Roll With It

December 10, 2012

I heart Sundays!! I get to play house all day long.

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First, I made baked pumpkin oatmeal! While it baked, I changed all the bedding. Topped with coconut and pecans this time. I leave out the brown sugar now – don’t seem to need it. This bake isn’t sweet at all.

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I added extra pumpkin and Matt said the texture was the best ever. I’m going to change the recipe from a scant cup of pumpkin to a full cup!

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Topped with Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter – you guys were right, it’s like frosting!

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The boys relaxed while I happily continued on my household flurry

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I put on a winter bedspread

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Touched up the paint behind the trash can. Gah this drives me nuts! The can bangs against the wall and scratches it with black marks. I’m very careful with it, but visitors who don’t know about it let it touch by accident. I need to put something foamy on the back, but I don’t want that to be visible so I’m stumped.

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My trick for touching up paint is to put some paint in a tiny jar that you can easily stir with a tiny brush and walk around the house with. It’s too hard to open a whole can each time you need to dot some on, and it’s great to be able to carry the paint with you. No more marks!

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I also self cleaned the coffeepot

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And vinegar-ed the humidifier. I really don’t like having a humidifier – what a hassle. It’s the most high maintenance appliance I’ve ever owned. However, since it’s for health I’m trying hard to keep up.

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Matt and I went on runs late morning – 4.0 miles left me red in the face but feeling awesome!

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Then we ate everything left in our fridge (and garden!)

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Veggies and hummus, almonds, bread, turkey, 3 kinds of cheese, olives.

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These carrots are 3 different varieties we grew – they all tasted so fresh!

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I had another slice of bread while I was nursing – couldn’t wait any longer to eat!

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This afternoon we went on a family grocery shopping trip and then I came home to do a little cooking

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Cranberry sauce!

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And granola. This is a hybrid of my coconut almond granola and buckwheat granola {<—best homemade granola ever}. Buckwheat groats are my favorite ingredient to add to granolas.

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I added 2 tablespoons of BOURBON to the bowl in hopes of making it the ultimate holiday spiced delight, but sadly you couldn’t really taste it at all after cooking. I guess all the good stuff cooked out!

Figgy Coconut Bourbon Granola

  • 2 cups raw oats
  • 3/4 cup toasted buckwheat (from the bulk bins at Whole Foods)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Maker’s Mark
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped figs
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes

-Mix dry and wet separately. Combine and mix well. Bake for 30 minutes at 350*, stirring once. Add fruit + coconut at end. Store in an air tight container (like a jar) ‘till it’s gone.

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Next up in our Sunday at home extravaganza: homemade sushi!

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Matt and I made sushi when we first moved in together and started experimenting in the kitchen. I bought a sushi mat and chop sticks and sheets of nori, and we went to town. While the sushi rolls were a success, we just didn’t think it tasted very good.

Many years later, three houses, a marriage and a baby, we gave it another go! OpenSky sent me a SushiQuik Sushi Rolling Kit (on sale soon) that made it more approachable, and my rice cooker made the process less time consuming. This time, it turned out fabulous and also really tasty!!

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Thank you rice cooker!

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We followed the instructions for the best sushi rice that came with the SushiQuik and it said to add 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar (which is actually one of my least favorite cooking ingredients…), 1 tbsp of sugar and 1/4 tsp kosher salt. This made ALL the difference in flavor! I’m sure we didn’t add these last time.

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The SushiQuick mat made the process flawless.

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My favorite part was definitely the caterpillar looking cutter — it meant our rolls came out uniform and stuck together! {The tear you see was in the sheet of nori before we started}

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Our ingredients:

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First up was smoked salmon, cucumber and goat cheese (I didn’t want to buy cream cheese and so we used goat instead – LOVED this combo!)

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#2 was shrimp, carrot, avocado and pepper

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And #3 was everything left – all in one with some sriracha

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So delicious!! The rice was sooo flavorful! I can’t believe how much those tiny seasonings added.

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For our vegetable, we chose vegetable of the sea: wakame. It’s an expensive seaweed (was $7 for the bag) but we don’t buy it often. It comes dried, and we rehydrated it in water and once it had 10x in size, we drained it and sautéed in some oil and a little bit of soy sauce.

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I didn’t quite finish my pile (it’s intense!) but I really liked it as a side dish

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Sadly I no longer own chopsticks, so we were forced to use this dinglehopper.

