5-Ingredient, Cheesy Baked Gnocchi That You Don’t Even Have to Mix

Hip hip for dinner—faster. Inspired by their Italian heritage, we partnered with Giovanni Rana to share a series of weeknight pasta recipes that’ll be on the table in a snap.

While I love cooking food from all over the world, I feel a particular kinship with Italian cooking. But, funny enough, I have no Italian family members and I’ve only been to Italy once. The reason I am so tied to Italian cuisine is partly romantic and partly practical.

Cheesy, cheery gnocchi, I heart you.
Cheesy, cheery gnocchi, I heart you.
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My family immigrated to America from Ukraine just before the collapse of the Soviet Union. On the way to America, many Jewish immigrants, like my parents, stopped in either Italy or Austria while their immigration papers got sorted and finalized. My mother was traveling with her parents, my father alone. They were introduced one afternoon by a mutual friend and mamma mia! They fell in love. During his time in Italy, my father took any odd job he could find—folding beach chairs, delivering groceries. There was no extra money for fancy restaurants, so he wined and dined my mom the most affordable way he could: by cooking. To this day, my brother and I joke about how our dad actually became Italian during his year there. Growing up, we mostly went out for Italian food, and Dad was known for his cioppino more than for his borscht. Somewhere along the way, his love for eating and cooking Italian food rubbed off on me.

Nowadays, cooking is the one thing that helps me stay sane—it’s my weekday mediation. I don’t really use recipes or look at my phone, and I tune out everything outside of my Brooklyn apartment. My mind is quickly at ease, no matter how much or how little I have accomplished that day. Cooking brings me back to who I am outside of an employee, a friend, a partner. It brings me back to a title-free Jane.

Warm, Cheesy, Baked Gnocchi

Warm, Cheesy, Baked Gnocchi
by Jane Poretsky

On busier days, where I walk into my apartment and immediately drop all my belongings on the floor, I know that I’ll lean on my old friend fresh pasta because it cooks fastest and still feels like a proper meal. Little pillows of gnocchi with a blanket of cheese and marinara is one of my go-tos, mostly because it requires only a handful of ingredients. (I just named 3 out of 5 of them!) There is a little chopping and crumbling, but the most fascinating step this recipe lacks is mixing.

This baked gnocchi eliminates one crucial step that’s generally key to a solid baked pasta: Mixing the sauce in. Where pasta starts to dry out immediately after being strained, gnocchi does not. By carefully spooning the sauce atop the potato puffs and not mixing, pockets of tomato sauce form in every nook and cranny of the baking dish. Some sections will even caramelize! The gnocchi will absorb some of sauce, but most will remain untouched.

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Cheese Soufflé With Cream

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The best part is that every now and then, you’ll drag a one through the sauce and discover melted cheese that’s being kept warm by the heat of the rich marinara. And is there really anything better than awaiting that kind of cheese surprise? Not in my book.

You can use this basic recipe as a blueprint for other kinds of baked gnocchi. Here are some other fun combinations to play with:

Pesto + fresh mozzarella

Bolognese + Parmigiano Reggiano

Butternut squash sauce + goat cheese

Butternut Squash Purée
Butternut Squash Purée
by Amanda Hesser
All About Goat Cheese (& How to Use It in Every Meal)
All About Goat Cheese (& How to Use It in Every Meal)
by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Giovanni Rana‘s artisan Italian products, like their refrigerated pastas, filled pastas, and sauces, are made with high-quality, fresh ingredients, and with no preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors added. (Hooray!) Head here to find out where you can get Giovanni Rana products in the U.S., plus more recipes and tips.

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How to Start Your Nerdy Business

Wouldn’t it be nice if you were your own boss? You could work when it was convenient for you, and you would only do what you do best. The solution is starting a business in a niche you’re passionate about. Whether that’s something to do with IT or comic books, here are some things you should know about starting your own business.

Define the Niche

Every business must fit into a niche to be successful. Your business might fit into IT, gadgets and devices, comic books, entertainment and media, or another geek-centric realm. Just make sure that it can easily be categorized into one of these industries so that you have a strong target audience to pull from.

Develop a Business Plan

After you’ve figured out where your business belongs, start writing the plan. The business plan is like a series of guidelines that will help you develop your product and make profits. A good business plan includes the following:

  • Mission statement
  • Executive summary
  • Company summary
  • Description of your target market
  • Cost of operations
  • Service or product offerings
  • Financial projections

As you write your plan, you might think of other important information to add. There are plenty of resources to help you devise a good business plan.

