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Camping Made Easier

Use a plastic snow sled with a rope lead to haul your camping gear from the car to your site.

DIY Sunburn Soother

For sunburn relief, mix 2 teaspoons tomato juice with 1/4 cup buttermilk and apply to the affected area. Rinse after half an hour.

Keep Critters Out!

Keep critters away from trash cans by mixing 2 tablespoons dish soap, 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper, and 1-quart warm water. Spray liberally over cans. Raccoons, especially, hate the smell of many spices and oils, including mint and cayenne pepper.  

Natural De-Icer

Sprinkle leftover coffee grounds on your freshly shoveled walk or driveway to help melt the ice—it’s a natural and environmentally friendly way to add more traction underfoot.

Make Cooler Corn!

cooler corn

Make corn on the cob in a cooler! It’s a unique way to feed a crowd at your next cookout. Simply shuck your corn and place the ears in any size clean, sturdy cooler (not styrofoam). Add boiling water (2 quarts per 12 ears) and snap down the lid. Let sit for 30 minutes, drain,

Check Your Noontime Shadow!

Here’s a fun experiment to do around the time of the Summer Solstice: Be sure to look at your noontime shadow — it’s your shortest noontime shadow of the year!

A Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Have Dad take the kids fishing! It’s an enjoyable outing and gives Mom a little alone time. Be sure to check out the Farmers’ Almanac fishing calendar for the Best Day to fish!

Fishing Secret

Another great way to put those used coffee grounds to use! Mix a cup of used coffee grounds in with your bait worms to keep them alive and wiggling longer. Plus, fish—especially trout and bass—are attracted to coffee-scented worms.