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Dove 06-21-2005 02:56 PM

Tips for the Home and Kitchen...
How about adding a new forum like " Tips for The Home and Kitchen"

Edit: Alix here. Lets try to only post the tips here, if you use one and like it please send a PM, some Reputation points or a Profile note to the poster. Thanks!

Dove 06-21-2005 09:08 PM

How to core a strawberry with a straw
Things like:

Poke a plastic straw through the pointed end of a Strawberry to core and take the green top off..:smile:

Dove 07-01-2005 02:46 PM

Tips on confectioner's sugar, baking potatoes, and bugs
To color and flavor confectioners' sugar frosting, add a bit of
unsweetened powdered drink mix. Orange and lemon are especially
tasty. Mix in until you get the desired color and flavor. The results
are delicious!

Potatoes soaked in salted water 20 minutes before baking will bake
more rapidly

To keep ants away put either flour, coffee grounds or pepper in cement
Put a fabric softener sheet through your belt loop to keep mosquitoes
away from you
Don't have any wasp spray? Spray wasps and bees and hornets with
cooking oil spray. It immobilizes them and they eventually die
It is said that if you rub baby oil on your exposes skin like lotion -
you won't get bitten by mosquitoes
To keep weevils out of your dry food, place a bay leaf in each

crewsk 07-01-2005 03:15 PM

Skin-So-Soft and rubbing alcohol keeps mosquitos away
Marge, I don't know about baby oil but I do know that if you mix equal parts Skin So Soft & rubbing alcohol in a bottle, shake it well & rub it onto skin it will protect you from mosquito bites. I got that tip from a cousin who was used it while in the Marines. Also, when you give your dog a bath, in the final rinse, add a capful or 2 of Skin So Soft to the water & it helps repel ticks, fleas, & mosquitos. Don't do this for cats though!! BTW, great idea!!:smile:

PA Baker 07-01-2005 04:20 PM

Keep a double-crust pie from spilling over with straws
To keep a double-crust pie from cooking over, place cut pieces of drinking straws in each vent hole in the top crust. I usually cut a straw into thirds or quarters. Believe it or not, the straw only melts to the top of the crust--it doesn't melt onto it or in the pie at all! Once you pull the pie out of the oven and it cools for a few minutes, the straw pieces can easily lift right out!

jkath 07-01-2005 07:40 PM

Hairspray kills spiders
Spiders breathe through their skin, so if you spray them with a firm holding hair spray, it will kill them. This way, the fumes aren't as toxic to your family and pets as regular bug spray, and you aren't squishing them with your shoes!

middie 07-01-2005 08:29 PM

Hairspray Also...
removes ink stains. spray it on the stain a.s.a.p. and wash in cold water.

luvs 07-02-2005 01:26 PM

to remove ink:
if you get pen ink on your skin or a smooth surface, rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or alcohol swabs will remove it in seconds.

PA Baker 07-02-2005 02:31 PM

To remove fruit juice stains from clothing
Carefully pour boiling water over the stain, allowing it to slowly drip through the fabric into the sink. Continue to do so until stain disappears.

kitchenelf 07-02-2005 04:18 PM

The new Oxyclean wipes
I will have to say that they have saved the day for me and several other people in restaurants. Soy sauce comes right out of white pants and dries perfectly clean. Red wine comes out of shirts, etc. These things are GREAT to carry with you. If I don't use all of one I put it back in the foil packet and fold it up tight.

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