Asian Broccoli and Beef
 Who doesn’t love to come home to a ready-to-eat; and added bonus of being a home cooked meal. This is a slow cooker meal that was rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Asian Broccoli and Beef


2 1/4 pounds boneless beef chuck roast
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (optional)
3 cups broccoli florets
2 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon orange marmalade or 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
1/3 cup dry roasted cashews, coarsely chopped
3 cups hot cooked cellophane noodles or black rice
Snipped fresh cilantro (optional)
  1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 2-inch pieces. Place meat in a 4-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl combine soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of the orange juice, the ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Pour mixture over meat in cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. If desired, stir in sesame oil. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Add broccoli to cooker. Cover and cook about 15 minutes more or just until broccoli is tender.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meat to a medium bowl. Using two forks, break meat into smaller pieces. Add broccoli to meat in bowl; cover and keep warm.
  4. For sauce, strain cooking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a small saucepan. In a small bowl stir the water into cornstarch; stir into strained cooking liquid. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in orange marmalade and the remaining 1 tablespoon orange juice.
  5. Add cashews and about half of the sauce to meat mixture; toss gently to coat. Serve over hot cooked noodles. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro. Pass the remaining sauce.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you’ve had enough.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1994 The NFL announces a record year for attendance with over 14 million paying fans.

ANOTHER SAD DAY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: (December 26, 2016) Legendary jazz drummer Alphonse Mouzon, died after a battle with Neuroendocrine Carcinoma, a rare form of cancer. He was 68. During his career, Mouzon was known as one of the world’s greatest drummers, and he worked with many of the most notable artists in both soul and jazz.

HAPPY DECEMBER 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Jae Head 20, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 30, Masi Oka 42, John Amos 77, Carson Palmer 37, Gerard Depardieu 68, Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), Sydney Greenstreet (1879-1954), and Heather O’Rourke (1975-1988).

26 Dec 2016
December 26, 2016

Did You Know, In Iceland…

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JOKE OF THE DAY: A procrastinators work is never done.

SAD DAY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pop singer George Michael, who had a successful solo career and numerous hits as half of the 1980’s duo Wham, has died at the age of 53, at his home in Goring, England.

HAPPY DECEMBER 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Kit Harington 30, John Walsh 71, Beth Behrs 31, Abdul Fakir 81, Caroll Spinney ‘Big Bird’ 83, Lars Ulrich 53, Jared Leto 45, Eden Sher 25, Chris Daughtry 36, Yohan ‘The Beast’ Blake 26, Carlton Fisk 69, and Steve Allen (1921-2000).

25 Dec 2016
December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

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Please drive safe if you’re travelling. Take time to truly enjoy your family and friends.

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HAPPY DECEMBER 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Annie Lennox 60, CCH Pounder 62, Justin Trudeau 43, Sissy Spacek 65, Barbara Mandrell 66, Alannah Miles 56, Rickey Henderson 56, Jillie Mack 57, Jimmy Buffett 68, Boston Rob Mariano 39, Gary Sandy WKRP 69, Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), Rod Serling (1924-1975), Cab Calloway (1907-1994), Conrad Hilton (1887-1979), Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727), and most importantly Jesus Christ, the reason why we celebrate Christmas.

Candy Sleighs

Last week at Bring ‘n Brag, one of the ladies showed us how she made candy sleighs for Christmas gifts. update! The lady who showed us the sleighs is Lois. Thanks Lois!

They were fun to make. We made a dozen of them in about an hour and a half (plus wasted time driving around town looking for Christmas ribbon!) I think it was much easier doing them together so we had extra hands. One person to hold while the other one glues… especially for the first step! First you glue a kitkat bar to two candy canes to create the base. We used hot glue and ran a strip of glue down each candy cane.

Next, attach 10 mini hershey bars on top, with just a drop of glue for each. You stack them in a pyramid, first 4, then 3, then 2, then 1, like this:

After all the glue is hard and secure, glue ribbon around your “packages” and a bow on the top. That’s it! so cute and fun and your recipient can keep it as a decoration or take it apart and eat all the candy!

some of our finished sleighs

WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS: The management and staff at Charter House Interiors want to thank all our customers and friends a very safe and happy holiday season. We have met some amazing people from in and around Saskatoon this year. We look forward to serving you in 2016.

