Saturday, June 30, 2012

Copy Cat Recipe – Sonic’s Cherry Limeade

Copy Cat Recipe – Sonic’s Cherry Limeade

  • 12 oz of Sprite ( regular or diet)
  • 1 slice of lime
  • Grenadine
  • Cherry ( Bright Red Ones)
  1. Juice lime and place wedge in the cup of Sprite + Cherry
  2. Add about 1/5 of a cup of Grenadine. Mix
  3. Enjoy!

What To Do
Juice lime and place wedge in the cup of Sprite + Cherry
Add about 1/5 of a cup of Grenadine ( it really is your preference though – my husband prefers less) + Cherry . Mix

Outback Steakhouse Steak Seasoning Recipe

  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric                                                                            

    Mix all the seasonings together. This recipe is enough to cover 1 large steak ( both sides)

    Friday, June 29, 2012

    Keep Your Houseplants Alive Even While You’re Away From Home

    How do you handle keeping the plants alive while you’re off traveling for days at a time? If you’re like the geniuses at LifeHackery Central, you’ll forget that you even have houseplants and come home to dried-up leaves and stems littering your floor. Oops.
    plastic bottles
    If you just can’t ask someone to come water your plants for you while you’re away, don’t spend a ton of money on one of those fancy time-release watering systems. For the price of a soda and some old pantyhose, you can make your own.
    Start with an empty plastic bottle that once held a soft drink or water. Use a single-serving bottle for smaller plants or a 2-liter bottle for larger pots. This will only work with bottles that have screw-top caps, so don’t throw the cap away when you’re done with the drink.
    Cut the very bottom part of the bottle off (so it resembles a funnel) using a sharp knife or scissors. We wouldn’t suggest a saw, but don’t ask why we know that. Then put a few holes in the bottle cap with a nail, drill, or your trusty Dremel. Don’t make them too big and don’t put more than three or four holes in one cap.
    Cut a square of material from an old pair of pantyhose and put it over the opening of the bottle. Screw the holey cap on to hold the square of pantyhose in place. The nylon will act as a filter to keep dirt from gumming up the holes in the cap.
    When it’s all assembled, just bury the bottom (the part with the cap) of your new watering device in the pot with the plant. Make sure that it’s buried deep enough to be stable and not tip over and fall out of the soil.
    Fill the bottle up with water and go enjoy yourself on vacation. The small holes in the bottle will release water slowly into the soil, making sure that your plant is never under-watered or over-watered.

    10 Unique Uses For Used Tea Bags

    tea bag
    Everyone is familiar with the health benefits of tea: it fights cancer, reduces risk of stroke and other diseases, and revitalizes body cells. Yet, after you’ve drained your delicious cup of tea, you find yourself discarding the used tea bags. Well, don’t. You’ll be surprised at the number of ways you can reuse these materials. Here are a number of unique and surprising uses for those old tea bags.

    Soothe Tired or Injured Eyes

    Crying all night over a breakup can result in puffy and red eyes. While regular ice bags would work, a couple of tea bags can do the trick. Soak them in ice cold water then apply over your eyelids, as compresses. The tea will rejuvenate your face, removing the redness and puffiness after a while. This method also works for healing pink eye. (More tips on how to get rid of pink eye)

    Flavor Your Meat

    Meat tastes great when cooked the right way, but when not prepared properly, it can turn out bland, tough and unappetizing. Here’s one way of solving that problem: use tea bags (or even leftover tea) to marinade your meat. The sweetness of the drink will add a savory taste to your barbecue.

    Make “Less Sinful” Drinks

    If you’re a health junkie, you’re definitely very much aware of the unpleasant effects of soft drink and alcoholic beverages on your body. To lessen the guilt of consuming these sinful drinks, you can substitute half of it with tea. Soak the used tea bag in hot or cold water again for a few minutes, then get the same amount of soft drink or alcoholic beverage and mix them together. There’s less calories and sugar, but the flavor will be improved.

    Around-The-House Cleaner

    Tea can effectively remove grease and grime on mirrors, floors and even linoleum, so why not use your old bags to make a cold brew, then use it as a cleaning solution? Mop your linoleum or wooden flooring with these. Clean your kitchen countertops with it as well. You can use this for unpainted wooden furniture. Just make sure you wipe it thoroughly, so it won’t stain.