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M slept in his swing during this ENTIRE production – including eating it! We were impressed by his napability.

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Hope you all had a great weekend!

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1 Dynamics December 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

I use distilled water in my steamer and do not have the buildup of junk. I also use distilled water on my hardwood floors.

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2 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

In your humidifier you mean? I’d hate to have to add buying distilled water to the list of annoying things about this appliance. And I’m not sure it would mean I could rinse/clean it any less. Thanks for the suggestion

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3 Matt December 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

Want to buy a distiller? I can think of a couple uses for it….

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4 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Haha… Perhaps!

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5 Dynamics December 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

I never clean my steamer as it never needs it. A quick wipe with a cloth is all. Thought it might save you time to use it in the humidifier. I never thought about having to add one more item to your already busy day Did I every say…I am impressed how much you get done in one day.

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6 Liz December 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I use distilled water in my humidifier, I have the same one you have. I used it for two winters with water from a Brita pitcher and still had horrible calcium type buildup. It seemed to leave an annoying white film on just about everything in the bedroom. I started purchasing distilled water just for the humidifier this winter and haven’t had any problems. It is a pain but seems worth it to me.

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7 Katie December 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

I’m so glad you all talked about this. We totally had the white filmy problem with our humidifier. It grossed me out, but with two little kids we couldn’t avoid using the humidifier sometimes. I’ll happily lug water home if it means I don’t have to wipe that sticky film off furniture. Carrying > cleaning :)

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8 lauri December 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm

We don’t own a hudifier… what prompted you to buy one in the first place?? I looked into them a while ago, but then got confused with cold vs hot and what each was for… yadda yadda… so I didn’t buy one… Do we NEED it?

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9 KathEats December 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

My ped told me to get one when he had a cold last month

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10 Emily December 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

Love Sundays…and love the Little Mermaid reference :)

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11 KaraHadley December 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

Those carrots are so gorgeous. I hope you got some good glamour shots of them.
As far as the trashcan goes, have you thought about turning it sideways? I don’t know its placement in and the layout of your kitchen, so this might not work, but whenever I’ve had a flip can like that I’ve always turned it sideways because I HATE the sound of the lid hitting the wall.

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12 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

I don’t think it would really look good sideways. And sadly this is the ONLY spot it will fit – our kitchen cabinets are wall to wall

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13 Ella P December 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Mmmh, placing a heavy stone on the bottom would prevent it from “moving around” and marking the wall….

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14 Mom December 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm

That’s a neat idea!

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15 Ali @ Peaches and Football December 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

Wow – your sushi looks so professional. I’ll come over and you can make me some chicken sushi (cooked though, please). :)

How long into the year are you able to get produce from your garden? I’m still amazed / envious you have anything left growing. Everything in WI is covered in a blanket of snow now.

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16 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

Pretty much 3 seasons from the garden – different crops though!

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17 Leslie December 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

Looks like a great weekend and the sushi looks awesome! Our friends have a SushiBowl party every year for the SuperBowl and get really creative with their sushi. You make it look pretty easy!

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18 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

Sushibowl! Love it!

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19 Sarah December 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

First let me say I love your blog! I love your white dinnerware. Where is it from?

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20 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

It’s all Pottery Barn Great White, although actually the square plates are a custom set Karen got us from a store in SC when we graduated from college, but there are similar ones out there since they’re so basic. Check Crate & Barrel!

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21 Katie December 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

I have Great White too, and although I love it within months I added a set of luncheon size square plates from CB outlet. Good call!

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22 Parita @ myinnershakti December 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

I have a recipe for baked oatmeal that I still need to try out – I may combine the one I have and yours…both look great! Oh and I bought some goat feta at WFs this weekend – SO good. I love how you only need a little for lots of flavor.

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23 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

How cool that you got to make your own sushi! Haha and I LOVE that granola, I never thought to flavor it with alcohol, I bet a coconut rum granola would be good!

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24 Sarah December 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

Your meals look delicious – especially the baked oatmeal and the sushi. And yes, seasoning the rice is essential – the vinegar is what makes it sushi and not just rice squished into funny shapes. :)

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25 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux December 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

I love Sundays spent in the kitchen! Your sushi looks gorgeous :-)

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26 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

What a productive Sunday! Good for you! Mine was pretty much the complete opposite… Very lazy! ;) I think it was just what I needed though. I’d love to learn how to make homemade sushi. Maybe someday I’ll gather up the courage to give it a go!

