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I’m so clever


Snapping a photo of recipe is easy way to share

I'm So Clever
What a smart stocking stuffer! More than 450 thrifty tips from readers are compiled in our 'I'm So Clever' book that is on sale now.

I'm So Clever
I'm So Clever is compiled by Observer assistant features editor Roland Wilkerson. Send your tip, name, address and phone by email or mail to Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, N.C. 28230.

The winner: People often ask me for recipes that I have discovered. Instead of the hassle of copying or writing it down, I now snap a photo with my iPad, and it’s sent to their inbox in seconds!

Elizabeth Philippus, Concord

Idea is for the birds

I have seven cedar bluebird houses around my yard, and the local woodpeckers thought the 11/2-inch holes were too small and increased them to almost 3 inches. Not to be outdone, I took a piece of Lexan plastic and cut a 11/2-inch hole and screwed it over the larger hole. Now, the bluebirds are back in the houses, and the woodpeckers are back on the branches.

Jimmy Spears, Lancaster

Pan is easy

as pie

Baking a pizza on the oven rack? No pan? No problem. Making a pan from the box while it bakes is easy. Just flatten the box, and cover with nonstick foil. Now you have a disposable pan to slide the pizza on to serve. This is a great way to serve multiple pizzas with no pans to wash. Susan Spencer, Vale

Win a Clever T-shirt

Send your clever tip, address and phone to or Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, NC 28230-0308. Each week, the best idea wins an “I’m So Clever” T-shirt.

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