    Remove Warts

    deodorizerWarts are icky and unsightly. There are numerous around the house items you can use to remove them. Old tea bags are one example. Soak them in hot water, then put over your wart for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Make sure you dispose of the tea bag after using it on the wart. You can’t say it works as great (or as quick) as vinegar, but it’s worth a try!

    Deodorize Your Place

    Tea bags soak in water, but they can also soak in the stuffy and stinky smell of shoes or closets. Place a few unwrapped and unused tea bags on a small platter, then put this inside the closet. If it’s shoes, place one bag in every shoe.

    Give Oral Relief

    Got a painful canker sore? It can go away on its own, but if you want to quicken the healing process, soak a used tea bag, then bite down on it. The tea’s healing properties will soothe the pain and make the sore go away faster. This method also helps stop a pulled tooth from bleeding.

    Sunburn And Acne Solution

    fertilizerOld tea bags can also be added to your bath, too! If you’ve got a bad case of acne, or if your skin is raw and red from tanning at the beach, use the old tea bags to provide relief. Wash off the affected areas with cold tea made from used bags. After several applications, you’ll feel the cooling and calming effects. (For more sunburn remedies, read how to relieve sun burn)

    Fertilize Your Plants

    Here’s a great way to reuse all the old tea bags you have around the house: use them for your plants. Tea bags can be used as an organic fertilizer for potted house plants, with many stimulant benefits from the nutrients in the ingredients. You can even remove the bags and mix the tea leaves inside with your soil, helping absorb water and retaining moisture. If your problem is leaking bottom holes in the plant containers, you can use teabags to prevent the leakage. This also works well for hanging planters.

    Show Your Artistic Side

    Why do we throw away old tea bags immediately, in the first place? Because they stain! Leave it on a surface for too long, and expect a nasty unpleasant surprise. Well, why not use this to your advantage? Use old tea bags as alternative to commercial dyes. You can paint on paper with, or use it to dye fabric and embroidery.
    Used tea bags may belong in the trash, but if you don’t want them to go to waste, then these effective methods might be your cup of tea! soon, you’ll be saving up all those used ones you’ve got around the house.

    21 Amazing Alternate Uses for Vodka

    If you’re a fan of vodka, you know that its smoothness and versatility make it the perfect drink to pair with pretty much any mixer. There’s no end to the praises to be sung about this uniquely intoxicating alcohol, but did you know that there are plenty of other uses for vodka? It turns out that it’s actually a pretty handy substance to have around.
    1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves the adhesive.
    2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
    3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.
    cleaning eyeglasses
    4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.
    5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry.
    6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
    shampooing the hair7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
    8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill them.
    9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziplock freezer bag, and freeze for a slushy, refreshable ice pack for aches, pain, or black eyes.
    10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter then apply the tincture to aches and pains.
    11. Make your own mouthwash by mixing nine tablespoons powered cinnamon with one cup vodka. Seal in an airtight container for two weeks. Strain through a coffee filter then mix with warm water and rinse your mouth. Don’t swallow.
    12. Using a q-tip, apply vodka to a cold sore to help it dry out.
    13. If a blister opens, pour vodka over the raw skin as a local anesthetic that also disinfects the exposed dermis.
    14. To treat dandruff, mix one cup vodka with two teaspoons crushed rosemary, let sit for two days, strain through a coffee filter and massage into your scalp and let dry.
    15. To treat an earache put a few drops of vodka in your ear. Let set for a few minutes. Then drain. The vodka will kill the bacteria that are causing pain in your ear.
    ear drops
    16. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
    17. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
    foot wash
    18. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
    19. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the poison oil from your skin.
    20. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
    21. If all else fails, just turn the bottle up and drink it, nothing will matter anymore anyway!
    (source: Miss Charming’s Vodka Page)

    30 Uncommon Uses for Aluminum Foil

    aluminom foil
    We’ve already seen that something as simple as a tennis ball can be put to lots of uses other than just playing a friendly game, but not everyone has a ton of tennis balls just lying around. What about common household items? Aluminum foil is found in nearly every kitchen, and it’s surprisingly useful - but not only for its traditional purpose. From the cookbooks of grandmothers and the journals of contemporary internet homemakers, here are 30 new uses for that most unassuming of all shiny flexible metals: aluminum foil.

