Just A Few Neat Egg Hacks

I have heard these hacks from people on the bus when I go to the store.

This first hack will come in handy for those that do a lot of baking. Did you know that you can freeze raw eggs and then use them in cooking. This includes scrambling them. All you need to do is take a plastic ice tray that has at least a dozen sections in it for ice cubes. Crack one egg and put it in each of the sections and freeze the whole tray. After the eggs are frozen just pop them out and put them in a plastic bag back in the freezer. When you need a single egg, or multiple eggs, just go to the freezer and take out as many as you need. let them thaw out and then cook with them just like you always have.

We all know that when a raw egg goes anyplace except for in the bowl or frying pan that you want it to go in, it’s a mess to try to clean up. It usually takes a lot of paper towels to accomplish the job. Well not any more. If a raw egg goes astray when it’s being cracked, just cover it with salt and a paste will form. Once it has become like a paste, it’s easy to clean up.

If you want a perfect sunny side up egg in the microwave, then put one cracked open egg in the center of a small bowl. Stab the egg in the center, very gently, to let it get air. Put it in the microwave for three minutes and you will get a perfect sunny side up egg.

To tell if the egg is still fresh, float it in a bowl of cold water. If it lays on the bottom,  the egg is fresh. If the egg stands on one end on the bottom, it it still good but a few weeks old. If they float to the surface they are no longer fresh enough to eat.

 

Stabilizing A Collapsible Yarn Drum

Recently I bought a yarn bag in which to transport my skeins of yarn. The picture showed a bag that was sitting upright. When I ordered the yarn bag, I wanted one just like the one in the picture, a sturdy one that sat upright.

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What I actually received was one that collapses. Needless to say, when I received the yarn drum I was shocked. When I was counting on a drum that stood up by itself, but received one that collapses, I was upset too. Then I looked at the picture from where I had ordered the yarn bag and realized that I had ordered a different one by mistake.

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When I compare them, I actually like the one I bought by mistake better than the other one. The one I bought is actually bigger, because it goes all the way down straight. The other one slants in as it goes down, so the bottom is actually smaller than the top of the bag.

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I had to figure out how to make the drum stand up. Immediately I remembered the pieces of Mylar that I had saved. They come in the bottom of all the refrigerator bags that my medication is delivered in. However, over time I only had four of them left. I found out that four was plenty. I will have to start saving them up again for future projects.

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First, I measured all the way around the outside of the yarn drum. Next I measured the width and height of the pieces of Mylar. The height of the pieces was just perfect. When I added up the width of the four pieces of Mylar, they were just three inches shy of the total that I measured all the way around the drum.

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Then I put the pieces out on the table and lined them up side by side. I only taped them together on one side. That way the yarn would not get caught on any tape if it happened to rub up against the pieces of Mylar. After taping them together side by side, I sort of rolled them up to insert them into the yarn drum. They fit perfectly.

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I am an organization/containerize fanatic. I containerize everything that I can find a container to fit it. So I did this with my crochet stuff too. For Christmas, I bought a tin of chocolates so that I could use the tin once it was empty. After I finished sharing and eating the chocolates, I am now using the tin to help organize my crochet supplies. The tin is large enough to put the Mylar pattern squares in it, as well as the two zippered containers. Now that I have the tin, I just keep the scissors loose in the tin. They are easier to get to in the tin rather than to have to unzip the containers every time I need to use them.

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A little zippered pouch came with the yarn drum. I put all of my loose crochet hooks in a small pencil like container, and then inside the pouch. I also put a measuring tape in there and one loose plastic yarn needle to finish off the projects with.

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I already had a zippered crochet hook organizer. In the organizer I always kept a pair of small scissors, and a package of plastic yarn needles. I now keep them in the tin.

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As you might expect from reading about how I am such an organizing fanatic, I organized the yarn drum. The metal tin is in the back inside of a plastic bag. I do this so that the tin won’t get wet if the yarn drum gets rained on while I am carrying the crochet supplies around with me to work on. You will see in the picture that the yarn is in separate plastic bags also. I do this so that the different yarns won’t get tangled up inside the yarn drum, and their crochet hooks won’t catch and pull any other project beside the one that it is attached to.

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When I started comparing the two yarn carriers, I began to like the one that I actually bought quite a bit more that the one that I originally wanted to purchase. Other than the one I actually purchased being bigger, there are four separate places where yarn can thread the yarn up to be able to work with the yarn and not have to have the whole bag open. The one that I originally wanted only has two places where the yarn can be threaded up through the top and be able to keep the bag closed.

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Even though the pieces of Mylar look like they are too tall to be able to fit into the yarn drum properly, but there is room on the hanging down edge of the lid to pull it over the Mylar and then zip it up as usual. It really turned out nicely.

