Tiny Tips!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY!! Well, my sweet Goosey friends at Gooseberry Patch are at it again. They have introduced 4 NEW books in the NEW book series – TINY TIPS. Don’t these titles sounds FABULOUS?!! – Tiny Tips for a Cozy Home, Tiny Tips for Gifts to Make & Give, Tiny Tips for Get-Togethers AND Tiny Tips for the Kitchen.

Take a listen to what they have to say about these tiny treasures! (Don't forget to go to the bottom of the page and turn off the blog music).

Lucky me, they sent me 2 of those titles to preview - Tiny Tips for Gifts to Make & Give and Tiny Tips for Get-Togethers. Lucky YOU, you can have a chance to win them!

These tiny books are chocked FULL of great tips that had me thumping my forehead and saying *why didn't I think of that*!! The kinds of tips that take an ordinary get-together and elevate it to the extraordinary and sweet little details that make a small gift something very special.

This tip motivated me to sneek a little something on the front porch of Miss Betty -- my nextdoor neighbor. So simple and I hope it makes her day -- I KNOW it made mine!

Okay 2 giveaways to tell you about!! You can WIN the 2 Tiny Tips books I previewed AND a set of Faithfulness Farm Embleshed Flour Sack Tea Towels just by posting your best Tiny Tip as a comment (please make sure your email is included if it isn't on your blog). Hurry because this giveaway closes on Monday, October 3rd with the winner announced on Tuesday October 4th. The second giveaway is hosted by Gooseberry Patch and the details follow -- if you're thinking of giving a Gooseberry Patch Cookbook as a gift in the upcoming holiday season, this is a GREAT time to make that purchase and be entered in for this generous giveaway -- you have until October 28, 2011 to enter in - JUST SAYIN!!!

How does it work?

Buy any Gooseberry Patch book or calendar wherever you like.

Send GOOSEBERRY PATCH your receipt – the original or a copy – and be sure to
include your email or mailing address. (That way they can get in touch with you if you win!)

Mail to:
Gooseberry Patch • Attn: Receipt Contest
2500 Farmers Drive, #110 • Columbus, OH 43235
Scan or snap a photo of your receipt and email it to us at:

That's it...you'll be entered to win! It's just GOOSEBERRY PATCH'S way of saying thanks to all of YOU for collecting our books over the years...we're honored to be part of your family's meals.

Send YOUR receipts by Oct. 28, 2011!


  1. I'm sure your neighbor will be thrilled this morning Gail:@) Thanks for the fun give-away! Simple tip: To keep your metal bakeware nice (and rust free) after hand drying place them back into the warm oven so they completely dry out.

  1. Penny said...:

    The flowers are beautiful. I know your neighbor will be delighted to find these on her front doorstep. Such a thoughtful tip!

    Our Tiny Tip:
    Our church publishes a monthly prayer diary listing church members, missionaries, organizations, etc. to pray for on certain days. My homeschooled children practice their handwriting and letter writing skills to write notes of encouragement and appreciation to fellow church members letting them know we are in deed praying for them. These are mailed to them during the week their names are listed on the prayer diary. This could be applied to either your church prayer list for those requesting/requiring prayer or it could be applied to your entire church directory. Send out a couple notes each week to encourage.

  1. Penny said...:

    Oops, almost forgot...no blog, so, here's my email for the give-away...just in case! :)


  1. Shelia said...:

    Hi Gail! How sweet to do this for your neighbors! They'll be so surprised!
    What a great giveaway! I just love the Goosies and those precious drawings!

    My Tiny Tip:
    If your dishwasher gets smelly - between loads, sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda on the bottom to absorb the odors.

    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  1. What a sweet neighbor you are!!!

  1. Oh I just adore Gooseberry Patch!

    Tiny tip, hmmm. If your cake crumbles turn the tiny pieces in a trifle. Yum!

  1. M.j. said...:

    Hmmm....my tiny tip??? Would be to really clean the burners on stove.Put ammonia and the burner in a sealed bag overnight. Voila...ciao4now64@yahoo.com

  1. Sue D said...:

    My tiny tip is to keep the wrappers from butter/margarine in the freezer and pull one out when you need to grease a pan.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  1. FABBY'S LIVING said...:

    Oh Gail, wish you were my neighbor too, such beautiful flowers, I'd love to be near you sweet and lovely lady. Perfect tip for keeping the metal bake wear neat, I never could and this idea is perfect to ensure complete drieness. I also love your RED K.Aid!Thanks for sharing and for visiting me with such generous comment. Hugs, FABBY

  1. Kathy said...:

    These look spectacular - what a great idea! Love your gift to your neighbor - I am sure your generosity will touch her heart! A Tiny Tip - use a small amount of glycerine in a little water to preserve flowers you wish to dry - glycerine also conditions the leaves of magnolias so that you can use them to create Christmas garlands or wreaths.

