10 Ways To Spread Holiday Cheer

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1) Sock Cozy

Materials

  • Holiday socks
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Directions

    1) Cut sock in half, keeping the festive part for your cozy!

    2) Turn inside out, glue around the bottom of the sock and fold over. Wait until fully dry and voila! A cute, festive cozy.

    2) Salt Shaker Snow Globes

    Materials

  • Empty salt shakers
  • Salt
  • Mini holiday icing candy
  • Directions

    1) Fill salt shakers halfway full with salt. Use tweezers to place mini candies into salt shaker. 


    3) Reindeer Soda Bottles

    Materials

  • 6-pack of soda
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Mini red circles
  • Directions

    1) Wrap pipe cleaners around the top of the soda bottle, so it sticks up like antlers. Add a small piece of pipe cleaner at the top to give the antler horns.

    2) Glue two eyes and a red nose at the bottom of the bottleneck.

    4) Candy Cane Place Card Holders

    Materials

  • Green or red index cards
  • Candy canes
  • Tape or glue
  • Green or red ribbon
  • Directions

    1) Glue or tape three candy canes together, so they stand up on their own. Tie a piece of ribbon to the top.

    2) Cut out a cool shape from the index cards to write the names on, making sure it’ll fit in the candy candy stand.

    5) Ornament Holder

    Materials

  • Empty egg carton
  • Ornaments
  • Directions

    1) Want to keep your ornaments safe and organized? Place them in an empty egg carton!

    6) Paint Swatch Ornaments

    Materials

  • Leftover paint swatches
  • Holiday stencils
  • Ribbon
  • Directions

    1) Trace stencils onto paint swatches and carefully cut out the shapes.

    2) Create a small hole in the top of the ornament, place a ribbon through it and tie to create a loop to hang on your tree!

    7) Craft Kids Presents

    Materials

  • Thick, plain colored wrapping paper
  • Crayons
  • Tape
  • Directions

    1) Kids trying to open their presents early? Give them something fun to do! Wrap the presents with a sturdy, single colored wrapping paper.

    2) Tape crayons to the front with the instructions for the kids to color the present instead of opening it.

    8) Boozy Hot Chocolate

    Materials

  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Mini Baileys
  • Directions

    1) Attach a mini bottle of Baileys to your DIY hot cocoa mix for the ultimate holiday present!

    9) Holiday Veggie Tray

    Materials

  • Vegetable platter
  • Pretzels
  • Directions

    1) Carefully arrange veggies into a tree on a platter, using the pretzels as the tree trunk.

    10) String Cheese Snowmen

    Materials

  • String cheese
  • Black and orange sharpies
  • Directions

    1) Make your snacks festive by drawing snowmen on string cheese. They’re so cute!

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    4 Usos Para Bolsas De Ziploc

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    1) Almacenamiento de Helado

    Quieres helado perfecto? ¡Guarda tu helado en una bolsa de ziploc!

    2) Nieve de Naranja


    Ingredientes y Materiales

  • Jugo de naranja
  • 1 taza de hielo
  • 1 cucharada de sal
  • Bolsas ziploc

  • Instrucciones

    1) Pon el jugo dentro de una bolsa pequeña de ziploc. Pon hielo dentro de una bolsa grande de ziploc.

    2) Pon la bolsa de jugo dentro la bolsa de hielo. Agrega sal. Cierra la bolsa. Envuelve en una toalla y agita por 5 minutos, o hasta que la nieve esta lista.

    3) ¡Sirve pronto y disfruta!

    3) Como las Limpiar Parrillas de la Estufa

    Materiales

  • Parrillas de estufa

  • Bolsas ziploc

  • Amoníaco

  • Instrucciones

    1) Pon una parrilla en una bolsa grande de ziploc. Rocía la solución de amoniaco solo tres veces dentro de la bolsa. Remoja durante la noche.

    2) Por la mañana remueve la parrilla de la bolsa y ya está. ¡Esta limpia!

    4) Haz Tus Propios Paquetes de Hielo

    Materiales

  • Esponjas
  • Bolsas ziploc
  • Instrucciones

    1) Pon esponjas mojadas dentro de una bolsa ziploc. Cierra la bolsa y congela.

