8 Things to Do for the Most Epic Summer EverKitchen
Sorry to be the ones to say this, but summer is almost over. (Winter is coming!) If your summer has just been ho-hum so far, there is still time to right the ship — and even make it better than last summer. Just consider these eight things a mandatory checklist for you to complete between now and Labor Day. If you haven’t been to your local farmers market yet this summer, now is the time.
May 11, 2022
5 Tips for Dealing with the Biggest Stressor of the School YearSkills
You’ve mastered the school lunch. You have your after-school snacks down to a science. And you already know what you’re going to make for your kid’s classroom birthday party in October. The one thing that has potential to stress you out? All those activities! Your kid has a ton of soccer matches, plays, rehearsals, field trips, etc. Whether you have an office job or you’re a stay-at-home mom, the calendar gets pretty stressful.
Sep 30, 2020
10 Coffee Gifts That Give BackKitchen
As important as coffee is to people's morning routines, there are ways to make it even more important.
Aug 27, 2020
5 Tips for Writing a Thoughtful Handwritten NoteSkills
Amid the flurry of rapid-fire text messages and emails we receive on a daily basis, there’s something magical about getting a handwritten note. Maybe it’s the thrill of holding a tangible piece of mail or maybe it’s just knowing someone took the time to sit down and put pen to paper. Either way, it’s a good feeling. But when you’re the one doing the writing, it can be hard to find the right words for the occasion.
Jul 16, 2020
How To Make Slow Cooker Spiced Nuts: The Essential MethodRecipes
The slow cooker is an ingeniously easy way to make spiced nuts for parties, gifting, and straight-up snacking.
Mar 30, 2020
Vegetarian Recipe: Pumpkin ChiliRecipes
This vegetarian chili is October in a bowl.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Summer Berry Bread PuddingRecipes
Remember when the last day of school meant it was the first day of summer, with its promise of running through sprinklers, riding bikes for hours, and sitting cross-legged on the ground with your best friend, feasting on just-picked juicy berries? Summer was — and still is — the time to kick back and enjoy life’s lazier pleasures: laughing with friends, eating outside, and sharing homemade, wholesome treats like this Summer Berry Bread Pudding. We think you’ll agree!
Jan 22, 2020
Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Spice Muffins with Oat StreuselRecipes
As cooler days arrive, firing up the oven for fall baking becomes so enticing. So how about some easy pumpkin pie spice muffins? Flavored with Land O Lakes® Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread, these muffins are crowned with a crunchy oat streusel. Bake a batch on a crisp Sunday, and you have the perfect grab-and-go weekday breakfast. If you’re a lover of anything pumpkin pie spiced, this limited-batch Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread will be your jam. (Or, er, butter.
Jan 21, 2020
10 Edible Treats That Give Back to CharitiesGroceries
Each of the treats on this list help to give back in some way.
Jul 30, 2019
7 Things You Can Do to Become a Morning PersonKitchen
Mornings! Ugh! Not one to pop out of bed — bright-eyed and bushy-tailed — before your alarm goes off? Obviously, good mornings start with a good night’s sleep. Beyond that, there’s still plenty you can do to make your mornings just a little better. You’ve got this whole adulting thing.
Jun 8, 2019
5 Ways to Have the Best Weeknight Dinner PossibleKitchen
The time we get to spend together as a family is precious. We can never seem to get enough of it — especially when it comes to busy weeknights. Whether your family consists of you and four kids, or it’s just you and your roommate, there are a few things you can do to make your weeknight dinners better than ever. We can’t stress enough how important this is.
Jun 8, 2019
9 Ways to Set a Good Vibe When Eating Lunch at Your DeskSkills
Just because you have to eat lunch at your desk doesn’t mean it has to be a #saddesklunch. In fact, you can make it a fun and happy one! Here’s how. If you’re eating the same leftovers for the fifth day in a row or you packed something that’s so boring, you can’t even remember what it is, chances are, you’re not going to want to eat it. Pack yourself a lunch that you’re actually excited to eat and the meal will feel a little bit more special.
Jun 8, 2019
The 5 Things That Always Belong in a Food Care PackageKitchen
When a friend or family member is sick, overwhelmed, homebound, or taking care of a new baby, we say what we can — So sorry. Thinking about you! — and then, because we know that won’t make everything better, we do the next best thing: We bring them food. Food speaks for us when words fail, which is why putting together a thoughtful, personal food care package is one of the kindest things you can do for a struggling friend or loved one.
Jun 8, 2019
Spread Some Love to New Parents with a Dinner BoxKitchen
The best thing you can give to new parents (aside from sleep, which is surprisingly hard to gift wrap)? It’s not toys, baby clothes, or anything that makes noise. It’s food. And some celebratory bubbles. Chances are, these new proud parents put a ton of work into getting themselves and their nursery ready for the new arrival, but they probably forgot about the fact that they’ll need to eat almost as often as the baby. This is where you come in.