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27 Bella December 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

Have you ever tried a Magic Eraser on the black marks? Unless the trash can is really taking paint off, there’s no need to touch up with paint. Just clean the wall!

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28 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

Yes I love those, but the wall just looks better with paint touched… Something about the texture and amount of damage… Even though I patched it recently too

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29 Kaitlyn December 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

We have the same trash can and the same issue-always touching up the stupid paint behind it. It is constantly moving and smashing the wall. My sister had the same one and same problem and got rid of hers and went back to a smaller one under the sink. We could probably do the same. Between composting and recycling we don’t have much trash ever weekly. Like one bag every other week.

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30 Grace @ Grace Dishes December 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

I love that you made sushi! I need to go pick up some sushi ingredients because my baby brother has been craving it. We did make come Chinese dumplings yesterday :)

Food looks yummy and great job pushing yourself on your workouts!

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31 Lindsey December 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

Bonus points for dinglehopper!! Ah, the little things that make my morning :)

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32 Sara @ fitcupcaker December 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

I love Sundays! Also I love sushi and you made it look so easy to make! Yum

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33 Carrie December 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

For the trash can – try some regular ole scotch tape! It’s clear and prevents those nasty black marks.

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34 Hope December 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

Maybe a wall shield? I’m not sure if this would work but we use one in our bathroom so that our doorknob doesn’t hit the wall. It’s the same color as our walls and really blends in : http://www.amazon.com/Prime-line-Door-Knob-Wall-Shield/dp/B000H5VPX4

That sushi looks delicious!!

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35 Kathi December 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

Distilled water is really important in the humidifier, especially if you have hard water. My son and his wife just got really sick from using tap water in theirs. The hard water vapors blowing all night got in to their lungs and they couldn’t breathe well for days. Really scary. I’d never even heard that before. I have the same humidifier as you, and yes it is a pain to clean. You can purchase an extra filter that helps a bunch. Can’t wait to try Sushi Quick, I don’t see it on opensky yet though right?

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36 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Yikes that scares me about the breathing. Maybe I will just use it for sick times instead of all the time.

Sushi mat will be up this week

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37 Ana December 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I have to say that every single time I used the humidifier I got sick… It was horrible. The pediatrician told us to use it for my son’s allergies and I would get sick of my throat and lungs when I had it on. I thought it would also help with my allergies too but nope…
I just decided to stop using it and we gave to people that needed it.
I only found out about the distilled water after I didn’t have it anymore. Always used tap water, and I am positive now after reading more about it that is what made me sick every single time.
I hear now that distilled water also helps with cleaning it. I wish I knew this when I had mine, maybe it would actually help us instead of the other way around.
Ana

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38 eliz@ourcrazysweetlife December 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

Really, really impressed with your housekeeping and your sushi-making!

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39 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles December 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

Wow…your sushi looks awesome! I didn’t realize there was such a thing as a sushi maker…how fun! :)

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40 katie December 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

trashcan idea – can you put some scotch tape on the black part that hits the wall? it would be clear so no one would see it & maybe help with less scuff marks. Also maybe try those cabinet grippy liners & cut it to fit the bottom of the can to help it stay put.

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41 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

Kath this is such a great post – homemade sushi, wow, NICE job! It turned out perfectly!

And the bourbon!! granola, oh yes, please! I know that from baking though that at least 1/4 cup is usually necessary in say a batch of cookies or bar or whatever to get the flavor to pop. I wonder if the same is true with the granola… That’s the best taste-testing job ever :)

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42 Amanda @ Eat More Rabbit Food December 10, 2012 at 10:23 am

Yesterday was so lazy for me!! I did get in a workout but other than that I was drinking too much coffee and watching sappy girly movies while the hubby was at work! Perfection!! :)

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43 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh December 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

I don’ know if this solution is very practical or not but could you put something behind the trashcan so it doesn’t get scootched up against the wall when company comes? Like something Rubiks Cube or tennis ball sized? Again, not the greatest solution but might help if you can’t find anything to put on the hinge.

I don’t like sushi but yours looked so good it made me want some!

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44 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Rubiks cube.. Love it!

