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

Sarah
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

danielle
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

Christine
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

Jessi
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 (www.eebacanhelp.com). 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

Melinda
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!)

Pam
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
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
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

Melissa
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
kris
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.)
THAT’S IT!

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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com Gift Card!
 

UPDATE:

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! :-) 

 

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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. 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: http://www.roots-in-sweden.blogspot.com Oh, and did I mention she is 67 years old? Don’t miss it!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. Amanda L says

    thanks for the good thing ideas:

    My one good thing would be a simple shortbread cookie:

    1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    1/2 cup powdered sugar
    2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
    pinch of salt
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    Preparation:
    Mix together the flour and salt in a bowl and set aside. Cream together the butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour and salt mixture a small amount at a time, kneading into creamed mixture with your hands until you have a stiff dough which can be rolled. Do not overwork the dough.

    Turn dough onto floured surface and pat or roll out to 1/4″ thickness. Cut into squares [or any shape you want] and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325° for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  8. Angela K. says

    I don’t have a blog, but wanted to share my One Good Thing. Use a used dryer sheet to soak in a gooey, baked on dish. You will not have to scrub your dish. I keep a small bowl with old dryer sheets right next to my sink. I just pull one out and plop it into a casserole dish, filled with water, that would have needed scrubbing.

  9. Setjay says

    What is “cream of … soup” ?! I don’t know it, but i know well the cream made of butter / flour / milk Lori is talking about : it’s a “sauce béchamel” and it’s a reference in the french cuisine…

  10. Trixie says

    Hi Jillee! I love this blog…………and I mean – I really really LOVE it! My husband thinks I’ve gone a little off the deep end with all the new homemade products I’ve been doing around the house and planning for Christmas gifts. LOL. I’d also love to link up with you but I’m a baby blogger and I don’t have the brain cells required apparently because I can’t seem to figure it out. Maybe Blogger is just too complicated for me – who knows. Haha

    Anyway, I have a one good thing, I’d like to share. I would think everybody probably already knows this because my Grandmother taught me this trick, but after your post the other day about emptying the coke box into the fridge – I’m thinking maybe everybody DOESN’T know so here goes:

    To soften up brown sugar that’s gone rock hard, drop in a slice of bread and close up the package tight. Within an hour, the sugar will have started to soften up to a useable consistency. To prevent it hardening to begin with, store in an air-tight container with a slice of bread from the beginning and your brown sugar will never get hardened up.

    Have a great day :D

  11. Donna Landrau says

    I am a stickler for using what I have on hand for projects instead of buying new materials if I can help it. I was painting an area that kept bleeding through the paint even after 3 coats of semi gloss exterior paint, although it was for an interior project. I got online to see what paint primer was made from. Most comments said to use shellac. Not having any, I decided to use anything that would be a barrier that I could paint another coat over. I decided to use white nail polish. as my paint was also white. I brushed the nail polish over the few spots bleeding through, let it dry and repeated a layer of nail polish. When it was dry, I put another layer of paint over it and let it dry. It worked like a charm!

  12. Laura N. says

    The best idea I have come across lately is to use a pillowcase to clean the ceiling fans. We live in a extremely dusty area, we have to wipe down every week or the dust flies constantly. This has saved me literally hours of work.

  13. Stacy says

    I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog! I’ve switched over to homemade laundry detergent and have tried several other homemade recipes that I’ve been very pleased with. I have been so impressed with your blog, that I shared it last week on our neighborhood email (it has about 100 subscribers). I first saw you on Good Things Utah and then went back to find your laundry recipe and couldn’t find it. I wrote to the station asking for your info and they sent it to me. I’ve been a happy girl ever since!

    My one good thing is buying a 1/4 of a beef every year. It does require some financial planning, but it has been a life saver for my family. It is beyond convenient and I always have hamburger, a roast or steaks in the freezer. It’s also nice to know that the cow we get was grass fed and not pumped full of lots of hormones. I get the satisfaction of knowing that I’m feeding my family good quality meat.

