Very interesting chart to show you just how fresh your eggs are. A lot of people don’t care other then to know if the egg should still be used because of age. Did you know that there is a change in how the egg tastes and cooks depending on how fresh it is? For some bakers only the freshest of eggs will work because they swear that the freshest of eggs makes cakes more airy and are more consistent when baking goodies like cookies and other treats. Depending on how you like your eggs fried you may want freshest (fluffy) or older (for a denser consistency). However, you should always toss eggs that float because they are considered bad and may be unhealthy to eat. Print this out and keep it in your recipe book or tape it on the inside of a cabinet in your kitchen for reference.
One of the hardest and most time-consuming house tasks is cleaning. However, it’s also one of the most essential house chores. The more regular our cleanups are, the better your home will look. And a clean home is a healthy and functional one. One of the reasons why people postpone cleaning is the lack of time and energy for it. Here are ten useful tips that will ensure a sparkling clean house with minimum effort which wouldn’t take all of your free time.
Create a house cleaning schedule: The first rule and the best one is simply having a checklist of tasks and a clear schedule. Only one member of the family shouldn’t clean the whole house. Everyone can do a little something for the house every other day.
Examine each room before you start: Make sure you know which the hidden spots in each room are. These will be the trouble spots that require the most attention. Always start with cleaning these and proceed with the easier areas.
Keep cleaning supplies together: It’s a great way to save time and energy. Store your cleaning detergents and tools in a bucket that you can carry with you around the house.
Use more natural cleaning products: Whenever you feel that all you do is run to the shop for cleaning supplies and spend a lot of money on them, try to find green recipes that you can use at home. Products such as vinegar and baking soda do wonders for multiple surfaces, types of stains and problematic areas.
Declutter your home: You cannot clean effectively if your home is messy all the time. The first step to a cleaner home is simply taking the time to remove all the clutter. This should be done on a regular basis – pick a day of the week or a time of the day dedicated to tidying up the house. All of these items that lie around are the ones attracting dust like magnets.
Listen to upbeat music while cleaning: Play some lively music and you will immediately notice a change in your mood and attitude. It will help time pass quicker and you will certainly enjoy yourself more.
Don’t get distracted: One of the things that sabotage cleaning is getting distracted by the TV, the phone, the computer and the people around you. Don’t stop until you’ve finished with everything planned. Focus and you will manage much quicker than usual.
Include the family: Make sure each member of the family is responsible for the mess they create and takes an active part in the cleaning schedule.
Hire professionals: Some areas at home are harder to clean and require proper techniques and tools. Hire professionals for the carpets, upholstery, curtains, garage and basement.
Utilize these useful cleaning tips and you will see that this chore doesn’t have to be a burden.
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Sea salt is kind of pretentious because it’s better than all other salts. If salts were fonts, sea salt would be Helvetica and table salt would be Old English (can you say douchebag?). There isn’t much of a difference, but sea salt is a more natural substance that comes from the sea (duh) rather than the ground, with minimal processing before it hits store shelves. It is made of bigger chunks, meaning it tastes better (and you can use less) and is great for non-food uses, such as cleaning and beauty. Not only do I sprinkle sea salt on baked goods, but I’ve also used it to clean my oven and added it to a homemade body scrub.
Here are my top 20 uses for sea salt.
1. Calm psoriasis and skin inflammation in a sea salt bath or body scrub.
2. After a workout, add to a warm bath to soothe muscles and aches.
3. Add to a facial or skin scrub to slough away dead skin and improve its tone.
4. Sprinkle on baked goods (brownie bites or any other chocolate dessert are a fave) for a light contrast of sweet and salty flavors.
5. Sprinkle on thick meat filets to enhance the flavor and absorption of your marinade.
6. Sprinkle on sliced cucumbers for a fresh, crunchy summer snack. Then dip them in ranch dressing, duh!
7. Add to water when making hardboiled eggs to make them easier to peel (although I prefer the oven method, this still works great).
8. Mix with cinnamon for an easy, natural oven cleaning scrub.
9. Mix with soda water for a refrigerator cleaner.
10. Mix with turpentine for a bathroom and shower cleaner.
11. Relieve a sore throat by gargling sea salt with warm water.
12. Heal fresh body piercings with a warm water and sea salt solution.
13. Fade bruises by soaking a washcloth in a sea salt and warm water solution and applying it to the bruise for a minute or two.
14. Remove blood, red wine, and perspiration stains on clothes by scrubbing with sea salt and hot water.
15. Whiten your clothes by boiling them in water, baking soda, and sea salt for an hour. Follow up by washing them as normal.
16. Brighten your teeth by brushing them with one part sea salt and 2 parts baking soda.
17. Alleviate the pain of a bug bite or sting by soaking it in a warm water and sea salt solution.
18. Rinse your sinus cavities with sea salt and warm water in a Neti Pot.
19. Add one eighth of a teaspoon of a sea salt to a glass of water on really hot days to decrease dehydration.
20. Volumize your hair by mixing one part hair conditioner with one part sea salt, coating your strands with it, leaving it on for 20 minutes, and rinsing.
Great idea: Make sugar cookies top with icing and (malt ball covered with frosting) or (gum paste ball) and then place M&M’s for the buttons and don’t forget the snowman’s arms, eyes, nose and mouth made of piped frosting or/or licorice. Great for a party and can you imagine the smiles you will get from your kids if these were waiting for them when they get home from school. Use the same idea for a melting witch for Halloween.