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Reheat pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove.

Set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.


Expanding frosting

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar/calories per serving.

Kathy, Mesick , MI


Reheating refrigerated bread

To warm biscuits, pancakes or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Dave, Camden , DE


Newspaper weeds away

Start putting in your plants; work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers and put layers around the plants, overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic but they will not get through wet newspapers.

Linda, Monmouth Jct., NJ


Broken glass

Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken pieces of glass- the fibers catch ones you can't see!

Olive, Santee , CA


No More Mosquitoes

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Diane, Moran, SC


Flexible vacuum

To get something out of a heat register or from under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get into narrow openings.

Donna, Anderson , SC


Reducing static cling

Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and - voila - static is gone.

Pam, Maple Rapids, NH


Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Kim, Goldsboro , NC


Foggy Windshield?

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Alicia, Tampa , FL


Reopening envelope

If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.

Mary, Lockhart , TX



Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.

Kerry, Canada,


Goodbye fruit flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it with 1/2" apple cider vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid. Mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Barbara, Birch Run, MI


Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it "home" and can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

Teresa, Mitchell , SD


Take baby powder to the beach

Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When you are ready to leave the beach, sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder and the sand will slide right off your skin.

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Bess Hoffman

Bess Hoffman came to live in Israel from South Africa in 1969 with her husband Eddy and three small children. In 1978 she got her Israeli tourist guide license and had a great time s...

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