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Old 02-06-2002, 04:17 AM
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HELPFUL HINTS FOR YOU...

Use lifesavers candy to hold candles in place on your next birthday cake! Kids love 'em!

Poke an egg with a small sewing needle before hard-boiling, and the egg will peel with ease! And hold that needle in place with a magnet refrigerator clip!

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips!

Zap garlic cloves in the microwave for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off!

Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot
griddle - perfect shaped pancakes every time!

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes!

To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling!

Use a pastry blender to cut ground beef into small pieces after browning!

Sweeten whipped cream with confectioners' sugar instead of granulated sugar--it will stay fluffy and hold it's shape better!

To easily remove honey from a measuring spoon, first coat the spoon with nonstick cooking spray!

Mash and freeze ripe bananas, in one-cup portions, for use in later baking--no wasted bananas (or you can freeze them whole, peeled, in plastic baggies)

To quickly use that frozen juice concentrate, simply mash it with a potato masher--no need to wait for it to thaw!

To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove-top--skillet will be much easier to clean now!

Transfer your jelly to a small plastic squeeze bottle--no more messy, sticky jars or knives! This also works well for homemade salad dressing!

To aid in washing dishes, add a tablespoon of baking soda to your soapy water--it softens hands while cutting through grease!

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead--no white mess on the outside on the cake!

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a
peeled potato--it absorbs the excess salt for an instant "fix me up"!

Next time you need a quick ice pack, grab a bag of frozen vegetables out of your freezer--no watery leaks from a plastic baggie!

Rinse cooked, ground meat with water when draining off the fat--this helps "wash away" even more fat!

Substitute half applesauce for the vegetable oil in your baking
recipes--you'll greatly reduce the fat content! (Example: 1/2 cup vegetable oil =3D 1/4 cup applesauce + 1/4 cup oil)

Place a slice of bread in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up!

When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corns natural sweetness!

When starting your garden seedlings indoors, plant the seeds in egg shell halves. Simply crack the shells around the roots of your plants and transplant them outdoors--the shell is a natural fertilizer!

To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh--if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your
forehead. The throbbing will go.

Don't throw away the wrapper after removing a bar of soap. Place it inside your shoe cabinet or shoe box. It's a cheap way of filling the air with a nice smell.

If your polished furniture has small scratches: Try rubbing them with a shelled walnut. You'll see the scratches just disappear!

Are your shoes smelly: Here's a solution. Put some tea leaves into a pair of stockings and stuff each into a shoe. Leave for a day or two and the smell just vanishes!

Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Tips for stamp collectors: Place the envelope in the freezer for a few hours. You'll then be able to easily lift the stamps off with a pair of tweezers.

To keep buttons from dropping off: Dab a drop of clear nail polish onto the thread the secures the buttons. This will harden and make it more difficult for thread to break off.
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