One Good Thing By YOU – Volume Three
& A “Share The Blog Love” Giveaway!


It’s time for another installment of “One Good Thing By YOU”  –  a semi-regular featuring of good ideas from the amazing readers of this website!

Which is the perfect compliment to an EXCITING GIVEAWAY I am announcing today!

But first, let’s get to the “Good” stuff!

More of your AWESOME ideas!

Here’s a timely tip to start us off………

Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns

Gena D
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 pumpkin 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.


Julia Child’s Popovers

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 hole 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!



All-Purpose Seasoning

Sharon Sapp
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 !



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.



Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

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!



Birthday Tablecloth

Patty Frechette
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.



Washing Machine Reminder

My one good thing is writing on your washer. Use a dry erase marker on the lid of your washing machine to jot down what can’t go in the dryer or which stains to check before moving it to the dryer. Then, just wipe it off when you put in the next load. If you can find one with a magnetic top, even better!



Cream Of  ______  Soup Replacement

Lori Sue Johnson
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 (or butter). 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.



Budgeting App and Website

Alice @ Earning My Two Cents
My One Good Thing would be my favorite budgeting app and website, Easy Envelope Budgeting Aid ( It’s seriously the best. Really easy to use and totally free. Nope, I’m not advertising for them, it’s just an awesome product that makes my life easier. I have recommended it to friends and they love it too. The app shows you on your phone while you are out and about shopping just how much money you have left in certain categories. It helps me stay on budget and think twice about purchases that I actually can’t afford, which is crucial now since money is so tight in my house. Hope you guys also like the app!



That Clean House Smell

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 a little 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. ;)



Getting The FAT Out Of Ground Hamburger  (3 different tips!)

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.

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).

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 doesn’t clog the pipes…either in your sink or your heart!



Shirt Soup

My best and favorite tip is for stain removal.  I boil water in a big pot on the stove. When it comes to a boil, I turn off the heat, add some OxyClean (I used to use it from the store, but now I make my own, per your site), and add the garment. You can use a big soup pot and put in a few things or a large garment, or small pot for just a little garment. I let it soak until the water is cold, or overnight, and pour the whole thing into the next load of laundry I do. If this doesn’t get the stain out, nothing will. It will even get out stains that have been set by the dryer.
P.S. My kids call this ‘Shirt Soup’. :)



‘Lighten Up’ Creamy Salad Dressing
I love creamy salad dressings like Western, Thousand Island, but they are full of calories. When I make a salad I add in a big tablespoon of plain yogurt with a small amount of bottled dressing. The yogurt takes on the flavor of the dressing, my dressing is even creamier than all that dressing and I have eaten less calories and something that is good for me,



Omelet In A Bag

Cheryl Sammons
My tip would be to add all ingredients into a zip lock bag that you would put into an omelet – mushrooms, cheese, eggs, tomato, onion, the list is endless. Zip it up, put it into a pan of boiling water for 13 minutes. A PERFECT omelet. Caution: when opening, watch for steam.


Onion On A Bee Sting

Jenn Altherr
If you get stung by a wasp or bee, scrape out the stinger and then reach for a slice of fresh onion. You may not smell pretty, but the pungent onion will neutralize the poison, take the sting right out of it and the bump will be minimal come the next day.
Don’t believe me?
By the age of 4 my son would scream onion when he got a bee sting. This saves so much pain, time and money on remedies that do little for the poison inside.  TRY IT! It’s an old farmer’s trick!

Share Your Handwriting with Loved Ones

Pam T
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.


Let’s keep the GOOD THINGS coming shall we?

Today I am announcing the “Share The Blog Love” Giveaway on One Good Thing By Jillee! The idea behind this is to help those of you who have blogs get more recognition (ie. traffic to your website) for YOUR great ideas! (This is the first time I’ve attempted to DO one of these “Link-Ups”…so bear with me. There could be a few kinks along the way…but hopefully they will be kept to a minimum.)

First, let’s talk about HOW TO ENTER!

  • 1st: Link an idea, project, recipe, craft, etc. from your blog that you think is “One Good Thing” in the link-up section below.
  • 2nd: Put a “One Good Thing By Jillee” button on your website. (Instructions on how to do so can be found below.)

Now, let’s talk about THE PRIZES!

  • The GRAND PRIZE winner of the “Share The Blog Love” Giveaway will have their blog featured in a special post by me AND have their button or ad (max. size 200 X 200) placed on the MAIN page of One Good Thing By Jillee for the period of ONE MONTH!  PLUS, a $100 Gift Card.

Wondering if this is a prize you would be interested in winning? Here are a couple of statistics that might convince you it is!  During the month of August 2012, One Good Thing By Jillee received:

2,716,128 visitors
6,010,135 pageviews

That’s a whole lot of BLOG LOVE that I want to share with YOU! :-) So if you’re looking to BUILD YOUR BLOG…make sure to enter!

  • There will also be 4 runner-up prizes which will include a short featurette of your blog and a $50 Gift Card.
  • Don’t have a blog but still want to play along? There are two ways you can get involved too!
    1. You can VOTE for your favorite linked up blog/idea.
    2. You can leave a comment below with your “One Good Thing” idea and there will be 10 people chosen from the comments to each win a $25 Gift Card!