  1. BumbleBeeLane said...:

    Wish I had a good neighbor to do things like that for.I love to gift little things too.My tiny tip sprinkle carpets with baking soda with a few drops of favorite fragrance oil.Leave sit a little to absorb odors.Vacum..Warm Blessings!~Amy

  1. Rhondi said...:

    Hi Gail
    What a lovely idea to surprise your neighbor! I didn't even know there was such a thing as good neighbor day. Thanks for leaving me a comment so I could come by and visit you.

  1. Honey at 2805 said...:

    I wish I was your neighbor!

    My tip: Mix an old squirt type bottle (not a spray bottle) with 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water to squirt around in your kitchen sink every evening. It's a quick way to keep you sink shiny and clean. Be sure to label the bottle so you don't grab it, thinking it's something else!

  1. Erin said...:

    How neat. My tiny tip is to use dryer sheets to pick up those dust bunnies left behind by your broom.


  1. Shug said...:

    I have never seen these books in our area. I am thinking these would make some great Christmas gifts..
    My tip...Spray your measuring cup with Pam before measuring oil or peanut butter..makes a simple clean up.

  1. Olive Cooper said...:

    Hi Gail, I put a lemon wedge in my garbage disposal to keep it fresh once a week. I was thrilled to find a Gooseberry Patch Christmas cookbook at Goodwill yesterday and I thought of you. hugs♥O

  1. What a sweet neighbor you are. I'm sure she loved your thoughfulness. I haven't seen these books in years. Such a lovely give away..
    hugs ~lynne~

  1. Hmmm, I'd say a good tip is start planning for next Christmas when this one gets over. I put aside a little money each paycheck and keep one notebook where I write down ideas (food, gifts, etc) so I'm not scrambling when the holidays get here and using the charge card. Some years are more successful than others. :)

  1. Gail, I've never heard of Neighbor Day. What a nice thing to do for your neighbor. And what a nice giveaway. My tiny tip is for glass stove tops. After you clean it,turn the oven on for a little while, and it will dry streak free. laurie

  1. Jacqueline said...:

    Gail what delightful books.

    My tiny tip is to not grease your cake pans at all just cut parchment paper to cover the bottom of the pan. When baked run a knife around the edge after ten min. Cooling and turn out. It always comes out so easy and has a flatter top.

  1. Wow! What darling books, Gail! I have always loved those little tips at the bottom of the cookbooks page! As a young wife and mother I would pour over every tip and get great ways to make my home and table special.
    I am definitely getting this set!
    My best tiny tip... so many... don't throw away citrus peel. Put them in a pan with a couple of cinnamon sticks, a few cloves and cover with water. Simmer! Your whole house will smell like you have been cooking all day!
    What fun! I can't wait to read everyone's tips!

  1. Hi Gail, these new books look wonderful. I love Gooseberry.

    Happy day!
    Barb ♥

  1. Lori said...:

    My tiny tip is to always have a fruit bowl filled on the counter. It's pretty and healthy!

  1. kitty said...:

    My tiny tip is to put a piece of folded paper towel around your vegetable oil bottle & secure it with a large rubber band (from fresh broccoli) or piece of string. This catches the oil drips to keep your pantry shelf without an oil ring!!

  1. Gail said...:

    How sweet of you to do that for your neighbor! I wish I was your neighbor. Off the top of my head, I can't think of a tip, but when I do, I'll be back.

    Have a wonderful day,

  1. Kathleen said...:

    I love this give away!
    I always double the recipe when making a crumb topping. You can keep it in the freezer and pull it out to make a quick topping for any fruit you have on hand. Cut up the fruit , sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and top with crumbs. Bake in indiv ramekins, a perfect quick dessert.

  1. Such an awesome giveaway!!! What a great neighborly surprise. I wish I would have known, of course, it's good to be neighborly any time of the year. I love tiny tips and any tips for that matter. One tiny household hint of mine- sprinkle baby powder or sage around where you think ants are coming in cracks, windowsills, etc. . I promise you they will not return! It really works! Ants love my house in the spring. Thanks for hosting the great giveaway!

