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The Hive Honey Set by Andie Olive
Design Showcase 2010

9/14/10 06:00 PM

Everythingistaken -- this method will only work on whites and light colored fabrics. If you want to tone down the red, either use mild bleach to fade it, or find out what the fabric content is and get an appropriate dye. Synthetics and natural fibers need different things to dye permanently. Dharma Trading Company sells excellent dyes online, and has easy to follow instructions. I've also used iDye which is kind of pricey, but does a decent job. Good luck!

Krunkinator - If the dying is done properly, it should be colorfast. Perhaps the wrong type of dye was used, or the excess dye wasn't thoroughly washed out. That even happens with store bought clothing that hasn't been washed after dying (I'm looking at you, Forever 21). I think everyone has had the load of whites that turned grey or pink after a stray sock or something got thrown in.

How To Dye Textiles With Coffee Tea Home Hacks | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
2/18/10 05:22 PM

Thanks for posting our sale! The website for Boneflowers should be http://www.boneflowers.com Come by for champagne and nibbles!

The Weekend Guide: Sales and Events San Francisco 11.27.09 | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
11/27/09 05:12 PM

I think that's a picture of a tulip tree. Magnolias have thick green leaves. They both smell amazing, though.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Inspiration: Magnolia Trees and Michael Aram
5/5/09 12:11 PM

Andrennabird -- After you rinse it, you have to knead it until all the water is out. There are special butter paddles for this, but you can use your hands too. You'll know it's done when it starts to "sweat" and the texture becomes smooth.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Recipe: D.I.Y. Butter
2/24/09 03:19 AM

Sphinxie -- Have you tried Groaty Pudding? It's steel cut oats with beef, leeks, and onion. There are several old British recipes for savory oats/groats.

I like making oatmeal with black cherry preserves and mascarpone, or stewed blueberries if I want something lighter.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | The Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championship
1/16/09 02:39 PM

Bitter melon skeeves me out. I know it's good for you, but both times I made it, I really hated it. It's an acquired taste, I guess.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Survey: What Vegetable Do You Fear?
1/8/09 03:57 PM

I used to LOVE this stuff, but last year they changed the recipe for both chicken and beef (not sure about the other flavors), and now they both have a weird smoky smell. I used it for Beef Stroganoff and it tasted like I made the stock out of beef jerky. NOT very tasty.
Anyone else notice the flavor change?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Product: In Praise of Better Than Bouillon
1/8/09 03:46 PM

I have had this lamp for two years, and I love it. Design purists will probably drum me out of town, but I actually prefer the flat circular base to the big chunky base of the original. The top does indeed swivel, and the height is adjustable as well. It's very sturdy -- no destabilization or screw stripping, even after being taken apart and put back together several times. It does weigh a ton, though, so you may want to get a friend to help you set it up.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: Reviews of Chiasso Arc Lamp?
1/5/09 01:55 PM

I think, in general, that an American cookie features butter as a primary ingredient, and becomes harder when exposed to air. British cookies (biscuits), on the other hand, become softer when exposed to air. For things like macaroons, haystacks, and brandy snaps, I would use the term "confection", since sugar or chocolate is the principle ingredient. That said, I will still eat it if it tastes good, regardless of label or designation.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What Makes a Cookie a Cookie? Three Food Writers Discuss
12/16/08 12:42 PM

Baklava is my fail-safe dish -- every piece usually gets eaten within the first hour. Easy to make (if you now the secret tricks) and people will be impressed by your prowess! I have a tutorial on my blog here: http://boneflowers.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-to-win-friends-and-influence-people.html

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Best Potluck Recipes?
12/10/08 03:09 PM

Sorry, http://feeverte.net

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Repeal Day Tipple: Absinthe Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
12/5/08 01:54 PM

Pernod is not absinthe. It is an anise flavored liquor, but it does not contain wormwood, the key ingredient that makes absinthe "hallucinatory". Wormwood contains a chemical called thujone, which was alternately vilified and demonized by the medical community. Commercial absinthe does not contain enough thujone to have a harmful effect.

If you want reviews of absinthe varieties and more info, go to htp://www.feeverte.net

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Repeal Day Tipple: Absinthe Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
12/5/08 01:53 PM

t takes practice to figure out how to use a blowtorch correctly. The trick is knowing how close to get the flame. With a kitchen blowtorch, aim to have the "inner" blue flame 1/4 inch above the surface. With a plumbing blowtorch, aim to have the nozzle a few inches above the surface.

It is best to go slowly, and do one area at a time. Taking Crème Brûlée as an example, you need to keep the flame quite close to the sugar, and move it about slowly. The sugar should bubble up, then brown before you move on.

Some people are concerned about applying flame to small dishes that might have been made ahead and chilled in the fridge. If you're concerned, use Corningware or Pyrex ramekins.

(from PracticallyEdible.com)

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Help! How Do I Caramelize Sugar With a Kitchen Torch?
12/4/08 12:17 PM

The artistic statement of tagging or graffiti ignores my artistic statement of a blank wall.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Questions: Battling Neighborhood Vandalism
12/4/08 12:08 PM

I like these cute monster prints, especially the pink one! http://boneflowersprints.etsy.com I'm getting several of them for friends.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Inspiration: Share Your Favorite Etsy Finds! Austin
12/1/08 11:43 AM

I used to live above a girl who worked for the apartment community I was in, and she would pen her dog (his name was 'Shut Up') all day and night in the tiny fenced in porch off her kitchen. Which was right under the balcony off MY kitchen. So I got the lovely smell of urine soaked concrete and dog feces wafting into my kitchen for two weeks until I threatened to call the Health Department and the SPCA. She wouldn't even clean up the mess - maintenance had to come in. She got rid of the dog.

Then she started fighting with her boyfriend every weekend, so I got to hear him repeatedly get kicked out of her apartment in his underwear (kind of amusing) and listen to her kids cry for their daddy (not amusing). During the day, she would blast country music so loud that my windows rattled. Finally after three months of hell, the apartment complex fired her. Ahhh.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Survey: You Think Your Neighbor's Bad...?
11/20/08 08:23 PM

Boiled, skin on, put through a ricer, then whipped in the Kitchen Aid with melted cream cheese. NOM.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Weekend Cooking: Secrets of Awesome Mashed Potatoes
11/19/08 04:57 PM

The secret to gravy is to use concentrated chicken stock, like Better Than Bouillon, and to whisk cornstarch into a little bit of water before you put it in. Don't dump it in dry - you'll get lumps!

Deglaze the pan with some wine, dump in the stock and the cornstarch mix, and heat it until it thickens. Not enough flavor? Add another spoonful of concentrated stock. Add cream if you're feeling daring. Voila. Gravy.

PS--Be brave! Don't skim off the fat!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Times Top 5: The Importance of GravyFrom the NY Times Dining Section 11.19.08
11/19/08 01:47 PM

I like apple pie with caramel sauce. If you butter your pie plate and line it with brown sugar before you put in the crust, it turns into a beautiful caramel in the oven. I turn the pie out upside down onto a plate to serve it. Yum!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | A La Mode: Ice Cream Flavors That Go Well with Pie
11/5/08 08:06 AM