Removing Stubborn Odors From Plastic Dishware

I recently made Ranch dressing from scratch. I accidentally spilled the garlic and it was a little stronger than planned. Unfortunately, it left every container I used smelling even after running it through the dishwasher twice!

I tried the newspaper trick I used when I “painted” my small thermos, (see “Baby Yourself”). But it did not work. The odor was so strong the newspaper could not absorb it overnight.

I put fresh newspaper in them, sealed the lids and tucked them in the corner of my kitchen. I ignored them for a week or so.

I am not sure how long it took, but when I finally checked them, the odor was gone. Sometimes, all it takes is a little more time.

Plastic containers stuffed with newspaper and sealed for several days to absorb garlic smell.

Plastic containers stuffed with newspaper and sealed for several days to absorb garlic smell.

No Fresh Carrots, Broccoli, or Cauliflower for My Salad

We are still reaping the produce from our gardens, but there will come a time when the garden is empty. What will we do then?

What if we want to make a salad, but will be unable to go to the store to get them?

Frozen vegetables to the rescue!

Vegetables are frozen right after harvest and that means they keep their nutrients. If you thaw a small portion of them in the refrigerator overnight, they are good on salads. The consistency is the same as “al dente” pasta.

Be sure to thaw a small portion because whatever you do not use will need to be cooked right away.

 

Thawing a small portion of frozen vegetables.

Thawing a small portion of frozen vegetables.

Stretch That Expensive Cereal

Special K Dark Chocolate is one of my guilty pleasures. I feel guilty because it is expensive and contains chocolate. But it’s better than eating a full size Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Bar!

I found a way to make that cereal last longer. Instead of eating it with milk, I sprinkle some on top of my yogurt and fruit. When I run out of the cereal, I switch to homemade granola.

Special K Dark Chocolate cereal sprinkled over yogurt and fresh fruit.

Special K Dark Chocolate cereal sprinkled over yogurt and fresh fruit.

Another way to stretch cereal is to add plain cereal to the expensive box. If you love Raisin Bran, you can mix plain bran cereal in with it, or make your own using bran cereal and raisins.

You can stretch the fancy Cheerios varieties by adding a few cups of plain Cheerios. Of course, buying the store brand of these cereals saves you even more.

I tried making my own Special K Dark Chocolate with cornflakes and chocolate chips. It didn’t work because Special K is made out of rice.  Now if I had purchased plain Special K and added dark chocolate chips, I might have been more successful!

(Note: Have you ever wanted to stop the world and get off? Sometimes, when I get sick that is exactly what happens. Unfortunately, I did not have my blog posts scheduled a week in advance. I thought of you last week, but didn’t have the energy to write a post. I do always come back.)

Use It, Don’t Organize It

I am too organized.

You may not think that is a problem, but where others would give or throw things away, I find myself trying to find some organizer in which to store them.

I was cleaning off the rusty, metal shelves in the basement where I keep my houseplant supplies. On the bottom shelf was a roll of contact paper with watering cans on it. I thought someday I would use it.

The last time I cleaned the shelves I realized the time was now! The shelves were rusty and putting that contact paper down not only protected what I was storing…they look pretty.

“Use it or lose it” is also a good motto. If you don’t use it, get rid of it.

I stored this contact paper for several years.

I stored this contact paper for several years.

 

Just to the End of Summer

Labor Day has passed and to many that means fall has begun. Yet, here in Iowa it is still in the upper 80’s! We will be wearing our summer wardrobes for a few weeks more.

I found the bottom edge of a pair of David’s shorts was worn out. I didn’t want to replace them this late in the year and finding his size was difficult. (I married a big man!)

I folded the edge up about one-fourth of an inch and pinned them. I did not rip out the hem.

David's worn shorts, folded and pinned.

David’s worn shorts, folded and pinned.

 

I then stitched below the original stitching one-fourth of an inch. (I planned on adding another line of stitching, but I ran out of gray thread!)

Stitching below the original line of stitching.

Stitching below the original line of stitching.

 

 

I ended up with a “new” edge on a pair of shorts that was only one-fourth of an inch shorter. I did not intend for these to last another year…just to the end of the season.

 

Another Way to Slice It

I read that grapefruit would help you lose weight and I started eating it more often. Some days I cut it up and mixed it with Greek yogurt. I found slicing it from top to bottom instead of around the middle made it easier to break into bite-size pieces.

Slice grapefruit from top to bottom.

Slice grapefruit from top to bottom.

 

 

Then cut into quarters.

Then cut into quarters.

 

Peel the quarter and you end up with bite-sized pieces.

Peel the quarter and you end up with bite-sized pieces.