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Refreshing wilted produce - If your fresh produce starts to wilt, here’s how you can revive it! Fill a bowl with ice and cold water, and let your produce soak in the bowl for 15-20 minutes. When you take it out it will be crisp and fresh again!

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Perfectly sliced dessert bars - My kids have a tendency to destroy pans of brownies and dessert bars when I let them serve themselves, so I’m a big fan of this method!
While preparing your mix, grease your baking pan as usual, then line it with parchment paper, leaving a couple of inches of overhang on each side. Bake your dessert as usual, and allow to cool completely. Once cool, grab the edges of the paper and pull the dessert out whole, and place on a cutting board. Much easier to slice!

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7/18/15 8:28 A

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Cutting round vegetables safely - The easiest way to handle chopping any cylinder-shaped vegetable without it rolling away is to first cut a flat surface into it (usually by slicing it lengthwise first). Then flip it so the cut side meets the cutting board, and chop as desired.


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Removing stray egg shells
If you crack an egg in to a mix and a piece of shell drops in, take one of the half shells and scoop it out! The empty half of an egg shell is the best tool to extract stubborn bits of cracked shells that have ended up in the bowl. They’re like magnets!


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7/16/15 12:22 P

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Pitting & cutting an avocado - Start by slicing into the top of the avocado down the center until you reach the pit. Then rotate the avocado around your knife, cutting the avocado in half around the pit, and separate the two halves. Carefully “whack” your blade into the pit, then twist your knife, and the pit should come free. Then slice or cube the avocado while it is still in the skin, then use a large spoon to scoop the flesh out.

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Banana Bread: For a moister and tastier banana nut bread, pour half of the batter in the baking pan, spread 1/8" - 1/4" of pineapple tidbits (drained) over the batter, then cover with remaining batter. This is especially effective for those who buy the boxed mix. The addition of the pineapples should only vary baking time by a few minutes, if at all.
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Fish or Spoiled Food Odor: Place a bowl of white vinegar on the counter for a few hours. The odor will disappear for good.

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Store onions and garlic in mesh laundry bags to keep skins off the floor or shelves and to promote air circulation.

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Heading to the beach this summer? Here’s something you’ll want to toss in your beach bag… Baby Powder!
When it comes time to leave, and you {or the kiddos} are covered in sticky sand… simply pull out the baby powder and use some to help you easily remove the sand from your skin. You’ll never head to the beach without it again! I’ve also heard that cornstarch works, too!

I would prefer the aroma of baby powder


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After a while, towels start to have a build up of softeners & laundry soap. This causes them to no longer absorb like they did when you first purchased them. You may even start noticing an odor that is not so pleasant after a while, too.

HOW TO REFRESH YOUR TOWELS
How can you refresh them once this happens? Simple solution to follow.......
Run them through a wash cycle with only hot water & 1 cup of white vinegar. Do not add soaps!
Then run them through again. This time using hot water and 1/2 cup baking soda. Again, do not use soaps!
This process will strip the residue that has built up and cause them to be fresh and practically new again. You will notice they absorb better as well.
Repeat this procedure as needed

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Food odors can be eliminated from your refrigerator by placing a small quantity of charcoal in container on top shelf.

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To stop leaks in vases or bric-a-brack, pour melted paraffin over the leaky spot and let it harden.


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HOW TO CLEAN A CRUSTY, RUSTY CAST IRON SKILLET

Materiels:
Raw potato
Kosher salt
Cooking Oil

Directions
1. Set your cast iron skillet in the sink and sprinkle a teaspoon or two of Kosher salt in the bottom.

2. Slice off the top of a raw potato. Make sure to leave enough of the potato so you can grab it easily. Use the cut end of your potato to scour the skillet, grinding the salt into any rusty or crusty spots. As you work, rinse off the skillet (and rust!) and add more salt if it requires more scrubbing.

3. Once all of the rust has vanished, dry your skillet with a clean towel.

4. If you don’t need to re-season your skillet, just add a few drops of oil to its surface. You can be a tad heavy handed with the oil, as it will mostly just absorb. Rub the oil into your skillet’s surface, that way it’s ready to go for you next cooking adventure.

