quarta-feira, 22 de fevereiro de 2012

Mil desculpas!

Olá pessoal!

Gostaria de me desculpar pela ausência de quase 3 meses, muita coisa aconteceu nesse período.... Viagens internacionais (com posts vindo a caminho), mudança de carreira e casamento a vista (isso mesmo, vou casar!)

Para começar as atividades do ano, seguem um compilado de ótimas dicas que minha mãe me mandou por email esses dias (desculpe-me, mas estou com preguiça de traduzir, qualquer coisa segue um link útil: http://translate.google.com.br/):

Tem uma em particular que eu achei peculiar.... (sobre espantar mosquitos com folhas para secadora de roupa, não muito comuns aqui no Brasil), não sei se funciona, mas achei gozado:



CLEVER IDEAS WORTH  KNOWING
cid:image001.jpg@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
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Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.  It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
 


cid:image003.jpg@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.  Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking. 


Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.  It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

cid:image004.jpg@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of  sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up. 

cid:image005.jpg@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed.  Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies.  Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

cid:image006.jpg@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0Add garlic immediately  to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.   

cid:image007.gif@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0Leftover snickers bars  from Halloween make a delicious dessert.  Simplychop them up with the food chopper..  Peel, core and slice a few apples.  Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples.  Bake at  350 for 15 minutes!!!  Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.  Yummm! 
                                                  
cid:image008.gif@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0Reheat  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. 


Easy Deviled Eggs
 
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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 mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done,easy clean up.
 


cid:image010.gif@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0Expanding  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. 
                                          Reheating refrigerated bread
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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.   (add something to the water - tea bag, toothpick - something)

cid:image012.jpg@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0Newspaper 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 plasticthey will not get through wet newspapers.


Broken  Glass
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Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.
 
                         cid:image014.gif@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0No More  Mosquitoes 
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket.
  It will keep the mosquitoes away. 
  Squirrel  Away!
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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.  


           
cid:image016.gif@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0Flexible  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. 

                                                   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 ... TADA! ... Static is gone.

cid:image017.gif@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0Measuring  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 
a
s peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
 


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

                                  
cid:image019.gif@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0Re opening  envelopes  
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.  Voila!  It unsealseasily. 


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


cid:image021.jpg@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0Goodbye 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! 


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 worksand you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed! 
INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS 
cid:image023.gif@01CB3E1F.9F8DA6C0The 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 of clothes.)  He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and 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 r 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 potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep  your dryer working for a very longtime (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it  with hot soapy water and 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 every day! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do  that. So, I thought I'd share!

Note: I went to my dryer and 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 and a nylon brush  and 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! That repairman knew what he was talking  about!

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