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A friend of mine forwarded this to me today and there seems to be a lot of good tips.  I figured I’d pass this along!

Do you have other household tips to share??

  • 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 get moldy.
  • 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 make scrambled eggs or omelets really rich, add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream, then beat them up and cook as usual.
  • For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in a double boiler 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.
  • Use mini snickers bars to 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!
Reheating Pizza
Reheat 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, re-seal, 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.

Extending 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 but 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 them with cayenne pepper (the plants, not the squirrels). 😉 The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it. (We found this works for deer as well to keep them out of our roses. Put some cayenne pepper in an old nylon stocking and tie the stocking to the rose bush. Saved the rose buds and we had beautiful roses last summer.)

Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or from 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 into 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. Voila! 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 way 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!

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS:
The heating unit went out on my dryer. The gentleman that fixes things around the house 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 of 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 a 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 and 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. He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (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. That preserves the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?! Learn something new every day! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I’d share!

Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it…the water ran right through the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!

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I think we all have things in life that drive us crazy!  Pet peeves we’d rather live without….
As I write this I thought about the Festivus tradition of

Airing of Grievances
The celebration of Festivus begins with the “Airing of Grievances,” which takes place immediately after the Festivus dinner has been served.  It consists of lashing out at others and the world about how one has been disappointed in the past year.

From the Seinfeld episode:

Frank Costanza: “And at the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year!”
Frank Costanza: “The tradition of Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you’re gonna hear about it. You, Kruger. My son tells me your company STINKS!”

I view grievances and gripes not only as ways I’ve been disappointed but also as things that have annoyed and pissed me off.  So here are a few of my gripes:

People who ride in the fast lane and don’t move out of the way.
Left Lane Drivers of America

People who have parties at their home but have no parking and you end up parking 4 blocks away.

People who start dating someone new and stop calling their friends.

Wait staff who are annoyed when they get a shitty tip when all they did was take my order?  (Which was screwed up by the way.)  Tips are earned, you’re lucky to have gotten one at all.

People who push their cart down the middle of the grocery aisle when they see you’re coming the other direction and STILL don’t move out of the way!

People who don’t hold the door for the person behind them.  If they’re within 3 steps that door should be held.  This is especially important if the person is on crutches, pushing a baby carriage, or pushing someone in a wheelchair.  Let’s show some courtesy!!

People who make strangers “the bad guy” — “You’d better stop crying or that mean lady over there will make you leave.”
Sorry lady, I’m not a “mean lady” but you ARE a bad parent.  Tell your kid to stop their tantrum because it’s not appropriate in public.  PERIOD.  Better yet, teach your kid that tantrums are unacceptable behavior in the first place.

People who leave their brats unsupervised.  – Watch your kids.  If you can’t handle it, hire a babysitter and leave them home.

People who let their kids run up to strange dogs to pet them, etc. – Most of you know that Michael & I have a small dog.  You wouldn’t believe how many parents just let their kids run up to us to pet her.  Just because she’s small doesn’t mean she won’t bite you.  Granted, our dog doesn’t bite, but a stranger doesn’t know that.  Parents should learn to ask permission before allowing their children to approach a strange dog big or small.  They should also teach them to touch the body of the dog as many dogs don’t like to be pet on the head by strangers.

People who leave their pets in parked cars in the hot or cold weather.  I can’t be held responsible for your poor dog parenting.  Don’t be shocked to find my ice tea poured through the sliver you left the window open (as if that helps) for your dog and it gets all over your light gray seats.  I won’t be feeling bad.  I’ve been known to call the police on your sorry ass.

Groups of people who walk  3-4 wide in the mall who won’t step aside when they see there are other people walking toward them.

People who spend 20 minutes in the ATM lane searching for their card and balancing their checkbook.  When I blow my horn at you do NOT flip me off.

Don’t pull my hair and ask me if it’s real.  WTF?  Seriously?
What if it wasn’t and you pulled off a wig?  What would you say then?

Ugh, I get stressed just thinking about these things.

Deep breath!

Now that I’ve got them off my chest, what are your grips?

** I got the idea for this blog from “Nobody Cares What You Had For Lunch” by Margaret Mason **

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