We also revealed how one dad built his daughter an amazing garden bar for FREE by using old fence panels – and it only took him a week. … [Read more...] about People are using baking soda to clean their filthy mattresses… and the results are jaw-dropping
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A third person wrote: "Omg I'm so doing this," while a fourth revealed: "I actually use this technique for everything I have to clean including carpet, sofas, upholstered chairs, any kind of stain. It works miracles!" … [Read more...] about Woman reveals how to clean an oven WITHOUT harsh chemicals – using baking soda and vinegar
Oatmeal soda bread This is the original quick-and-easy, no-knead bread to serve alongside ice-cold oysters and stout or a glass of ale. For a change, I’ve made this with the coarse oatmeal you get in tins. More expensive, I know. But it gives the bread the best chewy texture and would have been traditional before rolled oats (an American invention from the late 1800s) were widely available in the British Isles. For this recipe I make a sort of porridge and beat the other ingredients through it. It’s baked in a tin, as the mixture is a bit sloppy. In Ireland I’ve only ever seen soda bread as a slab and to me that’s much easier to cut and use. … [Read more...] about Easy bread recipes: how to make cornbread and oatmeal soda bread
There’s no shortage of recipes around for Anzac biscuits, and many families are likely to have a favourite. You don’t want to mess with them too much. The Department of Veterans Affairs has a series of rules about what can technically be called an Anzac – and producers can be fined for an errant chocolate chip or forbidden egg. Lemon zest pops up in some recipes – Maggie Beer approves but the DVA does not. And referring to them as cookies is absolutely not on. … [Read more...] about Chewy or crisp? Which Anzac biscuit recipe should you bake?
Cider blackberry cupcakes It makes sense that the autumnal, apple notes of cider would work well with blackberries. These cupcakes have deeply fruity, jammy centres to complement the cider-laced cake. The tops will have a rough-and-ready look to them once they've been dissected, filled and pieced back together again, but you can mask this with a slick of icing or a dusting of icing sugar if you're more aesthetically minded than me. … [Read more...] about A splash of cider for cakes and bakes