There is a term in the television news business that I love: "news you can use." You see, there is a big difference between the shooting in downtown (which will NEVER affect your life because it was probably drug related) and a story that can actually improve the quality of your life. News you can use. Granted, ALL news should be news you can use, but its not. See Jesse James having sexy time with a chick named Bombshell.
Anywho, I'm always in search of news I can use. Recently I discovered some things that have made my life a little easier, particulary in the kitchen. And I wanted to share. I'm a giver.
The first: coupon clipping. I swore I'd never be a clipper, but now that I have more time on my hands, I've found that it really works! The other day I spent $217 at Kroger and saved $79. I also got three free bags of Nestle Toll House morsels and two free boxes of Frosted Mini Wheats. Some of my fave coupon sites: Redplum.com, Coupons.com, Frugal Girls. You can also find deals on Kroger.com. They send coupons right to your card ... no clipping required.
More valuable than the coupon clipping has been my meal planning. I usually plan 2-3 weeks at a time and then post it on the fridge. This has CONSIDERABLY cut down our grocery bill and also my frequent trips to the store. I know working moms are rolling their eyes right now like, yeah right, when in the hell am I going to meal plan? But I think planning would have helped me a LOT when I was working.
Okay, on to other matters. People always ask me how I get my cookies so soft. It's a trick I learned from my Grandma Hubbs many years ago. After you've baked your yummies and let them cool, put them in an airtight container and add a piece of bread on top. Soft, chewy cookies for days.
Cleaning your microwave: get a damp wash cloth (MUST be damp or you'll have a fire and I can't be responsible for that!) and then hit the power for 30-40 seconds. Loosens up the gunk and you should be able to wipe it down easily.
Want to avoid red sauce stains in your plastic containers (I'm talking to you, Chris Sawyer!)? Just spray the container with cooking spray first. Genius.
Make your brown sugar soft again: throw in a piece of bread and leave it overnight. It really works! Bread seems to be my go-to item, doesn't it?
Ever wonder why your yolk turns gray when you boil an egg? Oooh, ask me ... I know, I know! You've boiled it too long. I can boil the perfect egg (bragging) but it's not because I taught myself. I learned from the queen.
And finally, make your home smell like spring: I saw this on one of the blogs I read and it. is. awesome! Most of you know I detest the smell of vanilla, but you can barely smell it in this little concoction. Your biggest challenge may be finding rosemary! I went to three stores before I finally found it. Who knew there was a run on rosemary this time of year??
Okay, that's it. Call me Heloise. Or Tammy will work just fine. Hopefully you found at least one thing in here that will help you along. That will justify all this typing :)