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   Bettijo  Read this on another site:

I was in Ulta today and a sales lady dropped nail polish. They immediately began poring sugar on it. Did you know sugar makes nail polish clump up and you can sweep it right off the floor? I watched them. No scrubbing at all!
Yesterday at 18:28 EST .

   Bettijo  This scared me so badly, I don't think I will ever bake in Pyrex again!

Is Glass Bakeware Safe Anymore? The Dangers Of Exploding Glass Dishes
June 19 at 20:04 EST .

   Balogreene  Interesting. For years now, I've baked in stoneware, use aluminum or cast iron on the stove top, but have a ton of Pyrex I use to microwave. I have the microwavable containers, with a sealed lid and a steam hole. especially for tomatoey things.
June 23 at 22:04 EST .

   MeiDei  I got very lucky the other day grocery shopping, hitting 3 stores & finding unadvertised specials in each. One was corn on the cob @ 12/$1.00 - [everywhere else 5/$2.00] so this is a reminder of Bettijo's last year's tip to microwaving corn on the cob - in the husk 4 mins. each. After cutting off the stem end & microwaving, I had to roll the husk leaves off & easily remove the silk on the first one. The 2nd one I was able to get the same results as the video showed, which was to squeeze it out cleanly - including the silk - from the tip end. Just a reminder: using a 600-700 watt microwave is 4 mins., using a 1000+ watt microwave I did it at 3-1/2 mins. each. The remainder goes in the compost pile.
June 1 at 21:11 EST .

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   Balogreene  I'm getting new false teeth within the next few weeks. Can't wait to eat Corn on the Cob again!
June 21 at 20:00 EST .

   MeiDei  Here's a link to produce specials by month:
June 1 at 14:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  Did you ever buy something and a few weeks later see it on sale? Here's a breakdown by month when items are most likely to be less expensive:
June 1 at 14:07 EST .

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   Carmen  Storing those evil plastic grocery bags: I'm even thinking of hoarding them for when they become illegal everywhere. I use them for all sorts of things ---- cleaning the litter box, picking up dog poo, wrapping paint brushes, trays and rollers in them to store in the fridge (for latex paints/freezer for oil based stains ). Then, of course they are useful to line small waste cans.

So - to store them, I use empty Kleenex boxes. You can get about 50 bags in one of those. For storage in the pantry, I use a quart sized wide- mouth canning jar. You can stuff an unbelievable number in those and they tend to be more attractive sitting on a shelf than a Kleenex box. It is handy to have the storage boxes/jars in various areas for convenient use.
April 25 at 13:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I use the empty tissue box idea too,but I also like the qt jar trick.
April 25 at 16:51 EST .

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   Balogreene  In about 1990, my BIL had the brilliant idea of canvas grocery bags, with 4 stored in a canvas holder. We, of course, bought some from him, but the idea of reusable/washable grocery bags just didn't catch on then. Not only do we still have and use the bags, we have the holders. I've hung them from our hall-closet door, and stuff the plastic bags inside them. The canvass grocery bags are in the trunk of my car, for when I grocery shop.
May 14 at 18:39 EST .

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   Bettijo  I cooked a couple eggs this morning and noticed the carton said "Best Used by 4/24/15." Since that was yesterday, I searched Internet to see how long I could store eggs. I was going to hard boil them thinking they would keep longer cooked, not so. This is what I found.

How to store eggs?

The USDA recommends storing eggs in a refrigerator at about 40 degrees F, mainly to reduce the chances that any bacteria on the shell will multiply and cause a risk of illness.

Buy refrigerated eggs and store them in the refrigerator as soon as your get home. However, even under refrigeration, eggs slowly lose carbon dioxide, which enlarges the size of the air cell and causes the yolk to flatten and the white to spread.
Storing Fresh Egg - Refrigerated raw shell eggs will keep without significant quality loss for about 4 to 5 weeks beyond the "sell by" date or about 3 weeks after you bring them home.

Fresh egg whites - 2 to 4 days

Fresh egg yolks (unbroken and covered with water ) - 2 to 4 days

Hard-cooked (hard boiled ) eggs - 1 week

Deviled eggs - 2 to 3 days

Leftover egg dishes - 3 to 4 days

Whole eggs (in the shell ) cannot be frozen as the eggs will burst. Store in an airtight freezer container. The recommended length of freezer storage for frozen eggs is 9 to 12 months.

Whole eggs - You can freeze an entire egg by beating it (as if you were making scrambled eggs ) and then storing it in an airtight freezer container.

Egg yolks - Separate eggs. Stir yolks with a fork to break them. Add two teaspoons sugar or one teaspoon salt for each cup of egg yolks. Store in an airtight freezer container.

Egg whites - Strain whites through a sieve. Freeze without stirring. Do not add sugar or salt. Store in an airtight freezer container.
April 25 at 12:15 EST .

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   Carmen  Actually, you don't really know how old the eggs are that you buy in a store. If they peel easily, they are (at least ) 14 days old when you buy them. Fresh eggs don't peel well because there has been no shrinkage of the inside. If you are buying farm-fresh eggs (or gathering them from your own chickens ) just don't wash them --- they will keep for months if refrigerated. Yes, I know all about the regulations to insure freshness of store-bought eggs and I also know there are so many ways to get around that.

I have noticed every year at Easter time, the eggs you boil are very difficult to peel. Yes -- they are selling so many that what you buy tends to be fresh. Personally, when we had chickens they would stop laying in the winter because of the short days. So, we would have eggs for many months until they started laying again in the spring. We are still healthy and alive.
April 25 at 13:48 EST .

