20 Jan 2017
January 20, 2017

Trick To Hide Those Eyesore Power Cords

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Trick To Hide Those Eyesore Power Cords
Nothing ruins the decor of a room faster than having power cords from lamps or media pieces on full display, use tiny adhesive hooks to attach cords to the back of table legs where they can’t be seen (or at least minimize the cord clutter).

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SAD DAY IN THE TELEVISION WORLD: Miguel Ferrer, co-star of NCIS: Los Angeles and Crossing Jordan, has died at age 61 from a battle with cancer. He was an instantly-recognizable character with a career spanning 35 years.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 2011 – Co-founder of Google, Larry Page is named as the new Google CEO – replacing Eric Schmidt whom had served as CEO since 2001.

JOKE OF THE DAY: I just burned 1200 calories. I forgot the pizza in the oven.

HAPPY JANUARY 20 BIRTHDAY TO: Evan Peters 30, Rainn Wilson 51, Rachel Perry 41, Bill Maher 61, James Denton 54, Paul Stanley 65, Skeet Ulrich 47, Buzz Aldrin 86, Arte Johnson 88, Melissa Rivers 49, George Burns (1896-1996), Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975), and DeForest Kelly (1920-1999).

19 Jan 2017
January 19, 2017

One More Super Clever Use For A Pallet

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There are two things I love to see re-purposed; one is pool noodles and the other is pallets. What a clever idea this is for a narrow space. You cannot buy console tables this narrow but this can be the statement piece in your home and it is practically free. Just find a pallet, sand it and spray paint (or stain) it and add a narrow wood top. Have some fun with the color of your new hall table, after all, it doesn’t match any furniture you have in your home. Be sure to secure it to the wall as it is unstable otherwise. Make a gallery picture wall above it, put a small bowl on the top for keys, install a phone dock, add antiques, books or anything your heart desires.

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DID YOU KNOW: Shelley Fabares, who is turning 72 years old today is married to Mike Farrell of M*A*S*H fame since 1984.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1966 – Indira Ghandi takes charge as first female Prime Minister of India
1937 – Future billionaire Howard Hughes sets a record for transcontinental air flight

JOKE OF THE DAY: I tried to log in on my iPad. Turns out, it was and Etch-A-Sketch and I don’t own an iPad. Also, I am out of wine.

HAPPY JANUARY 19 BIRTHDAY TO: Paula Deen 69, Dolly Parton 70, Paul Rodriguez 61, Katey Segal 62, Shelley Fabares 72, Dezi Arnaz Jr. 63, Jodie Sweetin 34, Paul McCrane 55, Jean Stapleton (1923-2013), Robert Palmer (1949-2003), Janis Joplin (1943-1970), Phil Everly (1939-2013), Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1949), Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), and Thomas Kinkade (1958-2008).

***Editor’s Note*** I did try this recipe and is really is good, although I would cut the cooking time down by about 1/2 hour.



The easiest potatoes you can make right in the crockpot – perfectly tender, flavorful and cheesy!

6 slices bacon
3 pounds red potatoes, chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 tablespoon Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix, or more, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped chives
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Spread bacon in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until brown and crispy, about 12-14 minutes. Let cool before crumbling; set aside.
Line a slow cooker with aluminum foil, leaving enough to overhang to wrap the potatoes on top, and coat with nonstick spray. Place a layer of potatoes evenly into the slow cooker. Top with cheese, Ranch Seasoning and bacon, repeating 2 more times and reserving 1/2 cup cheese.
Cover potatoes with aluminum foil. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover and cook until melted, about 1-2 minutes.
Serve immediately, garnished with chives.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Nothing says “I’m confused.” like me trying to sleep in winter- – heat on, window open, fan blowing, lying under 13 blankets, one foot out.