CARING FOR YOUR SKILLET
Never, ever, ever wash your skillet with soap again. Don’t even let a drop near it. The soap will wear off your fresh coating of oil and it will likely make your next meal taste a tad sudsy. After you finish cooking with your skillet, immediately rinse it out to remove any burned on bits. If you need more scrubbing, let it cool, and then use salt and a coarse scrubbing pad to get rid of any burned bits. Don’t let your skillet soak for long periods of time, and never put it in the dishwasher.

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I would use the end piece. She Joy was a little girl she called it the "dead piece".


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Keep your cling film in the fridge. It is so much easier to use when cold.


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It would be alot lighter on the head.

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After you toast your bread and place it on your plate, put your knife on it immediately. It’ll warm the metal so you have no problem cutting into butter.

When the butter just came from the refrigerator I have placed the knife on top of the toaster just before toast is done warming it do there butter will spread easier..


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Make your wood shine by polishing it with a solution of two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice.

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To create perfectly natural markers, write the names of plants (using a permanent marker) on the flat faces of stones of various sizes and place them at or near the base of your plants.

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When stirring anything hot, always use a wooden spoon. It never gets hot nor does it scratch the cookware.

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Sharing what was shared with me I never have heard of this "cooler corn". Would work well for a large family gathering or church picnic.

"A Coleman cooler appears from the garage, is wiped clean, then filled with the shucked ears. Next, two kettles-full of boiling water are poured over the corn,(enough to cover
corn) close the top. Then do nothing. 30 minutes later we opened it, the corn was perfectly cooked. I'm told that the corn will remain at the perfect level of doneness for a couple of hours. Turns out, Cooler Corn is pretty well known among the outdoorsy set , it's perfect for large barbecues and way less of a mess than grilling."

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Treat Your Feet (or your loved ones feet) to a Pampering Pedicure
Soothe your feet with a milk and honey pedicure.

Heat up 3 cups of milk and 2 TBSP Honey.
Let cool until comfortably warm.
Place your feet over a large basin and pour the milk over your feet.
Soak for 10-15 minutes and pat dry.

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"Use the bottom portion of an empty 2 liter soda bottle to make flavored ice for your punch bowl. It will look like a flower."


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Use chamomile tea to control damping-off fungus, which often attacks young seedlings quite suddenly. Just add a spot of tea to the soil around the base of seedlings once a week or use it as a foliar spray.


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Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias and even blueberries. A light sprinkling of about one-quarter of an inch applied once a month will keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side.

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MOSQUITO REPELLENT


For those of you with Mosquito invasions. Here's an easy & pleasant repellent recipe you can make at home:

Combine in a 16 oz bottle:
15 drops lavender oil
3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Fill bottle with water.
Shake and ready to use.

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To prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat with a spray vegetable oil before installing it in the trimmer.

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6/14/15 1:03 A

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Turn a long-handled tool into a measuring stick! Lay a long-handled garden tool on the ground, and next to it place a tape measure. Using a permanent marker, write inch and foot marks on the handle. When you need to space plants a certain distance apart (from just an inch to several feet) you'll already have a measuring device in your hand.

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If you don't like wearing garden gloves, try this....To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you'll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can't collect beneath them. Then, after you've finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.

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To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.

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When you are doing your laundry put any underwear inside a pillowcase. It will keep all those items together and make it easier for sorting everything once it comes out the wash. Or you can buy mesh bags designed especially for this.

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When putting up curtains on small curtain rods, slip a thimble over the end of the rod. The curtain slips on in a second and no threads are pulled.

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Do Mosquitos love you?
Who Knew! Johnson's Creamy Baby Oil. I Put it on all the kids and not one mosquito bite! You could see them fly around but they never once touched them. Just thought I would let all you mommies know! Plus it smells great and has no chemicals...

from: Veronica Hioward, FB

I haven't seen a mosquito in many years, but I know they are out there. This would be worth a try. If it doesn't work what is left can be used in other ways.

