11 May 2017
May 11, 2017

Decorate An Awkward Small Landing

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Small Landing
Your landing might be small, but its level of style can be far from it. Give it a splash of bold colored paint, add a look-at-me chair and fun-print pillow, while a rug ties the space together. A statement piece of art or chalkboard above the chair adds that finishing touch. This is much more functional than a plant or over-sized vase.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Moms are better than any CSI. They know you did it, how you did it, whom you did it with and they can hear you trying to hide the evidence.

TODAY MAY 11: is International Eat What You Want Day.

HAPPY MAY 11 BIRTHDAY TO: Bernard Fox 90, Francis Fisher 65, Eric Burdon 76, Nicky Katt 47, Madison Lintz 18, David Gest (1953-2016), Corey Monteith (1982-2013), Phil Silvers (1911-1985), Irving Berlin (1888-1989), Foster Brooks (1912-2001), and Natasha Richardson (1963-2009).

10 May 2017
May 10, 2017

Make Your Own Photo Booth

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A photo booth is a great way to ensure that yes, this time, you are getting that group shot. All you need is an old picture/ mirror frame, some twine and someone willing to climb a tree. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Use it for weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, family reunions or any chance you get for a photo op. Inside or out, all you need is a place to hang this picture frame, then shoot away.

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THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1967 – The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards held on drug charges in Chichester.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1970 – The Boston Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues in to win the team’s first Stanley Cup since 1941

JOKE OF THE DAY: I get into more trouble by accident, than most people do on purpose.

HAPPY MAY 10 BIRTHDAY TO: Donovan 71, Linda Evangelista 52, Ryan Getzlaf 32, Bono 57, Sally Phillips 47, Dallas Roberts 47, Kenan Thompson 39, Gary Owens (1934-2015), David O. Selznick (1902-1965), Fred Astaire (1899-1987), and Nancy Walker (1922-1982).

So simple, there isn’t even a recipe. Going camping? Buy a jar of marshmallow fluff, found in the aisle where the ice cream cones and toppings are. If the marshmallow fluff is a bit stiff, immerse jar in warm water for awhile. Dip the strawberry in the marshmallow, roast and enjoy.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: If you ask you wife “What’s for dinner?” and she aggressively says “Pop Tarts”, ask no further questions. Assume her day had been real bad and eat the Pop Tarts.

HAPPY MAY 9 BIRTHDAY TO: Albert Finney 81, Candace Bergen 71, Grace Gummer 32, Audrina Patridge 32, Steve Yzerman 52, Prince Fielder 33, John Corbett 56, James L. Brooks 77, Billy Joel 68, Rosario Dawson 38, and Mike Wallace (1918-2012).

07 May 2017
May 7, 2017

Food Marketing Translations

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This is a bit on-the-nose but it tells the ugly truth about the things that are added to our food .

JOKE OF THE DAY: The pessimist sees a dark tunnel. The optimist sees the light at the end of the tunnel. The realist sees the train. But the engineer sees three idiots on the track.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 2006 – Rolling Stone Magazine publishes its 1000th issue.

HAPPY MAY 7 BIRTHDAY TO: Robbie Knievel 55, Alexander Ludwig 25, Robbie Knievel 55, Ivan Sergei 46, Owen Hart (1965-1999), Johnny Unitas (1933-2002), Eva Peron (1919-1952), Gary Cooper (1901-1961), Robert Browning (1812-1889), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Frank J. Selke (1893-1985), and Gabby Hayes (1885-1969).

06 May 2017
May 6, 2017

Make A Pergola Out Of Pallets

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Cruising the internet for pallet ideas, I came across this one. If you need a privacy fence, a pergola, a wall for plants or just a plain old fence, GOOGLE pergolas with pallets. There are dozens of ideas and tutorials, a few clicks and you have all the instructions needed to build your own. Copyright prevents me from posting any one of them without miles of red tape but no one says you cannot use these instructions to DIY your own. Pallets are an inexpensive building material, many places would be happy to have you take them.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: A day on a Jupiter’s moon lasts less than 5 hours. Just like Saturday and Sunday on earth.

