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I like the idea of favors that hold more than momentary interest, such as mini art projects, theme based/ homemade cookies, etc.

We've gotten into the habit of keeping the favors in the car or in our travel box to pull out for long trips.. they serve their purpose and no one is sad if something is lost!

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11/3/10 12:02 PM

You can probably replace all 3 for under $100 with flat (no panels) doors, if they are typical hollow interior doors. Might not be worth the effort to fix/uplift the current ones.

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10/1/10 03:05 PM

Ha ha, never tried it for adult food (I don't see why not, though) but when my son had outgrown the puree stage, I used up the leftover vegetable purees as sauces in pasta or curries for him, and fruit purees mixed into his morning oatmeal, or even for desert, either standalone or as ice cream toppings. In fact I still like to keep a few on hand as a last minute sauce base!

Can I Use Baby Food in Recipes for Grownups?
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9/17/10 01:06 PM

Well, it's great for steaming too, I use ours (we have 3, two stove top and 1 electric) to steam dumplings, vegetables such as broccoli, idlis. Desserts such as indian rice pudding and caramel custrd can be made in one successfully.

Of course it's also great for cooking infant/toddler food. I give my son regular table food now, but sometimes use a pressure cooker to soften his portion a wee bit more (by cooking for a few more mins).

I make apple/pear sauce in mine as well, by steaming the fruit.

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9/13/10 02:50 PM


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9/10/10 01:54 PM

We either get a babysitter, or we stick our baby in a super comfy stroller (that he doesn't mind sleeping in) and we all head out!

Also traveling with others has worked really well for us. We can either take turns watching the kids, or even we all stay in alteast we have company for food and wine and make a night out of it!

Have travelled many times and almost never spent the evening alone and bored in our hotel room. Good luck!

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8/12/10 02:44 PM

I saw these in Seville when we were there in May... very impressive and something to learn from!

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7/26/10 04:30 PM

2 things that have worked for us:

1. Travel with friends (with kids) or family, company that you enjoy, so that a bottle of wine and some take-out/room service can make it a nice evening for everyone. Also, take turns babysitting and give each other some adult time off.

2. Have a great stroller that is comfortable enough for the child so sleep in. On our most recent trip to Europe, we'd head back to our room to get some rest, give some dinner to our toddler, freshen up and then head out. We could typically hang out for a couple of hours and enjoy a nice dinner while he slept in the stroller. Of course he is pretty good with transitioning back to the bed and doesn't wake up too much.

Trapped in a Hotel Room by a Toddler Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
7/21/10 11:29 PM

Best Buy accepts them for recycling.

How To Recycle Electronic Cables and Power Cords? Good Question | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
7/12/10 12:58 PM

What about the Bavarian castles along the Rhine in Germany? And the medieval town of Rotherberg in Germany offers a unique experience of seeing an entire town preserved from centuries ago.

I think some of those German castles offer accomodation.

Abscond to a Castle | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
7/8/10 01:10 PM

b77 - You'll be surprised at how affordable some of the Riads can be, we stayed at one that was in the old towm, walking distance from the souks, and it was charming and quaint.

An Award Winning Moroccan Escape: La Mamounia | Apartment Therapy Chicago
7/8/10 11:39 AM

Bake your own bread for breakfast!

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7/8/10 10:35 AM

We use the Traveling Toddler car seat harness that attaches the car seat to any carry on rolling bag, to us it made lot more sense than creating another piece to roll in addition to stroller, carry on and diaper bag.

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7/7/10 09:24 PM

This Villa in Tuscany we stayed at a few years ago, where we'd wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread wafting up to our room, accompanied by locally made butter and jam and yogurt! To die for!!

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7/6/10 10:42 PM

I just use a regular glass jar (Glasslock brand) to carry my yogurt parfaits to work for breakfast, but am considering keeping a stash of granola at my desk to add fresh when I get in so it doesn't get soggy during the commute. Fruit I find doesn't hurt from a bit of soaking in the yogurt.

A Thermos for Your Yogurt: Fresh Traveler | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/30/10 01:50 PM

This is outdated, it's based on last year's dirty dozen list, if you compare with the EWG list.

The World's Cutest Pocket Guide To The Dirty Dozen | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/18/10 01:01 PM

I use it for many of the uses mentioned above (not to mention baby food, the main reason I got mine).

My only peeve is that I can't seem to find a citrus juicer attachment for my 9-cup Kitchenaid. We love OJ at home and would love to be able to make our own! And since it sits out on the counter, I don't have room for a juicer.

Top Ten Ways to Use Your Food Processor | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/9/10 04:41 PM

Does the tea bag soak in the water (cold brewing) all night? Not sure that would be ideal for delicate teas! I'd like it if there was a lever to drop the bag into the water when it starts heating up, to be able to control brew time.

Or I guess, just skip putting the bag and dip,dip once the water is heated.

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6/9/10 12:16 PM

I'm actually on the lookout for an integrated knife/cutting board. Any recommendations?

I had one from IKEA that they no longer seem to carry it.

Best Picnic Knives | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/27/10 02:07 PM

AT: I's recommend posting a note on this article with an update that the product hasa been recalled. I found aseparete post on that:

But I think it's important to update this review just in case someone sees this but not the recall article.

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5/7/10 03:07 PM