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We bought copper piping from Home Depot and attached it to our deck railing. You could also push it into the ground. It's cheap and ages beautifully. Looks very nice.

The Best Outdoor String Lights To Light Up the Backyard, Patio, or Balcony
7/28/14 02:45 PM

Brilliant! Thanks for the suggestion.

15+ Uses for Tension Rods You've Never Thought Of
7/17/14 02:26 PM

These are all great!

When we first got married, my husband and I put our microwave on top of the fridge in our tiny apartment kitchen (with a small-ish regular-sized refrigerator).

Fortunately, we are both tall and it worked for us, but when we had shorter company over, they always laughed.

Whatever works to save space, right?

Pimp My Small Kitchen: 10 Cheap, Renter-Friendly Improvements
5/30/14 12:29 PM

This is really nice! But the recessed island wall is kind of unusual, isn't it? That certainly helps keep these items out of the way.

Put the Side Of Your Island To Good Use: One Clever Storage Idea Kitchen Inspiration
5/9/14 10:08 AM

The most important part of roasting a lamb is to not overcook it. People don't realize how much better lamb is if you take it out of the oven at 125° and let it sit under a very loose foil tent.

I come from a Big Fat Greek Family who always always always overcooks the lamb. I roast one for my own family the day before Easter (to use some of the meat for the Easter soup I contribute to the Big Fat Greek Easter celebration with the extnended family).

Then, I let the beautiful pink roast sit on the counter for my husband, the kids and I to eat off of all day long. We call it the "snack lamb." A sacred Easter tradition in my house.

How To Roast a Leg of Lamb: The Simplest, Easiest Method Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
4/20/14 11:48 AM

I love your house. Hope you can make this work and return to share the "after" pictures!

Is It Possible to Have Larger Windows Installed in Bedroom? Good Questions
3/31/14 08:05 AM

Yes! Dressers are the devil! I use the small linen closet we are fortunate to have in our bedroom for my "dresser" clothes. My husband finally gave up on his dresser and we bought one of those large, wide "metro" shelving units.

I joke that our bedroom looks like The Gap, with his t-shirts and pants folded on the shelves, but nothing gets lost and everything gets worn because it is seen.

What's an Annoying Thing About Your Home?
3/30/14 06:47 PM

Start here: www.retrorenovation.com

Ideas to Update Mid Century Kitchen without Major Renovations? Good Questions
3/21/14 12:42 PM

Several times over the years we've had a bird fly into our attached garage while the door was left open. You'd think a bird could easily get out of a room in which one entire wall is open to the outside. But no.

The bird seems to instinctively want to fly to the highest point. So it flies up and perches on the "top" of the open garage door (which is the part that is facing outside when the door is closed). It always REFUSES to just fly out.

If I hit the button to close the door, the movement (and loud noise) freaks the bird out, and it will fly back and forth, back and forth across the garage, almost outside but not quite. Then it perches on the top of the door again and the entire process repeats. This happens until the bird finally accidentally flies outside.

How To Get a Bird Out of Your House Apartment Therapy Home Remedies
3/20/14 06:53 PM

I meant to add, the secret to successful avgolemono is to (as this post says) add the hot soup to the egg/lemon mixture, vs adding the egg and lemon to the pot.

If you don't "temper" it by adding the hot to the cold and turning it into warm, the egg will curdle in the pot.

Just wanted to warn anyone to pay attention to this step. Enjoy!

6 Ways to Turn Chicken Broth into Dinner Tips from The Kitchn
3/18/14 11:45 AM

Add a bit of dill weed to the "'lemono" soup for some variety. With or without dill, this is a Greek-American family classic. (YiaYia's shortcut was to use canned chicken and rice soup for an even faster lunch).

6 Ways to Turn Chicken Broth into Dinner Tips from The Kitchn
3/18/14 11:42 AM

I have to agree with the folks who are saying how difficult this site is to enjoy.

10 Easy-to-Find Secondhand Staples
(and How To DIY These Thrift Store Finds)

3/14/14 01:44 PM

I would lean a cute chalkboard against the wall, covering the outlets.

How To Hide Ugly Cables in Laundry Room Wall? Good Questions
3/10/14 09:35 PM

These are great! Be careful with #18, though. The gap is there for air circulation. You may find your fridge will stop running if it overheats. We used to do the same thing until it happened to us.

Why Didn't We Think Of That? 18 Genius Kitchen Organizing Tips From Our Readers Reader Intelligence Report
2/26/14 10:53 AM

Shelf? Sometimes I think the only thing holding up our walls and ceilings are the bookshelves and stacks of books on the floor. Thank goodness for the Kindle, or we would have had to find a bigger house.

Strategies for Arranging the Family Bookcase
2/21/14 06:44 PM

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the slideshow option! Is this new? I usually HATE these kinds of posts because it's like working an acrostic: "Let's see, this link matches up with this picture ... "

By the way, I find myself cooking every night with a recipe or tip from The Kitchn. Keep up the great work! I've even got onions growing on my window sill right now! You can clip 'em and they keep on growing. Fabulous!

Tonight's menu: Spaghetti Squash Carbonera. Can't wait to try it!

Did You Know? 18 of Our Smartest, Most Surprising Kitchen Tips Cookings Tips from The Kitchn
2/19/14 11:22 AM

Don't waste your money on the Perfect Tear paper towel holder. Yes, it does give you a perfect tear—for a couple of weeks, then it breaks. I've replaced it twice, not just hoping the new one will last, but because I don't want to have to make two more holes in my cabinet for another kind, but each one lasts about three or four weeks before breaking. Not again for me.

So not only does it not tear "perfectly" anymore, the roll becomes loose on the arm and flies off if you tear off the paper towels toward the opening, in my case falling into the sink.

10 Inexpensive Kitchen Helpers & Organizers We Can't Live Without The Organized Kitchen
1/23/14 10:25 AM

And may I add... they clean out my microwave, my stove and oven, even the toaster! Every time they come.

How to Hire a Professional Housecleaner
1/15/14 01:10 PM

I love having cleaners come every two weeks. Like someone else said, every other Thursday I look forward to coming home to a clean house. They change my beds for us and clean the house, top to bottom. We feel so pampered.

But the main reason I love it is because we're forced to pick up the house every other Wednesday to get ready for them to clean. I'm a pretty messy person and this discipline has kept my home neat and always clean now.

I pay $100 every time and double that the cleaning day closest to Christmas. They clean all three floors of my house (that includes 3 1/2 bathrooms!). I think my time is worth more than that.

When I was laid off five years ago, I considered stopping them, but I realized that I needed them and found another way to cut that spending amount. Also, why should they suffer because I lost my job? That kind of domino effect is what ruins an economy. I managed to find another job pretty quickly, but I think I would have stopped eating vs. stopping the cleaning people from coming. They clean much better than I do anyway. Many of us have jobs that others could do instead of hiring us, when you think about it.

I also do not want to be home when they are cleaning. If I can't trust them, why would I hire them? My boss doesn't watch me do my job, or worry that I'll steal from her.

How to Hire a Professional Housecleaner
1/15/14 12:58 PM

Label your jars along with the lids. Who needs to wonder "Is this marjoram or oregano?" when putting tops back on jars.

10 Small Ways to Improve Your Kitchen in 2014
1/8/14 11:58 AM