Helpful tips for July 2019

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Helpful tips for July 2019

In this issue:

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

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General tips
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Scams of the month:
Be ware of those so-called real estate agents phoning you trying to either
buy or sell your home.
Simply hang up!

Be ware of those so-called carpet cleaning companies wishing to clean your
carpets and curtains!
Not a good idea to let unknown persons from unknown companies into your

Be ware of phishing scams circulating and one of these is targeting your
Facebook accounts!
You may receive a message from Facebook temporarily locking your account
because someone has hacked into it.
Just reset your password as instructed.
This is an authentic message from Facebook.

Well, here is another one and please do not panic!
You get an email from someone telling you that they know your password and
it maybe that they have somehow managed to hit on one of your passwords.
They demand payment in big coins!
The advice here would to just simply ignore this email.

Okay, if you are having problems controlling dry skin then this tip is for
Use body butter and body moisturizer.
These seem to work better than body lotion.

About vitamin D:
Take more of this vitamin during the months of November to May.

About cellery:
It contains lots of fiber.

What is the germiest part of your bathroom?
It is the toilet paper holder and o yes! Your toothbrush!
And for your car?
It is the floor mat on the driver’s side.

Some cooking tips:
Best not to put oil in your water when boiling pasta.
Never too much seasoning when marinating your meat.

Some interesting info about your pet hampster!
Want him to sleep then leave lights on near his cage.
Want him to stay awake then turn off the lights close to his cage.
You see, hamsters are nocturnal!

Some good candy to keep if your sugar levels drop?
Yes, life savers would do the trick!

Did you know?
You can use ranch dressing to season your pork chops!

When you open your eyedrops:
You should never use an opened bottle of eyedrops any longer than six

Okay, when you water your plants!
You need to water the soil and not the leaves.
No harm in spraying your leaves however and lightly so.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A Dan Thompson contribution
How to knock out Serious Mold
(Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate)
Most people-myself included, until I did more research-assume that household

bleach will kill mold completely. We assume that because it bleaches the
dark color. Not so.
Even freshly manufactured household bleach is unable to kill mold. Bleach
that sits around store shelves or in your home
continually gets weaker over time. Even the manufacturers’ usage directions
do not recommend using it to kill mold. If you want
effective mold kill, I absolutely recommend that you use Nok-Out (use code
for 10% off any order). And not to get too technical, Nok-Out is guaranteed
to maintain its efficacy within a two year shelf life, when
used according to the manufacturer’s directions. It is effective against
mold spores because it structurally
disassembles the cell so that it cannot revive to re-infest. Nok-Out does
indeed kill spores.
The professionals you brought in to assess the problem would likely use a
machine called a “fogger” to treat the air (and thus kill
the spores). As you have discovered, that is an expensive proposition.
A much cheaper alternative is to use a common household vaporizer to treat
the air with Nok-Out, which will kill the spores on
surfaces and in the air, overnight. A vaporizer is MUCH slower, but is quiet
and can be done overnight while you sleep.
Nok-Out is very easy to use and absolutely effective. Nok-Out is not harmful
to humans, animals and the environment yet
specifically engineered to target the threats that do plague our indoor
I am going to predict that for no more than $50 you can do this job
yourself-with confidence that it has been done right. Your
home will not be subjected to chemicals or toxins and you will not have to
go to a hotel while the work is being done. Yes, I’m
talking cheaper, better and faster!
I want to encourage you to go to (and don’t forget to save 10%
using code DPL) to read up on the product. It is not
available in stores, but you can order it directly from this site.
There you will also find numerous articles on this specific challenge of
treating visible mold and mildew, the areas
you cannot reach and the spores in the air that you cannot see.
Good luck and
One last thing. Sometime in the near future, Nok-Out disinfectant is going
to be rebranded under a new name- “Sniper.” Only the
name will change but the product itself will not have changed in the least.
Nothing “New and Improved.