GARDENING TIP OF THE DAY: Eat or scoop fruit out of lemon, orange or grapefruit halves to start your seedlings. Fill with soil and seeds or seedlings. Plant the entire bowl into the ground and the peels will compost directly into the soil to nourish the plants as they grow.

HAPPY MAY 6 BIRTHDAY TO: Tom Bergeron 62, Bob Seger 72, Tony Blair 64, Gabourney Sidibe 34, Martin Brodeur 45, George Clooney 56, Willie Mays 86, Roma Downing 57, and Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).

25 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Put in the Dishwasher

Along with dishes, there are many other super-dirty things that your dishwasher will clean and shine.
Your dishwasher can do so much more than wash dishes. This super-hot washing machine can clean, sanitize and deodorize anything that won’t melt in high — typically 130-170 degrees — temperatures.

If you’re not sure if a dirty item likes it hot, place it on the top rack, start the dishwasher, and check mid-cycle. Of course, let the steam clear before sticking your face in the cavity to check.

Here are 25 super-dirty things that your dishwasher will clean and shine.

Shoes: If you can wear the shoes in rain – rubber boots, flip-flops, pool shoes — you can pop them into the dishwasher for a good scrubbing. Make sure to remove liners and orthopedic inserts.

Baseball Hats: Hats keep their shape when you place them on the top rack for cleaning and deodorizing. Put a small cup of white vinegar on the bottom rack for extra deodorizing power. **baseball hat forms are recommended to keep the shape**

Hairbrushes and Combs: Remove hair and place plastic combs and brushes in the cutlery tray and wash. Don’t put products with wood handles in the dishwasher: Wood doesn’t like hot water scrubbings.

Toys: Metal and plastic toys will sparkle after going through a dishwasher cycle. Place in the cutlery tray or a mesh bag, first.

Vent Covers and Grilles: When they become filthy with dust and grime, place metal covers and grilles on the bottom rack of the dishwasher. Grooves will shine.

Cup Holders: When they become encrusted with spilled coffee and soda, pop cup holders into the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning.

Computer Keyboards: Proceed at your own risk, because placing computer keyboards in the dishwasher sounds risky to us. But some tech geeks swear it works. Test with an old keyboard you can do without.

Kitchen Brushes: After slopping sauce on ribs, clean and sanitize basting brushes in the dishwasher.

Scrub Brushes: Let your dishwasher scrub your scrub and bottle brushes.

Hub Caps: To make them really shine, place in dishwasher along with a cup of white vinegar. If you want to clean lug nuts, too, place them in a mesh bag first.

Window Screens: Clean screens will let more sun shine through to warm your home in winter and cut energy costs. If they fit, pop them in the dishwasher.

Light Fixture Covers; Place glass and plastic fixture covers in the dishwasher on the gentle cycle. Dead bugs, grime and dust will disappear.

Switch Plates and Outlet Covers: Dust typically covers the backsides of switch plates and outlet covers, which doesn’t help allergy sufferers. Unscrew and place plates and covers in the dishwasher, which will clean and sanitize them.

Stove Knobs: Pop off and place in dishwasher, which quickly will remove grease and grime.

Potatoes and Root Vegetables: When you harvest potatoes, beets and turnips from your garden, place them in the top rack and run through a short dishwasher cycle without soap. To cook same veggies, wrap tightly in aluminum foil, and wash again.

Refrigerator Shelves and Drawers: Save time cleaning the fridge by placing glass and plastic shelves and drawers in the dishwasher. Say goodbye to sticky messes.

Cabinet Hardware: Your spring cleaning should include thoroughly cleaning cabinet pulls and knobs. If you’re dirt obsessed, place them in a mesh bag or in the cutlery tray, and send through the wash cycle.

