Tips & Techniques

The Best Time to Go to the Pumpkin Patch with Kids — The Great Pumpkin

There are some things I never did before I became a mom, and one of them is pumpkin picking. (Or really any fruit picking, for that matter.) It just wasn't something we did when I was growing up, but now I look forward to it every year because my kids love it so much. My 4-year-old has been asking to go for the last six months. It's that much of an occasion for him.

Just like any activity with children, pumpkin picking can be stressful if you don't plan ahead. And there's one major key to our plan, which I learned from making the visit a few years in a row now: There is a best time to go.

Keep reading to find out when that is.


The Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your Small Kitchen — Small Space Kitchens

Have you heard of a one-butt kitchen? That's what my mom calls teeny-tiny kitchens, because there's only enough room for one person to maneuver in there at a time. I've had my share of small kitchens, and there's one thing I've learned to do over the years to keep them under control: edit.

If you don't have room for more than one tushie, you certainly don't have room for stuff you no longer use! In order to edit your kitchen, which is the single most important thing you can do for a small kitchen, you have to first know these two things.


7 Things Smart Cruisers Always Do — Cruises for Food-Lovers

If you've been on a cruise, you've probably spotted the savvy cruisers from a nautical mile away. They're the ones clinking Champagne at a sunset-view bar that you only discovered on the last night, or chatting with their onboard friends via walkie-talkies.

But you don't need to be a seasoned ship-goer (or follow one around) to make the most of your cruise experience. Just follow these cruising dos (plus one don't!) and you're guaranteed to have a bon voyage.


This Is How Long Overnight Oats Will Last in the Fridge — Tips from The Kitchn

Overnight oats just may be the superstar of the make-ahead breakfast world. Not only do they require no cooking whatsoever, but they are also adaptable, wholesome, and satisfying. Start stirring up a handful of Mason jars of them at the start of each week and you're guaranteed to make a habit of it. How many jars can you actually make on Sunday night, though? If you make enough to get you through all five days of the work week, will they actually stay good until Friday?


The Most Brilliant Pantry Organization Hacks on the Internet — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

Not everyone can have a walk-in pantry, but with the lure of Costco and the convenience of FreshDirect, it's easy to stock up on stuff you don't actually have space for. (Whoops!) Cue these ingenious solutions for creating just a little more space from an absurdly small — or even just a normal — pantry.


Tip Test: Does This DIY Slow Cooker Divider Actually Work? — Kitchn Slow Cooker

Aside from using it to get dinner on the table on busy nights, I always lean on my slow cooker when I need to keep food or drinks warm for a crowd. From Thanksgiving sides to summer cookouts, it's an invaluable tool. But sometimes I wish I had another slow cooker handy to keep a second dish warm.

I came across a totally ingenious hack on Delish (by way of Reynolds Kitchens) for making a DIY slow cooker divider out of a couple kitchen items. I was intrigued and curious — and pretty skeptical. Could a DIY slow cooker divider really hold up? Here's what happened when I tried it out.


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