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Melba's Swap Shop: Fun and fair make quite a pair

BY MELBA LOVELACE Published: August 1, 2012
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— JAN BANFIELD, Oklahoma City

DEAR READERS: While shopping at Sam's Club recently, Susie Pruden, of Edmond, was preparing fresh fruit samples for customers. When I noticed how she was doing this, I asked if I could share this information with you.

Using a drinking straw, she pushed the straw from the bottom to the top of strawberries and cherries. The stems came off the strawberries and the seeds came out of the cherries. Clean, neat and easy.

— MELBA

DEAR MELBA: Please ask if anyone has a tested, tried and true recipe for sand plum jelly. I have searched and found some references to sand plum jelly, but what I am really asking is if anyone has personal experience making it and will recommend not just a recipe, but also helpful trips, tricks, advice, etc. I am a newbie to home canning and I really want to do well at this.

— GENE WARD, Oklahoma City

DEAR MELBA: I saw this sign on a church in Hartshorne: “If God seems far away, guess who moved.”

— MARY LEE COLWELL, Wilburton

DEAR MELBA: I thought this church sign was clever: “Looking for ‘Mr. Right?' This is His house.”

— RIKKI ABRAMS, Oklahoma City

DEAR MELBA: I don't have church signs, but I do get a lot of quotes from my email ministry. I send out devotions, quotes and sometimes chuckles by email. Here is my favorite quote: “For every Goliath ... there is a stone.”

— CAROL JACKSON, Oklahoma City

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