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Eh, I fully respect people who give this much respect to their floors but I don't have the time or mental energy. A weakly-enforced no shoes policy, three kids and inevitable dirt, mulch and grit on ebony stained oak (semi-gloss, presumably poly finish) means spot sweeping every day or two, and a mop using a string mop (to get around furniture legs) and a small squeeze of dish soap every week-10 days keeps us liveable. Oh, that, plus an attitude that a certain amount of wear will look homey in time. The installer did say not to use vinegar. I've heard good things about the Shark steam cleaner or whatever it does, but haven't investigated.


8 Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors
2/4/14 02:33 AM

As KatePK and Baker_D say, even at $.50 each it's still a cheap source of protein, so I happily pay $6/dozen via my CSA for the clear conscience.

To be honest, I haven't noticed that they taste different or better than grocery store eggs. Also, they are "medium" eggs, and ALL baked good recipes call for large, so I sometimes throw an extra one in baked goods for good measure, which doubtless leads to variable results.

My problem is that I find it impossible to peel very fresh eggs after hard boiling without tearing off and wasting a lot of white, at which point $.50/egg does seem expensive (plus looks terrible). So if I'm planning to hard boil eggs for anything, I buy grocery store eggs regardless.


$6.00 For a Dozen Eggs: Are You Willing To Pay More For Pasture-Raised Eggs?
9/4/12 02:32 PM

Soft boiled, in an egg cup, with toast. Where someone other than me has removed the shell leaving the egg, no shards. I haven't had that since I was a kid (because of the shell shard issue).

Otherwise, Benedict!


What's Your Favorite Way to Eat an Egg?
9/4/12 02:03 PM

People want you to know that they put some love and effort into 'making' you something, so we definitely got a lot of casseroles and baked goods first time around. I definitely appreciated and enjoyed them, but, like others, I was CRAVING nothing so much as cut up fruit and vegetables. My husband just wasn't able to run out for the perishables as quickly as we went through them. Produce isn't adorable, but it is so very welcome.

That said, if you are a long-distance friend, a relative sent us a seemingly bottomless bagel basket from Wolferman's (an of-the-month type club) that was a HUGE hit, at all hours, with all members of the household and guests.

Also much appreciated was single-size portions that can be heated, if at all, in the microwave so I didn't have to wake our houseguests up during a middle of the night feeding when I was starving. Minimizing prep is crucial. Even boiling a pot of pasta as someone suggested is too much time commitment when you just want to get back to bed.

And agreeing about the intolerances. I made a banana bread for a friend and was bummed when I dropped it off because she was avoiding dairy and it had butter in it. Her husband and older child ate it, but I was still deflated. Moms also avoid nuts sometimes. And sometimes soy. Either avoid all the usual suspects or ask!

This time around (we're due this week) I've been laying in a lot of fruit, making loads of veg-heavy meatballs and hoping for the best! Then again, I just ate half of my meatballs while reading this post.

Oh, and this may benefit some moms: consider what mom has been giving up for the last 9 months. Has she had gestational diabetes? Has she been avoiding all coffee? I've had wicked heartburn for the last 20 weeks, so all summer I've been avoiding common culprits like tomatoes and eggplant, which has made me super sad. I'm going to be so excited to return to spaghetti sauce and ratatouille - and I just made a big moussaka for the freezer... If you know a heartburn victim, she may appreciate stuff like that! Also sushi. Last time someone brought me sushi in the hospital and it was GRAND.


What Good Meals to Bring to a New Mom? 10 Recipe Ideas
9/4/12 01:51 PM

Very clever - but I also don't like how my hands smell after handling balloons.


Use A Balloon To Make Custom Glassware Family Chic
8/30/12 04:58 PM

Another vote for subtitles. Or just a transcription/summary of the tips. (Especially when they're not show-and-tell how-to videos, or even if they are, it would be a quick way to know whether the video is worth my time). I keep my computer on mute out of courtesy for my co-workers.


