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Did you know that it is best to let chopped fresh garlic set at room temperature for 10 minutes before cooking it? The extra time allows garlic’s cancer fighting compounds to fortify themselves against heat, which would otherwise deactivate them.

Did you know that the cooled water that is left in the pan (no salt added) after you hard boil some eggs is useful? You can use it to water your indoor or outdoor plants. The calcium from the shells leaches into the water and makes a perfect tonic for your leafy friends.

Did you know that you can preserve that “brand new” look on you brand new sneakers? By spraying them with a light coat of spray starch, they will stand up to the elements, dirt and grime.

Did you know that you can conserve water in an older model commode without a brick? Just fill an empty plastic water bottle with water and place it in the tank so that every time you flush, you save water.

Did you know that you can organize spray bottles very easily? Find an empty spot in a linen or storage closet and hang a towel bar. Then just hang the bottles by their nozzles over the rod and you will always know where they are. You can also hang a towel bar in the cellar or laundry room.

Did you know that chewing gum for 20 minutes increases blood flow to the brain and lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol? Sounds good to me.

My thought for the month is: Go buy yourself some small flower bulbs and plant them in your kitchen, so spring will arrive sooner.

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