Old Fashioned Homemaking Weekly              Digest     http://www.oldfashionedhomemaking.com     September 24, 2012 – Sep...
Quick Lunchbox IdeasPosted on September 24, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(NAPSI)—Parents looking for a sweet choice for...
container and place graham crackers in a separate baggie for a delicious lunch addition. Makes 4servings.For more brown-ba...
should be both hardworking and mood enhancing. For example, inexpensive, easy-to-       install cove lights in the kitchen...
Quick Ways to Perk Up Your DayPosted on September 24, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(Family Features) Let’s face it, bet...
Iced Mocha LatteYield: 5 cups1/2 cup cold water2 tablespoons Folgers Classic Roast(r) Instant Coffee Crystals1 14-ounce ca...
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Nonstick CookwarePosted on September 25, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(Family Fea...
Consumers also may be familiar with pans that advertise as ceramic finishes and claim they arenatural or organic. Both cer...
grilling, stainless steel pans with nonstick coatings, as well as new       colors to add flair to your kitchen.      Nex...
The Future of the Family Road TripPosted on September 25, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(ARA) – For families, time on th...
   Cars could have a driver’s side display that would be able to offer alerts about upcoming       traffic signs and rela...
Why a Little Fall Outdoor Maintenance Can Go a LongWayPosted on September 25, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(ARA) – Afte...
Lawn Care TipsIn addition to raking to keep the yard clear of leaves, dethatching can prevent a buildup of above-ground ro...
Stir up Some Party FunPosted on September 26, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(Family Features) No matter what the reason ...
Caramel Apple Dip: Set a dish of this warm dip on a pretty tray and surround it with freshlysliced apples or pears, and si...
Apple Butter Mustard DipIngredients      1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter      1/2 cup Dijon mustardPreparation   1. Mix i...
Kickin’ Horseradish Sandwich SpreadIngredients      1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter      Creamy horseradish sauce dependi...
Ingredients      1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter      1/2 cup caramel saucePreparation   1. Mix ingredients.ServesMakes 6...
Infant to Senior – How Identity Theft is Affecting EveryGenerationPosted on September 26, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking...
The most important thing you can do to avoid child identity theft is to be mindful of the personalinformation your childre...
Loving Holiday LeftoversPosted on September 26, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(Family Features) Once the feast is over, ...
Potato-Crusted Ham QuicheIngredients      2 cups of potatoes, raw and shredded      1/4 cup onion, minced      1/2 cup ...
4. Press potato mixture evenly into crust shape up the side and on the      bottom of the pan and spray again. Bake for 15...
   Pinch nutmeg      1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce      8 slices bread (potato bread, challah, egg bread or any other s...
Good Luck SoupIngredients      1 tablespoon olive oil      2 medium yellow onions, chopped      2 cloves garlic      1...
3. Add collards and simmer an additional 20 to 30 minutes. Pepper to      taste. Serve hot.ServesServes 8Cook Time:80 minu...
over ham. Let glazed ham sit for 5 minutes before serving to allow glaze       to melt over ham.ServesServes 14Cook Time:1...
It starts on the farmChanges in the way farmers and ranchers raise cattle, in addition to increased fat trimming, hasresul...
Asian Beef and Vegetable Stir-FryIngredients      1 1/4 pounds boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 1-inch thick, divided...
ServesMakes 4 to 6 servingsCook Time:30 minutesSOURCE:The Beef CheckoffFor hundreds of recipes for quick and easy inexpens...
Exfoliate and MoisturizeGet rid of old, dull-looking skin cells and reveal a new radiant glow by exfoliating skin fromhead...
The good news is that there is freedom from the task that more than 77 percent of womendescribe as tedious and time consum...
Opt for a Large-Capacity WasherGetting more items into the washer equates to getting more done – and faster. But overloadi...
For more help with organizing, cleaning and laundry, take a look at the Keeping It Clean e-books.Regular Screening Tests a...
Most insurance companies let you pick your mammography provider, so it’s important for you tomake sure the facility you ch...
Colon cancer screeningsAlthough your doctor may recommend an earlier screening, most women should receive acolonoscopy scr...
fraction of the price. Or, spend even less when you repurpose gently used clothes by turningthem into custom pillowcases.S...
Innovative Devices Make Home Sewing SweeterPosted on September 28, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(NAPSI)—Whether you’re ...
Partnering for the first time with Simplicity® Pattern Company, the new and affordableSimplicity® Limited Edition Sewing a...
Kitchen Cleaning – Organize Your ApproachPosted on September 28, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(Family Features) Maintai...
MicrowaveTo loosen grease and food spatters, boil a cup of water with a few lemon slices in the microwavefor one minute, w...
   Dust cabinet interiors.       Remove dry-storage food items and dust out your cabinetry. Make sure       you get back ...
