Best scones from Britain
Nina Szlosberg-Landis of Raleigh shares a family recipe for homemade drop scones. The recipe came from her mother, Elaine Szlosberg. Szlosberg was a war bride who grew up in London during World War II, survived the attacks on the city and came to America after the war.
You will need:
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1/4 cup superfine sugar
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
Beat the eggs and sugar and about half of the milk together.
Add flour and salt and mix well. Add the remainder of the milk as required along with the cream of tartar and baking soda. Fold in melted butter.
Ladle batter in batches by the large spoonfuls (about 1/4 cup) into a greased large skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Cook until bubbles begin to form, about 2-3 minutes. Flip, cook until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
Yield: 16 scones
Best uses for Q-tips
Paula Sloan of Chapel Hill says her mother uses cotton swabs to tackle some common household problems:
• Dip cotton swab in bleach and use it to clean grout between tiles or caulking around kitchen sink.
• With a little Soft Scrub, use a swab to clean the thin space between stove and countertop.
• Dip a cotton swab in a little paint for small touch-ups.
Best stove-top cleaner
Clean your smooth glass stove top the natural way. You will need hot, soapy water; baking soda; and a clean rag. Here’s what to do:
1 Fill a bowl with hot, soapy water and submerge the rag in it.
2 Apply baking soda generously to the cook top.
3 Squeeze excess water from the rag so that it is damp, not sopping wet.
4 Cover stove top with the rag and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
5 Swirl the rag in circles using the baking soda as a scouring scrub to clean the stove top.
6 Rinse and repeat the swirling motion until the stove top is clean.
Wanted: Best slow-cooker recipes
Fall is a great time to pull out the slow cooker. We’d love to share your favorite, easy Crock Pot recipes. If we use your recipe, you’ll be entered in our quarterly drawing for a gift card. Send recipes firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, street address and city. Put “best recipe” in the subject line. Please include precise measurements.
Here’s a budget-minded decorating tip from Houzz: “Resist overcrowding a room. Gracious living means space to maneuver with ease. ... You don’t need to fill up a space with lots of furniture. Spend more of your budget on fewer, but better-quality pieces, and your room will look better than if it’s stuffed to the gills with flea market finds.”
See this and other tips at http://nando.com/km.
Best way to stash stuff
Are errant socks in the laundry room working your last nerve? Are you tired of tripping over tiny toys all over the house? Corral those pesky loners in one tidy space with an idea picked up on the Modern Home Decor blog. Buy inexpensive S-hooks and use them to suspend small baskets from the bottom shelves of the laundry room, playroom or bedroom closet. Every time you find a single sock or stray toy, place it in the basket to await a match or more permanent home. It’s a clever way to cut the clutter and stow the stuff. Check out the blog at http://nando.com/kn.
Best for ceiling fans
I recently stayed in a very nice beach condo on the Crystal Coast. Spacious and clean, it was a renter’s dream – except for the ceiling fans. Yikes! They are dust-catchers that even the most conscientious homeowners could easily overlook. But trust me, your guests won’t. So a post on the Kiwi Services cleaning blog caught my eye.
It says the easiest way to clean ceiling fans is with a pillow case. “Open the pillow case over the blade and slide off” (wiping the dust away with it, but containing it within the bag). You can read this and dozens of other cleaning tips at http://nando.com/ko.
Best of the tube
Happy home: Chip and Joanne Gaines tour the Castle Crest neighborhood of Waco, Texas, with Karla, a newly divorced mom who is ready to move on from the hardest time of her life to the happiest. Can the Gaineses create the perfect home for Karla’s new life while they go through their own transition? Watch the surprises unfold as Chip approaches a big birthday and Jo’s present puts her in peril! “Fixer Upper” airs at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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