Household Hints pg. 6


Hehe. Number 27 sounds awesome.

28: I learned this from a woman who actually knew nothing about cooking but for some reason, knew this trick and I love it.

34: Sounds like one of those depression era tricks when times were incredibly tough.


October 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . 1001 Household Hints. Leave a comment.

Household Hints pg.4

7 and 9 are great tips/reminders. You can make some killer broths this way.

11: Well, yes. Not better for us…but they certainly taste better.

13: I love stuffing meat. Flank steak, chicken breasts, pork tenderloin; all great meats to stuff and make go a little further.

15: oops. I didn’t realize some would get cut off. You just have to wait.

September 6, 2010. Tags: , , , . 1001 Household Hints. Leave a comment.

Tip o’ the Week

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Can you believe that you should actually be carrying
dental floss around with you everywhere?

Use it for:

A clothes line while traveling (in your vehicle, staying in hotels or camping).
Hang something when you have no wire. (It’s strong!)
Sew up a tear or sew on a button.
(It is especially good for denim, canvas, leather, etc.)
Use it when your fishing line breaks.
Truss a turkey. Wrap your roast.
Cut soft cheese and cakes while on a picnic.
and of course, keep those pearly whites shining!

April 18, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Tip O' the Week. Leave a comment.

Tip O’ the Week

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It’s delicious, beautiful, and aromatic.
It’s anything but plain.

Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your lounge time on the porch this summer.
Mix a tablespoon of vanilla extract with a cup of warm water.
Put it in an old spray bottle or a jar and spray or use a cotton ball to lightly coat your skin.

Soak a cotton ball in vanilla and keep it in your
refrigerator or freezer overnight.
It will help deodorize!

To deodorize your microwave, put a teaspoon of vanilla in a shallow, heat proof bowl with some water and microwave for one minute.
Leave it with the door closed for 10 minutes then remove.

To freshen a home, put a drop of vanilla on your fingertip
and wipe it onto a lightbulb (when it’s off).
When the light is turned on, it will heat slowly and reveal the scent.

Put a couple drops in your paint gallon when painting indoors to reduce the latex smell.

Use your spray mixture for the carpet
30 minutes before vacuuming.

Freshen up after being in a hot kitchen.
Spritz a bit on before serving dinner and no one will know
you broke a sweat.
(Vanilla has been used in perfumes for ages.)

March 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Cleaning tips, Cooking tips, Tip O' the Week. 2 comments.

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Onions have cells and those cells contain alliinases.
These enzymes are used as a defense mechanism when cells
are damaged and are what make your eyes water when cutting onions.

Here are some tricks to help minimize irritation:

The easiest and the only trick I ever need is to simply
cut the onion from the “growing” end leaving the root end in tact
and attached to the onion until you are finished cutting.
The root end is contains a higher concentration of these enzymes therefore,
cutting the root end off at the beginning of slicing, increases irritation.

Use a VERY sharp knife.
This will cause less cell damage.

Soak onions in ice water for 30 minutes before cutting
or store in refrigerator overnight before use.
This helps prevent the enzymes from activating.

Peel your onion under running water.

Wear goggles!

I mean, you still look pretty cute. (Thanks Mags!)

January 31, 2010. Tags: , , , . Cooking tips, Tip O' the Week. 2 comments.

Tip o’ the Week

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Never store your potatoes with your onions. The alliinases will rot the potatoes faster.
(Alliinases will be in my “Tip o’ the Week” next week!)

Slice a potato in disks and put one or two in each houseplant plagued with gnats. Every 2 days, throw away potato slices and replace with new ones. Do this for about a week and you will rid your pretty little plants and house of those pesky gnats.
(This works because they will lay their eggs [hundreds] on the potato. They will find a better spot to raise their little ones.)

Throw large chunks of potato in a soup that’s over salted. They work like a sponge. Remove potato before it’s soft.

January 24, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Cleaning tips, Cooking tips, Tip O' the Week. 2 comments.

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Microwave your lemon for 5-8 seconds before juicing or roll it on the counter several times, pressing it against your palm.
It makes it easier to squeeze and you’ll get more juice from it!

Zesting is best and easiest when your lemon is VERY chill.

When squeezing the juice from a lemon half directly into a recipe,
squeeze with the cut end against your palm and facing up to avoid dropping seeds into it.

It’s o.k. to get the juice all over your nails. In fact, it brightens them!

Fresh cut fruit will keep looking fresh longer if lightly coated in lemon juice.

Add lemon juice to your vinegar for cleaning to neutralize the smell.

Lemon juice is a degreaser!
Put lemon slices in a bowl with water and microwave it until very hot.
This will make cleaning your microwave easier.

Use lemon juice to remove lime from faucets and taps.

January 17, 2010. Tags: , , . Cleaning tips, Cooking tips, Tip O' the Week. 1 comment.

Tip o’ the Week

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Put a stick of chalk in your jewelry box to delay tarnishing,
or a few in your toolbox to prevent rust,
or a bunch in your closet to prevent mildew. Change every so often.

January 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Cleaning tips, Tip O' the Week. Leave a comment.

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