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Nothing in the world is more ugly than a two day old fruit salad.  Even when I use the old lemon juice trick, it still gets smushy and looks really bad.  Fortunately, there's a cool and trendy way to give a beautiful face to that old mess.  Enter the world of fruit smoothes and natural "power drinks".  Simply take a cup of the old, but tasty, fruit salad and put it in the blender.  Blend for a few moments until it's pureed then add a cup of ice cubes and puree again.  Voila!  You have a fruit smoothie that everyone will love.   The color is bright and the taste is always great.  It's great in the morning or before a workout, and it's a healthy drink that's loaded with fiber.  Kids will even drink it as a treat.  If you like, you can add extra fruit or an egg for protein.   But heed this warning:  Never let anyone see the pre-pureed ingredients.   It's naturalsmoothe4.gif (14985 bytes) for fruits to shade brown as they oxidize, yet most of us are too scared to venture beyond the artificial beauty of preservatives. As long as the salad is good, the smoothie will be great! Don't forget to freeze some as fruit cubes too.

STORAGE TIPS
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Then a Frontal Lobotomy

Fancy sports drinks and bottles of crystal pure water are the rage today.  Fashion dictates you drink-up.  Poverty dictates that you don't.   Instead of forking out around ten bucks for a fancy water bottle for hiking, camping, or other sports orbottle2.gif (19482 bytes) recreational uses, reuse old plastic drink containers and liter soda bottles.  After a good wash, refill them with tap water.  They make perfect water bottles for any activity.  Have some filled and ready in your refrigerator and put one in your sports pack for an emergency.  As lightweight containers, they just can't be beat for weight and performance on backpacking trips.  Put a few bottles in a corner of your garage with your disaster preparation kit.  A drop or two of liquid bleach will keep the water safe for a few years, just date the container and refill periodically.
HOBBIE SAVINGS TIPS
bucket1.gif (31210 bytes)A Bucket Full of Ideas!
A used and cleaned five gallon paint bucket can be very useful.  Although they can be purchased new for about three dollars from home repair wherehouse stores, most painters will give you a bunch for free.  Of course these containers can store many items, and work well as cleaning buckets, they have other uses also.  Photographers will find they make great mini photo booths for product shots.   Use a mini saber saw and cut a "U" shape from one side of the bucket.   The cut-out piece makes a huge hand shovel.  The cut bucket is perfect for product shots that may need a bright white background.
STORAGE TIPS
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35mm Film Container Heaven
Never throw out plastic 35mm film containers! They’re useful for a million storage needs.

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Household uses include storage for laundry coins, rare coins, rings, jewelry, small parts or various jells or salves.  Although air tight, they do tend to leak upon occasion, so liquids are stored better in other containers. Solids and powders do store well. Small parts, sharp pins or thumb tacks also store safely in these containers. Once the container’s filled, use a permanent marker and simply label the contents. For camping or backpacking trips these film containers do a great job of storing cooking spices & seasonings. One camping manufacturer even makes snap-on lids that fit the 35mm cans to use for camp-sized salt and pepper shakers. Using a leather hole punch, you can punch holes in the plastic top to make your own shake tops too.  Fishermen or hobbyists can store manageable amounts of fishing tackle, weights, hooks or bait in these little cans. Don’t have any containers? GET 2 FREE ROLLS OF FILM... from Seattle FilmWorks: http://www.filmworks.com/specials/freefilm/   One tightwad tipster warns never to store food products or medication, stating that film chemicals could remain in the plastic.  You'll have decide what to store yourself, but I've stored just about everything without any difficulty.  

BABY SAVINGS TIPS
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If you're inclined to purchase baby wipes, better do it in bulk from those warehouse clubs.   After your done, use a hair dryer to heat the label and pull it off.  A little WD40 brand penetrating oil or orange citrus cleaner will remove the sticky remains.   Label the empty box for use with toys or small parts.  Better yet, use the containers to hold small clean towels instead of baby wipes.  A set of six or more rags can be stored in the container instead of wipes.  3 days worth of clean and predampened face cloths should store just fine.  Toss the used ones into the dirty rag hamper for cleaning later.  You've just saved yourself the cost of baby wipes and landfill space for the tons of used wipes.
BABY SAVINGS TIPS
bottles.gif (35324 bytes)Baby Food For Thought!
Baby food is very expensive yet it comes in such wonderful glass containers.  Curved jar bottoms magnify their contents and new jar sizes are even smaller and more useful, but with less contents and higher prices.  For years people have used baby jars as containers for small hardware parts.  Hardware stores now even sell convenient storage racks for use with these jars.  But wait!  No one says you can't puree' your own baby food in a blender and refill these jars for use later.  It's not magic, people have made their own baby food for years!  Freeze unused food for upto a month.   Clean then sterilize the bottles in boiling water. (10-15 minutes)  Blend and puree' your own fresh fruit or garden vegetables then freeze.  Once opened, refrigerate and use the food within two or three days.  Don't microwave frozen baby food as it heats unevenly and can burn the baby, but defrost in warm water or in the refrigerator while awaiting use. When the baby is grown... That's when you can use the jars for parts!
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