Itâ€™s time â€¦ time to clean off our decks and patios and get ready for summer barbecues and relaxing outside! Why not make your outdoor space a little more enjoyable with some outdoor decorations? Here are some of my favorite sites to get you started.
Located in New York City’s Chinatown, this store has a great selection of Chinese lanterns and garland that would be perfect for decorating a covered deck.
A gold mine of planters, pots, string lights, birdcages, and solar lanterns, all at great prices!
The Macbeth Collection
Looking for something you can customize? The Macbeth Collection has tubs, buckets, and vases that you can have made with your favorite colors and patterns.
And, a good standby of course is Cost Plus World Market, whose consistent stock of outdoor carpets, string lights, and patio furniture fits almost any budget. What are your favorite places to shop for outdoor decorations? — Rebecca F.
Photo credit: Rebecca Firlik
There are few things that whipped cream can’t improve on. Pie, milkshakes, cake- there’s a whole list of already fantastic things that whipped cream makes even more fantastic. The question remains, how do you improve on whipped cream? Enter Cream: an adults only, alcoholic whipped cream. Cream comes in six flavors: caramel, cherry, chocolate, raspberry, orange, and vanilla. Their website is chock full of recipes for shots, hot drinks, cold drinks, and (of course) desserts that are sure to be just as well-received if not slightly more sophisticated than Jell-o shots at your next bash. — Katie D.
Every few weeks I invite former colleagues over for a casual dinner to talk about our new career paths, holidays, and whateverâ€™s new in our lives. After a few months of dinners, one menu item was requested so much that we made it a tradition — baked fish taco night! The recipe is super easy and pretty much guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. I generally use frozen tilapia from my local grocery store, but you could use just about any mild white fish. Serves 2-3, depending on your appetite. — Rebecca F.
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If youâ€™d be so kind to oblige me and roll the clock back to grade school, weâ€™re breaking for a moment from todayâ€™s serious science coverage to bring you this important announcement: Pi Day is back. Yes, after 364 long days, 3/14 has finally rolled around again and with it, a moment to appreciate the festivities associated with our favorite mathematical constant, pi. Last year, we brought you ThinkGeekâ€™s Pi-tini recipe, among other things and this year fortune has smiled on us again: the ThinkGeek Pizza Pi Cutter is now on sale for a hot $12.99! (We wonâ€™t talk about how the Pi By Numbers Blanket is out of stock.) Baking pies is obviously a staple activity on Pi Day and our friends at NPR are celebrating with this delicious recipe roundup for the occasion, which includes Sweet Potato Pie, Pizza Pie, Granola Cranberry Walnut Pie, and the aptly-titled Pimp My Mince Pie. How are you observing Pi Day? Check out PiDay.org for ideas. â€“Sarah C.
Photo: Claire Oâ€™Neill for NPR
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, my mind, like a good Irish girl, goes immediately to whiskey. Honestly, I’m more of a gin gal, but I really love these fun shot glasses nonetheless — and they’d all do fine to toast Erin Go Bragh with a shot of “top shelf” Jameson (though a purist may swear it has to be out of Mullingar pewter to count). — Megan B.
Above: Not so good at sharing? Then the Mine and Yours shot glasses will distribute the hooch between you and your guests “fairly” — $12, from Gama Go.
These Swedish shot glasses by Giarini from huset may be a splurge at $70, but oh, are they pretty. They’d make a great wedding gift, too, just sayin’.
Channel your inner Dillinger with these Mug Shots, $16.95 for a set of 6, at Neatorama. ‘Cause you know all those gangsters drank whiskey.
Or if your tastes tend to the more literary, than combine your drinking with some light reading: Great Thinkers shot glasses, $14.95/4, at Shakespeare’s Den. And what could possibly be more Irish than toasting with a quote from The Emerald Isle’s own W.B. Yeats — “”The problem with some people is that when they’re not drunk they’re sober”. Wiser words have never been written.