We all love to read; but sometimes we have to put down our books and take care of our homes, our loved ones and ourselves!

February Tip


NO TIME FOR READING? 

What's stopping you? Not enough time in your day? There are

many benefits and great reasons to read more:


To Broaden Your Mind

To Learn New Ideas

To Expand Your Mental Skills

To Relax


To help you get more reading done: 

(1) Keep a reading list; 

(2) Set a reading goal; 

                                                                    (3) Read during the in-between; 

                                                                                  (4) Always have reading material with you 

                                                                         (5) Set a time for reading each day. 


Before you know it, reading will be a habit that you do without thinking about it. 

There are thousands of books on the shelves of 

Paperback Trading Co. 

8825 S. Ridgeland, 708-598-8442 

so please come in for a visit!


To Help you get more reading done
(1) Keep a reading list; 

(2) Set a reading goal; 

(3) Read during the in-between; 

(4) Always have reading material with you 

(5) Set a time for reading each day. 




                                  Before you know it, reading will be a habit that you do without thinking about it. 


There are thousands of books on the shelves of 

Paperback Trading Co. 

8825 S. Ridgeland, 708-598-8442 

Please come in for a visit!


RUTH'S DECEMBER TIP


Before December 1st, wrap 24 books and put them under the tree if it is up by then.  


Otherwise, create a special area for the wrapped books.  


Every evening through the 24th, have your child or children choose a book to be unwrapped and then spend time reading the book together.


Grandparents, you can purchase the books, wrap them and give them to the parents to do the rest.  


Paperback Trading Co. has three incentives to help you in this endeavor:  


1) We have a nice stock of new books and used books to choose from.  

2) We have wrapped 24 books and they are “under” our BOOK TREE.  

From the 1st to the 24th, every Seventh Customer for the day will be able to choose one of the wrapped books, marked with the title, at no charge.  

3) Keep track of your nightly reading - between December 26 and January 15, the children can bring in this sheet to receive a FREE new or used book of their choice.   


Our Book Tree

RUTH'S NOVEMBER TIP

FLAKY PIE CRUST


With apple picking season just behind us and with Thanksgiving almost upon us, the Clever Cook says “here's my secret to the FLAKIEST pie crust ever. Keep everything cold, especially the butter and shortening, right up until it goes into the oven. Cold fat makes steam when baked which puffs the layers apart.”


RUTH'S OCTOBER TIP

Seasonal Preparations


Take Steps to Prevent Flu


Get Smart About Antibiotics


Have a Safe and Healthy Halloween


Test and Replace Batteries


Keep Food Safe.

RUTH'S SEPTEMBER TIP
Back to school

 Tips to help children and their parents through the transition from summer playing to school time:




1) Set goals to make new friends, join a club or start a new one, get better grades, and get in shape


(2) Connect with a teacher you like or respect.

 

(3) List things you can look forward to. (4) Take your time getting back into the rhythm of things.


RUTH'S AUGUST TIP
STOP SHOE ODOR


Tea bags in your footwear is a great way to reduce odor in sneakers and others shoes. The tea bags absorb the moisture and the stink. 


Step 1 – Wipe the inside of each shoe with a cotton ball moistened with rubbing alcohol, to kill bacteria. 

Step 2 – Place a dry, unused tea bag inside each shoe; let them sit overnight.


RUTH'S JULY TIP (TREAT) 

With strawberry season upon on us, why not make 

CHOCOLATE-DIPPED STRAWBERRIES 


6 cups whole strawberries, unhulled, washed and dried 

1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 

1 tbsp butter 

nuts, chopped (optional) 


Line large baking sheet with waxed paper. Melt chocolate chips and butter in double boiler set over simmering water until mixture is smooth. Stir in a tablespoon or two of water if your chocolate is too thick. Holding strawberry by its green top, dip ¾ of berry into melted chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip off into the boiler. Roll in chopped nuts, if using. Place on waxed paper. Repeat with remaining strawberries. Refrigerate until chocolate coating is firm. About 1 hour. Serves 6 to 8.





Ruth's May Tip

VIM & VINEGAR 


Spray undiluted white vinegar around doorways 

and window sills to discourage ants.


Ruth's April Tip

Salt Remover for Auto Carpeting
 

Combine equal amounts of vinegar and water to remove salt residue left behind from winter. Scrub solution into carpeting with a clean, white rag.