Find Financing

You can’t make money without spending money—and you’ll need a lot for your business. If you planned ahead, you might have several thousand or even tens of thousands to get your business venture going. In some cases, you’ll only need a few thousand to start your business. But in others, it can cost hundreds of thousands at startup.

There are many ways to get the funding you need, the most common being a traditional loan. There are also investors who can back your project for a portion of equity or a portion of the profits. If you get an investor to help, make sure it’s someone who can share your passion and will believe in the end goal.

Onboard Employees

The right employees will carry your business forward or slow your progression. Employees will be the face of the company and often the only interaction your customers will have with your business. Developing strong employee onboarding techniques is very important for a strong company.

Choose Your Location

If your business is entirely online, then location isn’t an issue. If you’re building a brick-and-mortar organization, however, you’ll need to put some thought into where your business will be located. The ideal business location will be close to your target audience. It should also have plenty of opportunity for growth and be in the right proximity to suppliers.

Network

The business world is highly competitive, and oftentimes the only companies that survive are those that surround themselves with the right people. This starts your momentum and gets the word out about your business. Since word-of-mouth marketing has proven to be the most effective form of marketing out there, this is a very important step.

Network at trade shows, industry-specific events, comic-con, community events, and other areas where you can connect with niche professionals and your target audience. As you do so, you’ll find mentors, customer potentials, and other individuals that can promote growth.

Hone Marketing Skills

A business without sound marketing skills can never hope to grow beyond its current state. The exact style of marketing you use may vary depending on your business, but you should take advantage of blogging, social media, paid advertising, signage, and other affordable, but effective marketing tactics.

Stay Nerdy

As you get caught up in the business side of things, don’t lose your passion. Remember what prompted you to start a business in the first place. Your love for your products and services will be the fuel that feeds that fire. Never lose sight of that, and you’ll watch your business grow.

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Four Platforms to Nerd Up and Outsource Your Help

Everyone knows you can find everything on the internet. But even the word everything can be hard to fathom. Are we talking about finding good movies, bargains, or online games?

Not exactly. What do us nerds value most? Knowledge.

Knowledge.

With knowledge you can get anywhere. The internet offers countless pages of never-ending information, a lot of junk that users are forced to scroll through to find exactly what they’re looking for, yet there is definitely plenty of gold to be found and many lessons to be learnt. Online learning may be the solution to students limited by distance or simply a curious mind with extra time.

About 70 percent of Chief Academic Officers believe online learning is critical to an institution’s long-term learning strategy. In fact, according to the BusinessInsider colleges should be worried about its potential competition as the quality of online courses are catching up quickly. However, we can all agree that the experience of an online course and face-to-face help in a classroom are two very different methods of learning.

But we’re not just talking about taking up an extra course here. We’re talking about learning a quick skill, gaining an extra talent and sometimes after reading pages of online babble, finding an actual person might be the solution.

Here are some of the best platforms and programs offering any type of help you might be in search of:

When looking to invest

Collective2 connects investors with top-performing traders. These traders aren’t necessarily your top notch professionals, but they’re the ones with the experience. Think of it all like an uber account. Instead of a car, you have money at stake. Point A is the money you have now, point B is the money you can hopefully gain later down the track, that is if all goes well. Investing is still a gamble. Through this online platform, you can choose a broker, choose your trade size and watch them do their magic, while keeping a close eye on everything that’s going on.

When looking to learn about anything and everything

There’s that word everything again. Zeqr is an online marketplace connecting skilled people from around the world with willing learners. The platform offers hundreds of subjects and experts, with skills in anything from wordpress and python 3, to pregnancy and motherhood, to physics and biology. Once at the right class, book in a time slot based on the expert’s availability. If the class you seek isn’t featured on Zeqr, it’s simple to request a class and Zeqr can do something about it.

When looking to learn about rapidly growing a business

Rokk3r Labs is a cobuilding platform that connects entrepreneurs with strategists, creatives and engineers to build and launch what they call exponential organizations. They use this name, because of the exponentially accelerating technologies in our global society. Things such as Artificial Intelligence, Drones, ICT, Biotechnology etc. As we know all too well, the power of technology is colossal. With advances such as these who knows what the future could hold. Rokk3r Labs wants to help cobuild companies that know how to take advantage of these rising exponential technologies and are set up to be exponential organizations. They have recently launched a Cobuild Course helping novice and seasoned entrepreneurs turn their ideas into companies. Entrepreneurs can apply functioning concepts to their ideas, eliminate potential risks and leave the course with a framework to success. 

