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Peanut butter (assuming no issues with peanut allergies; would imagine almond butter would also work) on whole-grain toast with honey or jam is pretty perfect for breakfast while breastfeeding IMO. Fast and easy and nicely caloric.

Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Breakfast Ideas for a Breastfeeding Mom? Good Questions
5/3/14 12:30 PM

Different strokes etc. I'm 5'10" and my husband is 6'5"; we'd sooner get rid of our LOWER cabinets than the upper ones. It's a pain to have to bend down and get stuff out of our lower cabinets as it is (my current advanced state of pregnancy has made me have even stronger feelings on this than I do as just a normal Sasquatch-type person!). I have no beef with open shelving though.

Renovation Inspiration: 10 Beautiful Kitchens with No Upper Cabinets
5/3/14 12:27 PM

Just to offer a differing viewpoint in case other people are in the same boat that I was/am, I could have used a bunch of stockpiled meals before actually getting pregnant, but I get so miserable, ill, and exhausted during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy especially that having a newborn is positively easy by comparison. With my first, I cooked - happily - a lot more AFTER the baby was born than I did in the months before. So please don't get stressed out about it if you (like me now in the 8th month of my second pregnancy) want to burst into tears at the thought of dealing with hours of prep cooking. (My first never cared in the slightest what I'd eaten, breastmilk-wise, either.)

Stock Up on Freezer Meals Week 5: The Best Reader Advice for Filling the Freezer Before Baby Arrives Spring Projects from The Kitchn
5/3/14 10:22 AM

I am so bemused by all the demands for lids on trash cans. I honestly don't know ANYONE who has a lid on a bathroom trash can. I thought everyone knew to wrap anything unsightly in toilet paper; I've never in my life seen anything gross and exposed in mine or any one of my friends' or families' trash cans. I don't even remember being "taught" this, I thought it was just something everyone did as a matter of course. Concur with whoever said upthread that a lid would be a hassle and pretty gross to throw anything away while seated, I'm way more disgusted at the thought of having to touch a trash can lid than I am at the sight of clean TP in an open trash can.

Do You Have Strong Feelings about Bathroom Decor?
4/6/14 10:17 AM

I was in high school and college in the midwest in the 90s. I remember lots of giant coffee drinks, spinach and artichoke dip (in a bread bowl for bonus points), molten chocolate cakes and fat-free EVERYTHING.

Also Zima.

10 Recipes That Defined the 1990s Recipes of the Decade
2/28/14 11:35 AM

Last Christmas I was whirling about the kitchen getting dinner on the table and hit the boniest part of my foot on the corner of the (open) dishwasher door, which when open is quite low to the floor. You know how in old Road Runner cartoons when an anvil falls on the Coyote's head it swells up in a ludicrously large pointy lump? That's EXACTLY what happens to the bony part of your foot when you hit it on the corner of a dishwasher at max speed, turns out. I couldn't wear shoes for four days.

The Christmas before THAT, I had come back in from a run and was trying to get showered and dressed in a hurry and managed to walk at top speed RIGHT into the doorframe between my bedroom and bathroom in such a way that I split my eyebrow open and had to get five stitches.

Watch where you're going during the holidays, is probably the lesson I should be taking from this.

Stay Safe: Everyday Dangers at Home
2/24/14 03:27 PM

Thanks for the link, 19mile. The environmental rationale makes sense. From the pictures I've seen (maybe I'm blind, but the rounded corners look BARELY rounded to me), the Kallax looks SO similar to the Expedit that I don't know why they didn't just release it as a "new model" of Expedit and avoid 75% of the online furor.

IKEA Discontinues EXPEDIT, Prompting Petitions Design News
2/21/14 08:08 AM

I feel guilty about posting my own horror story, so I will mention for those who are being terrified out of having children by these that I am the ONLY one of my friends who got any sort of debilitating sickness; the rest of them had maybe slight queasiness on occasion, nothing worse. I don't think the really bad stuff is very common. (Hormonal birth control has always made me super sick too so I suspected going in that I was going to have a rough time of it.)

B6 and Unisom help, too, and having a handkerchief or something dosed with peppermint oil that I could put over my nose was useful sometimes when I was around anything smelly.

The Food Lover's Guide to Surviving Morning Sickness
2/20/14 01:03 PM

Congratulations! I'm currently 22 weeks myself, so this is all VERY fresh in my mind. :) I thought I was sick with my first one - constant nausea and threw up every other day or so - until I hit 5 weeks with THIS one. Lord. It was awful. My biggest piece of advice is NO GUILT. I ate constantly to keep from vomiting constantly. Extremely simple carbs, stuff I wouldn't touch normally - the 10-for-a-dollar ramen noodle soup, Lenders bagels, those frozen pretzels with the salt packets, plain potato chips - were all I could manage most days, but if I didn't keep something in my stomach I'd start off a vomiting cycle that was hard to get back under control. (This was with the aid of Zofran, without which I'd also have been in the hospital, I suspect.) I also had a constant supply of hard candies around. My husband - I'm the main cook in the house - and son ate a lot of takeout; we also had cleaners come in a couple of times which was incredibly nice.

With my first, I felt better by 10 weeks; with this one I felt less dire at 11 weeks and almost normal by 15 weeks. This week I've cooked and eaten curries and salmon and all sorts of stuff that I couldn't bear to think of a few weeks ago - it does end!

The Food Lover's Guide to Surviving Morning Sickness
2/20/14 07:31 AM

I watched a lot of Dallas as an older child/young teenager and I remember thinking that the absolute HEIGHT of sophistication and awesomeness was the beautiful decanter of bourbon and silver ice bucket that was always on a table, ready for drinks to be poured and drama to ensue. I still think so, frankly.

