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Why Didn't I Think of That .....Tips



Those Old Sneakers Ready for the Trash Can ?
Maybe Not Just Yet !

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Running out of room in your car console? 

Try this ! 

It may not be pretty, but it works !

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Simply crack the egg into a bowl and place a plastic water bottle over the yoke.

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Then, gently squeeze the bottle over a slotted spoon.

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Remove Fat from Sauces with an Ice Cube

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Use ice cubes to remove extra fat from sauces.  Wrap ice cubes in a paper towel or thin cloth and skim along the top of the liquid which helps the fat to congeal, making it easy to spoon out as needed
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How to Avoid Oil Splat Burns While Cooking

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Avoid oil splatters by sprinkling salt in a pan while cooking.  It helps absorb the moisture that causes the splatter that can burn the cook !
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Five Ways to Dry Nail Polish

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Shake
Fold
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How to Remove Orange Stains from Clothing

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1. Cover the stain in a thin layer of clear dish soap.

2. Next, pour some white vinegar on top of the dish soap.

3. Rub the mixture into the stain thoroughly.

4. Finally, rinse the stain out by either soaking it in cold water or running it under the faucet.

Video help for other juice drinks?
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    Saved my new blouse with the orange juice tip!
    And....live margarita recipes.
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Freezer Burn on Ice Cream
It's Easy to Avoid & Keep it Fresh

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Just cover it in waxed paper or cellophane
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Making The Perfect
Margaritas

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The Basic Margarita
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The Strawberry Margarita
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The Mango Margarita
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The Blue Margarita
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The Frozen Pink Lemonade Margarita
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The Peach Margarita
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The Frozen Peach Mint Margarita
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   A Simple Idea to Get Groceries from Your Car to the Kitchen in One Trip

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Just place a laundry basket in the trunk of your car, store all of your items in it, and carry it from the car to your kitchen in just one trip !
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 Using a Pencil Eraser to Remove 
A Scratch 
A Computer Screen

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To prevent clothes from fading...

...add a tablespoon of salt to each laundry load. 
Doing so should keep the colors vibrant !

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What Color Should I Paint a Room?

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If you've ever visited a hardware store or home improvement store, you've mostly like seen the paint color palette display with thousands of color combinations available.

When selecting room colors, keep it simple and remember that there are truly only seven colors in the paint spectrum, and they are:

Red

Orange

Yellow

Green

Blue

Indigo

Violet

White and black are considered neutrals, not colors, and compliment whatever color scheme you choose.

The paint display of color palettes at the store always provides sample strips of varying degrees of color.

When selecting a paint color for a room, start by choosing three colors from an object in the room. For example, if you use a favorite comforter on your bed, take the matching pillow case with you to the paint store. 

Find three of those sample paint strips with the colors of your pillow case, and you will have at least fifteen colors from which to choose to paint your bedroom.

Since each sample paint strip contains six complimentary colors, you may choose to use one color for three bedroom walls, and another hue from that color strip for a fourth wall.

Once you've chosen the colors for your bedroom, you can continue the color scheme into the hallway by choosing another color from the same paint strip.

Taking it a step further, choose one more six-panel paint strip that will compliment the first paint strip, and use that color scheme for the bathroom just off of your bedroom.

The result will be one color scheme for your bedroom, with a complimentary color scheme for your bathroom, and another complimentary color scheme for the hallway to tie the look together.

Colors can create an atmosphere and affect our moods.

Consider the following when selecting room colors; red, orange, and yellow stimulate, while green, blue, indigo, and violet relax.

If you have a study in your home and wish to encourage a relaxing environment for concentrating on desk work, then choose a color scheme with blues or greens.

If you've a playroom, colors from the yellow palette might be appropriate.

In most rooms you can combine neutrals with stimulating or relaxing colors—or both—to create separate environments within your home.

If you have bold furniture colors, choose neutrals for walls and ceilings.

Conversely, if you have bold wall color choices, choose traditional neutral furniture to make a statement.

Sometimes you need relaxation, while other occasions dictate a stimulating environment, such as a party.

Kitchens are a combination room. Choose colors from several color groups for your kitchen area.

Bathrooms are another room that can incorporate stimulating and relaxing color groups.

If you choose yellow for wall paint, choose neutral and bold colors for accents.

We have a 3 Part Series videoed by Ace Hardware that should help you out in your room painting decisions.



