It’d sure be nice if you could just say, “Alexa, do all the things for me,” right? While she can’t go to work for you or peel a bag of potatoes, Alexa can lend a helping hand with mostly everything in the home — especially in the kitchen.
Here are 10 surprising ways you can put an Alexa-enabled device to work when your hands are deep in a homemade dough, or you’re chopping away for Sunday sauce.
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Every year, as soon as the cold weather sets in, my hands become dry and flaky. With flu and cold season in full swing, I turn to excess hand washing, which always strips the moisture from my skin. To slough off dead skin cells and restore moisture, I make a batch of exfoliating sea salt hand scrub and keep it by my kitchen sink to enjoy all winter long.
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A couple of years ago, I was in dire need of a vacation and impulsively booked a trip to Mexico City. I spent a leisurely 10 days stalking its streets, barreling through its subway tunnels, and eating as many types of its ridiculously fresh, impeccably prepared street foods as my stomach could handle.
With so many days spent in just one place, I felt I was truly able to get to know the city, its flavors, and its people, including one in particular. Yes, that’s right, on that trip, in one of my favorite mezcalerias, I met a man who would become my boyfriend. That love affair has ended, but my love affair with Mexico City has not — although it is long-distance, which means I need souvenirs and keepsakes to stoke the fires.
Many return trips later, these are the five items I make sure to stuff into my suitcase each and every time.
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As much as we love a cocktail, punch is the name of the game when we’re hosting a crowd. It’s an easier, more hands-off approach that leaves you with more time for chatting with friends instead of minding the bar. Even so, preparing this big-batch drink is more than stirring a few ingredients together in the punch bowl.
Here are five mistakes to avoid the next time you make a batch of punch.
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Sharing meals is a big part of being in a romantic relationship with someone, and it looks like expressing an interest in food is one of the most attractive things a person can do when online dating. Food is sexy, and mentioning certain specific foods can get a person a ton more responses on an online dating site. Chocolate and sushi are great, but if you really want to attract people’s attention, the best food to mention is guacamole.
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Every year, my husband and I throw a cookie party over the holidays. It’s actually a long-standing family tradition — my sister and I used to do it together, when we lived at home, and now do it separately in our own homes. Typically, I take off the day before the big event and spend hours baking (my sister prefers to do her baking in batches and freeze the cookies). And you’d think that after throwing this party for more than 15 years, I’d have the baking down, but the truth is that every year I burn at least one batch of cookies.
I guess that’s why I write about cleaning, not baking? Luckily, I’ve figured out the best steps to clear the air after a burned batch.
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If you thought boozy Dole Whip was the best thing to hit Disney’s whimsical menu, then you may want to sit down for this news. To welcome the new season, the most magical place on earth has just dropped not one, but three spiked cocoas just in time for the holidays.
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Here’s what we love about baking: There’s a recipe for every kind of baker, including those who prefer to have homemade cookies within 30 minutes. If you fall in the latter category, you came to the right place. This collection is full of cookies that are delicious yet very simple to make. While you still need to measure precisely (this is baking, after all), these recipes require minimal effort.
If you’re looking for a classic, go with the magic bars; if you need a cookie that feeds everyone (Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, you name it), we’ve got that too. Here are 12 low-key recipes to help you out.
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The craving: General Tso’s chicken from your favorite Chinese takeout spot. The problem: You’ve got different diners eating at different times. The best solution: General Tso’s chicken from your slow cooker. Yes, you’ll be investing a little more time than dialing for takeout, but you’ll make the best General Tso’s you can at home without stir-frying and you can feed your family in shifts as they stagger in the door tired and hungry.
This slow cooker General Tso’s chicken hits all the high points of your Chinese takeout favorite — crisp golden chicken with a tender interior, coated in a glossy, spicy sweet sauce. Ready your rice and your slow cooker for this better-than-takeout slow cooker General Tso’s chicken.
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The best holiday gifts are the ones that people would never think to buy for themselves. Or maybe they have thought of the idea, but couldn’t justify spending the money. This is where you come in!
The gifts on this list are in no way necessary to own, but they sure are nice to have.
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I have a pretty fast paced life. I'm fairly successful and travel a lot. Come from a really good family and love to spend the time I have with them and friends.