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It is amazing to see something so insanely simple can have such a dramatic affect.

Quick & Affordable Home Makeover Task: Adjust Your Curtain Rods
7/6/14 02:40 PM

So many things have made cooking and baking a game changer, but off hand roasted/grilled veggies! Everyone freaks out over them when I add them to lasagna, a pizza, fajitas or anything. They are like "are you sure it's just veggies?" Also recently I was forced to make pie crust by hand using a pastry blender instead of the food processor and the crust came out better than I have ever made before. It also felt good to take back to the old school. I felt like I was channeling all of the original bakers. I think this will be my preferred method from now on.

What Was Your Game-Changer of a Cooking Discovery? Reader Intelligence Request
6/23/14 11:30 PM

Thanks for this post, I have always wondered about this and never bothered to look it up. I usually see creme fraiche in baking and I'm like uh I don't know where to find this so I will just use sour cream. Now this article makes me want to try it.

What's the Difference Between Sour Cream and Crème Fraîche? Ingredient Intelligence
5/17/14 11:42 AM

I think this article is awesome because some times parents need to hear someone say "give yourselves a break" I am a mother of an almost 4 year old and an 8 months old and I guess for almost 4 years I have been hard on myself. I made the easy homemade baby food (squash, sweet potato, banana) and bought the other stuff. I did try chicken homemade as well, but that didn't always workout. We started off really good for the first two years, then culture, time, and exhaustion gave way. And I really had guilt over not being perfect with his diet. We do the best we can do by making sure he usually has a veggie (the ones he will eat) at each meal. He only drinks milk and water and one 50/50 cup of juice a day (some days he doesn't get juice). I do envy kids that eat whatever, but his Ped says he is growing and healthy so anyone with an opinion can suck it. I am totally getting over listening to the nags. We are just happy we kept him away from sweets for 2.5 years and from candy for 3.25 years. Just do the best you can. Everyone has a different lifestyle, different schedules, different cooking styles so you shouldn't judge. But here is what I will say, there is no excuse for pumping your kids full of sugar and if you do have a picky eater, bring food with you when you drop them off at people's house so they don't bad mouth your kid like a previous commenter. Oh one last thing, I was a picky eater as a child, got complaints about it and I am still a picky eater as an adult.....so what, it made me an excellent cook and I'm healthy as an ox.

You're Doing It Right: Feeding Your Kids You're Doing It Right
4/26/14 11:58 PM

Creole food, especially gumbo I won't even look at on a menu. Eggs since no one can get them scrambled soft and not runny and lasagna. I am picky about other stuff, but if you go to a good restaurant, you can be happy with most items. I can cook just about anything and usually well, but if I am not in the mood to cook or eat healthy, most restaurants will do.

The Dishes I Never Order Out Because They're Better at Home
4/13/14 12:30 PM

There is a post somewhere on giving 20 minutes per room and I love it. Honestly anyone with small children know you often only get a few moments. I could not believe what I was able to do in 20 minutes. The added bonus is that it's kind of like a sport which is greater incentive to me. The other thing is don't let the house get THAT messy. Do that by the suggestions above. Keep picking up constantly. We had to clean up (who am I kidding I had to clean up) for selling our home and I mean it has been immaculate. I felt silly for never having done this before because after that dramatic exhausting deep cleaning, it is so easy to just keep picking up little things every evening or as I navigate through the house throughout the day. My house looks super clean every day now. But you can't ever stop!

5 Strategies to Keep the House Clean (and Your Sanity Intact!) with Young Kids
2/4/14 08:37 PM

So I am still not clear. I come from a culture that makes sweet potato pies for holidays and we use the burgundy skinned, orange flesh delicious beauties stacked in our grocery store. Funny thing though, some stores have a huge sign over them titled "Yams" and other stores "Sweet Potatoes". I have even seen in stores where they have these pale yellow looking roots naming them Sweet Potatoes so I don't know. We definitely don't call it Yam Pie.....Oh and a friend cooked me that purple sweet potato that someone mentioned and I almost fainted. I can't wait to go to the Asian market and buy some. My 3 year old son devoured it as well and there was nothing on them.

