“One Good Thing By Jillee” is One Year Old Today!

(My delicious LEMON birthday cake before I blew out the candle and made a wish for NEXT year!)

It’s been an eventful week in our family! No. 2 son got his first part-time job….my daughter got a raise at her job….my daughter-in-law got a new job that she’s very excited about….and the hubster is competing in his very first ever BBQ competition this weekend! (Something he’s wanted to do for a long, long time!)

And the cherry on top of ALL of this?

IT’S MY BLOG BIRTHDAY! 

One year ago today I wrote my very first post for this LITTLE blog I had BIG ideas for! But never in my WILDEST dreams did I think it would be where it is today….one very short year later.

If you will indulge me for  just a minute….I’d like to share just a quick peek at the growth of One Good Thing By Jillee. The blog that all of YOU make possible!

In the last 30 days - 1,152,411 people from

194 different countries and territories

have visited OneGoodThingByJillee.com!

And those people have looked at 4,992,629 pages!

 

Kinda takes my breath away!  I really don’t even know what to say to that…..EXCEPT…..

“Thank You” from the bottom of my heart.

I am truly humbled by and grateful for the success my “baby” has experienced this first year. I acknowledge that if it weren’t for you, your loyalty, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to share your vast and varied wealth of knowledge with the rest of us….this could not be what it is today.

 

SO NOW IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE…..with a fun, new giveaway!  

I’m calling it “One Good Thing By YOU!” and what you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling us what YOUR “One Good Thing” would be if you were ME for a day! :-)  It can be a “tried and true” tip, technique, recipe, craft, etc etc etc! Or it could be something completely NEW!

Just leave it as a comment below and me and my distinguished “panel of judges” (my nephew/business partner Scott, his wife Mickell, my daughter Britta, my daughter-in-law Kaitlyn, my Mom, and my 3 sisters – Becky, JoAnn, and Dori) will pick ten finalists that will each receive a $10 Amazon gift card and out of those ten finalists, I will personally choose the winner who will receive a $100 Nordstrom gift card AND a $50 Best Buy gift card! PLUS, I will feature YOUR “One Good Thing” on a future post! :-)

So don’t delay! Post YOUR “One Good Thing” before someone else does. In the event of duplicate ideas…the FIRST comment will prevail. Put those thinking caps on and get busy commenting! There is no limit to the ideas you can post, just make sure they are each in a separate comment. The finalists will be announced next Thursday, July 5th….and the WINNER will be announced Friday, July 6th! Good luck everyone!   *********CONTEST CLOSED*********

And now……about my birthday present……… ;-)




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  1. Tiffiny Sanders says

    For the fluffiest baked goods EVER, my secret weapon is…Lemon Juice!! Add a teaspoon or two to baked recipes that include baking soda or powder and BE AMAZED! The lemon juice SUPER activates the baking soda/powder and makes baked goods SUPER FLUFFY and yummy!!! Thanks…and I LOVE your blog. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  2. Sharon Sapp says

    My one good thing is my all purpose seasoning. I use it on everything. I bought a big mason jar,
    Poured in equal amounts of garlic powder, black pepper, salt, & onion powder. Mix and use on everything !

  3. Meagan B says

    Happy Blog Birthday! My one good thing would be the t-shirt yellow pit stain remover – peroxide and Dawn dish detergent mix with a little baking soda, let it soak for 10 -15, wash and….wowsa! No more ungodly yellow put stains on white t-shirts! I’ve also used this on a jacket from Anthropologie that I had a foundation stain (dry cleaners couldn’t remove the stain…) – it was like new!

    mconnolley(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Lori Sue Johnson says

    One of my money savers (and major sodium reducers) while cooking is to replace that Cream of (mushroom, chicken, celery) soup with a white sauce. Melt a couple tbsp of oleo. Mix in a couple tbsp of flour to make a paste. Add a cup of milk and stir over heat until it thickens up. Then you can add whatever you like for a soup or soup substitute for casseroles.