Submissions deadline is Friday, Sept 28th at midnight.
Voting will then begin and continue through Monday, Oct 1st at midnight.
Winner will be announced on Tuesday, Oct 2nd! :-)


So, what are you waiting for??????  Start sharing the BLOG LOVE now! :-) 


To grab a button to put on your blog, copy the HTML code below the button you want and paste it into your blog’s html code. (If you aren’t sure how to do that…there are many tutorials online that can help you!)

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  1. Andrea Treadwell says

    My One Good Thing is shopping for Christmas year ’round. Whenever I’m out & see something that reminds me of someone, I pick it up & put it away in my stash closet. I shop at Goodwill and thrift stores, for the most part. Recently a friend was closing her salon & selling everything for drastically reduced prices. I bought a beautiful tin of unopened White Ambrosia tea that I’ll pair with a vintage tea cup for a tea loving friend, bottles of colorful nail polish for my girls’ Christmas stockings, and many scented lotions for gift baskets. When I shop like this, I never have to race out to try & find something & gifts are truly thought about, but never expensive.

    • Trixie says

      I try to do this too but I have what I would equate to some kind of illness. LOL. I can’t STAND to wait until Christmas to give someone a gift I have purchased for them so I still end up dashing all over the place in December – darn it! (0=

  2. JeanneS says

    My One Good Thing is when I’m taking sheet sets out of the dryer (and they’re not going right back onto the bed), I fold the sheets & all but one of the pillowcases, put them in a pile, then stuff the pile into the last pillowcase & just fold the end over — that way, when I want a set of sheets & pillowcases from the linen closet, they’re already matched up.

  3. Amy D. says

    Love your web site! My one good thing is using opened envelopes for my grocery lists. The size is just right–simple, but effective when I need to make my list!

  4. Rita says

    My One Good Thing is I put baking soda in my cat litter pans, then add fresh cat litter. It really cuts down on the kitty litter odor.

  5. says

    I want to share this link to my sister’s blog. She lives on a remote heritage dairy farm in Northern Sweden with her new husband of six years. It is her second marriage to a man she met on-line and they are so happy together. She moved from being a special needs Seminary teacher in Logan, Utah to a remote farm in Eden, Sweden (6 hours north of Stockholm) where, besides all the work, she chronicles the activities of their farm in her blog. It is wonderful, interesting, inspiring and newsy. Check out: Oh, and did I mention she is 67 years old? Don’t miss it!

    • Len says

      Thanks for including the link, Lauralee, can’t wait to check it out. What a story your sister has to share. I love stories like this.

  6. says

    Speaking of draining the fat from hamburg, I always put the cooked hamburg on a paper towel so the towel soaks up the grease. I don’t want the grease in my sink or drain. I also leave a little in the beef because the fat gives it flavor (and our bodies need some fat).

    I added my no-sew blanket to your link-ups! Just in time for cold weather and Christmas gifts!

    • says

      I forgot to mention. I don’t know if it was operator-error on my part or a glitch in the code, but I had a hard time adding the button to my blog. I wanted it right in the post that I linked here and it kept adding extra code that would mess it all up. I finally got it to work but I was pulling my hair out for a few minutes!

  7. says

    Hi I tried this and the links did not work. I am a web designer so I got them to work. If you want, contact me directly and I’ll send you the right code.

    Thank you.


    • says

      Thank you Julie! I THINK I have the code right now. But thank you for offering to help people! Like I said in the post….this is my first time doing one of these so I’m learning as I go! :-)

      • Nicole says

        I had the same problem and I figured it out! Kind of. I have the link on my sidebar, but you also have to embed it in the post. I’m not sure exactly yet how to get the image posted, but I just created a link within my post with the code from the button and it connected that way. Like I said, I’m not sure still how to get it as an image, but I do have the button already on the blog, so I’m not too worried about it. I hope this helps!

  8. says

    Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that your website has been a very resourceful site for me. Thanks to you I have been using alot of homemade products and I am very satisfied. And saving loads of money too. Great right? Well, my one good thing was based on my laundry experience this past weekend. For the past years, my husband had been complaining about the bad underarm odor emitting from his workout clothes and work clothes. I have tried almost anything down to handwashing the underarms before tossing it in the wash. But, I found that after adding one cup of white vinegar to very hot water and placing all of the same shirts to launder, the smell was gone. If I really wanted the odor to be banished forever, I would use your fabric softener recipe (3 cups conditioner, 6 cups water and 3 cups vinegar) during the rinse cycle. I am happy. My hubs is happy. And all is well with my ears. (smile) Thank you!

  9. Lanny says

    My One Good Thing helps organize coupons. This wouldn’t work if you’re an extreme couponer but I only save coupons for some of my favorite stores in our area. We have a metal garage door that exits our back entry (can not be seen from kitchen). I use magnetic bulldog clips and clip my coupons in categories (i.e. mall, Costco, grocery store, restaurants, etc.) so when I leave the house, I can just grab the clip that applies to where I’m going. It solves the “out of sight, out of mind” coupon dilemma I was having and it’s much easier to go through them and discard “out of date” ones.