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23 Nov 23:00

Learn How to Lead Different Types of Individuals With the "DiSC" System 

by Patrick Allan

A strong leader knows that different team members often require different communication tactics, and the “DiSC” behavior assessment system might help you speak everyone’s language and get through to them.


26 Nov 22:42

Happy Thanksgiving

by tylercap


11 Nov 22:30

Conserve Water at Home With This Stylish Toilet Top Sink

by Patrick Allan

If you’re interested in conserving some water at home, this custom sink re-routes the fresh, clean water that fills your toilet tank so you can wash your hands with the same water each time you flush.


19 Oct 00:54

8 Ways to Be Emotionally Strong in Your Relationships

by Marc Chernoff

8 Ways to Be Emotionally Strong in Your Relationships

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
― Maya Angelou

I’ll be the first to admit that I used to be emotionally weak in my relationships – not in a silly, desperate way, but in the same way that many of us are.  I wanted somebody to make me happy, I blamed others for my sadness, and I sought to fulfill my emotional needs through other people’s constant validation.

This behavior created three distinct emotional difficulties in my life:

  • I had lots of relationship problems, because if the other person’s behavior wasn’t satisfying my needs, I’d get upset and resent it.
  • I’d often be unhappy, because I was looking for all my happiness outside of myself, expecting others to somehow fill my self-love deficit.
  • I felt helpless and stuck in many cases, because if other people are supposed to fulfill my needs and make me happy, then what happens when they don’t?  What could I do if they decided to hurt me instead?  I hadn’t a clue.

Fast-forward to today, and it’s clear that I’ve spent the better part of the past two decades turning things around and cultivating my emotional strength.  And it has made a world of difference – my relationships are healthier and I’m happier.

When Angel and I began our blog and our coaching practice several years ago, countless people started coming to us who were suffering from the same kinds of emotional weaknesses I used to have.  So I began sharing the strategies that helped me heal and, not surprisingly, they worked for these people too.  We’ve refined them gradually over the years into a very useful, simple process.

The first step…

Test Your Emotional Strength

Are you emotionally weak and dependent on others for your happiness?  Ask yourself these simple questions: (more…)

12 Oct 00:36

10 Ways to Free Your Mind When You’re Feeling Stuck

by Angel Chernoff

9 Mindful Ways to Remain Calm When Others Are Angry
by Thanh Pham of Asian Efficiency

If you’re stuck and you don’t know how to rise, don’t look outside yourself.  Look inside.

Have you ever felt like you were racing around in circles without making much forward progress?  I know I have, many times.  In the past I caught myself feeling stuck more often than I wanted to admit, and eventually I knew I needed to find a new roadmap.  I was feeling utterly depressed and trapped by the same old problems and scenery.  I needed to free myself!

The first thing I learned as I struggled to find my way is this:

Fear is the cage that keeps you stuck.  Faith is the key that sets you free.

And the second thing I learned is that getting unstuck isn’t just a single action – it’s a process – a life-changing journey.  And all journeys begin with a call to adventure, and this call is different for all of us.

Here are ten strategies (“calls”) that I’ve successfully implemented over the years to help clients and myself get unstuck, mentally and physically, even when doing so seemed impossible.

1.  Relocate Yourself to an Inspiring Environment

One of the simplest ways to get unstuck is to simply shift your environment.

For example, if you went from this:
Urban Cityscape

To this:
Tropical Beach

Your mind and state of … “stuck” … would shift rapidly.

And the great thing is, it doesn’t have to be that dramatic a shift.  You can (more…)

28 Sep 00:14

5 Things to Remember When Someone You Love is Depressed

by Marc Chernoff

5 Things to Remember When Someone You Love is Depressed

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”
― Laurell K. Hamilton

If you love someone who is depressed, please resolve never to ask them why.  They don’t know.  Depression isn’t a straightforward, thought-out response to a tough situation – depression just IS, like December’s weather in Seattle.

Be mindful of the darkness, lethargy, hopelessness and loneliness they’re going through.  Be there for them, day in and day out, until they come through the other side.  It’s hard to be a true friend to someone who’s depressed, but it’s one of the kindest, finest and most impactful things you will ever do.

Angel and I have worked with dozens of depressed people over the years, and we have experienced bouts of depression ourselves.  One thing I am certain of is that there’s no “one size fits all” kind of advice for depression.  The reminders below aren’t universal clarifications, but simple guidelines that will hopefully give you a general starting point for helping your depressed loved one cope and heal, gradually.

1.  Depression is not something a person consciously chooses.

When you’re lost deep in those woods, it might take you some time to realize that you’re lost.  For a while, it’s easy to convince yourself that you’ve just wandered off the path – that you’ll find your way back any moment now.  Then night falls, again and again, and you still have no idea where you are, and although it’s agonizing, it’s time to admit that you’ve disoriented yourself so far off the path, so deep into the woods, that you can’t even tell which direction the sun rises or sets from anymore.

You’re not choosing to be where you are, but you can’t see a way out.  That’s how depression felt to me when I was struggling through it many moons ago. (more…)

11 Nov 01:00

Kimchi Soup

There is a soup I've had stuck in my mind for the past couple of years. I encountered it at Namu Gaji, a lively, welcoming, neighborhood spot run by the three (Dennis, Daniel, and David) Lee Brothers. It is situated diagonally across from Dolores Park in San Francisco, and is the perfect place to settle in along the street-facing bank of windows to chat and people-watch over sizzling okonomiyaki or a fiery stonepot of market vegetables. I see the Namu Gaji crew often at the Saturday morning farmer's market, shopping for ingredients or feeding market-goers from their Namu stall. Lots of heart on all fronts. The soup - I don't remember it being on the menu, although it could have been. I simply remember chatting about soup with one of the waitstaff there, and this fire-brothed magic appeared. It was a cabbage soup, but feisty and invigorating with lots of spice. You could see the flecks of red throughout, and the broth had little pools of spicy goodness suspended on top. I remember thinking to myself, it was as if someone had brothed out some amazing kimchi and called it a day - deceptively simple, in the best way possible. This is what I was attempting to channel when I stepped into the kitchen to prepare today's recipe. I added mushrooms and tofu, broccoli, and some other tasty flare to make a substantial one-pot meal of it - feel free to use as many, or as few, of the suggested toppings as you like.

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21 Sep 22:07

How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro

by Shelley Little
blue kitchen cabinets

Learn to paint your wood, metal or laminate kitchen cabinets like a pro! Image Source: Modern Kitchen

If you’re like most people, your cabinets take up the most visible space in your kitchen. That’s great when they’re in good shape; but if they aren’t as beautiful as they could be, we’ll show you how to paint your kitchen cabinets like a pro.

Sure, you could replace your cabinetry, but that’s a pricey undertaking. Just as painting the walls can refresh a room, painting your cabinets can make your kitchen feel brand new, bringing beauty and style back to this heavily used space.

