When my little grandson Eli asked me for a popsicle last summer, I got away with giving him an ice cube on a stick. Somehow, I don't think that's going to work any longer now that he's a year older.
But you can be sure I won't be buying frozen sugar water from the store since receiving the following fabulous recipe for healthy popsicles from one more of our clever readers.
Refreshing homemade popsicles. I love to make healthy popsicles. It's easy to do.
For six large peach popsicles, place one container of peach yogurt with the fruit on the bottom and one can of peaches in pear juice in the blender. (Include the pear juice). Blend until smooth. Pour into molds and freeze.
I use wood sticks from the craft store instead of the ones that come with the molds. The sticks are disposable and you can make lots of popsicles at a time. I like to keep a bunch of popsicles on hand, so after they're frozen, I'll take them out of the molds and store in zip-type freezer bags.
- Ceil, Florida
Get a leg up on makeup. Recently, I ran out of liquid foundation while I was getting ready to go out. I rarely go anywhere without makeup, but I didn't have time to run to the store.
I remembered that I had purchased leg makeup in a shade close to my skin color to try as an alternative to stockings. I sprayed some on my fingers, rubbed it on my face and neck, and it covered well without looking "made up."
The color didn't rub off on my clothing, and it went on fast. I applied the rest of my makeup and was out the door in five minutes.
I was going to use the leg makeup as a stopgap, but now I think it's easier, less expensive and quicker than applying regular liquid foundation. And it does a beautiful job.
- Ellie, Kentucky
Second life for magnets. We receive game schedules on large magnets from our favorite sports teams. When the season is over, those magnets go into my craft bin and we glue the kids' craft projects, photos or other special mementos onto the magnets. Then we hang them on the fridge or other magnetic surfaces.
I've also used these big magnets to hang our master calendar to the side of the fridge, for holiday decorations and for all the Scout projects.
- Holly, email
Nuke the peanut butter. Natural peanut butter separates in the jar. I discovered a handy tip to facilitate mixing it together. Simply remove the metal lid and microwave the jar for 45 seconds. Let it stand for a minute, then use a long-handled spoon and stir it thoroughly.
- Timothy, California
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