Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Helpful Hints

I received these in email, and I cannot vouch for their effectiveness, but they sound good.

Reheat Pizza

Heat up 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.
Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients and 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/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.
Broken Glass

Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken glass pieces of glass. The fibers catch ones you can't see!
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.
Bike owner

If you purchase a new bike for your child, place their picture inside the handle bar before placing the grips on. If the bike is stolen and later recovered, remove the grip and there is your proof of who owns the bike.


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 a pin in seam of slacks and the static is gone.
Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
Foggy Windshield

Do you 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! It 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. It unseals easily.

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth.


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 dishwashing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Take baby powder to the beach

Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When you are ready to leave the beach sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder and the sand will slide right off your skin.


PI said...

Those are really excellent tips - most of which I didn't know. I wonder if Her Majesty wears a safety pin in her dress. I know she has weighted hems so her dress doesn't blow up and reveal the Royal pins.(legs that is.)

Seamus said...

the cayenne pepper one reminded me that we use to use ground habanero pepper mixed in the hull paint for the sail boat - barnacles hate it! LOL

Shephard said...

Brilliant suggestions...
I esp. love the bike handle suggestion.

trinamick said...

Great suggestions. I may just have to give them a try.

Sue said...

The cayenne pepper one looks worth a try! Squirrels destroy our fruits and veggies!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

These all sound wonderful!!! We are just trying something in my garden Judy...It's not good for me to be surriunded in any way by toxic chemical smells..Bad for the lungs..So we gaven't been using anything to get rid of the Aphids and the Mealy bugs, till I found this very interesting stuff on the Net.
It's called Garlic Barrier...and it comes in a liquid which is then cut with water and put in a spray bottle...and then the plants are sprayed....We just did it this past Saturday....if it works, which I pray it will, I sure don't mind smelling Garlic, you know? (lol)

Greg Finnegan said...

Judy, every one of them is a keeper!

I heard an article on NPR the other day about elephants taking over whole farms in Africa, to graze on the crops. The solution has been to plant red peppers around the crops. The elephants have a sense of smell 20 times more sensitive than ours, so they detect the peppers much sooner than we would. The entire inner surface of the trunk is mucous membranes, so a little bit of capsaicin (the "hot" oil in peppers) drives Jumbo crazy. So, the crops are saved and the elephants are not killed.

Malinda777 said...

I can't wait to test the safety pin theory. I HATE static cling!!!

srp said...

I hope Vicki comes by and reads the one about fruit flies.... Wahhahahahaha. My pumpkin patch has them but I'm afraid they might actually be helpful so I've left them alone.

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna try the chalkboard erasor to demist my windscreen Judy... oh, wait we are just coming into summer and I will have forgotten it by the time I next have the problem.. drat!!

ET said...

great advice!
I found out in my single days years ago that warmed pizza is great for breakfast, but now I can't even think of it for breakfast without frowning.

Gerbera Daisy said...

Great hints!!! I can't wait to warm my pizza in a skillet. I don't like it in the microwave. I would rather have it cold than in the microwave.

Maverick said...

Hmm...unless you're using Nexxus conditioner to shave your legs, in which case shaving cream is probably cheaper.

Of course I use $0.59 Suave so I think I'm good to go!

mar said...

Thanks for the tips, I specially like the cotton ball for broken glasses!

Jamie Dawn said...

The deviled eggs and the eraser for foggy windshield are ones I will try for sure. I HATE it when my windshield fogs up.