Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Kitchen Tip and Kid Friendly Groundhog Day Ideas

Kitchen Tip:
My wooden utensils needed a face-lift.

Wooden utensils do have one downside: they quickly lose their attractive glossy finish, are prone to cracking, and are generally a little fussy to take care of. Here are a few simple steps to help you avoid replacing them every few months.

Always hand wash wood utensils with soap and warm water. Unfortunately, the harsh detergent and heat in the dishwasher will wreck the wood in just a few cycles. Dry wooden spoons with a towel instead of letting them air dry. Residual moisture from washing will get absorbed into the wood, causing the wood to swell and crack over time.

And then once a month or so, rub in a little mineral oil with a soft cloth. This will restore the warm polished look and keep the wood in good condition.
Mineral oil is a food safe product that won't go rancid the way olive oil or other cooking oils would. It gets absorbed quickly, leaving wooden handles smooth but not greasy. Since you're only using a teaspoon or so at a time, one bottle of mineral oil will last a long time. It's readily available at kitchen stores, drug stores, grocery stores and online.

What a revelation finding a Teddy Bear Graham site with plethora of ideas using packaged teddy bear cookies and other packaged cookies. More assembly than baking using these ideas.  Perfect for the young chef in your house.  
Consider these delightful groundhog ideas
Create these delicious groundhogs by using packaged Nutter Butter Cookies  
Check out this link for some 30 creative groundhog ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts.

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