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How to make your own chocolate sauce

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Dear Reena,
Instead of purchasing chocolate sauce to pour onto vanilla ice cream, I would like to make my own. Give me a great recipe for chocolate sauce! Lucy

Dear Lucy,
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to think cool ideas and yummy treats! In a double boiler, combine one cup heavy whipping cream, half cup white granulated sugar, half cup light corn syrup and one teaspoon vanilla. Bring to a boil and stir often. Remove from heat and add 12 ounces of good quality grated chocolate. Leftover Easter bunnies are perfect for this purpose (if they’re good quality). Stir until melted, cool slightly and pour onto ice cream. Store remainder in fridge. Heat before each use.

Dear Reena,
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. Every day I cook myself two egg whites and feed the egg yolks to the birds. Can you please tell me if egg whites are healthy? Mavis

Dear Mavis,
Egg white is awesome! The protein found in an egg white is documented as one of the purest forms of protein known to man. Six eggs deliver 15 grams of protein, only a trace of carbohydrates, no fat and no cholesterol.
Extra Tip: When whisking egg white, add a pinch of salt for fuller foam and be sure that eggs sit at room temperature before whipping.

Dear Reena,
I have laminated flooring in my living room. I used double sided tape to secure an area rug. Now I cannot remove the tape/glue from the flooring. What can I use? Thanks, Dally

Dear Dally,
Use one of the following, being sure to test on an inconspicuous area first; hair dryer, WD-40 or peanut butter.

Dear Reena,
I am a senior citizen wearing two hearing aids. The hearing aids are the behind-the-ear type and the parts inserting into the ear get unsightly with ear wax staining. Could you help me with a remedy to clean these ear cups which will separate from the hearing aid itself? I have tried soaking them in 3% hydrogen peroxide without success. I would be indebted to you for the rest of my life. Hans

Dear Hans,
Regular maintenance of hearing aids is very important since dirty hearing aids are not only unsightly but can also cause hearing aid feedback and/or reduce sound clarity. Since hearing aid devices are very expensive it is best to have them regularly and professionally cleaned so that you don’t risk damaging the equipment. Some people have had success by soaking the ear cups in denture tablets and 35% hydrogen peroxide, however in my opinion this solution is too risky since your question pertains to devices sitting inside of your body.

Fabulous Tips of the Week
•Position small soft tortillas inside of muffin tins. If needed, place dry beans into cups to add weight and hold tortillas in place. Bake the shells for 10 mins. 350 degrees or until crisp. Remove beans and fill tortilla bowls with small amounts of scrambled hamburger meat, onions, shredded cheese, cut up lettuce, diced tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream Submitted By: Kyah
• I use Mechanics Orange Pumice Waterless Hand Cleaner to get sticky adhesive off of smooth surfaces. Recently I used it to clean my microwave turntable. Worked like a charm. Submitted By: Jan
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