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Friday, May 23, 2014

Extraordinary Uses For Ordinary Things

Juice a lemon with a microwave - Zap a lemon for 10 seconds to break down the cells and make juice flow faster.

Roll out dough with a wine bottle -Remove the label from an empty, clean round wine or liquor bottle and fill it with cold water. Then cork or cap it.

Use a box grater to puree tomatoes - Place a plate under a box grater. Then place the stem end of the tomato in your palm. Grate against the widest holes while rotating the fruit in a circular motion. The puree falls on the plate while the skin and tomato belly button stay in your hand.

Mince garlic with a can - Wrap peeled garlic and or other spices in tinfoil. Then smash them with a can from the pantry.

Bake omelets in a muffin tin - Coat the tin with cooking spray. Fill each cup with one beaten egg and top with desired ingredients. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. This is a great way to make personalized omelets for a big group of people.

Use freezer bags for mess free breading - Put flour in one bag, beaten eggs in a second bag, and bread crumbs in a third. Dip foods like shrimp or chicken into each bag-then toss into a fourth bag, close, and shake.    

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Liquid Nicotine In E-Cigarettes Is Poisonous

The concentrated liquid nicotine in e-cigarettes is highly toxic. Ingesting even a small amount or accidentally spilling on your skin can cause nausea and vomiting. In some victims, it can increase blood pressure and heart rate. So make sure you keep it out of reach fo small children. Then wear rubber gloves when you handle it. And last, don't store liquid nicotine where you keep your eye drops. You may accidentally reach for the liquid nicotine instead of your eye drops and get nicotine poisoning and extreme eye irritation.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Low Cost Steps You Can Take To Avoid A $10,000 Repair Next Winter

To prevent ice damming, yo should first clear gutters each fall after leaves drop into them. That's because gutter blockages increase the odds of ice forming when winter comes. If you can't do it yourself, then hire someone.

Install heat cables on your gutters and leaves to prevent ice damming. This electrical cable, which generates low-level heat, is narrow like a heavy duty extension cord and comes with a large number of small clips to attach to roof shingles, gutters and downspouts without causing damage. Expect to pay $75 for a 100 foot length and about an extra $100 in electric bills to power it on snowy days. These heat cables could save you an ice-dam repair bill of $10,000 or more. The cable can be left in place all year long. The companies that make the cables also make sensors that allow it to turn on only when needed. Easy Heat Roof Heat Cable is available at Lowes and Frost King De-Icing Cable is available at Home Depot.