  5. danielle says

    All I can think of right now is homemade shake and bake. I use panko, cornmeal, homemade breadcrumbs or croutons, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasonings, paprika, salt, pepper, really anything that catches my eye. Then when it is time to use it I will add cheese to a small bowl and mix it with the shake and bake mix. I store it in a Tupperware container in the cupboard. Tastes better than the commercial stuff and I’m pretty assure it is better for me.
    As I use it I add more ingredients so its constantly changing. Some times it may be spicier, sometimes more Italian, but always tasty.

  6. Christine says

    Using a hot cast iron skillet for the BEST ever cornbread! When setting your oven temperature, place your cast iron skillet in the oven along with the amount of oil that is called for your recipe. After the oil is hot and the skillet is heated, removed skillet from oven and pour the heated oil into the batter, mixing and transferring the batter back into the skillet. Place in oven and bake for desired time. This greases your pan plus makes a crust like edge on your best ever corn bread! “Happy Birthday” to One Good Thing!! Love following your blog!

  7. Patty Frechette says

    Celebrate WELL today! I enjoy the ideas and tips on your site. Happy Birthday! My one GOOD thing is having a birthday tablecloth in the family. Buy a special tablecloth, that has Happy Birthday on it, balloons, cakes, confetti, etc. – whatever you can find. I prefer a nice cloth one. It can be formal, childish, tacky, whatever. We used it for every birthday celebration in the family. And for extended family, I would bring it to celebrations for grandparents, in-laws, nieces, etc. It becomes a tradition that folks remember. I also have a birthday plate that is used for the cake. Sometimes the birthday tablecloth will come into my office with me for co-workers as well.

    Congratulations on your blog and keep all the good info coming.

  8. Barbara says

    Given how hot it’s been the last few days…baking cookies in the car. Think I’m gonna do that today to keep my son from complaining that he’s BORED.

    And happy birthday to One Good Thing!

  9. Jessica Credle says

    Congrats! I love your blog and often refer to it for lots of household/organization tips. My favorite One Good Thing posts would have to be any of the DIY cleaners and beauty products (laundry detergent, lip balm, scrubs, etc). I had no idea that I could make those things myself and save so much money! Now I find myself randomly searching your site just to find something new to make. Thank you for such a wonderful blog and good luck in the future!

  10. Susie E says

    I make my own greek style yogurt… by the gallon.
    1.Fortify whole milk with powdered milk to increase the proteins ( or you can strain the yogurt as a last step it you don’t want to use powdered milk)
    2. Heat the milk in a crockpot on low until it reaches 180 degrees
    3. Once the milk has cooled to the 115 to 95 degree range, stir in a half cup of live culture yogurt in small amount of the warm milk until completely blended, then add to the rest of the warm milk.
    4. Put the milk mixture into whatever sizer storage containers you prefer and place in an oven with the light on for 8 to 12 hours to complete the culturing process. I time my process so I can leave it in the oven overnight and I like to use different size containers…a couple of quart containers and some individual serving size containers, too.
    5. At the end of your culturing time, move containers to the fridge and chill before using. Viola!
    You can drain the yogurt with cheesecloth or coffee filters if you like, but I’ve found that using 2-3 cups of powdered milk per gallon of whole milk makes it thick enough so draining isn’t necessary.(I’m lazy that way) I use this for sour cream as well. It is supposed to last 10 days, but we always use it up before then!

  11. Rebecca Bice says

    My tip was discovered yesterday! You know when you are watering plants and the sprinkler hits the windows and leaves behind droplets that dry and are impossible to get off with windex? Well I took a rag soaked in undiluted vinegar and whipped the window. Then I squeegeed and wiped up any drops. Super easy and very clean windows!!!!

  12. Laura says

    Whoops wrong button :(

    I attend many bbq’s and eat way too many hotdogs. The tip I like best is putting your toppings for your bun first. Then add the hotdog. It holds everything in and less worries about wearing the mustard down the front of you.

    Congrats on 1 year!

