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Some more Mama should have told you (some I am going to do tomorrow)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

5. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

6. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

7. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

8. Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

9. Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

10. Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

11. Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

12. Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

13. Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

14. Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

15. No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

16. Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

17. Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

18. Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... guess what! ... static is gone.

19. 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)

20. Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

21. Re-opening envelopes
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

22. Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.

23. Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

24. Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

25. Dryer Filter
Even if you are very diligent about cleaning the lint filter in your dryer it still may be causing you a problem. If you use dryer sheets a waxy build up could be accumulating on the filter causing your dryer to over heat. The solution to this is to clean your filter with with a toothbrush and hot soapy water every 6 months.
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  • LOSER05
    1668 days ago
    What a fun and useful blog! I think I would have paid money for some of these great tips! They're that good!

    1669 days ago
    Wow! Great tips!
    1670 days ago
    1670 days ago
    AMAZING list!! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing it and have a wonderful day, my friend. emoticon
    1670 days ago
    WOW!! I need to figure out a way to save all this great info! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1670 days ago
    Thank you so much!! I love these and will use many of them!!
    1670 days ago
    Wow, lots of good info!
    1670 days ago
    1670 days ago
    Thanks for all of the wonderful information!
    1670 days ago
    Very interesting MJ! I never heard of #3 or #25-will try that-hope it gets dry enough to use in time! As far as squirrels or even rabbits have tried the cayenne-I call the ones we have from Mars...they ate the plants anyway! The newspaper around the plants under the mulch sounds genius, but roaches love to eat paper and boxes and having that around here in FL would be a nightmare! we have giant palmetto bugs who fly all over the place down here (roach family) emoticon
    #15 sounds like a winner...will take those dryer sheets in the woods with me next time...but, Florida bugs aren't even affected by some insecticides, so with my luck they will like it and swarm me! emoticon
    #24 I have heard also that sprinkling instant grits on anthills works like that and it does...have tried it myself. But, with fire ants down here-we have an insecticide that works the same way and kills the whole colony. You need it with them! Bad news!!!!
    Gee, I think I want to move back up north!!!
    Thank you .... emoticon

    P.S. Will have to try the apple cider and dishwashing detergent too for those awful little flies! I hate those! Do you know what kills horse flies and we keep it on the screen porch at all times! We have monster ones down here off and on. Put a couple drops of dish detergent in a spray bottle and spray them. The soap smothers them and it works like a charm!
    1670 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/25/2013 10:18:13 PM
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