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Topic: Helpful Household Tips for GPOers in 08

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    Angry Helpful Household Tips for GPOers in 08

    The thought struck me that this is a pretty vast community of folks around the US (and world). Even though we mainly come together to share our comments concerning music and GPO; why not throw in a little domestic advice to make our lives a little easier. Let's hear from folks that have solutions to common-everyday household problems. Here's mine:

    Tip#1. Little Egg Shell Bits in My Eggs
    Those annoying little bits of egg shell that end up in the frying pan after you crack an egg and the heat is already up to high. What to do.... What to do... What to do - oh my. Well, here's the solution: take a piece of the egg shell that you cracked; and fish out the egg fragment in the frying pan with that. Don't know why, but it works every time - like a magnet - and you don't end up with fingers with 3rd degree grease burns.

    Tip #2: The Clogged Toilet Horror
    OK - we've all experienced this little bit of joy. Before you rush out to the garage to fetch your trusty old plunger to plunge away; do this. Squirt a healthy squirt of dishwashing liquid into that pool of joy. Close the toity lid and take a well deserved break for about 20 minutes. After you have calmed down, go back into the bathroom and flush. Chances are that your problems are over.

    Any other Helpful Household Tips???


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    Re: Helpful Household Tips for GPOers in 08

    to solve the bits of shell in your eggs. Don't break them and put them in the frying pan. Break them in a small clear glass bowl and then you will be able to see the bits of shell that may have made their way in. Additionally, most eggs have tiny bits of white matter in them, usually attached to the yoke. You really should take a spoon and break that white matter off of the yoke and toss it out with the bits of shell.
    Samantha Penigar


    Dream it! Then Do it! Good things come to those who work while they wait. [COLOR=purple]Persistence[/COLO

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    Re: Helpful Household Tips for GPOers in 08

    Samantha is So right about using the bowl to crack your eggs in--Omg---doesn't EVeryone have a horror of egg shell bits in their eggs??

    Are we talking about fried eggs or scrambled? Poached anyone?--(my personal fave--pure eggness--and the reason microwave ovens were invented).

    I'm very good at scrambled--and here's a HOUSEHOLD TIP - break them into a bowl, ala Samantha, then - attention now, because this is contrary to popular practice - you do NOT plop a dash of milk into the bowl--no no no no no no no---that makes the eggs tougher. Don't argue - it's a fact. Instead, you quickly run the bowl under a water tap that has cold water running. Resulting amount of water is maybe a tablespoon to 2 eggs.

    Beat the $#%#$#!! out of the eggs with a FRENCH whisk please - if you grabbed a fork to do the whipping, throw it back in the drawer with utter shame for being so utterly Plebeian. WHisk that egg and water mixture until it's looking very light and full of air - Pour that into a preheated pan at MEDIUM heat, no higher--be ready to GENTLY move the mixture around, but don't get carried away with a lot of stirring--you want good sized fluffy curds of egg to develop.

    It only takes a couple of minutes - When you're thinking they're on the verge of losing their moistness, get them off the pan Pronto - put them on the plate, - spray them with fake-o butter or put a 1/2 tablespoon of For Real God Made It Butter on top - sparingly crack fresh peppercorn over it all, sprinkle it Lightly with your favorite salt substitute--um, you ARen't still using actual SAlt are you??---and there you go. Eggs ala Bernhardt - The Divine Sarah's favorite way to eat eggs. An utterly to-To breakfast in a few minutes time. No tough over-cooked bland eggs with bits of shell in them--puh-LEeeze!

    But really now, if you learn to crack an egg like an expert, you'll Never have any shell in the broken egg---well, hardly ever.

    But an egg broken directly into a pan? Come now. There are some sensitive people here--it's difficult for us to rub elbows with people inclined to such cretinous behavior.

    I'll return with more household tips after I dig through the pile of Stuff which is preventing me from even Seeing my house.

    Randy B.

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    Re: Helpful Household Tips for GPOers in 08

    These sound like some great tips Tom, Sam, Randy, and reading them is making me very hungry.

    I agree with you Sam, on the getting rid of those unsightly things, and i agree with you Randy, on the fresh pepper corns. Pink peppercorns are good for a change of pace and sometimes the green ones are also good. They are related to black pepper, they are the same yet different, different yet the same, the green ones maybe a bit too mild though, so mix them with the black, red, or pink.

