Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Homemaking Tip -- Not Big Enough to Post on Their Own, But Useful Nonetheless

One.  A month or two ago I showed you this baby gift idea in blue.  All be darn . . . it's just as cute in pink.   And since I run every good idea I ever get into the ground, I think I'm going to make me one with big-people tabs in my favorite colors.

Two.  One way to make iceberg lettuce stay fresh for several weeks is to core it, wrap it in paper towels, and store in an airtight bag.  Core lettuce by firmly hitting the bottom of the head on the counter, and pulling the core from the center.  Do not wash lettuce until you are ready to eat it.  Lettuce can make it at least three weeks with very little rust and no gooey leaves this way.

Three.  Have you ever scoured the cupboards looking for something . . . anything . . . sweet?  Of course you have.  You're a homo-sapien.  My old solution used to be to melt chocolate, stir in nuts, and drop by a teaspoon onto waxed paper.  No more.  It's much easier just to eat two large milk chocolate chips with every three almonds.    I dare say it even feels wholesome, whereas chocolate-covered nuts feel indulgent.

Four.  Are you a row gardener?  This tip may be a bit premature as our seeds haven't had time to germinate yet, but I'll share it with the confidence that they will.  Carrot seeds and lettuce seeds are especially tiny and a nuisance to plant.  No matter how hard I try to space them correctly, I plant them too thick and we have to thin them (and still end up with intertwined carrots that look like robust ladies dancing with their legs crossed).  It's almost always breezy when we plant the garden, too, so those little seeds scatter to the wind and we find some carrots in with the beans and others with the broccoli.  Seed companies make strips of carrots, lettuce, beets, radishes, and other itty-bitty seeds so that all you have to do is dig a furrow and lay down the little toilet-paper-looking strip of seeds and lightly cover with soil.  Those strips are slick.  I've always thought they were too expensive and a luxury, until I figured in that I have to buy extra packets of lettuce, spinach, and carrots to compensate for wind-loss and too-thick planting.  Suddenly they're almost cost effective.  Another little tip: my sister-in-law plants carrots as a border in her flower beds.  They're ferny, and beautiful when they go to seed.

Have you got a little tip?  If you wouldn't mind, I'd love to hear it.  I love tips.  (Guess what book I took to the hospital to read while I was in labor preparing to deliver Abe?  A Mrs. Something's Household Hints.  I kid you not.   . . . I told you I love tips.


Tiffany Fackrell said...

here is a tip I LOVE to share with mommies or gandma's who have babies that use those swim diapers in the summertime. they are expensive so here is the tip do not throw them away if they are not soiled (aka Poopy) You can wash those babies something like 5 times. I have even thrown them in the dryer but then they can't be used as many times. so just throw them in the washer and then hang them to dry and they are ready to use again and again and again!! seriously every mom should know that!

oh and my favorite way to mop my floor is to add vinegar to a full spray bottle and then just spray it on your floor and mop away! we have the vinyl wood floors and it works like a charm!

Amie said...

Awesome! And you are so right about the nuts. I love your tips.

Kim Sue said...

I feel cheated that I didn't know the swim diaper tip when I had a need for it!!

melanie said...

I really needed that carrot tip! Last year the carrot spot in our garden looked like I planted a small strip of grass. I literally thinned hundreds (and possibly hundreds more) of carrots. I'm looking for the strips!

I daily look for something sweet. Daily. Thanks for a new snack that's a little higher up on the healthy chart than the small frozen brownies I have in the freezer for the kids lunch. :)

Nikki said...

I'm glad you posted the baby craft. I missed it the first time around in the blue. I must've been in my "deleting the reader phase."

Handy tip for the lettuce!

When I'm eating chocolate I do that too. I usually roast a whole pan of almonds and put them in ziploc baggies for healthier snacking.

You made me laugh out loud at the visual of the carrots being robust ladies dancing.

I can't wait to try Tiffany's tip with the swim diapers this year.

Becky said...

So many great tips (and the best line ever is the one about your robust carrot ladies!).

Off the top of my head the only tip I can think of is that spending 5 minutes cleaning a few times during the day is a lot easier than tackling a huge mess at the end of the's the only way I stay on top of things.

Love the swim diaper tip from Tiffany!

Cali said...

My best tip is to have your phone number so that when I have a question or need an idea... you're theoretically only a call away... except sometimes you lose your phone.
I love you mom. I enjoyed all the ideas the other people shared as well.


michelle said...

I have to say that Cali's tip is my favorite!

Also, I'm cracking up about you running your good ideas into the ground. I'm the same way because I have very few good ideas.