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  1. 1. Old Fashioned Homemaking Weekly Digest http://www.oldfashionedhomemaking.com September 24, 2012 – September 28, 2012 Graphic by Alice Smith http://clipart4resale.com 1
  2. 2. Quick Lunchbox IdeasPosted on September 24, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(NAPSI)—Parents looking for a sweet choice for school lunches should consider pears.Grown in Oregon and Washington, USA Pears are an excellent source of fiber and a good sourceof vitamin C. They also make a smart snack.To ripen fresh pears, leave them at room temperature. When a pear gives to gentle pressure nearthe stem, it’s ripe, juicy and ready to enjoy.For a quick midday or after-school treat, try these fresh ideas:• Slide pear slices into a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or quesadilla• Roll up pear slices, turkey, cheese and lettuce in a whole wheat tortilla• Stir chopped pears into yogurt and top with granola• Sprinkle diced fresh pears into a green or fruit salad• Try this mixed fruit salsa with graham cracker “dippers”:Student’s Pear SalsaCombine 1 of each: finely chopped, cored USA Pear, apple, orange and 2 finely chopped kiwifruit in medium bowl. Gently toss fruit with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.Scoop up bites of salsa using cinnamon graham crackers. Or pack a serving of salsa in an airtight 2
  3. 3. container and place graham crackers in a separate baggie for a delicious lunch addition. Makes 4servings.For more brown-bag ideas and recipes, visit www.usapears.org.Six Easy Ways to Improve Your Kitchen, Bathroom andBedroomPosted on September 24, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(ARA) – Good lighting is not something most people think much about until they don’t have it.Living in a well-lit room is a much more pleasurable experience than trying to cook, read,entertain or do just about anything in a dark, shadowy space.The American Lighting Association offers these tips for improving the lighting in your kitchen,bathroom and bedroom:  Add to your task lighting. Many bathrooms and kitchens have plenty of overhead light, but are often lacking when it comes to task lighting, says David Martin, designer with lighting manufacturer Hubbardton Forge. “At the kitchen sink, for example, you can eliminate shadows by including two sources of light.” The result is a workstation with easier-to-see spaces that alleviate eyestrain.  Include mood-enhancing lights and dimmers. “Places such as bathrooms and bedrooms – once mostly functional – now serve as an extension of our living spaces,” says Todd Phillips, owner and senior designer with Quoizel Lighting. The lights in those rooms 3
  4. 4. should be both hardworking and mood enhancing. For example, inexpensive, easy-to- install cove lights in the kitchen can provide soft illumination after mealtime and cleanup. Additional lights placed at a bathroom vanity and aimed out toward the face can help brighten grooming tasks and offer awakening morning light. A bonus: Those controls can help accommodate varying levels of natural daylight, too.  Increase the size of your bedside task light. One of the bigger mistakes Phillips sees in bedrooms is the size of bedside lamps – they’re either too small or not adjustable. “The lamp needs to provide light where you need it, and if it’s too small it can’t do that,” says Phillips. Go for a larger size with increased lumen capacity.  Install track lighting for flexibility. Stationary overhead lights are fine when you need to flood a space with light, but too often kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms lack flexible sources of light. A good solution is track lighting. “You can direct one or two of the lights on the track and point them to a wall to add accent light for artwork, and use other lights on the track to create different focal points,” Phillips says.  Add a light fixture for drama. A side benefit of beautiful, light-providing chandeliers and pendants is that they provide focal points. “New light sources give homeowners some great options,” says Phillips. “You can drop in a chandelier over a bathtub to create drama and get mood and ambience too.”As a bonus, those fixtures help provide the finishing touch for different colors and accents.“People sometimes put quite a lot of money and effort into their rooms and lighting can help toshow them to their best effect,” says Martin.  Add a ceiling fan with a light source. With the flip of a switch, a ceiling fan with a light kit can improve a room’s livability with both comfort and light. It is just one more example of how light works wonders in the home. “Having more lighting options creates a better lifestyle and it enriches our lives in terms of the time we spend in our homes,” says Phillips.To see the latest lighting products and to talk to an expert about how to improve lighting in yourkitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, visit your local ALA-member retail showroom or go online towww.americanlightingassoc.com.Photo courtesy of Tech Lighting 4
  5. 5. Quick Ways to Perk Up Your DayPosted on September 24, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(Family Features) Let’s face it, between work deadlines, shuttling the kids back and forth toschool and activities, and household chores, sometimes those to-do lists can be overwhelming.Here are a few quick tips to keep you moving throughout the day.Take Time for a SnackA good assortment of snacks can help keep you going between meals. Keep a stash of easy, on-the-go items on hand so you don’t need to hit the vending machine or fast food drive through.Some ideas include whole fruits like bananas, apples, oranges or blueberries; yogurt; whole graincrackers and your favorite peanut butter; veggie sticks and hummus.Enjoy a Cup of CoffeeA short coffee break is a great way to help break up the day. Quick and convenient coffees, suchas Folgers(r) Instant Coffee Crystals, in a newly redesigned ergonomic jar with an easy to openflip-top lid, make it even easier for coffee lovers to enjoy the rich, flavorful taste and aroma ofFolgers Coffee no matter what the occasion. If you have a little more time during your coffeebreak, you can also enjoy an Iced Mocha Latte or Triple Berry Café Mocha – these recipes letyou make a cool treat in just minutes.Take a BreatherWhether you work at an office or are busy at home, plan a 5- or 10-minute break a few times aday. Put down what you’re doing and stretch, or take a stroll around the house or office. You’llbe able to clear your head and reprioritize – which will make it easier for you to conquer the nextthing on your list.To learn more about creating instant coffee to your liking, visit www.Folgers.com. 5
  6. 6. Iced Mocha LatteYield: 5 cups1/2 cup cold water2 tablespoons Folgers Classic Roast(r) Instant Coffee Crystals1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand(r) Sweetened Condensed Milk, chilled2 tablespoons Smucker’s(r) Sundae Syrup(tm) Chocolate Flavored Syrup, chilledIce cubesCOMBINE water, coffee crystals, sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate flavored syrup inblender container until crystals are dissolved. Process until smooth.POUR over ice in tall glasses. Serve immediately.Triple Berry Café MochaYield: 1 serving1 1-ounce package hot chocolate mix1 tablespoon Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee Crystals1 cup boiling water2 tablespoons Smucker’s Triple Berry SyrupWhipped creamCOMBINE hot chocolate mix and instant coffee in large mug. Carefully pour boiling water intomug and stir until dissolved. Stir in fruit syrup.GARNISH with whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately.(c)/(r) The Folger Coffee Company. Smucker’s, Sundae Syrup and Eagle Brand are trademarksof The J.M. Smucker Company.Source: Folgers Coffee 6
