Monday, November 15, 2010

One Carrier. Plenty of Uses.

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I’ve shown you guys this Cupcake Courier before. It’s been awhile, but I still love it and I wanted to show you a couple more ways you can enjoy it.

Christmas Cupcakes

First and foremost, it carries cupcakes.

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It can hold 36 cupcakes. Or 24 or 12 or any amount in between. Just remove the stackable trays to suit your need.

Perfect for larger batches of cupcakes or taking them to a holiday party or get together.

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And if you remove all three trays…

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Then you can use it for cakes. And pretty big ones, too.

But here is the best part. The real reason I have fallen deeper in love with this carrier. It allows me to do much more when it comes to carrying my baked goods.

Christmas Tree Cake Pops

I am talking specifically about cake pops here. Yep, because the courier is so tall, it triples as a handy dandy cake pop courier, too.

It serves multiple purposes. One… it simply allows you to store them upright without having to wrap them in treat bags.

And two… it allows you to carry them more easily to happy recipients. With or without treat bags.

Here … let me show you what I mean.

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Tah dah. Perfectly protected pops. Of course you’ll have to imagine them made for full effect. I just used sticks and styrofoam to illustrate the idea.

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If you use 6-inch paper lollipop sticks (8-inch sticks would be too tall) and some styrofoam, it will fit just fine in the base of the courier.

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Styrofoam blocks come in many sizes and one of the common sizes is 4 x 12 x 2 inches high. Grab two of them and place them side by side on the base and then make 12 holes in each block. You can then easily carry 24 cake pops. And if you can’t find the styrofoam in that size, then cut down a larger piece of styrofoam to 8 X 12.

Either way it’s a great way to get more out of an already handy product. You can find them on amazon.com.

Hope that helps all you guys that are cake popping and cupcake making… and of course, carrying.

And to celebrate finding ways to do more with less, here’s a fun giveaway.

  • This giveaway starts November 15 and goes until November 29, 2010. Time’s Up! Winner Announced below.
  • To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post and describe something you’ve found to be more productive or some way you do more with less. That’s it.
  • One winner will be chosen at random using random.org and announced on this post at the end of the contest period following verification. See complete rules for details.
  • The prize is one (1) Windows Phone 7 (all features and details of the phone will be determined by the Sponsor.)

Okay, here’s the winner, chosen at random.

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Congratulations Wendy! Have fun with your new phone.

And thank you everyone for so many great ideas to do more with less. You guys are really resourceful. I’m impressed.

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Carly Delise said...

I LOVE making Key Lime Pies…but only with FRESH Key Limes. I used to hate making them because squeezing them was such a pain….until I found my cast iron hand squeezer! makes making my pies a dream! I love it!

November 15, 2010 01:47 PM
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Jodi said...

I find that I am much more productive at home if I give myself a time limit. Its something my mom used to do with us as kids. For example, if I need to clean the kitchen, I’ll set the timer for say, 10 minutes. Then its a race between me and the clock to see how fast I can get the job done. Childish, I know, but it helps me get the job done faster!

November 15, 2010 01:48 PM
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Bess said...

I use safety pins to keep socks together in the wash. After their tumble in the dryer, sock pairs are still together so I don’t have to go hunting; I can just put them away :)

November 15, 2010 01:48 PM
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cathy said...

what great ideas everyone is sharing! i’m most productive when i can turn the ringer off on my phone and not be distracted by it. sorry, not as creative as the others, but that’s the best i can come up with right now.

November 15, 2010 01:50 PM
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Janet said...

Our family decided to cut back on expenses to save money for family vacations and things we really want to do. We’ve found that we can live very happily without all the extra stuff like cell phones, brand new clothes and cable tv and spend more quality family time together going to the library, walking to the park, baking together, learning to draw, playing board games, etc. We are frugal and buy second hand whenever we can which keeps even more money in our pockets. Living with less works for us and we feel like we finally have our priorities straight!

November 15, 2010 01:50 PM
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Elizabeth said...

Giving up sleep lets me get a lot done — at least for a little while.

November 15, 2010 01:50 PM
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Christina C said...

