From the Sterling Creations team – helpful tips for October

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Helpful tips for October 2023

In this issue:

* General tips
* Articles of the day
25 Vintage Cooking Tips
*From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Components of a cruise trip


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General tips
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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 mailbox.
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 anyone.
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 callers.
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.


Scam of the month!
Be on the look out for the continuing so-called grandma scam.
This has been around for several years now.
Scammers use this to try and get money out of the ones they call.
They pretend to be a grandson who needs their grandma to help them get out of a tight spot!


With huge thanks to Melanie Mama Peach

1) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Hanging Pictures
Cockeyed Pictures
* Wind some adhesive tape around the center of the picture wire. The wire will be less likely to slip on the hanger.
* Place masking tape on the back four corners of the picture and press against your wall.
* Hang pictures first facing the wall. Then turn over, crossing the wires. This prevents slipping in any direction.
* Wrap masking tape (sticky side out) around the middle of a rounded toothpick and place a few near the bottom of the back of the frame. There will be no damage to the wall and your pictures will always hang straight.

2) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Best Of Hints For Hanging Pictures

Preventing Experimental Holes
* Cut a paper pattern of each picture or mirror that you plan to hang and pin to the wall. After you have found the correct positions for the hangers, perforate the paper with a sharp pencil to mark the wall.
* A wet fingerprint shows the exact spot for the hanger. The print dries without a mark.
* If you like to change pictures often, think of covering your walls with grass cloth. Nail marks will never show.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

25 Vintage Cooking Tips
1. A little oatmeal adds much flavor and richness when used as a thickener for soups. Try it.
2. Believe it or not, a boiled egg should never be boiled. Simmering produces tastier,better results. The same is also true of “hard-boiled” eggs.
3. Cheese soufflé will stay up high, light, handsome, if you use quick-cooking tapioca instead of flour to thicken the milk base. Take 3 tablespoons tapioca to 1 cup milk for a 3-egg soufflé.
4. Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to cranberries while cooking them and they will not require much sugar.
5. Don’t add sugar to sweeten peas. It’s much cheaper, and tastier, to cook peas with a few empty green pods.
6. To prevent the smell of cooking greens, add a lump or so of loaf sugar to the water, or put a piece of dry toast in a clean muslin bag and boil it with the greens.
Another method is to add a teaspoonful of vinegar to the water when it is
7. Lemon juice or vinegar in the water cauliflower is cooked in makes it keep its snowy-white color.
8. To preserve the color of green vegetables, put them on to cook in boiling water with a pinch of baking soda, or keep the cover off the kettle while boiling them.
9. If a vegetable or cereal burns, plunge the vessel containing the burned mass into cold water and allow it to remain for a few minutes before pouring the contents into another pan. This will do away almost entirely with the burned taste which is so disagreeable.
10. Salt beef is improved in flavor if a few small onions and a dessertspoonful of brown sugar are added while cooking.
11. Vegetables that are to be cooked by steaming will preserve their color in the process if, after being washed in the usual way, they are given a final rinse in boiling water containing a little baking soda.
12. To prevent the odor of boiling ham or cabbage permeating the house, add a little vinegar to the water in which they are boiled.
13. When frying fish, use clarified dripping or salad oil. Lard smells, and butter fries a bad color.
14. A teaspoonful of vinegar added to the water in which eggs are poached keeps the whites from spreading and makes the whites cook over the yolk.
15. To prevent milk or cream from curdling when used in combination with tomato, add a bit of baking soda to each before they are mixed.
16. Sausages will shrink less and not break at all if they’re boiled about 8 minutes before they’re fried, or rolled lightly in flour.
17. Wash leafy vegetables, such as spinach, thoroughly just before cooking. Add no water-the water that clings to the leaves is enough to cook them in.
18. To keep cauliflower snowy white, soak for half an hour in cold salt water before cooking it.
19. Lessen the odor of cooking turnips by adding a teaspoonful of sugar to the water. They’ll be more flavorful, too.
20. When slicing potatoes, hold the paring knife over a gas flame or in boiling water and the potatoes will slice easily.
21. Root vegetables, such as carrots, turnips, etc., should be freed from all dirt and grit; those of the green variety should be allowed to soak for a few minutes in cold water to which a generous pinch of salt has been added.
22. You won’t waste flour if you dust it from a large saltshaker onto meats, fish,or patties, instead of dipping the food into the flour. It’s easier, too.
23. Retain flavor and vitamins and save waste by boiling carrots in their skins. Instead of peeling, mash them with salt and pepper.
24. Keep sweet potatoes from looking dried out by greasing the skins with any cooking fat or oil before baking them.
25. Why waste celery tops? Cut them up and use to flavor meats, stews, soups, roasts, stuffing’s.


From the pages of Donna’s diary
Documents for a cruise trip

I must confess that I am really enjoying my cruise trips and hopefully I’ll find ways to enjoy more of them.

I have been cruises to the Bahamas and to Hawaii and my latest cruise will be to the Danube.

When planning and packing for a cruise, I humbly submit that you include the following:
Your passport.
Your trip and your cancellation insurance papers.
A document with emergency numbers where you can be reached and who to reach in case of an emergency.
Printed copies of your electronic air tickets and all cruise related documents.
A printed list of all of your prescription medications.

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