We all hope the worst never happens, but we still want to be prepared to deal with emergencies. Having a fully stocked first aid kit and "Go Bag" is sure to help us take care of the small cuts, scrapes, and other problems we occasionally encounter; properly equipped, a first-aid kit might even help save our lives.
Fruit has a long history of being used as an adornment to grace a tabletop: A first-century fresco in Pompeii depicts a lavish table with a fruit centerpiece, and the French later raised this table decoration to a high art. Try using these easy-to-find fruits and nuts to transform your own table.
We spend almost one-third of our time in bed -- whether we're conversing with our pillow or cocooning under the covers. A bed spread with crisp linen offers solace at the end of the day -- a broad, cool plain on which to relax and unwind -- proving that luxury can be as uncomplicated as a pure white linen sheet.
Good cooks in many cultures have found delicious ways to revive stale or leftover bread. But the French take first prize with their simple recipe for pain perdu, literally "lost bread," which we have come to know as French toast. Once you've mastered the basics -- coating slices of bread in an egg-and-milk mixture and sauteing them -- a range of possibilities opens.
Omelets are nervy things; they threaten to tear, stick, and brown, but try as they might to be your enemy, they always end up being sumptuous, simple, and elegant -- in other words, the perfect food. They make an economical and nutritious meal for one, an often seductive dinner for two, and casual, nonchalant fare for a crowd.
Rice is a staple food for almost half the world's population. Nevertheless, many of us have trouble cooking rice without burning it and having it stick to the bottom of the pot or having it absorb so much water that it turns into mush. But here's a technique that can help you achieve great results each time.
It's something many of us learn at a very early age: There is breakfast, and there are pancakes. And on special days -- holidays and weekends if we're lucky -- the griddle comes out, the batter gets mixed, and soon we're tucking into a steaming stack of hotcakes, preferably dripping with pure maple syrup and melting butter.
There is nothing more satisfying than a basket of freshly laundered clothes. And there is nothing more depressing than a favorite piece of clothing that emerges from the washer or dryer ruined. We have all the answers to make your washing tasks simple and keep your clothes coming out perfectly clean every time.