Painting your kitchen cabinets is a budget-friendly choice for design change, but it’s not as easy as you might think — it requires a lot more prepping than painting. If you feel that it’s beyond your DIY comfort level, many professionals would be willing to take on the project. Undaunted? Go for it! Read on and learn how to paint your kitchen cabinets like a pro.

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Painting your kitchen cabinets is a budget-friendly choice for design change, but it’s not as easy as you might think. Image Source: Collaborative Design

Step 1: Plan Ahead

Painting your kitchen cabinets is completely manageable — as long as you have lots of time, patience and takeout. Make sure you set aside the amount of time required to devote to this project; it’s not a one-day job. Flat-front cabinets are going to be quicker to do than those with raised panels or other details, so plan accordingly.

You’ll need to choose the primer and paint to use. By taking one of the cabinet doors to a paint retailer, you can get set up with the best products for your kitchen. Cabinets require a higher-quality paint than you would use for your walls, so don’t be hesitant to splurge. (You want to paint your kitchen cabinets like a pro, remember?) They suffer daily wear and tear, so it’s best to avoid cheaper paint that may peel, crack and chip.

teal green painted kitchen cabinets

Painting your kitchen cabinets is completely manageable — as long as you have lots of time, patience and takeout. Image Source: To Do Something

Step 2: Choose Your Color

Just as people often get a little anxious about choosing the right paint color for walls, expect to spend some time debating your color choice. Think of the design elements in your kitchen that you love — it’s easy to coordinate cabinets with something you already own.

Get lots of samples, paying special attention to the darkest color on the strip; it gives you the best idea of the undertones in that series of colors. You can test what the color will really look like next to your appliances, counters and flooring by priming and painting a large sample, such as the inside of a cabinet door or a poster board.

Vibrant kitchen cabinets, including rich colors such as cobalt blue and cranberry red, are a design trend evidenced all over the internet. Too much? Two-tone cabinets are another stylish option; this means your upper cabinets are neutral (think grey, greige or soft white) and the pop of color is saved for the lower ones.

Pastels work well to brighten up a space, if that palette appeals to you. If all of these color options make you even more anxious, white is one of the most common cabinet colors because of its clean, classic look.

pale green painted kitchen cabinets

Get lots of color samples, paying special attention to the darkest color on the strip; it gives you the best idea of the undertones in that series of colors. Image Source: Maple and Gray

Step 3: Remove and Label the Doors, Drawers and Hardware

As tempting as it may be to paint your cabinets with the doors and hardware (including hinges) still attached, don’t do it — that “time saver” will cost you in the long run. Remove the cabinet doors and drawers, making sure to label where they came from. A simple piece of masking tape with a location written on it will save you a lot of hassle later.

If you are replacing the existing hardware with new pieces, drill the holes for it at this stage, filling all other holes and spots in the wood. Take the hinges off of the cabinet fronts as well. Storing them inside the now-open cabinet is easy, and they won’t get lost while you are painting.

kitchen cabinet hinges

As tempting as it may be to paint your cabinets with the doors and hardware (including hinges) still attached, don’t do it — that “time saver” will cost you in the long run. Image Source: Home Tips

Step 4: Prep Your Surfaces

No matter how clean your kitchen is, everyone (yes, even you) needs to scrub the cabinet boxes, doors and drawers. Kitchens are work zones, and there is more dirt and grease there than any of us care to admit. Paint will not stick to dirt or grease, so make sure your surfaces are prepped properly.

Mixing one part trisodium phosphate (TSP, found at the hardware store) with four parts water will produce an effective degreaser. Use proper safety gear (gloves and goggles) when handling the cleaner, and give your cabinets a good wipe-down. Allow the cabinets to dry completely before moving on.

cleaning kitchen cabinets

Mixing one part trisodium phosphate (TSP, found at the hardware store) with four parts water will produce an effective degreaser. Image Source: DIY Network

Step 5: Sand Everything You Are Painting

We know you don’t want to, but you need to lightly sand the painting surfaces to get them ready; paint will not stick to the finish. If you can wipe spills off your cabinets, paint will wipe off, too.

Wood cabinets should be sanded just enough to make the finish matte. If your cabinets have previously been painted and there is no chipping or peeling, then the same idea applies. But if you have painted cabinets with flakes of paint coming off, you will need to get down to bare wood.

No matter how much sanding you are doing, make sure you don’t round or wear down any edges (try a sanding block), and take care to vacuum away any dust. Finish with a tack cloth so no residue remains.

sanding kitchen cabinets

Wood cabinets should be sanded just enough to make the finish matte.Image Source: Simply Rooms

Step 6: Prime Time

The primer that you select should be high quality and suited for the material of your cabinets (wood, metal, laminate). If you are going to be painting over a dark or stained surface, have your primer tinted to match your desired color. This step is important to keep the original color from showing through your new paint.

Use a dropcloth and painter’s tape to protect your surrounding areas, and use either a roller or paintbrush to apply your primer. Rollers work better for flat surfaces and let you cover a lot of area quickly. If you have a lot of architectural details in your cabinetry, you will be better off using a paintbrush to get into the nooks and crannies.

priming kitchen cabinets

The primer that you select should be high quality and suited for the material of your cabinets (wood, metal, laminate). Image Source: DIY Network

Step 7: Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro

Finally, it’s time to paint … and wait for the paint to dry. And paint again, and wait for that coat of paint to dry. (Yep, this is the exciting part.) Follow the same method you used for applying primer to your cabinets, whether roller or paintbrush (or a combination of the two). Apply a thin coat of paint, making sure to clean up any drips or pooling, and then wait. This may take a few days, depending on your environmental factors.

When the first coat is completely dry, lightly sand your cabinets, paint another thin coat and then wait (again, this may be days). You’ll need at least two coats of paint; depending on your coverage, you might even need a third or fourth coat (and more days of waiting).

painting kitchen cabinets

Apply a thin coat of paint, making sure to clean up any drips or pooling, and then wait. Image Source: How to Nest

Step 8: Reassemble Everything

Once the cabinet boxes, doors and drawers dry completely, you’re ready to put your newly fabulous kitchen back together. Resist the temptation to do this too soon; it will result in smears and send you all the way back to Step 5 — and no one wants that.

Now that things are undoubtedly dry, you’ll be glad you took the time to label which door belongs where. If you have new hardware, put it in place as well. Then take a deep breath, stand back and admire your beautiful new kitchen.

Though it’s certainly not the simplest of household projects, you can paint your kitchen cabinets like a pro by following these steps. This could have drawbacks, however; your friends might want you to tackle theirs next.

painting kitchen cabinets

Once the cabinet boxes, doors and drawers dry completely, you’re ready to put your newly fabulous kitchen back together. Image Source: Steven James

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17 Sep 13:45

Small Apartment Design Solving Function and Style Issues

by Ada Teicu

Darlinghurst Apartment by Brad Swartz Architect

What if you lived in a small apartment, one that only measures 27 square meters? You could definitely make it work. Especially if you ask for help from creative minds like architect Brad Swartz. Creating a small apartment design that works for a couple included imagining ample storage and seamless space flow. Since the apartment only had one room to start with, an abundance of creativity was poured in, making it functionally expand to a one-bedroom apartment. Social spaces like living, dining and cooking were grouped together but remained separate.

