19 Mar 2017
March 19, 2017

Make Delicious Inside-Out Gravy Buns

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I have not tried these yet, but they do look easy enough to make and would be tasty.

INGREDIENTS
Servings: 8

Gravy
8 ounces ground sausage
3 tablespoons flour
1½ cups milk
¼ teaspoon thyme
¼ teaspoon sage
Cayenne pepper, pinch
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
14 biscuits
Egg (for egg wash)
PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F/180˚C.
2. In a cast-iron skillet, break up the ground sausage into small chunks and brown over medium-high heat until sausage is cooked through and no longer pink.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Sprinkle the flour over the sausage and stir until the flour has absorbed all of the sausage fat and is lightly coating the sausage pieces.
4. Add the milk in several increments while whisking.
5. Add thyme, sage, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt.
6. Cook the gravy for 5-10 minutes, frequently stirring until the gravy thickens. Let cool.
7. Fill a well-greased ice cube tray with the gravy. (If you do not have an ice cube tray, pour the gravy onto a greased parchment-lined ½ cookie sheet.)
8. Freeze for 20 minutes.
9. With your thumb, make a divot in the center of each biscuit.
10. Place a cube of gravy into each divot.
11. Fold the sides of the biscuit dough around the gravy cube pinching the dough together at the top.
12. Turn the dough balls upside down. With the palm of your hand, roll the biscuit ball around in a clockwise motion on your table surface to smooth out the dough balls.
13. Place the biscuits on a parchment lined ½ cookie sheet making sure the dough seams are on the bottom.
14. Brush with egg wash.
15. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
16. Enjoy

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THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1931 – Gambling becomes legal in Nevada – birth of the Nevada gambling industry.

SAD NEWS IN THE MUSIC WORLD: Legendary musician Chuck Berry, who was central to the development of rock ‘n’ roll beginning in the ’50s with indelible hits like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Johnny B. Goode,” died today in St. Charles County, Mo. He was 90 years old.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Daylight Savings Time. Who came up with the brilliant idea of moving the clocks forward on the weekend…in the middle of the night?? Why not move them ahead at 4 pm on a Friday?

HAPPY MARCH 19 BIRTHDAY TO: Glenn Close 70, Ursula Andress 81, Ahmad Bradshaw 31, Bruce Willis 62, Eduardo Saverin 35, Connor Trinnear 48, Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), and Patrick McGoohan (1928-2009).

18 Mar 2017
March 18, 2017

How To Make A Birdseed Wreath

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It might be warming up but sometimes our returning feathered friends could use a home-cooked meal. Here’s how to make a birdseed wreath.

9″ bundt pan
2 packets gelatin
1 c. warm water
6 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups flour
8 c. birdseed
Fresh or frozen cranberries
Cooking spray
Ribbon
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Mix 2 packets of unflavored gelatin with 1 cup of warm water.

2. Add in 6 tbsp of light corn syrup and 1 1/2 cups of flour. Mix until smooth.

3. Slowly add 8 cups of birdseed, stirring as you go. Heads up: It might take a while to get all the bird seed coated — keep at it!

4. Lightly coat the inside of the bundt pan with cooking spray.

5. Add a few fresh or frozen cranberries to the pan.

6. Spoon the birdseed mixture into the bundt pan, pressing down firmly.

7. Let the wreath dry for 24 hours.

8. Carefully remove the wreath from the bundt pan and loop ribbon through to hang it up.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You know what rhymes with Saturday? Vodka.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1967 – British supertanker Torrey Canyon hits a reef in the English channel, creating one of the largest oil spills in history

HAPPY MARCH 18 BIRTHDAY TO: Vanessa Williams 54, Queen Latifa 47, Adam Levine 38, Lily Collins 28, Irene Cara 58, Charlie Pride 78, Grover Clevland (1837-1908), Peter Graves (1926-2010), Wilson Pickett (1921-2006), and Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940).

17 Mar 2017
March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Just want to wish y’all a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day.

St Patrick’s Day is an official holiday in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is observed by the provincial government, but post offices, stores, many schools, businesses and other organizations are open. Public transport services run on their regular timetables.

St Patrick’s Day is not a public holiday in other parts of Canada. Schools, organizations, businesses, stores and post offices are open as usual. Some organizations may arrange St Patrick’s Day parties, but these do not usually disrupt normal affairs. Public transport services run on their regular timetables. In cities, where parades or large public events are held, there may be some congestion or road closures.

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In Honor of St. Patrick, I’d like to start the day by pouring a pint of Guinness over a big bowl of Lucky Charms.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Happy St. Patrick’s Day to someone who finally has a reasonable excuse for being drunk at work on a Friday.

