Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Using up Candy Canes

By Reena Nerbas

Removing wax from fabric

Dear Reena,

One of my daughter’s winter gloves has melted wax on it. It is made with nylon fabric and has faux fur trim on the edge. I don’t want to wash it in the machine. How can I remove the wax? Celeste

Dear Celeste,

Soak the glove in a pot of boiling water. Make sure that the faux trim, does not get wet. A good way to ensure that no heat touches the fur is to position a plastic bag over the fur and secure with a rubber band. Boil the glove for at least 5 min. the wax will soften and release from the fabric. Air dry.

Removing name tags from clothing

Dear Reena,

My mother-in-law recently passed away in a nursing home. Her clothing, mostly stretchy things, has iron on name tags in the back. I would like to know if there is any way to remove these tags without damaging the fabric. Thanks for any input you are able to give. Sandi

Dear Sandi,

Sorry for your loss Sandi. Regarding the clothes; begin by lifting a corner of the label and heating it with a hair dryer. This works well to loosen glue, making it easier to peel labels. Other products to use are: citrus oil, rubbing alcohol, Goo Gone or if you are desperate use WD-40. Spray onto label, leave for 15 mins. And peel. Soak fabrics in dish soap and water to wash away the odor. Test all solutions on an inconspicuous area first.

Butter substitute

Dear Reena,

I like to use butter when I make grilled cheese sandwiches but I store my butter in the fridge. When it comes time to make the sandwiches, the butter is too hard. Any substitutes other than margarine would be greatly appreciated. Wayne

Dear Wayne,

Spread bread with mayonnaise instead of butter, it’s so much easier and the flavor is delicious. You will notice that each sandwich comes out nice and crisp.

Discover and Share:

Dear Reena,

This recipe was given to me by my aunt whose great grandmother passed it down in their family in Austria! Takes a long time, but they are delicious! Loraine

Cinnamon Buns

Combine 1 tsp. sugar, 1 tbsp. yeast and half cup lukewarm water; allow to stand until yeast is fluffy. Scald one and a half cups milk and then allow it to become lukewarm. Then add milk to yeast mixture and mix well. Add two to two and a half cups flour to make a batter that is quite thick. Cover with a damp cloth and set in a warm place until mix is light and full of bubbles. Let foundation sponge rise until light and bubbly. Beat until smooth. Cream half cup butter and half cup sugar and 3 eggs together. Add to sponge and beat well. Add 1 cup flour and one and a half tsp. salt. Mix well. Add additional flour to make soft dough. Add 1-2 cups washed plumped raisins (optional). Knead until smooth. Round up dough, place in ungreased bowl and cover well. Let rise until double. Knead and let rise again. Punch down and cut into four sections. Roll out and spread with butter. Add cinnamon and brown sugar, mixed together (I use a lot of both). Roll up and let rise again. Bake in greased large bun pan at 350 degrees. For faster rising, add 2 tsp. sugar and 2 tsp. yeast. Do not skip any of the risings.

Sweet Leftovers

·        Crush candy canes and add pieces to ice cream, cookies or sprinkle onto cupcake icing.

·        Candy canes make great stir sticks for hot chocolate, tea, hot milk or coffee, punch or Ginger Ale.

·        Peppermint Bark. You can use any kind of brown or white chocolate, or candy melts. Spread the melted chocolate onto waxed paper in a thin layer and sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. When hard, break into pieces. Yum!

·        A candy cane makes an interesting back scratcher.

·        Attach thank-you notes to candy canes, hand them out to people who gave you a Christmas gift or hosted you as a dinner/party guest.

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