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We lined our Lab's crate with clothes that smelled like us (read: we would wear old sweatshirts or tees while doing chores) and that helped comfort her in her crate.

We also bought plenty of tough toys, since she usually disemboweled stuffed animals, including a duck decoy toy that sent fibers down her throat, giving her a cough that got her sent home from daycare once. They were very concerned about kennel cough!

Our Lab didn't respond to Bitter Apple either, but we recently bought some tea tree oil spray to treat her seasonal allergies and she hates the taste. Maybe that would work, assuming it doesn't stain anything?

Bringing Home a New Dog? The Essential Shopping List for a Damage-Free Home
7/29/14 10:30 PM

I absolutely love my glasslock sets. My step-grandmother sent me a set for Christmas one year, and it's become the best present ever. I might need to head to Costco and get another set now!

Glass, Ceramic, Wood, and Stainless Steel: Options for Non-Plastic Kitchen Storage Product Roundup
4/15/14 02:06 PM

I have the Joy of Cooking, and Bittman's How to Cook Everything, and the ratio of use is 10:1 in favor of Bittman. I pull that giant red book down at least once a week. The only other cooking resource I use as often is the Epicurious app on my phone.

What's the Best General, Comprehensive Cookbook to Buy? Good Questions
3/10/14 06:21 PM

We banned all screens (phone, TV, tablet, et al) from our bedroom years ago, and have never looked back. It was originally because my husband is like a moth to flame with screens and they practically have to be pried out of his hands to go to sleep. Now, it's just habit to plug everything in downstairs and go upstairs empty-handed. It's been awesome, and relying on a combination of the old clock radio and the dog to wake us up works every morning.

Tech Disconnect: I'm Banishing My Phone from My Bedside
2/21/14 01:11 PM

Mine are an every-other-week housekeeper and AmazonFresh grocery delivery. I haaate going to the grocery store, but my husband loves going to the local butcher after work. Plus, AmazonFresh delivers from local producers and has an extensive organic section.

What Conveniences are You Willing to Splurge On?
2/18/14 08:31 PM

@Pendragon, my mom did the exact same thing. I was amazed as a little girl when Bunny got left on vacation, but reappeared at the house a few days later!

How To Clean Stuffed Animals
1/16/14 01:14 PM

I love Christmas trees and have a terrible habit of leaving them up for far too long. My husband tolerates trees, and we agreed that he didn't mind the tree as long as I took it out to the curb while the city was still picking them up. So I took mine down on January 9, and hauled it out for the city to pick up on the 10th.

Weigh In: When Do You Take Down the
Christmas Tree?

1/16/14 01:00 PM

I cannot overstate how much happier my husband and I are since we hired an independent housekeeper. She comes over with an assistant twice a month and we pay her $105 per session for about 1.5 hours of work. She does a great job, doesn't mind having my dog around (in fact, she's also a petsitter--major perk!), and only uses eco-cleaners. We always tidy up before she comes--I like to remind my husband that we pay her to clean the house, not put our stuff away. Less clutter=better cleaning.

And of course I could do the cleaning myself. But we can afford the housekeeper, I never have to argue with my husband over whose turn it is to clean the bathroom (a task we both hate) and twice a month I come home to a sparkly clean home. So worth it.

How to Hire a Professional Housecleaner
1/15/14 12:45 PM

The tree's still up and decorated, but I promised my husband that it would be on the curb for yard debris pickup this Friday. We hosted, but it was a short visit from my family and fortunately the cleaning lady came on New Year's Day. So the house is more or less back to normal, and we're back to our more or less normal schedules.

Now it's time to get my waistline back to more or less normal after all of the holiday indulging and lack of exercise!!

How Long Does It Take Your Home To Recover From The Holidays?
1/6/14 01:57 PM

Eating out less, for sure. My husband and I both work, and both get home exhausted. Since we don't plan ahead, and don't do the Sunday prep thing, we just look at each other and ask, "what's for dinner?" I definitely want to get away from that and into a better plan. Plus, I'd probably end up with more/better lunch leftovers to boot.

I also want to do more experimenting, since I am very much a recipe follower and freak out a little bit when forced to "freestyle" in the kitchen. I have my short list of trusty recipes and need to branch out more.

Our Cooking Resolutions for 2014
1/3/14 05:39 PM

I just made these gougeres for a party on Friday, and they were delicious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Gougeres-51193870

Totally vegetarian, and reasonably painless to make! I also second the caprese idea. One of my friends brought this dish to a book club, and it was also delicious: http://chefshop.com/Roasted-Cauliflower-with-Cocoa-Smoked-Paprika-Recipe-P7355.aspx

Ideas for Festive Vegetarian Appetizers for Christmas Day? Good Questions
12/22/13 07:06 PM

I made gougeres for a party last night and am snacking on the leftovers today. I'm also planning on making Bon Appetit's hot mustard for my husband and my parents, as well as some more molasses cookies.