May 30, 2019
10 Questions to Ask an Old Friend at the Dinner TableKitchen
Conversations with old friends, especially ones we haven’t seen in a while, can often be done in the past tense. You talk about situations that you shared together or people you used to know, and maybe you might gloss over what’s happening in your current lives.
May 24, 2019
Why I Always Say “Yes” to Cooking with My KidsPeople
My maternal grandmother was the victory garden planting, canning, and scratch-cooking archetype that hearty grandmother characters are built on, but we were never allowed to help in her kitchen. Instead, we were shooed off to the screened-in porch or cellar steps to trim pole beans or shell sweet peas while she cooked. She was famous for her fried cake donuts. Her recipe died with her 10 years ago because no one learned her mixing and frying techniques.
May 24, 2019
8 Rules for Bringing Food to FriendsKitchen
Bringing food to friends is one of the joyous chores of adult relationships: you get to celebrate new babies, grieve with your best people, and share in nourishing your circle through food. There are some guidelines for bringing food to new parents or sick work friends, but there are also commandments to make the most of bring food to friends and keep you, the gifting cook, sane. While a home-cooked meal is deeply appreciated, it really is the thought and effort that counts.
May 1, 2019
6 Mindfulness Practices for Busy Weeknight CookingSkills
It’s 6 o’clock. You’re done with work for the day, you walk into the kitchen, and you pull out your cutting board to prep dinner. Thirty minutes later, you blink and look up and realize you spent the entire time composing a work email in your head. Sound familiar? See more of the kitchen pictured above: An Artistic, Colorful, Vintage-Inspired Home at Apartment Therapy This happens to me all the time. And I make cookbooks for a living (for shame!).
May 1, 2019
Spread Some Love to a Coworker with a Cool Office BoxPeople
Chances are, you spend more time with your coworkers than the family you live with. (Thanks, corporate American culture and your never-ending deadlines!) Luckily, you probably have a work wife who helps you enjoy all those hours at the office. Maybe this person is on your team and she’s the one you go to when you need to bounce ideas off someone? Or maybe she just sits near the pantry and you’re constantly chatting her up while you wait for your coffee to brew?
May 1, 2019
How To Make Date CaramelsRecipes
Date caramels are one of those culinary magic tricks that you can’t even believe works until you try it. You pulse whole dates with a few other ingredients, press them into a pan, and top with a bit of flaky salt. Just 30 minutes later you can cut out soft, chewy caramels that are free from added sugar (not to be confused with the loads of sugars naturally occurring in dates) and high in dietary fiber. You didn’t even have to turn on the stove.
May 1, 2019
Spread Some Love to Your New Neighbors with a Cute Welcome BoxPeople
Got yourself some new neighbors? (Or maybe you’re about to get some? Those for-sale houses in your development are probably going to be scooped up sometime during the summer before the school year starts!) Yay! Give them a proper welcome by bringing them a well-thought-out gift box that shows just how sweet you — and the rest of the community — can be!
May 1, 2019
Spread Some Love to Your Local Fire Station with a Thank You BoxPeople
Hopefully you’ve never had to (and never will) use their services, but you should still consider spreading some love to your local fire department with an extra-thoughtful gift basket. After all, whether they’re volunteers or paid employees, these men and women often risk their lives to save other lives in your community. That’s pretty darn special and deserving of a good, home-cooked meal — at the very least.
May 1, 2019
How To Make Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter CookiesRecipes
My quest for a peanut butter cookie that's thick and soft, that bends rather than breaks when folded in two, has come to a glorious end.
May 1, 2019
Give This Box to Your Kid’s Favorite TeacherKitchen
Teacher Appreciation Day is technically in May, but with the holidays coming, you might want to give your kid’s teacher something in the next few months. Something that shows her how much you and your child appreciate her. Something that lets her know she’s doing a great job. And something that’s not an apple! Perhaps something like this adorable gift box?
May 1, 2019
Spread Some Love to a Sick Friend with a Get-Well-Soon BoxGroceries
Bring your friend a little get-well-soon gift basket to cheer her up and help her get back on her feet.
May 1, 2019
The Best Way to Bring Cheer to Soldiers Who Can’t Be Home for the HolidaysPeople
If there’s anyone who deserves a little present or pick-me-up this time of year, it’s every man and woman in our military who happens to be stationed away from home. Whether you know someone who’s serving our country, or you just want to brighten a stranger’s day, it’s possible to send over a box full of goodies. You just need to know what to send and where to send it. We can help with both of those things.
