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My brother moved to Colorado 2 weeks after he graduated high school. We were all a bit apprehensive as he'd never cooked, done his own laundry, nothing (we can debate my parents' childrearing methods another time). I called him a few weeks later to check on him and he told me that he'd made scrambled eggs for dinner. Great, I said! It didn't make very much, though, he said, even though I used 4 eggs. Perplexed, I asked him what he had done... turns out that he had SEPARATED THE EGGS and only used the yolks because he knew that scrambled eggs come out yellow when they're done. It's been almost 15 years and that story still makes me laugh.

What Do Kids Need to Know in the Kitchen Before They Leave Home? Here's My List. What's on Yours?
2/5/14 11:28 AM

I wash mine with the drop of dish soap, hot water, run the blender method but I'm not an avid smoothie maker so maybe mine gets less beat up.

I'm mostly chiming in to say that it's a REALLY cheap way to entertain a kid - throw a drop of food color in there before you fire it up and watch the kid's eyes. So fun! It's also a fun lesson in mixing colors.

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1/29/14 12:51 PM

My husband is a teacher and we love anything we receive. If you are going to give a homemade gift, I'd suggest something that can be frozen. We get inundated with treats and it's often just plain impossible to eat them all before they go bad so something that can be tucked away for another time would be really thoughtful.

What Are Some Good Gifts for Teachers? Good Questions
12/14/12 10:09 AM

Kale pesto on top! (To make it, process a bunch of kale, stripped off the stems, with 1/3 C each of toasted walnuts and parm cheese. Add 3 cloves of crushed garlic, s&p and enough oil to make pesto-y. Store in the fridge)

10 Ways to Eat a Potato (and Just a Potato) for Dinner
9/26/12 02:25 PM

I keep a journal similar to this with my meal plan for the week on one side and my grocery list on the other. I can look back when I'm uninspired and see what I've made before and the grocery lists are a great jumping-off point if ever I don't get to make a list or I can't remember the last time I bought toilet paper and I'm already in the store.

Smart Tip: For Easier Meal Planning, Keep a Dinner Diary
7/16/12 12:08 PM

My husband and I have never shied away from NOT putting our furniture against the wall - and I wouldn't in this space, either. Can you put the couch parallel to the kitchen island? What I mean is that the back of the couch would be approx 3' from the bent edge of the kitchen floor. Then you can put the TV in the opposite corner. Yes, the back of the couch would be to the kitchen but if you have arm chairs, those could be easily re-oriented to face into the kitchen if that were a concern. Good luck - this looks like a fun space to have a good old fashioned furniture-pushing-around party in!

Living Room Layout in Challenging Space? Good Questions
6/13/12 11:44 AM

I've had tremendous luck with Bac-Out by BioKleen - it got straight food coloring out of a shirt the other day in an instant (that'll teach me to lean against the bowl while I mix!). It's taken out stains that nothing else has and the bonus is that you can also use it on dog/cat urine, since it's an enzyme cleaner. Good luck!

How To Remove Red Wine Stains: What's Your No-Fail Trick?
4/27/12 03:56 PM

My mom and I both regularly make mac n' cheese ahead in one of 2 ways. Either make the whole thing ahead to the point of baking and then pour a little milk on it before it goes in the oven (the pasta will absorb some of the sauce liquid, so you need to give it a little more before you bake it) or you can just make the sauce ahead and quickly cook up your pasta, combine them, and bake when you're ready. I don't think it's quite as good as freshly made, but I wouldn't kick it out of bed, either.

Can I Make Mac & Cheese Ahead of Time and Bake Later?
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8/23/11 09:32 AM

I can't say enough good about sparklestories.com - we know the man who writes & tells the stories and he's AMAZING. Not published books, but phenomenal stories from a great Waldorf trained teacher and born storyteller.

My Son's Top Ten Most Requested Audio Books
6/8/11 03:38 PM

I save the ends of bags of chips and crackers (the little crushed bits that nobody wants to eat) for this purpose - it's a little bit different every time and I feel virtuous for not wasting.

Crispy & Crunchy: 5 Best Toppings for Casseroles
1/26/11 08:28 AM

foog foog: shipping to Canada is hardly ever free because it's actually quite expensive for retailers. Because products are (generally) already imported, they have to pay a special duty to, essentially, export the product again. We usually suggest to people that, if at all possible, you ship to somewhere in the US and then ask that person to mail it to Canada - any given person can send things much less expensively. It's a bit of a hassle, certainly, and requires that you have a trusted and generous friend in the US but it will help avoid those high shipping costs.

