08 Feb 2017
February 8, 2017

Plan A Valentine’s Table For The Kids

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Make the kids feel important and included in your Valentine’s festivities. Sitting at the ‘kids table’ is usually not all that much fun but when the table looks like this, they’ll want to stay there. The table is easy enough to do with Dollar Store table cloths in white, red or pink and add a table runner as well. It is east to go overboard on the Valentine’s color scheme so dial it back a notch with plain white napkins and paper plates.

Break out a cake plate and stack it with Valentine’s themed cupcakes. Heart shaped cupcakes can be made by placing a marble between the muffin tin and the cupcake paper and then adding the batter. Bake as usual. The marble pushes against the paper, forming a heart shape. Place a large marshmallow on the top of each cupcake 5 minutes before they finish baking, it will melt and make yummy toasted topping…add coconut. Get the kids to help decorate your cupcakes while the marshmallows are still warm.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Let’s all take a moment and be thankful spiders don’t fly.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD: Richard Hatch died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71. The actor received a Golden Globe nomination in 1979 for playing Captain Apollo on the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica TV series as well as the mid-2000s reboot.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. – Jack Lemmon (1925-2001).

HAPPY FEBRUARY 8 BIRTHDAY TO: John Grisham 62, Seth Greene 43, Mary Steenburgen 64, Mary Mccormack 47, Ted Koppel 77, Nick Nolte 77, Vince Neil 57, Gary Coleman (1968-2010), James Dean (1931-1955), and Jack Lemmon (1925-2001).

***Editor’s Note*** Found this blog somewhere on the internet and have no idea where it came from. The “I” in the article is the author, not me. It looks like a great cleaning idea.

The Easiest Way to Clean a Burnt Pot or Pan

I hate doing the dishes…like, REALLY hate it. But there’s one thing that makes doing the dishes truly unbearable and that’s when food gets burnt to the bottom of a pan. Instead of fighting and scraping the pan til it’s spotless, here’s my favorite method for cleaning stainless steel pots and pans. All it takes is a few cut up lemons and water. The acid in the lemon and the boiling water get off all the really tough gunk, plus the lemons get rid of any burnt smell and replace it with a sweet citrus scent.
Time: 10 Minutes Cost: $1 Difficulty: Easy
easy way to clean a burnt pot or pan
Here’s a pot that has been burnt to heck. You don’t even want to know what I was trying to cook! Let’s just say that I needed a super powered cleaner, and a fresh scent would definitely help.
Step 1: Chop Up Two Lemons
easy way to clean a burnt pot or pan
I cut my lemons into eights, but you can cut them into quarters or slices, as long as you end up with enough pieces to cover the bottom of the pan.
Step 2: Add Water
easy way to clean a burnt pot or pan
I added enough water to cover the whole burnt bottom of the pan. It’s no use trying to cover the lemons – they float! As long as the burnt area is covered, the lemons will do their job.
Step 3: Bring to a Boil
easy way to clean a burnt pot or pan
I brought the water to a rolling boil. You can even see the burnt specks coming off the bottom of the pot as the lemons swam around.
Step 4: Let Water Cool & Dump It Out
easy way to clean a burnt pot or pan
After I dumped out the lemons and dirty water, I was left with a thin brown layer on the bottom of the pot. All I had to do was scrub it lightly with a brush, and all the leftover grime fell away.
Step 5: Rinse out Your Pot

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JOKE OF THE DAY: That awkward moment when your sarcasm is so advanced that people actually think you are stupid.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 7 BIRTHDAY TO: Stephan Colletti 31, Miguel Ferrer 62, Chris Rock 42, Deborah Ann Woll 32, Garth Brooks 55, James Spader 57, Ashton Kutcher 39, King Curtis (1934-1971), John Deere (1804-1886), and Charles Dickens (1812-1870).

06 Feb 2017
February 6, 2017

Go Bold With Small Injections Of Color

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Try an accent wall. It’s tricky to successfully pull off a supersaturated color on all four walls, but by sticking to just one or two walls, or a small accent area, you get the benefit of a fun injection of color without the color’s taking over the space. Of course, any room clad from top to bottom in a vibrant green or hot pink would be too visually jarring, but by limiting the color, you introduce the perfect amount of the dynamic hue. The hot pink in this room for example is limited to just the fireplace area. It draws attention to the fireplace without going overboard.