    1. Frosting a cake but you’ve run out of pastry bags? Just grab a double thickness of aluminum foil and roll it into a cone shape, leaving a small opening at the point. Fill with frosting of spreading consistency. Twist the top to close the cone and use the device to make pretty frosting designs on your cake. Admittedly, this whole process is easier with a plastic zip-close bag with a corner snipped off, but when aluminum foil is all you’ve got it can be a lifesaver!
    pastry bag
    2. Sharpen your scissors. In between professional sharpenings (or for those 99 cent pairs of scissors that you don’t want to pay to have sharpened), use aluminum foil to keep your scissors in top form. Cutting through 6-8 layers of aluminum foil will improve the cutting surface of most scissors.
    3. Make an Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie. You know, for protection from mind control enemies.
    4. Shine up rusty chrome. With a bit of water on a wadded-up piece of aluminum foil, you can rub most rust spots off of chrome car parts.
    5. Keep your oven clean. Tired of scraping burned-on food out of the bottom of your oven? Line it with aluminum foil before making something particularly messy. Don’t leave it in there permanently, however, because it can lead to oven damage over time.
    cleaning the oven
    6. Protect the heating element in your electric oven. For those times when you have to scrub burned-on crud out of your oven, cover the heating element with long strips of aluminum foil before spraying the inside of the oven with oven cleaner.
    7. Make your soap last longer. Put a piece of aluminum foil on the bottom of your bar of soap to keep it from sitting in a puddle of water and wearing away quickly.
    8. Make interesting cakes. Novelty cake pans in odd shapes are expensive. Get the same effect by using a regular cake pan but making a shaped liner for the inside. Make sure the liner is at least as tall as the edges of the pan and several thicknesses so it will hold its shape. This makes it easy to make that snowman or heart-shaped cake without spending a lot of money on a new pan.
    a cheeseburger cake
    9. Make a sun box for seedlings. If your plants are growing crooked or looking less than healthy, cut off the top and one side of a cardboard box, then line the bottom and remaining sides with aluminum foil. Place your plant inside and put the entire operation in the window with the open side facing the window. The sun will reflect off of the foil and cause your plant to grow up straight.
    10. Make a portrait reflector. Forget those super-expensive professional photography reflectors. Just cover a sturdy piece of cardboard with aluminum foil and you’ll have an excellent light reflector for portraits and still lifes.
    11. Keep birds out of your fruit trees. Hang twisted strips of aluminum foil all over your fruit trees using fishing line. The light reflections and the sound will keep birds away from your fruit.
    12. Protect saplings. Rodents and other animals sometimes chew on young trees in the winter. Protect your saplings by covering their bases with aluminum foil. Remember to change the covering periodically as the tree grows.
    13. Re-soften hard brown sugar. Many people put hard brown sugar in the microwave to soften it up, but this can actually backfire and make the sugar harden even more. Instead, wrap the block of hardened sugar in some aluminum foil and bake in a 300° (Fahrenheit) oven for 5 minutes.
    brown sugar
    14. Keep the bottom of your fireplace or charcoal grill from becoming encrusted with soot. Line the bottom of your fireplace or grill with aluminum foil before starting a fire, then dispose of the foil after the fire is out and the coals are completely cooled.
    15. Protect your furniture. Pets can’t stand the feeling or the sound of crinkling aluminum foil. If you want them to stay off of your furniture, cover the seats with clean aluminum foil whenever you’re not using the furniture. Your pets will learn within a couple of days to avoid sitting up there. You can also prevent them from scratching or biting furniture legs by covering them in aluminum foil.
    16. Avoid moving the heavy furniture. When you want to quickly shampoo your carpets but don’t want to lug all of the furniture out of the room, simply cover the legs with aluminum foil to avoid getting shampoo on them.
    17. Although we haven’t tested this tip (and it seems a bit dubious), it’s said that you can put a wadded-up ball of aluminum foil in your dryer with a load of clothes to reduce static cling.
    18. Get creative and make fun sculptures with your aluminum foil.
    19. Remove daily buildup on silver jewelry. With some common kitchen items you can make a simple but effective way to clean your jewelry at home.
    20. If your TV and DVD player are stacked one on top of the other, you may find the picture is a bit fuzzy. This often happens when the electromagnetic fields from both devices interfere with each other. Place a sheet of aluminum foil between them to cut down on the interference.
    21. When ironing, put a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will reflect the heat from the iron so you can essentially iron both sides at once.
    22. Steam your silk or wool garments by placing a piece of aluminum foil on top of the ironing board and under the garment. Pass the iron over the garment from a few inches above the fabric while holding down the steam button. The steam will remove wrinkles without harming the cloth with direct heat.
    foil wrapping paper
    23. Use it as wrapping paper in a pinch. You can glue or tape interesting cut-out pictures onto the aluminum foil to make it even more personal.
    24. Make interesting Easter eggs.
    easter eggs
    25. Reflect heat into your house. Put a layer of aluminum foil behind your radiator when it is off and completely cool. When the radiator is turned on, more of the heat will be directed into the living area and less will be absorbed into the wall behind the radiator.
    26. Keep pie crusts from burning. This may be one of the oldest aluminum foil tricks in the book, but it’s a good one. When baking a pie, cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil at the very end of the baking time to keep it from browning too much.
    27. Make a cool noisemaker with your kids.
    28. Make a solar cooker. You’ll cut down on energy costs and experience a traditional way of cooking.
    a solar oven
    29. Use strips of aluminum foil to wrap your hair, then coil them up to make impromptu curlers.
    30. Cover doorknobs and hinges with aluminum foil to avoid having to take them off while painting.
    Bonus Tip: In many locations, aluminum foil can be recycled along with all of the other household recycling. When you’ve used it for cooking and all of the other interesting projects listed here, just throw it into the bin along with all of your other recyclable materials to keep it out of the waste stream.


