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If you need to prepare a snack for young kids in school or whatever, try this: Get some paper muffin cups (sometimes you can find themed ones), fill them with grapes, sliced-up strawberries, blueberries and/or a pinch of dried cranberries/raisins. Teachers find it much easier to share out the muffin cups than having a bunch of grubby hands reaching into a communal tray of food (particularly if there is dip). The kids like having their own little cup too.
The most "heat" in the jalapeno is in the ribs and seeds (the white bits). These parts contain the majority of the capsaicin. Clean that bit out of the pepper when preparing it for salsa or whatever. I also cover my hands, with thin produce bags or gloves, when I cut the peppers up to prevent irritating my skin. Nothing worse than touching your face or, even worse, your eyes, after cutting up a jalapeno.
Alcan has this new (?) aluminum foil that is built with a slippery side called "Slide". Best thing EVER! Sweet potato fries don't stick to it, no oil or spray needed, and clean-up is instant! And aluminum foil can be recycled. I'm going to start using it for everything I generally cook on or over a cookie sheet.
Intertrigo is the "official" name of the red/ raw looking /painful /sore /inflamed/ oozing skin condition some of us may get in our skin folds. It may appear between your tummy & legs if you have a "dunlop" there (as I do), or under your breasts, between your legs, sometimes between your toes and other places where skin may rub against skin. It can be fungal, bacterial or viral. It is worth getting it checked out by a physician. You now have the "official" term to use to tell them about it
If you have itchy ear canals (like I do!), try putting a good dollop of Polysporin Ointment with Lidocaine on the Q-tip first. The ointment base helps loosen wax, the Lidocaine deals with the sensation of itchiness and the antibiotic and lubricating action of the ointment helps prevent infections from the harsh rub of the cotton strands which can create furrows in the sensitive tissue. No one recommends using Q-tips in your ears but if you HAVE to, try it this way.
If the item you are purchasing had one price on the shelf and scans into the cash register at a different price you can point out that it is a violation of the Scanning Code of Practice. The retailer either has to give you the item for free, if it costs less than $10, or give you $10 off the item. Search for "Scanning Code of Practice" on-line to learn all the details. It helps keep stores honest if you're a smart consumer and aware of things like this.
Tried on some of the new Addition Elle stretch jeans in the "Curvy" and "Shaped" styles. They rock! I can never find jeans that don't gape at the small of my back since I have a huge butt and small waist. These jeans actually fit! I think they're a bit expensive at $49.99 but worth it.
If you're adding raisins to a bread recipe make sure you add organic raisins or check to make sure there are no sulfur products added to them as a preservative. The sulfur is an anti-fungal and will kill the yeast in your bread and your bread won't rise properly. Same goes with fruit peels.
If you get a bit too much sun, try using old, classic Noxzema to ease the discomfort. Slather it on heavily and while it is a bit stinky it will cool the burn off and hopefully you'll see some improvement by morning.