Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Well Kept Secret: Many uses for WD-40!

It's amazing the uses for some of the things we have around our house, and the problems we try to solve when the solution is probably in our garage or kitchen cabinets! Here is a surprising list of 43 creative and safe uses for WD-40, whose primary ingredient is fish oil! Who knew!

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.
2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4) Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
5) Keeps flies off cows.
6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7) Removes lipstick stains.
8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
9) Untangles jewelry chains.
10) Removes stains from stainless steel si nks.
11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
18) It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor. Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks!
19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly. Use WD-40!
20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21) Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easie r to open and close.
25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31) Removes splattered grease on stove.
32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony ( they hate the smell).
35) Removes all traces of duct tape.
36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37) Florida's favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.'
38) The favorite use in the state of New York: WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39) WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just That purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are Not allowed in some states.
40) Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
42) Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of Lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!
43) If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

Good luck! I am buying a can myself and walking around the house, putting it to many new uses!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Recipe: Banana Cinnamon Cookies!

What to do with those leftover bananas... this is our solution, and a popular one! We have been asked for and shared this recipe with many guests, and would now like to share it with you! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup sugar
2/3 cup shortening (NOT butter or marj)
2 eggs
1 cup ripe mashed banana ( 3 or 4)
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 min. on med/high mixer). Beat in eggs, bananas and vanilla. Set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ¼ tsp of cinnamon. Blend into banana mixture. Combine remaining ½ cup sugar and ¾ tsp cinnamon. Drop cookie dough onto greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until just lightly browned.

Makes about 4 dozen….they freeze great! Either before baking…just shape into balls, lay out on cookie sheet and place in freezer. When frozen, put into bags When ready to bake just roll in cinnamon and sugar and bake at 350 for 14 minutes. No need to defrost! Or, bake first, when cool freeze on layers of parchment paper. When ready to serve , thaw and then refresh by baking for just 4 minutes at 350 degrees. Great every time!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Harvest Time for Maine Blueberries!

Did you know that Maine produces over 90% of the wild blueberry crops harvested each year in the United States. And these are not planted crops, rather wild blueberries, tended to and hand harvested with a rake specifically made for this purpose. Some of the local blueberry farms even hand them out to visiting guests! Wild blueberries are smaller than their cultivated counterparts, and have a more intense, tangy-sweet flavor. Wild blueberry crops are maintained by farmers who own the land they grow on, and many farmers have been doing so for generations, with some fields having thousands of years history! The wild blueberry bush has a 2 year cycle, which means that every other year a blueberry bush will produce berries. During the year that no berries are produced, the farmers try to help the vegetative growth to increase. This helps the general health of the blueberry bush as a whole plant. During a blueberry-producing year, the plant is prepared for an August harvest, when the blueberries will be ready for picking. So here we are in August, with this vitamin and antioxidant abundant fruit at our fingertips. Lots of great recipes available for their use! Next time you are in Maine, consider a trip to one of these amazing farms! For more information, visit http://www.theheartofnewengland.com/backporch-MaineBlueberries.html to find out where!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Recipe: Cold Cucumber Mint Soup! Refreshing!

Nothing like a cold refreshing soup as a meal starter or paired with a salad on a hot summer day! We love this recipe! Try it out!

1 medium onion or three scallions
2 tbsps chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish
3 tbsps vegetable oil
2 Cs chicken broth
2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
4 fresh cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
8 oz. sour cream
salt and pepper to taste

Lightly saute sliced onions in oil over moderately low heat until onion is softened. Add chicken broth, lemon juice, and cucumbers and simmer about 15 minutes, until cucumber are softened. In a blender purée mixture and 1/2 of the mint in batches until smooth and cool. Stir in white pepper and salt to taste. Chill soup, covered, until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 day. Flavor just gets better with time! When ready to serve, mix sour cream and remaining mint. Serve soup topped with a dollop of the sour cream mixture and a sprig of mint.