Found this recipe on Facebook. It looks so good and not very fussy to make.

Surprise Monkey Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Featured In: 12 Ways to Make Monkey Bread

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 tubes (12 ounces each) refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
8 ounces cream cheese, cut into 20 cubes
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts

In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat brown sugar and butter on high for 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved; set aside.
Flatten each biscuit into a 3-in. circle. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon in the center of each biscuit. Top with a cream cheese cube. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal tightly.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup walnuts into a 10-in. fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray. Layer with half of the biscuits, cinnamon-sugar and butter mixture and 1/2 cup walnuts. Repeat layers.
Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 loaf (12 servings).

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I have CDO. It’s like OCD but the letters are in alphabetical order AS THEY SHOULD BE.

THIS DAY IN RNTERTAINMENT: 2007 – Television host, actress, and comedian Ellen DeGeneres hosts the 79th Academy Awards.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Rashida Jones 40, Isabelle Furman 20, James Phelps 31, Oliver Phelps 31, Tea Leoni 51, Sally Jesse Raphael 82, Sean Astin 46, George Harrison (1943-2001), and Jim Backus (1913-1989).

Pre-order your recycled plastic Adirondack furniture from Charter House until the end of March for 20% off. Delivery to our dock for this special offer is the first week in May. This is the absolute best deal of the year. Pick up your furniture any time you wish, we store it free of charge. Also free is assembly. CRP furniture comes partly assembled already and we can do the rest for you. Anyone wishing to take the furniture to a lake or cabin, unassembled is the way to go. It is packed quite compact and has excellent instructions and pre-drilled holes so you cannot go wrong. There is also videos on the CR Plastics website that will guide you through the easy step by step. Long lasting, UV protected furniture is comfortable, affordable and comes in 16 gorgeous colors. And…it isn’t just Adirondacks, there is deep seating cushioned furniture. Sure you can buy cheaper but you can’t buy better. Proudly Made in Canada in Stratford, Ontario.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: A person who feels appreciated will do more than is expected.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Finally, my winter fat is gone. Now I have spring rolls.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1980 – The USA hockey team completes epic run, defeating Finland 4-2, to win Olympic gold.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Edward James Olmos 70, Billy Zane 60, Barry Bostwick 72, Kristin Davis 52, Debra Jo Rupp 66, George Thorogood 67, Phil Knight (co-founder of Nike) 79, Sammy Kershaw 59, Mark Moses 59, Abe Vigoda (1921-2016), and Steven Jobs (1955-2011).

23 Feb 2017
February 23, 2017

Still Popular Cactus And Succulents

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Make a welcome corner in your home with a combination of cactus and succulents. Just arrived at Charter House, we now have a good selection of plants and pots with more arriving soon. Succulent gardens and ‘living walls’ have been extremely popular for the past couple of years now and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Stop in to the store and put yours together.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You say “Hospitalization for a nervous breakdown.” I hear,”Quiet vacation with awesome drugs.”

HAPPY FEBRUARY 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Michael Dell 52, Kristin Davis 52, Dakota Fanning 23, Emily Blunt 34, Patricia Richardson 66, Peter Fonda 77, Niecy Nash 47, Perez Hilton 39, Johnny Winter (1944-2014), and Victor Flemming (1889-1949).

22 Feb 2017
February 22, 2017

Re-use Coffee Grounds In Genius Ways

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Stop tossing your old coffee grounds. Here are a few ways to reuse them around the house.

Regardless of how you make your coffee, you will always be left with leftover, old coffee grounds. While our first instinct may be to throw these away, consider saving them instead. It turns out, coffee grounds can be very useful if used properly. Try some of these fantastic ideas out yourself!

Use It As Fertilizer: Coffee grounds are great fertilizer substitutes. They can help improve drainage and water retention in the soil. On top of that, they are known to attract earthworms which help make your plants happy.

Pest Deterrent: Coffee grounds will keep cats, slugs, and snails from your garden and yard. Throw some out around the house to repel these unwanted pests.

