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Melba's Swap Shop for 7/24

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Modified: July 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm •  Published: July 24, 2013

1 box Duncan Hines cake mix, flavor of choice

• Stir both boxes of dry mixes, cover.

• When ready for a muffin, in microwave-safe cup, blend 3 tablespoons mix with 2 tablespoons water. Mix well and microwave 1 minute.


DEAR MELBA: Tell your readers who are garlic lovers to enhance the flavor of their chips by putting a peeled garlic clove in the container several hours before serving. They should discard the garlic clove before serving the chips.

JANIE, Oklahoma City

DEAR MELBA: A tip I read years ago and use frequently is for softening brown sugar when it cakes and hardens. Put half an apple in it and close the container. Let stand for a day, and then remove the apple. You can stir the sugar with a fork at this point.


DEAR MELBA: Readers might enjoy this chuckle: “There will be a meeting of the board immediately after the service,” announced the pastor. After the close of the service, the group gathered for the announced meeting. But there was a stranger in their midst. He was a visitor who had never attended their church before.

“My friend,” asked the pastor, “did you understand that this is a meeting of the board members?” “Yes,” said the visitor, “and after that sermon, I'm about as bored as you can get!”


If you have a problem other readers might help solve or an idea you'd like to share, email or write to Melba's Swap Shop, Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Please include your name and address.


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