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Disaster . . . Averted

Before I get started, had to post this sunset – never ceases to amaze me  how beautiful the sunsets are out here in the country.

 

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Now . . . . I have found that in life the things – bad things, that is – that you try to anticipate and  plan for, aren’t the things that happen.  It’s the unplanned  events that sneak up on you and catch you unaware.  Such was the case this last week.

 

burnedhatDavid built me a lovely long closet in the bedroom, with lots of shelves for all my stuff. So, decided this week I’d get a ladder and check on the upper shelf to see what I has stored there.  Amazing how one can forget what’s been squirreled away.  Anyway, I was digging around and had carted some of the mystery boxes to the kitchen to open.  Fortunately, I had to go back to the closet for some reason.  When I opened the door, the acrid smell of smoke hit me square in the face.  Something was definitely BURNING!!!  PANIC !!!

I immediately called for David as I couldn’t see anywhere there might be a fire – but my nose wasn’t wrong – something was burning. My first thought was the electrical wiring since that was the only thing in there that could possibly cause a fire.

And, I wasn’t too far off. Seems that while rummaging around on the upper shelf I had accidentally knocked a hat onto the top of the hanging light fixture and  the edge of the hat had started to burn from contact with the hot light bulb.  Thank goodness the hat was slow to flame.  Can’t imagine what could have happened if the hat had been straw or some other material that was quick to flame.  Just thankful there was no serious damage – although did have to leave the vent fan on and open the windows to get the smoke smell out.

 

Quick Tips

bundtcake1)  When I make baklava, I only make half a recipe but there is always half of the syrup recipe left since I always make full recipe of syrup. (Found by cutting it in half the consistency isn’t right.)   So, rather than toss it, I use the leftover in hot tea. The honey, lemon flavor is perfect and I don’t waste anything.

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2)  When making loaf or Bundt cakes they are too thick to test with a toothpick so I use a piece of uncooked spaghetti.  It is thick enough to pierce the cake, but not so thick as to leave an open ‘hole’.  Have found that thin or regular spaghetti works best – angel hair spaghetti is a little too thin.

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3)  Now for a recipe I saw online – how to make your own homemade Febreeze®. [1]

  • Pour 1/8 cup of your favorite fabric softener into your spray bottle (bottle size is approx. 27 oz.).
  • Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the bottle.
  • Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
  • Replace the cap and shake the bottle well.
  • Spray – might need a shake before using again if it has been left unused for a while; don’t know if baking soda will settle.

 

 

[1] http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Febreeze/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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