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Good Bye Fruit Flies

A small glass 1/2 fill it with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid mix well. You will find the fruit flies are drawn to the liquid and are gone forever.

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mashed potatoes too runny?

Keep a box of instant mashed potatoes in the pantry, to add to homemade mashed potatoes, that need thickened up a little. Just add a small amount at a time 'til desired thickness.

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Easy clean up

I use parchment paper on all my cookie sheets, roasting pans/dishes, makes clean up a breeze!

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Keep Bagged Lettuce Mix Fresher

If you buy the pre-washed lettuce mixes in the bag, take it out of the bag and store it in a plastic container with a lid - it will stay fresh for longer. I guess it keeps more moisture out.

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olive oil

use olive oil in your cooking...you can get light or virgin and it wont put the taste of olives in your food like the extra virgin!!

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peeling boiled eggs easier

To peel eggs easier add a tsp. of oil to the water. Just read this in a magazine.

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Steaming,great for quick and easy cooking.

I got a steamer,its the only kitchen appliance I use every day.I cook everything in my steamer,fish,chicken and vegetables are great done in the steamer,20 minutes or less with the turn of the 'on' button and I have a lovely dinner ready.best of all its one of the healthiest ways to cook,no oil!

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Trouble Getting Your Fiber

Try adding the Benefiber or Fibersure when cooking your meals, making smoothies, spaghetti sauces, baking, your morning OJ, or whatever. No taste, not gritty and no one will know you added the extra fiber. Side effect with any fiber, gas.

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Make your own spices

Instead of buying Italian Seasoning, taco seasoning, pumpkin pie spice, make your own - you'll save money and usually a lot of sodium! SP Recipes has recipes for Italian seasoning and taco seasoning and you can also just look at what's in it and chances are you already have the spices necessary.

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Recipe binder

Once or twice a week, I search SparkRecipes and find recipes that look good. I make my list, try the recipe and if I like it, I put it in my recipe binder.

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