  1. Debbie said...:

    I actually came here right after you posted this, but I couldn't think of a tip worth sharing. My mind went completely blank. I'm back. Still... no tip, I guess I'll read the others and be a tip mooch.

    I love what you did for your neighbor.

  1. Mary Ellen said...:

    How very sweet of you to do such a sweet thing for your neighbor! People are in such a hurry these days we hardly think of doing kindnesses like this anymore- thank you for reminding me!

    bee blessed

  1. Rhonda said...:

    What a wonderful thing to do for an unsuspecting neighbor.
    I guess my "tiny tip" would be that I stock up on fresh veggies when they are on sale (onions, bell peppers, jalapenos, carrots, cabbage, garlic, etc.) and slice, dice, chop or whatever, and freeze in recipe-sized portions to make meal preps a snap.

  1. jAne said...:

    mums are my favorite flower and since they grow in my favorite season, that's a double blessing. i'm sure your neighbor was incredibly touched by your thoughtfulness. :o)

    **my tip** wax your stove top to prevent spills from adhering forever. this way they'll wipe right up!


  1. Miss G said...:

    I am new to your blog having just come over from your comment on three pixie lane because I liked the name of your blog. My best tiny tip is to paperclip bday/anniversary cards to your calendar on the appropriate months as you come across or make them so you remember to send them! Kelly

  1. acorn hollow said...:

    If your bath towels have stoped being absorbent, when you wash then throw in a 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse. It will break down the old laundry detergent and any dryer sheet build up. (they will not smell like a salad)

  1. Pam said...:

    You should change your blog name to "Thoughtfulness Farm". :-) What a wonderful gesture!
    Hmmm. I guess my Tiny Tip would be to avoid a river of tears when cutting onions, do not cut the root end off. You can cut through it, but leave it on the onion. Works every time.:-)

  1. ~~Anne said...:

    Thanks for the fun giveaway.

    Here'sy tiny tip:
    To keep extra extension cords from getting tangled, insert them into empty toilet paper tubes before storing away.


  1. Wendy Ross said...:

    I love sharing tips! It's always amazing what simple little thing can solve an annoying problem!!
    My tip...never throw away those thick elastic bands that come on your veggies,like broccoli! They make the best jar openers...just slip on the lid edge and twist away! Gives you the perfect grip!!
    My email...wendy@southerncomfortsantiques.com

  1. susi917 said...:

    I love these books! My tip is: save the envelopes that your bills come in to write your grocery list on; then put coupons inside!

  1. Delinda Lea said...:

    Just use a tablespoon of vinegar in the rinse cycle of your washing machine instead of fabric softener ~ economical and healthier for your family.

    I always love stopping by, Gail. I do believe I'll be listening to this music all day long!

    I closed my blog, but you can find me on Facebook!

    Delinda Lea

  1. What a sweet giveaway. My tip is I save butter wrappers in a small container for greasing pans. I hate wasting anything.

  1. arkie said...:

    Love your blog! You're a sweet lady!

    Tiny tip: If you bake a cake and it comes out higher on one side than the other, place a CLEAN dish towel over it and lightly press it down until it is even all over. Cool slightly and then invert it onto your server for frosting.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    My tiny tip:
    If you don,t have buttermilk for recipes: mix 1 teaspoon vinegar per 1 cup of milk - let stand 5 minutes.

  1. Renna said...:

    I found your blog via the Gooseberry Patch post on facebook. What a nice place this is! :-)

    Here's my tip, which I didn't come up with originally, but have used it numerous times since I read about it a few years ago...

    I avoid using water on my cast iron pans as much as possible (and I never use soap!). After cooking something in them, I wipe out as much of the food residue as I can with a (dry) paper towel (& cheap ones won't cut it!). Next I pour in some kosher salt; I don't measure it, but I'd guess maybe a small handful or so. Using a clean paper towel (again, dry), rub the salt around all over the inside surface of the pan/pot. The salt will absorb any grease and/or food particles. Once you're satisfied, wipe out the salt into the sink or trash, and voila', you have a clean pan!

  1. charjoy said...:

    Though I don't have a tiny tip, do love reading all of them and taking down tips that will help me

  1. Kathy said...:

    Hi, I love your blog. My tiny tip is to spray cooking spray on measuring spoons and cups so that when you need to measure peanut butter (or anything else that is sticky), it will slide right off!


