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Easy, Fast Non-Alcoholic Punch Recipe for Springtime?

Please share with me your best springtime punch recipes that are alcohol free and really fast and easy to make! [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Apr 18, 2014 - 16 answers

Let's all sing the most sanctimonious song ever written!

Baby WanKenobi loves the song Little Boxes. I think she likes it because it's bouncy. I love singing it because it's subversive and snarky. What other songs might we enjoy? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 12, 2014 - 54 answers

Where to find simple, clean, and stylish website templates?

I need to make two simple one-page static websites to host on my existing webhost. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Dec 11, 2013 - 7 answers

I can't do much, but I can help cook! Best recipes for freezing, please!

Going home unexpectedly for a week this December because of a sick parent. Aside from being there for moral support, I would like to help make food for future meals. Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Nov 22, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me find a big-button phone for my elderly father

My father has been using a plain old phone for decades. He's been somewhat visually impaired for a long time, but recently he started receiving an eye treatment in his one good eye that has reduced his vision even further. He also has low dexterity (though his mind's still totally sharp) due to a stroke earlier this year. He needs a new phone. Help! [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Nov 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Android App for battery usage/management for older, non-technical user

I'm helping an older gentleman get going with his first smart phone. He is traveling without a car, camping without power, battery consumption management on the phone is CRITICAL. The app needs to FIRST be simple to setup and use, second allow him to easily see what is using the battery, and third have tools to kill wasteful usage. Free would be nice, but willing to pay for a SIMPLE app that does what he needs without confusing him with bells and whistles. [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Sep 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Furniture recommendations: simple, functional, well-made, reasonable?

I'm moving to an apartment later this summer, and I need to get furniture for it (starting from nothing). I really like a particular kind of furniture: severe, simple, anonymous, functional. Think of the Lehni Bed 1, beautiful but bare Shaker woodworking, Donald Judd's standing writing desk, Aalto's Paimio chair, and so on. All of this stuff is crushingly beyond-super-expensive. I'd love to get suggestions for alternatives, cheaper things in that style from major retailers, craftspeople who make pieces like these, and, in general, furniture along those lines that you don't have to buy from Switzerland for a million skillion dollars -- stuff that's well made but with adult-reasonable prices. (It would be great if this was available in the New York City area, as well, but I welcome answers beyond that, to make this question useful to people elsewhere with similar interests.) Thanks!
posted by the brave tetra-pak on Jun 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Breaking out of a dinner rut

I try to plan my recipes for the week in advance, but lately I've been feeling really uninspired. Nothing's grabbing my attention. I'm looking for suggestions for cookbooks, websites, recipes, or books in general that might help me get my cooking mojo back. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jun 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Recommendations for dressing out of a backpack?

For the next two months (possibly longer) I need to live/work out of one bag. I'll be traveling for most of that time, with places to stay (no need for a sleeping bag or the like). What I need to figure out is clothing. I'm bad at clothes. I know there are great wicking fabrics and lightweight travel garments out there, and that they're improving all the time. (I'm ready to do sink laundry every evening.) As of spring 2013, how can I best use my 26 liters of space to keep myself clad? [more inside]
posted by the brave tetra-pak on Apr 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Please give me free gardening advice

I have a small porch and I would like to have some pretty flowers growing on it now that it's finally warming up. However, every time I've tried achieve this in the past, it has ended in dead plants and wasted money. I need help with this of the most remedial sort. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Apr 4, 2013 - 23 answers

I promise I'm clever...

I somehow cannot figure out how to make the water switch from bath to shower in the place I'm housesitting. Please help me determine what incredibly obvious thing I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Feb 20, 2013 - 18 answers

My older mother needs a very simple but cool camera

Very Simple Camera For Older Person [more inside]
posted by metasav on Aug 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Coconut infused simple syrup?

How can we make coconut infused simple syrup? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Jun 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Have you seen this watch?

Is there a digital watch out there that displays nothing but the time? [more inside]
posted by bricoleur on May 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Food for an uncooking sickie

I'm struggling with heath issues that make it hard to eat. I can only seem to keep a few things down. I need ideas of food that fit these specifics and super simple directions on how to make them as I'm awful at cooking and don't have the energy to do it. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Apr 28, 2012 - 36 answers

But there's nothing to doooooooo!

