31 Aug 2014
August 31, 2014

Create A Coil Rug For Your Bathroom

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Create warmth and style on your bathroom floor with this simple coil rug. All you need is some braided polypropylene rope, heavy-duty duct tape, and scissors. For this rug, use rope that is 5/8-inches in diameter and 90 feet long. The rug was 3 feet wide when finished.

On a hard surface, tightly coil the rope so it starts to make a circle. As the circle gets bigger, apply duct tape to the rope so the coil doesn’t unwind. After coiling the rope to the desired rug size, add an extra layer of duct tape that lays in one direction. Trim ends that go over the outside edge of the rug. Eventually the duct tape will leave a sticky residue on the floor. To prevent this, hot glue or hand stitch a backing in a fabric of your choice. Flip over to see your finished creation.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: There is nothing scarier than the split second where you lose your balance in the shower and think “oh god, they’re going to find me naked”.

HAPPY AUGUST 31 BIRTHDAY TO: Richard Gere 65, Chris Tucker 43, Van Morrison 69, Frank Robinson 79, James Coburn (1928-2002), Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Buddy Hackett (1924-2003), Deborah Gibson 44, Marsha Clark 61, and Zack Ward 44.

 

No awe inspiring blog today. Instead, here is a few weird facts about the human body. Some of these, you may have heard about, some maybe not. If you cannot read the entire article, click directly on the picture.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Take comfort this Labor Day in Knowing the pressure to have fun this summer is finally over.

HAPPY AUGUST 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Cameron Diaz 42, Timothy Bottoms 52, Frank ‘Tug’ McGraw (1944-2004), Ted Williams (1918-2002),  Warren Buffett 84, Peggy Lipton 67, Jean Claude Killy 71, Lisa Ling 41, Michael Chiklis 51, Ben Lewis Jones “Cooter” 71, Gabriel Aubrey 39, Michael Michele 48, Joan Blondell (1906-1979),  and John Phillips (1935-2001).

 

 

In most residential areas, campfires are confined to well defined containment systems and  small controlled fires which can be easily extinguished with no sparks or embers that can continue to burn or blow into neighboring combustibles when the fire is left unattended.

Even with these restrictions, families still love to sit around an evening fire. No one wants to spend a small fortune on a pre-manufactured fire pit or a contractor built unit. Also, if you are not sure where the pit is to be located, or the spot may not be permanent, you may need something that can be taken down and moved to a different spot without a lot of trouble or expense..

Concrete tree rings are found at most home improvement stores and are reasonably priced, you may even get them on sale now that it is the end of the summer season. If you can find and incorporate a small Weber grill as an inner firepot, it allows a very controlled burn and positive air shut off to extinguish the fire when you are ready to call it a night. If not, any grill will do.

Please be a kind and respectful neighbor when you do light the firepit, not everyone enjoys the smoke or can tolerate it. Also, it goes without saying, make sure the fire is completely out before going in the house. Accidents can happen very quickly.

Materials:

Weber Smokey Joe Portable charcoal grill or equivalent 14″ diameter grill.

4 sections of 14″ inside diameter concrete tree ring

6 sections of 24″ inside diameter concrete tree ring

2 cubic feet of small stones, pebbles, road gravel or decorative rock

Follow the photos as instructions. Just make sure to have a good deep bed of gravel on the ground where the fire is to be. Easy.

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REALLY GOOD ADVICE: Arguing with a woman is like getting arrested. Everything you say, can, and will be used against you…so use your right to remain silent.

HAPPY AUGUST 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Jack Black 45, Shania Twain 49, Kyle Massey 23, Armie Hammer 28, David Soul 71, Jason Priestly 45, Daniel Stern 57, Leann Rimes 35, Billy Boyd 46, Scott Hamilton 56, Roxie Roker (1929-1995), Luiz Guzman 58, Paul Martin 76, Eugene Byrd 39, Lou Piniella 71, Ron Guidry 64, Ben Gazzara (1930-2012) and Alana (money-can’t-buy-class Honey Boo Boo) Thomson 9.