    10 Surprising Uses for Potatoes

    Potatoes are a staple for many countries across the world, and it’s a good source of protein, carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and iron. Despite being good to eat, you’ll be surprised at the different ways people have used this root crop over the years. Since potatoes are relatively cheap in the market, you may want to try some of these surprising uses for yourself!

      potato vodka
    1. Make vodka. We know that grain products and sugar beet molasses are used to create vodka, but did you know that potatoes are one of the sources of vodka, too? You can even make vodka in your own home should you have an excess of potatoes lying around in your house.
    2. Potato juice as cure. Potato juice may not sound like the yummiest thing in the world, but it’s touted as a very effective cure for different ailments. It can help alleviate pain caused by ulcers, as well as spasmodic upper body pain. Potato juice also helps heal sprains, gout, sciatica, heart burns, bruises and flush out toxins in our body. That’s a lot of ailments that potato juice can help curing or relieving! To prepare potato juice, simply pop in cleaned potatoes with their skins on in the juicer, and that’s it. They are usually bland, but you can add celery or carrots to make the potato juice more delicious.
    3. Skin care. Potatoes can also help you with your skin problems. Acne, blackheads and whiteheads can be treated using potatoes in two methods. The first method is to simply cut a potato in half and rubbing the inside part of it on the affected area. Leave the juice on for half a minute and rinse. The other method is to make a face mask. To make the face mask, blend the potatoes in the blender and apply the paste on your face. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse off.
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    5. A staple in big industries. Potato starch is largely used by the textile, wood, paper, pharmaceutical and oil drilling firms as binder, adhesive, texture agent, filler and wash for boreholes.
    6. An alternative to plastic. Potato starch is also a completely biodegradable alternative to polystyrene, and can be used to create plastic items, such as plastic dishes, forks and spoons. Potato starch is also being developed as a biodegradable packaging material.
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    8. Developing pictures. Before digital photography and before color film, there was Autochrome. Autochrome was the principal way to develop color photos before the introduction of photo film and used tiny, microscopic grains of potato starch.
    9. Making ethanol. Even so-called potato “waste” is a potential gold mine. Canada’s potato-growing New Brunswick has estimated that 44,000 tons of potato processing waste could be liquefied and fermented to produce fuel-grade ethanol.
    10. Art. Potatoes come in all shapes and sizes. Artists all over recognize the beauty of the potato and turn them into works of art. Potatoes are featured in sculptures and even in paintings, most notably Van Gogh’s “The Potato Eaters.”
    11. Stamps. Making potato stamps are a fun and interesting way to introduce children to carving. Simply cut a potato in half, carve a shape using a pen knife, and slowly slice away the extra potato parts so that the shape protrudes from the rest of the potato. Then get some stamping ink, and stamp away!
    12. Power a clock. Potatoes contain energy, and quite literally too. You can power a simple clock by hooking them up to a couple of potatoes. You can read more about it here.
    13. potato clock
    Potatoes have been around for so long, that it comes as no surprise as it has permeated all facets of human living. So the next time you cook a couple of potatoes, take a moment to marvel at its versatility and its long and continued significance in civilization.
    * After knowing how useful these crops can be, time for you to learn how to grow potatoes and how to make a potato chip handbag.

