4 months after the expiration date. So if you finally decide to clean out your fridge you can hold back on throwing out your Mayonnaise jar for a few months longer.

Hard Cheese
Cheese is another thing that tends to get lost in the fridge only to be found a few weeks later or when a hungry guest drops by unexpected. Along as the cheese is stored at the correct temperature, cheese can be eaten up to 4 weeks after the expiration date, even if the cheese has been opened.

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