Monday, December 30, 2013

BREAKFAST CUPCAKES



BREAKFAST CUPCAKES

This is a really easy dish to prepare, and it looks so darn cute! It is also a great dish to serve on a buffet table because each serving is completely self-contained and can just be picked up and popped on a plate.
1 20 ounce package pre-shredded hash brown-style potatoes
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons flour
1 small sweet onion, coarsely grated
2 thick slices deli ham, chopped into small bits (about 1 cup)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 dozen eggs, scrambled*
chives for garnish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F., and lightly spray a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Mix the first eight ingredients together in a large bowl. Spoon potato mixture into each prepared muffin cup until about 1/3 full. Gently press the potato mixture down in the middle and up the sides of each cup. Bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. If the nests have puffed up too much in the center, scoop out a little with a teaspoon. Spoon a few tablespoons of scramble eggs into each nest and top with chives.

Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing



Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing 

1 pt. container strawberries
1 pt. container blueberries
1 bunch (about 1 1/2 lbs.) seedless grapes (green, red or a mixture of both)
1/4 cup honey
juice from 2 limes (about 2-3 tablespoons)


Rinse strawberries, blueberries and grapes.

Gently pat dry the fruit. Hull strawberries, then cut each in half; if large, cut into quarters.

Remove stems from blueberries, if any.

Remove grapes from stems.

Gently combine all three in a large bowl or aluminum tray. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together honey and lime juice. Pour over fruit.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cream Cheese Cookie Bars



Cream Cheese Cookie Bars

1- 8 ounce brick cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 egg
3 cups chocolate chip cookie dough

Preheat oven to 350°. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, mix the first four ingredients until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes on med-high speed. Into an 8×8 inch greased baking dish, evenly press 2 cups cookie dough. Pour cream cheese mixture over top and spread to edges of dish. Break the remaining dough into small pieces and sprinkle over top of cream cheese mixture. Lower oven heat to 325° and bake bars for 35-40 minutes or until tester comes out (almost) clean. Let cool completely out on the counter before cutting into 16 equal pieces. Chilling in the refrigerator for one hour before removing cut bars prevents breakage. Refrigerate leftovers (if any!)

Baked Apples in a Bag


Baked Apples in a Bag

Quick and easy snack when you're craving something sweet but want something decently healthy. 
1 apple,
1 tsp sugar, 
1 tsp water, 
1/4 tsp cinnamon, 
1/4 tsp cornstarch. 

Put in bag and microwave 2 min.

59 calories.

Friday, December 27, 2013

I Eat Cake Because It's Somebody's Birthday Somewhere


I Eat Cake Because It's Somebody's Birthday Somewhere

Listen Here Noob


Listen Here Noob

An old, well decorated military man talking with a young military man with only a few medals.

Hard....Baked (like boiled)



Hard....Baked (like boiled)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Once oven is heated, place the eggs directly on the wire rack in the oven, or arrange eggs in a mini muffin pan and then place in the oven.
Bake eggs for thirty minutes at 325 degrees. Remove eggs from oven and immediately submerge eggs in a pot full of icy water. Allow the eggs to cool for ten minutes before removing from water to dry off and continue cooling.

S'mores Brownies



S'mores Brownies

Ingredients 
1 pkg Chewy Fudge Premium Brownie Mix
1 pkg Creamy Home-Style Milk Chocolate Frosting
1 cup graham crackers, crumbled
1 pkg miniature marshmallows

Baking Instructions
1.Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions.
2.Mix graham crackers with Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Frosting and spread generously on cooled brownies.
3.Cover top entirely with mini marshmallows and broil until golden brown.