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Like Avocado?
Keeping It Fresh Doesn't Have to Be a Problem

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Extend the life of a cut avocado by storing it in an airtight container...

...with a piece of onion.


The sulfur in the onion will help preserve the avocado freshness.
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Need More Kitchen Storage Space ?
It's All in the Organization
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Even after going through and getting rid of stuff, do you still feel like you don't have enough places to store things in your kitchen?

Odds are you have more space than you think.

Follow these few tips and you're sure to find space you never knew you had.

1Use shelves or hooks

Wall space is a great place to use as storage. If it's not being used for cupboards, build some shelves or install some hooks. These are great to hang rags on, or store your cookbooks.

Buy a hanging rack to hang over your stove and hook your pans on that, which will free up space in your cupboards for food and bowls and such.

2Store littler things inside of bigger things

Seems simple, but people often don't think about it.

Stack smaller pans inside of bigger pans, and then just stack all the lids on top.

Stack glasses inside of each other and plates on top of each other. Just make sure not to stack too high so nothing topples over and breaks.

You don't even have to put the same things together, take a big pan or a big jug and store utensils or measuring cups inside, anything that will fit!

3Use space under your hanging cabinets

Install things under your cabinets such as paper towels holders and baskets to hold things in.

If you install one of those electric can openers under your cabinets, you can do away with your manual can opener and free up space in your drawers.

4. Manage your food

Food that you store in your pantry comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so try and limit those by putting them in plastic containers.

Store your most often used flour, sugar, cereal, and crackers, whatever it may be in store bought containers and stack them on top of each other.

This not only saves space, but it makes your pantry look organized.
Here are a few videos to keep your kitchen is organized.




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Opening Stubborn Plastic Blister Packs
with a Can Opener

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Use a Comb or Clothespin to Hold a Nail when Hammering

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The Garden Themed Bedroom

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There are countless ways that you can personalize a room and make it your own. Everything in a room from the wall color and furniture to the carpet and knick-knacks on a shelf all make the room unique and individualized.

When decorating a bedroom, many people prefer to choose a theme for the room.

Creating a themed room will give everything within that area a sense of unity, and by decorating in a theme you can accomplish a put-together appearance.

Depending on the theme you choose to go with, you will need to consider furniture, paint colors, decorations, window treatments, rugs, and more to go together in a theme.

There are many wonderful bedroom themes to choose from, but one of the most beautiful is the garden theme.

garden bedroom gives you the feel of being surrounded by plants and flowers in a lovely outdoor setting, and this theme gives your room a fresh and exciting look.

Decorating a garden bedroom doesn't have to be very complicated or expensive, either.

To start your garden bedroom, you will first want to pick which colors you will focus on.

You can use inspiration from the garden to get you started.

Do you want to use colors from a particular flower, a type of tree, or garden leaves?

Popular colors for a garden bedroom include shades of green, pinks, purples, and browns.

Paint the walls a light or neutral tone.

A tan, light peach, or subtle green color can look great as a base to your garden decorating.

If you are feeling artistic, you can paint flowers on the walls or use stick-on decals to decorate.
Choose furniture that looks garden-inspired and elegant for the room.

Decorating with flowers is another option for the garden bedroom.

Take care not to overdo it, though—a ton of fake flowers around the room could end up looking tacky.

Choose a few nice arrangements to display in the room on a shelf or table, and think about using some live plants as well near windows.

You can also choose a floral-pattern bedspread or green, leaf-inspired bedding.

Other garden-like pieces, like a flower-shaped pillow or vines wound around windows or bedposts, can help add to the effect of an outdoor garden atmosphere.

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The Perfect Marti Gras Cocktails



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Ingredients:

2 oz light rum
3 oz dark rum
6 oz passion fruit juice
6 oz orange juice
2 tbsp grenadine
2 orange slices
2 maraschino cherries 

Instructions:

In a large liquid measuring cup, mix first 5 ingredients.
Pour over ice filled glass.
Garnish each glass with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.


Mardi Gras Mango-Rita
Ingredients:

1 cup crushed ice
1 large ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 cup Tequila
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (reserve one squeezed lime half to moisten glass rims)
Coarse salt


Instructions:

Combine ice, mango, tequila and lime juice in a blender and puree until smooth. 
Moisten rims of 2 margarita glasses with reserved lime half and dip each glass rim in coarse salt. 
Pour Mango-rita into margarita glasses.


