A reader sent a picture of her gorgeous, long-haired, green-eyed cat, Sophie, sitting on the front porch railing with beautiful, long white whiskers! Sophie’s the welcoming committee, apparently!
Naturally clean, remove odors, stains, and more.
1. To contain awful cooking odors (especially cabbage and fish), boil a cup of water in a pan on the stove and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
2. To create a love home aromatherapy smell, add some cinnamon or orange or lemon peels to a pan of water and vinegar, let boil. It will fill your home with a lovely scent.
3. To freshen a sink drain, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain and follow with 1 to 2 cups of vinegar. Let it bubble 5 minutes. Flush with plenty of water.
4. To clean a sink aerator, drop heated vinegar into it to flush out hard- water deposits.
5. To clean the coffeemaker, run full-strength white vinegar through a normal brew cycle, run again, stop halfway through and let sit 15 minutes, then run several cycles with plain water.
6. To remove fish or onion odor on hands, rinse them with apple cider vinegar.
7. To make your own window cleaner, add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water.
8. To remove while salt rings from clay pots, wipe undiluted white vinegar over the affected areas.
9. To kill unwanted grass on sidewalks and driveways, pour full strength vinegar directly on the areas.
10. To remove hard-water stains from your dog’s water bowl, pour heated vinegar inside it.
A Perfect Dessert Recipe for Valentine’s Day
In 1995 I asked my readers for a Red Velvet Cake recipe that had been a family favorite of a reader who lost it when her house burned down.
Who knew this was such a popular cake recipe? I had loved it as a child and remembered how delicious it was, but could not find it in my cookbooks. So I turned to my wonderful readers, and boy did they deliver! Here is the quick version that is a snap to make.
- 1 (18.25 ounces) box yellow cake mix
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup low-fat or regular buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 ounces red food coloring
1. In a large bowl, combine the dry cake mix and only the ingredients listed above (do not add the ingredients listed on the cake box). Check the box directions to see how long you need to mix the batter and then bake according to the directions on the box for the size pans you are using.
2. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes, run a dull knife around the edges, then carefully turn out onto a cake rack or plate to finish cooling.
CREAM CHEESE ICING
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 stick butter, softened
- 1/2 box plus 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Using a mixer, blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. You can add one or two drops of red food coloring for a pink icing, or leave it white for the traditional one.
Trina S. shared a picture of her kitten “Smudgie“, adopted from Animal Care Services in Long Beach, California. Smudgie loves her red yarn toy.
Pamela G. in Menifee, CA sent a picture of her two furry family members, Chipper and William, in their dog beds, each with a new toy from Santa Paws!
Meet Dixie. She was rescued by firefighters during the fires in Northern California and was adopted by Nancy J. once she made a full recovery.
Sharon B. in Houston, TX sent a picture of her brown and black, long-haired Chihuahua, Angel, resting on top of her snuggly toy zebra – too cute!
Cindy C. wanted to share her Dachshund, Petey.
Doris H. sent a picture of her adorable six-year-old German Shepherd Ziva, wearing a headband of festive Christmas lights while being silly with her tongue sticking out!
Patricia H. sent two pictures of her Charlie, a Shih Tzu, and Scout, a wire-haired Labradoodle, who sheds like crazy! They remind us of the yin and yang of a new year: Opposite but complementary, out with the old, in with the new. Big changes!