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    these aren't my clever ideas, rather a foward I recieved today. I thought they were good so I decided to share!


    Reheat Pizza
    Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the
    stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust
    crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel
    and it really works.

    2. Easy Deviled Eggs
    Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal , mash till they
    are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients , reseal , keep
    mashing it up mixing thoroughly , cut the tip of the baggy , squeeze
    into egg.

    3. Expanding Frosting
    When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store , whip it with
    your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost
    more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and
    calories per serving.

    4. Reheating refrigerated bread
    To warm biscuits , pancakes , or muffins that were refrigerated, place
    them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep
    the food moist and help it reheat faster.

    5. Newspaper weeds away
    Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet
    newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with
    mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some
    gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

    6. Broken Glass
    Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of
    glass you can't see easily.

    7. No More Mosquitoes
    Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes

    8. Keep Squirrels away
    To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne
    pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and
    the squirrels won't come near it.

    9. Flexible vacuum
    To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty
    paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or
    flattened to get in narrow openings.

    10. Reducing Static Cling
    Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a
    clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when
    wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ta da! -- static is

    11. Measuring Cups
    Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill
    with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add
    your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it
    comes right out.

    12. Foggy Windshield?
    Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove
    box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better
    than a cloth!

    13. Reopening envelope
    If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something
    inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or
    two. Viola! It unseals easily.

    14. Conditioner
    Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than
    shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to
    use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in
    your hair...

    15. Goodbye Fruit Flies
    To get rid of pesky fruit flies , take a small glass fill it 1/2' with
    Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid , mix well. You
    will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

    16. Get Rid of Ants
    Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it
    'home', can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so,
    especially if it rains , but it works & you don't have the worry about
    pets or small children being harmed!

    The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things
    around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he
    went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I
    always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told
    us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the
    sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material -
    I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. WELL...the hot
    water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told
    us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns
    out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film , but it's there. It's what
    is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free - that
    nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out
    of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint
    screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially
    burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer
    working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to
    take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush
    (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life
    of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?! Learn something new
    everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So , I
    thought I'd share! Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running
    water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all
    the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon
    brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran
    right Thru the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all!

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