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).

 

Roll a baby onesie over a sock. End result is the absolute best baby shower gift ever.

If you want to make the cutest little baby shower gift, then you have got to make these little Cupcake Onesies!

I can’t get over how adorable they are. You can make them for girls or boys with whatever onesies you can find. It’s a really adorable gift that won’t break the bank. No new parent can possibly have too many onesies!

Materials Needed:
Baby onesies
Baby socks
Cupcake paper cups
Directions:
Fold your onesie into thirds length ways.

Place a baby sock at one end so you have the toe end barely poking out of the onesie and the open end poking out enough to roll up. Start to roll it up.

Use the open end of the sock and use it to go over the entire roll so it holds everything together.

Place your little onesie cupcake into a cupcake paper.

Make a few more and put them in a little box as if they were real cupcakes. The new mom and dad are going to love it!

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THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1985 – For the 4th time, the New York Yankees hire Billy Martin to be their manager.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1965 – One of the most popular musicals ever, “The Sound Of Music” wins five Academy Awards.

CANADA’S NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING: April 28 – Honors all those who have been killed or injured in occupational accidents or hazards.

JOKE OF THE DAY: You’re sick, twisted and crazy to the core. I like that in a person.

HAPPY APRIL 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Jenna Ushkowitz 30, Penelope Cruz 42, Jorge Garcia 44, Harry Shum 35, Samuel Larson 26, Ann Margaret 76, Jessica Alba 36, Bridget Moynahan 47, Jay Leno 67, Jonathan Silver Scott 39, Drew Scott 39, and Ferruccio Lamborghini (1913-1993).

 

 

Some recipes found on-line or in magazines look so good. That is, until you read the ingredient list and have no idea what some of the ingredients are, much less where you would you ever use them again in another recipe. Not so, with this recipe. Everything listed here is something you likely have already to turn out this tasty side dish.

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces white mushrooms, whole or sliced to preference
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
fresh chopped parsley for garnish
Steps

In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat add the butter and olive oil. Add the mushrooms and garlic and saute until tender.
Add the heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir with the mushrooms and heat until the sauce is bubbly and smooth.
Serve immediately and garnish with fresh parsley.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: My anti-depressants are no match for a Trump press conference.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS:  1983 – Nolan Ryan strikes out 3,509th batter, passes Walter Johnson on strikeouts list.    

HAPPY APRIL 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Kevin (Joshamee Gibbs) McNally 61, Ace Frehley 66, Judy Carne 78, Sheena Easton 58, Si Robertson 69, Samuel Morse (1791-1872)(Morse Code), Casey Kassem (1932-2014), Jack Klugman (1922-2012), and Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885).

Periodically, we like to feature a product at available Charter House. The Zoey Chaise has a clean, almost retro look with it’s tall wood legs and tightly upholstered back and arm. It can be ordered left or right hand facing to accommodate most spaces. Gorgeous in either fabric or leather, a 14″ kidney accent pillow is included with the chaise. Many master suites now are built with a massive amount of space that is begging for a chaise just like this one. excellent for reading or just relaxing, although we all know it will serve as a clothes catcher as well. Zoey would also serve a purpose in a large foyer or living room. Canadian made to be long wearing from Brentwood Classics. Eco-friendly construction. Certified sustainable, kiln-dried wood frame. MicroGel soy-based polyfoam with fibre wrap. Sinuous wire spring system.

Length 56″ x Depth 30″ x Height: 33″   Arm Height: 26″  Seat Height: 18″

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Ukraine, on Tuesday April 30, marks 30 years since the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl killed thousands and forced a global rethink about the wisdom of relying on atomic fuel.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1956 – First container ship, carrying modern day intermodal shipping containers, embarks on journey from Port, New Jersey to Houston Texas.

JOKE OF THE DAY: In some countries, they drive on the left side of the road. In Saskatchewan, we drive on what’s left of the road. Welcome to pothole season.

HAPPY APRIL 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Kevin James 52, Carol Burnett 84, Bobby Rydell 75, Channing Tatum 37, Jordana Brewster 37, Stana Katic 39, and John James Audubon (1785-1851).

25 Apr 2017
April 25, 2017

Easy Chart For Food Portioning

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If you are looking to watch portion control especially at supper time, here is an easy guide to help out without measuring or weighing your food. Naturally, the 2 portions of vegetables take up most of the dinner plate, a palm of protein, a small fist of carbs and a thumb tip of fat rounds out your dinner. This gives you a reasonably well balanced main meal and a portion of fruit to finish it off. And lots of water all through the day will help with digestion.

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JOKE OF THE DAY:  I not only have a screw loose, I can’t find the darn screwdriver.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1939 – DC Comics publishes Detective Comic #29, introducing Batman, one of the company’s most successful characters.

HAPPY APRIL 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Talia Shire 71, Bjorn Ulvaeus 72, Hank Azaria 53, Len Goodman 73, Al Pacino 77, Renee Zellweger 48, and Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996).

