I am going to try my best to make a weekly Friday thingy. I will list all sorts of tips, ideas, web sites, etc that I hear about from around the General Store via Internet and/or neighbor talk during the week on a variety of subjects that I find helpful & interesting. Hope you do also... Feel free to add your own in the comment section...
Save your cardboard rolls from toilet paper & paper towels. Cut them open and use them as cutworm collars when you put your transplants in the garden.
The best time to transplant seedlings is just before it rains, or in a light rain
Stuck without a D battery? The MacGyver fix: Put a C battery in the slot and add three to five quarters to mimic the size of a D. WARNING: NOT INTENDED FOR LONG TERM USE!
If you need to shred cheese for a recipe, use the finer hole side on the grater. You will use less cheese than you need with the same results
To save time, cook up lots of ground beef, flatten it with a potato masher and freeze in pint bags for quick dinners like spaghetti, stroganoff, sloppy joes, etc.
How about this one. Some people have used the dashboard of their car as a food dehydrator. They took some apples, sliced them, dipped them in diluted lemon juice and put them on baking racks and spread them across the dash. With plenty of full sun, they were dry in a little over a day. - Have also heard that sun tea can be done that way also and it speeds up the process, so I'm going to try that and see come a nice sunny day here in Michigan..
Use about 1/4 cup of milk, added to a gallon jug of warm water and pour this over your roses. Milk is a natural anti-fungal--use it on your roses and on squash plants if they get fungus after a lot of rain...
How to Make a Raised Bed Garden out of used Kiddie Pools. If you don't like the look, you can surround it with pretty pots and big rocks.
Remember you can use color markers to "fix" fabric stains enough that you can't tell
Add up to one cup of White Vinegar in your laundry to help freshen & brighten your clothes. I do this and it does work, after a few washes you do start to notice a difference. Also works great when washing dirty, smelly sneakers...
This one is from me: I save the wax paper liners from cereal bags to use when baking. I lay it down to catch flour and other ingredients while cooking. And it's great for making pie crusts and kneading dough. Throw away when done. Free
Below is a little teaser from this coming Sunday Morning post...
Copy-cat recipe: Bob Evans Homestyle Meatloaf
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard (you can use regular mustard if you want)
1 lb. Bob Evans Farm Original Recipe Roll Sausage ( or any other cheaper brand sausage would be fine also)
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 cup uncooked quick oats
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 egg beaten
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Preheat oven to 350. Combine ketchup, brown sugar and mustard in a small bowl, set aside. Combine 1/3 ketchup mixture and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Shape mixture into loaf in large shallow baking dish. Bake 1 hour, remove from oven, pour remaining ketchup mixture over top. Bake for 10 min more. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.