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We have a tetherball in our front garden. The kids love it, passersby give it a whack. People honk as they pass. It's a true 'happy maker' of a feature!


Is Your House a Mullet? 5 Ideas for Front Yard Fun
7/10/14 10:23 AM

I started reading this book, because I like Bittman's writing, his food politics and his recipes. I've never been the sort of person who worried about their weight - it's always been about the same, except around the pregnancy (and post) time. And, yes, I have those jiggly bits too.

But I want to have a better understanding of nutrition, and why my body craves the foods it does, and make better decisions based on sound information for myself and for my family. I want to rethink the food habits I've instituted and give myself (healthier) options.

I'm still early in the book, but I'd like to introduce some of these concepts to my children, of eating for the betterment of ourselves and our environment. The simplicity of his recipes makes it possible for my kids to give them a whirl and I want them to be excited to try new foods with open minds and open mouths.


I Tried Mark Bittman's VB6 Diet, and Here's How It Went
9/16/13 03:29 PM

Pickled jalapeno peppers. Nothing could be easier and more delicious when you need a taste of summer in January.


10 Easy Jams & Pickles for Beginners Recipes from The Kitchn
8/5/13 11:32 AM

When we go up to an island in Maine each summer, I always take the Friday before off of work so we can: pack everything, freeze some food for our returning night, clean the house and be ready to go Saturday morning. And we always hit up the local bagel shop early Saturday for our breakfast drive up north. (The last thing you want is MORE dishes to take care of the day that you leave.)

Trying to do all of that the day you're also supposed to be driving for 5 hours, on your way to vacation, is truly the gateway to hell.

PS: If you get your kids to pack their own clothes, double check their selections and make sure they bring enough underwear.


How To Truly Relax While Traveling
7/31/13 09:48 AM

And by typing in 'Ikea' into Amazon.com, you can find some items there - even some using Prime!


5 Online Services to Save Yourself a
Trip to IKEA

6/19/13 03:03 PM

On this summer vacation, I'm bringing my new popsicle mold and our family's going to make all sorts of crazy flavors!
Also, a cheese shredder, even if it's the handheld one.
And enough limes for evening g&t's.


10 Things to Pack That Make Cooking on Vacation Easier
6/18/13 11:22 AM

I tried reading it (I even saved it for a cross country flight) and really didn't like it. Loved some of his other books, but found this one dull and maybe I've just grown tired of his style or writing.

I've since moved on to Relish:My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley for a very pleasant little foodie read.


Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan New Cookbook
6/11/13 01:59 PM

Agree with the family thing - it's nice to always have those you love be so close. UNLESS you try to wake up early to get a little yoga into the daily routine. Next thing you know, everyone's awake with you and complaining how early it is!


10 Bonus Benefits to Small Space Living
6/11/13 01:46 PM

Avocados come in their own 'wrappers'. But, should you forget a plastic knife to open them, use a Bic pen top to open it up and smear on your tortilla!


How Do You Pack Food For Traveling? Share Your Top Containers & Carriers! Reader Intelligence Request
6/6/13 03:34 PM

I painted our bathroom over Memorial Weekend - the ONLY way I was able to finish it was to let my other daily chores 'go' for those few days.

Laundry didn't happen, dishes weren't always washed that day, the house got messy. And while it meant a blitz of cleaning once the room was painted, letting my other priorities shift a little meant I COULD get it done.


Before & After: A One-Weekend Bathroom Refresh (+ Painting Tips from a Lazy Perfectionist)
6/3/13 10:47 AM

Basic beer for the adults and a fruit soda for the under 21s!


Enter to Win a Copy of True Brews by Emma Christensen Cookbook Giveaway on The Kitchn
5/23/13 05:59 PM

Feed it to your rabbit, she'll appreciate the fresh, zingy flavor.


Ideas for Using Up Leftover Cilantro? Good Questions
5/10/13 09:48 AM

We had a waffle bar this weekend: strawberries, syrup (of course), whipped cream, nutella, pear... Lots of yum!


Crêpe Parties, Taco Bars & More: 9 Build-Your-Own Party Meals
4/2/13 10:29 AM

I got a Bernette (lower end of Berninas) as a gift in the 90's and it has ALWAYS had the same mechanical issues that the repair stores can't figure out (on the east and west coasts, I've had it long enough that it's followed me on my bi-coastal move).

When I was researching new/used machines this year, I read that despite having a metal outer appearance, the inside of the Singer (you have listed) has plastic parts on the inside. Not so good. That brand is certainly not what it used to be.

There's always Craigslist or Freecycle! Get an older, reliable machine and take it in for a $50 tune-up. The simpler a machine is (no computerized stuff), the easier it is to start learning. And the smaller the learning curve, the less intimidating the machine can be, so projects get finished!

My new-to-me Necchi has only had one owner, a 94 year old woman who purchased it in the Valley in the early 60's. My machine is older than me! Some of those machines come with amazing stories.


DIY Project Essentials: Shopping for a Basic Beginner Sewing Machine
2/27/13 01:32 PM

Pintos are no problem for me, they work every time. I soak them at night, get up a little early and bring them to a boil for 10 minutes, add a chopped onion and cumin and simmer as long as I can before leaving for work. When I get back from work I just heat them up again until they're done.

But black beans, despite soaking overnight and boiling for 10 minutes, then simmering for over an hour, never seem to cook all the way through and I get more crunchy black beans than I like.


How To Cook Beans on the Stove Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
1/18/13 12:32 PM

I made about half a dozen of these in ceramics class to use as wall vases. Now they have a winter use too!


Old School Tech: Radiator Humidifiers
12/7/12 01:46 PM

I'm going to second the heater solution. Set it on timer so it starts up about 30 minutes before your alarm so the space is warm when it's time to get up.

That and, don't stay up late to watch the latest episode of The Walking Dead which will then give you nightmares all night so it's impossible to wake up the next morning.


10 Tips for Making Winter Wake-Ups Easier
12/5/12 03:24 PM

Add an egg to it and use real chocolate (well, I use chocolate chips and cocoa powder or some semi-sweet Trader Joes chocolate). You will never have a richer cup of chocolate in your life. I used the recipe from The River Cottage Family Cookbook.

Sometimes I like to change it up and add a wee bit of spice: cinnamon, cardamom, chili powder, or all three together.


Any Tips For Making Better Hot Cocoa? Good Questions
11/29/12 12:05 PM

Can be kept at room temperature for two weeks... But can they be refrigerated and still keep their texture?


How to Make Soft, Chewy Caramel Candies Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
11/28/12 11:47 AM

I made this last night with the summer's final 2 eggplants and it was delicious on my rosemary bread. And I have enough a leftover's lunch today with some mellow blue cheese.


How to Cook Eggplant in the Oven Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
10/9/12 10:04 AM