Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Hints to make your day easier............

These are hints I received in an email today and they sound really helpful.......

Reheat Pizza

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

No More Gnats

To get rid of gnats, put a glass of red wine on your counter top. The gnats will be attracted to the wine and drown.

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, and cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

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/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 reheat faster.

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.

Broken Glass

Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken glass 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 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.

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 mom sends the thank you's, they're all addressed!


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.

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.

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.

Measuring Cups

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.

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 It unseals easily.


Use your hair conditioner to 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.

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 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.


Susan P. said...

Gosh Betty, so many wonderful ideas to incorporate! I particularly love the mosquitoe one because my husband has such a terrible time with them in the summer when he walks. It gets so bad that sometimes he just can't go for the walk he loves. (I tell him it's because he smells so good:) LOL I also love the broken glass idea, how many times could I have used that!! I am going to print these out if you don't mind so I can use them for a handy reference.

Kelli said...

What wonderful ideas, Betty! I'm going to use several of them this coming week, specifically the wet newspaper one! I'm going to be digging up a small area to plant some seeds and the newspaper will be perfect for weed block! Oh, and I forget to put things in envelopes quite often, I will be sure to try to freezer trick! Thank you for the great list!

Candy said...

Hi Betty. I found your blog from Susan P's blog. Hope you dont mind me dropping by for a little visit today :) I loved the post. My favorite was the one "easier Thank yous". Im going to be using that idea from now on! Love it!
God bless,

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

Betty, thanks for sharing all of these great tips!

Susie said...

Great tips Betty! I especially loved the one of the picture inside the bike handlebars. Our grandson just got a new bike for his birthday!

Tammy said...

those are some handy tips!!
I've always reheated my leftover pizza in my toaster oven though!

RoseMary said...

What great tips. I never knew that about the safety pin and static cling. I could have used that a time or two and saved myself a little embarrassment!

HORIZON said...

I like the one for the gnats although l would be hard pressed not to drink the red wine before-lol
Bests and thanks for these great tips!

PEA said...

I love getting lists like this one with great tips for various things!! We have so many mosquitos here in the summer time, you can't even sit outside after 6 p.m...I'll have to try the dryer sheet in the pocket tip, goodness knows I've tried everything else! lol Thank you so much for sharing this with us:-) xox

Christie Belle said...

What wonderful, clever tips! I'm Karen at Kindred Haven's daughterand thought I'd scoot over for a visit! I enjoyed your site and will surely be back!

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Hello Betty...
What brilliant tips, I shall be keeping this list for future reference, they will be so useful. I like the one about the talc getting the sand off, I shall certainly use this one after walking barefoot on the beach. Thank you. Marion

weirdbunny said...

The frosting one is a great idea !!
Also the talcum powder and the sand. I hate sany feet.

Ash said...

Hi Betty,
Thanks so much for the helpful tips. We have a problem with ants during the spring and summer months. They are everywhere, we finally figured out they were coming in over the fireplace. Everyone said to try windex, we did and that worked for like 2 seconds. I will try the cornmeal.. thanks so much!

Karen said...

Hi Betty,
I'm glad you're back safe and sound. Can't wait to hear about your trip.
I love all these ideas and I will have to try the one for pizza. I don't usually like re-heated pizza.
Thank you for the sweet encouragement and prayers. Our family has definately felt them.