How To Be An Ally When It’s Not Spirit Day

Hello, I’m Selena and I’m straight.   I know the world looks different to people who aren’t, and I can’t begin to understand.  I can listen, I can be aware of my own words and actions and I can try to be an ally.   It’s easy to be an ally today with a few clicks and color changes, but how can we be good allies when it isn’t as simple as a little armchair activism?  We turned to GLAAD and Give A Damn for help and advice. Read More How To Be An Ally When It’s Not Spirit Day

Frugal Fun: Not as Lame as it Sounds

During the recession, most of us are either trying to sock away some emergency savings, or struggling to keep the bank account above zero. When you’re pinching pennies, it can be tough to keep your social life going. As a species, we have a natural inclination to eat, drink and be merry when we gather, and these things cost money. Going out without breaking the bank is a challenge, so here are a few tips for saving money without being a hermit. Read More Frugal Fun: Not as Lame as it Sounds

Kiss My Arsenal: Cast Iron Cookware -UPDATED

I am actually a recent convert to the gospel of the cast iron skillet. Mr. McDoogal was insistent that we put it on our wedding registry earlier this year. (I didn’t see why we needed yet another pan, let alone one that I needed to use both hands to lift.) So recent a convert am I that I just made my first dish this week. And I consider my conversion complete. Read More Kiss My Arsenal: Cast Iron Cookware -UPDATED

Kiss My Arsenal: French Press Coffee Maker

Let me start off by expressing just how much I love coffee: I would actually rather have coffee than food. On a rushed morning at home where I only have time for coffee OR breakfast, I always choose coffee. I also experience a disproportionate level of sadness if I let the coffee get cold before I can finish it. It’s like I’ve somehow failed it personally. Read More Kiss My Arsenal: French Press Coffee Maker

Cooking 101: Baby Steps

Probably the most common thing I hear from people who don’t want to (or don’t think they can) cook on a regular basis is that they don’t know where to start. I’d say the number two comment is that they don’t see why they should cook, when there is so much prepared food available. Before I give a little advice on how to take some first steps into home cooking, I wanted to share why I think cooking is important, and why it feels so good to do it. Read More Cooking 101: Baby Steps

Hostessing with the Mostessing

Throwing parties is the best. I started off my adult life with no hostessing skills at all beyond muttering “keg’s on the back porch.” But after learning from a few missteps and reading up a bit on hospitality, I think I’ve started to get the hang of it. While I have learned to love smaller dinner parties and shindigs, for me nothing compares to throwing a big party. However, most of my hostessing tips can be applied to parties of all sizes. Read More Hostessing with the Mostessing

How to Make Blueberry Cheesecake Parfait

This is the first post in a Ladyguides series that I like to call Adventures in Baking. In this series, I will bring you some of my favorite recipes with step-by-step photo instructions on how to create them. Today’s adventure is Blueberry Cheesecake Pudding Parfait.

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