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I thought I’d share three household tips that have served me very well recently. All three were found using Google!

  • Removing ballpoint ink stains: use milk! I had a large blue ink stain on my couch a few years ago, and my mom found an Internet site that suggested using milk to remove it. I was more than skeptical but was also desperate, as no amount of Shout or baby wipes was going to do the trick. I removed the couch cushion, placed a towel underneath, and poured a small amount of milk on the stain. Poof – it disappeared! It literally looked like a magic trick. I just washed the cushion and you would have never known the stain was there. Another option is Lysol disinfectant spray.
  • Removing blueberry stains:  white distilled vinegar and hot water! Several months ago, while making Hungry Girl’s blueberry pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day (September 26), a rogue blueberry made its way onto my beige tablecloth. I learned that alternating dabs of white distilled vinegar and rinses of hot water gradually made the stain disappear completely – then I washed as normal and it’s as good as new! Word to the wise: this process is time-consuming (probably took at least half an hour) but the results were worth it.
  • Preventing flour bugs:  bay leaves! Place one bay leaf in your flour, cornmeal, pancake mix, etc., and flour bugs will no longer visit. The bay leaf is easily removed and doesn’t flavor its surroundings at all. I haven’t had bugs in months!
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Cake Cookies

My cousin Becky made these for me when I was back in Cleveland for a visit a few months ago, and each time I’ve made them for parties they’ve been a huge hit! They are so easy to make, and you can use any type and flavor of cake mix. So far I’ve tried white and vanilla – I’m sure that chocolate will be delicious as well.

  • 1 box dry cake mix
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup veggie oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. almond extract (optional)

Mix together, roll in balls, then roll in sugar. Drop on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes.

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At a recent Halloween party we attended, our hostess was giving away “grab bag” prizes. We drew what I think was the best prize of all – Eat This, Not That! (For Kids). Granted, winning the adult version might have appeared more helpful, but let’s face it – we all eat alot of the same things that kids do.

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I had seen the author, David Zinczenko (editor in chief of Men’s Health magazine), appear on The Biggest Loser a few weeks ago, so I was already intrigued. He had the contestants play a game where they were given two dishes and they had to guess which one was considered “more healthy” to eat. I learned that when given the choice between a multigrain bagel with light cream cheese and a ham-and-cheese English muffin, I should choose the English muffin! Who knew? In fact, if the bagel had regular-fat cream cheese, it would be better to eat two ham-and-cheese sandwiches!

Eat This, Not That is a short book – only about 300 pages – but it’s packed full of valuable information. There’s a section on “eating the rainbow,” which divides healthy fruits and vegetables into the various colors of the rainbow; a section on favorite restaurants and the best choices to make while eating out; a section on buying the healthiest foods at the supermarket; and even a section on “cafeteria foods” – okay I may have grown out of that one! 🙂

I’m hoping to pick up the adult version of this book soon. In the meantime, I’ve learned alot with this one – including that it’s actually better to eat regular bacon than turkey bacon…you can save 30 mg of sodium! For more information, check out eatthis.com.

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