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Display Name: Deirdre M.
Member Since: 8/22/11

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While I think people who throw parties should be allowed to have adult-only parties, I feel Sarah's pain.

When my children were younger, babysitters weren't always a good option for us (there are a multitude of reasons this can be a possibility -- temporary or long-term special needs, cost, etc.), and we actually had several occasions where people expressed how offended they were that no, we wouldn't be able to come because of our children.

If hosts expect people with children to respect their adults-only rules, please return the favor and respect the decisions of people who don't come because of their children.

Dinner Party Dilemmas: Solutions To Eight Awkward Entertaining Situations Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/29/14 01:40 PM

Well my Waldorf school would be horrified that you are suggesting movies (I don't send my kids there, don't worry), but aside from that, I agree on these and second someone's suggestion of "Bringing Up Baby." That was a huge favorite of my girls when they were younger.

We also got a lot of play out of the book "The Best Old Movies for Families" (

My Favorite Films for Children Maxwell's Finds
3/24/14 12:53 PM

It looks fantastic, but how does one deal with things such as, you know, books? What about items one loves but aren't the right color? Homes that disregard the owners' pasts feel staged and a little soulless to me.

Mellow and Monochrome with Attitude in NYC Professional Project
3/16/14 06:05 PM

I have a question about number 1. If your seating isn't easy to move around, how do you create seating around people but still keep things so that when we DO watch television, you're still comfortable? I have a family of 4, and we watch television and movies together often enough that we don't want to have to keep switching back and forth. This has been an dilemma with my living room for years, (complicated, of course, by the positions of the doors, windows, and baseboard heating).

Break the Ice: 8 Tips for Creating a Chattier, Cozier, Comfier Living Room
3/16/14 09:53 AM

What's gimp?

Before & After: Natalie's New, Blue Chair Special
3/5/14 11:20 AM

Sharpknife, I had my babies in NYC and used both strollers and carriers. I used to get criticized by online mothers for using a stroller at all, and I never understood it. Then I moved to the country, where I use the car to get from point a and point b and walk from there, and I understood that these parents didn't understand what it's like to be a city parent, and I didn't understand what it's like to be a country parent.

City parents use strollers like country parents use cars, and vice versa.

Lauren's List: Baby Items I'm Glad I Bought & Ones I Wish I Hadn't
2/19/14 05:36 PM

I have an insulated french press, which I love, since my house is cold in the winter, and the only thing that used to bother me about french presses was how quickly the coffee got cold.

I get dark roasts from local roasters. Often just french or italian roasts or espressos, sometimes blends. I get whole beans and grind them each morning. I woke up with that sound growing up, and mornings don't seem like mornings to me without it.

I'm wondering about whether the chemex actually has anything special going for it besides looks. I'm tempted by the looks and by it seeming like it would be easier to clean, but the one time I had coffee made in one, it tasted bitter to me.

What's Your Morning Coffee Ritual? And What Do You Want to Learn About Coffee?
2/18/14 08:11 PM

Not going to make this, but it's given me an idea for a crocheted floor cushion -- two large round pieces, which are easy to crochet, as top and bottom held together by a long narrow piece that goes all the way around.

How To: Make Your Own Knitted Pouf
2/17/14 04:52 PM

I'd love a response to Hillary's question about the pizza peel.

The Best Way to Clean and Care for Wood Cutting Boards?
Good Questions

2/16/14 11:22 AM

I make a double batch of yeasted waffle batter one night, make fresh waffles the next morning (easy to do as I get other things done), and then I freeze the majority of the waffles for the rest of the week.

I also make a lot of muffins and mini quiches, too (got the quiche idea from the kitchn -- thank you).

5 Big Batch Breakfasts for Busy Mornings Recipes from The Kitchn
1/27/14 10:37 PM

"I've tried FlyLady 3 times and each time quit in despair! The emails are overwhelming when you feel you're drowning in stuff and then that little voice in your head that says you'll never be able to keep up or do it right so why bother takes over."

I completely agree and get so frustrated when people keep telling me to follow her. Makes me feel bad about myself because I can't even do that.