Will the Real Sweet Potato Please Stand Up?
1/16/14 09:04 PM

My family started off with the typical tradition of opening up gifts on Christmas morning, one at a time. But true to my mother's creative nature, she decided to switch things up as we got older and did the hide and go get it Christmas experience. My brother and I had to go up stairs while my parents hid our gifts. Some years the gifts had separate colors for each of us and some years we had to search for the gift tag to see if we had found our gift or the other's. I couldn't decide if it was more exciting frantically running around the house to find our gift or opening them. We didn't open a single gift until all of the gifts were found. I honestly think this was a way to compensate for downsizing in the amount of gifts we received. It was brilliant of my mom because we were so beat by the end, we didn't want to find any more gifts and were just happy to open what we found.

Idea Exchange: What's Your Christmas Present Opening Tradition?
12/19/13 11:58 AM

I love the first comment and all I have to say is, I agree with all those saying make what you can a day before. Look up some recipes and you can do parts two days before. Trust me, time management is the first to go wrong and I have done lot's of events and still trying to get that right.

I'm Hosting My First Thanksgiving Ever! Tell Me What I Should Know Reader Intelligence Request
11/14/13 06:56 PM

This is the great debate for me an my hubby. I had pumpkin pie once and it tasted like a sweet potato pie gone bad and I never had one since. I love my mom's (and now mine) sweet potato pie. Oh I live for it. But ask my hubby and it's pumpkin pie all the way.

Real Life Holidays: Which Desserts Do You Like the Best at Thanksgiving Dinner?
11/14/13 06:51 PM

Ooh based on a lot of comments, I guess this may not be a popular response. I think every situation is different. Though this is not the right holiday, I have hosted a Christmas brunch twice for my mom's side of the family. I can't remember how it happened but I know I wanted to do something nice and make all of the food. Normally the host makes the meats and everyone brings the sides. No one in my family has money to provide everything for that many people so no one ever does the whole thing. But I just wanted to do something really nice. You know how awesome it is to just show up and eat. Anyway so someone mentioned asking for donations so I did. Mind you, I am not cooking basic food by any means. I mean eggs benedict (traditional and veggie option with portabello mushroom), sweet potato waffles, mimosas grits with shrimp. In 2012 I was asked to do it again so I said hey I was laid off so I need financial help and asked some of the family how much should I ask for and it ended up being $20 a family. I had to rent tables and chairs this time so people did not have to sit on the floor. I made homemade doughnuts, mimosas, overnight french toast, oyster stuffins with a shrimp and sausage gumbo gravy, chicken and waffles on a stick and so on. I don't think it's tacky to ask for money if people want you to do it or you give them an option. This year we are going back to tradition, but if I have to do it all and they want it that way, I will ask for funds. If I was making basic regular stuff then I wouldn't ask for money or even when I go back to work and finances aren't tight, I will not ask for money. I think if you force people to pay and not have the option of doing it traditional, that is tacky which a relative on the other did once, otherwise it's whatever the family wants.

Money or a Dish: Monetary Compensation for Holiday Dinners?
11/14/13 06:43 PM

OMG, my mother's oyster dressing. Although, last year I stole an idea from on line of turning dressing/stuffing into muffins so I used my mom's recipe and made oyster stuffins with a side of gumbo gray (based off of my grandpa's gumbo recipe). OMG is was a hit and I can't wait to do it again this year.

Real Life Holidays: Which Side Dishes Do You Like the Best at Thanksgiving Dinner?
11/13/13 07:31 PM

@Tess, I wasn't saying that's what you were saying. I believe I mentioned the tips were great. I was actually thinking the fact that one has to do a post like this because there is actually a stigma about grocery store flowers and the like. Sorry for the confusion.

Top Tricks for Making Grocery Store Flowers Look Great
10/30/13 08:47 PM

Um, I don't understand...left over?