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How do you clean a dirty shower head with soap scum and build up? Use vinegar (it works on the fixtures, too)

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When working with dough, don't flour your hands; coat them with olive oil to prevent sticking. Or spay a little cooking spray on them.

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HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:

Items needed:
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle

HOW:
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.

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Yummy, healthy treat! Freeze blueberries and or almonds in vanilla Greek yogurt for a healthy bark. Spread on cookie sheet, freeze he break into pieces. Use any fruit you like.

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Naturally Repair Wood With Vinegar and Canola Oil

Mix 3/4 cup of oil
1/4 cup vinegar - white or apple cider vinegar

Mix it in a jar, then rub it into the wood. You don't need to wipe it off; the wood just soaks it in.

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Here's How to pick a Watermelon:

1. Make sure it has a prominent yellow spot. This is where it sat on the ground ripening. No spot = premature pick = not ripe.

2. Look for "webbing". This is the brown, course web looking materiel. This is caused when bees pollinate the flower and scar the membranes that later forms the fruit. The more pollination = more webbing = sweeter fruit.

3. Look for black hard globs seeping out. This is sugar not insects or rotting.

AND...if you see all of the above AND tap on it and feel a "rebounce" effect, that is another telltale sign of ripe and sweetness



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Grow Your Own Pineapple Plant

Cut the top off of your fresh pineapple. Place it in a bowl of water. Set on the counter indoors. Change the water every other day in the bowl. In about 3 weeks you will start seeing roots growing from the bottom of the plant. Once you see the roots reach about 1 inch long,you are now ready to transfer the plant to a flower pot. Use miracle grow garden soil. Transplant to bigger pot as needed.

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Would be nice to use in a mud room or garage with a door to the house.

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Salt: "Kosher salt is best for cooking, while sea salt is best for the table. The taste of sea salt is more potent and the rigid shapes of the grains don't roll off your food as easily. Now that it has become more popular and more widely available, sea salt can be purchased iodized, which is recommend. When salting a dish, less is always best. As we know, you can always add more, but never take away. Less salt allows for your guests to season to their own taste, not yours."


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Soy Sauce: Use light (slightly sweeter) soy sauce for marinades and dressings; use dark (slightly heavier) soy sauce for cooking and sauces.

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Never put citrus fruits or tomatoes in the fridge. The low temperatures degrade the aroma and flavor of these persnickety fruits.

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To make deviled eggs with no mess put eggs yolks from hard boiled eggs in a plastic sandwich bag. Add remaining ingredients, close bag and mix ingredients with your hands. When finished cut small tip off corner of bag and squeeze into hollowed egg white, then simply throw away the bag.



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When cooking any kind of strawberry dessert, add a splash of aged Balsamic vinegar to the recipe to enhance the flavor of the strawberries.

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Use a new 1-1/2 inch natural bristle paintbrush dipped in melted butter or oil to grease muffin tins, cookie sheets or cake and bread pans. It's much faster than using a skimpy pastry brush.

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Here’s a simple little trick to keep your lemonade from losing it’s lip-smackin’ tang Lemonade Cubes! Simply pour your lemonade into an ice cube tray and freeze. Then when you’re ready for your next glass of lemonade, just pop in a few lemonade cubes! They’ll keep your glass chilled, but not watered down as they begin to melt!

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A little olive oil and enough sugar to make a paste make a nice facial scrub. Gently massage onto face avoiding eye area then rinse with warm water. This can also be used on hands.

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Polish faucets and more with newspaper. Newspaper ink is a terrific polishing agent that requires no water or liquid, so just crumple a piece of newspaper and rub.

They can also be polished with dryer sheets.

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Quiet squeaky doors with cucumber. Take a slice of cucumber, and rub it up and down several times all around the hinge. Have a clean cloth handy to wipe away any excess. I am not sure why it works—it just does!


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Love this idea! Cut your watermelon in half, Then cut in slices from left to right and again from top to bottom for easy bite sized strips. So easy for kids to...