RUTH'S MARCH TIPS

HIS & HERS


Ladies – CHILLED TIGHTS – It's a little unorthodox, but if you want to extend the life of your tights, try freezing them. Simply dampen your tights and place them in a plastic bag and freeze them overnight. Thaw them out the next day and war as usual. The freezing helps strengthen the fibers in your tights and prevents runs.





Fellas – Out of shaving cream? Generously apply hair conditioner in its place. Is your razor blade dull or blocked? Try rubbing your razor on denim, against the grain of the blade, to help get rid of any stubble and sharpen the blades.


RUTH'S FEBRUARY TIP

GIVE YOUR REFRIGERATOR A HEALTHY MAKEOVER! 


Begin with a thorough cleaning of the inside by tossing the out-of-date and processed foods. Then mix two tablespoons of baking soda into one quart of hot water. Use a damp cloth to wipe the inside of the fridge with the solution. Then dry it with a clean towel. It is better not to use soap or detergent because they can leave behind a scent foods can absorb. Next, invest in a good thermometer. Your refrigerator should be kept between 34 and 37 degrees Fahrenheit, with an optimal temperature of 37 degrees. If you lose power and need to know if your food is safe to eat, be sure to check your thermometer.


Ruth's January Tip


Sleep problems can damage your well being and quality of life. One way to combat this issue is to make your bedroom a calm space by having the light, temperature and sound level suit you. Cool, dark and quiet usually works. Turn off electrical screens, TVs, computers and phones because they stimulate your brain making it hard to relax.

RUTH'S NOVEMBER TIP

The Gravy Boat


This is the month for celebrating Thanksgiving Day.  Of course, all the gravy boats will be waiting to pour the turkey gravy onto the mashed potatoes and turkey meat.   To prevent the boat from dripping onto the dinner table, rub a dab of butter on the spout. No drips on the tablecloth!  

Note, this trick works on syrup dispensers too.


RUTH'S OCTOBER TIP

A delicious autumn snack



Summer has come to a close, but instead of lamenting the end of beach weekends and day-long BBQs, we can take solace in the fact it is apple season. To prep for the great outdoor activity of apple picking, here is a recipe for:  


BAKED APPLE CHIPS 


 



 4 apples any variety, optional toppings 

 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon or 1 tablespoon cinnamon & 2 tablespoons sugar. 

 Preheat oven to 200 degrees. 

 Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

 Slice apples as thin as possible, about ½ inch. 

 Remove any seeds that may be stuck in the core. 

 Spread apple slices out onto baking sheets in a single layer. If desired, sprinkle apple chips with one of the toppings. Bake 1 hour than flip apple slices over and bake for an additional hour to hour and one-half checking apples every 30 minutes. 

Once apples are crispy and light golden brown, remove from oven and let cool completely. 

 Store apple chips in an air-tight container at room temperature.


RUTH'S AUGUST TIP

BYE-BYE WEEDS in non-plant and grass areas



With all of the rain we have been having, the weeds keep popping up. These can be killed with an inexpensive and eco-friendly spray made from one gallon of white distilled vinegar mixed with one ounce of liquid dish soap. But make sure you do not pour this mixture on your plants or grass because they will also die. 

RUTH'S JULY TIP

DANGER! 

SCORCHING HOT BEACHES! 

AVOID WALKING BAREFOOT! 

WEAR SURF/SWIM SHOES OR SANDALS!  


If your feet do get red, soak them in cool (not ice-cold) water, then slather them with aloe. Seek medical care if they start to blister. Older feet are less sensitive to heat so you may not realize how hot the sand is.






RUTH'S JUNE TIP

Baking Soda



If you have scratches in your porcelain kitchen sink, put baking soda on the scratches and rub them out with your hands. 


 Then, if you also get scratches on your laminate floors, the application of baking soda on those scratches with a little rubbing with your hands, removes those scratches. Then wipe both surfaces with a clean, wet rag.








RUTH'S MAY TIPS


Ants!

This is the time of the year for kitchen ants. Mix equal parts Borax and sugar. I added water to it to make a paste and placed the mixture on small plastic covers. The mixture will turn solid after a day but by then the ants will have tasted it and taken it to their own home. I did this and my kitchen (and also bathroom) ants have disappeared.




