Smart ways to repurpose parchment paper, cupcake liners, a vegetable peeler, and more.

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Place a number-shaped cookie cutter on a frosted cake, then fill in with a layer of sprinkles. Remove the cutter and—voilà!—the cake is decorated and candle-ready.
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Use these guidelines to see how many gallons you can conserve each year.

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Place a number-shaped cookie cutter on a frosted cake, then fill in with a layer of sprinkles. Remove the cutter and—voilà!—the cake is decorated and candle-ready.

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To skim excess fat from soup without refrigerating it, fill a metal ladle with ice cubes and glide it along the surface a few times, wiping the ladle as needed. Excess fat will cling to the ladle’s bottom (and not yours).

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Fill foil liners about two-thirds full with unwrapped crayon stubs in assorted colors, place in a muffin tin, and bake at 275° F until melted (about 10 minutes). Then freeze for cool colors with zigzag edges.

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Thanks to its tight-fitting top, which locks in moisture, a jam jar is ideal for a moss-and-fern countertop garden.

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Layer squares of paper between burgers, steaks, or pork chops before freezing to make it easier to separate them later.

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For a soft glow, poke the bulbs on a strand of miniature lights through the flat bottoms of the liners.

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Make ice cream the crème de la crème by serving hot fudge or butterscotch from a gravy boat

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Help retain the crispy bottom of last night’s pie by quickly microwaving leftover slices on a piece of parchment.

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If iron furniture has left a rusty blight on your concrete patio, mix up some lemonade Kool-Aid: The citric acid in it will help dilute the rust. Cover the stain with Kool-Aid, scrub with a stiff brush, and rinse with water once the stain starts to fade. Repeat if needed.

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To soften cold butter quickly before baking cookies, shave off the amount you need with a peeler.

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Cover a leftover treat with an upside-down wineglass to prevent it from going stale or getting crushed. (Idea courtesy of Jan Urick, Gilbert, Arizona)

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Dish up fries, popcorn, and other snacks in grease-resistant parchment cones (seal them with tape).

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Place liners in a muffin tin and fill with batter. In each cup, slip a ball of foil between the filled liner and the tin. This will create a notch at the cupcake’s top, shaping it into a “heart.” Bake as usual.