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Carrot tops also make lovely greens in a bouquet of garden flowers--a great way to fill out meager flower harvests in early spring. They last well in water and lend a frilly wildness to our flower arrangements.


Yes, You Can Eat Carrot Tops. No, They're Not Poisonous! Ingredient Intelligence
5/19/14 08:46 PM

Imperial trellis in the mudroom. Someday.


Win: Luxury Mosaic Tile from
Mission Stone and Tile Giveaway

10/18/13 01:11 PM

@jmcad: Spacesha is absolutely right. We have three children (ages 1, 3, 5) who have all used the Sili Squeeze (we were early adopters, back when it was a nascent mom-and-pop operation). None of them have eaten traditional baby food purees as infants--they preferred grown-up foods they could self-feed from the start--but all have have gone through a "white food phase" as toddlers, when all they want is rice, bananas, yogurt, and peanut butter. But they will consume ANYTHING in a smoothie--kale, spinach, grated zucchini, berries, kefir--and I'd rather see them sucking on a Sili Squeeze and getting their vitamins from actual food than taking synthetic vitamins.

@Emmi: We try to avoid plastics in our family, too, and at home our kids use glasses and ceramic plates, just like the grownups, as well as glass bottles/sippy cups. But it's hard to find a better way to make purees portable than these sorts of cups. And from what I've been able to learn, silicone products are much safer than plastics, but still virtually indestructible. Our Sili Squeezes have held up for years with no staining, smells, scratches, or other discernible wear.


Not Just for Babies: Reusable Food Pouches Back to School 2013
8/15/13 09:58 PM

I feel like Spectrum is getting a bum rap here, and just want to say to the Crisco-averse that Spectrum has produced fantastic sweet and savory crusts for us for years. Granted, I haven't eaten Crisco since the early 90s, so don't have a clear recollection of its beloved heft, but our Spectrum + butter crusts get raves wherever we go. (We like the America's Test Kitchen recipe.) Spectrum was also a godsend when one of our kids was couldn't eat dairy or soy for 18 months. It (and an assortment of substitutes) made baking possible.


Recipe: Sour Cream Pie Crust Recipes from The Kitchn
7/11/13 01:17 PM

For those who are wondering about efficacy, I'll just go ahead and admit that since my first pregnancy I've had horribly stinky underarm sweat, and the ONLY thing that has worked to quell it is a homemade mix of 1 part cornstarch or arrowroot, 1 part baking soda, 2 parts coconut oil, plus (optional) a few drops of tea tree oil. It's amazing--lasts up to 48 hours. My husband, who is often skeptical about my homemade potions, is also a big fan of this deodorant. Store it in a small jar to spread on like a lotion, or shape it into a ball and store it in the fridge to apply it like a solid--works equally well. Really--it WORKS. And nothing else has ever come close for my filthy stench.


Quick, Easy, Homemade Deodorant...that Actually Works Apartment Therapy Tutorial
5/9/13 08:52 PM

We do a lot of cooking and to save money make everything from scratch (including baking all our own bread, pizza crust, lots of soups, dried beans and lentils . . .). We also buy and cook in bulk, particularly fresh produce in season, which we then freeze or can. This means a LOT of prep work, and with 3 kids under 5, I rarely have 2 hands to work with at once. The food processor makes it possible for me to chop the veg., knead the dough, grate the cheese, shred the zucchini that gets dinner on the table at a reasonable hour. I agree with ZoeCat that the processor's work isn't always pretty--many veggies get half pulverized by the time everything is chopped--so it's not best for making soup or chili you want to impress your company, but for everyday meals it's a gift to our hungry family. (And those pulverized veggies go down easy for picky kids who might be tempted to pick out larger chunks.) As a bonus, carrot cake has never been so easy to make, and I'm in favor of any appliance that puts cream cheese frosting on my cake plate more often.


Do I Really Need A Food Processor? Good Questions
3/6/13 04:11 PM

I mix cooked frozen peas with a little basil (a winter indulgence) and pesto fixings for a kid-friendly veggie topping. We serve large quantities of the pesto with modest quantities of bread or pasta.


Recipe: Winter Greens Pesto Recipes from The Kitchn
1/17/13 12:06 PM