Mushy banana? No problem. It's ice cream time!

June 25, 2017

Now that it's summer, I find my bananas are ripening quicker than I can eat through them. Which means I'm left with a choice — eat the bananas faster, buy fewer, or figure out something delicious to do with them once they hit that mushy stage of over-ripeness.

Generally when people think of overripe bananas, they immediately think of banana bread. In the summer, though, I only want to turn on my oven when I absolutely have to. These days, my..

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Foam up that soap!

June 17, 2017

My husband, many years ago, introduced me to the joys of foaming handsoap. Pre-foamed and ready to wash, it makes handwashing quick and fun for the kids, and, let's face it, adults too! However, foaming handsoap is not always easy to find in the store, especially if you're not into seriously strong smelling soap (ahem, Bath and Body Works). So how about making your own? It's incredibly easy.

What You Need

To make your own foaming soap, you..

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What is tahini and what can you do with it?

June 11, 2017

Tahini is best known in this part of the world as simply an ingredient in hummus. But it is so much more! A staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, tahini is a paste made out of sesame seeds. In regular tahini, the seeds are hulled and toasted first, but tahini can be made with any kind of sesame seeds, including unhulled, sprouted, white or black!

Where do you buy tahini?

Tahini is often found in the international section of your local grocery..

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Why you should buy a scale and bake with it

June 10, 2017

My mother has never baked with a scale, and consequently, neither did I... until a few years ago. Our preferred baking method was always to throw ingredients in until it looked about right. It worked, but mainly because we baked the same recipes over and over again, so we knew what was right for each recipe. This method sadly does not translate to new recipes. If you've never made something before, how do you know what it's supposed to look like?

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Fix-it-yourself: Sticky doors

June 3, 2017

There are few things more frustrating than a sticky door. Houses located in areas with dramatically fluctuating climates are particular prone to seasonly sticking doors. If you’ve ever noticed a door that used to glide closed with little trouble suddenly becoming stubbornly sticky chances are that changes in temperature and humidity are to blame.

Fortunately, fixing a sticky door doesn’t necessary need to involve hiring a handyman. There are a..

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Fix-it-yourself: Ceiling water stains

May 27, 2017

Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, there are few home maintenance issues more distressing than ceiling water stains. These brown rings are awful to look and incredibly stubborn. Worst of of all, they have a nasty habit of cropping up again and again regardless of how many times your paint over them.

Fortunately, there is a simple way to stop the stain from spreading and ruining your ceiling, and all it requires are a few simple cleaning..

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How to make your own granola

May 27, 2017

When it comes to breakfast, it’s hard to go wrong with a good bowl of granola. Sweet, crunchy, and fulling, a good bowl of granola can keep you going until lunch time on even the busiest of days. In case it wasn’t already obvious, I’m a big fan of granola!

However, my love for granola does not extend to the overly sweet, overpriced offerings found on grocery store shelves. The simple fact of the matter is that homemade granola is always more..

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Start an indoor herb garden using kitchen scraps

May 27, 2017

There is a huge list of food that can be regrown from kitchen scraps. Potatoes are the first that spring to mind — plant an eye from a store-bought potato in your garden just like you would any other seed, and you'll have a new crop of potatoes in a few months. Sprout avocado trees from their pits, grow new onions and celery from their root ends, and get more carrot greens from old carrot tops. You can even grow yourself a pineapple plant from..

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Anyone can make homemade bread; we'll show you how

May 22, 2017

I don't believe there's anything better than a loaf of homemade bread, fresh out of the oven, sliced and slathered with melting butter. Homemade bread smells delicious, tastes delicious... but can be incredibly daunting to make if you've never done it before. My mother has been making her own bread since the 1970s, and passed on her recipe to me years ago. I've since tweaked and modified it, and come up with a recipe that is simple enough that..

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How to clean your gas grill in time for summer

May 19, 2017

Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner and it’s time to clean your grill in time for BBQ season. Fortunately, cleaning your grill isn’t as much of a chore as it sounds. The whole process is surprisingly easy and will probably take no more than fifteen minutes. All that's required to get the job done is a few cleaning products and a little elbow grease. Just think, the sooner you clean it, the sooner you get started grilling..

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