Home-life Tips

Home-life Tips ~ Kitchen Tricks

Making the task a little easier, with a dozen, clever tips.

We've all got little hints, tips and wisdom's that each of us has garnered through the years to make those things we do at home a little more organized, easier on ourselves, and sometimes just making tasks a little more fun.

So, we thought we'd share with you some of ours.

We hope you're able to utilize a few!

1. You can hull strawberries easily using a straw.

Place a straw at the pointed end of the strawberry and push towards and through the hull.

Works like a charm!

2. Did you know that rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.

3. Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.

Cut the apple as you normally would and then secure entire cut apple with a rubber band.

I really like this next home-life tip.

4. Tidying your linen cupboard by storing your bedlinen sets inside one of their matching pillowcases and there won't be any more rifling through the piles for a match.

5. Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a nylon stocking over your vacuum hose.

Just remember to secure the nylon with a rubber band tightly.

6. Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels and this will make your home-life much more organized.

Those little plastic tags are perfect for this.

Just mark the tags (T.V., DVD, PVR, etc.) with a thin, felt-tipped marker.

This is great for entertainment centers and computer areas.

7. Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, it's so much more fun and easier for kids to eat.

8. Make your home-life healthier by microwaving your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag.

Highly recommended because it's much healthier and cheaper than the store-bought, microwaveable stuff.

9. Space-saver: install a tension rod where you currently store your spray bottles and hang them by their handles.

I think it's a brilliant idea!

10. Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburns or any kind of burn.

11. Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

Take old gutters and secure them horizontally to an outside wall, fill with planting soil and your ready to grow your favorite herbs, vegetables, flowers, etc.

You can even secure the gutters one over another with a foot of space between, so that an entire wall becomes your garden.

12. Revitalize your CD's or DVD's with a banana.

If your CD's are skipping try rubbing the waxy interior of the peel all around the disk's surface.

Clean it well with water, polish with a soft cloth, and let it dry.

The scratched disk will be good as new after the banana treatment.

It does make some sense as that waxy stuff on the peel is pretty slippery.

13. Have a smelly cleaning sponge or rag?

It seems that no matter what we do, the smell keeps coming back.

Try the sun.

After a week outside on my porch, I brought the shriveled up sponge back into the kitchen, wet it, and leaned in for a wary sniff.

Wow, it was odor free!

But I'd been fooled before, so I used it for a week, and each day checked again to see if the smell came back.

Lo and behold the odoriferous aroma was gone.

14. Cleaning your flat-panel computer or television screen.

Try water, vinegar and a microfiber cloth.

At first, this didn't seem to cut the grease, but once I buffed it out, this combo really worked.

For a low-budget, home-life solution, and a product you might already have on hand, this does an admirable job.

And it's significantly less expensive that products on the market.

Mix together, no more than equal parts vinegar to water

15. Last but not least, make home-life fun by turning your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top of the cups and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream.

Ingredients:

2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 c. granulated sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. No Color Almond Extract

Makes;

12 bowls.

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Spray the outside of each cavity of muffin tin with vegetable pan spray.

In medium bowl, combine flour and salt.

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Beat in egg and extracts.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture, 1 c. at a time, mixing after each addition.

Roll out dough on generously-floured surface to 1/8 in. thickness.

Cut 4-1/2 in. circles from dough..

Drape one circle over each cavity of pan, pressing to form smooth surface.

Bake 11-13 minutes or until cookie cups are firm and golden brown.

Leave and cool on pan, on a cooling rack 10 minutes.

Loosen bottom edges of cookies from pan using small spatula.

Carefully remove cups from pan and cool completely.

Wash, dry and spray pan; repeat with remaining dough.

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