Select Gifts With the Bride's Future in Mind By Vivian Brown NEW YORK (AP) - If a bride's gift requirements are not listed at a store registry, and you your own in selecting a gift, can't get a clue from her In making a decision, consider relatives or friends, you are on her future plans. Will her Energy Mangement Guide for Appliances ARLENE RODEEN IPS Home Service Advisor HOW DO WE CHOOSE APPLIANCES? By features? Style? Color? Safety? Need? Price? Construction? Ease of cleaning? Capacity? The order in which we put these buying considerations depends upon our values — those intangible qualities of worth that we call upon when making many life decisions. But one item is missing from this list — ENERGY EFFICIENCY. From now on, we are going to have to choose and use appliances with energy efficiency in mind. REFRIGERATOR 1. Maintain temperature at 37-40 degrees F. If dial reads hi- med-low or 1-2-3, place outdoor thermometer on middle shelf of refrigerator overnight to get temperature reading, then adjust dial accordingly., 2. Cool food before placing in refrigerator. 3. Check door seals for air leakage by placing paper towel half in and half out of door. Close door and pull towel. If there is resistance, seals are sufficiently tight. If no resistance seals are worn and need replacing. FREEZER 1. A true freezer, whether upright, chest or combination refrigerator-freezer, must maintain a zero degree temperature. This can be checked with outdoor thermometer. 2. Defrost when build-up reaches l /4 inch. RANGE 1. Use proper cooking utensils: the right size pan for the right burner. 2. Plan ahead. Cook all foods in one area. For example, an all- oven meal. 3. Use heat wisely. Turn off burner or oven before cooking is complete and finish cooking with retained heat; keep oven door closed, depend on timers; don't preheat oven longer than 10 minutes. 4. Microwave ovens are energy savers, using less electrical energy than conventional range ovens and burners. From: WHAT'S NEW IN HOME ECONOMICS THE SERVICE PEOPLE husband's career keep her in a transient situation? Will she continue to work after marriage? Is she planning to live in a house 01 apartment? In the city or country? For example: The Moving-van Bride: She will not want to transport a lot of bric-a-brac, crystal and heavy portable appliances from city to city. She may even keep kitchenware to a minimum. She is an ideal bridal candidate tor a money gift or gift certificate (to a store that includes home furnishing in its merchandise). Career Girl Bride: In addition to traditional gifts, silver, china, grystal, she'll like those wifesavers: oven-to-table casseroles, bun warmers, wash and use place mats, chafing dishes, fondue sets, portable appliances and easy-care stainless steel flatware for daily use. It is the carrer girl's bridal needs that have changed the look of the bride's gift table with more emphasis on utility. Such gifts include double-duty electric serving dishes. Stay-warm units such as one handsome woodgrained dish (with a divider) hold two quarts of food. A bun warmer is also an egg cooker and steamer. And there are electric warming trays in many sizes. Career^irl brides also like easy-does-it rotisseri cookers that clean easily. New expensive-looking lacey tablecloths in the $20 or so category are drip-dry. Many look like fine old Madeira work. Homemaker Bride: She will be preoccupied with her table and anything is ideal in this category. Duplication is welcome in some areas such as pla.cemat and napkin sets, tablecloths, drinking glasses, trays. Silver holloware also may be bought fearlessly — vegetable dishes and warming dishes. Ditto silver or cut crystal salt and pepper grinders and candlesticks. Silver and crystal patterns in such things should be go-with-anything else motif. Unless you know the bride's taste, avoid gifts that reek their tradition or strictly modern vintage or are personalized. These no-gifts include things marked "The Jones" or whatever name, that some brides might consider corny, lamps, figurines and anything that may clutter the bride's personal taste. Decorating a home has become so personalized that the average bride wants to choose her own ashtrays, and she won't enjoy that expensive abstract print, if it doesn't fit her scheme of things. Unlike mother and grandmother, she will not use it to be polite, to be polite. Announcing a new service at CARROLL, IOWA u, Bride-to-be? Let us be of help to you. Our bridal registry service is fashioned to make your pre-wedding days carefree — to give you ideas and suggestions to aid in your decision-making. Why spend endless hours contemplating? Enjoy this very special time in your life! Stop in and ask for our help. Many brides-to-be do.
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