Days Gone By - stories from the past

SATURDAY SECRETS – Candles last longer if ….

Some great household tips from our ancestors. . .

  • Candles last longer if placed in the refrigerator for a few days before using. They hold their shape better and burn slowly after this treatment.

  • The blade of a knife passed through a flame will slice fresh bread more smoothly and easily than a cold blade.
  • For Cleaning Glass Bottles – Crush egg-shells into small bits, or a few carpet tacks, or a small quantity of gunshot, put into the bottle; then fill one-half of strong soapsuds; shake thoroughly, then rinse in clear water. Will look like new.

Read more tips and hints in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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