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Sophie

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!
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!

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!

2019-03-22T08:29:38-04:00February 23rd, 2019|

10 Household Uses for Vinegar

Naturally clean, remove odors, stains, and more.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

To clean a sink aerator, drop heated vinegar into it to flush out hard- water deposits

4. To clean a sink aerator, drop heated vinegar into it to flush out hard- water deposits.

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.

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.

To remove fish or onion odor on hands, rinse them with apple cider vinegar

6. To remove fish or onion odor on hands, rinse them with apple cider vinegar.

To make your own window cleaner, add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water

7. To make your own window cleaner, add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water.

To remove while salt rings from clay pots, wipe undiluted white vinegar over the affected areas

8. To remove while salt rings from clay pots, wipe undiluted white vinegar over the affected areas.

To kill unwanted grass on sidewalks and driveways, pour full strength vinegar directly on the areas

9. To kill unwanted grass on sidewalks and driveways, pour full strength vinegar directly on the areas.

To remove hard-water stains from your dog’s water bowl, pour heated vinegar inside it

10. To remove hard-water stains from your dog’s water bowl, pour heated vinegar inside it.

2019-03-22T08:00:40-04:00February 17th, 2019|

Red Velvet Cake

A Perfect Dessert Recipe for Valentine’s Day

Heloise Red Velvet Cake Recipe
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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

Heloise Red Velvet Cake Recipe
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  • 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.

Heloise tasting four versions of Red Velvet Cake sent in by more than 15,000 readers!

Heloise tasting four versions of Red Velvet Cake sent in by more than 15,000 readers!

2019-04-21T22:17:54-04:00February 2nd, 2019|

Smudgie

Trina S. shared a picture of her kitten “Smudgie“,  adopted from Animal Care Services in Long Beach, California. Smudgie loves her red yarn toy

Trina S. shared a picture of her kitten “Smudgie“, adopted from Animal Care Services in Long Beach, California. Smudgie loves her red yarn toy.

2019-03-22T07:51:49-04:00February 16th, 2019|

Chipper and William

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!

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!

2019-03-22T07:52:28-04:00February 9th, 2019|

Dixie

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.
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.

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.

2019-03-22T07:53:08-04:00February 2nd, 2019|

Angel

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!

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!

2019-03-22T07:53:51-04:00January 26th, 2019|

Petey

Cindy C. wanted to share her Dachshund, Petey

Cindy C. wanted to share her Dachshund, Petey.

2019-03-22T07:54:19-04:00January 19th, 2019|

Ziva

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!
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!

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!

2019-03-22T07:55:06-04:00January 12th, 2019|

Charlie and Scout

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!
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!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!

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!

2019-03-22T07:55:39-04:00January 5th, 2019|