I'm stumped for active games I can play with my 3 year-old that require no props, or only simple props, like a single ball. Parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by xo on Feb 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Wait, have we met that character before?

My father is beginning to have difficulty following books that have multiple plot-lines or too many characters. Can you recommend some books he might enjoy? [more inside]
posted by yuwtze on Jan 9, 2012 - 13 answers

What is the couch-to-5k edition of mediation and mental focus?

I need to bludgeon my anxiety to death in the most peaceful way possible. Many people recommend meditation. For me, attempting to meditate has been a miserable experience... a sad exercise in white-knuckled denial. Just thinking about it fills me with dread. I know this isn't the way it's supposed to go. I need something more than "sit quietly and allow your thoughts to pass by like clouds". I need the step-by-step, couch-to-5k edition of mental calmness and focus. Help me out, mefi. Give it to me straight, detailed, specific, and with absolute minimum of woo... the mental focus fitness program for someone who can't even lift a metaphorical 1lb weight. Book/media recommendations welcome too. (I'm in therapy already, btw. It's been helpful, but we're not specifically focused on my anxiety at the moment.)
posted by specialfriend on Jan 7, 2012 - 28 answers

"What does the AUX/CDR button do again?"

Anyone have any suggestions on an easy-to-use stereo? We want to buy a system for our out-of-state mother, who not unexpectedly is not very technical. Are there any systems that have a very simple user interface? I'm basically looking for the "jitterbug" of stereos. [more inside]
posted by razdrez on Dec 7, 2011 - 6 answers

What is a very simple cell phone that works well?

I am looking to simplify my life. What is a very simple, compact, and good cell phone that would work with T-Mobile. [more inside]
posted by denverco on Nov 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Is there a dumb phone for me?

I want a simple, dumb cell phone. Calling and texting are essential, number directory is semi-essential, clock + date are okay - everything else I'd rather not have. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Oct 19, 2011 - 24 answers

What's the easiest way to program an application?

What is the easiest way to make a simple Windows application? Visual Basic? [more inside]
posted by dkleinst on Aug 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Basic dresses!

Looking for dresses that are basic, comfortable, and versatile. [more inside]
posted by little_c on Jul 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Seeking a Charming Inn Without the Florals and Lace

Any suggestions for inns or small hotels that incorporate modern/minimalist design? I'm trying to avoid the Victorian, lace, floral aesthetic. I'm particularly interested in the New England/East Coast area. [more inside]
posted by pourtant on Apr 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me find durable high-quality clothing basics for small women

I'm looking for recommendations for well-cut, simple, durable, high-quality clothing basics for women. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Apr 18, 2011 - 16 answers

I just want a shoebox.

iPhoto replacement for Windows 7...NOT PICASA! [more inside]
posted by sexyrobot on Mar 17, 2011 - 19 answers

Very simple affiliate tracking for Mom and Pop online store

Is there a dead simple way to track affiliate links for dead simple online stores (literally a list of Paypal links on a page)? [more inside]
posted by letitrain on Feb 25, 2011 - 4 answers

What is Squishy Honey?

There's a fuzzy blob in my fridge! We named her Squishy Honey. What is she? [more inside]
posted by Kateruba on Dec 18, 2010 - 9 answers

What do I cook for a high end chef?

What to cook for a chef on a hot summers day? [more inside]
posted by jonathanstrange on Dec 3, 2010 - 21 answers

Cooking for Dumbasses

Recommend me some quick, effortless ways to spruce up quick meals when I don't feel like consciously cooking. Techniques for pasta and rice, or suggestions for other things I could whip out quickly. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Nov 16, 2010 - 43 answers

You pay for WHAT?

What things would you would never consider paying money for, once you learned how easy it was to do/make/fix yourself? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Nov 4, 2010 - 102 answers

Simple recipes for an intimidated cook, please?

