Have you ever felt that electronic gadgets are making you crazy? I've thought that from time to time. But who would want to live without modern technology? Not me. And next chance I get, I'm going to try Denise's clever time- and sanity-saving tip.
Photograph your parking job. I can't tell you how many times I've "lost" my car in a parking lot. Not anymore. I use the camera on my cellphone to photograph where I'm parked, including an elevator name or lot number. Sometimes, I'll snap two or three pictures. And it works every time. I no longer have to remember or write down where I left my car.
-- Denise, Illinois
Squeeze the pancake batter. Save empty ketchup bottles, thoroughly clean and allow to dry. The next time you make pancakes, put the batter in the bottle and squeeze it into the pan.
-- CR, email
Life beyond pickles. I save the liquid from jars of pickles, olives and artichokes. These liquids are great for pickling or marinating other veggies. I also toss them into homemade salad dressings or into mayo-based salads like potato, macaroni or pasta recipes. The only thing to remember is to be careful about mixing these liquids in the same recipe. Sweet pickle juice and kosher dill pickle juice really don't mix well.
-- Luann, Kansas
Superglue for greyhounds. I read the tip in Everyday Cheapskate about using superglue for small cuts. For years, we've adopted greyhounds. They are wonderful dogs with great personalities, but they have very thin skin. The Arizona Adopt a Greyhound agency highly recommends that you keep superglue on hand for just such a purpose as small cuts on your hounds.
In Arizona, there are a lot of thorny desert bushes. The dogs get scratched, and then they start licking the wound. This turns into a much bigger problem than it should, but a quick dab with the superglue quickly keeps the wound held together. Greyhounds run so fast they don't realize when they run into things.
-- Kathline, Arizona
Good to the last drop. Don't dump the leftover wine. Even a little will add flavor to a dish, sauce or salad dressing. A little wine added to sauteed veggies or poached fish is a huge flavor boost.
-- Cathy, California
Scribble clean the white board. To remove permanent marker images on a white board, take a nonpermanent white board marker, scribble over the permanent images and then erase. Works every time.
-- BJ, email
Remote control case. I have been using self-adhesive Velcro strips on things for years but have found that the adhesive dries out and needs to be replaced with double-sided tape, rubber cement or something similar.
My solution for disappearing remote controls: eyeglass cases.
The remote fits into the open-ended cases, and I can "mount" them anywhere I need to with belt clips, snaps and eyelets.
-- Bob, email
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