    Easy Donut Muffins Recipe

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    1/2 cup white sugar1/4 cup margarine, melted
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 cup all-purpose flour

    1/4 cup margarine, melted
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    What To Do

    Preheat oven to 375
    In a large bowl mix – 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of margarine; nutmeg
    Add in milk, vanilla, baking powder and flour and mix till smooth
    Place batter into a greased muffin tin – makes about 6
    Cook for 15 minutes ( top will be golden brown)
    In a small bowl mix sugar and cinnamon. Take each muffin and dip into melted margarine and rolling in the sugar.

    15 Unconventional Uses for Honey

    The bee, feared for its nasty sting, comes as an unwelcome visitor in our gardens. People often scamper away when they see the buzzing insect approach their direction. Scary as the bee is, it brings a product enjoyed for its sweet natural taste and its number of alternative uses - honey. As a practical soul, you can make your domestic life a bit more convenient with such a useful item. Purchase a jar of honey and discover all of its benefits.
    Honey, aside from being a tasty snack, can be used for a variety of home and health-related applications. With its natural formulation, it is used as a treatment for some illnesses and a vitamin supplement. It is also known to moisturize and disinfect the skin, making it an unconventional moisturizer, antiseptic and antibacterial solution. For years, vegans have used honey to promote good health. Now it’s your turn to reap the rewards in using the bee’s healthy byproduct. Here are 15 unconventional uses for honey.

