Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thoughtful Thursday - Clever Ideas

Got this in email and thought I'd share it with more than just my email friends. Hope you find some of them useful.

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 beef.
It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
To 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.
For 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.
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.
Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop 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!
Reheat 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
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.

Expanding 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
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 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 for-
get about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will
not get through wet newspapers.
Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't
see easily.
No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
Squirrel 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.

Flexible 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 ... ta da! ... static is gone.

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, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshield?
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!
Re open ing 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. Viola! It unseals easily.

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.

Goodbye 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 works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

The 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 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 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 everyday! 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!


Monday, January 25, 2010


Sunset - enough said!

Peace, Judi

Thursday, January 21, 2010


In a fit or organizing today, first I did my closet where I have shoes and blouses, then this drawer full of socks. The colors looked so cool, I had to make it my pic of the day.

Taken in natural daylight. Straight Out Of Camera.

Peace, Judi

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Big Sky

This was the view today when walking up the stairs inside the Robbins Library, Arlington, and looking out the front window on the second landing.

I added texture from another photo of mine - placing it once horizontally and once vertically. The vertical layer I also skewed to add more interest.

Sometimes I think my best shots are made with my point and shoot, rather than my DSLR! What do you think?

I hope your view today was peaceful, calming, and enlightening.

Peace, Judi

Monday, January 18, 2010

Thank You!

Happy Monday,

I'd like to thank Lupen Grainne for featuring one of my photos - "Destiny" on this blog post.

Please also check out Lupen's Honeytree Etsy shop where you will find many lovely items for sale.

Thanks again, Lupen, for featuring my photo on you blog.

Peace, Judi

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Do You Kumihimo?

On Wednesday last, my friend, Eileen, told me she had signed up for a Kumihimo class at her local bead shop. When she described it to me, it sounded very interesting, so I signed up, too.

The little bracelet at the bottom of the pic is what I made. The spools of thread, called S-Lon, are what we used today to make it. The white circular thingy is the loom on which the weaving is done.

It was lots of fun, and we both signed up for the next version of the class where we will do more of the technique with beaded fibers. This will be in March - watch for the results on the first day of spring!

Peace to all, Judi


I went on Saturday without either of my "real" cameras, so had to resort to the one in the cell phone. I didn't like the image at all until applying the Heartland action, from the pioneerwomanset2. At least it has a little appeal now.

This typewriter belonged to my late Aunt Agnes. My daughter, Jenn, is an aspiring writer and now owns this lovely vintage item. It has a place of honor in her home.

Imagine how much the world has changed since Agnes, born in 1907, typed on this beauty and how shocked she would probably be if she returned today to computers, email, and cell phone texting. What do you think she would say?

Peace, Judi

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Baby Socks

Baby socks, nearly complete. The yarn is Red Heart Moon & Starts, the pattern can be found in Red Heart's Heavenly Gifts for Baby booklet.

After taking the photo, I completed the knitting on the second sock - it's just waiting to be Kitchener stitched together in daylight.

Peace, Judi

Stayin' Alive

Ornamental kale surrounded by snow. Tweaked in Photoshop for a vintage feel and cropped square.

Peace, Judi

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Extra blankets ready to help, it was only 18 degrees Fahrenheit at 9:30 PM.

Dear readers, I hope you are warm and comfortable.

Peace, Judi

Just A Tease

Well, the sun teased us with a very brief showing late this afternoon. Just caught it before it disappeared behind the clouds.

Had another dusting of snow today. Warm places are looking better and better all the time!

Peace, Judi

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Johnnie's Clock

The clock on the Johnnie's Foodmaster - it was nice enough today to get out for a shot walk, this was one of my stops along the way.

I'd love to hear feedback on whether you are enjoying seeing my Project 365 shots blogged here.

Peace, Judi

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Have Yourself A Merry "Little Christmas" - 6:365

The end of the Christmas season. May you all find peace in 2010.


A Toast To Toast

Whole grain toasted bread, natural, unsalted peanut butter, and sweet and hot jelly.

Peace, Judi

Monday, January 4, 2010

Just Another Mundane Monday

Still cold today, the weekend's snow barely melted from the trash can lid.

Peace and warmth to all, Judi

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Snowy Susans

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) seed heads just after a huge winter storm here in Massachusetts.

It snowed all weekend, I shoveled my walk and driveway 3 or 4 times, did manage to get out to pick up J&M as they returned from Palm Springs - when they left it was a balmy 72F. Welcome back!

And happy winter to all.

Peace, Judi

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Unexpected Win

The blog Craftside was offering this book as a prize and unbeknownst to me, I was entered into the contest when I made a comment - and I won!

Thanks first to Drew Emborsky of The Crochet Dude as it was his post that that sent me to Craftside in the first place.

Thanks so much to Craftside for this win! I've flipped through the book and it looks like there are lots of cool things to try - maybe for a future Project 365 post, who knows.

Thanks again to everyone involved.

Peace, Judi

Friday, January 1, 2010

Prepared To Paint

I have decided to try the Project 365 again. I stopped last year in March at about 180 days of my first year due to anticipation of not having time when taking on a "real job".

I realized later on that keeping at it would be best, but decided to wait until 1/1/10 and align the project with the calendar.

This first shot is my downstairs bathroom windo taped and ready for primer, then paint. Hopefully it won't be too many days before I complete all the steps and can post the after pic.

Happy New Year and may you all find 2010 to be peaceful and prosperous!

Peace, Judi


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