Lesson 9B: Gerunds for Convergence 2

Lesson 9B: Gerunds for Convergence 2
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Lesson 9B: Gerunds for Convergence 2
Question #1: For a fresh-tasting brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes Mints (or any mint that has chocolate combined) in a double boiler and pour over warm brownies. Let them set until cool. This makes a delicious minty frosting.

Summary: Adding Andes Mints to brownies makes a delicious frosting.

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Question #2: Many recipes require garlic and some people do not like foods with a strong garlic taste. Since the intensity of garlic can vary, it is important to know how to adjust the strength. While cooking, add garlic immediately if you want a lighter taste. Adding garlic toward the end of a recipe will provide a more intense and overpowering taste.
Summaries:
1) The timing of adding garlic determines its intensity.
2) Adding garlic toward the end of a recipe intensifies the taste.

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Question #3: Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper and set them aside. After you peel, core, and slice a few apples, place the sliced apples in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Summary: Baking snickers and apples makes a good dessert.

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Question #4: Nobody likes soggy leftover pizza and microwaving leftover pizza gets the pizza hot, but soggy. A better way to heat up leftover pizza is using a nonstick skillet on top of the stove. Set heat to medium-low and heat until warm. This keeps the crust crispy.

Summary: Putting pizza on a stove makes the crust crispy.

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Question #5: Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold. Mold thrives on the moisture in air. Since foil is a moisture and air barrier, there is a better chance that cheese will not have that ugly mold to cut off before eating.

Summary: Storing cheese in aluminum foil keeps out moisture and air.

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Question #6: If you have looked closely at bell peppers, you may have noticed that they not only come in a variety of colors but have different numbers of bumps at the bottom. Peppers with three bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating raw. Peppers with four bumps on the bottom are less sweet, firmer, and better for cooking. Four-bumped peppers are great choices for pizzas, omelets and for stuffed peppers. The peppers with 3 bumps are excellent in salads and for snacking.

Summary: Knowing the number of pepper bumps determines its cold/hot consumption.

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Question #7: When buying a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. This doubles its size to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

Summary: Whipping store bought cake frosting doubles the amount.

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Question #8: Learn an easy way to prepare deviled eggs. After boiling and peeling the egg, slice the egg in half and place the egg yolks in a Ziplock bag. Seal, and mash the bag with your hands until the yolks are all broken up. Then add mayonnaise, mustard, or any other ingredient that will complement the egg mixture. Continue mashing the mixture, mixing thoroughly. Cut the tip of the bag’s bottom corner and squeeze the mixture into the egg-white halves. When you have finished, just throw the bag away! No more spoons, forks, and bowls to clean!

Summary: Using a Ziploc bag for deviled eggs makes clean-up easy!

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Question #9: Start enjoying your plants and not working so hard. While planting, work the nutrients in your soil. Next, wet newspapers and put layers around the plants, overlapping as you go. Then, cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic, but they will not get through wet newspapers.

Summary: Placing newspapers around plants eliminates weeds.

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Question #10: Accidentally dropping glass is not fun because it is hard to pick up those small pieces of glass that you can barely see. People end up cutting their feet if they miss a small piece, since the shards can be so small. Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass that you cannot see easily.

Summary: Using a wet Q-tip picks up glass easily.

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Question #11: To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper does not hurt the plant and the squirrels will not come near it. Unlike birds, who have no taste buds, squirrels have these and do not like that hot pepper taste. Bring in the cayenne and keep your beautiful plants.

Summary: Sprinkling cayenne pepper on plants eliminates squirrel damage.

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Question #12: To get an item that rolled under the fridge or a small space that a vacuum cannot reach, attach an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum hose. It can flatten to reach those extremely narrow openings.

Summary: Using an empty paper towel roll gets into narrow openings.

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Question #13: Place a small safety pin into the seam of your skirt, pant, or dress and they will not cling to you if you wear pantyhose. The safety pin discharges the electrical charge (electricity) that creates the static cling. You can also use a few safety pins in the dryer by hooking them into a few towels. Your next load will be static free!

Summary: Placing a safety pin in the seam of clothes eliminates static.

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Question #14: Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill the cup with hot water and then dump the water out. But do not dry the cup because the purpose is to keep the cup warm and moist. Next, add your sticky ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it releases from the cup!

Summary: Filling a cup with hot water and dumping it out will release sticky substances.

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Question #15: Even if you are very diligent about cleaning the lint filter in your dryer, it still may be causing you a problem. If you use dryer sheets, a waxy build up could be accumulating on the filter causing your dryer to overheat. The solution to this is to clean your filter with a toothbrush and hot soapy water every 6 months.

