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What To Do When Wine Charms Won’t Fit Your Glasses

Why is it that the number of dirty cups in the sink far outweighs the number of occupants in the home? Marking your glasses for home or company use is a sure way to cut down on each person using more than one glass. There are many ways to do this.

  • Make a set of unique wine charms. Assign each person a different charm and hope they remember which is theirs.
  • Paint your glasses with blackboard paint and chalk on the names. Using a liquid chalk makes the writing easier.
  • Use a dry erase pen to write on the names of the cup’s temporary owner. This doesn’t work so well on dark mugs.

Here’s my newest way to keep one glass per person . . . Name Coasters!

Soooo easy too! 3 steps to this tutorial.

1. Grab a 4 pack of cork coasters and a marker from your local Dollar Store. If there are more than 4 people in your home get as many packs as needed.

2. Remove & throw away all the packaging.

3. Write one person’s name on each coaster.

DONE.

My brother-in-law came up with this idea which we field tested on New Year’s Eve. It worked brilliantly. Every one was committed to either putting their glass back on their coaster or keeping their coaster with their glass. Kept the furniture safe from water rings too.

This is an idea that works for me because there are fewer glasses, no plastic throw-away cups, and the counter is once again filled with snacks rather than excess cups.

To share your tip link up to the Works-For-Me-Wednesday crew at We Are That Family. Or go there to see what you can glean from the 141 posts already linked. I am # 142.

Your Turn . . . What’s your best tip on keeping the ratio of glasses per person to a reasonable number?

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How to Build a Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Kit (WFMW)

The aroma of Banana Chocolate Chip Bread as it bakes is one of the seven smell wonders of the world. Eating this tasty bread is a gastronomical treat.

I am always more than ready to smell and eat this gem. But I am not always ready to make it. That’s why I started making Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Kits. You know, gather all the dry ingredients together and put them into plastic bags to make your own “box” mix ready for some future use.

Read on for directions on how to make this Banana Chocolate Chip Bread box mix.

  1. Get recipe here. Read it through. Gather all your recipe ingredients, 1 baggy and 1 tie, 2 quart sized Ziploc bags, and 1 gallon sized Ziploc bag.
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl until blended. Put one quart sized Ziploc bag inside a glass. Pour the flour mixture in. Press out air and then close it.
  3. Combine chocolate chips and walnuts in a small bowl; toss with 1 Tablespoon flour. Put one baggie inside a glass. Pour the chocolate chip mixture in. Press out air and then twist tie it closed.
  4. Put one quart sized Ziploc bag inside a glass. Put 1 cup sugar into the quart Ziploc bag. Press out air and then close it.
  5. Put all three bags into a gallon sized Ziploc bag.
  6. I usually make 3 or 4 of these kits up at the same time. I do all one step for each recipe at one time. I.e. I’ll have 3 glasses with a quart sized baggie in each and put the flour mixture into them. Etc.
  7. I can get two kits into one gallon sized Ziploc bag. I rubber band the sugar and flour mixture bags (for each recipe bags) together.
  8. Print out a copy of the recipe and put it in the gallon Ziploc bag.

If something doesn’t make sense, leave a comment and I’ll sort it out. It sounds more complicated than it really is. Good eating!

This post is for Works-For-Me-Wednesday. Don’t know what that is? Go here for FAQ about Works-For me Wednesday. Go here to read other tips. Link up what works for you or leave a comment. FYI – I am #145 on this list.

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4 Baking Tips to Make Your Time in the Kitchen a Little Easier (WFMW)

Gillian is British and besides making a great cup of coffee, she knows food. Gillian runs her own personal chef business and has the education and practice to make it a tasty and successful one.

At Christmas we made three recipes. I came home with more than delicious sweets. I also came home with some tips. Maybe one of these will help you in the kitchen.

1. Chop sticks are more than an eating utensil. Put one chopstick into the flour bin. Fill up your measuring cup and use the chopstick to level the flour.

2. Whisks are good for dry ingredients too. Need to stir or sift together flour and baking soda (or other dry ingredients)? Then put the items into a bowl, grab a whisk, and start whisking!

3. Honey doesn’t have to be hard to clean off measuring utensils. Grab your vegetable or olive oil spray and mist a fine layer onto the measuring spoon or cup. Now fill it with the golden liquid. It will glide out and not leave any “stickies.”

4. Extra tinfoil eases cooked dessert out of the pan. Line your pan with tin foil, but make sure it extends to either side an extra 5 or 6 inches.  Once the dessert is cool simply grab both sides, lift, and put on top of a cutting board.  So much easier to cut. No scratches to your pan either.

In case you are interested we made pecan pie bars, cranberry orange bread and Nanaimo bars. The recipes will be posted soon.

This post is for Works-For-Me-Wednesday. Don’t know what that is? Go here for FAQ about Works-For-Me-Wednesday. To link up, go here. I am number 57. What number are you?

