One of the things I was taught when I was little was to keep all the best things to myself. Haha! You might have thought that since I am an only. But, it really is more fun to share.
So with that, I have for you…
And because I said it waaaaay before Martha ever did. It’s a Good Thing!
1. Coconut Extract is made for Banana Bread.
You may remember when I shared my Best Banana Bread Recipe during my blogiversary celebration. The other day I was in the midst of making more banana bread, when I realized I was out of vanilla extract. I surveyed the options in my cupboard. My choices were peppermint extract. No thank you! Almond extract. And coconut extract. After talking about it with my husband, the choice was made. Coconut extract. I used one teaspoon instead of 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.
So how did it taste? I really didn’t notice a coco-nutty flavor. But, my husband declared it, “The best Banana Bread, yet.” I decided that it made it richer, smoother, and delicious-er. [wink] This is the brand I used. If you try it…let me know if you think it’s extraordinary too.
2. Baking Soda is now my new favorite toothpaste.
Sometime ago, I read that Julia Roberts uses baking soda exclusively for cleaning her teeth. So, when I ran out of my usual toothpaste, I decided I would give it a try.
At first, I really didn’t care for it. Dumping powder into the palm of my hand, wetting the toothbrush, and trying to collect the baking soda was, well, different. But, I decided to give it a try for a week.
Now, I like how slippery and clean my teeth feel. And when I rinse out my mouth, I’m amazed at how sweet the water tastes, and how fresh my mouth feels, without some strong minty flavor. And, I also discovered that I no longer go to bed and start coughing. Evidently, when I lay down, regular toothpaste does something to my throat and it’s not a good thing. Glad that is now a thing of the past.
I’m no expert on this…I’m simply sharing a discovery. But it seems that baking soda neutralizes the acids in our mouths and when the soda saliva mixture comes in contact with the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gingivitis, it kills those offenders, too. Be sure to brush your tongue and gums with the soda saliva mixture as well, for at least 2 minutes. Swish with water so your whole mouth gets cleansed. Ahhh…refreshing!
Some people are under the false assumption that baking soda is abrasive. It seems that it’s far less abrasive than regular toothpaste and still kicks plaque and whitens teeth. All for just 49 cents a box, if you use a store brand.
I think maybe Julia is on to something. After all, she does have a bright beautiful extraordinary smile.
3. Clear Party Dishes on Amazon
Several people mentioned how much they liked my Polka-Dotted Black and White Tablescape and hoped they could find some clear glass plates as well. The first time I wrote about using clear glass plates for entertaining I could not find any online.
Recently I decided to check Amazon again, and found that the very plates that I use. They are more expensive than my amazing, just-in-time-for-the party sale at Wal-Mart 12 years ago. But, they are the same, and have served us (and friends who have borrowed them) well the last dozen years. If you wish, you may order your very own extraordinary clear glass plates here. And yes…just like every item I link to Amazon, I will receive a teeny tiny commission, for which I am very grateful. [wink]
So there you have it…
Three Extraordinary Tips for Today!
What are your plans for the weekend? Me? I’m almost finished spring cleaning the master bedroom. It feels so good to get it done. One thing has me wondering….why is it the dustiest room in the house? All we do is change clothes and sleep in there. Hmmm.
Whatever your weekend plans….
Go…and be your extraordinary self!!
Note: I will receive a small commission if you choose to place an order at Amazon using the link above. Thank you.