HAPPY JANUARY 18 BIRTHDAY TO: Becca Tobin 31, Kevin Costner 62, Mark Messier 56, Bobby Goldsboro 76, Jason Segel 37, Jesse L. Martin 48, and Cary Grant (1904-1986), Danny Kaye (1913-1987), Oliver Hardy (1892-1957).

17 Jan 2017
January 17, 2017

More Proof – Yellow Is Hot Right Now

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This is an instant way to brighten up ANY bedroom without going overboard on yellow, the forgotten color; until this year 2017. Just the right pops of yellow in bright, sunny hues makes this rather nice but boring bedroom come to life (notice the dresser just peeking out on the right hand side of the picture. Don’t be afraid to re-purpose and old antique by giving it a new life. Blue and yellow go together like franks and beans, George and Gracie, pancakes and syrup. If your bedroom is in burgundy or eggplant say, use a mustard color. Something with more weight.

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THIS DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD: 1980 – Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” hits #1

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Dick Gautier, who starred in the original Broadway production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” and then played Hymie the Robot on the sitcom “Get Smart,” has died, according to media reports. He was 85. After a long illness, Gautier died Friday night at an assisted living facility in Arcadia, California.

JOKE OF THE DAY: You just know it is going to be a crappy day when it starts with you sneezing while brushing your teeth.

HAPPY JANUARY 17 BIRTHDAY TO: Steve Harvey 60, Steve Earle 62, Michelle Obama 53, Jim Carrey 55, Betty White an amazing 95, Kid Rock 46, James Earl Jones 86, Maxim Chmerkovskiy 37, Zooey Deschanel 37, Maury Povich 78, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), Andy Kaufmann (1949-1984), Vidal Sassoon (1928-2012), and Shari Lewis (1933-1998) beloved ventriloquist of Lambchop.

16 Jan 2017
January 16, 2017

NEW – Pet Memory Necklaces

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Pet Memory Necklaces

New at Charter House this week: Loving Memory Pet Necklaces. Available in silver or gold color. The locket opens where the chain slides through revealing a solid brass vial for ashes if you’ve had your pet cremated. If not, you can put a few pet hairs in the vial…or nothing at all. Engraved with a generic paw print and the words Always In My Heart. Sells for 49.95 and comes gift boxed. What a beautiful way to keep your beloved pet close to your heart.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Being the family witch is a difficult job but someone has to step up and take one for the team.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1919 – The 18th Amendment, banning the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcoholic beverages becomes, becomes the law across the United States.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1980 – Paul McCartney is arrested for marijuana possession, and he spends 10 days in jail for the charge.

.HAPPY JANUARY 16 BIRTHDAY TO: Kate Moss 42, Jim Stafford 72, Ronny Milsap 73, Debbie Allen 66, Sade 57, Yvonne Zima 27, Rene Angelil (1942-2015), Dizzy Dean (1910-1974), and Aaliya (1979-2001).

Look what is new for the cat lover in your life from one of our favorite suppliers ABBOTT. Check out all these cat (and dog) related decor and gift items at www.abbottcollection.com  If there is a particular item you would like us to order for you at the spring gift show January 28-February 1, please contact us at (306) 653-4634 for pricing and to reserve your purchase.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: T-shirts I own 50   T-shirts I wear 5   T-shirts I am willing to give up 0

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 2001 – Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia created and edited by internet users for free – is launched on the world wide web.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1967 – The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl game.

HAPPY JANUARY 15 BIRTHDAY TO: Andrea Martin 70, James Nesbitt 52, Charo 65, Chad Lowe 49, Eddie Cahill 39, Lloyd Bridges (1913-1998), Gene Krupa (1909-1973), Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), and Ronnie Van Zant (1948-1977).

14 Jan 2017
January 14, 2017

Is 2017 The Year For Yellow

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Is 2017 The Year For Yellow

Yellow has a bit of an image problem. It’s not loved like blue or chic like gray, but it is an excellent compliment to a great many colors.

