When these pests of the kitchen are troublesome, and "puss" is not on duty, they may be soon disposed of by the following strategy: Put a barrel with a little meal in it, in a place where they '"most do congregate." After having been fed long enough to relieve the "oldest and most experienced rat" of his suspicions, fill the barrel one-third or one-half full with water, and sprinkle the meal two or three inches deep on the top of it. In some cases a dozen or more are thus caught in a night. J. T.
Forty ounces of alcohol, five ounces of tincture of capsicum, one ounces of napthalene, one ounce of phenol, one-half ounce of menthol, one-half ounce of oil of lemon grass; mix and filter. To be used in the form of a spray, by means of an atomizer, where the moths are found.
An infallible means of destroying black beetles and cockroaches is to strew the roots of black hellebore on the floor at night. Next morning the whole family of these insects will be found either dead or dying, for such is their avidity for the poisonous plant, that they never fail to eat it when they can get it. But be very cautious about burning all the refuse on the floor, for hellebore is a deadly poison to the human family as well.
The best method to destroy cockroaches is to plentifully scatter pulverized borax in all places where they appear. I have done this around the kitchen where there have been thousands and killed them all in one night. L. Miller.
One-half ounce of corrosive sublimate, five ounces of boiling water, two drachms of hydrochloric acid. Dissolve and add one-half pint of alcohol. Very poisonous. Apply with a feather in cracks and crevices of beds, etc. A positive preventive of bed bugs. F. R.
The best method ever tried to kill bed bugs is to thoroughly saturate the bedstead with common coal oil (kerosene). Repeat two or three times. Iron beds are much better than wood because bugs cannot hide themselves. L. B.
THE training of children is a preparation for the gravest and most important relations of life; and upon the character of our home life must rest the well being of our nation, and the permanence of all our institutions."
While some parents still endorse the old saying, that children should be seen and not heard, I say, make their life happy. They are young but once. What one of you has ever forgotten the day that your mother made you a Christmas or a Birthday cake and decorated it with goodies.
For the benefit of those mothers who desire to specially please the little folks, we add some dishes that are unique, tasteful and "darling," as some boys and girls have called them.
One large cup of seeded and chopped raisins, the juice and grated rind of one lemon, one cup of sugar, whites of two eggs and a pinch of salt. Mix Well. Put tablesoonfuls of this mixture on rounds of piecrust from six to seven inches in diameter and very thinly rolled. Fold together from three directions, so that the shape will resemble a George Washington hat. Press the edges so firmly together that none can escape. Lay in baking pan, brush over with milk in which a little sugar is dissolved. Bake twenty minutes. Lillie Tibbits.
Take the desired number of English walnuts, Brazilian nuts, hickory nuts and peanuts and with gold and colored paints decorate the shells in fantastic styles. With a little color they can be converted into all sorts of men and women - white, black and mongolian, wearing all sorts of costumes, from gold lace, beads and jewels, to silks, feathers, furs, etc. (Very pretty for parties.) Mrs. D. Z. Brooks.
Take the desired number of olives and into one side stick four cloves and at the end another and you have a partially constructed animal representing an ant-eater. Now add another clove for the head, and on the end put a bit of another olive, and you have the animal complete and standing on his feet. The back can be decorated as fancy dictates. According to the arrangement and length of the feet, head and tail, other animals, and even birds, can be made. (Fine for children's parties).
Mrs. A. E. Fowler.
Take one quart of good-sized oysters, wash and drain. Now beat up an egg, add to it a little milk and salt. Dip each oyster separately into the egg and roll in cracker or bread crumbs, then roll up in a thin slice of bacon. Hold in shape by sticking a toothpick through it. Drop in hot pan and fry brown. (Fine for special suppers).
Mrs. A. E. Fowler.
Six eggs, six slices toast, one-half teaspoon salt, one and one-half tablespoons butter. Separate the whites from the yolks, beating the whites to a stiff froth, but leaving the yolks whole in the half shells. Put the salt in the whites, and when beaten heap on the toast. Make a depression in each mound and put into it a moderate teaspoonful of butter and yolk of one egg. Place the nests in a moderate oven and cook for three minutes. Serve immediately on a hot dish. A spoonful of finely chopped ham may be spread upon the toast before the whites of the eggs.
One pound of lean beef, one pound of veal, may be cut into small pieces, and placed in a kettle where two tablespoons of butter have been allowed to brown. The meat should be then stirred into the butter until it is quite brown. Cover the kettle and simmer slowly a half-hour. Add one quart and a pint of water, and slowly simmer for three hours. Then add one onion, a stalk of celery, and one carrot, and simmer half an hour longer. Strain and let it stand to cool. Then remove the fat, and it is ready for use.
When ready to serve heat and put in each dish sippets of toast cut to resemble such letters of the alphabet as spell St. Valentine. Alphabetical crackers can be bought for this purpose if preferred.