    I like to chop some fresh Parsley and throw it on scrambled eggs instead of using it for a garnish like those crazy people in the restaurants. Fresh Tarragon also works, very differently.

    Well i can't think of any of my magnificent household tips at the moment so i'll share a recipe given to me by a real Mexican girl from Mexico. Well actually she's from Texas, but that's close enough.

    On the stovetop, heat up a black iron skillet very hot,
    add some olive oil.

    Cut up Venison Sausage and place in skillet,
    sear it well and then lower the heat some.

    After the Venison Sausage has cooked down some,
    remove it from the skillet, but don't remove the fat and olive oil.
    Place the Sausage in oven and continue to brown it.

    Chop up some Potatoes, a few Seranno Peppers (use only one if you don't like too hot, but remove the seeds either way), about a half of a large Purple Onion, and some Green Onion sprouts (or whatever they are called).

    Throw them into the skillet, add Salt and Course Ground Pepper. Add a few Chopped Garlic Cloves, but wait until half way done to add it.

    When the potatoes are almost done to a golden brown, add the Sausage back to the skillet and continue to cook past golden brown to well done.

    Serve with beverage of choice, enjoy.
    ...but beware it is very spicey hot.


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    Re: Helpful Household Tips for GPOers in 08

    Oh boy... and I just bought a new cooking book titled: "How to boil an egg!"


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    Re: Helpful Household Tips for GPOers in 08

    OK Here's another one

    When sweating off onions as a base for stews, casseroles etc I always add a couple of teaspoons of sugar. THis reduces the amount of acidity in the onions and adds a sweetness which brings out the flavour of the onions.

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    Re: Helpful Household Tips for GPOers in 08

    For all those wishing to bake a cake. Here is my mothers little secret. She take the eggs out of the frige several hours before she uses them. She wants them atroom temprature. They blend better for some reason.
    Samantha Penigar


    Dream it! Then Do it! Good things come to those who work while they wait. [COLOR=purple]Persistence[/COLO

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    Re: Helpful Household Tips for GPOers in 08

    Quote Originally Posted by Samantha Penigar
    For all those wishing to bake a cake. Here is my mothers little secret. She take the eggs out of the frige several hours before she uses them. She wants them atroom temprature. They blend better for some reason.
    You forgot that the other ingredients, like milk and butter, should be at room temperature as well.

    Raymond - the champion cake destroyer

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    Re: Helpful Household Tips for GPOers in 08

    OK, mine: when preparing Corn Dogs Flambé, always ignite them outdoors after marinating them in lighter fluid, otherwise the cat catches on fire.

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    Re: Helpful Household Tips for GPOers in 08

    GREAT TIPS (courtesy of my mom):

    1. Reheat Pizza
    Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove , set
    heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No
    soggy micro pizza.

    2. Easy Deviled Eggs
    Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all
    broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up
    mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg.
    Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

    3. Expanding Frosting
    When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with
    your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to
    frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less
    sugar and calories per serving.

    4. Reheating refrigerated bread
    To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated , place
    them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will
    keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

    5. Newspaper weeds away
    Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet
    newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with
    mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening
    plastic they will not get through wet newspapers..

    6 Broken Glass
    Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass
    you can't see easily.

    7. No More Mosquitoes
    Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

    8. Squirrel Away!
    To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with
    cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the
    squirrels won't come near it.

    9. Flexible vacuum
    To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an
    empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be
    bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

    10. Reducing Static Cling (for women)
    Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a
    clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when
    wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and -- ta da! -- static
    is gone.

    11. Measuring Cups
    Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot
    water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your
    ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right

    12. Foggy Windshield?
    Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the
    glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works
    better than a cloth!

    13. Reopening envelope
    If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include
    something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an
    hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily

    14. Conditioner (tip for women)
    Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than
    shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way
    to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it
    in your hair...

    15. Goodbye Fruit Flies
    To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2" with
    Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid , mix
    well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

    16. Get Rid of Ants
    Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it , take
    it "home", can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so,
    especially if it rains, but it works & you don't have the worry about
    pets or small children being harmed!

    The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things
    around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something
    and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean.
    (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told
    us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the
    sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material -
    I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like.

    WELL...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through
    it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh
    that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film , but
    it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft
    and static free - that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel
    waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on
    your clothes and on your lint screen This is also what causes dryer
    units to catch fire and potentially burn your house down with it! He
    said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time
    (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash
    it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least
    every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice
    as long!
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