This site is great. I learned so many ways to use all these scarves I have lying around.
I was excited to learn that if you have a metal door on your medicine cabinet, you can buy little magnetic baskets for holding cotton swabs or other toiletries. The basket attaches to the door, thus saving space in the cabinet and allowing for easy access to the cotton swabs.
I was less excited to learn these baskets cost $15.
So I decided to make my own using a spice tin. I cleaned out the tin, filled it with Q-tips, and attached it to the door with two magnets, like so:
If you’re still finalizing your Thanksgiving menu–I know I am–the New York Times has some options for you: one recipe for each state.
Some examples: Sourdough Stuffing With Kale, Dates and Turkey Sausage; Persimmon Pudding; Pocket Dressing;Lobster Mac and Cheese (pictured above); St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake…
In fact, forget Thanksgiving. I’m going to make these recipes all season long.
I love putting Roasted Pecans in my salads but they can be so expensive, especially when compared to the price of raw pecans. I buy raw pecans for $6 a pound, and roasted pecans are $14 a pound.
The solution, of course, is to roast them yourself and save $8 a pound. And it’s easy to do. Here’s my recipe for savory, buttery roasted pecans.
1 pound pecans
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the butter in the microwave. Pour the pecans and salt into the butter and mix with a spoon or your hands until the nuts are evenly coated.
Spread the nuts out on a cookie sheet. Cook for 15-20 minutes, making sure to turn the nuts once. Watch them so they don’t burn.
Remove from the oven and let cool. Enjoy!
I was looking at my Christmas Cactus, which is in the middle of blooming lovely pink and red flowers on my kitchen sink. It gives me a lot of pleasure to look at.
It occurred to me that the reason I don’t have a lot of houseplants is that I associate them with the 1970s. I can’t get it out of my head that houseplants go in spaces that look like this:
Of course, that’s ridiculous. I know that.
I decided the way to cure my houseplant problem is to buy colorful ones. Here are some options I’m considering:
Pink and Green: Polka Dot Plant
Purple and Green: Purple Passion Plant
Red and Green: Caladium
Purple And Pink: ‘Kingswood Torch’ Coleus
This is a pretty cool project: DIY Copper Pipe Ipad Holder.
DIY Cocktails and I made a new fall cocktail. It’s a twist on the Hot Toddy called the Gingerbread Toddy.
First we made gingerbread syrup and then we mixed it in with bourbon, hot water, and a little bit of lemon. The result is cozy drink that’s perfect for sipping in front of a roaring fire. And yes, it tastes just like gingerbread.
The syrup took only a few minutes to make and would be great in other things too. I’m going to use a bit tomorrow morning when I’m making coffee and try out my own Gingerbread Latte.
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce syrup
1/3-1/2 cup hot water
A squeeze of lemon
For The Gingerbread Syrup:
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
To Make The Syrup: Combine all the syrup ingredients in a pan. Heat to boiling on a stovetop while whisking until all the powdery substances dissolve. Boil for 2-3 minutes so that the syrup thickens slightly.
To Make The Gingerbread Toddy: Combine bourbon and syrup in a mug. Fill to the top with hot water. Add a few drops of lemon juice and stir. Enjoy!
Check out this free crochet pattern–the Eloise Baby Sweater. What a great gift for a little girl.
Don’t overlook the rolls at Thanksgiving. Here are 5 Roll Recipes that will impress your guests.
GOURGERES–the classic French cheese puff. One of my favorite things, ever.