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Life Hacks That Work Well

Some hacks that I really like to use.

  1. Use a banana and the pealing to fix a scratched CD or DVD. – Peel the banana and take a slice of the banana and rub it all over the CD or DVD. Then rub the peeling over the CD or DVD. The scratches are fixed so that the CD or DVD will play.
  2. When you are out of AA batteries, but you have AAA batteries, no problem. Take a small amount of aluminum foil and stick it on the positive end of the AAA battery and put it into the space where you need the AA battery.
  3. You can make a toilet paper holder out of an empty used CD container.                    1. You need a roll of toilet paper.                                                                                     2. You of course need an empty CD container.                                                             3. You will need to cut the middle circle out of the bottom of the empty CD                        container.                                                                                                                    4. You will need to take the cardboard core out of the roll of toilet paper.                      5.You will need to put the roll of toilet paper into the top of the CD container and              take the toilet paper, where the end is sticking out from taking the cardboard              core out of it, and stick it through the opening that you cut in the bottom of the            CD container, and close the container.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Now you have a toilet paper dispenser that you made yourself. Enjoy it when you take it camping, fishing, or just on a road trip and the restroom is out of toilet paper, then you can use your own.

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4. I have discovered a way to get ice out of the trays fairly easily. We all know that tap water has stuff like chlorine in it. But did you know that it also has calcium in it? I have found that when I keep the ice trays very clean, about a third of it stays in the trays when I try to put the ice into a container in the freezer. However, when I let some calcium build up in the trays, the ice doesn’t stick in the trays quite as badly as when I clean them out. Maybe three or four ice cubes, out of all of the trays, won’t come out. The white residue in the bottom of the ice trays is calcium. I figure that if we actually drink calcium in milk, eat calcium in milk products and take calcium pills, then having a calcium residue in the ice trays isn’t going to do anything adverse to me.

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I also pay attention to how high I fill each tray. I hope you can see in the trays below just how full I get the trays. the trays have seven rows with two wells in each row. I tilt the trays when I fill them. The water hits right in the middle of the top four wells. I let the wells fill from the running water until the water reaches the fifth set of wells down. When it reaches that point, I take the tray out from under the running water and just let the bottom wells be filled by the tilting of the tray. When I do this and they ice is ready to be popped out of the trays, there are just a few ice cubes that don’t come out. Maybe three or four ice cubes, out of all of the trays, won’t come out. This fact is due to not stacking the trays too high, and letting the calcium build up in the trays.

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The picture below shows the approximate angle of the tilt when I fill the trays. They are just shy of being totally upright, tilting down just enough for the water to get into the wells.

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The last picture shows how I stack them in my freezer. I stack three of them side by side and have two layers of ice trays that way. these trays are going from side to side. Then I put two individual trays in on top of the ones you see in the first picture. The second picture shows the last two trays going from front to back on the top of the other two rows of trays.

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If I put three rows on top of each other, then the bottom row of ice trays won’t empty very well. A lot of the ice cubes won’t pop out when I try to empty the trays. About one third of the ice cubes in each tray won’t pop out. I either run some hot water over the bottom of the trays or I just let them sit for a little while until the ice cubes melt a little bit and fall on out. Which way I do it depends o how much time I have.

 

About Preventing A Blood Clot – Thrombus

About Kelly Bagnasco

Kelly Bagnasco is a great resource for many things; these include great recipes, handy DIY projects, and life hacks that tell about numerous uses for many things. She has given me permission to use any of her posts that I think would be useful for my readers. She has been a blogger that I have followed for years. I even have made a website just for many of her great tips and information about the various uses for things from foods to everyday items that most people have around the house. You will see many of her posts on this website. She is so concise that there is not much else I could say to enhance any of her posts.

These are the opinions from Kelly Bagnasco’s research. They are not necessarily my own opinions, nor are they medical facts by me. I am not a physician and do not claim to know the validity of this post.

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IMPORTANT…PLEASE READ AND SHARE!!!

If you are like me, and spend a lot of time sitting working on the computer you might want to take the time to read this.

It’s so easy to get caught up with the Internet Frenzy, time goes by so fast when you’re sitting having fun, hours have gone by and you’re still sitting in the same position. GOOD HEALTH IS PRIORITY. Sitting for more that two hours straight without taking a break is unhealthy.

Please read the following and pass it on. Thank you

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Blood Clot - Thrombus

They might not sound very life threatening, but a blood clot that develops in the deep veins of your leg, if left untreated and unable to dissolve of its own volition, may detach and travel to your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism (or PE).

