After fruit is picked it releases ethylene gas which causes it to begin ripening. To accelerate the process simply put the fruit inside a paper bag to trap the ethylene gas. If you’re really in a hurry, add an apple in the bag with your other fruit. Apples release a lot of ethylene gas on their own!
Did you know you lose 2% in fuel economy for every 100 pounds of additional weight you carry in your vehicle. We’re not suggesting you start making the kids walk alongside the car but what about all that extra weight in the trunk? Keep the spare tire, jumper cables and first aid kit where they are but the rest has got to go! With the price of gas a bit steep these days, every litte bit counts.
A little maintenance can go a long way on cutting cost this summer. Did you know that a dirty AC condenser can consume 10% more energy than a clean one? Cleaning this with a garden hose is pretty simple and can add up to some pretty big savings over the hot Summer months. You can get the step by step instruction by reading the full article located here.
Paint is hard enough to get off your hands but varnish is practically impossible! Here’s a little trick for the next time you stain the deck or finish up that wood shop project with sticky hands. Apply a little baby powder after you’ve scrubbed with soap and water. It takes the sticky off and leaves you smelling like a baby’s bottom. Okay, maybe a baby’s bottom was a bad example!
Back in my training days I used to spend a week at a time with new employees, teaching them the ropes. I love to cook so let’s just say over the years I learned a lot of great recipes from all over the country. The grilled onion is worth sharing.
Take a whole onion (preferably a sweet yellow onion) and cut out the core, just not quite all of the way through. Don’t toss it, you’ll need to use it in a minute. Drop in 2-3 beef bouillon cubes depending on the size of the onion. Add a heaping teaspoon of butter and put the core back on top of the onion. You may need to cut down the core a bit so it will fit back on. Wrap the onion with aluminum foil, preferably two times to help keep the butter in. Grill the onion until you can squeeze it and it feels mushy, typically 30+ minutes.
Pull up a chair, pour yourself a beverage of choice and enjoy this foil wrapped bit of paradise with a juicy steak. If you like French Onion Soup, you’ll love this grilled perfection!
Are you allergic to fabric softners? Is your tennis racquet collecting dust in the garage? Grab that can of tennis balls and toss a couple in the dryer during your next load of laundry. Your clothes will come out smelling fresh and static free. You won’t break out with hives unless your allergic to tennis balls. You can use them over and over again and considering the price for a can of tennis balls, this is actually cheaper than fabric softner sheets. Just make sure the dog doesn’t see you toss them in!