Carrots Love Coffee Grounds: If you mix coffee grounds with carrot seeds, you will see an increase in the quality and size of the produce.

Compost it, Don’t Trash it: If you are not ready to use coffee grounds as fertilizer, at least compost it. This will add nitrogen to a potential “future batch” of fertilizer.

Smelly Fridge? Remove the unpleasant smell from your fridge. Dry out some coffee grounds and place them into a container on one of the fridge shelves.

Freshen Your Hands Naturally: Rub coffee grounds into your hands like soap and then wash. This will help eliminate any unwanted odors from preparing foods such as onions and garlic. It will also soften your hands too.

No More Messy Fireplace: With the winter season in full force, many of us are turning on our fireplaces. However, an unpleasant side effect is the mess that the fireplace creates. Next time, sprinkle coffee grounds on the bottom of the fireplace to help keep the ashes from flying around as you scoop them.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Before becoming a parent, I never knew you could ruin someone’s day by giving them the wrong colored cup.

FEBRUARY 22 IS: Happy National Walk Your Dog Day

HAPPY FEBRUARY 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Paul Lieberstein 50, Drew Barrymore 42, Zach Roerig 32, Vijay Singh 54, Julie Walters 67, Clinton Kelly 48, Thomas Jane 48, Jeri Ryan 49, Steve Irwin (1962-2006), Ted Kennedy (1932-2009), and Sparkey Anderson (1945-2010).


21 Feb 2017
February 21, 2017

Quirky New Use For Glass Vases And Bowls

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This super cute DIY Project appeared somewhere on the internet the other night and it would be a good idea to pass along. There are hundreds of unwanted cut glass vases and bowls of all sizes in second hand stores, thrift shops and garage sales. For a couple of dollars you could have the cutest flower bed in the neighborhood. Run all your glass treasures through the dishwasher to get them nice and clean, then use a product like LOCTITE glass glue to attach the bowl to the vase forming fast and durable joints. The bond is water and heat resistant to stand up to everyday use, dries clear, sets without clamping and is dishwasher safe.

The vase can be attached base up or base down. If you attach it base up (open end down), you can set the vase on a solar light for an interesting night time garden. Alternate the solar vases and the non-solar vases, add in a couple of garden gnomes or cherubs (available at Charter House) and you have a great start to the summer season.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: My father always said’ “There are two kinds of people in this world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.” – Marlo Thomas (talking about her father Danny Thomas)

JOKE OF THE DAY: I am almost a millionaire. I have all the zeros, now I just need a ONE.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1979 – Sony ushers in a new generation of music listening when it introduces the Walkman – allowing people to listen to music while walking.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Ashley Greene 30, Kelsey Grammer 61, Tyne Daly 71, Anthony (C-3PO) Daniels 71, William Peterson 64, William Baldwin 54, Christopher Atkins 56, Sara Blakely 46 (self made billionaire-founder of Spanx), Corbin Bleu 28, Jennifer Love Hewitt 39, Mary Chapin Carpenter 59, Rue McClanahan (1934-2010), and Erma Bombeck (1927-1996).

20 Feb 2017
February 20, 2017

Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches

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This could be a go-to recipe for weeknights when the family needs to get out the door for leisure time activities


Sandwich rolls (cut with one side intact)
Cooked Meatballs (your favorite recipe or frozen, pre-made meatballs)
Pasta Sauce (homemade or jarred)
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place your frozen cooked meatballs or homemade cooked meatballs in a large pot. Cover with your pasta sauce. Gently fold the meatballs with the sauce, Heat the meatballs and sauce on low-medium, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are heated thoroughly.
Fill a roll with as many meatballs as you can fit (usually 4-5 meatballs, depends on size of meatballs and the size of the roll). Top with more pasta sauce from your pot. Place filled sandwich rolls closely on baking sheet. Top each sandwich with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Bake until cheese is melted, hot, and bubbly.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Happy two year anniversary to the bag of clothes for donation on the chair in the corner of my room.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 20 BIRTHDAY TO: Sidney Poitier 90, Cindy Crawford 51, Sandy Duncan 71, Anthony Head 63, Patty Hearst 63, Jeremy Foley 44, Phil Esposito 75, Buffy St. Marie 76, Jack Falahee 28, Ivana Trump 68, Rihanna 29, Lauren Ambrose 39, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), and Curt Cobain (1967-1994).


