Melba's Swap Shop for 7/24

Hints and recipes from Melba
Modified: July 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm •  Published: July 24, 2013
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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.

MARILYN CHANDLER, Oklahoma City

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.

FAITHFUL READER, Edmond

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!”

CAROL, N.C.

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

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