Kitchen Crafts 'n' More

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 Cleaning a Glass Stovetop with Baking Soda

Glass or ceramic stovetops can be tricky to keep clean, especially once there's a burnt on mess! Marilyn from Florida submitted this wonderful tip on how to use our always-favorite baking soda to keep your stovetop clean and looking great:

"I've spent countless hours trying to scrub my ceramic cooktop to get all the burnt on foods off. I've used the commercial cleaner that came with the stove, Mr. Clean magic erasers, etc. I finally poured baking soda on the food, dampened it with water to make a paste and then let it sit for 15 minutes or so. The burnt food came off in one wipe! I'm now a true believer in the power of baking soda."

Ahhh...another baking soda convert! I love to hear it when someone finds out how natural cleaners are just as good as, or even better than, their harsh chemical counterparts.

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A Simple Formula for Homemade Shower Cleaner

If you're sick and tired of 'specialty' cleaners for every single cleaning job in your home, take heart! You can always pop over to my housecleaning site for lots of natural formulas you can make without chemicals. But, this old classic from the Kitchen Crafts N More files is a keeper. Originally submitted by newsletter reader Tiffany:

"Make your own version of a daily shower cleaner. Simply pour in 8 oz of rubbing alcohol into a 32-oz clean re-usable spray bottle. Shake well, and after you shower every day just spray down the shower walls and curtain interior with the spray. No need to rinse!"

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Betty Crocker Snickerdoodles - Perfect for an Afternoon Snack

Snickerdoodles are one of those classic cookies that are just perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. Here is a classic version by Betty Crocker that generally gets rave reviews. Enjoy! If you have another cookie recipe you'd like to share, please post it in our comments section below, or email it to me.

Submitted by Debbie
Some one was looking for a Betty Crocker Snickerdoodles recipe and I happen to have one..please pass this on to the person wanting was in the newsletter. From a Betty Crocker Cookbook

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or stick margarine, softened*
1/2 cup shortening
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour**
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 400F
2. Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
3. Shape dough into 1 1/4 -inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

* Spreads with at least 65% vegetable oil can be used

** If using self-rising flour, omit cream of tartar baking soda and salt.

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