Whether it’s making sure a mailing label remains legible all the way to its destination or packing light for vacation, my readers have the best ideas, tips and tricks. Here’s a small sampling from my mail that is sure to both educate and amuse!
JUST LIKE GRILLED. If you want the same taste as grilled corn on the cob but don’t have a grill or the time, place one corn cob (do not shuck prior to cooking) in the microwave on high for exactly 3 minutes. Use a potholder to remove the corn from the microwave and while cutting through the entire cob and shucks at the bottom of the corn. The corn will slip easily right out of the shucks and it will taste just like grilled corn. Hmmm…good! Suzy
WATERPROOF LABEL. When mailing packages, I rub a candle across the mailing label to make it waterproof. There’s nothing worse than a package not arriving because the address label met up with a rainstorm en route. Macy
LOAD UP ON SAMPLES. All through the year I obtain samples from various websites or phone apps like SampleUp.com, FreeSamples.org, Hunt4Freebies.com and and FreebieFindingMom.com, then save them for vacation. Taking samples size containers of shampoo and other personal care products reduces the volume of stuff in our suitcases and leaves nothing to haul home. Carla
MAGIC PLASTIC POOL CLEANER. I wanted to offer a tip for those of us out there that have those soft sided pools, the kind where you inflate the top ring and fill the pool with water. Well I got tired of using those stupid scrub brushes they sell to clean the pool. So one day I whipped out the Mr. Clean magic eraser sponges. Instead of scrubbing for an hour or more, I was done in about 20 minutes on a 15-foot pool. It only took one wipe and the dirt was gone. It may not have saved me a lot of money by using something disposable but it sure saved me a lot of time and a back ache. Myriah
SPILL CONTAINER. When cooking something in my microwave that might boil over, I place a large paper plate under the container. It catches what boils over, making clean-up much easier. Ethel
CLEVER SUB FOR CELERY. Celery usually sells in a bunch, but my husband and I can’t use that much before it spoils. Instead, I keep around cans of water chestnuts to use as a substitute because they are moist and crunchy similar to celery. They work great in stuffing, casseroles, and Chinese wok meals. Melody
BIRTHDAY TRADITION. We have six children and their birthdays fall in the months of August and September. I don’t like wrapping presents or paying for wrapping paper. We have a tradition using a “birthday bag”—the largest, unisex colorful, sturdy gift bag I can find. It comes out for each family birthday celebration. Multiple gifts are wrapped in tissue and loaded into the big bag. Our last bag lasted two years, and only had to be given up because we moved. Regardless of how each child celebrates, we have a family-only celebration of cake and ice cream for breakfast on their birthday. The birthday bag is as much a part of this as eating cake in your pajamas, the fake-fur birthday cake hat, and getting thrown into the pool! Juanita