"Ooh, I feel like a princess!"- my husband, upon getting this white chocolate waffle at Mink Chocolates.
Recently, my husband and I wanted to buy some new sheets. But how to choose? Would they lose their shape over the years? Begin to pill?
A friend pointed us to Sweethome's recent sheet review. This was no joke. These testers had examined the cotton fibers under a microscope, washed the sheets multiple times, and even given them a literal smell test to make sure they didn’t have any noxious post-factory odors. We were suitably impressed, and bought their recommended sheets without thinking about it twice.
But the experience left me curious about this magical little site. Who were these people and why were they so serious about sheets? I decided to ask Jacqui Cheng, editor-in-chief of Sweethome and its partner tech-site, Wirecutter, about the work they do and why it matters. A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.
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This is amazing.
Tomorrow’s breakfast. I had a really good smoothie at Assembly Hall in Seattle yesterday called Orange You Glad. The menu said it was made with “orange, banana, flaxseed, lemon, orange blossom water”. I decided to try making my own version.
I had just made some whipped coconut cream, and I used the blender without cleaning it out, figuring it couldn’t taste bad. I also used the coconut water I had poured off the can of coconut cream. To this I added two oranges, a frozen banana, and some flaxseed. Pretty colour, and tastes good too! Bonus: my husband will actually have breakfast when it’s ready to go like this.
Almost instant chocolate chia pudding. Recipe by Oh She Glows. Made with almond milk and my twist, a little malt powder.
Raspberry strawberry yogurt smoothie, blended in a Vita-mix. Also includes frozen banana, almond milk, agave nectar, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.
Researchers asked if one diet could be crowned best in terms of health outcomes. If diet means a set of rigid principles, the answer is a decisive no. In terms of broader guidelines, it’s a decisive yes.
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New shelving unit (Expedit) and new art arrangement in nursery. Baskets from Target.
There is conflicting advice out there about drinking a small amount, particularly of wine, during pregnancy. Some research has said it may even be beneficial. Today the National Bureau of Economic Research says that’s wrong.