Helpful Home Tips

By Shannon Gosney
In Uncategorized
August 11, 2008

I received these tips recently in an email and they are very interesting! These are some of my favorites from the list!

– 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 and 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 and then beat them up.

– 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 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.

– Reheat pizza. Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove. Set heat to medium-low and heat until warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.

– Easy Deviled Eggs. Put cooked yolks in a ziploc bag. Seal and mash until they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients and reseal the bag. Keep mashing until it is mixed thoroughly. Cut the tip of the baggy and squeeze mixture into the eggs. Just throw the bag away when done – easy clean up.

– Expanding Frosting. When you buy a container of 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.

– 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. The same is supposed to work well with cats also.

– Measuring cups. Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

– Foggy windshields. 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!

– Get rid of ants! Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it home, and can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have to worry about pets or small children being harmed!

– Info about clothes dryers! The heating unit went out on someone’s dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house told her that he wanted to show them something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean (the owner always cleaned the lint from the filter after every load of clothes). The man took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of mesh material and the water just sat on top of the mesh, not going through at all. He told them that dryer sheets cause a film over the mesh and that’s what burns the heating unit up. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what’s in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free (it’s the waxy feel when you take them out of the box and the waxy stuff builds up

I received these tips recently in an email and they are very interesting!

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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