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3 Cool Tips For Your Next Backyard Bash May 17, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Nature, People.
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Next time you’re planning a gathering of the clans in the park or your own backyard, 3 Cool Tips to consider:

(1) UPCYCLE an old t-shirt into an instant no-sew apron to protect yourself from barbecue sauce splatters and impromptu food fights.

Zen and Genki posted a super video demonstration:  Upcycling an Old T-Shirt into a No-Muss, No-Fuss, No-Sew Apron.  Creating tie-dyed aprons from white t-shirts would be a great craft project for budding young artists.


(2) SHUCK a few dozen ears of corn . . . and cook them in a cooler.

Need to cook corn-on-the-cob for a crowd?  Cooler Corn to the rescue! Put 1-2 large soup pots in a  cooler.  Fill the pots with shucked ears.  Pour boiling water over the corn and put lids on the pots.  Close the cooler.

Relax and have a beer . . . or two.


When you sit down to dinner (30 – 90 minutes later), just open the cooler and serve.   The corn will remain hot for hours.  Perfect for large barbecues with far less mess than grilling.

SAFETY NOTE from Snopes.Com:  Don’t Cook Corn In Plastic Coolers.

(3) EJECT blood-sucking vampiric pests that try to hijack the party.

An e-mail recommended this safe easy way to remove ticks:  Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball.  Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20). The tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

Unless someone is allergic to soap, this method won’t harm them.  Perfect tip to share with anyone with children, hunters or dogs in their life!

SAFETY NOTE from Snopes.com:  Don’t get Ticked Off . . . Use Tweezers!

Aah . . . that’s better!