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Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
11:39 am
[kikibean]
I just moved into an new apartment, and my bedroom carpet (actually, all the carpet in the house) is a pretty peacock green. Problem is my bedroom stuff is all browns and creams. Is there anything I can use to cover the carpet, or is my only choice to embrace the green and incorporate it into my decor?
Sunday, April 24th, 2005
10:17 am
[lapenn]
Grocery Bag Dilemma
Tired of having piles of plastic bags in your laundry room? Do you find yourself vainly trying to use up every last plastic bag before throwing them away in frustration? Do you take your dog for a walk every time she needs to use the bathroom just to legitimately use that plastic bag? Here's a coupla hip options:

1. Recycle those plastic bags. Many grocery stores have bins that you can use to return the bags. Or, take the bags back to the grocery store to get new purchase put into them. You should get a bag refund for bringing back the bags.

2. Canvas Bags -- Purchase canvas bags to use when you go to the grocery store. You can use old ones from conferences, and I bet you could find a ton of those at goodwill (I know I've goodwilled some b/c my family attends more conferences than I could even count). You can buy them at Reusable Bags or Land's End or a million other places.

There's lots of benefits to using your own reusable bags. You'll have less clutter around the house, and you'll be helping the environment.

If you find you use SOME plastic bags, then do one of two things:

1. use plastic produce bags instead. I've found that they meet almost all of my garbage carrying needs, thus negating the need for almost all plastic bags.

2. get plastic/paper bags only when you need them (perhaps once or twice a month?)

Once you get in the habit of always putting the canvas bags in your car after unloading groceries, it gets really easy to use a canvas bag every time you shop. ALSO, for those economically minded folks, you can get a bag refund almost everywhere. Safeway has a 3 cent refund and Fred Meyer refunds 5 cents for every time you bring in your own bag.


(cross posted to Hip Domestics)
Monday, April 18th, 2005
8:02 pm
[barbituratecat]
Black Chai Lemonade
Best lemon-drink I've ever made! Perfect for days out in the sun or when you're gardening.

6 Cups cold water
1 Large Lemon, halved
1 tea bag black Chai tea
Sugar to taste

Slice half the lemon and put it in a pitcher. Juice the other half of lemon and pour in to pitcher, with water. Add tea bag and sugar to taste. Chill.

I bet this would taste great with fresh mint, too!
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
12:28 am
[lapenn]
Peanut Sate
the best thing I ever received from my first boyfriend is his mom's peanut sate recipe. Deligthfully simple, deliciously good. I'd suggest marinating overnight. Pre-cut the veggies too. Then, this becomes a ridiculously easy meal to make. The only bear to cooking this is amassing all the stock ingredients. After that, there's no excuse not to make it often.

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless chicken
*3 tablespoons soy sauce
*2 tablespoons sesame oil
*1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or chili garlic sauce, which is what I use)
*2 tablespoons sugar
*1 clove garlic minced (omit if using CGS)
*2 teaspoons cornstarch

1/2 cup H2O
1/4 cup peanut butter


1. slice meat into strips/chunks and marinate in starred items
2. stir fry in skiller until cooked thru
3. make more marinade (so, starred items again) + H2O + peanut butter and heat to a boil until thick [be careful, tho, b/c it can burn easily]
4. serve meat w/sauce, stir fry veggies, rice/noodles

can use beef, pork, prawns, or tofu in place of chicken
Monday, April 11th, 2005
2:00 pm
[doohickey]
Whiskey-Soaked Raspberry Brownies
So I wanted to make a cake that involved bourbon, raspberries, and chocolate. (Thanks to kikibean for the challenge!) But I was lazy and didn't have all of the ingredients for a cake from scratch (as all cakes should be), but I had brownie mix. So I made brownies instead. The recipe is below. If you have any suggestions on how to tweak it any further, please do not hesitate to tell me! I also don't know all of the measurements, since I'm from the "just eye it and use common sense to tell you when to stop" school of cooking. I estimated to the best of my abilities.