Can yellow be overdone? Yes, easily. This is why so many people just breeze right past the yellow section of the color chips when deciding on what paint to go with in their homes. Paint is not the only option, wallpaper, in a subdued yellow pattern, brings cheery warmth to an entranceway. Patterned toss cushions, carpets, art and drapery with shots of yellow add that touch of oomph to a room. That is what yellow is; cheerful, sunny, and energetic. Its hiatus makes this hue poised to make a comeback. Design experts are already seeing evidence of a trend towards yellow, from pale butters to dark mustard.

It’s a mood-boosting hue: When faced with the seemingly never-ending darkness of winter, it’s so nice to walk into a bright room that reminds us of what a sunny day feels like. Yellow brings out the best in other colors. Though the color combo is often considered passé, just think of yellow and gray (which is always lovely). The contrast of yellow enhances the rich depth in gray. Even white trim and cabinets seems brighter and crisper next to buttery walls or a bowl full of lemons.
It amplifies light. Yellow makes rooms seem brighter, even when it’s a soft shade like in a sitting room. It has such a strong effect that you might want to be careful in how much yellow is used or the intensity of the shade of yellow. You might want to limit it in a bedroom, but it would definitely be welcome in a breakfast nook or in a home office.

It makes an impact, even in small doses: Whether big or small, yellow accessories are eye-catching enough to completely change the feel of a room, like a dining area in a space with limited lighting. It’s a quality that’s helpful if you want to tone down the impact of a yellow-painted room elsewhere in your home. For instance: If all of the other rooms in your home are white, a yellow kitchen might feel like too much of a bold statement. Weaving in accessories in similar hues throughout your home lessens the surprise factor. An excellent example of this is the HGTV show ‘Masters of Flip’. Their home stager will almost always carry a color theme (in this case, yellow) throughout the house. Each room will have a shot of color (or different shades of color) through bedding, fresh flowers, fruit, cushions, carpets, accent furniture, vases and accessories.

Yellow can have a sophisticated depth: Many of us think of yellow rooms in terms of just flat, solid walls. But you can use the color as a jumping-off point for patterns, to get a bit more interest into a room. Add some dimension or design to a room with a pattern in the same color as the wall but change the sheen for contrast.

Designer’s Tip: When deciding on a shade, keep this quality in mind. Yellow tends to be a bit bolder than a paint chip suggests, so choose a color one shade lighter than you want.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Quit posting all your troubles on Facebook. Go to a bar like normal people

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. – Unknown

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1954 – Marilyn Monroe marries Joe DiMaggio at San Francisco City Hall.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1973 – The Miami Dolphins complete the perfect season, winning the Super Bowl and finishing 17-0.

HAPPY JANUARY 14 BIRTHDAY TO: Emily Watson 50, Mark Addy 53, Faye Dunaway 76, Grant Gustin 28, Jason Bateman 48, Jack Jones 79, and Andy Rooney (1919-2011).

13 Jan 2017
January 13, 2017

Make The Best Gravy Ever

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Gravy is a make-it-or-break-it component of any meal, but it’s particularly crucial on Thanksgiving, Christmas or perhaps Easter. You can’t have turkey and mashed potatoes without a superb gravy to round it all off, and this is just the recipe to keep the bar raised. There is a more streamlined gravy, calling basically for just drippings, butter and flour but this version has a richer flavor to it and the incorporation of spices really makes it special. Don’t be disappointed with a lackluster gravy…this one enhances everything you serve it with and everyone loves it!
Classic Brown Gravy
Serves 10


turkey drippings
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup red wine
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh sage minced
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Once you’ve cooked your turkey, remove it from roasting pan, leaving drippings where they are, and transfer pan to the stove over medium heat.
Pour in wine and chicken broth and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until you’ve scraped up the bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Once all the tasty pieces are loose from the pan, transfer mixture to a fat separator or let cool slightly and spoon off fat, reserving both fat and remaining liquid.
Place 2/3 cup fat in roasting pan over medium-high heat. Once fat has liquified, sprinkle flour evenly over the top and whisk continuously until mixture is thick and paste-like.
Cook for 3-4 minutes, then (while whisking vigorously) slowly return saved liquid back to the roux-like paste.
Continue whisking until gravy is smooth, then season with herbs, salt and pepper.
Transfer gravy to serving bowl and serve hot. (It should still be liquid, as it will thicken as it cools.)

