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JW;T:n;w. 'VT '1:t -r j HOME HIKXS. VEGETABLE SALAD.-Tilis is an economical dish and may be composed of any and every sort of cold vegetable, with perhaps, the exception of Cabbage. Peas, Beans, Potatoes, and Carrots may be mixed together, the larger vegetables being cut into small pieces, and covered with mayonnaise sauce. It is very suitable as an accompaniment to cold meats on a hot sumrnei day, when the majo- rity of people are willing to dispense with waiia dishes. VEGETABLE MAE ROW (MASHED).—Peel the Marrow, and cook it in boiling salted water until tender; drain well, and mash very smoothly with a Potato masher or wooden spoon. If preferred, it may he rubbed through a sieve. Add pepper, salt, and butter in proportion to the size of the Marrow, return it to the pan to become thoroughly hot. and serve with finger-lengths of buttered toast. For a young Vegetable Marrow fifteen minutes' cooliii)g vail probably be sufficient; am old one will take nearly an boar. A PRBTTY HATPIN CASE.-The most fashion- able needlework of the moment is undoubtedly embroidery on linen carried out either in silk or the now flaxthreads. which can be bad in every artistic shade. It is quite astonishing (remarks a writer in The liural World ") how many purposes the linen embroideries can be made to serve, and I lately met with something which struck me as being both useful and novel, just the thing for a bazaar, or for any occasion that demands a trifling gift. This was a case for hatpins, made with flaps to fold over a stiifened foundation, the whole being embroidered and finished with a ribbon binding. To make the case provide yourself with a good stiff piece of cardboard long enough to take the whole length of the hat-pin, and to project about an inch beyond each end. About lOin. will be found a suitable length, and the width may be 4in. Lay this upon a piece of flrm linen of any selected colour, and cut enough to allow of ends and sides folding over, the ends need not wrap over more than 2in.. the sides should meet eacii other, and allow of a button and buttonhole. All the edges of the linen must then be shaped, which can be done by using a piece of paper that has been folded first one way and then the other to ensure perfect accuracy. A pretty little design can be transferred on to each overlap anrl then worked according to taste, afterwards being carefully pressed from the wrong side. A Japanese or other thin silk in a dainty shade may be used for lining and tacked inside the linen, the two then being bound very neatly by machine, the ribbon first tacked in position Then cover the piece of cardboard with a bit of white flannel, which need only turn over at each edge, as you can secure it by means of stitches taken from side to side. Between the card and the flannel uprinkle a little sweet sachet powder, and then cover the card with silk just as y-ou 4dtlie flannel. When itis finished lay the card in§^|dk^se and attach them together by finely oversewm^^mnd the edge, not taking any stitches through flRhe linen outside. A pretty ornamental button on one side-flap and a neatly worked buttonhole to correspond on the other finish the case, and the pins are to be stuck in and out through the silk and flannel, the cardboard preventing the points from being damaged. AUTUMN CLEANING.—When the summer days grow shorter and duller, and the nights so chilly that we welcome a bright fire, the housewife (writes Meg," in the Agricultural Gazette") turns her thoughts to autumn cleaning. Itis time to take down her light muslins and lace curtains, which have lost their cool freshness and how can she think of putting up her damask in a dusty, summer-soiled room ? Autumn cleaning must not be left until late, when fine dry weather can- not be expected. The time must be determined according to locality and convenience in the house- hold, though in most cases the first or second week in October is suitable for commencing. Before the actual cleaning, the stock of brushes of all sorts and sizes must be replenished, plenty of soft dusters, rubbers, and floorcloths laid ready for use, and soap well dried for economy's sake. Every housewife who prides herself in clean and beautifully-polished furniture must make her polish at home, or have a good recipe made up at a chemist's. The majority of bought creams may give a "shine with little trouble, but they leave no lasting effect, and do not really clean. I can thoroughly recommend the following recipe (used in the family for many years) Half-pint linseed oil, half-pint vinegar, 3oz. methylated sugar. oz. turpentine, loz. of butter of antimony. All these ingredients must be well mixed and shaken before using. Put a little on a flannel and apply to the furniture, and polish thoroughly with two or three soft rubbers. When all preparations have been made the work can go forward when convenient The ornaments must be carefully dusted and washed, and books cleared of dust. This can be easily done by holding a volume in each hand and banging them together sharply. Curtains, muslin covers, etc., may be laid aside until a suitable day for washing. They should always be done at home if there is any drying ground available, as they will last almost double the time with care. Those not needed during the winter need only plain washing. drying, and airing thoroughly, and putting away rough dry. Starch will rot delicate fabrics quicker than anything. To save trouble next spring, pack your curtains and covers in clean paper, labelled according to the room they adorn, and store in a chest or linen room. Any articles liable to be moth-eaten must be packed with carbon and frequently examined through the winter. Gilt picture-frames must be dusted with a soft long-haired brush, and traces of flies removed with a flannel and cold water. Polished wood frames may be polished with the furniture polish, and glasses washed with a leather wrung nearly dry. dry. Beds and bedding should not be exposed to the glare of the sun, but left to air in a shady place on a breezy day, after the dust has been removed. Tepid water may be used for any furniture which requires washing, and then carry out my directions given above for the polishing. The carpets are best and easiest cleaned when spread face down- ward in a grass field. Beat thoroughly to make the dust fall out, and pull the carpet over fresh grass to clean it. So many people spread their carpets face upward and then beat, thereby raising clouds of dust, which fall again on the carpet, and find it very little cleaner than before. Any grease- spots or stains can be removed with carpet soap and water. Painted and varnished woodwork and walls must not be scrubbed with ahard brush and strong soap, but cleansed with bran water. This is obtained by boiling one pound of bran in a gallon of water for one hour. Strain, and wash with the clean water and a flannel. The paint may be washed with clear water afterwards or merely dried. The bran water makes the paint glossy and does not leave a scratched surface. Finger- marks can be removed with a cloth damped with paraffin oil before washing, but if the smell is objectionable, use moistened whiting as a substitute. It is supposed that all necessary papering, painting, and upholstering were done m spring, and after floors are scrubbed with suitable soap and plenty of clean water, finishing touches may be thought of. These are invariably pleasant, but they take up more time than some are aware. However, these are not details necessary to mention. When the linen press is examined the housewife may find several articles showing signe of wear. Some may be darned or patched, and others converted into various uses. Linen table- oldths, when too worn for use as a whole, should have the best and largest parts cut out and hemmed for use as carving, breakfast, and tray cloths. The small pieces make nice everv-day dinner napkins or cloths for invalids' breakfast trays. Sheets that are worn down the centre may have their sides neatly sewn together, and the former centre cut down and hemmed for sides. Many other ideas for utilising half-worn things may occur to the reader, which, when carried into effect, will provide useful sewing for the dull winter weather in store when autumn has long been over and almost forgotten.

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