In a bedroom, paint the lively hue on the headboard wall — either the entire wall or just a part of it — to anchor the bed and create a focal point.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Whenever I have a problem, I sing. Then I realize that my voice is a lot worse than my problem.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 6 BIRTHDAY TO: Robert Townsend 60, Josh Stewart 40 Kathy Najimy 60, Chris Humphries 32, Fabian 74, Axl Rose 55, Rip Torn 85, Mamie Van Doren 86, Tom Brokaw 78, Mike Farrell 78, Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917-2016), Patrick Macnee (1922-2015), Natalie Cole (1950-2015), Babe Ruth (1895-1945), Bob Marley (1945-1981), and Ronald Regan (1911-2004).

05 Feb 2017
February 5, 2017

No Blog Lazy Sunday

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JOKE OF THE DAY: KILT…That’s what happened to the last person who called it a skirt.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 5 BIRTHDAY TO: Darren Criss 30, Chris Parnell 50, Don Cherry 83, Hank Aaron 83, Jennifer Jason Leigh 55, Michael Sheen 48, Bobby Brown 48, Barbara Hershey 69, Roberto Alomar 49, and Steven J. Cannell (1947-2010).

SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS

2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
1/2 onion, small diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
2½ tablespoons taco seasoning
1½ teaspoon Mexican oregano, dried
1/4 cup cilantro, rough chopped
1 lime, zest and juice
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
In a 6-quart slow cooker, add in all ingredients. Mix well. Be sure to rub the spices into the chicken.
Cook on low for 4 hours.
Using 2 forks, shred chicken in the slow cooker. Mix well.
Serve with crunchy or soft tortillas along with your favorite toppings.

***Editor’s Note*** Tried this recipe and it is good. I would use tortilla shells for this one, they are a bit messy.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Having a beard from being too lazy to shave helps cover my double chin from being too lazy to exercise.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1938 Disney’s first animated film “Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ is released.
HAPPY FEBRUARY 4 BIRTHDAY TO: Gavin Degraw 40, Clint Black 55, Lawrence Taylor 58, Michael Beck 68, Alice Cooper 69, David Brenner (1936-2014), Conrad Bain (1923-2013), and Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974).

03 Feb 2017
February 3, 2017

Exciting New Product For Spring 2017

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We just returned from the 2017 Spring Gift Show in Toronto and have some super exciting new products which will be arriving over the next few weeks. One of the products is this twin bookcase and console table combination with a matching coffee table. Not that many people use a book case anymore for actual books but this is a stunning piece to display home decor items…and we have plenty of home decor items on order as well.

The show itself seemed busier this year and retailers were placing decent sized orders which speaks volumes about consumer confidence. Talking to people in the business, everyone was reducing inventory in 2016. This appeared to be the show to get things moving again with trendy ideas and buying incentives. Suppliers were saying they had written some big orders and were extremely happy about how the show was going.

The ‘in’ color popping up everywhere (even in Christmas decorations ) is blush. It is the palest of pink which designers have paired with soft grey and buttery beige. Another color coming on strong is cobalt. It is in everything from art to kitchen gadgets, to bedding and appears to be the new black.

Once again, Charter House Interiors will be participating in Gardenscape March 24-26 where we will be showcasing many of the new outdoor patio products, furniture and trends featured at the show.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m stuck somewhere between playing my cards right and not playing with a full deck.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1959 – Don McLean’s “The Day The Music Died”: Rock and Roll singers died in a plane crash.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 2008 – Patriots lose to Giants in the Super Bowl – ending their quest for a perfect 19-0 season.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 3 BIRTHDAY TO: Isla Fisher 41, Rebel Wilson 31, Blythe Danner 74, Warwick Davis 47, Julio Jones 28, Amal Clooney 39, and Norman Rockwell (1894-1978).

Since February 14th is on a Tuesday this year, why not stay home and make it special. This recipe is for the ladies who want to go to a bit more work for Valentine’s Day. Men…there are cupcake shops in most cities that will have Valentine themed cupcakes. The extra thought and effort won’t go unnoticed. If there aren’t any specialty stores, most grocery stores and bakeries will have special Valentine’s cakes and pastries.

