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Everyday Tricks a Woman Should Know

September 19th, 2009

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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.  It will stay fresh 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 spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in beat them up.

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

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!

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. 

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 will frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount of frosting. Also eating 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, 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.

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.

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…tada!…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!

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.

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, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed.

Dryer sheets cause a film over the mesh on your lint screen and that is what burns out the heating unit. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free.. You know how they 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 have the potential to burn your house down (So to keep your electric bill lower) —take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.

Coughs that keep you awake
When you ge to bed, coat the bottom of your feet with vicks vapor rub, or generic brand, and put on socks. Your coughing will immediatly stop. Something very healing about feet.

Flower beds
When making a new flower bed, you don’t need to remove the grass, just treat it with a grass killer then cover with a couple inches of black dirt. Wait about a week before planting. Not only will this save you hours of labor and back ache, but you will have a slightly raised flower bed for less money.

When marinating meats, use and 1 egg white instead of olive oil to save calories. (for 1 pounds of meat)

For all cakes and brownies, and 1/4 cup of applesauce for moisture. Vanilla and chocolate pudding work well too, depending on your tastes and what you have in the house.

When dying your hair, first color it with a temporary kit. One of those 2-4 weeks ones. Then color it with the permenant color kit. Your color wont fade at all.

For warts on hands and feet
Put duct tape on warts until they are gone, even when your sleeping, only takes a couple days.

Put vanilla yogurt on a bee sting to reduce swelling.

For a headache
Soak your feet in water with a little cinnimon in it. AND / OR Make your favorite tea adding a little marjoram, rosemary, tarragon, cinnimon and thyme to it.

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  1. Joji
    September 29th, 2009 at 16:23 | #1

    I’m going to have to try that with bananas. I never knew. Another trick my mother in law taught me was putting a teaspoon of mayonaise into the eggs when you beat them it sounds yucky but you dont get the taste of the mayo and it will fluff them up as well.

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