Gretchen Blum

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10 Boozy Cookie Recipes to Liven Up Your Holiday Party

Whether it’s with rum, bourbon, wine or even grappa, these cookies are sure to fill you with the holiday “spirit.”

Party on Your Patio: Outdoor Serving Station

Entertaining outdoors this summer? Mix drinks and display appetizers with ease with this simple and smart outdoor serving station!<p>For me, the biggest stress related to patio dining is almost always an issue of space. Having a dedicated serving area removes this problem so you can enjoy your guests, …

Food & Dining

Fun with Fiber: Crocheted Owl Cell Phone Cozy

Whoooo likes super-cute crocheted crafts?<p>Look smart while protecting your prized gadgets with this quick and charming crocheted owl cell phone cozy!<p>Ready to give it a try? All you’ll need is a 6mm crochet hook (US size J) and some medium weight yarn to get started.<p>Make one today! The easy-to-follow …

Grow Your Own Crystals in Eggshells

Tired of long expeditions into deep dark mines in search of precious crystals? Take the easy route and grow your own!<p>You know that stuff you use in canning vegetables, the ingredient that gives pickles their crunch? It’s called alum, and it’s what you can use to create your very own crystals. You …

Flashback: Splash Swimsuit Cover-Up

<b>by Nikol Lohr</b><p>Cool, whisper-soft, and silky, this breezy lace swimsuit cover-up is as comfortable to knit at the beach as it is to wear there. Worked in soft, gently luxuriant Lorna’s Laces Pearl, a 50/50 silk and bamboo blend, Splash knits up quickly with a simple old shale lace pattern that coaxes …

Paper Fun: Easy Origami Butterflies

Need a quick craft break? Fold a colorful origami butterfly or two!<p>Ready to take a creative time-out? Grab a few squares of paper, then head on over to Red Ted Art to learn how to fold your own easy origami butterflies.

Dessert Inspiration: Blueberry Cinnamon Coconut Milk Ice Cream Recipe

Here in NYC, it seems like we skipped right over spring and went directly to sticky, humid summer. And, while I’m sitting here in front of the fan, this blueberry cinnamon coconut milk ice cream recipe is looking pretty darn good.<p>Did summer weather arrive early where you are too? The solution to …

Flashback CRAFT Pattern: That Girl! Knitted Tank

<b>By Nikol Lohr</b><p>With an empire waist, relaxed styling and seed-stitch details to match the summer jacket of the same name, this quick-knitting linen/cotton blend knitted tank is an excellent warm-weather project. Wide straps for bra coverage, extra increases, and short row shaping for bigger bustlines …

Knitting

Parsnip Chips | I Breathe I'm Hungry

Shares 15K<p>Keep calm people! I haven’t gone off my rocker, or forsaken low carb eating!<p>I have, however, recently been enlightened to the possibilities …

Chipotle and Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Delicious buttermilk biscuits with a bit of a bite and of course, a good bit of cheesy goodness!I am a huge fan of biscuits. It’s probably due to the …

Double Chocolate Banana Bread That Vegans and Omnivores Alike Will Adore

<i>The following post was originally featured on Always Order Dessert and written by Alejandra Ramos, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Food.</i><p>I'll be honest: vegan baking is usually not my go-to. I love baking with butter. I love baking with eggs. I love baking with milk (or cream!). I use them liberally …

16 Cookies That Can Literally Be Thrown Together At the Very Last Minute

We've all been there before.<p>Your mind is about to be blown when you find out how easy these fancy semi-homemade treats are to make. Translation: Behold the most gorgeous cookie recipes that only require a tube of store-bought dough, or few ingredients with zero effort. This piece originally …

Dessert

The Surprising New Fry You Must Try

For more deliciousness, trade potatoes for eggplant<p>There’s so much more to eggplant than parmigiana. Let’s be honest: That often-bitter, oil-sodden entrée usually leaves you with heartburn and a heavy gut. But eggplant, when prepared well, can rise above its role as a mushy foundation for …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Android Phone Could Do

Whether you're rocking the latest Android device from Samsung, HTC, or LG, these tips will help you get the most out of your phone or tablet. RELATED: 10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do<p><b>1. Send That Unwanted Call Straight to Voicemail</b>We've all got a few people we'd rather not talk to. …

Ginger Tea Latte

We love Colorado. Always have.<p>John and my families both vacationed there when we were growing up, and we honeymooned in Breckenridge for two weeks …

Ginger

Zucchini Basil Soup with Stove Top Fritters

I’m happy to have resurrected this soup! Matt and I made it a long time ago when we were still doing the 800 sq ft apartment thing and then again …

Garlicky Chicken Thighs | Williams-Sonoma Taste

Seek out locally raised free-range poultry, which is tastier than its conventionally raised counterparts. It’s especially important to use the best chicken available in a simple dish such as this one, which requires a minimum of attention from the cook. Once you have browned the thighs and briefly …

Recipes

Tres Leches Cake

16 Servings<p>Hailing from Latin America, this tres leches cake gets its name from incorporating three kinds of milk: evaporated, condensed, and regular whole milk.<p>July 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>Unsalted butter (for pan)<p>1½ cups all-purpose flour plus more<p>1 tablespoon baking powder<p>¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon<p>6 …

8 of the Coziest Nooks We've Ever Seen (and How to Recreate Them at Home)

Spaces to be snuggled into.<p>Even in the grandest houses, we're inevitably drawn to the smallest rooms: they're the coziest. In big rooms, guess where we head? To the coziest spots, the nooks and niches that are like rooms within rooms — their own intimate little worlds. Look around: There's bound to …

Interior Design

15 Gorgeous Birthday Cakes for Anyone's Big Day

We've rounded up 15 decadent, celebration-worthy cakes, from double banana to chocolate-caramel.<p><b>From mint chip ice cream cakes</b> to a decadent, towering double banana cake, these confections are epic enough for a birthday celebration.

17 Wonderfully Warm And Cozy Mulled Drinks

Mull the wine! Mull the cider! MULL IT ALL.

7 Things You Might Not Know About Calvin and Hobbes

Though we can’t pick your friends, we strongly encourage you to ostracize anyone who expresses disinterest or disdain for <i>Calvin and Hobbes,</i> the …

Comic Books

On Green Pancakes and Cooking with Kids

<i>Every other Thursday, we bring you Nicholas Day -- on cooking for children, and with children, and despite children. Also, occasionally, on top of.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>On how parents cook with kids dangling from their limbs.</i><p>Having children changes you. Specifically, it changes how you chop an onion.<p>Before I had …

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Chili Sauce • Steamy Kitchen Recipes

posted by<p>For the past 5 years, Ree (The Pioneer Woman), Elise (Simply Recipes) and I have hosted big parties for our food blogging community. It’s …

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Blueberry Mojito

May 23, 2013<p>Jorge likes to joke that I am a “Southern Hemisphere Drinker”. I love Rum and Tequila, but I tolerate vodka, gin and scotch/bourbon. …

Garlicky Shrimp Scampi | Williams-Sonoma Taste

The term “scampi” is used to describe sauteed jumbo shrimp in a butter, white wine sauce. If you like, substitute scallops instead, or use a combination of both. They’re delicious with the sauce, and small bay scallops will cook in about the same amount of time as the shrimp. Serve the saucy scampi …