Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I have a new Sparkfriend, Loretta24, who is posting daily household hints in March. These are some of my favorite ones so far, which I may be able to use and might help some of you. Here is Loretta's page: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LO
* Mosquitoes - take a white dinner plate, put a little water on it and a few drops of Lemon Joy. Skeeters are attracted to it, fall into it and die for some reason.
* Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces - no more stains.
*Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator - it will keep for weeks.
* Clean toilets with an alka seltzer. Drop one (or two) in the toilet. Wait 20 minutes, then flush and scrub gently.
* When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness. (never tried this)
* To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh - if it rises to the surface, throw it away. (I do this all the time, but usually not salted water. It still works.)
* Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. (does this seriously work?)
* To get rid of itch from mosquito bite: try applying soap on the area, instant relief. (never tried this)
* Ants, ants, ants everywhere... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march - see for yourself. (this works to some extent. You should see the amazing chalk lines we have had in the bathroom when ants came in the window the last couple years.)
*When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
* If you run out of anti-static dryer sheets after you take the clothes out of the dryer, run a metal coat hanger down the material, and give it a shake. This will remove the static electricity. (we don't use dryer sheets, so I'll bring a coat hanger down to the laundry to see if this works.)
* To remove onion, garlic or bleach or other odors off one's hands: Hold a stainless steel knife (not a cutting knife, more like a butter knife) under cool running water..the smell will be gone from one's hands in a matter of about 10 seconds..any stainless steel utensil will do, though.
* Wipe your dog off with a dryer sheet after you brush him/her. This helps to remove loose hairs that stay on his/her coat. It also makes your pet smell nice, too. (guess I should get some dryer sheets)
* Keep a spray bottle mix of water and a little laundry softener in it on hand to spritz a cloth to dampen it. Use it to wipe dog hairs off of yourself after brushing your pet. You can also spritz it on your pets rugs (or your furniture) before you sweep them. This really helps get the dog hairs off. (sounds cool, we just don't use laundry softener)
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Here is the cake I made for my husband's birthday. It is a good thing I took a picture. The sugar deliquesced (melted and liquified) and was absorbed into the cake and was nearly erased entirely. I was so glad I had a picture to show him what had been there.. Not just an empty middle.. The frosting name and stars were still there, but the whole center was plain chocolate. Good cake. Much lower fat without the thick frosting. The middle is plain Polaner All-Fruit Preserves of seedless strawberry with added fiber.
My son refused to take his blood glucose test this morning and did not get to have any cake. This was the last straw after losing tv time and computer time and then the chocolate milk for not cooperating. Major tantrums and meltdowns. He was 15 minutes late to school and I was 25 minutes late to my class because of this. In the last two tests he's had the levels have been pretty low- 52 one day and 80 the next, so it's important that I get the test done, but it's been sooooo traumatic and almost impossible. Today it was impossible.
This morning he also stole an ancient package of cake fondant which was all hard and had chipped it into pieces on the floor and under the coffee table. Plus he had a bowl of the all-fruit strawberry jam for breakfast and a glass of choc. milk. Later after not getting the cake, he took a nap. I was really sick with a stomach bug and had to rest. While I was sleeping he took out the ice cream and the popsicles and had some of each, and left them melting under the coffee table.
I was awakened from a very very deep sleep by the doorbell - three times, (I had sleep paralysis) and then my neighbor came inside calling for me. I managed to get up, but was dizzy and in a daze from deep sleep. I asked where was Nicholas. She said a man up the street found him riding on his bike alone and brought him home, but that I hadn't answered the door (he knocked). I didn't even hear it! So I explained to neighbor that I was sick and napping and that he'd been napping when I went to bed. She asked what I needed and I said just more time. She agreed to take him about another hour. Well, she kept him about half an hour, but it was enough for me to get up and be a bit more alert.
He is grounded from his bike for a week.
Here is a picture of him on his bike from YESTERDAY when we got it out and he had a nice ride while I was walking.
When he came home I just held him tight and told him how much I loved him and how grateful I was that it was the neighbor telling me he'd been off biking and not the police calling to say my son was hit by a car. Whew! This boy is so independent.. such a challenge!
Here is me from about noontime:
yes, I felt as good as I looked. Yucky!
I tried so hard to smile for you guys.. That's the best I could do.
I am feeling worlds better now.. for some reason, though clearly not all better yet.
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