Readers’ Clearing House
(From Mrs. G. O., Gaithersburg.)
I have been a reader of the
Woman’s Page for some time and
have often benefited by helpful
suggestions, so now I am sending
| in a request which I hope some
! one can help me with.
I have two lovely old pictures,
“Old Mill Scenes,” and have pearl
pieces set in different places.
They became damaged from being
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stored in a damp shed and I
would love to have them repaired
if I can have it done at a reason
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<From Mrs. J. O. D., Clinton.)
Liquid for 2 quarts cukes. One
cup vinegar. 3 cups water, 2 table
spoon salt (pure salt). Place cukes
i in jars, put 1 sprig dill in bottom,
i 1. in center and 1 on top. I put
jars with the above in hot water
till juice is ready so jars won’t
Boil the vinegar, water and salt.
Pour over cukes, seal. Delicious.
I live 1V4 miles south of Clinton
in a big white house. There is a
large tobacco hgm. The roof has
just been sprayed with aluminum
paint. I have dill left from last
year. Ours wasn’t sowed early
enough this year. If you need some
just drop by. My cukes are just
(From Mrs. R. J. S., Hyattsville.)
Sterilize quart Jars. Rinse in
mid water. Cut 1 bunch dill in
mall pieces to just above roots.
Mix well on wax paper. Put 1
tablespoon dill in each jar. Wash
small cucumbers and pack in jars.
If cukes are large, slice in quarters
lengthwise and pack. Add 1* tea
spoon mixed pickling spices to
each jar. One large toe garlic
cut small or 2 small toes garlic fo^
each quart. Make brine of 1 cup
salt to 10 cups cold water. Fill
jars to top and seal. JSet away for
winter or can be eaten in 2 weeks.
(Do not use free running salt).
The market at 5th and K streets
had dill in the outside front stand.
The spices and garlic can be ob
tained inside along the left side in
the grocery department.
(From, Mrt. W. P., Shadyside.)
I noticed a request for control
of sea nettles from Mrs. W. P. R.,
Fairhaven, and I believe that this
will solve her problem.
, Get a roll of rat wire from the
hardware store about 4 feet high
and a few posts (wooden). Drive
posts in and nail wire as near the
bottom of beach as possible so
nettles can’t slip in. If you have
a pier and steps, fasten wire
around back of them so steps can
be used to go into the “pool.” Your
children will be safe from the
nettles and wire can be taken in
and stored at the end of the sea
son. It will last for years. If a
large pool is desired, two rolls
wire can be used. We use two, and
the little children are safe and
have lots of fun.
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(From Mrs. P. A. S., Arlington.)
May I add my thanks and ap
preciation for your ever helpful
page. I’m all for a Saturday page,
Pirst, I want to give a recipe
for a very refreshing and tangy
drink with ginger mint. Boil 1
cup sugar and Vz cup water for
3 minutes. Pour over juice of
6 lemons and V4 to Vz cup crushed
mint leaves. Let stand till cold.
Add ice cold ginger ale and serve
immediately with a sprig of mint
in each tall glass. Serves 6.
Second is there some kind RCH
reader who has some shrubbery
or hedging which I may have. We
have moved into our new home
at last, but the yard looks so bare.
I could give some African violets
and begonias in exchange.
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(From Mrs. E. N. H., Fairfax.)
To Mrs. C. V. E. of Washing
ton: You don’t need a recipe for
drying beans. You just use string
beans that are clean (usually ones
which have fully developed beans
in), use a big darning needle and
string them on a twine. Don’t
put the beans on too tight or they
break in half and fall off.. After
you get them strung tie the string
ends together forming a big ring
or loop and hang them up to dry.
After they dry you can *put them
in a large cloth bag and hang
it up. You do break the ends
off (and strings* before you start
putting them on the string. It
isn’t necessary to break the beans
in half or parboil. If the beans
are washed they must be thor
oughly dry when strung, as they
spoil very easily.
(From A. E., Silver Spring.)
Dried string beans for Mrs.
C. V. E.. Washington: Oh, how
! I love dried string beans. We
jhad them every year down home.
iAlso had what we called pickled
corn. The corn on the cob was
I put down in a salt brine. When
i ready to use it was cut off and
, simmered slowly in bacon or
drippings or butter.
Now you have to spread your
green beans out in the sun to dry,
and I do mean dry. You can
take a big needle and strong
thread and string them up. In
country homes I’ve seen them
hung behind. the big cook stoves
to dry and I can vouch for them,
too. There is nothing to compare
with them, especially when served
with a pan of good corn bread,
and I still say our good Southern
cooking is the best.
