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What about a design like this?

You could even do the grey stripes in paint and the orange in washi tape, and then you don't need to worry if the lines aren't perfect!

Tips for Painting Stripes in My Boring Dining Room? Good Questions
7/28/14 12:28 PM

1. A satin finish would certainly make the color pop more, but if you are choosing an intense color (like orange!) flat paint will probably be more than enough. Maybe you could even buy a small sample of paint in the satin finish and make one stripe different?
2. I think gray and orange stripes would look fantastic if you leave smaller stripes of white in between.
3. The first thing I EVER painted was a horizontal striped bathroom wall. It's not as hard as it seems. Spend more time on the taping than the painting. I managed with an 18" ruler and a cheap level, but if you have access to a laser level I wouldn't pass that up!

Tips for Painting Stipes in My Boring Dining Room? Good Questions
7/28/14 08:47 AM

I have a very similar situation!!

We make a lot of soups, all year round. Hearty bean based soups are a wonderful and slow cooker friendly option - if you can allow beans in your diet.

We also cook many large batches of stir fry. If you vary the seasoning and vegetables enough it feels like a new meal every time.

Lastly, have you tried making pizzas with alternate sauces?
We use hummus and a little olive oil as a sauce, with beets and goat cheese and basil on top, served with arugula when it's in season. It's delicious! We've also used pesto, wine and oil, or even just garlic and oil, as other sauce options.

Ideas for Nutritious, Creative, IBD-Friendly Recipes? Good Questions
7/24/14 09:54 AM

How silly.
None of these packages would survive shipping to your local store in a normal shipping box. The "egg" and the smoothie box would both need extra packaging , likely of cardboard or styrofoam, to survive the trip. The hot water bowl would be plastic wrapped to keep it dry. The rice and grain one would work, but is that really more practical than a waxed paper bag?

This is just less trash on the consumer's end. The whole life cycle would probably waste even more than current packaging.

Is This the Future of Food Packaging? Food News
7/1/14 12:40 PM

This is a great read!

An ideal home should have both types of spaces - intimate corners and a few closed off spaces for tranquility and recharging, and open areas that encourage large amount of socializing. It's unrealistic to think your house will always have ONLY extroverts or introverts.

I think it's important to emphasize that intro/extroversion is a spectrum. I find myself squarely in the middle - more extroverted than my introvert friends (all engineers), and more introverted than my extrovert friends (all teachers). Some days I want to host a dinner party, some days I just want to hang out in my bathtub and read. And that's okay!

Design Tips for Introverts & Extroverts (and How to Tell Which One You Are)
6/19/14 01:09 PM

The new light fixture is also not in the total budget - and I really want to know where it's from!

Kitchen Before & After: A Smart, Stylish, and Budget-Friendly Kitchen Update for $5,500 Reader Kitchen Remodel
6/17/14 08:50 AM

The red door is a great solution. I agree with others that the house needs some landscaping, but I would do pots by the door rather than hanging baskets. The windows take up so much of the front that they need to be the statement.

Paint the shutters black to give them more contrast to the white posts, and paint those house numbers the same shade of red as the door to bring your eye back to the posts.

Add Character to Home Exterior with Red Door and What Else? Good Questions
6/3/14 10:34 AM

I'm indifferent to the massive quantity of dandelions in our lawn. (Our neighbors might not be so indifferent)

I care a lot more about the impossible to kill thistle. It's the weed that fights back! Protective thorns, roots up to 10 ft deep, and round up barely touches them.

Anyone have a good thistle solution?

How To Get Rid of Dandelion Weeds Apartment Therapy Tutorials
5/6/14 01:47 PM

A note about the breakfast teas - English and Irish blends are markedly different. As noted, the Irish blends are stronger in flavor, but also smoother. They lack the acidic bite in English breakfast tea since the English blend was designed to cut through the traditional fatty English breakfast.
Irish blends also have a malty finish - and if malty flavors are your thing, the Scottish breakfast blends are even maltier.

What You Should Know About Black Tea Tea Essentials
3/10/14 04:12 PM

I've never tried to adapt a recipe, but the manual from my Oster bread machine came with a Sourdough recipe. I don't see why you couldn't use any starter you wanted.

Unfortunately, I found this recipe produced a weak sourdough flavor, but it's possible I just did something wrong. I'd be interested to hear what other people have tried.

How Do I Adapt a Bread Recipe to Make It in a Bread Machine? Good Questions
3/6/14 12:38 PM

Broken link...

DIY Idea: Simple Quick Sew Pillow Boat People Vintage
1/22/14 05:18 PM

The only thing I see on here that's truly new is the "Ergo Grip" on the spout. All the other features are already on the 3 dollar, 5 gallon, clearance plastic bucket I've had for years. Not really a reinvention.

I think it would only be worth the cost in a larger size. Anything more than 5 gallons truly can be a pain to pour, and the more grips the merrier when carrying fish tank or mop water.

Reinventing the Wheel Bucket
1/9/14 11:15 AM

I prefer a preventative approach; Usually, when my hands smell like garlic or onion, it's my nails! My skin sheds the smell after a single wash, but my nails are permanent storage for scents.

Solution: Nail polish!

I will take the 15 minuted delay before cooking to make sure there's at least a clear coat on my nails. No more smell!

3 Ways to Get Garlic Smell Off Your Hands
12/11/13 02:11 PM

RK, I also fell in love with the fox! Hunted it down on amazon:

Truman's Mid-Century Marvel My Room
11/13/13 11:57 AM

Cottage Cheese Rolls. When they pop out of the oven it's the cue that dinner is ready.
Also the most fought over dish by far. Even the gluten free in our family will make the sacrifice for one of these rolls.

'Tis the Season for Nostalgia in the Kitchen
11/7/13 10:13 AM

This would make a fantastic baby shower game!

Quiz: Is That a Pet Toy or a Baby Toy?
10/29/13 03:18 PM

I wish we could use an automated pet feeder. With three cats who like to play musical bowls at meal time, feeding is just not possible without supervision. I'm still on the lookout for one that will only feed the correct cat and is affordable enough to purchase three!

Why You Should Consider An Automated Pet Feeder
10/9/13 08:35 AM

What about the non-pod single-serve drip machines?

I spent all of college with a tiny $15 Black and Decker single serve machine. Uses any coffee grounds. The permanent filter (no paper!) is super easy to clean and was still perfect after 6 years of use. I only got rid of it when I wanted to make coffee for two on a regular basis.

Bonus - almost minimal counter space wasted.

Should I Buy a Coffee Pod Machine or a Drip Coffee Maker? Good Questions
9/24/13 12:33 PM

Wonderful timing on this post - my entire office has been spreading a terrible coughing cold and I will be more than happy to try a new remedy or two.

Homemade Remedies for Children
5/30/13 05:10 PM

Growing up, my school gave us all trees on earth day in kindergarden. They were more 5-year-old trees than birth trees, but it made us all the more attached since we remembered planting them.
I remember being VERY upset when we moved. Somehow we managed to transplant my tree. My brothers weren't so lucky.

Birth Tree: Would You Plant One?
5/13/13 05:06 PM