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Clearing House Conducted by BETSY CASWELL Moth Warning: Be sure +o vacuum under all pieces s* furniture.Moths love iuarm,dark places. SUGGESTIONS. (From Mrs. M. M. G., Washington.) Here are a few hints which may be helpful. Some time ago a reader asked how to keep stains from the hands when peeling potatoes, onions and apples. If there was any reply to this query, I did not see it. Wash potatoes before peeling. Unless the stain is very sensitive, this is enough. However,, some persons peel potatoes in a vessel of water, potatoes and hands both submerged during the process. The foregoing process will help with onions, too, and in addition will cut down the number of, tears usually shed when peeling onions. Slicing onions onto a wet paper towel is a help, too. I have found, for me at least, that apples are too slippery to pare when wet. Try paring the ap ple in circular strip, beginning at blossom end, being careful not to scratch fingers with the knife. Rinse and dry hands after each apple, a nuisance, but consider it as a beauty treatment. To slice apples, try holding firm with a fork or tongs on a chopping board, or piece of waxed paper. I presume the inquirer had al ready tried using rubber gloves and had found them distasteful. If you can bear them, they keep off most stains. For the person who has trouble with out-of-shape sheets, try hanging over the line, lengthwise, that is, with the hems at opposite ends. Carefully match together the selvedges, which are at the bottom, then put a clothespin at each end of the fold over the line, to keep sheet from changing posi tion. I never iron my sheets. To avoid mustiness in vacuum bottle, always rinse and wash carefully after each using and leave it open until next used, if used daily, or at least until dry if seldon used. Covering the cork with aluminum foil keeps it from absorbing odors. * * * 3k BOWLING. (From Mrs. R. S. A., Falls Church.) In answer to Mrs. T. J. H.’s query concerning bowling. I may be able to help her. The Mount Vernon Place Church has a league of 40 teams which bcwls at Columbia Alleys, Fourteenth and Monroe streets N.W., each Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. There are some vacancies on some teams if you are inter ested in a league which is organ ized for fun and fellowship. If you would contact Mr. Wal ter Kincaid, president of the league, he w'il be able to give you more information. * * * + LIMED OAK FINISH? (From Mrs. G. L. C., Washington.) Can any one give us directions for giving a limed oak finish to an oak dresser which we are now making? The grey limed oak seems to be so popular in the stores and we would like to dupli cate it. Magic Frosting 9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate % cup sweetened condensed milk 1 tablespoon water Melt chocolate over boiling water. Add sweetened con densed milk and water; stir until smooth. Yield: Frosting for one 8 or 9 inch cake. TRIP TO CALIFORNIA. (From Mrs. E. W„ Washington.) For Mrs. D. J. A., Alexandria: In regard to your auto trip to Southern California, I would like to offer some advice. We spent some time out there two years ago in June living in Monterey most of the time. You didn’t mention where you were going but any coast town or city may be damp and foggy some of the time. I wore shorts in the day time, but the nights were so chilly that I sometimes wore a suit and coat both. Friends have told me that in San Diego they had to wear their fur coats at night in the middle of the sum mer. Nevertheless, I have trav eled all over the States and Can ada and have yet to find a place as wonderful as California. The most friendly people in the world live there. Am hoping I can help you in regard to your children as we have just returned from Minne sota with a five months old baby. Upon her pediatrician’s advice, I prepared her formula as follows: Boil the water twenty minutes and put a proportionate amount in bottles. Seal them and then while you are traveling you «an add the correct amount of dextro maltose and milk. Your having an ice box will aid you very much with the baby’s food. We man aged without one. We were in very much of a hurry so fed the baby while driv ing to save time. To mix her pre pared cereal I used discarded pea nut butter jars with a large mouth. I also' stored enough cereal in another one to last for the trip, thus saving space. If you don’t already have one, I would advise you to buy a bottle warmer. They are sold at the I local mail order house and can be found in the “auto accessories’’ department. We couldn’t have traveled without one. I kept a medium sized suitcase right in the front seat with me, or rather by my feet where it was handy but out of the way. In it I had: 1— The baby’s bottles of water, canned milk and dextro maltose. 2— Baby foods and your own spoons for feeding baby. 3— Prepared baby cereal and ex tra jar for mixing it. 4— Extra shirts, playsuits, over 1 alls, etc. 5— Some clean cloths for wiping up any spilled foods, etc. 6— In a plastic bag, keep a damp wash cloth. It’s so handy for sticky fingers and faces. I used mine dozens of times. We used the baby’s mattress which covered the backseat of the car and baby never knew she left home. Of course, you can’t very well use that for the 3-year-old. Be thankful if your children eat less than usual. It keeps them from getting car sick. For traveling, you will need both heavy and lightweight clothes. The mountains are very cool while the desert is terrific. Wear blouses, then you merely add a sweater when it is cool. Temperatures vary so much that the children may wear sunsuits one day and heavy clothes the next. You will need both kinds on the coast, I can assure you. If you travel via Salt Lake City, be sure you travel on the salt flats at night. It was 105 degrees dur ing the day when we traveled through there. If you have any further ques tions I will be glad to answer them. Write to me through RCH. BLACKBOARD. 