Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Works for Me Wednesday e-book (!)

Have you ever looked through the tips on Works for Me Wednesday and thought, "man, I wish I had a book of those?"

Well, guess what?  Now you can!
My beautiful neighbor, Kristen (host of Works for Me Wednesday, and blogger at We are THAT Family, and author, and humanitarian, and all-around supermom) and her friend Jennifer DeGroot have put together an e-book called That Works for Me!

The book contains over 800 WFMW tips, organized into 24 different categories and including 300 contributing bloggers.

{A few of the bloggers: Jen from My Kitchen Addiction, Myra from A Blessed Life, and the gals from How Does She?}

Here's a little peek at the categories, as well as a few sample tip summaries:

One thing I LOVE about the e-book is that after reading a synopsis of the tip, one click takes you directly to the original post.  It's a win-win for readers and for bloggers.  (Kristen is so smart.)  Oh, and it's also available on Kindle!

You can purchase a copy here.
{psst...here's $1 off coupon code: SAVE1}

You can submit a tip to enter to win $150 worth of housecleaning here.
{No one enter....I *need* that.}

You can follow along with That Works for Me:

And, you can win a copy here!  
{yep, right here!}

To enter, just leave a comment with either your favorite WFMW tip (here are a few from moi), or share one of your own tips.

Contest runs through midnight, April 15th.  Good luck!

That Works for Me e-book?  It works for me! ;)

69 comments:

  1. What a cool book! Great little giveaway. I could use about 100 things in there right off the bat :)

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  2. My favorite WFMW tip would have to be the pieces of bread to check for open hotspots! Saved me from many a baking catastrophe! :)

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  3. Oh my, a book, awesoooome!!! The best tip you gave me was to put some slices of white bread in the oven to discover hotspots. I always wondered why my cupcakes were either white or black... Now I get it: it's not me, it's the hotspots :-) I now just rotate my baking pan or cookie sheet and that's that! Thank you so much for the tip!

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  4. The tip about grating frozen butter for biscuits is pure genius.

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  5. gail lucero xmlucero@gmail.comApril 11, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    What a great giveaway! My favorite is tip is to grate frozen butter for biscuits

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  6. i like the tip about using unbaked spaghetti to test the doneness of cakes
    gail.shimokawa(at)unco.edu

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  7. I love our tip of using a sheet pan of bread to test for hot spots. It's saved me and a few friends a lot of effort!

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  8. i also use spaghetti to test cake doneness.

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  9. oh neat! The only tip I can think of is that I try to always bring my lunch to work, so always make extra of diner the night before to have for the next day. I know, lame!

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  10. I like your tips on pie crust. It made me try my own and it was good!

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  11. I totally didn't know the spatulas' silicon parts came off from the handles. After your tip, I went and got all 7 (yes, I have a problem too) and washed them properly! Thanks again for the tip!

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  12. I love reading your WFMW posts( as well as all your other posts too!) I find them all very helpful and especially like the Pie Crust Primer.

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  13. My favorite WFMW was the one where you pressed down the bottom of a graham cracker pie crust with the bottom of a measuring cup. I always make a summer ice cream cake that has a crushed oreo base and it was *just* what I needed to hear because even worse than buttery fingers is ooey-gooey oreo cream fingers and hands (though as you said, nothing *really* all that bad about it - but it is nice to not be quite as messy).

    Though I have to be honest - My favorite thing about you doing the WFMW is that you actually DO WFMW. So many people make everything look so perfect and while your stuff is right up there on the awesome scale you are never too proud to share with your readers your successes AS WELL as your mistakes. There's nothing worse than trying something a blog indicates will work just fine (and that you figure they had no issues with because they don't indicate that you could run into issues) only to have a hard time with it. I TOTALLY appreciate your realness here in sharing tips on how to do things, but also how NOT to do things :)

    snickerschickletATgmailDOTcom

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  14. what a cool idea!!! I love your tips on cookie decorating! very helpful!!

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  15. I would LOVE this book! My most favorite and useful tip so far was getting your own oven thermometer! Best thing I ever did! Thank You!!!!

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  16. One of my favorite tips doesn't actually have to do with cooking or baking, but it does help mommies! Lift up the seat cover in your infant carrier and stick a diaper and a small pack of wipes for those in case moments you forget or run out of diapers! Usually with little ones, you have the carrier with you or at least not far!

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  17. I love the tips on cleaning out decorating tools

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  18. I agree with Chateau LaCar about the wonderfulness of doing WFMW.

    My tip - I use my kitchen sink for a lower countertop. I put a bowl/pot in the sink and mix anything I have to mix with the container in the sink. It makes it lower for me plus if anything splashs out of the bowl/pot, it is in the sink - not on the countertop. Much easier to wash out the sink than clean the countertop. I even put a rubbermaid mat in the sink and put my KitchenAid mixer in there. Whenever I make icing. Powdered sugar is much easier to wash away than wipe away.

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  19. Here's my new tip! Make your own fabric napkins!! I made some last night with no sewing all you need is a little bonding tape which you can purchase at most any craft stores, you heat it with an iron, peel off the tape protector and then heat your fabric to bond with the tape. It's amazing and now I have crazy chic fabric napkins for under $1.00 each!

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  20. I definitely love the tip on cleaning decorating tools-

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  21. Love all the great tips! I have one for you-heavily butter a piece of white bread and then wrap it around a piece of hot corn on the cob. Rotate a little, and you end up with perfectly buttered corn! My dog always enjoys the bread when I'm finished. We waste nothing.