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INFO ON ROSES, PLEASE?
(From Mrs. H. R. W., Takoma
1 received euttings from a beau
tiful yelloW climber this spring
and planted them to the depth
of the second leaf1 in sandy soil
pnd covered them with glass jars
as I had seen my mother do. One
hjHti hbout a ' g-'Jrtfcfi? (afipM /'and
another looks as though it might
have rooted but the rest of them
have died. I am so anxious to
save this one. Could any one tell
me if I could transplant it this
fall to a spot where I want to put
a trellis or should I wait until
spring? Thanks so much to all
the grand people who help each
other via RCH.
I dimly remember mother tak
ing jars off for a short time each
day, but I have forogtten how
long after they were planted. I
tried it, but something must have
gone wrong as they turned brown
shortly after. Please write me
through the RCH.
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BLACK SPOTS ON LINOLEUM?
(From R. S. P., Orange.)
Sometime ago, I varnished my
linoleum and it was all right for
a while, but now I have noticed
huge brown spots all over it. I
would like to hear if any one has
had this trouble and what was
used for cleaning them off.
(From R. O. S., Washington.)
,1 have several pet recipes that
never go wrong.-1 should like to
pass them along to any one who
Ham Loaf: One pound ground
pork (lean), % pound ground
ham, 1 large cup bread crumbs, 1
egg, red pepper. Make soft with
milk. Use greased pan. Set tem
perature at 300 degrees. Time lVi
hours. When on^ half is brown,
take out of the greased pan and
pour over the loaf 1 cup of pine
apple juice and then bake another
Lemon bread pudding: Cut
crusts from 4 or 5 slices of bread
and cut into squares. Place in
buttered dish. Add Vi cup sugar,
1 grated lemon rind. Pour over
this a custard made of 3 cups
milk, 2 eggs beaten (yolks), V4
teaspoon salt. Bake in water 30 to
40 minutes in a medium oven.
Sauce: Beat; the 2 egg whites, add
6 teaspoons sugar, and juice of 1
lemon. Make sauce when ready
to serve. It requires no cooking.
Cherry Pudding: Sift 2Vi cups
pastry flour, Vi teaspoon salt, 3 Vi
teaspoons baking powder, 4 table
spoons shortening, Vi cup sugar, 2
cups drained unsweetened cher
ries, % cups milk. Place in but
tered pan. Steam lVi hours.
Sauce: Two rounded tablespoons
butter creamed, Vi cup sugar, Vi
cup flour (or less), 1 cup cherry
juice, Vi cup boiling water. Add
juice last and stir and cook until
8ailor Duff Pudding: One egg,
1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoons
melted shortening, Vi cup molas
ses. lVi cups flour, 1 teaspoon
soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder,
Vi cup boiling water. Steam 1
hour. Sauce: Two eggs well
beaten, 1 cup sugar. Vi Pint whip
ped cream. Mix and flavor with
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<From. Mrs. J. B. W., Washington.)
I wonder if one kind reader
might have a copy of the October,
1947, issue of Parent’s magazine.
This number contains house plans
and descriptive data on a house
we are building this fall, and I
was dismayed at not finding it
in my stock pile of magazines. I
have tried several sources and
have been unable to obtain the
issue. Incidentally, this house
was designed from the inside out,
and is perfect in every detail for
a family with three children.
Many, many thanks to any one
who can help me.
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f From Mrs. E. A. P., Falls Church.)
In regards to plastic bibs and
cover, don't iipmerse a table cov
er, too many wrinkles result.
After each meal wipe off with a
dish rag first and with warm
sudsy water,* then with warm
To wash bib, including crumb
pocket, run warm-to-hot faucet
water over it, rubbing with hand
if necessary. Wipe off with soft
dry or wrung-out cloth.
The main thing is to avoid cold
temperatures on plastic.
Contributions and requests
must be accompanied by the
sender’s full name and ad
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and use only initials. Please
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Views expressed in the
Clearing House are not nec :s
sarily those of The Star and,
as it is obviously impossible
for us to test all recipes sub
mitted, we cannot assume re
sponsibility for them.
One last get-together before the crowd leaves for college. Make it an informal porch
party where every one can relax and have a wonderful time.
Many women are suffering from
skin and scalp allergies but do
not realize It. They may be trou
bled with rashes on the skin or
with extremely dry or cracked
sore lips, with constant sniffles or
an asthmatic cough or red
rimmed, irritated eyes.