Peach Bellini
Ingredients:

1.25 oz CÎROC Peach
.25 oz champagne

Instructions:

In a flute glass or champagne, combine peach vodka with champagne of your choosing.

Classic Strawberry Daiquiri


 (makes 2 servings)

Ingredients:

4 oz. light rum
1/2 c. fresh strawberries
1/2 c. frozen strawberries
Juice of 1 lime
Lime slices for garnish

Instructions:


Add rum, fresh and frozen strawberries, and lime juice to a blender

and blend until smooth. 
Pour into two margarita glasses and garnish with lime slices.

Carnival Cocktail


Ingredients:

.75 oz Vodka
.75 oz Blue Curacao
.75 oz Melon Liqueur (Midori)
.75 oz Peach Schnapps
.75 oz Lime Juice
Top w/ Sprite

Instructions:

Combine ingredients except sprite in shaker. 
Pour into large glass with ice. 
Top with Sprite.

Wiz Fizz
Ingredients:

1.5 oz Aviation Gin
.5 oz Cynar
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz vanilla syrup
1 oz heavy cream
1 egg white
Root beer
Nutmeg

Instructions:

Shake Gin, Cynar, lemon, vanilla and egg white dry for 30 seconds. 
Add in cream and shake again without ice. 
Add ice and shake vigorously (for a while). 
Pour out drink into a tin and shake again without ice (dry shake). 
In a highball glass, add 2 ounces of root beer and pour the drink over the top. 
Allow it to settle and pour a bit more root beer on top to make the head of it rise. 
Garnish with nutmeg.

Cidre Cherry Pom Pomme
Ingredients:

.5 oz. grenadine
.5 oz. lemon juice
Stella Artois Cidre
Brandied cherry for garnish


Instructions:

Mix ½ oz. grenadine and ½ oz. lemon juice.
Shake over ice. 
Pour into a highball glass and top with Stella Artois Cidre. 
Garnish with a brandied cherry skewer.

Orange & Pineapple Punch
(Makes 4 servings)
Ingredients:
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups orange juice
4 maraschino cherries, plus 1/2 cup juice
1/2 orange, cut into 4 slices
4 ounces dark rum

Instructions:

In a pitcher, stir together the pineapple juice, orange juice, and cherry juice. Fill a tall glass with ice, pour over the juice mixture, garnish with a cherry and a slice of orange. 
For the adults, add 1 ounce dark rum to each drink.
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Removing Deodorant Stains from Your Clothes
The Easy Way


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Maximizing Closet Space...Using Aluminum Cans


Maximize closet space by looping tabs from soda cans over coat hangers.
Each tab has 2 holes, and as a result, each can be used to hang another hanger.

This is a great way to keep suits and other sets together.

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Decorating Motif Options

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There are as many different methods and styles for decorating a home as there are people in the world.  Different people have different tastes.

What one person finds attractive, another person is going to find absolutely repulsive. The only person who counts is you in your decorating endeavors.
The best way to succeed is to explore all your options.

Below is a brief description of some different styles for decorating your home. This list is in no way complete, or all encompassing. This list however does list some of the different themes that can be used in home decorating.
Cottage

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Some would say that this particular style isn't so much a style as a way of life. The reason for this is that this style is actually more a frame of mind. 
Since cottages are usually decorated using old, secondhand hand-me downs with no real rules other than consistency.

Be consistent in what you use and how you use it. When getting the furniture and decorations the primary thing that you are going to want to think about is comfort. 

If it is comfortable to you, then go ahead and use it.

Country

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Country style is, believe it or not, based off of multicultural influences from throughout the world. 

When the word "country" is used, most people think of farms. So, when you are decorating, use things that evoke a feeling of being in a farm setting.
 When doing this be consistent in your use of color and to not be afraid of using bright and vibrant colors.

Heartland

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The heartland style is very similar in nature to that of the country style, though with a slight difference. 

That difference is that everything is toned down just a bit more than it is when using country style. 

When deciding to use this style, use the same criteria as you would when decorating with the country style, just keep in mind that subtlety is the key.
Here are some videos to show you the differences in decorating ideas.

Cottage Decorating

Heartland Decorating
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lo-_Rao-ms
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