More from Mama’s treasure trove

Last week Mama and I decided to include some recipes that might actually work in the modern age, from our “Henry’s Exchange,” adventure. This week, we decided to find some fun ones. I suppose you can try them out if you like. If they work will you please let me know?

We were pawing through yet another tote, when we found another pamphlet. It was stuffed inside a book I bought when Mama, my nieces, Kassidy and Lesha, my Aunt Gertie, and a family friend Eileen Shaffer traveled with me to Ireland in 1987.

So, in the spirit of the moment, I included a few beautiful pictures of Ireland to add a bit of eye-candy to your reading experience! But first, here are a few more tips you might find, at the very least, entertaining:

When bringing a new canary  into your home, if you place a white towel over the top of the bird cage for a few nights, then hang the towel out in the sun and wind each morning you will soon rid your pet of mites.

Run a lead pencil up and down the zipper after it has been closed. This will oil it and keep it in good shape. The graphite in the lead does the oiling.

To remove dents in wood, fold several thicknesses of blotting paper together. Soak the blotting paper in water and let the excess water drip off. Lay the paper over the wood and apply a hot iron to the paper. This will draw up the wood and can be repeated if necessary.

The white of an egg acts as a cement for use on small pieces of wood which have been chipped off of furniture.

When frying or baking a rabbit, sprinkle a little sage and onion juice over it. The rabbit will not have that wild taste. This makes it almost taste like chicken. J

If you want to be sure of always having tender meat, here is a good idea—Make a solution of one-half cup of vinegar and two quarts of cold water. Lay the meat in this solution for about ten minutes, then remove and cook in the usual way.

Always turn roasting or boiling meat with a spoon. A fork penetrates the surface and allows juices to escape.

When covering the ironing board, put the cover on while it’s still wet. It will dry and will tighten smooth.

Sprinkle a little lavender sachet powder under the ironing board cover. The dampness of the clothes is enough to bring the fragrance into clothes when ironed.

If a garment is stained by perspiration, sponge the spot with white vinegar.

When making jelly, jams, and preserves, put a number of marbles of medium size in your kettle and it will keep the juice from burning.

When making jelly, drop a lump of paraffin in the bottom of the glass before pouring the jelly in. It will melt and come to the top, forming a perfect seal.

Along with more interesting stuff from “Henry’s Exchange,” I also found a treasure trove of stories from the 1950’s my grandma apparently thought were cool. Stay tuned!

P.S. I took these photos while I was in Ireland a couple of years ago. Everyone says Ireland is every color of green. This is true, but there are a lot of other colors mixed in beautifully 🙂

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