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Tim is on the internet. He sees something that offends him, he ignores it and moves on with his life. Good move, Tim.

SAD DAY IN THE WORLD OF TELEVISION: Canadian actor Tony Rosato, a veteran of sketch-comedy shows “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV,” has died at the age of 62. It was suspected that Rosato died from an apparent heart attack.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1968 – Johnny Cash records a live album in the cafeteria of Folsom Prison.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1974 – The Miami Dolphins win back to back Super Bowls – destroying the Minnesota Vikings.

HAPPY JANUARY 13 BIRTHDAY TO: Orlando Bloom 40, Patrick Dempsey 51, Richard Moll 74, Trace Adkins 55, Julia Louis Dreyfus 56, Kevin Anderson 57, Liam Hemsworth 27, Traci Bingham 49, Robert Stack (1919-2003), and Charles Nelson Reilly (1931-2007).

12 Jan 2017
January 12, 2017

Meet Sam Toft – Artist

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At Charter House Interiors, we have carried Sam Toft prints for several years now and have been a consistent good seller. These are fun, whimsical prints that can fit into most home decor.

Sam Toft is an English painter who is famous for her light humor, artwork, and paintings. Oil-pastel crayons are her favorite tools and she works with them quickly. Her work is done only on a small scale.
Sam Toft’s first ambition was to work in the post office. Instead of achieving her dream, she became a silver-service waitress, a civil servant, a fire extinguisher salesperson, a catering manageress, a student, and a death grants advisor. She was even unemployed for a time. She has lived in many places in England. Today, she lives in Brighton. Toft graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Science from Kingston Polytechnic in South West London. Today, it is known as Kingston University. During that time, Toft had no idea what path to take or what career to pursue, but she was sure she would never become a poet. Due to her many previous different jobs and because she couldn’t seem to find her passion, she decided to make a drastic change in her life.

Toft went back to Liverpool. She took a vocational course there and received a BTEC qualification in General Art and Design at the City of Liverpool Community College. While she was there, she was inspired by a teacher named Hering. This Liverpool Community College teacher gave her the confidence to pursue a career in art. Since then, Toft has made hundreds of handmade cards. She has also done a lot of illustration work, caricatures, and wedding invitations. She also paints, which is her favorite medium. Toft has been working with mixed media such as colored inks and oil pastels. She also uses the fingers-and-thumbs technique. She is the author of the characters Ernest and Violet Mustard whom she uses in her paintings. Her illustrations, drawings, and paintings have been published by The Art Group as cards and limited edition prints. Her work can be seen around the United Kingdom. Her art is also featured in galleries and art fairs. She also sells her work both in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Among Toft’s works are Black Dog at Brand Point Light, A Halting Sight at the Sugar Maple, Two Good Pumpkins, and Moon Riders. All of these are paintings that have a cartoon-like theme. She also has black-and-white art such as Keeping her Majesty Dry and Getting all his Ducks in a Row.

Toft’s character, Ernest Mustard, was first drawn while she was dawdling along the seafront.
Toft’s Ernest Mustard and Violet Mustard have pets.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Good morning world. Your little ray of sarcastic sunshine has arrived.

HAPPY JANUARY 12 BIRTHDAY TO: Rob Zombie 51, Howard Stern 63, Kirstie Alley 65, Dominique Wilkins 55, Rachael Harris 47, Naya Rivera 29, John Lasseter 59, Tim Horton (1930-1974), and Joe Frazier (1944-2011).

