Use These Customer Service Shortcuts to Stop Wasting Time Waiting for Help The main problem with customer service queues is the average person is a moron and that makes the other half even dumber than that. So people with legitimate concerns or requests have to wait in line behind morons. If you need any proof, go to the Post Office, DMV, or even your local McDonald's. Speaking of McDonald's, always amazes me how you can get behind grown people that act like it's the very first visit of their life and take five minutes to order a meal. The longer I live the more and more convinced I become that people are just dumb animals that learned how to use their thumbs to pick shit up.
A Chicken in Every (Crock) Pot The phrase "a chicken in every pot" has been repeated throughout history, beginning with King Henry IV in France. The words promise good times, with enough to eat and time to relax and enjoy it. These days, most people cook their chicken in a crockpot. The crockpot is probably the best time saver in the kitchen today. There are some tips for cooking chicken in your slow cooker. Bone-in and boneless chicken have different cooking requirements. Vegetables in these recipe should go into the bottom of the crockpot, with the meat on top because vegetables cook more slowly than meat. For hints and tips about using your crockpot to its fullest capacity, see Crockpot Lessons. A Chicken in Every (Crock) Pot
How to Create a Personal Encryption Scheme to Easily Hide Your Data in Plain Sight I think the article is saying you could use LastPass to generate your LastPass password and the article's encryption scheme to keep the password in plain sight. Then you would not have to remember it. For example if your LastPass encryption key password was something like /%/K\G,_sO¦R¥ÅÀbÝ¾öà~¼ÐÂ4×òO? Then you could write it down as a series of letters like SlPerSlKBkslG...etc. You can still use LastPass to generate your passwords and use this article to write them down. then you're up the creek without a paddle. SlPerSlKBkslG...etc. Sorry for the double post above. Because the NSA has declared war on each and every human being on earth and they do know how to decrypt common algorithms.
These Three Kitchen Shortcuts Will Change the Way You Cook Healthy eating starts at home, but most people don’t have the ability or energy to spend hours in the kitchen every day. Between work, school, family, and other responsibilities, time is of the essence. These are my favorite tips for home cooks, as they help to minimize both mess and time in the kitchen. My cooking students always tell me how, since learning to do weekend planning and prep, their weeknight dinners are so much easier. 1. My most important kitchen shortcut is batch cooking on the weekend, which sets you up for success during the week. For example, make a huge pot of beans on Sunday. Beans and riceSoup with beansSalad with beansBean spread/dip You can do the same thing by whipping up a triple batch of grains, such as brown rice or quinoa, over the weekend. While you’re batch cooking your single ingredient, cut up whatever raw veggies you have in your fridge. (RELATED: A Top Chef’s Healthy Cooking Tips That Every Home Cook Needs to Know) 2. 3.
How To Make Natural Garden Pesticides Garden pests are one of the few things that can make the otherwise enjoyable task of gardening frustrating. Whether it's snails taking over your lettuce or aphids sucking on your roses, a pest infestation is definitely disappointing, but it's not a reason to reach for harmful, toxic sprays. The sprays might eliminate the pesky culprits, but they are harmful to you and the environment. Instead, try whipping up one of these simple recipes with ingredients you most likely have on hand. What You Need Materials Spray bottles Biodegradable liquid dish soap Lemon or orange essential oil Cooking oil Baking soda Garlic Chili powder water Natural Insecticidal Soap Spray This soap is easy to make and good keep on hand, since it should take care of most of those annoying common pests such as aphids, mites, white flies, thrips, and mealy bugs. In a spray bottle, combine: 1 1/2 tablespoons of liquid soap 1 quart of water A couple drops of orange or lemon essential oil All-Purpose Garlic Chili Spray
5 Ways To Make Frozen Vegetables Suck a Little Less Although spring is upon us and we should be taking full advantage of farmers' markets and fresh grocery store offerings, sometimes the frozen veggies still come in handy for last-minute dinner convenience. back is what's for dinner. In an effort to make them taste, less, well, frozen, here are five ways to help get the most flavor from our freezer friends! The first thing to remember is that frozen vegetables actually can be quite good (and good for you). Take a look at my tips and share your own! 1. 2. Salt + Pepper + Butter = Nothing in that list is rocket science by any means, it's as basic as basic gets, but sometimes getting the most flavor from something means keeping it simple. 3. 4. 5. Do you have any tricks up your sleeve for making frozen veg suck a little less? This post was requested by sprite for Reader Request Week 2013! (Image: Faith Durand)
How To Remove a Stripped Screw Without an Extractor Home Hacks Previous image Next image Placing a wide rubber band inbetween the stripped screw and the screw driver can sometimes help give enough grip to remove a slightly stripped screw head. Almost everyone who has worked on a DIY or renovation project has applied too much torque and stripped a screw head clean. It can feel like a frustrating dead end, especially if you don't have a specialized extractor kit on hand. But you might be able to remove a stripped screw using a very common household item probably already sitting in your desk or kitchen drawer... What You Need Hammer Clamp locking pliers or needle nose plier Wide rubber band Multi-head screwdriver kit Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Originally posted February 1, 2010 (Images: Gregory Han) More posts in this series Home Hacks 2010 You are on the last post of the series.
