Friday, September 15, 2006

Best Tips- EV-AH!!

My very sweet (and talented and beautiful and amazing, and all that other stuff!!!) sister-in-law Ginny shared these AWESOME tips with me so I thought I'd pass them along!! So easy and practical- my kind of thing!

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. Seen 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/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- When putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers and put in 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 dry cotton ball to pick up little broken glass pieces of glass. The fibers catch the ones you can't see.

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.

MINE- If you purchase a new bike for your child, place a photo 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 as to 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 pin in seam of slacks and - voila - 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? 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 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. Voila! It unseals easily.

Conditioner- Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot 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 and 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!

Get Rid of Ants- Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it "home," and 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.

Take Baby Powder to the Beach- Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When you're ready to leave the beach, sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder and the sand will slide right off your skin.

For the first time today, feels like FALL may actually be in the air- WOO HOO!

Happy Friday and
Much Love,


Zach said...

We need the ant one =]

It is starting to feel like fall here to.
Yesterdays low was about 60!
Love you hope all is well.

Tammy said...

Wow, Jennifer! Those are all great tips! Thank you so much!

Angie said...

Great tips! I am definitely going to try many of those!

Grafted Branch said...

What great tips! I love the idea for the deviled eggs especially.

I came here from Rocks In My Dryer's 9/11 link list, but found this instead. I don't mind one bit. This was fun. Thanks for posting.

Aunt Gigi said...

Jennifer, thanks for posting the "tips" I sent, and for the compliments! I love your blog! Kiss the babies and my brother. =)

Big Mama said...

Well you are a wealth of valuable information! I'm filing all of these away, especially baby powder at the beach.

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

I like that deviled egg trick! Who would have thought it?

Paula said...

Great tips!! Thank you.

Wendy said...

Good tips. Thanks.