  7. 7. Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Nonstick CookwarePosted on September 25, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(Family Features) In the last several years, kitchen activity has increased as families bypass thedrive-through to cook at home more often. According to a recent survey from DuPont, maker ofthe most popular nonstick coating for cookware, more than two-thirds of home cooks choosenonstick pots and pans because they help families cook convenient and healthy meals that areeasy to clean up.Getting a Handle on Nonstick Cookware“You don’t need a lot of equipment to cook a simple and healthy meal at home. With a chefknife and a large, high quality, nonstick skillet you can cook a lot of really great recipes,” saidJanice Newell Bissex, M.S., R.D., author of the new family cookbook “No Whine with Dinner”and co-founder of www.MealMakeoverMoms.com.As families try out new recipes and pick fresh ingredients for their home-cooked meals, it’s agood idea to understand what cookware to look for when it’s time to buy something new.Types of Nonstick CoatingsNot all nonstick cookware coatings are equal. According to the Cookware ManufacturersAssociation (CMA), most quality nonstick cookware has a PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene)finish. PTFE, developed by DuPont 70 years ago, is used as a nonstick coating that is bothdurable and high-temperature resistant. Brands such as DuPont(tm) Teflon(r) nonstick coatingshave been developed with a variety of coatings which are reinforced to resist scratching and cancome in up to three-coat finishes – which means greater durability and a longer life for your pan. 7
  8. 8. Consumers also may be familiar with pans that advertise as ceramic finishes and claim they arenatural or organic. Both ceramic and PTFE-based coatings start from minerals that are used tocreate a synthetic coating. PTFE coatings comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) regulations for their intended use. In lab tests, which simulated cooking in a homekitchen, traditional nonstick coatings lasted up to seven times longer than ceramic finishes.Using Nonstick CookwareWhile there are few rules to using nonstick coatedpots and pans, just like anything else in yourkitchen, you can achieve the best results whenyou use proven techniques.When trying out new recipes, or simply revisitingan old favorite, it’s best to use medium or lowheat. Then add food and lower the heat to cook atan even temperature.Because food releases so easily when you usecookware with nonstick coatings, you don’t needto use oil or fat when you cook unless you wantto. And with recent improvements you also canuse metal utensils on many high-quality nonstick-coated pots and pans without worry of scratching.DuPont research also shows that cleaning up after cooking remains a top concern in the kitchen.With nonstick pans, cleanup is easy. Simply wash with hot, soapy water after each use; a spongeor dishcloth is usually all it takes to get the surface thoroughly clean.Many nonstick pans also are dishwasher-safe. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines before usinga dishwasher. Cookware also should be stored carefully to prevent unnecessary wear and tear.Buying a New PanBuying something new for your kitchen – even a pot or pan – is exciting, and since you’ll likelybe using it for a long time, you want to make the right choice. Use these tips when shopping fornonstick cookware:  Think about what piece or pieces you will really use most. Start there and build. You can buy a single pot or pan or a full set, depending on your needs.  Check out all the new types of pans available, as manufacturers are constantly innovating. For example, there are new nonstick pans for 8
  9. 9. grilling, stainless steel pans with nonstick coatings, as well as new colors to add flair to your kitchen.  Next, make sure you’re getting high quality nonstick and not a cheap imitation. Look for a pan that carries the Teflon(r) brand logo, so you know you’ll get the durability you expect.  Finally, if you use cookware in the oven as well as on the stove, choose a handle that can take the heat, such as metal, and check the manufacturer’s guidelines for maximum temperatures.Find more tips and recipes at www.teflon.com/aware.Browning FoodCan you really brown food in a nonstick pan? Yes.  You don’t need high heat to brown in a nonstick pan – use medium heat. You’ll get the same results; it will just take a little longer.  Augment the browning of your main ingredient simply by adding a sweetener, such as wine, juice, vinegar, syrup or honey.(couple cooking) – Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesSOURCE:DuPont 9
  10. 10. The Future of the Family Road TripPosted on September 25, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(ARA) – For families, time on the road is a part of life, whether you’re going for a familyvacation or traveling to visit grandparents for the holidays. While time in the car together isnothing new, the way families are spending their time in the car and the tools that help get themsafely to their destinations are rapidly evolving.Nowadays, kids are less likely to pass the time playing 20 questions than they are to watch theirfavorite movie on an iPad. And while you might have once reached for the atlas to find yourway, GPS systems or mobile phones have long since replaced your paper maps.Each day new car and mobile technologies are improving the way families travel. New safetyfeatures, tools to help with directions, finding amenities, and increased entertainment options areavailable for passengers. But what if all of these helpful tools were integrated into one easy-to-use system within the family car?Comprehensive in-vehicle systems designed to provide drivers with useful information may soonbe the norm. Technology experts at Intel are currently working with automakers on in-vehicleinfotainment (IVI) systems that have the potential to make the family road trip safer and moreentertaining for everyone involved.It is estimated that automobiles will be among the top three fastest growing Internet connecteddevices for Internet-based content by 2014, according to technology research form Gartner. Thisshould come as no surprise given consumer demand for access to their digital lives anytime,anywhere, since the average American driver spends 18 hours a week behind the wheel. That’sover two months every year spent in the car.So how exactly could this type of technology help traveling families? Here are a few examples ofthe types of travel-friendly features that experts at Intel are exploring with leaders in theautomotive industry: 10
  11. 11.  Cars could have a driver’s side display that would be able to offer alerts about upcoming traffic signs and relay images about blind spots from cameras placed in a car. Alerts about upcoming stop signs or exits would be especially beneficial when driving in unfamiliar territory.  What could be worse than a flat tire while on vacation? Emergency sensors connected to the car’s infotainment system could alert you immediately when a tire loses pressure, giving you time to safely pull over or make it to the next exit for help. The intelligent infotainment system could also provide directions to the nearest repair shop.  Like to travel with other families? New connected cars will offer you the ability to connect with other cars in your caravan through GPS tracking. No need to describe your location over the phone or two-way radio.  Have you made a habit of streaming your children’s favorite shows through a subscription service like Netflix? Soon, these types of entertainment options could be standard in the car’s in-vehicle infotainment system, and music and video files could be kept in one place. You could even stream different movies on each of the backseat screens to accommodate everyone in the family.To see more of what your family road trips might look like in the future, visitwww.intel.com/automotive. 11
