The Ultimate Guide to Freezing Foods.

Chris Gardner

"Chances are that when you buy a new refrigerator, the freezer just comes along for the ride. It’s a part of the kitchen that most people don’t spend much time thinking about.

It can be, however, an extremely efficient tool for putting aside excess food for later use. If you enjoy saving time when preparing your evening meal; being able to add fruit to your breakfast all through the year; or just love the idea of having home-made sorbet on hand...

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Protect Your Leather Furnishings

Ken Hoyt
Hides, like skin, benefit from moisturizing. But even light conditioners can change the look of leather. Always test in an
inconspicuous place to decide if the change will suit you.

Linseed oil, from flax seeds, is an old favorite for preserving leather. But the hardware store variety is boiled, causing fumes. It’s also likely to include petroleum products, which are added to decrease drying time.

Leather Lotion

1/4 cup food grade linseed or...

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May is National Preservation Month

Chris Gardner

The National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates its third annual preservation month this May. "Throughout May, the National Trust and its thousands of partners across the country will demonstrate the importance of our nation’s heritage as they focus on many aspects of the preservation movement including historic travel, heritage education, historic homeownership, and community revitalization. Local celebrations will highlight the unique...

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The AS220 Dreyfus Hotel

Providence RI's artist community AS220 remodel The Dreyfus Hotel.

"AS220's adaptive re-use of the Dreyfus is being undertaken as an historic preservation project that will bring new life to the exquisite first floor details found in the ornate bar and restaurant; as well as the lower level pub. The magnificent terra cotta that adorns the exterior along with the stunning stained glass windows on the first floor will also be...

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Preserving flowers with Borax


Hi all! This is my first "how-to" post, so let me know what you think.

As a part of my job, I work with 20 Mule Team Borax, and while most people know it's great for laundry and cleaning, it can pull a couple other pretty unique tricks! The one I like the most is preserving flowers. When using borax to preserve flowers, you dry them out but are able to keep the shape and look, in contrast to air drying, which causes flowers to wrinkle up a bit...

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