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Silly question? Do they have to be made one at a time? I'm trying to envision making a meal for four.

How To Easily Poach an Egg Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
7/11/14 10:21 AM

Forgot to mention: also add a half cup of water to crockpot for initial cook. If you go the crockpot route, very little liquid is needed.

How to Cook (and Shred) a Pork Shoulder for Pulled Pork Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
6/2/14 10:23 AM

I cooked 'boston butt' shoulder cut (bone in) last weekend. All I needed to do was put it in a slow cooker (crockpot) and sprinkle with coarse salt and ground pepper. Cooked on high for 4-5 hours and it was done--tender and ready to shred. The following day, I put it back the shredded pork back in the crockpot with my favorite BBQ sauce and cooked on low for 2 hours. Outstanding! And I didn't have to babysit it. Just put it in and go about your business. Crockpots are totally underrated. Top of my list of 'can't live without' kitchen aids.

How to Cook (and Shred) a Pork Shoulder for Pulled Pork Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
6/2/14 10:15 AM

We do the same. TCM is a great free resource. They often have the best films on at odd hours, so check out the schedule and program the DVR.
On 'The Red Balloon': I showed it to my twins (boy and girl) when they were about 4. They thought it was so sad, and cried. It was upsetting to them even though all the balloons came back to the boy at the end. They were sad that 'his' balloon was popped by the bullies. They still talk about it. Reminds me of the 'Old Yeller' phenomenon. So, judge what's right for your child based on their maturity level. Sometimes kids' movies can be a little intense for small kids.

My Favorite Films for Children Maxwell's Finds
3/24/14 12:45 PM

Twinkling LIGHTS :)

The McDonalds' Serene, Minimalist Home House Tour
3/19/14 12:30 PM

To add: three years ago, we moved from a beautiful classic brick home to an unclassifiable, odd home for one basic reason....the view. So I totally get it. It has been worth the tradeoff to look out the windows and see farmland, hills, valleys, and sunsets during the day and twinkling nights and stars at night.

The McDonalds' Serene, Minimalist Home House Tour
3/19/14 12:29 PM

Missing for me were photos of the inspiration.....the view! Did not get a sense of the view at all. I love the palette and the minimalism, but think some saturated color in spots would make the space come alive more. It has the feeling of a monastery, very controlled and spare, but doesn't really have a happy vibe even though the family looks quite lovely. Thanks for an interesting, serene tour.

The McDonalds' Serene, Minimalist Home House Tour
3/19/14 12:23 PM

I often make sweet potatoes for dinner, since they are fiber and vitamin rich, as well as quite tasty. My kids have always loved them. I bake the sweet potatoes in the microwave which is quick and easy. First I rinse them, then poke some fork holes, wrap a paper towel around each, and put them on 'potato' setting. They are as good as oven baked, but only take 10-15 minutes. We eat them just plain and they're sweet enough au naturel.

Recipe: Sweet Morning Potato with Yogurt, Maple Syrup & Nuts Recipes from The Kitchn
3/6/14 10:36 AM

Hey, what about Ikea HEMNES? Solid wood, many different configurations to choose from including additional glass doors if you like. Three different finishes. I like the gray-brown which goes with just about everything. It wouldn't be difficult to paint them your custom color if needed. I think they're a great bargain. I've got a matching set of the 77-1/2" tall ones in my living room. They hold a lot of books and collectibles and look very nice.

Top Ten: Best Shelving Units & Bookcases Apartment Therapy's Annual Guide 2014
1/27/14 12:47 PM

I am so in agreement with the tips in this article, and use many of them myself. When I was single and moving often from city to city apartments, I never had a problem staying organized and traveling light. Since I've had a house, a husband, two children, and a dog to keep track of I have learned some good techniques for organization. To me, it's very important to be able to locate things quickly, tidy up without doing major overhauls, and to not feel that 'things' are taking away from my quality of life and time to enjoy doing what I like to do best. I finally realized that I'm not the type to make things out of old scraps, and fix things that I really don't use or need anymore. I do recycle, freecycle, and ebay what I don't need. It is very freeing. Less is more in my book. Thanks for the great tips!

10 Habits of a Highly Organized Person: How Pro Organizer Jeni Aron Keeps Her Own Life Under Control
1/22/14 04:32 PM

Rachel's room gets my vote

Congrats to the Finalists: Vote Now to Choose Our Grand Prize Winner! Room for Color Contest
10/1/13 01:08 PM

Rachel's room gets my vote

Congrats to the Finalists: Vote Now to Choose Our Grand Prize Winner! Room for Color Contest
10/1/13 01:08 PM

Rachel's room gets my vote

Congrats to the Finalists: Vote Now to Choose Our Grand Prize Winner! Room for Color Contest
10/1/13 01:08 PM


Amanda & Lincoln's Eclectic Modern Home
House Tour

9/13/13 10:22 AM

We moved three years ago to a house on a steep lot with no garage. Long story short, our front entry is also the 'mudroom.' We do have a back entrance but it is a hassle to walk down there so it's seldom used. I have two middle schoolers and a husband who can never have too many pairs shoes inside the front door. HELP! I have little cubbies for the kids' backpacks and a couple of pairs of shoes, but I always feel like the area is an uncontrollable mess and very uninviting for guests. Does anyone have a solution?

The 7 Elements of a Perfect Mudroom
9/12/13 03:36 PM

love love love it. some things which really stand out for me....the grey ceiling which helps with the height, the tone on tone living room, awesome kitchen colors and tile, bathrooms, and veranda. also love the repetition of wood. just gorgeous.
I have a question. my home is similar in the open design and window wall in the living room. ceilings are 20' or so. I love the light from the windows, but it can get too hot in summer and cool in winter even with super Pella windows. I don't want to use curtains in that room and am trying to find coverings that can disappear when not in use, but don't look too office-y. any suggestions?
great post! again, love it all~

Paola and Steve's Light-Filled Modern Home House Tour
6/12/13 01:44 PM

a new favorite of mine, beautiful!

Jim & Theresa's House on the Venice Canal House Tour
3/6/12 04:48 PM

Tres chic! a keeper for reference. I like the term "classical modern" and think it applies to my own personal style. A friend recently described my style as elegant, which I thought sounded stilted and too traditional. Thanks for a great tour and have FUN in London. Can't wait to see your new space

Sarah's Supremely Stylish West Village Home
House Tour

1/6/12 10:28 AM

absolutely fabulous. in my top three of all time. fantastic job.

Doryn's Glamorous Return to the City
House Tour

11/3/11 12:30 PM

I would also like to know the wall color in the kitchen. It looks like it might have a touch of green in it on one of the photos. I have been doing grey and white in most of my rooms but need a bit of a warmer neutral in my entryway without going to brown. Wall color is so tricky!
Lovely touches throughout...nice tour!

Amanda & Lincoln's Eclectic Modern Home
House Tour

11/2/11 03:32 PM