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Display Name: kmbieker
Member Since: 11/13/09

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I do this too! I also love eating frozen corn. I think it tastes better than cooked corn, haha.

Secret Pleasures: Nibbling Raw Spaghetti
5/16/11 10:43 AM

I was somehow passed over by Girl Scouts last year, so I made my own Samoas. They were definitely waaaaaaaay better than the boxed kind, but super labor intensive and messy. I would have shown them off to everyone... had I wanted to share! haha :)

Wait, You Made That?! Name Your Proudest Culinary DIY
3/28/11 03:34 PM

From about the time I was 16, every time I got sick, my mom made me hot toddies. It was the only time (besides holidays) that I was allowed to have alcohol, so that by itself probably helped me feel better, haha.

When I went to Vietnam a few years ago, I felt myself starting to get sick and I wanted nothing else but a hot toddy. I didn't know where I'd get all the ingredients (obviously you could quickly come by tea, but I had no idea where to get honey and whiskey at 9:30 at night), and my friends ended up convincing me to get drinks with them at a bar. Lo and behold, the bar we went to had hot toddies on the menu!!! The drink is pure magic, I swear.

What Was Your Mom's Home Cure for the Common Cold?
3/21/11 01:38 PM

I guess I got lucky, because I'm the picky eater in my relationship and my boyfriend is really great about accommodating me. I'll try almost anything, but if I don't like it, I won't eat it anymore. I'm not a pouty baby or anything - there are just a lot of things I don't like, such as: hamburgers, cilantro, peppers of any kind (yes, including red, green and yellow bell peppers), anything at all spicy (mild salsa has been known to make my eyes water), most fish, any blue cheeses, IPAs (this is big, because my boyfriend is a huge beer snob), meat on the bone, the list goes on.

I think the thing that separates me from notoriously picky eaters is that I don't force people not to eat the food around me. If my boyfriend wants a burger, that's fine. I'll just buy some chicken for him to grill up at the same time or make my own dinner. If he wants pizza with green peppers, I just pick them off. If he wants an IPA, I buy myself a stout. Even when I was growing up, if my mom made hamburgers for us for dinner and there weren't any other options, I'd just have cereal for dinner. If you don't make a big fuss over it, it's not a big deal in a relationship. Forbidding someone to eat something just because you don't like it is ridiculous.

What Do You Do When Taste Buds Clash?
2/22/11 03:13 PM

I literally just had a dream about a social networking site like this last night. I couldn't find anyone in my area though :(

OneTwib: The New "Meet Your Neighbors" Website
8/27/10 10:08 AM

My boyfriend's a cuddler and I'm not, so we compromise... For the first 10 minutes or so, we full-on cuddle (facing each other), then I turn over and he spoons me for a little, and then when I'm done with that, I lay on my stomach and that's his cue to roll over. It may take a little longer to fall asleep, but this way we're both happy.

Sleeping Together for the First Time
8/18/10 03:05 PM

I usually do my bed first, and then the rest of my bedroom last. After the bed comes basic shower stuff, the kitchen, the living room, the rest of the bathroom, and then, finally, the rest of my bedroom. If guests come over, it's much easier to shut the door to my bedroom than it is to keep them out of my living room.

The Unpacking Order: What Rooms to Unpack First
8/2/10 01:48 PM

My boyfriend and I have a powder puff cactus named Harry and a ficus named Sloopy ("Hang on Sloopy" came on the radio when we brought her home). We also have 4 orchids, but they don't have names :(

Do You Give Your Plants Names?
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7/28/10 05:00 PM

Yes! This is where I plan on taking my honeymoon someday. I know that my boyfriend is "the one" because he's totally on board with the idea!!!

Cool Out: Ice Hotels | Apartment Therapy DC
7/20/10 01:26 PM

That spice rack could easily be made by anyone who wanted to make it...

That's $23 for 20 vials and the rack, and then just buy some spices (or use the ones you already have, if you're looking for a new rack for yourself).

Favorite Housewarming Gifts: 10 Kitchen Accessories Roundup | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/18/10 04:05 PM

My boyfriend and I just got a new puppy (we also have a year old dog and a 3-year old cat), and it's just time consuming and exhausting to take care of a puppy, especially one that's not housebroken and LOVES to wrestle her big brother (who usually doesn't want much to do with it and will sometimes snap at her, and who is also 3x the size). It might sound like an excuse, but our cooking has entirely derailed in the past month since we've had her. We're trying to get back on track, especially now that we can trust her not to pee everywhere all the time and Simon (the other dog) is getting better at playing with her or ignoring her, not just getting fed up when she constantly wants to play. Oh puppies! What would life be without them? :)

Weeknight Dinners: What Throws You Off Your Game? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/20/10 12:05 PM

My family used to use this technique for making our own Easter baskets every year (with much smaller balloons)! After the yarn is dry and you pop the balloon, you can cut a hole out of one side and then paint it with leftover Easter egg dye. I'm not sure how my mom got it flat on the bottom to sit up... Maybe she just kind of squished it down. Anyway, I remember having so much fun with this! Thanks for taking me back to my childhood!

DWR's Random Light vs. DIY Whirl It Light | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
3/11/10 01:27 PM

My old roommate (before he lived with me), would hide dishes in his bathtub and pull the curtain closed when people would come over!

Wacky Hiding Places | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/16/10 11:49 AM

Oh I love these! I have ones from Le Creuset and I use them for all my cupcakes (and I make a lot of cupcakes...). I've never had to spray them with anything, but I always take the cupcakes out before frosting them, mostly so I can frost on the sides as well. I think when my boyfriend used them, he didn't take them out before frosting, and I don't feel like they were too messy. The frosting got on our fingers, but we could easily remove the liners. I think the silicone is really thin on them, so maybe that's why they work so well for me? I don't know the answer, but I know that I will use mine forever.

Also, cmcinnyc, my roommate had a Wilton brand assortment of silicone bakeware and it was practically useless. I think all we used out of it were the potholders, but it also came with a cupcake tray and a bread loaf pan, and they were just awful.

Another use for them is to roast garlic. I tried it once after reading to roast it in a muffin tin, but I think it's easier (and saves oven space if you're doing something like roasting garlic for mashed potatoes while making a Christmas roast...).

FAIL! Silicone Baking Liners | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/6/10 05:25 PM

This year, my boyfriend and I got a real tree and we put the tree skirt OVER (instead of around) the stand so the dog and cat wouldn't be able to get to the water, and, of course, no ornaments near the bottom. They've been really good so far, except that the cat loves to play with the pom-pom balls on the skirt and hide under it sometimes.

Holiday Cat-Proofing for the Home! | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
12/9/09 11:18 AM

When I got my puppy, my friend also got a puppy from the same litter. Her roommate was allergic, so I promised to watch him for 2 months until the end of her lease (she later had to give him up because she couldn't find a job and I had been paying for his vetting, but I couldn't take care of 2 puppies). One day, one of the puppies had peed on the carpet and so I grabbed them both to run outside, and then I came back in to clean up the mess. I walked in just in time to see the other puppy pee in the exact same place!

Oh, and I will never forget the day that they each peed six times in the course of an hour. The joys of housebreaking :)

Your Pet's Worst Home Mischief Story? | Apartment Therapy Boston
11/13/09 11:56 AM