Home Economics

Product Review ~ Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Oven


An oven for the campsite. It blew me away when I saw this Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Oven – so I thought a Product Review was in order.

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Bacara Resort’s Drought Gesture ~ Clever Idea for California Gardens


California 2015, the drought carries on. We’re supposed to reduce water usage; I don’t believe many people do much to make a dent. Look at this option, thanks Bacara Resort in Goleta, CA. Fountains are shut off and planted with succulents and trinkets.

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Travel Hack: Use Pet Tags to ID Your Stuff


Cameras & cases, binoculars & cases, ipad cases, anything with a loop or zipper works for using a custom-imprinted Pet ID Tag for your own identification. They’re cheap, lightweight, indestructible, lots of shapes and sizes. I bought four for $12.50 at PetTags4Less.com. You’re welcome.

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My Five Top Picks from the Dwell On Design Show


Home Design? SURE; this is a Lifestyle Blog, so it doesn’t always have to be cooking and travel, right? I took a field trip on the Metro to the Convention Center in Downtown LA to Dwell On Design.  I have five cool things to show you.

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Product Review: Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods — Foodies Take Note!


Not by choice, but I head up the Emergency Preparedness Committee here in Playa Vista (a gung-ho neighbor started the idea, then moved and I stepped in). Made a website, then lined up CERT training. Class #1, our firefighter instructor talked about his shelf-stable food for disaster preparedness. With a little research, I found Mountain […]

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Road Warrior Tip of the Day–The Traveling Clothesline


Looking at our Belize beach tents with plenty of lines for drippy stuff, you might wonder why I think a traveling clothesline is necessary.  Well, I’m a laundry nut and I like dry stuff.

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Repurpose Wine Bags For More Gift Uses


We drink wine. We give parties. A LOT of wine gifts come thru our door, no complaints! The wine bags? I often repurpose them into smaller gift bags.  Here is the easy 1, 2, 3…

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Renaissance Halloween Costume Secret: eBay + Old Duvet + The Cat’s Toy (P.S. Read How I Made The Hat)


This is sewing. Cheap project, but still requires knowing how to use a sewing machine, read a pattern, cut fabric and follow instructions. Here’s how I made my Renaissance Halloween costume for about $70.

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Patricia Rose’s Bacon & Potato Salad ~ A Real Crowd Pleaser


I tripled Patricia’s recipe to fill this big-ass container for my mom’s birthday party. Friend, Chef Patricia Rose, blogger at Fresh Food In A Flash served this dish at her OWN birthday and it was exactly what I needed for the Mom Gig. I’m thinking it was the TANG that caught my attention. Slurp.

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Cheese Straws Are Easy! – BTW, I Own The Playa Vista Cooking School


The Playa Vista Cooking School is my newest creation, a good example of taking a risk when an idea strikes you. Website, check. Marketing, check. Menu and plan, check. Butts in seats?  CHECK. Our inaugural class, Easy, Elegant Appetizers had 8 enthusiastic cooks (Larry was one of the warm bodies, LOL). Start with a glass […]

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Unreachable Pantry Space? Build Tilted Shelves–Photo Tutorial


Our home has nine-foot ceilings. The kitchen cabinets had – until now –miles of inaccessible pantry space up in the nosebleed section. Clearly a home economist did NOT design this kitchen. Just tilt those shelves! Here’s my easy photo how-to.

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International Home + Housewares Show ~ What American Cooks CAN Use


It felt like Dubai crashed into Bed, Bath and Beyond. A trade show of stuff with something for any home on the planet. This was THE trade show for new or improved, classic or kitchy, high end or cheap, useful or useless STUFF. If you are girly, it’s mecca.

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Anyone Can Install This Kitchen Utensil Rod

Easy utensil rack

Does your kitchen lack storage space for utensils?  Look at them closely — most can be hung.  Get ready for a nifty and impossibly easy craft — install a Kitchen Utensil Rod.  I made this with a spring-loaded curtain rod and some common “S” hooks.  That’s it, baby.

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