What is an allergy? It has been
defined as personal sensitivity to
some substance which is harm-!
less to most persons. In a recent;
survey of more than 2,000 women!
it was found that 25 per cent had
noticed skin trouble after using
soap, one out of every ten said
that perfume made the eyes water
or irritated the nasal passages
and one out of twelve said that
certain lipsticks caused their lips
to feel irritated.
There is one type of eyelid ir
ritation which dermatologists im
mediately suspect *s coming from
nail polish. Sometimes nails split
when polish is used constantly.
Even more often when allergy is
present, the skin of the face may
be inflamed, especially about the
eyes, on the cheeks and even on
An allergist can make testfr'
which will pin down your par
ticular allergy or allergies. You
may find that some item of cloth
ing, food, cosmetics or something
in your surroundings. ^such -as
feather pillows, is your trouble. If
you are having some unexplained
skin trouble or eye or nasal or
throat irritatiori' this angle fs
In the past an allergic woman
often had to leave cosmetics off
and for the modem woman this
would be a trial. Today there is
great variety in the nonallergy
cosmetics which give you a big
range in choice of colors. You
can buy these scented or un
scented, depending on whether or
not you are allergic to perfume.
All known ingredients in the
usual face powders which cause
trouble have been left out. Two
of the greatest offenders are orris
root and starch. You can buy lip
sticks without dye and nail polish
which will not give you trouble.
If you would like to have my
leaflet, “Your Outer Coating,”
send a stamped, self-addressed
envelope with your reuqest for
leaflet No. 47 to Josephine Low
man in care of The Evening Star.
Farewell to Summer
By Violet Foulkner
No ... it can't be true! The
summer vacation that you
thought would stretch on into
endless days of fun and play back
in June is drawing to a close. Im- j
possible as it seems it won’t be
many days before the school j
crowd will be packing trunks,
buying railroad tickets and get
ting back to the schedule of the
classroom. Before all your friends
scatter to the four corners of the:
globe why not have one last fling
before those school bells start
ringing? Make it an informal
porch supper with barbecued,
franks, toasted buns, potato chips,
garden salad, big wedges .of
chocolate cake and cool frosty
glasses of iced coffee.
Since tills party will be in the
nature of a farewell gathering
every one will be more or less
travel-minded. So . . . for. some
silly fun to wind up the carefree
days of summer, let’s have a travel
relay to send the gang off
on a high note. One organized
game is enough because you’ll
want time for talk . . . vacation
experiences will have to be told
and retold . . . different schools
discussed . .. class scheflules gone
For the travel relay, pack two
suitcases—one with a man's out
fit; the other, the same number of
women’s clothes. Link up the
fellows in one team; the gals in
another. The fellows 'get the
suitcase with the women’s clothes
and vice versa. And here’s a
suggestion, search the attic and
closets for the most ridiculous
garments you can find, you will
add to the fun. At the signal, the
first one in line opens the suit
case, puts on the clothes, races to
a goal, removes the clothes, re
packs the suitcase, and returns it
to the next player in line. The
jeers and catcalls from the side
lines will add to the gayety.
Imagine a 6-foot potential foot
ball hero struggling into a 1916
version of Aunt Sally’s bathing
Now back to your supper plans
for a minute. If you are lucky
enough to own a chafing dish,
use it on the bullet table for the
‘franks.’ Drop them into the hot
barbecue sauce and let them
poach 5 to 6 minutes or until
they are heated through. Toss
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the salad while the buns heat and
presto! The meal is ready. Make
the chocolate cake !n the early
morning so it is well out of the
way before the guests arrive. To
save time, use one of the many
prepared mixes on the market for
the cake batter and put a real
glamorous frosting on It ... great
swirls of deep rich icing.
THICK BARBECUE SAUCE.
Use for franks and cooked meats.
2 small onions.
2 tablespoons vinegar.
2 tablespoons Worcestshire
1 teaspoon chili powder.
% cup water.
% cup catsup.
1 teaspoon salt.
Mince onion very fine. Mix all
ingredients in a heavy skillet.
Cover and simmer about 45
minutes. May be kept in covered
container in refrigerator to use
By Peggy Roberts
Pattern Envelope No. R2663
contains hot-iron transfers for
center and large motifs for cloth
and six comer motifs for nap
kins; stitch illustrations; material
requirements and complete direc
tions for making and finishing
To obtain this pattern send 20
cents in coins, giving pattern
number, your name, address and
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