1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you
leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay
fresh much longer and not mold!
3. 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.
4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull
the grease away from the meat while cooking.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of
garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of
8. 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. Yummm!
9. Reheat Pizza Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick 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.
10. 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.
11. Expanding Frosting 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 and calories per serving.
12. 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 reheat faster.
13. 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
14. Broken Glass Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small
shards of glass you can't see easily.
15. No More Mosquitoes Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep
the mosquitoes away.
16. 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.
17. Flexible vacuum 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.
18. 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 ... guess what! ... static is gone.
19. Measuring Cups Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring
cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup.
Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily
it comes right out. (Or spray the measuring cup or spoon with Pam before
20. 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!
21. Re-opening envelopes 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.
22. Conditioner 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.
23. Goodbye Fruit Flies To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small
glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing
liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone
24. 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, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the
worry about pets or small children being harmed! 25. Dryer Filter Even
if you are very diligent about cleaning the lint filter in your dryer it
still may be causing you a problem. If you use dryer sheets a waxy build
up could be accumulating on the filter causing your dryer to over heat.
The solution to this is to clean your filter with with a toothbrush and
hot soapy water every 6 months

tom wyckoff
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