Tips

I know these have been around for a while, but my mom sent to them to me recently, &  I had never heard some of them before.  My apologies, I don’t know who the original author is, otherwise I would give credit where credit is due.  We haven’t tried all of these, but I can say that in our house, we’re big fans of the cream cheese/sour cream in scrambled eggs…

  • Peel a banana from the bottom and you won’t have to pick the little “stringy things” off of it. That’s how the primates do it.
  • Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
  • Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
  • 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.
  • Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simple 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.  (Leftover snickers bars do not exist in our house!)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Broken Glass–  Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.
  • No More Mosquitoes–  Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 — ta da! — static is gone.
  • 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.
  • Foggy Windshield?  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!
  • Reopening envelope–  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.
  • 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!
  • 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 & you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
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10 Responses

  1. I knew a Pepper. She had two bumps.

  2. Better than three, I guess! 🙂

  3. Great list! I will have to use some of those, especially the egg one and the ant one.
    Michelle

  4. Very helpul tips.

  5. Thanks for the tips!
    By the way, I love your blog.

  6. That fruit fly tip is great! thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for the tips. I printed them out for handy use. Btw. I did the browines with the Andes candy topping for Christmas! I thought that I had made it up myself. Haha. I guess somebody else beat me to it, lol.

  8. I have a few I want to try…thanks.

  9. You know, “how the primates do it” is advice for a lot of things. Just sayin’…..

  10. Regular cinnamon is poisonous to ants, yet not harmful to humans and pets, if you sprinkle it near the areas where you have ants, or heck right on the ant beds.

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