27 Jan 2017
January 27, 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Brownies

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For those of you out there who love the taste of chocolate and peanut butter together.

Here’s the recipe:

-Ingredients:
Oreos
Peanut Butter
Box of Brownie Mix

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
-Take two Oreos and stack them with peanut butter (A layer in the middle and on top).
-Place the stack in a cupcake liner.
-Place liners in a muffin tin.
-Make brownie mix according to box
-Pour brownie mix over cookie stack
-Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked
-Pull out of the oven and let cool
-Enjoy!

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I ran out of coffee this morning, whiskey seemed like an acceptable replacement. Everyone is so pretty today.

HAPPY JANUARY 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Anthony Pettis 30, Frank Miller 60, Mimi Rogers 61, Alan Cumming 52, Rosamund Pike 38, Edward Smith (captain of the Titanic) (1850-1912), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), and Lewis Carroll (1832-1898).

 

26 Jan 2017
January 26, 2017

Spring 2017 Buying Show In Toronto

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Spring 2017 Buying Show In Toronto

Ken and I are heading off to the annual spring buying show in Toronto. We rarely get to see much of Toronto as tourists but we do get to see, and buy, some amazing new products for display in the store. From the sneak peeks we have had from some of our suppliers, there is a great deal to choose from. New product takes anywhere from 2-6 weeks to show up on our doorstep and the store begins the spring changeover.

This show is where we need to buy Christmas decor 11 months ahead of time. It is so hard to wrap your mind around (and muster any excitement) about Christmas next year when you’ve barely packed up this year’s leftovers. But…in no time the orders are placed and Christmas products arrive from July to September.

We generally try to take in some of the seminars offered by the gift show, they are always informative and supply blog ideas for myself.

Charter House Interiors will be left in the capable hands of Mona and Bill while we are gone. Any questions or inquiries can be directed to them.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: My brain is like the Bermuda Triangle. Information goes in and then it’s never found again.

SAD…VERY SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Actress Mary Tyler Moore, “who turned the world on with her smile” died Wednesday at the age of 80. Moore first found fame playing Laura Petrie, the wife on the “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” then, as Mary Richards in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: From Bob Uecker who is having a birthday today. “Anybody with ability, can play in the big leagues. But to be able to trick people year in and year out the way I did, I think that was a much greater feat.”

HAPPY JANUARY 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Vince Carter 40, Eddie Van Halen 62, Bob Uecker 82, Wayne Gretzky 56, Ellen DeGeneres 59, Anita Baker 59, and Paul Newman (1925-2008).

 

6 NEW USES FOR Q-TIPS

1) Light hard to reach candle stick wicks. Dip one end of the cotton Q-Tip into rubbing alcohol. Light the cotton and then light your candle!

2) Make a portable makeup kit. Apply a bit of your favorite eye shadow, concealer, and lip gloss on the ends and stash them in a plastic bag in your purse.

3) Blow hairdryer lint away. When your hairdryer is off, use a cotton swab to clean the lint from the back of the hairdryer.

4) Clean Fido’s ears with ease. Moisten several Q-Tips to clean away any visible ear wax from your dog’s inner ear flaps.

5) Perfect your manicure. Remove excess nail polish off the side of your nails or cuticles by dabbing a Q-Tip in nail polish.

6) Keep you computer clean. Dip a Q-Tip in rubbing alcohol and gently clean the edges of the computer screen and between the keys on the keyboard.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Today I am doing nothing, because I started doing it yesterday and I wasn’t finished. And I’m no quitter.

HAPPY JANUARY 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Patrick Willis 31, Danny Woodhead 31, Chris Chelios 54, Alicia Keys 35, Xavi 36, Etta James (1938-2012), and Robert Burns (1756-1796).

