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CHICKEN IN THE MIXER. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the paddle attachment to chop boneless, skinless chicken breasts that I’ve baked or boiled. This is a great alternative if you don’t have a food processor. — Jan, EC Blog

BOTTLE CAP SUBSTITUTION. Our favorite brand of salad dressing stopped using the caps with holes in them. To avoid pouring too much, I now put the tops from ketchup bottles on the dressing bottles. Perfect fit! — Anita, EC Blog

DUSTING WITH SUGAR. Instead of greasing the cake pans and then dusting with flour, I dust with sugar. It’s prettier and less messy than flour. It leaves a slight crusty appearance, with no flour sticking to the finished cake. I also warm my frosting a little in the microwave until its consistency is workable (I must admit to using container frosting as a rule). I use a spoon to drizzle the frosting on without frosting the entire cake. This looks great and tastes great, and I can usually frost several cakes with one container of frosting. — Diana, EC Blog

EASY GRIP WITH VINYL SHELF LINER. When installing vinyl shelf liner, there is always a little extra. I use that extra piece for opening jars. It folds easily in a drawer in the kitchen for handy use. — Q, EC Blog

COCONUT OIL MOISTURIZER. I love coconut oil and use it as a moisturizer. It is a solid — like the consistency of shortening — at 76 degrees, but it literally melts on your skin. It’s awesome for mixing with essential oils. I used it with some eucalyptus and lavender oils when I had my last poison ivy outbreak, and it really helped!! — Rejena, EC Blog

MOISTURIZER FROM THE PANTRY. Olive oil is a good, gentle makeup remover. Even stubborn mascara is easy to remove with this oil. I pour a few drops in one palm, rub my hands together, and rub each over my face, eyes, chin and neck. I then rinse with a washcloth soaked in warm water. Most nights, there’s enough residue left on my skin that I don’t have to apply more oil after the wash. I don’t even have to put a moisturizer on my lips. — Kathy, EC Blog

CARPET SQUARES CLEAR THE PATH. I keep carpet samples in the trunk of my car in case I get stuck in the snow (sand or mud, too). I simply place the carpet squares in front of the tires and drive right out! — Joan, EC Blog

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