Advertise with us!

Use colorful bandanas on your table this summer

By on August 9, 2012
bandanas

Cloth napkins can be made using virtually any 100 percent cotton fabric. Fat quarters, fabric remnants, sheets, tablecloths, terry washcloths and even T-shirts or men’s dress shirts work well. Many of these can be found at secondhand stores. The size can be anywhere from 12 to 20 inches square.
The first reader tip has another suggestion that would be wonderful for a summer barbecue party:

 

Cloth napkins:

Bandanas would make cute cloth napkins. They’re available in a variety of colors, and they aren’t expensive. — Leigh, Florida

Reuse peanut butter jars:

My husband doesn’t like reusing plastic containers such as the ones for sour cream, cottage cheese and peanut butter, but that’s how I was raised. I don’t throw away anything that can be used for something else. For instance, small peanut butter jars are great for cut carrots and celery; just add a little water, put the lid on and enjoy a healthy snack later! — Bev, email

Pantry storage container:

I use a large index box in my pantry to store envelopes of taco seasoning and the like. It makes them easy to find, and they don’t fall behind the shelf, never to be seen again. — Bev, email

Easy oatmeal:

It can’t get any easier than my grandma’s oatmeal recipe:
1/2 cup of oatmeal (old fashioned, not quick or instant)
1/2 cup of boiling water
Pour the water over the oatmeal, place a saucer or some type of lid over the bowl and let it sit for 3 or 4 minutes until all of the water is absorbed. Add sweetener, milk and other ingredients to taste. The oats stay whole and the oatmeal is not ‘slimy’ like instant or cooked oatmeal can be. Enjoy! — Sherry, email

Use Amazon to de-clutter:

The Fulfillment by Amazon program can be a really easy solution for getting rid of things around the house, such as toys, DVDs and books — and you can still make money. Just box up the items you want to sell, ship them to Amazon and let the site take care of storage and shipping to the customer. Here’s the full rundown of how it works: amazonservices.com/content/fulfillment-by-amazon.htm/#!how-it-works.
A lot of folks don’t know about this service, but it can be a nice, stress-free alternative to a garage sale or eBay when you want to de-clutter and get organized. — Jamie, email

Fun dishes from a waffle maker and slicer:

My mom used to make “turtles” on her waffle maker. Prepare cake mix according to the directions, then put about 1/3 cup of mix in the waffle maker. When it’s done it will come out round, and you can add frosting on top. I just got a waffle maker yesterday and I have a recipe for cornbread and bacon waffles. I am going to make the waffles, then add ham and cheese to turn them into Panini sandwiches. The waffle maker is a great device for making new things without heating up the kitchen! I also use a mandolin slicer to slice cucumbers, then I add some bacon bits and ranch dressing to make a cool side dish for Panini sandwiches or just about any meal. — Bev, email

Remove eye makeup:

I am a licensed cosmetologist, and my go-to product for easy eye-makeup removal (including waterproof) is hair conditioner. Most women have it on-hand, you only need a small amount, it doesn’t burn your eyes and it works like a charm. — Erica, email

photo by lastonein http://www.flickr.com/photos/97487636@N00/2841777454/sizes/z/in/photostream/
If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!

About Sara Noel

Sara Noel owns GenXZ, Follow me on Twitter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>