Tomorrow December 17th is Free Shipping Day
12/17/10 11:49 AM

I second Birthing from Within - it can be kind of "out there" but I wouldn't discount anything. Honestly, my advice (having had a natural childbirth less than 7 months ago) is: a) don't discount any idea, no matter how crazy/unlikely/wack-a-doodle. Nobody really knows what they're going to want during labor - the more tools you have in your pocket, the better; and b) get 2 plain ol' black pocket combs, like the kind they used to give you on school picture day. I held a comb in each hand, tines facing into my palms, for probably 16 hours of my labor. Creating a mild pain/distraction somewhere else in my body really helped deal with the contractions. Good luck!

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11/29/10 02:13 PM

Cool idea - that'd be an interesting thing to try in an office complex instead of doing water coolers or vending machines.

My favorite sparkling water use, though, was at my daughter's baptism - the water at the church was really sulphuric and the pastor didn't want my daughter to stink like a rotten egg, so Natalie was baptised with Poland Spring lemon sparkling water instead.

Free Fizz: France's Fancy Water Fountain
9/27/10 09:53 AM

Awesome post, Dana! I would also add that it's important to pay attention to what's going on at the booths when you approach - I've been "line jumped" by more people than I can count because they haven't taken a moment to look at the other patrons to see if anyone was there and ready to pay before they were.
And, as a new mother, I totally agree about strollers! I take Natalie in the Baby Bjorn because she's still too small for an umbrella stroller, but I'd never try to navigate our markets with her full-size stroller. I want people to admire my baby, not curse her stroller.

The Farmers' Market: Helpful Hints and Etiquette Tips | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/12/10 11:22 AM

My husband absolutely insists that he once had red velvet cake that was colored with currants - I've never been able to find anything online to verify its existence, but maybe that's something else to try?

Kitchen Experiments: All-Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/27/10 12:35 PM

First, congratulations on your graduation!

We did a make-ahead brunch for my baby shower not long ago and we made Smitten Kitchen's overnight french toast (http://smittenkitchen.com/2006/12/new-years-day-2001/) using vanilla and/or almond extract and orange zest in lieu of the alcohol.

Since you'll have access to so many ovens, you can easily make sausage and/or bacon in the ovens, rather than on the stovetop. Just lay the item on a sheet pan (if you can put a cooling rack on the pan first to raise the meat up, all the better, but it'll work even if you don't) and throw 'em in the oven at 400 degrees until they're crispy.

We also had a really delicious grape salad (I know it sounds weird) from here, or something similar: http://www.wittyliving.com/recipes/salad/salad-recipe-19.html

I mention it because you can usually find grapes at a reasonable price this time of year, and it would hold well if you made it the day before and just put the topping on before your guests arrived.

Good luck - I hope it's stress-free and fabulous!

Help! What Are Good Dishes for a Graduation Brunch? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/8/10 03:55 PM

When I was a child, my father made a table nearly identical to this concept by getting a 2' by 3' piece of finished laminate countertop and screwing different length legs to the bottom - short ones for when we sat on the floor, longer ones when we sat in chairs. That thing took a lot of abuse and lasted my brother and me through high school - at the end, we took the legs off altogether and would rest it across the arms of a La-Z-Boy recliner to do our homework. I bet the whole thing would cost less than $40 if you found a piece of scrap countertop at a kitchen outlet.

Growing Table | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
3/12/10 03:53 PM

I house-watched (just went in every once in a while to make sure the heat was on, and got the mail) for our neighbors a few months ago and she gave me a small bottle of Sun & Earth detergent and dish soap as a thank you. I'd never been given something like that before, but I loved the idea! It was so much better than a questionable baked good or a souvenier from a vacation we didn't go on.

Give The Gift Of Cleaning Supplies | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/10/10 04:40 PM

I, too, use the magnetic spice containers but I just stuck them to the side of my fridge, in lieu of putting anything up on the wall or cabinet (we rent). If someone gets particularly vigorous with their fridge-closing, sometimes one or two falls off, but generally it works well and I can rearrange them as my cooking whims change.

Help! Looking for a Better Spice Storage Solution Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn#comments#comments#comments
3/10/10 04:38 PM

Chusmabilly - it's not too late to read the Little House series! I still re-read them to this day and I am 30 years old. :)

I'm curious to take a peek through the cookbook, as someone whose job is decidedly NOT a calorie-burning fest, I'm hesitant to eat so heavily, but I bet it'd be fun!

The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker Book Review 2010 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/19/10 04:24 PM