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Display Name: Bee T.
Member Since: 7/3/08

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We don't have kids of our own but the rule here is that bedrooms are screen free. We don't even have a TV in ours.

Is Your Teen's Room A Screen-Free Space?
4/28/14 04:48 PM

I usually make extra rice when I use my rice cooker and keep it frozen in the fridge. I do this with beans, too, so i usually have frozen beans and rice in the fridge. This is basically what I do for quickie dinners as well. I'll even cook double what I want and wrap up the remainder for next day lunches, using a tortilla or collard leaf.

If I had a deli that did this, I'd try your trick!

My Ten Minute, Ten Dollar Dinner
8/23/13 02:47 PM

I feel that pain. Call it listening to your gut. Dont get rid of it. I have resisted replacing my tv for 9 years now, because my old old TV fits into the cabinet made by my father. I am also hanging onto the table and chairs that have been in the family for 7 decades now.

Sometimes, it takes a generation or two to let the sentimentality leach out of a piece. I was able to get rid of an organ that my mother and grandmother couldn't bear to part with. Hang on to it or store it, because the fretting doesn't go away.

Furniture Woes: The Sentimental Table Conundrum
8/23/13 02:39 PM

Good ideas, mostly, and for those who go to school in Northern climates, a rug can make those cold dorm floors so much more cozy in the winter. The cables idea is a great one that I will be stealing to help differentiate the many cables we have among grownups and various coworkers!

One caution... make sure you have a vacuum somewhere. Don't be the roommate with the nasty smelly dirty rug.

Dorm DIYs: 10 Ways to Add Personality to Drab College Digs
8/13/13 01:16 PM

Hey, I thought *I* invented the strawberry s'more, and everyone thought we were insane. I guess my early genius has now swept the nation. You are welcome, Nation. Also, there is no more bacon for you, because I have taken it all for my s'mores.

12 Creative S'mores for a Party Gatherings from The Kitchn
7/30/13 04:32 PM

Such a lovely home- one of my favorites so far! I wish house tours could include captions (or perhaps my device just doesn't show them) so we could learn more about these different features. What a great sustainable house!

Misha & Nick's First Passive House in Texas House Tour
7/30/13 04:29 PM

I second the suggestions about keeping extra clothes at a destination you visit frequently. I keep a set of extra warm flannel PJs, a heavy sweater, and a spare winter jacket at my parents' CT house- I think I also leave some snow boots there. Where I live, I'd never use those items so it works out great to have them keep everything.

Just make sure those relatives do not- like my mom once did!- clean out some drawers and say, "Whose junk is this!" and send stuff to Goodwill. Oh well. I didn't like that sweater, anyway.

Pros & Cons of Packing Light
7/29/13 07:24 PM

I'll have to check this out! Part of the reason I cut my cable was because I could not get my local teams on my basic cable channels and my love of team is dwarfed by my loathing of overpriced cable. Besides, there were a couple good breweries nearby.

7 Ways To Watch Live Sports Without Cable
7/29/13 07:15 PM

I clean like a fiend before I leave. (True story: once I did such a great job of cleaning that, when I returned after spending a month with my clutterbug relatives, I walked into my apartment and yelled, 'Oh my god, I've been robbed!' I hadn't been. It was just clean!) Coming home to a clean place (including dishwasher and empty trash) is so worthwhile.

I do try to get home a day before I plan to return to work, but I can flex my hours a bit so if I need to, I can do things like research and answer email from home. If I can't have a whole day, then I try to stuff the suitcases out of sight until I can deal with them on the next day off.

Are You Ever Able To Take An Extra Day Off After Travel?
7/29/13 07:12 PM

Is $2,500 a typo? That's a pretty modest amount for a total redecorating... Many sofas alone can run that much.

Budgeting for a Room: Splurge or Spread the Wealth?
7/26/13 04:33 PM

Why strain the pulp? Is it just a preference?

My favorite thing to do is watermelon cooler- binder up the red part, add a squeeze of citrus, and mix gently with seltzer. Nice and liquidy and super cool.

Recipe: Watermelon Popsicles Recipes from The Kitchn
7/25/13 11:44 PM

I love the stairs!

A Hallway Pass-Through Put To Great Use
7/12/13 11:11 AM

My bike commute can be four and a half miles if I take the fastest route, but I usually prefer the scenic route for five plus miles. The return home, though, is always up a steep hill. I love my house in the hills and I am definitely a stronger cyclist now!

I'd say try it out. I don't commute everyday, but I love when I do.

What's The Longest Bike or Walk Commute You'd Consider?
7/12/13 11:07 AM

I would bring a book or knitting on my travels, and had no qualms about discovering a favorite cafe. My aunt and I once went to the same place for breakfast every day we were in a certain city- the routine just feels delightful.

And I don't feel one bit sorry for sitting out in a gorgeous city and knitting for a while.

The Homebody's Guide to Traveling the World
7/10/13 11:11 PM

I can live without a toaster or a coffee maker. (I have only used a French press for years!)

But get your hands off my blender and my Kitchenaid mixer. True story- the mixer once got left behind in a move, and I broke into my old apartment the day after I moved out to rescue it!

What Appliance Can You Live Without?
7/1/13 03:39 PM

The summertime bakery stand one (with what look like handsmudged crosses) would be perfect for your penitential Ash Wednesday dinner at the local parish.

DIY Decor Trend: Crosses & Plus Signs
7/1/13 03:36 PM

Love making almond milk! It's so nice to know that it doesn't have anything extra in it- if you ever read the ingredients list in the store brands- ouch! It's so full of extra stuff. Ours is just almonds, dates, and water. (The dates are for sweetness.)

We got our nutmilk bag from the local crunch granola store, and it is absolutely vital to making nut milks. Cheesecloth just doesn't do as good a job.

How to Make Almond Milk at Home Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
5/28/13 05:40 PM

The dishwasher is my must have. I have at times had in-building laundry where I could pop it in and come back later. Other times, I found laundromats with wifi and I could work while my clothes washed. I could even use the jumbo machines to do big things like comforters. It was a great system. I find it actually harder and longer to do laundry now with just one machine and one dryer.

5 Tips for Living Without a Washer/Dryer
5/25/13 01:28 PM

In my first solo place, and last year when my husband was working far away for 11 months, I also let the TV play, or I'd turn on Pandora. Just having the noise made me feel better. A stark quiet house made me jumpy. That being said, I usually only did that in the evening. During the day, I can handle much more quiet while I am working.

Solo Life at Home: Using TV Shows for a Little Bit of Background Noise
5/21/13 11:58 AM

I just canceled cable (again). We had it thrown in free with internet for our first two years, and by now, it's easy to ditch. Back in CT, I used to get the greatest public broadcasting, and have really missed some of those small time shows! We are going to get something like a Wii or a RokU box for easier streaming.

You've Ditched Cable, Now What?
3 Compact Over-the-Air Antennas

4/10/13 11:00 AM