Around the house
Prepare old cake pans for holiday baking. Fill with warm water and 1 teaspoon vinegar and let stand overnight. Corrosion will wash off. New baking pans should be greased and heated in oven for about 15 minutes before using to prevent rust.
* Soak heavily soiled oven racks in tub with very hot water. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of automatic dishwashing detergent into tub. Let sit until grease spots dissolve.
* Avoid tears from chopping onions. Place unpeeled onions in refrigerator for at least half an hour. When ready to peel, remove onions, cut off tops, and peel skin. Leave root intact while chopping.
* Keep edges of pie crust from burning. Use an aluminum pie crust pan from a frozen purchased pie to form a shield. Punch a hole in the center and make several straight cuts out to the rim. Then cut out the center so that only the rim remains. Place on top of pie before baking.
* Touch up small scratches on wooden furniture. Try wiping either brown liquid shoe polish, eyebrow pencil or coffee into the scratch. Buff lightly.
* Clean steam iron by pouring vinegar into opening and let steam for 5 minutes. Disconnect iron and let sit. Empty vinegar and rinse thoroughly. Wipe bottom of iron before using.
In the garden
Select a spot to plant an evergreen tree. Make sure the location will be adequate for the tree as it matures. If it is to be brought indoors for the holidays, remember to keep the soil ball moist and do not keep inside for more than 10 days.