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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Smiles-Birthday


We made this card at stamp class last month.  I had never used the Stampin' Up! spritzer where you attach the write marker to the tool and press the ball to cause the spritzed background on this card...love learning new techniques!  This allows the speckles to be the same color as your stamping ink.  That's what I love about Stampin' Up!; everything coordinates - paper, patterned paper, stamp ink, write markers, ribbon, brads..everything!!


It's Berry Time!!
My Aunt Nancy in California posted this important tip on how to prevent mold growing on your berries.  Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market.  There's nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides.

Well, with fresh berries just starting to hit farmers markets, we can tell you a tip to keep them fresh:  Wash them with vinegar.

When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water.  Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can't taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge.  The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila!  Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.  So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they'll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them. 
You're so BERRY welcome!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful card and great color selection!

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