A tight budget and a tight space wouldn’t have been possible to transform into a working home without space planning, good communication between the architect and the owners and a passion bordering obsession for simplicity.

Darlinghurst Apartment by Brad Swartz Architect (1)

Located in an apartment building in Darlinghurst NSW, Australia, the small apartment got its name from its location. The Darlinghurst Apartment can “comfortably accommodate a couple”, as the architect describes it. Living on such a small footprint embedds a dynamic vision of the space.

Overcoming cramped urban lifestyle tendencies with the help of quality design, the architect imagined a space where social and private intertwine. Maybe it seems like the apartment only has basic functions. You’d be surprised to find that storage spaces include laundry and dining spaces and hide or show different functions you would find in any home.
Darlinghurst Apartment by Brad Swartz Architect (2)

The small apartment design offers an affordable inner city living alternative. Space and light become your best friends when ideas come together to compose beautifully planned spaces. And then it doesn’t even matter if these spaces are small or large.

Katherine Lu‘s photographs capture the way this small apartment design fits into the lives of its owners and the other way around. Whenever you need something, you pull or push or slide something around, interacting with your environment.

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11 Sep 16:11

Living Big in Tiny Houses

by Cynthia Bowman

Tiny houses are becoming more popular as people look to simplify their lives. Many people today would rather live simply and focus on travel, dining out and going on adventures over working full time to pay for a massive house, the stuff that goes with a big house and its upkeep.

Did you know that there’s a tiny house movement? It’s an architectural and social statement about living a simpler, more eco-friendly life. The movement is growing — there’s a number of online communities, classifieds and websites offering tiny house plans and advice.

To be classified as part of the movement, tiny houses measure 400 square feet or less. That’s a big difference from the square footage of an average home. According to the Census Bureau, the median size of a new single-family home sold was 2,506 square feet.

One of the best parts about a tiny house is the price tag. There’s a website dedicated just for tiny houses for sale and rent. The website,, shows tiny houses for sale for under $50,000. The tiny house shown below is selling for $9800 and measures 312 square feet. Many people love the idea of tiny houses as a second vacation home out in the country where they can get away from it all. With a price tag of as little as a few thousand bucks, the dream can be a reality.

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If you still think paying up to $50,000 for a house is steep, Oakland, California artist Gregory Kloehn builds tiny houses from recycled and unconventional materials–like dumpsters (image below)–for less than $100. He donates many of his tiny houses to the homeless.


Don’t judge the dwellers of tiny houses. They’re not all homeless or off the grid homesteaders. Many are big design and architecture fans. And according to the in their infographic below, 2 out of five are baby boomers, they earn more than the average American and are twice as likely to have a graduate degree.


Tiny houses come in all sorts of styles. Some are containers (like our post about container living), some come on wheels, some are tree houses and many are contemporary. Here are five of the coolest tiny houses we’ve seen (and there’s more tiny houses in the gallery on top):

Egg House Pod by DMVA


egghouseinThe Belgian architectural firm dmvA designed the Egg House. It has a bathroom, kitchen, LED lighting, a bed and several niches for storage. The nose opens automatically and functions as a veranda.

Dwelle House

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The Dwelle Tiny House is designed to achieve zero carbon status for those concerned with their environmental impact. The house is so well designed you forget you’re living the tiny house movement.

Koleliba Tiny House

kole inteThe 100 square foot tiny house features 1 bedroom and 1 bath. At the time of posting, it was on sale for $18,000.

Lora’s Tiny House



Author Lora Higgins lives in a 192 square feet so well organized it even has an office and a washing machine. She writes about “dreaming big and living small.”

Erin Sphere Tree House

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erin sphere intCanadian designer Tom Chudleigh designed these cocoon-like tiny houses to hang from trees. Available for purchase or for rent at Tom’s eco-retreat in the Pacific Northwest.

Which of these tiny houses would you live in?

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09 Sep 19:40

Backyard Landscaping Ideas That Are Perfect For Entertaining

by Marina Resto

Homeowners often spend the majority of their time (and budget) decorating the inside of their home, but the front and back yards are huge areas of opportunity as well. Freshening up your home’s landscaping – both the front and backyards – is beneficial to resale value.

Adding value to your outdoor space involves more than just laying down a lush green lawn. A landscaped yard is more appealing than plain grass, and it’s easy to liven up the space in a weekend. Try some of these backyard landscaping ideas, and you’ll have a welcoming backyard that’s perfect for entertaining in no time.

Add a Backyard Fire Pit Area


A fire pit is a great place to gather around during any season of the year (weather permitting, of course). Fire pit ideas range from simple metal styles you can buy at most home and garden stores, to more elaborate custom styles. To decide which style is best for you figure out what you’ll be using it for. If you’re looking for a fire for roasting s’mores, then a cheaper, metal bowl will do. However, if you’re looking to create a stylish, focal point then custom is the way to go.

Add Backyard Privacy With Plants

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Are your neighbors a bit too close for comfort? If you’re looking for the benefits of a privacy fence without actually installing a fence, use plants instead. You can use tall shrubs, small trees or even large plants to obscure the view into your yard from neighboring lawns and porches. Boxwood shrubs, cypress trees and bamboo are all great options that grow quickly.

Create a Backyard Dining Area

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If you want to get more use out of your backyard, try adding a dining area for al fresco lunches and dinners. This can range from something as simple as a picnic table, to something as elaborate as an outdoor kitchen. For a simple backyard landscaping project, create a patio by using large paving stones or a slab of concrete. Add a table, chairs and some colorful decorations for a cozy feel. Place a grill nearby, and you’re ready for BBQs, Sunday brunch and more.

Add a Backyard Water Feature

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Water features are a great way to bring calmness and serenity to your backyard, and they’re also fairly simple to install. You can buy ready-made kits for ponds and waterfalls, or you can make it a DIY project. This is also a great way to take care of any drainage problems you may have during wet weather. Add a few goldfish and a few small plants to create your own personal outdoor oasis.

Cover Up Any Eyesores


If you have anything particularly unappealing in your backyard-such as outdoor air conditioning units, utility meters, or old buildings-add landscaping around them. For example, you can place a lattice fence around an outdoor A/C unit (as long as it still has plenty of ventilation). You can essentially fix any eyesore you have in your backyard by adding tall or bushy potted plants.

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04 Nov 18:30

Bake a "Magic Cake" That Bakes into Three Layers on Its Own

by Melanie Pinola

A “magic cake” has three layers, each with its own texture and flavor (a dense and moist base, a middle cream layer, and a light sponge top). It’s called magic because the cake divides into these layers during the baking.


26 Oct 21:00

How to Master the Art of Looking Busy

by Alan Henry

Looking busy has a bad rap. Sometimes you have to look busy so you can actually work on the things that matter. Here’s how to trick others into believing you’ve got a full plate so you’ll get the breathing room to actually get things done.


