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Jan 17, 2011

Make a Stackable Lunch Box from Recycled Cans

created at: 01/17/2011

According to Lunchboxes.com, a tiffin box is for a "Tiffin," a "lunch, or any light meal. It originated in British India, and is today found primarily in Indian English. The word originated when Indian custom superseded the British practice of an afternoon dinner, leading to a new word for the afternoon meal. 

The stacked design corresponds to exactly how I love to eat lunch: a little serving of lots of stuff, in order.… read more

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Jan 17, 2011

How To: Make "Gravy IN Biscuits"

created at: 01/17/2011

Over the weekend, my local alternative weekly newspaper did a taste test of a new Doritos flavor: Late Night All Nighter Cheeseburger. The consensus was: 1) yes, it is possible to make a chip taste like a cheeseburger; and 2) doing so is a terrible idea.

But, I do love the idea of whipping up an entire meal in an integrated, handy to-go package. And I especially love it when gravy is involved.   … read more

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Jan 14, 2011

How To: Make a Woodgrain Magnetic Tool Holder

created at: 01/14/2011

Whether they're your fancy German chef's knives, your perfectly honed chisels, that Xacto blade you wield so well, or your razor-sharp, never-touch-paper fabric scissors, the DIY lifestyle most always entails sharp cutting tools. And the best way to protect these tools, keep their edges straight and nick-free, and store them safely?

A magnetic block. Which are, thankfully, quite inexpensive at a spot such as IKEA, but they're looks are a bit cold, and the metal surface can actually scratch your tools.

So, we're gonna give one a quick faux bois makeover.   … read more

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Jan 13, 2011

Make WAY Better Hot Chocolate with Homemade Cocoa Mix

created at: 01/13/2011

It's really cold today. There's snow in 49 states, and I'm doing everything I can not to turn on the thermostat before the program kicks it on at 3:30. And I need something warm to make it through. Not coffee. Not tea.

I need hot cocoa.

But I can't stand instant cocoa mix. Even the fancy ones are way too water-y. I need to be prepared for days like this.

I need to make my own.    

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Jan 12, 2011

Winter Grilling: Ideas, Tips, and How-tos to Get Savory in the Snow

created at: 01/12/2011

Every state in the U.S. is covered in snow, except for poor Florida. Many are saying, "Snow? of course, it's January," while others totally freak out, cancel schools, close down roads, and populations go into hibernation.

But for my money, it gives me an excuse to start cooking. I love to spend winter nights trying new things; complex dishes that come out of the lack of amazing produce you wouldn't want to otherwise mask.

And though it means lots of door openning and closing, and tracking in a bit of extra snow, I love to grill in the winter. Standing outside in blankets of white, warming myself by my roasty dinner, with the smellls mingling just so...   … read more

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Jan 11, 2011

How To: Fold a Paper Wallet

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

created at: 01/11/2011

Paper Day, Part 4: Fold a Paper Wallet

Guess what I learned today?!… read more

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Jan 11, 2011

How To: Fold a $5 Bill to Give Lincoln a Baseball Cap

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

created at: 01/11/2011

Paper Day, Part 1: Lincoln Gets a Cap

Hilarious and seemingly easy instructions to turn Honest Abe into a true b-boy. Once here's there, you could turn him into a puppet for an impromptu performance, or whip out your camera for a quick-and-easy stop motion project.   … read more

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Jan 10, 2011

How (and Why) to Make Fresh, Homemade Pasta

created at: 01/10/2011

I looooove eating fresh pasta. It takes on the sauce or condiment in a totally different way, it cooks in a minute or two, and turns a basic meal into something plenty special.

But, I don't love, or even like, making fresh pasta at home. The traditional "well method" makes a huge mess, and dealing with the mile long pieces of pasta is really tough for a single person.

So, I'm totally in love with this super easy, totally-worth-your-time method:   … read more

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Jan 07, 2011

How To: Winterize Your Bike to Ride in the Snow

created at: 01/07/2011

Outside, the ground has been covered in snow since our first fall back in December, and its still falling. Which means my bicycle's been in the garage for six weeks, and I'm getting a little antsy. And the recumbent exercise bike just isn't cutting it.   … read more

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Jan 07, 2011

How To: Make a Moorish-Inspired Mathematical Lamp

created at: 01/07/2011

Traveling through Morocco and southern Spain, Stregoi fell in love with the Moorish patterns and mosaic that characterize the architecture and spaces

So, he created this amazing pendant lamp inspired by these patterns, and shares his templates so you can make one of your own.… read more

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Jan 06, 2011

Home Hacks: 12 Cool Things To Do with Your Microwave

created at: 01/06/2011

Microwaves are those things that you don't know you need unless you don't have it. When my last one stopped functioning, I figured "I'll save the counter space. I don't need to replace that."

But, I'm always in the habit of making a little bit more at dinner for lunch the next day. And, I spend whole weekends making five or six batches of soup to freeze to have around for cold winter days. And sooner, or later, I bought a new microwave.

And, now, having discovered these twelve cool tricks, I'm pretty thankful I did.   … read more

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Jan 05, 2011

How to Make DIY Typographic Mugs

created at: 01/05/2011

I'm thankful I don't have a caffeine addiction. I really like coffee, and tea, (and, unfortunately, Coca Cola, but I try to avoid it the best I can), but promised myself I would never get in the habit of it defining my morning. 

But, I get it, especially in January. A warm, complex beverage to wrap your hands around, and savor. And I think it'd be even better enjoyed in a handmade, customized mug.

So, I kinda love this project by Design Mom. Like, love it a lot. Like, wish I'd known about those porcelain markers so I coulda come up with it myself. Cause if I had, this is exactly what I'd make with one.

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Jan 05, 2011

How To: Homemade Pomegranate Liqueur

created at: 01/05/2011

There aren't many produce items to get excited about during the winter. Fresh corn is nowhere to be found, the tomatoes are abysmal, no spring freshness or autumnal earthiness. Just citrus shipped in from around the world, and a few pears.

Oh, but then there are pomegranates. Though they've certainly risen in trendiness the last few years, don't be fooled. They're truly a special fruit, and whether or not Oprah thinks they're cool, they're delicious and pretty versatile.… read more

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Jan 04, 2011

How To: Make DIY Shrinky Dinks

created at: 01/04/2011

I know it sounds weird, but over the holidays, I needed to use Shrinky Dinks for one of my gifts. See, I got my sweetheart a vacation, but you can't really wrap that up and put it under the tree. Plus, even if I put the travel arrangements in a box, that's only one gift, and not how I do things.

So, I came up with a series of clues and hints to slowly unveil what the ultimate present would be. Anyway, for one of them, I needed to make a Shrinky Dink.

I actually know how to make Shrinky Dinks, cause my science teacher parents always made us make our own instead of getting the cool California Raisin or Thundercats ones from the store. Which was pretty annoying when I was a kid, but kinda sweet now.

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Jan 04, 2011

How To: Make a Light Bulb Vase

created at: 01/04/2011

Though they're getting harder to find, and more unreasonable to use, you're likely to still have a few incandescent bulbs somewhere in your home. And when they fizzle out (which they will!), then what? Why, make an awesome vase, of course!… read more

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