24 Apr 2017
April 24, 2017

Now In Stock – Table Top Fire Pots

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Table top fire pots have been an ongoing product at Charter House for years. They make great wedding, housewarming gifts or just a gift you want to give yourself. The pots are an attractive addition to any outdoor space and can be color co-ordinated to match your decor.

MANUFACTURING: Each fire pot is crafted by hand and no two are the same. Small color differences and imperfections are considered part of the hand-crafted appeal. The pot does not get hot, it is safe for any surface.

COLORS: Featured here are six colors. Brown Emerge, Coral, Midnight, Chestnut, Ocean and Moss. Coral is a limited edition color, if it is accepted well, it may be added as a permanent color. The Brown Emerge is a split between brown and green, some fire pots show way more green and some show more brown. Either one is beautiful. There are other shapes, colors and sizes of fire pots available in-store.

CARE: Cover or store your fire pot when not in use. The lids are not water tight, nor are they meant to be water tight. Store indoors in the winter, they are not meant for extreme cold temperatures. Wash by hand with soapy water when dirty.

GEL FUEL: Each can of fuel lasts 2.5 – 3 hours. You may start and stop your gel as many times as you need by putting the lid on the can and extinguishing the flame. Use a with a BBQ lighter to light your gel. It comes in unscented and citronella scent; customers tell us the citronella works well to keep mosquitoes away.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Two mysterious people live in my house. Somebody and Nobody. Somebody did it and Nobody knows who.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1988 Elton John becomes Sir Elton Hercules John, after receiving a knighthood.

HAPPY APRIL 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Cedric the Entertainer 53, Djimon Hounsou 53, Shirley MacLean 83, Lee Westwood 44, Barbara Streisand 75, Kelly Clarkson 35, Jack Quaid 25, and Jean Paul Galtier 65.

Prairie River Artists are holding their final day of their annual ART SHOW AND SALE today at Albert Community Center on Clarence Avenue and 12th Street from 11:00-4:30. There is some real talent here. It is a cold gloomy day in Saskatoon so why not come out and support your local artists. No admission charge and there is refreshments served. There is free parking and an elevator to take you up to the third floor.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Happy Sunday – As you enjoy your cuppa ‘whatever’ on this beautiful morning, Think about the day before you. How will you spend it? What difference will you make? Give someone the gift of your smile and a hug today. They just might need it. – Positive Words To Live By.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all-time NBA leading scorer, plays his last game as a Laker.

HAPPY APRIL 23 BIRTHDAY TO:  John Cena 40, John Oliver 40, Kal Penn 40, Michael Moore 63, Valerie Bertinelli 57, Joanna Krupa 38, Lee Majors 78, William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Shirley Temple (1928-2014), Roy Orbison (1936-1988), Sandra Dee (1942-2005)

Laundry is a task most ladies do not care for. (I don’t mind doing laundry at all…the house smells so nice.) This is a great laundry room hack that looks much better than the Costco size orange Tide bottles and blue Downy bottles. You may even have this glass lemonade dispenser in the basement collecting dust. Clean it up and pour in liquid laundry detergent or fabric softener. The spigot lets you dispense the right amount of liquid and you can see at a glimpse if you need to buy more. The dispensers can be decorated up with ribbon or chalkboard paint…all of a sudden your bland laundry room has a color scheme. Purchase smaller lidded jars for dryer sheets and stain remover products.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m so thankful to Netflix for allowing me to consume television the same way I do alcohol and ice-cream.

ANOTHER JOKE OF THE DAY: Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers, if you do find one, what’s your plan?

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: Erin Moran, the former child actor who played the sweet but mischievous Joanie on the television series “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died. She was 56.

EARTH DAY APRIL 22:  is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1978 John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd performed as The Blues Brothers on SNL.

HAPPY APRIL 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Jack Nicholson 80, Glen Campbell 81, Charlotte Rae 91, Amanda Heard 31, Willie Robertson 45, Ingo Rademacher 46, Peter Frampton 67, Ryan Stiles 58, Aaron Spelling (1922-2006), and Eddie Albert (1906-2005).

21 Apr 2017
April 21, 2017

How To Smooth Out A Doll’s Hair

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Kind of a lazy post today but one that has a lot of merit, especially if you have a little girl who loves her favorite doll. Restore her hair back to like-new with this quick tip. Take a small spray bottle and add 2 tbsp. of fabric softener and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake and spray the doll’s hair. Comb through.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Among the things you can give and still keep are…your word, a smile, and a grateful heart. – Zig Ziglar  Add to that list…a promise.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1962 – The Seattle World’s Fair begins, which revitalized Seattle’s economy by bringing 10 million people to the city.

