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Kitchen Confidence

Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2013

“Kitchen Confidence 101”

By Sandra Reames,

Carefree Catering,

 Branson, MO



Save the Good Ole Summer Time

“Flies Begone”


We have had the worst fly population that I have ever seen hear in 20 years in Taney County.  Why I don't know and as most of us, I just want to rid my yard and house.

Nothing that I have purchased in chemicals has worked.

I bought a fly and insect electric zapper. I can't leave that plugged in long, because the dogs do not want to go into the yard with the sharp noise, so then I have another problem.


The first time that I saw this remedy (below) was at the ole Spirit Shop Restaurant that was on Business 65 in Hollister.  They swore by it and they did it without the pennies, I had forgotten about it until I received an email from a friend.  Read below and see if this is going to help you.

This is not the sexiest thing that you have ever hung or the most decorative, but try it and see if it works for you.

ZIP LOCK BAG - Good tip!

 We went with friends to a restaurant on Sunday for lunch and sat in the patio section beside the store. We happened to notice zip lock baggies pinned to a post  and a wall. The bags were half filled with water, each  contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we  curious!                                                

The owner told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area! This morning I checked this out on Google.

Below are  comments on this fly control idea. I'm now a believer!

 Zip-lock water

#1  Says:

I tried the zip lock bag and pennies this weekend.. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggie with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer. The horse trailer  part had many. Not sure why it works but  does!

#2   Says:

Fill a zip  lock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects.  Ever since I have done that, it has kept flies and  wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect  nest and are threatened.

#3  Says:

I swear by  the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on porch and basement. We saw these in Northeast Mo. at an Amish grocery store & have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection & won't come  around.

#4   Says:

Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that the millions of  molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it's like a zillion disco balls reflecting  light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won't take the risk of being around that much perceived action  I moved to a rural area and thought these "hillbillies"  just yanking my city  boy chain but I tried it and it worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn't hang around long.

I have done that for the past three years here in Minnesota and have everyone at the campgrounds doing it. Even in the outhouses. It really does work!!!!!

PS. The water never needs to be changed as long as it doesn't evaporate. My Mom leaves hers up all year and lets it freeze in the winter and when it melts in the spring it still works. I use more than four pennies, but I have always been a big spender. I usually put in 8 - 10. No more flies for me! 

Listen to Sandra and Scott MC Caulley on the radio every Tuesday Morning on KRZK FM  106.3 9:06.  We hope that you will listen and call in to help others and to share your experiences, good and bad!

Sandra has been a professional cook and caterer for 15 years.

Scott is a radio professional for over 23 years. Both live in the Branson, MO area.

The articles and show are to help you find confidence in the kitchen where you can provided good tasting and  "better for you" meals to your family and friends even if you are an accomplished cook or a beginner, we all share those moments when we need help!  We both show how we need to laugh at our selves.  

Any comments or information can be e-mailed to

 Sandra at

Sandra's  Phone 417-335-5655

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