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Gettin' Thrifty With It
April 1, 2015, 8:12 am - Best In Show - InsertSnappyNameHere
Are you a bargain hunter? Frugal? A cheap chippie? Of course you are. Unless of course you are independently wealthy – in which case you and I should have a conversation later in private about how much I adore you! Today’s column will prove that you can have more for less (apologies to M4L for the theft of his moniker). We won’t call them knock-offs. No, we’ll say ‘budget options.’ Have a look at the selections and let us know which you prefer. I’ll come back later and let you know which one is the budget buster and which is the budget bestie.

Presented for your consideration:

Black 6 drawer dressers

Blue Ikat rugs

Arced floor lamps

Canopy beds

April Fools Day
April 1, 2015, 5:34 am - Open Thread - DeLepp

Tuesday OT
March 31, 2015, 6:39 am - Open Thread - dibs
GM. Maple buds out the window here

Monday OT
March 30, 2015, 6:32 am - Open Thread - dibs

You'll just feel a quick pinch...
March 29, 2015, 12:45 am - Your 2 Cents - InsertSnappyNameHere
Should parents be required by law to vaccinate their children? If not, would you propose any measures to segregate non-vaccinated children from others?

Weekend Open Thread
March 28, 2015, 6:54 am - Open Thread - Partridge

Strawberry Basil Vodka
March 27, 2015, 5:46 pm - Food - InsertSnappyNameHere
Drinkies can be included in the food forum, right? :-) I just came across this and decided to share in case any of you feel inspired to try it.*



Fresh strawberries, washed, air dried, and hulled
fresh basil leaves, washed and air dried
fair quality vodka

Also needed:

One clean canning jar with a new, two-piece lid


Cut strawberries into pieces and load into the jar, layering in the basil leaves among the strawberries. You shouldn't squish the strawberries into the jar, but you should fill it full and to within ½-inch of the rim of the jar.
Important Note about the Basil: For a quart jar, add 2 large or 4 small basil leaves. For a pint, add 1 large or 2 small basil leaves.
Fix the lid tightly in place on the jar and shake vigorously 4 or 5 times. Let the vodka infuse in a cool, dark place for 3 days. Open the jar and sniff... Does it smell strongly of strawberries? You're ready! You can strain it into a clean jar and store in a cool dark place for up to a year as long as the temperature doesn't fluctuate. For optimal flavour retention, strain out the fruit and basil and store, tightly lidded, in the freezer.
* recipe from http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/strawberry-basil-infused-vodka/

Growing your own basil
March 27, 2015, 12:29 pm - How Does Your Garden Grow? - InsertSnappyNameHere
I've been considering some gardening tips I see on Pinterest and am wondering about whether or not they work. So far I have tried their tip of growing my own scallions (it worked!!!) Now I'm wondering about growing my own basil. I'm ogling some basil seeds on Etsy, but also considering buying a basil plant already started. What are the odds that I can successfully grow it indoors?

Tell me no lies...
March 27, 2015, 9:00 am - Your 2 Cents - InsertSnappyNameHere
Would you be willing to commit perjury in court for a close friend? What if your lie would save his life?

Friday Open Thread
March 27, 2015, 7:07 am - Open Thread - Cobble B Hiller

Thursday Open Thread
March 26, 2015, 6:53 am - Open Thread - Cobble B Hiller

On the Wings of Love
March 25, 2015, 7:17 am - Best In Show - InsertSnappyNameHere
There’s something about a wingback chair that can make you swoon. But not all wingbacks are created equal. Classic, modern, tall…there are plenty of styles to choose from. Which style do you prefer? Is there a wingback you love that isn’t pictured? For future reference, what’s your favorite furniture store with a great selection of chairs? Let us know!
1. Magnet Elliot Wingback Chair from World Market

2. No price or name is available for this chair. This chair is presented just for critique.

3. Elana Wingback Chair from One Kings Lane

4. Paolo Buffa Armchair from 1st Dibs

5. Luxe Wing Chair from Crate & Barrel

6. Rizzo Armchair from Wayfair

7. High-back Wing Chair from Interior Gallery

8. Traditional Wingback Side Chair from BizChair.com

9. Sterling Signature Chair from Impressive Lighting