What Do You Do with the Leftover Halloween Candy?
10/30/13 08:40 PM

Ok while I appreciate tips on how to create a good flower arrangement, I must say that this whole judgement on flowers in ones home is pretencious to say the least. What is wrong with grocery store flowers? Trader Joe's has the best deals on flowers and I don't think twice buying them to oogle at in my home or as a nice gift to someone. How embarrassing it would be to be called a flower snob. I mean doesn't that sound silly. I guess those would be the same people that say "no fake flower" you know since everyone can afford fresh flowers in their home every day. I say buy what u can, flowers are beautiful by nature without human intervention. Make them extra pretty when you can and just plop them in a vase when you can't either way they will add beauty to your home

Top Tricks for Making Grocery Store Flowers Look Great
10/27/13 09:59 AM

Say what you will (which I did...a bunch of "oh hell no"'s and "I could never sleep there, that is so freakin' creepy" and"whoa that is awesome"), but you have to admit at the end of the slide show, you think' it's like the first time you moved out of your parents house and started making your own money and you bought all of the stuff they either wouldn't let you have or limited the amount you can have and doing the stuff they never let you do, eating junk food for dinner, eating in bed or on the couch. He had is chance and he bought it all and then put it in his house...you go boy!!!

Adam's DIY Ode To Ornamentalism House Tour
9/28/13 12:48 AM

The discussion of healthy eating can sometimes depress me. I mean, lunch can often be the most needed meal of the day if you have an active lifestyle or especially if you've missed breakfast. To fulfill my needs and maintain health, I need to have a substantial lunch. The quickest thing would be a sandwich with all the fixin's, the meat (boneless skinless chicken, roasted turkey, etc.), bell peppers (no green please), sprouts, lettuce, dijon mustard, and swiss cheese. Another option for me is if I've made a rich meal for dinner the previous night like my deliciously unhealthy chicken enchilada casserole, cut a small portion that would maybe total 400 calories and then add an obnoxiously large salad on the side. Loading up on water throughout the day also helps curb the hunger so you don't go crazy.

What's Your Idea of a Great Lunch?
9/16/13 02:56 PM

I think it is interesting how people just immediately go on the defensive or offensive with these types of human interest stories. How people turn someone else's life decision into a judgement for another's. These people are clearly not bad parents, and although are going to what I consider an extreme, they saw a problem in their household and are trying to address it. I understand the extreme frustration of how the advancement in technology has diminished our communication and human interaction skills. I mean recall how we used to memorize everyone's phone number in our heads. I can't believe how many phone numbers my mental Rolodex held back in the day. I love talking with people and I actually have got to a point where I have friends with whom I have never had a verbal phone conversation. That is insane. Thank God my college psych classes gave me pertinent information which I apply now as a mother and so far my 3 year old has not succumb to this overly techy world (cannot say the same for my husband or even myself). Brava, to the people doing this, it will be motivation for me to try to impose some type of electrorestriction (go ahead and use this term) on my boys when they get older.

Family Decides to Only Use Pre-1986 Technology
9/10/13 12:54 PM

I have always been a food snob. Seriously, since I was a child. Apparently I refused to order off the children's menu when I was a kid. Of course my parents facilitated this behavior by obliging. Fast forward to adulthood and I cannot eat plain or bland simple food. The conflict, I am cheap and always have to budget. Solution, learn how to cook (well). In order to prevent myself from buying out at work, I make things that are super flavorful and delicious. If I bring simple food that I am not excited about, it will most certainly lose out to Rubio's, Chipotle, Panera, or some other expensive place. If I cook something mouth watering, I will be excited to eat lunch and won't even think about eating out. My co-workers would tease me and say what are you having today and come up with some really fancy food name and I would say "hey, I have to compete with the restaurants" So, the point is, make things you'll be excited about eating. Don't just throw something in a bag, you'll regret it later.

Learning to Actually Pack (and Eat) Lunch: 3 Tips from a Recovering Lunch Buyer
9/5/13 04:02 PM

Hey thanks for sharing. I have seen a lot of posts on S'mores parties and am now going to do one some time. I would have repeated these mistakes I'm sure.

A Backyard S'mores Party: Learn From
My Three Mistakes
Gatherings from The Kitchn

8/2/13 01:18 PM