Ever wonder when the best time is to make household purchases? From groceries to gas grills, turns out there is a right time. Although some purchases canâ€™t be planned (Iâ€™m looking at you, hot water heater), waiting can pay off. â€” Sarah L.
Groceries: Sunday evenings
TVs: after the Super Bowl through March
Appliances: holiday weekends
Grills: September and October
Carpeting and flooring: December
Trees, shrubs: September and October
Furniture: Holiday weekends
Chairs: May and June
Mattress, box springs: May through September
Image credit: Crate and Barrel
Today’s recipe comes right in time for Spring, from the pages of one of my favorite cookbooks, A Twist of the Wrist, by Nancy Silverton. This book has been a great source of lots of quick and easy meals made from easily-sourced pantry and freezer staples. (The Chicken Tonnato Salad? To. Die. For.) The recipe calls for orecchiette, whose curved shape I imagine would, as Silverton says, “capture the tiny peas” in a way orzo pasta just can’t. With orecchiette or without, I really love this dish’s simplicity: frozen peas, garlic, crÃ¨me fraÃ®che… Oh, and instead of prosciutto, I used Spanish jamon Serrano for my version — I think it’s got a nicer, more developed flavor. But whatever way you make it, it really is easy, and delicious. — Megan B.
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Representing a “contrast to the precision of time,” the Walter Wayle II wall clock ($78) is a minimalist’s dream. Two simple, wing-like hands turn without the confines of a case. More grown up than relaying on your cell phone’s clock, the Philippe Starck design is a clean way to tell how much longer until ‘Dancing with the Stars’ starts. — Katie D.
1) Message cookies are certified crowd-pleasers. Williams-Sonoma makes getting the look easy. Chelsea C. says: â€œI have these, too! I have a ball with them. And theyâ€™re always a big hit when you personalize for a friend. Love!â€
2) The votes are in: You would not spend $400 on a slow cooker. DJ says: â€œGracious me, no, no, no. My current super-cheap, non-programmable slow cooker works just fine.â€
3) The best part of baked fish tacos? The pickled onions. Kim says: â€œThanks for this recipe! I always LOVE pickled onions at restaurants and never thought to make my own (duh!) I literally just put a batch in the fridge for tomorrow! Thanks again!!â€
4) Snarky accessories can be happy additions to most work environments, but only when used appropriately! Ann says: â€œI received the WTF stamp as my gift in the office secret santa swap last Christmas. Itâ€™s hilarious, and the person who gave it to me knows me wellâ€¦ but I donâ€™t actually use it on work things. Itâ€™s a great conversation piece on my desk, though!â€
5) When it comes to creating a timeless kitchen, itâ€™s more about feeling than finishes. Jess says: â€œA â€œtimelessâ€ kitchen to me is one that has character. Our kitchen table, for instance, is a re-purposed workbench (sanded down and finished, but still showing the marks from years of wood-working), our counters are essentially slabs of wooden butcherâ€™s blockâ€¦ paint colors on the cabinets and walls are neutral and we can swap out our table runner/accents/decorations in the kitchen depending on the season or mood.â€
Vacuum your mattress this weekend! Real Simple gives us some amazing advice: Spring cleaning, with shortcut methods and uber-thorough techniques, too.
At Good Food, they’ve got an intriguing recipe we’re dying to try: parsnip ice cream!
Pretend you’re Holly Golightly (in the movie version of Tiffany’s, not the book) and build a clawfoot bathtub sofa like this one at Casa Sugar.
image courtesy of Retro Renovation