In most cases, a leg blood clot will form due to lengthy periods of travel, for example if you remain immobile in cramped spaces—such as an airplane or bus—with few opportunities to stretch your legs or get up and walk around.

Here are ten signs that you may have a dangerous blood clot in your leg…

1. Redness
A slight discoloration of the skin in the area of the clot is often one of the first signs of is the formation of a thrombus (or clot) deep in a vein.

2. Swelling
Likewise, painful swelling may occur at the site of the clot—particular if it develops in the leg, ankle, or calf area.

3. Warm Skin
Blood clotting will often cause a temperature change—in leg clots it the skin near the area may increase in temperature and become warm.

4. Fainting
Fainting and dizzy spells may occur if the body is unable to dissolve the blood clot naturally, on its own or if it detaches and travels towards the lungs if breathing is labored.

5. Increased Heart Rate
As the leg clot grows in size, the body will attempt to eradicate it and the vital organs, like the heart, will work harder resulting in an accelerated heartbeat.

6. Fatigue
Any illness, such as a blood clot, will have the body’s defense systems working overtime, which may result in fatigue or exhaustion for no apparent reason.

7. Fever
A blood clot, particularly if it detaches and enters the blood stream, may cause a mild fever.

8. Tenderness
Oftentimes the skin surrounding the clot, even though it’s deep within the leg, may become quite tender to the touch with no evidence of bruising on the skin surface.

9. No Symptoms
Approximately half of those experiencing a blood clot in the leg (or deep vein thrombosis) have little or no symptoms at all.

10. Distended Veins
Sometimes a particularly stubborn blood clot will show itself via distention of surface veins in the area of the leg where it’s developing.

Source: activebeat,com

A Dozen Simple To Do Life Hacks

Here are a dozen hacks that you can do easily.

  1. Instead of buying tube rollers to roll up tubes, such as toothpaste, as you use them, use a bobby pin. Start rolling up the tube at the bottom, flattening the tube as you go up. Put the bobby pin through the middle of the part where the tube is being rolled up.
  2. Have some new shoes that are too tight? – Here’s an easy way to break them in. Put on a thick pair of socks and then put on the shoes. Now take a hair dryer and hold it near the tight spots for about five minutes. That’s all it takes to stretch the new shoes out where they hurt your feet.
  3. When your sink isn’t big enough to hold the container you need to fill – an easy way to fill it is to take a new(as in never been used) dust pan that has a handle on it that fits around a broom. Put the dust pan part under the faucet in the bathroom. Have your container under the handle right where it sticks over the sink. When you turn on the water, the water should flow off of the handle of the dustpan and right into the container with no problem.
  4. You may have a toilet cleaner, that doesn’t stink, in a strange place in your house. Why do I say this? Because it may be in your refrigerator. What is it you may be asking by now? Well, it’s none other than Coca Cola. It will take the stains out of your toilet. Just pour it in and let it sit for a up to an hour. Clean the toilet bowl with a toilet brush, and then flush the toilet. That’s it, and you have a clean toilet.
  5. Not enough room in your microwave to heat up two small bowls at one time? Use a cup that is as tall as the bowls are, and put it beside the first bowl. Take the second bowl and put it on top of the cup so that it can heat up at the same time as the first bowl does. Space problem solved.
  6. Easy way to only toast the outside of your sandwich bread. Put two slices at the same time in just one of the slots in the toaster. The outside will be toasted and the inside will be warm, but not hard and toasted. The inside of the two slices of toast will be soft.
  7. Do you want to heat up you leftovers evenly at the same time? Put a small open circle in the inside of whatever you are heating up. This is sort of like making a well in the middle of the mashed potatoes for the gravy.
  8. To absorb any possible spills in the bag in the kitchen or bathroom trashcan, put a few layers(like two or three sheets) of newspaper in the bottom of it. The newspaper will absorb the liquid very easily.
  9. There are two ways to steam wrinkles out of a shirt – One way is by running a hot shower and keeping the bathroom door closed so that the steam won’t escape, then hang up the shirt until the bathroom cools off.
  10. Keep aerosol spray cans organized and out of the little ones hands – use a hanging bag that holds shoes and hang it up on the back of a closet door.
  11. Always find the ends of a rolls of tape – put paper clips on the cut end of the roll of tape. Never have to keep turning the roll of tape around and around to find the end of the tape any more.
  12. Keep your water bottle cold longer – when you go to fill your traveling water bottle, just fill it about a fourth of the way and lay it on its’ side in the freezer. After if freezes, and right before you leave the house, fill it with cold water from the refrigerator. The ice that is down the side of the bottle will keep the rest of the cold water colder longer.

Ten Easy To Do Life Hacks

Here are some life hacks that are as simple as simple can be. They take very little time to do.

