Camping Essentials – building your basic gear stash, and then some!

Me at a relatively hidden and totally beautiful river bend near Pothole Dome at Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park.

  Kim Rohrer blogs at Kim’s Kitchen Sink about everything interesting including things like knitting, gardening, baking, technology, and friendship.   A few weeks ago, I gave y’all a detailed list (with photos) of the contents of my super awesome camping box. That post will help you maximize your efficiency when it comes to packing for camping trips, and hey, since it’s so easy, maybe you’ll find yourself camping more often! But there are a few areas I didn’t cover with that post…clothing, food, hiking gear, bug spray…oh yeah. Things you need. Or maybe, not always things you need, but things that you might want. Or things that … [More]

Do New Years in Style: Party Ideas from Around the Web

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  Is this finally the year you throw a really great New Year’s party? You’ll need to be organized, but more importantly, you’ll need eye-catching ideas. The Web is swimming with creative inspiration about how to ring in 2013 in style. Here’s a brief tour of some highlights. Brainstorm Start by browsing fun party ideas. There’s no place better for this task than Pinterest. Check out these pages all about planning New Year’s festivities by Lindsay Evans, Courtney Whitmore, and Kathy Sheffer. Invite Get your guest list together and find some neat invitations to send. Here’s a cute one featuring a pyramid of champagne flutes, and here’s one … [More]

Beautify Your Thanksgiving Table

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Creating a lovely Thanksgiving table setting doesn’t have to be complicated, time-consuming, or expensive. With a little bit of attention to detail you can give your guests a lovely autumnal dining experience they won’t soon forget. I’ve found the following tips useful when planning my decorations. Getting creative and trying new ideas each year has become one of my favorite things about this holiday. Seasonal centerpiece The sky’s the limit for you table’s centerpiece; the only requirement is that you celebrate the season. I find an array of gourds always makes a nice starting point. Go heavy on the pumpkins for that bright splash of orange. Add some … [More]

4 Last Minute Holiday Gifts

If you’re anything like me, you love Christmas shopping. There’s a holiday cheer in the air, and a sense of accomplishment that comes with finding a present you know the receiver will love. Whether you’re an October shopper, have just a few things left to pick up, or have yet to start your holiday shopping, there always seems to be that last minute gift to pick up. But, rather than whipping up a batch of cookies for an unexpected gift exchange or handing over cash, I’m sharing my go-to list of last minute shopping ideas to fit almost any receiver. 1. Gift Cards They may be considered impersonal, but … [More]