tips, tips and more tips!


I freaking LOVE those tips that make me wonder if I lived under a rock all these years!

These were gathered from some old  Farmers Almanac publications.  Let’s jump in….


  • Before peeling an orange or juicing a lemon or lime, grate the peel (zest) into a small container and freeze for later use
  • Stale bread?  Cut into 1 inch cubes to make croutons.  Toss with seasonings and oil and bake in a 325 degree oven until crisp
  • OR use Chex cereal instead of croutons on salads
  • Add a pinch of baking powder when mashing potatoes to make them fluffier.
  • Mix in broken chips in the bottom of a nearly empty potato chip bag with bread crumbs to coat chicken and fish
  • Substitute club soda for milk in pancakes to make them lighter and fluffier
  • When slow cooking pinto beans, add a carrot.  When the beans are half cooked, rinse the beans and discard the carrot.  Add more water and a new carrot.  Finish cooking
  • Keep a slice of white bread in the cookie jar to keep cookies moist
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon to chocolate chip cookie batter
  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the water when boiling pasta
  • Add a dash of cinnamon to chili to help to smooth out the flavors and round out the heat
  • Add shredded carrots to spaghetti sauce to cut acidity
  • If soup or stew is too salty, add one cut up potato
  • Place hot hard boiled eggs into ice cold water or add 1 Tbs.vinegar to the boiling water and the shells will come off easily


  • Wrap celery in aluminum foil and place in refrigerator to increase from spoiling quickly.
  • Dip the cut end of banana in sugar to prevent browning
  • Store yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream containers upside down in the fridge
  • OR add a pinch of ginger when cooking pinto beans
  • Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays for use later in cold ‘iced’ coffees
  • Put a wet paper towel into a sealed plastic bag with lettuce to keep it from turning brown


  • Gather old ‘net’ onion bags together with a rubber band and use as a scrubby when washing dishes
  • To removed baked on food from a frying pan, put a dryer sheet and warm water into the an.  Soak overnight and then wash the pan
  • Spray a dirty cast iron pan generously with oven cleaner and put into a plastic bag large enough to completely contain it.  Close the bag securely and set it aside for 24 hours.  Remove the pan, discard the bag and thoroughly wash and re-season the pan
  • Spray a spoon or measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray before measuring honey or molasses
  • Use a baggie on your hand when greasing baking pans

even more tips to make your head explode..

Yesterdays tips were pretty cool, right?  Well, hold onto your face, because there are more ideas coming…

1.  Use a small paint roller to put lotion on your back! 

That’s just freakin’ brilliant…

2.  Can’t reach that item on the top shelf?  No worries!

Ok, my husband makes fun of me because I actually have been doing this!

3.  Unclog a drain

1) Pour 3/4-1 cup of baking soda in the drain. 2) Pour 1/2 cup vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain with a plate. 3) Wait 30 minutes, then uncover and run hot water for 2-3 mins. 4) Repeat for really tough clogs.

4.  Unclog a toilet

1) Pour 3/4-1 cup of baking soda in the drain. 2) Pour 1/2 cup vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain with a plate. 3) Wait 30 minutes, then uncover and run hot water for 2-3 mins. 4) Repeat for really tough clogs.

5.  Get rid of roaches

Place bay leaves in all nooks and crannies to keep the roaches away!

6.  Overly sensitive EMO smoke alarm?

Secure with a rubber band. Now you’ll never have to get on a ladder to turn it off every time you cook or take a shower.  DON’T FORGET TO TAKE IT OFF AFTER COOKING….otherwise you will be on the news, because of the fire, and look silly…

You are now officially informed! 

Now…….go do something.

more tips that make you feel stupid…

Have you seen those ideas on the internet that make you smack your head and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Yep, me too.  These crafty tips will totally impress your friends and make you feel glad you have an internet connection. (via)

Let’s get started:

1.  Using toothpaste to hang a picture..

Place a small amount on the back of the picture frame exactly where you want the nail to go..

Once you’ve found the perfect place to hang your picture, press the picture against the wall so the toothpaste leaves a mark. Now, whack the hammer with a nail on the toothpaste spot.  VOILA! This is a great technique for hanging pictures in a straight row, or as a collage.

2.  Open a jar

Place a rubber band around the lid and another one around the jar.  POP!  It’s opened!

3.  Use a mason jar to store leftover wine

Make sure the wine overflows so the jar is completely filled and no air gets into the wine. It’ll store in the fridge for a week, by golly!

4.  Moving a heavy appliance

Spray Windex around and in front of the feet of the appliance you’re trying to move. It will slide much more easily.  (and works best on lineoleum or tile…not sure about hardwoods!)

5.  Keep the mice away!

Rodents are allergic to peppermint. Dab on cotton balls and place in area of infestation. Or, mix with water and pour into a spray bottle; spritz rodent-infested areas with the mixture.

6.  Zip!

1) Tie one end of a ribbon/string through the circular end of the safety pin, tying a knot to secure it in place. 2) Hook the safety pin through the hole in your zipper. 3) Use the string to pull the zipper up.

In the photo: there’s a product that does this, but you could easily make your own.

7.  Put on a bracelet.. by yourself!

It will  keep one end in place while you hook the clasp!

Tomorrow I will share more tips.  If I put them all in one post your head would explode. … and I don’t have a tip for that.