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Dear Reena,
Can you tell me an easy recipe for a homemade cake for my nephew’s fifth birthday? I want to make it at least the day before but I am a lousy baker so I need something easy. Thanks,
Matt

Dear Matt,
Hold onto your hat because it doesn’t get any easier than this. Purchase four litres of your nephew’s favourite ice cream (vanilla, Oreo, strawberry, etc.). Place the ice cream box (or bucket) on the counter about one hour before making cake. Into a pot, melt and combine two-thirds of a cup of butter or margarine and three cups graham cracker crumbs (or Oreo crumbs). Line pan with parchment paper. Press crumbs into 9 x 13-inch pan or a spring form pan. Pour softened ice cream over crust and spread evenly (you can also partially melt ice cream in the microwave). Freeze and drizzle with caramel or chocolate syrup. Here are a few variations on this easy recipe: Add half a cup of peanuts or peanut butter to ice cream before spreading it into the pan. Or break up pieces of store-bought cookies or chocolate bars and add to ice cream. Or add M&M’s, or gummy worms, or Reese’s Pieces to ice cream. Freeze for at least four hours. Remove from freezer; loosen sides with a knife (heat knife with hot water). Cut and serve (don’t forget the birthday candles).

Hi Reena,
How do I get rid of ants in my peonies, so I can bring them inside? Thanks
Pearl

Dear Pearl,
Here is the simplest way to remove ants in peonies before bringing them into your home: fill a bucket with water; submerse flower heads in the water for about one minute before bringing the beautiful and fragrant flowers inside.

Dear Reena,
Is it important to clean golf clubs and if so what should I use to clean them?
Mason

Dear Mason,
Neglecting to clean golf clubs can impact your overall performance. Dirt that becomes temporarily trapped in the grooves of the clubs impacts the spin of the shot, so it is important to clean clubs regularly. Use water and a wire club brush to remove all dirt from grooves. Wipe and dry with a rag, if the clubs are very dirty, dish soap may be necessary but rinse and dry well.

Dear Reena,
I live in a very remote area and I make a lot of my own recipes from scratch. Can you please share with me how to make my own sour cream? I need the sour cream to pair with the homemade perogies that I make. Thanks,
Cecilia

Dear Cecilia,
No problem! Combine two cups of store-bought buttermilk with two cups light cream. Pour into a hot glass jar, secure lid. Shake until blended (you might want to put some music on to make this more fun). Let stand in a warm place for 48 hours. Refrigerate, stir before use and use within three weeks.

I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming. Missed a column? Can’t remember a solution? Need a speaker for an upcoming event? Check out my website Reena.ca

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