    2) Puedes usarlas para almuerzos o para cualquier cosa que necesite un paquete de hielo

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    How To Cut Things

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    Slicing Cherry Tomatoes

    Need to cut a bunch of cherry tomatoes at once? Here’s a handy trick!

    Directions

    1) Place them on a plate.

    2) Cover with another plate.

    3) Run a long, serrated knife through the two plates.

    4) Voila! All of your tomatoes are halved in one fell swoop.

    Slicing Basil

    Want to slice basil quickly and easily? Then you’ll want to do what’s called a chiffonade. Stack all the leaves on top of each other, roll tightly, then slice the leaves perpendicular to the roll. You can do this with any leafy herb.

    Dicing Onions

    If there’s one cutting technique you should know, it’s the proper way to dice an onion.

    Directions

    1) Don’t cut the root off the onion! Cut the onion in half and peel off the skin.

    2) Lay the onion flat and make three horizontal slices into the onion, but don’t cut all the way through. Then make a series of vertical cuts, but also don’t cut all the way through.

    3) Finally, begin to dice the onion. For large pieces, do the same things, but with larger cuts. For minced onions, the same things but with smaller cuts.

    Cutting Steak

    The important thing to remember when cutting steak is to slice against the grain. With this technique, you will have more tender pieces of meat.

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    4 Cool Things To Do With Mason Jars

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    DIY Lava Lamp

    Materials

  • 1 mason jar
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Food coloring of choice
  • 2 Alka Seltzer tablets
  • Directions

    1) Fill a mason jar halfway full with water. Fill the rest with oil.

    2) Add several drops of food coloring, stir until the water is colored.

    3) Drop in Alka Seltzer tablets and watch the lava lamp start going!

    Blender Mug

    Ingredients And Materials

  • Mason jar
  • Smoothie ingredients
  • Blender
  • Directions

    1) Fill a mason jar with your favorite smoothie ingredients.

    2) Remove the blade base from a blender and screw onto the top of the mason jar.

    3) Place mason jar directly on blender base. Blend until smooth, remove blade top, serve and enjoy!

    Sandwich Eggs

    Ingredients And Materials

  • Eggs
  • Mason jar lids
  • Breakfast sandwich ingredients
  • Directions

    1) Place mason jar lids in a skillet. Make sure the inside is empty. Grease the skillet and lids with cooking spray.

    2) Crack an egg inside the lid. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until eggs reach your desired consistency.

    3) Use eggs to make a breakfast sandwich, serve and enjoy!

    DIY Salt Shaker

    Materials

  • Mason jar
  • Salt container
  • Directions

    1) Cut the top off of paper salt shaker. Cut until it fits snuggly in the lid of a mason jar.

    2) Fill the mason jar with salt, sugar, or any other item you’d like to easily pour out. Screw on the top, label it and love it in your kitchen!

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    3 Fried Egg Hacks

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    Rainbow Fried Eggs

    Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Food coloring
  • Cooking spray
  • Directions

    1) Crack each egg into its own bowl. Using a water bottle, remove the yolks from the whites.

    2) Add several drops of food colors into the whites and gently whisk until combined.

    3) Generously grease a skillet with cooking spray. Add egg whites to pan and place the yolk back with a water bottle. Cook over medium heat until the eggs reach your preferred level of doneness.

    4) Gently remove from skillet, serve and enjoy!

    Herb And Cheese Fried Eggs

    Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Basil, minced
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooking spray
  • Directions

    1) Crack eggs in a bowl. Using a water bottle, remove the yolk and set aside.

    2) Whisk minced basil and cheddar cheese into whites.

    3) Generously grease a skillet with cooking spray. Add whites to skillet and place yolk back with a water bottle. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until the eggs reach your preferred level of doneness.

    4) Carefully remove from skillet, serve and enjoy!

    Microwave Fried Eggs

    Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Directions

    1) Crack egg on a microwave-safe plate. Season with salt and pepper.

    2) Microwave for one minute and 30 seconds, adding or subtracting time depending on your preferred level of doneness.

    3) Serve and enjoy!

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    4 Unexpected Uses For Ziplock Bags

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    Storing Ice Cream

    Want ice cream that is scoop-able, but still frozen? Store your ice cream in a ziplock bag!

    Orange Slush

    Ingredients And Materials

  • Orange juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Ziplock bags
  • Directions

    1) Pour juice in a sandwich ziplock bag. Pour ice in a quart-sized ziplock bag.