Alien Cupcakes



Alien Cupcakes

Ingredients 
•24 French Vanilla cupcakes baked in foil liners
•2 cans Creamy Home-Style Classic Vanilla frosting
•Neon green food coloring
•12 marshmallows
•24 plain doughnut holes
•48 black candy coated chocolate covered sunflower seeds
•Black licorice laces, cut into 1 inch pieces
•48 clear plastic drinking cups (8 ounces)

Baking Instructions
1.Tint the vanilla frosting an appropriate alien green with the neon food coloring. Cut the marshmallows in half crosswise with clean scissors.
2.Spread a thin layer of the green frosting on top of the cupcakes and attach the marshmallow half in the center, cut side down. Place the doughnut hole on top of the marshmallow using the green frosting to secure. Spread additional green frosting over the marshmallow and donut hole to fill gaps and smooth.
3.Place assembled cupcakes in the freezer for 15 minutes or until slightly frozen.
4.Working in batches, spoon 1 cup of the green frosting into a 1 cup glass measuring cup. Heat the green frosting in the microwave for 10 to 15 second intervals, stirring frequently, until frosting is the consistency of slightly whipped cream (do not overheat).
5.Holding chilled cupcake by foil liner, dip one at a time into the green frosting just up to the foil liner. Allow excess frosting to drip off. Carefully invert cupcake and place on cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. Reheat frosting in the microwave for several seconds, stirring well, when consistency becomes too thick. Add more green frosting and heat as necessary.
6.Press the black candies onto the head area pointed end facing each other, to make the eyes. Make 2 holes in the top of each donut hole with a toothpick and insert a piece of licorice in each holes to make the antennae
7.Carefully place each cupcake into plastic cup and top with another cup, inverted, to look like a space ship.

Jello Cookies

Jello Cookies

Ingredients
3.5 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1.5 cups salted butter softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
4 (3 oz) pkg jello You can use any flavors you want

Instructions
Beat butter in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla. Mix flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Divide dough into 4 sections. Sprinkle 2 Tb of jello onto each section. Knead together with dough. You may want to add a few drops of food coloring to make the dough more vibrant.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in the extra jello from the packets. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of bowl.
Bake 8 to 10 min at 350 on lined baking sheets. Cool on baking sheets 2 min. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.

PEEPsicles



PEEPsicles 

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut or 1/2 cup peanuts (about 2 ounces), finely chopped
12 wooden craft sticks, available at candy-making–supply stores
12 PEEPS® Bunnies, any color

1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
2. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth.
3. Place the coconut or nuts on a plate.
4. Insert 1 craft stick about halfway into the bottom section of 1 Bunny. Dip into the chocolate, turning to coat completely. Holding the dipped Bunny over the bowl of chocolate, use a knife to scrape the excess chocolate off the back and bottom of the Bunny, letting it fall back into the bowl. Hold the Bunny over the plate of coconut or nuts and sprinkle to cover all sides.
5. Place the Bunny on the prepared baking sheet and repeat to dip the remaining Bunnies. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Serve frozen. PEEPSicles can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 week. 

Easy Breakfast Bake



Easy Breakfast Bake


Ingredients
1. 2 packages (12 oz each) bulk pork sausage

2. 1 medium bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)

3. 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

4. 3 cups frozen hash brown potatoes

5. 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

6. 1 cup Original Bisquick® mix

7. 2 cups milk

8. 1/4 teaspoon pepper

9. 4 eggs

Directions
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches. Cook sausage, bell pepper and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir together sausage mixture, potatoes and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese in baking dish.

2. Stir Bisquick mix, milk, pepper and eggs until blended. Pour into baking dish.

3. Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or just until cheese is melted. Cool 5 minutes.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Popcorn Cake



Popcorn Cake

Ingredients:
Hard margarine 1 cup
Large marshmallows 32 pcs.
Popped popcorn (about 1 cup kernels)
Small gumdrops (no black) 1 cup
Chocolate covered peanuts 1 cup
Smarties (or other coated candy) 1 cup

Method:
1.Melt the margarine and marshmallows in the sauce pan on low,stirring often
2. Put the popped popcorn into the bowl. Pour the hot marshmallow mixture over the top. Quickly stir before the mixture starts to harden.
3.Quickly add the remaining 3 ingredients. Mix well. Packed into the greased tube pan .Cool completely. Cuts into 12 wedges.

*Can Also use Rice Krispies (2 cups) To Create A very Yummy and Cool Rice Krispy Cake.*

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Cookies



Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Cookies
Makes 70-80 cookies!