'From Mrs. B. S., Washington.) In answer to Mrs. J. M. E„ Washington, regarding a slate ] blackboard. We, too. hunted for a long time to And one large enough, but last week I found one at the large department store at the corner of F street and Seventh street N.W. (From Mrs. E. F. S., Washington.) For Mrs. J. M. E„ Washington: This suggestion may not be of help If you are a renter. A good many years ago I drew off the size of blackboard that I wanted on my painted wall and then put on two coats of blackboard paint. It was neat and there was no danger of the kiddies pulling it down or breaking it. I feel sure Vou could paint one on your wall paper. * * * * PACKING FOR MOVE. (From Mrs. D. E., Washington). Will some kind neighbors and readers who have had experience in moving please give us some suggestions on packing things to lour best advantage? •Watch for Opening—New WALES Arlington i ■■i ■■■■■ I Cake*m A magic frosting that's as easy as 1 -2-3 is made of only three ingredients. Packaged cake mix solves the speed of the cake's production. Sweetened condensed milk and semi sweet chocolate produce the wonderful icing that is ready in minutes. What's more ... it never fails! Report to the Housewife By Violet Faulkner rood Editor. NEW YORK. —“Make Mine Country Style" was the theme of the Pennsylvania Dutch Dinner given by H. J. Heinz Co. in honor of the Nation’s food editors earlier this week. And it actually was served country style too-much to the distress of the dignified waiters at the Waldorf I fear. • They say if you want to eat "your fill” you should take a trip to eastern Pennsylvania, to the Dutch country. But I’m willing to bet their tables are never more heavily laden with food than ours were this particular evening. In the center of each table (which seated eight guests) was a lazy susan loaded with a tempting ar ray of the traditional seven sweets and sour . . . Schmier kase, chow chow, cherry jelly, apple sauce, sweet mixed pickle, pepper cab bage and fresh cucumber pickle. This serves as appetizer and salad combined. If our menu was indicative of what the Pennsylvania housewife serves when company comes to dinner you’ll agree they eat “good." We tried our best to fol low in their footsteps . . . albeit with many a groan before we finished with two desserts. We had sauerbraten in rich brown gravy, Gschmeltze nudle, oven baked beans, fried eggplant, to matoes, hot biscuits, sour rye bread, shoofly pie, cheese cake, apple cider and coffee. We were told it was customary to serve sweet apple cider always with the shoofly pie. Our after-dinner speaker was Mr. Louis Bromfield. novelist and farmer, who told of some of hijs experiences on his farm. Malibar. The highlight of the program was the premier showing of a technicolor picture. "The Big Kitchen,” portraying the coast to-coast foot processing operations of H. J. Heinz Co. Do you remember the recipe for easy-mix pastry I gave you not so long ago? A home econ omist from the home service de partment of Corn Products Refining Co. very capably demon strated how quickly and easily it can be made . . with perfect results every time. The magic key is the liquid shortening and, of course, she used mazola. In addition to turning out a beauti ful apple pie in jig time, she showed us a new trick using this same pastry recipe. It’s for cheese straws and this is what she did: Make half a recipe of the easy-mix pastry. Roll out the dough in a rectangle ya inch thick. Sprinkle with Vi cup grated cheese. Fold pastry In half and sprinkle with another Vi cup of cheese, fold again. Roll to de sired thickness. Lift dough and place on cookie sheet. Cut in strips, 5 inches long and Vi inch wide. Pick up each strip, give it a slight twist, seal the ends and put back on cookie sheet. Bake in a hot oven (425 degrees F.) about 8 to 10 miriutes. As we left the meeting each editor was pre sented with a sample package of these cheese straws, and were they good! Crisp and flaky, they’re the ideal team mate for salad or soup to say nothing of the cock tail tray. The neatest trick of the w'eek so far was when we walked into the Gerber party the other afternoon. At the door Helen Weber of Roses, Inc., presented each of us with a real rose ring made of tiny garnet roses to be worn either as a ring or as a scarf clasp. Washingto nians will remember Helen as the gal who staged the spectacular rose show in our town just a year ago this month. * * * * HERE AND THERE: In dish washing, observe that old rule: Glass first, silver second, china third. It will save nicks, chips and scratches which result from a jumble in the dishpan. ... An analysis of the latest family food consumption figures gathered by the Bureau of Human Nutrition and Home Economics shows the average city family uses 41/* pounds of vegetables per person a week, not counting potatoes and sweet potatoes. Most popular fresh vegetable in the spring was let tuce; next in popularity came mature onions, then carrots, to matoes and celery. Most fre quently used among the canned vegetables were peas, corn and tomatoes. ... Do you ever have trouble tempting the appetite of your convalescent child? Here's a new trick that will intrigue him and make eating a game. Serve his meals in a bright muffin pan. In a six-compartment pan there is one space for a glass of milk, four places for food and one left over for a small bouquet of flow ers. . . . Eggs vary in size so be sure to measure them before add ing to any given recipe. For a guide, 2 medium eggs will measure one-third cup; 2 large eggs a half cup; 3 medium eggs equal a half cup, and 3 large eggs will measure two-thirds cup. . . . It’s easy to measure fractions if you know your measuring cups. When a recipe calls for *4, % or cup: *4 cup equals H cup plus 2 table ?'' / \ Get Into the Spirit of the game with a reversible Alpaca Pile Coat. It is just as warm when worn with the covert side out for street or office wear. ONLY $69.95 RiziicBrck mamTwrJwtirtt S spoons; % cup equals V2 cup plus 2 tablespoons; % cup equals % cup' plus 2 tablespoons. . . A simple and quick topping for ice cream consists of peanut butter and milk. Mix together until smooth and of the desired con sistency. . . . 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