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Never forget an ingredient again!

Ever baked something tasty, only to realize too late you forgot an important ingredient?

Organize all your ingedients on the counter *in the order they will be used in the recipe*. Then as you measure and add items, put the container away. If there is anything left on the counter, it's immediately apparent that you forgot it! This also helps you make sure you have all the ingredients before you start!

- Submitted by KILLASHANDRAREE 3/8/2011 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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Clean as you go...

If you fill up the sink with hot soapy water when you start cooking/baking, then drop your used (and not to be REUSED) dirty items in it as you go (such as mixer beaters, mixing bowls, measuring cups, etc.) you will have counter space left to work and your dishes will be soaked and ready for a quick wash while your food is cooking/in the oven. By the time dinner is ready, your kitchen is tidy and there's no post-dinner mess to contend with!

- Submitted by KILLASHANDRAREE 3/8/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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3 Box Rule

When you're cleaning out any space, gather 3 large boxes to put items in.

Mark them: "Keep", "Trash/Recycle", "Donate".

Everything goes into one of those three boxes until the room is clean. Once it's clean, put away the "keepers", toss the trash/recycling, and take away the donations!

- Submitted by KILLASHANDRAREE 3/8/2011 in Organization | 3 Comments
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Save time cleaning

Some items just have to "sit" before you clean. Save time by setting these all up @ the same time! Fill your kitchen sink with hot water + 1 c. chlorine bleach. Add toilet bowl cleaner to the toilet(s). Spray down the shower. Now you're free to do something else small, like sort a load of laundry or empty the trash. By the time you're done with 1 small chore (10-15 min), your sink, shower and toilet(s) are ready for a quick once-over to be sparkling! Just remember: chlorine & ammonia don't mix!

- Submitted by KILLASHANDRAREE 3/8/2011 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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Spaghetti Sauce

Instead of adding sugar to your spaghetti sauce to cut the acidity of the tomatoes, steam some carrots until they are soft, then give them a whirl in the food processor till they're smooth. They're add some sweetness to your sauce for fewer calories and more nutrition!

- Submitted by KILLASHANDRAREE 3/8/2011 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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