If you only pull out your clothes steamer when you've planning to wear linen, you're missing out on a ton of cleaning potential. Handheld clothes steamers are easy to use, totally portable and make quick work of loosening stains and sanitizing surfaces. Check the manufacturer's instructions before using this handy gadget for cleaning, though. Not only is it important to review safety instructions to prevent burns, but you'll want to know exactly how hot your particular steamer can get.
This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones to homemade chocolate peanut butter heart cups. Since they're made from scratch, these sweet treats are more special than the store-bought kind. You can even customize the recipe and use cashew, almond or sunflower seed butter instead. Ready to make this recipe? You'll need 12 heart-shaped silicone cupcake molds or heart silicone candy molds to make mini cups.
A ball of string or twine is always a handy thing to have around the house, whether you're using it to truss a chicken, tie up packages or just entertain an energetic kitten. It also figures into a surprising number of home and garden hacks, above and beyond its normal uses. Here are a few favorites.
Valentine's Day just isn't the same without Sweethearts candies, the heart-shaped confections printed with messages like "Cutie Pie" and "Kiss Me." If you're a fan of the conversation hearts, then you'll go gaga over these cake pops that are formed to look just like giant versions of Sweethearts. Not only do they taste divine, you can write different sayings on each one to whisper sweet nothings to all the valentines in your life.
In the world of unexpectedly useful items, there's a definite place for Popsicle sticks and their near kin, tongue dispensers, "craft" sticks and coffee stirrers. Many of those uses are craft-oriented — that's how we came to have craft sticks in the first place — but often, they're useful in practical ways that aren't especially obvious. Here are a few outstanding examples.
This recipe for beet hummus is a fun and delicious way to enhance and improve this amazing mediterranean spread. Infused with colorful beets, this hummus tastes as good as it looks. The slight sweetness of the beets mixes very well with the nutty, spicy, and citrusy flavors in the hummus. Follow the recipe below and enjoy!
If you're hosting a Super Bowl party, chances are you're searching the internet for easy recipes that feed a crowd. Well, consider dessert done, because not only does this sheet pan cake tick the "easy" box, it also doubles as an impressive centerpiece for your football food table. No special baking or cake decorating skills are needed. Simply slice it up at halftime and let guests serve themselves right from the pan. Go team!
Create this beautiful pebble mat which can be used to update your front door & peacefully welcome guests as they enter your home oasis. If your bathroom needs a refresh, use it as a DIY River-Rock Bathmat to add a tranquil spa vibe. No matter where you place this in your home, it's the perfect project to help restore calm in the midst of life's daily chaos!
Nachos are pretty much always delicious, but are just as often not so healthy. This recipe combines the great taste of this beloved snack without making you feel too guilty for indulging. Crispy, oven-baked sweet potato slices take the place of chips, and when mixed with cheese, beans, jalapeños and more, they're just as good as any other basket of nachos you've ever had.
If you've been wanting to try your hand at quilting, a rag quilt is the perfect place to start. All you have to be able to do is cut squares and sew a straight line. No need to worry about fraying around the edges either because on this quilt, the more fray, the better. Since the seams are exposed and they are expected to fray, this quilt is very forgiving and fairly quick to make. So let's embrace the fray and get started.
Split pea soup is a classic dish that's the epitome of cozy and hearty. And while it's often available in a can, nothing beats making it from scratch. All you need to do is toss the ingredients in a pot and simmer until the peas are soft. Top it off with chopped or shredded ham, or skip the meat for a vegetarian version. Either way, we think you'll love this warm and comforting bowl of homemade goodness.
With a simple push of a button, the Instant Pot allows you to make everything from applesauce to potato salad. You can even use it to whip up spaghetti with the following dinner recipe. Just dump the ingredients in the pot and click a button. And while this particular dish may not be traditional or authentic, it's perfect for when you want a comforting meal in about 30 minutes. Read on to make this quick spaghetti in your Instant Pot.
The guacamole is fresh, the onions are diced, the cheese is shredded and the table is set. All you need to make your taco night perfect is a handmade, cotton fabric tortilla warmer. Soft, warm tortillas are essential for delicious fajitas and tacos. Just place your tortillas in the warmer and heat them up in the microwave. In just 30 seconds or so, your tortillas will be ready and will stay warm throughout your dinner.
The way this recipe renders fat leaving behind crispy skin and juicy chicken is nothing short of miraculous, delicious and healthy — such a win/win! This recipe is great if you aren't on a diet at all, but it also fits for all your loved ones who are dairy free, gluten free, paleo and even those Whole30 people! It's also perfect for just a busy person who wants a great meal.
The days when you could actually buy something with a few pennies are long gone, and the rise of online shopping and phone-based payment — and therefore, a drop in opportunities to pay with cash — mean ever fewer opportunities to spend them. While some argue for doing away with the penny entirely, as the Canadians did years ago, it still has plenty of uses beyond the simply financial. Here are a handful of fun and functional uses for pennies that might not have occurred to you.
Instead of throwing away all those old, unwanted t-shirts, turn them into yarn. It's easy, it's fast, it's fun and it's one more way to join the zero-waste movement. Use t-shirt yarn just like you would any other yarn — you can crochet, knit, make rugs, macrame, make pompoms, or even make some tassels with it.
For an easy weeknight meal, make this chicken pot pie pasta. It features the same heartiness of chicken pot pie — minus all the work! By replacing the pie crust with quick-cooking noodles, you can make a comforting dish that's hard to resist. Plus, from the sauce to the vegetables, you can customize this recipe based on what you have on hand. All you need to do is cook, mix and enjoy.
Cornbread is a delicious side dish that, when done right, can be every bit as good as the main course it supports. This recipe will leave you wanting more with a satisfyingly dense, buttery texture, crunchy jalapeños and delicious cheddar cheese. Follow the steps below and you'll have a wonderful batch of comfort food that's a worthy companion to any meal.
Squashes are some of the most colorful and versatile vegetables in your supermarket's produce section, and they're available year-round. Conveniently, tender summer squashes work well in light warm-weather dishes, while rich winter squashes are ideal for cold-weather meals. If you're on the lookout for easy and appealing squash recipes, try these 10 for some culinary inspiration.