Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jar Opening



Use rubber bands to help open a jar easily:
place one around the jar lid and another around the middle of the glass.
The rubber provides friction to prevent your hands from slipping.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Chopping Board


To clean a wooden chopping board, sprinkle on a handful of Kosher salt
and rub with half a lemon.
Rinse with clean water and dry to ensure it is clean and germ-free.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Good Egg, Bad Egg


To tell if eggs are fresh, immerse them in a bowl of water.
Fresh eggs will lie on the bottom, while stale eggs will float to the surface.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Clear Ice



Water straight from the tap becomes cloudy when frozen.
To make ice cubes crystal clear, allow a kettle of boiled water to cool slightly
and use this to fill your ice cube trays.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stuffed Peppers



Use a large muffin tin to cook stuffed peppers in the oven
- it will help keep them upright.

This is a really smart idea!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Potato Budding


To prevent potatoes budding, add an apple in the bag.

This one I'm not so sure of.  I feel you would have to keep changing the apple so it doesn't rot and cause the potatoes to do the same.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Boiled Eggs



Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs
to make the shells incredibly easy to peel off.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My Beloved Friend - Dusty



It hurts me so to place my best friend, Dusty's picture on my Memorial Site, but I lost her today - 4/15/2015 - and will be lost without her.  Had it not been for Dusty I would have never published my 1st cookbook.  We had some wonderful times together and some wonderful laughs.  Boy am I going to miss her!  I know you're up there watching out for me in Heaven as you did here on Earth.  I love you my beautiful friend.

Pet Hair



Remove pet hair from furniture and carpets with a squeegee

If your dog is like mine, he really sheds and I found that this does work.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Watering Can



Create a thrifty watering can by puncturing holes in the top of a used milk bottle.
GOOD ONE

Just in time for the upcoming planting season!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Slicing Cherry Tomatoes

A friend sent me some really neat tips that I'll be passing along over the next couple of weeks.  Here is the 1st.




The simplest way to slice a bunch of cherry tomatoes  is to sandwich them between two plastic lids and run a long knife through all of them at once!
This might work on GRAPES also!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

'Unsticky' Lasagna Noodles



It really irritates me when I'm making lasagna and the noodles stick together and tear when I try to pull them apart.  I finally found a simple way to prevent this from happening.

Boil your noodles until they are almost done, I think they call it al dente.  Drain off the water and rinse with cold water.  Fill a baking dish, like the one in the picture, half full with cold water.  Add the noodles one at a time and set aside until you're ready to use.  Make sure the water covers the final layer of noodles.

This works great.  I was able to pick up each noodle from the pan and place them in the baking dish without tearing even one!  That is a 1st for me.  You may have your own way of accomplishing this little task but this one works for me.