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45 Amanda Cowan December 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

re: the trash can. We had that issue for years!! Especially with kids! When your little guy is old enough and whatnot, it will get worse. I love the idea of adding some padding or something. What we ended up getting was something similar to this http://bestpriceprobe.com/products/16-Gallon-Dualcompartment-Stainless-Steel-Recycle-Bin.html.

The lid lifts up from an inside hinge instead of an outside hinge and some of them have the option of being hands free, which with kids is always nice (cleaner hands!). Ours wasn’t quite this expensive though. I want to say it was a little more pricey than normal stainless steel bins, but for being a dual-bin and electric was very reasonably priced. Plus, we’ve had it for a few years now and it’s still awesome. No wall scratches!

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46 kiki December 10, 2012 at 10:28 am

SO impressed by the sushi! And the 4 miles…!

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47 deva at deva by definition December 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

I don’t know if this would help with the marks on the wall, but maybe a non-skid carpet mat or some of that foamy drawer liner stuff (I can’t remember what it’s actually called) cut to size under the trashcan would help? It would be invisible if cut to size and out of the way, and in theory would keep the can from being slid into the wall :-). I haven’t tried it yet because of where our garbage can lives but I know the foamy stuff works in my cabinet with my pint glasses so it could work with a trash can!

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48 lindsay December 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

You can put a clear piece of plastic behind your trashcan, screwed into the wall so that it protects the wall and is easy to clean if it gets marked or dirty.

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49 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian December 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

What a busy day! The sushi looks very professional.

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50 Becca December 10, 2012 at 11:04 am

What about attaching some foam to the GARBAGE pail rather than the wall? Then you wouldn’t really see it. Our table hits our dining room wall, so we attached a small piece of foam to it to prevent banging damage.

Love sushi rice! I agree, you need the sugar, salt, and rice vinegar… otherwise you just have “rice” and it just isn’t the same…

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51 jamie December 10, 2012 at 11:05 am

How about a piece of plexiglass on the wall where the lid hits? Just a small piece screwed to the wall and you may not even notice it after time. I see this in restaurants sometimes. Your carrots are beautiful!

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52 Sarah R. December 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

Love how awesome the sushi looks! I looked on OpenSky for the SushiQuik Sushi Rolling Kit but could not find it. You mentioned it was on sale soon – does that mean it’s not yet on the website? Or am I just having bad search luck? I would LOVE to buy one of these!!

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53 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Coming this week I think… I’ll let you know in a post!

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54 Rachel December 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

That granola looks really good.. I love making my own granola– so much better knowing what’s in it :)

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55 Shannon December 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

When you have guests over, turn the trash can to the side, so that the lid opens to the side and not against the wall?

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56 Laurie December 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

Gorgeous meals!!! I have a fuzzy pair of black socks that would fit perfectly on your trashcan handle if you just tucked the extra fabric under like a cap. Maybe you can try something like that. The black color would match the handle and the sock would cushion the handle. I use socks for lots of things like mittens on my hands when it is too cold to run without a little something but not hot enough for real gloves!

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57 Lindsey December 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

I have a serious question. Were you blessed with a really really neat and tidy husband? Or, do you spend a lot of time chasing after him to keep your house as immaculate as it is? We must be related because I LOVE my house to be as tidy and clean (like actual clean with soap and mops) as yours but I can’t keep up with the crumbs, dirt, dust, hair, clutter that my husband seems to create! What is your secret, Kath?

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58 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Haha. Matt is pretty good about clutter… Except for leaving his water glasses around. He’s also pretty clean minded. We mostly eat in the dining room, so crumbs aren’t too bad (unless you count the bakery ingredients he sometimes wears home!) shedding… Now that can be a problem : )

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59 Sarah December 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

Hi Kath, LOVE your blog! Noticed your Orla Kiely Method soap (so pretty, I have some too) and was just wondering if you’ve seen Method’s festive range – http://methodhome.com/category/limited-edition/holiday/ My local Target sells some of this range, the sugared mint and gingerbread scents are my favourites :-)

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60 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Method And their limited editions! Fun!

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61 Meghan December 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

Hey, my trashcan does the same thing. I just started covering the back with thick clear tape. like scotch tape, but in a thicker dispenser so there’s not a lot of overlap. It was kind of a pain to put on since you want it to be very clean and right up to the edge so there’s no room for trash/gunk to get in and it’s not vulnerable to peeling back easily, but success! No one can tell except me, and only when I look for it. Three years now and I still haven’t had to replace it!

