Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Monday, April 25, 2011

Day 102 - Helpful Hints from Helluva Kitchen (You thought Heloise?)

Helpful Hints for the Kitchen and home
1.       If you get burnt, immediately cut a potato in half and place the raw part of the potato on the burn.  No blisters!  I promise
2.       Sunburnt?  Cut a piece of Aloe Plant and put on the burn, soooothing.
3.       If you want your potato skins to come right off, take a knife and cut a circle on the outside of the skin before you boil the potatoes.  Rinse off and cool, the skins come right off with an easy tug. This is good for sweet potatoes as you ready them for pie!
4.       Put your Citrus Rinds in the garbage disposal and then after it runs, take them out and discard.  The garbage disposal smells great.
5.       Don’t have color for the Easter eggs this year?  Use beets for red, cumin for orange and red cabbage for blue.  Boil and then put the eggs in the cooled color juice!
6.       Use peroxide once a month to brush your teeth – don’t swallow it, whitens for pennies!
7.       Don’t throw out over ripe bananas or apples.  Make Apple Crisp and Banana Bread.
8.       Don’t throw out vegetables, throw them in a pot with chicken broth and spices.  Soup makes all leftovers last even longer!  Use the bread that’s going stale to dip in the soup.
9.       I can never seem to use cabbage quick enough, slice and sautee in sesame oil and sprinkle sesame seeds on it.  Sounds gross but it’s great!
10.   That drip tray in the ice maker inlet of the front of the refrigerator turning orangish?  Soak it in 100% vinegar for 1.5 hours, scrub with a toothbrush and good as new!
11.   Wash your lint filter from the dryer at least two times a year with soap and water.  Prevent fires they're easier to prevent than to put out or have to pay for the damage they cause.
12. Use newspapers to clean your windows.
13. Got earwigs?  Run a line of dish washing detergent on the door threshold.  Earwigs will disappear.
Now if only I knew how to get rid of the coffee stains on the top of the pot?  Suggestions?

Footnote: As I told you, send your wishes out to the universe and they will be answered, the day after I wrote this blog, the newspaper had an article that said if you use eggshells, you can wipe off the stains off the glass of the coffee pot.  It worked!  

Other footnotes:  Didn't win the photography contest but the selection of photos was a total of 29 different photographers and 73 entries!  The main winner was a photo of a child running down the path between a row of live oaks.  So while I was there I borrowed a young girl and took a photo of her smelling the roses for my entry next year!  Didn't win the scholarship given by the AAUW either.  They sent my photocopy of my license and voter registration back and when I asked them if they could also kindly return my official transcripts that I had to pay to get copies of they said sorry they had thrown them away! Unlike Charlie Sheen, I'm still WINNING!

“When making a fire people like to join you, when cleaning the ashes you are often alone” ~ African Proverb

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