27 Aug 2014
August 27, 2014

Summer Vegetable Potato Salad

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Ingredients

1 pound small yellow or red new potatoes, sliced
2 ears of fresh sweet corn, cooked, or 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
4 Roma tomatoes, sliced or cut into thin wedges
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot or red onion
1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/4 teaspoon sugar
 salt
 ground black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
 fresh basil leaves
Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan cook potatoes, covered, in enough boiling salted water to cover for 5 minutes or until just tender. Drain and cool. Cut corn from cobs. On a large serving platter arrange potatoes and tomatoes. Sprinkle with corn and the 1/4 cup basil.
  2. For dressing, in a screw-top jar combine oil, vinegar, shallot, mustard, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and shake well. Pour dressing over potato mixture. Sprinkle salad with feta cheese and basil leaves.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Life is like a camera. Just focus on what is important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out…take another shot.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: If there hadn’t been an Elvis, there wouldn’t have been the Beatles – John Lennon 1965

HAPPY AUGUST 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Cesar Milan 45, Tom Ford 53, Daryl Dragon 72, Peter Mensah 55, Blake Jenner 22, Aaron Paul 35, Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973), and Chandra Wilson 45.

LOADED CAULIFLOWER

I have reposted this several times but it is my most requested recipe right now. If you have not tried it, it is a MUST! It’s low carb too!!!!!

Ingredients:
1 large head of Cauliflower cut into bite size pieces (approx 6 cups)
6-8 strips of bacon cooked and crumbled (Cooked in oven at 400° for 20 mins)
6 Tbs chopped Chives
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Sour Cream
2 cups Colby Jack Cheese ( may use cheddar)
8 oz container sliced mushrooms
Directions:
Preheat oven to 425°
In a large pot boil water and cook Cauliflower for 8 – 10 minutes, drain and let cool.
In a large bowl combine sour cream, mayo, 1/2 of crumbled bacon, 3 tbs chives, 1 cups of cheese,mushrooms and cauliflower and mix well… place in baking dish and cover with remaining 1 cup of cheese and rest of bacon crumbles. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. top with remaining 3 Tbs chives and serve.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I refuse to grow up but I will make an effort to behave when I am in public.

HAPPY AUGUST 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Chris Pine 34, McCaulay Culkin 34, James Harden 25, Mother Theresa (1910-1997), Melissa McCarthy 44, Evan Ross 26, David Price 29, and Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011).

25 Aug 2014
August 25, 2014

Get Rid Of Those Pesky Fruit Flies

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For the past few weeks we have had fruit flies bugging us at work and at home. Here is a tip to get rid of the pests.

To eliminate fruit flies, you will need the following: A little bowl and Apple cider vinegar and a drop of dish soap.

DIRECTIONS:
*Fill the little bowl with apple cider vinegar so that the depth is approximately 1in/2.5cm.
*Drop 1 drop of any dishwashing liquid in.
*Place the bowl(s) around your kitchen on the countertop or under the sink, any where you sees fruit flies.
*This trap will start working immediately.
*The flies will be attracted to the scent of the apple cider vinegar.
*You can also put saran/glad wrap over the top just in case they try to sneak out, just poke holes in the top.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You are never too old to throw random stuff in people’s grocery carts when they aren’t looking.

HAPPY AUGUST 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Alexander Skarsgaard 38, Tom Skeritt 81, David Canary 76, Sean Connery 84, Billy Ray Cyrus 53, Tim Burton 56, Blake Lively 27, Rachel Ray 46, Gene Simmons 65, Elvis Costello 60, Rachel Bilson 33, Regis Philbin 83, Blair Underwood 50, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), Claudia Schiffer 44, Johnathon Togo 37, Monty Hall 83, and Rollie Fingers 68.

