From the great Gales of Ireland
Are the men that God made mad,
For all their wars are merry,
And all their songs are sad.
~ G. K. Chesterton
I get loads of email. most of it crud, spam, and other silliness. I also get email I appreciate, updates from several blogs, and so forth. Marci, my co-worker, has emailed me again with another useful message containing tips. That's right, tips!
So here you are, some useful tips that may help out.
A lot of great tips!
After drying my sheets, put both sheets and one pillowcase in
the other pillow case. Fold neatly in a square. Next time you
change sheets, you just take the one pillow case and all the sheets
and pillow case are inside. No need to look for matches.
Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the
stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust
crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel
and it really works.
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 for an easy clean up.
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/calories per serving.
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
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
Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken pieces of
glass - the fibers catch ones you can't see!
No More Mosquitoes:
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the
To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your
plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the e plant and
the squirrels won't come near it.
Easier thank you's:
When you throw a bridal/baby shower, buy a pack
of thank you cards for the guest of honor. During the party,
pass out the envelopes and have everyone put their address on one.
When the bride/new mother sends the thank you's, they're all
If you purchase a new bike for
your child, place their picture inside the handle bar before placing the
grips on. If the bike is stolen and later recovered, remove the
grip and there is your proof who owns the bike.
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.
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 -- voila
-- static is gone.
Before you pour sticky substances into a
measuring cup, fill it 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.
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!
Use your hair conditioner t o 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...
Good-bye Fruit Flies;
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it1/2" with Apple
Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well. You will find
those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
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, esp. if it rains, but it works & you
don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
Take baby powder to the beach
Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When
you're ready to leave the beach sprinkle yourself and kids with the
powder and the sand will slide right off your skin.
Now I cannot vouch for any of these, but why not give them a try? Can't hurt!