Rhonda Merrell

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Easy One-Bowl Recipes Are Your Winter Supper Solution

Winter meals usually feature classic comfort food dishes -- lasagna, mac and cheese, braised meats -- but that's not always the best choice for fueling us through the long, cold months ahead. What we really need are foods that will make us feel energized when we can't count on the sun to get us out …

Healthy Eating

Best Chocolate Truffles

Learn how to make your own chocolate truffles with these decadent recipes, from bittersweet chocolate truffles rolled in spices to Brazilian …

Dessert

8 Things You Can Make In A Rice Cooker That Aren't Rice

Rice cookers are much more versatile than the name lets on.<p>Whether you're a rogue chef experimenting with new kitchen tools or a college student looking for a be-all and end-all appliance, this gadget might be everything you need and more.<p>Basic electric rice cookers work by heating liquid in an …

Cooking

Interactive fiction: make the wrong decision and you could be killed!

When I was a kid I loved stories, and like every kid, I also loved free stuff. So when our mother brought home the grocery shopping with a free book attached to the back of the Weetabix box, this was the best of both worlds. But when I opened the book it was better than I first imagined, because …

Books

Top 10 Books Every Dog Lover Should Read

Good Books<p>Whether you’re a first time dog parent or seasoned training professional, I consider these books to be the cornerstone of the modern …

85 Baby Homemade Gifts to Make

<b>Homemade presents</b> for baby showers are easier than you think! Here are 85 incredible free patterns all with pictured tutorials on how to make the …

Oh-Sew-Cute Couture: Dress Sewing Patterns for Girls

Ready for an itty-bitty fashion show? There’s something perfectly precious about a little girl in a homemade dress. Here, Martha sits with her granddaughter Jude perched on her lap, and they are joined by some fashionable little friends. The group is decked out in sundresses, tunics, and bloomers …

How to Turn Your Handwritten Recipes into Heirloom Tea Towels

Spoonflower, an American Made winner, is an amazing resource for crafters and designers alike -- you can print any design of your choosing onto fabric, wallpaper, or wrapping paper! In this tutorial, Spoonflower shows us how to transform precious handwritten family recipes into heirloom tea towels …

Notes on a Pattern - New Look 6322

A few weeks ago, I decided to pair New Look 6322 with these beautiful Multi-Color Watercolor Cotton Sateen and Mint Mechanical Stretch Polyester …

Lake Getaway: 10 Women's Sewing Patterns

It’s that time of year to pack up your weekend bag and head to the nearest lake house with family and friends! This collection draws inspiration from …

Sewing

8 Fantasy Book Series That Could Be The Next Game of Thrones

Fear not, impatient readers of George R.R. Martin’s <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> or disillusioned viewers of HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones</i> — these lesser-known …

Science Fiction

Knitting Tips: How to Sew a Kitchener Stitch

Kitchener stitch (also known as a grafting stitch) is a technique that comes up reasonably often in my own knitting projects—especially when I’m joining pieces together or finishing up the toes in socks—and, to be honest, it took me way longer than expected to get the hang of it the first time I …

Tips for Knitting to the Right Gauge

• Crafts<br>• Knitting<br>• Designs & Patterns<br>• Tips for Knitting to the Right Gauge<p>You know what gauge is and why matching a pattern’s recommended gauge is …

5 Ways to Lose Weight Every Day

<b>Lay Workout Clothes By Your Bed</b><br>It's genius! You'll have your outfit already planned out as soon as you wake up. Lorna makes sure she does this so she can't talk herself out of her morning workout. "I have to do the walk of shame if I get up and I don't exercise," she says.<p><b>Become a Snacker</b><br>Peek …

12 Salads to Make with Roast Chicken

Have some leftover roast chicken taking up fridge space? These salads are so good that you’ll want to have extra chicken hanging around all the …

Healthy Dinner Ideas for Summer and Beyond

Eating well definitely doesn't mean sacrificing flavor—here are our favorite healthy dinner ideas.<p><b>We're all for eating a little lighter, healthier, and cleaner.</b> But eating well doesn't have to mean eating the same thing five nights a week. It's way more fun to eat a variety of creative, interesting …

Cooking