Yes, You Can Roast Frozen Vegetables. Yes, They're Delish. Good commercially frozen, organic if possible, frozen vegetables have a lot going for them. They're as nutritious as fresh, if not more so since they're frozen quickly after picking, they're convenient, and quite often they're significantly less expensive than fresh, especially in the winter when the vegetables often look carsick from their long trip from the farm. At this time of year, there still isn't too much local in the farm markets, and even though it is certainly spring, there isn't local abundance yet. Plus, if you are a vegetable eater in a household of picky eaters, sometimes a frozen veg is only way to get any variety on the table without having to toss a lot of uneaten fresh food. Makes eating well way easier. Personally, I happen to like Brussels sprouts and asparagus year-round, even though they both have definite seasons. Roasting frozen vegetables gives, IMHO, a much better end result than either boiling or steaming frozen vegetables. The recipe: ...I lied.
Tips For Making Your Bedroom A Stress Free Zone When it comes to decorating, the bedroom is always my favorite part. Maybe because it was the first room in which I was allowed to flex my personal design freedom, but also because it is just that — very personal. A bedroom should be your favorite place to rest. A luxurious (whatever that means to you) place to tuck yourself away from the world. Below are a few tips to help you have a relaxing, stress free bedroom. BED & BEDDINGIt all starts with the bed and bedding. Keep it simple with 2 sets of 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, which get softer as you wash them. A down comforter is always my go to because you can easily switch out the duvet to change the look, plus it can easily be thrown in the washing machine to clean. Everything on your bed should be soft and comfortable. One last note, don't buy the biggest bed you can fit simply because it can fit. COLORYou could go any way with color but whatever you chose, you should be in love with it. (Image: Violet Marsh Photography)
How to Remove Rust From Old Tools You might start by viewing your current non-rusty tools as items to protect. If you've got everything in a roll-away (or two), put some of that anti-slip expanded mesh down, so if there is condensation, at least your tools won't be sitting in puddles. Yes, by all means, if you have them, put some silica gel packs in with your tools. Now, finally, coat your tools with something that'll protect them from moisture. WD40 is fine for this. As far as cleaning old, rusty tools, check out Kano Labs Kroil [www.kanolabs.com] to get stuck parts loose. KL's other stuff (particularly Partese for rubber parts on cars) is nothing short of amazing
10 Great Clothing Tricks in 60 Seconds Another several tips, all regarding shoes: Try to alternate between 2 pairs of shoes instead of wearing the same pair daily. This will increase their lifespan, NOT counting the double lifespan due to only wearing them half as often, due to allowing them to FULLY dry between wearings. Use shoe trees for dress shoes. The most important function of shoe trees is to absorb moisture - if it isn't UNvarnished wood (cedar is the best), it's worthless. Clean your leather shoes every day when you take them off. Polish your leather shoes often. When you clean (with soap) your leather shoes, always use a conditioner before your next polish. In very cold, wet weather/climates, it is vital to clean/condition your leather shoes very often, even sometimes weekly during winter. For leather-sole'd shoes, use conditioner on the sole often.