  1. Lori said...:

    Use an empty ketchup container as a pancake mix dispenser when making pancakes! Thanks for a great giveaway and a chance to win!

  1. Connie said...:

    Would love to win and here is my tiny tip:
    To keep bananas from getting too ripe place them in a brown paper bag and store in refrigerator.

  1. Tara said...:

    These books look so helpful.
    Love great ideas,
    My tip would be save the onion bags and cut into strips to crochet scrubbies.

  1. Tara said...:

    I do have a blog forgot.

  1. LeAnn said...:

    Wow, those are great tips.
    To get rid of odors in the house put White Vingar in a bowl and hide it; soon you will not have any more odor.
    Fun Stuff and I loved it all!!

  1. cindi said...:

    My tiny tip is, with all the electronics now days how do you fix when one comes in contact with water. Soak them in uncooked rice for 3 or more days. The rice soaks up the moisture. Sometimes it works and sometimes not. Baileycindi@yahoo.com

  1. cindi said...:

    My tiny tip is, with all the electronics now days how do you fix when one comes in contact with water. Soak them in uncooked rice for 3 or more days. The rice soaks up the moisture. Sometimes it works and sometimes not. Baileycindi@yahoo.com

  1. Anonymous said...:

    My tiny tip: when making homemade clothing, sew an extra button on the lining or underside like manufacturers do. If one is lost, it saves rummaging through the button box!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Hi, I think I put my tip under the wrong date! So here it is again! When I get home from the grocery store, I always seperate the meat I have bought into 2 or 3 portions and stick them into zip-lock bags for the freezer. Now I have 2 or more meals instead of only one!
    Kathy L. from Colorado

  1. Brenda Easter Wilson said...:

    If you are planning on a great halloween party have a table filled with a candy table so the guests can get their favorite Trick or Treat Candy. Everyone will go home happy and content.
    You can fill pretty jars with different candies and candy bars. Have a cute halloween sack for each person to fill their bags and have plastic bags for the glass jars that have candies not wrapped plus a scoop in each jar. I love this idea.
    Brenda Easter Wilson

  1. Chani said...:

    Such a nice giveaway!
    My tiny tip: If courgettes are not very fresh anymore, they can be peeled before cooking on order to avoid the bitter taste.
    blancetcaramel (at) gmail.com

  1. My tiny tip is that I never put water in my iron. I've always kept a spray bottle next to my ironing board. So my iron has lasted for over 10 years with no problems :-)

  1. Carolyn said...:

    What a lovely give-a=way! My tiny tip is to fill up a spray bottle with 3/4 of your shampoo and 1/4 water. Also do the same with your conditioner. Tell your kids that 1good squirt will do.You may be able to just do 1/2 and 1/2, just shake the bottle good before each use. Thank you, Carolyn memohome5@gmail.com

  1. etay said...:

    Hey my best tiny tip... if you have grease build up on your baking sheets or metal pans, just fill with hot water and place a dryer sheet (I use cheap ones from the $ store) let set about 10 minutes... rinse and wash with soapy water.... All Clean!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Susan Said...
    Hello ya'll. I love Gooseberry books and have several, but not the Tiny Tips. So nice of you to have the give-away.
    My tiny tip: Don't throw away your glass jars that pickles, relish, etc. come in. Wash and remove the labels, tie some raffia around the jar, put fresh cut flowers in them.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    i would love to enter to win a g.b book ..i dont have a tiny tip i can think of..mybe if i win the book i can share some tips with my young mothers i know,,:) still learing
    xoxo nikki

  1. The pressure! The pressure! I can't think of a tiny tip! Oh no! Love the giveaway though. What a sweetie you are to share.

    Still thinking, typing more things to cover my lack of inspiration....

    Got one! Whew!

    Clothespins are so handy to have around. They can be used to keep snack bags closed, clip papers together, or clip your bangs out of your eyes in a hair emergency.

    (Okay, I hope you're not grading the tips, because I don't think mine was an A+.)

  1. I would love to be entered in your wonderful contest. My tip, don't throw away your old baking pans, cover with foil when baking cookies and they work like a new pan. Then the clean up is easy, just throw the foil away. Lecia

  1. Shelley said...:

    Well,I am getting in on the tail end of this give away but,just glad I made it.....My tip is to use hand sanitizer to get goo off left from stickers...works for me anyhow....blessings

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