24 Jan 2017
January 24, 2017

Make Your Own Donut Pillows

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There are dozens of YouTube videos on how to make donut pillows and even more photos of what DIY-ers have created. This set of instructions is a basic guideline to making your own pillow. The donut in this photo clearly shows the fleece fabric you can use for the pillow. The 1/2 yard of fabric is a guideline, you can make larger or smaller donuts. If you cannot find a round object the size necessary, tie a fabric pen to a piece of string, adjust the string to the length you want the circle to be, hold the string in the center of the fabric and draw a semi-circle with the pen. You may need help from another person, or weight the fabric down to hold it in place while you draw the circle.

Supplies:
-1/2 yard tan fleece fabric
-1/2 yard felt or fleece in the frosting color of your choice
-small pieces of green, orange, yellow, white, blue, and dark pink felt (or for older kids use buttons)
-thread in tan and frosting color
-polyfill or batting material of your choice

Tools:
-fabric scissors
-sewing machine
-fabric pen
-large circular object (such as a laundry basket)
-small circular object (such as a cereal bowl)
-straight pins
-sewing needle (optional)

Step One: Fold the tan fabric in half, and using a fabric pen, trace around a large, circular object from your home (like a laundry basket), or use a makeshift compass technique (as described above). Cut out the two layers of fabric at the same time.

Step Two: In the middle of the stacked circles you just cut, trace around a bowl to make the inside donut hole. Then cut out the opening.

Step Three: Now trace the large circle onto the frosting-colored fabric, cut out the circle, and trace a bowl in the middle like you did in step two.

Step Four: With a fabric pen, draw a free-form shape on the fabric to mimic the look of drippy frosting, and then cut out the shape.

Step Five: Cut out small strips of felt from your craft felt squares. These will be your sprinkles.

Step Six: Lay the sprinkles somewhat randomly across the surface of your frosting fabric, and pin them into place.

Step Seven: Using a straight stitch, sew each of the sprinkles into place down the middle of the felt pieces. If using buttons, sew them on. Try a mixture of sprinkles and buttons.

Step Eight: After the sprinkles have all been sewn into place, trim the hanging threads, then pin the frosting fabric (pink) onto one of the tan donut-shaped pieces of fabric.

Step Nine: Using a zigzag stitch, sew the frosting fabric onto the tan fabric you pinned together in step eight.

Step Ten: Now pin the two tan pieces of fabric together. Normally when you make a pillow you would pin the good sides together and flip them right side out after sewing. That’s not possible with a donut shape, so instead, you should sew the two pieces together right side out using a zigzag stitch along the edge. This stitch style will act almost like a serger and take care of any slightly uneven cutting of the fabric’s edge. Make sure to leave an opening on the stitching around the outside of the donut so you can fill the pillow with batting.

Step Eleven: Reach your hand through the opening you left in the stitching and stuff the pillow with batting.

Step Twelve: Pin the opening closed, and either use your sewing machine (which requires quite a bit of finesse) or a needle and thread to close the opening.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: .They call it a selfie because ‘narcissistie’ is too hard to spell.

FACT OF THE DAY: In 1900, it would have been considered a shocking breach of etiquette to wear a watch of any kind to a dinner party. It would have indicated, in the presence of company, that you had other things to do. – Gentleman’s Gazette.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESSS: 1964 – The NFL officially becomes a business to reckon with – as CBS purchases TVrights for the 1964 and 1965 season for over $28 million.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1995 – OJ Simpson’s murder trial starts in Los Angeles.

HAPPY JANUARY 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Chad Hurley 40, Johann Urb 40, Mischa Barton 31, Ed Helms 43, Aaron Neville 76, Yakov Smirnov 66, Gennifer Flowers 67, Neil Diamond 77, Tatyana Ali 38,  Mary Lou Retton 49,  Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012), John Belushi (1949-1982), and Sharon Tate (1943-1969).