    2) Place juice in ziplock with ice. Add salt. Seal. Wrap in a towel and shake for 5 minutes, or until orange juice becomes frozen and slushy.

    3) Serve immediately and enjoy!

    Cleaning Stovetop Grate

    Materials

  • Removable grate
  • Ziplock bag
  • Ammonia
  • Directions

    1) Place grate in quart-sized ziplock. Spray inside the bag lightly with ammonia. Soak overnight.

    2) The next morning, remove grate from bag and voila! It’s clean!

    DIY Cold Packs

    Materials

  • Sponges
  • Ziplock
  • Directions

    1) Wet sponges with water and place in Ziplock. Seal tightly and freeze.

    2) Use in lunch boxes, coolers or anywhere you need a few extra cold packs!

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    Get The Recipes: 3 Tasty Mug Hacks

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    Omelette​ ​In​ ​A​ ​Mug

    Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons diced onions
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Directions

    1) Add eggs to a large, microwave-safe mug. Beat.

    2) Add in bell peppers, cheddar cheese, bacon, onions and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Mix to combine.

    3) Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until eggs are cooked.

    4) Remove from microwave, serve and enjoy!

    Blueberry​ ​Muffin​ ​Mug​ ​Cake

    Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • Powdered sugar, for garnish
  • Directions

    1) In a large, microwave-safe mug, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, butter and vanilla extract until combined. Gently fold in blueberries.

    2) Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until muffin cake is cooked through.

    3) Remove from microwave and cool for 5 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar, serve and enjoy!

    Pizza In A Mug

    Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon marinara sauce
  • 1 tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Mini pepperonis
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • Directions

    1) In a large, microwave-safe mug whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk and oil until a dough is formed.

    2) Spoon marinara sauce over the dough and top with cheese, mini pepperonis and Italian herbs.

    3) Microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until dough is cooked through.

    4) Remove from microwave and cool for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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    Get The Recipes: 4 Halloween Snack Hacks

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    Severed Fingers Pigs In A Blanket

    Ingredients

  • 1 package beef cocktail franks
  • Almond slices
  • 1 package crescent rolls
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • Ketchup, for serving
  • Directions

    1) Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2) Roll out crescent roll dough and cut into thin strips.

    3) Cut a small slit in the top of the beef franks and stick an almond slice inside. Wrap with crescent dough.

    4) Place on baking sheet and brush with egg wash. Bake for 10 minutes, or until dough is golden brown. Serve with ketchup and enjoy!

    Zombie Pretzels

    Ingredients

  • Green candy melts
  • Yellow candy melts
  • Red candy melts
  • Black icing
  • Mini pretzels
  • Directions

    1) Melt candy melts in separate bowls in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until melted and smooth.

    2) Scoop yellow and red candy melts into ziplock bags with a corner cut off.

    3) Dip pretzels in green candy melt. Tap off excess chocolate and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

    4) Fill the top corner holes with yellow candy melts to make eyes. Top with a small circle of black icing to make the pupils. Fill the larger hole with red candy melts, having it go all over the bottom part of the pretzel to make a mouth.

    5) Set aside until candy melts are completely set. If necessary, refrigerate. Serve and enjoy!

    Caramel Apple Crips

    Ingredients

  • Large green apples
  • Melted chocolate
  • Caramel sauce
  • Purple candy melts
  • Orange and black sprinkles
  • Directions

    1) Cut apple slices, about 3/4 of an inch thick. Skewer with a lollipop stick.

    2) Melt chocolate and candy melts in separate bowls in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until completely melted and smooth.

    3) Lay skewered apples down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with melted chocolate, caramel sauce and purple candy melts. Top with sprinkles.

    4) Refrigerate until completely set. Serve and enjoy!

    Vampire Teeth

    Ingredients

  • 1 package cookies of choice
  • White frosting + red food coloring, or red cookie icing
  • 1 package mini marshmallows
  • Almond slivers
  • Directions

    1) Cut cookies in half. Dye white frosting red with food coloring, or use red cookie icing.

    2) Ice both halves of the cookie with red icing. Place marshmallows around the curve of the cookie to create teeth. To help support the cookie, place a few more marshmallows in the back. Top with second iced cookie half.

    3) Insert two almond slivers in between the teeth to create fangs. If necessary, use frosting to make them stick.