  14. Beth says

    We make the omelettes in the zip lock bag like Cheryl Sammons does. They are great for multiple people. Put all the condiments in bowls, (ie. eggs, cheese, onion, green onion, mushroom slices, black olives, cream cheese, bacon, etc.) Each person can put what they want in the bag, zip it shut, and smoosh all the ingredients to blend. Then all bags can be cooked in the boiling water and everyone can eat their omelette at the same time.

  15. Kristin says

    Jilliee, Thank you so much for your wonderful blog!

    Heavy Duty Herbal Carpet Steamer recipe:
    3/4 cup very hot water
    1/2 cup white vinegar
    1 Tablespoon hydrogen peroxide (omit if you are cleaning a dark carpet)
    1 Tablespoon liquid castille soap
    1 Tablespoon powered citric acid
    20 drop grapefruit seed extract

    Combine all the ingredients thoroughly. Pour into steam cleaner and clean your carpet as directed by manufacturer.

  16. says

    Hi Jill, thanks for the wonderful contest. I love blog love. I feel like I write and share, and just have a very small set of followers. It’s just nice to have the opportunity to share with a bigger audience. The prizes are just icing on the cake.

    I was wondering if you were looking for just one link per person, or I could submit more than one. I have several good ideas and projects to share, and just wanted to know if I had to pick only one. :)

    Thanks for all that you do. I look forward to seeing the blog update emails from you, as well as Pinterest pins that have been around since before I discovered you. :)

  17. sue fox says

    gnats- hate them- i get small mason jars with lids and poke holes through the middle of lid

    i pour maybe 1/4 cup apple cider vinager in the jars

    add a couple drops of dawn dish soap in it.

    i mix it up- the cider addracts the gnatts and the soap keeps them from going back out and it drowns them.

    i redo the jars in about 2 days until they are gone. sue

    • says

      I do this for the fruit flies that seem to infest my kitchen in the summer when there’s a lot of fresh fruit around. If we end up having red wine for anything, and have left overs, then I’ll use that instead of the apple cider vinegar. They really love the wine!

  18. Kathy brown says

    I don’t have a blog–don’t think I could do as great a job as you do! Please enter me. I love everything you come up with–nestle’s quik, oven cleaner, shower cleaner, myo magic shell, etc. go Jillee! Great, great blog!

    Kathy

  19. MEL says

    I don’t have a blog but I love moneysavingmom.com
    Very inspiring Christian woman.

    Today is my first day here, I’ll have to peak around more. So far I love it here too!
    I think I must make the pumpkin cake tonight :-D

  20. Katie says

    My one good thing is my little, cheap shoe organizer that hangs on the back side of my laundry room door. It’s the perfect space saver for my cleaning tags, as well as all my bottles of cleaners! Everything is in one spot, and it always stays organized!

    Thanks for your tips, Jillee!!! And congratulations on your popularity!! I’m super happy for you, as well as find myself totally fortunate to have found so many easy and FUNCTIONAL ways to save money!

  21. Jennifer Hubbs says

    I feel like people might already know about this, but I just did it recently and am kicking myself for not doing it sooner!!

    My one good thing: Buy behind the door hanging shoe organizers (clear plastic pockets) to store everything BUT shoes!! Behind the door of a closet and fill with hats, gloves, scarves, etc. In kids rooms for Barbies, action figures or art supplies . In the bathroom for hair products and accessories or first aid/medicine. In a pantry for spices, mix packets and other small items. Seriously the best space saving organizational tip I have ever come across!!

    • Trixie says

      I have one that I used to have hanging in my broom closet in our hold house that held all my cleaning supplies. It was GREAT but since we moved we no longer have a broom closet :(

      Why did I never think of using it in my daughter’s bathroom for all her teen aged girl paraphernalia? I’ll never know. Thanks (0=