  13. Sara Rose Nissen says

    Congrats!!!!! I am a little obsessed with your site. You have fueled my passion for DIY cleaning like no one else and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart! Homemade body wash, yellow armpit stains, liquid AND powdered laundry soap, homemade Shout…and that is just the list of cleaners!!! You have taught me that all I need a few basic ingredients, vinegar and Dawn, and I can practically clean anything! AMAZING!!! My repined list from you is miles long!!! You have saved my wallet (well, technically my husband’s wallet ;-) considerable amounts of money and for that HE thanks you too!!

  14. Morgan says

    One good thing by Morgan would defiantly be how to stay sane with a 6 month old while your husband is deployed. Would be baby crafts and sensory games. I realize your site is not really focused on little kids but my son is my world so that’s what I would do :)

  15. Sarah says

    Love your site – thanks for all your great tips, Jillee!
    My great tip is this: when you have a baking dish with baked-on food that you know won’t come clean in the dishwasher, fill it with warm/hot water and add a dryer sheet. Let it soak overnight. It will wipe clean in the morning. I promise this one works!!

  16. Renee Jones says

    Good Morning, Happy Birthday! I know how you love coconut oil, my tip that i have discovered is that is good for almost everything…from making your skin soft, to fighting the mosquito bites. I use it everyday just straight out of the jar. I put it on my face, hands and arms. I clean all day and i have noticed a big difference. I also cook with it in banana bread, pancakes, any recipe that calls for cooking oil and sometimes i put in my coffee. The benefits are it gives you energy, it keeps you regular, if you get mosquito bites they do not itch and disappear by the next day.

  17. Pam T says

    Happy Blog Birthday! I really enjoy your posts. My “one good thing” to share: Write things down in your own handwriting. Recipes, cards, a journal, an index with a funny thing your dog did…anything, and keep them in a drawer or a box for your children and grandchildren to have when you’re gone. In this day and age of instant electronic everything (which I REALLY like, by the way!), we’re losing that warm, personal and very intimate sharing of handwritten thoughts, ideas, and expressions of love to serve as personal treasures. So don’t worry that your handwriting isn’t perfect. In fact, know that it IS a perfect expression of you and that when others see it, they know it is YOU and feel closer to you. Don’t let your self-conciousness about your handwriting result in denying those who love you this special touch.
    That’s my one good thing.
    Thank you, Jillee. Your blog has helped me with several challenges around my home. May you have many, many more blog birthdays!

  18. Cindy Ervin says

    Happy Birthday! I have something in me that seems to draw EVERY mosquito in the state of Texas to me for dinner. I’ve tried all the sprays and cuffs and anything else that I can find to keep them away, but, there always is a few that ignore my barrier. For those bites, this is what I do. My favorite One Good Thing is for mosquito bites. Just rub the bite area with a bar of soap. No more itching!

    • Trixie says

      Hey Cindy,

      I’m one of the lucky ones that mosquitos don’t like to bite but my husband and daughter fall victim to them all the time. Just a little tip for you that I learned quite by accident is to plant several potted plants with sweet basil around your outdoor area. The mosquitos do not like the smell at all and I, personally, LOVE the smell to freshen up stale summer time air. Good luck (0=

      • Jess C says

        Potted lemon grass works the same way too. The buggers don’t like it and stay away. Which is good for me since I happen to be allergic to them and have bad reactions when bitten. That’s my one good thing. :)

  19. Gena D says

    Congrats! Love this site! Ok, mine is several tips all relating to the same subject….Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns. First of all, cut the bottom of the pumpkin instead of the top. It interferes less with the design that way, which is important when you are carving really intricate patterns like we do. Instead of making your base perfectly round, make a triangle shaped notch at the back to make it easier to tell which way the pumpkin will sit on it. I live in the middle of the desert where it can still be around 90 degrees for Halloween, so we don’t cut our pumpkins until the day before. To prevent the fine intricate carving from withering up, we float the carved Jacks in a bathtub full of cold water until it is time to display them. A swimming pool would work too. Last but not least is my favorite part of all. Right before lighting the candles, liberally sprinkle the inside of each pumpkin with pumkin pie spice or cinnamon. Don’t be stingy! The heat from the candles will warm the spices and pumpkin flesh up to create a heavenly pumpkin pie smell! Many trick-or-treaters and their parents ask where the wonderful smell is coming from. Enjoy!

