Critter Bath Tips
When we are through with the torture of a bath, I towel dry the dog in the bathtub and let her shake as much water before I take her out.I know it’s clean water, but I really don’t want to mop all the floors in the house again.
Naturally, this means lots of hand washing and a lot of soap. A reader wrote that she just buys the cheapest dish soap possible – usually the store brand and that’s what her guys use instead of that expensive shop de-greaser hand cleaner. She says this saves them quite a bit of money and in this economy, every penny counts.
Farmers Market Time
If you are planning on making food gifts for the coming Holiday season, you will want to look through your supply of freezer bags, jelly jars, canning lids, sugar, etc. as well as spices and vinegar.
Check your local advertising papers, fliers at supermarkets, etc. for places and times as many of these markets are only open one or two days a week for a few hours. Once folks find out about the fresh produce, it doesn’t last long.
Corn On The Cob – Quick And Easy
Remove the ear from the microwave and lay on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut the stem end off about 1/2" up on the bottom kernels. Then, grab the top of the ear and pull. I hang on to the bottom of the ear under the shuck – all of the shuck and the silk will slip right off. No silk to pick off, the corn is perfectly cooked and it tastes wonderful! Butter up and enjoy!"
(I tried this and it works! Of course, the disadvantage is that you can only cook one ear at a time, but I’m thinking that energy-wise and time-wise, it’s better.)
Buy several melons while they are in season. Cut them in half and take out the seeds and strings and then either use a melon baller or a small cookie scoop to make the melon balls (for some reason, my kids always ate more if I made the pieces round.) Put the balls on cookie sheets and set in the freezer until frozen solid. Then bag up into the heavy freezer bags for use in winter.
I’ve seen the commercial melon balls in grocery stores and the prices were outrageous. A few minutes spent making your own saves you $$$$ in the long run.
Now, if you don’t care if your melon pieces are round or not, you can do what I do now: I just peel the melons, cut them into bite sized chunks and freeze.
Cooler Smells Banished
(This also works for freezers that are accidently unplugged and the stuff inside turns green! I didn’t believe it until I saw it, but it did work. The lady poured a full pound of fresh coffee in the cleaned out/stinking freezer, shut the lid and left it for a week. She then vacuumed out the coffee and repeated the shut the lid for 7 days. She’s still using the freezer and there is absolutely NO SMELL!)
"I do a lot of cooking and am continually washing my hands. I now use a dedicated pan to wash my hands in with soap and have an ice cream bucket under the faucet to catch the rinse water, which I then put in the pan. When it’s full, I take the pan outside and pour the water on my plants in the flower barrels. I’m amazed at how much water I have used and wasted because I wasn’t paying attention. The soap doesn’t hurt the flowers, in fact, it seems to be keeping some of the bugs away. I just thought you should know!"
Note from Pennywise:
As always, if you have tips or ideas to share, send them to me at Pennywise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543 or better yet, email me at [email protected].
P.S.: Please be sure to mention the "Farm And Livestock Directory" when you respond!