the easiest way to shred chicken. ever.

I got this idea a little while back from Really, Are You Serious? I knew I had to try it.

Guys, this is one of those things where once you know about it, you will NEVER go back. And you will wonder how you went so long without knowing about it. And your arms will lose a little bit of muscle, because you found a much more lazy efficient way of doing it.

the easiest way to shred chicken

This chicken looks funky because it was just cooking in an awesome Mexican soup!

All you do is ::drumroll, please:: Place your cooked chicken into a stand mixer, attach the paddle attachment and pulse on the lowest setting until chicken shreds!
the easiest way to shred chicken. ever.

VOILA!

This takes all of about five seconds (vs the 15 minutes it normally takes me to shred four chicken breasts).

A word to the wise: don’t leave the paddle running and don’t pulse too many times or you’re end up with minced meat. It’s kind of like a science. Do it wrong once, and you’ll get it right the next time. Perfectly tender, shredded chicken. I threw mine into Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup tonight, but you could make this hack work for your BBQ chicken sammies, for chicken tacos, the possibilities are endless, really.

Thanks for this life saver…I mean life hack, Krystyn!

*Remember: When it comes to trying life hacks, it’s as my high school Latin teacher, Mr. Tierney, used to say, “Caveat Emptor! Let the buyer beware!” No? Well then, just caveat, I suppose.

how to make your own heavy cream.

You know my recent track record with setting out to make something and then not having a crucial ingredient? Well, yesterday was no different. With these lemon raspberry scones already in production, I realized too late that I was fresh out of heavy cream (side note: if you regularly stock heavy cream in your fridge, I want to be your friend). No worries. I’d just try my hand at making my own.
Make your own heavy cream

To make one cup of heavy cream, combine:
2/3 c whole milk
1/3 c melted unsalted butter

I recommend whisking the ingredients together in a measuring cup. If you find the milk is too cold and solidifies the butter, just give it a very quick zap in the microwave, warming the mixture up just enough for it to combine.

A few online sources recommend only using this homemade heavy cream in savory dishes, such as adding cream to a sauce, and not as a substitute in baking, where more precision and chemistry is crucial. However, if you’re not trying to impress anyone, I think that this life hack is a much better alternative to piling your kids into the car for a trip to the grocery store for your forgotten ingredient. The only effect my homemade heavy cream had on my scones, was that they flattened out a bit more than they normally would (I suspect due to the warmth of the cream melting my cold butter pieces in the dough too quickly). But with no sacrifice in the flavor department, my flat or as I like to call them- rustic scones were a fine trade off!
Lemon Raspberry Scones

How’s that for a life hack!?

*Remember: When it comes to trying life hacks, it’s as my high school Latin teacher, Mr. Tierney, used to say, “Caveat Emptor! Let the buyer beware!” No? Well then, just caveat, I suppose.

how to remove a water mark from wood.

When I set down my piping hot frozen dinner (Andrew was in the field- set your judgements aside!) onto my new-to-me cherry wood kitchen table, I didn’t think twice. When I picked it up and saw the horrible steam mark it had created, I wanted to vomit. I had wrecked one of the few nice pieces of furniture in the house. When Andrew returned home, I pretended it never happened and, for once, was grateful for his lack of perception.
how to remove a water ring from wood

I knew I needed to try to get the mark out myself. And I’d heard a few old wives tales about this very subject- something to the effect of rubbing the mark with olive oil, sprinkling it with baking soda and saying the alphabet backwards with my eyes closed? Complicated. I was looking for simple, and I found it.

In my experience, to remove water marks from wood, all you need to do is hold a hair dryer on top of the mark (super close to the wood without touching it) for 10-15 minutes. The wood gets super hot, the water that is trapped in the wood escapes and the mark magically disappears.
hairdryer to remove water rings from wood

This really works, folks! I did this on three other water marks on the table (NOT caused by my own carelessness), all with the same success!
how to remove water rings from wood

How’s that for a life hack!?

*Remember: When it comes to trying life hacks, it’s as my high school Latin teacher, Mr. Tierney, used to say, “Caveat Emptor! Let the buyer beware!” No? Well then, just caveat, I suppose.