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup Reese's Pieces candy
1 cup peanut butter chips

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and pudding; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Add eggs, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Add vanilla extract and honey and beat until combined.
Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, beat to combine.
Add chocolate chips, Reeses pieces and peanut butter chips and mix until incorporated.
Roll a tablespoon or so of dough into a 1inch ball between your palms and then place it on the prepared baking sheet.
Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart (you should be able to fit 12-16 cookies on each sheet).
Using your palm, gently flatten the dough balls until they are about ¾ inch thick.
Bake 10 minutes.
Remove from oven, let cool for a couple minutes and enjoy!
These cookies keep well and stay soft.

Banana Bread Brownies



Banana Bread Brownies

Ingredients:
Banana Bread Bars:
1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1-3/4 (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Brown Butter Frosting:
1/2 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour 15x10-inch jelly roll pan. For the bars, in a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1 minute. Stir in walnuts.

2. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

3. Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately.
4. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk together until smooth (it should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than frosting). Using a spatula, spread the brown butter frosting over the warm bars (the frosting will be easier to spread while the bars are still warm). 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Chocolate Filled Strawberries


Chocolate Filled Strawberries
Ingredients:
Punnet of strawberries
Milk or dark chocolate chips

Directions
1. Cut the stems off your washed strawberries and scoop out the centre of the berry.
2. In a glass bowl, heat the chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted.
3. Spoon/pipe the melted chocolate into the strawberries - you can use an egg carton to hold them upright.
4. Place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes until they harden a bit

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Monster Cookie Dough Dip



Monster Cookie Dough Dip

Ingredients
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter, slightly softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups rolled oats, old fashioned or quick (see Note)
2/3 cup plain M&Ms (give or take)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Instructions
With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter until smooth.
Add in the powdered sugar, brown sugar, flour, and vanilla.
Using the paddle attachment on your stand mixer or just a wooden spoon, mix in the oats. You may want to use more or less here. I really like the oats in it and a thicker dip so I added a lot. Remember that the dip will also firm up a bit in the fridge.
Add the M&Ms and chocolate chips.
Store in the refrigerator until serving. Serve with pretzels, graham crackers, or apple slices. You can dip or spread this depending on how thick you made your dip. Try not to eat it all like I did!
Note: You can use more or less oats to adjust the thickness of your dip. Start with about 1 1/2 cups oats and keep adding until you reach your desired thickness. If you use quick oats you might use less since it's finer and will make the dough thicker.

Crayon Name Party Bags



Crayon Name Party Bags

1.Bring a small saucepan filled 1/6 with water to the boil then reduce to a simmer
2.Place a tin can inside the saucepan and then fill with broken crayons
3.When melted remove tin and saucepan from stove. Take tin out of saucepan and pour into alphabet chocolate molds and allow to set.
*Tin will be hot so use oven mitts.
4. Remove from molds and wrap in cello bags for crafty fun! 

Avocado Bacon and Eggs



Avocado Bacon and Eggs

1 large avocado
2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
2 eggs
Cut the avocado in half. Scoop out the avocado so the hole matches the size of your eggs to prevent spillage. Crack an egg into each half of the avocado, resting the edge of the avocado on the side of the cookie sheet to help keep the avocado steady. Top with bacon crumbs and place in the oven at 425d (210 c) for 15 minutes or until eggs are cooked to your likings. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

No Bake Snickers Pie



No Bake Snickers Pie

1 chocolate cookie pie crust or graham cracker pie crust (9-inch)
2 cups fresh whipped cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup dulce de leche, plus 1 tablespoon for drizzling
3 Snickers Bars, roughly chopped.

Beat together the condensed milk, cream cheese and dulce de leche until completely smooth. Fold in the whipped cream until just incorporated. Scatter 1/3 of the Snickers Bars on the bottom of the pie crust. Fold 1/3 of the Snickers pies into the no-bake filling. Spread the filling into the pie crust. Finally, drizzle the top with the remaining dulce de leche and scatter the remaining 1/3 of Snickers pieces on top. Chill the pie for at least 3 hours before slicing and serving.

