Summer is a great time to eat strawberries ala carte, or as part of a fruit salad. However slicing them can be a pain. Use a standard egg slicer to slice strawberries to make your prep time more “fruitful!” For optimal results, make sure you cut off the stem prior to slicing.
Spring cleaning those baseboards is a whole lot easier with this solution. First vacuum with an attachment to grab up all of the obvious dirt. Then mix 1 tablespoon of fabric softener with 1 quart of warm water for the ideal baseboard cleaner. Use a cleaning sponge dipped in your mix to clean any additional dust, dirt, or pet hair. The fabric softener will leave a clean fresh scent while repelling future dust with its anti-static properties.
With all of the clever ideas out there for keeping track of what’s growing in your garden rows and planters, it’s hard to choose which method’s best. We think these garden markers are a hands down winner though. Paint a stone like a strawberry for your strawberry bed. Paint a jack o’ lantern to mark where you’ve planted those pumpkin seeds. It’s as affordable as a rock with a little bit of paint. And it’s got character that’s sure to make you smile. Kids will love it!
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we thought you’d love this simple homemade memento. Gather her kids around, and make a handprint of each child with acrylic paint. The handprints will capture a fleeting moment and become a treasure that Mom will cherish this Mother’s Day and every day after.
Get dinner on the table in a flash with this time saver. Rather than use your fingers or forks to shred chicken breasts for soups, salads, or other chicken recipes, throw the chicken into your mixer. You’ll have your hands freed up for other tasks, and your chicken will be shredded to perfection.
Corralling pets takes creativity sometimes. This homemade safety gate creates enough of an obstacle that you can usually keep your little critters from the hazards of stairways and other forbidden areas in your home. Create a frame with 1″ PVC pipe and four corner joints. Cut two PVC pipes to the width you desire and two pieces to the height you’d like. Join them together, and sew a gate sized pocket to slide the frame into. Stitch up the forth side of the pocket (or sew in velcro or buttons), and you’ve got a safety gate to keep those four-legged friends from running amuck and getting hurt.