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Chalkboard Spice Jars, and 10 Other Cute DIY Decor Projects — Apartment Therapy

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From Apartment Therapy → Chalkboard Spice Jars, and 10 Other Cute DIY Decor Projects

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What Else Can I Make With a Sodastream Soda Maker? — Good Questions

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Q: I just got a Sodastream as a gift but honestly, I've never been a fan of soda. I'm also skeptical of the flavored syrups that are sold alongside these machines.

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How To Brew Oolong Tea — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Oolong tea is often described as being between green tea and black tea, so it makes sense that steeping techniques usually fall somewhere in the middle, too. This is also a wonderful tea for re-steeping, and you can discover new aromas and flavors with each new infusion.

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Cooking from Simple Thai Food Wasn’t Exactly Simple, But Lunch Was Amazing — Cookbook Review

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Cookbook: Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen by Leela Punyaratabandhu
Overall Impression: Simple? Not exactly. But totally worth it to make beautiful, delicious Thai food at home? Absolutely!

Toasting grains of rice over low heat for a half hour tested my patience. I didn’t realize it was possible to dirty quite so many bowls for the sake of one lunch. Leap-frogging from one recipe to consult another recipe, which referenced yet another recipe (a big pet peeve of mine) nearly drove me nuts.

But by the time it was all over, I was so glad I’d finally taken the plunge into cooking authentic Thai food at home.

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What Are Your Favorite Ways to Use a Slow Cooker in the Summer? — Reader Intelligence Request

Last week Sara Kate shared her brilliant recipe for slow cooker pork carnitas — yes, you can go to taco heaven without heating up the kitchen. Earlier this summer we shared other recipes you can make in the slow cooker, which is just the best tool for days when you'd rather be at the park or pool than in the hot kitchen.

We're curious — are there other smart ways you've found to use your slow cooker in the summer? Your morning oatmeal, perhaps? Or sauce for pasta? Do you use it in canning or preserving? Do you cook vegetables in it? Tell us — we'd love to learn all your summer slow cooker secrets.

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This Cooler Does Everything Except Mix Your Drinks. Wait, No, It Does That Too.

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From now on when you want to keep your drinks cold at the beach or your picnic you've got a choice to make — you can use your regular old cooler or you can chill those drinks and tote your gear in 60 quarts of awesome.

Otherwise known as The COOLEST Cooler.

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