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The Top 5 Objections to Open Shelving (and Answers from People Who Love It) — Shelf Help

Change is scary and can often leave a person full of excuses. Take open shelving, for example. If you're used to having doors on your cabinets, the idea of putting everything you own out on display could make you very nervous. But you might actually end up loving it!

I chatted with several folks (including some of my own interior design clients), who have made the switch from closed-door cabinets to open-air shelving, and let's just say all those excuses are just that — excuses! Hear what these homeowners have to say about open shelving and put those excuses to rest.

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Recipe: Skillet Apple Crisp — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Apple crisp is an absolute must come fall. Requiring a fraction of the work of apple pie, apple crisp still delivers on autumnal delight: warm, fragrant apples bathed in sweet cinnamon, topped with a crisp, crumbly oat mixture that makes the perfect contrast in each bite. Want to make apple crisp even better? Build it in an oven-safe skillet and you can go straight from sautéing your apples to baking the whole thing in the oven without dirtying an extra pan.

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How a Family of 2 Eats for $50 a Week in Atlanta, Georgia — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Brindar
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Age: 29
Number of people in family: 2, including my partner. For groceries, we cover any purchases that are under $35. Anything over that, we'll split it via Venmo.
Occupation: I'm a Ph.D. graduate student and my partner is a lawyer.
Household income: $29,000 (not combined income)
Weekly food budget: $50

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13 Slow Cooker Recipes for a Stress-Free Breakfast — Recipes from The Kitchn

I used to think the greatest thing about my slow cooker was the way it tackled dinner on super-busy weeknights, but then I learned that it does something even better: breakfast. With the same amount of ease and low effort, the slow cooker works through the night to deliver a warm breakfast when you wake up! Better yet, there's likely to be enough to last for the whole week ahead.

Whether you reach for toast and jam, crunchy granola, or tender egg casseroles, these 13 recipes will show you all the best ways to use your slow cooker for breakfast.

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How To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets So It Looks Like You Totally Replaced Them — How To

Painting your kitchen cabinets is the single most transformative thing you can do to your kitchen without a gut renovation. And, if you do it yourself, it can also be one of the least expensive ways to overhaul the space — just the cost of materials and, of course, your time.

And time it will take. People on the internet like to say that painting your kitchen cabinets is a quick weekend project. Maybe if it's a holiday weekend — and you can take another day or two off work! In reality, it's a project that can take a solid five or six days, depending on the size of your kitchen. (You literally have to wait for paint to dry!)

It's not all that hard, though — as long as you're patient and thorough, the transformation will be amazing. We teamed up with professional painters Chris and Lexi Dowding, of Michigan-based SwatchOut, to paint a real kitchen and distill the steps for you to DIY it. Warning: It's going to look like a lot of steps. And it is! But we also wanted to break down as much possible here, so that you have no questions in real life.

Here's what you need to know in order to paint your old, wooden kitchen cabinets so that they look like brand new (white!) ones.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Sausages with Peppers and Onions — Recipes from The Kitchn

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When I think of my travels in Germany, I think of beers, brats, and mustard, and it's still that satisfying trinity that I crave when the weather starts to cool down. Throwing everything into a slow cooker means I can come back to tender sausages that have been gently braising in beer, with a pile of sweet peppers and onions coated in grainy mustard right on top. Serve in buns if you like, but I like my sausage and peppers next to a mound of vinegar-based potato salad and some more mustard for dipping.

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