May 1, 2019
The Best Way to Help College Students Through Final ExamsPeople
It’s almost the holidays! And for college students, that means it’s also final exam time. Coeds all around the country are trying to cram as much information into their brains as possible — while they also pack up to head home, make travel arrangements, spend money they don’t have on gifts, and more. That’s a lot to stress about! Which is why we firmly believe that now is the best time to send a care package.
May 1, 2019
5 Inspiring — And Baking-Related — Prints for Your KitchenKitchen
As negative as our silly world can be at times, it’s also full of inspiration. Look on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook at any given moment and you’re sure to see (at least) a few super-inspiring quotes. The same can be said for your kitchen — if you were to get any of these adorable prints from Etsy, that is. (Note: You can download and print some of these out yourself and some get printed and shipped to you.
May 1, 2019
6 Tips for Getting Involved at a Soup KitchenSkills
There are many compelling reasons to decide to volunteer at a soup kitchen, but the bottom line is simple and sincere: You want to help. But what does it mean to be helpful in these circumstance? Sometimes that’s a complicated question with an equally complicated set of answers. Here are six things to keep in mind when volunteering at a soup kitchen.
Nov 8, 2017
Words of Joy: Kevin James on Thanksgiving — And PantsPeople
I try to wear pants with elastic waistbands as much as possible. I work from home most days, so that’s pretty easy to do. (Hello, pajamas from the waist down!) Usually, though, for nice family holidays — okay, really just for Thanksgiving — I put on some pants. I pull on a pair of jeans in the morning and, wait for it, wear them the entire day! As in, all day. I drink coffee, cook dinner, serve drinks, eat dinner, clean up, and lounge around — all while wearing jeans!
Nov 1, 2017
10 Ways to Earn Brownie Points with Restaurant WaitstaffPeople
Whether you’re trying out a restaurant while on vacation or trying to make a new-to-you place a regular go-to, there are a few things you can do to help win over the waitstaff. Because let’s face it — it’s nice if they like you as much as you like them. If you have a reservation, honor that time and arrive as close to it as possible. If you’re going to be more than 10 minutes late, give the restaurant a call to give them a heads up.
Sep 13, 2017
Recipe: One-Bowl Brown Sugar WafflesRecipes
Clever you, committing to the yearly transition from carefree summer days to the hectic back-to-school schedules — and making it look seamless. But isn’t a little voice in your head still calling for those relaxed, lazy mornings? Answer that call on the weekends; that’s when you can let your inner, relaxed summer-self run free. To help keep the summer vibes going this fall, start with these crazy-simple, outrageously delicious One Bowl Brown Sugar Waffles.
Sep 1, 2017
Words of Joy: Tami Taylor on the Purpose of BarbecuesPeople
Friday Night Lights’ Tami Taylor, played by Connie Britton, was a gift. Smart, beautiful, and funny, Tami gave us a glimpse into the life of a dedicated wife and mother trying to balance her own career and ambitions outside of her family. She also gave us #hairgoals. And during the show’s tenure, everyone’s favorite TV mom was always full of wisdom and zippy one-liners — all in her signature Southern accent, of course, ya’ll. You can print it out (for free!
Aug 16, 2017
8 Things to Do for a Good Morning CommutePeople
Mornings! Right? Very few of us pull into our office parking lot looking as happy as this girl pictured above. It’s understandable: There are so many things that happen to us between waking up and walking into our office. A lot of these things are out of our control (the torrential downpour that came out of nowhere, the inexplicable traffic you hit on the highway, your toddler’s meltdown over his socks being orange). Luckily, though, there are a few things you can control.
Jul 26, 2017
10 Ways to Find Joy in Cooking for the FamilyKitchen
During the weekday crazies, getting dinner cooked and onto the table can feel chaotic and chore-like. But it’s actually pretty special when you think about it, and there are plenty of things you can do to make it so much more enjoyable. Here are some ideas. You can’t always have your dream kitchen, but there’s still plenty you can do to make sure you enjoy spending time in the kitchen you do have.
Jun 14, 2017
Words of Joy: On Ice Cream and CardioPeople
We’re not the best at math (unless it’s figuring out how many cups of chocolate chips need to go into a batter: all of them!), but this is one mathematical diagram we not only understand, but also 100 percent agree with. It’s basically more true than the idea that 1 + 1 = 2. You can print it out (for free!) and hang it up in your kitchen, office, or even your home gym (if you have one of those … ). We knew Venn diagrams must be good for something!
Jun 7, 2017
5 Tips for Getting Involved at a Community GardenKitchen
Community gardens can do a lot to make more good: Studies find they help reduce crime, bring in new businesses to the area, create a better network of neighbors, and have a positive effect on property values. Some community gardens even deliver fresh food to the people who need it the most. That all gets a (green) thumbs up, right? Here’s how you can get the green light to put your green thumb to work. Not all gardens are the same. Some are just designed for plants, bushes, and flowers.
