Browsing category: How To’s & General Information

The Lifespan of Appliances

I have been inspired to dig out that electric company newsletter again to look up the lifespan of dryers… we’ll let this one die a natural death, but it looks like maybe it’s time to start thinking about shopping for a new one.


Making Powdered Sugar From Granulated Sugar

I had instructions for what they called “two easy methods” for making powdered sugar out of granulated sugar… one using a food processor and the other using a blender. I decided to try the food processor method first. It was definitely not a success.


Electric Rates, Appliances, & What They Cost To Operate

Apparently electrical rates vary widely in this country. According to this month’s newsletter from our electric company, Hawaii has the dubious distinction of paying the highest rate at 30 cents per kilowatt-hour. Some lucky people in Idaho pay the lowest rate at only 6.


Quinoa — Eating More Whole Grains

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is actually the small round seeds of an annual herb that is part of the grass family. It grows only at high altitudes and is native to South America.


Make Your Own Soy-Free Soft Butter Spread

In my post How To Turn One Stick Of Butter Into Two, I explained how to make extended butter. This extended butter should not be confused with soft butter spread.


How To Turn One Stick Of Butter Into Two

During the World War II food shortages, people were forced to make the most of what they had. With today’s escalating grocery prices, one hint from that time still makes a lot of sense (and cents!)… how to turn one stick of butter into two.


Ingredient Substitutions For Baking

I don’t usually substitute ingredients when I bake, but here are five substitutions that I use all the time.Buttermilk — To make one cup of buttermilk, combine 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice with enough milk to fill a one cup measure. Stir well.


All About Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the good oils because it is high in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants. Olive oil can be refrigerated to prolong its shelf life, but the cooler temperatures will make it turn cloudy and the oil may get thicker.