Recycle


It's more than just the literal act of recycling paper and plastic. Consider how you can recycle in others areas of your home and family – donate toys, clothes and other items to charitable organizations or pass them down to friends.

RUTH'S APRIL TIP

STOP AND BREATHE


Don't wait until fight or flight kicks in before minding your breath.  Controlled breathing not only keeps the mind and body functioning at their best, but it can also lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calm and relaxation, and help us de-stress.  

 

JUST STOP AND BREATHE - Inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four, …. all through the nose.

RUTH'S FEBRUARY TIP

Two uses for honey


SORE THROAT:

Honey has powerful antimicrobial properties, which can soothe your raw tissues.  Pour a teaspoon of honey into a large serving spoon and then top off the spoon with lemon juice.  Swallow the concoction (without water) every few hours until symptoms clear up.



SLUGGISH COLON:

If you are constipated, try stirring 2 teaspoons of honey into a large glass of warm water.  Drink the potion on an empty stomach and you should have relief in about half an hour. 


For your convenience, we carry local HONEY for sale at the store.  

RUTH'S DECEMBER TIP
Shop Small


Keep your tax dollars close to home by shopping the local small businesses on a regular basis.

RUTH'S NOVEMBER TIP

Healing a cold


What can we do to help our bodies through the process of healing a cold? Here are some herbal remedies for your body and mind.

  1. Rose hip tea is full of vitamin C and can help prevent colds.
  2. Lemons, oranges, and apple cider are all considered to be cold remedies.
  3. For chills, take fresh ginger root.
  4. Historically, the layers of the onion were believed to draw contagious diseases from the patient; onions were often hung in sickrooms. Today, we know that onions have antibacterial qualities.
  5. Cut up fresh garlic cloves and add them to chicken soup or other foods, or swallow small chunks of raw garlic like pills.
  6. Eat loads of hot and spicy foods like chili to clear the sinuses.
  7. Like garlic and onion, horseradish generates lots of heat to help offset colds. According to one farmer we know, a daily horseradish sandwich is the best cold remedy out there!
  8. Prunes are rich in fiber, vitamins A and B, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. And they've been cured themselves!
  9. To treat sore lips, go to bed with honey on them.
  10. Troubled by cracked lips? Massage them with a dab of earwax (preferably your own!).

 

GETTING UNDER THE SKIN

If you have a problem of tearing turkey skin when trying to apply a spice rub underneath it, try a wooden spoon with a long, thin handle.  The handle slides right under the skin easily reaching all around the bird.  This technique works with whole chickens, too.

RUTH'S OCTOBER TIP
Preparing Fresh Pumpkin Pulp

Select small pumpkins, both for taste and for ease in cooking.  Slice pumpkin in half and clean out seeds and membrane.  Place halves face down (cut side down) in a baking dish.  Bake in a 325 degree F. oven 45-50 minutes.  Peel outer skin and put pumpkin meat through a food processor or blender.  You may also mash it easily with a potato masher.  Refrigerate the cooked, pureed or mashed pulp until ready to use.


RUTH'S AUGUST TIP

CARING FOR AN ELDERLY PARENT



For those of you fortunate to live past the age of 85, you are probably considered to have been born under a lucky star.  However, these individuals do not look upon themselves as being blessed.  Their driving privileges have been taken away making them dependent on others to do for them what was taken for granted.  Most of these duties fall to their children or close relatives.  Many do this willingly but their resources are limited.  Often the first item crossed off the to-do list is just being a friend to their elderly parent.  If you find yourself in this situation, try calling a nursing home affiliated to a religious group for help.  They may be able to provide a companion who visits almost every week.  There usually is no fee for this service but donations are welcome.    

JULY TIP
Courtesy of author Samantha Charles

“A picture is worth a thousand words” because the visual impact is more persuasive.  Written words are the picture on paper.  Author, Samantha Charles shared the following with us at the Author Signing.  At the age of 5, she learned about the power of the written word.  She verbally asked for a dog and was ignored.  Finally, she put her request in writing.  Guess what?  She got a dog.  When you:  need to persuade someone to see your point of view; are dissatisfied with a product; feel a job

has not met with your standards; want to let someone know how much they are appreciated, use the POWER OF THE WRITTEN WORD.