How to Wake up a Cake Mix
Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate
If I didn’t know better I’d swear that boxed cake mixes reproduce in the
of night on the shelves of my pantry. One day I counted 18 boxes of cake
Here’s how that works: Cake mixes go on sale routinely. One week it will be
Duncan Hines, then Pillsbury takes its turn and so on.
The typical sale price for a cake mix is typically $1.50 or less. I hold
onto my cake mix coupons until that particular brand goes on
sale. With a $.75 or even $1 off coupon, rarely do I pay more than $.50 for
a cake mix.
The challenge for me has been to find better ways to make a boxed cake mix
taste homemade.
Check these quick hits plus five of my favorite recipes that use a cake mix
as one of the ingredients:
Forget the water. Use whole milk (or even buttermilk) in place of the water
called for in the package instructions.
Devil’s food. Any kind of a chocolate mix will really perk up and take on
that wonderful homemade taste when you use strong
brewed coffee in place of the water, and toss in a handful of chocolate
chips, too.
Counteract the sweet. Cake mixes are very sweet with a distinctive “cakemix”

taste. Adding 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 or 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice to
any white or yellow cake will counterbalance the
sweetness and hide the tell tale taste of the mix.
Butter is better. Instead of the oil called for in the box mix instructions,
substitute with melted butter.
And now for some of my favorite recipes that use a box mix as an ingredient
to make all kinds of yummy desserts:
Cake Mix Cookies
1 18.25 ounces yellow cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven go 350 F. Dump cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in the oil and
eggs until well blended (go ahead, use your clean
hands). Mix in the chips. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls or roll into balls the
size of walnuts and place 2 inches apart onto a greased
cookie sheet and flatten just a bit with your fingers. Bake for 8 to 10
minutes. Do not over bake. Remove from pan to cool on wire
racks. Yield: About 2
dozen 2-inch cookies.
Because there are so many different kinds of cake mixes (with pudding, with
double pudding, extra moist and so on), you may
need to make slight adjustments to this recipe. For example, I’ve found that
with some varieties of mix the dough is so stiff and dry
it’s not possible to form the cookies into balls. When this happens I simply
add one or two tablespoons of water until the dough is
If you want to cut down on fat, try substituting 1/2 cup applesauce for the
Variations: You can use just about any combination of cake mix and chips.
Example: Carrot cake mix with white chocolate chips; chocolate cake mix with
peanut butter chips; devils food cake mix with toffee
bits chips; German chocolate cake mix with pecans and coconut; white cake
mix with crushed pineapple (drained) and coconut.
By the way, if you need lots of cookies in a hurry, this recipe multiplies
well. Just
start with two cake mixes and double the additions.
A tip on storing Cake Mix Cookies. Depending on the type of cake mix you
use, these cookies may dry out after two days. To
prevent this store them in an airtight container with a piece of bread. I
don’t know why, but for some reason this keeps the cookies
just as fresh and moist as can be.
Banana Pudding Cake
1 1/2 cups milk
1 3.5-ounce banana instant dry pudding
1 18.25-ounce spice cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 bananas, mashed
1 16-ounce can white frosting or powdered sugar, to garnish
Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix milk and pudding together until pudding gets
thick. Add cake mix, oil and eggs to the pudding mixture
and beat with electric mixer until fully incorporated. Stir in mashed
Pour batter in a greased tube or Bundt cake pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or
until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Invert hot
cake onto a platter. When cake has cooled, spread white frosting or sift
powdered sugar over cake. Serves: 8-10.
Melted Ice Cream Cake
1 18.25-ounce white cake mix
2 cups melted ice cream, any flavor
3 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly mist a Bundt pan with vegetable oil spray
then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour. Set the
pan aside.
Place the cake mix, melted ice cream, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Mix
with electric mixer on low speed for one minute, scrape
sides of bowl and then beat another two minutes on medium speed. Pour into
the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the rubber
Bake in the preheated oven until the cake springs back when lightly pressed
with your finger, 38 to 42 minutes. Remove the pan
from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Run a
long, sharp knife around the edge of the cake
and invert it onto a small rack, then invert it again onto a second rack so
that the cake is right side. Cool for 30 minutes longer.
Frost with your favorite icing or dust with powdered sugar. Serves 8-10.
Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate


From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Buses and buses

There are buses and then there are buses and for someone who is vision
impaired; I need to keep this in mind whenever I travel.

The city buses are usually a bit narrow with front and back doors for
entering and exiting. The seats in my city are comfortable enough but there
are some that face forward, others that face backward, single seats, bench
seats, and then double seats. Then there are the poles for you to hang on
to on those crowded days. Winter travel on these buses are made comfortable
and bearable with adequate heating but in the summer the windows need to be
opened to let in the fresh air. There is no air condition.

Then there are those buses that travel between city; from city to city or
even province to province. These are the more comfortable ones because of
the length of their trips. They are equipped with bathrooms at the back of
the bus, and very comfortable seats. In the winter they are well heated and
during the summer they are adequately air conditioned. No worries about not
being able to find a seat.

These buses are clean, comfortable, and well maintained; just like the city
buses. What is the difference between the two types of buses you may be

You never have to fight for a seat on the buses that take you from city to
city or from province to province.

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