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Put some frozen fruit, drizzle of honey and 2 tablespoons of yoghurt into a processor to quickly make ice cream.
To freeze fruit, skin bananas, wash berries and put lemon juice on apples and pears (prevents browning).
To make your own sun dried tomatoes cut tomatoes in quarters and remove seeds. Place in a single layer in a NON metallic dish (tomatoes react with metal). Cover with cling film, pierce holes in the film and leave in direct sunlight.
Beauty tips, health, exercise, make-up and bathroom DIY, accessories etc.,
How to make the most of your make up
Brunettes can really appreciate bronzer as a hair product because dusting a little over the head creates a beautiful shiny effect.
One more thing you can do with bronzer is mix it with matte nail polish to create sparkling finger nails. Just don’t go overboard when mixing in the bronzer!
More beauty and health related articles as well as anything else related to the bathroom.
Cars, vehicles, motoring, fuel, driving, car maintenance.
What to look out for when buying used cars
This is always a mine field and nothing guarantees success but there are a few things to look out for before parting with your hard earned cash.
Obviously different countries have different rules but I am sure a lot of the following would apply wherever you are located.
Pre-Shopping advice, vehicle Inspection, bodywork, structural bodywork, collision damage, inside the car, engine, transmission, suspension, steering, brakes, tyres etc.
Read the whole article.......
Motoring and car related articles, hints and tips.
Cooking, food, recipes, oven temperatures, kitchen equipment, decor and refurbishment.
Ways to save money and energy
In these difficult times any information on ways to save money is welcome. There are many articles within Hints and Things giving useful money saving information such as how to save money when buying groceries -Bulk-buying makes a lot of sense for various items such as toilet rolls, bin bags and detergents, but when it comes to food, one must be careful of what to buy.
If you buy a bulk of fruit and vegetables, and most of them end up going bad, you’re not exactly saving money but some food may last a long time such as cereals, pasta, oil, and rice.
Cookery, food and kitchen related information.
Storage IdeasFlat topped trunks, storage cases, boxes with lids, can double up as coffee tables and storage.
If this is to be frequently used as a table it would be best used to store items that are not required too often otherwise it may be slightly inconvenient.
It is also important to remember not to store any items that can harm children e.g. craft items, unless it can be locked.
Read the rest of the article to find out other useful storage ideas......
Some children these days seem to have a lot of toys, some of which never see the light of day. To keep children interested and to get the best out of their toys divide them into two different toy boxes and rotate them every two or three weeks.
Hand painting is a great way to amuse children as they love to get messy. The finished articles can be used as pictures, borders etc,.
To encourage finicky eaters put a variety of food in a dish to make it interesting for them. For instance you could use an ice cube tray and put things such as nuts, raisins, currents, cheese etc. into each compartment.
Pieces of bread soaked in milk and baked in the oven until crisp, make ideal rusks especially for babies that are teething. As well as being cheap they have the added bonus of no added sugar.
More of these tips can be found here.
Other useful articles and tips on all aspects of parenting, childcare and child related matters, including child safety and development and how to control headlice.
Bedroom related information and all other sundries including travel, weddings, party tips, shopping and fashion.
To make it easier to untangle a knotted necklace chain, dip it in a little cooking or baby oil.
Re-string a bead necklace or bracelet using fishing line, which is easy to thread, inconspicuous and very strong.
If you drop and can’t find a small earring or fastener, secure a piece cut from an old pair of tights/pantyhose over the end of your vacuum cleaner pipe with a rubber band. Vacuum over the area and the earring will stick to the tights/pantyhose.
MORE USEFUL TIPS
1: Perk up popcorn with zest of two limes, chilli powder and garlic salt. Mix all ingredients and shake with popcorn.
2: Fizzy water cleans windscreens.
3: Place a biscuit in with coffee to keep it dry.
4: Cut a tennis ball in half to use as a sink plunger.
5: Use moss from lawn to line hanging baskets.
6: Keeps herbs fresh by rinsing, shake off excess water and wrap in kitchen paper and store in fridge.
7: Umbrellas can be waterproofed by spraying with hair spray, however, test on a hidden area first as some spray and/or fabric can stain.
8: Use vodka to ease jelly fish stings.
9: Use bran to attract snails to a specific area.
10: Place lemon or lime wedges in freezer to use in drinks.
11: Place some kitchen paper in with lettuce or soft fruit to keep them fresh.
12: When baking potatoes in an oven (NOT in a microwave), insert metal skewers into the potatoes to shorten cooking time.
13: Parboil and freeze potatoes ready to roast at a later date.
14: Beer dregs (if there are ever any available!) can be put in water and used as a lawn fertiliser.
15: Boot/shoe polish (the wax variety) can be used to spruce up appropriate coloured car bumpers e.g. black or neutral polish for black bumpers.
TV screens seem to be getting larger by the minute with only wall size limiting the final choice. If, however, you would like to know the most suitable screen size for your particular room you can use the following....
Check the distance (in inches) from the position of the screen to the seating area and then divide by 3; the answer gives an approximate screen size e.g.
If the distance from the screen to your seat is 9ft, that is 108 inches.
Divide 108 by 3 = 36.