Summary: Cleaning your dryer with hot soapy water and a toothbrush avoids overheating.

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Question #16: Most people hate when they have a wood splinter because it hurts; also, leaving it in can infect your skin. Most people use a needle to remove it, but there is a less scary way to remove that pesky splinter. You can remove it easily by applying paste of baking soda and water. Then, wait several minutes and you will see the splinter pop out of your skin. No more needles!

Summary: Using a baking soda paste eliminates splinters.

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Question #17: Unfortunately, flowers in vases do not live very long; if you are lucky, most live around a week. But if you mix the water with a small amount of 7-Up in the vase, it will preserve them much longer. However, a special formula must be followed. There is a three-to-one ratio of water to soda. This trick will allow you to enjoy your beautifully cut flowers much longer.

Summary: Adding 7-Up to water in a vase extends flower life.

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Question #18: Skin bruises happen when there is bleeding underneath and a banana peel does wonders to help the bruise. Hold a banana peel over a bruise for 10-30 minutes or tape it over your bruise overnight. The inside of the peel should be against your skin. It will help the blood disperse better and helps to remove that ugly bruise color!

Summary: Applying a banana peel to the skin helps to reduce bruise color.

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Question #19: If you are in an area where you should have cell phone service but do not, put your phone on airplane mode and then switch it back to cellular. This will cause your phone to re-register and find all the towers in your vicinity.

Summary: Switching your cell phone back-and-forth from airplane mode to cellular will provides cell phone service

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Question #20: When you come home from the grocery store or fruit market, take your bananas apart. Next, wrap the stems with plastic wrap. Doing this will slow the browning process. Because ethylene gas naturally releases amongst the attached banana stems, the gas accelerates the ripening process. Separating and wrapping the stems with plastic contains this release of gas, thus, slows the rate of ripening. Most people only eat one banana a day, so slowing the process will make bananas last longer.

Summary: Wrapping separated bananas in cellophane slows ripening.

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Question #21: Few people know this trick about keeping away mosquitos. Mosquitoes love the smell of human sweat and a dryer sheet masks the scent. The sheets disguise our sweaty smell that mosquitoes love. Place a Bounce scented dryer sheet in your pocket and the mosquitoes will stay away. So, the next time that you are seeing a surge of mosquitos hunting for you, reach for Bounce a save yourself from their bites.

Summary: Placing a dryer sheet in your pocket prevents mosquito bites.

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Question #22: Lots of people like the fresh taste of lemon juice but they don’t use the whole lemon. If you cut a lemon in half and save the other half in plastic wrap, the inside is inclined to become dehydrated and dry before the next use. The skin may also become hard and crunchy, which will make the lemon un-squeezable. If you want to preserve your lemon and still get all your juice, first, roll your lemon back and forth on a hard service (like rolling play dough to make a long snake-like figure). Next, take a long pin or the end of a meat thermometer probe and pierce the lemon at the very bottom (where the puffy point is located). Lastly, squeeze the juice right out of the bottom hole! Place the unused whole lemon in a Ziplock baggie until you need a squeeze of lemon for your next use!

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Question #23: If you want to spread butter after taking it out of the fridge, many people microwave it for a few seconds, but some of the butter stick melts into a soupy mess. The next time that you want smooth butter, take it out of the refrigerator and grate your butter with a cheese grater. It makes the butter a nice, soft spaghetti-like consistency, which makes it super spreadable!
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Question #24: Some people get frustrated when they try to peel the shell from a hard-boiled egg. The next time you want an easy-to-peel egg, place a hard-boiled egg in a jar and fill the jar with enough water to cover the egg. Next, place your hand over the jar and shake the egg up. When done, take the egg out of the jar and the shell has nearly all fallen off the egg!

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Question #25: Place a whole garlic in the jar, cover the jar with your hand and shake the garlic. When you dump out the garlic, the husk that divides the cloves falls off. The next step is placing the husk in the garbage and placing the garlic cloves back in the jar. Cover the jar with a lid, and shake like crazy. You will find the skins separating from the cloves, eliminating the tedious work of skinning husk and peeling garlic. Plus, your hands don’t smell from peeling.

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Question #26: Nobody likes a stale, week-old bread loaf. But you can rejuvenate that loaf of bread and make it taste like freshly baked. Take a loaf of bread and pour water over the entire loaf, including the bottom. Place the bread in a preheated 350-degree oven for approximately 3 minutes. Then turn over the loaf and heat another 3-4 minutes. When you take the bread out, the loaf is crispy on the outside, steamy and moist on the inside, just like freshly baked bread right out of the oven!

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