SAD DAY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Blues harmonica virtuoso and onetime Muddy Waters sideman James Cotton died on Thursday at a medical center in Austin of pneumonia. He was 81.

HAPPY MARCH 17 BIRTHDAY TO: Rob Kardashian 30, Gary Sinise 62, Rob Lowe 53, Pattie Boyd 73, John Sebastian 73, Mia Hamm 45, Kurt Russell 66, Chuck Woolery 76, Coco Austin 37,  Patrick Duffy 68, Paul Kantner (1941-2016), Nat King Cole (1919-1965), and Bobby Jones (1902-1971).

A big thank you to #lovefromtheoven for this recipe

Green Velvet Cupcakes
Servings 1 standard layer cake or 24 cupcakes
Ingredients
CAKE
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 oz green food coloring
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1 package of softened cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 bag powdered sugar 2 lb bag
Milk as needed
Instructions

CAKE
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Grease your cake pans, muffin tins, whoopie pie pans, whatever method you decide to go with.
Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with whisk. Add in remaining liquid ingredients. Whisk until blended, the stir in food coloring and sit aside.
Place all dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together well.
Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or two until well combined.
Pour the batter into cake pans or cupcake pans.
Baking times will vary based on what you are using. For one 8″ cake pan, it was about 22 minutes. Regular size cupcakes were around 16 minutes, mini cupcakes and whoopie pie pans were both about 13 minutes.
FROSTING
Cream together cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Gradually add in powdered sugar and continue mixing. Add in milk as needed to reach the desired consistency. Store frosting and frosted cupcakes in refrigerator.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Always love a woman for her personality. They have like 10, so you can choose.

HAPPY MARCH 16 BIRTHDAY TO: Tyrel Jackson Williams 20, Paul Schneider 41, Jerry Lewis 91, Tara Buck 42, Gore Verbinski 54, Jerome Flynn 54, Tim Kang 44, Alan Tudyk 46, Rupert Sanders 46, Eric Estrada 68, Victor Garber 68, Blake Griffin 28, Mercedes McCambridge (1916-2004), Pat Nixon (1912-1993), and Henny Youngman (1906-1998).

Our Diving and Climbing Men from Abbott have been exceptionally good sellers and we seldom think to ask where the customer is going to hang them. We always assume it will be on a narrow wall or in a home office…but, there is always that one customer that comes up with the most unique idea. He, (and yes, the customer is a he) is going to hang the diving man over his toilet. Admittedly, this isn’t everyone’s taste in decorating but it is something to think about. After we all quit laughing and shared some toilet humor, he wanted suggestions how to hang the diving man. Since the ‘rope’ is twisted wire and ends in a loop, we suggested a vintage door pull instead of the traditional nail or screw. We wished him the best and he promised to come back and let us know what his friends and family thought of his decor idea.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: YOU: Why do I feel so terrible? BODY: Coffee is not a meal. BODY: Eat a vegetable. BODY: Sleep. YOU: Guess we’ll never know. BODY: Oh, my God!

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1972 Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather debuts and…in 1998 James Cameron’s Titanic becomes the highest grossing film in North American box offices.

HAPPY MARCH 15 BIRTHDAY: Eva Longoria 42, Kellan Lutz 32, Judd Hirsch 82, Jimmy Swaggert 82, Dee Snider 62, Bret Michaels 54, Sly Stone 74, Sean Biggerstaff 34, Mike Love 75, Kim Raver 47, Kevin Youkilis 38, Fabio 58, Harry James (1918-1963), Carl Smith (1927-2010), and Andrew Jackson (1767-1845).

14 Mar 2017
March 14, 2017

Chicken Adobo – Slow Cooker

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Haven’t tried this one yet but it looks east enough and seems tasty.

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time : 6 hrs 30 mins
Total Time: 6 hrs 40 mins
Servings 4
Ingredients
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 shallots, minced
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves
½ cup chicken stock (I used Knorr Homestyle Stock)
⅓ cup low-sodium soy sauce
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 pounds chicken thighs and/or drumsticks, excess fat removed

Directions
Rub the olive oil around the inside of your slow cooker. Mince your shallots and garlic and add them to the pot, along with your brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and bay leaves.
Pour your chicken stock, soy sauce, and apple cider vinegar into the pot. Clean any excess fat from your chicken; this more goes for thighs than it does drumsticks, but you don’t want too much fat sitting in the pot while you chicken cooks. Add them to the pot, and pour some of the sauce on top of the chicken so it’s coated. Set your slow cooker to low and let it cook for 6 hours (if you want to double this recipe, put it on low for 8-10 hours).
When your chicken is ready, remove it from the pan. Now, your chicken will be delicious as it is with a little of the sauce poured on top, but you can always take it up a notch by doing the following.
Set the chicken on a lined baking sheet (on top of a cooling rack in a lined baking sheet, if you have one, but it’s not completely necessary). Strain the sauce into a pot, so that you remove the shallots, garlic, and bay leaves from the liquid, and place the pot over medium-high heat. Cook the sauce, stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes, until reduced to about half.
While you reduce your sauce, preheat your oven to broil. When your sauce has reduced, brush the chicken with it and broil for 1-2 minutes, until slightly charred and crispy. Serve alongside some rice, bread, or steamed vegetables.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything. And don’t post it on Facebook either

