Saturday, February 7, 2009


And here are the answers to the questions you asked:

from April:

What are some helpful tips you have that aren't ordinary? (i.e., you can't find it in a book...perhaps something your mother or grandmother taught you, etc)

Hmm. . .I can't really think of anything. I do tend to bake with all my "cold" ingredients at room temperature and I think that helps the texture and flavor.

Why don't you introduce us to some of the blogs you link to on the side of this blog? An intro and a mini review for each would be great "filler" when you haven't blogged in a while but have nothing to show. Since there are so many, if you spread them out, they could last quite a while.

I actually really like that idea! I'll work on doing that and I'll spread some reviews in between my other posts! Thanks. :)

from Igina: (welcome, lurker!)

What is your favorite thing to cook or bake?

Cook: I really love everything involved in Thanksgiving Dinner - especially the turkey. I like the prolonged process and the attention it requires. Makes me feel like I'm really doing something ;-)

But now that you mention it, what is your favorite spice?

If I'm making meal food - I've really loved cumin lately.

If I'm making baked goods - I love nutmeg.

from Korey

Where do you get inspiration for your decorating (other than Blue Print which I also loved)?

There is no place in particular. I read blogs and websites about decorating. I pay attention to the interiors of buildings in movies and television shows. When waiting in offices or buildings or other people's homes I'm often viewing everything around me with a critical eye - both appreciating the good and thinking of better ways to do things. Design is very tactile for me - I can see an idea that I like but until I have the materials in my hands in the right space - its' hard for me to really know what it should look like.

from Mom

aren't you glad i photographed [your Christmas presents] so you could remember

of course!

I think your favorite Christmas gift was "Kirsten", but maybe not....what is it? there's lots of years to think about...and when you decide what your favorite Christmas gift is/was, answer the question of "why".

Kirsten would probably be it. (American Girl doll for those of you not in the know. ;-) ). I just thought she was cool and she was something I wanted for a while. Though - the Kitchen Aid mixer from this past Christmas is a close second!

And, hello to my other lurkery friend, Jenn who commented but did not question! :)

Hopefully I'll have some recipe or design thing for you soon. I've been domestically uninspired lately.


  1. Copied from LiveJournal (dunno how the feed handles that):

    I have a question. :)

    To me, I hear 'domestic' and think 'clean house'. I hate cleaning. With a passion. Any tips to make any aspects easier/any tricks you use/any thoughts at all?

  2. Kimberly - I'm glad you posted your comment here as I don't get e-mails on feed comments unless I remember to track it!

    I find that what helps me the most is to set a timer for however long and just tidy/clean until the timer goes off. I will do this for anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes. It's AMAZING how much you can get done in 5 minutes. You can unload/load the dishwasher, move laundry, wipe down sinks and mirrors in the bathroom, tidy the living room, or any number of things. If you're needing to do something a bit more intense - obviously set if for longer than five minutes.

    Eliminating part of the need to clean is also helpful of course. Clean spills immediately. Put dishes straight into the dishwasher rather than in the sink.

    And - as far as "things" that get left laying aorund - I have some central locations for where I store things coming in the door and such. Typically a basket - that way I can contain the clutter and when i have time to sort it and put it where it goes I don't have to search all over the house for it.

    Now I'll go copy this to LJ in case you don't see it here ;-)

  3. Great cleaning tips. :)

    I so wish I could have you over to give me some pointers on my decorating! I'm so challenged in that department. It doesn't help that I'm scared to do much in the way of hanging/etc since we're just renting this place.

  4. This was neat! I enjoyed reading the answers. Oh and great tips for cleaning. I hate cleaning as well, so the timer thing might be a good idea for me :D

  5. You are definately my domestic role model. I've learned a lot from you.

  6. that a word??? Either way, it totally describes me :)

  7. I just started reading your blog today and I'm hooked! You're awesome! I have a similar question to Kimberly's, though. Your bedroom looks so organized. How is that possible? Do you naturally put your clothes away in the right place as soon as you take them off or out of the closet? Or do you just spruce up the place before you take pictures? =)

  8. Hi Emily! Welcome to my blog :)

    To answer your question: a little of both. It never gets crazy messy - but I've been known to have a basket or two of clean clothes sitting in my bedroom floor for a few days. I do tend to always put dirty clothes away. My bed only gets made for pictures and company or rare "I just feel like it!" days. I am not a super neat freak - but I'm typically five-ten minutes away from the house being "company ready".