Scoop works great for mul­ti­ple cup­cakes

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - REENA NERBAS

Q– I need to bake 800 cup­cakes for a big gath­er­ing com­ing up in the next few months. What is the fastest way to fill cup­cake lin­ers? Lynda (St. Fran­cis Xavier, MB) AN­SWER — Here are some op­tions: Pur­chase a re­tractable quar­ter cup ice cream scoop “disher” to quickly fill lin­ers. Or use a turkey baster to squeeze the bat­ter neatly into the cup­cake lin­ers. Make batches ahead of time; plain cup­cakes freeze well. QUES­TION— I am hav­ing dif­fer­ent thoughts about clean­ing two doors that lead into my of­fice. Th­ese doors have dirty plas­tic win­dows that I would like to clean up. I have used win­dow cleaner; how­ever that seems to be the wrong prod­uct. I’ve spread some win­dow cleaner on a cloth and at­tempted to clean the plas­tic pan­els, I was not suc­cess­ful. Bud, Win­nipeg AN­SWER — The an­swer de­pends on whether or not you mean Plex­i­glas or plas­tic. If the win­dows are plas­tic; use vine­gar (or 50/50 wa­ter and am­mo­nia) and a great qual­ity mi­crofiber win­dow cloth and mi­crofiber dry­ing cloth. If the win­dows are Plex­i­glas; head to a marine or paint store and pur­chase plas­tic cleaner. Or clean the win­dows with full strength Woo­lite and a damp sponge. Dry with a soft mi­crofiber cloth. QUES­TION — I am clean­ing my china cabi­net and I have a wine de­canter that is pur­ple and gold. I no­tice there is dried wine at the bot­tom, from the last time I used it which would be many years ago. The de­canter was a gift to me in 1968 so I guess it is vin­tage glass. I have soaked the in­side with vine­gar to no avail, and my bot­tle brush can only get in so far. I worry that if I pour boil­ing wa­ter in­side, the de­canter will break. Do you have a so­lu­tion to this prob­lem? Val, Win­nipeg AN­SWER — Pour one quar­ter cup house­hold am­mo­nia into the bot­tom of the de­canter. Leave the sub­stance for 30 min­utes. Us­ing an elas­tic band; se­cure a scrubby pad to a wooden spoon to reach the bot­tom of the de­canter. Shake and dis­card con­tents. Rinse with wa­ter un­til clean. QUES­TION — While I was away on a re­cent hol­i­day, my freezer accidentally turned off. The smell was in­de­scrib­able, I have thrown ev­ery­thing out and washed the in­side of the freezer with hot wa­ter and Lysol soap, rinsed and then washed with lemon juice and vine­gar. Then I wiped the freezer with bak­ing soda and rinsed again. It still smells. Any sug­ges­tions would be ap­pre­ci­ated. Thanks. Carol, Win­nipeg AN­SWER — Stuff the freezer with LOTS of crum­pled up news­pa­per. The ink in news­pa­per will ab­sorb the stub­born odor. Leave news­pa­per for at least a few days. Af­ter re­mov­ing the news­pa­per, leave a bowl of tomato juice in the freezer for a few days. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips. Keep them com­ing. Need a pre­sen­ter on the topic: Ef­fec­tive Speak­ing or The Power of

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