  12. 12. Why a Little Fall Outdoor Maintenance Can Go a LongWayPosted on September 25, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(ARA) – After spending the summer enjoying the outdoors, it can be a little bittersweet to get thedeck and yard ready for the cooler days ahead. The good news is getting outdoor areas ready forwinter doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process.A few simple steps can minimize extra work when warmer weather rolls around again. For eacharea of the yard, there are a few procedures that can save you big headaches in the long run.Start With the DeckThe many homeowners that put a lot of time and money into building a deck know theimportance of preserving that investment. A wood deck should be stained annually, however,many homeowners are turning to low-maintenance composite decking and railings, as compositeoptions by manufacturers like TimberTech offer high-end aesthetics with low-maintenancequalities.But that doesn’t mean that composite decks are maintenance-free. TimberTech provides a 25-year warranty on all of its products, and with some simple annual maintenance, they can be keptlooking great for years to come. The company’s decking experts recommend the following tipsfor composite deck care and cleaning:  Clear all debris to prohibit mold and mildew growth.  When using a cleaner, be sure to use one that’s compatible with your decking material and follow the instructions.  Using a pressure washer is a great way to get a deep clean, but it’s best not to exceed a pressure greater than 1,500 psi. 12
  13. 13. Lawn Care TipsIn addition to raking to keep the yard clear of leaves, dethatching can prevent a buildup of above-ground roots that can be a detriment to soil health. Aerating in the fall can also help lawnsrecover from a summer of heavy use, providing much needed oxygen for the turf’s roots.After particularly dry summers, it doesn’t hurt to water trees with a soaker hose or root irrigatorso they have some water to help them survive the winter. Fall is also the time to clear out bothgarden and flower beds, as you’ll thank yourself in the spring for doing the work before winterset in. Be sure to get your fall-planting flower bulbs in before the ground freezes as well.Around the HouseClearing all gutters of debris should be an annual fall task, as all the fallen leaves can easily jamup downspouts, which can damage gutters or cause ice dams in colder climates. It’s also a goodidea to clear the areas around the foundation of the house, as pests like to make their homes therewhen the weather gets cold.By spending a temperate autumn day outside preparing your outdoor spaces for winter, you’lleliminate extra work for yourself in the spring. For more deck care tips, visitwww.timbertech.com. 13
  14. 14. Stir up Some Party FunPosted on September 26, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(Family Features) No matter what the reason for the party, you can stir up some fun with easy-to-make appetizers that are sure to please the whole crowd.Quick and Easy BBQ SauceApple Butter Mustard DipKickin’ Horseradish Sandwich SpreadCaramel Apple DipThese four recipes are a breeze to make and all share one simple secret ingredient – Musselman’sApple Butter. Here are some delicious ideas for turning these dips and sauces into great partyappetizers.Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce: Brush on chicken wings or shrimp during the last few minutes ofgrilling. It is simple to make BBQ pulled pork, as well as the sauce for a crockpot of meatballs orbacon-wrapped smoked sausages.Apple Butter Mustard Dip: Delicious with just hard or soft pretzels. Set out a plate of cheesecubes or mini egg rolls for dipping, and you have easy snacking.Kickin’ Horseradish Sandwich Spread: This tastes great with roast beef, chicken, or pork – trymini sandwich sliders or pinwheel wraps. Another great idea is to use the spread as a dip forchicken tenders, sweet potato fries or even veggie chips. 14
  15. 15. Caramel Apple Dip: Set a dish of this warm dip on a pretty tray and surround it with freshlysliced apples or pears, and simple gingersnap cookies. For a family fun dessert, dipmarshmallows and then roll them in chopped nuts.For more ways to stir up some fun at your party, visit www.musselmans.com.Quick and Easy BBQ SauceIngredients  1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter  1 cup chili saucePreparation 1. Mix ingredients.ServesMakes 6 to 8 servings 15
  16. 16. Apple Butter Mustard DipIngredients  1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter  1/2 cup Dijon mustardPreparation 1. Mix ingredients.ServesMakes 6 to 8 servings 16
  17. 17. Kickin’ Horseradish Sandwich SpreadIngredients  1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter  Creamy horseradish sauce depending on spice level (1/4 cup for light, 1/2 cup for mild, 1 cup for hot)Preparation 1. Mix apple butter with desired amount of horseradish.ServesMakes 6 to 8 servingCaramel Apple Dip 17
  18. 18. Ingredients  1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter  1/2 cup caramel saucePreparation 1. Mix ingredients.ServesMakes 6 to 8 servingsSOURCE:Musselman’s 18
  19. 19. Infant to Senior – How Identity Theft is Affecting EveryGenerationPosted on September 26, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(ARA) – An infant’s Social Security number is used in a credit card application. A 10-year-old’sidentification information is used to apply for a car loan. Grandpa gets an email claiming that hewon the lottery and needs to provide information to collect the winnings. Today, identity theftcan occur to anyone, not just middle-aged adults. Savvy thieves are targeting every generation,from child to adult to senior. It’s important to stay alert so every member of your family is betterprotected.Child ID theftThink you don’t have to worry about identity theft for your kids? The fact is more than 19,000cases of child identity theft were reported in 2011, up from about 6,000 in 2003, according to theFederal Trade Commission. How does this occur to children, who typically don’t even have abank account? Every day many parents send their children to school and child care with personalinformation in their backpacks. Backpacks are typically hung out of sight for hours orinformation can end up in desks for days, providing ample opportunity for identity thieves.How can you tell if your child’s ID has been stolen? If your child begins to receive suspiciousmail, like pre-approved credit cards and other financial offers normally sent to adults, his identitymight have been compromised. Also, a child should never have a credit history until they areolder and actually have financial accounts. If you suspect that identity thieves may have targetedyour child, complete a secure Child Identity Theft Inquiry Form at TransUnion.com. TransUnionwill investigate the existence of a potential credit file in your child’s name, and after the search iscomplete, respond to you at the email address you provide. If a file is located in your child’sname, additional information will be asked for in order to proceed with steps to protect yourchild from any impact associated with this fraudulent activity. 19
  20. 20. The most important thing you can do to avoid child identity theft is to be mindful of the personalinformation your children are carrying. Make sure their information is kept in a safe spot and notjust tossed in the bottom of a school bag. Even better, seal any documents that contain yourchild’s personal information in an envelope addressed to the school. Also, explain to your kidsthat they shouldn’t share personal information with strangers in-person or online.Adult ID theftUnfortunately, as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year, accordingto the FTC. Innovative thieves can get your information in many ways – from online hacking todumpster diving.To avoid ID theft, always shred personal documents, only use secure sites when shopping online,and give out your driver license number and other identification only when absolutely necessary.It’s also wise to pick up your mail from your box every day and consider depositing outboundmail in a mailbox at the post office.Awareness is your best weapon against identity thieves, so subscribing to a monitoring servicelike TransUnion Total gives you peace of mind. The service helps you minimize your exposureto identity theft by proactively monitoring