I'm all prepped for our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of Dungeness crab, Caesar salad with homemade dressing & croutons, and fresh baguettes. Plus, I'm tackling a bone-in ham for Christmas dinner for the first time. Should be an adventure!

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of December 21-22, 2013
12/21/13 06:05 PM

My family always does the Christmas day gift exchange. When my sister and I were little, we would get up on Christmas morning and wake up my parents. They would make us sit at the top of the stairs while they went down to "check if Santa came," and make coffee and light a fire in the fireplace. They'd finally allow us to come downstairs, at which point we'd all sit down and tear through our stockings. Generally, we would take a break for breakfast and then sit down to open the rest of our presents. We always did the one-at-a-time thing because our extended family was rarely there and Mom wanted to ensure that gifts were accurately recorded for thank you notes. Plus, my family likes to ooh and aah over everything, which is kind of awesome.

My husband's family does the midnight/Christmas Eve thing, and then spends Christmas day at a gathering with his gigantic extended family. It's different, but still fun, and neither gift giving tradition is chaos, which I appreciate! The extended family gathering is always chaos, so there's a little something for everyone. Fortunately, there's always plenty of wine and delicious food.

Idea Exchange: What's Your Christmas Present Opening Tradition?
12/19/13 02:22 PM

I understand the whole "no gifts" sentiment, and it's lovely. That said, my mother had an unhappy childhood and it only manifests itself around the holidays when she absolutely delights in giving people physical presents to unwrap. She prefers to give people things they'll like and appreciate, so we've been dutifully compiling lists for her since I was a child. When I told my husband, and subsequently my MIL, they latched onto the idea and now my husband and I submit our lists to each other before they're edited and sent out to the respective in-laws. My SIL doesn't ask for a list and picks out something lovely every year, and we do the same for her.

I think it's a matter of what works for everyone. I don't need much and I'm fortunate enough to be able to afford most of what I want, but I do want to make my mother happy, and the list does exactly that.

\"Registering\" For Holiday Gifts: How Do You Handle It?
12/2/13 08:35 PM

Ugh, I'm trying to decide exactly how passive-aggressive it would be to simply forward this discussion to my husband without comment. He will literally stare at his phone for 20 minutes at a clip when we're out with friends, and it drives me nuts. Fortunately, he's never busted it out at a family dinner, but I might have to start enforcing the bathroom rule when we're out. Good Lord.

The Experts Weigh In: A Crash Course in Tech Etiquette at the Thanksgiving Table
11/26/13 04:30 PM

The three Swan Lake books written by Mark Helprin and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. The trilogy are the most beautiful books I own, and the most beautiful childrens' books I've ever seen.

20 of the Most Beautiful Children's Books in the World
10/25/13 06:30 PM

I really can't decide between the Bishops' house and the Tennenbaums. Too much good stuff!!

Which Wes Anderson Home Would You Live In?
10/17/13 07:28 PM

I do all of the laundry because I'm super-particular about how everything gets done. That, and it's one of the few chores that I really don't mind doing.

Do You Do Each Other's Laundry?
10/4/13 04:13 PM

Ever since I graduated from college and moved out on my own, I've slept with a footlong Maglite flashlight on my bedstand--the same flashlight police carry and it definitely could be used as a weapon. I've lived in some less than awesome neighborhoods, and while break-ins happened (fortunately, never to me so far), I've never used the flashlight for anything more than peace of mind. Honestly, it doesn't even work that well for light since the batteries drain so quickly that I end up having to go look for a headlamp.

And I also have a 75lb black Lab who isn't scary at all, but she looks (and can sound) scary before she starts licking your hands and demanding belly rubs.

Bedside Hammer: What's Your Home Security System?
9/3/13 11:51 AM

I've lived almost exclusively with roommates, but one definitely took the cake. She was a mild-mannered assistant manager during the day, but she was training to be a dominatrix in the evenings. Coming up the stairs to see my roommate wearing nothing but a black latex thong leotard is something you can't really un-see.

She also purchased an oil-fueled space heater, which was a terrible idea in our firetrap of an apartment, and kept her room at approximately 80 degrees year-round.

She also had a boyfriend, one of a string she'd bring home, who insisted that he didn't want to flush the toilet after he'd used it in the middle of the night because he'd wake me up. I am a very deep sleeper, and I also got up for work much, much earlier than they did, so you can imagine the scene I got first thing in the morning. Blech! Fortunately, he didn't last very long.

Lastly, I once came home to her cooking dinner, which somehow involved using my hand mixer (with metal blades, natch) in one of my non-stick pots. Lovely. That pot got tossed shortly thereafter.

But compared to the other nightmares in this thread, she wasn't that bad at all!!

Run, Don't Walk: Worst Roommate Ever Stories
8/29/13 05:44 PM