Chicken and Cheese Lasagna Roll Ups



Chicken and Cheese Lasagna Roll Ups

3 cups chopped cooked chicken 1/4 cup milk
1 cup Ricotta cheese 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese 8 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 cups Prego Spaghetti Sauce
Yield: 8 Servings

Directions
Prep: 1 hour 10 min (70 mins) Total:
Try Kitchen View! Take your computer to the kitchen and view this recipe full-screen, with step-by-step directions. Enter Kitchen View
1 In medium bowl, combine chicken, cheeses, milk, and pepper
2 Spread 1/2 cup mixture on each lasagna noodle; roll jelly-roll fashion
3 In a 13 by 9-inch baking dish, spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce
4 Arrange lasagna rolls, seam-side down in sauce in baking dish
5 Top with remaining spaghetti sauce
6 Cover
7 Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes or until hot
8 Serve, if desired, with additional Parmesan cheese.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

All Hat and No Cattle


'Round here, we like to say All Hat and No Cattle.

President Obama in a cowboy hat.

The Face You Make


The Face You Make

When you see a car with an Obama 2012 sticker.

Pregnancy Cookie Dough



Pregnancy Cookie Dough

Egg-less cookie dough to eat. Not to bake. Just to eat.

Every woman should have this recipe on hand.
Eggless Cookie Dough
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened 
1/4 tsp. vanilla 
1/4 cup milk 
1 cup flour Pinch salt 
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Saturday, December 7, 2013

FOR THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO MAKE ONE COOKIE



FOR THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO MAKE ONE COOKIE

1 tbsp. butter melted 
1 tbsp white sugar 
1 tbsp. brown sugar 
3 drops of vanilla pinch of salt 
1 egg yolk 
1/4 c. flour 
2 tbsp. chocolate chips 

MICROWAVE 40-60 SEC IN A CUP OR BOWL. Single serving deep dish chocolate chip cookie!

PEANUT BUTTER CAKE WITH PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING



PEANUT BUTTER CAKE WITH PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

2 & 1/4 CUPS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR 
2 CUPS LIGHT BROWN SUGAR (packed)
1 CUP PEANUT BUTTER
1/2 CUP BUTTER (room temperature)
1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER
1/2 TEASPOON BAKING SODA
1 & 1/4 CUPS MILK
2 TEASPOONS VANILLA EXTRACT
3 EGGS
Preheat your oven to 350 and grease and flour a 10 x 15 cake pan. In a large bowl, mix the first 4 ingredients with an electric mixer; blend at low speed until crumbly. Add the next 5 ingredients and blend at low speed until everything is wet, then beat at medium speed for 3 minutes.

Pour into prepared pan and bake, in the middle of your oven, for 35-40 minutes or until the toothpick test comes out clean.

Let the cake cool (in the pan) for 10 minutes, then spread the frosting on the hot cake (recipe follows) and sprinkle one cup of mini-chocolate chips over the frosting.

PEANUT BUTTER-HONEY FROSTING
1/2 CUP PEANUT BUTTER
2 TABLESPOONS HONEY
1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT
2 CUPS POWDERED SUGAR 4 to 5 TABLESPOONS MILK

Warm the peanut butter and honey in the microwave just until it gets soft and easy to stir, then add everything else and beat until smooth. Spread over hot cake and sprinkle with one cup of mini-chocolate chips.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Black Friday Is Great


Black Friday Is Great

So many disappointed people.

Comparing Health Insurance and Their Character Representations


Comparing Health Insurance and Their Character Representations

Geico - The Gecko
Aflac - The Duck
Obamacare - Daffy Duck with his head scrambled, with a cast on his foot, and walking on crutches.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Pile of Puppies Attacking a Helpless Human


A Pile of Puppies Attacking a Helpless Human

CRACK STICKS



CRACK STICKS

Ingredients:

1 loaf (16 ounces) thinly sliced white bread, crusts removed
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup confectioners sugar 1 cup sugar 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, melted

Directions:

Flatten bread with a rolling-pin. In a bowl, combine cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar. In another bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Spread about 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture on each slice of bread. Roll up, jelly roll style. Dip in melted butter, then in cinnamon-sugar. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 16 roll-ups. Good warm or cold.

OREO BALLS



OREO BALLS

Ingredients: 
1 package Oreo Cookies 
1 block cream cheese, softened 
1 pack Cooking Chocolate (Hershey's Semi sweet chocolate chips work the best)

Method:
1. Place Oreo Cookies in a bag/blender and smash/blend until it is the consistency of dirt.
2. Mix the softened cream cheese into the smashed oreos.
3. Roll the mixture into balls.
4. Melt chocolate in the microwave.
5. Cover balls in chocolate then leave to set in the fridge

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE MAGIC



HYDROGEN PEROXIDE MAGIC

Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.