the sites where posting personal information mayoccur. The service also includes monitoring for changes in your credit, new addresses registeredwith the postal service, court records and non-credit loans not reported to the credit bureaus. IfID theft does happen, you won’t be alone. TransUnion will help you restore your good name andalso help you cancel stolen items from your wallet and obtain new ones.Senior ID theftSeniors are frequently targeted by online phishing scams. If you’re a senior, or you are an adultchild who cares for an elderly parent, it’s important to always guard personal informationclosely.Seniors are often targeted on the phone with offers of free samples or lottery winnings – thecaller simply needs some personal information to transfer the money or send the item. Anotherpopular scheme is someone posing as a relative who is stuck and needs money in order to gethome. Every senior should be highly skeptical when asked for bank accounts or Social Securitynumbers on the phone or Internet.Another issue – that is an easy fix – is many seniors carry their personal information with them atall times – including their Social Security card, Medicare card, check book, etc. It’s wise to onlycarry what is needed when leaving the house.Identity theft affects all generations. By knowing the different considerations for the various agesof your family’s members, you’ll help keep everyone safe today and in the future. 20
  21. 21. Loving Holiday LeftoversPosted on September 26, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(Family Features) Once the feast is over, many home cooks are left with a plethora of leftoversand a challenge: how to make the most of what remains. While it’s hard to live up to that originalholiday meal, there’s a lot more that you can do with leftover ham rather than just reheating.Potato-Crusted Ham QuicheHam and Cranberry Monte CristoGood Luck SoupHoliday Spiral Sliced Ham with Pecan Praline GlazeThis year, give leftovers new life with a week’s worth of versatile meals that can be enjoyedthroughout the day. Start with a fully-cooked, naturally hickory smoked Smithfield Spiral SlicedHam with a pecan praline glaze, and follow these simple steps to turn it into a potato-crustedham quiche for brunch, a Monte Cristo sandwich for lunch, and a savory soup for dinner. You’llleave friends and family asking for leftovers more often.For more leftover recipes you’ll love, visit www.smithfield.com andwww.facebook.com/CookingwithSmithfield. 21
  22. 22. Potato-Crusted Ham QuicheIngredients  2 cups of potatoes, raw and shredded  1/4 cup onion, minced  1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely diced  1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped  3 eggs, divided  Salt and pepper to taste  3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated  3/4 cup smoked Gouda cheese, grated  1 cup Smithfield Spiral Ham, fully cooked and chopped  1 cup evaporated milk  1/2 teaspoon paprika  1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)  1/4 teaspoon pepperPreparation 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. 2. Spray quiche pan with non-stick cooking spray. 3. In medium bowl mix potatoes, onion, pepper, chives, 1 beaten egg and salt and pepper to taste. 22
  23. 23. 4. Press potato mixture evenly into crust shape up the side and on the bottom of the pan and spray again. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on edges. 5. In a mixing bowl, combine cheeses. Remove crust from oven and layer the following: ham first, and then cheese mixture on top. In a bowl, beat together evaporated milk, remaining eggs, paprika, salt and pepper. Pour mixture on top of cheese and return to oven. 6. Bake about 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into middle of pie comes out clean. Allow to cool at least five minutes. 7. Serving Suggestions: Serve alongside sliced fresh fruit or a small fresh garden salad.ServesServes 8Cook Time:45 minutesHam and Cranberry Monte CristoIngredients  3 eggs  1/3 cup milk  1/2 teaspoon vanilla  1 teaspoon sugar 23
  24. 24.  Pinch nutmeg  1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce  8 slices bread (potato bread, challah, egg bread or any other sweet soft bread)  8 slices Smithfield Spiral Ham  2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded  1 cup baby arugula leaves  4 tablespoons butter  Confectioners’ sugar for garnishPreparation 1. In shallow casserole dish, whisk eggs together with milk, vanilla, sugar and nutmeg. 2. Spread equal amounts of cranberry sauce on one side of four slices of bread. 3. Top cranberry sauce with two slices of ham, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/4 cup arugula. Top each stacked bread slice with the remaining four slices of bread. Gently press together. 4. In large skillet, melt butter over medium/low heat. Dip each sandwich into milk mixture. Turn and dip the other side. 5. Place in the hot pan and cook until each sandwich is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. 6. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve warm.ServesServes 4Cook Time:10 minutes 24
  25. 25. Good Luck SoupIngredients  1 tablespoon olive oil  2 medium yellow onions, chopped  2 cloves garlic  1 tablespoon ham base  5 dashes hot sauce  1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme  1 teaspoon dried oregano  1 pound black eyed peas, rinsed and soaked over night  64 ounces vegetable stock (or chicken stock)  1 cup water  2 cups Smithfield Spiral Ham roughly chopped  1/2 pound collards, cut into thin ribbons  Pepper to tastePreparation 1. In large stock pot add olive oil. Stir in onions, garlic, ham base, hot sauce, thyme and oregano. Sauté until onions are translucent. 2. Add drained black eyed peas, vegetable stock, water and chopped ham. Simmer until peas are tender, approximately 40 to 50 minutes. 25
  26. 26. 3. Add collards and simmer an additional 20 to 30 minutes. Pepper to taste. Serve hot.ServesServes 8Cook Time:80 minutesHoliday Spiral Sliced Ham with Pecan Praline GlazeIngredients  1 Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham with Pecan Praline GlazePreparation 1. Preheat oven to 325°F. 2. Remove packaging; reserve liquid. Place ham cut-side down on large sheet of foil in roasting pan, pour reserved liquid over ham and wrap completely with foil. 3. Warm ham in oven for 10 to 12 minutes per pound. Do not overheat. 4. After removing ham from oven, let ham sit for 5 minutes before glazing. 5. Heat glaze packet for 15 seconds in microwave. Glaze is hot, so be careful when opening packet. Holding packet with a towel or oven mitt, cut corner off packet and pour glaze into a bowl. Stir well and spoon 26
  27. 27. over ham. Let glazed ham sit for 5 minutes before serving to allow glaze to melt over ham.ServesServes 14Cook Time:10 to 12 minutes per poundSOURCE:SmithfieldFamily Favorite Meals Get a MakeoverPosted on September 27, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(Family Features) There has been a makeover taking place in the past 40 years on a food that 94percent of Americans eat at least monthly, according to the Consumer Beef Index. You may besurprised to learn of the many changes that have resulted in leaner beef found at your localgrocery store.How beef is getting leaner to meet expectationsAsian Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry 27
