Today's post is the first in this new category called "useful information". Because I want to be helpful. So, when I learn something that is life changing, or may be of some slight assistance in your everyday life, you will be able to easily locate it on the blog.
My first tip today is in the category of slight assistance. Many years ago I received a copper watering pot from a dear friend. It remains one of the best gifts ever. It doesn't leak and get water all over the rug and table when I am watering my houseplants. I like it so much that I decided I needed another one for the plants upstairs. The place it came from is long gone, but Chris located one on ebay for me and it arrived this week. It needed to be cleaned.
A thorough investigation of copper cleaning methods ensued and while I was debating using lemon or vinegar someone said "why don't you just use the Bar Keepers Friend?" I decided to do a cleaning comparison to save you the trouble.
I started with the Bar Keepers Friend and it was so easy I never got to the lemon/salt method. Which leads to useful information tip #1 - Save your lemons for garnishing drinks. Use Bar Keepers Friend to clean copper.
Tip #2 is in the life changing category. I am so very sorry it has taken me this long to appreciate the sheer pleasure that are flannel lined jeans. In case you are like me and have never tried them before, and you live in a cold climate, GET SOME. I ordered 1 pair and liked them so much I ordered another pair so I would have something to wear when pair number 1 was in the washer.
In exchange for those two tips I am hoping one of you can give me some help on a matter of great importance. What is the best way to remove these stems intact so I can use them next year when I attempt to make velvet pumpkins with dried stems? Thank you in advance.