On the Lighter Side – Some Good Ideas

good-ideas-tips.gifThe last couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at some heavy things here at the oasis. I’ve really enjoyed the conversation. But, I’d like to take a deep breath and do a little absorbing for a few days. Besides, tomorrow is my birthday! A friend of mine—we attended 1st grade through 12th grades together—sent me this list of good ideas a few weeks ago. I’m not sure where she got them. I’ve been saving them for such a time as this, though. Thanks, Teresa!

— Reheat Pizza: Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick 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. Mona, Orlando, FL

— 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. Janet, Killeen, TX

— 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/calories per serving. Kathy, Mesick, MI

— 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. Dave, Camden, DE

— 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 forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers. Linda, Monmouth Jct., NJ

— Broken Glass: Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken pieces of glass-the fibers catch slivers you can’t even see! Olive, Santee, CA

— No More Mosquitoes: Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away. Diane, Moran, SC

— 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. Kathy, Maumelle, AR

— If you purchase a new bike for your child, place their picture inside the handle bar before placing the grips on. If the bike is stolen and later recovered, remove the grip and there is your proof who owns the bike. Janet, Carthage, IL

— 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. Donna, Anderson, SC

— 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—voila—static is gone. Pam, Maple Rapids, NH

— Measuring Cups: Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. Kim, Goldsboro, NC

— 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! Alicia, Tampa, FL

— Reopening 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. Voila! It unseals easily. Mary, Lockhart, TX

— Conditioner: Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. (Don’t miss this one, Greg!) It’s a lot 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… Kerry, Canada

— 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 dishwashing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever! Barbra, Birch Run, MI

— 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, esp. if it rains, but it works & you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed! Teresa, Mitchell, SD

— Take baby powder to the beach! Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When your ready to leave the beach sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder and the sand will slide right off your skin.

Anyone have any additional good ideas to share?


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13 Responses to On the Lighter Side – Some Good Ideas

  1. Some very cool ideas.

    Bobby Valentine

  2. Donna says:

    Do you have that problem with your slip?

    The dryer sheet thing works. I use it on the tennis courts!

    Another thing I have discovered lately is that my face cream works great to keep my feet softer and less cracked….tennis plays havoc with my feet!

  3. cwinwc says:

    My good friend from South Carolina turned me on to using old newspapers to clean the windows in your car. Newspapers last longer than papertowels and they don’t streak. Try it, it really works.

  4. Kathy says:

    cwinwc – newspapers are great for cleaning all kinds of windows. Why they don’t streak with all the newsprint I have no idea, but they don’t.

    Also, in this house, we reuse dryer sheets. After using them in the clothes dryer, we use them to dust the TVs, computer screens, anything of that sort. Dust doesn’t seem to cling to the equipment as easily after a swipe with a used dryer sheet. In West Texas that’s a real bonus, believe me. 🙂

  5. jel says:


  6. Greg England says:

    Yes, I have a good idea … why would anyone want to whip up canned batter knowing you run the risk of NOT getting as much sugar??? Doesn’t make any sense at all to me. Gotta go … just spilled a tablespoon of sugar all over me! 🙂

  7. Greg England says:

    Oh yes … (talk of sugar and icing caused a momentary trance) since I will not be able to get on line tomorrow, HAPPY BIRTHDAY my friend. You have richly blessed my life and I’m grateful to God for a friendship, even if it’s limited to a cyber friendship. You are a wonderful brother in Christ to me! Moreso than some people I actually know personally!

  8. Bill says:

    A great big thank you goes out to my cyber-friends for all of the birthday wishes, both here and via email. You truly do bless my life!

    Blessings to all,

  9. Donna says:

    Well…Happy Birthday from me too! Is it the 11th?

    Hope it is great!

  10. Greg England says:

    One more reply (and I’m saying nothing about what I use to shave my legs!) … regarding the killing of ants. Wouldn’t the smell of all those decaying ant carcasses be overwhelming?

  11. Bill says:

    Yes, Donna. It’s the 11th. My time/date stamp is a bit out of sinc with the rest of the world. So, today is the tomorrow I wrote about yesterday, even though it may have appeared to be today already when I wrote it. -bill

  12. Kathy says:

    Hey Bill,



    Much love and prayers for a wonderful, joyous celebration of YOUR day! 🙂

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