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I have my own weird bedding method. I got rid of the duvet cover. I dislike removing it to wash and having to put it back on. I just put a bedspread (it's like a larger, sturdier top sheet) on top of the duvet. (These bedspreads are hard to find -- I got my two at Urban Outfitters years ago and have not seen them there recently.) And I use a top sheet. It goes: fitted sheet, top sheet, blanket, duvet, bedspread. Sounds like a lot, and not for everyone, but it works for me. In winter I can't only have a duvet, I also need a blanket to keep me warm, thus I need a top sheet so I'm not touching the blanket directly. In the summer I remove the blanket and duvet.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 03:21 PM

I hope they can manufacture this soon. It would be great for those of us with limited counter space. I would consider giving up my beloved microwave for this.


A Cuter, More Mobile Microwave Design News
7/8/14 04:35 PM

These are not at all in the same league as toilet paper skirt dolls. Cute, if you want to make these. But in moderation. Might work as refrigerator magnets.


Summer Crafts: DIY Crochet Frames Daily Fix
6/25/14 10:02 AM

Great info, thanks! I've only used powdered turmeric. Only recently did I learn that it's a root like ginger. And now for my question: how is it pronounced? I hear people dropping the first R and saying too-mer-ic. But I pronounce the R, because, well, it's there. I guess I could look it up online, but it's fun to post...


What's the Difference Between Fresh and Dried Turmeric? Ingredient Intelligence
5/6/14 03:03 PM

I use my pressure cooker only occasionally, but I kept it and gave away my rice cooker when I moved into a place with a small kitchen. The reason: you can make rice in a pot. If you get a pressure cooker, consider the size. Get a small one if you are only cooking only for yourself and don't want to cook a ton of food. I have 6 qt and it takes longer to come up to pressure when you have it filled less than optimally. I wish I had bought a 4 qt.


Should I Buy a Rice Cooker or a Pressure Cooker? Good Questions
4/24/14 05:41 PM

I like it with a 1 to 1.5 quinoa to water ratio. At first I made it with the recommended 1:2 ratio and it's just too mushy. It takes 15-17 minutes to cook. Also, I always mix white and red quinoa together with good results. I heard they have different cooking times, but I have no problems with cooking them together.


Why You Should Try Cooking Your Quinoa with Less Water
4/3/14 03:42 PM

Interesting article. In Boston, moving day is September 1. But I believe that's mostly college students moving in for the year. Not everyone moves that day, of course, but it's known as a heavy moving day even for non college students.


Why May 1st Was \"Moving Day\" For All of Manhattan
4/2/14 09:41 AM

This is my main kitchen accessory color. Such a happy color. Too bad I don't have need or room for more Le Creuset pieces.


Palm from Le Creuset
3/20/14 12:27 PM

According to Gluten Free Girl, xanthan gum is not necessary to most GF baking (mainly the quick breads, muffins, cookies, etc.) I make a gum-free gluten free flour blend using a formula from GF Girl, and mainly use it for making pancakes. They turn out delicious. So if you are sensitive to xantham gum or just don't want to buy it, feel free to leave it out. Also check out her site for baking tips and gum substitutes.


Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond by Linda J. Amendt New Cookbook
3/4/14 03:44 PM

I've never heard of Dunkaroos or Gushers, either. What part of the country were those sold in? In the 90's I ate pesto pizza, lasagne, sandwiches with avocado added, among other things.... I guess I wasn't into the trendy stuff. Also, that's when I started to learn to cook. Since my mother hated cooking, I didn't learn as a kid... Goat cheese on salads was something I started doing in the 2000s (often with pecans, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette). Incidentally, the goat cheese pictured looks like chicken nuggets.


10 Recipes That Defined the 1990s Recipes of the Decade
2/27/14 02:34 PM

Thank you! I've been hoping for this for a while...


Apartment Therapy Goes Mobile!
2/24/14 12:36 PM

I actually have had no problem with mixing colors. I have separate bags of white and red quinoa that I usually mix and cook together. I use a 1:1.5 quinoa to water ratio and it turns out great. (Takes about 15 minutes or so to cook.) I like the lower water amount, otherwise it does come out mushy/too soft for my taste.


What's the Difference Between Red and White Quinoa?
2/13/14 11:20 AM

I have the same parents! I refuse to wash or rinse my dish before putting it in the dishwasher at their house and it gets just as clean. They think that if the load is not run right away, the food will dry on the plates and not come off. Nonsense! I live by myself and run a load about once a week when the dishwasher fills up. It all comes off just fine (except oatmeal for some reason, so that's the only time I pre-rinse).


An Open Letter to My Family: The Last Spoonful of Jam Will Not Kill You
1/27/14 01:05 PM

If you are in the Boston area, Cradles to Crayons accepts new and gently used children's clothing, shoes, art & craft supplies, toys, books, etc. They are somewhat selective, here is a list of what they accept.


Clear Out & Help Out: A Big List of the Best Donation Centers for All Your Stuff
1/24/14 02:37 PM

I learned to do this as a deli clerk many years ago. We used to dislodge the pit from the knife by whacking the knife on the edge of the garbage can. Probably not the most sanitary thing, but the bag was changed frequently.


How To Remove an Avocado Pit with a Chef's Knife Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
1/24/14 11:08 AM

Oh and I forgot to mention, if nothing does the trick, Trader Joe's accepts returns.


How Can I Make Bland Peanut Butter Taste Better? Good Questions
1/21/14 09:13 AM

Try it with honey... I also echo the salt recommendation, you don't need much.


How Can I Make Bland Peanut Butter Taste Better? Good Questions
1/21/14 09:12 AM

Alex P.

You could scrapbook this stuff (at least the things that are relatively flat), but keep in mind it will take up more space in a book than a shoebox. But it will be easier to look through. Or if you are inclined, make collages. I save a lot of this stuff too, and have too many boxes to count, so perhaps I should take my own advice.


Less Mess & Stress: Getting Your Paperwork & Files Organized January Cure: Assignment # 13
1/20/14 01:39 PM

I concur with those who cuddle up with pets. When I'm sitting on the couch, my cat likes to sit on my lap. One of her nicknames is "Cordless Heating Pad."


5 Ways to Keep Yourself Warm at Home
12/11/13 03:53 PM

Oh! I have that Tatte postcard also, the one with the big strawberry. There is a Tatte one town over from me. It's a lovely cafe in Cambridge, MA. I wonder if she designed & illustrated it? I couldn't find it on her website...


The Workspace of Victoria Vu:
Paper & Type Behind the Blog

11/19/13 04:08 PM