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Some colors relax, others excite; pink does both. It provokes romance and glamour, and it is the color of love's first blush. Pink delivers feel-good emotion in the same way that ranunculus blooms, one layer at a time. Give in to pink's pretty power.
Between the dramatic intensity of red and the classic purity of white, waltzes in lovable, versatile pink. This agreeable hue has always enjoyed a feminine association, reserved for the boudoirs of babes and baby girls. And it continues to take its role in fashion. But now it's time to seriously revisit pink in the home. The mission: to maintain pink's compelling allure while diluting its "girls only" attitude. Positioning pink alongside plenty of neutrals will help make this rosy hue palatable for most, while pairing it with white makes the effect so young and fresh that a room practically sparkles. Or introduce deeper hues such as brown and burgundy, to steer the room in a more elegant and sophisticated direction. Living with pink
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I love the lush, green-looking patios and gardens of the eastern coast. How can I duplicate that look here in Phoenix?-Margaret C., Phoenix, AZ
You can't, and you shouldn't. Part of our problem in gardening today is that we attempt to replicate landscape styles in areas that are completely unsuitable for them, usually with disastrously wasteful results. The lush gardens of the East belong in the East, where they have sufficient rainfall and rich soil. In Phoenix, where all water is imported and prospects look grim for finding additional supplies, you need to embrace native plant materials that can tolerate dry, hot conditions. To do otherwise is expensive, wasteful and extremely environmentally unsound. Besides, I have seen examples of incredibly beautiful desert-style gardens that are the envy of many an eastern gardener, including myself! I know this is hard advice for someone who yearns for lush eastern gardens, but it's important for all of us Read More »from Landscape For Your Location
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Eat fewer calories and make wiser choices. Here's what we recommend to fill up your food pyramid...
Fruit: The brighter the better! A range of different-colored fruits--fresh or dried--provides the vitamins and minerals you need. Munch on at least two cups a day.
Vegetables: Count colors: Eat two and a half cups a day of dark green and orange vegetables to get your daily fill of potassium, beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamins A and C.
Grains:Make half the grains you eat daily whole grains; they're full of fiber. Try multi-grain Barilla Plus pasta, sprinkle flax seed on cereal, or choose brown rice as a side.
Dairy: Three cups of low-fat milk and milk products provide the right amount of calcium for the day. Snack on Jarlsberg Lite Swiss Cheese and ----- e Total Yogurt.
Legumes: Beans--dried or canned--are high in protein, fiber, and B-vitamins. Toss them into salads, pasta, or puree with olive oil and lemon juice until smooth for an easy dip.
Oils: Try to moderate your consumption
Sushi-making is a snap -- and so healthful -- with our salmon-avocado sushi recipe. Be sure to use authentic sushi rice, which retains an appropriately sticky texture for expert rolling.
1 cup - sushi rice
2 tablespoon - rice vinegar
1 teaspoon - rice wine
4 nori sheets
Half avocado, cut into thin slices
12 thin asparagus spears, blanched, cooled
1/4 pound(s) cured salmon (gravlax), sliced into 1/2-inch strips
1 tablespoon- toasted sesame seed
- Cook rice according to package instructions. While the rice is still hot, sprinkle with vinegar and rice wine. Toss to mix and cool completely.
- Hold the nori over a low flame and gently heat it until the sheet turns bright green. Place the nori on a sushi mat, shiny side down, and pat 1/2 cup rice with moist hands onto the nori sheet, leaving a 1-inch border on the opposite edge.
- Line slices of avocado and either asparagus spears or salmon strips across the center to fill the width of the roll. Pick up the edge of
For the ultimate burger that delivers delicious flavor in every bite, follow these basic steps.
Begin with a fresh, hearty roll that won't fall apart once all your toppings are piled on. For extra flavor brush on butter, then toast just until grill marks form. For a carb-free option, wrap burgers in lettuce leaves.
