Holidays NOW Surround Us!
The year is almost gone!! We enjoyed Thanksgiving the best way we could in this strange year we are living through. Now we are pressing on toward Christmas, and it is also going to be different from past years. So I thought, ok, let’s just have a little relief from “stuff” that is going on, so I dug into my archived files and came up with this one from a few years ago. So relax and enjoy some helpful, quick, easy, and cheap household hints to help us through the holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
New Holiday Dessert
This is so easy and delicious, you should try it for instant success!
One Angel Food Cake Mix, and one 15 or 16 oz can of crushed pineapple, that’s all! Fold them together until the lumps are gone. Don’t overmix it. Bake according to the directions on the cake mix box to bake in a tube pan or bundt cake pan. Yummy with a side of whipped cream or ice cream! Or, try pineapple sherbet on the side!
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.
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.
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 separate 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.
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.
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 notes, 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.
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 hose. 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.
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.
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!
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. Voila! 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…
Good-Bye 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 cornmeal 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, esp. if it rains, but it works, and 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.