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Pretzel Making Time!

I try to do some kind of activity with my Grandkids when they come over…

Fall break had started… and I was lucky enough to get them for a day and night…

They are quite busy… with football practice, basketball practice, school… and friends…

We had planned on making these once before but, ran out of time…

So tonight we decided we would make the pretzels from a kit I had bought…


Everything included… Loved that!..,


Yeast- Flour-Baking Soda- Cinnamon Sugar- Coarse Salt

Just a little mixing… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Carson taking a turn at mixing…


Kennedy’s turn…

kneading… rising of the dough… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I got the kneading part!

and then cutting into strips to make the pretzelsInstructions included…


You start with a U shape…


Twist at the top… then fold down… making the shape of a heart almost!

They caught on fast of course!


A pan ready for oven…

You dip the pretzels in baking soda water before baking…


First Batch ready!


Second Batch ready with Carson’s special one!

They wanted just the course salt sprinkled on them…

Carson got that job!… and as you can tell…

They did good! 

We all agreed they were delicious!

Passing On Some Helpful Hints…

There was a whole list of helpful hints posted on Facebook the other day…

I have picked the few that I thought would be useful to the ordinary person

like “ME!”

Lemonade Kool-Aid as Dishwasher Cleaner

Clean lime deposits and iron stains inside the dishwasher by pouring a packet of Lemonade Kool-Aid (the only flavor that works) into the detergent cup and running the (empty) dishwasher. The citric acid in the mix wipes out stains; you don’t have to.

Have my Lemonade Kool-Aid all ready to use if it ever gets empty!

Photo by: Monica Buck

Sugar as Hand Degreaser

Cut grease on hands by rubbing them with a mixture of sugar and water.

I wish I had known this all of the years my husband did mechanic work for a living!

Photo by: James Baigrie

Onion as Basement Deodorizer

Clear the air in a dank basement. Cut an onion in half, place it on a plate, and leave it out overnight. Once the initial salad-bar aroma dissipates, you’ll have a fresh (non-oniony) atmosphere.

Since my son lives in our basement area… I’m sure this will be useful!

Photo by: James Baigrie

Lemon as Laundry Brightener

Skip the bleach—add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to brighten up those fading whites.

My husband uses up all my bleach cleaning everything… so maybe a bottle of Lemon Juice will be my helper!

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Citrus Peel as Garbage Disposal Deodorizer

Keep your disposal smelling fresh by dropping a few peels down the drain and flipping the switch.

I don’t have a garbage disposal, but gave this hint to my friends who do… and just putting the peels in the bottom of your garbage can helps!

Photo by: James Baigrie

Baking Soda as Drain Unclogger

To get your drain running again (without resorting to chemicals worthy of a hazmat suit) pour ½ cup soda, then ½ cup vinegar, down a clogged drain. Cover it with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, uncover, and flush with steaming-hot water.

I usually have both of these items in the house… and I hate those cclog cleaners…They just seem dangerous to me!

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Aluminum Foil as Glassware Scrubber

To get baked-on food off a glass pan or an oven rack, use dishwashing liquid and a ball of foil in place of a steel-wool soap pad, says Mary Findley, president of the cleaning-products developer Mary Moppins. It’s one way to recycle those used but perfectly good pieces of foil you hate to throw out.

I’ve started saving my balls of foil for this purpose… My Mom would have loved this!… She always saved every scrap of foil…

Photo by: Quentin Bacon

Newspaper as Refrigerator Odor Absorber

Absorb odors in the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer with a lining of newspaper.

What an easy solution to odor absorbing in the fridge… and keeps the drawers clean also… Just remove … throw away… and replace… How easy!

Photo by: Erica McCartney; Styling: Linden Elstran

Toothpaste as CD Cleaner

To restore a damaged CD, apply a dot of non-gel formulat toothpaste to a cotton cloth and rub in a straight line from the center of the CD outward, covering any scratches. Rinse off thetoothpaste with water.

I passed this tip on to my son… He has a million CD’s… He had showed me how to wash them gently with diswashing liquid… so maybe this is similar!

 Photo by: Burcu Avsar

If you have a tip or two that you use… pass it on… I’d love to hear from you!