CHOCOLATE AMARETTO CUPCAKES
1 Duncan Hines Devils Food Cake Mix
4 Tablespoons Instant Chocolate Pudding
4 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/3 Cup Amaretto Liquor
2/3 Cup Milk
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1/4 Cup Melted Butter (slightly cooled)

FILLING
1 Can Cherry Pie Filling

CHOCOLATE AMARETTO BUTTERCREAM
1 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Shortening
1/2 Tablespoon Almond Extract
7 Tablespoons Hershey Cocoa
8 Cups Powdered Sugar
3-4 Tablespoon Amaretto
4-6 Tablespoons Milk

TOPPINGS
24-30 Cherries

Makes 24-30 Cupcakes

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners and set aside.

Step 2: In a medium mixing bowl, sift together cake mix and pudding and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl) using the paddle attachment, beat together eggs, sour cream, liquor, milk, and extract at low speed. Add the dry ingredients and beat just until combined. Beat in melted butter just until combined. Once all ingredients are incorporated, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and turn mixer up to medium – high and beat once more for 15-20 seconds.

Step 3: Spoon 3 tablespoons of batter into each cupcake liner and bake on middle oven rack, for 16-18 minutes, baking up to 24 cupcakes side by side at a time. (for best results bake cupcakes 1 pan at a time) Once a toothpick comes out clean, remove from oven and allow cupcakes to rest in pan for 2-4 minutes before removing and transferring to a cooling rack. Prepare pan and repeat this step with any remaining batter.

Step 4: While cupcakes are cooling, prepare frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl) using the paddle attachment, cream butter at medium speed until soft and smooth. Add shortening and extract and beat until combined. Slowly add in powdered sugar and cocoa beating slightly between each addition. Add in amaretto and then milk 1 tablespoon at a time beating in between additions until desired consistency. Turn mixer up to medium- high and beat for 1-2 minutes.

Step 5: Once cupcakes have completely cooled, core and fill cupcakes with cherry pie filling. Frost cupcakes with chocolate amaretto buttercream. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until served.

If you’re a lover of amaretto, feel free to increase the flavor by adding more amaretto and less milk to your buttercream. I didn’t want it too strong of course.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I hate when I see some old person and realize we went to high school together.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1887 – First celebration of Groundhog Day (Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania).

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1936 – Babe Ruth is elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame with a record 60 home runs in 1927.
HAPPY FEBRUARY 1 BIRTHDAY TO: Gemma Arterton 30, Donald Driver 41, Christie Brinkley 62, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman 63, CJ Anderson 25, Shakira 39, Ayn Rand (1905-1982) and Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009)

01 Feb 2017
February 1, 2017

Super Good Tip To Dust Your Car Vents

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DUST YOUR CAR VENTS
“I love cleaning my car.” said no one ever. Here is a brilliant tip to get into the air vents and every other small crevice that car manufacturers dream up. Use a foam paint brush to give vents a swipe, and simply rinse in water to clean.

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SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Frank Pellegrino. ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Sopranos’ actor Frank Pellegrino has died, aged 72 after losing a battle with lung cancer.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
1982 – Late Night With David Letterman makes its debut on NBC-TV. This was the first airing of the Late Night franchise, which eventually moved to CBS, and with a new name.

JOKE OF THE DAY: My thoughts and prayers are with every single food delivery person I shamelessly send into freezing temperatures this winter.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 1 BIRTHDAY TO: Garrett Morris 80, Don Everly 80, Lauren Conrad 31, Princess Stephanie of Monaco 52, Harry Styles 23, Michael C. Hall 46, Pauly Shore 48, Rachel Lefevre 38, Brian Krause 48, Rutina Wesley 38, Lisa Marie Presley 49, Clark Gable (1901-1960), Brandon Lee (1965-1993), and Sherman Helmsley (1938-2012).

If you can get your hands on one of these vintage 3 tier stands, do it. They can be spray painted to match bedroom or bathroom decor. What a clever way to contain clutter if there is a shortage of storage in a small room. Store nail polish, bath products, women’s and men’s fragrances, face cloths and much more. Teens would love one of these in their room for all their ‘prized possessions’.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You don’t get a body like mine overnight. It takes years of moderate neglect, a baby, and lots of chocolate and pizza.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t. You’re right – Henry Ford

HAPPY JANUARY 31 BIRTHDAY TO: Nolan Ryan 70, Kerry Washington 40, Portia De Rossi 44, Justin Timberlake 36, Carol Channing 96, Minnie Driver 47, Kelly Lynch 58, Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), Suzanne Pleshette (1937-2008), and Zane Gray (1872-1939).

