If you missed out on building a snowman with the kids this winter, Faithtap.com has a fun snowman craft for you.
• A clean, white sock
• String or twine
• Two black and one orange push pin
• 2-3 small buttons
• Permanent glue
• A piece of scrap cloth to make a small scarf
1 Cut across the sock about an inch below where it bends at the heel.
2 Tie the cut end of the large piece of sock securely with string. Cut the string and turn the sock inside out. Fill with dry rice and tie the top of the sock so nothing spills out. Cut the string. Tie another string about two-thirds up to make a section for the snowman’s head. Cut string.
3 Tie a piece of appropriately sized cloth around the middle section of the sock to create a “scarf.”
4 Turn the remaining portion of the sock inside out and cuff the top to create a hat. Slip it over the snowman’s head.
5 Use glue to attach two buttons to the snowman’s belly.
6 Use push pins to create eyes and a nose.
See a video explaining the steps at http://nando.com/y-.
Best for tomato stains
Don’t throw away that tomato-stained Tupperware. You can salvage it with this tip from Real Simple.
Cut a lemon in half. Rub the cut side of the lemon all over the interior of the stained container. Make sure to squeeze juice on the stains and rub it around. Allow the container to dry in sunlight. The stains should disappear. See a video primer at http://nando.com/z0.
We asked our readers to share their favorite dessert, and Barbara Humiston of Pinehurst wrote in with her recipe for Mocha Cupcakes. “These are very good and a hit at any party,” she says.
For the cakes:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup brewed coffee, chilled
1/2 cup oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt, set aside. Combine remaining ingredients; add to flour mixture and stir well. Fill paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from tin and cool completely. Frost with Mocha Frosting. Makes one dozen cupcakes.
For the frosting:
3 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
3 tablespoons milk chocolate chips, melted
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons brewed coffee, chilled
Combine chocolate and butter; gradually beat in powdered sugar. Stir in coffee until smooth.
Best way to freshen the dishwasher
The Style Me Pretty blog says you can freshen your dishwasher with the following trick. “Run a cup of white distilled vinegar through the rinse cycle to get rid of any build-up soap scum and any lingering odors. Repeat monthly!” Check out this household tip and others at http://nando.com/z1.
Best organizing tips
Have you run out of ideas and rooms for storing things around the house? If so, check out a post for “30 Organization Tips, Tricks and Ideas That Will Make You Go Ah-ha” on the Beautifully Bella Faith blog. You’ll find creative tips for organizing cutting boards, cookie pans, kitchen knives, wrapping paper, scarves, crayons and much more.
Among the tips: Store washcloths and hand towels in open baskets turned on their sides and anchored to a wall. Keep track of hair ties by slipping them through a latched key chain.
Check out these and other tips at http://nando.com/z2.
Best of the tube
Holmes on Homes: Jo Jo and Heather hired a contractor to update their newly purchased home with a new basement bathroom. As work progressed, they began questioning some of the contractor’s decisions until, eventually, he left the job unfinished. Mike Holmes examines the work and finds many problems. He and his crew gut the bathroom and start over, creating a stylish bathroom that is safe, watertight and completely up to code. “Holmes on Homes” airs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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