  28. 28. It starts on the farmChanges in the way farmers and ranchers raise cattle, in addition to increased fat trimming, hasresulted in the widespread availability of leaner beef. In fact, more than two-thirds of the beef inthe meat case – including popular cuts like top sirloin steak, tenderloin, T-bone steak and 90percent lean or leaner ground beef – meet the government guidelines for lean, according to FreshLook Marketing Group.Leaner than everDue to a variety of factors, including recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines forAmericans, people now prefer leaner cuts of beef, and as a result, the total and saturated fatcontent from trimmed steak has steadily declined. In fact, data collected by the U.S. Departmentof Agriculture shows that total fat content for a trimmed top sirloin steak has declined 34 percentfrom 1963 to 2010 and saturated fat content has declined 17 percent between 1990 and 2010.We all know that beef tastes great, but calorie-for-calorie, it is also one of the most naturallynutrient-rich foods. On average, a 3-ounce serving of lean beef is about 150 calories andprovides 10 essential nutrients like protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins.Heart-healthy mealsEven more great news is that new research suggests that beef can be good for heart health.Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that even eating leanbeef daily – as part of a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle – can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by upto 10 percent – as much as any other recommended heart-healthy diet. And adding lean beef toyour diet is simple when you prepare quick and flavorful meals. Try this Asian Beef andVegetable Stir-Fry, which takes only 30 minutes to prepare and boasts the flavors of top sirloinsteak, bell peppers, garlic, sesame-ginger sauce and crushed red pepper. It’s sure to be a familyfavorite.To learn more about lean beef’s nutrition and heart health benefits, and to find more flavorfulrecipes, visit www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com. 28
  29. 29. Asian Beef and Vegetable Stir-FryIngredients  1 1/4 pounds boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 1-inch thick, divided  4 cups assorted fresh vegetables, such as sugar snap peas, broccoli florets, bell pepper strips and shredded carrot  1 clove garlic, minced, divided  1/2 cup prepared stir-fry sauce, preferably sesame-ginger flavor  1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper  3 cups hot cooked rice  2 tablespoons unsalted dry-roasted peanuts (optional)Preparation 1. Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/4-inch thick strips. 2. Combine vegetables and 3 tablespoons water in large nonstick skillet. Cover; cook over medium-high heat 4 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Remove and drain. 3. Heat same pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add half of beef and half of garlic; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes, or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. Remove. Repeat with remaining beef and garlic. 4. Return all beef and vegetables to pan. Add stir-fry sauce and red pepper; heat through. Spoon over rice. Sprinkle with peanuts, if desired. 29
  30. 30. ServesMakes 4 to 6 servingsCook Time:30 minutesSOURCE:The Beef CheckoffFor hundreds of recipes for quick and easy inexpensive home cooked meals, check out theDining On A Dime Cookbook.Warm Up the Colder Months with Skin That’s Irresistible toTouchPosted on September 27, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(ARA) – In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, we text more than we hug; we touchour phones more than we touch each other. However, despite the need to be “plugged in,” whensurveyed by professionals at Arizona State University, 75 percent of men and women agreedthey would like more touch in their lives. As the cooler months approach, take the opportunity toachieve healthy skin that’s irresistible to touch … perfect for those nights you need to warm upnext to a loved one.“Winterproof” your skin with these few tips and you’ll be ready to touch and be touched all falland winter long. 30
  31. 31. Exfoliate and MoisturizeGet rid of old, dull-looking skin cells and reveal a new radiant glow by exfoliating skin fromhead to toe. “For healthy, glowing skin, look for a gentle exfoliating cleanser like NIVEA’sTouch of Renewal,” recommends AccidentalSexiness.com beauty blogger Rosy Cordero. Awarded the most beauty awards in the body scrub category in 2012, this NIVEA cleanser usesboth exfoliating and moisturizing components to leave you with soft, beautiful-looking skin. Formore information, check out www.NIVEAusa.com.Bundle UpOverexposure to harsh winds and cold temperatures can be rough on skin. Before heading outinto the elements apply a glycerin-rich moisturizer and cover skin with hats, gloves, etc. so thatskin is not exposed. This will help avoid reversing the effects of well-moisturized skin, whichcan lead to dryness and chapping that won’t look or feel good.A Healthy Skin DietYour diet can directly affect your skin. In addition to keeping skin well moisturized and guardedfrom harsh elements, try to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat – specificallyones that contain antioxidants and vitamins that help promote healthy skin. Drinking six to eightglasses of water also helps improve your skin tone by giving it the moisture it needs.Follow these simple steps to care for skin and you will soon learn that a warm touch from aloved one can give you comfort and energy like nothing else.Free Up More Time by Revamping Your Laundry RoomRoutinePosted on September 27, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(ARA) – Today, time is an incredible luxury – one that we too rarely have. Between familyresponsibilities, work commitments and everyday stresses, it can often be hard to accomplisheverything on the to-do list, let alone carve out time for oneself. A mainstay on the to-do list hasalways been laundry, and with the average American household doing 7.5 loads per week, thetime spent washing, drying and folding really adds up.In fact, a significant number of women are making sacrifices to make time for laundry. Americanwomen find themselves neglecting exercise, family time and their social calendars, among othereveryday tasks, because of the time they spend on laundry, according to results of a nationalsurvey conducted for LG Electronics USA. And, with the onset of summer, the work onlymultiplies – from guest bedding and towels to sports uniforms and everyday clothing. 31
  32. 32. The good news is that there is freedom from the task that more than 77 percent of womendescribe as tedious and time consuming. With some simple tips from LG Head Home EconomistMike Wisner, you can make your laundry a faster and more efficient process. Pretty soon, allyou’ll need to worry about is what to do with all your free time.Keep Your Laundry Room OrganizedWhile it’s easy to let things pile up, keeping the room tidy and organized helps you save time bymaking sure that you know where all of the tools you need are located. Wisner advises keepingdryer goods separate from the items you need for the washing machine, and store ironingnecessities in their own container. Check products periodically and re-stock before you run out –having to run to the store for dryer sheets or even detergent at the last minute is something youwant to avoid.Have the Whole Family Do Their PartCollecting clothes is a time-consuming task in itself, especially when unsorted clothes are left onthe floor to pile up. Instead, encourage everyone in the family to put dirty clothes into hampers,which makes it easier to gather items that need to be washed. “Another simple step is to provideeveryone with two hampers – one for whites and one for colors – a time efficient way to sort,”Wisner suggests. 32
