Giveaway: Win a SodaStream Fountain Jet Starter Kit ($100+ Value)

by Chris Gardner

Giveaway: Win a SodaStream Fountain Jet Starter Kit ($100+ Value)

It's Kitchen Month on Curbly; and we think the kitchen is the do-it-yourself-iest room in the house. Yeah, it's easier to purchase packaged, pre-made, preservativeful foods, but it's also pricier and worse for your health. And nothing beats the taste of home-made.

created at: 08/22/2011

Soda (pop, for you midwesterners) is no exception; you can make your own awesome-tasting soda and save money doing it! To help you, we've teamed up with SodaStream to give away one of their "Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Starter Kits", so you can start whipping up your own soda pops and sparkling waters at home.  Read on to find out how to win!

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Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes

by Meg Allan Cole
Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes


If all of this talk of fall entertaining drives you to drink, never fear, that's all you really need to be a great host. Building a stylish & chic bar can be your biggest asset during the cold and cozy seasons. Nothing welcomes someone into your home more than a freshly-poured drink on the rocks in a classic highball glass.

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I've assembled most of our barware from Etsy. Vintage highballs, drinks carts and ice buckets that would fit nicely in Don Draper's office create an air of elegance we're sorely missing these days. I say we bring the classic five o'clock cocktail hour back with finds like these.

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How To Make Olive Penguins.

by Chris Gardner

Try floating one of these in your next Ultimate Arctic Martini.

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From Serious Eats: "These are probably meant for six-year olds, but they still provide me with gobs of joy. All you need is a black olive (for the penguin head), a bigger one (for the bulbous bod), a little carrot medallion (with a triangle sliced out for the beak), and a mozzarella ball (or cream cheese works). Extra credit if you can make them an edible igloo. It's pretty...

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How to Make Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler

by Chris Gardner

How to Make Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler

So, on Saturday, I went to pick up my weekly CSA harvest, and the wonderful young lady pointed to an enormous box of bing cherries, and said, "Also, you're welcome to take as many of those as you want, but they're super ripe, so they gotta be used today."

"Really?" I said, as I grabbed a produce bag.

"Yeah. Take the whole box if you want..."

Well, I DID want, so I took the box, and realized, as I popped my third into my mouth on the walk...

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How to Make Cold Brewed Iced-Coffee.

by Chris Gardner

How to Make Cold Brewed Iced-Coffee.
Apparently, there's QUITE a flavorful difference between brewing hot coffee and icing it down, and creating iced coffee through cold brewing techniques. From Lifehacker:

"Matthew Yglesias at the Internet Food Association blog writes that it's really a matter of overnight cold-brewing and straining. First gather up 1 cup of coarse-ground coffee and stir it into 4 1/2 cups of water, or strengthen the mix to taste. After that 'stick it in the...

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Mad Scientist Mixology: Halloween Cocktail Recipes.

by Chris Gardner

A giant bowl of wispy punch is certainly festive, but a true ghost-host offers their guest customized cocktails that suit their own tastes. Here's a few ideas to get your fall festivities popping.

Garnishes: ANY mixed drink can get a scary-fun makeover with a frightful garnish. Simply mix up drinks per usual, but sink one of the following into your highball or martini glass:

  • Plastic spider rings
  • Gummy worms
  • Novelty eyeballs
  • A few drops of...

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How To Add Flavor to Your Water with Natural Add-Ins.

by Chris Gardner

Almost a year ago, I asked Curbliers for their favorite DIY Flavored water recipes. A few days ago, money-management blog Wise Bread offered eight recipes to give your water a little extra zing on the cheap.

How To Add Flavor to Your Water with Natural Add-Ins.

1. Salt – Adds electrolytes per those fancy, sugared up sports drinks.

2. Ginger - If you like spices, ginger is a great way to add a "zing" to your water.

3. Citrus – Freeze citrus zest within ice cubes.

4. Herbs - Mint, lemongrass, and...

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Floppy Disk-ish Drink Coasters.

by Chris Gardner

Floppy Disk-ish Drink Coasters.

"We're talking serious attention to detail here - not content with creating coasters shaped like the more common 3.5-inch floppy disks, Supermandolini has gone back even further in time, producing a coaster range including 5.25-inch diskettes.

Yes, we're in the land of 70s computing with the Soft Sector coasters. But this isn't just an exercise in geek, it's really sharp design, with each 9cm x 9cm coaster having its own colourful and...

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15 Wonderful Uses For Tea.

by Chris Gardner

Gomestic comes through again with another list of additional uses for a household item:

Fifteen Wonderful Uses for Tea.

15 Wonderful Uses For Tea.
  1. Soothe razor burn.
  2. Refresh tired eyes.
  3. Ease pain and bleeding of a lost tooth.
  4. De-stink your feet.
  5. Relieve pain from shots and injections.
  6. Reduce pain from sunburn.
  7. Salve poison ivy rash.
  8. Gargle to reduce toothache.
  9. Wash your hair.
  10. Clean wood furniture.
  11. Nourish your roses.
  12. Clean a mirror.
  13. Keep potted plants healthier
  14. Use as potpourri.
  15. ...

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12 Other Things To Do with Cola.

by Chris Gardner

With a pH level around 3, regular cola can work its sweet and acidic magic on items all over the home. Lizzie from Gomestic offers 12 new ways to use the soft drink to make your life cleaner and more fun...(and more sticky?) 

12 Other Things To Do with Cola.
  • Clean a burnt saucepan.
  • Age a photograph.
  • Lighten an intense hair dye.
  • Clean your coins.
  • Clean the toilet.
  • Make a barbecue sauce.
  • Condition your hair.
  • Rid your plants of slugs.
  • Loosen rusty bolts.
  • Clean jewelry.
  • Settle an upset...

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Cold Cut Coasters.

by Chris Gardner

I can't read German, so there's not much more detail I can provide, but these are totally dope.

Cold Cut Coasters.

The website describes:

Topfuntersetzer Aufschnitt
mit Rotwurst, Mortadella und Bierwurst 
Die Filzscheiben Aufschnitt aus 100 % Schurwolle sind mit einem beidseitigen Textildruck veredelt.Von jeder Wurstsorte ist 1Scheibe im Set.

 

Can anybody help? 

 

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clinQs: Reusable Drink Stickers

by Chris Gardner

If beaded wineglass charms don't really suit your style...

how about reusable drink decals in a tiki or gnome theme? 

clinQs: Reusable Drink Stickers
 

 

From clinQs.com :

clinQs are reusable vinyl drink decals.  A perfect accessory to avoid a beverage mix-up.  Ideal for parties, office, gatherings, meetings, conferences, etc.    

clinQs can be used with almost any drink container, from beer cans to your finest stemware.

clinQs are reusable! After use, store the decal on the...

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