19 Feb 2017
February 19, 2017

Add Pizzazz To Artificial Flowers

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With spring just around the corner, you may want to add some color into your home. A sad bunch of artificial flowers looks exactly like that…sad and artificial. You can make that bunch of flowers come to life by varying the texture around the flowers.
Grab some shiny artificial berry pods, smooth leaves, or even pine cones and set them on a rustic wood log to contrast the silky petals of your faux flowers. To make them even more realistic, there is a product called Liquid Illusion that looks like water but dries hard around the flower stems in a glass vase.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.
THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1976 – George Harrison was fined for plagiarism with “My Sweet Lord’s” similarity to “He’s So Fine”.
HAPPY FEBRUARY 19 BIRTHDAY TO: Leslie David Baker 60, Benicio Del Toro 51, Justine Bateman 52, Jeff Daniels 63, Sanya Richards 33, Seal 55, Eric Lange 45, Smokey Robinson 78, Scott Paulin 68, and Lee Marvin (1924-1987).

18 Feb 2017
February 18, 2017

Elegant New Chair – From Leather Craft

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A closer look at the 795 Chair in the colour Armani Black. The Diamond Back and Swoop Arm really set this piece apart! It also is available without the diamond back. Leather Craft is a Canadian manufacturer of fine leather products and sold at Charter House Interiors.

38″ Width  31″ Depth  34.5″ Height

Seat Cushion: Feather Blend Seat
Back Cushion: Poly Fiber and Foam
Construction: No Sag
Showwood Finish: Expresso
Arm Height: 23”
Seat Height: 18”
Seat Depth: 23”
Leg Height: 5

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Autocorrect makes me say things I didn’t Nintendo.

THIS DAY IN GEOGRAPHY: 1979 – An atmospheric phenomenon occurs when snow falls in the Sahara Desert.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 2001 – Car racing tragedy: on final lap of the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Sr. is killed in car crash.
HAPPY FEBRUARY 18 BIRTHDAY TO: Molly Ringwald 50, Vanna White 610, John Travolta 63, Matt Dillon 54, Yoko Ono 84, Jillian Michaels 44, Juice Newton 66, Cybill Shepherd 68, George Kennedy (1925-2016), and Jack Palance (1919-2006).

17 Feb 2017
February 17, 2017

Hot Trend 2017: Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets

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Hot Trend: Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets
“Homeowners are starting to take bigger design risks in the kitchen,” according to the designers and real estate professionals. “Expect to see a rise in tuxedo or two-toned painted cabinets where the top and bottom doors are painted in complimentary colors, such as navy blue and soft gray or beige.”

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Before you judge me, please understand, I really don’t care what you think.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1998 – The USA Women’s Ice Hockey team defeats Canada to win their first ever gold medal.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 17 BIRTHDAY TO: Michael Bay 52, Hal Holbrook 92, Rene Russo 63, Jerry O’Connell 43, Luc Robitaille 43, Michael Jordan 54, Larry The Cable Guy 54, Lou Diamond-Phillips 55, Bonnie Wright 26, Joseph Gordon-Levitt 36, Denise Richards 46, Jason Ritter 46, Chord Overstreet 27, and Gene Pitney (1940-2006).

16 Feb 2017
February 16, 2017

New Vases From Down The Beaten Path

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Charter House Interiors has been featuring Down The Beaten Path vases, bowls and statues in our store for years. They introduce new product every year and change colors on old favorites to keep a fresh look. Below is a brief overview from the company. For more products

Down the Beaten Path’s vases are artisan designed, handcrafted terracotta vases made in Mexico. Our unique products range from floor sizes to tabletop and appeal to a variety of styles, tastes and colors from modern to traditional that will compliment everyone’s home décor needs. Down the Beaten Path is a leading designer, importer and distributor of home décor to Canadian retailers for over 15 years.

