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Kirsten Desmond’s favorite Cookbooks and Food Blogs

I regularly peruse cookbooks, food blogs, magazines and recipe web sites for ideas and inspiration.  I like to see what’s trending in terms of prepared, ready-to-eat options and I also love to stay in tune with what everyone is cooking at home.

Recently, I had to pack some cookbooks. I was moving for a while and had to select a few to take with me from among the many, many cookbooks I own.  It was an interesting exercise in selecting those few sources that I really treasure.  Some I’ve… See More

Portable Router

It seems like it should be easy to hook up one of our media players and stream movies when staying where there is high speed internet, but it hasn’t been until now with the D-Link DIR-510L Shareport Go III portable router. When on the road, staying at hotels with high speed internet, there are times I want to stream a movie on Netflix, or watch my TV shows from home (using a Slingbox, or DISH Hopper). It’s much more enjoyable to watch on a big screen TV than on my laptop. An Apple TV, Roku Box… See More

Spring Yard Cleanup

Now that the weather is warming and the days are lengthening, it’s time to get your yard ready for spring. Before settling down to enjoy the season, take care of the following items on your yard work checklist.
Prepare lawn for spring
Warm weather signals your turf that it’s time to start growing. Ensure that it gets off to a good start by first raking leaves and debris from the grass. Then apply fertilizer and irrigate if there is no rainfall. Begin mowing when the grass reaches two inches tall…. See More

Gym Workouts For Women

Did you know that more than half of the 45 million Americans who have gym memberships are women? While workouts for men and women can be similar, there are certainly some target areas that women prefer to train more than men.

While some exercisers choose to hit the pavement for a run or stay fit by staying inside for an at home workout, it’s difficult to debate the benefits of gym workouts and gym workouts for women. You don’t have to look very far to find motivation, variety and a seemingly… See More

Organizing Your Email Inbox

No matter which email service you’re using on your computer— Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook Express or even iCloud — inbox management is essential to keep email organized. Your email inbox is flooded daily with advertisements, newsletters, personal messages, business correspondence and spam.

To reduce inbox clutter, get organized and stay organized, consider the following inbox management tips:
1. Open your inbox daily
You can’t begin to organize your inbox until you clean your inbox. How to… See More

Planning an Easter Picnic

A family picnic is the perfect way to cap an Easter egg hunt. Sitting at the table helps the kids settle down and share their adventures while still enjoying the outdoors.
Planning an Easter picnic
A backyard gathering is an easy picnic. Everything you need is close at hand, and if you forget anything, it’s easy to find. Picnicking at home also lets you set a pretty table and use your favorite dishes and tableware.

You can barbecue if you like or roast a leg of lamb indoors. Serve the traditional… See More

Budget for Spring: What You Can Cut

Spring is an ideal time to assess your finances and make positive changes. Take the time now to discover the answer to the question, How do you start a budget.

Living on a budget can help you appreciate things more. Try the following steps to create a flexible budget.
Determine your income
Budgeting requires that you know exactly how much money you have to spend each month. Using a calculator, total all monthly income. For money you receive periodically, add up the total for the year and then… See More

Easy-to-Bake Bread

If you’re looking for a homemade bread recipe that doesn’t require muscle power, look no further than “no knead” bread. Make bread at home easy and surprise your family with yummy fresh-baked loaves.
Make bread from scratch using no-knead recipes
A mistake in measuring or baking time with regular bread recipes can end in wasted ingredients and time. But you don’t have to shy away from making homemade bread recipes because you fear failure. No-knead recipes are minimalist in their technique,… See More

Tips for Packing and Moving Appliances

Whether you’re going across town or across the world, packing up and moving out can make even the most level-headed person lose his cool, especially if you’re doing it without the help of a moving company. Not only do you have to remember all the small, fragile items and make sure they won’t break during the move, you also have to figure out how to safely transport large, valuable appliances like your refrigerator and dishwasher. There’s a fine art to getting your appliances to Point B safely,… See More

10 Big Ideas to Organize One Small Laundry Room

The laundry room of your apartment or home can be tiny. It can be frustrating to store cleaning supplies, sort laundry, fold clothes or iron in such a small space. Get creative and maximize the space you do have though. When organizing your laundry room, keep in mind these tips to making the most of even the smallest space.

10. Get all major cleaning supplies off the floor and out of the way. Install a peg board on which you can organize brooms, mops and dust pans.

9. Avoid setting up a… See More

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