With the unofficial start of summer just around the corner, we all tend to want to spend more time outdoors. Summer dinners spent on the patio are better when you can see what you’re eating, right? What happens if you want to have an outdoor chandelier but don’t have ceiling to hard wire it to? […]
A simple tip to clean cloudy looking glasses.
I love to entertain. Friends, family… food, drink, merriment… It makes me a happy girl. However, a few nights ago we had friends over and I found myself embarrassed when a few of our guests asked for a glass of water. Our water glasses looked like complete crap. I don’t know if it is hard […]
Why stocking up on birthday gifts should be part of your back to school supplies…
You know it’s coming. Along with the avalanche of school papers that will start hitting your house come September, so begins a steady stream of birthday party invitations. Our school has a policy that if you are on school grounds and deliver a party invitation to one classmate, you pretty much need to invite the […]
What does it mean when wine is corked? (How to tell a bad bottle.)
Corked wine…? Doesn’t wine normally come with a cork? Whaaaat? Is this when the wine has little bits of cork floating in it…? No. When you hear the term “the wine is corked” it is referring to wine that has been contaminated with cork taint. Last week I shared my favorite wine gadgets and tools, […]
My essential wine tools (And the comment from a 10 year old that got this started.)
It’s no secret that I love a good glass of wine or three. Pouring myself a glass of wine in the evening signals that it is time to wrap up my work day and it’s time to relax. So the other day I opened a bottle of wine, and had the following conversation with Grant: Grant: “Mom, […]
Tip of the day: cutting corn off of the cob.
Did you know about this easy tip for cutting corn kernels off of the cob? Yesterday I shared my recipe for (loaded) skillet cornbread, and I had a few people ask me why I cut the corn on top of a dishtowel…. When you lay a clean dishtowel over your cutting board as you cut […]
A handy tip to keep your dog from spilling water and food. (Especially great for camping.)
It’s almost time for summer vacations! Do you have pets? What do you do with them while you’re on vacation? We go camping a lot and we take our dog Corsa with us. We were having a big problem with her dumping over her food and water, but Handsome Hubby has a great trick to keep […]
Freezing tomato paste: Use what you need and save the rest.
I cook a lot, and I often have recipes that call for a tablespoon or two of Tomato Paste. A tablespoon is about .5 ounces… the smallest can of tomato paste I have ever seen is 6 ounces. What’s a frugal cook to do? Freeze it in portions, of course. Freezing tomato paste is easy […]
Extending the life of a fading floral arrangement.
Did you get any pretty flowers for Valentine’s Day? I did. Hubs brought home a gorgeous arrangement, with stargazer lilies and roses the size of tea cups! But less than a week later, I found myself needing to spruce it up a bit. These flowers were gorgeous. I am not understanding how I failed to […]
The secret to melt in your mouth steaks… (Make cheap-o cuts taste like prime.)
The secret to making melt-in-your-mouth steak. No matter what the cut, this method is fool proof for tender, juicy steak every time.
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