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Household Hints

   MeiDei  Here's a nice reminder of ingenious tips on how things were done in the past - and how they still apply - some modernized.

December 9 at 12:39 EST .

   12 people like this.

   MeiDei  Good life hacks to make life easier (food/fashion/home/kids )
August 15 at 11:46 EST .

   11 people like this.

   MeiDei  Here's a link to a variety of how-to decorate, fix, build, organize, etc.
February 4 at 05:00 EST .

   18 people like this.

   MeiDei  DRIED PARSLEY - I've not had to buy parsley flakes in years, used the hanging upside down method & paper bag in frig - but the best results I found by accident last week was after snipping more fresh than was needed, a paper towel was put over the remainder, weighted down, forgotten & left overnight. Wow, bright green (vs. dull ) & perfect. From now on I will snip off some of the stems from a fresh clump and put between two paper towels and then put in a clean spice jar the next day or two, (or 3 ) depending on humidity. Did something similar w/excess kale - It was perfect to add to soup or crumbled over a salad. Fresh is preferable, but sometimes the produce in the store is droopy, passed over & home-dried is substituted.
January 30 at 14:35 EST .

   12 people like this.

   MeiDei  humidity is high here now & results are disappointing - leaving sprigs on paper towel but not covered til they start to dry, then resuming above.
March 1 at 21:09 EST .

  7 people like this.

   BirdsNest  I use a dehydrator but you can also use the microwave. Put herbs on paper towel ( don't pile on top of one another ) cover with another paper towel and microwave for one minute. Check. If not dry enough give it another 15-20 seconds. Allow to cool, then put the herbs in a jar. If left whole(not crumbled ), the flavor will last longer.
June 6 at 07:12 EST .

  16 people like this.

   Alice  During the holiday season did anyone notice how manual can openers are no longer engineered to cut into cans easily (pumpkin puree, for example )?

We have 3 manual can openers so far in our search, and not one can get past even small imperfections without a lot of winding-back-and-forth struggle to cut through. It's not a matter of grip strength either -- my husband does pull-ups as part of his exercises and has the same problems I do with the blankety-blank openers. He resorts to the large carbon steel chopping knife to break through the spots the opener refuses on the first pass, but I can't do that, I'd slip and slice myself.

To all Ldotters, best of everything for 2017!
January 6 at 15:07 EST .

   20 people like this.

   MeiDei  The blades are often too short or not made of hardened steel & mfg'd. overseas. We have one - circa 1940's - we resort to when all others (including elec. ) fail It has a long blade, still sharp, an open frame handle w/a retractable corkscrew & you jab the blade in & move it up & down (i.e., like a car jack ) - the lid ends up gear-like, dangerously sharp but it works! The little one that resembles a roller skate key also works if the blade is sharp & long enough as some cans the tops are more recessed than others. If the can has a rolled edge you'll be twice as frustrated. As more cans are showing up w/pull tabs to open says to me people have been omplaining.
January 13 at 09:13 EST .

  8 people like this.

   BirdsNest  My favorite can opener is a Kuhn Rikon . Pricey but worth the money. It cuts the top off leaving no sharp spots and no slivers of can to fall into the food.
June 6 at 07:14 EST .

  15 people like this.

If you love these busy little birds you might enjoy this article, the comments after & the tip for a great feeder (2nd link )? & migratory paths/dates for USA (3rd link )
ngbirds/ (HummZinger feeder - sold by Walmart, Amazon, etc. )

migratory dates and paths

   December 7 at 20:21 EST .

   11 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Hummers love Monarda. Bee Balm. I visit with them while picking blueberries. The Bee Balm flowers are close by.
March 9 at 06:48 EST .

  9 people like this.

   MeiDei  I saw a hint for using the top of a soda bottle that has been cut from main body about 3 or 4" down. You can use it for a funnel if yours is too narrow - or - using a bread bag as an example - if you've lost the twist tie, or the little tab broke, thread the plastic through the neck of the bottle top [wide end down on bread bag] til you reach the start of the bread. Now turn the bag ends over & back down the spout & screw the bottle cap on ... perfect seal.
September 19 at 09:16 EST .

   13 people like this.

   MeiDei  I have a glass bottle I wanted to use for ice tea but the opening is too small for scoop or teaspoon to use & a set of different sized funnels all clogged - the above hint worked beautifully.
October 5 at 21:14 EST .

  18 people like this.

   John C  Kitchen has been invaded for tiny, fast running ants. I have sprayed and used lysol wipes. A couple of days later they are back. Aside from a bomb any suggestions?
August 27 at 05:30 EST .

   11 people like this.

   Gram77  Ace Hardware carries a product called TERRO. Those little buggers can't get to it fast enough. It takes 3-5 days before the parade stops but I'm quite sure you will be rid of them. Good luck.
August 28 at 04:24 EST .

  15 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  I never use Google, Ixquick is my searcher: just type in kitchen ants and get lots of hints: ex:

take your pick, depending on the type of ants
In Florida I use a 12 month spray by Ortho - Home Defense
make sure it drys before kids or fur babies are about. Also, Food Grade - diatomaceous earth - not the pool stuff from the hardware store - safe around pets and kids ( if you don't mind white powder around. ) I use that all around the entry points. Both 4 legged kids like to roll in the fresh cut grass and sometimes bring unwanted no-see-ums into the house.
September 3 at 20:40 EST .

  19 people like this.

   StormCnter  Helpful hints? Nah, let's just get a magic coffee table.

August 20 at 13:37 EST .

   18 people like this.

   StormCnter  Mei, if your sound is still wonky, you can click CC in the lower right for closed captioning.
August 20 at 13:38 EST .

  16 people like this.

   MeiDei  I did, and left a comment that a well=placed skillet lobbed appropriately would bring him into reality : )
August 20 at 14:31 EST .

  16 people like this.

   StormCnter  My husband used to tell others that when I am out of town, the housework genie disappears.
August 20 at 15:13 EST .

  16 people like this.

   StormCnter  I'm sorry the video has been removed. It happens, but I'm peeved. It's still available at this url:
August 21 at 05:29 EST .

  16 people like this.

   MeiDei  what happened o the magic coffee table?
August 20 at 13:36 EST .

   20 people like this.

   StormCnter  I had to redo it. It's back.
August 20 at 13:38 EST .

  14 people like this.

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