This is my usual Sunday morning lazy day blog. It just sort of speaks for itself. This is a dessert where it will look as though you fussed, but didn’t. These cupcakes are a bit heavy, but they are good after a lighter supper or if you are having guests for dessert only. Spray or grease muffin tins. Make a white or yellow cake mix according to directions. Cut pineapple rings into quarters and place 2 quarters in each muffin space, add a maraschino cherry and pour the cake batter over the top. Bake at 350* for about 20-25 minutes or according to cake package directions.

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TIP OF THE DAY: (this is a good one) When you check a coat, take a picture of your ticket number in case you lose it or leave it in the coat pocket. It happens more than you’d think.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Nothing is more beautiful than a smile that has struggled through tears.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1993 – NBC offers “Tonight Show” to David Letterman
1963 – Mona Lisa Exhibited in the US
1958 – Bobby Fisher wins the U.S. Chess Championship at age 14.

HAPPY JANUARY 8 BIRTHDAY TO: Stephen Hawking 73, Bob Eubanks 77, Amber Bensen 38, Shirley Bassey 78, David Bowie 68, Graham Chapman (1941-1989), Elvis Presley (1935-1977), and Soupy Sales (1926-2009).

You dunk a giant, double-patty cheeseburger (or a handful of fries) into a tiny paper cup of ketchup and—splat! More ketchup coats the table than your grub. Good news: Those frustratingly small paper cups are designed to be fanned to better accommodate your food. Tug the upper rim of the cup outward to expand.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m still waiting patiently for the wisdom that supposedly comes with old age.

HAPPY JANUARY 7 BIRTHDAY TO: Jim Gaffigan 50, David Caruso 60, Alfonso Soriano 40, Lewis Hamilton 31, Jon Lester 32, Nicolas Cage 52, Natalie Gulbis 33, Jeremy Renner 45, Liam Aiken 27, Kenny Loggins 68, Katie Couric 59, and Dustin “Screech” Diamond 39.

06 Jan 2017
January 6, 2017

How To Decide If You Need New Pillows

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FINALLY FIND OUT IF YOU REALLY NEED TO BUY NEW PILLOWS.
The ultimate test to find out if you should replace your pillow? Fold it in half and if it doesn’t spring back into shape, it’s probably past it’s prime. If that’s the case, toss yours and buy a new one — it’ll help you sleep better. Or…if your pillow has seen a decade or two, it should be replaced.

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WORDS TO LIVE BY: In case you forgot to remind yourself this morning…Your butt is perfect. Your smile lights up the room. Your mind is insanely cool. You are more than enough. AND, you are doing an amazing job at life.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1968 – Magical Mystery Tour Beatles album reaches #1 and remains there for 8 weeks.

HAPPY JANUARY 6 BIRTHDAY TO: Lou Holtz 80, Danny Pintauro 41, Rowan Atkinson 62, A.J. Hawk 33, Manny Machado 23, Malcolm Young 64, Eddie Redmayne 35, Julie Chen 47, Howie Long 57, Norman Reedus 48, Bonnie Franklin (1944-2013), and Syd Barrett (1946-2006).

7 Things That Make a Home Unsophisticated
The common denominator in all stylish homes? They show off your personality.
CREDIT: By Zoë Gowen
This article originally appeared on SouthernLiving.com.

The only thing holding you back from living in a sophisticated home is you. Here are seven easy mistakes to avoid:
1. You Rush Decorating
Ignore every thing you’re ever heard about one and done. Decorating is a constantly evolving process of bringing in a new piece and retiring others. That ebb and flow of things makes your home reflect where you are in life.

2. You Take It So Seriously
It’s your home, not a museum or a show. If you like wild patterns, then use them. If you’re really drawn to a kooky light fixture, buy it. You can balance these unconventional finds with more traditional pieces elsewhere in the room. Your mom’s Queen Anne chairs will take on a way cooler persona with teal leather seats and a Sputnik chandelier.
3. You Only Purchase in Sets
Nothing beyond towels, dishes, pots and pans, and flatware should be bought as a full set. The plucked-from-the-catalog-look lacks charm. Ideally, you want things to coordinate and complement, but not match. As decorator Phoebe Howard puts it, “You want cousins, not twins.” While it’s smart to invest in a quality sofa and coordinating upholstered chairs, never buy a suite of furniture unless you want to live in a furniture show room. Instead, mix different styles together.

