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Apr 8, 2010

TIP OF THE DAY------Many Uses for Vinegar and Soda

Bath tub film

Bath tub film can be removed by wiping with vinegar and then with soda. Rinse clean with water.

Bottle cleaning

Unsightly film in small-necked bottles and other containers can be cleaned by pouring vinegar into the bottle and shaking. For tougher stains, add a few tablespoons of rice or sand and shake vigorously. Rinse thoroughly and repeat until clean or determined hopeless.

Carpet renewal

The colors in carpets and rugs will often look like they have taken a new lease on life if they are brushed with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar in a gallon of water.

Coffee maker cleaner (automatic)

Vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers from hard water. Fill the reservoir with vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. ( Be sure sure to check the owners manual for specific instructions.)

Cooking odors

To eliminate unpleasant cooking odors, boil a teaspoon of distilled vinegar in a cup of the room with the unwanted odor.

Dust reducer

Sponging away grease and dirt with a sponge dipped in distilled vinegar will keep exhaust fan grills, air-conditioner blades and grills dust free.

Grass killer

Unwanted grass can be eliminated from sidewalks and driveways by pouring distilled vinegar on it.

Leather cleaning

Leather articles can be cleaned with a mixture of distilled vinegar and linseed oil. Rub the mixture into the leather and then polish with a soft cloth.

Meatloaf for Dinner

Today I made meatloaf, below you can find the ingredients to make a large meatloaf.

2 lb ground beef or ground chuck
2 tablespoons worchestire sauce
2T dried onions
salt and pepper
1 small can tomato sauce
2 to 3 eggs
1 box of stuffing mix 
(Your preference on which kind you use I used cornbread)

Ground Beef with all the ingredients

Now its baking in a cast iron skillet at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes

For the topping I like to add
a little Brown Sugar Worchestire Sauce
and Tomato Sauce
My family just loves it.
Butterscotch Snaps

Butterscotch snaps are cookies made with butter and shortening,

sugar, butterscotch chips, egg, corn syrup, and other cookie



2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup butterscotch chips

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons shortening

2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 egg

granulated sugar for rolling


Heat oven to 350.

In a bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a bowl or the top of double boiler over hot (not boiling) water,

melt butterscotch chips. Remove pan or bowl from over the water.

In a mixing bowl, blend sugar, shortening, butter, and corn syrup.

Beat in 1 egg and stir in the melted butterscotch chips. Add dry

mixture, stirring well. Form mixture into 1-inch balls; roll in

sugar. Place about 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets. Bake for

about 10 minutes. Makes 4 to 5 dozen butterscotch cookies.
Italian Cheesecake Brownies

1 pound (or 15 oz. container) ricotta cheese

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

21.2 ounce package brownie mix

Heat oven to 350 F. Line 13-by-9-inch baking pan with foil. Lightly

grease foil. Beat ricotta cheese, sugar, cornstarch, eggs and vanilla

with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Prepare brownie

mix as directed on the package. Spread 2/3 of the brownie mixture in

prepared pan. Spread ricotta mixture evenly over brownie batter. Drop

remaining brownie batter by spoonfuls over the cheese mixture
Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

1 cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons baking cocoa

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chopped nuts

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup baking cocoa

1 1/2 cups hot water

1. Spray inside of 2- to 3 1/2-quart slow cooker with cooking

spray. Mix flour, granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, the

baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Stir in milk, oil and

vanilla until smooth. Stir in nuts. Spread batter evenly in

slow cooker.

2. Mix brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa in small bowl. Stir in hot

water until smooth. Pour evenly over batter in slow cooker.

3. Cover and cook on high heat setting 2 hours to 2 hours 30

minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

4. Turn off slow cooker. Let cake stand uncovered 30 to 40

minutes to cool slightly before serving. Spoon warm cake into

dessert dishes. Spoon sauce over top.

2 lb. ground sirloin

2 to 3 lg. green peppers

3 to 4 med. potatoes

1 can tomatoes

1 (10 oz.) box frozen okra

2 med. onions, chopped

3 to 4 ribs celery, chopped coarsely

1 head cabbage, shredded

2 lg. cans tomato sauce

Brown meat and add green pepper, celery and onions. Season mixture with a little seasoned salt, oregano, basil, Italian seasoning. Onion powder, thyme. Also add a very little garlic powder and crushed red pepper. In a separate pot, parboil potatoes and carrots. Next add okra and tomato sauce to the meat mixture and allow to simmer. Then add potatoes and carrots last. Stir in cabbage and simmer about 10 to 12 more minutes.
Fried Cabbage

1/2 lb. bacon, fried and crumbled

1 sm. head cabbage, shredded

1 pkg. Lipton creamy garlic pasta,

Fry cabbage to desired doneness. Add pasta and bacon. Serve hot.

2 pounds lean ground beef

- 1 medium onion, diced

- 16 ounces frozen mixed vegetables, cooked according to package directions

- 10 3/4 ounces golden mushroom soup

- 10 3/4 ounces cream of celery soup

- 1 pound frozen tater tots, 1 bag divided

Preheat oven to

Brown ground beef in a heavy skillet; season to taste.

Drain excess grease.

Remove browned hamburger from skillet.

Add onion to skillet and saute until soft and lightly browned.

In a large bowl combine ground beef, onions, soups, vegetables, and half of the bag of tater tots.

Place the mixture in a prepared baking dish and cover with the other half bag of tater tots.

Bake 1-1/2 hours.