Dump old electronics at E-Scrap Collection
Have some old electronic equipment you'd like to get rid of?
The Roy Harmons, 5370 S. 1900 West, offers a Community E-Scrap Collection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in its parking lot.
Accepted for recycling will be such items as computers, TVs, DVD players, stereos, video-game consoles and cell phones. Also accepted will be metal products including washers, dryers, refrigerators, microwaves, metal shelving and metal car parts.
Most items -- except old tube TVs and CRT computer monitors -- can be recycled for free. To discard tube TVs or the older monitors, buy a $10 voucher in advance at all Harmons' customer service booths. Vouchers will cost $15 on event day.
Not just for kids: The perfect bathtub
American Standard's new FunBath tub conversion kit aims to make bath time better for kids and parents alike.
The acrylic FunBath tub fits over a standard 60-inch bathtub and raises the tub level to make bathing a child more comfortable for adults. It has an integrated seat, grab bars and a hand shower that ties into the existing plumbing.
When the child gets older, the kit can be removed without damage to the tub.
The FunBath can be decorated with decals, and FunBaths with fronts resembling a firetruck or princess castle are also available. The regular FunBath sells for $1,799 at www.americanstandard-us.com. The firetruck and castle designs are $2,199.
FunBaths are also available from stores that carry American Standard products. You can search for retailers on the website.
Show off your kid's art by wearing it
Online retailer the Great Remember turns kids' artwork into lockets and contemporary mosaic art pieces.
Digital images of the art are used, so the originals aren't destroyed.
The company also makes applique artwork from clothing or other fabric keepsakes.
Prices are $99 to $1,500. Orders can be placed at www.thegreatremember.com.
Age, acidity could affect dried beans
Q: I've always added dried baby lima beans when I roast brisket. But lately, they won't soften, no matter how long I cook them. Soaking them first doesn't help. The only change is that I've been using a friend's brisket recipe, which calls for bottled chili sauce.
A: There are several things that can cause beans to stay hard, the most common of which is age. Dried beans keep a long time, but they don't keep forever.
Another, less-common reason, is hard water. If you live in an area with well water, you might have trouble with beans.
The third reason sounds like the culprit: Acidity. Ingredients like tomatoes can keep beans from getting soft when they cook. That chili sauce you started adding is probably causing the trouble.