30 Jan 2017
January 30, 2017

Tip To Tell The Doneness Of Your Steak

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Not much of a blog today, the picture says it all. To test the doneness of your steak by touch, follow this simple tip in the photo. Try pushing with your index finger on the opposite hand in the meaty area just beside the thumb. I have tried this and it really does work. Every great grill master has their own method but this is a good gauge. Happy cooking.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: If you could read my mind, you’d be in tears or on the phone with the police, depending on who ‘you’ are.

HAPPY JANUARY 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Vanessa Redgrave 80, Boris Spassky 80, Christian Bale 43, Phil Collins 66, Dick Chaney 76, Wilmer Valderrama 37, Gene Hackman 87,  Brett Butler 59, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), Dick Martin (1922-2008), and Payne Stewart (1957-1999).

29 Jan 2017
January 29, 2017

Design Trend For 2017 – Cork Walls

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Cork coverings are a naturally decorative and modern alternative to traditional coverings.

They are available in a wide variety of unique styles, patterns and shades to compliment any décor or furniture style, and will add character and warmth to any room. Outstanding room designs created using cork to accent or contrast walls or ceilings.

Additionally, whether in tile form or roll form, besides being decorative cork coverings are also functional. Available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, these decorative coverings can also serve as tack and pin boards without damage to the cork. Ideal for offices, children’s rooms, and any other area where pinups are wanted.

Natural tones and shading of cork coverings can be kept or altered. There are basically four choices:

Plain natural surface – Cork is left in it’s natural state with no stain or surface treatment. Provides elegant but subtle décor effects.
Waxed cork surface – Some coverings are available with a natural waxed surface treatment. Wax enhances and highlights the natural textures, tones, and patterns of cork whileproviding grime protection to the cork.
Staining – Many cork wall coverings can be color stained to match or highlight existing room décor. The use of water based wood stains allows the natural cork patterns to remain while permitting the cork to match an infinite spectrum of colors. Pre-waxed tiles cannot be stained.
Painting – Cork can be painted if it is not already waxed. Painting of cork is seldom done since the natural patterns, textures and tones would be lost. However if cork is used for insulation purposes only and if the desired effect is not to show the natural color tones then cork can be painted.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Someone needs to develop a separate social network for can’t spell and have no concept of grammar. They could call it FASEBUK.

HAPPY JANUARY 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Justin Hartley 40, Isabel Lucas 310, Tom Selleck 72, Melissa Gilbert 42, Oprah Winfrey 63, Adam Lambert 35, Tommy Ramone 65, Katherine Ross 76, Nicholas Turturro 57, Heather Graham 47, Greg Louganis 57, Sam Trammell 48, Edward Burns 48, W. C. Fields (1880-1946), and John Forsythe (1918-2010).

28 Jan 2017
January 28, 2017

Tip To Get Rid Of Pet Hair On Furniture

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If you live with pets, you’ve probably accepted the fact that pet hair will be gracing your furniture no matter what. It’s one of those inevitable facts of life like aging and gravity. The go-to solution for pet owners is usually to have a LOT of lint rollers on hand. But, as handy as lint rollers can be, it can become expensive, wasteful, and time consuming to roll your entire home until it’s hair-free. Next time you’re cleaning, try this little hack instead and watch the pet hair disappear. It Figuratively couldn’t be more simple than this cleaning hack. You’ll be wondering why you never thought of it before! All you need is two tools to get started – one of them we’re pretty sure you have in your home Eventually.

YOU’LL NEED
– A bowl of water
– Cleaning gloves

Put on your handy dandy cleaning gloves. Dip them in the water and then swipe your wet hands over the couch – the hair will come right off.

Now you don’t want the gloves to be soaked…that will make more of a mess than anything. Just dampening them is perfect. And we also suggest having a bag or some area where you can dispose of the hair as it comes off. There will be a lot of it.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I saw some guy at the gym put a water bottle where the Pringles go on the treadmill. Moron!

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1986 – 25th Space Shuttle (51L) Challenger-10 explodes 73 seconds after liftoff.

HAPPY JANUARY 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Joey Fatone Jr. 40, Alan Alda 81, Camilla Alves 35, Elijah Wood 36, Nick Carter 37, Barbie Benton 67, Carlos Slim 77, Kathryn Morris 48, Ariel Winter 19, Sarah McLachlan 49, and John “Schultz” Banner (1910-1973) from Hogan’s Heroes.