ArtDecorating

Spring Homemaking Tips

Monica Resinger
Category Art
DECORATION FOR SEA-THEMED ROOM...

Fill decorative see-through glass containers (such as a small fish bowl) about a quarter of the way full with beach sand. Add seashells, feathers, driftwood, starfish or other beach findings and you have a quick, easy decoration for a sea-themed room.

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AN EASY WAY TO CLEAN MINI BLINDS...

I just did this recently and it worked really well. On a sunny day, lay the blinds in the grass and spray with a hose. Fill a bucket with soapy water and use this and a soft brush to wash the blinds clean. Rinse and do other side. Let dry right in the lawn.

LAVENDER TEA BREAD

Take advantage of your blooming lavender and make a tasty quick bread.

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. dried lavender flowers, finely chopped, or 3 Tbsp. fresh
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs

Grease a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Heat milk with lavender almost to a boil, then let steep until cool. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in bowl. Cream butter, gradually add sugar, then eggs, one at a time, beating until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture alternately with lavender milk, in 3 different batches. Mix until batter is just blended, do not over-beat. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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Let cool in pan 5 min., then remove to a wire rack to cool. When completely cool, ice with a powdered sugar glaze made with 3 Tbsp. milk and enough powdered sugar to make a thick but still runny paste if desired. Garnish with sprigs of fresh lavender around cake, or sprinkle additional finely chopped lavender on glaze before it hardens.

About The Author: Monica Resinger is the creator of 'Homemaker's Journal E-Publications' where you will find many fun and informative home and garden related e-books, tip sheets and how to sign up for her FREE home and garden newsletter! Click here to visit: homemakersjournal.com/

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