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How to Get Better Tips as a Server

Being a server is a really hard job. While it’s not rocket science, most people don’t realize that it’s not that easy. If you are waiting tables and not getting good tips, then maybe these tips will help you.


Things You’ll Need:

  • A good attitude

  • A smile

  • Atleast 5 pens

  • A good wine tool

  • A server book

  • Proper Menu Knowledge

  • Clean Appearance, including Apron and Shoes

  1. Step 1

    Make sure your section is properly set up, all your side work is done, you know what the specials are, and you know what, if anything, has been eighty-sixed. It’s imperative that you have what you need for a smooth night. Are your salt and pepper shakers full? What about the sugar caddy? Are your tables clean? When your customers sit down, are they going to see drink rings from an improperly wiped table or salt sprinkles from the shaker being moved?
    It’s also absolutely necessary that the back of the house/wait station is properly set up. If your patrons ask for something, can you get it right away, or are you going to have to spend 15 minutes hunting it down because you forgot to make sure it was there to start with? Did you make plenty of back ups for every thing you need?
    If your restaurant does line up at the beginning of the shift, make sure you pay attention to the specials, any announcements, and ask questions if you don’t understand something. If your restaurant doesn’t, then make sure you ask someone what the specials are, if you are out of anything, etc. It’s embarrassing and makes you look inept if a customer asks a question and you can’t answer it.

  2. Step 2

    KNOW your MENU!!!! I can NOT stress this enough. If a customer asks you a question about something on the menu, you should know how to answer it correctly. Don’t make something up, because as soon as the food is delivered, they are going to start complaining if you are wrong. You should always be able to answer ANY menu question that gets asked. Sometimes, they ask a question that you really wouldn’t know the answer to. That’s okay, tell them you will find out immediately, and then GO FIND OUT. Don’t leave them hanging. If a customer asks for a special request, ask the chef first. Don’t automatically assume the chef will do it, just because you ordered it. They may not have the ingredients, they may not have the time or the grill space for something off the wall.

  3. Step 3

    Always be polite. This should go without saying, but somehow, it always needs to be said anyway. Always smile, be friendly, and courteous to your tables. For the most part, they are always right, even when they are wrong. If a customer get really irate, or abusive, always go get a manager right away, never deal with them yourself. If a customer asks a really stupid question, answer it with a smile on your face, as though you think it’s the most intelligent question ever asked. I swear I got asked at one table, if the fish on the FRIED platter was fried. I answered yes, then was asked if the shrimp on the FRIED platter were also fried. Again I answered yes, then when it was the next person’s turn to order, they asked the same exact question, only about the oysters. Yes, it stands to reason that if they are ordering a FRIED platter, that the food on it is indeed fried, and it said so in the description, but insulting them won’t get me paid.

  4. Step 4

    Write everything down. There is nothing worse than to forget to put in an order for someone and not remember until all the rest of the food is on the table. Especially if it’s something that can not be prepared correctly, like a well done steak. Getting all your sides right saves you trips back to the kitchen, and keeps you from getting on the kitchen’s bad side. Getting your orders right the first time saves you time, energy, makes your guests happy, and your kitchen happy.

  5. Step 5

    Don’t forget to refill their glasses. Yes, they’ve guzzled six glasses of Iced Tea, and their bladder should be exploding by now, and you have 3 other tables that need attending to, but your customers don’t care about that. What they do care about, is their glass is empty, and you haven’t refilled it yet.



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How to Make a Decorative Snowman From Soap and Borax

his is fun for you and the kids! The fat in the soap combined with the sparkle of the borax will make a dough-like mixture that you can mold into a snowman, snowwoman, or snowchild. Add your own touch to give them life. The 6 1/2 inch tall mother and 2 1/2 inch tall daughter were created from one recipe; the two teddy bears and melting snowman from another recipe. (Click images to enlarge them)


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:

  • 1 bar Ivory soap

  • 3/4 cup borax (found in the laundry detergent section at the store)

  • Your choice of snowman, snowwoman, or snowkid apparel (see ideas in Step 5)


Gather all your supplies before starting. Turn on the Christmas music and sing along!!


Use a vegetable shredder to shred the soap bar into a bowl. Stir in 3/4 cup borax.


In the soap and borax mixture, start adding tap water, a little at a time, as you stir the mixture. A rubber spatula or fork works well for mixing. Continue to mix and slowly add water until the mixture is about the consistency Play-Doh or cookie dough.


Here’s where the big kids have fun (NOT recommended for children who might want to lick the soap on their hands or put the face pieces into their mouth). Lay a strip of wax paper on the work surface. Let your child hand-scoop, or you spoon out a dollop of the soap mixture that will fit the child’s hand for them to form the mixture into a ball or any shape that they want to make. To build the typical snowman, make three balls, and stack them while they are still wet. For stability, you can use a toothpick poked half way into the top of the bottom ball to push the second ball onto, and then poke another toothpick into the top of the second ball to force the top/head ball onto. For the height of this snowwoman, less than 7 inches, no toothpicks were needed.


