Renovation & Design

Slow-cooking perogies can help with feeding guests

Question: I am having a large group of guests at my house in the next few weeks, I’m just dreading it because I hate company. Add to that, I have a small house with limited space in my oven, and therefore I have decided to use my slow cooker to cook part of the meal because they expect to eat supper at my house. Is it possible to make perogies in a slow cooker?

— Sunny

Answer: Good for you that you are making a meal, even though you prefer not to. Using your slow cooker has many advantages. You can make part of the meal ahead of time, and it is a great solution when oven space is limited. Take frozen perogies and toss with melted butter or margarine or cooking oil — every perogy should be coated. Add two tablespoons of water to the pot. Cook for three hours. Add sauces, bacon or pieces of sautéed onions as desired.


Question: Can you please advise me on how to get the sticky part of a name tag off my leather jacket? Would vinegar work?

— Glen

Answer: Hold a hairdryer over the sticker and heat the area. The heat will soften the glue, allowing you to gently peel the sticker. Use mayonnaise (test first) or a product called Goo Gone to remove any remaining residue.


Question: I glued my area rug with double-sided tape to my existing carpet, and now I can’t remove the tape from the carpet. I need help! Thank you.

— Myra

Answer: What I would do in your case is wet the carpet with the hottest water the carpet can stand. Doing this loosens the glue, making it easier to scrape adhesive residue. Another option is WD-40. Open the windows to ventilate the room. Spray the carpet, let sit for 10 minutes and wipe up all sticky residue. Clean the carpet area with dish soap and water. Rinse with water and pat dry. Goo Gone or rubbing alcohol are other options (test on an inconspicuous area first).


Question: I purchased several pairs of the same brand of jeans, but they are about one-half inch longer than I want in length, so rather than getting them hemmed I would like to try to shrink them. Can you please advise me as to the best method of how to do this? Thank you.

— Elaine

Answer: If the fabric is preshrunk (which it most likely is) then your laundering technique will not make much difference. However, your best bet to shrink the jeans is to wash and dry on the highest heat setting.


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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