Fun or Faux Pas? Liquor Bottles on Display
2/14/14 10:31 AM

Agreeing with everyone else with cabinet-painting experience. If you're going to be there for YEARS, then I think it'd be worth painting the cabinets white, but I've done it twice, both for houses that I owned, and both times it took an INCREDIBLE amount of time and effort - painting just the cabinets in my current kitchen took me a solid week of 12-hour days, no lie. That was a few more cabinets than you have, but not THAT many. They look great, and I'd do it again for another house of my own, but no way would I do it for a rental that I'd be leaving within a couple of years.

If you ARE going to do it, I'd definitely go white for both tops and bottoms and be sure to get a paint that's meant for cabinets and sand and prime well.

Ideas for Refreshing a Rental Kitchen on a Budget? Good Questions
2/14/14 10:12 AM

I hasten to add that we don't have ours kept in an upper cabinet because we think that kids shouldn't be exposed to the idea of alcohol (quite the opposite; I strongly believe that kids who normally see adults drinking responsibly will be more likely to drink responsibly when they themselves go off to college), but because we don't want to have Lightning McQueen get an inadvertent bath of Hendricks and shattered glass.

Fun or Faux Pas? Liquor Bottles on Display
2/13/14 08:13 AM

I love it when people have their bar stuff out like this. As someone said upthread, it looks inviting to me. And lots of liquor bottles and cocktail implements are really beautiful; it's a shame to keep them behind closed doors, IMO. I don't have a bar cart per se because I have small children, but we keep the more gorgeous bottles, decanters etc in an upper cabinet with glass doors so everything is visible, and just put, like, the Costco-sized bottles (hey, we have parties) in a lower closed cabinet.

Fun or Faux Pas? Liquor Bottles on Display
2/13/14 08:07 AM

My experience regarding registries: my husband and I ELOPED and tons of people still asked us (after the fact) where we were registered (we weren't, as we didn't expect gifts because...no wedding) and INSISTED on buying us things even though we eloped specifically to AVOID all the wedding stuff. People WILL want to buy you things and if you don't have a registry, they'll just feel like they have to ask what you need and/or feel awkward about it. ESPECIALLY if you are actually having a wedding, where a registry is (at least in America) the done thing. So don't let anyone make you feel bad about having a registry, for goodness' sake, so long as there are things of multiple price points on there.

More on topic - my vote is for individual pieces, for all the reasons people have said above.

Should I Register for a Set of Pots & Pans or Individual Pieces? Good Questions
2/12/14 05:23 PM

Also, I SO agree with the commenter upthread that everyone should have to work in a customer service job at some point. I think there should be a mandatory year of it in your late teens or early 20s; kind of like mandatory military service in some countries. I'll bet a LOT of people who are kind of jerks to customer service people now would not be if they'd been forced to think about the other side. (I still throw away straw wrappers that people leave ON THE COUNTER, RIGHT NEXT TO THE TRASH CAN in convenience stores because I vividly remember the blind rage this level of thoughtlessness used to give me in my own college customer service days.)

Brighten Someone's Day: 31 Simple, Thoughtful Ideas Real Simple
2/7/14 08:01 AM

Question for those of you who tip or give baked goods to your trash/recycling guys or mailpeople - how? I always think I would love to do this at the holidays but I never actually SEE mine; they come when everyone is at work, and I have no idea if it's the same people every time or different crews or what. They could be magical garbage fairies for all I know. Do you leave a card taped to the trash can or something (ours get picked up by the robotic arm thing on the truck, so I'd be afraid they'd miss it)?

Brighten Someone's Day: 31 Simple, Thoughtful Ideas Real Simple
2/7/14 07:55 AM

windexblue, I LOVE yours. Mine is similar: putting together the spring's first harvest of salad greens out of the garden, drinking a glass of white with the windows and back door open to the deck, good music on, hearing the kids playing outside. (We got a foot of snow here yesterday. I cannot WAIT for spring.)

I also get a tiny little wave of delight every time I open my kitchen towel drawer and see the stacks of neatly folded, brightly colored towels and bar rags. There's something very domestic-blissful about kitchen linens.

What Makes You Happiest in the Kitchen?
2/5/14 01:03 PM

Potentially Smug Urban Hippie comment ahead: we shred stuff that might be identifying (well, within reason - I don't worry about, like, addresses on magazines) and the shredded paper works as brown matter for the compost bin, which I'm normally short on when I don't have fall leaves to use. Works great.

Do You Still Use a Shredder?
2/5/14 09:47 AM

PastaAMT, my family is exactly the same. I'm 36 and have never considered sitting at the "grownups" table - it accommodates about 1/3 of the crowd at holidays, maybe.

The other thing is that I have never in my life met a child who would rather sit with the grownups than have their own table with other kids their own age. They sit with their parents at dinner every night. Having a special table for my cousins and me was a great treat as a child. It wouldn't have been nearly so much fun if we had to sit with everyone else. I doubt it ever occurred to any of us to think of it as some sort of slight; certainly didn't to me.

Why I'm in Favor of Losing the Kids Table for the Holidays
11/25/13 01:33 PM

Along with checking the fridge produce, don't forget to check any onions or potatoes - especially, dear lord, potatoes - you might have in the pantry or wherever. I have nightmares about the stench of rotten potatoes, man.

Before You Leave Home: A Pre-Trip Checklist
11/14/13 12:09 PM