Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Make your own soda slushies in your freezer
It’s hot, and a slushie sounds pretty refreshing.
Wouldn’t it be cool to make your own at home?
I think so too. Check out this video, but be careful… sodas can explode if left in the freezer too long!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Renew worn lettering on stainless steel appliances
Your cooktop is 10 years old, works great, and you still love it.
But like all these stainless steel appliances, the engraved lettering has worn off, and now you can’t read them anymore.
The end result is an appliance that looks old.
One user of a relatively new product called sugru came up with an ingenious solution to renew the lettering on her cooktop, and it looks great!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Give your appliances some love.
Your appliances do so much to make your life easier.
They keep your food cold, give you ice, sanitize your dishes and make your clothes smell nice.
It’s time to give something back to your refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine.
Did I mention this will help keep your appliances young and healthy? Well, you’re welcome. :-)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
There’s going to be a percentage of those that see this title that will automatically say “blech!”
Then there are the flavor adventurous, those that have seen the word “umami,” looked it up, and realized its awesomeness in cooking.
This isn’t that different from fish sauce, which can add umami to a lot of dishes while not throwing a sense of fishiness at them that ruins them. (If you don’t abuse it).
If you’re “in the know” about umami, and you like mayo but hate the extra gross stuff they put in it (like soybean and canola oil), check this recipe out!
Easy Sardine Mayo: http://feedly.com/k/ZmALZq
Monday, June 17, 2013
Giant reusable ice pack
Need to cool something large, like a cooler?
America’s Test Kitchen shows how to easily convert the insides of a wind box to make a reusable ice pack. A big one.
Plus, recycling, right?
Monday, June 10, 2013
Corn meal = diabolical anti-ant plan.
It’s really quite an awful thing (for the ants), but ants think corn meal is food.
The problem is, they can not digest it.
Given a steady supply of corn, ants will happily munch away while slowly starving to death.
This may not be the quickest (or nicest) way to deal with an ant problem, but at least you don’t have to worry about your little ones (including the furry ones) eating something toxic.
Read more here (there’s a link to a video): http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/lifehacker/vip/~3/ROIi-msvkmQ/kill-ants-safely-with-cornmeal-510414551
Saturday, June 08, 2013
A bunch of different ways to clean copper.
I haven’t tried any of these methods for making copper shiny, but I will.
I’ve converted a copper-top cabinet to a rolling island (with the help of some big casters from Home Depot), and will hopefully be shining it up soon.
I don’t know how to *keep* it shiny, but if I do find out, I will happily share it here:
How to clean copper: http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Copper
Friday, June 07, 2013
The fastest way to pit a plum.
Need to remove the pits from a bunch of plums?
Want to know how to do it the fastest?
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Deseed a pomegranate in 10 seconds
(Apparently,) pomegranates are a pain in the tushy to eat.
I’ve never bought one, for the above reason. But after watching this video, I’m ready to give it a try.
Who doesn’t love whacking fruits with a wooden spoon? (The guy in this video sure is excited about it.)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Comprehensive guide to getting rid of ants
No matter what type of ant, and what time of year, this guide to eliminating household ants is very detailed and pretty much step-by-step.
This is a valuable how-to if you’ve got ants in the house. If these ants are “in the pants,” I don’t this this article will help very much.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Best chicken ever.
I have personally made this chicken myself, and it was awesome.
If you like juicy chicken, savory spices, and personal joy, then take the (not so much) time to make this.
Best ever? http://feedly.com/k/RRdgVq
Monday, May 13, 2013
DIY portable battery charger for all your gadgets
We haul all sorts of toys, games, gadgets and smartphones around with us sometimes.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an all in one charger on the go, for everything?
You could buy something like this, but it will be a lot more expensive that doing it yourself.
Have fun!: http://feedly.com/k/12bB4WF
Quiet a noisy gutter drain
I don’t know about you, but the sound of rain falling doesn’t bother me. I find it to be soothing.
My dog, however, won’t leave the front porch if there’s the slightest dripping noise in the gutter drain. She *hates* the rain.
I’m thinking about trying this easy looking DIY trick to silence that drain.
Friday, May 10, 2013
How to make your own coconut butter.
Coconut butter is:
1. Really good for you.
2. Seriously freakin’ yummy.
How often do those two combine their powers into one food?
It’s also pretty easy to make, although you can buy it at the store if you don’t have time.
I’ve personally made “bread” from the stuff that approached cake-like goodness, but there are a ton of other uses for this delicious substance.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Automatic text when your clothes are dry
Some smart, DIYer made a series of devices that will alert him when his dryer is done drying his clothes. (Must have a big house).
I’m surprised, with the way laundry gadgets are going, that this isn’t already a built-in option.
Pretty cool if you have the techie know how, or just like to see gadgets being built:
Make compost (sort of) without a compost bin
Compost is really good for your gardening efforts.
It’s also really stinky and takes up room in your yard with a big compost bin you have to turn for best results.
Enter the lazy man’s compost method, that’s almost as good, eventually, with no compost bin required.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Apparently, mint is some handy stuff
Mint can repel flees and ants, according to one article.
That means its good for your garden, near your doors, and your pet’s bed.
Create even MORE storage in your home
LifeHacker.com has created a new master list of their projects for creating more storage space in your home.
This is helpful stuff, for where to stuff more of your stuff.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Cool kitchen organization projects under $50
This Family Handyman article has a bunch of easy looking projects for the home DIYer who wants more space in the kitchen.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Create more space in your closet with door shelves
Lifehacker.com has a link to a nifty set of plans for the handy DIYer who needs a little more space in their closet (life) to store stuff.
Probably the lighter stuff, but still…