    4) Refrigerate until fully set, serve and enjoy!

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    Great Garlic Hacks

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    Keep Garlic Fresh

    Ingredients And Materials

  • Garlic
  • Brown paper bag
  • Directions

    1) Punch holes every 1 to 2 inches in a brown paper bag. Put the garlic inside. Close the top with a paper clip.

    Easy Peel Garlic

    Ingredients

  • Garlic
  • Directions

    1) Place the flat side of a chef’s knife over a garlic clove. Smash down with your palm.

    2) Easily peel your garlic!

    Freezer Garlic

    Ingredients

  • 20 cloves garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Directions

    1) Add garlic to a food processor. Pulse as you pour olive oil into the food processor. Continue pulsing until garlic is minced.

    2) Scoop garlic into an ice cube tray. Freeze.

    3) When ready to use, add olive oil to a pan, add garlic cube and enjoy cooking!

    Roasted Garlic

    Ingredients And Materials

  • Cupcake liners
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Directions

    1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

    2) Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Pour a bit of olive oil into each liner.

    3) Slice the tops of the garlic off. Place, bottoms up, into muffin tins. Drizzle with more olive oil.

    4) Bake for 30 minutes or until garlic is totally softened. Serve and enjoy!

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    4 Genius Microwave Hacks

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    Revive Baked Goods

    Ingredients And Materials

  • Stale Bread
  • Damp towel
  • Directions

    1) Wrap stale bread in a damn towel and microwave for 10 seconds.

    Squeezing Lemons

    Ingredients

  • Lemons
  • Directions

    1) To soften lemons and make them easier to juice, microwave for 10 to 15 seconds.

    Cooking Corn

    Ingredients

  • Whole ear of corn, in the husk
  • Directions

    1) Microwave for 4 minutes. Cut off the bottom and gently squeeze the corn out.

    Reheating Dinner

    Ingredients

  • Leftovers
  • Directions

    1) Move leftovers to the edges of your plate, leaving a hole in the middle.

    2) Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. This technique makes sure all the food heats up evenly.

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    Get The Recipes: Amazingly Easy Waffle Iron Hacks

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    Crispy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

    Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • Cooking spray
  • Directions

    1) Mix together mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese and chives until fully combined.

    2) Thoroughly grease waffle iron with cooking spray.

    3) Scoop the mashed potatoes onto the waffle iron, close the lid and cook until golden
    brown on both sides.

    4) Top with gravy, serve and enjoy!

    Grilled Cheese

    Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 slices American or cheddar cheese
  • Butter, softened
  • Directions

    1) Place two slices of cheese between two slices of bread. Thoroughly butter both sides of bread.

    2) Place on waffle iron, close lid and cook until cheese is fully melted and outside is golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

    Waffle Cornbread

    Ingredients

  • 1 cup prepared cornbread batter
  • Cooking spray
  • Directions

    1) Thoroughly grease waffle iron with cooking spray.

    2) Scoop cornbread batter onto waffle iron, close lid and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden.

    3) Top with pulled pork and BBQ sauce is desired. Serve and enjoy!

    Waffle Eggs

    Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • Directions

    1) Thoroughly grease waffle iron with cooking spray.

    2) Crack eggs directly onto the waffle irons. Leave the lid open and cook until eggs reach desired consistency. Serve and enjoy!

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    Ice Cube Tray Hacks

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    Chocolate Berry Treats

    Ingredients

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Directions

    1) Melt chocolate in microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring each time until smooth.

    2) Pour melted chocolate into ice cube tray, filling each slot about 3/4 full. Press blueberries and raspberries into chocolate.

    3) Freeze until set. Serve and enjoy!

    Fruit Punch Banana Popsicles

    Ingredients

  • 2 cups fruit punch
  • 2 bananas
  • 16 popsicles sticks
  • Directions

    1) Pour fruit punch into ice cube tray, filling each slot about 3/4 full.

    2) Slice bananas into 16, 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch slices. Put one banana slice onto the end of each popsicle stick.

    3) Place sticks in fruit punch, banana side down.

    4) Freeze until firm. Serve and enjoy!

    Garlic Butter Seasoning Cubes

    Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks salted butter, melted
  • 1 bulb garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 large lemon or 2 small lemons
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • Directions

    1) Pour melted butter into ice cube tray.