    1. Skin Moisturizer - Honey, when mixed with eggs and some flour, is an effective skin moisturizer. Best of all, it is gently formulated, so it can be used by people with sensitive skin. Mix four tablespoons of honey with a couple of egg whites and a few tablespoons of flour, depending on your desired consistency. Stir the mixture until it thickens. When the mixture is ready, you can use it as a hand and body lotion or a moisturizing face mask, eliminating the effects of dry skin.
    2. Antiseptic - Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical used for cleaning wounds and helping them heal quickly. skin moisturizerHoney happens to contain a good amount of the chemical. It only needs to be released by diluting the substance in water or body fluids. When applied on an open wound, the glucose, contained by honey, is diluted and gradually releases hydrogen peroxide. The substance facilitates your wound’s faster healing. Due to its viscous consistency, it also prevents wounds from sticking to the dressing and the appearance of scars.
    3. Acne Remover - Honey might be a gentle skin moisturizer but it is certainly tough on acne. With constant exposure to the bee fluid, pimples eventually wither and fade. Apply a small amount of honey on the pimply regions of your face. Cover them with adhesive bandages. Soon, your zit attack will be nothing more than a distant memory.
    4. Energy Booster - Why buy palpitation-inducing energy drinks when you already have honey? Mix honey with some water then drink the solution. Honey’s glucose content will be absorbed by the brain and in the bloodstream, reducing fatigue in the process. You’ll be healthy and quite happy just by consuming the simple solution.
    5. Immune System Booster - Health buffs are known to drink a teaspoon of honey daily, along with their morning vitamins. Though still not scientifically proven, the daily consumption of honey is said to strengthen your immune system. You can give it a shot, you’ve got nothing to lose anyway.
    6. Enhances Vitamin A - Vitamin A is the nutrient that fosters better eyesight, especially when consumed in significant quantities. If you mix items that are rich in Vitamin A with honey, the effects are slightly increased.
    7. Improves Blood Flow - Honey, being rich in glucose, is known to improve the blood flow through the fortification of blood’s formation. Glucose provides energy in the bloodstream, which is distributed throughout the body. As a result, the blood produced has the proper consistency, flowing smoothly through the blood vessels. Glucose is believed to prevent capillary damage due to its ability to improve your blood flow.
    8. Treatment for Sore Throat - Some people believe that honey is an even better treatment for coughs and colds than over-the-counter medicine. To create the sore throat-relieving serum, squeeze the juice from a lemon and mix it with some honey. Stir the mixture until both ingredients blend. Drink the solution. After a few moments, you will realize that your sore throat has been cured, or at least reduced. Just continue to make more rounds until you are finally free from colds.
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    10. Colon Damage Prevention - Colitis, a disease that damages the colon, induces much discomfort for the afflicted. You can minimize the effects of the disease if you drink some honey daily. The antioxidants found in honey is said to strengthen and improve the resistance of the colon. In addition, it is used in folk medicine as a means for curing colon-related conditions.
    11. Parasite Remover - Honey, when mixed with vinegar and water, can remove worms and other parasites in your body. The combination of vinegar’s acidity and honey’s therapeutic components is more than enough to kill or expel bodily intruders. When you suspect that you have worms in your body, drink ample amounts of the solution regularly. The parasites might build a resistance if you don’t manage to get rid of them all as soon as possible. (More tips on how to get rid of parasites)
    12. Remedy for Burns - A burn is not only painful, the marks also last for a good number of days before healing up. By applying honey on your burn, the hydrogen peroxide released cleans the wound and soothes the inflammation. As a result, the burn marks will heal in a few days with less pain. Use honey as a dressing for maximum results.
    13. Antibacterial Solution - Bacteria and germs won’t survive when covered in honey, given its acidic pH balance and viscous base. The microorganisms will be trapped in the sticky acidic base, which is too abrasive for their exteriors, killing them off eventually. Apply honey on a wound, scratches or an inflamed region, in conjunction with an antiseptic. You’ll be astounded at how fast your injury heals after.
    14. Relaxant for Anxiety and Nervousness - Anxiety and nervousness are the enemies of a healthy mind. Once both conditions swarm your thoughts, your actions are tantamount to produce negative results. Free yourself from any of the two states of mind by eating porridge mixed with honey. Honey’s nutrients produce a calming effect, especially when taken in significant amounts. No wonder some consider it a part of the breakfast of champions. Honey can also be mixed with a suitable beverage for a good night’s sleep.
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    16. Cancer and Heart Disease Prevention - Heart disease and cancer are diseases that have claimed the lives of millions of people. Both conditions have a multitude of causes, some of which are hard to identify. You must have some sort of protection from these diseases and that protection comes in the form of honey. Honey’s antioxidants prevent the formation of cancer cells and preserve the quality of the produced blood, preventing heart disease in the process. Though, engaging in acts that promote cancer, such as smoking and excessive drinking, will still trigger the diseases, so be watchful.
    17. Diabetic Ulcer Remedy - Curing ulcer entirely is largely done by modern medical techniques. Though, you can speed up the healing process if you use honey as a topical solution. It’s ability to heal wounds will certainly come in handy when other ointments are not advised to use.
    Honey is a medical resource used before modern medicine became established. It may not replace many of the technological methods currently practiced in hospitals, but it can certainly match some of the medicine prescribed by physicians. The bee fluid, as it turns out, is a miracle drug that cures quite a number of ailments and diseases. Use it and get good health for a fairly low price. After learning the many benefits you can get from honey, you should culture bees to get honey from it for free, learn how to keep bees.

    Thanks Life Hackey

    7 Tearfully-Pleasing Uses for Onions

    People, despite getting teary-eyed, enjoy the numerous culinary uses of the onion. The gas containing vegetable is both a primary ingredient and a flavor enhancer in many dishes. If you think its list of uses end at the kitchen, you better think again. It is proven to be a medicinal wonder, as well as a metal polisher and an insect repellent. With its number of alternative uses, the onion may induce tears of joy to any DIY pundit. Here are seven of its tearfully - pleasing uses.

