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The Communal Table: An Easy Glazed Carrot Recipe

Few things are certain in my life. But one of them is that I will probably not eat any vegetables for the entire long Thanksgiving weekend. I mean, who wants to eat salad when you can eat gravy soaked rolls and cold pumpkin pie? This year for Turkey day I vowed to include more vegetables on the table. I realize […]

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Cool the Pan When Baking Cookies

One of the secrets to perfectly baked cookies (especially when you’re baking multiple batches) is to start with a cool pan. If you don’t have enough cookie sheets to use each pan only once (and who does!?), cool down a hot pan by running the underside in cool water. You’ll save time by not having to dry the sheet, and your […]

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Re-Gifting? Avoid These Mistakes

We’ve all gotten a gift we didn’t love. Maybe it’s not your size. Maybe it’s not your style. Maybe you’ve got a gift-giving occasion coming up (are there any of those coming up?) and you’re short a gift, and you’re thinking of paying your gift forward. Literally. Don’t be shy. A lot of people re-gift—about 1 in 3, according to a Consumer Reports holiday poll. I’ve definitely done it. I once received a really nice wine bottle opener, but I already had one just like it. Ta da—a housewarming gift! Re-gifting isn’t entirely evil, as long as you follow a few basic rules of conduct.

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My Gift List from Etsy

I haven't posted nearly enough about Etsy on Simply Stated. Truth be told, I get overwhelmed just browsing on the site because there are so many amazing products available. So I leave the site wanting everything, but buying nothing. That said, I do have several items saved as favorites, so I guess you could call this my Etsy wishlist. What […]

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