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Display Name: Barbara F
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I had 6 brothers and sisters, My grandparents sent us a set of aluminum tumblers with our names engraved on them. Those were the only glasses we were allowed to use and pity the poor kid that used the wrong glass. We rinsed them after each use and left them on the counter. Also had engraved napkin rings for our napkins. Saved our mother a ton of work over the years. This was back in the day before dishwashers and paper napkins. I still think it's an excellent system for a large family. (Are there any of those left?)

The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
7/16/14 03:16 PM

Nice job. I love white kitchens.

Kitchen Before & After: An IKEA Kitchen Renovation for $8,700 Kitchen Remodel
7/11/14 09:10 AM

I love this house. It's beautiful but manages to look like real people live in it. Growing up, we had a piano in our dining room and seeing yours brought back a lot of memories.

The Pineapple Housewife's Happy Home House Tour
7/11/14 08:46 AM

I don't care for the glasslock containers. They are often hard to close properly. Much prefer the Pyrex or Frigoverre which you can pick up at Marshall's. Much easier to close. Both are glass and last forever.

What's the Best Container for Bringing My Lunch to Work? Good Questions
7/10/14 08:21 PM

If you like, I could have my granny crochet you a couple of toilet paper roll covers. Just let me know what your color scheme is.

Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/10/14 07:59 PM

Too many pillows on that bed. I'd hate to make it every day.

Basic Befores and Awesome Afters: 3 Rooms, 3 Total Makeovers
7/5/14 12:51 PM

I resent it when things that are younger than I am are called antiques. Please!

Can You Spot the Most Valuable American Antique?
7/5/14 12:45 PM

No sponges here - ever! Replace dishtowels and dishrags with clean every day.

It's Probably Time for a Replacement: 8 Easy-To-Forget-About Household Items
7/2/14 09:36 AM

I collect old wooden bowls and absolutely love them. I make salald dressing in them and then add the salad and toss. I use a huge bowl daily to make dinner salad for two. Using a huge bowl makes tossing a snap. I also use it to make potato salad, biscuits, bread dough, etc,etc. I've never had any problem with any of the bowls I have. Needless to say they are handwashed and dried - never put in the dishwasher. If you ever see one for sale, grab it. Take good care of it and you'll pass it down to your grandchildren.

5 Large Wooden Salad Bowls Product Roundup
6/21/14 11:52 AM

I meant to add: anything you truly love or treasure is worth taking the time and care to be handwashed and dried.

11 Things You Probably Shouldn't Put in the Dishwasher Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
6/19/14 09:28 AM

Sterling silver or silver plate should be handwashed.

11 Things You Probably Shouldn't Put in the Dishwasher Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
6/19/14 09:27 AM

I think it's for making ice cream balls. These used to be a big dessert item in the 60's.

What Is This Weird Kitchen Tool? Good Questions
6/19/14 09:23 AM

There were 7 of us - 4 girls/3 boys. My sisters and I all took tap dancing lessons. The girls all slept on the second floor in a large room with hardwood floors. Early on, Dad made a sign that read: "No Tapdancing on the Second Floor. Ever!". My sister rescued it from the trash when my parents moved from the house we grew up in and it now hangs in her family room. Wish I had it.

6 Dumb Household Rules You Hated Growing Up, but Now Totally Understand
6/17/14 10:18 AM

Replace the faucet. This isn't all that complicated assuming you have the tools. YouTube has lots of DIY videos for projects like this. Or if you don't feel comfortable, have a knowledgeable friend do it or hire a handyman. It doesn't require a plumber although they would probably be glad to do it and charge you handsomely!

Options for Tiny Sink/Enormous Faucet Combo? Good Questions
5/30/14 08:11 AM

Love the fabric on the sofa pictured. Can you advise source?

Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap Fabric
5/9/14 09:59 AM

I iove the bright red table, too. The antlers would disturb my sleep (waiting for one to fall off the wall) and the cheesecloth hanging from the ceiling .... I don't even know what to say about that.

Our Favorite Bedrooms Best of 2013
5/7/14 09:48 AM

Under the sink. It's small but that ensures it's empited daily into the larger barrel in the basement which is picked up weekly.

Where Do You Hide the Trash Can In Your Kitchen? Good Questions
5/7/14 09:41 AM

Paint the guttering for sure. If there are any bricks laying around, be sure to take one with you to the paint store. They are very good at picking a paint color to match. Buy a small amount of paint and see how you like it. We have a brick house and when we bought it the trim color was awful. We changed it and it made all the difference in the way our house looked.

Take off your screen door. Paint the front door a wonderful color. Turquoise would be nice. Again, get some paint samples and see what what you like

Shutters might be nice


your new house

Exterior Color Ideas For My Brick Home? Good Questions
5/6/14 09:14 AM

Try Laurie Colwin's potato salad. Boil potatoes. Peel & dice. While still warm, sprinkle with white wine. Add chopped green onions. Thin Hellman's mayo with lemon juice. Stir into potato mixture. Add black pepper and chopped fresh dill. You'll never look back.

What Are Your Best Recipes for Turning a Dill Hater into a Dill Lover? Good Questions
5/2/14 11:22 AM

Toast. Baked Potatoes. Rice with butter & soy sauce. I wouldn't use it as an ingredient, it might get lost in the shuffle.

What Should I Do With a Pound of Really Good Butter? Good Questions
4/23/14 03:13 PM