Soap and Toothbrush Holders: Gather all holders, and let your dishwasher scrub off caked on toothpaste and dish detergent.

Faux Flowers: They look even more faux when covered with dust. Place plastic flowers on the dishwasher’s top rack, and press the short cycle button.

Plastic Broom Heads and Brushes: Remove clumps of hair and dust that could clog the drain, then run through the dishwasher.

Desk Accessories: Pen and pencil cups, sticky note holders, and in-out trays get dirty and dusty. Clean plastic accessories in the dishwasher.

Makeup Brushes: Regularly sanitize these brushes that touch your eyes and face. Place them in the cutlery tray, and let the dishwasher blast away dried makeup and dust.

Trash Can Lids: If they fit, place those gross-smelling lids in the dishwasher. They’ll look and smell better after going through a complete cycle.

Garden Tools: Garden tools can spread fungal infections from plant to plant. To sanitize, clean weeders, shears and trowels in the dishwasher. Rinse off soil, first.

Sporting Equipment: Place plastic shin guards, balls and helmets in the dishwasher for cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing.

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HAPPY MAY 5 BIRTHDAY TO: Jesse Cave 30, John Rhys-Davies 73, Henry Cavill 34, Tina Yothers 44, Brian Williams 58, Vincent Kartheiser 38, Adele 29, Ann B. Davis (1926-2014), and Tammy Wynette (1942-1998).


04 May 2017
May 4, 2017

Pasta Chips – Easy To Make

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1 lb. bowtie pasta
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 c. finely grated Parmesan
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
marinara, for serving

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta.
In a large, deep skillet, pour about ½” vegetable oil and heat over medium. When the oil is shimmering, add about 1 cup al dente pasta in a single cook. Cook until golden brown and crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels, then season immediately with some Italian seasoning, garlic powder, Parmesan, salt and pepper. Repeat, working in batches, with the rest of the pasta.

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MAY 4TH IS NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY: May the 4th be with you.

JOKE OF THE DAY: When shopping for Mother’s Day, remember, mum is likely to kill a plant and feel bad. Mum could also kill a bottle of wine and feel good, very good.

HAPPY MAY 4 BIRTHDAY TO: Richard Jenkins 70, Kimora Lee Simmons 42, Pia Zadora 63, Grace Phipps 25, Lance Bass 38, Randy Travis 58, Will Arnett 48, Erin Andrews 39, and Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993).


If you are planning an outdoor event this summer that requires a temporary bar or buffet area, this could be your answer. How many blocks you will need depends on the size of the bar you wish to create. Once you have done that, wash (and paint) the blocks. Painting them in bright, vibrant colors allows you to re-stack them and use them for planters or in raised gardens afterward. Cut a sheet of plywood to fit (stain or paint it) and there you have an instant bar/buffet table. No need to rent folding tables and this works well indoors as well.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Moist people aren’t offended by the occasional typo.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1991 – The show “Dallas” on CBS has it’s final episode after running for 13 seasons.

HAPPY MAY 3 BIRTHDAY TO: Eric Church 40, Dule Hill 42, Cheryl Burke 33, Frankie Valli 83, Christopher Cross 66, Ron Canada 68, Chris Mulkey 69, Doug Henning (1947-2000), Bing Crosby (1903-1977), James Brown (1933-2006), and Pete Seeger (1919-2014).

This is a clever idea to free up space for more shoes. We can never have enough shoes, right girls? Instead of putting the shoes in pairs, right/left, right/left. Turn every second shoe so they are right/left…heel toe. This saves space and allows you to see which pair of shoes you need in an instant.

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 2005 Production of the Pontiac Grand Am ceases at the 100 year-old Lansing Assembly Plant.

JOKE OF THE DAY: There is no need to ask her about her day if she is eating cheesecake in the bath tub.

