Most of us can use some help in getting everything in our households organized. We tend to accumulate too much stuff and dealing with it can just be overwhelming. Here’s my 5-Point Control Plan, which can make it easier.
1. FILE IT: Deal with bills, paper work or coupons that should be sorted and then filed.
2. FORWARD IT: Put items and stuff that are not in the right place, back into the correct spot.
3. FIX IT: Collect everything that needs to be repaired or fixed and do it.
4. FILL IT IN: Gather all the forms you have, such as bills, insurance and complete them.
5. FORGET ABOUT IT: If certain items or objects are not being used or aren’t important, toss them out or donate to a charity.
Try this easy Mayonnaise Method, which will keep the whole turkey moist and create a lovely golden-color skin. Here’s how.
1. Rub the turkey completely with REAL mayonnaise before cooking.
2. Put an aluminum foil tent over it and bake at 325F for the appropriate time for the size of the turkey.
3. Remove the tent during the last 20 to 30 minutes, so the skin will roast to a golden brown. You can also “cheat” a little by sprinkling a little paprika over the turkey and rubbing it around!
You may love baking using glass cookware, but you do have to be careful when you clean these types of dishes. Here’s how to clean and make them last longer.
* Never scrub glass cookware with an abrasive cleaner or steel wool pad because it can weaken the glass, causing it to crack. This can happen especially if you use glass cookware at extremely high temperatures and use it a lot. So, do be careful and keep this in mind if you buy bake ware at garage sales.
If you are going to use Brazil nuts in cooking, you are going to have to crack the shell. And it’s one tough nut to crack, but here are several ways to make it easier.
* Put the nuts into the freezer for several hours.
* Or place the nuts into boiling water and let boil for a minute or two. Then plunge into cold water.
* After trying either method, then get out the nutcracker for a less difficult cracking!
Nuts are indispensable to cooking and baking. They add such crunch and flavor to practically any dish. Some nuts are expensive and you don’t want them to spoil before using. Here are the step take to keep them fresh.
1. Try to keep nuts in their shells in a cool, dark place. They won’t be exposed to air, light or moisture, which causes them to spoil.
2. Shelled nuts last longer, up to a year, if you keep them stored in the freezer in a freezer-safe container or bag.
If you are setting up your first pantry, here are some hints on how to make the canned goods last longer and stay fresher.
* Don’t store canned goods in the basement close to a furnace or steam pipes.
* Never place canned goods in the garage or on a porch where the temperatures will be too cold or too hot.
* Fluctuating temperatures negatively affect sthe quality of canned goods, so store them in your house in a pantry and away from the kitchen stove.
If you are making a variety of desserts for Halloween likes cupcakes, cakes, cookies or even ice cream, to save time, try these easy ideas for decorating them.
* To create a pumpkin or scary faces like skulls, use mini chocolate chips, candies, chopped nuts, prepared frostings, colored sugar or even crushed potato chips or cookies.
If you are going to arrange silk or dried flowers in a big vase, here are several hints to help make this decorative foliage more stable.
* Put sand or cat-box litter in the vase to hold the arrangement in place.
* Be aware that the cat-box litter will also act as hidden room deodorizer.
* Or add marbles to the bottom of the vase, which will be a substitute for the use of a floral frog.
If you have to bake Halloween treats for your children’s school, here’s an idea that your children’s classmates and friends will love! They’re just a tad different and that will delight them.
1. Bake cupcakes in ice cream cones with flat bottoms.
2. Cover with orange or chocolate frosting.
3. Decorate with jack-o’-lantern or candy corn candies.
When your children come home from school, they often are hungry. Here’s a quick and easy nosh they can make. Keep a package of flour tortillas and also a package of individually wrapped processed-cheese singles on hand. Teach them how to make this tortilla treat.
1. Your kids can place a single cheese slice on top of a tortilla and then fold it in half and put it on a microwave-safe plate or paper plate.
2. They should microwave it just for 25 or so seconds—only until the cheese has melted. Be sure they let it cool for about a minute before eating.
3. Make sure they watch it carefully. NO WALKING OFF!