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    Default 25 HOUSEHOLD TIPS

    Gina Morris Elliott
    Lifted from Facebook Sept. 7, 2013

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

    2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
    Ed: maybe wrap in parchment paper first?

    3. 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.

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

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

    8. 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!

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. Broken Glass
    Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

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

    16. 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.

    17. 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.

    18. 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 ... guess what! ... static is gone.

    19. 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. (Or spray the measuring cup or spoon with Pam before using)

    20. 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!

    21. Re-opening 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.

    22. 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.

    23. 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!

    24. 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!

    25. Dryer Filter
    Even if you are very diligent about cleaning the lint filter in your dryer it still may be causing you a problem. If you use dryer sheets a waxy build up could be accumulating on the filter causing your dryer to over heat. The solution to this is to clean your filter with with a toothbrush and hot soapy water every 6 months.
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    Default Re: 25 HOUSEHOLD TIPS

    I discovered #9 by accident - reheating pizza. It's better the second time around when heated this way. Though I can't remember the last time I actually had pizza!

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    #3: the three-bump pepper is thin-walled and better for frying. They don't stand up well in a dish.
    The four-bump pepper is thicker-walled and so is better for stuffing. They are square, and firmer, making a nice container for whatever you put in them.

    #4. If you are eating grass-fed, grass-finished beef, you want the fat as well. Among other things, it's high in CLA, a weight-control management nutrient.
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    That's a great tip about putting an envelope in the freezer to open back up if you forget to include something! Thanks Islander .

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    Great list of tips except for number 15. This absolutely does not work for deterring mosquitoes.

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    I must remember number 21. Now I just need to find a way to get our rural mailman to wait an hour

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    #22. Menopausal women no longer have hairy legs to shave!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post

    #4. If you are eating grass-fed, grass-finished beef, you want the fat as well. Among other things, it's high in CLA, a weight-control management nutrient.
    Agreed! Fat is a good guy, it's sugar that harms our bodies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    #22. Menopausal women no longer have hairy legs to shave!
    Speak for yourself! For some of us, this shaving nuisance never goes away. I did try the conditioner for shaving; it actually works well.

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    We're going a bit off topic here, but I gave up shaving my legs years ago. First I waxed for a few years, then bought my self an Epilady. Brilliant! Ten minutes and it's done, as often as you want, with no mess. Bonus - eventually there is very little regrowth.

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    I take issue with #10. I wash and re-use plastic bags as much as possible. Adding some vinegar to a couple drops dish liquid when washing the bags really gets grease off, and allows re-use of greasy bags.
    The only thing is I sometimes wonder if the water and soap used to wash the bags is really a good environmental balance to just tossing the bags?
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    And, P.S. if I did toss anything, it would be the egg whites, LOL.

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    Solly, egg whites are part of the whole egg, nature's most nearly perfect food! And yes, I re-use plastic ziplocs too, and can't understand the "environmental balance" question if you are doing dishes anyway. In this case, you can't re-use the bag as you have snipped a hole in the corner (unless you want to save it for the next time you make deviled eggs. I'm not that frugal!)
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    [QUOTE=Islander;62182]Solly, egg whites are part of the whole egg, nature's most nearly perfect food!

    Yes, I know, I just can't gag them down. In baked goods or recipes where they disappear, ok, but AS egg white, just can't do it. It is a whatchamacallit of mine, LOL.
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    Brownies, Snickers, and frosting???
    I agree about the meat. I try to get grass fed and the fat from that is desirable.
    I'm going to try the banana and pepper suggestions.

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    # 12 is a No Go for me. Firstly, I don't eat bread, second, there is no microwave in our kitchen. That is one appliance we will not use for cooking food. There is an old microwave hidden away in a corner of our laundry though. Its sole purpose is to heat wheat packs.

    # 13 is one we use to advantage when starting a new section of vege garden. We have couch grass and we can successfully overcome most of the problems this causes by first of all layering a thick wad of newspaper over the area for the garden followed by a good bed of straw for the carbon then layering compost, rotted horse manure, seaweed etc until there is a good growing bed. Usually it is left for a few weeks to months to settle and bed in before starting to plant in it. Lawn clippings are what I usually use for mulch for weed suppression. In a vege garden I would not use newspaper as a top mulch as I find it takes years to break down therefore the remains would be a problem when it is time to plant subsequent crops. I do use it for this purpose around permanent plants such as trees and bushes.

    Hint: a study in NZ showed that grass clippings as a mulch around carrots gave the best results at preventing infestations by carrot fly. This is what I have always used and so far I have never had a problem with carrot fly.

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