Have leftover baked potatoes? Here’s a great hint to transform them into a tasty, crunchy appetizer:
1. Scrape out all the flesh and brush the remaining skins with olive oil. Cut skins into ½-inch wide strips.
2. Sprinkle with cumin or chili power or cayenne pepper or a bit of grated Parmesan cheese.
3. Bake at 400 degrees for around 10 minutes. They should be crispy.
When you bring fresh veggies home from the supermarket, put them in the refrigerator crisper right away. They should last about a week. Here’s what else you should do:
1. Don’t wash veggies until you are ready to use them because excess moisture will create spoilage.
2. Put a dry sponge or several paper towels in the bottom of the crisper. It will absorb moisture and help to preserve them too.
If you are taking a vacation to a theme or national park, a big city or an organized tour, you will want to be sure your family is safe. Some families wear similar colored T-shirts or baseball caps so they can easily find each other. Here’s another safety hint:
When you leave the motel or hotel to start your day, use your cellphone to take a snapshot of all family members and send it to each family member’s cellphone so if a family member gets separated or lost, the picture can be shown to guards or authorities, if needed.
With waffles being so popular today (particularly with chicken), you can enjoy them frequently for dinner, lunch or brunch at home! Here’s what you should do to get the best results.
1. Season a new waffle iron before using. Grease with vegetable shortening and then preheat. Wipe completely with a paper towel before pouring batter.
2.Grease will accumulate on the grids. To remove, soak a paper towel with just a little glug of ammonia and place over the grids and leave overnight. (Unplugged of course!)
3. In the morning, scrub and rinse well, dry and they will be clean!
4. Batter will turn out better if you let it to stand for 5 to 10 minutes before putting onto the grids.
If you see ants marching across the counters, they have found a happy spot. They love to munch on food that’s been left out. Here’s what to do to prevent them from returning.
1. Clean all the work surfaces and counters. Remove all crumbs and food tidbits.
2. DO NOT leave food out overnight. Instead, store in the refrigerator or in containers with sealed lids.
3. Wash the floors often to be sure there’s no delicious debris for ants to dine on.
4. Vinegar deters ants, so wipe down safe surfaces with some white/apple cider vinegar, especially at night when done with dinner.
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This is a deadly gas that has no odor that can accumulate in homes. Here’s what you should do to protect your family and yourself from it:
1. Explain to each family member what this is so they understand. There is NO odor.
2. Place carbon monoxide detectors on the walls near each bedroom in your home and elsewhere. Check the batteries to be sure they are working.
3. If you suddenly have headaches, disorientation or dizziness and it goes away when you leave the house, this could be a sign of carbon-monoxide poisoning. Get out of the house ASAP and call the fire department.
Roaches can easily get into your home. Here’s a non-toxic approach to help get rid of them. Create this tasty, but deadly, treat for them:
Mix equal amounts of boric acid powder with one of the following: flour, cornmeal or sugar. Sprinkle this over infested areas. Roaches will walk through this, and then eat it when they clean their feelers and legs. The boric acid powder will render them dead over time. Don’t let pets or small children come in contact with this mixture. Do use caution.
When doing routine household cleaning, don’t forget to check out how dirty the landlines or cell phones are. They need to be cleaned. Here’s how:
1. To get rid of smudges, makeup or dirt, spritz an all-purpose on a paper towel and wipe over the dirtiest areas. Do not spray cleaners directly onto the phone.
2. For a fast clean, use prepackaged wet towelettes to clean.
3. Don’t forget the cord!
If you have steps going down to your basement and the lighting is poor, here’s how you can remedy it before there‘s an accident.
1. Paint bright, fluorescent/luminous stripes on the stairs or walls going into the basement.
2. Put reflectors or colored tape on garbage cans or storage boxes.
3. Place stick-on lights everywhere you need them.
These curtains can get dusty from hanging in a busy room with lots of traffic. Here’s an easy hint to clean them:
1. Wash them according to the care label.
2. Then, dissolve a cup of Epsom salt in hot water.
3. Dip the sheers in the solutions.
4. Hang in the shower to dry. Then you won’t have to iron them.