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Melba's Swap Shop: Make muffins for the little ones

Melba's Swap Shop: Make muffins for the little ones
Published: February 27, 2013


DEAR MELBA: Some more church signs: “We're prayer conditioned.”

“In every family tree, there is a little sap.”

“Join our sit-in demonstration every Sunday.”

“Gossip is like soft soap — mostly lye.”

“Those who gossip usually wind up in their own mouth trap.”

“If your problem is deep seated and long standing, try kneeling.”


DEAR MELBA: One more quote: “Untold millions are still untold.”

And this is one of my favorites: “When you can't see God's purpose, focus on His presence.”

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you've never had a mosquito in your bedroom.”

CAROL JACKSON, North Carolina

DEAR MELBA: I read your recipe for minestrone soup and would like to share a trick I learned from my sister-in-law who is Italian.

She cooks the pasta separately and adds a spoonful of the pasta to each serving of the soup. This way, if you are fortunate enough to have any leftover soup, the pasta will not soak up all the broth.

Another Italian tip is to add a pinch of baking soda to pasta sauce when cooking. It helps prevent indigestion, and the food doesn't feel so heavy on the stomach.


DEAR MELBA: I have a collection of Quilter's Newsletter magazines, dating from 1973 to 2002, all in excellent condition and in binders. I would like to give them to someone involved in quilting.

Please have anyone interested contact you.

JEAN, Oklahoma City

You can email me at or write me at Box 25125, Oklahoma City 73125.


DEAR MELBA: An easy way to peel turnips is to warm them in warm (not hot) water. The peel then slips off easily.


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.