23 Jan 2017
January 23, 2017

Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Salad

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Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Salad Recipe

A splash of lemon and hint of refreshing mint brighten up the medley of red tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and ripe avocados in this colorful, sensational salad. —Lynn Scully, Rancho Santa Fe, California
***Credit also given to Taste Of Home*** Reading some of the reviews, Some people who tried this recipe stated they cut the cost of the mozzarella pearls by buying brick cheese and cutting it into cubes. Just look at the photo! This is a ‘happy, uplifting’ salad. We could use a bit of that right now in the dead of winter.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling MAKES: 8 servings
Ingredients
6 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 cartons (8 ounces each) fresh mozzarella cheese pearls, drained
1/3 cup minced fresh basil
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons minced fresh mint
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and chopped

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, cheese, basil, parsley and mint; set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Pour over tomato mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Just before serving, stir in avocados. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 8 servings

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Man sends email to woman: “I’d love to take you out for coffee this week.” Woman emails back: “You spelled wine wrong.”

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1957 – The Wham-O toy company gives sells plastic discs which people can have a catch with – these toys are later named Frisbees.
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THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1979 – The one and only Willie Mays is elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

HAPPY JANUARY 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Princess Caroline of Monaco 60, Mariska Hargitay 53, Rutger Hauer 73, Tiffani Thiessen 43, Jack Raynor 25, Julia Jones 36, Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger 66, Julia Jones 36, Richard Dean Anderson 67, and Brendan Shanahan 48.

22 Jan 2017
January 22, 2017

Wet Your Fingers To Retrieve Egg Shells

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This is practically a daily experience for anyone who does a look of cooking, especially baking. You crack your eggs into the bowl, cringing the whole time, because you just know they aren’t going to break evenly. Sure enough, a little piece of egg shell falls into the bowl and gets stuck in the egg white. You poke around for a full minute trying to get the pesky thing out of there.

There is an easier way! And it is incredibly simple. All you have to do is make your fingers wet, and try again. You will be amazed how well this works. The little egg shell bit should adhere right to your fingers and come out. While we’re at it, do you hate when bits of egg white run down the side of your bowl and drip all over the counter? Try putting the bowl at the edge of the counter and a trash can under it. Any whites that drip down will go into the trash bin and you will not have to clean it up.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: When I go to someone’s house and they tell me to make myself at home, the first thing I do is throw them out because I don’t like visitors.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 2008 actor Heather Leger dies in New York City at age 28 from a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol.

HAPPY JANUARY 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Mike Bossy 60, Diane Lane 52, Balthazar Getty 42, Steven Adler 52, Piper Laurie 84, Beverly Mitchell 36, Christopher Masterson 37, Linda Blair 58, Carlos Ruiz 38, Steve Perry 68, Guy Fieri 49, Sam Cooke (1931-1964), and Bill Bixby (1934-1993).

21 Jan 2017
January 21, 2017

Chicken Baby Food Helps Pets

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Chicken baby food can get your sick or senior pup eating again. This very stinky sludge smells great to pets and provides plenty of moisture too. Dogs recovering from an illness or struggling with poor appetite often respond to its powerful aroma and easy to eat texture. This may also help as bait for runaway and frightened pets to get them home safe and sound.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I may not be that funny, or athletic, or good looking, or smart or talented…I forgot where I was going with this.

HAPPY JANUARY 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Jill Eikenberry 70, Geena Davis 61, Robby Benson 61, BooBoo Stewart 23, Mac Davis 75, Izabella Miko 36, Placido Domingo 76, Billy Ocean 67, Jack Nicklaus 77, Micheal Wincott 59, Stonewall Jackson (1824-1863), Wolfman Jack (1938-1995), Benny Hill (1924-1992), Telly Savalas (1922-1994), Christian Dior (1905-1957), and Ritchie Havens (1941-2013).

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.

SLOW COOKER CHEESY BACON RANCH POTATOES

YIELD: 8 SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 8 HOURS, 15 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 8 HOURS, 30 MINUTES

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

INGREDIENTS:
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
DIRECTIONS:
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).