When there is a threat of ice or snow and I know my car will be outside during that time, I put my windshield cover on right away. It's a fabric cover that gets closed into the doors to hold it in place. I got it at Wal-Mart for about $7 and it is WELL WORTH the money and couple of seconds it takes to put it on! When all others are hacking away at 1/4" thick ice on their windshields, I just start my car, scrape the side windows and "shoosh" it off of the cover and I'm good to go!
In the cold winter months, while driving your car, use your heat in the car, as well as, the air conditioner. Keeping the AC button on, acts as a dehumidifier which clears the fog, inside of the windows, in the vehicle. Making it a safer drive.
There are just two of us in the house now but we still enjoy homemade cookies. I will bake one or two different batches of cookies. Rather than having dozens of cookies laying around, I will keep some of them in a container to enjoy. The rest I will divide up in 1 dozen portions, put them on a paper plate in a freezer bag and then label and date them. We have homemade cookies to enjoy over a long period of time. Do the basic same thing with big pots of chili, goulash, casseroles, etc. Freeze portions size containers for the two of us. Remember to label and date.
My tip is for all those cookie dough lovers! I usually make a double batch of chocolate chip cookie and if I have all the ingredients I'll make a few different types of dough. I ball up all the dough and bake only enough for my family of 4 to have a few cookies. While the cookies are baking, I'll stick my cookie dough balls on a cool cookie sheet and place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes (long enough to harden). Then I remove the dough from the freezer, place them in freezer bag, date and label. When we get invited to a get together we always have cookie dough available to bake or we can have a fresh, hot cookie for an after school snack! And for my husband who would rather eat just the dough......there's always some in the freezer.
When I bake sweets I am always tempted to "test" the batter and the frosting along the way. In order to prevent my sweet tooth from taking over I cut up fruit and put it in a bowl. When I feel the need to taste my masterpiece I pop in a piece of fruit instead. I find that fruit doesn't go well with sweets and I have now successfully made cookies without ever licking my finger or testing the batter!
Mornings are HECTIC at our home with getting kids off to school and everyone off to work too! My husband and I take our showers in the evening, so my daughter and her two children can have their showers in the morning. Everyone gets plenty of warm water and we all get out the door on time without getting up so extra early! I sleep better when I am clean showered going to bed. Plus, I save time on laundry when my sheets stay clean longer.