Learn how one serving of cereal looks in your bowl. There may be a line or a part of the pattern that equals one cup. Saves you time and dirty measuring cups while making sure you've got accurate portions for tracking. Do the same with your water and milk glass. Learn the 8oz mark and 16 oz spot.
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When it gets below 20 degrees and you have a crawl space under your house and no protection for your water pipes or just want to be cautious-try this: Open all your cabinet doors under sinks and let the faucets slowly drip. Put bowls under the faucets, that collects the water for later use, for watering plants, etc. We had our drains freeze once doing this, so I use the bowl method now. If the water runs over, it will go down the drain, but just check periodically and add new bowl.
When we did this & our pipes didn't freeze.
I saw a book that shows how 1963 dinner plates averaged 9" compared to today's, which are 12" wide. I found 9-inch 'Food Network' "salad" plates at Kohl's that I use for dinner plates. The smaller plates make portions look bigger. Kohl's also has 1-cup ceramic bowls and Target has 2-cup cereal bowls. Now when I put something to eat into a bowl, I know how much I have without measuring.41
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