since i am out of town, flashback friday is getting skipped! but did you know that friday is now officially four fun facts friday? my friend jessica dubbed it just today in fact.
she left me four fun facts on my facebook wall, here they are:
- Bone is five times stronger than steel.
- Sharks can live up to 100 years.
- “Bookkeeper” is the only word in the English language that has three consecutive sets of double letters.
- More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.
number three was my favorite. not a surprise.
because we can never have too much information floating around in our brains.. here are a few more random things for you to know.
i recently received an email from my friend sabrina. it was chock-full of random, helpful tips!
*click each image for source.
Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold.
Peppers 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 meat. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as usual, then melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.
Add 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.
To heat up leftover pizza, skip the microwave and use a nonstick skillet on top of the stove. Set heat to medium-low and heat until warm. This keeps the crust crispy.
For easy and attractive deviled eggs, put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal and then mash until they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing, mixing thoroughly. Cut the tip of the baggy and squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done -
easy clean up!
The amazing expanding frosting tip! 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.
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.
Newspaper keeps weeds away! Wet some 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.
To pick up shards of broken glass that are too small to see, use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip.
To get rid of mosquitoes, place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes 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. It works with rabbits and raccoons, too.
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.
To reduce static cling, all you need is a safety pin! 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 gone.
Don’t you hate it when sticky ingredients get stuck in your 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 or honey, and watch how easily it comes right out!
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!
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 you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 inch with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid;
mix well. Leave it on your counter.. you will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
To get rid of ants, put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it or take it home to the others. They can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
there you go! lots of easy & helpful tips for you!
1. do you have any fun facts to share with the class?
2. did you know any of the above facts or tips already?
xo. janetha g.