(Expecting a sticky mess when I do though.)

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62 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

That’s a great idea because it’s clear

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63 Mallory December 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

Hey Kath,
Have you thought about sticking something to that part of the trashcan that rubs against the wall? Like one of those foam sticky things you can put underneath furniture so it doesn’t scratch the floor. Just a thought so you don’t have to keep retouching it.
Mallory

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64 Katherine December 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

What an adorable house. Love your style :)

http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/

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65 Kimber December 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Try a piece of clear contact paper on the black hinge or handle of your trash can – whatever is banging. :)

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66 Lisa December 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Just another opinion but my pediatrician discourages humidifiers. She feels they breed bacteria and just make breathing issues worse.

Love the homemade sushi! My 10 and 7 year olds love to make sushi!

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67 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Really!? The whole reason I got one was because I asked my ped if I really needed one and she said yes! (And several blog readers swore by them)

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68 Lisa December 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Yeah, there is contradictory information everywhere!

Here’s an article from npr…

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/01/04/132650812/humidifiers-may-not-do-stuffy-nosed-kids-any-good

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69 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Thanks! I have to say I’m quite surprised. I probably should have done more research before buying it a month ago!

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70 Rosie December 10, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I have a baby who is immune compromised with breathing issues and humidifier is a big, big, big fat no way due to the bacteria. That said I don’t know if it’s just because of her health issues or a general big no to all babies.

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71 Jordan @ Eat for Health, Eat for Fun December 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

My husband and I can never get enough of sushi- we love it all but have never tried making our own. I am always afraid it won’t hold a candle to restaurant quality, but that rice recipe sounds stellar! Now I just need a handy sushi mat…good thing I know where to find one now! :)

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72 Lauren December 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Toly and I made sushi a few years ago and it was one of the best stay-at-home date nights we’ve ever had! Yours turned out so much better than ours looked though. :)

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73 marcie December 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

What about gluing a small piece of black felt to the can where it touches?

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74 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina December 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I used to make homemade sushi a lot, but now here in landlocked Indiana it is hard to find the quality fish I like to make it with. Seasoning the sushi rice does make all the difference, I can’t imagine what that first attempt tasted (or didn’t taste) like.

Also, don’t know if you have seen these or not, but they are awesome for when you need to do little touch-ups on the walls. http://www.amazon.com/Slobproof-Paint-Pen-Set-2/dp/B0070XYWJA
They are like paint markers, but you fill them with your own paint!

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75 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Those are cool!

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76 Zima December 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Besides the cleaning part, do you like your humidifier? Do you think it’s helped Maze? I need a new one and not sure which to go with… Would you recommend?

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77 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

No, can’t really say it’s helped anything yet. My nose gets really dry and it hasn’t even really helped that.

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78 Katie December 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I am amazed at how perfectly clean your house is! Looks like a Better Homes and Gardens set. :)

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79 Megan @ MegGoesNomNom December 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

So interesting! Really enjoyed reading about your sushi-making (and eating experience)! They look fantastic.

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80 Lindsay December 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

You know, you (being readers) can buy this kit directly from Sushiquick: http://www.sushiquik.com/products/complete-sushiquik-starter-kit

Not sure how much the Opensky discount will be, but it’s certainly not the only spot to pick it up.

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81 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Yes, and on Amazon too! I believe OpenSky will be beating that price : )

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82 Jen December 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Hey Kath,

I hate the humidifer with a fiery passion as well. I make my husband clean it because I hate it so much. Anyway…I’m impressed with your running. I didn’t run at all while pregnant or until my daughter was 4-months-old, and had to start over with C25K. Better to start over than never again, right? Anyway, she’s almost 2 now and I ran my second half marathon last weekend!

Anyway, I know you are opposed to weighing yourself, but I’d really be interested to hear how you’re adjusting to your post-baby body. Or are you finding that your post-baby body isn’t that much different? I still struggle with it, so that’s why I’m wondering how you feel about it.

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83 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I have no idea if I’ll ever run another half mary – maybe when he’s older : )

I’m pretty much back at my prepregnancy weight, but that was a bit higher than my happiest weight to begin with. I have some weight I’d like to lose, but I’m just taking it slowly. With exercise + breastfeeding I don’t want to cut back on food, but I’m definitely trying to not eat sugar/alcohol/extras because that’s where all the weight loss efforts get canceled out. I will say that I fit back into one of my old pairs of jeans comfortably yesterday! Things must be happening. I think it’s sort of a one step forward two steps back this time of year.

