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*if you're American :)

Interactive Map Tells You How Hot Your City will be in 2100 Design News
7/28/14 06:49 PM

Not so much the house (though we also have nails pop up from our hardwood floors all the time as well) but the appliances.
Fridge-a few times a day, it makes a sound like it's making ice. Only there isn't an icemaker in there! We've personified the fridge and ask "wonder when we're going to get all that ice it's making?" whenever we hear it.
Washing machine.-we noticed the trigger to move the cycle from wash to rinse wasn't activating. So we now take a gold tee, depress the trigger and closethelidreallyfast!

What Are Your Home's Most Unusual Quirks?
7/28/14 03:38 PM

I have a girl crush on Ana White. She's my chick-builder hero.

Best DIY Websites for Free Furniture Plans and Projects
7/25/14 01:46 PM


The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/16/14 12:42 PM

This is exactly why we moved. And we had to sell a house and by another one to do it, in a very hot real estate market (read-not fun).

When we first moved in, we knew that in the future, our neighbours would change. They were both older. Had great relationships with them. They passed away within a few years.

One set of new neighbours=fabulous! Chat all the time!
The other? I think in 3 years we had 40 different people living next door. The majority in various stages of youthfulness. It got so bad that I started calling the non-emergency line for the police (at 2 AM on weeknights).

It wouldn't have mattered had we formed a relationship as by the time we said hi and introduced ourselves (and we did), they were gone and the next set was in.

The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/16/14 12:34 PM

I'm another person who's mind is blown re: asking where one can get a product.
1) maybe I'm not in a position to buy today, but can on Tuesday, when there isn't a FM
2) maybe I'm not from the area the FM is in and want to know where in my 'hood I can buy it
3) maybe I want to recommend it to a friend/food truck owner/restaurant owner who's not in the vicinity (get it? I'm making sales for you!)
4) maybe location is more important than price to me

These are all valid reasons to ask where someone can buy it, other than the FM. If you answer me snarkily, you will have lost a customer.

5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Farmers Market Farmers Market Etiquette
7/9/14 01:56 PM

I love TJ's! My American friends think I'm bonkers for making a point of doing a shopping trip whenever I'm over the border, but it's an absolute must.
So many things have already been mentioned, but as a vegan, I really appreciate that they publish a list of their vegan products.

17 Favorite Trader Joe's Products That Our Readers Love The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping
7/8/14 06:59 PM

I always offer to bring a dish (I'm vegan). Some hosts however, prefer to be in charge of the entire menu. (Fair enough).
After many mishaps (oh, you don't eat cheese/fish/honey? I though vegans ate___), I eat until almost full beforehand, just in case. I always go into an event surrounding food assuming that I can't eat anything, and if I can, it's a bonus. And I'm extremely appreciative of those hosts who do go the extra mile to make something for me.

5 of My Favorite Recipes for Accommodating Special Diets at the Backyard Barbecue The Hospitable Host
7/3/14 02:27 PM

Staging completely depends on the market. When we sold our last house, there was no staging. Why? We wanted the average person to see that they could live in our house. It was simply but tastefully done.
12 offers and a bidding war later......

Five Things I Learned About Real Estate From Reality TV
6/26/14 01:16 PM

I haven't had to do this, but this I recently read about cooking in hotel rooms. I'm sure you could add meat/dairy to whatever she recommends:

Best Tips for Cooking in a Hotel Room? Good Questions
6/11/14 12:23 PM

From Douglas Coupland's latest book:

Why I Always Have Plastic Cutlery in My Purse Tips from The Kitchn
6/10/14 04:48 PM

I think it's a great idea-for the right person. I think I know 2 people whom it would be great for. Everyone else, nope.

Looking For a Terrific Hostess Gift? Give a Produce Bouquet!
6/10/14 03:53 PM

Ah, just spork it! One utensil that does the work of 3.
I am very attached to my spork.

Why I Always Have Plastic Cutlery in My Purse Tips from The Kitchn
6/10/14 03:41 PM

I hear ya Bee, but until it's outright banned from planes, people will bring nuts.

12 Delicious Foods You Can Pack for a Flight
6/3/14 12:30 PM

Try being vegan! I always pack my own stuff on the way there, the way back can be tricky though as I don't always have access to a kitchen and grocery shopping.
This past trip (I got back Sat), I brought with me 1) cut up pineapple & watermelon 2) cut up cucumbers and carrots (with hummous-made it through!) 3) pasta salad w/veggies 4) mixed nuts 5) clif bars
My wraps have always made it through as well

Why Is Airport Food So Terrible? Kitchen Diary: Kate in New York City
5/29/14 03:33 PM

We do the same as lot of people here. Any joint household expenses, we put into a joint acct. We each have our own accounts as well.

In 15 years, we have NEVER, once, fought about money.

What I'm surprised about is when people are surprised we do this! Especially after reading how many of us here do this!

A Smart, Simple, Successful Petty Cash System for Couples Comment of the Day
5/15/14 12:57 PM

$500 on a piece from this guy:

Worth every penny. Anytime someone new comes to the house, they compliment us on it.

Tell Us: What's the Most You've Ever Spent on Artwork?
5/8/14 01:49 PM

Ditto others. I got all excited, then realized these were all way bigger than mine AND that I can't possibly attach even coat knobs as the glass doors would be impaled on them.

5 Inspiring Small-Space Entryways that Take Up No Space at All
4/30/14 12:20 PM

How bizarre. I have never in my life seen a closet with a window! How lovely!
I can see why people would want to do this, and those that have have done a great job. Just not for me.

Small Space Solution: Convert Your Closet into a Bedroom
4/14/14 04:05 PM

I do this with mushrooms and cashew cream!

The trick for me is to find wrappers that are vegan. Once you have those, the options are endless!

Recipe: Minty Pea & Arugula Wonton Ravioli Weeknight Dinner Recipes from The Kitchn
4/9/14 02:42 PM