When you need to learn how to take your venture to the next level 

While still speaking to those secretly geeky, fancy entrepreneurs, let’s try something different. Ironheart Corporate Advisory provides corporate strategies and operational services to growing companies. They do this through a 12 month, immersive program, Ironheart Performance Engineering, that will help companies generate greater return on investment for owners, investors and founders by strategically avoiding any shortcomings well before the company’s next major growth event.

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How to Start Your Nerdy Business

Wouldn’t it be nice if you were your own boss? You could work when it was convenient for you, and you would only do what you do best. The solution is starting a business in a niche you’re passionate about. Whether that’s something to do with IT or comic books, here are some things you should know about starting your own business.

Define the Niche

Every business must fit into a niche to be successful. Your business might fit into IT, gadgets and devices, comic books, entertainment and media, or another geek-centric realm. Just make sure that it can easily be categorized into one of these industries so that you have a strong target audience to pull from.

Develop a Business Plan

After you’ve figured out where your business belongs, start writing the plan. The business plan is like a series of guidelines that will help you develop your product and make profits. A good business plan includes the following:

  • Mission statement
  • Executive summary
  • Company summary
  • Description of your target market
  • Cost of operations
  • Service or product offerings
  • Financial projections

As you write your plan, you might think of other important information to add. There are plenty of resources to help you devise a good business plan.

Find Financing

You can’t make money without spending money—and you’ll need a lot for your business. If you planned ahead, you might have several thousand or even tens of thousands to get your business venture going. In some cases, you’ll only need a few thousand to start your business. But in others, it can cost hundreds of thousands at startup.

There are many ways to get the funding you need, the most common being a traditional loan. There are also investors who can back your project for a portion of equity or a portion of the profits. If you get an investor to help, make sure it’s someone who can share your passion and will believe in the end goal.

Onboard Employees

The right employees will carry your business forward or slow your progression. Employees will be the face of the company and often the only interaction your customers will have with your business. Developing strong employee onboarding techniques is very important for a strong company.

Choose Your Location

If your business is entirely online, then location isn’t an issue. If you’re building a brick-and-mortar organization, however, you’ll need to put some thought into where your business will be located. The ideal business location will be close to your target audience. It should also have plenty of opportunity for growth and be in the right proximity to suppliers.

Network

The business world is highly competitive, and oftentimes the only companies that survive are those that surround themselves with the right people. This starts your momentum and gets the word out about your business. Since word-of-mouth marketing has proven to be the most effective form of marketing out there, this is a very important step.

Network at trade shows, industry-specific events, comic-con, community events, and other areas where you can connect with niche professionals and your target audience. As you do so, you’ll find mentors, customer potentials, and other individuals that can promote growth.

Hone Marketing Skills

A business without sound marketing skills can never hope to grow beyond its current state. The exact style of marketing you use may vary depending on your business, but you should take advantage of blogging, social media, paid advertising, signage, and other affordable, but effective marketing tactics.

Stay Nerdy

As you get caught up in the business side of things, don’t lose your passion. Remember what prompted you to start a business in the first place. Your love for your products and services will be the fuel that feeds that fire. Never lose sight of that, and you’ll watch your business grow.

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WalletHub – A must download for any adult (Review)

Some people (me) have difficulty keeping track of their finances from time to time. While I always know what’s in my bank account, my credit score is usually somewhat of a mystery to me, both what’s in it and what it means. If you’re like me and that 3-digit number is an enigma to you too, you too should download WalletHub.

 

Developer: WalletHub

Price: Free

Download: Google Play

All you need to know in one place

All Your Info, All in One Place

When you first launch WalletHub, you will need to enter quite a bit of personal information. Obviously, this is needed to bring you your credit report. WalletHub has the usual disclaimer that your information will not be used for anything other than the report they are generating, and they promise that their reporting will not affect your credit score. This initial setup, both entering your data and them looking you up, will take a good 10-15 minutes, so expect to wait for a little bit. Once everything is loaded up, WalletHub will allow you to set a password or a pin number to keep your information safe from prying eyes.