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84 Annette @FitnessPerks December 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I love homemade sushi. My sister is a pro at making it!

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85 Tracy December 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Why is rice vinegar your least favorite ingredient?

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86 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I have just never liked the taste

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87 Spice Chicken December 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

This was my question too! Rice vinegar is one of the most-used items in my pantry. I don’t prefer its taste to say, peanut butter, but it is excellent in sauces and dressings. My spouse is sensitive to acidity, so I have much better results using rice vinegar in cooking than other kinds of vinegar. Try an Asian slaw of raw cabbage, grated carrot, chopped scallions and cilantro drizzled with some rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. It would go great with the sushi.

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88 Rachel F. December 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I’m so glad you tried the vanilla almond butter! It makes a great dessert. Just saying ;)

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89 elle | nutritionella December 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I feel your trashcan/wall paint woes. I made the mistake of using flat paint which makes even wiping food off a challenge!

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90 lindsay @ Fuel My Famil December 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

why do you use a humidifier for health reasons? In your room or maze’s? I only use mine when my girls have coughs or congestion, but didnt know of health benefits otherwise…

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91 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

It’s in his room and I’ve been running it at night. Thought it was proactive to keeping sickness at bay, but I’m not quite sure of the research or anything. My ped said to use it with his cold he had. Since I bought it I thought I might as well use it more often

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92 Shel@PeachyPalate December 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Totally a full cup is the way to go! Have you tried Justin’s maple almond? I can’t get my hands on Vanilla but the Maple Almond is amazing!! Well done on the sushi, pros!

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93 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I say buy a piece of black felt from a craft store and glue it onto it. It won’t look half as bad as a piece of foam will.

Love your sushi night!

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94 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm

The sushi looks GREAT! I really enjoy sushi and I’m working to get braver with trying new kinds and maybe one day, trying to make it myself. :)

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95 Elizabeth December 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I am about 7 weeks pregnant and I think I’m going to have to put my readership on hold for a week or two. My food aversions and nausea struck this past week and I can’t look at most food pictures without feeling ill. I’m sure you can relate when you think back to your early pregnancy!!!

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96 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Oh noooo I’m so sorry! I also had to pull way back on food blogs for a little bit. But congrats!

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97 Lisa @ bakebikeblog December 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Sounds like a productive day indeed :)

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98 Katie G December 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Try this: http://www.amazon.com/ProTec-PC-1-Humidifier-Cleaning-Cartridge/dp/B000XPT0DK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1355172866&sr=8-4&keywords=humidifier+drop+in

I have one in my son’s humidifier and it keeps it completely clean, just replace every 4-6 months. An occasionally cleaning in addition to the use of the drop-in would be even better!

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99 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Great, thanks!

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100 Claire December 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Oh my goodness, I’m so envious of all your good eats! Makes me wish I had my own kitchen again (dorm life)!! Also, I’m obsessed with all of your coffee mugs!! So cool!

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101 Jen December 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

The sushi looks awesome. I lol’d at dinglehopper.

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102 Beth December 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I LOVE the book case in your living room- I’ve been looking for one like that. Did you buy it somewhere I could get one too? (With my luck its a family piece! haha)

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103 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Yep IKEA! It’s the Billy Bookcases with glass doors.

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104 Meredith December 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I’m so impressed that a) you actually cared enough about home decor to paint over the scuff marks caused by the back of the trashcan and b) you actually noticed the scuff marks in the first place. The previous owner of my home’s bathroom obviously gave up painting when she got near the toilet. I’ve lived there almost three years and never bothered to do a touch-up, which tells you how lazy I am… :)

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105 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm

:) my brain is strange

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106 Kelly December 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

Toilets are notoriously challenging unless you paint the walls before the toilet is installed. In painting my bathrooms this year they were my least favorite thing to paint around because as close as you get, you can only get SO close. That said, my dad had the genius idea to cover the toilet tang with a trash bag. It made it so much easier to paint around.

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107 Cait December 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Your house is just so cozy and inviting! I don’t blame you for loving Sundays in it :)

And those carrots are awesome! As is that homemade sushi…that’s on my list of things to do!