Some other interesting facts about hydrogen peroxide:

It is found in all living material.
Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
It is found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.
It is found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.
Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.

Besides the obvious (cleansing wounds), did you know that it is probably the best remedy to dissolve ear wax? Brighten dingy floors? Add natural highlights to your hair? Improve your plants root systems? The list goes on and on!

There are SO many uses for this stuff that I’ve started replacing the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer because it’s easier and faster to use that way.

I have compiled a rather impressive list of uses for 3% hydrogen peroxide that I hope will have you as thrilled and bewildered as I was!

Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.

Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.

Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I’ve been using it for this a LOT lately!)

Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.

Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.

According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.

Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.

Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.

Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.

Ice Cream In A Bag In Less Than 10 minutes



Ice Cream In A Bag In Less Than 10 minutes

Here is what you will need to make homemade ice cream in a baggie:

2 Tablespoon Stevia ( more or less depending on sweet tooth) can use sugar but save those calories!!!
1 cup half & half (or light cream)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coarse salt or table salt(I used canning salt)
ice
gallon-sized Ziploc bag
pint-sized Ziploc bag

Mix the Stevia, half & half and vanilla extract together. Pour into a pint-sized Ziploc baggie. Make sure it seals tightly.

Now take the gallon-sized Ziploc bag and fill it up halfway with ice and pour the salt over the ice. Now place the cream filled bag into the ice filled bag and seal.

Make sure it is sealed tightly and start shaking. Shake for about 5 minutes (or 8 minutes if you use heavy cream.)

Open the gallon-sized bag and check to see if the ice cream is hard, if not keep shaking. Once the ice cream is finished, quickly run the closed pint-sized baggie under cold water to quickly clean the salt off the baggie.

Open the baggie and pop in a spoon.

Clean. Single. Looking For Mate


Clean.  Single.  Looking For Mate

An idea for keeping track of single socks until their matches turn up.  A board with socks with lost matches hanging there.

HOMEMADE JEWELRY CLEANER



HOMEMADE JEWELRY CLEANER


Ingredients:
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon dish detergent
1 cup water
1 piece aluminum foil

Directions:
1. Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).
3. Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dishwashing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
4. According to wiresculpture.com , "this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem.". NOTE NOT INTENDED FOR POROUS STONES

Friday, November 29, 2013

Homemade Bug Repellent Oil Lamps



Homemade Bug Repellent Oil Lamps

All you need is a package of Mason jars, some cotton string and some liquid citronella (find it in big jugs at any home-improvement store and even some grocery stores). Use a hammer and nail to poke a hole in the top of the lid, then pour in the citronella, put the top on and drop in the wick. Allow the string about 10 minutes to soak up some oil, then place them around your backyard and light them.

Foot Soak


Foot Soak

Mix 1/4 cup Listerine (any kind but I like the blue), 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup of warm water. Soak feet for 10 minutes and when you take them out the dead skin will practically wipe off.

Naturally Repair Wood With Vinegar and Canola Oil


Naturally Repair Wood With Vinegar and Canola Oil

Use 3/4 cup of oil, add 1/4 cup vinegar. white or apple cider vinegar, mix it in a jar, then rub it into the wood. You don’t need to wipe it off; the wood just soaks it in.

Kiss Pies



Kiss Pies

1 refrigerated pie crust, thawed
14 Hershey Kisses of choice, I used Mint Truffle today 
1 egg white whisked with 1 Tbsp water
Powdered sugar for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out pie dough onto a lightly floured counter top. Place 10 kisses around the edges of pie dough, about 2 1/2 inches apart (as in the photo above). Take a knife and cut a 2 1/2-3 inch circle around kiss. Fold half of pie dough around top of dough and pinch edge around top of kiss. Now, fold up both sides of remaining dough up to the tip of the kiss pinching edge. Now press together edges and form criss cross as shown in photo, step 3. * *Continue cutting dough around kisses until all dough is used up.

2. Brush all little pies with an egg white wash then sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake for 20-28 minutes or until little pies are golden. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Dust each with powdered sugar and serve.
about 14 little pies.