 

From the main dashboard, you have your credit score displayed in an easy to read format that tells you your score, how that rates, and when the last time it was updated. From this screen, you can set goals such as buy a house or car, and get great resources about different types of loans, how to negotiate price, pitfalls to watch out for, and tips for all ranges of credit. There is also an indepth analysis tab that shows everything that has had an effect on your credit both positive and negative over the past month, with breakdowns for Payment History, Collections, Credit Utilization, Debt Load, Account Age, Account Diversity, and Credit Inquiries. There are other tabs that suggest credit cards for your credit score and help you analyse the pros and cons of various cards and various offers for cards.

Easy to read info and tips

A Solid App

Everything in the app out in the open in easy to find locations, so if this topic starts to get you overwhelmed, the app helps guide you along. Also with all of the information packed into this app in every category, they really make sure that if there is something you are unsure about in the world of credit scores they help talk you through it in an easy to understand way. Everything in the app is positive and directs you back to what your goals are and what steps you can take to reach them.

Set you goals and reach them with guides and tips

A Personal Touch

Without disclosing all my personal financial information to the whole internet, I will say that this app has first and foremost explained to me what everything on my report means, how different things effect my score, and how to make even more improvements to get where I want to be. Everything they have suggested to me so far has worked out and has been solid information, and the fact that they take the time with each step to explain to me what everything means is a huge sigh of relief to someone who easily gets overwhelmed by numbers.

 

Conclusion

Plain and simple, the fact that the features in this app are not included in every banking app baffles me. The reports, notifications, suggestions, and guides are top notch and really make you feel like you are in control of your financial life. This app is a must install for me, and should be for anyone else who is in charge of their financial life. So for all you adults out there, download now.

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Galaxy S8: How to make custom animated GIFs

No matter how you pronounce it, everyone loves a good animated gif!

Samsung introduced the feature for quickly creating custom animated GIFs with the Galaxy Note 7, and the feature has carried over to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Tucked away in the edge functionality is a quick tool for recording custom animated GIFs from almost anything being displayed on the screen.

It’s quick and easy way to create animated GIFs from your own recorded video or your favorite online sources. A note, however, that certain apps such as Netflix restrict you from screen recording a GIF from their content, but other apps like YouTube and Plex work just fine.

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How to record an animated GIF

  1. Find a video that you want to turn into an animated GIF and get things queued up.
  2. Swipe left from the right edge of the screen to access the edge panel functionality.
  3. Swipe to the left twice to navigate to the Smart Select tools.
  4. Tap Animated GIF. This brings up the selection tool for creating an animated GIF.

  5. Tap and drag the animated GIF selection tool to where you want to capture the GIF. It’s the white circle at the top of the selection tool.
  6. Use the corner tools to adjust and change the GIF dimensions.
  7. Tap High quality to choose the quality level of the GIF: high quality or normal quality.

  8. To avoid having static frames in your GIF, tap Play on the video before tapping record.
  9. Tap record to start recording your GIF. Tap stop to end the recording.
  10. You be given a preview of your animated GIF. If you’re satisfied with it, tap Save to save it to your photo gallery, or tap Share to share it via a messaging or social media app.

You’re able to record GIFs up to 15 seconds in length. The GIF file size will depend on the image quality you selected and the length of the GIF, so you’ll want to keep that in mind.

How to draw on your animated GIFs

Another feature built into this feature is the option to draw annotations on your animated GIFs before you save.

  1. Once you’ve captured your animated GIF, tap Draw.
  2. Long press on Pen to bring up the pen tool options.
  3. Tap on your preferred drawing tool.

  4. Tap your preferred color.
  5. Write a message. (This is where the Note 7’s stylus came in real handy).
  6. Tap save.

And that’s it!

Create your own highlights

The animated GIF feature on the Galaxy S8 works best with your own media on apps with a portrait mode. Since the Galaxy S8’s edge features are only available in portrait mode, you’ll need to launch it from your app drawer before launching media streaming apps such as Kodi that switch to landscape on launch.

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The uses here are limitless. You can use this feature to snag clips from your favorite content on YouTube, Plex or other media streaming apps, but the best use, in my opinion, is making custom animated GIFs from videos of your friends, family, and pets. It’s a cool feature that’s been kind of tucked away, but it’s definitely worth messing around with.

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Find and Purge Unwanted Recurring Charges with This Virtual Assistant

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Most of us are guilty of having subscriptions for services that we no longer need or use (or possibly didn’t even know we had in the first place). Sometimes we keep them around because it’s the path of least resistance or because “cancel Ancestry.com” has been languishing at the bottom of our to do lists for months (guilty). Trim solves this problem and saves you money by finding all of your active subscriptions and doing the legwork of cancelling those that you no longer need.

