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Display Name: Alison6971
Member Since: 8/22/07

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Although my mom was a decent cook, I got my favorite tip from my step-grandmother. She told me that the key to a clear chicken broth/stock was "low and slow". Now, I ALWAYS make my chicken soup in my slow cooker...on low for 7-8 hours. Granted, the way I make it does not produce a rich stock, but that it comes out perfectly light for my chicken soup (more of a summery recipe than a winter one).

What Our Moms Taught Us About Cooking
5/7/14 11:14 AM doesn't matter to me. Honestly, I never thought about it until now...and I use both veggies and vegetables. Sammies, however, grates on every nerve in my body. I don't think I have heard a more infantile word in my life...and where did the "m" come from? It's ridiculous. What is even more ridiculous is hearing an adult say it. I just want to scream, 'GROW UP and speak like an adult...not like a toddler learning how to pronounce words for the first time!!!"

Sorry, I had to get that off my chest! LOL

Why Deborah Madison Wants Everyone to Stop Using the Word Veggies
1/15/14 10:21 AM

I was so excited to see Domino was back...but felt it wasn't worth the $12 they were asking for it. I just wasn't THAT impressed.

The Return of Domino Magazine
10/18/13 04:09 PM

The Collette Bed is made in the USA...if that matters to you. :)

Crate and Barrel vs. West Elm Bed Quality: Which Is Better? Good Questions
10/3/13 01:07 PM

I've had the Collette bed for 2 years and LOVE it today as much as when I was still drooling over it in the store.

Sorry, I can't give any opinion about West Elm as I have never looked at their furniture in person.

Crate and Barrel vs. West Elm Bed Quality: Which Is Better? Good Questions
10/3/13 11:46 AM (Scroll about half way down for the food-related boards) :)

13 Food & Drink Pinterest Users You Should Follow
8/28/13 02:46 PM

While it is not my personal taste, it is still gorgeous. Great job!

Ara & Chris' Abbot Kinney Loft House Tour
8/23/13 04:09 PM

My last semi-staycation was THE BEST. I visited one of my best girlfriends in Toronto (I live in PA). I LOVE Toronto and feel very at home there. I also think it is EXTREMELY important to have a travelling companion who is "like-minded". During a couple of the days, she had to work so I took that opportunity and did what I wanted to do (and the things that I thought she might not want to do). The rest of the time we were together...doing "whatever". There were mornings we were lazy and gabbed until lunch time. One day, while we were downtown we went to see a movie...another day with gorgeous weather, we walked around the Distillery District and then went down by the Lake and literally took naps. LOL She just moved to California (BOOOOOO...BOOOOOO) so we also were trying to visit our favorite restaurants one last time. :::sigh::: Our nights were very low-key...after dinner we would watch a foreign tv show online that she got me completely hooked on. For anyone else, this may have sounded like a completely boring vacation, but I got to spend some quality time with a dear friend in a city I love....and I wouldn't have had it any other way. And...for the first time ever...I came home from a vacation completely relaxed...sad not knowing when I will see her or my favorite city again...but relaxed.

How To Truly Relax While Traveling
7/30/13 04:16 PM

I don't know if this was mentioned as I haven't read through all the comments yet, but I usually donate my old bedding and towels to the local no-kill animal shelter. The last time I went I asked them what they needed and she said just about anything. They were very thankful when I gave them a large box of office supplies and some stuff for cleaning and laundry that I just wasn't going to use. These places rely on donations and if assume that if you just ask, they could probably give you along list of their wants and needs.

12 Things You Probably Own Too Many Of
7/26/13 04:59 PM

The whole "skin" thing wigs me out. Didn't like mochi when I tried it...can't imagine I would like this.

WikiPearls: The Ice Cream of the Future
7/24/13 11:04 AM

Is there any chance that the assignments will also be posted on the website? Sure, I can sign up...but I would prefer not to as I already receive 50 billion e-mails a day.

The Style Cure is Coming: Sign Up Now to Update & Decorate a Room this August
7/16/13 01:28 PM

I am with Basil and Bones on this one....our local CL is people's junk that no one wants (ok...I don't want). Maybe if I lived in a more urban area it would be different.

What's Your City's Craigslist Culture?
7/2/13 02:23 PM

I love this's so bright compared to mine.

I am curious though...does she know where the roller shade comes from? I like how it offers privacy but still lets light in.

Eileen's Beachside Oasis Kitchen Kitchen Tour
5/21/13 11:26 AM

My God...I thought I was the only one who had the Intellivision. I wanted Atari so bad..but no. I guess that explains why we also had a Betamax instead of a VHS player.

I also had the Snoopy Sno-cone maker in the 70s...and of course the Rubiks Cube.

What about a Lite Brite??? I loved mine. When I think about it...I didn't have too many toys. I was more into music (got my first album when I was around 5...Donny and Marie) and reading...and playing with friends. The only toy that I wanted in the worst way and never had...and Easy Bake Oven. :(

Total Toy Flashback: The 1980s
5/14/13 02:19 PM

I have the Capiz Pendant from Horchow. That was one of my splurges. I originally saw it in a lighting store and knew I had to have it. That being said, I did not pay full price for it. They always have one day 25-30% off sales (I would say every other month or at least once a quarter). Is it worth it? Heck yeah!! It's a VERY generous size and has definitely lived up to the nickname I gave it..."The Big Ball of Gorgeousness"

One Design, Two Budgets:
Chic, Comfortable Sitting Room

5/8/13 11:36 AM

Why didn't I think of the "pot rack" idea. I need that so badly...and now as I am about to install my Elfa shelves...I can have it.


Wire Shelving Units in the Kitchen: Simple, Cheap, and (Yes!) Stylish Organization Kitchen Inspiration
5/1/13 09:27 AM

One of my very favorite go-to soups is the Zucchini Garlic easy, healthy...and last , but certainly not least...SOOOOOOOOOOOO tasty. :)

We're Writing The Kitchn Cookbook!
4/4/13 03:44 PM save even more can buy a ciabatta loaf and add sauce and whatever you want to that. I usually cut a loaf up into individual pieces and wrap them individually so that on a night I feel like doing nothing I can pop one or two of them into a toaster oven.

How to Make Frozen Pizzas at Home Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
3/19/13 01:04 PM

I find that the ones on Pinterest that are geared towards kids (the cutesy ones) are very wasteful. I don't know why kids have to be constantly entertained just so they will eat. Maybe it is because I don't have kids, but I was never like that...nor were any of my classmates. We didn't need heart or star shaped sandwiches, fruit or vegetables. We just ate (for the most part) what was in our bag or lunch box.

I also have a very hard time believing that the cutesy lunches look the same way at lunch time that they did when they were prepared. The way kids handle their bags I would be willing to bet that most of it look like a hot mess by the time they eat. LOL

Pinterest Stays Sensible: 20 Well-Rounded and Perfectly-Packed Lunches
3/14/13 10:06 AM

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE House and Home. It's the first one I pick up...then LivingEtc. Too bad their price has risen a few bucks every year since I started reading it. Thankfully, I think H&H actually went DOWN. LOL

Top Pick for Shelter Magazine Subscription? Good Questions
2/4/13 12:21 PM