    • Sher says

      I have done the hole on the bottom before…
      but never tried the water bath or pumpkin spice ideas…AWESOME!
      I have also heard of slathering vaseline on the carved pumpkin to make it last longer
      but I dont know if it works or not cause I havent tried it :)

  20. Summer T says

    My one good thing is “Ginger Cookies” for a pup that gets car sick. This is not my recipe but it has been a lifesaver for my dogs and I recommend it to others. Ginger naturally settles the tummy

    Ingredients: (Makes 5 to 6 dozen cookies)
    4 cups all-purpose flour
    2 cups whole wheat flour
    1 cup molasses
    1 cup water
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    4 tablespoons ground ginger
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground cloves

    Directions:

    1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly to combine.
    2. Roll out dough on floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes. Combine dough scraps and continue to roll out and cut into shapes until all dough has been used.
    3. Place cookies on ungreased foil-lined baking sheets and bake in preheated 325º oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
    4. Fido dig in!

    ** If your dog is on a special diet always check with your vet about which foods are appropriate & safe.

    Courtesy of Bark Magazine

  21. Storie says

    I don’t have the “one good thing” solution, but I have a suggestion for you to post this solution:

    How to eliminate the sweaty stink from my husbands shirts. Some are relatively new, and throwing them out seems like I’m giving up. There’s got to be a solution. He sweats a lot, and I doubt that I’m the only one in this situation.

    Thanks!

    • Cherie says

      Sprinkle affected area with baking soda, add a drizzle of blue dawn liquid, then spray with hydrogen peroxide. Rub it together or scrub with a small brush. Let sit for 20 minutes (can be left overnight as well). Wash as usual and voila! Works wonders!! I use this on my workout shirts!

    • TAMMY says

      STORIE…. regarding the tip someone shared with you about your husbands shirts…. that is great for WHITE shirts. Colored shirts will fade or slightly “bleach out” if contacted with peroxide for any length of time. She actually gave you the recipe for yellow stains on white tee shirts. Just be careful.

  22. AnnW says

    Well Done, Jillee! You have made us hang on your every word and recipe. My one tip, since it is so early, is to always have one complete outfit ready to wear. Accessories, shoes, etc. I have a black dull silk pants suit that I have worn to funerals, dinners, and black tie functions for seven or eight years. It shows respect to be properly dressed. Ann

  23. Susan m says

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  24. Deanna Kennedy says

    My “OGT” would be one that a 70 yr. old friend shared with me.

    Never Fail~Streak Free~No Tough Scrubbing~Wipe-on-Wipe-off Window/Mirror/Glass cleaner.

    dab of dish detergent
    hot water
    2 microfiber rags, NOT washed with fabric softener

    Dip one rag in, wring out and wipe.
    Then, dry with the microfiber.

    I have one mirror that has lights above it and ALWAYS has a streak,
    no matter what “magic” formula/cleaner I have used.
    This cleaner works Like a DREAM on that mirror!

    Love your site, it is my #1 “Go-to” for all my cleaning and DIY toiletry needs!
    BTW, your “mock” Mexican restaurant chicken recipe you recently posted,
    is AWESOME!! I was born in the Bahamas and have this flavor in my head
    that I have never been able to find in cooking rice and fish.

    Well, I doubled the sauce recipe for the chicken, poured it off of the
    cooked chicken. Saved it. Had some leftover grilled fish fillets and Mexican
    rice. Mixed that together, shredding the fish, than poured this sauce over it once served on
    our plates. It is TOTALLY YUMMY and is finally that “flavor” I have been
    craving. :-)

  25. Melinda says

    Love your blog! Happy day!
    My one good thing is for that moment when you need your house to smell like you just spent hours cleaning it, but you don’t have hours. Fill one side of your sink with hot water (2 inches or so) then pour alittle of the blue Pine Sol in with it. It leaves your house smelling refreshed and clean. When the smell fades, just add more hot water. ;)