To our staff, special event staff and volunteers at Charter House who have helped us in so many ways this year THANK YOU.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I don’t mean to brag but…I just put a puzzle together in one day and the box said 2-4 years.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. – Dr. Suess

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1818 – “Silent Night” composed

ANOTHER DAY IN HISTORY: 1914 – World War 1 – ‘Christmas Truce’ begins

HAPPY DECEMBER 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Clarence Gilyard 61, Ryan Seacrest 42, Mark Valley 52, Stephanie Meyer 43, Ricky Martin 45, Wade Williams 55, Diedrich Baker 45, Mary Higgins Clark 87, Ava Gardner (1922-1990), and Howard Hughes (1905-1976).

23 Dec 2016
December 23, 2016

Male Shoppers: Ready…Set…GO!!!!!!

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It happens every year in retail. The last couple of days before Christmas, men come into the store with the deer-in-headlights look. They aren’t looking for their kid’s gifts…the wife took care of that. They aren’t looking for their parent’s gifts, teacher’s gifts, other relative’s gifts either, because the wife has taken care of that as well. Men are looking for that perfect “wife” gift. The one that says, “I was listening to you when you dropped ALL those not-so-subtle hints.” It is our job in retail to help men find that special gift.

It helps to know:

  • The name of her hair salon
  • The name of her massage therapist
  • Her favorite color
  • Her size
  • Does she even like sporting events
  • Is her bathrobe ratty, women generally love bathrobes
  • Think hard. What has she hinted at? If she has ever said, “I wish I had (……….). Buy it.

SAD DAY IN THE WORLD OF REALITY TELEVISION: Valerie Fairman — the 23-year-old star from the reality show “16 and Pregnant” — has died and it appears to be an overdose.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted…I wish I had some ice cream.

ANOTHER RELATED JOKE OF THE DAY: It’s straight to Heaven for me! I just typed amen and LIKED a photo on Facebook.

HAPPY DECEMBER 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Susan Lucci 70, Danny MacAskill 31, Eddie Vedder 52, Harry Shearer 73, Anthony Phillips 65, Holly Madison 47, Carla Bruni 49, and Corey Haim (1971-2010).

The Reason Plane Lights Are Dimmed for Takeoff Is Actually Really Interesting
No, it’s not just for fun…
There are some things that happen during flights that most people never question. If you’re anything like us, then you just take for granted that certain things happen and you don’t need — or want — to know why.

The Telegraph has uncovered the reason behind one element of airplane protocol that didn’t previously have an explanation beyond “making the cabin feel cozy.” Or at least, that’s what we attributed the dimming lights at takeoff and landing to.Though it seems the real reason behind this cabin rule is actually a bit more interesting — and important — than the passenger’s comfort. It’s really all about keeping everyone safe.
“Dimming the lights allows your eyes to pre-adjust to darkness, so that you’re not suddenly blinded if something happens and the power goes out, and you’re dashing for the doors in darkness or smoke,” Patrick Smith, an airline pilot and author of Cockpit Confidential tells The Telegraph. “The emergency path-lighting and signs will also be more visible,” he continues. “And it makes it easier to see outside, which helps you to maintain at least a basic sense of orientation — i.e. which way is up.” The reason you have to keep up the window shades during takeoff and landing is supposed to help in the same way — oh and it gives the cabin crew a chance to spot any external hazards that might hamper evacuation. Don’t you love it when things make sense?

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REALLY BAD JOKE OF THE DAY: I bought shoes from a drug dealer. I don’t know what he laced them with but I’ve been tripping all day.

HAPPY DECEMBER 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Diane Sawyer 70, David S. Goyer 50, Hector Elizondo 80, Steve Carlton 71, Ralph Fiennes 53, Ali Lohan 23, Jordin Sparks 26, Chris Carmack 36, Steve Garvey 67, Gene Rayburn (1917-1999), Robin Gibb (1949-2012), Maurice Gibb (1949-2003), and Barbara Billingsley (1915-2010).

21 Dec 2016
December 21, 2016

Red Hot Buffalo Wing Appetizer

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Make yourself the hit of the party this holiday season with Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Wings. Simple to put together, let the slow cooker do the work and you take the credit.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes
Serves: 4
2-lb (1kg) chicken wings
1 bottle (12-fl oz or 350 ml) of Red Hot Buffalo Sauce or other pepper sauce
1 1-oz packet (5 teaspoons) dry Ranch Seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of finely chopped chives to garnish
1. Place the chicken wings into your 6-quart slow cooker and add the Buffalo Sauce, Ranch Seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir to coat thoroughly.
2. Cook for 3 hours on low.
For a real restaurant-quality finish, put the wings drizzled with sauce from the slow cooker into the broiler (at 300 degrees Fahrenheit) for 15-20 minutes or until they are crisp. Toss lightly to coat with the sauce which should have thickened while in the broiler.
3. Sprinkle the chives on top before serving.
Pro tip: All slow cookers are a bit different with different temperatures. Be careful not to overcook the chicken, or you will get a very grainy texture. Often people will attempt to thicken the sauce by cooking longer in the slow cooker, or on the high setting, but we found this to be a mistake.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Always keep a bottle of wine in the fridge for special occasions; like Wednesday.

