Sunday, September 28, 2008

Helpful Tips

This is something I thought might be helpful, enjoy!
DID YOU KNOW . . . . ?

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little 'stringy
things' off of it. That's how the primates do it.

Separate your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you

leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much
longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of
sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in
double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and
at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the
grease away from the meat while cooking.

Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply
chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place
them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

Reheat Pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat
to med-low and heat till warm.
This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking
channel and it really works.

Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken
up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing
thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg Just throw bag away
when done easy clean up.

Expanding Frosting

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your
mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more
cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per

Reheating refrigerated bread

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in
a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food
moist and help it reheat faster.

Newspaper weeds away

Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet
newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and
forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not
get through wet newspapers.

Broken Glass

Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you
can't see easily.

No More Mosquitoes

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Squirrel Away!

To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne
pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't
come near it.

Flexible vacuum To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge
add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can
be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

Reducing Static Cling Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and
you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that
cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ...
static is gone.

Measuring Cups Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill
with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your
ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshield?

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box
of your car . When the window s fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than
a cloth!

Reopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something
inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two.
Viola! It unseals easily.


Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving
cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the
conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple
Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find
those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,'
can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it
rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small
children being harmed!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Team EEAT's October Bake Sale

TEAM EEAT is having a Bake Sale October 1-4th. Come on by and check out all the great "yummies" from EEAT members. Lots of sales and fabulous deals. Type in Team EEAT to find more Etsy members......Are you drooling yet?

My Bake Sale Special~ FREE Sampler Pack with Every Order from October 1-4th! which will include some of my best~sellers:a toffee PB cup,s'more marshmallow and a chocolate covered pretzel

Sweet Treats by Maryann

~Have you discovered Etsy yet?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Great Moms

To All Women.....




Real Mothers don't eat quiche; they don't have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of shag carpets.

Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.

Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' and get their answer when a little

voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or

years or grade... It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Momma



4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.

14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.

16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.

18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!

25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it.

35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that

she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be

seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place

where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but

true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she

lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with

passing years only grows!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

There's a New Baby in Our Family

Her name is Trixie and she is one silly puppy. She's always "talking" to us. She's a typical Lab pup getting into everything.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Great NieNie Bakesale

I will be participating in the Great NieNie Bakesale on September 22nd.
Along with many other very talented women, we will be trying to raise funds for the Nielson family's medical and recovery bills. Bidding starts at $20 for a dozen cookies and all proceeds will go directly to the family to help defer some of their medical bills. You can read more about the Nielson family here:
Here is the starting line up so far:
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Landra Lynn - Moi!)
Peanut Butter Cookies (Landra Lynn - Moi!)
Snickerdoodles (Landra Lynn - Moi!)
Homemade Vanilla Marshmellows (Micki - Keeping It Simply Sweet)
Homemade Chocolate Marshmellows (Micki - Keeping It Simply Sweet)
Homemade Mocha Marshmellows (Micki - Keeping It Simply Sweet)
Scottish Shortbread (Vanessa Cengic - Bears Baked Goods)
Snowballs (Vanessa Cengic - Bears Baked Goods)
Ginger Snaps (Vanessa Cengic - Bears Baked Goods)
Award Winning Mini Almond Puff Cookie Dozen 1 (Christy - Groovy Cookies)
Award Winning Mini Almond Puff Cookie Dozen 2 (Christy - Groovy Cookies)
Award Winning Mini Almond Puff Cookie Dozen 3 (Christy - Groovy Cookies)
Award Winning Chocolate Puff Cookie Dozen 1 (Christy - Groovy Cookies)
Award Winning Chocolate Puff Cookie Dozen 2 (Christy - Groovy Cookies)
Award Winning Chocolate Puff Cookie Dozen 3 (Christy - Groovy Cookies)
Chocolate Dipped Oreos With Peppermint (Maryann - Sweet Treats by Maryann)

You know they all sound don't forget to bookmark your calendars and come by to help us raise funds and get some treats to boot!
More details to follow
Sweet Treats by Maryann

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Etsy Moms are Having a Trunk Show

Please stop by and show your support for all the wonderfully creative Moms on Etsy Thursday September 4 at 7 pm EST in the Etsy Virtual Labs.

Sweet Treats by Maryann

Celebrate au Naturel Glow's 2nd Anniversary

ALL orders placed from now until September 10th will receive a FREE gift (to be decided upon by the home office)

in addition to that Au Naturel Glow is offering their clients 10% off their orders this month; use code client10 out to receive your discount!

Just added this week: EYE~LINING PENCILS

Please put my name in as referring consultant.

Maryann Richards
ANG Consultant #200717