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Learn the Right Order for Grilling the Perfect Vegetables

Grilling vegetables isn’t always the easiest. The Art of Manliness, however, shows how to grill vegetables to perfection every time. The key: add the vegetables in the right order, starting with the longest cook time to the shortest, so they all finish at the same time. If you put the vegetables on the grill in […]

Apply “Mise en Place” to Your Morning Routine

Mise en place is the ritual of preparing your cooking area that chefs take part in before starting any actual cooking. Ron Friedman at Harvard Business Review suggests applying the aspects of mise en place to your job for a stronger start to your day. Use a Muffin Tin as Mise en Place for a […]

Build a Super Efficient, Portable Wood Burning Stove

If you’re looking for a cheap, efficient stove you can take camping, William Abernathy at Make can show you how to make one out of an aluminum can. Abernathy uses a never-filled, 1-quart paint can for his design, and you can make it with just a can opener, punch, and a rock. Using just a […]

Make Hard Choices Easier by Looking within Yourself

Hard choices are hard because neither option seems outright better than the other. In this TED talk, Philosopher Ruth Chang explains that the secret to making hard choices comes from the reasons we create ourselves. If you were to look at a choice and clearly see that one option was better than the other, the […]

The Cable Adapter-Packed Go Bag

Being prepared for everything is a different idea for everyone. For reader Daniel Gerjets preparation means being able to connect just about anything to anything else with adapters. Gerjets’ bag is a Belkin Dash. Here’s what’s inside: Bike equipment (air pump, bike gloves, Arctica sunglasses, tissues, iPod shuffle) Everyday tools (shoe lace, LED Lenser, True […]

Avoid Saying “I’m Sorry” for a Better Presentation

When the inevitable snag in a presentation occurs, we’re inclined to apologize for the error. Inc.com says you should consider avoiding that magic phrase entirely. According to Darlene Price, president of Well Said, Inc., by saying “I’m Sorry,” though, you actually draw more attention to the error. Business Insider reports: Well-meaning speakers often discredit themselves […]

Freshen Up Fabrics with a Homemade Vodka Spray

Commercial products like Febreze are great for getting rid of odors, but personally, I hate the chemical smell. Vodka is a great alternative. All you need is some cheap vodka and a spray bottle. Test on an inconspicuous area first. If all turns out okay, spray away. When the vodka evaporates, it takes some of […]

Set Your Email Program to Check Every Hour to Stay Productive

Many of us check email way too obsessively. We’ve talked about how you should check your email at regular intervals, but if you’re having trouble sticking to that, set your email program to check every hour instead of continuously. Top 10 Tricks for Dealing With Email OverloadTop 10 Tricks for Dealing With Email OverloadTop 10 […]

Tilt Your Head to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear can be a real pain. Literally. We’ve shared a few fixes for it, but Consumer Reports shares a technique for preventing it. The Best Fixes for Swimmer’s EarThe Best Fixes for Swimmer’s EarThe Best Fixes for Swimmer’s Ear Swimmer’s ear–that discomfort you get after swimming that includes echoing, itching, or… Read moreRead on […]

The Ice Cream Rule Helps You Save Without Feeling Deprived

Putting away money for the future can be difficult. MoneyCrush suggests thinking of saving like sharing a bowl of ice cream with a friend. When we share ice cream, we rarely worry about the bite we didn’t get: Most of us don’t sit around thinking about how deprived we are because we gave a bite […]

Tell Windows 8.1 You Have a Metered Connection to Restrict Data Usage

If you use a personal hotspot or tether your phone, you need to keep an eye on your data usage. Windows 8 lets you set a connection as “metered” to avoid unnecessary data usage. Why Should I Buy a Hotspot When I Can Just Tether to My Phone?Why Should I Buy a Hotspot When I […]

Use a Food Dehydrator to Save Your Summer’s Bounty

Summer means an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, in season, at great prices. Learning to use a dehydrator can preserve those inexpensive finds for later in the year. Dehydrate2Store has a great video explaining the process. By withdrawing the moisture, fruits and vegetables take up less space and you can preserve them without refrigeration. […]

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