    1. Insect Bite Treatment - The onion’s enzymes are known for their anti-inflammatory effects, which makes the vegetable an unusually effective treatment. Rub some onion to a bee sting, mosquito bite or any insect bite. After a few hours, the pain, itchiness and swelling will subside.
    2. Odor Remover - Chemical solutions, like pain and varnish, have strong odors that can adversely affect your health when inhaled. Instead of purchasing a pricey deodorizer, you might as well apply a mixture of onions and water on the smelly areas. The onion’s scent won’t completely eliminate the chemical stench, but it will surely bring the fumes to a more tolerable level.
    3. Reliever for Burns - Burns sting and are prone to infection. Treat those inflammations by mixing onion slices with a little water. Apply the mixture to the affected areas and within a few hours, your burns will subside. Just reapply whenever necessary.
    4. Insect Repellent - The gases emitted by the onion, when sliced, have strong odors and are known irritants. Naturally, household pests will shy away upon detecting those gases. Gather your onion waste and put it in a bowl. Place the bowl where you often see your much despised creepy-crawlies. Pretty soon, those insects will find other venues to terrorize, probably those without onion-based repellents.
    5. Wart Remover - Mix onion slices with crushed aspirin and a little water. Apply the solution to the wart. The onion’s chemical content and the aspirin’s active ingredients will gradually soothe the wart and make it subside. To maximize the solution’s effect, apply some to a piece of duct tape. Stick the tape on the wart. After several hours, the lesion will be nothing more than a distant memory. (For other wart removal alternative, learn how to remove warts with duct tape)
    6. Metal Polish - Mix several crushed onion slices with some water. Apply the solution to a dull metal object using a piece of cloth. The results may not come as quickly as commercial polishers, but the onion-based polish is good enough to be a worthy substitute.
    metal polish
    7. Acne Remover - Just like with burns and warts, an onion solution can be used to remove acne. The vegetable’s chemical components are harsh on zits, erasing them gradually upon application. Mix crushed onion slices with water and apply the mixture to your face. It is pretty effective, however it will probably do a number on your eyes. Just apply if the your eyes sting in the process.
    Onions are among the vegetables known for their medicinal properties. Having them around keeps you safe from many skin conditions. Make sure you buy extra-bulbs for its non-culinary uses.

    8 Brilliant Uses For Banana

    If you ask someone to name a common fruit they see in their kitchen, they’d definitely say “banana!” enthusiastically. Who isn’t familiar with this plant? It’s rich in potassium and other nutrients. Bananas also have a sweet flavor that blends well with various meals and dishes, from pastry, desserts and even as baby mush.
    Since it’s highly versatile as a food, it’s no surprise that bananas can be used for various tasks around the house. If you’re curious as to how to put this fruit to unique uses, then read on.

    Shoe Or Silverware Shiner

    You just ran out of shoe shine just when you need it for a job interview. Not to worry. When you’re finished with your breakfast banana, don’t throw out the peel. Remove the stringy material from the inside, then rub the soft inside of the skin all over your shoes. When done, buff it up with a soft cloth or paper towel (More tips on how to shine shoes). The same technique can be used for silverware. Some even claim that it works on leather. Test in on a small area of the leather first, though, just to be on the safe side.
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    Houseplants Maintenance

    Neglected houseplants can become dusty and worn out overtime. Instead of spraying water on them and spreading the dirt more, just use the banana peel to wipe the leaves down. Wipe the soft fleshy skin all over the green leaf surface to remove the gunk. You’ll be left with shiny and healthy-looking plants.

    Wart Remedy

    White vinegar and creams can effectively dry out a painful and unsightly wart, but when these remedies are not available, a banana will work. Mash up some and apply all over the affected area. You can also use the peel and rub its inside against your skin. Many say this plant’s high potassium content somewhat removes this skin problem. The bonus? It’s not even painful.

    Banana Facial

    banana facialFor an instant glow and to relieve dry skin, make a banana facial pack. It’s soothing and it will moisturize your skin, making it soft and clean. Here’s an easy recipe you can try.


    • Two tablespoons of almond oil
    • One ripe banana
    • One egg yolk


    1. Mash the bananas in a bowl using a fork. Make sure you remove all chunky bits.
    2. Add the egg yolk and the almond oil and mix well.
    3. Wash your face and pat it dry with a towel.
    4. Apply the banana mixture to your face then leave it on for 20 minutes.
    5. Wash with cold water and pat dry.
    No more need to run down to the beauty store to buy gunk to put on your face. With this recipe, you’ll never need a botox ever!

