Saturday, September 29, 2007

Household Tips from Uncle Barry

I recently got this email that provides 17 handy Household Tips. I don't know if they work, or not! They all seem harmless enough, so give 'em a try and comment here about your results.

By the way, I hope you all know to check with before passing along emails that make strange or extraordinary claims. I did check with snopes on the Clothes Dryer tip, number 17, below. They say it's true!



1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 serving.

4. 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.

5. Newspaper weeds away Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wetnewspapers 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.

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

7. No More Mosquitoes Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

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

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

14. Conditioner Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot 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...

15. 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!

16. 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 & you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

17. INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.)

He told us that he wanted to show us something he took the filter over to the sink,
ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you know
what your dryer's lint filter looks like. WELL...the hot water just sat on top of
the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film
over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film , but
it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static
free - that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them
out of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen.
This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house
down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time
(& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it
with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.

He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?!
Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that.
So, I thought I'd share! Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running
water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water
in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I
had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right Thru the screen!
There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!


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Apple Cider Vinegar
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Friday, September 21, 2007



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Jesus is walking the World.

Dear All,

When He gets to your PC please escort Him to the next point of stop. Change the subject line and let your friends know where He is leaving from. Please don't allow Him to sleep on your PC. The message He is carrying is very important and needs to go round. May God bless you as you do this -

Jesus is walking the World. Please pass Him on so that He can reach His destination. Say a prayer then pass Him on to bless others. This is really interesting how someone did this. Our assignment is to love and spread the gospel throughout the world. Have a blessed day and touch somebody's life today! I just did. He's walking around the world - via e-mail!! Pass it on so He can get there.
If you like this email, you will like these articles on LookingForClues:

Traditional vs Modern Churches
A Shuttered Church on Every Corner: The hidden cost of modern worship centers.


Pray the Rosary
Finding Joy in Reciting the Rosary


Faith Communities

Passion of The Christ

Divine Sovereignty
The Joy of Divine Sovereignty

Body Image
Beauty Reclaimed

The Power of Prayer
The Power of Prayer

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Taxes and Urine Tests

Like a lot of folks in this state,
I have a job. I work, they pay me.

I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as they see fit. In order to get that paycheck I am required to pass a random urine test, which I have no problem with. What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test. Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get
a welfare check, because I have to pass one to earn it for them?

Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sit on their butt & do drugs on my tax money.

Could you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check.

If you agree, pass this thought along.

I Know you Know, but


One morning you will never wake up
o all your friends know you love them? I was thinking...I could die today, tomorrow or next week, and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, friendships that needed rekindling or three words needing to be said. Let every one of your friends know you love them. Even if you think they don't love you back, you would be amazed at what those three little words and a smile can do.

And just in case GOD calls me home before I see you again....... I LOVE YA!!!

Send this to at least 8 people you love and send it
back to the person who sent it to you. Live today to the fullest because tomorrow is not promised.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Perspective: Poor People

makes you wonder……..

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with
the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

"It was great, Dad."

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son.

"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered:

"I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!

Pass this on to friends and acquaintances and help them refresh their perspective

"Life is too short and friends are too few."

Teddy Roosevelt knew what it meant to be an American

The year is 1907.....but the speaker knew what he was talking about.


Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Every American citizen needs to read this!


Welcome to Email Gems!

This blog is a collection of emails that are circulating on the internet. I began collecting interesting and inspiring emails on our LookingForClues website back in 2003. The first set of Email Gems is here. In 2006, we added some Email Gems posts to our original LFC Blog; read them here.

Now, in 2007, we've decided to create this Email Gems blog here on Blogger. Check back often, we intend to add new posts on a regular basis. Thanks!