The Lazy Person's Guide to a Happy Home: Tips for People Who (Really) Hate Cleaning
1/9/14 01:31 PM

When we don't have company, I simplify meals (lots of one-pot meals, for example), and we serve straight from the pot. -- no serving dishes.

If what I'm making is more complicated and messy (i.e. lasagna), I double (at least) the recipe so I have another night of having very little to clean, which makes up for the night of more to clean.

How Can I Cook Without Making a Huge Mess? Good Questions
1/9/14 11:14 AM

And I agree with at12345 -- what's wrong with eating a little more fun food in December and going back to the usual way of eating in January? Why go to extremes?

Are You Doing a Food Cleanse or Detox in January?
1/8/14 09:22 AM

Someone I love has an eating disorder, and the whole idea of restricting food for a "detox" or "cleanse" makes me ill. Eating disorders are biological and hereditary and set in motion when somoene with the genes doesn't eat enough. Also, many people with eating disorders use these as a cover for their disorder so people leave them alone about not eating enough. So no, I won't be doing one of these.

However, after the holidays, I do prefer simpler meals. Not lighter, necessarily, but less elaborate -- one pot meals mainly.

Are You Doing a Food Cleanse or Detox in January?
1/8/14 09:20 AM

This weekend I swept and vacuumed our hardwood floors and washed some throw rugs and, for good measure, our slipcovers. Wanted to mop, too, but I am waiting for my favorite mop heads to come in the mail. Found orange tulips and some sort of orange lily at the grocery store so arranged those into a bouquet.

We have no closet space in our home, and over the years a small room off the kitchen has become our very messy "closet." I want to reclaim that room as a studio but am overwhelmed when I walk in so pretend it doesn't exist. That's where I'll be doing this "meditation."

10 Mindful Minutes: Get a Fresh Perspective January Cure: Assignment #3
1/6/14 01:10 PM

Was snowed in here in upstate NY, so no flowers and no shopping. I would have cleaned the floors but my mop-head covers (I use a sh-mop) are falling apart. I ordered new ones. Turned out I didn't have any fresh vacuum bags either, so I added those to my list and will buy them tomorrow. I did sweep and put all my throw-rugs in the washing machine, so there's that.

Weekend Chores: Flowers & Floors January Cure: Assignment #2
1/3/14 10:42 PM

I'm appreciating how REAL this pantry looks. One can get a complex looking at photos of pantries with perfectly arranged ball jars full of ingredients.

Pantry Organization Tip: Use Sheet Pans & Hotel Pans to Hold Ingredients
12/8/13 10:32 AM

They are all beautiful, but honestly how many people spend that kind of money on gifts?

If someone were going to spend this kind of money on me, I'd kind of resent it if they blew it all on a bowl.

10 Beautiful Bowls Any Cook Would Love Holiday Gift Guide from The Kitchn
11/26/13 10:11 AM

Mashed avocado on toast or crostini with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. I believe I learned about this here.

Also, what about a fruit smoothie?

Healthy, Make-Ahead Recipe Ideas for a Breakfast Potluck? Good Questions
11/19/13 05:45 PM

My daughters are in 8th and 11th grade, and I still pack lunches for them. I do a lot of grain/pasta/bean salads for them as well as sandwiches (they're always happy with mozzerella and pesto). I will try a few of the recipes here for them.

What I would love to see on The Kitchn is a compilation of recipes that work for school lunches.

Most schools do not provide access to refrigerators or even neat places to store things (so kids parents might worry about spoilage, and kids might worry about spillage), and because they have a fair amount of carrying to do, even with school buses, many kids will prefer lunches that aren't heavy or bulky to carry (i.e. they prefer something wrapped in foil or in a baggy to something in a container). So I'd love to see more brown-bag lunch ideas that work in those conditions, as well as some more ideas for packable lunches that can be whipped up last minute, even if it's recommendations of items one can buy in stores.

15 Soups, Sandwiches & Salads to Satisfy You and Your Lunchbox Recipes from The Kitchn
9/16/13 12:12 PM