26 Oct 20:00

Build a Transforming Workbench, Desk, and Storage Unit

by Thorin Klosowski

If you don’t have a lot of space, you need to make creative use of what you have. Over on Instructables, polyyglot45 shows off a desk project that turns into storage, a workbench, or a desk.


20 Oct 23:00

Turn a Bunch of Old Laptop LED Screens Into a False Window Light

by Patrick Allan

If you like to work at night, or your room doesn’t have any windows that face the sun, it can be hard to come by any natural light. This light panel made from four laptop LED screens looks like a window and can give you the light you need.


04 Oct 20:00

Buy Products That Don’t Normally Ship to Your Country With Parcl

by Kristin Wong

Retailers don’t always ship anywhere in the world. If there’s a product you want to buy that doesn’t normally ship to your country, you can get around this with a service called Parcl.


02 Oct 09:04

Baking Bootcamp: Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls with Quick Puff Pastry

by joythebaker

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Hey friends!  

I’m so excited to announce that it’s time for another Baking Bootcamp Series with King Arthur Flour!

Baking Bootcamp is a 3-part baking challenge that’s meant to get us in the kitchen and have us emerge with new technique, new baking knowledge, and really lovely sweet treats!  Let’s bake together!

Last year we baked four delicious recipes and learned about the difference between baking flours along the way.  

We made Triple Berry Cinnamon Swirl Bread  +  Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread +  Apple Pie Biscuits  and Gruyere and Green Olive Rolls.  Sharing our treats on Instagram and becoming better bakers along the way!  

This Baking Bootcamp, we’re focusing on technique.  I want to take some of baking’s most intimidating techniques and make then  approachable enough for our home kitchens.  Let’s push ourselves!

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

For our first challenge, we’re making quick puff pastry.  Puff pastry is a laminated dough that focuses on incorporating cold butter into flour, creating a very rich, flaky, luscious dough.  True puff pastry is a real undertaking of time, temperature, and courage.  We’re going to make a quick puff pastry, using a rolling and folding technique, to create buttery and flaky breakfast rolls.  

My Supplies!  Here’s what you’ll need for the Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls with quick puff pastry.  

Three recipes shared on Instagram #bakingbootcamp + Three awesome sets of prizes!

The idea is simple!

•  Make these Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls with quick puff pastry (they’re sooooo good!) and take a picture of your creation!

•  Follow @joythebaker and @kingarthurflour on Instagram

•  Photograph your beautiful rolls and post them to Instagram with the hashtag #bakingbootcamp

•  When you submit a photo, you’ll be entered to win a 1-year supply of King Arthur Flour and a Baking Essentials box valued at $250!!  Official rules and details can be found here.

Let’s get baking!


Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Let’s start by making the quick puff pastry.  

King Arthur has a post about making true laminated dough.  Lots of great tips and information.  

We’re making a simple laminated dough starting with 2 cups of King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Salt into the flour to bring flavor.  

We aren’t adding sugar to our puff pastry.  There will be plenty of sweetness incorporated with the hazelnut filling and sugary glaze.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Plenty of butter.  Flour and butter is our foundation.  

About the butter.  Let it be cold, cubed, salted, and fatty.  Use the highest quality butter you can find.  A European-style butter (extra creamy and fatty) is the way to go.

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

The butter to flour ratio is pretty high:  2 cups of flour to 10 ounces (that’s 2 1/2 sticks) butter.  

Use a pastry cutter (or even your hands, if you’re speedy) to break the butter down into the flour.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

The mixture will be very crumbly with butter, coating all of the flour in fat, and leaving big bits of butter throughout the dough.  We want larger chunks of butter to create that marbling and flaky layers that make puff pastry as delicious as it is.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Create a small well in the center of the butter and flour mixture and add water, 2/3 cup of cold water to bring our simple ingredients together.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Work as quickly as you can to keep the butter as cold as you can. 

The dough will be on the wet side of sticky.  That’s right!  No need to stir too much once the dough comes together.  We’re going to roll and fold the dough to further incorporate the dough.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

A well-floured work surface is key for rolling out the dough.  

Commit to making a mess on your kitchen counter.  It will all be worth it.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

The dough is placed on the floured work surface, sprinkled with flour, and shaped into a 1 1/2-inch thick rectangle.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Lightly roll the dough into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle.  

The dough will be fairly soft, so you won’t need a lot of pressure in rolling.  


Now a fold!  

Starting with the bottom of the rectangle, fold the dough up 1/3.  


Press the dough, just lightly.  


And fold the top third of dough over the first.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

We’re creating a dough envelope.  

The dough is turned to the right one-quarter turn.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

And this time the folded dough is rolled into a 1/2-inch rectangle, and folded again using the same envelope technique, turned another quarter turn, and the process is repeated six or seven turns.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

With four simple ingredients, rolling and folding, rolling and folding, the dough comes together beautifully into a soft but sturdy dough.  

Fold into thirds, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerator for 1 hour (or overnight) is necessary.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Chilling the dough is essential to re-chill the butter and distribute the moisture, so when we roll the dough out, we maintain all of the butter layers for beautifully flaky rolls.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

The dough is rolled into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.  

If the dough was in the refrigerator overnight, it will be super chilled and may need about 20 minutes to rest at room temperature and may take a bit more pressure in rolling out.  

Move the rolled dough around on the floured counter to ensure that it’s not sticking.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Time to fill!

We’re going with chocolate and hazelnut flavors.  They feel perfectly cozy for fall.  

For the hazelnut layer I used King Arthur Flours Hazelnut Praline Paste.  It’s the consistency of almond butter and is absolutely delicious as a sweet and nutty filling.  You could also use a chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella in a pinch.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Spread in an even layer.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Sprinkle generously with chopped roasted hazelnuts.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

And chopped dark chocolate too.

If you’re using a chocolate hazelnut spread, you may want to skip the dark chocolate sprinkles.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

The long and tall end of the dough is rolled tight.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

And lightly pressed together to create an even roll.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Use a bench knife to create 1 1/2-inch thick rolls.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

And place in a lightly greased muffin tin for baking!  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

The rolls emerge from the oven bubbling and golden.  They rise slightly during baking, creating really delicious, flaky golden pillows of chocolate and hazelnut.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

While they cool just slightly, whisk up a simple powdered sugar glaze.  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

And generously spread!  

Quick Puff Pastry Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls

These rolls are best served warm and glazed the day they’re baked.  

I’m so happy to be back with another Baking Bootcamp challenge! I can’t wait to see what comes out of your oven!

Some recipe notes:  

•  Rolled and folded puff pastry can last int he fridge up to 4 days, and well-wrapped in the freezer for a month.  If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator before rolling.  

•  Rolls can be filled, sliced and frozen.  To bake, thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.  

Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls with Quick Puff Pastry
2015-09-28 10:33:31
Yields 12
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
30 min
For the Quick Puff Pastry
  1. 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  2. ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  3. 20 tablespoons high-quality salted butter (10 ounces), cold and cut into cubes
  4. 2/3 cup ice cold water
For the Filling
  1. 1 (11-ounce) can Hazelnut Praline Paste (or 1 1/4 cups chocolate hazelnut spread)
  2. 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted (omit if using chocolate hazelnut spread)
  3. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted hazelnuts
  4. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate
For the Glaze
  1. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 2-4 tablespoons water or heavy cream (depending on how thick you'd like your glaze)
  1. To make the puff pastry, in a medium bowl combine the flour and salt.
  2. Add the cold, cubed butter and toss to coat.
  3. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to quickly work the butter into the dough. It will be very crumbly with large bits of butter throughout the dough. That's right.
  4. Make a well in the center of the mixture and pour in all of the water. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, quickly stir to incorporate the dough. The dough will be slightly wet and sticky with occasional patches of dryness. That's right. Try not to overmix the dough.
  5. Flour a work surface well and add the dough. Pat it into a rough, about 1 1/2-inch thick rectangle. You will still see chunks of butter and if there seems to be bits of dryness, that's ok. The dough will come together with each roll.
  6. Flour the rolling pin, and roll the dough out in front of you into a rectangle about 10 to 12-inches long and about 8-inches wide.
  7. Fold the bottom third of the dough over the middle of the dough. Fold the upper third of the dough on top of the middle fold. Rotate the dough one-quarter turn, and repeat. Pick the dough up and use additional flour on the counter to prevent the dough from sticking.
  8. Roll out, fold, and turn the dough at least 6 or 7 times.
  9. When done, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1-hour or overnight. If you refrigerate the dough overnight, let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before rolling.
  10. When ready to make the rolls, place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a muffin tin with butter or nonstick spray and set aside.
  11. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and, on a well-floured work surface, roll the dough into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.
  12. If using the hazelnut praline spread, in a small bowl stir together the spread and melted butter.
  13. Spread generously with hazelnut praline spread, or chocolate hazelnut spread.
  14. Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts and chopped chocolate.
  15. Begin rolling from the long or tall end, finishing seam side down.
  16. Slice into 12 even rolls, about 1 1/4-inch thick.
  17. Place in the prepared baking tin and bake until golden brown and bubbling 24-28 minutes.
  18. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool until just barely warm before glazing.
  19. Whisk together the powdered sugar and water or cream to create a thick and smooth glaze. Frost the rolls and enjoy!
By Joy the Baker
Joy the Baker
06 Aug 21:48

10 Laundry Room Ideas That Organize, Add Value and Upgrade Your Space

by Cynthia Bowman

A laundry room is increasing in popularity as a necessary household improvement. The 10 laundry room ideas we share will help create a space that’s organized, up to date and attractive enough to enjoy during laundry chore time.

If you are wondering where the best place to add a laundry room would be, think of convenience first. Set your laundry room up near where dirty laundry would collect, or near the bedrooms where clean laundry gets sent. Some other favorite laundry room locations include near the entry, mud-room adjacent, in the kitchen, in a bathroom or near a closet or dressing area.

Keep in mind that accidental flooding may sometimes happen. Waterproof the flooring below the laundry machine, especially if your laundry room is located on a second floor. Some good ways to waterproof include adding plastic sheeting over the subfloor, building out a shallow pan for the laundry machines to sit on or tiling the laundry floor under the machines.

Another consideration when deciding on a laundry room location is the noise from the machine’s vibrations. Laundry machines that are located on the second floor should be fitted with vibration pads that dampen the noise that occurs when the machine is in motion.

Although a few of our inspirational photos in the gallery are large rooms, a laundry room can be created in a small space or closet. With a little creativity and some planning, a useful, efficient laundry room can be yours.

Here are 10 laundry room ideas that organize, add value and upgrade your space.

1. Choose a Vibrant Laundry Room Color Theme

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Make the laundry room workspace bright and cheerful with paint. Paint is an easy, inexpensive upgrade. Choose a color theme that’s bright and uplifts your mood. Some good paint color options are vibrant citrus tones like lime green, yellow or orange. A crisp, bright white is another good option that brightens the room and the mood. Paint your walls or cabinets in the color of your choice.

2. Add Counter Space


Counter space is vital for folding, placing your laundry basket and other items while you work. Create a custom counter look to your laundry room by adding a counter over your side by side washer and dryer.

If you have the square footage, add an island to your laundry room to increase counter space.

3. Add Built-In Cabinetry

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For a high end, custom-cabinet look to your laundry room, add kitchen cabinets around your washer and dryer. Choose inexpensive cabinets and upgrade them with contrasting, bright wall colors or wallpaper. Remove builder-grade hardware and replace with custom drawer pulls. A versatile and contemporary drawer pull style is the bar, which can serve as a towel or hanger rack.

If you’re on a budget, visit a restaurant supply shop’s used section. Stainless work tables and shelving would be a good laundry room idea and alternative to built-in cabinets.

4. Mount Your Washer and Dryer Creatively

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If you don’t have enough space to keep your washer and dryer side by side, stack them vertically. This is a great way to work with smaller spaces while still having a functional laundry area.

Another creative way to mount your washer and dryer is to mount them off the floor. Raising your washer and dryer make it easier on the back by eliminating the need to bend over to load and unload the washer and dryer. Create a storage area in the space below the washer and dryer. Some washer and dryer manufacturers offer the raised storage unit in the matching appliance finish.

5. Incorporate Plenty of Storage Laundry Room Ideas

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Wall cubicles, floating shelves, baskets and clothes bars are all good storage options in a laundry room.

Be sure to add a dirty laundry sorting system to save time when doing laundry. A good rule of thumb is to have a minimum of three dirty laundry bins for white, light and colors or dark clothing. Asking everyone in the household to sort their own dirty laundry in the proper bin saves time.

6. Upgrade Lighting

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Laundry rooms often occupy dark or windowless spaces. Good lighting is of utmost importance. Adding under-cabinet lighting or a large, overhead fixture not only brightens and enlarges the space, good lighting helps you find spots and stains on laundry items to pre-treat before washing. Better yet, add a combination of lighting including canned ceiling lights, pendants and under cabinet lighting like the image above.

Beautiful lighting fixtures are not only practical but also add to the design of a laundry room.

7. Add Accessories That Hide Away

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A wall or cabinet mounted drop-down ironing board is a great way to hide clutter. Most designs not only hide the ironing board away, but have enough room to also store the iron itself.

A wall-mounted drying rack is another good option for air drying delicates like lingerie or sweaters.

