What Should You Do This Month? Throw a Backyard Solstice Party to Celebrate the Start of Summer

Backyard Solstice Party

While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don’t get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there’s no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!                

 For these summer solstice party ideas, I wanted to spotlight some of the things that are better in summer than any other part of the year. Continue Reading

18 Gifts for Home Chefs that You Can Buy from Amazon for Under $40

Gifts for chefs you can find on Amazon
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Holiday season is creeping up quick! Looking for gift ideas for the at-home cooks in your life, but don't want do bust the budget? We've dug up 18 of our favorite cooking stuff finds, all on Amazon, and all for under $40. Keep reading for awesome gift ideas for chefs!            

 

Seriously Good Gifts for Chefs

Laser thermometer
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Digital laser thermometer – $17

Point, shoot, and instantly get a temperature reading. At-home chefs no longer have to worry about putting their arm inside a dangerously hot oven to check on the bird – the laser does all the reaching instead. Continue Reading

Gift Guide: Beyond The Basics – 20 Gifts To Take Your Cooking To The Next Level

Gift Guide: Beyond The Basics - 20 Gifts To Take Your Cooking To The Next Level

Believe it or not, the holidays are sneaking up on us rather quickly. So today we're going to help you get a leg up on gift giving, by sharing one of our first gift guides of the season. Looking for a present for the home cook, amateur chef or grill master in your life? Perfect. Read on!       

 

BBQ Thermometer
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1. Three-in-One Essential BBQ Tool – Take the guesswork out of it with this clever digital thermometer perfect for those who love to cook meat on the grill (it's also equipped with a bottle opener and corkscrew!). Continue Reading

Meal Prep: 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Do It

Meal Prep: 5 Reasons Why I Don't Do It | Curbly  #mealprep #food #lunch
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Meal prep has been a popular topic in the blogospher for a while now, and with good reason… it's a great way to get in the habit of eating healthy meals and controlling portion size. But it just doesn't work for me – and here are five reasons why.   

 

1. It restricts my creativity.

I enjoy the process of trying new recipes and experimenting with ingredients that I've never used before, and I find that meal prep eliminates much of this creativity. Continue Reading

Try This: Mulling Spice Simmer Pot Recipe

How to make your home instantly smell like autumn with this fall simmer pot recipe

We're getting to that time of year where two different things are happening: parties are picking up, and the cold weather is forcing us to spend more time indoors. So… basically the perfect combination for some cozy aromatherapy! The fall season has so many distinct smells associated with it – like crisp winds, earthy leaves, fresh rain – and one of the most recognizable scent combinations is that of mulling spices. Whether you have a dinner party coming up, or simply want to flood your home with the scents of the season, this quick fall simmer pot is sure to do the trick.          Continue Reading

10 Different Ways To Preserve Fruits and Vegetables For The Winter

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I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Continue Reading

Curb The Clutter: Genius Ways to Store and Organize Cookware

Pots and Pans Organizer Ideas
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It’s not an easy task to organize pots and pans in the kitchen… the varied shapes and sizes of the different pieces often end up occupying more space than they should. And let’s not even get into trying to close a drawer full of utensils in disarray! But don’t give up – there are plenty of ways to tame the mess. Here are twenty-two clever ideas and do-it-yourself projects to get everything under control once and for all.       Continue Reading

DIY 4th of July Popsicles, Two Ways: One for Kids and One for Adults!

Recipe: 4th of July popsicles!

Here’s a summertime tip: Always make popsicles. Summer is here, which means the Fourth of July is on the way and you probably have a barbeque to host. Whether you’re holding a kid-friendly summer party or an adults-only celebration, popsicles will make everyone happy, including you! That’s because they’re ridiculously easy to make, you can prep them far in advance, and nothing tastes better on a hot day than a refreshing popsicle. We have two tasty recipes for you to prep this summer. Continue Reading

How To: Make the Ultimate, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

DIY Fruit Fly Trap
Learn how to get rid of fruit flies for good.

Ah … summertime. The pinnacle of the produce season means amazing things for your palate: sun-ripened fruit, homegrown vegetables, and fresh herbs for days.

Unfortunately, ripe produce also invites other guests to the flavor party: fruit flies. These little monsters (drosophilidae), with their big red eyes and kneejerk-wave inspiring flight patterns, aren't terribly harmful (they have a lifecycle of around ten days)…they're just really, really annoying. Continue Reading

How to Craft the Perfect Smoothie Bowl

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You've seen these smoothie bowl recipes (or acai bowls) all over Pinterest, but have you tried to make one of your own yet? A smoothie bowl isn't hard to make it home, but remember, it's just as much about the smoothie as it is about the toppings! Blend your favorite ingredients together to make a tasty smoothie bowl recipe that will ensure your morning is off to a great start.

This strawberry banana smoothie bowl recipe is my favorite go-to flavor combo, but I can mix it up with different toppings based on what I have in the house, mixing chia seeds, nuts, fruits and coconut shavings. Continue Reading