  26. Deb G says

    Baking soda! It is the answer to everything. From burnt on food to cleaning grout…it is my ” go to ” product. Recently I made a paste of baking soda, blue Dawn, and peroxide to clean the grout in my tile floors. The key is to not use too much Dawn or you’ll be rinsing bubbles forever! Follow up with a vinegar-water rinse and you’ll have a floor to compare to the pros! I know because 2 years ago I spent over $1000 (yes you read that correctly) to have the same thing done and with equal (or lesser) results. My knees and back are sore, but my wallet feels much better! :)

  27. Pam says

    I share your ideas a lot. My one good thing is getting all the fat out of ground hamburger .
    After you cook the meat place in a collinder,next use the tool that you use to cut butter into the flour for pie pastry. Mix your hamburger with the tool the same way and look below and see a lot of fat pushed out.

    • Konapi says

      Good idea, Pam. When we cook ground hamburger, after it is cooked, we drain the fat, then add water and place it back on the stove to boil it. Then we drain it again, which removes even more fat, then we rinse it all with hot water. It gets almost ALL the fat out. Then we put the pan with the meat back on the stove and proceed with the recipe. (usually we’re just making tacos, so we add your homemade taco seasoning and water and simmer it for a little while).

      • Jean says

        And yet another version: Brown the hamburger, then drain in a colander. After it is thoroughly drained, Start the HOT water running in the sink! Start rinsing the hamburger. At the same time, squirt blue dawn in the sink. Dissolves the grease and doen’t clog the pipes…either in your sink or your heart!

  28. Betsy says

    A good thing for face wash, especially if a bit hot and sweaty after a workout or summer heat and humidity…HONEY! Simply massage a tablespoon of honey onto your face. Let stand as long as possible, then remove with a very warm washcloth. If you wash it off right away you’ll still have good results, though. You’ll find your face feeling amazingly soft, clean and hydrated without feeling greasy. Plus the honey has a whole list of other benefits for your skin!

    • Coco says

      I like to use honey just on my lips at night–it keeps them super moisturized, especially when combined with a moisturizing natural lip balm afterward. I did this for months and found that my lips were better moisturized and I found less, for lack of a better term, “skin sloughing off”. It is great! The honey on my face doesn’t work right now (hormonal-pregnancy-acne) but I’ve read that it does help a lot of people.

  29. Christina says

    I don’t know if you would count this a “one good thing” but I use swagbucks.com (http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/csmith17663) a lot. I have been using it just over a year and I get a $5 amazon gift card every two weeks or so. (you can get them more often if you put more time into it) I have the “free money” saved up (over $60 right now) in my Amazon account as emergency diaper money for my daughter or if I don’t have to use it that way its a great start on Christmas shopping money. I use Amazon to buy a TON of stuff. (you can get anything from Food to diapers, beauty to toys and even grills for pretty cheap!)

  30. Betsy says

    Yet another use for our favorite household ingredient, baking soda. My DD reacts severely to mosquito bites. A recent vacation led us to the most mosquitoes this Minnesotan has ever seen! Within a day my DD was covered with bites and welts, some had odd bullseye patterns. Before bed I slathered every welt with a paste of baking soda and water and let it sit as long as a 4yo can tolerate and then wiped off. As a test, I didn’t put the paste on one arm. The paste removed the itch and the next morning the welts and redness had faded substantially. The untreated arm was still looking red and itchy and immediately received a good slathering of paste.

    And since it’s baking soda, no worries if it gets on furniture or carpet. Baking soda is great for freshening fabrics and carpet; just vac it up and you’ve done your home a favor, too!

    • Fawn says

      Me and my 4 yr. old react badly to mosquito’s too. Have tried a lot of things, some take the itch away, but not the welts. With ou “unofficial” state bird attacking us constantly I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for the awesome tip!

  31. Jenny says

    Congratulations! I was originally sent to your site for homemade chocolate syrup. Loved loved loved it. I’m always looking for more “clean” options for my kids without taking fun treats away. Once I was here, I started searching around and before I knew it, I had spent 3 hours reading and getting new ideas on cleaners, treats, and a few gf options for myself. I’m now a daily follower. Happy birthday and I look forward to more great ideas!

