Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I love everyday tips

I have tried all of these great tips. I love easy to remember tips for everyday. If I can't remember the tip then its not worth knowing in my opinion! So here are a few that I use.

#1. I had to call a service man who works on dishwashers, and he gave me this tip. Pour orange or lemon-flavored drink crystals into the soap holder and run through a cycle. The citric acid removes all the spots inside the dishwasher and will not harm it in any way. This works great!

#2. My mother gave me this great advice. If your towels ever get a musty odor which sometimes they did, you can get it out by adding a half-cup of baking soda to that load of laundry.

#3.Put an end to stinky sneakers with a couple of dryer sheets. Just place the dryer sheets in the shoes overnight, and they will be much fresher-smelling in the morning. Your closet will smell much fresher, too.

#4. Have you spilled something on your carpet and are sure it will never come out? Use carbonated water. Pour the water on the spot, let the water bubble the spot up and dab with a towel. It's great on everything from blood to spaghetti sauce. I will tell you that this does not work on a "squishy" ball with green liquid in it. This I know from experience.

#5.Every time you take the trash out, replace the bag with two bags. If you have a spill or rip, you'll avoid a mess, and it's super quick if you need a quick tidy-up before company comes or if your tired of have your trash bag always LEAKING!

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Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner

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