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Progress is Progress Even When the Steps Are Ridiculously Easy

Setbacks, roadblocks and detours are unavoidable; they are human. Make sure you have support people. They can positively influence you and your current lack of courage, enthusiasm or belief.

1136265_metro_lisbonThen get up and focus on your next step. Rewrite your goal plan to include some more ridiculously easy baby steps. A baby step, I drink two glasses of water a day, may not seem like much, but it is progress toward the big picture, I drink 8 glasses of water a day. It is progress. Be gentle, patient, take those baby steps on a regular basis, and you will attain your goal.

My action plan for today. I am on a decluttering mission. My ridiculously easy baby step is to get rid of 7 items in the bathroom. I’m choosing the bathroom because it is the neatest room in the house.

This works for me. For other Works-For-Me- Wednesday posts go here. There are currently 249 ideas.

What step will you rewrite so that it is ridiculously easy?  What will you accomplish today?

Read these other posts in the series about Goals.

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Creating Folders (Labels) in Gmail

This post is for Kay because she asked. This also makes a great Works-For-Me Wednesday post. Go here for other WFMW submissions. I’m #99.

See the grey Search the Web tab (top middle of Google inbox page)?

  • To the right of this grey button, in tiny print, it says Show research options (top line) And create filter (second line).
  • Click on create filter.
  • In the From box put either an email addy or name.
  • Click the grey Test Search button to make sure it grabs the emails you want. I.e. I typed your name, Kay, and 3 came up.
  • Click the grey button  Next Step.

There are 8 possible boxes to click.

I clicked (put a check mark in) 3 of them:

  • Skip the Inbox (archive it)
  • Apply the Label:  in the white box to the right it says Choose Label. Either write a name for the label (name for a folder) or click on one already there. I.e. I wrote in your name, Kay.
  • Click on OK.
  • Also apply filter to # conversation below. ( I had 3 from the search with your name.)
  • Then I clicked on the grey Create filter button.

This last action will take you to your Settings page and show you The following filters are applied to all incoming mail.

 

Ta-Da! Folders in Gmail. Although in gmail they are called labels.

 Go to this link for Google’s description of the above or go here for an audio tutorial.

 

My daughter showed me how to do this. I had already written up my instructions before I went to the Google link above.

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Kitchen Labeling Tip & Past Posts for WFMW

Today’s Works-For Me-Wednesday is topic day: kitchen organization. I am not all that organized, but my daughter is. In an attempt to help me to remember WHERE to out the various items on my pantry shelves. She came up with a simple, simple labeling tip. She wrote on the shelf contact paper the type of good that goes in that row. Broth and tomatoes are the ones you can see. Some cereal and veggies have sneaked into those columns.

Note: My dd used a blue sharpie to label the product types. When I took the first picture broth was all smudged and looked more like brothe with a hint of an “r.” I went over the word in black sharpie.

I wonder if I should be worried? She does have a pesty brother.

NOTE: I should let y’all know that the categories are broad. Like all my soups go into the Broth row. In the Tomatoes row goes sauce, paste, salsa. I also have rows for Fruits, Veggies, etc. Yes, it probably does seem anal, but it helps me to keep the cupboard tidy (usually) because the food boundaries are clearly marked.

Go here to see other helpful kitchen organization ideas at Rocks in my Dryer. So far there are 220 posts to check out.

I have finally organized my past WFMW posts according to topic. See below.

Backwards Edition

Beauty

Cleaning

Education

Food

Frugal

Health

Organize

Relationships

Shopping

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One Caution When Using Online Cookbooks (WFMW)

I have at least 2 dozen hardbound cookbooks. I know. Old fashioned.

These days it is so much easier and faster to Googlepancake recipe for one,” “vanilla pudding recipe,” “perfect gravy,” or “What can I do with sweetened condensed milk, coconut and chocolate chips?

It may be easier and faster, but the results are not always better. At least that’s been my experience with the pancake, gravy, and pudding recipes. I even went to the more well-known sites like allrecipes.com, recipezaar.com, and cooks.com.

My Works-For-Me-Wednesday tip is to read the comments for the recipe. Look for what the trouble spots were. What common problems are in the reader/cooker responses.

Had I done that . . .

  • I would have learned that it was 2 teaspoons and NOT 2 tablespoons of baking powder for one of the recipes.
  • I would have known to keep on stirring the ingredients until it just reached the boil so as to avoid lumping.
  • I would have simply avoided this recipe all together because it did not produce anything like its promised name.

Just because it’s on the computer, it doesn’t mean it is right, better, or even plausible. Even though the site may be well known, it pays to take a few moments to check what the comments say.

Or else, grab one of your hardback cookbooks and follow a recipe that has been tested and loved for over many, many decades.

Go to Works-For-Me-Wednesday for other tips to make your life a little easier. As of 10:09 pm (August 26) there are 78 entries.

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