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I love your suggestions, and those are the kind of things I look for when traveling. Years ago, on a family vacation, our kids wanted to use one of those penny souvenir machines, where it costs you a quarter to flatten and stamp a penny. When we took them home, I glued them to magnets and use them on the fridge. Now, we are on a mission to find the machines wherever we go. We also buy pins from the National Parks, museums, etc. and display them in an old typecase. It's a cheap, fun way to record our travels and can be quite a conversation starter.


Bring the Holiday Home: Practical Souvenir Ideas for Design Lovers
7/2/14 11:54 AM

I will never put wooden utensils in the dishwasher, since the time I did and a spoon flipped out of the utensil basket and landed on the heating element. Luckily, I smelled the burning wood before it was too late. I also messed up my Kitchenaid whisk attachment by putting it in the dishwasher. Bent it out of whack and now it makes a huge racket when used.


11 Things You Probably Shouldn't Put in the Dishwasher Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
6/19/14 11:56 AM

Target has a box wine? How did I not know this? It must only be available in some states.


Why I Always Have a Box of Wine in My Refrigerator
5/22/14 12:59 PM

Kettle corn cookies
Roasted red peppers
Olives
Olive oil
Virginia peanuts
Chile lime cashews


What Are Your Favorite Trader Joe's Products? Good Questions
5/3/14 11:49 AM

My husband and I both love to read and love books, and we had amassed quite a collection of them. But in the midst of a small remodeling project we stepped back and asked "Why are we keeping all these books we will never read again?" So, we sorted through them, kept the ones we loved, gave our kids first dibs on the ones we didn't want, boxed up the rest and donated them to our library's book sale. Believe it or not, I don't regret the decision. Our house feels less cluttered and cleaner. And dusting takes half the time!


5 Ways to Fit a Home Library into a Small Space
4/16/14 10:25 AM

This is hilarious! Thanks for the laugh.


Reader Regrets: Jake's Short-Order Door
4/15/14 10:10 AM

I miss Everyday Food, too! I have saved all my favorites, some of them are held together with rubber bands.


The Magazine Personality Test: What Your Favorite Food Magazine Says About You
4/9/14 10:39 AM

I think it looks great.


Before & After: This Dreary Dresser Gets a Big Change
3/6/14 10:17 AM

It looks so much better, but I have to agree with many of the other posters. They need to keep going with the paint!


Kitchen Before & After: Making Do With a Few Small Changes Reader Kitchen Remodel
3/6/14 10:13 AM

Thank you! I made this last night, and I wish I would have doubled the recipe. Not enough leftovers!


Recipe: Rosemary & Lemon Chicken Minestrone Soup Quick Dinner Recipes from The Kitchn
3/3/14 11:26 AM

Taco salad, made with fritos and western dressing, and there was a cherry salad similar to the Watergate salad, made with Cool Whip, cherry pie filling, pineapple and walnuts.


10 Recipes That Defined the 1970s Recipes of the Decade
2/25/14 11:40 AM

My Austrian grandmother cooked and baked with lard. She made the best pastries you can imagine. And lived to 93 years old.


Is Lard Truly the Comeback Fat?
1/31/14 08:54 PM

I like them, but in someone else's home. All I can think of is how must dust they would attract.


Try It Today: DIY, 3D Art Ideas for Bold, Textured Walls!
1/26/14 11:54 AM

That is adorable!


Before & After: Kicked to the Curb Night Stand to Kicking It Up a Notch Play Kitchen
1/23/14 08:46 PM

I just finally joined the modern world and bought a smartphone. I use Grocery List, and I love not needing paper lists. Whenever I think of something I need, it goes on the list and I always have it with me.


Why I Made a Shopping List Template (Organized by My Trader Joe's Layout) Grocery Shopping Tips from The Kitchn
1/23/14 10:57 AM

I made something other than the traditional green bean casserole for Thanksgiving one year and I will never attempt that again. Everybody wanted their old fashioned green beans and they were not very happy with me!


Favorite Retro Holiday Foods
11/14/13 03:30 PM

I so admire someone who can look at a headboard and see a bench. Wish I had that kind of vision.


Before & After: A Headboard Gets Reincarnated View Along The Way
11/14/13 03:14 PM

This was quite a few years ago, so this may have changed, but when we were filling out the FAFSA forms for our sons college loans, a landline was required.


Pros & Cons: Should I Keep a Landline for Emergencies?
11/12/13 07:40 PM

These questions always create a lot of discussion, don't they? It's an issue that significantly affects me and my family, so for once, I'm going to add my two cents. Within my extended family, there are many of us with dietary restrictions. I'm lactose intolerant, as are a few others. Several need to eat gluten free. We also have nut and dairy allergies. Our holiday gatherings are always pot luck, so most of us try our best to be sure our dishes can be eaten by everyone. Most of the time this isn't hard to do. Ingredients like nuts or cheese can be served on the side. There is a choice of whipped cream or a non dairy topping for pie. And so on. Of course, there will be dishes someone can't eat but it usually doesn't matter because there is always such a huge variety of food that no one will go hungry. I always appreciate the effort anyone makes to be sure I can eat their food, but when it's pot luck, I don't expect them to. These kind of functions seem to work the best. There's plenty of food and enough variety for all.

On the other hand, there are the dinners where guests are not expected to bring anything. And this is where it gets tricky. For example, I belong to a card club. There are six women in our group, we take turns hosting. The host provides dinner and drinks, dessert. We have discussed our dietary issues. But it never fails, every so often, someone serves something I can't eat. Ice cream for dessert. A side dish with dairy. I don't want to make a big deal out of it, so I just pass on those things, but at the same time, I'm a little hurt that they would serve me something that they know I can't eat. So I would try to gently remind everyone that I can't eat dairy. Invariably, it would happen again. But the last straw came the day one of the women served a meal that didn't have one single thing without dairy. And being the good guest my mom taught me to be, I ate a little bit of everything, hoping I would be ok. I was sick for two days. Really sick, enough that I couldn't go to work, and it was another 3 or 4 more days till I was back to normal. In hindsight, I should have asked for something else to eat, but I didn't know everything had dairy till we discussed it later. Because I had to bring up the subject again at the next get together and ask them to please don't serve food that will make me sick! It's frustrating, and also embarrassing to have to continually bring it up. I'm not trying to be a pain in the rear, but I can't help it. Would you want to take two days of your precious PTO because I fed you something that made you sick? How would that make you feel? I can't tell you how many times I've heard, oh, I forgot, or gee, I didn't think about that, or I just can't figure out how to cook without dairy.

So, I guess the point of my rant is we should all try to be considerate hosts. Take your guests dietary issues seriously. Try to accommodate them, and ask for help if you can't. Be flexible. The purpose of gatherings is to have the pleasure of each others company and enjoy delicious food together.


Holiday Meal Planning: How Do You Accomodate Special Diets?
11/12/13 07:32 PM

I so agree, sturdydesign! It's ok to have a theme, what kid wouldn't love this room?


Before & After: Gnarly to Nautical Boy's Bedroom
11/12/13 03:07 PM