How It Works

There’s nothing to download, which is a win for your phone storage and signup is free. Start by generating an account either by creating a new login or logging in via Facebook. The main difference in the two profile types seems to be how Trim communicates with you. If you sign up using an email address you can choose to have notifications sent via Facebook messenger or SMS and if you sign up using Facebook you are automatically enrolled in Trim’s Facebook messaging.

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Then you connect your bank accounts and credit cards. It takes a few minutes for your data to analyzed (in my case, it took about 3 minutes—I barely had time to refill my coffee).

You then get a list of all of your recurring payments and the option to cancel your accounts. It isn’t perfect—several one-off purchases appeared in my list, but I was given the option to mark the items that were not subscriptions so they wouldn’t appear again. It should also be noted that Trim only pulls in 90 days of data, so if you have a recurring annual or semi-annual charge, it may not be picked up initially.

If you choose to cancel a subscription, Trim collects the necessary information to handle the cancellation for you, for a fee. You can avoid the fee for this “premium cancellation service” by sharing their site on Facebook. They will even take on those particularly hard-to-cancel subscriptions like gym memberships, which usually require certified mail. If you ask me, that kind of service is worth way more than a Facebook post.

You’re Wondering About Security, Aren’t You?

Trim has a readily available and easy-to-understand explanation of their security protocols on their homepage. They never touch or store your credentials—third-party service Plaid (which works with companies like Stripe, Transferwise and Venmo) sends your online banking credentials to your bank and sends an encrypted read-only access token back to Trim. They require two-factor authentication for any sign-ins to your Trim account from a new device, or when your security token expires.

Other Ways That Trim Can Save You Money

Since the initial launch in 2015, Trim has added a few valuable new features:

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  • You can elect to be notified via text if you have a banking a transaction a certain amount or if your bank balance drops below a certain figure.
  • If you are a Comcast subscriber, Trim will haggle over your cable bill and request credits for outages.
  • Trim Savings offers statement credits on Visa purchases at certain retailers if you opt in.
  • A beta program called “Price Drop” will analyze your Amazon spending and notify you when a price drops and automatically send you a check for the savings.

The Comcast and Amazon programs are not completely free, but you pay only based on what you save (25% of your first month’s savings on Comcast and 25% of your Amazon savings), so it’s still a win-win situation.

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On Trim’s website they say that there are future plans for a paid, “high-touch financial advising service,” but they will always offer a free option. From what I could tell, it looks like that premium service will do things like price-compare insurance policies, a task that I for one would be more than happy to outsource.

How Does Trim Compare to Truebill?

I also tried Truebill, which offers many of the same services, but I preferred Trim. With Truebill, you don’t get a message with your subscriptions list, instead you log in to the app and scroll through your subscriptions list to choose what you would like to cancel. While Trim’s notifications created a short-term task that was clear—review and cancel what you don’t want—Truebill seems to seek a more ongoing relationship with its users by offering push notifications for when a bill seems higher than normal or otherwise out of the ordinary.

Truebill does retrieve information for more than 90 days of transactions and was able to pick up the couple of annual subscriptions that I had, which in my case did end up unearthing another unwanted magazine subscription. I had heard reports that Truebill was more accurate than Trim in identifying recurring charges, but I still found a bunch of one-time transactions in my list.

Similar to Trim, Truebill has additional offerings to save you money including facilitating opening investment accounts, shopping around for better insurance rates, and negotiating your cell phone bill, but unlike Trim, their dashboard makes suggestions for services you might benefit from based on your data. While this would seem useful, their analysis of my data was imperfect at best (for example, assuming a semi-annual insurance premium was monthly) and the dashboard’s many suggestions felt overwhelming and off-putting. I consider myself a savvy consumer who is no stranger to negotiation, and seeing a red flag and “This bill seems high” below every one of my utility charges felt judgmental rather than helpful.

Melanie Hopkins is an independent business manager in the New York metropolitan area, helping business owners from human rights nonprofits to artisanal cheesemakers become empowered in their financial management. She teaches “Artistpreneur” workshops to recent graduates at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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5 Useful Items You Can Build With Your Kid’s Legos 

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So, you’ve been coerced into what seems like another no-win parenting scenario: it’s Lego time, and your aspiring Frank Lloyd Wright doesn’t want your help in building an amphibious rainbow tank with 16 axles (plus wings). Even still, he’s insisting on your participation because his genius must be witnessed (the brilliant ones are always so demanding).

