Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bits and Pieces

  • Want moss on your bricks? Apartment Therapy had this to say Mix up a batch of 12 oz. beer, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and a couple of clumps of moss. Paint this mixture thickly on any damp shady surface you'd like to be moss covered and the moss will slowly grow and spread.
  • Did you know that if you steam raw eggs for 10 minutes, they will always peel easy-peasy, no matter how fresh they are?
  • Should you soak that pan in hot or soak in cold water? Cooking teacher Virginia Olson reminded us that you can make glue with flour and water if you cook it. Flour? starch? on that pan, then soak it in cold water!
  • Daylight saving or UK summer time may do a number on your body but you'll always remember which way to turn those clocks with Spring Forward, Fall Behind.
  • You can cook sliced onions in a slow cooker for a goodly supply of sweet, browned onions. (plan on long slow cooking) Freeze them in batches and you have a treasure on hand. Use your food processor for the slicing and it's a quick trip from bowl to pot. Just prep all the onions first and then one at a time, plunk them into the machine to process, and quick into the crock pot with a little oil. Minimizes the eye burning that way.
  • Want to hang towels on the line but they are too stiff that way? Pop them into the dryer for 5 minutes, and they fluff up enough to dry with a nice feel. Remember not to use fabric softener which cuts down on absorbency! Ah that line smell when you dry!
  • You can make your own facial salt and sugar scrub. Tiny House has a simple recipe.
  • My son watched me give him some eyerolling when he told me this, but as he said..Laugh if you want but you'll never forget it. Righty tighty, lefty loosey. Next time you aren't sure about which way to turn the screw or knob or handle...it'll come back to you.
  • One last tip you may never need but then again You Never Know. Should you find yourself in an area of mosquitos with no repellent, but with a box of matches, you can strike a couple of matches, blow them out and swallow the cooled match heads. It's the sulfur that works as the repellent. Better to swallow them before you go out in that area. He told me this worked down on Parris Island so ...
  • 10th tip? I'm waiting to hear yours!

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