I’ve tried some tips seen on the Internet, mostly on Pinterest, lately, and I though I’d share how they turned out.
This post, seen on Pinterest, told about making an entire meal in the crock pot: pork chops on the bottom, potatoes wrapped in foil and placed on top, and corn on the cob wrapped in foil placed on top of that. I thought that sounded like a great idea, so I tried it, except instead of wrapping the potatoes in foil I cut them in chunks and placed them under the pork chops. I love potatoes that way, when the sauce and meat juices slow cook into them. But I did place corn on the cob in foil on top of that. The meat and potatoes were great, but to me the corn ended up tasting old and dry. It may be I just had some older ears of corn and it may turn out better for others, (it obviously did for the person who posted the recipe), but for me, I think I’ll stick with boiling corn on the cob in water.
This pin told about using equal parts of Dawn dishwashing liquid and vinegar on the tub for an hours or more to get rid of soap scum and build-up. I tried it first with the dish liquid I use, and it didn’t really do anything. But then I bought some Dawn and tried it, and it worked great. I wouldn’t say it is completely spotless, but it did a great job. I kept clicking through to get back to the original post about it, and it said to heat the vinegar. I hadn’t seen that when I tried it, so I don’t know if that would make it work even better.
This pin said to soak paper towels in vinegar, wrap them around the faucet, leave them for an hour, and wipe it off to remove the gunky stuff that gets around the base of the faucet. That really didn’t work any better for me than commercials cleaners, then the kitchen smelled like vinegar all afternoon. Yuk. Plus it left a white residue.
What worked just as well, even a little better, was to make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and scrub it around the faucet with a toothbrush and then wipe off. The vinegar smell wasn’t bad at all and didn’t linger. And those both these methods cleaned the gunk, but they didn’t remove the hard water spots. I finally bought a commercial cleaner for that but haven’t tried it yet.
My favorite Internet tip wasn’t found on Pinterest but rather through a search for getting rid of ants. We had problems with them off and on through the summer. Oddly, they didn’t get into any food cabinets but came up through the medicine cabinet. Even then they didn’t get into anything there but expanded onto the counters. We’d spray them, and they’d be gone for a few days, but then come back. I wanted something longer lasting and less toxic. I saw a number of ideas that seemed pretty messy, but the one that looked easiest was leaving bay leaves in the area where they come in. So I scattered a few bay leaves in that cabinet, and we haven’t seen ants in the kitchen since!
I’ve found a number of food-related ideas and tips online. The one I was most excited about recently was how to make my own tartar sauce. We don’t have fish often, and the last time we did I discovered I was out of tartar sauce, so I dashed to the computer to find this. It really tasted great, and making about half that recipe would be about enough for one meal, which I’d prefer to do so it wouldn’t spoil since we don’t use it much.
I guess it was a sign that I have been perusing Pinterest too much when I saw what looked like grandparents in Home Depot buying a big metal drip pan and thought, “Oh, they must be making a magnet board for their grandkids!” Maybe — or maybe they just needed an oil drip pan.
Here are some other neat ideas I haven’t tried yet (if you’re not familiar with using Pinterest, usually if you click on the photo it will take you to the site that explains more about the idea):
Making onesies and socks look like cupcakes for a baby gift or shower.
A way to get kids to look at the camera.
A faux cami for tops that are too low.
Assorted canvas crafts.
Some neat photography ideas (some of those will have to wait for when we have grandkids.
As will these ideas for kids.
Sigh. So many neat ideas — so little time. But it does stimulate my imagination and creativity to look at them.
Have you found any neat ideas online lately?