1. Keep wet shoes in shape – put scrunched up news paper inside the wet shoes to make the shoes keep their shape. I have done this many times. It works great.

2. How to keep little ones in bed so they won’t fall out – put a swimming pool noodle under the fitted sheet on the bed. Unless your child is bigger than normal, this should keep the little one from rolling off of the bed while they are sleeping.

3. Buttons won’t fall off of your shirt after you do this – just put some clear fingernail polish over the thread on the outside of the shirt. It won’t ravel once it dries.

4. Eliminate static cling – throw a wadded up ball of aluminum foil in your clothes in the dryer. It will serve a dual purpose. It will act as a dryer sheet, and it will eliminate static cling.

5. To dry dish washing sponges – use a binder clip that has the handles arranged so that they are flat on your sink or counter. Put the sponge in the clip standing straight up so that it can dry out.

6. To separate unpopped kernels from the popped ones –  when the bag comes out of the microwave, only open it enough for the unpopped kernels to fall out when the bag is turned upside down and shaken. Shake the bag until no unpopped kernels come out, then empty the popped pop corn into a big bowl.

7. To make grilled cheese in a toaster – unless your toaster shuts off when it is on it’s side, that’s all you need to do. Put your bread in the toaster with the cheese side up. Push the on button to start the toaster toasting the cheese. Watch it closely so that the cheese will not get burned. You want to only brown the cheese.

8. Chilled white wine without ice – freeze green grapes. The grapes will keep the wine chilled but will not water it down.

9. How to retrieve small dropped items – simply put a stocking over the end of the pipe connector on your vacuum cleaner. When the vacuum is turned on, all of the small items will be sucked up and cling to the stocking covering.

10. To light candles that have melted down in a jar – all you need to do is to likgt a piece os spaghetti and then put the lit spaghetti down into the jar.

Remove Glue Residue Left From Labels On Plastic Containers

Now days there are many different items that come in reusable plastic containers. The biggest problem with reusing them is that there is always the sticky residue from the label that was on the container.

I was told that olive oil would remove the residue. All I had to do was to coat the area with the olive oil and let it sit over night. So I did, and sure enough it worked. I am fairly sure that any type of vegetable oil will work if left on the area overnight.

After that I got to thinking about baby of oil and whether or not it could possibly do the same trick. I tried it, and it worked also.

I read that WD – 40 will remove the sticky residue left behind after using duct(duck) tape. Needless to say, if it will remove the sticky residue from duct(duck) tape, it most certainly will remove the sticky residue left behind from plastic container stickers.

Some Of The Uses For WD-40

I knew that WD-40 could be used for many different things. I thought I would list a few here, so I Googled it.  Boy was I surprised with the results. See the list of links below and pick whichever one you want. I intend on going to all of the lists just to see what is on them. One of the results when I Googled it even said that there are as many as 2,000 different uses for the WD-40, the link for that is http://wd40.com/uses-tips . That being the case, it is more efficient to provide the links to some of them.

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After seeing the topics on the list above, I am going to try some out myself. I clicked on a few of the lists and saw that WD-40 removes all traces of duct tape from any surface where it once was, it will remove lipstick from clothes when sprayed on the lipstick and then washed as usual, it will relieve arthritis when sprayed on the painful joint and so on.

 

To Remove A Stripped Screw

I have heard about this for a while, but thought there was no way that it could work. It was just too simple. Removing a stripped screw had to be more work than just using a rubber band. When I read it in one of Kelly Bagnasco’s tips, I considered that it might work, but immediately shrugged it off. It wasn’t until I was struggling and struggling with a stripped screw that I actually tried it. Guess what? It really worked!

There are only two things that you need to remove a stripped screw. These two items are the proper screwdriver, meaning either a flat head or a Philips head, depending on which type of screw you have, and a wide rubber band for big screws or a real narrow one for small screws. A skinny rubber band won’t work on big screws, and a wide rubber band won’t fit into little screws.

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All you have to do is to stretch the rubber band across the head of the screw and put the screwdriver in it, keep pressure on the rubber band, and turn the screwdriver counter clockwise (to the left – righty tighty, lefty loosey) to unscrew it.

Homemade Stain Remover for Armpit Stains

I have heard a few ladies talking about how to remove the stains in the arm pits of shirts. They said that you need only add Dawn, Hydrogen Peroxide and baking soda together and rub it in on the stains.

Dawn - Hydrogen Peroxide - baking soda

 

The amounts of each are as follows:

1 tsp. Dawn, 3-4 tsp. Hydrogen Peroxide, 2 tbsp. baking soda

It’s as simple as that. You need to test it on a spot that is not too visible to make sure that the color doesn’t change on the fabric.