Featured in April 2006

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Features

Hello, Cupcake, pg. 31
Transform the humble treat into a sophisticated dessert worthy of a patisserie window. Seven easy-to-re-create ideas that will make you forget about sprinkles.

Clean By the Clock, pg. 212
Whether you have 15 minutes or half a day, this step-by-step guide will let you take any room in the house from spotty to spotless.
 
Dinner with Friends, pg. 222
Entertaining doesn’t have to involve fancy food and an elaborate presentation. Take a cue (and a few recipes) from a California couple and throw a relaxed potluck supper.
 
Secrets of Thin People, pg. 230
No, they’re not all blessed with a turbocharged metabolism. Here, 13 habits that studies prove help thin people stay that way.
 
Guided By Voices, pg. 236
For the women of the Threshold Choir, singing is a way of helping others bridge the gap between life and death.
 
All in Good Time, pg. 244
Tired of your high-maintenance hair? Four women show off chic styles that get dried and out the door in no time―no matter the hair type.
 



In Every Issue

Why Not?, pg. 12
 
Contributors, pg. 26
 
Editor’s Note, pg. 28
 
Credits, pg. 282
 
Real Simple To Go pg. 288
 



Solutions

New Uses for Old Things, pg. 57
Marbles alert you when it’s time to add water to a double boiler; pencil erasers keep pictures from scratching your walls.
 
Products of the Month, pg. 60
Dishes that multitask; measuring cups that collapse to store flat.
 
Uncommon Knowledge, pg. 64
Are you overcharging your batteries?
 
Garden Guide, pg. 68
The four best gloves for any gardening task―from potting to pruning.
 
Party Trick, pg. 70
Invite your friends to a local boutique for an after-hours shopping trip.
 
Modern Manners, pg. 72
What to write on a condolence card for someone you don’t know well.
 
Fake It, Don’t Make It, pg. 70
Meat Loaf
 



The Guide

Life 

Beauty 

Home 

Body 

Style 

  • Short takes: cropped pants for every body , pg. 175
  • Tricks to minimize a full rear, pg. 185
  • One white shirt, four ways to wear it, pg. 191

The Organizer 


 

Cooking

Five Easy Dinners, pg. 255
A week’s worth of quick-to-fix meals.
 
Taste Test, pg. 267
Kid-tested, adult-approved macaroni and cheese.
 
The Staple, pg. 271
Four sweet and savory reasons to build a meal around coconut milk.

Soul

Thoughts, pg. 10
 
Your Words, pg. 47
How do you make housecleaning easier?

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No Kidding, pg. 79
A writer, once skittish about the prospect of fatherhood, has a life-altering change of heart.
 
Postscript, pg. 256
An excerpt from the new travel memoir Crazybusy, by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.