No need to buy the finishing touches (unless you want to!). You can go minimal with what you put on your snow person, like just eyes, nose and mouth, or you can really deck it out. Here are some options to finish your snow person to give it personality. For those things that need inserting, insert them while the snow people are still moist. If you find something that you want to add after the snow person has dried, you can glue it on. HAT. Crochet or knit a tiny hat; make a bandana from scrap fabric; make a paper hat; form a hat from the dough; or leave it hatless. For the baby, pink paper was cut in a thin strip to form a head band, and a small piece of a cotton ball was added to resemble a tuft of hair. For the mother, the hat was formed from a separate tiny ball of dough. A pink paper ribbon was added and the hat was dotted with a yellow marker. EYES. Tiny pebbles, thumb tacks, peppercorn; marbles; tiny buttons; or draw the eyes with a marker or frosting from a tube. Tiny pebbles were pushed 3/4 of the way into the head so just the tip of the pebble shows to make the eyes of our snow mother and daughter shown in the introduction paragraph. NOSE. Broken off toothpick colored with craft paint or crayon; un-popped cornel of corn; broken tip of an orange crayon; piece of a chopped walnut; tiny button; or draw the nose on with a marker or frosting from a tube. Our mother / daughter each have a button for nose. How appropriate! MOUTH. Candy red hots; pipe cleaner; apple seeds; or draw the mouth on with a marker, frosting from a tube, lipstick, or nail polish. BUTTONS. Froot Loops cereal; small buttons, colored thumb tacks; or draw on buttons with a marker or frosting from a tube. For a snow woman, try tying or gluing fabric or ribbon scraps around the ‘waist’ to resemble an apron or skirt as was done on the mother in the intro picture. How about a scarf made from scrap fabric or ribbon, or knitted/crocheted you? ARMS. Sticks, beverage straws, or pipe cleaners.


Sparkle glue, found in the craft center of super stores or craft centers is excellent to use to glue things on as it gives an added sparkle, like fallen snow collected on your snow person.


As with Step 6’s melting snowman, you do not have to limit your creativity to the typical snowman. These 3 1/2” bears were molded by hand from the soap mixture. When dry, they can be painted; for now, they are polar bears.


Allow your creations to dry overnight away from heat (kitchen table or countertop is fine). Carefully pick them up to place them where you want. You can use more borax in your display to simulate snow, as was done for the mother / daughter snow people.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cleanup is super easy — just use water!

  • Soap creations might not survive summer time storage in the attic without becoming soft; okay, they could melt. Your defrocked creations can become hand soap after the holidays. Or store your creations in a sealed container, minus their personalities (remove everything on them) to remold them next year.


Obersee, Germany | Carl Tush


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How to Make A Romantic Baked Spaghetti Dinner For Two At Home

Baked spaghetti dinner for two is the beginning of a romantic evening at home. This easy baked spaghetti recipe, along with some soft music and a little wine, can create a nice romantic evening at home for you and your spouse.


Things You’ll Need:

  • Hamburger meat

  • Small frying pan

  • Spatula

  • Spaghetti sauce

  • Spaghetti and macaroni noodles

  • Small pot of boiling water

  • 1 Table spoon butter

  • Salt and pepper if desired

  • Strainer

  • Monzerella cheese

  • Large spoon

  • 2 bowls

  • Oven

  1. 1

Brown hamburger

Put hamburger in frying pan and brown. Use a spatula to chop up the hamburger as it cooks.

  1. 2

Measure noodles

Measure a small amount of spaghetti and macaroni noodles.

  1. 3

Add all noodles

While hamburger is cooking, heat a small pot of water to a boil. When water begins to boil, add spaghetti noodles and macaroni.

  1. 4

Add butter

Add a tablespoon of butter. Add salt if desired. Allow spaghetti and macaroni noodles to cook until almost done.

  1. 5

Add spaghetti sauce

When hamburger is completely cooked, add spaghetti sauce and stir well.

  1. 6

Stir in sauce

Allow to simmer while you prepare the bowls with cheese, along with the spaghetti and macaroni noodles.

  1. 7

Mozzarella cheese

Put a layer of mozzarella cheese in the bottom of both of the little bowls.

  1. 8

Drain noodles

Carefully drain spaghetti and noodles.

  1. 9

Add noodles

Put drained spaghetti and macaroni noodles on top of the mozzarella cheese in the bowls.

  1. 10

Add cooked sauce

Add spaghetti mixture on top of the noodles in the bowls.

  1. 11

Cheese on top

Spread mozzarella cheese on top of the spaghetti and meat in the bowls.

  1. 12

Cook at 350

Place bowls of spaghetti on a cookie sheet and put in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

  1. 13

Romantic dinner

After 20 minutes of baking, put garlic bread on the cookie sheet and bake for 5 or 7 minutes longer. Now you have a nice romantic baked spaghetti dinner for two. If desired, add soft music and a little wine. Enjoy a date night at home together.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also make this recipe for a family dinner by doubling the recipe.

  • I actually cooked this entire dinner for two in my counter top oven.


Alpstein panorama (by PeterCH51)


Alpstein panorama (by PeterCH51)

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