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108 Ashley Saul December 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm

These sushi rolls look delicious! Your living room with the tree looks fantastic! So cute!

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109 robin December 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm

AWESOME EATS!

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110 Mary December 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Wow the sushi looks really great!!

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111 SAL December 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Yum! And a question I’ve wanted to ask forever–how do you keep your home so beautifully, sparkling clean? Please share your tips/know-how!!

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112 KathEats December 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

It’s not as clean as it looks! There is dust everywhere and a pink ring in my toilet right now :) But it’s definitely clutter free (and the paint is touched up :) ) This post might help? http://www.katheats.com/kerf-favorites/home-neat-home

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113 Elle December 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

In comments on a post a few days ago, you mentioned you have cleaning help. Just wondering if you employ a cleaning service, as I am thinking of hiring one myself. I have recently started working more hours and am finding it hard to find the time to clean like I used to. I am also finding it hard to justify the expense. So, I guess I am just wondering if it’s worth the cost.

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114 KathEats December 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

With a baby at home, it’s been wonderful.

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115 Diana @ Eating Made Easy December 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I want to be you when I grow up! Quite the wonder woman – Love that you “play house”, I love it too!

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116 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner December 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Making sushi is on my to-do list! I’ve only made spring rolls before, but you make it look easy. What a great spread!

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117 Katy December 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I love the sound of your sushi combos! I have always wanted to try making my own sushi. I am planning on getting my husband a sushi making kit for Christmas.

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118 mary @ minutes per mile December 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm

wow, i am so impressed you made sushi! it’s one of those things i say i could never make, and am happy to splurge on in restaurants.

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119 Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate December 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I love Justin’s vanilla. So good! They only sell it in the little packets where I live so I have about 10 in my pantry…

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120 Joelle (on a pink typewriter) December 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

That baked oatmeal looks divine! I’ve never tried preparing it like that!

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121 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Sushi places generally always put rice vinegar in their rice–because otherwise cooked rice can be a huge health hazard (bacteria growth) after being cooked. The vinegar helps the pH (actually I think technically sushi places have to test the pH of their rice with strips quite frequently–or at least, they are supposed to). So I’m sure we’re all generally used to the taste of rice vinegar in our sushi rice!! :)

Your sushi looks great! Never attempted to make that at home before…

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122 Alex @ Raw Recovery December 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

You’re one of my top 3 favorite OpenSky curators because you have awesome stuff. I need that sushi gizmo. That homemade sushi looks fantastic and I’d love to experiment with different vegetarian and vegan varieties at home!

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123 KathEats December 11, 2012 at 5:35 am

: )

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124 Amelia December 11, 2012 at 2:05 am

Such beautiful carrots! Love that the garden keeps on giving through Dec!

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125 Louise December 11, 2012 at 5:45 am

Do you use sugar or sweetener in your cranberry sauce.. and if so, how much? :)

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126 KathEats December 11, 2012 at 6:06 am

About a quarter cup of brown sugar, but since this was just for me, I used about half that… It’s really tart!

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127 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 11, 2012 at 7:06 am

That sushi looks awesome! I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making sushi! :)

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128 Molly @ RDexposed December 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

Those carrots ar gorgeous! Same for the sushi-how fun!

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129 Tina B December 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

That sushi looks amazing. I love looking at your food and one of these days I’m going to get inspired enough to try some of the things that you make (I eat from way too many boxes and cans). Am I the only one who missed the baby pictures in this post? :-( I only saw one pic of baby M and he is so adorable!

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130 Myria December 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

Regarding the trash can leaving marks on your wall; maybe put some black duct tape on the back. I know that sounds a little WT, but it’s the same color, people shouldn’t be able to notice it, and hopefully it won’t scuff up the wall with that as a barrier.

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131 Jenny @ For Your Consideration December 12, 2012 at 6:41 am

Wow! I had fallen a few days behind reading here, and am so glad I decided to “catch up” with your posts.

I bought a humidifier a few years ago when I had a bad case of bronchitis. I hated it, felt like it did nothing for me, and ended up tossing it.

I had heard they were essential for babies though, and was planning to buy one for my son (due any day now). Now that I see all this conflicting data (thanks, fellow commenters!), I think I’m going to hold off.

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132 lauri December 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I agree with many of the other readers… I’m not so sure that humidifiers are ‘essential’. Miss B is almost 8 months and we haven’t missed it so far…

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