4. You Assume Original Artwork Is Out of Your Budget
Chances are that most “sophisticated” homes have original artwork hanging from their walls – not reproductions that also hang on their neighbors’ walls. Shop flea markets, estate sales, even your own iPhone for photos to blow up and hang. If it catches your eye and the price is right, go for it.

5. You Think Collections Are for Grandmas
Curated groupings of things you love speak uniquely to you and your family’s story. Also, nothing is off-limits for collections: beads, textiles, taxidermy, silver, books. The key is how you display it. Check out how Rachel Halvorson pulled together her clients’ grandmother’s radio collection in a kitchen of all places!

6. You Create Rooms Not Actually Intended for People
Rooms should be special and hospitable. Places intended for sitting, drinking, reading, and talking with each other. Spindly silk upholstered antiques and prized oriental carpets don’t facilitate 21st century living. They are also not welcoming. Consider them the overdressed girl at the party futzing over her outfit complaining that her shoes hurt. Take cues from prized decorator, Bunny Williams who blends comfy seating to encourage lingering with dark rugs to camouflage real life accidents.

7. You Forget to Edit
You’re having so much fun assembling your bold fabric choices and quirky collections that you don’t step back to see how it’s all coming together. Living in visual chaos is as unappealing as living in a museum – so remember to take some things away or balance all the color with some needed white.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I love mornings, the smell of freshly brewed coffee…the sound of no one talking ntome

HAPPY JANUARY 5 BIRTHDAY TO: Diane Keaton 71, Vinnie Jones 52, Bradley Cooper 42, Robert Duvall 86, Marilyn Manson 48, Carrie Ann Inaba 49, January Jones 39, Ted Lange 69, and Jane Wyman (1917-2007).

Today’s blog comes courtesy of Taste of Home magazine. This is a tasty way to use up the left over ham and turkey. Cordon Bleu Casserole make a very good pot luck dinner item. (Bring copies of the recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 4 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-3/4 cups milk
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook ham for 4-5 minutes or until browned; drain and pat dry. In a greased 2-qt. baking dish, layer the turkey, cheese and ham; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, mustard and nutmeg until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour over ham.
  3. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over the top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Remember…there are no mistakes, only lessons.

HAPPY JANUARY 4 BIRTHDAY TO: Graham Elliot 40, Dyan Cannon 80, Charlyne Yi 31, Al Jefferson 32, Dave Foley 54, Don Shula 87, Michael Stipe 57, Louis Braille (1809-1852), Sterling Holloway {Original Voice of Winnie the Pooh} (1905-1992), and Floyd Patterson (1935-2006).

Trends From the 1980’s We Still Love Today
You might think back and cringe, but it’s still better than the 70’s. The 1980’s is associated with excess…over-sized valances and dried floral arrangements. There are gems in every decade, some just stand the test of time better than others. Some day, some writer will look back on the early 2000’s and cringe at the karate chopped cushions, stainless steel appliances we all covet and concrete counter-tops.

Here are a few lasting trends:

1. LUCITE: The 1980’s were crazy for clear furnishings — like this coffee table from Korson furniture and available at Charter House Interiors.

2. RATTAN AND WICKER FURNITURE: Not as popular as it once was but still relevant. We find dining sets are still holding their own in popularity. www.ratana.com  for both indoor rattan and outdoor resin furniture. We carry both products.

3. TICKING STRIPE UPHOLSTERY: The French/English country look, popular in the 1980’s, is still sought after but in smaller pieces. Large overstuffed sofas in blue and white ticking stripe upholstery have given way to minimal use on occasional chairs, toss cushions and dining chairs.

4. THE “CONTEMPORARY” LOOK: It has been seen through several decades of the streamlined modern look. It has been most popular in the last 15 plus years with the minimalist look, boxy homes, soaring ceilings and large windows.