    2) Top each slot of butter with garlic, lemon zest and chopped parsley. Use more or less of each ingredient depending on your preference.

    3) Freeze until firm. Store in a ziplock bag in the freezer and use as necessary. Enjoy!

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    How To Step Up Your Burger Game

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    There’s nothing like a good juicy burger. But if you’re wondering why the patty you make at home is never as good as the $15 one you get at a restaurant, we have some great tips on making a flawless, tender burger that you’ll crave. Are you ready to make the best burger you’ve ever tasted?

    First, you have to start with good meat. You need something with a little bit of fat to keep the patty tender. We recommend 80-85 percent lean beef — you can add more fat, but don’t go leaner.

    Want to really step up your burger game? Grind the meat yourself. That might sound a little daunting, but it’s really not that hard with a food processor. Dice your meat into 1-inch chunks, spread them on a rimmed baking sheet, and freeze them for about 15 minutes until they are firm but not frozen. Toss about 1/2 pound into your food processor (chill the blades and shaft if you can), and pulse the meat until it is ground to your liking — 10 to 12 one-second pulses usually do the trick.

    We recommend grinding chuck, round or brisket. If you want to mix in more fat, add rib meat. You don’t need fancy cuts — just try to keep the 15 percent fat ratio. For a flavorful treat, you can mix in a little sausage or chopped bacon.

    Use a light touch when mixing your burger to keep it thick and tender. Don’t mash it, and don’t make your patties perfectly round. Consider pushing a dimple into the middle of your patty if they are thick.

    Season your patties after forming them, and throw them on a skillet (we recommend cast iron for high temperatures and a tasty crust). We like to flip the patty as few times as possible for a nice crust and medium rare patty, but some people prefer to flip if it often for consistent cooking, so it’s really up to you — just don’t overcook. For medium doneness, you’ll want to keep it for roughly four minutes on each side.

    When it’s done, throw it on a good bun, baguette or bed of greens and top with a few high quality ingredients. Enjoy!

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    10 Ways To Organize Your Kitchen With Dollar Store Finds

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    1. Organize your refrigerator with small bins.

    Designate plastic boxes for groups of food like sandwich ingredients, vegetables, fruit, etc. This will help you use whatever space you have more efficiently. You can do the same thing in your pantry, too.

    2. Put tension rods in your shelves.

    Tension rods help store your cutting boards, baking sheets and serving plates for easy access, and allow for more efficient use of those big shelves that tend to fill up with clutter.

    3. Or buy a wire rack and zip ties to keep cutting boards inside your cabinet door.

    If you have extra space in the front of your cabinets, install cheap wire racks behind the doors, using zip ties across the bottom to keep the cutting boards secure. Make sure you install the racks low enough that your tallest cutting board easily fits with the door closed.

    4. Shower caps double as lids for leftovers.

    If you hate struggling with plastic wrap, throw a cheap shower cap on top of your dish and store as is. Genius.

    5. Pile your canned food in small baskets.

    Bonus points if you label them according to type.

    6. Inexpensive gift wrap makes great drawer lining.

    They may be temporary, but it’s easy enough to replace when it gets torn or dirty — much easier than cleaning the drawer.

    7. Keep your favorite recipes in a binder.

    Did your mom give you her old box of recipes that she doesn’t use anymore? Put them in a binder for easier access and organization. This is great if you have piles of loose recipes everywhere.

    8. Store your pots and lids with binder clips and s-hooks.

    Easy, functional, and saves a ton of space. Make sure you use large binder clips.

    9. Buy some self-adhesive hooks to accessibly store your measuring spoons.

    This saves time if you use a lot of spices or if you bake often.

    10. Wax paper, plastic wrap, or cling film makes a great refrigerator liner.

    It’s way easier than scrubbing out those sticky spills.

     

    If you are still having trouble keeping your kitchen clean, the Kitchn recommends setting a timer for five minutes each day. If you clean for five minutes, great. If you space out, the ding! will keep you on track.

    Sources: BuzzFeed, The Kitchn / Photo Credit: BuzzFeed

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    10 Hacks That Take The Stress Out Of Healthy Eating

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    1. Keep it simple.

    Diets come and go, but a healthy diet doesn’t have to be complicated. Instead of following trends, focus on eating high quality, wholesome food, like lean protein and complex carbohydrates. Load up on fruits and vegetables — they should take up half of your plate.

