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Monday, August 18, 2008

Great Tips - Have you tried any of these?

You know how you always get all kinds of tips? You get them in emails, your mom tells you, you read them somewhere --- old wives tales.... Well anyway I found some tips that I hadn't heard before on Pinching Your Pennies.

I was wondering if any of you have tried any of these tips. Do they really work?

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have
to pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. That's how the
primates do it.

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

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 spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

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.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your 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!

To 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.

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 keeps 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.

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. 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.

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 window s fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Reopening envelope 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 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing 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 was a quote from someone else, this story did not happen to me...... INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of mesh material... I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well ... the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free... that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box .well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very longtime (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!


Queen Karana said...

I love all these tips. I'll have to try some of them.

But... LEFTOVER SNICKERS? Seriously? Those are the first things gone at our house.

Jenny said...

I saw Alyson on a walk one night with a dryer sheet hanging out of her shirt sleeve. I said what the heck is that. She said it kept the mosquitos away. so, maybe that one does do the trick.

Amy said...

I think the banana thing didn't work for me, the strings were still there. Maybe I need to try it again. These are some great tips, I will have to try some of these, thanks!!

Z's Mom said...

Wow, these are really great tips! I'm definitely going to give a few of these a try. I wish I'd known about the ant one a few months ago.

Marrdy said...

My Grandma used to wrap her cheese in foil but I never knew why. She was one smart cookie!

angie said...

I have tried many of these, but I didnt' know the seperating the banana thing. Thanks!

Sharon said...

I am hunting up a chalkboard eraser the next time I am out an about! I HATE the foggy windshield and here in TX it only gets worse if I don't have the A/C on, not that *that* happens often.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

That's a really random list! I'll need to try a few of them out :)

Kori said...

Great tips. Can't wait to try a few.

Nonna said...

Great tips!

Veggie Mom said...

All great tips, especially the one for using newspapers to keep down the weeds. I'm re-doing a garden, and will try that. Thanks!

greedygrace said...

Great tips! Thank you!

Heather said...

Brilliant!! I've tried the sour cream in the eggs secret and I couldn't tell much of a difference, but Paula Deen always does it and you know how I feel about her.

Jenn said...

That is a great list! Thanks !

Casey's trio said...

Thanks for your comment on my guest post over at Angie's place.
I hope you'll come visit my blog sometime.

I loved this list of tips...the snickers over the apples sounds too.die.for.

Sarah said...

Left over Snicker bars ??? Is there anyone out there that even has these last until halloween? not us!