Helpful Hints from Miss Manners

September 30, 2006

Some fun and cool stuff to know…
 
Reheat Pizza
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. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
 
 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.
 
 Bed Sheets
 After drying sheets, put both sheets and one pillowcase in the other
 pillow case. Fold neatly in a square. Next time you change sheets, you
 just take the one pillow case and all the sheets and pillow case are
 inside. No need to look for matches.
 
 Clean your glass shower
 To clean the glass in your shower easily, apply lemon juice to the glass
 with a sponge. Then, take newspaper and wipe the lemon juice off the
 glass. It will be clean and sparkle with no scrubbing!
 
  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 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 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 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.
 
 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.
 
 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’s,
 they’re all addressed!
 
 Bicycle Identification
 If you purchase a new bike for your child, place their picture inside the
 handle bar in a sealed baggie 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.
 
 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 — voila — static is
 gone.
 
 Measuring Cups
 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.
 
 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!
 
 Reopening Envelope
 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.
 
 Conditioner
 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 dishwashing 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,” & can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, esp.
 if it rains, but it works & 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 are ready
 to leave the beach sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder and the sand
will slide right off your skin.

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