One Minute Tip: Two Ways to Give Things Away Apartment Therapy Videos
8/29/12 04:49 PM

@pianogirl - I also am intrigued by what to do with old timey photos of grandparents plus unknowns. I find them fascinating to look at, but for now they are all stored (bingo) at my parents' house. When it's my turn to take custody, I don't know. They are historical artifacts, especially if they show identifiable backgrounds or interesting fashion so I might see if a local libary would want them for an archive, but that's probably a long shot if they're largely unlabeled. Maybe there's a geneological website or an extended family member (like a Girl Scout doing a family tree project?) that would have an interest. If you are the final repository for these, and they will become wholly anonymous after you pass, then you probably shouldn't feel too bad about letting them out of your life just a bit ahead of schedule.

I don't look at my yearbook ever, and wasn't very involved in the end-of-year signature frenzy, so I might tear out the pages for my class and throw the rest out. I'm already in touch with whom I want to be in touch with and we all have copies of our own photos anyway, so the books are redundant.

I would totally wear the vintage if it fit, or hang onto it for one more generation (i.e. in case they might fit another family member) if the style is actually cute. But otherwise it's useless. There are so many vintage enthusiasts you can find via the Web, or you could make a donation to a school drama department or some such. Your mom/aunts might have been pleased to know that their fashion sense was being appreciated rather than hidden in a closet.

I find old journals kind of embarrassing, but feel obligated to my younger self to keep them. I think I will hold onto them until my daughter is the age I was when I wrote them, skim them for empathy purposes, then let them go. They're only worth keeping if you're planning to be a major historical figure, which I'm not.

Memorabilia is my bugaboo. I've got boxes of newspaper clippings, old cards and letters, and especially sports paraphernalia (medals, awards, bib numbers). I never look at that stuff but it feels somehow significant. My husband has even laminated some of the media stuff, making it even more permanent. I do go through these boxes on a periodic basis (5 years?) and try to answer the question, "Will my daughter ever show more than a polite interest in this?" and let it go if not. But it's not always an obvious answer, since her interest level may change over time.

All to say, it's not easy. I wish there were more shortcuts to these decisions.


One Minute Tip: Two Ways to Give Things Away Apartment Therapy Videos
8/29/12 04:47 PM

And here I thought you were going to say "lower the lights." That's MY instant trick for unexpected guests. Doesn't work for a sudden photography session, I guess, but I can't say I've ever had one of those sneak up on me.


The Simple Styling Trick that Instantly Makes Any Room Look Neater
8/29/12 01:03 PM

Car - we got the enormous Prius V to replace my 16 year old, two-door Civic. It's so easy to get our daughter in and out of, and so roomy in the backseat that I don't mind long family car trips. Splurge within that splurge was the moonroof which was outrageous (esp because it was available only as part of a deluxe 'package' of things we don't care about) but ultimately worth every penny, especially for anyone in the back seat.

Glider - a big, plush thing that's wide enough for an adult and child to sit side-by-side. I was thinking about that aspect only vaguely when we got it but now that I'm hugely pregnant and my lap is virtually nonexistant it is wonderful.


What Was Your New Baby Splurge? Reader Survey
8/28/12 03:36 PM

@Carrotsticks, I got swept up in the hype at The Spiral Spoon near Glacier Park in Montana and got a handmade spoon with a big, deep bowl (good for scooping chili, etc.) for $50. There was a lot of entertaining propaganda in the store about choosing a spoon to fit your hand and so forth, but mostly I just liked the looks of it; I feel like one of the three witches. On the other hand, for a spoon that expensive, I hesitate to subject it to much abuse, like leaving it to sit in the stew to get waterlogged, so I can't say that I really use it as often or as carelessly as all my $1 wooden spoons. I probably don't get my money's worth of use out of it.


DIY in the Kitchen: Carve Your Own Wooden Spoons
8/23/12 08:18 PM

Has anybody found a source for a nice (pref. non-plastic) dispenser for foam soap? I make my own solution (with the big Method refill bags, actually) and feel like I waste less soap in the foaming form. I've got a stainless steel and two ceramic regular liquid soap ones (that now hold lotions or hand sanitizer), but for foam I've been reusing the same plastic Dial containers for about four years now. They're perfectly clear and inconspicuous, but they're so lightweight they bounce all over the counters. I'd like something more attractive and stable.


