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The Great Ketchup Experiment

This week I received an article from a good friend of mine, whose work often appears on this blog. I read the words over, then went to the top of the article and read them again. “No way!” I gasped out loud. “She has got to be joking! That can’t possibly work! There was no punch line. She was serious. Knowing that I would never be satisfied until I tried the experiment myself, I got out the ketchup and the salt shaker and went to work.

Read her article, then check out the photos of my experiment. This is incredible!


Inexpensive Kitchen Cleaners for Revere-ware

Do you have copper-bottomed (Revere-ware) pots and pans that need cleaned on the exterior bottom?

Do you think you need to buy some expensive cleaner to do so?

Nope, the remedy is right in your kitchen.

Put ketchup on the bottom of the pan, sprinkle a little table salt in the ketchup, let it set briefly, then rub. It may take some rubbing, but when you’re finished, the bottom shines.

An extra bonus: energy savings! With the bottom cleaned off, heat conducts more evenly and your food gets hot quicker.

P. Booher

Okay, let’s get this experiment started.



Subject: 1 copper measuring cup (Messy because a certain housewife left it set in a mixing bowl full of water all night.)





Step 1: Squirt on the ketchup.







Step 2: Generously sprinkle on salt.






Step 3: Smear the salt and ketchup all over the copper surface. (If you have a cut on your finger, you might wish to wear kitchen gloves for this part!) Then I eat a Christmas cookie while I wait for this mixture to do its work.




Step 4: Using a damp (not wet) dishcloth or sponge rub the copper well, then rinse.  Wow! This really does work! You actually can clean copper with ketchup and salt! Sorry, my friend, for ever doubting you!



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Ode to Leftover Turkey

It’s Thanksgiving morning, and  Bobby can’t wait

Until that old buzzard’s resigned to his fate.

He’ll have turkey with stuffing and gravy, and pie,

Hot mashed potatoes and turkey piled high!

Yams that were candied with marshmallow goo,

And when that is finished, he’ll have turkey too!

It seems on Thanksgiving that Bobby can’t wait

To get a big piece of that bird on his plate.

But after Thanksgiving with the passing of days,

It seems that our Bobby has changed in his ways.

He’s had turkey daily and now has a hunch

That turkey will show up at school in his lunch.

So, if it is true that we are what we eat,

He’ll soon grow pinfeathers and forked turkey feet.

I know it’s not Helen Steiner Rice, but give me a break, I’ve been sick. Earlier this week as I sat at my computer whining about my runny nose. I spent some time checking the Internet for some solutions to the “What do we do with all of this leftover turkey?” problem. I found that there are thirty-two Internet pages claiming to provide recipes for left0 ver turkey. (Yes, I was exceptionally lifeless this week.) Some sites offered very little, and others left me wondering if I were suffering from the Google Redirect Virus again. The low carb site was a blank, white page. (Eating nothing will keep your carbs low, but it won’t do much about the leftover turkey problem.) Many other sites contained numerous pop-ups that were meant to gobble up one’s attention. I steered away from these. After searching for quite some time, I thought perhaps some of you might profit from my boredom if I listed the most promising recipe sites here.

(I make no guarantees about the content of any of these sites.)

Wise Bread

All Recipes

Pinch My Salt – this site has a great looking curried turkey salad recipe!


Simply Recipes

Forty Something



Lesley’s Recipe Archive



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If You Try to Fix it and Fail, It’s Still Just Broken.

About three months ago, the right hinge on my laptop snapped. I wasn’t overly concerned until just recently when I opened the cover and suddenly discovered the screen had no support at all. The other hinge had snapped as well. Because I had never replaced the hinges on a laptop and had absolutely no idea where to begin, I decided that this was a job for the professionals. I hurried to my favorite computer store for an estimate. Without cracking a smile, the clerk behind the desk quoted a repair price of $400.00! I waited a moment for the punch line, but he wasn’t joking.
My Dell Latitude has been a good little laptop. It was a business computer. I bought it refurbished about three years ago. Because of its background, it was really decked out. The cover is custom made of metal, not plastic, and in spite of its age, my laptop is extremely fast, but $400.00 is a huge amount of money to put into a five-year-old laptop.
I had two options.

  1. Continue propping it open against a wall or books, or holding it open with rubber bands and string.
  2. Repair it myself.


Option one got old very quickly. So looking at the problem logically, I decided that if I didn’t do anything, my computer was broken. If I tried to fix it and failed, my computer was still broken, but if I tried to fix it and succeeded, my computer would be back in working order. I would be able to keep the machine I have become accustomed to, and save some money as well. I had nothing to lose but the price of the parts.

Not as complicated as it seemed!

I checked out Ebay and found that I could order both latches new, not reconditioned, for 2.99 plus 3.99 shipping and handling. I was willing to risk $6.98, but the low price made me suspect that this job was going to be a nightmare. I read over web sites and copied directions as I waited for the parts to be shipped from Hong Kong.

Back in working order!

Armed with far more tools than I needed, a digital camera, and a case of the nervous jitters, I began a job that I was sure would take me three days. Taking photos along the way, I began removing one part at a time, placing every screw on a piece of tape and marking where it came from. Once I got the machine open, I was amazed at how simple of a job it was. In a little over an hour, my laptop was reassembled and in perfect working order. I had even taken time to clean her up some while she was apart. My savings? $393.02.

The moral of this story is: If your computer is out of warranty, and the computer experts want almost as much to repair it as the price of a new computer, check out the tech sites, and the technical manuals offered on line by the manufacturers. Find a safe place in your home (free of pets and children), and try fixing it yourself. Just don’t forget the camera and the tape. They’ll come in handy.


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Notes on Cutting your Grocery Bill

Don't be afraid to try the store brands!

Here are some great tips about grocery shopping from someone with an inside connection.

Shop mainly at one grocery store. Know the prices of the items  you buy regularly. This way, if the store advertises an item as being “on sale” you’ll know if that item is actually on sale.

Be aware that items on end caps and special displays may  not always be “on sale”. (Another good reason for knowing prices.)

Read signs carefully, especially the small print!

In recent years, manufactures and wholsalers’ return policies on outdated and damaged items have changed; fewer suppliers accept those items and give stores credit on them now. This means that many stores have a clearance section set aside in some part of the store to get rid of such items. Keep in mind that some individual departments, such as dairy or produce, may have their own clearance section within the department to move out their highly perishable items that are close to the “Sell-by” date.

P. Booher

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