Common SenseTidbits from the Past to Make Life Easier

ideasDidn’t know what to get ya’ll for christmas, so reached into my bag and found list of tidbits passed onto me from others, that have helped make my life easier as well as save money in my budget. Most are based on my fave; “common sense” and now I want to pass them on to you as my gift. I do hope these little tidbits make life easier for you as well. Enjoy!

   Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
> If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster..

> Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold! I use to buy medium cheddar cheese, wrapped it in foil and placed on a pantry shelf where dark, and in approx 2 months, it generally aged to a sharp cheddar cheese.

> 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.

>Opening Difficult lids on jars: Merely put on one of your dish washing gloves and while holding jar with other hand,     untwist lid with gloved hand.

> Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.  It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
> To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of  Spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.   (Caution: Be sure that you like this consistency in your scrambled  eggs.)

> For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

> Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic, and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

> Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. yummy!
> Reheat Pizza:  Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm.This keeps the crust crispy-no soggy micro pizza.

> 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 and 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.

>Measuring cups: Before pouring sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water, dump out the water and don’t dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter and watch how easily hit comes right out.

Reopening Envelopes: If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to including something inside, just placed the sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola!! It unseals easily!

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