I write my to-do list on my phone and use the calendar as well so I don’t have to carry a planner with me :)

November 15, 2010 01:51 PM
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Lisa said...

I am more productive when the computer and tv are off!

November 15, 2010 01:51 PM
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Elaine said...

I save spaghetti sauce jars and use them for all kinds of things – storing craft supplies, leftovers, desserts…

November 15, 2010 01:51 PM
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Nancy L said...

I’m more productive when my husband is not home, which is really bad for me right now – since he works from home!!

November 15, 2010 01:51 PM
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Miche said...

Okay so over the weekend I was making a huge, HUGE Miami Dolphins Grooms Cake [65 lbs. to be exact] and with all of the extra cake crumbs I had left over not only did I make some CAKE POPS!! for some people at work, I also made some pretty awesome ‘Chocolate Pomegranate Bread Pudding’..

No food waste here, love that!

November 15, 2010 01:52 PM
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Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

I’m SO much more efficient during the week when I spend an hour over the weekend chopping veggies and prepping my dinners for the week — then all I have to do on the weeknight is to mix, cook & serve. :)

November 15, 2010 01:52 PM
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crissy said...

Christmas idea: A few years ago our family decided to have a “homemade Christmas” Each husband/wife had to hand make an item for our siblings/spouses. We basically chose one item and made it for each family. (ex: i knitted a scarf for each sister/ hat for each bro-n-law) The gifts were great, and straight from the heart! We have decided to do this every year from now on. It saves money and puts thought back into Christmas gifts. :)
We also exchange one “white elephant” gift. These are often fun and tacky.
Keeps Christmas fun- and there is never the “what do i get for the person that has everything” issue!

November 15, 2010 01:52 PM
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Ashley said...

I love the giveaway!

I’m also an up-cycler and love making new things out of old. Mainly clothing for my daughter and my friends’ kiddos.

November 15, 2010 01:53 PM
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Tiffany said...

This is going to sound silly, but beakers and flasks!

I’m a chemist but I love using scientific glassware as glassware, vases, measuring cups, fish bowls, you name it.

They make for pretty decorations and interesting discussion pieces =)

November 15, 2010 01:54 PM
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Trisha said...

I use the plastic containers that baby food comes in for many things! This can be done with the glass ones too of course, but it’s nice to use the plastic ones since they’re not breakable!I put home-made baby food in them after the original food has been used. They’re great jewelry holders when traveling, they organize my little craft stuff like beads and small scrapbooking embellishments. Seems like I can always find a use for them!

November 15, 2010 01:54 PM
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Patsy said...

I use mesh pantyhose bags as produce bags. They are super cheap at the local big box stores and they work wonders! I even leave my veggies/fruits in them when I wash them. It prevents me from losing grapes, etc. when washing.

November 15, 2010 01:54 PM
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Elizabeth said...

I use beautiful trays to keep organized. For example I have a wooden tray that I use to keep my magazines in order, I have a tray that my daughter uses on car rides to keep crayons and paper on for coloring, I have a tray on top of my dresser, that I keep perfumes and misc. jewelry on.

November 15, 2010 01:54 PM
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Carolyn said...

To save time in cleaning the bathroom, I put my 4 year old in the shower. He gets clean and then spends his time scrubbing the shower walls for me. I can clean the reast of the bathroom while he is in the shower and when he is finished, I just have to clean what he can’t reach. A clean boy, bathroom adn not being hassled while I do it is the best part.

November 15, 2010 01:54 PM
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Natalie said...

I’m more productive when my husband isn’t home. Haha

November 15, 2010 01:55 PM
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Emtifah said...

I have a whole bunch of leftover Christmas cards that I’ve never used. I’m always afraid that that I’ll accidently resend someone a card design I already sent to them. Instead, I find that if I cut the card at the fold, I can cover both sides in fancy scrapbook paper and then print out recipes I like on my printer so that they will fit in the space. They make really cute gift recipe cards that you can then attach to gifts to others.

November 15, 2010 01:56 PM
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Nisa said...

i am more productive when i listen to britney spears greatest hits…why? because the beats are so familiar to me that its like background music for whatever i’m working on.

