Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Food Group


By Reena Nerbas

Caring for a Glass Table

Hello Reena,

I was brave and ordered a glass kitchen table. It will be delivered soon; I am now having second thoughts. Do you have any advice on how to take care of a glass table? We will be using it as our everyday table, not as an occasional dining room table. Thank you, Karen

Dear Karen,

Glass tables are timeless and often create the illusion of a larger room however, they do require extra attention. Use placemats and coasters whenever possible. Clean with a soft cloth and 50/50 vinegar and water. For stuck on grime; use a non-scratching pad and baking soda and vinegar to clean. Buff the surface with a soft, dry cloth or newspaper.

Spiders in the Garden

Dear Reena,

How can I repel spiders in my garden, they are so ugly and creepy. I can’t stand them. They might be poisonous, I don’t know but I dread going to work in the garden just in case I see a spider. Thanks, Frank

Dear Frank,

Spiders in your garden are a great sign of a healthy area! They eat mosquitoes, aphids and other bugs that may harm your plants. When planting your garden keep in mind; spiders are repelled by the following smells: Citrus, eucalyptus and lavender, curry, peppers, tobacco and pepper.

Did you know? Some people living in the South Pacific use spider’s silk to weave fishing nets. Spiders are also cooked and said to have a nutty, sticky taste much like peanut butter taste. In areas of Southeast Asia, spiders are fried and sold by street vendors.

Food Group

Dear Reena,

Guests were arriving at my house and I was busy making my famous “Chocolate Lasagna” supper. In that moment I wondered if there is one food that encompasses all four food groups. I couldn’t think of a single answer. Any ideas? Tarrissa

Dear Tarrissa,

Chocolate Lasagna sounds like a yummy supper! Many foods carrying all four food groups come to mind (depending on how they are prepared). First on my list: Pizza, lasagna, soup, casseroles and omelets. Great question!

Gum on Leather

Dear Reena,

I purchased an older vehicle and when I brought it home, I noticed a wad of gum stuck onto the leather upholstery. How should I remove the gum, without damaging the leather? Thanks, Jerrod

Dear Jerrod,

Press an ice cube onto the gum. When the gum hardens, peel it off. Clean the leather with saddle soap.

Feedback from Readers:

Re: Tangled thread

I have been a seamstress for over 75 years. Here is a simple solution to prevent threads from tangling, during sewing projects. Because of the way thread is twisted when made, threading the needle with the end that comes off the spool first will help prevent tangles. Otherwise you are going against the weave, hence knotting and tangling. This is an Old Tailor’s Trick, try it! Mary

Re: Prevent tearing while cutting onions

This is the ONLY WAY TO PREVENT TEARING EYES – put the peeled, halved onion in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes depending on the size; remove and immediately chop. I do this all the time and it works every time. It’s amazing, never any tears. The larger the onion, the longer time in the freezer, but usually not over 30 minutes. Try it, it really works! Donna

Handy Hints of the Week:

  • Fluff a flat pillow. Toss the pillow inside the dryer with a couple of tennis balls, on the air setting. Submitted By: Erin
  • Remove pilling balls on fabrics by wiping the areas with a pumice stone (available at dollar and beauty stores). Submitted By: Mandy

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

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