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Cheese: To easily shred cheese, let sit in freezer for 30 minutes. The firmer cheese is less likely to make a melted mess on your grater. To prevent hard edges from forming on older cheese, lightly oil the outsides or rub with butter before storing.

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This one has been around for years...
Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream & Yogurt: Keep them fresher longer by storing carton in the refrigerator upside down.

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Polish faucets and more with newspaper. Newspaper ink is a terrific polishing agent that requires no water or liquid, so just crumple a piece of newspaper and rub.


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What an awesome idea! Do your little ones fall off or hang off the side of the bed? Place a pool noodle under the fitted sheet to keep them safe in. Great idea in campers and on vacations when little ones are in a strange bed

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Clean latex paint from your skin with baby oil. Gently rub baby oil anywhere on your skin that has paint. Then wash with soap and hot water.

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(I just share what I read...this is different...if one is out of tire cleaner this may be worth trying)

Clean car tires with mayonnaise. To rid your tires of tree sap and road tar, dab a bit of mayonnaise onto the marks. Leave on for 10 minutes. Wipe away residue with a clean cloth. The vinegar in the mayo acts as a natural cleaner, and the oil and eggs add shine.


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If your cake recipe calls for nuts, heat them first in the oven, then dust with flour before adding to the batter to keep them from settling to the bottom of the pan.

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How to Keep Cilantro Fresh!

When you get your cilantro home from the grocery store, here’s what you’ll do…Simply pop it into a glass filled with water. Attach the produce bag over the top, and fasten the bag to the glass with a rubber band. Store it in your fridge until ready to use. It’s weird… and it works great!



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A repeat, but some may not know this...

To keep the strawberries fresh longer in the refrigerator, use 1 Part White Vinegar to 10 Parts Water. Soak the strawberries, leaves and all in the vinegar/water mixture for a few minutes. Then drain the strawberries in a colander until they are completely dry.
Then place strawberries in an uncovered bowl in the refrigerator. The vinegar/water mixture kills any mold spores on the strawberries and keeps them fresh longer. The vinegar does not affect the taste. This also works for all kinds of berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. It really works!


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I love fluffy soap! I love the foaming suds… but not the price. DIY

What You’ll Need:

Liquid Hand Soap {Softsoap, Dial, antibacterial or other} *Don’t use the thick & creamy soaps. The clear-based soaps foam best!*
1 Empty Foaming Hand Soap Bottle {Bath & Body Works, Dial, etc.}

What You’ll Do:

Fill the Empty Foaming Soap Bottle with approx. 1 inch of your liquid hand soap
.Slowly fill the rest of the bottle with tap water. Put lid back on, and gently tip upside down & side to side to mix.
Don’t shake {it will get too sudsy ~ just trust me}

from: TheFrugalGirls


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Found this easy tip - How to Clean blinds....equal parts pf white vinegar and water, put old sock over hand and clean them.

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When tossing a salad with a basic vinaigrette, always make the vinaigrette at least 1/2 hour ahead of time and let the mixture sit to allow the flavors to marry. Pour the vinaigrette down the side of the bowl, not directly on the greens, for a more evenly dressed salad.

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Cinnamon in the Sandbox keeps the bugs away! I knew cinnamon repelled ants... but I never thought of this! Brilliant! I've also heard it will keep the cats out.

I don't know if the kids still have sandboxes or not. I remember my Grandpa filled mine with sand he got me from Florida we lived in Ohio.


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Keep wasps and bees away this Summer. Put about 10 cloves in 1/2 a lemon and set out. They do not like the scent. Cut off the ends so they sit flat.


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When separating eggs, break them into a small kitchen funnel. The whites will go through leaving the yolk intact in the funnel.

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5/4/15 7:35 A

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Try this natural BLEACH ALTERNATIVE the next time you clean, whether it be fabrics or as a general all-purpose cleaner in your kitchen or bathrooms. The acidic lemon gives it a nice cleaning boost and, of course, a fresh citrus scent.

Ingredients:
12 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
Mix ingredients. Add 2 cups per wash load or put in spray bottle and use as a household cleaner.

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5/3/15 11:53 A

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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)


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