November 15, 2010 01:56 PM
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Gabby Glaser said...

logging off facebook does a wonders to getting things done

November 15, 2010 01:56 PM
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Sheri said...

Reading these comments just makes me realize even more that I need to get more organized. I am in the middle of using old shirts and sheets to make rags for crafts and things I need around the new apartment like rugs.

November 15, 2010 01:56 PM
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Tami said...

We use the egg carton containers to put paint in while the kids are doing crafts. It keeps the paint separated, gives them enough of each, and you can just throw them away when you are done!

November 15, 2010 01:56 PM
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yvonne said...

When i purchase ground meat in bulk and freeze it, i divide it into #1 pieces that are molded flat, so it defrosts quicker. And thank you for entering me in your contest.

November 15, 2010 01:56 PM
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Christie Ritchotte said...

I find that if I put on some instrumental music and pop my ear buds in, I get less distracted and don’t chit chat with co-workers.

November 15, 2010 01:57 PM
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Cheryl said...

I have found wonderful new ways to use old frames. Making jewely holders, eyeglass holders, you can go on and on
Happy Holidays ~ Cheryl

November 15, 2010 01:58 PM
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Heather H. said...

I try to be more productive by planning my weekly dinner menu. Hopefully if I have done it right then I make one trip (not multiple trips) the grocery store and I save money by planning and trying to use things I already have on hand

November 15, 2010 01:58 PM
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Heidi Bylund said...

List’s and orginizing! If it’s not written down I forget so I have my calendar and my planner. that’s all I need to keep things together!

November 15, 2010 02:00 PM
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Amber said...

I finally got organized enough to group into each week a few meals that incorporate similar ingredients, so I can buy more in bulk and waste less in leftovers. Takes planning, but it works!

November 15, 2010 02:00 PM
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Terry said...

I use that very carrier (actually I have two) to carry my pins and magnets that I make out of discarded books and paper goods. I sell them at the local farmers market.

November 15, 2010 02:01 PM
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nancy said...

I put on old time radio and the time flies!

November 15, 2010 02:01 PM
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clarelle said...

cooking makes me feel productive when i have spare time :) not only that, it pays off to see people enjoy your food.

November 15, 2010 02:01 PM
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Kacee said...

I turn the tv off and turn the radio up… that way I’m not distracted by the screen, but can still totally shake my booty to 90s music!

November 15, 2010 02:01 PM
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Cricket said...

I like to repurpose things as new useful things when I can. I recently started turning old tees into yoga/lounge pants for my daughter. We also like to pass her clothes down to my friend for her daughter so she is able to do more with less in that regard as well.

November 15, 2010 02:02 PM
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Valerie said...

This is a common one, but it saves me a lot of time: reuse plastic grocery bags to line your small trashcans. Totally makes clean up easy and mess-free!

November 15, 2010 02:02 PM
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Cassie said...

I use ziploc bags as makeshift pastry bags :)

November 15, 2010 02:02 PM
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Theresa said...

I make a list every night before bed of all the things I need to accomplish the next day. It’s nothing new or ingenious but it keeps me on track and finishing all the things I need to every day!

November 15, 2010 02:03 PM
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kalen said...

I’m not good at finding ways to be more productive :( I wish I was! I do try to reuse paper towels if all I use them for is water? Does that count? Cough.

November 15, 2010 02:03 PM
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Heather B. said...

I found that our love of books had proved quite expensive, so I love paperbackswap.com for exchanging books. It allows us to stretch our book budget extensively!

November 15, 2010 02:04 PM
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Myrnie said...

For Christmas, everyone gets “Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.” It helps us have a calmer Holiday season if we have a small number of gifts to make or purchase!

November 15, 2010 02:04 PM
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Linzy said...

How I do more with less…I have a spare room that we use for storage and instead of having ugly boxes, I got matching tupperwear bins spread them out with a board over the top and that is now my work-space to bake craft and be merry all while having an organized storage/work room!

November 15, 2010 02:04 PM
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Sarah said...

I always use ziploc baggies and cut the corners off for piping icing instead of the messy fuss you have to deal with using a pastry bag and tip so all you have to do is toss it in the trash when your done!!