May 3, 2017
Recipe: Make-Ahead Lemon Ricotta French Toast BakeRecipes
Embrace the laid-back mood of a Sunday morning meal and your guests will feel it too. Homey, delicious comfort food that can be made mostly in advance is how you, the host, can also enjoy the chill day. All you have to worry about the morning of is putting up a pot of coffee and mixing bubbly drinks. Make-ahead casseroles are a great tool here, like this crazy-good Make-Ahead Lemon Ricotta French Toast Bake.
Apr 15, 2017
11 Ways to Find Joy in Cleaning the KitchenKitchen
Even if you like to clean, chances are it’s not your favorite thing to do. We can’t blame you for that, but we can help you make it more fun. Because it’s gotta get done, so you may as well enjoy yourself as much as possible while it’s happening. Just because you’re cleaning doesn’t mean that’s the only thing you have to be doing. You can multitask like the best of them!
Apr 5, 2017
5 Ways to Make Meal Planning More FunSkills
Meal planning is kind of like the dreaded B word: budgeting! It sounds like a lot of work and not enough fun, but you know it’s a good thing to do! Don’t despair. We have five ways to actually make meal planning more fun. And we’re kinda helping with the budget stuff, too: If you meal plan, you’ll save money by cutting out wasted food and cutting down on takeout orders. Give these tips a try. It’s a scientific fact: Everything is more fun with a pretty notebook!
Mar 8, 2017
Words of Joy: The Creator of Peanuts on Love and ChocolateKitchen
Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts (Charlie Brown! Snoopy! That too-smart-for-her-own-good Lucy!), was one of the most influential cartoonists of all time — and he might have inspired people to eat a little more chocolate, too. You can print it out (for free!) and hang it up in your kitchen or office. Although it’s basically impossible to track down where or when Schulz famously said (or wrote?
Mar 1, 2017
11 Things to Do for a Good NightSkills
People always talk about what to do to get a good night’s sleep and how to have a good morning. But what about the nighttime leading up to those things? You know, those few hours we all have between getting off work and going to bed. Here are the best things you can do for a good night. We know you’ve heard this one before (if not from your mother, then from all those darn magazine stories out there). So why are you still not pulling those covers up before you leave for work?
Feb 21, 2017
10 Ways to Set a Good Vibe at the Coffee ShopSkills
Whether you breeze in and out of a coffee shop once every seven days to get your weekly latte fix, or you camp out at one almost every day (or you visit with any degree of frequency in between), there are a few things you can do to make it a more enjoyable trip — for yourself and everyone around you. If your head is buried in your emails, you’re not going to notice when it’s your turn to move up in the line.
Feb 8, 2017
Please Welcome a New Series: Make More GoodPeople
Want to make the world (or even the sliver of world around you) a little bit better? Start by making more good. We’ve partnered with our friends at Land O Lakes to celebrate the everyday moments that bring happiness to ourselves and our communities with projects, presents, and little acts of kindness. Keep reading to find out how we plan to help you get your weekly dose of good — starting now through the rest of the year.
Feb 1, 2017
10 Tips for a Happier Trip to the Grocery StoreGroceries
Some people find grocery shopping tedious or boring — hence the invention of grocery delivery services and meal kits — especially those of us who shop once a week or more. Over the years, I’ve adopted a few habits that make grocery shopping easier or, dare I say, more fun — even with two kids in tow.
Jan 19, 2017
Want to Volunteer in Your Community? 5 Tips for Finding the Right OpportunitySkills
Last year, 62.6 million people volunteered — and I’m one of them. Since I started volunteering in college, I’ve donated hundreds of hours to at least 10 different organizations. I choose to give my time because I find it deeply rewarding. It feels good to put energy into a cause that gives back to your community. It also requires a lot of commitment. If you are ready to take the plunge, a little research and a bit of soul searching will go a long way.
Nov 9, 2016
The Best Foods to Donate to Food BanksPeople
In the United States, one in seven people struggles with hunger, and many rely on food from local food banks to help feed their families. We’re about to embark on the holiday season, which is an especially difficult time to live with food insecurity — that is, not knowing when you will get your next meal. Many of us think about making food donations to local food banks at this time of year. But what types of donations help most? And what kinds of food should you avoid donating?
Nov 11, 2015
10 Projects for a Happier KitchenKitchen
Even if you’re not ready for a full-on kitchen makeover, there are plenty of smaller projects you can tackle to make your kitchen a bit happier. It’s all those little touches — creative storage ideas, prettily patterned dish towels, and artwork that can stand up to a few spaghetti sauce splashes — that make you and your family want to spend even more time in the most popular room in your home. Here are 10 small projects to give your kitchen a little love.
Dec 29, 2014