RUTH'S JUNE TIP

Summer Yards


1)   4 Midwestern Native Plants to consider for your garden: 

      Columbine

      Swamp Milkweed

      Cup-Plant

      New England Aster


2) Mow your lawn when grass is at a height of 2-3 inches to best keep weeds down


3) Divide and replant your iris beds



 

 

RUTH'S MAY TIP

                                            TWO OF MY GREATEST PICKUP TRICKS!


Now that I’ve got your attention, let me make it clear what kind of pickups I mean.  I’m not talking about thrills - I’m talking about spills.


  1. If you are trying to pick up shards of broken glass, reach for a piece of bread!  It is a better protector than a paper towel and you would never reuse it, as you might reuse a sponge (so hidden pieces will not harm you).

  2. A neat way to get hair off the carpet or floor is to slip on a pair of rubber gloves.  The hair draws toward it like a magnet but it will not stick to the gloves.  

RUTH'S APRIL TIP

SPRING CLEANING



Spring Cleaning is Coming Up.  When you choose a day to get organized, have a contest to see who can fill up a box the fastest or who comes up with the largest pile with things they no longer use or wear to give to the needy.  Give a prize to the family member who wins. 

 

RUTH'S FEBRUARY TIP

Beat The Winter Blues


Winter is in full force.  “Winter blues” are characterized by mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy.  The following can help get yourself back to normal:  Exercise; Eat a Healthy Diet; Get Some Sun; Act on Your Resolutions; Treat Yourself; Relax; Embrace the Season; Catch Some Zzz’s; and READ, READ, READ.

 

RUTH'S JANUARY TIP

Fresh scented laundry



In order to guarantee that any urine odor is removed from clothes being washed, add a cup of vinegar directly to the wash water at the time you are adding the detergent. 

 

Ruth's Holiday Tip

Lend a helping hand



This Christmas season, lend a helping hand to others.  And make it a priority to include the part of Christmas that reflects one’s love for others in practical ways.  Be alert to opening doors, carrying groceries, helping the hostess clean up, or volunteering at a local charity.  Look for any other small services you can give that will make others’ lives just a little bit easier.  

 


RUTH'S OCTOBER TIP
Eye Opening Savings


To get a little more out of a tube of mascara, stand it in a glass of warm water for about one hour.  Make sure the water does not get inside the tube. 

 




RUTH'S SEMPTEMBER TIP

Deep Clean Cooking Pots



Don’t fret if you have scorched a cooking pot.   Just make a baking soda and water paste.   Put the paste on the scorched area of the pot.  Let that sit for a whole day.   Then add water to the pot at the pot’s half level.  Heat until the water boils.   Sometimes it is necessary to let the water boil for 4-10 minutes.  After that magic occurs and your pot should be scorch free.          


DOROTHY STINSON'S TIP

Printing


When printing labels through your computer on the peel-off label paper, take old candle wax and roll over the labels to prevent the labels from smearing when getting wet. 

*This month our tip comes courtesy of a customer who has been
with us since 1978, Dorothy Stinson!
 




 



RUTH'S JULY TIP

Laundry


While you are washing your bedsheets in the washing machine, place your bed pillows in the dryer on high heat for about 20-30 minutes to remove all of the settled dust and dirt.  Do the same with all of your decorative material items that need freshening up such as quilts, sofa pillows, tablecloths and curtains.


RUTH'S June TIP

Beauty
 

 When someone has their hair colored, it is best to only wash the hair once a week in order to retain the color.  The hair can be rinsed midway between the weekly washes by putting hair conditioner on the ends only of wet hair and then rinsing the hair once or twice.  


Also, it is best to use product from a beauty shop.  Store bought products have coaters which build up on the hair not allowing the color to continue to adhere to the hair. 


Courtesy of Essence of Style, Frankfort, Illinois, 815-277-2282. 


TELL RUTH OR LARRY ABOUT THIS “TIP” AND RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT OFF YOUR TOTAL PURCHASE FOR ONE DAY BETWEEN JUNE 1 AND JUNE 30, 2013.    


RUTH'S MAY TIP
Cleaning

For those who want to wash away the winter blues from your windows, here is Ruth’s inherited recipe from her Mom: 

1 quart water, ½ cup ammonia, and l/4 cup vinegar.  Mix all 3 ingredients in a small pail.  Use one white rag to wash the windows with this solution, and then use other white rags for drying.