This is my 100th blog entry! Woo-Hoo! I know it’s been going since February, but I still am having a hard time believing that I’ve actually had that much to talk/write about 🙂 Anyway, I’ve been wanting to have a little potluck party of sorts, and what better time to celebrate than with my little mini bloggy milestone.
What do you bring to a blog potluck, you might ask? Well, those who know me well know that I am not the most organized person in the world. I’m not horrible, but I could use some help. That got me to thinking that everyone can probably use some help in that department, no matter how “together” you may be. So here’s my idea– let’s have an idea exchange… what little tricks/tips do you use to make your life a little easier? This could be anything from household to kids, automotive, beauty, etc. It doesn’t have to be an organizational tip, either, just something that others might find helpful.
I’d also like to use this as an opportunity to get to know some of my lurkers. I know you’re there– I see you in my stats, Lexington, KY. And you, too, Lees Summit, MO. Don’t be shy- I love visitors!
As incentive for all of your good ideas that I am anticipating, I would also like to mention that there will be a giveaway at the end of this post. Nothing big, but someone will be randomly selected from the comment section at 8 p.m. EST on Friday, Oct. 24th to win something festive from me. But you have to leave at least one tip. If the random number generator selects a commenter who did not leave a tip, I will keep going until it does.
So I’ll get us started. Some of my tips are my own, some I’ve adopted from other sources. Hopefully I can remember everything that’s been rattling around in my head for the past couple of days. Maybe some of you already do these things, but hopefully somebody finds them helpful.
- First, a cooking idea- my secret ingredient to give sauces a little extra zing and creaminess? Sour cream. We always have it on hand here, and added to spaghetti sauce, it’s sort of like a mock vodka cream sauce. Also, I add it to cream soups instead of milk when I’m using them for sauces for things like chicken pot pie, beef stroganoff, etc. Yummy!
- That reminds me of another secret ingredient for quick weeknight meals. What do you do when you have some leftover chicken, ham, beef, etc., but maybe not enough to make an entire meal? Make it stretch- fry it up with some onions and/or other veggies you like & throw it all in with some prepared pancake batter & shredded cheese and fry ’em up like you would regular pancakes. You can even throw in some sour cream 😉
- I’ve probably shared this before, but I’ll include it because it’s something I use all the time. Max is a great eater- he eats a wide variety of fruits & veggies, can be coaxed to eat his meat at dinner, and doesn’t have a problem with whole grain breads, etc. Wyatt, on the other hand, is quite the challenge. Apart from cucumbers and tomatoes, the boy will not eat his veggies. He does, however, like spaghetti with red sauce, so I started cooking a whole bunch of veggies in with the sauce until they’re tender, then pureé the whole thing in a blender to give him a nice little vitamin boost. I’ve added stuff like carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, peppers, squash, you name it. It’s also a great way to use up that frozen spinach nobody will eat. Just be careful with adding too many greens, because it will change the color of your red sauce to brown.
- In the past, I’ve been a big time waster, especially when I know I only have 10 minutes or so before I have to be out the door. Since I hate to clean, I’m also not the best housekeeper in the world. So I started playing this game with myself: What can I get accomplished in 10 minutes? I was amazed to find out that I could get the bathrooms wiped down, or all the beds made, or the dishwasher unloaded. If I put a time limit on myself, it not only makes me work faster, but it also makes the chore seem not so daunting.
- This is one I swiped from the DIY network. My kids are really into hard boiled eggs. I learned from DIY that if you save the water from boiling your eggs, let it cool, then use it to water your plants, they really benefit from the protein boost. I can’t verify if this really makes a big difference, but if you’re going to be watering plants anyway, why not re-use the water?
- Here’s one from the Queen of Clean I plan on using, since I’ve made several scratches in our floors lately: To repair hardwood floor scratches, simply take a crayon the color of the floor and rub it on the scratch to fill the gap. Turn a blow dryer on high, heat the area where the crayon was applied and buff with a soft cloth
- Finally, this one is a little gross, especially to bring to a potluck, but I can attest, it truly works. I learned this from angry chicken. Apparently, to get rid of a wart, you don’t need to go to the Dr. and have it burned off, dug out, etc. Just soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar & put a band aid over it every night for a week or so & it will eventually shrink & disappear. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve had one on my arm for about 5 years now…. why haven’t I gone to the doctor to just have it removed? I dunno, but I have tried several over the counter remedies, and this is the only thing that has worked. It does sting a little at first, but within a day, I could see a difference. A week later, it’s just little scab healing nicely. Sorry to gross you out, but hey, it helped me!
So, that’s all I have for now. What helpful little morsels can you bring to the potluck? I’d love to hear!