Most recipes in cookbooks overwhelm me--too many ingredients, too many steps. What are your best, tastiest recipes, with short ingredient lists? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Oct 10, 2010 - 55 answers

Simple and beautiful cookbook layout examples?

I'm writing an Asian cookbook. The recipes are mostly finished, and I'm currently testing and narrowing them down to the truly tasty. It'll be self published for friends and family, so won't need to look truly fancy. But I'm stuck for inspiration as to design and layout. So I'm looking for examples of simple but beautiful cookbook page layouts. Preferably viewable online. Suggestions?
posted by Ahab on Sep 13, 2010 - 16 answers

I can has digital tv?

Please hope me navigate our transition to Comcast digital... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Jun 30, 2010 - 7 answers

image > image > image > image > end.

What's the simplest way to create a blank Web page, with a black and white image on it, which when clicked will load the next image in a sequence? Could this be a learning PHP project for me? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 28, 2010 - 15 answers

3g for my mother.

I'm looking for an easy to use 3g phone that my mother can use. All she needs is the ability to make/recieve phone calls & texting. Touch screens are a no, no. And the phone should be under £100. 3g is a must as we need to get her on the 3 network in the UK.
posted by nam3d on May 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me feed the bozos on this bus

I need hors d'oeuvre-y ideas for a company party this Saturday. Details and caveats inside... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on May 19, 2010 - 21 answers

Simple Delicious Recipes Without Stove or Oven

I'd love to know simple and delicious recipes that don't require any actually cooking (save for tossing something in the microwave.) What are your favorite no-cook recipes? [more inside]
posted by thisperon on Feb 23, 2010 - 35 answers

Vegetarian cookbook recommendations sought!

Give me your favourite vegetarian cookbook that has illustrations of simple but delicious meals, and offers the nutritional information for each meal. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Oct 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Simple bed frame or alternative to frame altogether?

I'm looking for a minimalist/possibly nontraditional bed frame that won't throw off the zen of my bedroom. What options do I have? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Sep 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Who Will Sing Me to Sleep?

Aural Joy Filter: which songs, performed live and on YouTube, combine simplicity, beauty and quietness into a haunting, moving whole that will make you cry when the mood is right? There are such lists on Ask MeFi, but often without links.I'm thinking of things like this by Kate Rusby, which is just the most gorgeously sad thing.
posted by Holly on Sep 3, 2009 - 44 answers

Which simple machine is a winch?

SimpleMachinesFilter: which is a winch? [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Jun 10, 2009 - 16 answers

What's a good simple and cheap media or file server setup?

Advice for a server newb who needs help getting started with a simple media/backup/torrent server? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on May 29, 2009 - 12 answers

Beautiful, simple iPhone games

I love Ferry Halim's Orisinal games. What are some games for the iPhone with a similar beautiful aesthetic and simple gameplay? Bonus points, as always, for free or cheap.
posted by fiercecupcake on May 4, 2009 - 8 answers

Houses that favour simplicity of construction

Where can I find info on house construction that favours simplicity over clever extras? Think "LEGO". [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor on Jan 28, 2009 - 24 answers

Who is 14F1? What is device 2720?

My PCI Simple Communications Controller has bitten the dust. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 12, 2008 - 4 answers

Wanted: Car stereo with simple aesthetics and aux input

Car Stereo Recommendations: must have an aux input. Must have zen-like interface simplicity, and mostly pushbutton operation except for the few things for which knobs really make sense. A manual should be all but redundant for operation of this device. Would be nice if it has bluetooth built-in. Satellite radio is a plus. What am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by wildblueyonder on Jul 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Simple French-language booklets for Kenyan French teacher of elementary students?

On a recent trip to Kenya, we visited a school who is in need of simple French language instruction booklets for elementary-age children. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on May 23, 2008 - 3 answers

arrgh the demon eyes.

Excruciatingly simple redeye removal on Windows? [more inside]
posted by zengargoyle on Mar 26, 2008 - 12 answers

Simple Minds are hard to find

Where on the internets can I find a clip of Simple Minds performing "Alive and Kicking" on Saturday Night Live?
posted by ostranenie on Mar 2, 2008 - 2 answers

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