HAPPY MARCH 14 BIRTHDAY TO: Daniel Gillies 41, Grace Park 43, Micheal Caine 84, Quincy Jones 84, Taylor Hanson 34, Mercedes McNab 37, Tamara Tunie 58, James Jordan 38, James Frain 49, Billy Crystal 69, Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Les Brown (1912-2001), Kirby Puckett (1960-2006).

You’re Feeling Motion Sickness, Here’s 5 Things You Can Do to Relieve it

Everyone has dealt with motion sickness. Whether it’s your first time on a moving boat, your 10th time in a flying plane, or your 100th time in a moving vehicle, you’re always at risk of having motion sickness.
A loss of your center of gravity that may lead you to feel sick and have the need to vomit. Yes, there are medications such as Dramamine that can relieve you of motion sickness, but what if you forget to bring it with you? Does that mean that it is inevitable that you will deal with motion sickness? Not necessarily.

Here are 5 ways to relieve motion sickness on your own!

1)  Focus on a fixed point, like the horizon. While everything is moving around you, it is best to focus on something that is not moving, like any fixed point. While you’re in a car, boat, or plane, it is good to look into the horizon. The horizon never moves nor changes direction, so by staring right at it, you feel less like you are actually moving. This is a great way to relieve motion sickness.

2) Do NOT read or look down at your phone. If you look at something stationary, such as book or cell phone, or even the bottom of your feet while looking down, that could cause motion sickness. This is because while you are looking at something not moving, your ears are hearing either the sounds of a moving car, or waves near a moving boat, which throws off your equilibrium. Avoid this!

3) Breath consistently and control your breathing. By focusing on your breathing, making sure to inhale fully, then exhale fully, you will take in good amounts of oxygen into your body. This will reduce the feeling of nausea in your stomach, and ultimately reduce the feelings of motion sickness.

4) Drink a good amount of water. It is best to drink a good amount of water, not an excessive amount of water. Drinking water consistently throughout your trip will keep you hydrated, which is a necessity in order to not have motion sickness. Dehydration is a main factor in motion sickness.

5) Have a taste of ginger in any form available. You can have ginger in my forms, such as by eating a ginger cookie or adding a tablespoon of ginger to a cup of tea. All these ways will help reduce many of the symptoms of motion sickness, and help you avoid drowsiness. Ginger contains both gingerols and shogaols, which help relieve nausea by relaxing your intestines.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: People start working and swear they have never been broke before. Start driving  and swear they have never had to walk. Get their own house and start to talk down to people who still live at home. Humble yourself because you can always end up right back where you started.

HAPPY MARCH 13 BIRTHDAY TO: Corey Miller 50, Dana Delany 61, Danny Masterson 41, Harry Melling 27, William H. Macy 67, Harry Melling 28, Neil Sedaka 78, and Joseph Mascolo 87 (1929-2016).

12 Mar 2017
March 12, 2017

Another Lazy Sunday

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The working end of our website has been down for a few days. That is where we add blogs and new products to the website. Our website guru, Kevin, at Lime Communications got us up and running in very short order. This guy develops great websites so if you are in need of a website, contact Kevin.

Anyway, it’s another Lazy Day Sunday. Have a good one.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Procaffeinating: (n) the tendency not to start anything until you have had your first cup of coffee.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 2009 – Madoff pleads guilty in Wall Street scam.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Joni Sledge was disco royalty that helped transition disco into what is considered dance music. Sadly, this musical pioneer has passed away aged 60.

HAPPY MARCH 12 BIRTHDAY TO: Mitt Romey 70, Liza Minnelli 71, Frank Welker (voice actor) 71, Barbra Feldon 84, Darryl Strawberry 55, Jon Provost 67, Courtney B. Vance 57, Pete Doherty 38, and James Taylor 69.

 

As we were moving furniture around in the showroom the other day, it was mentioned that these cute little stools should be featured in the daily blog. They provide a pop of color without the commitment of paint or expensive furniture. They would be great in a kid’s room as well. Below is the supplier’s product description.

Lacey – square stool with carrying handle
With frames of hardwood and panel construction, and upholstery foams with a polyester wrap, this collection of simple, robust and beautifully crafted stools, with bonded leather carrying handles for easy transporting. Available in 3 colors. You can layer in a leather texture without a big commitment. Use as a small ottoman, a quick pull-up seating or as an impromptu side table.