ANOTHER JOKE OF THE DAY: I’ll see your hot mess and raise you a walking disaster.

HAPPY DECEMBER 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Keifer Sutherland 50, Andy Dick 51, Jane Kaczmarek 61, Chris Evert 62, Steven Yuen 33, Malcolm Subban 23, Jeffrey Katzenberg 66, Dave “Kong” Kingman 68, Samuel L. Jackson 68, Jane Fonda 79, Ray Romano 59, Frank Zappa (1940-1993), and Paul Revere (1734-1818).

When it comes to buying for guys (or anyone, really), detail and quality are of the utmost importance — easier said than done. Getting it right can be tricky, but the surest way to figure out what to get your guy is to figure out what to avoid getting him. Taking advice from the men closest to us, we’ve recorded the top 13 gifts you should definitely NOT buy for any man you care about this holiday season.
Smell is personal to men. The same way they don’t want their mom buying their underwear, they don’t want their girlfriend buying their shower gel.

He can buy his own underpants and socks, but he also doesn’t like to think of you going into a store and telling the sales person what size pack he needs.

Your husband can’t choose clothes for you anymore than you can for him, because when it comes to buying your significant other clothing, it’s less about what they like, and more about what you like. Before long, he’ll be dressed like the Ralph Lauren model you’ve had a crush on since last year’s catalogue.

Unless he’s staying at The Ritz or trying to be Hugh Hefner, your man isn’t going to wear a robe. Many men don’t always appreciate the art of “being cozy.” For them, they’d much rather have a coat they can wear outside of the house.

A razor that smells like bacon, an electric toothbrush that sounds like an train engine, and a ‘knit your own beard’ kit are all fun for the moment, but totally unusable for the long haul. While he’ll appreciate your comedic touch, he won’t appreciate the fact that it’s been sitting in the corner of his room all year.

Of course he wants to seem like a generous and giving guy, but on the one time of year he’s expecting presents, he’s not trying to give them away.

To him, you’re taking money he could use any place and turning it into money he can only use one place.

This is like him giving you tickets to see his favorite band play. This is a gift for him, not for you. A couple’s spa seems like something you should get yourself and invite him along for that company you always want. But do not make this his one and only present.

Yet again, this is a gift for you, not for him. He doesn’t care how his beard feels. In fact, he likes it scruffy and rough. He’s grown a beard to display that he doesn’t need all those frilly products.

There’s a reason he hasn’t bought them yet. Getting him tickets for anything that he hasn’t suggested is just a costly recipe for disaster. It means using his vacation days, taking away from his valuable weekends and investing in something that can’t be returned.

Just give him a gift card. It’ll save him the hassle of having to return it in 6 months when the newest HD version comes out.

A free massage ticket is cute, but definitely cheap. You’re his gal, doesn’t that mean free massages? If you’re writing coupons for hugs and kisses, maybe you should look at spending more time actually giving them, instead of creating currency for them.

The thing about subscription packages is they add pressure and no guy likes pressure. If he feels like he needs to do something, he’s going to resent it.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: “You’re still a rock star.” I whisper to myself as I take my multivitamin and get in bed by 9:00.

HAPPY DECEMBER 19 BIRTHDAY TO: Tim ‘Venus Flytrap’ Reid 72, Cicely Tyson 93, Jennifer Beals 53, Alyssa Milano 44, Scott Cohen 55, Jake Gyllenhaal 36, Marla Sokoloff 36, Paulina Gretzky 28, Chris Angel 49, and Robert Urich (1946-2002).

This vivid centerpiece will take you just a few minutes. Simply fill various jars with water — stop just a few inches below the brim — and add American and Michigan holly or fresh cedar and cranberries. Some brands of artificial flaked snow floats, and does not absorb water. Try that for an interesting theme as well. Purchase floating candles for a warm bonus.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: The beginning of every parent’s horror story begins with: ” I just stepped away for like two seconds.”

ANOTHER JOKE OF THE DAY: Four Gift Rule For Kids At The Holiday 1.One thing they want 2.One thing they need 3.One thing they wear 4. One thing they read.