First Look: Limited Edition
Orla Kiely + Method Collection

8/9/12 02:46 PM

Holy cow, $200??


Rolling Rattan Basket Family Find
8/8/12 06:38 PM

How about paella?


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000? Good Questions
8/8/12 05:48 PM

Did someone already say quiche? Eggs are cheap.


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000? Good Questions
8/8/12 05:42 PM

Agree with NorthwestGirl. Coffee tables are completely unnecessary, put your drinks on one of those side tables and find a small ottoman to put your feet up on.

The place in the photos definitely look bigger than 300 sq ft, I remember considering a 400 sq ft space that was considerably smaller. But I'm excited to see how it turns out!


How To Downsize Without Losing
Your Mind

8/8/12 05:35 PM

To answer Sian, I think what happens is larger fridges fill up with half-used condiments - at least, that's what happens to me! Maybe with a smaller fridge my turnover would be better.

My only tip to the commenter would be to make sure you can fit any dishes you are likely to put in there - for example if you were preparing for a party, is there a particular casserole dish you'd want to chill? How about half a watermelon or a gallon of milk? My current fridge doesn't have shelves tall enough for those Ikea glass bottles, and the "tall" section of the door isn't deep enough, so bottles have to roll around on a shelf. Not a huge deal, but if I chilled homemade drinks or certain wines often I might find it annoying. A friend's french door fridge is too shallow for her sheet pans (we were making some kind of candy when we discovered this). My husband's old side-by-side freezer was too narrow for my ice sculpture mold.


Best Advice (and Brand Recommendations) for Downsizing to a New Refrigerator? Good Questions
8/6/12 05:21 PM

My parents have had vodka gimlets (Rose's Lime Juice!) my whole life. At some point they started to specify the vodka, but always, always the insistence on Rose's.

My grandma had vodka gimlets till she was 93. If you got to her house at 3 in the morning from a redeye flight she'd get out of bed to have a gimlet with you. I miss her so much!

My husband's father drinks brandy Manhattans. Apparently it's a Michigan thing?


What Did Your Parents Drink?
My Mother's Manhattan Recipe The 10-Minute Happy Hour

8/6/12 04:57 PM

- Fried clams from Long John Silver's (my mom loved them)
- Liverwurst (!) sandwiches - I went through a liverwurst phase in 2nd grade - thirty years went by and then, as someone above mentioned, I totally had a liverwurst sandwich craving during my last pregnancy!
- My grandmother's shrimp dip - I think it's just a can of tiny shrimp, a package of cream cheese and...some kind of bottled chili or cocktail sauce?

The rest of mine are all repeats:
Boxed cake with, I know, it's so horrible, frosting from a can.
Pop tarts.
Instant ramen.
Spaghetti-Os.
Miracle Whip - especially devilled eggs made with Miracle Whip and yellow mustard.
Velveeta Shells and Cheese. Rarely, but when the craving strikes, there is no substitute.

Emily Lentini - I am laughing at "Irish Spaghetti." Given your name doesn't sound particularly Irish, I wonder if the name was meant to be pejorative.

A2Always - McDonald's fried apple pies were the best.

Aurora Highlights - a friend made that South Asian ground beef and peas thing in college once, saying it was a childhood comfort food. Every now and then I've tried to re-create it, but I never really knew what went into it. I'll try your list!


The Allure and Comfort of Tastes from Childhood: What Do You Still Crave?
8/6/12 04:34 PM

@Strikermary, I am totally filing that away for future use.


Using the WiFi Password
as a Reward for Kids?

8/1/12 05:19 PM

@Xtina, I'm with you. Totally not further to this discussion but I love my big mattress and extra tall box spring. I feel like the Princess and the Pea!


Do You Use Bunky Boards?
8/1/12 05:05 PM