Whiskey-Soaked Raspberry and Chocolate GoodnessCollapse )
Friday, April 8th, 2005
4:24 pm
[barbituratecat]
Spice Container...I have NO IDEA what this thing is...
My mother went to Calgary a few months ago, and found this Indian spice container. She thought it was called a marsala or a masala, or something along those lines. It's a silver circular container with a snap-lip that's see-through, and it houses a handful of tiny, circular silver bowls and a tiny silver spoon. She says it's for curry spices, but you can put anything in it.

I'm completely lost for what to do with this thing. Yes, I use a lot of spices and herbs, but I prefer to use them fresh and I don't usually have trouble with just keeping them in the cupboard. Does anyone have any ideas for this item? Or any more information on what it actually is, or what it's called?

X-posted to hip_domestics & cooking
Thursday, April 7th, 2005
9:25 am
[lapenn]
Short-Term Move and Furniture
Greetings! In June, I am taking a job about 7 hours away from where I currently live (and 10 hours from my parents' house, where I will store everything I can't take with me). The job only lasts for 3.5 months, so I don't want to make multiple trips. The town I'm moving to is in a remote location on the southern Oregon coast, and the nearest big store is a Fred Meyer 30 minutes away. Essentially, everything I bring will fit in my car (Toyota Matrix).

It seems like I'll be in an unfurnished studio apartment. I haven't yet found a way to find furnished rooms being let in the town (or possible there just aren't furnished rooms to rent).

What are the best things to take as far as furniture goes? I already plan on using my packing bins/boxes (rubbermaid tubs and the boxes that reams of paper come in) as bookshelves and a stacking area for my snake's cage.

I'm thinking of bringing an air mattress for a bed, but I'd rather not. Any ideas on what else I could use for a bed? Or any fold-up type beds that are easy to pack into a mid-size hatchback/wagon car?

Also, any good ideas on how to maximize packing space and what I need to pack? I figure I will pare my belongings down to the bare essentials. There's lots of hiking where I'm going and a public library, so I don't need to bring too much to entertain me.

How do you make a cool, comfortable apartment for 3.5 months with only that which you can fit in your car? I don't want to buy too much furniture that I'll just have to abandon, and I doubt they have a goodwill nearby.

thanks :-)
Monday, April 4th, 2005
8:31 pm
[therobbergirl]
The cat did what to the mattress? Oh dear.
The following text comes from a post by a wonderful man who told his wife not to worry about what the cats did to the mattress while they were away on vacation, he'll fix it. Do you have any ideas on how to help him? I'm sending him a link to this post so comment here or at the link to the post and he'll see what you say. Thank you for your help. I know what to do when this happens to carpets, but odors in a mattress are more detectable and unpleasant and I'm stumped.

Just got back from vacation to learn that my cats have also been taking a vacation - from toilet training. Looks like they spent a few days exclusively using my new mattress. So I have some nasty stains and a really nasty smell.

Any ideas how I can fix it?
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
1:53 am
[barbituratecat]
Need help with organizing "Coffee Table Books"
Hey hipsters, I've got a question for you.

After a snafoozle involving some missing T4 slips and mounds of random "important papers" scattered around the house, I've decided it's time to get clean, organized, and STAY that way. So today I ran through the house and cleaned up, putting everything in it's place, etc. My big trouble spot however...is our office. [Some of you might remember that I posted before asking about tips for organizing/etc.] We have a hug box of CD's from our last move, only we don't have any CD racks. We also have miscellaneous computer parts and boxes strewn about, which are impossible to organize. The office is also my sewing room and studio, which means they're fabric and boxes out for that, as well.

My biggest problem however...is coffee-table style books. We don't have a large book-shelf, and we have multiple HUGE, hard-cover books. One of them is an anatomy book, the other a DC comics encyclopedia, and other very large, hard to shelve books.

My question is this...WHAT do I do with them, that doesn't involve shoving them in a closet? I'd like to keep them handy, but I don't know what to do with them. The anatomy book I use a lot more when it's out in the open, but keeping it on my desk isn't an option. I'd like to keep the comic encyclopedia handy, as well, but wether it's in the main room or in the office I can't decide.