The best burger begins with quality meat - 80 percent lean chuck ensures every bite will be tasty. Working with damp hands and making sure not to overhandle the meat, form a patty 3/4-inch thick and slightly larger than the bun (meat shrinks when cooked). For the juiciest burgers, avoid pressing down on meat with a spatula when grilling.
A good sauce complements both the meat and the toppings. While ketchup is a classic condiment, spicier options like salsa or a tangy barbecue add depth to the flavor. To eliminate soggy buns, pour sauce on the patty, then stack toppings between the burger and bread.
John RizzoTake a break this summer with this simple project that'll carry your possessions all season long. The bag is knitted in stripes, then the bottom is sewn up and the bag is felted. Create knitted handles before felting or sew on plastic ones made from plastic tubing.
An assortment of mostly worsted-weight yarn from your personal stash (NOT machine washable), approximately 900 yards for a medium bag and 1,250 yards for a large bag. NOTE: If a bulk of yarn used for these bags are worsted weight. It is fine to incorporate lighter- or heavier-weight yarns into your color and yarn sequences, but keep in mind this will make the diameter of the bag slightly different in the different sections where this yarn is used. If you plan to knit the bulk of your bag with worsted-weight yarn, limit the number of rounds you knit with yarns of other weights to six at a time and always intersperse the variant-weight yarn in between the sections of worsted-weight yarn. You can also useRead More »from How to Make a Felted Tote Bag
In the market for new windows? Read on to learn how to select the best ones for your home as well as your budget.
Quality windows are energy efficient. Look for those featuring two panes of glass (also called double glazing) with a low-e coating to further reduce heat loss. Do your homework before you buy: Check all windows for the Energy Star label and a sticker showing the model's ratings from the National Fenestration Rating Council. To learn more about the ratings, go to nfrc.org.
Style and design
One type of window does not fit all homes. First consider your home's architectural style. The double-hung, divided-light window (pictured) is a traditional look, typically seen on Colonials and Cape Cods, while casements are popular on modern homes, such as ranches. Consult the style guide at andersenwindows.com for more details.
A lower energy bill
Learn just how much money replacing your windows can save you at efficientwindows.org. Click on the WindowRead More »from Window Shopping
To enhance the existing space in this kitchen, Country Living Contributing Editor Randy Florke knocked down a wall, expanded the doorways, enlarged the window, and ripped out linoleum tiles to reveal hardwood underneath.
Colorful - and functional - details, such as the swinging towel rack and countertop canisters, liven up the kitchen's neutral palette. Inexpensive terra-cotta pots and tin ceiling tiles add visual interest to the shelves above the oven.
Chandelier: An Art Deco-style chandelier with vintage shades dresses up the kitchen. The medallion, $40, from the Home Depot, hides an elbow pipe jutting from the ceiling.
Cabinets: Randy took a farm-friendly approach by replacing the cabinet doors with wainscoting panels. He then painted them a warm neutral shade that complements the walls.
Appliances: To minimize expenses, all the working appliances stayed put, including the 10-year-old dishwasher, which was resurfaced in wainscoting for a fresh look.
Before the days of built-in cabinetry, most of a household's dry foods, dishes, and linens were kept in a pantry adjoining the kitchen. Unfortunately, from the 1950s on, "modern" kitchen design often did away with this great storage feature. But every kitchen, no matter how fully outfitted with standard cabinets, can benefit from the addition of a pantry -- if only to corral the supersize packages of paper towels, pasta, and snacks many of us buy at warehouse stores.
Make a Great Entrance
Show off your new pantry by fitting it with an eye-catching exterior door, perhaps painted in a bright color, like the screen door shown at right. But remember: If the interior will be on view, you'll want to keep the contents looking picture perfect.
If you're not blessed with an in-kitchen pantry, consider converting a closet. Most home centers sell adjustable metal shelf supports and will cut shelves to fit.
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If your household schedules need as