Moving From Wordpress.com to .org in 5 Easy Steps

Since I've become self-hosted, quite a few people have asked me how I did it. Seein as how I officially (and more importantly) successfully switched from Wordpress.com to self-hosted Wordpress.org, it basically qualifies me as a professional so I decided to write up a post to answer a bunch of questions in one fell swoop....more

Book Club Selections: A Cheat Sheet

Howdy Bookworms!Show of hands, how many of y’all are in a book club (you know, in real life?) How many of you book clubbers get sweaty palms just thinking about the pressure that comes with choosing the next read for your club? Fear not, my friends, today I’m providing you with a handy cheat sheet for selecting a winning book!...more

How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

Have you ever been to a wine tasting party? Want to know how to throw a wine tasting party? You don’t have to know wine to have a good time at this party. You just have to know what you like. Hosting one is easier than it sounds. You get a bunch of friends together. Everyone brings their favorite bottle of wine and an appetizer to share. See, half of the work is already done! ...more
What a good idea! I live in the Finger Lakes Wine Country, and I think it would be cool to have ...more

How To Peel and Devein Shrimp

Peeling and deveining raw shrimp is not difficult—in fact, it’s one of those cooking tasks you should know how to do.Many shrimp recipes, like my recipe for Cuban Garlic Shrimp, are easier to eat (and look so much prettier) if you peel and devein the raw shrimp before cooking. Peeling is self-explanatory. But deveining is basically removing the “vein” that runs down the back of the shrimp....more

How To Open A Bottle of Champagne in 5 Easy Steps

Nothing says “Happy New Year” like the sound of a cork popping from a Champagne bottle....more

Simple Pillows

Today I will be posting my first sewing how-to. I’m a little nervous as I’ve only been sewing for a…View Post--Mrs. Akram Taghavi-Burris The mastermind behind Akram's Ideas   ...more
MallofStyle Thanks for the info I'll be getting in touch with you soonmore

Extra Helpings: How to Peel Pistachios

Lilia writes: In your recipe for Pistachio Soup, you say to the pistachios should be “shelled, peeled and chopped.” Well, I shelled them, but it took too long to peel them so I gave up and ate them. Is there an easier way?This is one of my favorite food stories:  When London’s Marks and Spencer department store began selling pistachios in the early 1960’s, M&S included instructions telling shoppers to take the shells off before eating. Many did not read the instructions. You can image the rest....more

Google Reader is Closing: A Comprehensive How-to for Loving Bloglovin'

Okay, as promised, I'm going to tell you all about Bloglovin.' 1. Google is doing away with Google Friend Connect as well as Google Reader with which you have enjoyed reading blogs up until this point. 2. If you do not transfer the blogs you follow before this transition happens, you will lose them and have to rely on your own powers of memory to recover them, which, if you're me, is not a pony on which you want to bet. 3. If you follow these simple instructions and transfer that followship now, nothing will be lost and you will have gained a newer, simpler, more dynamic way to read and organize your favorite blogs. ...more
@Nested I do - so easy to use and read blogs and see whats new in and mark them as read, when ...more

How to Prepare and Cook Fresh Mussels

Life is too short to eat mediocre food! From the Kitchen of LindySez   ...more
I have some learning to do on how this will show...but the message is good :-)more

Easy-to-Make Wood Frames

Not long ago, I saw some weathered wood frames at Hobby Lobby and immediately fell in love with them. They were perfect for my kitchen projects - well, almost perfect. They were $20 each, and that was more than I wanted to spend - especially since I needed two. But I really liked the way the frames were made. As Gus and I looked at them, I realized that they looked pretty easy to duplicate. He said as long as I didn't need mitered corners, he could do it. Who needs mitered corners? Not me!...more