  32. Barbara Heymann says

    My one good thing is to use buttermilk to get mildew stains out of clothes. Lay the garment in the grass, in the hot sun, our the buttermilk on the mildew stain. Leave in sun for a few hours. Then launder as usual. No more mildew stain!

  33. Traci says

    My tip is that you can paint cardboard storage boxes to make them look nice. We have a high shelf and it is impractical to put anything we regularly use on it. But the painted boxes (they are bank boxes) give it a nice, uncluttered look.

  34. Barbara Heymann says

    How to remove berry stains from clothing: place garment in colander in the sink with berry stain showing. Boil a tea kettle full of water. When boiling, pour directly onto berry stain from as high above as you can safely manage. Repeat as nessecary. Then launders usual.

  35. Erin says

    Cream of Tartar is a super pot cleaner. It gets my ceramic-coated iron pots looking new and I don’t have to worry about surface damage. Just sprinkle on a wet surface (not in standing water) and scrub with a damp sponge.

  36. Janet Sadler says

    Congratulations for the “new” recipes for soap. My daughter-in-law has been doing the melting thing and the mixing, etc. She will be glad to know about this. We are all in this together and NEED to find ways that work AND save money.

    Good Luck
    Thanks for being there with your ideas.
    Janet

  37. Sarah says

    My one good thing is Julia Child’s recipe for popovers. They are the EASIEST thing to make and they taste so yummy. You just need 1 cup flour, 1 cup room temp milk, 1/2 tsp salt, 3 eggs room temp, and 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted. I throw all the ingredients in a blender, fill every other whole in a muffin pan, bake at 425 for about 25 min and in less than 30 minutes I have a yummy popover! I wish I had more recipes that were this simple to make!

  38. says

    JILLEE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I am so completely delighted with your year mark! There is a reason you have so much traffic–you collect the best ideas and you sparkle, even with a blog interface!

    An idea to enter? I saw on Pinterest that Hydrogen Peroxide + Baking Soda = Carpet stain treating paste. I tried it and the carpet looks awesome–notes. The baking soda settles to the bottom of the container, so when using my trusty scrubber, I had to press it to the bottom to get the baking soda. Also–it took at least 24 hours for the treatments to dry (I’m in humid Atlanta), so it’s hard (for me) not to vacuum until the floor is 100% dry!

    Also! I have a fab new vacuum. I don’t know if my OLD vacuum(s) could have sucked up the baking soda with such grace…

    Aaaaand… I think we all know that if we don’t get all soap up from the carpet that it can stain easier in those exact spots we just cleaned… Which means that after having used this scrubby mixture two days ago, having vacuumed it (mostly) up, I’m going to steam clean tonight and use a store bought carpet treatment solution just to be sure.

  39. julie says

    my one good thing is a recipe i’ve been tweaking for zucchini bread/muffins. i have a 4 year old who is a very picky eater- hates veggies but loves chocolate. she LOVES this bread and has no idea it is full of zucchini:)

    zucchini bread
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 cups wheat flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    3 eggs
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1/2 cup applesauce
    3/4 cup white sugar
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    3 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 cups grated zucchini, undrained
    1 cup chocolate chips
    Directions

    Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans OR line 24 muffin cups. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
    Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and chips until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
    Bake for 40 to 60 minutes for loaf pans, 10-16 minutes for muffins, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

    • julie says

      I also occasionally add 1 c. of quick oats or throw in some ground flaxseed. Between the wheat flour, applesauce in place of some of the oil, and zucchini, it makes for a fairly healthy treat!

  40. Jean says

    With grilling and barbecuing season in full gear – my favorite summer tip: Save your kids’ clothes (and yours!) from mustard, ketchup, chili, and relish stains by spiral-cutting those hot dogs before grilling: Just poke a bamboo skewer lengthwise through the hot dog and make one long spiral cut, rolling the hot dog across the cutting board as you slice. Pull out the skewer and grill. You can slice an entire package of dogs in less than two minutes. The spirals in the dog ‘hold’ the condiments on the dog in the bun.

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