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Helpful tips =
for December 2021

In this issue:


General tips

Articles of the day

* Make Your Own Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaners— =
Cheaper Better and Faster

* turn =
your barbecue grill into a baking oven

From the pages of Donna’s travel =

* Traveling =



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Scams of the month:

Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are =
some very valueable tips.

You need to =
remember that scams come in the following formats:

As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live =
caller, and o yes!  It can even show up at your door and in your =

And now they are targeting =
us through texts being sent to our cell phones.


Before =
giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots to =
share with you.

Do not respond to =
emails that look strange to you.

Do =
not download attachments from unknown senders.

Do not share your username and password to your online =
banking and any other online payments facilities with =

Do not give out any banking =
or personal details on the phone to unknown callers.

Do not pay any attention to threats from automated =
phone recordings or from live persons with regard to your credit card or =
that you owe money to any revenue agency.

Do not entertain any offers either via email or by =
phone from senders and callers offering incredible service packages as =
they may pertain to cable and tv services, prizes that you have won, or =
any sort of any type of service package.

Do not answer the door to unknown =

Take extra caution to make =
sure that the details of your credit cards and debit cards are fully =
protected when you make payments at restaurants or at stores, =
pharmacies, and elsewhere.

Do not =
enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text =
request on your cell phone.

The same =
if you are asked for your Apple ID.

Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that =
your banking details have been compromised online.


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our dear friend Mama Peach


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Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Speed =
Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible

Getting The Ketchup Out Of The Bottle

* Insert a drinking straw, push it to the bottom of =
the bottle and then remove. Enough air will be admitted to start an even =



Speed =
Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible

Getting The Ketchup Out Of The Bottle

* Insert a drinking straw, push it to the bottom of =
the bottle and then remove. Enough air will be admitted to start an even =



Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Speed =
Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible

Ridding The Ham Of The Rind

* Slit the rind lengthwise on the underside before =
placing it in the roasting pan. As the ham bakes, the rind will pull =
away and can be removed easily without lifting the ham.



Speed =
Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible

Anchoring Boards And Bowls

* A crumpled towel or sponge cloth under a bowl or =
board will prevent it from sliding around when mixing ingredients or =
kneading and rolling out dough.



Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Bread Crumbs?

* =
Use finely crushed cornflakes, wheat flakes or any other unsweetened =

* Use crushed potato =



Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Butter?

* 7/8 =
cup solid vegetable shortening or lard plus 1/2 teaspoon salt. To =
measure 7/8 cup, measure 1 cup, then remove 2 =



Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Fresh Milk?

(For =
1 Cup)

* Use 1/2 cup each evaporated =
whole milk and water.

* Use 1/3 cup =
instant nonfat dry milk plus 1 cup water, minus 1 tablespoon =



Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Sugar?

* You can =
often substitute, measure for measure, packed brown sugar (light or =
dark) with no adjustments. You will get a light molasses flavor, =



Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Vanilla Extract?

* A batter or dessert can be flavored with grated =
lemon or orange rind and a little lemon juice.

* Use 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg for each teaspoon vanilla =

* Use a dusting of =



Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No All-Purpose Flour?

* For thickening gravy or sauce, you can substitute 1 =
tablespoon cornstarch, rice starch or arrowroot for 2 tablespoons flour =
or 2 tablespoons instant mashed potatoes, cornmeal or quick-cooking =

* If you use whole grain =
flour in baked goods, be careful not to overload them with it or the =
food may be heavy. For each cup flour, use 1/2 to 2/3 cup whole-wheat =
flour plus the remainder of white flour called for in

the recipe or 1/2 cup rye or buckwheat flour or 1/4 =
cup soy flour.



From =

What is the difference between =
parchment paper and grease proof paper?

You can use parchment paper when baking in your oven =
but you cannot or should not use grease proof paper.

You may also use foil instead of parchment =


When it comes to choosing cats from an animal =

Black cats are the least =
favourite colour.




Articles of =
the day

Chosen by the Business Desk =


Make Your Own Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaners— =
Cheaper Better and Faster

The only =
thing better than making things myself is when what I make turns out to =
be cheaper, better and faster than something I can buy in the store to =
accomplish the same

goal. That makes =
me so happy!

Dear Mary: I love, love, =
love! the homemade Tub and Shower Soap Scum

Remover. It works better than any product I have ever =
used. Our tubs and showers have never looked so good! Now, I would love =
to know how to make my own daily shower cleaner—

the kind you just spray and walk away for daily tub =
and shower maintenance between cleanings. Any ideas? =

Dear Polly: Yes! I’m =
confident this is the recipe you’re looking for.

Daily Shower Cleaner

1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap (like blue =

1 tablespoon dishwasher rinse =
aid (like Jet-Dry)

2 cups =


1.    Pour all of the ingredients into =
a 24-ounce spray bottle. Mix gently. Each day before

you step out of the shower, spray the walls then walk =

2.    This no =
rinse, no wipe, no scrub shower cleaner spray is safe to use on glass, =
glazed tile, stone, tubs and shower curtains. The gentle formula =
contains no bleach,

ammonia or harsh =
chemicals and it wont scratch surfaces or leave behind a dull =

3.    Store =
your daily shower cleaner in a dark cupboard, as hydrogen peroxide =
breaks down quickly in the presence of light.

Here, for readers who may have missed it, is that =
nearly magical cleaning potion you love so much (so do =

Tub, Tile and Shower =

Pour one cup blue Dawn into a =
32-ounce spray bottle (1/2 cup Dawn if you are using a 16-ounce bottle). =
Fill the bottle the rest of the way with white vinegar. Apply sprayer =

top; shake gently to mix. To use: =
Spray liberally on the area to be cleaned.

