Dear Sara:

I saw your tip for raising green onions from the roots of store-bought green onions. I am trying it, but I'm not sure how much water I should be using. So far I have just 4-5 root ends in a lot of water, and I change the water as it get cloudy. Am I doing it right? -- C.D., email

Dear C.D.:

I use a mason jar or drinking glass roughly 1/3 filled with water. The water line hits right above the roots. I change the water daily.

Dear Sara:

Thanks for the tip on soaking in Epsom salts for splinters. Can you give me a recipe for this? I need to know the salt/water ratio, how long to soak the affected part, etc. -- Pam, email

Dear Pam:

You can mix a paste of Epsom salt and tea tree oil. Use 1/2-cup Epsom salt and 5 drops of tea tree oil. Remove paste after a minimum of 10 minutes. You can add two cups of Epsom salt to your bath water and soak, too.

Dear Sara:

I'm always looking for good, simple recipes to make for my family. Your crisp recipe appeared in my local paper, and I thought I would give it a try. The recipe called for apples, peaches or pears but mentioned nothing about strawberries. Could cherries be used? How about canned fruit? (It doesn't get much easier than canned.) What other fruit possibilities are there, and what quantities should I use of each? -- Karen K., email

Dear Karen:

You can use any fruit you like, including berries. You can use pie filling, too. If using canned fruit, be sure to drain it first. The amount of fruit used stays the same. If you prefer more crisp, you can double the topping.

Dear Sara:

When my mom went into a nursing home, we cleared out her attic and found some magazines and piano music from the 1930s, '40s and '50s, in great condition. Is there anything we can do to sell them? Any money we get would be helpful to pay her bills. -- Jean, email

Dear Jean:

I would list them on eBay. You can compare what you have with what is listed to help you price things. There are businesses that buy old sheet music and magazines. Examples include and

Dear Sara:

My leather garden gloves are lined with a red polyester knit. Can you recommend a way to clean the inside of the fingers? -- Rita, email

Dear Rita:

I would use a wet toothbrush or small cloth/sponge (using Woolite and water) and clean them that way. It will be slow going, but it won't damage the leather. I suggest this because I'm uncertain if they can be turned inside out and then put back without something going wrong (fitting, creases, etc.). I also don't know if it's washable leather, so I don't want to suggest any other methods. After cleaning, do not wring them. Hang them to dry.

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