How Did Halloween Become All About Costumes and Candy?

Despite its early ties to the Celtic celebration Samhain (pronounced “sow-wen”), Halloween is a uniquely American holiday. Until recently it was only in the U.S. that we collectively mark October 31 by dressing in costume and sending our children door-to-door to ask the neighbors for candy, and even that is a relatively new tradition. On … Read more

How to Make Homemade Croutons the Easy Way

Store-bought croutons are never quite as delicious as I want them to be. They’re also perfectly square or rectangular. Why does that matter? Because when it comes to bits of bread, uneven surfaces translate to texture. Enter: hand-torn homemade croutons, aka the best salad and soup topper you’ve ever had. They’re tastier, crunchier, and more … Read more

DIY Dining Nook with a Paint Stencil – Rental Inspiration

published about 6 hours ago We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. City living comes with its share of perks: restaurants open at all hours, plenty of parks, and bodegas where you can grab a few quick groceries to make dinner on a whim. A … Read more

These Piri Piri Potatoes Are the Perfect Side Dish

The versatility of a potato is arguably unmatched. Think about it — with just a few of them you can whip up recipes like pomme frites or deliciously crispy grilled wedges. Maybe it has something to do with their year-round availability, or it could simply be because they are so darn good.  Whether you agree with … Read more

Best Gift Ideas Under $50 From Nordstrom

We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. It’s never too early to get a head start on gift shopping, because, let’s face it, the holidays will be here before we know it! If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop kinda solution, Nordstrom has you covered. The … Read more

de Buyer Carbon Steel Skillet Review

published about 10 hours ago We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. My foray into carbon steel began shortly after moving into a new apartment last year. I hadn’t bothered to bring our worn-out nonstick skillet, thinking that a brand-new kitchen surely warranted a brand-new … Read more

Pumpkin Smoothie – Budget Bytes

$1.27 each Budget Bytes » Recipes » Dessert Recipes » Pumpkin Smoothie This pumpkin smoothie was one of my first experiments with pumpkin purée TEN years ago. I had a little bit of pumpkin leftover from another recipe and thought, “Hey, can I put this in my smoothie?” Yes, Beth, yes you can. And it … Read more

Cranberry Seed Bars Cranberry Seed Bars

Bust through that midday energy slump with these scrumptious homemade energy bars! Our cranberry seed bars are an easy to make energy bar featuring date syrup as the base. Fresh cranberries, grated ginger, and orange zest brighten up the density normally found in a seed based bar. The good news? With all that flavor and … Read more