    2. Eat more fat.

    It might seem counterintuitive, but snacking on healthy fats will keep you feeling full and satisfied, which will ultimately help you eat less. In other words, munching on a handful of almonds can help you stay away from that bag of chips.

    3. Make your meals in advance.

    Preparing several meals once a week will save a lot of time in the long run and will make it easy to eat homemade, healthy meals instead of takeout.

    4. Drink more water.

    Drinking more water will help curb your appetite and keep you energized. Keep a water bottle within reach, and remember that water-heavy foods and drinks like watermelon or tea count.

    5. Buy your groceries once a week.

    Going to the grocery store on a daily basis can drain valuable time and energy; even worse, shopping when you’re hungry and in a rush can leave you vulnerable to temptation.

    6. Follow a shopping list.

    When you plan your meals and create a list, not only do you save money by buying only what you intend to use, you are also less likely to go for the unhealthy impulse buys.

    7. Use the salad bar to your advantage.

    If your veggies have a tendency to go bad, or you only need a small portion for a recipe, head to the salad bar and only take what you need.

    8. If you can’t eat them, drink them.

    Smoothies are a healthy, efficient, and refreshing alternative to the same old salad. Green Thickies recommends blending liquid, greens, fruit, and optional fillers like oats, coconut, or nuts.

    9. Stick to a schedule.

    Eating when you are hungry will keep you from feeling like you are starving, so you’ll be less likely to give in to cravings.

    10. Get your beauty rest.

    Sleep helps regulate hormones, which means that people who regularly get enough of it tend to make better food choices.

    Sources: My Fitness Pal, Green Thickies / Photo Credit: Fight Camp Conditioning, Eating Well, Foodlosophy, Jane Can, Skinny Mom, English Worldwide, Hampton Roads, Innovative HP, Angela Ambroise, Sleeping Little Dreamers, On The Tip Of Your Fork

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    10 Insanely Clever Kitchen Hacks

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    When it comes to the kitchen, you should work smarter, not harder. These kitchen hacks from Chowhound will save you time, money and effort.

    1. Freeze Ground Meat In Portion-Sized Pieces

    Stop defrosting the whole block and not using it. By storing meat in usable portions, you’re more likely to just take out what you need, and keep the rest frozen for another day.

    2. Make Your Own Quick Pickles With Leftover Brine

    When you finish your pickles, throw some cucumber slices in the jar and store them in the refrigerator for a few days. Green beans, garlic, carrots and radishes work great too — just make sure you par-boil them first.

    3. Wet Fingers To Easily Remove Eggshell Pieces

    Fishing out little eggshell pieces can be a pain, but if you wet your finger before dipping it in the egg, the shell pieces will stick to your finger and save you a ton of effort.

    4. Your Vegetables Aren’t Dead! Resuscitate In Cold Water

    When celery, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, lettuce or spinach gets limp and lifeless, trim the bottom of the stalk (and the top of your celery) and place it in a jar of ice cold water. This will help it crisp back up. If you even store your vegetables like this, they will last a little longer.

    5. Egg Slicers Work On Mushrooms Too

    Cut off the very bottom of the mushroom and throw the top into an egg slicer to save a ton of time. This also works for strawberries.

    6. Burnt Cookies? There’s A Microplane For That

    Use a Microplane (or other sharp utensil) to scrape off the burnt bottoms of your cookies or cupcakes, to make them look like you took them out of the oven just in time. We won’t say a word.

    7. Cut Up Plastic Bottles To Store Bulk Foods

    Follow this Instructables tutorial and never fool with big, awkward bags again.

    8. Use Cooking Spray When Measuring Thick Ingredients

    The next time your recipe calls for a half cup of peanut butter (or anything sticky), coat your measuring cup with a thin coat of nonstick cooking spray first. That peanut butter will slide right out.

    9. Stop Freezer Burn By Trimming As You Go

    If you aren’t like us and can’t polish off a whole carton of ice cream in a matter of minutes, avoid subjecting your ice cream to freezer burn by trimming down the carton as you go.

    10. Use Kitchen Charts

    Don’t do math. Seriously, just don’t. Somebody already did it for you:

    There’s one for grain to water ratios too:

    Sources: Chowhound, Instructables /Photo Credit: Chowhound, Huffington Post

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