Tuesday, April 03, 2007

helpful hints for 2007

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the
stove, set heat
to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No
soggy micro
pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are
all broken
up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up
thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg.
Just throw
bag away when done easy clean up.

Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it
with your
mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to
frost more
cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less
sugar/calories per

Reheating Refrigerated Bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated,
place them in
a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep
the food
moist and help it reheat faster.

Newspaper Weeds Away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil.
newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go,
cover with
mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some
gardening plastic,
they will not get through wet newspapers.

Broken Glass
Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken glass pieces of
glass- the
fibers catch ones you can't see!

No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes

Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants
with cayenne
pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the
squirrels won't
come near it.

Easier Thank You's
When you throw a bridal/baby shower, buy a pack of thank you
cards for the
guest of honor. During the party, pass out the envelopes and have
put their address on one. When the bride/new mom sends the thank
they're all addressed!

If you purchase a new bike for your child, place their picture
inside the
handle bar before placing the grips on. if the bike is stolen and
recovered, remove the grip and there is your proof who owns the

Flexible Vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add
an empty
paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can
be bent or
flattened to get in narrow openings.

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not
have a
clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling
when wearing
panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and - voila - static is

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it
with hot
water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add
ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes
right out.

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in
the glove box
of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works
better than a

Reopening Envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include
inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an
hour or two.
It unseals easily.

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper
shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a
great way to
use up the conditioner you bought, but didn't like when you tried
it in your

Good-bye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2"
with Apple
Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well. You
will find
those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take
it "home,"
& can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so,
esp. if it
rains, but it works & you don't have the worry about pets or
small children
being harmed!

Take Baby Powder To The Beach
Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When your
ready to
leave the beach, sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder and
the sand
will slide right off your skin.

"The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what
you do. We
have been promised a safe landing, not a calm passage."
"I long to accomplish great and noble tasks; however, I accept
that my real
duty in life is to accomplish small tasks as if they were great
and noble."

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