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20 Killer Cooking Hacks That’ll Make You Look Like A Total Pro

20 Killer Cooking Hacks That’ll Make You Look Like A Total Pro

Your time in the kitchen doesn’t have to be tedious. Enjoy cooking again with some of these creative hacks that put a little spice into your dishes and pantry.

1. Muffin Tin Magic

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    Pre-scoop frozen desserts into a muffin tin before you serve your meal and stick it back in the freezer. When it’s time to serve, your guests won’t have to wait.

    2. Or Slice Your Ice Cream

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      Dip the container in warm water for 30 seconds, pop the whole ice cream “loaf” onto a plate and then slice it with a warm knife.

      3. Wooden Spoons

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        Prevent water or other items from boiling over by resting a wooden spoon across the top — or at the edge.

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        4. Freeze Scraps

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          Wine, stock, herbs – in ice cube trays. This gives you neat little hunks of goodness you can throw into future meals.

          5. Clothespins

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            Keeps bags tight – and food fresh.

            6. Spoon Rest

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              Place the end of a wooden spoon into the hole of a pot handle, keeping it up and out of the way and keeping drips on the stove or counter to a minimum.

              7. Frozen Fruit Ice Cubes

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                Freeze berries, grapes and chunks of melon whole (make melon pieces into cool shapes if you’re feeling Martha Stewarty) and place them in punch, kiddie cocktails, champagne or white wine coolers.

                8. Taco Bowls

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                  Turn a muffin tin upside down and spray it with a little vegetable oil if it’s not non-stick. Place tortillas in the crevices and create your own taco shell bowls. Bake at 350 until the shells are hard.

                  9. Bread in Sugar

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                    Place a piece of bread in your brown sugar container to keep the sugar from forming lumps.

                    10. Pastry Bag

                    Need a pastry bag to frost those cupcakes or write someone’s name on a birthday cake? Don’t despair. Load your frosting into a storage bag – Ziplock or plain – twist it down tight and then cut the corner off. Cut off as much or as little of the corner as you need for your “tip.” A small amount off the corner makes a great writing tip while a larger amount gives you a thick tube of frosting.

                    11. Funnel

                    Need to fill a jar? Cut the corner off an envelope or roll a piece of paper into a cone.

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                    12. A Little Water

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                      Tired of wasting guacamole when you’re done with it because it turns brown? You can save the guac! Just pour enough water on top of it to cover it and the water will prevent the guacamole from reacting with the oxygen. When you want to eat it again, just pour off the water. Voila!

                      13. Need mayo?

                      One large egg in a cup of oil in the blender makes mayo. Yeah. It’s that easy.

                      14. Bundt Pan Magic

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                        Place an ear of corn in the hole of a bundt pan and slice off the corn. The pan catches the kernels. Who knew?

                        15. Freeze Cool Whip

                        Then pop it out and cut it with cookie cutters for a fun addition to a hot beverage like cocoa.

                        16. Grill the Fish

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                          Save that lovely piece of salmon from a grill-induced death by placing the fish on a bed of sliced lemons. The lemons infuse the fish with flavor and keep it from sticking.

                          17. Boil Water

                          Boil water for clear ice cubes. Cold water makes cloudy cubes. Yes. True.

                          18. Coffee Filters

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                            Invert a coffee filter over your glass, poke a straw through the top and keep the bugs at bay on a hot summer day. Does not prevent spilling, I’m afraid.

                            19. Ice Pack Sponges

                            Soak a sponge. Place it in a Ziplock bag. Freeze it. Place it in your lunch cooler.

                            20. Ice Cream in the Bag

                            Place your container of ice cream into a Ziplock bag before putting it in the freezer. Keeps it scoopably soft.

                            21. Cut Cherry Tomatoes or Grapes Easily

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                              Simply place your cherry tomatoes or grapes (especially for little kids) between two large lids or plates and run the knife through them horizontally. Take the time to arrange them so you don’t end up smooshing them too badly.

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                              Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                              50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                              50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                              If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                              That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                              Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                              1. Believe It to See It

                              Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                              2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                              While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                              3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                              Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                              4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                              Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                              5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                              There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                              6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                              It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                              7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                              Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                              8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                              Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                              9. Maximize Your Strengths

                              Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                              10. Be in It to Win It

                              Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                              11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                              People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                              12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                              Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                              13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                              You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                              14. Be a One-Off Original

                              Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                              15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                              Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                              16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                              Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                              17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                              Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                              18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                              We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                              19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                              Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                              20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                              Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                              21. Make Your Own Luck

                              In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                              22. Ignite Your Initiative

                              While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                              23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                              Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                              24. Champion in Communication

                              Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                              25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                              Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                              26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                              To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                              27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                              While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                              28. Live by Core Values

                              Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                              29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                              Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                              30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                              Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                              31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                              Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                              32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                              Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                              33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                              Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                              34. Change Opens New Doors

                              People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                              35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                              It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                              36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                              Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                              37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                              When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                              38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                              How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                              39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                              If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                              40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                              Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                              41. Swim Against the Tide

                              Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                              42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                              More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                              43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                              Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                              44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                              While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                              45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                              Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                              46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                              Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                              47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                              While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                              48. Follow Through

                              Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                              49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                              We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                              50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                              To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                              So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                              Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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