The chocolate is in the mail

January 23, 2018

Everyone needs a little chocolate in their lives, especially in the winter when the world is cold and grey. But what can you do if you live far away from a friend in need of a chocolate pick-me-up? Or a friend who is close by? Or yourself? The internet is here to help. Here are four of our favorite mail-order chocolate-filled goodies that you can get delivered to help everyone make it through the long, dark winter.

L.A. Burdick Chocolates

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How to pick the right kind of vinegar

September 22, 2017

When it comes to cooking, one of my biggest pet peeves involves vinegar. Often while working my way through a new recipe, I’ll discover mid-process that the vinegar required for the dish is the exact one I’ve run out of. That being said, I do love vinegar and the wonderful tangy taste it brings to foods.

In order to make sure I’m never without the vinegar I need, I went on a shopping spree to fill in all the gaps in my cooking supplies..

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Take your ice game to the next level with three fancy ice tricks

July 8, 2017

So you're hosting a gathering and you'd like to do something a little out of the ordinary, without a lot of extra effort. How about customizing your ice offerings? Here are a few ways to make your ice look cooler than it already is.

Shape It Up

Ice Triangle

Take a muffin tin and some glass tumblers. Fill the tumblers halfway with water, then perch them in the muffin tins so they are tilted sideways. The water should reach from the bottom of the..

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How to Entertain: Crackers and Fruit Edition

June 25, 2017

So you're hosting a party, and you've chosen your cheese. Now what do you add to your plate to round it out? With so many options to choose from, here are a few things we like to serve that can add to your guests' experience, but still lets the cheese shine through.

 

Crackers

There are a huge variety of crackers out there. Start with just three kinds of crackers — one plain, one seedy or wheaty, and one with a flavoring (cheese or olive or..

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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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Tired of cold-brew coffee? Try some cold-brew tea!

May 21, 2017

When I was young, a sign that summer had finally arrived was when my mom started making sun tea. She'd pull out a half gallon canning jar, throw five Lipton tea bags into it, fill it with water, screw on the metal top, and put it outside in the sun. It would steep all morning... or longer, if she got busy and forgot it was out there.The tea was light and delicious, and we drank it warm from the sun or, later, cold from the fridge.

These days, a..

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Rethinking (and re-purposing) canning jars

May 21, 2017

Canning jars have been around since 1858, when John Mason invented the first Mason jar. Originally developed to better preserve food, lately the concept of the Mason jar has undergone a renaissance. Still used for canning, these glass jars can now be found throughout your home, holding flour and spices in the kitchen, cotton balls in the bathroom, lights in your garden and, of course, actual canned food. Here are some companies who are helping..

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Why breadboxes are kind of cool

May 13, 2017

Breadboxes, what are they good for? Well, rather a lot as it turns out. I must confess I always assumed that bread boxes were one of those kitchen items best left in past. I’m happy to report however that I have seen the error in my ways. I've since discovered that not only are breadboxes a perfect way to keep bread fresh, but they can also add a lovely bit of flair to the kitchen.

They keep bread fresh… obviously

It turns out that breadboxes..

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Swing into Summer with a new hammock

April 28, 2017

One of my favourite haunts in the garden of my childhood home was the hammock. Hanging in the shade between two massive jacaranda trees it was my go to spot. I would spend many hours swing between the trees and reading any book I could get my grubby hands on.

As you can probably gather I’m a big fan of hammocks, and I think that any garden could benefit from one. Regardless of your garden size — or lack thereof — there’s always enough space for..

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Keep yourself hydrated with these wonderful water bottles

April 28, 2017

You can never drink enough water, at least that’s what all the TV doctors, lifestyle magazines, and websites keep telling us. Fortunately, there are literary thousands of water bottles out all there all promising to keep us hydrated. With so many to choose from it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so we're here to help. Here are ten unique water bottles that are worth a look.

The Mobot

 

Considering that fitness and hydration go hand in hand the..

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