Rachael's Travel & Entertaining Tips
Rachael's ultimate tip-off gets started with her clever ideas for your next diner party, for staying organized, and for putting to rest the one fight we all have at home!
Label camera, cell phone and computer cords: "Every time we travel, we take a ton of AV equipment," Rachael says. "It goes into one half of a suitcase! We literally fill it up with cameras and computers." But then their cords get totally confused, just like they do in the drawer at home, so try using colored file folder tags to identify them. Then, when it's time to charge the camera, you don't have to sort through a big pile of cords until you find the right one!
Freeze your plastic wrap: If you often struggle to get the plastic wrap to peel off properly, without the sheer covering sticking to itself, Rachael has the perfect solution. "Keep it in the freezer and you will show it who is boss!" she says. "The freezer eliminates the cling factor so it's only going to cling to the bowl!"
Trick to keeping bread warm in your bread basket: If you want to use a pretty basket for bread on your table but never have enough rolls to fill the space, Rachael suggests adding something surprising to the spread: rocks! They can even keep your bread warm! Wrap them in tin foil, warm them in the oven, and then place the covered rocks under a pretty cloth at the bottom of the basket. No one will know they are there and they will keep your buns nice and hot!
Turn a muffin tin upside down to create a taco tray: You don't have to bake to make good use of your baking trays. The next time you have taco night at your house just flip the tray over and stand up the tacos in between the muffin cups. They will fit perfectly and keep the rice, beans and lettuce in place while you serve the meal! You can flip it over for your next meal and use the cups to hold stuffed peppers.
Mini-muffin tin hors d'oeuvre tray Want to serve mini tortilla cups at your next party? Get some soft tortillas and cut them into smaller circles using a cookie cutter, then put the tortillas in the muffin cups and warm the tray in the oven until the tortillas get crisp. Then fill with guacamole or salsa. "They're just too cute!" Rachael says.
Use paint chips as place cards. If you've ever tried to pick out new paint colors for your house, you were probably left with stacks of paint chips in a rainbow of colors that are now cluttering up a drawer. You can give them a second life by writing your friends names on them for your next party. "This is a fantastic little use for these guys," Rachael says. "Give each person a different color, fold them in half and use them as little place cards at your next get together!"
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