8. Add Visual Interest to the Walls With Pattern

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Besides paint, give your laundry room a modern look by adding visual interest to the walls with pattern and texture. Two great ways to achieve this include:

–Wallpaper. Choose a bold, modern pattern in a moisture resistant, vinyl paper that’s easy to wipe down
–Backsplash. Add a high-end backsplash design to your laundry room. While some of the most beautiful backsplash tile options can be expensive, a smaller laundry room doesn’t require much tile at all

9. Create a Multi-Purpose Laundry Room

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If you have limited space, make the laundry room a multi-use room. Some laundry room ideas for a multi-purpose space include:

–A craft room
–A mud room
–A sports equipment storage room
–A household cleaning supplies storage room

10. Convert a Closet Into a Laundry Room

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One of the most successful laundry room ideas involve converting a hall, home office or guest room closet into a laundry room.

Add plenty of shelving and be aware of clearances, so doors may close when the laundry room is not in use.

Many of our laundry room ideas are easy to do. Take a look at your laundry area and see how you can upgrade yours to organize and add value to your home. What are your favorite ideas to try?

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20 Aug 13:30

How to Make Healthier, Tastier Versions of Lunchbox Favorites at Home

by Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker

It’s back to school season, which means pencil purchasing and lunch planning. You already know the basics for packing a healthy lunch for your kiddo , part of which is making sure your child actually eats what you pack them. The below recipes are not only infinitely tastier versions of popular pre-packaged lunch items but, since you control exactly what goes in them, they’re also healthier than their store-bought counterparts.


18 Aug 11:00

What All of Those Confusing Dress Code Terms Really Mean

by Patrick Allan

You just received an invitation to an event or party, and in the dress code section it says something to the effect of “business casual” or “black tie attire only.” Here’s what all of those dress code terms actually mean, and few examples of each to get you off on the right foot.


14 Aug 18:00

Find the Indoor Plant You Probably Won't Kill with This Flowchart

by Melanie Pinola

Indoor plants clean the air, make our spaces look great, and could also boost productivity . But choosing the right kind of indoor plant will depend on the kind of light we have and whether or not we tend to kill plants . That’s where this flowchart comes in.


11 Aug 11:00

Five Basic Hand Stitches You Should Know for Repairing Your Own Clothes

by Patrick Allan

There’s no need to spend money when you can fix something yourself. If you’ve popped a button on your shirt, worn down a hem on your pants, or busted a seam in your dress, these five hand sewing techniques can help you fix things in snap.


06 Aug 01:22

40 Questions that Will Quiet Your Mind

by Angel Chernoff

40 Questions that Will Quiet Your Mind

Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers … because asking the right questions is the answer.

In a recent ‘subscribers only’ email (subscribe here) I wrote: “Quiet your mind.  Don’t think outside the box of negativity.  Think like there is no box.”

To my surprise, over 200 people quoted this short line and responded with the same general question: “How?”

I’ve thought about it for a little while this morning, and I’ve decided that the simplest and most universal explanation I can give is this: Ask yourself better questions – questions that focus your thoughts and filter out all the nonsensical noise that’s been cluttering your mind.

The calming and healing power of a positive imagination is unleashed by constraining your focus.  Constraints drive creativity and force mindful thinking.  It may sound counterintuitive at first but, in a backwards way, you break out of the box by stepping into the right shackles.

And that’s exactly what the questions below can help you with – shackling the noise in your head by channeling your focus into meaningful thoughts.  Let these questions shift your perspective and guide you.


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03 Aug 01:04

12 Little Known Laws of Gratitude (That Will Change Your Life)

by Marc Chernoff

12 Little Known Laws of Gratitude

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Gratitude leads to greatness.  It can literally turn what you have into more than enough, jobs into joy, chaos into order, uncertainty into clarity, and bring peace to an otherwise chaotic day.

The easiest way to make your blessings count is to count your blessings.  Acknowledging the good things you already have in your life is of the essence, because whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will grow stronger in your life.

When Angel and I discus the importance of gratitude with our coaching/course students, we often get a “Yeah, yeah, I know…” response.  But the truth is, most of us don’t know – because we’re forgetful.  In the haste of our busy lives we neglect many of the basic laws of gratitude, and thus miss out entirely on their positive effects.  So here’s a good refresher, for all of us:

1.  The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.

  • Be grateful for what you have, and you’ll end up having more.
  • Focus on what you don’t have, and you’ll never have enough.


21 Sep 20:40

The Menu For Disney World’s New ‘Indiana Jones’ Bar Is Filled With Fun References

by Peter Sciretta

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The Indiana Jones themed “Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar” is set to tomorrow (September 22nd 2015) at Walt Disney World’s revamped Downtown Disney, now called Disney Springs. This brand new lounge will feature small plates and unique cocktails with an “expansive bar with aviation decor and have seating for 150 guests.”

We’ve shown you concept art in the past, one of which you can see in the header above, but now Disney has revealed the restaurant/bar’s full menu which is filled with fun little Indiana Jones easter eggs and references. Hit the jump to check out the full Indiana Jones bar menu at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.

Jock Lindsey

The theme of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is a 1940s airplane hangar turned dive bar, which is supposedly the ex-home of Indiana Jones’ sidekick and pilot. As you know, Jock Lindsey was portrayed by professional pilot Fred Sorenson in Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Here is the establishment’s backstory dreamed up by Walt Disney Imagineering:

How did Indiana Jones’ barnstorming pilot Jock Lindsey end up in Disney Springs? Fans of Raiders of the Lost Ark can’t forget Indy’s easygoing pilot Jock Lindsey—owner of a pet snake named Reggie—but how did Jock arrive here? The two globetrotters stumbled on Disney Springs in 1938 while chasing down a mythology-based tip in central Florida. Attracted to the town’s natural springs and lush terrain, Jock bought some waterfront property and eventually settled down, piloting seaplane tours across the fast-growing Sunshine State. Jock eventually built an airplane hangar, air tower and runway, and invited fellow members of The Society of Explorers and Adventurers to pay him a visit. His home base soon became a popular stopover and watering hole for world travelers and locals alike. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar was born! Today, thrill-seeking families cross borders and continents to soak up the rugged charm of this artifact-strewn hangar bar, with its spare airplane parts, salvaged equipment and dusty mementos of glory days gone by.

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar

Here is the official information from Disney about the new bar/restaurant:

If adventurous spirits have a name, it must be Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. This family-friendly, 150-seat waterfront lounge is best known for its delicious drinks and dishes and aviation-inspired décor—cleverly themed after the exploits of Indiana Jones and his seaplane pilot, Jock Lindsey. Buckle your seat belt and order a plate of Rolling Boulder Sliders (spiced meatballs on mini-buns with yogurt sauce) or a Brody Brats bratwurst, and then wash it down with a Cool-Headed Monkey with African spirits or a refreshing Reggie’s Revenge. The small plates are great for sharing, like Dr. Elsa’s She-Deviled Eggs (brined in beet juice with lump crab filling) or the Tanis Tacos, Snack of Ra—or “Good Dates.” Beer, wine and the “spirits” of adventure live on in tasty cocktails like The Fountain of Youth, featuring Florida vodkas, The Bitter Barkeep with Peruvian Pisco or The Scottish Professor. Watch the sun set next to Jock’s old steamboat (in dry-dock by the pier) while you sip a tasty Hovito Mojito—Barsol Quebranta Pisco with fresh lime juice and syrup. What’s your pleasure, kid?



The Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar menu comes thanks to the official Disney World website:


Good Dates
Goat Cheese-stuffed Dates served with Marcona Almonds and Pickled Vegetables…safe for the whole family.

Rolling Boulders Sliders
Three Spicy Meatball Sliders served with Yogurt Sauce

Snack of Ra
African Salads and Dips with Injera and Naan Crisps designed to satisfy a well of souls

Pretzels with house-made mustard and beer-cheese fondue.

Air Pirate’s Pretzels
A flight of Everything Pretzels with House-made Mustard and Beer-Cheese Fondue

Tanis Tacos
A Lost City Specialty! Filled with Falafel, Shredded Lettuce, and Cucumber-Tomato Salad

Dr. Elsa’s She-Deviled Eggs

Dr. Elsa’s She-deviled Eggs
No father or son can resist these Beet Juice-brined Eggs stuffed with Lump Crab

Brody’s Brats
Grilled Bratwurst served with Mustard and Pickled Cabbage. Worthy of a museum

Lao Che’s Revenge
Spicy Asian Sticky Wings direct from Club Obi Wan

'Squid! Why’d It Have to Be Squid'

“Squid! Why’d it have to be Squid?”
Fried Calamari Flatbread with Harissa Spread


Signature Libations (Non-Alcoholic)

Sprite® and Maraschino Cherry Juice

Teddy’s Tea (Non-Alcoholic)
Green Tea with Mint and Tangerine

Poisonless Dart
Soda Water with Mint, Simple Syrup, and fresh Lime Juice

Diving Bell (Non-Alcoholic)
Simply Lemonade® and Watermelon topped with a Lemon-Lime Foam

Signature Libations (Alcoholic)

Anything Goes
byejoe dragon fire spirit, fresh Lime Juice, Passion Fruit, and Pineapple Juice

Shorty’s Singapore Sling
Plymouth Gin, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Bénédictine, Cointreau, fresh Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine

Bedtime Story
Absolut Mandrin Vodka, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Hibiscus Syrup, fresh Lemon Juice, and Iced Tea

The Scottish Professor
Monkey Shoulder Blended malt Scotch Whiskey, Hendrick’s Gin, Pear Nectar, Simple Syrup, and fresh Lemon Juice

German Mechanic
Bavarian Radler a.k.a. “Shandy” with Paulaner Hefe-Weizen and Simply Lemonade®

Hovito Mojito
Barson Quebranta Pisco, fresh Lime Juice, Mint, and Simple Syrup topped with Soda Water

The Bitter Barkeep
Barsol Quebranta Pisco, Simple Syrup, and fresh Lime Juice. Contains Pasteurized Egg Whites

Cool-headed Monkey
Starr African Rum, Van Der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, fresh Lime Juice, Watermelon, and Pineapple Juice

Safari Sangria
South African Red Wine with Van Der Rum Tangerine Liqueur

Air Pirate’s Mule
Knob Creek Disney Select Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon and fresh Lime Juice topped with Fever-Tree Ginger Beer

Pancho’s Margarita
Don Julio Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier, and fresh Sweet-and-Sour

Wrong Island!
Siesta Key Silver Rum, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tamiami Gin, Tippler’s Orange Liqueur, and Sweet-and-Sour with a splash of Coca-Cola®

Bam’s Barnstormer
byejoe dragon fire spirit, fresh Lime Juice, Passion Fruit, and Pineapple Juice

Hail Marty
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey bottled in Bond served with an Ice Sphere

Fountain of Youth
St. Augustine Florida Cane Vodka, Bols Blue Curaçao, White Cranberry Juice, and Sweet-and-Sour

Reggie’s Revenge
Florida Cane ‘Orlando Orange’ Vodka, Midori Melon Liqueur, White Cranberry Juice, and fresh Lime Juice

Bottled Beer & Hard Cider

Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale – Kansas City, MO

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Chico, CA

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale – Tampa, FL

Xingu Black Beer – Brazil

St. Bernardus Abt 12 Abbey Ale – Belgium

Florida Beer Devil’s Triangle IPA – Cape Canaveral, FL

Lagunitas IPA – Petaluna, CA

Left Hand Milk Stout – Longmont, CO

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider – Cincinnati, OH

Ace Pineapple Hard Cider – Sebastopol, CA

Draft Beers

Kingfisher Lager – India

Paulaner Hefe-Weizen – Germany

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale – Atlanta, GA

Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA – Orlando, FL


Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne, Épernay

Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Veneto

White Wines

Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett, Mosel

Batasiolo Moscato D’Asti Bosc, Piedmont

King Estate Pinot Gris, Oregon

Bellingham Citrus Grove Chenin Blanc, South Africa

Montes Limited Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley

Conundrum, California

Casa Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley

Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

Flowers Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Red and Rosé Wines

Château Miraval Rosé, Provence

Meiomi Pinot Noir, California

Bodega Charcra Barda Pinot Noir, Patagonia

Santa Ema Reserve Merlot, Maipo Valley

Northstar Merlot, Columbia Valley

De Torten Z Red Blend, Stellenbosch

Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape

Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley

Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, Napa Valley

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Dessert Wines

Innskillin Vidal Icewine, Niagara Peninsula

Graham’s 20 yr Tawny Port, Portugal


Aviator’s Flight
¾-oz pout of each Single Malt Scotch Whisky – The Macallan 12 yr Speyside, Highland Park 12 yr Orkney Islands, and Bowmore 12 yr Islay

Gekkeikan Horin Junmai Daiginjo Sake – Japan





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24 Jul 08:36

Cutting Board Upgraded to Kitchen Workbench: The Frankfurter Brett

by Ada Teicu

Frankfurter Brett Kitchen Workbench Upgraded Cutting Board

Who here dreams about the perfect kitchen workbench every time you turn around and spill something or can’t find a place to store all the containers needed for your recipe?

Anyone who cooks had this problem at one time or another and modern design has a solution for all cooks and food lovers out there. A small kitchen feels bigger until you start cooking. Then all the nooks and crannies become temporary storage. A chopping board with containers attached sound like an amazing idea right about now. But how about the perfect cutting board?

We got an email from Johannes Schreiter with this incredibly functional piece of kitchen furniture, the innovative Frankfurter Brett kitchen workbench made in Germany. And this Kickstarter project is worth taken a closer look at.

Frankfurter Brett Kitchen Workbench Upgraded Cutting Board (1)

Brothers Johannes Schreiter and Joseph Schreiter worked for three years to come up with a solution for crowded kitchen space and ended up creating a versatile, mobile and modern kitchen workbench. If you find yourself “annoyed by messy and dirty cutting boards and cluttered worktops“, then the Frankfurter Brett kitchen workbench has what it takes to organize your cooking. With an effective, patented bracket system that ensures a smooth workflow, the kitchen workbench supports these containers that slide in and out to make cooking fast and easy. You can use one container for waste, one for chopped food and the third can be used for tools.

