Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I'm sure you have heard these before, but always good to hear ideas again.

1. 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, micropizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really

2. 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 off the baggy , squeeze
mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done. Easy clean up.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 but they will not get through wet newspapers.

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

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

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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

12. 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!

13. 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.

14. Conditioner - Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot
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...

15. 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

16. 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!

(Not my story, but I did do the test with the water on the lint thingy and it's true!)

17. INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS - The heating unit went out on my dryer! The
gentleman that fixes
things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show
us something.
He went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. I
always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes. He told us
again that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the
sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material -
I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. WELL...the hot
water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told
us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh and that's what burns out
the heating unit. You can't SEE the film but it's there. It's what is in the
dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free - that nice fragrance
too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well
this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also
what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down
with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long
time & to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash
it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every
six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!
How about that!?! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know
dryer sheets would do that.


Dan.Eliot said...

Easy Cooking tips:
- Shop & Chop. Dice up vegetables and other foods that need to be chopped, diced and grated, such as carrots, peppers or cheese as soon as the groceries are brought home. Preparing food on the front end allows one to have flexibility and versatility when preparing meals. Subway restaurants use this technique to make a variety of sandwiches fast. Pre-chopped foods can be combined to make different meal combinations with the same speed and efficiency of healthy fast food.
- When pre-chopping vegetables, wrap items in a white paper towel. The paper towel absorbs moisture and the vegetables last longer. Very watery items, such as tomatoes or watermelon, should never be pre-chopped.
- Modify recipes slightly to avoid having the same meal again. For instance, last night's spaghetti could become pasta primavera with a few fresh pre-chopped vegetables added to the sauce.

Healthy cooking tips

Jenn said...

Thanks for the tips! I cleaned my dryer vent tonight :) btw I met someone that knows you guys, James I think his name is? They have a boy named Elias that goes to Zion's playgroup. He said they moved out of the ward you're now in. Anyways, it was fun talking about you guys for a bit :)

Jeremy and Annisha and family said...

Brilliant! Thanks, Jamie!