Helpful tips for July 2018 – use for several situations

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Helpful tips for July 2018

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General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

General tips
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Here is something interesting about the difference between outdoor air and
indoor air:
Yes, indoor air contains more pollution.

A proven technique to making nice soft jello:
Spread jello in a mixing bowl.
Then pour 1 cup of boiling water over it.
Next pour 1 cup of cold water over it.
Add fruits but first drain them.
Place in fridge to set.

How do you know when your sponge has seen its final days?
When it goes soft and droopy.

Okay, some interesting facts about cats and dogs:
Cats are part of the lion’s family and
Dogs are part of the Wolf’s family.

Some important facts about eggs:
Buying eggs
At the store, open the carton and inspect the eggs to see whether there are
any broken or cracked eggs and also test the weight by holding one in your
hand. The heavier the egg, the fresher it is.
When eggs are really fresh, the air cell within them is very small. As the
eggs age, moisture is lost and is replaced by air, which means that the eggs
will become lighter and lighter in weight, as the air cell grows bigger and
the egg becomes less fresh.
The way in which the eggs are stored can also affect their quality and
Storing eggs
You should store the eggs in the refrigerator at a constant temperature of
40 degrees or below. Temperatures above 40 degrees may lead bacteria to grow
and rapidly multiply.
Keep the eggs in the original carton and place them on one of the shelves
inside the fridge, where the temperature is cold and consistent.
Do not store the eggs inside the fridge door, where warm air enters the
fridge each time the door is opened. Eggs may be kept for up to five weeks
if stored properly in the refrigerator.
Eggs are susceptible to changes in temperature, which can result in loss of
Make sure that the eggs are kept in the same position as when they were
packaged, with the pointed end facing downwards, as this prevents any damage
to the air cell.
Keeping the eggs in their original carton is very important, as the
protective cardboard slows down moisture loss and protects the eggs from the
absorption of strong odors and flavors, through their porous shells, from
nearby strong-smelling foods. The best before date can also be seen if the
eggs are kept in the original packaging.
Some people store eggs in a cool larder or room, as many recipes call for
eggs to be used at room temperature; however, eggs will deteriorate quicker
at a warmer temperature.
24 hours of storage in the refrigerator is the same as 4 to 5 days in a cool
Eggs stored in a cool room, should really be consumed within two weeks.
To warm eggs up to room temperature for certain recipes, either remove the
eggs from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before needed, or place the
eggs in a bowl of very warm water for several minutes.
Freezing Eggs:
How to freeze an egg
It is possible to freeze eggs, but they must be removed from their shells
and placed in a small airtight container or freezer bag.
If you wish to freeze whole eggs, beat the eggs until they have blended
together and place them in an airtight plastic container. Label the
container with the date and the number of eggs.
The same can be carried out for egg whites, but egg yolks require a bit more
Beat the egg yolks in a bowl and add a pinch of salt if they are to be used
for savory dishes, or a pinch of sugar, for sweet dishes. This will stop the
yolks from becoming too thick as they freeze over time. Pour the egg yolks
into an airtight container, label the container and place in the freezer.
Defrost frozen eggs in the refrigerator overnight, never at room temperature
and use them as soon as they have defrosted.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

house rules for cleaning silver in the dishwasher
i grew up being fearful of the oddest things. i wasn’t bold enough to
question why, so i just did as i was told. here’s one: never, ever put good
dishes or silver flatware in
the dishwasher. ever! i didn’t know what would happen if i did, but you can
be sure that my fear of the unknown made certain i didn’t come close to
finding out. until my
rebellious years.
once i had my own china and my own silver, i was reckless enough to believe
i wouldn’t go to jail if i violated this particular “thou shalt not!” i was
reminded of what i’ve
learned about putting silver in the dishwasher when the following question
showed up in my inbox:
dear mary: i have a set of silver flatware that i use daily. i notice that
after a few times through a normal cycle, the pieces become very tarnished.
it is not a particularly
good set, just a nice set of flatware for daily use. do you think that the
dishwashing detergent is tarnishing the silver? annedear anne: your silver
plate or sterling silver
pieces can go in the dishwasher and come out beautiful as long as you follow
a few specific guidelines. case in point:
my small pie server is one of my favorite things. i love it for its
size and just the way it feels in my hand. i use it daily and it goes in the
dishwasher every evening-by itself in its own little compartment so that it
is not touching any
other type of metal. since i inherited it many years ago i have done nothing
to it but use it, clean it and enjoy it.
as for your flatware, i’m going to guess that what you see is not tarnish
but rather a reaction that occurs when silver comes in contact with other
types of metal in the
dishwashing process (see rule 3 below).
first, it’s important to know that when it comes to silver, cleaning and
polishing are not the same thing. polishing should be a very occasional
activity while cleaning is
something you do to your silver after every meal. the dishwasher is an
excellent way to take of cleaning.
tarnish is the result when sulphur in the air reacts with silver. if you
have silver pieces that are very tarnished, you need to give them a good
polish (simichrome
polish and hagerty silversmith’s spray polish are both highly regarded for
fine silver care). once polished, frequent use is the best way to prevent
tarnish build-
here are good house rules for how to clean silver in the dishwasher (care of
silverplate is the same as for sterling):
rule 1. only solid flatware and pieces in the dishwasher. that means no
pearl handles, items with glue joints or weighted/reinforced items.
rule 2. rinse off immediately after use. don’t let food sit on silver as it
may cause corrosion or pitting.
rule 3. don’t let the silver pieces touch any other type of metal, including
stainless, which will leave marks on your silver that are very difficult to
remove. (it will
require a good silver polish like those mentioned above and a lot of elbow
grease.) you can put silver in the same dishwasher load as stainless, just
in a
different flatware compartments. never allow the two materials to come into
direct contact.
rule 4. when washing silver in the dishwasher, stick with the normal or
delicate cycle, not heavy-duty scrubber or high-temp sanitizing type
rule 5. do not use automatic dishwasher detergent that contains lemon,
citrus or phosphates when washing silver.
now that the silver is clean, use it and enjoy it!
by mary hunt on 11/03/16


“Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow” and “” 5 Best
Green Gifts for the Person Who Has “Everything!”

*I. “Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow”

The Huffington Post – 01/10/2014

Author: Nikki Fotheringham

Salt does do a great job of melting ice and snow through the winter, but its
pretty bad news for you, your pets, the environment and your garden. Pets
get salt on their paws and this dries them out and causes cracking; salt
corrodes metal, damages concrete and wreaks havoc on your garden and lawn.

With spring melt, all the accumulated salt ends up in your waterways, where
the local wildlife may not survive the seasoning. You know that salt is bad
for you, so here are some green alternatives
to melt your winter ice.

Organic, Salt-free De-icer:

It’s a little pricier than salt, but these products will help to keep your
walkways and driveways ice-free.

Kitty Litter:

Okay, this doesn’t actually melt the ice, but it does provide traction for a
more non-slip surface.


This is a natural de-icer, and while it won’t harm your pets, corrode your
metal or pit your concrete, it can be really bad news for your plants, so
avoid using it near the garden.

Alfalfa Meal:

This is a super effective, natural, green ice melting alternative. It’s 100
percent natural, and is usually used as a fertilizer. It’s grainy so it will
provide traction and is extremely effective when used in moderation.

Sugar Beet Juice:

The juice from sugar beets lowers the melting point of ice and snow, which
helps to clear your driveway. It’s even been used to melt ice and snow on
municipal roads in some areas. It’s safe for animals, people, metals,
concrete and plants. Beet juice is one of the only options which are
effective below negative 20 degrees Celsius.

Sand or coffee grinds:

Sprinkle sand over your icy surfaces to provide traction, and the darker
colors absorb more heat and help to melt snow and ice.

Don’t underestimate the importance of shoveling. A good shovel will clear
your drive while giving you a wicked workout, and it’s the most natural,
environmentally friendly and green way to get rid of ice and snow this

*II. ” 5 Best Green Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything!”

Author: Nikki Fotheringham

December 15 2016

Giving to others is great for your health and happiness. Now you can give
twice with gifts that give back. This Christmas touch more than one life
with these amazing gifts that will help those in need.

1. Globe In

This really is the gift that keeps on giving! These absolutely gorgeous
boxes are curated collections of artisanal, handmade gifts from all over the
world. Buy a box for someone special, or join the club. For just
$10 a month, you can get the artisan pick of the
month – a wonderful gift to you every month. These products help budding
entrepreneurs in developing country. Help fight poverty and give a great

When you buy three boxes, you get one for free. I bought the
picnic box for just $50 and absolutely LOVED it!

Adopt a Narwhal

All net-proceeds help support our conservation efforts.


Of course you can! The World Wildlife Fund offers an adoption program that
helps fund their efforts to save endangered species. Your donation of $40
allows you to adopt a narwhal (with certificate), and gets you this adorable
narwhal plush toy, a narwhal poster and a reusable shopping bag.

There are many other wonderful animals to adopt too.

Save the Elephants

Save Elephant Love Keychain with Free Gift Box – Ashley Jewels

These elephant key chains helps to raise awareness and money for the Save
the Elephants fund. You can buy one for yourself and a loved one too. For
just $10 you can get a wonderful gift and help to save our majestic
elephants. And who knows, perhaps if you have this elephant on your keyring,
you’ll never forget where you put your keys!

Greenmoxie’s Guide to Sustainable Living

Greenmoxie: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Living 1

We take you through your home, office and garden and show you how to do just
about everything in a more eco-friendly way. From upcycling projects you can
do with your kids, to making your own make-up and everything in between,
this book is a comprehensive guide for those who want to live a leaner,
greener and healthier life. Make awesome stuff, save the planet, have fun &
save money!


From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Travel documents

There used to be a time that all that you would need when traveling would
either be your passport or just your ID card or anything with a photo ID.
This has changed dramatically over the years and as things stand today you
probably need more than this to help you get where you want to go.

I have seen at times where someone is asked for more than one piece of photo
ID and I am not sure why and I am not even going to speculate. So this
being said it would probably be a good idea for you to pack more than one
piece of photo ID the next time you travel. Be it by air, by train, and
whenever you cross the border into another country via car or train or bus.

All of these instances should be paid attention to. The landscape is
changing and will continue to change for the very foreseeable future so
please take this seriously.

Just remember now that whenever you are asked for photo ID and if you are
unable to satisfy this request it is more than likely that you will be
stopped in your tracks and you won’t be able to continue on your trip.

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