With integrated extensible brackets on three sides, this modern kitchen workbench was imagined with the Gastronorm in mind, the international container standard for professional kitchens. These brackets can be pulled out to take up various-sized containers.

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This multi purpose kitchen workbench made out of light bamboo is built for doublesided use. This makes it easy to take it outdoors to cook for a barbecue with friends or have it handy for picnics.  “It redefines the cutting board and transforms it into a powerful tool. Through extensible brackets different sized containers can be attached directly to the cutting surface, food can now be simply shifted off the board into the containers.”

There are three sizes available: Mono, Mini and Phoenix. But keep in mind that “If you are not worryingly fanatic about cooking, then the PHOENIX is just oversized for you. Seriously.”

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The Mono version is the original one, a sleek, mobile and multipurpose kitchen aid that adapts to any cooking situation. The Mini version is more compact thus proving highly efficient for small kitchens. The Mini Frankfurter Brett is useful for bartenders as it uses smaller container sizes and can be easily carried around and stored.

Find out even more cool stuff about the Frankfurter Brett on Kickstarter and support an idea that helps organize and speed up your cooking process. “It smoothly integrates into existing working routines and accomplishes them with the clever bracket-system.” We’ve been waiting for something like this for a while without even knowing. That’s innovation.

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21 Jul 09:36

Surprisingly Functional and Inviting 13Sqm Apartment in Poland

by Lavinia

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We were profoundly impressed with Szymon Hanczar‘s small apartment design, a surprisingly functional crib measuring a total surface of 13 square meters (139 sq feet)! After living in this place for several years, Hanczar concluded that “13 does not have to be unlucky, and 13m2 can accommodate everything a city maverick needs. Work, studies, going out with friends, concerts, exhibitions, cinema or eating out. Life in a big city absorbs so much that many young people are redefining the term housing”. One glance through the photos below and you will understand why this place is described so positively.
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I didn’t want a spacious apartment which would involve plenty of time to take care of. On the other hand – despite the small space – it was not my intention to give up comfort and functionality. So it was really a unique challenge”, the designer stated. The tiny apartment accommodates a small kitchenette, a bedroom, a bathroom and even a hammock. A bike seems to reign over the space, helped by a suspended rack, perfectly integrated in the overall design scheme. Beige and white were used to expand the space and a Young Poland style leather carpet was added to break the minimalism. How do you think it feels to live in a home like this? [Photography by Jedrzej Stelmaszek]
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20 Jul 07:55

Superhero Guarding Your Favorite Books: Exquisite Bookends by Artori Design

by Lavinia

smart-superhero-bookends-artori-design-israel-2Some book lovers are particularly careful with storing their favorite authors and stories, with making sure their best reads are safe from damaging exterior factors. Israel-based studio Artori Design envisioned Book&Hero and Supershelf, a pair of bookends that create the illusion of books being constantly guarded by a superhero. We love how the black silhouette contrasts the colorful book covers, resulting in a fun addition for a home or office. The crazy addition can be used vertically or horizontally, according to the design needs of the user.
Here is an excerpt from the official project description: “Supershelf is a cool floating shelf which gives the impression of a superhero holding the books aloft, preventing them from falling to the ground. The base is concealed by the books and the superhero is affixed via a magnet to the base to give the item its dynamic appearance. A magnet is employed to suspend the superhero in the air, giving the impression of him ‘saving’ the books from an imminent fall.” The imaginative project weighs 350 grams and you can purchase it online on the designers’ website for $25. A fair price for an exquisite gift, wouldn’t you agree?
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20 Jul 01:57

40 Rituals that Make Relationships Last 40+ Years

by Marc Chernoff

40 Rituals that Make Relationships Last 40+ Years

Relationships must be worked on all the time, not only when they are broken and need to be fixed.

Every fairy tale, it seems, ends with the same predictable phrase, “happily ever after.”  And yet every amazing couple I have ever known agrees that nothing about a healthy, long-term relationship is forever happy.  There are moments of bliss, no doubt, and lengthy spans of fun-loving companionship.  Yet these good times come at no small effort, and the guy or girl who reads such fiction and dreams his or her troubles will end when he or she departs the altar is well advised to seek at once a reality check from a real, rational couple who has stayed together through thick and thin.

And that’s exactly what I did a couple decades ago.  When Angel and I were first falling in love, I went to my parents for some relationship advice.  Their advice gave me some much-needed perspective at the time, but what really made a difference was the family ritual born that day.  Every year since, I’ve pestered my parents (they love it) on their wedding anniversary and asked them for a relationship tip or two, and I’ve recorded their advice in my journal.

Today, on my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary, I want to share a cleaned-up, copyedited version of my parent’s relationship tips.  These are the little things they do – the rituals – that have helped their relationship last 40 years and counting.

  1. Embrace each other’s flaws. – New couples always fall in love with the most perfect aspects of each other.  Who wouldn’t?  It’s easy; anyone can love the most wonderful parts of another person.  But that’s not what works in the long run.  What works is this:  Accepting each other’s flaws.  Looking at your partner’s faults, and honestly saying, “I can work around this.  I can support them and make the best of it.”  Because the truth is, good qualities are always going to be there, and they’re always going to be pretty and handsome and wonderful, but the small bits of hidden ugliness underneath can ruin you if you don’t embrace it. (more…)
16 Jul 04:50

9 Mindful Reminders that Will Put Your Soul at Ease

by Marc Chernoff

9 Mindful Ideas that Will Put Your Soul at Ease

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it.”
― Eckhart Tolle

Life can be hectic; sometimes chaos surrounds us in every imaginable direction.

But just because the world around us is in disarray, doesn’t mean the world within us has to be too.

That’s right, I’m saying there’s a way to stay sane in insane times.  I’m saying you can get rid of all the insanity inside you created by others, the past, and uncontrollable events…

Just by being a simple witness of your thoughts.

It’s about sitting silently, and witnessing the thoughts passing through you.  Just witnessing at first, not interfering and not even judging, because by judging too rapidly you have lost the pure witness.  The moment you rush to say, “this is good” or “this is bad,” you have already jumped head first into the chaos.

It takes a little time to create a gap between the witnessing of thoughts and your reaction to them.  Once the gap is there, though, you are in for a great surprise – that you are not the thoughts themselves, nor the chaos influencing them.  You are the witness, a watcher, who’s capable of changing your mind and rising above the turmoil.

And this process of thought-watching is the very alchemy of true mindfulness.  Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, the chaotic thoughts start disappearing.  You are thinking, but the mind is empty of senseless chatter.

That’s a moment of enlightenment – a moment that you become, perhaps for the first time, an unconditioned, sane, truly free human being.

And you can now begin the process of introducing new ideas that support your inner freedom, and continue to put your soul at ease.  Here are nine such ideas…

1.  You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.

When you feel like you’re sweating and running in circles, understand that we all feel like this sometimes, especially when life’s demands are high and the work is challenging.  This doesn’t mean you (more…)