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Lemon Shake-Up Recipe — A Refreshing Summer Drink

Bobbie says: Ah, summer. The scorching heat, the overwhelming humidity. Fun times. Well, when life hands you lemons, shake things up a bit and make Lemon Shake-Ups. Depending where you live, you may have had these treats at a local fair or carnival. For the uninitiated, a Lemon Shake-Up is basically a freshly made, individual lemonade.…

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Holiday Cocktails with Sierra Mist (and a Giveaway)

Heather says: Last week we covered a couple of mocktail recipes made with Sierra Mist to serve to those who abstain from alcohol. This week I’m sharing two cocktail recipes that also use Sierra Mist Natural, which is made with real sugar, no artificial ingredients, 100% natural flavoring. Those things make total sense with mocktails, but…

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Holiday Mocktails with Sierra Mist

Heather says: Not everyone imbibes. I know, I know, this may come as a shock to some of you, but it’s true. Some people who abstain from alcohol do so for religious, health, or practical reasons. Hey, being the designated driver is very practical and here at Home-Ec 101 we encourage adults to act responsibly…

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Wine, oh! A Crash Course

Bran says: Beer and the occasional liquor concoction had been the only real staples in my repertoire for quite some time, but when I had the opportunity to attend my first wine tasting a few years ago, I was introduced to a world filled with bold Malbecs and sweet, dry Rieslings. My life was turned on its…

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Tap Water Safety

Dear Home Ec 101: I live in hurricane country and there are often boiling water advisories after a storm. How long am I supposed to boil the water before it is safe to drink? ~Avoiding the Runs in Ravenel Heather says: Boil water advisories are more common than you may think. They can happen if…

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Stop Guzzling Down Dollars

Heather says: One of the simplest ways to tighten up an out of control grocery budget is to learn to love water. I don’t mean the 20oz bottles of the stuff, either. The second? Get to know serving sizes. Drink all the water you can handle, but when it comes to OJ and other fruit…

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But I Hate Water

Dear Home Ec 101, I know we’re supposed to drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day, but I hate it and can never make myself do it. Any ideas? Signed, Parched in Parkersville Heather says: Interestingly enough the whole sixty-four ounces of water may be a myth. Like you, I don’t enjoy drinking plain…

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How Long Do I Have to Boil Water to Kill Germs?

Dear Home Ec 101: I live in Hurricane Country and there are often boiling water advisories after a storm. How long am I supposed to boil the water before it is safe to drink? ~Avoiding the Runs in Ravenel Heather says: Boil water advisories are more common than you may think. They are quite common…

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Moo-ve over, dry milk is on the shelf.

Heather says: With the cost of fuel and feed rising, the price of dairy has been going through the roof.  One way to fight back is to consider using nonfat dry milk for cooking.   The cheapest fresh milk in my area is currently at $3.59 a gallon.  The price for 5 gallons worth of nonfatdry…

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Red Kool-Aid: Satan’s product

Dear Home-Ec 101, Red Kool-Aid strikes again. This time on my new granite. How can I get it off? Signed, Cherry Ivy says: Kool-Aid (especially red) was  invented in 1959 by Fidel Castro. It was originally meant to oppress Cuban housewives even further, by causing red stains all over their countertops, thereby making them have…

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