I already make my own ketchup and relish. With summer just around the corner, I would like you to give me a recipe for making my own mayonnaise. Dave
Place three egg yolks in a mixing bowl. Add 2 tbsp. (30 mL) white vinegar, 2 tbsp. (30 mL) water and 2 tbsp. (30 mL) lemon juice. Heat the contents in a double boiler until 150°F (66°C) as this reduces the risk of food poisoning. Stir constantly. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Add 2 tsp. (10 mL) dry mustard, half tsp. (2 mL) salt, half tsp. (2 mL) pepper. Add any of the following: fresh garlic, Dijon mustard or curry powder. Mix. Very slowly add 1 cup (250 mL) extra virgin olive oil. Add more oil as needed until you reach the proper consistency.
Note: This isn’t a low- fat product, so use sparingly if cutting calories. However, this recipe does call for heart healthy oil. Store homemade, sealed mayonnaise in the refrigerator for up to three days. If homemade mayonnaise does not bond, add one quarter tsp. commercial mayonnaise and stir.
Warning: Pregnant women are advised not to eat homemade mayonnaise due to the raw eggs in the recipe. Taken from "Household Solutions 3 with Green Alternatives."
Is there a way to repair deep cuts in leather furniture? Also, is there a product that can be used to spruce up the dye colour on leather furniture? I have seen advertisements about people who will come in and repair and re-dye but I imagine it will be costly and we would prefer to do it ourselves, if possible. Thanks, Monique
In order to repair tears in leather furniture purchase; leather glue and a sub patch. Push the sub-patch through the tear. Close the cut with leather glue — it works amazingly well! Or purchase a leather repair kit; follow the instructions included with the kit. My father-in law used to use a product on his horse saddles called Urad to shine leather (search for Urad on-line). Saddle soap, leather conditioner and mink oil are also good alternatives. If you have a limited budget, rub the inside of a banana peel onto the leather.
I live on an acreage that is serviced by a well. As a result I have ugly stains in the toilet bowl at the water level. I have tried to scrub the stain out with all types of commercial products as well as home based solutions with no success. If you have a solution, I would be most appreciative. Leona
To remove stains in a toilet, purchase a pumice stone and lubricate it with either cheap shampoo or dish soap. Wet the stone and gently wipe the toilet rim to remove marks, being careful not to scratch the porcelain.
Any ideas for ways to reuse muslin rice bags instead of throwing them out? Thanks, Helen
Some of the following suggestions require the skill of sewing: Use as is or transform rice bags into a small shopping bag, wallet, bathtub toy holder, picnic utensil carrier, makeup bag, bean bag, purse or pillow. Use two bags to make a large bag. You can also put one rice bag around each of your planters to prevent spillage.
Get Rid of Chickweed
~ Hand pulling the shallow roots of chickweed from the ground is the most effective way to get rid of the weed.
~ Crop rotation disrupts the cycle of chickweed effectively reducing its growth.
~ Spring and fall are the best times of the year to control chickweed.
~ Crush chickweed by stepping on it and then applying a soluble nitrogen fertilizer to the area.
~ Kill chickweed by pouring boiling water onto concrete cracks.
~ Choke out chickweed by spreading weed-and-feed fertilizer onto grass.
Fabulous Tips of the Week:
~ Rub a shelled walnut over furniture to hide scratches on wood furniture. Kyah
~ Make your own laundry detergent: Grate one eighth bar Sunlight laundry soap and combine with one quarter cup borax. Toss clothes into the washing machine and mixture onto fabric. Clothes always come out clean; I have been doing this for years. Vanessa
~ A tackle box works well for storing girl hairclips and elastics. The baubles and bands go in the small upper trays and brushes/product/etc. in the larger bottom part. And the whole thing can be stashed in a cabinet or drawer. To keep ponytail holders even more organized, purchase one of those binder rings from your nearby office supply store. Mertle
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