Spreading Good News (Part 258 – Did You Know?)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS!!

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THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “LINE OF SERENITY”

Lena Sledge of Madison, Alabama, says, “What a wonderful book that shows the many lights of wisdom that stem from Mrs. Fields and those who’ve made an impact on her life and the lives of those around her.  This book is astounding, full of rich history and insight into the workings and foundation of a loving family.  Truly a great book that is sure to please anyone who reads it.”

Read the preview for Line of Serenity and order today at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.

 

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TODAY’S QUOTE

SHORT IS THE JOY THAT GUILTY PLEASURE BRINGS.

~ Euripides (484 BC – 406 BC)

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TODAY’S BLOG

DID YOU KNOW?


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.
They will stay fresher 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.  It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich, add a couple of spoons of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in them and then beat them up.

For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed.  Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies.  Let it set for a wonderful minty frosting.

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 garlic.

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!

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.  This was on the cooking channel, and it really works.

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 eggs.  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 and 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, but they will not get through wet newspapers.

Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.

To Get Rid of 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.

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 … ta da! … static is gone.

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.

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.  Viola! It unseals easily.

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.

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 forever!

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of corn meal where you see ants.  They eat it, take it home, but they 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 my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material … I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well, the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free… nice fragrance too.  You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box … well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your  dryer working for a very long time  (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to  take that filter out and wash it with hot  soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other  brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that?!  Learn something new every day! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I’d share!

~ Unknown

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~ Joyce Fields

 

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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One Response to Spreading Good News (Part 258 – Did You Know?)

  1. Lena says:

    Great tricks and tips for cooking. I really like the one about bananas, brownies and snickers. I might just try the snickers tips this weekend. Thanks for the tips.

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