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Display Name: Casey Leigh
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I just made muffin tops (using a special pan) using steel cut oats. They had a nice nutty bite, which I suspect might have been too much had I made regular muffins. I think some sort of soaking for the oats would be in order to make cookies, or try a combination of steel cut and rolled oats.


Is There Any Way to Use Steel-Cut Oats to Make Oatmeal Cookies? Good Questions
3/28/14 03:44 PM

Amen! I am reminded of a t-shirt I once had that said, "Bad Grammar Makes Me (sic). "


Beyonce Coffee Mug from Sweaty Wisdom
3/5/14 12:49 PM

You can see the gas turn-on switch to the right of the fireplace in the original picture above, and looking closely on Kristi's blog, you can see where the gas pipe comes out to the right in the firebox.


Before & After: Kristi's DIY Reclaimed Wood Fireplace
2/22/14 06:00 PM

I am the weird bird who actually loves to sort paper and create files. I think it's genetic, as my mom is the same way. I use accordion files (sometimes called red welds) and Manila file folders. In my "House" accordion file, I have folders for each room of the house and they are organized starting at the front with "Basement" and ends with the room in the attic. Into each file goes the receipt for anything that was was bought for or is stored in that room. Also receipts for repairs or work that was done to the room. On the outside of the file, I note the paint color of the room and when it was last painted. Remember, I said I was weird.

In my "Personal" accordion file, I have a "Christmas" file which came in extra handy last year. I keep a list of the personalized ornaments I give to my neighbor's children so I don't duplicate from year to year. When their Christmas tree fell over during the night and many ornaments were shattered, my neighbor soothed her distraught children by announcing, "I bet Miss Casey Leigh has a list of what she's given us" and of course I did.

While I'm great with paper, it's the dog hair everywhere that does me in! Thank goodness the kitchen tile is Golden Retriever colored!


Less Mess & Stress: Getting Your Paperwork & Files Organized January Cure: Assignment # 13
1/20/14 05:29 PM

How about using basket-type paper coffee filters between the glass containers to keep them from sticking?


Tara's Cure: Tackling the Tupperware Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/10/14 03:11 PM

My college-aged daughter won't be home for Christmas, so I cut way back on decorating inside the house but also tried a few new things to freshen it up a bit. My kitchen window looks out on a neighbor's three evergreens on our fence line and with her permission, I decorated the trees with gold and red ornaments. I'm the only one who sees them, but they bring a smile to my face when I wash dishes.

We also started doing "Elf on a shelf." My husband and I take turns hiding the elf and thinking of inventive places for him to hide and mischief for him to get into. After 30+ years of being together, it's definitely fun to have some new traditions. "Bah, Humbug!" to "Same old, same old."


How To Start Making Your Own Holiday Traditions Right Now (Even if You're Disorganized, Not-So-Grownup or a Scrooge)
12/11/13 04:54 PM

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Looks very '70s to me.


Brass Étagères by DwellStudio High Point Fall Market 2013
10/19/13 06:04 PM

I grew up in Southern California and we had fruit trees in our yard, including a huge fig tree. When my mother used to tell me that a snack before dinner would spoil my appetite, I'd go outside and eat my fill of figs, plums and oranges. They were so sweet! The current owners have plowed under the entire yard to create a Japanese garden. It's lovely to look at, but certainly not like having a snack bar in the backyard.


Why I Love Summer: Fig Foraging in a Friend's Yard
8/3/13 11:23 AM

Shauntelle, that does sound like the best wedding ever! May you always bowl strikes :-)


Tell Us: The Best Wedding You've Ever Been To?
6/13/13 04:47 PM

In Rhode Island, a "Cabinet" is a milkshake, while in the rest of New England, a milkshake is a "Frappe," pronounced "frap."


Soda or Pop? Maps of Regional Food Dialects
6/7/13 11:06 AM

Avocado chocolate pudding!


Enter to Win a Copy of Bakeless Sweets by Faith Durand! Cookbook Giveaway on The Kitchn
5/9/13 10:25 PM

J.C.A., I understand your reluctance to entertain questions about how you came to the city/state you live in-I am uncomfortable when people ask me how many children I have. So I have a stock answer I use that is truthful, but not my whole story and then try to change the direction of the conversation. That being said, I love asking people if they are natives of the area. I've lived all over the country and can generally find something in common (geographically) with the person I'm talking to.


What's Your Very Best Ice Breaker? Reader Discussion
4/23/13 05:52 PM

I'll make a nomination for Lars and the Real Girl. Sweet and touching, do not be put off that it is described as a loner's relationship with a sex doll. There's really no sex involved at all (and definitely not with the doll).


5 Must-View Indie Movies on Netflix
4/1/13 06:24 PM

I've made this twice in 24 hours and have another dough rising right now. My dough was also sticky (I made it in a food processor and the second time in a mixer) but I just hoped for the best and it turned out fine. Elusivone, I was using new AP flour and whole wheat flour and had your same problem-maybe it's the temperature in my kitchen (a little on the cool side). My first two loaves were with rosemary, but for this next one, I'm going to try some grated Asiago cheese.


How To Make Easy Rosemary Focaccia
3/25/13 02:01 PM

Princess, Fi (if I may call you that :-)), my best friend has exactly that set-up with a dishwasher on either side of her sink. With 7 kids and lots of meal and snack dishes to clean, there is always a load running. It's been a lifesaver for her.


My Life Without a Dishwasher Renters Solutions
3/25/13 01:55 PM

There's a great piece in the NY Times today showcasing two 270 sq ft studios. Small can be beautiful and I like what the sister did on her budget of $500.


Before & After: Samna Transforms a Studio in 5 Days
2/21/13 04:44 PM

I was a geography major in college and my house is full of framed maps but I really like the painted globe-it looks very sharp and modern.


Make Your Own Before & After
2/18/13 05:12 PM

I keep the bills I pay monthly for two years. I have two sets of 12 manila folders, one that begins "January Odd" and the other "January Even" for the odd and even years. When a bill comes in, I pay it, write the date it was paid on the bill and then file it in the appropriate month. Paperless billing would be easier, but after two weeks of no power or cable post-Sandy, I can't quite bring myself to do it.


Day 14: Get Papers & Files in Order Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/21/13 09:47 AM

I'll second the Revere stove top kettle. It's been a workhorse for almost twenty years in my house.


Recommendations for a Reliable, Long-Lasting Tea Kettle? Good Questions
1/18/13 12:57 PM

@mkat, I cut out the pages with the recipes and write the date on each one before putting it in a folder marked "Recipes to try." I look at the folder every once in a while and if I haven't tried the recipe in a year, I toss it. No great loss, as I don't think they'll ever be a time when there won't be yet another magazine article with more recipes to try.


Day 12: Declutter Books & Media Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/17/13 02:14 PM