Q: What types of cookies are best to mail to soldiers overseas?
A: The cookies could be in transit for two weeks, so bake crisp varieties for your loved ones in the military. They're less susceptible to mold, says Janice Revell, co-founder of StillTasty.com, a site devoted to food safety and freshness. Try these cookies, which will hold up for two weeks in an airtight container.
Starting a scrapbook
Q: What are the basic supplies I need to start a scrapbook?
A: First you will need to purchase a few essential crafts tools, including a cutting mat, a craft knife, sharp scissors, a bone folder and a screw punch, if you don't already have them.
A simple good-quality scrapbook will be your canvas. When picking one out, consider factors such as the binding and page count. And choose your materials and palette based on the theme, person or event you plan on commemorating. It's a good idea to find solid and patterned paper that match the items you are archiving.
Because you will be working with small bits and pieces, you should look for fine-tip pens and adhesives (such as a glue pen or roller). Archival or acid-free products are designed to last longer and will preserve your pages. Try using office supplies such as labels for marking dates and locations, or small envelopes for housing keepsakes. Photo corners provide decorative flair while securing pictures in place. Finally, you can add color and texture by incorporating decorative punches, glitter and stickers.