5. PASTEL WALLS: Soft shades never go out of style, they have a soothing quality we all need.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: It only takes one slow-walking person in the grocery store to destroy the illusion that I am a nice person.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1983 Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett has a memorable 99 yard record setting touchdown run.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1987 – Aretha Franklin becomes the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

HAPPY JANUARY 3 BIRTHDAY TO: A.J. Burnett 40, Mel Gibson 61, John Paul Jones 71, Danica McKellar 42, Stephen Stills 72, Thomas “Daft Punk” Bangalter 42, Kevin Ware 24, Eli Manning 36, Victoria Principal 67, Bobby Hull 78, Michael Schumacher 48, and J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973).

 

Ambrosia Pie

2 Graham Cracker pie crusts
1-15 oz can of Crushed pineapple (drained well)
1-9 oz tub of Cool Whip THAWED
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
OPTION Maraschino cherries, Coconut, walnuts and Mandarin oranges. The amount of each depends on your taste.

Mix everything EXCEPT the Cool whip together in a large bowl, mix well then add the Cool whip last.
Divide the mixture between the 2 crusts, chill for at least about 2 hours or overnight.

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TIP OF THE DAY: TODAY. I close the door to the past, open the door to the future, take a deep breath, step on through and start a new chapter in my life.

HAPPY JANUARY 2 BIRTHDAY TO: Tia Carrere 50, Dax Shepard 42, Edgar Martinez 54, Kate Bosworth 34, Kirk Hinrich 36, Taye Diggs 46, Karina Smirnoff 39, Cuba Gooding JR. 49, and Isaac Asimov (1920-1992).

01 Jan 2017
January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017

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Taking the day off from blogging. Hope everyone is home safe and had a great New Year.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1995 Cartoonist Gary Larson finishes the last ‘Far Side’ cartoon, which he started in 1980.

JOKE OF THE DAY: It may just be the anti-depressants talking but I’m feeling somewhat optimistic about 2017.

HAPPY JANUARY 1 BIRTHDAY TO: Meryl Davis 30, Elin Nordegren 37, Vern Mini-Me Troyer 48, Morris Chestnut 48, Mr. Lawrence 48, Cat Cora 48, Frank Langella 79, Paul Revere (1735-1818), Betsy Ross (1752-1836), and J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972).

Wishing everyone out there a safe, healthy and Happy New Year in 2017, from our staff at Chrter House Interiors…Mona, Bill, Karen, Ken and Jenny

What’s open and closed in Saskatoon for New Year’s
Free transit service offered New Year’s Eve starting at 5 p.m. CST
CBC News Posted: Dec 30, 2016 5:30 AM CT Last Updated: Dec 30, 2016 5:30 AM CT
Some downtown Saskatoon streets will be closed for celebrations on New Year’s Eve. (Submitted by Kelly Pankratz)

With New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday, reductions to some city services in Saskatoon will continue through Jan. 2.

City Hall, the impound lot and all library locations will be closed both days.

The landfill will be open its regular hours, and garbage and recycling will be picked up as usual.

The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo will be open.

The Cosmo Civic Centre and the Terry Fox track will be closed, but the Saskatoon Field House, Lakewood Civic Centre, Lawson Civic Centre, Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre and Shaw Centre will be open. All fitness classes, though, are cancelled.

Ding in the new year. Transit will run on its regular Sunday schedule on both Sunday and Monday.

For New Year’s Eve on Saturday, transit service will be free thanks to a partnership between Saskatoon Transit and SGI.

Free rides begin at 5 p.m. CST and continue until 2:45 a.m. Sunday to give people choosing to imbibe in celebrations a safe way to get around the city.

In years past, free New Year’s Eve transit began at 8 p.m. This year, it’s beginning earlier to give people going to YXE-NYE-150 a ride.

The celebration, held at Kiwanis Memorial Park, celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation and includes a fireworks finale from the Broadway Bridge. The bridge, meanwhile, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 5 to 9 p.m. Spadina Crescent will also be closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street from 3 to 9:30 p.m.

JOKE OF THE DAY: For my New Year’s resolution, I promise to stop correcting your terrible spelling and focus more on your horrific grammar.