Allow to sit from 30 minutes up to overnight, =
depending on the severity of the problem. All of the offensive gunk and =
grime will break down and become soft and gooey. Simply =

rinse it away. For especially =
challenging situations—or if this is the initial =
treatment—use a sponge or brush to gently scrub the surfaces =
before rinsing. Caution: Do not use

on stone, marble or granite.

Dear Mary: We live with extremely hard well water. =
Given this challenge, can you recommend a brand of laundry and also =
automatic dishwasher detergent that will suitable for

hard water? Thank you! Jeannine

Dear Jeannine: Rather than changing products, I =
suggest you supplement what you are using now—in both the clothes =
washer and automatic dishwasher—with Super Washing Soda, also =

known as sodium =



It’s a natural =

(read more about it HERE =
including ten other ways to use washing soda around the house) that =
looks just like white powdered detergent.

Super Washing Soda =

boosts the power of soaps and =
detergents because it instantly softens the water.

I’d start by adding 1/2 cup Super Washing Soda =
to every laundry wash cycle and the same amount to each dishwasher load. =
You can just toss it into the machine before you close

the door. As a bonus, sodium carbonate (Super Washing =
Soda) will clean out the hoses and pipes in your appliances to keep them =
from mineral build-up that can wreak havoc on a

household appliance.

Most supermarkets and discount stores carry Arm & =
Hammer Super Washing

Soda, or you =
can easily order it online through Amazon. It comes in a 55-ounce box =
for about $5. Good luck and be sure to let us know how that works for =

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turn your =
barbecue grill into a baking oven


If you have =
an outdoor barbecue grill with a cover that closes over the top of the =
grill, you can turn it into an outdoor oven. Why would you want to do =
that? To

preclude the need to heat =
up your kitchen this summer to bake pizza, cookies, cakes, bread and =
casseroles. Or so you can expand your camping-out cooking =

GENERAL. You can bake =
nearly anything with a covered grill. If your grill doesn’t have a =
cover, improvise with a large inverted pot. The heat rises and =
circulates in the

covered area just =
as it does in your oven. The heat source can be charcoal, gas, or even =
wood, however gas is preferable because it is easier to control and does =
not transfer

a smoked taste to the =
baked items.

TEMPERATURE. This is the =
challenge. If your grill has a temperature gauge

installed, you’re in luck. If not, you’ll =
need to get a small oventhermometer so you

can more accurately regulate the inside temperature of =
your grill when it is closed.

PRE-HEAT. Always fire up the grill for a few minutes =
to set the temperature before baking.

GET BRICKS. When baking, never set the baking pan =
directly on the grill. Instead, set a brick or two as necessary on the =
grill, then the banking pan on top of the brick(s).

DON’T PEEK. As far as possible, do not lift that =
cover once you’ve closed it on your baking. You’ll need to =
watch the time carefully at first until you’ve experimented =

sufficiently to know how long things =
take to bake in your new outdoor “oven.” Just remember that =
opening that cover is like allowing an arctic storm to blow =
through.PIZZA ON

really can make pizza on your grill, provided you

follow these instructions:

1.    Roll out the pizza dough to your =
desired thickness.

2.    Transfer the rolled crust to a =
pizza peel on which you have sprinkled corn meal to act as a release =
agent. (Think of corn meal as tiny ball bearings that roll the pizza =

of and onto the grill. Or you can =
use a cookie sheet that has no lip on at least one

side. This will allow you to easily transfer the dough =
to your hot grill by allowing it to simple slide off the sheet or peel, =
if you have one.)

3.    Heat the grill.

4.    Moisten a paper towel with oil =
and rub the grates.

5.    Slide the dough onto the grill. =
Watch it carefully and when the bottom browns, turn

the dough to grill the other side.

6.    Now you can add your sauce of =
choice, toppings and cheese.

7.    Close the cover to allow the =
toppings to cook and melt.

Alternative method. If you have a pizza stone =
(unglazed terra cotta tile works well and is a lot cheaper than a =
commercial pizza stone), you can lay this directly on the =

grill. Allow it to heat on Low heat =
to avoid cracking the stone. Once it is good and hot, slide the crust =
right onto the stone. Once browned, turn the crust over and =

proceed as above.

CLEANING TIP. Here’s a slick way to create a =
kind of self-cleaning feature on any barbecue grill. Place a few sheets =
of aluminum foil over the grill so you have several

thicknesses. Crank up the heat to the hottest possible =
settings, close the

cover and allow =
to heat for 30 minutes. Like the self-cleaning setting on your =
traditional over, this turns everything on the grill to =

Caution: Before attempting this, =
check your barbecue warranty to make sure this will not do anything to =
void a warranty that is still in effect.

By Mary Hunt on




From the =
pages of donna’s travel diary

Traveling resumed?


Some may say =
that it has while others are saying not quite yet.  I am still on =
the fence and hopeful that soon enough we can look forward to a =


Masks?  Indeed!  We’ll probably need to =
bring them along on our trips for some time to come.

Hand sanitizers?  Probably need to bring these =
with us too!

Social distancing?  =
We wait to see how airlines and others handle this.

More security at airports?  I believe =

Pack more patience in our hold =
ons?  Indeed!

Will holiday =
travel increase?  I believe so.

May we dare to look forward to traveling to see our =
loved ones?  We can.


I’m Donna J. =
Jodhan enjoying my travels.


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