November 15, 2010 02:07 PM
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Brie said...

Just planning ahead for meals and grocery shopping helps a lot.

November 15, 2010 02:07 PM
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Randi said...

I have a glass cake display thingy (technical term there) that not only holds cakes, and covers them (or cupcakes), but that can also be used as a punch bowl! I love it!

November 15, 2010 02:07 PM
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the blissful baker said...

i often use kitchen products like baking soda and vinegar for cleaning. it works and saves money too!

November 15, 2010 02:07 PM
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Katrina said...

hand held games help keep my kids busy so i can get somethings done!!!

November 15, 2010 02:08 PM
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Tessa said...

Oh, I was hoping the prize was the cupcake carrier! I want that more than the phone! :)

More with less…. hmm…. I try to do that with everything. The less stuff I have around, the more productive and happy I feel.

November 15, 2010 02:08 PM
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ML said...

I freeze & grate the butter when I make scones. Makes it really easy.

November 15, 2010 02:09 PM
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Cindy B said...

I love making cookies that start with cake mix. So quick and easy, and most of the measuring is already done… love it!

November 15, 2010 02:09 PM
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Jodi said...

I know this sounds odd, but I listen to Clark Howard on the radio every week day (I know… that’s not the odd part), but he suggested this tip to keep a razor sharp for over a year! (like a regular lady bic, disposable razor) Just keep it dry. Yep, just keep it dry. After you use your razor, dry it off. So, if you buy a pack of 3 razors, you’re good for 3yrs. He stated that he received a razor as a free sample last October and has been using it ever since then. I just started and I’m hoping it works. :o)

November 15, 2010 02:09 PM
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Molly Sue said...

being busy helps me be productive otherwise the lazy takes over and nothing gets done!

November 15, 2010 02:09 PM
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Katy said...

I use my pizza wheel for so much more than cutting pizza! It’s great for trimming edges of dough, and for cutting the shapes of croissants and danishes, as long as you hold it up against a straight edge!

November 15, 2010 02:10 PM
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Julie said...

I know it’s simple, but.. making lists! I would never get anything done without them. :)

November 15, 2010 02:11 PM
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Kendall said...

Lists..lots and lots of lists! I use them when packing, cleaning, shopping, organizing. It just makes it easier to check things off.
keeps me sane :)

November 15, 2010 02:11 PM
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Mary L-S said...

Being organized helps me be more productive. Helps wonders so you are not redoing things that do not need to be done.

November 15, 2010 02:11 PM
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Amanda said...

Since moving into my own home I’ve had a lot of fun going through my old boxes from my moms’ house. One of my favorite things has been finding pieces from my college pottery classes. Some might not be that pretty but they’re being put to good use!

November 15, 2010 02:11 PM
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Tristan said...

I’m most productive when everything is organized. I despise clutter!

November 15, 2010 02:12 PM
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Hollie C said...

I use organizers for my paperwork and bills. Keeps the counters from getting messy.

November 15, 2010 02:12 PM
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Marie said...

Ramen noodles are so cheap and can be used in sooo many ways. They are perfect to eat on a cold day cooked the classic way, you can add them uncooked and crushed to make a thai salad, you can add them uncooked and crushed to a veggie dip to add texture. So many other ways, I just love them! (I only buy the chicken flavor)

November 15, 2010 02:12 PM
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Johanna said...

I use my mini muffin pan to hold mushrooms while I’m stuffing them!

November 15, 2010 02:12 PM
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Amy Cluck said...

I have always wanted one of these!

Last year, I discovered that I can freeze my chocolate chip cookie dough – just scoop it into balls onto a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for a few minutes, then place the cookie dough balls into a freezer bag for storage. The cookies still taste great and it allows me to do a bit of my holiday baking ahead of time.

November 15, 2010 02:13 PM
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Jeanne said...

I love using Freecycle. It’s a great way to avoid sending things to the landfill, and to get new items that I need!

November 15, 2010 02:13 PM
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Kate said...

LOVE red velvet…cupcakes, cakes, cake pops. Any way you serve it!

