Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thursday Tips

Are household tips...

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 you want a stronger taste of garlic.

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. Yum!

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.

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.

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.

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 pantyhose. Place pin in seam of slacks and -- ta da!-- static is gone.

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!

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.

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.


Nancy Bristow said...

Debbie...Love these tips. One had me howling ~ what's a "slip"? I bet I haven't worn one in 30 years (snort, snort).

I swear my bananas start acquiring spots on the way home from the grocery store.

No such thing as "left-over" snicker bars:)

Great deviled egg tip.


Debbie Wallace said...

LOL, I have one half slip to my name, just in case I'm forced to dress up for some dress up event. The last time I wore it was at my daughter's wedding a year ago. The damn thing is so long I had to wear it all the way up to my boobs!

Jlynn said...

Great tips!! I don't own a slip can't remember the last time I wore one.
Love the devil egg tip I'll be using it soon.
I love B&W photos, and yes your Dad does look like Elvis.

Debbie Wallace said...

Thanks Jlynn. He was a handsome man, even when he got older.

I do own a half slip for those times I'm forced to dress up. Hate dressing up. Thankfully it's a rare occasion:)

Glad you found the tips useful.