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5 Simple Tips for Smarter Salads

<i>Today: Weeknight salads need a boost? Look no further. This article is brought to you by Oxmoor House. Head here to learn more about</i> Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better.<p>There are those tips and guidelines you can lean on, that have already done the heavy lifting for …

Fitbit Announces The Alta, A $130 Customizable Fitness Band

Meet the new face of Fitbit . Called Alta, this new $130 fitness tracker is set to invigorate the company’s aging product line — if it’s not too late.<p>The Alta is packed with the standard array of Fitbit abilities, lacking only heart rate monitoring. Inside the band is activity tracking, sleep …

Wearable Tech

The Right Way to Freeze Basically Everything

We talked to a culinary school professor about how to freeze any food like a pro.<p>Preserving is getting a lot of attention right now: throw a stick and you’re bound to hit a 10 dollar jar of artisan pickles or a jam made from berries you've never heard of before. But the easiest—and most direct—way …

Comfort Food

How to Buy, Store, and Cook with Garlic, in Season in November

Here's how to buy, store, and cook with garlic, in season in November.<p>Garlic may seem ubiquitous, but like all produce it has a season. Although you can use the scapes, or shoots, that appear in the spring, the actual garlic bulbs aren't harvested from the ground until fall. They can be used right …

Garlic

How to make pax cakes, a Palm Sunday tradition

Mark Palm Sunday with your family by making pax cakes, a forgotten Herefordshire sweet treat<p>The Easter period is inextricably connected with certain foods – eggs, roast lamb and hot cross buns. But not many people in Britain today will enjoy a pax cake.<p>These little treats, which seem to have …

Fabric Covered Magazine Files

How-To: Ombre Crocheted Storage Baskets

Corral your clutter in style with this ombre crocheted storage basket tutorial from Liz at Crochet in Color!<p>Ready to make some baskets of your own? Head over to Crochet in Color to see the full how-to.<p>[Via Pinterest]

Crochet

10 problems with the HTC One (M8) and how to fix them

The HTC One (M8) is a fantastic smartphone, showcasing HTC’s continued commitment to build quality and design, along with a much improved software experience that packs its fair share of useful features. With top of the line specifications and a lighter Sense UI, performance on this device is …

Operating Systems

How to Single Crochet

01 of 08<p>Single Crochet Stitch - What Is It, and Why Do You Need It?<p>If you want to learn how to crochet, single crochet is one of the most important …

Easy Beaded Crochet Technique - Free Tutorial

01 of 10<p>Overview<p>Learn an easy beaded crochet technique using this free tutorial. You can use the technique to make a single row of crocheted beadwork.<p>…

Knitting

Ingress celebrating second anniversary with First Saturdays event

Google’s Niantic Labs launched their popular real-world adventure game Ingress two years ago in November. In celebration, players will be rewarded with special in-game perks through and around a new monthly event series called “First Saturdays.”<p>As is normal for an Ingress event, it will be split …

Pokémon

Google Inbox review: Are you ready for a better way to manage communications?

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel<p>December 15, 2004. That’s the date of the oldest message in my Gmail account. Based on that fact, I’m …

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Multitasking

Warning: This New App Is Seriously Addictive

Morpholio Board is democratizing the design process by giving enthusiasts access to the same mobile resources and tools that professionals use.<p><i>Morpholio Apps</i><p>Mood boards have long been an essential part of the creative process for interior designers, and in recent years online tools like Pinterest …

The 11 Paint Colors That Will Be Hot Next

The most popular paint colors now.<p>We went straight to the source — the paint companies — to find out what's happening now. Find out the popular paint color trends before anyone else does.

How to make tissue paper covered lights

Over at the blog Craft Foxes there is a fun and easy tutorial on how to cover LED lights with colored tissue paper. OOOhhh I think I’ll be doing this …

'Plants vs. Zombies 2' At Nearly 25 Million Downloads In Under Two Weeks

“Why is everything moving to freemium?” the gamer crowd cries, myself included, much of the time.<p>This. This is why.<p>It’s only been two weeks since the global launch of Popcap/EA’s Plants vs. Zombies 2, but the game has already racked up almost 25 million downloads during that time, a figure which …

Surprise Pinata Cupcakes! How to make cupcakes with a rainbow candy surprise inside!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

August 20, 2013<p>It’s been weird being in moving limbo the last few weeks. I definitely don’t like having all my pans packed up. And all my stuff boxed …

Dessert

Decorating Cupcakes #121: The Cupcake Cupcake -with yoyomax12

Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk

There are many snacks that we feel nostalgia for. Some snack cakes bring up memories of swapping snacks with friends at lunchtime. Some potato chips …

How-To: Modern Colorblock Granny Square Baby Blanket

Is there a baby shower in your future? Hook up a modern gift for the mom-to-be with this colorblock granny square baby blanket tutorial from Live Modernly.<p>Crochet and modern are not necessarily two words you associate with each other. However, this colorblock granny square blank modernizes crochet …

Required Reading: Kitchen Memories by Lucy Boyd

Lucy Boyd, head gardener at Petersham Nurseries near Richmond (just outside London), has written a cookbook. <i>Kitchen Memories</i> ($20.61 from Amazon) …

Easy knit scarf printable pattern pdf, Ripple scarf, drop stitch scarf, Colinette Giotto, bulky scarf, ribbon knit, spring, instant download

Easy printable knitting pattern for a beautiful ripple drop stitch lace scarf. Full written instructions in English. Designed to make the most of a bulky variegated ribbon yarn.<p>PLEASE NOTE - This listing is for an instant download PDF pattern only. The finished item is NOT included.<p>Requirements:<br>9 …

How to grow chillies

Tips for growing chillies in your own home.<p>Sow seed in February for <i>Capsicum chinense</i> types such as Habanero Group, which take a long time to germinate, grow, flower and fruit. March/April is fine for C. <i>annuum</i> types such as 'Hungarian Hot Wax', which flower and fruit early. Use fresh seed-sowing …

Thorny problems: how can I get rid of couch grass?

Helen Yemm tackles your gardening problems. This week: a couch grass invasion and natural ways of controlling nettles.<p><b>A prickly issue</b><p><i>My daughter and son-in-law have moved to a small house with a rather unkempt garden bordering an equally wild wood, from which nettles have invaded. They are</i> …

Buckingham Palace

How To Get Some Privacy Into Your Backyard – 10 Modern Ideas

Having a spacious backyard can be very rewarding. You get to relax outdoors and to entertain your guests when they come over. But there is an issue …

Privacy

Classic Cake Recipes

Serious home bakers will want to master these crowd-pleasing recipes for cheesecake, chocolate cake, carrot cake, and more.<p>First up: What could make traditional red velvet cake even better? Chocolate, of course!