We just put our new lobster rope doormat in place a month or so ago and it already seams grossly out-of-season. The time has come to shift the mood of our front porch from summer hang-out-spot to harvest-spooky-fall abode. Should I seriously give into this whim and buy a doormat JUST for the Halloween season. We’ll get four weeks use out of it and then it will be passe! Perhaps a leaf-themed one will be able to last until post-Thanksgiving. And then we put out the holiday cheer until January. And then what … a winter theme? Oi. How many doormats does one house need?
Tell me, do you change your doormats with the season? How many do you own? Fess up!
P.S. The cute one above is from Potterybarn Kids.
Is this mid-week Fourth of July throwing your plans off a bit? Most folks we know didn’t have the luxury of having Tuesday or Thursday off from work, so chances are you’re like us — scrambling to feet a crowd when it’s waaaaaaaaay to hot outside to be doing much cooking. We thought it might be worth taking a trip down blog post memory lane and providing a few clicks to some easy, serve-at-room temperature recipes. There’s also some tips on s’mores, which of course, should be served hot, melted and gooey.
I keep seeing these gorgeous purple baby artichokes at my local fruit and veggie market. I am enamored by them, but I have no idea how to cook or serve. I’ve done some searching, and most of what I have found is how to use them as decoration. They make lovely tabletop pieces, as seen here in this Food Network story about Thanksgiving ideas or this suggestion from CasaSugar on alternative wedding bouquets.
Surely they must be more than a pretty face? Any suggestions on how to cook? Do you just steam them like regular ‘chokes and take tiny bites? Sounds unsatisfying… Help!
Confession time: I’m terrible at wrapping presents. I always have the best intentions. I walk by Paper Source’s windows and think, “Ohhh, that’s what I want to be!” I want to be one of those people with a gift wrapping station complete with a dozen different colors of washi tape and tinsel bows. I want to present my wedding shower gift and have everyone coo over the homemade tissue paper violets perched beside the bow. But, let’s cut the crap, I never am. I don’t have the time, money, or energy to make paper turkeys to decorate Thanksgiving cards. I always end up wrapping birthday presents in leftover Christmas paper. My cringe-worthy, rock bottom moment came when I presented a baby shower gift in a slightly used Halloween trick-or-treat bag.
There is hope for me yet! A light on the end of the horizon has appeared in Wordless Design’s universal wrapping paper. The paper allows you to choose your own celebration by circling the appropriate sentiment. Not only is the paper universally usable (cutting down on having to stock rolls and rolls of specific birthday, mother’s day, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Festivus, etc. paper), but it’s also sharp, clean, and minimalistically appealing. Five sheets of this rad wrapping is about 15€.
Hey there, fellow citizens of Procrastination Nation! With Valentine’s Day looming large it’s time for the yearly scramble to make that last-minute dinner reservation. (Table for two at 4:30 pm?) But if you haven’t already, don’t: Consumerist confirms what we’ve known all along about this commercial love fest – that it makes statistical sense to stay home and eat in on V-day. Not sure what to make? Let the stars decide with Chow.com’s Zodiac Valentine’s Menu Game . Simply enter your astrological sign and that of your sweetie to generate a menu catered to your specific tastes complete with recipes for the recommended appetizer, main dish and dessert. But if a dinner out is a must, you’re in luck: White Castle is still taking reservations .