Tuesday, May 22, 2012

More Helpful Tips and Hints

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.  If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster..
(That is how  Trader Joe' s sells  theirs!)


Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!


Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.  Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.


Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.


To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonful’s of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up. (I love this  one.....but some of you like your eggs VERY dry  so caution)


For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed.  Melt  Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm  brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.


Garlic Hints
Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic,  and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.


Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. 
Simply chop them up with the food chopper.  Peel, core and slice a few apples.  Place them in a  baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!!  Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.  Yummm!


Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick 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 mixing 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 and calories per serving.



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.  Wet  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 wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.


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


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.  (Wonder if this  works with rabbits? Sure gonna give it a try)



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 ... TA DA!  ... Static is gone. 


Measuring Cups
Before you  pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with  hot water.  Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup.  Next, add your 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 cloth!


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



Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than 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 hair. 



Goodbye Fruit Flies
To  get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill  it ½” 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, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
(This I will definitely  try!!!)

 

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