My son and I always find lots of new uses for our kitchen utensils. Drums, trains, monsters…

November 15, 2010 02:14 PM
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julie w said...

well, instead of leaving soap bars in their original packages, I have my kiddo’s tear the packaging off the bars (they LOVE this project) and put them in an open storage bin in a cabinet next to the shower. The soap bars dry out, so they last longer and when you’re in the middle of a shower and find you’re out of soap, you don’t have to mess with trying to pull wet paper off a slippery soap bar. You just grab and go. Viola!

November 15, 2010 02:14 PM
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Winter Redd said...

Getting up a smidgen earlier and getting a workout in the morning–clears the brain and I sure feel like I accomplished at least one thing that day!

November 15, 2010 02:14 PM
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Andrea in AR said...

Coffee filters. I don’t even drink coffee and I have a huge package of them. Recently I used them to strain a concoction to make Skittles vodka…yum. You can also use them to clean windows/mirrors, spoon rest, etc.

November 15, 2010 02:15 PM
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cheryl s. said...

Folgers coffee cans! they make handy storage/gift containers. We fill them with baked goods to give away, but also around the house for crayons, legos, blocks. They come in a variety of sizes and the lids are easier enough for the 3 and 4 yro to get off and put on.

November 15, 2010 02:15 PM
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Ashley Crown said...

I use vases as candy dishes. They make for a cute and interesting decoration.

November 15, 2010 02:16 PM
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Amy said...

Back in college, we used to use irons to make quesadillas in our dorm rooms. The same irons would iron out our clothes too! Whodda thunk?

November 15, 2010 02:17 PM
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Linda said...

My husband shared his office tip-I keep the used copy paper to print my stuff on the back side. Save a tree!

November 15, 2010 02:17 PM
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Betty said...

my kitchen aid mixer!
you can use it for almost all your baking needs!!

November 15, 2010 02:17 PM
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april said...

Templates, templates, templates – Any time I create a new letter, presentation or brochure, I always save it as a template. Saves time, just pull up a template and make a few specific changes

November 15, 2010 02:18 PM
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Michelle said...

Well, I just got married and did quite a few DIY projects in order to do “more with less.” I do believe they were the best parts of the evening!

PS – Just made a whole batch of the Oreo truffles for my Mom’s birthday today as a surpise!

November 15, 2010 02:18 PM
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Kristina said...

I live in a tiny house but I’ve become a master at using every square inch for storage and function. We chiseled out the trim under a kitchen cabinet (on the side facing the sink) so we could slide my husband’s KitchenAid stand mixer into that spot. The mixer is worth more than the cheapo cabinet anyway!!!

November 15, 2010 02:19 PM
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Jane Fox said...

I love my micro-plane. I use for so many things – garlic, ginger, nutmeg, cheese, chocolate. You just have to make sure you wash it really well or you will have garlic tasting chocolate!

November 15, 2010 02:19 PM
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Elizabeth said...

We don’t keep up on all the techy-toys so as to not consume our time with learning the next new thing. It saves us money and time as everyone else gets to work out the kinks. It allows us to spend more time with our daughter doing the things she loves.

November 15, 2010 02:19 PM
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Katie said...

I don’t have a food processor, so I use a meat tenderizer to crunch up oreos for truffles. It makes a lot of noise but it works!

November 15, 2010 02:20 PM
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Cobwebs said...

I’m more productive when I’m not wearing office attire. If we could extend Casual Friday to the rest of the week, my productivity would triple.

November 15, 2010 02:21 PM
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Holly said...

I used to be an avid cake decorator with my mom growing up. Then I went off to college and forgot about it for a few years. When I started up again I didn’t have any of my old tools (bags, tips, etc.) so I used baggies and toothpicks to help decorate.

November 15, 2010 02:21 PM
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Caitlin said...

I turn off the internet – major distraction for me!

November 15, 2010 02:21 PM
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miskat said...

To be productive I usually need quiet – the less noise, the more work! I can focus on what I’m doing, not being distracted by anything.
Well, but there’s an exception… while doing my maths’ homework I think better listening to silly pop radios! :D

November 15, 2010 02:22 PM
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Kathy said...