SAD DAY IN THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has died of a heart attack at aged 99, her husband has confirmed. Born in Hungary, she emigrated to the United States during World War Two and made her Hollywood debut in 1952. She was married nine times.

HAPPY DECEMBER 18 BIRTHDAY TO: Steven Spielberg 70, Kari Byron 41, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin 52, Ray Liotta 62, Keith Richards 73, Charles Oakley 53, Brad Pitt 53, Earl “DMX” Simmons 46, Christina Aguilera 36, Katie Holmes 38, Ty Cobb (1886-1961), and Betty Grable (1916-1973).



17 Dec 2016
December 17, 2016

Quick And Easy Little Gift Snowman Idea

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Hang these little guys from a tree, from a window, mirror, centerpiece branches. Start with battery operated t-lites (we have packages of 6 at Charter House for $8.00. Hot glue approx. 1/4″  wide ribbon around the t-lite and secure with a bow. Tiny top hats are available at almost any craft store. Embellish the hat with holly sprigs, glitter, beads or whatever. Hot glue a ribbon hanger to the back, Paint eyes and mouth with black paint or a sharpie pen; or glue black beads in place. If you are unable to find a top hat, cute little toques will do or Santa hats.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I don’t always take out the re-cycling…but when I do, I look like a raging alcoholic.

HAPPY DECEMBER 17 BIRTHDAY TO: Takeo Spikes 40, Eugene Levy 70, Jacqueline Wilson 71, Milla Jovovich 41, Duff Goldman 42, Giovanni Ribisi 42, Bill Pullman 63, Laurie Holden 47, Chuck Liddell 47, Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao 38, Chase Utley 38, Dave Madden (1931-2014) and George Lindsey (1928-2012).

16 Dec 2016
December 16, 2016

Make An Antique Christmas Centerpiece

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This is a wonderful way to make a sideboard shine for Christmas and re-purpose treasured antiques along the way. This happens to be an old toolbox but you could use an old butter bowl, a wagon or almost any antique you may have in storage. The fun part is imagining what will fit in. If the bottom is rounded, use dry sand for a base to hold things in place…it add weight and will absorb heat if you are using real candles Think outside the box, not everything has to be Christmas themed AND everything can be Christmas-ed up. Try things like: mason jars with candles, metal barn stars, fake snow, pine garlands, ribbon, bits of tulle (netting), shiny ornaments, muffin tins, pussy willows, nutcrackers and the list goes on. GOOGLE: Christmas decorating with antiques, there will be hundreds of stunning ideas.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: NOTICE: To all the people who have Christmas lights flashing red and blue in their back yard…can you remove them? Every time I pass, I think it’s the cops and I have to remove my foot from the accelerator, slam on the brakes, put my seatbelt on, throw my phone on the floor, hide my bottle of beer, swallow my joint, and hide my gun…thank you for your understanding.

SAD DAY IN THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT:  Bernard Fox, known to a generation of TV viewers as Dr. Bombay on “Bewitched” and the fumbling, forever naive Col. Crittendon on “Hogan’s Heroes,” has died. He was 89. Fox died Wednesday of heart failure.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1971 – Don McLean releases his over 8 minute long rendition of “American Pie,” which tops charts.
THIS DAY IN GEOGRAPHY: 1903 – 5 star hotel, Taj Mahal Palace opens up to the public.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1972 – The Miami Dolphins become the first ever NFL team to go undefeated with a 14 – 0 record.

HAPPY DECEMBER 16 BIRTHDAY TO: Mama Mia Benny Andersson is 70, Benjamin Bratt 53, William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry 54, Krysten Ritter 35, Billy Gibbons 67, Liv Ullman 78, Leslie Stahl 78, Jack Krizmanich 38, Donovan Baily 49, and Beethoven (1770-1827).

15 Dec 2016
December 15, 2016

Here Is A Morning Sickness Tip

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***Editor’s Note*** Found this somewhere on the internet and do not know if it works or not, everyone is different. If you have tried one other morning sickness tip, or several or if this is your last shot at feeling better, why not take it?

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Throwback Thursday reminds me of when I only had to take one type of medication.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you.

HAPPY DECEMBER 15 BIRTHDAY TO: Tim Conway 81, Dave Clark 73, Helen Slater 53, Camilla Luddington 33, Adam Brody 37, Don Johnson 67, Geoff Stultz 39, J. Paul Getty (1892-1976), and here’s an oldie Nero 37-68AD.