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  22. I too like the tips on cleaning out decorating tools

    mzsamanoAThotmailDOTcom

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  23. I can't wait to try to use my cheese grater to shave butter! genius!

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  24. Excuse me!
    How bad do I need a book on TIPS!
    Just ask Greg! ;)
    xo

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  25. The one about removing the spatula heads before washing! I had no idea they came off!!!

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  26. I had never thought of using my grater to shave butter. Funny how we get stuck on 'this is how I've always used it' and don't think outside the box. I also love any of your cookie decorating ideas and strategies.
    Thanks!

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  27. My favorite tip is pressing down the bottom of a graham cracker pie crust with the bottom of a measuring cup...I love not getting greasy fingers!

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  28. I never knew that spatulas came apart and needed to be washed separately!

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  29. This is sad, but I also didn't know that the spatula tops came apart. I think I have thrown one away after it came apart.

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  30. I loved the Pie Crust Primer! and many more...

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  31. I have learned so much from WFMW! I put a double layer of bedding on my baby's crib mattress so that when a blowout happens in the middle of the night all I have to do is take the top layer off until morning. No sense changing sheets when you're half asleep.

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  32. I love the tip about rolling icing in cling wrap and then addig the icing package to a decorating bag - easy clean up!

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  33. If I made or baked a lot of something I will put half in the freezer, for later =)
    sunnyfarm at inbox dot ru

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  34. My own tip is to always touch my burned fingers to my ears. It transfers the heat so youre fingers are uncomfortable the whole day!

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  35. I like the spatula tip because they can get pretty clogged up.

    I have a tip I think works well- My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance!

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  36. My Mom always said while baking "Lets make a clean mess" I still use this to keep clean and organized while baking. =]

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  37. Right before you measure honey/ molasses/ corn syrup etc. give your measuring cup a spray with PAM. The sticky stuff will slide right into the bowl, no spatula necessary.

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  38. Hairspray to remove pen ink.

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  39. So many great tips!! One of my personal favorites is spraying measuring cups when using them for molasses, honey, shortening or any other "sticky" substance.

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  40. My husband showed me this one: When you are about to bake something and realize that your brown sugar is a brick, in a pinch you can use a cheese grater to turn it back into sugar. It worked!

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  41. I microwave brown sugar when it is brick hard for 20 seconds and it makes it soft and pliable.

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  42. I really liked the making and giving Christmas cookies WFMW tip you gave, Thanks!
    l-parnell AT earthlink DOT net

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  43. I liked your post about shipping cookies. I know it was a VLOG, but I feel like it was also a WFMW. I have long been a fan of your WFMW! Also, the tip about washing spatulas by separating the two pieces first came in handy....when I noticed I was too late and there was mold! EW. Who knew?!

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  44. An important tip and clever one from your blog was baking bread in the oven to see if there are any hot spots. This tip, plus using an oven thermometer to check for accurate heating should be on every bakers 'to-do' list!!

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  45. ONE of my favorites of yours is turning your blog into a book! I STILL have to do it!!!

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  46. My tip is to tap on the bottom of a loaf of bread to check if its done... if it sounds hollow, it is! Also, use cold water to rinse dough off of utensils, bowls and hands. It comes off so much easier and doesn't make a mess.

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  47. What a fun and inventive idea for a book! I love it!

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  48. I love the one on how to restore broken up eyeshadow. I can't tell you how many times I drop my eye shadows when getting ready, and have this issue of "what do I do now...throw it away? what a waste!" Good tip.

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  49. I've used your tips about getting royal icing juuuussst right over and over.

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  50. I love what works for me wednesdays on your blog. A whole book is a goldmine of info!!!!

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  51. I love the idea of using spaghetti to check the doneness! Nice technique!

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  52. Some many great tips. It would be nice to have a book to reference. What a great idea! wsnell3 at gmail.com

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  53. I love the idea to test a bundt cake with uncooked spaghetti!

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  54. I love all your tips. My favorite method to remove baked on food debris is to cover the bottom of a saucepan with white vinegar and heat it up. Using a wooden spoon, scrape off the softened baked on material. This is a lot easier than scouring with a scouring pad.

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  55. Please enter me in the contest. I follow you with Google RSS Feeds.
    Peeked at a few hints and never thought to grate my COLD butter so it would warm up easier. Can't wait to read many more.
    Lexy
    yxelyxel@gmail.com

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  56. Using the cheese grater for butter definitely!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  57. Yes, I would loooove a copy of thios marvelous book. My favourites are always the DIY versions no matter if it's food, cleaning, make up, etc. I am a DIY lover in every area. Thnak you for the opportunity!

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  58. I so appreciate your tip about the spatulas. I had no idea the top could pop off and mine were so gross! Thank you!

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  59. Genius!!! How cool is that?? Just love it. :)

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  60. Love your Works for Me tips- especially the one about hot spots in the oven- totally figured out why my baking was off in my new rental :)

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  61. The hot spots tip is the one!

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  62. My favourite tip is using melted ice cream instead of cream anglais! :)

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  63. I love the tip to use spaghetti to test a cake for doneness! It seems like I can never find my toothpicks when I need them.

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  64. Have to agree with the hot spots in the oven - so simple yet so genius!

    votepetrelli at yahoo dot com

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  65. Similar to your recipe card tip - when my aunt passed away, she left her estate to her 6 nieces (she had no children of her own). She loved to cook and had beautiful handwriting. I'm still in the process of scanning her recipe cards so all of us can enjoy her legacy

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  66. Love the broken eye shadow tip! I have been looking for one for ages!

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  67. What an awesome giveaway, I'd love to win this. I love the tip about storing icing tips in boxes by you

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