Try It Tuesday

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I am all about lazy life hacks. I like to get stuff done in a short amount of time without a lot of hassle. This is why I don’t iron. I absolutely HATE ironing. And I’m too cheap to do dry cleaning. It’s just an extra errand I don’t have time for. (This is why 90% of my wardrobe consists of geeky t-shirts!)

Try It Tuesday

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Happy St. Patty’s Day, to ya, boyo!

I really wanted to make an irresistible Irish treat for you today, since its Saint Patrick’s Day and all, but then I saw that Sonic’s shakes are HALF PRICE all day long. And I thought to myself, “Self, you can either spend calories on something YOU make or spend calories on something someone else can make.” So I opted to let Sonic make me a DELISH shake and give you something practical for today’s Try It!

If you’re like me, when you fold a fitted sheet, this happens:

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But, thanks to Pinterest, I finally found a way to fold a fitted sheet!

First, lay out your sheet:

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If you have small children, this will be no easy feat. But, trust me, its worth it.

Next, bring up the corners to the top corners; like so:

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(Apparently Huff the Babe needed to be in every single shot)

 

Then, tuck the corners that are on top into the corners that are on bottom:

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Then, fold it into thirds:

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After that, fold into thirds again (although I had to fold mine into thirds-and-a-half, ha!):

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And voila! a perfectly folded fitted sheet!

 

I’ll admit, this was a little time-consuming…and rather difficult with a toddler and dog constantly walking on the sheet, but it was worth it to save some space in our closet.

Have you ever tried this? Do you have a different technique?

Try It Tuesday

Hello all! Sorry about the lame post yesterday… Mondays are crazy. However, today, I feel GREAT! This very well may be the “nesting” energy coming out in me (which, according to the bone-chilling labor video Huff the Hubs and I watched on Saturday, means labor is imminent) but I’m using it for all its worth!

 

Because of that, you’re getting a Try it Tuesday twofer!

 

The first Try It comes from my mom! She saw this pin on Pinterest:

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Sounds simple enough, right? Two ingredients, how can you screw that up? (If I would’ve made this, I would have found a way!)

 

Instead of blueberries, Mom used apple pie filling. (She actually used the “lite” version; significantly cutting calories and sugar! Good job, Mom!)

 

Hope she clipped that Box Top before tossing it in the trash!

Hope she clipped that Box Top before tossing it in the trash!

 

After she gathered her ingredients, she mixed them together:

Sorry if its a little dark. I never said Mom was Annie Lebowitz.

Sorry if its a little dark. I never said Mom was Annie Lebowitz.

 

Then, she popped it in the oven and baked at 350 for about 28-30 minutes. Then, magic happened:

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

It was really yummy! It tasted sort of like an apple pie (but without all the crazy calories!) And the recipe is so simple, you can use pretty much any pie filling you want: blueberry, cherry, apple, snozberry…Whatever you’re in the mood for!

 

The next Try It was actually a recommendation from my sister, Samantha. I was complaining about how my kitchen dish rags would get so stinky and mildewy after one or two uses. It not only stunk up the kitchen, but if you forgot that it was stinky, you’d touch it and then your hand would smell. It was a vicious cycle.

That is, until, Sam told me something that would change my life forever:

Use vinegar when you wash your towels.

 

Yep. Vinegar. Its not just for Easter eggs anymore!

 

She said to use detergent as you normally would when you wash your towels. BUT, get a Downy Ball and pour white vinegar into it, and drop it into the washing machine.

 

I was skeptical, but I tried it. I was afraid that it would make my towels stink, but after they washed, I couldn’t smell the vinegar (they were even softer!)! After I dried them and put them away was when the real test began.

 

I used a new dish rag and it lasted over a WEEK and did not stink ONCE! I was so excited! Needless to say, vinegar is a new laundry staple in the Huffman Homestead.

Try It Tuesday

Hello all!

This week’s Try It is actually a two-for!

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law gave me some maternity clothes. And me being me, I got greasy food on one of the tops I really liked. After I washed it, the stain was still there. Bah! I thought all was lost. Then I came across this on Pinterest:

I can?!

I can?!

I needed to do laundry anyway, so I got the shirt and dropped some Dawn on the stains. (I was going to take a picture of the stains, but they weren’t showing up well in the pictures. But trust me, they’re there!)

Messy Jessie strikes again!

Messy Jessie strikes again!

 

I let it set for about 10 minutes and then tossed it in the washer with the rest of my laundry. Forty minutes later, it came out stain free! Woot woot! I am so excited! Now I can be as messy as I want!

 

The next Try It was something I saw a while back and was a little reluctant to try. Simply because I was super nauseous when I pinned it and I didn’t want eggs of any fashion. Now that the first trimester is done, I figured I should try it out! Here’s the pin:

Its a golden egg!

Its a golden egg!

Evidently, all you have to do is shake up an egg before you hard boil it and it comes out looking like this! At least, I think that’s what the source blog said…I don’t understand Swedish.

Anywhoo, I decided to give it a go. I started with my egg:

She chose me!

She chose me!

 

And then I shook it up until it looked like this:

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Help…me…

Then, I boiled it for about 10 minutes or so. After I let it cool, I tore off the shell. Literally. I was really excited to see if the egg was in fact yellow!

It wasn’t:

Womp, womp.

Womp, womp.

 

So yeah…The Swedes lie. Shaking your egg for a long time will not make it all golden yellow. This Try It? Fail.