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Useful Conversions and Equivalencies from King Arthur Flour


SQUARE CHOCOLATE (unsweetened)  = 3 - 4 Tablespoons of cocoa plus 1 Tablespoon of shortening

4 TABLESPOONS COCOA = 1 square chocolate plus ½ Tablespoon fat plus 1 tablespoon flour

1 TABLESPOON CORN STARCH 9for thickening) = 2 Tablespoons flour


1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER = 1 teaspoon soda plus ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

1  CUP HEAVY CREAM= ¾ cup fresh sweet milk plus ¼ fat

1 CUP SOUR MILK (or buttermilk) = 1 cup fresh sweet milk plus 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar stirred in

1 CUP FRESH SWEET MILK = ½ cup evaporated milk plus ½ cup water

1 WHOLE EGG = 2 Tablespoons liquid plus 2 Tablespoons flour plus ½ Tablespoon fat plus ½ teaspoon baking powder

2 EGG WHITES = 1 egg plus ½ teaspoon baking powder plus ½ Tablespoon fat

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60 Uses for Salt



1. Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.

2. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.

3. Soak fish in salt water before removing scales; the scales will come off easier.

4. Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for easier pouring.

5. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.

6. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.

7. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.

8. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.

9. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.

10. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won't stick.

11. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.

12. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.

13. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.

14. Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.

15. Boil clothespins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.

16. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour.

17. Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life.

18. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain.

19. Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface.

20. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.

21. Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.

22. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make a stiff putty.

23. Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.

24. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.

25. Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.

26. Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.

27. Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.

28. A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage.

29. Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for awhile.

30. A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea.

31. Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.

32. Soak your clothesline in salt water to prevent your clothes from freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent the clothes from freezing.

33. Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent yellowing.

34. Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.

35. Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.

36. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains.

37. Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.

38. Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.

39. Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.

40. Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash.

41. Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added.

42. Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.

43. Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.

44. Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains

45. Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.

46. Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.

47. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.

48. Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odor.

49. A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee.

50. Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.

51. Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.

52. Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.

53. Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon.

54. A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.

55. To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.

56. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.

57. Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don't want grass growing.

58. Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a brighter look.

59. Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.

60. If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won't smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled.

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Household Hints

1) Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they will take
a quick dive.

2) Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife
under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmmmmm...)

3) Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat
and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

4) For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn
dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze.
(wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)

5) Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in
baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).

6) Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!)
rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

7) Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S. Pads, I immediately take a pair of
scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away
rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much
more economical. And now a box of S.O.S. pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I
have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!

8) Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have found a way
to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles,
etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the drawer and
pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to the size of the jar and I simply
give it a good twist and off pops the lid!

9) Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen
peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every

10) Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for
inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight
vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny
day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

11) Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely
light scent in each room when the light is turned on. Place fabric softener
sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for
weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

12) Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3
hours prior to burning.

13) To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the
flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and
leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

14) To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or
two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil
on stovetop.

15) Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in
tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains. (Key Word:- Tupperware)

16) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the
dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the

17) Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will
keep for weeks.

18) When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the
corn's natural sweetness.

19) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your
forehead. The throbbing will go away.

20) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future
use in casseroles and sauces.

21). To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area
and you will experience instant relief.

22) Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a
chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever
ants tend to march. See for yourself.

23) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still,
leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

24) When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to
tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull
it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

25) Now look what you can do with Alka-Seltzer. Clean a toilet. Drop in two
Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid
and effervescent action clean vitreous China.

a) Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet,
fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.

b) Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and
immerse the jewelry for two minutes. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle
with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or
longer, if necessary).

c) Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets
down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes,
then run the hot water.

26) Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

26)  Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces; there won't be any more stains.

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Water or Coke??


  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

  • Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

  •  One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study.

  • Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.


  • In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of C in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
  • You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of C and it will be gone in two days.
  • To clean a toilet: Pour a can of C into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. (The citric acid in C removes stains from vitreous china).
  • To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in C.
  • To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of C over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
  • To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in C to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
  • To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of C into the baking pan wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the C for a sumptuous brown gravy.
  • To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of C into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
  • The active ingredient in C is phosphoric acid. Its pH level is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bone and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis. 
  • Many bone surgeons will not operate if the patient consumes C during the recovery period.  C delays healing of bones by making the body's supply of calcium deficient.
  • To carry C syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
  • The distributors of C have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water or Coke?


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Window Cleaner

Window Cleaner from my mom

Dorothy Ladely 

1 Gallon

1 Quart

I add a VERY small drop (a minim) of Dawn dish soap.  It cuts the water tension.




½ cup

2 T.




½ cup

2 T.




2 T.

2 teaspoons




1 gallon

1 quart

More Household Tips

Beer:   conditions the hair

 Pam Cooking Spray:   will dry finger nail polish

 Cool Whip:    conditions  your hair in 15 min

 Mayonnaise:   Kills  LICE;  it will also condition your hair

 Spike your hair (with Close-up tooth paste, it will also give it a tint

 Elmer's Glue:  paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off.  It will
 remove dead skin and blackheads

 Shiny hair-use brewed Lipton Tea or rinse hair with clear water with a bit of vinegar.

 Sunburn?  Empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water

 Minor burn?  Colgate or Crest toothpaste

 Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!

 Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in; kills insect stings too

 Bee stings-meat tenderizer

 Chigger bite-preparation H

 Puffy eyes-preparation H

 Paper cut-crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures
 at most  hospitals)

 Stinky feet?  Jell-O!!

 Athletes feet?  Cornstarch

 Fungus on toenails or fingernails Vapor Rub

 Kool-Aid  cleans dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section
and  run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet.

 Kool-Aid can be used as a dye in paint also

 Kool-Aid in Danon plain yogurt as a finger paint, "your kids will
 love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!"

 Peanut butter will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee
 filter paper.

 Sticking bicycle chain?  Pam no-stick cooking spray

 Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in
 your  garage. 

 Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls

 When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch
 and watch them slide on.

 Heavy dandruff?  Pour on the vinegar!

 Body paint:  Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the
 microwave, pour into an empty film container and mix with the food
 color of  your choice!

Tie Dye T-shirt-mix a solution of Kool-Aid in a container, tie a
rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak

 Crayon on the wall-Colgate toothpaste and brush it!

 Dirty grout-Listerine

 Stains on clothes-Colgate

 Grass stains-Karo Syrup

 Grease Stains-Coca Cola, it will also remove grease stains from the
 driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from batteries!

 Sweat Stains-Efferdent, or vinegar

 Use a Maxi-Pad in your cap as a sweat ban! (Of course I think I would
 staple this or pin it in .... you wouldn't want this to drop on the ground

  Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax-sprinkle and let stand for
  24 hours.

 Keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox, or 2 Bayer aspirin, or
 just use 7-up instead of water.



Bounce this Along......

1. All this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer! It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice.

2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

 3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

 4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

 5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

 6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to
keep dust from resettling.

 7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

 8. To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

 9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

 10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

 11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage e before storing.

 12. To freshen the air in your car - Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

 13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan.

 14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

 15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

 16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

 17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

 18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

 19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

 20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.

 21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.

 22. Quick, BOUNCE this along within the next 5 minutes! Nothing will happen if you don't, but your friends will be glad to hear these hints!


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