Width: 16″   Depth: 16″   Height: 18″
Cover: Velour. Color: Pastel Blue, Citrus or Red.    Strap: White Bonded Leather

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JOKE OF THE DAY:

HAPPY MARCH 9 BIRTHDAY TO: Mickey Gilley 81, Brittany Snow 31, Ben Mulroney 41, Steve Wilkos 53, Bert Campineris 75, Emmanuel Lewis 46, Matthew Gray Gubler 37, Kato Kaelin 58, Mickey Spillane (1918-2006), Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), Bobby Fischer (1943-2008), Leland Stanford (1824-1863), and Raul Julia (1940-1994).

One of our suppliers, CRP Plastics, just released the news about their new Stratford Swivel Chair to add to their already huge line of recycled plastic products. It will not be available until 2018 but you can bet Charter House Interiors will be featuring this in our showroom. Below is the press release from CRP Plastics.

Stratford Swivel Chair
Our unique patent pending swivel mechanism has no hardware and is built to withstand anything Mother Nature can throw at it.

One of our bestselling product features, our swivel mechanism is an impressive design that is offered in our Stratford Deep Seating Collection chair as well as select pub and dining chairs.

The swivel mechanism uses only plastic surfaces to turn resulting in low friction and gentle movement. Our swivel chairs offer the ultimate flexibility in outdoor seating and entertainment with 360 degree motion.

Our plans are to to add this swivel mechanism to new products for 2018 and we anticipate continued excitement and success for our swivel products. Swivels Sell!

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MARCH 8 IS: International Women’s Day

JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m in a very dark place right now. Not emotionally, just hiding in the closet, from my kids.

HAPPY MARCH 8 BIRTHDAY TO: Hines Ward 41, James Van Der Beek 41, Freddie Prinze Jr. 41, Mickey Dolenz 72, Clint, Dave and Bob Moffatt 32, Kat Von D 35, Camryn Manheim 56, Aiden Quinn 58, Alan “Skipper” Hale (1921-1999), and Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010).

This photo appeared on a DIY (whole room) makeover somewhere on the internet and as stunning as that end result was, this toilet tank display was so sweet. Toilet tanks are small so they tend to get neglected as a decor feature, most end up with a sad box of tissues that change every time the tissues run out. With a little imagination and some second-hand store finds, this toilet tank ended up a showpiece. Who didn’t have one of these brass plant misters in the 70’s or 80’s? There are thousands still kicking around everywhere. Failing that, there are some great incense burners instead. Look in GOOGLE or Pinterest for things to do with milk glass. This vase is home to a sprig of eucalyptus but you could change it out for pussy willows. We sell the mini finger cactus at Charter House, however, any small succulent would do. It is all a matter of finding the right ‘scale’ for your display. For a simple change in your display, tie a bow around the milk glass vase in seasonal colors. Easy.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I hate it when I try to eat a salad and it accidentally falls in the trash and I have to eat a pizza instead.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 2006 – Apple Inc. is granted the patent to the iPod.

HAPPY MARCH 7 BIRTHDAY TO: Bryan Cranston 61, John Heard 72, T.J. Thyne 42, Jenna Fischer 43, Willard Scott 83, Ernie Isley 65, Peter Sarsgaard 46, Laura “Hot Donna” Prepon 37, Rachel Weisz 47, Daniel J. Travanti 77, Lord Snowdon 87, and Tammy Faye Baker (1942-2007).

The reason your pasta spoon has a hole in it.
Have you ever wondered why your pasta spoon has a hole in it? Probably not—you must have figured it was there so the pasta water could drain out. And you were right. But before you smugly pat yourself on the back for successfully reverse-engineering a dumb spoon, you should know that’s only half the story. After all, a regular slotted spoon could drain water. So why the one big hole? Once you know the truth, you’ll never look at the world the same way again.That’s right—the amount of dry pasta that fits through the hole in the spoon is one serving size. Using the hole is an easy way to measure out the roughly 4,000 servings that most pasta fans will consume in a meal. Seriously, who ever ate a single recommended serving size of pasta in a meal?

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Mother Nature: “You cannot fit all 4 seasons into a week.” Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta: “Hold my beer and watch this.”

HAPPY MARCH 6 BIRTHDAY TO: Kiki Dee 70, Connie Britton 50, Rob Reiner 70, Mary Wilson 73, Shaquille O’Neal 44, Jackie Zeman 64, Stedman Graham 66, Tom Arnold 58, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), Michelangelo (1475-1564), Lou Costello (1906-1959), Ed McMahon (1923-2009), and Willie Stargell (1940-2001).