    Aphids Solution

    Aphids that attack your rose bushes can be a headache. Cut up a bunch of banana peels, then bury them an inch or two around the plant’s base. The pesky suckers will soon say goodbye. A tip: never use the whole fruit, because animals and critters will dig them up and eat them. (For aphid extermination guide, read how to get rid of aphids)

    Teeth Whitener

    Bananas are yellow, but surprisingly enough, they can help whiten your stained yellowish teeth. Rub the peel in circular motions all over your teeth everyday for at least two to three minutes. In a few weeks or months you’ll see the results. Your dentist will be overwhelmed when she sees your sparkly whites.
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    Tenderize Roast Meat

    After using the fruit and the peel, you can now use the leaves. If you’re tired of eating tough beef or pork for dinner, then try wrapping them in banana leaves to make them tender. This also works for fish (as seen in many Asian delicacies). While cooking, adding a ripe banana also helps. It also adds a delicious sweet flavor.
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    Birds And Butterflies Magnet

    Does your garden seem lonely without bees and butterflies buzzing around? Put out some overripe bananas with a few holes on a platform above head level. This will lure the insects to your garden. Just make sure it’s elevated, since this can also attract wasps, bees and little critters.
    With these clever methods, the banana will never again be left unused in the fruit bowl. Then again, you can always use it for a banana split or maybe to make a monkey very happy.

    Classic Waffles

    Classic Waffles RecipePrep Time: 10 Min-- -- Cook Time: 15-- --Min Ready In: 25 Min

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 tablespoons white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
    • 1/3 cup butter, melted
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar; set aside. Preheat waffle iron to desired temperature.
    2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture; beat until blended.
    3. Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron. Cook the waffles until golden and crisp. Serve immediately.

    Nutritional Information open nutritional information
    Amount Per Serving Calories: 379 | Total Fat: 16.2g | Cholesterol: 123mg

    75 Extraordinary Uses for Baking Soda

    Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. The following are 75 other uses for baking soda aside from making muffins soft and fluffy.
    Health Uses
    1. Use it as an antacid.
    2. Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.

    3. Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.
    4. Use it as a face and body scrub.
    5. Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.
    6. Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn.
    7. Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.
    8. Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.
    9. Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations.
    10. Take a baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.
    11. Heartburn? Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.
    12. Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.
    13. Relieve canker sore pain by using it as mouthwash.
    14. Use it to relieve bee stings.
    15. Use it to relieve windburns.
    16. Apply it on jellyfish sting to draw out the venom.
    17. Unblock stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.
    In the Home
    flower vase
    18. Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.
    19. Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.
    20. Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.
    21. Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.
    22. Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.
    23. Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.
    24. After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.
    25. Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.
    26. Improve the smell of dishrags by soaking them in baking soda and water.
    27. Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.
    28. Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.
    29. Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.
    30. Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.
    31. Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.
    32. Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.
    33. Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.
    34. Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.
    In Cooking
    35. Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.
    36. Wash fruits and vegetables with it.
    washing vegetables
    37. When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.
    38. Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.
    39. Remove the distinctive taste of wild game by soaking it in a baking soda solution.
    40. Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.
    41. Remove the fishy smell from your fillets by soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge.
    42. Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used.
    43. Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of baking soda.
    Cleaning Purposes
    44. Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.
    flushing toilet
    45. Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs
    46. Spray it on walls, mirrors, and countertops.
    47. Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.
    48. Remove grease from pots and pans.
    49. Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.
    50. Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.
    51. Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.
    52. Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.
    53. Clean your shoes with it.
    cleaning shoes
    54. Clean garbage cans with it.
    55. Use it to wash diapers.
    56. Clean the fridge with it.
    57. Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda solution.
    58. Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers.
    59. Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash marble-topped furniture.
    60. Absorb it with a damp sponge, then clean Formica countertops with the sponge.
    61. Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles.
    62. Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.
    63. Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles.
    64. Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, then rinse it off.
    65. Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.
    66. Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.
    67. Clean your ashtrays with a baking soda solution.
    68. Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with hot water.
    69. Clean your shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water.
    70. Put it on a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.
    71. Use it to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rug, then use the rug to clean the toaster.
    72. Use it to clean your retainers and dentures.
    cleaning dentures
    73. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.
    74. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the inside part of an oven.
    75. Use it to unclog gas stoves.
    The most amazing thing about baking soda is that it’s very cheap. You can do all these things for a very small cost. Baking soda is truly a miracle product, whether it’s used for baking or not.