HAPPY MAY 2 BIRTHDAY TO: James Dyson 70, Englebert Humperdink 81, David Beckham 42, Bianca Jagger 72, Donnatella Versace 62, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge 2, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson 45, Christine Baranski 65, Ellie Kemper 37, Larry Gatlin 69, Leslie Gore (1946-2015), Manfred Von Richtofen (1892-1918), and Dr. Benjamin Spock (1903-1998).

Whether you use liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets, fabric softeners work well at softening fibers, reducing static, and adding a bit of fragrance to your laundry. But using it on certain materials can actually have a negative effect on the fibers. Here are four times you should skip it:

1. Microfiber: What’s great about microfiber is that its intricate fibers have the ability to trap dust and absorb spills. However, if you toss it in the wash with fabric softener, you could end up destroying the effectiveness and durability of its fibers.

2. Athletic Sportswear: Many types of athletic wear have wicking technology to absorb sweat from your skin and keep you cool when you’re working out. If you use fabric softener on these garments, it’ll leave a coating that will prevent them from wicking.

3. Flame-Retardant Clothing: To reduce the risk that kid’s sleepwear will catch on fire, it’s required to be flame-resistant. Washing your children’s pajamas and nightgowns with fabric softener will make them more flammable. We repeat: It will make them MORE FLAMMABLE.

4. Towels: While everyone loves to dry off with a soft towel, liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets can reduce the absorption factor of terry cloth and other fluffy fabrics.

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THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1984 – Mick Fleetwood, drummer for Fleetwood Mac, files for personal bankruptcy. Also on this day in 1931 – the Empire State Building opens in New York.

JOKE OF THE DAY: FACEBOOK’s list of ‘Suggested Friends’ is quite literally a list of people I have been avoiding my entire life.

HAPPY MAY 1 BIRTHDAY TO: Tim McGraw 50, Emilia Clarke 30, Bertie Gilbert 20, Rita Coolidge 72, Jamie Dornan 35, Dan Florek 67, James Badge Dale 39, and Paul John Teutul 67.

30 Apr 2017
April 30, 2017

Lazy Sunday

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Drinking rum before 10:00 am makes you a pirate, not an alcoholic.

ANOTHER JOKE OF THE DAY: 3 out of the 4 voices in my head want to sleep, the other one wants to know if penguins have knees.

HAPPY APRIL 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Cloris Leachman 91, Johnny Galecki 42, Willie Nelson 84, Merill Osmond 64, Kirsten Dunst 35, Kunal Nayaar 36, Steven Harper 58, Paul Gross 58, and Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster)(1923-2006).

Dump Buttercream Frosting On Plastic Wrap, Then Roll Up Tightly For The Ultimate Icing Trick

This is a genius icing trick that is going to totally revolutionize how you decorate baked goods. You can even get into rosettes with this simple icing trick.

Plastic wrap! Plastic wrap is the key. Next time you’re preparing to a frost a cake and need to use a pastry bag, grab some cling film first.

Lay the Cling Film (Saran Wrap) out on your counter, and dump a generous dollop of your favorite buttercream frosting in the middle of the plastic. Next, fold the film edges over with a generous amount of overlap so the frosting doesn’t leak out. Grab each end of the film between your thumb and forefinger and spin the plastic shut around the frosting. The spun ends will resemble a ‘string’. Feed the string and frosting package through the frosting tip and bag. Pull the ‘string’ so a bit of the frosting begins to show and cut off the tip if the film. This will make it so much easier to pack the frosting into the pastry tube. Change tips and frosting colors without much mess at all.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I actually like driving alone, because I can listen to the same song 27 times in a row without anyone complaining.

HAPPY APRIL 29 BIRTHDAY TO: Tommy James 70, Johnny Miller 70, Daniel Day Lewis 60, Kate Mulgrew 62, Jerry Seinfeld 63, Richard Kline 73, Megan Boone 34, Uma Thurman 47, Carnie Wilson 49, Eve Plumb 59, Michelle Pfeiffer 58, and Dale Earnhardt (1951-2001).