Help! Has anyone else ever encountered this book-display/shelf/etc problem?
Sunday, March 20th, 2005
1:46 pm
[emmycantbemeeko]
Baking/parchment paper substitute
I'm making a spinach pie for dinner and the recipe calls for lining the pan with parchment paper. I haven't got any; is there a reliable technique for greasing/lining the pan with something else that will substitute effectively or should I just wait till I have some parchment?
Friday, March 18th, 2005
12:06 pm
[kateelizabee]
Interesting Money Article
We hand-wash our dishes, but I never realised how much money we save by doing so! Now I'm thinking about all the other ways I can cut down on costs on other chores (i.e. fabric softener and ironing water). Thought you ladies would be interested in this article =)

money.msn.co.uk article, but US ladies might appreciate it as well.

Current Mood: Clean
Monday, March 14th, 2005
9:42 pm
[barbituratecat]
Oatmeal Honey Mask
I was bored, so I thought I'd throw some stuff together and see what came of it. It turned out really well, so I'll share it with you!Collapse )

Current Mood: smooth and silkaayyy
Thursday, March 10th, 2005
5:08 pm
[barbituratecat]
The Left-Over Dilemma
I recently made a vow to start cooking much smaller meals, in order to reduce not only over-eating [we felt guilty not finishing large portions], but to reduce the amount of waste. [We never eat left-overs, they just get thrown out.] Cut for lengthCollapse )

Current Mood: wondering
Saturday, March 5th, 2005
12:52 am
[doohickey]
Bourbon vs. Whiskey
Howdy ladies! (I'm assuming all ladies since no men introduced themselves.)

I need some help. kikibean got me thinking about making a chocolate bourbon cake with raspberries this weekend. (I promise that I will post the recipe once I figure it out!) My problem? I don't know Jack about bourbon.

I do know that bourbon is a very specific type of whiskey. I don't have bourbon. I have whiskey. How much different do they taste? Would you be able to tell the difference in a cake that has other strong flavors? And if I were to go out and buy some bourbon, what is the best brand? (I'm looking for the optimal taste to price ratio here - I'm poor but picky.) I don't drink often, and I would prefer not spending the weekend in a drunken stupor trying to figure out what brand is best. (Although that does sound like fun!)

Help?
Thursday, March 3rd, 2005
11:41 pm
[doohickey]
Introduction Post
Okay, since we're all new here, we should get to know each other a bit. In this thread (and in this thread only), feel free to share whatever information you deem necessary and that is appropriate for polite conversation.

About meCollapse )

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. If you'd like to share some tidbits about yourself, please do!
11:25 pm
[doohickey]
Welcome!
I just wanted to post a quick word of welcome to y'all and thank you for joining!

emmycantbemeeko and I would like to lay down a couple of ground rules before y'all start being all helpfully domestic in here:

1. Please read the main info page before posting. If you feel the need to preface your post with any of the following phrases, please don't post here:
a) "This isn't very domestic, but..."
b) "I'm not sure if this is the right community, but..."
c) "I could have Googled this, but..."

2) Please be courteous to people's friends lists by using lj-cuts where appropriate. Also, please do not post content that is not safe for work. A lot of us read these things while bored at our jobs, so please help us not get fired!

3) If you ask a stupid question or post something off-topic, the aftermath is your fault and your responsibility. We all have stupid moments, and those are excusable. When it seems as though your stupid moments outnumber your smart ones, we may have to lay the Mod Smackdown(TM) on you.

4) Please do not freeze threads or delete comments that are not your own. (Unless you are a mod.) Also, this is an advice community, so please do not disable comments if you don't like the responses you are given.

5) Please take everything with a grain of salt! Humor isn't always expressed well over the Internet, and it's far too easy to get offended. Just have fun with it!

If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the mods. We don't bite unless you want us to. ;-) Also, feel free to introduce yourself!
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