  22. Kristen says

    I have a blog I JUST started, so I don’t have anything posted yet… But, I do have one good thing :)
    I’m sure anybody who has ever had to remove glitter nail polish knows it’s such a pain! Well, this tip changed my life, as far as nail polish goes ;)
    Wash out an old nail polish bottle, using acetone if you need to, then fill in with…. ELMER’S GLUE! Yep, you read that right! You could also pour a bit of glue in a small container with a lid and use a small paint brush. I had to do that until I found an old polish bottle buried in my junk room!
    Now you just paint the glue on, shooting for a medium coat. Let it dry for five to ten minutes then polish as you see fit.
    I found using a base coat on top of the glue base coat helps tremendously. I use 3 coats for sheer glitter polish, then a top coat. I also apply top coat a day or two later to help them hold up better. When you want to remove the polish, carefully use an orange stick to push/peel/pry the polish off. No stinky remover! In my experience, this is a GREAT way to remove ANY polish. And glue is non-toxic, and will not harm you or your nails! Easy polish changes and giving polish remover the boot is my one good thing! :)

  23. Diana says

    For those wanting to cook the eggs in the bags… They must be freezer bags… Not regular zipping bags as they are made too thin and will melt into the eggs thus ruining the bags. We learned this through Girl Scout leader training.

  24. Lisa says

    My one good thing is..take your brand new roll of garbage bags out the box, and drop in the bottom of garbage can, that way when you take out the full bag of garbage you just reach down and grab one off the roll at bottom of can!

  25. Trixie says

    Hi Again! Here’s another “Good Thing” that I’m excited to share. It happens to all of us, we’re reading an article or a blog, or playing on facebook and we click on a link – POOF – the computer takes us to a whole new place and we’ve lost our place where we were in the first place. Maybe it’s just me but it’s a major pet peeve of mine. I discovered recently that if you right click on the link you get an option to open the link in a new tab. I’ve made this such a habit now, that I right-click every time now, whether I need to or not. I guess I’m just a little bit of an impatient person but this little trick has saved me TONS of “back button” clicks and aggravation, and that is definitely One Good Thing. (0=

    • says

      If you go to Appearance, and then select Widgets, you’ll see a bunch of options. Click on Text, and drag it to where you want the text box to go (it will make more sense when you’re looking at it, because it depends on how your blog is set up). Then you can paste the text Jill shares above with her buttons. I also have a wordpress blog, so I had to figure that all out the first time I added someone else’s button to my blog. :)

  26. says

    Jill, your post says the winner will be announced tomorrow (Sep 28) but the linky tool says that links will be accepted until Saturday morning which is when voting will start. Just wanted to mention that because I’m not totally sure what the timeline is for the contest.

    Thanks!

  27. Mama T says

    Jillee,
    I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for such a wonderful and inspiring blog! I have learned quite a bit from your blog. Thanks for hosting the link up party as well. You have inspired me to take my own blog a little more seriously, and post even if I think no one is reading! So, thank you!

  28. says

    Jillee, I LOVE your site, SO resourceful and FULL of such wonderful ideas! THANK YOU!
    My “one good idea” is homemade taco seasoning. I made a large batch of it and keep it in a jar with a tight fitting lid. This way I’m not buying the packets at the store anymore, I KNOW what ingredients are in it, and I now use it on more than just ground beef (it was great on fish!). I think I’ll be making up some more seasonings and doing the same with them. Next on my list is the McCormick Montreal Chicken!!
    Enjoy your weekend!!
    http://365daysofbaking.blogspot.com/2012/07/homemade-taco-seasoning.html

  29. Gretchen says

    I don’t have a blog but love this one! My house is happy I found you too :-) my tip is to use hot dog buns instead of hamburger buns when eating sloppy Joe’s – same taste but the meat stays in the bun instead of dripping down your hand. It was one of those ah ha moments when I learned about this trick.

  30. says

    This is going to sound strange, but now that the voting’s closed, I can’t see my submission, and I swear there are new ones on there I didn’t see before when I was voting! I’m not complaining, I don’t think I got any votes, lol, but I thought it was odd… :)

    Great job to those that won! There were some really great ideas shared!

    • Carol says

      I don’t know about new submissions, but its good I came back to “check on” how things were doing. I didn’t know that WE voted, I thought Jillee was the judge. I placed my vote, and told my husband to go vote and he could not vote!? Is that because of the same IP address? Or was it only open for ppl who submitted entries to vote? I’m confused.

      BTW Congrats to the people who win!

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