Uses for leftover maraschino cherry juice
What do I do with the juice left in the maraschino cherry jars? I have 2-1/2 jars full of the stuff! And a bacon grease/brown sugar mixture left from a batch of cocktail weenies. I kind of hate to throw the stuff out, although I wouldn’t have hesitated in the past. What would you do with either item? Oh, and I’m not asking for ideas for the combination of the two, but if you have some ideas, that would ROCK! — Paula, Kentucky
You can add the juice to hot cocoa or add it to lemon-lime soda pop, milk or lemonade. Or add it to baked goods such as brownies or quick breads/muffins or mix into sugar cookie frosting. As for the bacon grease, I’m not a fan of cooking with bacon grease, but you could fry ham in it or grease a pan and make cornbread or pancakes. If you don’t mind the sweetness, you could use it to saute vegetables, such as asparagus, brussel sprouts, green or pinto beans, maybe on corn on the cob or for hash.
What are your best sore throat and cold remedies? I’ve had a stuffy noise, cough and sore throat for a week. I’ve gone through the DayQuil and NyQuil stash that I brought when I moved from the United States. In Denmark, there’s not a whole lot of over-the-counter stuff available. — T.M., Denmark
I’m not a doctor, so my first suggestion is to see your physician to rule out anything serious. To ease the discomfort from a mild sore throat, I’ve gargled warm saltwater; taken an over-the-counter pain reliever, a decongestant or throat lozenges; plugged in a vaporizer (Vicks has a vaporizer, and you can add their VapoSteam camphor cough suppressant to it); drank hot tea with lemon and honey; and alternated with plenty of water, frozen juice pops or fruit smoothies. I’ve also used Chloraseptic after a hot shower.
I am looking for a doll that is similar to the American Girl doll brand. My daughter wants an American Girl doll, but I refuse to pay over $100 dollars for one. I’ve gone to eBay, and even used dolls are going close to $70, and I refuse to pay that much for one, too. I have been told that there are dolls at Kohl’s, Target and other places that have a version that is similar. Do you know what they are called? Any ideas would be appreciated. — A.G.D., e-mail
You can keep scouting out secondhand sources such eBay and Craigslist (you can post an ad, too) for the American Girl dolls. American Girl offers the doll hospital, which will repair their dolls, so if you find one that doesn’t look brand new or is broken, you might want to consider grabbing it and having it repaired. There are cheaper 18-inch dolls such as Madame Alexander, Our Generation, Gotz (not always cheaper), Tollytots, Disney Princessm Dolly and Me, Just Kidz-Good Kids, Molly P. Originals, etc. Our Generation dolls are somewhat similar and are a good alternative. Some are packaged with books and accessories. You’ll find them at Target for under $40.
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