  33. 33. Opt for a Large-Capacity WasherGetting more items into the washer equates to getting more done – and faster. But overloading anoutdated, standard model can leave you with clothes that aren’t fully clean. Today’s washers arebetter equipped for the job, and the new mega-capacity front-loader from LG is great forhandling huge laundry tasks. “It can accommodate a king-size bedding set, including acomforter, and its TurboWash technology – which combines the “spin” and “rinse” cycles –saves 20 minutes per load, even on larger loads,” he says.Re-examine How You Dry“While a high-capacity dryer will help, there are also other ways to cut back on drying times,”Wisner says. Re-usable dryer balls can cut down on the time you need to keep items in the dryerand help to eliminate static. For items that aren’t dryer safe, keep a collapsible drying rack orretractable laundry line in your laundry room, so that you don’t need to take them outside or to adifferent part of the house. Turning on a dehumidifier as hanging items dry can speed up theprocess, too. And don’t forget to clean the lint from your machine following every load.Look at the Newest InnovationsLook at some of the newest innovations on the market and learn more about the ones you have.There are constant improvements to the stain-fighting and detergent categories: today’s stainsticks help to eliminate messy foods before they set while easy-dose laundry packets, like TidePods, make it easy to use the right amount of detergent per load. “Also make sure you study theoperating guide for your existing machine. Find out how often you should check hoses and filtersand, most importantly, learn more about the benefits of using different cycles, speeds andtemperatures,” notes Wisner. Make sure your washer is ENERGY STAR qualified, as this cansave tons in energy and electricity bills.“Get back a bit of your life,” says Wisner, “with these simple solutions to reduce time spent inthe laundry room.” For more ideas and tips, visit www.lg.com/us/washers. 33
  34. 34. For more help with organizing, cleaning and laundry, take a look at the Keeping It Clean e-books.Regular Screening Tests are Important for All WomenPosted on September 28, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(ARA) – Every woman should make time for healthy habits such as getting plenty of exercise,eating healthy, and finding a comfortable balance between work and life. In addition, all womenshould schedule routine health screenings that help detect a variety of diseases in their earlystages. When it comes to staying healthy, a proactive approach is best. Which important healthscreenings have you had recently?MammogramsDo you know that a mammogram can detect a potential breast abnormality several years beforephysical symptoms develop? The American Cancer Society recommends that women get amammogram every year beginning at the age of 40. Women who have a high risk for breastcancer (i.e. have personal or family history of breast cancer, dense breast tissue or previoussuspicious mammograms) should talk to their physician about the screening program that makesthe most sense for them, no matter what their age. 34
  35. 35. Most insurance companies let you pick your mammography provider, so it’s important for you tomake sure the facility you choose uses the best technology available. New 3D mammogramsprovide a highly detailed look through multiple layers of breast tissue. More accurate thantraditional 2D mammograms, 3D images like the ones provided by the Selenia Dimensionsmammography system, manufactured by Hologic, Inc., give clinicians a new level of clarity tohelp them detect early, subtle signs of cancer.Heart health screeningsGetting your blood pressure and cholesterol screened are two important steps for heart health. Ablood pressure screening can determine whether you have hypertension, and lets you begin atreatment program to bring it under control. Starting at age 18, every woman needs to have herblood pressure checked at least once every two years. Screening and addressing high cholesterolconcerns reduces your risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United Statesaccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women should have theircholesterol checked at least once every five years starting at about age 20. These two screeningscan take place during a physical with your doctor or at your annual women’s wellness visit. Talkto your physician to determine whether more frequent screenings may be advisable, based onyour personal or family health history.Reproductive health screeningsGetting a Pap test (also known as a Pap smear) and an HPV (human papilloma virus) test, alongwith a pelvic exam is an important part of women’s reproductive health. These tests help to findpre-cancerous conditions before they can turn into cervical cancer. Current guidelines from theAmerican Cancer Society recommend that women between the ages of 21 and 29 have a pelvicexam and Pap smear every three years. Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have apelvic exam, a Pap smear and an HPV test every five years. Alternatively, some doctors mayalso recommend that women have just a Pap test and pelvic exam every three years. Womenover the age of 65 should discuss the need for continued screening with their doctor. Also,women with certain risk factors may want to talk to their doctor about whether more frequentscreenings should be done. You may also want to talk to your doctor about the need to bescreened for sexually transmitted diseases.Bone density testsBone loss can increase for women after menopause, making osteoporosis a major health concern.In the past, osteoporosis could only be detected after you broke a bone. Today, bone densityscreenings are available to help monitor bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. TheNational Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone mineral density testing for postmenopausalwomen and men aged 50 through 70, or when there is a risk factor, such as having a slenderframe, family history or a low trauma fractured bone. During a typical bone density test, aspecial X-ray machine measures the amount of bone minerals, like calcium, located in a bonesample such as in the forearm, hip or spine. 35
  36. 36. Colon cancer screeningsAlthough your doctor may recommend an earlier screening, most women should receive acolonoscopy screening exam at the age of 50. This test helps to find colon and rectal cancer asearly as possible, giving you a better chance for a successful treatment. Many women areapprehensive about this screening, but asking questions and having your physician explain theprocess thoroughly will help you feel prepared. Remember, if you are low-risk and nothing isfound on your initial screening, colonoscopies are typically performed only once every 10 years.Living a long healthy life is what any woman wants for herself and her family. By getting theseimportant screenings done on a regular basis, you’ll help ensure a future of many healthytomorrows.Easy and Affordable Ways to Spruce Up Your SpacePosted on September 28, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(ARA) – When seasons change, it’s also a good time to change out and update your home decor.Time and budget don’t always allow for a complete overhaul, so here are some easy andaffordable ways to rejuvenate your home.Reuse, repaint, reupholsterWhen you think creatively, it’s easy to give old belongings new life. Paint wooden frames orpotted plant holders with new, bold colors to quickly add a hint of color to any area. Reupholsterpillows with patterned fabric to liven up any room. Many craft stores sell scrap fabric for a 36
  37. 37. fraction of the price. Or, spend even less when you repurpose gently used clothes by turningthem into custom pillowcases.Simple swaps and switchesTry a new take on a traditional favorite. Candles are an easy way to add instant ambiance to anyroom. New Energizer Flameless Wax Candles are a long-lasting alternative that gives the samebeautiful look and feel of traditional candles. Made with real wax, these candles create the samewarm glow and realistic flicker of a flame with LEDs that never need replacing. The convenientfour-, six- or eight-hour timer means you never have to worry about “blowing” them out.One of the reasons decor can feel worn and dated is simply because it’s familiar to you. And,wall decor is one area that can be particularly pricey to update. An easy way to renew interest inexisting mirrors and art is by switching their location in the home. Once it has been relocated toanother room, you’ll find a new appreciation for something that’s been overlooked for years.Create focal pointsAffordable accessories are a simple way to update your space and help create focal points andpops of color throughout each room. Consider hanging different-sized picture frames together inclusters above a large piece of furniture, like a table, sofa or bed. Grouping frames creates onepiece of eye-catching artwork to spark conversation. For a more vibrant look, paint frames invarious bright colors. For a sophisticated look, stick with a uniform color of all white or black.Display groups of colored vases or candles on tables, bookshelves or windowsills to draw eyes toone or two focal points. Flameless wax candles come in different colors, sizes, heights, scentsand textures to fit any decor. Don’t be afraid to mix it up: pair candles in glass jars with pillars,use different heights and colors, awaken the senses with scented candles and create beautifulcandlescapes anywhere for the perfect atmosphere. Because these candles have no open flame,they are safe to use around children and pets, in small spaces and near curtains or furniture.With a little imagination, it’s easy and affordable to spruce up your space and add ambiance toyour home everyday. 37