HAPPY APRIL 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Iggy Pop 70, Jamie Sale 40, Queen Elizabeth II 91, Charles Grodin 82, James Morrison 63, Tony Danza 66, Eric Mabius 46, Tony Romo 37, James McAvoy 38, Andie McDowell 59, and Anthony Quinn (1913-2001).

20 Apr 2017
April 20, 2017

New Art Arrivals From Mercana

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The Benoit wall hung candle holders are fabulous in a matte gold finish. They are a huge statement at 16″ wide, 6″ deep, by 72″ tall. We currently have them on each side of a Hillsboro love seat but they could easily be at home in a hallway or on each side of a bed. In between the Benoit candle holders are 4 metal wall art leaves (Oriska I & II) which are a beautiful mixture of muted greens with gold ribbing. Oriska I is 15″ x 2″ x 21″ and Oriska II is 22″ x 2″ x 29″. They can definitely fill a wall.

Also just arrived is more art from another favorite supplier of ours, Renwil. There should be new art on the walls in a day or two.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: COUGH – THROUGH   ROUGH – THOUGH  none of these words rhyme but PONY & BOLOGNA do. English is weird.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1986 – Michael Jordan sets playoff record w/ 63 points in game against Larry Bird & Boston Celtics.

HAPPY APRIL 20 BIRTHDAY TO: George Takei 80, Andy Serkis 53, Miranda Kerr 34, Carmen Electra 45, Ryan O’Neil 76, Shemar Moore 47, Jessica Lange 68, Veronica Cartwright 68, Clint Howard 58, and Luther Vandross (1951-2005)

 

19 Apr 2017
April 19, 2017

Legend Of Pussywillows

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Found this legend of where pussywillows come from. Credit the internet somewhere.

According to an old Polish legend, a mother cat was crying at the bank of the river where her kittens were drowning. The willows at the edge longed to help her, so they swept their long graceful branches into the river to rescue the tiny kittens who had fallen in while chasing butterflies.

The kittens gripped on tightly to their branches and brought them safely to shore. Each springtime since, goes the legend, the willow branches sprout tiny fur-like buds at their tips where the kittens once clung.

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PERSONAL GOAL REACHED: Charter House has successfully published 1500 blogs to date. We have covered decorating tips, recipes, renovations, gardening, kids stuff, make-overs and what to do with pool noodles…I love pool noddles. It is even fun to say.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1995 – Oklahoma City bombing
1993 – Branch Davidian cult led by David Koresh surrounded in their compound in Waco, Texas.

JOKE OF THE DAY: I want a job where I push scared skydivers out of planes.

HAPPY APRIL 19 BIRTHDAY TO: Maria Sharapova 30, Tim Curry 71, Joe Mauer 34, Troy Polamalu 36, Hayden Christensen 36, Paloma Picasso 68, Kate Hudson 38, James Franco 39, Ashley Judd 49, Darryl Sutter 39, Dudley Moore (1935-2002), and Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967).

18 Apr 2017
April 18, 2017

Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint

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Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint

Nothing says spring/summer like fresh watermelon and feta! The salty citrus dressing really brings out the flavor of the watermelon, the mint is refreshing, and the feta adds a perfect touch of creaminess. Even those of you who don’t like sweet, fruity salads may appreciate this one– the flavor is truly unique. It is almost certain to be a big hit with your friends.

If at all possible, try to find goat or sheep’s milk feta– preferably the larger chunks sold in delis or cheese markets. It is preferable to pre-crumbled cow’s milk feta. No big deal if you can’t find it– the other feta will work just as well!
Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint
INGREDIENTS
1 7-8 lb. seedless watermelon, chilled
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 limes, juiced
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup fresh chopped mint leaves
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese (goat or sheep milk feta is best)

Note: This salad is best made just prior to serving. Prepare one hour or less before your meal.
Cut rind from the watermelon, then chop the fruit into 1 inch chunks. Place chunks in a colander to drain as you chop. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, fresh lime juice, salt, and black pepper to create a dressing. Place watermelon in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing and chopped mint over the watermelon and toss gently to coat.
Pour the crumbled feta into the salad bowl and stir gently to integrate the cheese into the salad. Serve.
The salt and the citrus in the dressing will activate the juices in the watermelon, so a lot of liquid will collect in the bottom of the salad bowl. This is normal, and does not affect the flavor. To avoid having liquid transfer to your plate, serve the salad with a slotted spoon.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Sign on doormat: YOU READ MY DOORMAT. THAT’S ENOUGH SOCIAL INTERACTION FOR THE DAY.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1995 – NFL legend Joe Montana announces that he will be retiring from football.

HAPPY APRIL 18 BIRTHDAY TO: James Woods 70, Maria Bello 50, Haley Mills 71, Eric Roberts 61, Melissa Joan Hart 42, America Ferrera 33, Conan O’Brien 54, Eric McCormack 54, Rick Moranis 64, Jeff Dunham 55, Jane Leeves 56, and Clarence Darrow (1857-1938).