Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Brilliant Ideas

Hello Friends!
I used to call this segment of my blog, Life Hacks. One of my friends, Joanne, who blogs at Cup on The Bus, suggested I change the name to Brilliant Ideas (which they are) because 'hacks' seemed to imply illegal or immoral. So today I introduce you to Brilliant Ideas! Thank you Joanne!

Today I have a couple of wonderful ideas that I have used recently. I bought some lemons at the store and was not using them up as fast as I wanted. Lemons are NOT cheap. So this is what I did with them:


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Sliced them, froze them, and when I want some lemon water just pop them into my water glass. Add a bit of ice and enjoy! 


Brilliant!




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Another of my favorite 'brilliant ideas'  is one I have been doing for years. I keep  my plastic grocery bags in an empty tissue box  sitting  on the shelf in the laundry room. This way I can keep them all together. And just pull out one at a time. And I also can tell when I need to start saving more. I don't save them all as I get a lot of plastic bags. When you shop for my family there are a lot of groceries. Believe me! What brilliant ideas do you have this week?

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    1. Thank you Joanne! Much better, isn't it?

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  2. Joanne came up with a great name, I love it! Also, your two things you shared here are brillant too. I just store my plastic bsgs in a box in the bottom of the pantry and when it gets full, recycle most of them. My brillant idea lately was changing when wexwent grocery shopping. We used to go Saturday mornings, but then with watching grandkids in the afternoon, it kind of crimped our time on Saturday, so I decided to have the grandkids go shopping with us in the afternoon. We put the baby in one cart and the food in another. My 11 year old step granddaughter hrlps us get things of the shelf. We have been teaching yer how to look for ripe tomatoes, etc. We pay her 5 dollard a week for doing this. She csn either have the money or buy something at the store, but it can't go over 5 dollars. It has helped her to make decisions on what she wants, etc. And we get our shopping done with more time to ourselves in the morning.

    Brtty

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    1. That is so good of you to be teaching the ll year old g-daughter! That will be knowledge she will need in the future. I take Darian and Harley but I usually end up spending more when they are with me!

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  3. Forgive the typos, I am on the tablet, hard sometimes to type on it.

    Betty

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    1. LOL. I wondered. I thought you might be on a phone.

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  4. I love that lemon idea!
    My mother used to take all the grapefruit her neighbors brought over, squeeze them and put in old-fashioned ice-cube trays to pop in her water glass. I suppose one could do that with lemon, but I've not that much 'oomph' in my hands anymore.

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    1. I haven't put grapefruit in my water yet. I love grapefruits though! Will have to try it. Yep, I don't have much oomph in my hands anymore either!

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    2. I don't have the oomph either, but a citrus fruit reamer helps. With that, you're not squeezing so much as pushing and twisting. There are hand held reamers with a handle, but I use one that is a lid to a jar where the juice collects.

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    3. I used to have one of those reamers and hardly ever used it. So it went into the garage sale. I might need to get one again.

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  5. The tissue box is a cheaper version of what I have for plastic bags. At a craft fair, the booth next to mine was a bunch of sewn stuff. She had a "bag bag". It's a long tube that you put bags in the top, and you can pull bags out the bottom when they're needed. I love it.

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    1. That sounds neat Liz! Would love to see it!

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  6. I have a fabric tube gathered at both ends with a piece of elastic. Hung up in my pantry it holds many plastic bags. I stuff them in the tube and take them out as needed. We don't have too many extra as I use them in the bathrooms for garbage and elsewhere like the car! I have cloth grocery bags that I take with me to the grocery store, they are insulated and I really like them so the only plastic bags we get are at Wally World or other stores.
    I like lemon in my water so the lemon idea is great! I have also heard of squeezing them and freezing the juice in ice cube trays then store in a bag in the freezer.

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    1. A number of you have those fabric tubes. I would love to see one. I love lemon in my water too!!

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  7. I also have a fabric tube for storing my plastic bags but since the UK introduced a 5p charge for plastic bags I don't have so many. We have reusuable bags we take shopping with us, unless we forget! It has definitely cut down on the number of plastic bags being used. I still get them when I have shopping delivered as it makes the delivery easier and quicker. All stores now have to raise this charge. The lemon idea is a good one and I like the name change.

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    1. They charge you for plastic bags?? That would definitely cut down on the use of them. Our store will take them back to recycle them. I usually end up using them until the fall apart!

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  8. I'm stealing that tissue box idea. Brilliant.

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  9. I'm going to remember to keep my next empty tissue box. Thanks.

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  10. Here's one I have been doing for years. Whenever I open a new bag of frozen vegetables I cut a thin strip off of the top of the bag and then use it to tie the bag shut. We have been saving our plastic bags in a Kleenex box too. That works really well!

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    1. I have done that too Jeanette. It works like a charm! Thanks for sharing

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  11. A tissue box! I have never seen that clever idea before. I have a fabric tube like Far Side and Liz mentioned. My sister in law made it for me years ago. I like your lemon idea! I haven't bought lemons much because I would worry about waste. No waste with freezing. Thanks for sharing. Not sure I have any ideas to share with you this morning. And...an earthquake in Kansas? That would make an entirely different situation for Dorothy, Toto, and the gang!

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    1. Those fabric tubes sound amazing!! Yep, just slice them and freeze! Act like ice cubes!!

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  12. Your ideas are brilliant. I will definitely try them out. I haven't had many brilliant ideas here at my house at all but do enjoy yours!

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    1. I'm sure you have more brilliant ideas than you think!

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  13. Two great ideas, thank you for sharing them!

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  14. I also have a fabric tube to hold my bags. My sweet granny made it for me. She just used a dish towel and sewed it long ways and put elastic on both ends.
    I have frozen grapes before but never lemons. The grapes are like mini popsicles and they're so yummy.

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    1. Frozen grapes. That sounds like a real treat!!

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  15. I really like the idea of keeping plastic bags in a tissue box. That IS brilliant. I'm going to use that...if only I hadn't thrown out that Kleenex box yesterday!...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. I'll bet you have another empty one before you know it!!

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  16. Awesome...loved the idea of how u store the bags..I have a hundred of them..and have dedicated a whole small cupboard for it..but this idea is better..

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    1. It is a great idea to use the tissue box!

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