You know his ambitious vision is going to eat up a good chunk of your afternoon, so what can you build to keep yourself from gnawing on the carpet out of sheer boredom?

Lucky for you, the Lego brick can be more than the scourge of your bare foot. In fact, you can build some surprisingly practical items with the right bricks and a little guidance.

1. Key Holder

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This Lego key holder is one of the simplest projects on the list, not to mention, one of the most helpful to your everyday life.

Obviously, you can customize your own message instead of “KEYS!”, leave it blank, or, if you’re as excited about keys as the build’s mastermind, Felix Grauer, stay faithful to the original.

2. Fidget Spinner

All right, so perhaps this one isn’t as practical as a key holder, per se, but it is a good way to save a sawbuck and consolidate toy purchases (both practical skills in their own right).

Fidget spinners have become the ubiquitous must have toy for 2017, offering a sort of Zen-like calming effect with their, as the kids say, “textbook psychological brain stimulation reward.”

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Regardless, a Buddhist-like appreciation for those endlessly-satisfying revolutions will be easier to achieve for you and your young architect if you build your own in the medium of Lego. Follow this tutorial on YouTube.

3. Chess Set

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If your child is either a budding genius, or comfortable fending off the legions of admirers that comes along with being a chess champion (so we’ve heard), this Lego chess set is the perfect project.

As a bonus, it’s easy to reconstruct when one of you gets frustrated and flings the board across the room.

4. Picture Frame

This one is a bit more customizable: the Lego picture frame you build will be dictated by the size of your photo. It’s also a straightforward build and doesn’t require any esoteric Lego pieces to complete (*cough* looking at you, Lego Fidget Spinner), making it a perfect beginner craft.

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Also, have you ever custom framed something? Yeesh. Keep that money in the college fund.

5. Phone Stand & Speaker

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If you’ve ever wanted the perfect phone stand to broadcast a Facebook Live video showcasing you and your children’s structural peerlessness, build this phone stand & speaker first.

The sound quality of the speaker ain’t exactly what you’d describe as high-fidelity, but nonetheless, it’s a nifty way to show your future rockstar (slash architect) the importance of amplification. Now if you’ll excuse me, my son and I are going to groove out to some P-Funk. Catch us on Facebook Live.

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Hasselback Herb Potatoes with Essential Oils

Have you tried hasselback potatoes yet? They are a lot like baked potatoes, but rather than piercing the potatoes with a fork, you cut slices in them with a knife, then fill the slices with yummy ingredients either before or after baking them. When making hasselback potatoes with essential oils, it’s best to add the oils after baking the potatoes so you don’t lose the health benefits of the oils.

Start by slicing the potatoes, drizzling them with olive oil, and sprinkling salt and pepper on top before baking them. While they bake, mix up the herb butter by melting butter and stirring in the essential oils. If you happen to taste the herb butter, you may find the essential oils to be a bit strong. Just trust us, though—the final product tastes delicious!

When the potatoes are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, pull them out of the oven. Then, while they are still hot, drizzle on the herb butter. Make sure to get it in between the slices.

Add a little fresh parsley for a pop of color, and sprinkle on some parmesan cheese for the final touch! Don’t wait too long to get a bite of this delicious potato!

Hasselback Herb Potatoes

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 10–15 minutes active; 30–40 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Potatoes:

  • 2–3 lbs. (1–1.5 kg) small potatoes
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil

Herb Butter:

  • 1/3–1/2 cup (80–120 ml) melted butter (can use olive oil or a mixture of butter and olive oil)
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops basil essential oil
  • 2 drops thyme essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Additional Ingredients:

  • Fresh minced parsley for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Slice along each potato in 1/16-inch (2 mm) intervals, making sure to only slice a little more than halfway through the potato. It is easiest to start cutting on one end, then when you get to the middle, rotate the potato and continue cutting from the other end toward the middle again.
  3. Place the sliced potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Roast the potatoes in the oven for about 30–40 minutes, until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
  5. While the potatoes are roasting, mix together the herb butter.
  6. Once the potatoes are done, pull them out of the oven, and brush the herb butter mixture evenly over the potatoes and in between the slices.
  7. Sprinkle potatoes with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese, if desired.
  8. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Note: The herb butter may seem pretty strong if tasted on its own, but it tastes just right when combined with the potato.

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