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Display Name: silverylotus
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Have your friends over to help you move, while you make tons of bacon-wrapped smokies covered with brown sugar!


Ideas For Using Up a Lot of Bacon? Good Questions
7/17/14 12:46 PM

I love their own brand of balsamic vinegar. Taste great for the price. I always have one on hand.


17 Favorite Trader Joe's Products That Our Readers Love The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping
7/8/14 07:24 PM

I am constantly making power bars for my husband. I find that it's cheaper to buy from bulk bins just so that I don't have to wait for shipping. Sometimes they have good sales on package stuff, so I will buy those then.


Where Should I Buy Dried Fruits and Nuts? Good Questions
6/6/14 03:31 PM

People who save everything on the desktop and not specifying a file name. I have older coworkers who constantly do this. It drives me nut because they will say that "it's on the desktop" and the file is under some generic name "0418 data". Another one is how people will start a brand new Excel file for relevant data. There will be five different spreadsheets on the desktop. Argh, Excel has tabs for a reason!


What Are Your Tech Pet Peeves?
4/18/14 03:54 PM

I am assuming you will be staying at motels at some point. When I was young and we took a road trip to Yellow Stone with my aunt's family, my parents, aunt/uncle brought so much stuff that we didn't have to buy anything. I remember soy sauce chicken wings, boiled eggs, rice, sausages, cold noodles, etc. I am sure there was a rice cooker and some sort of mini pot to boil water. Best memories of my life.


What Are Some Easy, Healthy Meals I Can Make and Eat on a Road Trip? Good Questions
4/11/14 12:50 PM

Your kitchen is similar to mine in that you have some wall cabinets to the right of your window. I ripped those wall cabinets out, and replaced them with some AKURUM wall cabinets from IKEA. IKEA makes a wall cabinet for the microwave oven. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S89869817/

Having the microwave off the counter was an instant facelift for our kitchen. We never bothered getting the doors because we ended up liking the openselving for just that section. As for the microwave cord, we drilled a big hole on the bottom once we installed the cabinets so that we didn't have to do any electrical work. We then drill a GRUNDTAL rail also to bottom to hang cups and what not. No one can really even see the cord. The whole project was maybe a bit over $100.


Help Me Give My Sad Galley Kitchen a Facelift! Good Questions
4/9/14 07:32 PM

I brine my chicken breast. The difference is so worth it. Just stick it into a salt solution (5% salt by weight in water) for two hours. You will never have dry chicken breasts again.


Our Readers' 5 Best Tips for Learning How to Cook Meat Reader Intelligence Report
3/31/14 01:01 PM

My coworker is vegan and she makes her own whole wheat sourdough bread. The fruit preserves will go great with toast.


Vegan Ideas for Using My Stash of Fruit Preserves? Good Questions
3/27/14 03:36 PM

Japanese has a popular dish called ochazuke, which is rice with tea. I have tried it a few times and it's not bad at all. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chazuke


Do You Have Any Recipes That Make Rice More Interesting? Good Questions
3/21/14 03:46 PM

You can always do a lettuce wrap. Wrap any type of stir fry and you are golden. I am envisioning some Szechuan minced pork. Yum.


What Can I Make With Romaine Lettuce (Besides Salads)? Good Questions
3/21/14 03:27 PM

I agree with apartment T. fan. Having the dishwasher not next to the sink isn't efficient. My original cabinets were in a similar color. I painted it a light gray and the walls an even lighter shade of gray (almost white). It opened up the whole kitchen.


Ideas to Update Mid Century Kitchen without Major Renovations? Good Questions
3/21/14 02:00 PM

"Wow, you have a lot of purple" is what people generally say. While it is my favorite color, the only purple in my 20x20 main open floor plan are the curtains, kitchen aid mixer, the pillows on the couch, and a West Elm tray on the kitchen island. I suppose is peppered around enough to give the illusion of a very purple room.


What Surprises People the Most About Your Home? Reader Survey
3/17/14 01:37 PM

I personally like the lines of it, and if it's not too bulky for your dining room, I would try updating it. I think just painting the light wood white and then changing out the hardware would give the piece enough contrast to stand out. I love glass doors; it's not cheap to buy glass doors.


Ideas for Redo of Inherited Cabinet? Good Questions
3/14/14 01:10 PM

I agree, I would put the TV on the 41' wall, and decorate the fireplace as the focal point. We have a TV above the fireplace, that's because we have absolutely no choice. Every other wall has a door or a window, but we like our 55".


What To Do With Bare Wall Next to TV? Good Questions
3/11/14 03:11 PM

These look very Crate&Barrel-y. You could start there.


Suggest a Dining Table to Match My Orange Chairs? Good Questions
3/10/14 07:31 PM

Making an effort to bring lunch is definitely a lifestyle change. Before my husband and I got married, he never brought lunch to work. I started packing lunch for him, both to be frugal and be healthier. All he has to do is to remember to grab it before he leaves for work. In the beginning, he would forget and even resisted. I just told him it's just an option for him if he wants to bring it. One time, I went out of town for a week for work. He actually told me he missed bringing in lunch because everything he was eating made him feel bloated. He got salads at the end of the week but it wouldn't be enough to fill him up.

I highly recommend the Monbento lunch boxes, so light and compact to pack just the right amount. Before, I would opt for pyrex containers only. However, he recently switched jobs and now the he works closer to home, he started riding his bike again. I make a habit to make a larger batch of food, then we will both bring it for lunch during the week.


Learning to Actually Pack (and Eat) Lunch: 3 Tips from a Recovering Lunch Buyer Tips from The Kitchn
3/10/14 03:53 PM

I always have ramen packages and a ramen bowl that I bought at Daiso for $1.50 in my desk. Not the healthiest, but it's more efficient than going out.


In Case of Emergency: 5 Foods to Keep in Your Desk for Last-Minute Lunches Tips from The Kitchn
3/10/14 03:14 PM

If the dimensions work out, you could always buy one of those IKEA rails, and hang buckets in front of it. They will disguise the wire a bit and you can use the buckets to organize.


How To Hide Ugly Cables in Laundry Room Wall? Good Questions
3/10/14 01:41 PM

I think it looks cool. But, if you can't stand it after living with it, then rip it out. It seems like the tile would go well with some plants around it.


Original Mantel Tile - Tacky or Classic? Good Questions
3/7/14 01:30 PM

I had to do a double take, because I couldn't find what changed. The floor is too distracting.


Kitchen Before & After: Making Do With a Few Small Changes Reader Kitchen Remodel
3/6/14 01:06 PM