The end of summer is only a few weeks away but school is in session at Krrb. We think that there are certain skills every person should know. Excel through life by mastering these 10 lessons. Read on to check out our primer and don’t forget to report back.
1. How to Cook Pasta
Fill a pot with water. Salt the water, at minimum add a tablespoon of salt. Salty water flavors the pasta.
Once the water comes to a steady boil, add the pasta and stir a few times so the noodles don’t stick to each other. After 7 to 10 minutes, test the pasta by tasting it. It should be chewy but not crunchy. Reserve a half cup of the pasta liquid and drain the rest. When mixing in sauce, use some of the starchy pasta liquid to marry the sauce with the pasta. Ready to graduate the next level: make homemade pasta—it’s really easy!
2. How to Make a Bed
Making a bed is more than just tossing the covers over the bed. There are several factors you need to weigh in, high-count sheets, good pillows and a solid mattress. This tutorial will have you proficient in hospital corners.
3. How to Buy Vintage Art
Vintage artwork is a great way to add personality and a sense of self to your personal space. Not sure where to start? Hit up your local thrift shops, flea markets and even Krrb for secondhand artwork. But before you do, arm yourself with this guide. You’ll be able to nab a few art treasures when you can identify their worth and condition before you buy.
4. How to Cook Eggs
Perfectly scrambled eggs are a delicacy. Crack 2 to 3 eggs into a bowl. Using a fork, scramble the eggs, and gently add a dash of milk and a pinch of salt and pepper until blended. In large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat until hot. Pour in the egg mixture. As the eggs begin to set, gently pull the eggs from the edges of the pan, allowing the remaining egg mixture to fill the spaces. This also forms large soft curds. When there is no runny egg liquid left, remove from heat and serve immediately.
5. How to Sew a Button
You’ll need a needle and about eight inches of doubled over thread with the ends knotted well. Start by marking the spot where you’ll be sewing and thread the needle through one side of the button. Bring it down under the other side of the button and through the fabric directly under. Once you have it anchored, bring the needle up and down through the holes of the button and through the back of the fabric several times. Secure a knot and then trim the ends.
6. How to Parallel Park
The simplest way to master this driving skill is the “S” method. Start by turning on your signal and pull up three feet from the car you want to park behind. Align your back tires with the other car’s back bumper. Put the car into reverse, turning the wheels all the way to the right. Slowly back up until you are at a 45-degree angle. Stop and turn the wheels all the way to the left. Drive in reverse very slowly until you are parallel with the curb—you should be less than a foot from the curb. If you’re a visual learner, see this lesson in action.
7. How to Rewire a Lamp
Don’t be intimated by rewiring a vintage lamp. Sometimes new wiring is all it takes to make a fun retro find into a functional light. Start by picking up a lamp kit from your local hardware shop. Throughly examine the condition of your lamp before getting started and make sure you have all replacement parts needed. This handy tutorial will help you complete the task.
8. How to Start a Campfire
Using a paper egg carton, sawdust and beeswax, you can easily make an eco-friendly campfire starter. One of these will make the process foolproof! Start by placing kindling in a teepee-shape. On top of that, lay logs. Using wood shavings or wadded paper to help it along, light the starter at the center of your campfire.
9. How to Have a Garage Sale
A successful garage sale is only as good as it’s signage. Make sure your messages are as clear as possible. The goal is to sell everything as quickly as possible. Use this simple plan and the Krrb iPhone app to sell everything at your garage sale.
10. How to Arrange Flowers
Creating a bouquet of flowers doesn’t take much, rely on the natural beauty of the flowers to carry the load. Start by matching the flowers to a proportionate vessel. For stiff hearty flowers, like roses, irises, and mums, cut them to fit a short grouping. Dense arrangements are more tolerant to beginners. Get a few more tips from Howdini.
What are some other things that you think everyone should know how to do?