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   BirdsNest  And it is interesting hoe carelessly the eggs are handled from the farm to the warehouse to the store. Some stores leave them unrefrigerated for a good long time. Since we have our own chickens and eggs, we worry less about problems. I made egg salad for lunch today-delicious. I saved all the eggs this week to sell at the tracks today, it was chilly and damp, no one bought eggs so now I have plenty of eggs for cooking.
April 25 at 16:54 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  Is it true that chickens only lay one egg a day?
April 25 at 17:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Hens lay one egg per day. Most days I get only 9 eggs from 11 hens, then the other day I got 10, but that is rare. When they were out roaming the yard I figured the 2 hens were hiding their eggs, but it looks like there are a couple of slackers!! Yesterday I discovered what looked like a dead Guinea hen at the base of a tree against the fence, she popped up when I reached down. She must have been sitting on 35 eggs! They are no good of course because all the Guineas fly up into the pine trees for the night.
April 26 at 08:06 EST .

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   Carmen  Only one egg a day????? LOL - how would you like to have a baby a day. Just kidding.
April 26 at 09:28 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  A friend ours has a place out in a rural area of the county; about 10 acres, I think. He's got everything. A couple of horses, a bunch of funny looking goats, his wife has Shetland ponies [three little darling babies born this week]; he raises a couple of steers every year for beef [he keeps us in beef], and chickens galore. I had forgotten how good a "free range" egg is. Once you get a taste of an egg laid by a chicken who has run all over the place, eating everything in its path, including chicken scratch, you'll never ever want another store-bough egg.

As a kid growing up we always had chickens and fresh eggs, and I remembered mom always cracking an egg into a bowl before she put it into whatever she was getting ready to cook/bake. If you got a bad one, you didn't want to ruin the whole dish, so she she looked at them, one by one, individually before she cooked with them.
May 1 at 10:37 EST .

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   Balogreene  FlatCityGirl, I don't eat meat much anymore, but, I do know the difference between IL's corn-fed deer, and other state's free-range deer. The deer in IL often raided the cornfields, the Venison was lovely. In other states I've lived, the deer forage, the Venison is gamey!
May 14 at 18:44 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  This may be posed somewhere below, but I went through several pages and didn't see it. If it's a repeat, I apologize.

I used a paste of Cream of Tartar and Vinegar to clean anything in the kitchen that has been gunked up with grease. Ovens may be self cleaning, but the glass in the doors aren't. I use the paste to clean the glass door after self-cleaning the oven. Grease splattered and burned on the range top or frying pans comes clean as a whistle using it. It works better for me than any cleaning product I've ever purchased, no matter what the manufacturer promises.
April 25 at 11:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I will have to try that, thanks.
April 25 at 16:55 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I use Dawn Heavy-Duty Degreaser.It's an industrial product(not in stores ), but it's incredible and a little goes a very long way. just spray it on, let it sit a few minutes, and everything wipes clean. I grabbed that bottle by mistake not long ago.Sprayed it in the shower. Got a phone call, then came back.Had a little scrubbie and the tiles were like new. Now I use nothing else. Could it be the oils in our products that make soap scum stick? Also Dawn Power Dissolver is back on the industrial market. So glad, I love that stuff. My 2 favorite no-elbow-grease needed cleaners.
May 5 at 10:45 EST .

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   Bettijo  Laundry Tip: How to safely make your own bleach gel
¾ cup water
3 Tbsp corn starch
4-7 Tbsp household bleach
Mix water and corn starch together in a small pan. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously until mixture becomes translucent and pudding-like. Let cool. If you need to make it more than a few hours ahead of time, cover the pot with plastic wrap so it won't dry out. Start adding bleach by the Tbsp, until you have the consistency and strength you desire. Gel will thin a little bit after sitting. Use as you would regular bleach gel.

   April 7 at 11:25 EST .

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   Bettijo  Do visit above blog.
April 7 at 11:27 EST .

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Flies hate the smell of basil. To discourage them, place pots of basil at doorways and windowsills and on the kitchen counter. Don't have enough sun for potted basil? Put dried basil in a small muslin pouch, rubbing it occasionally to keep the scent strong.
SPIDERS ARE NOT FOND OF CITRUS. In a spray bottle, mix water and unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Wipe your countertops with the mixture or spray down doorways and windowsills. You can deter spiders in your garden by spreading around lemon, orange, or lime peels.
Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to wipe down countertops and other surfaces—anywhere you've spotted ants. For best results, repeat this several times a day. Doing so destroys the scent trails that ants use to navigate.
Cats love it. Mosquitoes? Not so much. According to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. Grow it in your garden or apply undiluted catnip oil to the skin for up to two hours of protection.
I have found mosquitoes do not like Listerine. I spray a mist around my windows and door jambs with a sprayer and I have no problem with mosquitoes in the house. Gonna sit around on the patio? Perhaps spray a little around the seating area, and even on your sandaled feet and exposed legs. Works for hours and cost effective. It doesn't stain, and you won't itch!
ELIMINATE FRUIT FLIES with a Deadly Recipe
Trap fruit ?ies with this simple approach: Fill a glass three-quarters full with vinegar or cider vinegar, then add six to eight drops of dishwashing liquid, and fill to the top with warm water. Gruesomely effective.
I have had success spraying fruit flies with hair spray. Just spray them where they are swarming. It makes them too heavy to fly. Bettijo.
Cockroaches are renowned for their ability to survive harsh conditions and hazardous environments. They do, however, avoid “spicy” situations. In fact, there’s a condiment that’s as painful for cockroaches as it is for people with ulcers. Even just the scent of this substance is intolerable for cockroaches. Yep. Tabasco sauce. The owner of that taco joint shut down by the health department is slapping his forehead right about now. Every table held the answer to his problem.
April 7 at 10:43 EST .

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