Weeknight Meal Recipe: Barley & Bean Soup

By: Matt allison Aug 16, 2013

Barley & Bean Soup

This soup is a great "one pot wonder", easy to make and loved by meat eaters and vegetarians alike. It's packed with flavor and texture, a rich mix of fresh and aromatic herbs.

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Before and After: An Outdated Kitchen Gets A Complete Makeover For $10K

By: Lexy.b.ward Aug 16, 2013

Not everyone can afford to move into their dream home right off the bat. To get things just right, it takes time, money, and a lot of effort (if you plan to DIY!). This kitchen and its pink countertops had to go. Along with those, the cabinets, appliances, shelving, pantry door, and other features got a major facelift. Check out what this kitchen looks like today. You will NOT believe your eyes. Trust me.      

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How To: Make Your Own DIY Concrete Countertops -- The Easy Way

By: Capreek Aug 15, 2013

I've always loved the look of concrete countertops but am, admittedly, a bit intimidated by the intense mold making/concrete casting/everything-could-go-horribly-wrong aspects of the usual DIY approach. So when I stumbled across this DIY concrete countertop alternative, my jaw dropped. IT'S SO EASY. 

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Roundup: 10 DIY Projects Using Plumbing Pipe

By: Faith-towers Aug 15, 2013

Usually we think of using a pipe for plumbing... but there are so many other ways to use this sturdy material that don't have anything to do with sinks. Here are ten of my favorite DIY projects using copper, galvanized and even PVC pipe.   

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Before and After: A Tiny Kitchen Gets a Drastic Makeover

By: Faith-towers Aug 12, 2013

This 76 square foot kitchen in Boston's Back Bay was drab, cluttered and lacked any sort of color or style. But with some carefully chosen materials and appliances, the small space was transformed into a refined, functional haven that now suits its owner perfectly.   

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What REALLY Happens on a Home Makeover T.V. Show

By: Diy maven Aug 09, 2013

Once upon a time, Allison and her husband made a video on an iPhone about how much they hated their kitchen; then they submitted the confession to DIY Network's I Hate My Kitchen. And that, my friends, was the beginning of their reality TV adventure. Allison reveals all the behind-the-camera action in an revealing (and entertaining) article

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Before and After: A Dated Kitchen gets an almost Unrecognizable Update

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 08, 2013

I love kitchen makeovers because even though I'm not much of a cook myself, I feel like the kitchen is the heart of the home. And the heart of this 90 year old Canadian bungalow just got a whole lot cooler.   Continue Reading

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Roundup: Lovely Pressed Flower Crafts and Art

By: Diy maven Aug 07, 2013

The way I prolong summer blossoms is by taking pictures of them. (I'm a sucker for a perfect flower.) But another fabulous way to make them last longer is by pressing/drying them and then turning them into crafts and decor. Here are some super easy projects any of us can do. None require any fancy equipment, but if you're an overachiever and want to makeContinue Reading

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A Quick Curbly House Update: How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

By: Alicia Aug 02, 2013

Things have been cah-ray-zhee at the Curbly House these past several weeks. Sheetrock rocked us, taking a lot longer than expected due to a delivery truck that arrived to our house and then broke, twice ... delaying the start to this step by 5 days. After all was said and hung, our master mudder Marco had to spend additional time working with all the seams, delaying the process by another 5 days. But the results were stunning:

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Weeknight Meal Recipe: Mixed Mushrooms and Mozzarella Pappardelle

By: Matt allison Aug 02, 2013

Mixed Mushrooms and Mozzarella Pappardelle

These 'meaty' mushrooms are loved by vegetarians and omnivores alike, providing a light, easy dish, perfect for summer dining, ready in under 15-minutes!

Ingredients
Serves: 4

  • 9 oz. dried or fresh pappardelle pasta
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 9 oz. mixed mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 5 oz. ball of mozzarella (shredded)
  • 2 oz. of Parmesan (grated)
  • 1 lemon (zested)
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Shocking 80's Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Aug 02, 2013

Sue and her husband saved for 9 years before they had enough money to drag their painfully 80's kitchen into the 21st century. They blew it out and turned it into cook's dream. I think it's a wowzer, and totally classic. But it does make me wonder ifContinue Reading

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Free Download: Colorful Printable Recipe Cards

By: Matt allison Jul 31, 2013

Free Printable Recipe Cards

In a world that moves at an unprecedented pace many of us are opting in for a return to the simple pleasures of life, putting down our phones and meeting our neighbors and friends face to face over a meal.

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Before and After: A Small Kitchen Gets a Storage-tastic Makeover

By: Capreek Jul 29, 2013

Four upper cabinets: that's all* the storage this small kitchen had when Molly from Almost Makes Perfect moved in. As she puts it, "I don't know who these people are that only need four cabinets, but I am not them people". See her DIY storage solution below!     Continue Reading

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Oh-So Ombre Chair Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 29, 2013

I swear I see a chair not unlike the one pictured above every other week sitting dejectedly at someone's curbside. Usually, there's a 'free' sign attached to the thing. NextContinue Reading

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Weeknight Meal Recipe: Original Italian Carbonara

By: Matt allison Jul 26, 2013

Original Italian Carbonara

One of the joys of writing about food and preparing meals is that I get to meet great chefs and producers.

As I've shared in the past, we eat very little meat these days, but when we do it's choice grade and pasture reared. My friend Richard Bosman produces amazing charcuterie, one of which is guanciale, made from pigs cheek, incredible fatty, but when cooked into crunchy bite sized treats, is one of the key ingredients in preparing a proper Italian carbonara.

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