Therefore this indicates the optimum screen size would be approximately 36".
Indoor, outdoor and online games; sports and puzzles.
Tips on how to improve your golf
Here are a few tips which may help to improve your golf but I make no promises:-
To help get your balance right practice by standing
on two bricks (one under each foot).
The Games Room also has other useful information such as:
Other sports and games related articles.
Garden, gardening, plants and planting, garden structures, hard landscaping, hot tubs.
Useful gardening tips such as .......
A piece of wood placed upright in a plastic water barrel will prevent the barrel splitting when it freezes.
An old plastic sweet jar (available from most sweetshops) makes an ideal propagator. Lay sweet jar horizontally and place plant tray inside. Replace lid.
To "age" new garden statues, smear with natural yoghurt. Algae will quickly cover the item making it look older.
More gardening tips.......
Plants and gardening hints and things.
Annual plants are those that germinate, flower and die each year/season.
Perennials are plants that last for several years and, once mature, will flower each year.
Herbaceous plants are plants that do not have woody stems. They form new flowering stems each year before seeding then dying back to ground level in the Autumn.
Pet, animal and bird related information, hints, and tips as well as some more unusual articles such as lists of Collective Nouns and special pages for more inventive collective nouns many of which have been contributed by visitors.
Aadvarks to Butterflies
TIP: You can make a dog basket out of an old suitcase by cutting off the lid. Paint the base ensuring any paint used is safe for pets. Make a pillow case from some pretty fabric e.g. old curtains or duvet covers. Put the pillow case on an old pillow or cushion and place this in the newly painted base. Hey presto - a unique and economical dog bed.
COCKNEY RHYMING SLANGCOCKNEY
Adam and Eve BelieveAlan Whickers Knickers
Aristotle BottleArtful Dodger Lodger
Ascot Races BracesBaked Bean Queen
Baker's Dozen CousinBall and Chalk Walk
MORE EXAMPLES CAN BE FOUND HERE
Some libraries are now 'self service'. Unless you remember to press 'receipt wanted' you go off without any note of a return by date.
Music, instruments, lyrics, musicals, musical terms, CDs.
A simplistic view on music notation.
There is a sign at the beginning of each stave, known as a clef, which fixes the pitch of notes written on one of the lines of the stave.
The pitch of the other notes is worked out in relation to this fixed line.
High notes are placed high and low notes are placed low.
Other music related articles
Jobs, interviews, business, paper sizes, property, finance etc.
There are several articles on the complex subject of insurance within Hints and Things. Home and general insurance can be found in the 'Office' or 'Library' section and those covering motor and vehicle insurance can be found in the Garage section.
Should the worst happen you may find our information on how to make an insurance claim useful especially as it contains an example of a draft letter to accompany your claim.You may have heard of Critical Illness Insurance but is it worth the outlay.
Paper Sizes - A lot of us are familiar with A4 size paper (some of us even remember Quarto and Foolscap), but what about the less common sizes such as A1, B2, C5, executive, legal, letter, Government Legal etc.?
Finding the right leather cleaner
Preserving the condition of leather requires careful attention
and suitable treatment. Through using a highly recommended
leather cleaner, you can achieve a fully restored appearance,
topped with a first class finish.
Failing to use the appropriate cleaning methods and products can more often than not, do more damage than good.
There are a number of deep leather cleaning products available on the market, so to help you identify which leather cleaner best suits your needs, we have come up with some insightful pointers for your consideration.
Organisation is the key to the smooth running
of a home, especially in today's hectic lifestyles where time is at a
premium. Here a few suggestions which, although simple and easy, can
make a vast difference and make life just that little bit easier.
DIY, decorating, tools, refurbishment, tradesmen, security, hobbies and crafts etc.
Money Saving Tips
We all know that one of the cheapest and yet most effective ways to save money and energy and yet keep your home warm, is to buy insulation such as loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. There are, however, many other things we can do to save on heating costs.
How to trace or enlarge an image.
If you want to
transfer a design from a magazine, picture or
book there are several ways this can be done and
you can check them out here.
There are over 900 pages containing information, advice, hints, tips, interesting articles on a wide range of subjects arranged in 14 different 'rooms' including DIY (Workshop), stain removal (Utility room), car maintenance and motoring related tips (Garage), beauty tips (Bathroom), finance/jobs and interview material (Office/Library), sports/games (Gamesroom), hobbies/crafts (Workshop), gardening tips and plant information (Garden), pets/animals (Kennel), children/parenting (Nursery), cleaning/laundry tips (Utility Room).
There is also information on what to look out for when buying a used car, a fuel conversion chart, and fuel saving tips. On the other hand, if you are trying to lose weight and need to know your weight in kilogrammes, pounds or even pounds and stones then check out our weight conversion chart. Other interesting pages include explanation and instructions for knitting abbreviations, the name given to wedding anniversaries and what they represent. In addition to all that there articles covering all aspects of cookery including how to make ingredients go further, oven temperature conversion (gas/electric etc.,), weights, measurements and explanations for terminology, suggestions on using old and unwanted CDs/DVDs, musical terms, work related hints, tips and advice including job interviews, language differences, reference, homemaking, entertaining, weddings, travel, and much, much more.
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