Saturday, February 5, 2011

Do you know the proper way to peel a banana?


Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to peel the 'stringy things' off of it.  That' 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 open chunks of cheese wrapped 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 when cooking.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and add it at the end if you want a stronger taste of garlic.

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 can frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount.  You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

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.

When planting plants, wet newspapers and 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.

When picking up broken glass, use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

To keep away mosquitos, place a dryer sheet in your pocket.

To keep squirrels away from your plants, sprinkle cayenne pepper around the plant.  It will keep the squirrels away but won't hurt the plants.

Hate foggy windshields?  Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your vehicle.  When the windows fog, rub with the eraser!  Works better than a cloth!

Ladies, use your hair condition to shave your legs.  It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves you legs really smooth.  It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like it when you tried it in your hair.

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 inch with apple cider vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid and mix well.  You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

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!