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.
- Sugar cookies recipe or pre made cookie dough works
- Various food colorings coming close to maroon, beige and pink
- Brown sugar
- Sugar dyed black (to look like pepper for the edges)
- Meringue powder
- Small paintbrush
- Wooden skewers to fit the width of your cookie sheet
- A cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
1.Use wooden skewers and put lengthways across the cookie sheet . This will give the cookies a realistic appearance.
2. Divide the cookie dough into 3 balls – two larger and one smaller. Dye the smaller dough ball a dark red. Dye one of the larger dough balls a beige color and dye the other large dough ball a pink red. Put the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Once your dough is cold, start building your block of dough. Since we want to cut these cookies, you want the side view to look like a slice of bacon.
3. Take the darkest color of dough and place it on some plastic wrap, and make some funky shapes with it. If you ever look at bacon and study the colors you will notice the darkest meat of the bacon is usually concentrated to one side. Then add some of the beige dough and the pink dough in the random layers. Then back in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
4. Uncover the dough and cut the rest of the slices. Cover the skewers with parchment paper. Lay the slices on the cookie sheet, on top of the dowels.
5. Bake your cookies according to your recipe’s instructions taking note that the thickness of your cookies can change the time frame you need to bake them for. Allow cookies to cool.
6. Use brown and black colored sugars (readily available in stores) and place in bowl. Use meringue powder slightly damped with water and brush the edge of each cookie and just touch the cookies edge to the sugar.
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
- 8 straight-sided wide-mouth pint canning jars with lids and rings
- Prepare the cake according to package instructions, or use any cake recipe.
- In pint size, straight-sided wide-mouth jars, put 1 cup of batter in each greased jar. Make sure to keep the rims of the jars clean. Put in preheated oven 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place jars on a cookie sheet to keep from tipping over while baking.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
- While they are baking, have your jar lids boiling in a pan of water. When the cake is done, take one jar out at a time and add the hot lid and screw on your jar ring and let set and cool.
- It will seal as it cools. Place the jars on the counter and listen for them to ‘ping’ as they seal. If you miss the ‘ping’, wait until they are completely cool and press on the top of the lid. If it doesn’t move at all, it’s sealed.
- After it cools it will pull away from the jar and when you are ready to eat, open and pop out the cake and enjoy.
- Unsealed jars should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within 2 weeks. Sealed jars may be stored in a freezer.
Icing: If sending this to a loved one include a small amount of icing in a can. If you give this to someone in person you can top the jar with icing right before you give it to them.
If mailing these wrap securely with bubble wrap!
When giving as a gift, top with a ten inch square fabric tied on with a ribbon and tag. You can also attach a little baggie with sprinkles, chocolate chips etc.