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Life Hacking December

According to WikipediaLife hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.

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Hacks can range  from “how to fill a bucket from your bathroom sink using a dustpan” to ” change your metabolism by exercising first thing in the morning”. As 2015 comes to an end and the arbitrary resetting of our calendar occurs I am going to take December and explore 31 hacks, some clever, some important, some  funny and some downright crazy. I am going to rely on sites that are specifically created to share life hacks and where I blatantly steal their ideas and descriptions I will  cite the article or post.

I hope you find at least a couple helpful and find a way to implement them in the new year.

Hack 1 (well actually five under the same theme). I am a breakfast lover. I can eat breakfast in the morning, at brunch, lunch or even supper.

From the National Post 2015 List 

Five hacks for the perfect breakfast:

1. Bacon: Put the “bake” in bacon and cook it in the oven. You’ll get thicker, juicier, crispier bacon by laying it on a baking sheet and popping it in at 400F for about 15 minutes.

2. Eggs: Make what the Internet has dubbed the “golden egg.” Take a regular egg and scramble it in its shell through vigorous shaking. This can be done either by hand or by slipping the egg into a length of stocking, grasping the stocking at both ends and flinging it up and down. Now, hard-boil the egg. If scrambled correctly, the result will be a delightful treat of homogeneous consistency.

3. Pancakes: Put the ingredients (egg, flour, milk, etc.) in a large Ziploc bag, then shake to blend. When the batter is thoroughly combined, snip the corner off the end of the Ziploc to turn it into an impromptu pastry bag. Then, pipe the mixture into an empty plastic ketchup bottle. This will help regulate how much batter goes into the pan—and provide an easy storage container for unused mix.

4. Fruit: To balance out the carbs and cholesterol, how about strawberries and mango? Hull the strawberries by jamming a plastic drinking straw through the bottom. Use the edge of a drinking glass to peel the mango from its rind.

5. Wake-me-up: With your breakfast now complete, feel free to celebrate with a pre-noon gin and lemon. You can extract more juice out of the lemon by microwaving it for 20 seconds and then squeezing it with a pair of tongs. Or, if wine is your morning fancy, be sure to submit the vino to a round of “hyperdecanting,” a method apparently mastered by Silicon Valley wine snobs. Simply put the wine into a blender, frappé it for 60 seconds and then marvel at the miraculously improved flavour. Tristin Hopper

 

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