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I spent some time in Sweden in the 90s on business and I loved the country and the people. The coffee was strong. Oh so strong. Oh so good. You could stand a spoon in it !

And yes, the fikas were very social. A time to connect, share information, maybe a little bit of gentle gossip as well. Ah I miss Stockholm and its many delightful bakeries, where the cakes were moist and rich, and the coffee (and tea) plentiful. I miss you in particular, Gateau.

Coffee Around the World: How Swedes Drink Coffee Smart Coffee for Regular Joes
6/24/14 02:37 AM

I love Culinary Artistry. It's not for a beginner cook, but it is chock-full of ideas for the more adventurous cook. Matter of fact, it's not even a cookbook, but a list of food pairings.

If you are thinking of making some pork, what will go with it? Look up pork and you will see pears, fennel, garlic, honey, oranges, rosemary, etc... Best ways to prepare are to brine, grill or roast. The recipes and time to cook you can find elsewhere, but this book speaks volumes about how to prepare a menu, how to craft an eating experience ...and comes with the lists of what goes with what. HIGHLY recommended.

What's the Best General, Comprehensive Cookbook to Buy? Good Questions
6/16/14 03:50 PM

ooo this is intriguing. I would add some flavours to the Nutella puppy chow:

- chili spice. It goes well with dark chocolate, and would go particularly well here.
- lime (but no peanut butter with the lime)
- dried dark cherries, mixed in. Gosh, throw them into the popcorn mix too.

Yum !!

Party Recipe: Dark Chocolate & Nutella Puppy Chow Recipes from The Kitchn
6/16/14 03:44 PM

Anchovy paste is lovely - a salty/umami flavour/ I mix it in salad dressings, and in some meat or fish dishes as well. I keep a tube handy at home.

Faith Blakeney's 5 Favorite International Edible Souvenirs Kitchen Tour
6/12/14 01:42 AM

Perfect trick for car-camping.

Can You Really Make Whipped Cream with Just a Mason Jar? Putting Tips to the Test in The Kitchn
6/10/14 06:50 PM

gorgeous !! I hope she has storage space elsewhere in the bathroom, removing the cabinet means missing an area where sundries could be stored.

Before & After: A Floral & Fashionable Bathroom Refresh
3/4/14 03:52 PM

thank you so much for these !!! I am attempting the muffin recipe today - prosciutto and chives and cottage cheese - yum! Such a lovely change from my usual oatmeal or scrambled eggs w bacon.

@Chris Juricich - you eat this kind of breakfast every day? I'm coming over your house :)

10 Breakfast Survival Skills Every Cook Should Know Essential Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
3/4/14 01:53 PM

Is this Yaletown? The building with the green windows looks like the building that I used to live in. Small world !

From Wasted Space to Family Chill Out Zone Good Questions Revisited
2/25/14 05:44 PM

well done !!

Before & After: Office Cabinet is All Business Up Front, Then Party in the Back
2/20/14 07:17 PM

I would suggest also, for #8, if at a loss start with a statement piece and build around it. It could be a sofa that you really like, or a coffee table that is original, or a book case with a history, or artwork, or a piece given by a beloved family member. Something that is meaningful, or is highly original and beloved - and work from there.

10 Tips on Developing Your Own Style
2/17/14 02:22 PM

I love One Design Two Budgets. More please.

One Design, Two Budgets: Sophisticated, Subdued Living Room
2/12/14 01:04 PM

oh my goodness, what a beautiful home, I love the colours, the artwork, the flow within. LOVE the yellow drapes in the living room, they are a ray of sunshine against the neutral grey of the walls. What a beautiful collection, carefully curated. Such beautiful taste, bravo.

Tim's Cabinet of Curiosities House Tour
1/15/14 10:17 PM

This is such a beautiful place, and well located near the downtown core (but not inside of it). I love the views to the water, and the little details like the round window in the bedroom. I too would add some sliding doors to the hallway closet.

This would be nice as a home-away-from-home. I fondly remember my days working in Stockholm, would love to be there again. A (Vancouver) girl can dream...

How They Do Small in Sweden:
Big Ideas from a Little Loft

1/10/14 02:03 PM

thank you so much for resurrecting this series !!

One Design, Two Budgets: Classic, Elegant Living Room
1/7/14 04:51 PM

This DYI about how to clean your kitchen sink is a classic:

Keep it Clean: 10 DIY Ways to Banish Dirt, Mold & Bugs from Home Best of 2013
12/26/13 09:07 PM

I really like it.
When I looked at the lines of the hutch I immediately thought of Mondrian.
The resulting painting is a modern take on a modern painter. And different colours.
I say - well done.

Before & After: Leslie's New, Hue-Happy Hutch
12/3/13 05:44 PM

Lovely look and feel in the image above. Interesting ideas.

However, this is the first time in two decades that I am living in a home with wooden floors and I have NO carpets. I love it ! I'm not about to throw a carpet on my floors. I notice the dust much quicker - and deal with it far more frequently that I did in my previous homes. And I breathe better.

You can have your beautiful rugs, your interesting details, your warm floors. I will wear my sheepskin slippers and enjoy the bare floors in my home. Dust free, and trippy-free too :)

Try This: Create an Inexpensive Floor Covering with Cheap Round Rugs
11/20/13 06:17 PM

beautifully done.

Before & After: A Headboard Gets Reincarnated View Along The Way
11/14/13 04:50 PM

what an entertaining page !!
I will say one more thing about this tip - have a vacuum cleaner at the ready (or a dust buster) because these little garlic skins will *fly* if not contained within the two bowls.
Thank you for sharing such a good tip.
And yes, more of him - please.

Smart Tip: Peel an Entire Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds

11/14/13 12:47 AM

This is a brilliant DYI, and easy to do (easier still, if no tufting!)

I sometimes see a battered corner table or coffee table in the IKEA As-Is section - this inspires me to grab one, repaint the legs and upholster the top.

And I agree with Marty that a flat board between the table and the upholstery stuffing would definitely reinforce the ottoman, without adding too much work.

Before & After: IKEA Lack Coffee Table to Upholstered Ottoman Ikea Hackers
11/7/13 04:26 PM