Renovation & Design

Salt bland pretzels and toss them in the oven

QUESTION – I purchased low sodium pretzels and they taste bland. Is there a way to add saltiness to my store-bought pretzels? Abby

ANSWER – Yes, here is an easy fix. Drop the pretzels onto a baking sheet and lightly spritz them with water. Sprinkle the desired amount of salt onto the pretzels. Bake at 375 degrees for about seven minutes.


QUESTION – How can I remove old glue from concrete and smooth driveway surfaces? Willy

ANSWER – This is not an easy task, as some strong glues are stuck for good, but the following suggestions are worth a try. Heat the area with a hair dryer or heat gun. Apply a contact cement solvent, rinse with hot water. A second option is to pour boiling water over the surface and scrape.


QUESTION – My friends and I are having an online debate. Which is healthier butter or margarine? Verna and Sharon

ANSWER – Ohh… this is a very controversial topic, but at the risk of offending, let’s examine what we know. Both butter and margarine should be used in small amounts. Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys, at first most brands contained trans-fats, and so at the time butter would have been a healthier option. Butter is a natural product made from milk, like other products, butter contains saturated fat which can raise blood cholesterol. If you are watching your cholesterol, like I am, choose margarine for regular consumption, and butter for a treat. If cholesterol is not an issue, the choice comes down to flavor, price and whether a more natural product is important to you.


QUESTION – I live in the country, and notice that my windows end up with watermarks on them after I run the sprinkler. I am ready to start Spring cleaning and would like a less toxic option for cleaning my windows, so that they don’t streak.

ANSWER – Wash your windows with vinegar and water, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol for an even better result. Clean windows on cloudy days or in the morning. Spray or wipe them using a good quality microfiber cloth. Dry with a squeegee or newspaper. Work quickly so that the water does not have time to dry.

Squeaky Clean Window Recipe: In a 500 mL spray bottle, combine 1 tsp. dish soap, one-quarter cup rubbing alcohol and fill the remainder of the bottle with white vinegar. Spray and wipe.


QUESTION – As a joke, my daughter cracked an egg on my head. The egg dropped onto my new blouse, and I don’t know what to do to clean the cotton fabric. Audrey

ANSWER – Let’s see if we can crack this case! Scrape away as much egg as possible. Sponge with cold water. Never use hot water, as heat sets protein. If this does not succeed, spread a paste of cream of tarter and water onto the area. Leave for 30 minutes. Rinse well with warm or cold water.


The World’s Easiest Homemade Ice Cream

No ice cream maker? No problem!

Into a mixer combine 2-cups whipping cream, 2 tsp. vanilla extract and 10-ounces sweetened condensed milk. Mix for 4 minutes. Pour contents into a freezable, lidded container. Freeze for at least 5 hours, enjoy. Ice cream flavor ideas: Smarties, pecans, Oreo cookie crumbs and sprinkles may be added before freezing. Eat as is, or top with chocolate or caramel sauce, chocolate chips, Reese’s pieces, potato chips, or fruit.

Mennonite Sundae Topping: Vanilla ice cream topped with shelled sunflower seeds and maple syrup.

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

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