Save soap slivers
I’m searching for a “press” in which to combine all those little bath soap pieces that accumulate in the shower soap dish over time. They are too small to use individually, but combined would work quite well. — P. Ritter, email
Dear P. Ritter:
I’ve seen all types of soap sliver savers. Some can be put into a mitt, mesh bag or loofah (you can even use a clean sock or section of panty hose). You can save slivers in a container with a pump (just add water and a marble and shake for liquid soap). I’ve seen a mold before, but can’t find a manufacturer or distributor at this time. However, you can use a small round or rectanglular plastic storage container (with a lid) and press each leftover sliver into the mold by hand until the mold is filled and dried to create a new bar. You could make a large bar using an old hamburger patty press. A muffin tin would work as well. Some people simply press slivers onto a fresh bar of soap. Both bars should be wet and sometimes scoring the fresh bar helps the sliver to adhere. You can grate slivers and save them until you have enough to create a decent-sized ball, then simply moisten and hand-shape them. I know people melt slivers in the microwave or in a double boiler, but that seems like a lot of work to make a new bar.
I used the recipe to make cookies out of a package of cake mix, with excellent results! Now I want to do the same with a packaged pumpkin bread mix. Our family loves pumpkin cookies, but they’re too hard to make from scratch. Any suggestions? — Joanne, email
You can use a quick bread mix to make cookies. Pillsbury has an example recipe for Pumpkin Raisin and Ginger Cookies.
1 (14-ounce) package Pillsbury(r) Pumpkin Quick Bread & Muffin Mix
1/2 cup cinnamon-covered raisins or plain raisins
1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Heat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, combine quick bread mix, raisins and ginger; mix well. Add butter and egg; stir until dry particles are moistened. (Mixture may be crumbly.) In small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; mix well. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 F for 12 to 15 minutes or until cookies are set. Remove from cookie sheets.
High Altitude (3,500-6,500 feet):
Add 2 tablespoons flour to dry mix. Bake at 375 F for 10 to 13 minutes. — Reprinted with permission from Pillsbury (www.pillsbury.com)
How long after the expiration date can people in the military use coupons? I remember people being able to use them for many months after they expired. — Shoiji, New Jersey
They can be used for six months after the expiration date by overseas military. According to commissaries.com, commissaries accept most types of coupons as part of purchase transactions in accordance with the terms and conditions stated on the coupon. Commissaries cannot accept “in-house” coupons issued by commercial grocery stores or supermarkets. Patrons who wish to use coupons as part of a purchase transaction must buy the item(s) indicated on a coupon, and — except in foreign overseas areas — must use a coupon prior to or on the expiration date stated on a coupon.
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