I never have a productive day:( In order for that to happen I would have to take off of work since with no hubby or kids is the only way things can get done.

November 15, 2010 02:22 PM
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Willa said...

What a great new tool.

Not sure what hints I have but do try to reuse, recycle, upcycle whenever possible.

At the moment I am recycling some old towels into scrub cloths.

I think the biggest help in being more productive would be getting more sleep!

November 15, 2010 02:23 PM
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Leslie said...

I’m most productive at work when the lights are out and the music is softly playing after all of my students have left for the day. Ahhh..peace. :)

November 15, 2010 02:23 PM
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Mallory said...

Whenever I buy meat from the grocery, I come home a grab my handy sharpie and freezer bags and go to town separating, labeling, and marinating. This way when I wake up in the morning, I grab a bag out of the freezer, pop it in the fridge, and when I come home from work, I have a leg up on dinner. That way I make more time for baking midweek treats!

November 15, 2010 02:23 PM
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Amy Maires said...

I am most productive when I have less pots, pans and gadgets in the kitchen. It is best to just be simple to create!

November 15, 2010 02:23 PM
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rana said...

bamboo skewers are my all time essential craft, cookie bouquet, cake pop holder, and gift bouquet essential, extends a silk flower or make a tie dye wash cloth into a rose and jab it on a skewer…what do i have in my junk drawer, four 100 packs of skewers…awe man now i have to go make something to drop off for a neighbor, i think brownies on a stick will be perfect, oh wait left over Halloween candy bouquet that is even better. hope you all find the treasure that is the bamboo skewer soon!

November 15, 2010 02:24 PM
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Ashley Wilson said...

I use a little bowl filled with Vanilla Extract to eliminate odors in any room. (even when refinishing/painting our basement) It works GREAT to get the stink out! :)

November 15, 2010 02:25 PM
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Minda said...

I like saving electricity so I force my roommate to wear TONS of clothes rather than turning on the heat! ;-) hehe….

November 15, 2010 02:25 PM
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JEANETTE said...

I use egg cartons with the tops cutoff to package my cake balls. I wrap it with clear paper and pretty ribbon and eveyone loves it!!

November 15, 2010 02:26 PM
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Renae said...

My favorite little shortcut–when the thing that squirts water on your car windshield gets plugged and won’t squirt, don’t take it to the dealer!

Pour vinegar into the windshield fluid container. It will eat away at the deposits, and your sprayer will work within a couple of hours. And as an added bonus–the vinegar is MUCH better at cleaning windows…NO STREAKS! :D

November 15, 2010 02:27 PM
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Christi J said...

My Silpat baking mat is a life (and baking sheet) saver! :)

November 15, 2010 02:27 PM
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Sara H said...

I bought a big (I mean BIG) plastic bowl and I make a really big salad twice a week. This way, instead of making a separate salad to take to work every day and another at dinner time, I just portion out some from my big bowl. I find I eat more salad this way too!

November 15, 2010 02:27 PM
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Nicole Zeitlin said...

Well I’m studying for finals right now. I have found that I am most productive if I study little pieces of each subject at a time and the minute I start to feel I can’t take in more information I switch to a completely new topic! Seems to be working so far.

November 15, 2010 02:27 PM
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Alison B said...

I use sandwich baggies (without zippers) to mix up dog food… i wear the baggie like a glove, then just peel it off, inside out and throw it away.

this is a way cool giveaway… :-) Thanks!!!

November 15, 2010 02:28 PM
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Jenine said...

I use my garlic press as a makeshift clay extruder for my fondant. I had to make thin tassles on a graduation cake and it worked great!

November 15, 2010 02:28 PM
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Maureen said...

I think my favorite is the candy cane tree I got on clearance last Jan. that now displays/organizes my earrings :)

November 15, 2010 02:29 PM
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Lucy Dodd said...

I never seem to bake by the recipe anymore, or for that matter plan what I’m going to make! I just whip open the cupboards and mix a batch of something using whatever I can find. To make sure I can always make something, I always have basic ingredients bought beforehand!

November 15, 2010 02:29 PM
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