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SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café and an award-winning humorist, has died at age 68 after a battle with melanoma. McLean’s trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life — and folksy, familiar delivery made him a hit with audiences for more than 20 years. But he always maintained that success came as a surprise to him.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 2005 – NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is forced to cancel the 2004 – 2005 season due to a lockout.

JOKE OF THE DAY: How is adulting going for you today, you ask? I turned on the wrong burner and have been cooking nothing for 20 minutes.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 16 BIRTHDAY TO: Christopher Eccleston 52, Sarah Clarke 45, Amanda Holden 45, Elizabeth Olsen 25, John McEnroe 57, Ice T 59, LeVar Burton 59, Sonny Bono (1935-1998), and Patty Andrews (1918-2013).

For a warm winter treat try this out.

To Die For Bread Pudding Slow Cooker Recipe

3 large eggs
1/2 c of light brown sugar, packed
1 t of nutmeg, ground
1 c of heavy cream
1 c of milk
1 1/4 t of vanilla extract
1/4 c of butter, melted
1/2 c of raisins
1/2 c of butterscotch chips
1/2 c pecans
2 T of cinnamon
20 slices of wheat bread, 1 inch cubed
1/3 c heavy cream
1 c sugar
1/2 c of butter
1.5 T of rum (or other favorite liquor)

Spray slow cooker with cooking spray
Whisk eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in bowl
Stir in milk, heavy cream, vanilla, and butter
Add bread cubes until moistened
Fold in butterscotch chips, raisins and pecans
Cook on low for 2 hours or until center is firm
Cover and let stand for 30 minutes
Serve warm with glaze or whipping cream
For Glaze, optional
Melt all ingredients except for rum, do not boil
Add rum
Pour over bread pudding slow cooker recipe

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 2005 – YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States.
1965 – A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.

JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m glad you’re finally learning to laugh at yourself. That was kind of getting awkward for the rest of us.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 15 BIRTHDAY TO: Amber Riley 31, Christopher McDonald 62, Janice Dickinson 62, Matt Groening 63, Alex Borstein 44, Sarah Wynter 44, Jaromir Jagr 45, Melissa Manchester 66, Jane Seymour 66, Norman Bridwell (1928-2014), Chris Farley (1964-1997), and Harvey Korman (1927-2008).

14 Feb 2017
February 14, 2017

Indoor Vines Make A Comeback.

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Indoor Vines
Don’t feel like you need to buy a new couch or paint a whole room to freshen up your home decor. Sometimes a new plant is all it takes. Climbing plants like the pothos (devil’s ivy) have surged in popularity. Both live and silk plants died a swift death when all thos home and restaurant make-over shows were popular. Heaven forbid, you’d have something green in your home. Now we are seeing more plants, trees and climbing vines making a comeback instead of just one leaf in some water on a dining table. But before we go screwing decorative hooks into the ceiling again, I’d wait on the revival of the macrame hanger.

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VALENTINE’S JOKE OF THE DAY: I won’t be spending Valentine’s alone because I will be spending it with my bottle of wine.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1876 Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone.

SAD DAY FOR SASKATCHEWAN: Tyrone Tootoosis passed away Sunday February 12 at the age of 58. He was instrumental in transcribing and translating interviews his father had with elders of First Nations people. Without this man, so much of the culture could have been lost. Tyrone did so much more in his short life, too much to mention here.

ALSO: Glenn McDougall 1937-2017. The man behind FURY guitars leaves a rich musical legacy. Glenn handcrafted some 10,00 guitars in his lifetime. He was often called “Canada’s Leo Fender”. But it will be the positive influence he had on hundreds, if not, thousands of musician that will be his legacy.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 14 BIRTHDAY TO: Matt Barr 33, Enrico Colantoni 54, Freddie Highmore 25, Valente Rodriguez 56, Hugh Downs 96, Meg Tilly 47, Simon Pegg 47, Florence Henderson (1934-2016), Jack Benny (1894-1974), Jimmy Hoffa (1913-1982), Gregory Hines (1946-2003).