Archive for Helpful Tips

How to Salvage Your Spices

Using and Reviving Old Spices bags of spices

Spices make your food taste exotic, smell delicious and can cost a lot.  I try to grow my own herbs when possible, but some just have to be purchased.  The rarer a spice, the more expensive.  That is why I hate to buy one for a recipe and not use it again for months.

There is a way to possibly save those old spices to use again in a recipe.  First, pour a little of the spice into your hand.  Press it into your palm with your fingers.  Does the spice fragrance come back?  Great you can use it.  If not, just put the amount of spice your recipe calls for into a small frying pan.  Turn the heat on low and stir the spice until it becomes fragrant (about 1-2 minutes).  Once this is done, pour the hot spices into a bowl and stir to bring in cooler air and stop it from continuing to cook.  Now it is okay to use in your recipe.

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Top 3 Ways to Ward Off Wasps

Wasps, Hornets and Summer

Wasp

Summer is here and so are the wasps.  I don’t like these insects hanging around as they are sure to sting me or my dog.  I have come across and used different methods to get rid of these stinging pests.   Here are my top 3 methods to get rid of wasps.

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10 Minutes and No Wrinkles

Clothing Wrinkle Eliminator

wrinkled shirt

I don’t know about you, but when I can save time and money by making something myself, it is worth the try.  I hate ironing, so anytime I can just spray something on the wrinkles to make them disappear is wonderful in my life.

This recipe is easy to make, takes only 10 minutes and used many ingredients you already have at home.

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Target Pests Without Chemicals

Child and Pet Safe Alternatives

insect spray bottle

It’s easy to go to the garden center or big box store and pick up some chemical to get rid of most any insect. These leach into your ground, can be bad for pets and smell awful!

Here are some easy ways to get rid of aphids, earwigs, slugs and more. These are safe to use around pets and kids.

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4 Secrets of Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon Oil: Useful Household Product

cinnamon stick bundle

Something that smells so good actually has more uses than potpourri.   Also it is easy and inexpensive to make in only minutes.

You can purchase a cinnamon fragrance oil, but you never know what it contains.  So many chemicals are not listed on labels.

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7 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Isn’t Just for Cooking

coconut oil and fresh coconuts

I am sure you know about, heard about or read an article about coconut oil.  Coconut oil is a natural oil, without chemicals, that can be a money-saver in all its uses.

The first time I purchased a jar I was surprised to see it was hard!  This was not the “oil” I was thinking of for cooking. That was over 5 years ago and I use it all over the house.

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