**Editor’s Note** I have not tried this but I have seen many posts on how onions help with various ailments. What do you have to lose by trying this? Nothing. Onions are abundant and cheap.

Prepare this magnificent coating in the evening and place it on your feet right before going to bed. Now let the coating on to work over the night.

The coating is antibacterial and it improves the blood circulation. Therefore this coating will help you eject all the impurities from your body.

The key ingredient of this coating is the onion. Through the skin, the onion, penetrates deeply into the bloodstream and that way it purifies the blood.

In order to prepare this coating, first you need to cut the onion into thin slices and wait for a few minutes, or until the onion juice appears on the onion slices. Then place these onion slices on your feet. Next you need to wrap your feet in a transparent foil and finally you need to put on some thick socks.

If you want to warm your feet, you can use wool socks. The foil will keep this coating steady and tightly attached to your feet. The best thing is that you don’t have to worry about any unpleasant odors, because there won’t be any.

If your skin is too sensitive to onions, then you need to apply some greasy cream or almond oil on your feet, before placing this coating.

In the morning when you get up, take off your socks and remove the coating. Then wash your feet with cold water and then put on some wool socks to warm your feet. At this point your blood will begin to circulate very quickly. This treatment is especially useful for those who have diabetes and poor circulation.

This method is recommended for those who have health problems, but also is useful for perfectly healthy people. You should also apply this method when you have the flu, pneumonia and fever.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Lying through your teeth does not count as flossing.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1964 – The surgeon general, for the first time, announces smoking causes cancer – changing the tobacco industry forever.

HAPPY JANUARY 11 BIRTHDAY TO: Naomi Judd 71, Jean Chretien 83, Kim Coles 55, Amanda Peet 55, Mary J. Blige 46, John A. McDonald (1815-1873), and Clarence Clemons (1942-2011).

All-Weather Adirondacks. CR Plastic Products is a proud Canadian manufacturer of re-cycled plastics. In fact. it takes 579 plastic milk jugs to make just one Adirondack chair. By re-cycling your grade 2 plastic containers, you save millions of pounds of trash in our landfills. It’s a win-win for everyone. I have done a few blogs about this amazing product but it bears repeating. The screws used in the manufacturing process are stainless steel so they will never rust; this is truly all-weather furniture. Every year, they add more products to their line, they have introduced comfortable deep seating with SUNBRELLA fabrics and most pieces come in 16 gorgeous, vibrant colors. Check out their website for more details. Watch for our ‘early buy’ specials in the spring.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: When you ask me what I am doing today, and I say “nothing.” It doesn’t mean I am free. It means I am doing nothing.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Three Ways To Fail At Everything In Life: 1) Blame all your problems on others. 2) Complain about everything 3) Not be grateful.

HAPPY JANUARY 10 BIRTHDAY TO: Rod Stewart 72, Pat Benatar 64, George Foreman 68, Cash Warren 38, William Sanderson 69, Frank Mahovolich 79, Frank Sinatra Jr. (1944-2016), Jim Croce (1943-1973), and Grigori Rasputin (1869-1916).

If you need only a few drops of lemon juice, avoid cutting the lemon in half — it will dry out quickly that way. Instead, puncture the fruit with a metal skewer and squeeze out exactly what you require.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: That awkward moment when you still can’t understand someone after they have repeated themselves 5 times.

Step aside Monday…This is a job for coffee.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: – 1998 Hockey News announces that it has selected Wayne Gretzky as the greatest hockey player of all time.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1956 – The debut of the “Dear Abby” column written by Abigail Van Buren is printed in the newspaper.

HAPPY JANUARY 9 BIRTHDAY TO: J.K. Simmons 63, Bart Starr 83, Jimmy Page 73, Kate Middleton 35, Mat Hoffman 45, Sergio Garcia 36, A.J. McLean 38, Nina Dobrev 28, Michael Beasley 28, Dave Matthews 49, Bob Denver (1935-2005), and Richard Nixon (1913-1994).