THE LAST SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY IN 2016: The final passing in 2016 was MASH star William Christopher who played Father John Mulcahy on the iconic show.

HAPPY DECEMBER 31 BIRTHDAY TO: Diane Von Furstenberg 70, Gabby Douglas 21, Ben Kingsley 73, James Remar 63, Scott Ian 53, Joe McIntyre 44, Val Kilmer 57, Psy 38, Bebe Neuwirth 58, Burton Cummings 69, Anthony Hopkins 79, Donna Summer (1948-2012), John Denver (1943-1997), and Elizabeth Arden (1844-1966).

A day filled with work, after-school activities and chores around the house may make hitting the drive-thru feel like the easiest solution to your dinner woes. However, if you have a slow cooker you can serve your family a delicious, homemade meal without spending hours in the kitchen.
Slow cooker pulled pork

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients:
1- 4 to 5-lb. pork shoulder (it may also be labeled as Boston butt)
2 medium yellow onions, sliced
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 cup of chicken stock or chicken broth
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 12-oz bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (optional)
Directions
1. Into the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker, add the sliced onion, sliced garlic and chicken broth.
2. In a small bowl, mix together all spices: brown sugar, chili powder, salt, cumin, paprika, cinnamon and pepper.
3. Pat the pork shoulder dry using paper towels, then rub the seasoning mix coating all sides. Place the shoulder in the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until the meat is very tender.
4. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks, removing any bone or large chunks of fat. Strain the onions from the slow cooker, and set the juices aside. Mix onions and shredded pork together.
5. If serving the pulled pork for tacos or to eat on its own, slowly add a few tablespoons of the removed juices at a time until the meat is juicy and moist. Alternatively, add in a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Stir well and serve on a toasted bun for a fantastic pulled pork sandwich.
Pro tip: When selecting your cut of pork shoulder, look for one with plenty of marbling. Don’t opt for a lean cut or trim away the fat before cooking.
Pro tip: This recipe freezes well, so you can stock it away for quick meals later in the week.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m not making a resolution this year. No one likes a sober, do-gooder anyway.

HAPPY DECEMBER 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Sheryl Lee Ralph 60, Patti Smith 70, Tiger Woods 41, Sandy Koufax 81, Heidi Fleiss 51, LeBron James 32, Meridith Vieira 63, Josh Sussman 33, Michael Nesmith 74, CS Lee 45, Ryan Sheckler 27, Tracey Ullman 57, Matt Lauer 59, Laila Ali 39, Davey Jones (1945-2012), Jack Lord (1920-1998), and Bo Diddley (1928-2008).

29 Dec 2016
December 29, 2016

Top Dog Names In 2016

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Dog names ride waves of popularity just like names for people. It will sometimes depend on movies or television shows that are popular at the time. These are the top 10 names for both male and female dogs in 2016 and some tips in naming your new pet.

Top 10 Male Dogs Names: Max, Charlie, Buddy, Cooper, Jack, Rocky, Bear, Duke, Toby, Tucker
Top 10 Female Dog Names: Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Lola, Luna, Molly, Sadie, Sophie, Bailey, Maggie

As the saying goes, ‘a dog is a man’s best friend.’ And a best friend deserves a truly suitable name. However, coming up with your furbaby’s name may actually be harder than you think.

