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  • salad3
    Store salads for freshness

    DEAR SARA: How do you store your bagged salads? I bought a couple of bags of salad on sale last night. I’m curious to know how you store yours without it getting brown really fast. — Mickee,...

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    Life-inspired recipes sure to get the point across

    Some recipes are so good that you want to keep them a secret. Maybe you or someone you know makes the absolute best desserts. There’s never any extra, and they’re lick-the-bowl delicious. They can work miracles, too....

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    What’s a Mary Ann pan?

    DEAR SARA: I asked my mother-in-law what my sister-in-law might like for her upcoming birthday. She told me she wanted a Mary Ann pan. I was too embarrassed to ask what it is. What is it? —...

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    Use a thermos for more than coffee

    Say goodbye to ugly, messy gravy globs. If you don’t have a thermos, you can use a fondue pot or slow cooker to keep it hot. KEEP GRAVY HOT: During the holidays, if you want to keep...

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    Warm up your space with houseplants

    Winter is my favorite time of year. The days are shorter and home is where I want to be. With the cold temperatures, I embellish my home with comfortable items that make each room feel cozy, such...

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    Cupcake cake easy as pie

    DEAR SARA: Do you know how to make a cupcake cake? I want to make one for my grandson’s birthday, and I’m wondering how hard it is. — Jayne, Pennsylvania DEAR JAYNE: When you bake your cupcakes,...

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    Kick the soda habit

      There are money leaks in almost every personal budget. Take a look in your refrigerator. Does it contain a lot of soda? Many people are hooked on soda and drink a few cans each day. It’s...

  • CornStick
    Two ears better than none

    Have you ever miscalculated the amount of corn on the cob you needed? The first tip solves that problem. I like the idea enough to use it on a regular basis for my kids, so there’s less...

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    Baby-food jars handy for more than food

    I’m often asked how to reuse baby-food jars. I made homemade baby food, so I never had an abundance of jars, but I do agree that it’s a shame to simply toss them. Baby food is also...

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    Give copper bracelets some polish

    DEAR SARA: I’m looking for something around the house to polish copper bracelets with. I know toothpaste works well on silver. Any tips? — Gayle W., e-mail DEAR GAYLE: Use vinegar and salt. Place the bracelets into...

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    Shortcuts to frugal desserts

    Frugal people are known for baking from scratch. However, some homemade recipes are too time-consuming or costly compared to packaged mixes. Many busy frugal cooks buy brownie and cake mixes when they are on sale instead of...

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    Thrift shop versus consignment shop

    DEAR SARA: What’s the difference between a consignment shop and a thrift shop? — C. York, forums DEAR C. YORK: Consignment shops sell items that are brought in by individuals. The store helps people sell their unwanted...