  38. 38. Innovative Devices Make Home Sewing SweeterPosted on September 28, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(NAPSI)—Whether you’re an expert on sewing or just wish you were, innovative devices canmake it easier and more enjoyable.For example, there are now nine new machines from Brother™ International Corporation: theDream Weaver™ Quilting & Sewing Machine, DreamWeaver™ XE Quilting, Sewing &Embroidery Machine and the DreamMaker™ Embroidery-Only Machine; the highly anticipatedSimplicity® Limited Edition Sewing and Embroidery Line by Brother,™ which consists of fivenew sewing and embroidery machines; and the Duetta® 2, an affordable and easy-to-usemachine that does sewing, embroidery and quilting.All three V-Series models have:• A chassis offering an oversize 56 square inches of workspace.• The extremely bright, technologically advanced, seven-inch LCD touch screen display thatdisplays 260,000 colors.• Vibrant 10-inch Runway® Lighting that is 50 percent brighter than any other Brother™machine.• A range of built-in stitches and embroidery designs, including 91 Disney® and Disney® Pixardesigns in the DreamWeaver™ XE.• Sew Straight™ Laser Vision Guide, a built-in laser to ensure straight, uncomplicated sewing.• MuVit™ Digital Dual Feed, a digitally controlled, direct motor-driven, dual feed foot forvirtually perfect stitching.• Multifunction foot controller, which allows up to three features to be programmed.• Droplight™ Embroidery Positioning Marker, useful in identifying a precise needle dropposition. 38
  39. 39. Partnering for the first time with Simplicity® Pattern Company, the new and affordableSimplicity® Limited Edition Sewing and Embroidery Line by Brother™ features four sewingmachines and one embroidery-only machine. Features vary by machine but include a free armfor sewing cuffs and sleeves; Easy Bobbin Winding System; Brother™-exclusive My CustomStitch™ for personalized stitches; advanced needle threading system and automatic threadtrimming; and a wide table for larger projects.The Duetta® 2 sews, embroiders and quilts. Features include seven-point feed dogs that gripfabric and make feeding easy—even with hard-to-handle fabric; an Automatic Height Adjuster™AHA® to sense fabric thickness and adjust presser foot pressure accordingly; enhanced, large8.9”, diagonal LCD touch screen display to make custom creations, edit and preview them onscreen; bobbin case; Perfect Placement Kit; and ELS® Embroidery Lettering Software.Learn more at www.brothersews.com, www.facebook.com/BrotherSews,www.twitter.com/BrotherSews, www.YouTube.com/BrotherSews, and (800) 4-A-BROTHER. 39
  40. 40. Kitchen Cleaning – Organize Your ApproachPosted on September 28, 2012 by Old Fashioned Homemaking(Family Features) Maintaining a clean kitchen is important. However, there are often cleaningtasks that get put on hold because they require a great deal of time and effort. According to theScrubbing Bubbles Dirty Work Index survey, men and women agree the kitchen is the mostdifficult room to clean after the bathroom. Luckily, following a few simple steps and using all-purpose kitchen cleaners make tackling tough kitchen messes easier – ensuring that your home isnot only clean but also healthy. Follow the below tips and tricks to learn how to clean yourkitchen with ease.Tackle the AppliancesUse these tips for maintaining your oven, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator:OvenIf your oven boasts a self-cleaning mode, go ahead and turn it on. For the stovetop and exteriorof the oven, spray a grease-cutting cleaner that stays where you spray, such as the new ScrubbingBubbles Total Kitchen Foaming All Purpose Cleaner with fantastik, to thoroughly cover thesurfaces, exterior walls and oven door. Allow the cleaner to go to work penetrating and liftinggrime while you move on to the microwave. Use damp sponges or paper towels to remove thecleaner when the grease and grime have dissolved. 40
  41. 41. MicrowaveTo loosen grease and food spatters, boil a cup of water with a few lemon slices in the microwavefor one minute, which will help to soften dried food particles to make cleanup easier. Then, use afoaming all-purpose cleaner and a damp sponge to easily wipe away residue and grease andleave a fresh scent behind.DishwasherUse a toothbrush and warm, soapy water to clean around the rubber seal on the door of yourdishwasher. Use a scrubbing brush or sponge to wipe away dirt and grime on the inside of thedoor, as well as the walls. Wipe away debris around the drain that could cause later clogging.Run your empty dishwasher on the hottest cycle to help further remove buildup.FridgeBecause the refrigerator houses perishable foods, it’s crucial to your family’s health to keep itwell-maintained and sanitary. Cleaning the refrigerator requires more work than just pitching oldfood. To ensure your fridge is thoroughly cleaned, turn the dial control to “0″ and remove anddiscard old food items before removing shelves and drawers, then wipe them down using mildsoap and water. Next, use a toothpick and toothbrush to clean corners, hinges and the rubbergasket. Finally, sanitize the drop pan with an antibacterial all-purpose cleaner. Cleaning the droppan weekly will help reduce spilled food odors. After these steps are complete, return the dialcontrol to the original temperature setting.Five Tips to an Organized, Clean Kitchen  Create a plan of action. Before you begin cleaning, gather everything you’ll need to tackle the kitchen as a whole, from rubber gloves and sponges, to the vacuum and mop. Assign tasks to each family member to help speed up the process. To ensure everything gets squeaky clean, make a checklist.  Use all-purpose cleaners. Make it easier with a quality, all-purpose cleaning product that can tackle all sorts of kitchen messes while killing germs, such as the Scrubbing Bubbles All Purpose Heavy Duty Cleaner with fantastik, which kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria. This cleaner can wipe out tough grease and grime, without leaving behind a filmy residue.  Reorganize and prioritize. As you clean the kitchen, reorganize contents of pantries, cabinets, drawers and spice racks so everything is easy to find, with your most- used items in front for easy access. Ensure anything expired is thrown out, and donate canned foods you don’t plan to use to a food bank. 41
  42. 42.  Dust cabinet interiors. Remove dry-storage food items and dust out your cabinetry. Make sure you get back into the corners of your cabinets with a duster or vacuum. Wipe down dry food items with a damp cloth and place back in the cabinets.  Get your floors gleaming. Vacuum or sweep floors to get them prepped for mopping. Make sure to dust baseboards and corners where dust and pet hair can get trapped. Pay special attention to the cleaning solution you purchase to clean your floors, as hardwood flooring especially requires specific cleaners.For more information on Scrubbing Bubbles products, visit www.scrubbingbubbles.com. Formore tips on keeping your home clean, visit www.rightathome.com.Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesSOURCE:Scrubbing Bubbles 42

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