To see whether your eggs are fresh, place them in a tall water container. If the egg rises off the bottom, it is not safe to eat.
Treating New Clothes
When you get a new dark or bright garment, try this tip. Add 1/2-cup salt to a sinkful or bucketful of cold water. Stir to dissolve. Place your garment in the solution for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash. This will set the color.
Gail in Houston
Stinky Vacuum Solution
I have a fairly cheap vacuum cleaner and have found that at times, while vacuuming, it smells of dust, even when I have just changed the bag. I’ve also been told not to use those powder carpet fresheners because they damage the vacuum cleaner’s motor. My solution? I place a fresh dryer sheet into the vacuum cleaner bag, and it deodorizes while I vacuum! When it starts smelling like dust again and the bag is not full, I simply place another dryer sheet into the bag. It works great and makes no additional mess!
Softening Dried Beans
I make black beans once every three or four months. I soak about a pound in a slow cooker overnight, drain, cover with water again, and then turn them to cook on low for eight to ten hours. After nine hours or so, the beans are tender, and I drain, bag, and freeze them. It works for me.
Natural Ant Repellant
I have found that getting rid of ants can be easy! Ants and other insects hate the smell of citrus. When I peel oranges, I leave the peels out on the counter to dry. Then I put them in a mesh bag hanging in my cupboard, so they stay crisp and dry. I put a few of them out on the counter anywhere we tend to spill sugar. I have had ants in the past but not since starting this!
Model’s Blush Trick
I learned this trick from a friend, who was a former model. Instead of buying cheek blush, mark each cheek lightly with your lipstick and then rub it into your cheeks. Not only is this cheaper than having to buy cheek blush, but also you always have a lipstick with you. Your lips and cheeks will be perfectly colored matched.
Creating Canned Goods Storage Space
I found a great way to store canned goods. Find an old dresser drawer or cut down a box, so that it’s only about six inches high. Put canned goods in and date them. For instance, an item bought in January of 2013 should be marked “13.” Likewise, an item bought in February of 2013 should be labeled “23.” Also, mark the date on top of the can.
Put canned goods under the bed. You can get a lot of boxes under the bed. If you use a dust ruffle, no one will ever notice your stash. Put the oldest cans in front, so you can get to them. It works great!
Love My Pressure Cooker
I use a pressure cooker during the winter months. It makes great “comfort food” meals. Because I season the meat to my liking, I get tender meat with good gravy in a short amount of time. The three meals that I make the most are basic round steak, chicken, and pork steak.
I have three children. One will eat anything and the other two are extremely picky eaters, but all three will eat meals prepared in this manner.
Quick Party Decorations
Lately, it seems I’ve been hosting little gatherings at my home more frequently. Since many of these are fun holiday events for my three young nieces or gatherings for my teenage daughter and her friends, a fair amount of festive decorating is needed to set the mood.
Instead of having to tape so many items up around the room for each gathering, I attached a small hook to opposite sides of my dining room that a cord can be stretched between. This cord can be fishing line, curling ribbon, clothesline, etc. The cord runs the length of my dining room table directly over it. Now, to decorate for each event, I buy themed decorations and tie them to the cord over the table. Curling ribbon the color of the items I am hanging looks very pretty because I can curl the tops of the ribbons over each item I hang.
The Project Cart
I live in a small home where space is at a premium. I do a lot of knitting and crocheting, and my area to do this is in the living room. My living room was always messy when I was doing a large craft, and I hated to pick it up and put it away every day.
So, I decided to purchase a rolling dorm closet for $30 and put hooks, rulers, etc. in the shoe holders (I use clear plastic bottles that I cut to fit). On the hamper side, I store the yarn I’m currently using. I hang up project bags on the rod, using small hangers. I have a square basin to put scraps of yarn to save for other projects. The bottom shelving has a notebook with projects I want to do soon. There is space for a lot of items. I purchased a $5 black sheet, and it goes over the rolling cart that gets put away each night. My cat loves to sit on my lap, and I have everything in reach and don’t have to move her.
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