Tidbits from Trailer Pat

You've all heard of "Hints from Heloise"?

Well, I'm her distant, distant cousin. Here are some helpful, and TRUE, tidbits for you to use!

When adding eggs to a recipe, ALWAYS crack them in a separate bowl first. You do that, right? Then you can see if the egg is okay. If you get a piece of the shell in the bowl, not to worry. Just use the cracked shell to fish out the piece. Egg shell attracts egg shell.

I cook at lot with garlic and onion. That means my fingers frequently smell like these odors. To get rid of the smell, wash your hands with soap and water, then rub them on your stainless steel sink. It removes the smell! If you don't have a stainless steel sink, you could always buy one of these stainless steel soap bars available at Amazon:



When making meatballs, or forming hamburgers, wet your hands first. The meat won't stick to your hands and it makes it easier to work with the meat.


I don't know about you, but the last few weeks I've been having problems with fruit flies. They have been driving me CRAZY! Here's the solution:

Pour some apple cider vinegar into a bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with some plastic wrap. Poke holes in the top large enough to let the aromas escape and fruit flies to enter! And let the magic begin! Jim and I would walk past the bowl, peek in, and yell, "Got another one!" All in all, we caught about 20 of those little suckers! I was thrilled! It really works!

I want to thank EVERYONE for the wonderful birthday wishes I received yesterday! They just made my day! I usually try to spend my birthday with my brother and sister, but this year I am about a two hour drive away from them, and it just wasn't feasible to get together. Jim and I went to the show yesterday to see, "Life as We Know It" starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. It's a romantic comedy and we both enjoyed it. Katherine (Holly) and Josh (Messer) have a disastrous blind date. The only thing they have in common are their best friends, the parents of Sophie, their god-daughter. Holly and Messer are thrown together and forced to raise Sophie when her parents are killed. There are some sad parts in the movie, but it is mostly a funny and enjoyable film, and I'd give it 3 out of 4 stars!

My birthday dinner was postponed until today because the restaurant I chose was closed on Mondays. So we are off to try it for lunch. Ta-ta!
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