No big blog today, it’s Sunday and I am having a lazy day. But…here is a good tip on how to ripen avocados
THIS IS GOOD TO KNOW!!
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TIP OF THE DAY: Got an avocado that’s solid as a rock? Place it in a bowl with a few apples. Ethylene, which occurs naturally in apples, triggers the ripening process. How cool is that?

ANOTHER TIP OF THE DAY: When baking a cake from a box mix, use unsalted butter instead of oil, milk instead of water and a few of extra drops of vanilla and your cake will taste like it was made from scratch.

HAPPY AUGUST 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Rupert Grint 26, Chad Michael Murray 33, Cal Ripkin Jr. 54, Alex O’Loughlin 38, Steve Guttenberg 56, Marlee Matlin 49, Anze Kopitar 27, Carmine Giovinazzo 41, Jared Harris 53, and, Mike Shanahan 62.

DIY Rock Cactus Garden- this if for those self declared Brown-Thumbs out there! We saw this & thought they were cute! This would be a fun project to do with the little kids, gather a few rocks on your next outing and paint them in a dark and a medium/light minty green. Let dry 24 hours. Mark the rocks lightly with a Sharpie using small dots to outline the pattern you’ll be using. Take a tube of white paint and begin your pattern. Arrange your cactus rocks in a pot filled with sand to help the rocks stand up, then spread small decorative rocks or sand around the cactus. No harm will come to kids or pets.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Dearest neighbors. Please do NOT call the police, it is not domestic violence or a wild party. It’s football season and it’s just me screaming at the television set.

HAPPY AUGUST 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Scott Caan 38, Kobe Bryant 36, Gene Kelly (1912-1996), River Phoenix (1970-1993), Keith Moon (1946-1978), Barbara Eden 83, Rick Springfield 65, Shelley Long 65, Ray Park 40, and Vera Miles 85.

 

22 Aug 2014
August 22, 2014

Grilled Garlic Pizza Sticks

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 Ingredients

 1 ball of pizza dough

1 1/2 sticks of melted butter

7 crushed garlic cloves
1 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon parsley

Directions:Spread dough out as you would for a regular pizza.

Pour melted butter on dough. Scatter crushed garlic cloves over butter. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese, then the parmesan cheese. Shake some salt and pepper over the top.

Instead of slicing into pizza slices, slice into thin sticks. Hence, the garlic pizza sticks.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Ah! Yes, love is blind, and marriage is and eye opener

HAPPY AUGUST 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Kristen Wiig 41, Ty Burrell 47, Giada De Laurentiis 44, Tori Amos 51, Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), John Lee Hooker (1917-2001), GZA 48, Brayden Schenn 23 and last but not least Carl Yastrzemski 75

We were on vacation in British Columbia a couple of years ago and stayed overnight at Ainsworth Hotsprings. When we went to dinner there was Baked Garlic Cloves on the menu as an appetizer. I love garlic, Ken does not, but we ordered it anyway. When this came to the table, the garlic was sweet and not garlic-y at all (while it was hot). The toes of garlic pop out of the skins easily but if you let it cool down, the strong garlic taste returns. This is an easy recipe. Enjoy.

BAKED GARLIC CLOVES

Take the whole bulb of garlic and cut the top off about 1/4 inch or so… save as much as you can while still exposing the cloves and place flat side down in a roaster or on foil.

Sprinkle top with your choice of herbs and salt. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees until you start to smell it (about 30 mins) and then let it go another 15 or 20 minutes. it is done when it browns slightly and the cloves are buttery soft.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: When someone is murdered, the police investigate the spouse first. And that tells you everything you need to know about marriage.

HAPPY AUGUST 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Clarence Williams III 75, Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999), Usain Bolt 28, Hayden Panettiere 25, Kenny ‘one-too-many -face lifts’ Rogers 76, Brody Jennner 31, Kim Cattrall 58, Steven “Spongebob Squarepants” Hillenburg 53, Jacqueline Emersen 20, Lorretta Devine 65, Johnny Reid 40, Kimberley Stewart 35, and Princess Margaret (1930-2002).