  1. Stick with shorter names. Dogs have an easier time recognizing names that are one or two syllables long, compared to names that are more complex. If you do give your dog a longer, more formal name, know that you will ultimately end up shortening it (also, nicknames are common).
    2. Try out names sharp consonants. Dogs hear high frequency sounds very well, so names starting with s, sh, ch, k, etc. work well when catching a dog’s attention. Dogs will respond more quickly to sharp sounds. At the same time, consider names that end with a vowel, particularly a short ‘a’ or a long ‘e’ sound.
    3. Do not pick a name that sounds similar to a command. Because dogs do not particularly recognize the actual word, but instead understand the frequency of the word, they can get confused by words that sound too similar–particularly when one of those words is a command that they are supposed to follow. “Kit” can be confused with “sit”. “Bo” could be confused with “no”.
    4. Stick with similar sounds if you are renaming an older dog. Be careful when changing an older dog’s name. It’s more important to keep the vowel sounds the same than the consonants, since vowels are easier for the dog to pick up on and what the dog is actually listening for. So “Sadie” will accept “Grady”.
    5. Remember that you’ll be using your dog’s name in public. Choosing a name that’s too common will mean your dog might run to someone else (or you might get someone else’s dog jumping on you) at the vet or dog park. You should also consider the sort of reaction that the name you give your dog might inspire. For instance, people will probably be a little more wary of a dog named “Killer” than a dog named “Tiny”.
    6. Ask before using a family member or friend’s name. They might think of it less as a compliment and more as disrespect.
    7. Try the name out for a couple of days before you make it permanent. See if it grows on you. You’ll know soon enough whether it’s a keeper or not. Don’t forget to reward your puppy or dog when they respond to their new name. Pay attention to how it feels to say your pup’s potential name. Could you see yourself using that name over and over again? If your answer is meh, choose a different name. ***On a personal note*** We adopted a 1 1/2 year old dog (pictured here) from the SPCA in December 2015 and they had named him “Pongo”. He had been dumped in a ditch so no one knows what his original name had been. He seemed to answer to anything ending with a ‘Y’ so we went through Bobby, Buddy and an assortment of others. Nothing felt right. He has a wrench shaped scar on his nose so we called him “Wrench” for a couple of days but that didn’t feel right either. Then four of us were sitting around one day and quoting lines from the movie ‘Christmas Vacation’ and said the line: “Take you out in the middle of nowhere…leave you for dead.” (which is what someone did to this poor dog) and three of us said, “GRIZ”. Let’s name him Griz after Clark Griswald. Because it was so close to Christmas that we adopted him, it was perfect. He took to his new name straight away and the rest is history.
    8. Explore many names. If you are really struggling on what you should name your dog, and need a little help, you can always run an internet search for a list of dog names. Or…enlist friends and family. They may say he looks like a ‘Jack’ or she looks like a ‘Chloe’ and there you will have the perfect name for your new puppy. Some of these same tips could be applied to a cat as well.

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SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Actress Debbie Reynolds, star of the 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain and mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at the age of 84. Reynolds was said to be at her son Todd Fisher’s home in Beverly Hills making funeral arrangements for her daughter Carrie Fisher when she suffered a stroke. “She said, ‘I want to be with Carrie,”‘ her son said. “And then she was gone.”

ANOTHER SAD LOSS IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Port Charles actress passes away. Barbara Tarbuck, who played Ingo Rademacher’s (Jax Jacks), on-screen mother, Lady Jane Jacks on “General Hospital” from 1996 until 2010 has passed away. Tarbuck died on December 27, 2016 at the age of 74.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Complaining about a problem without offering a solution is called whining

HAPPY DECEMBER 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Alexa Ray Joel 30, Marianne Faithfull 70, Mary Tyler Moore 80, Mekhi Phifer 42, Michael Cudlitz 52, Jude Law 44, Jane Levy 27, Jennifer Ehle 47, John Voight 78, Ted Danson 69, and Billy Mitchell (1879-1936).

28 Dec 2016
December 28, 2016

Arrange Coffee Mugs On An Unused Wall

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If you have an unused corner in your kitchen, you have what it takes to create a stylish and functional coffee nook. Mugs and baskets full of K-cups find a home on these savvy rails and hooks. IKEA has the best assortment of racks and hooks. This is an easy project and can be done by novice carpenters.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Just wanted to send you holiday wishes in case I freeze to death this weekend.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Tony-winning character actor George S. Irving, a Broadway mainstay, died December 26th at 94. George worked with Carrie Fisher in her Broadway debut during a revival of Irene in 1973.

ANOTHER SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Carrie Fisher, the actress best known as Star Wars‘ Princess Leia Organa, has died after suffering a heart attack. She was 60.

HAPPY DECEMBER 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Edgar Winter 70, Joe Manganiello 40, Gayle King 61, Denzel Washington 62, Robin McGraw 63, Stan Lee 93, Maggie Smith 83, Nichelle ‘Lt. Uhura’ Nichols 84, Sienna Miller 35, and Martin Milner (1931-2015).