28 Feb 2017
February 28, 2017

Wearing o’ Green Cake Recipe

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Wearing o’ Green Cake. It may be a bit early to be thinking about a St. Patty’s Day cake but why wait for all the green sprinkles, food coloring, Jell-o and Napkins etc. to be sold out. At least, round up the ingredients for this fun idea.
Wearing o’ Green Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

One bite of this moist, colorful cake and you’ll think you’ve found the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s the perfect dessert to round out your St. Patrick’s Day feast.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling MAKES: 12-15 servings
1 package white cake mix (regular size)
2 packages (3 ounces each) lime gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup cold milk
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Green sprinkles

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water and set aside.
With a meat fork or wooden skewer, poke holes about 2 in. apart into cooled cake. Slowly pour gelatin over cake. Cover and refrigerate.
In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cake. Decorate with sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12-15 servings.

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1953 – Cambridge University scientists discover the chemical structure of DNA.

JOKE OF THE DAY: You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 28 BIRTHDAY TO: Olivia Palermo 30, Jason Aldean 40, Ali Larter 41, Eric Lindross 44, Mario Andretti 77, Brendan Robinson 27, Gavin McLeod 87, Patrick Monahan 48, Bernadette Peters 69, and Brian Jones (1942-1969), Charles Durning (1923-2012), Bugsy Siegel (1906-1947), and Vincente Minnelli (1903-1986).

27 Feb 2017
February 27, 2017

Cooking Mistake – Measuring Dry Ingredients in a Liquid Measuring Cup

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Measuring Dry Ingredients in a Liquid Measuring Cup
Why it’s bad: To get a read on the amount of, say, flour in a liquid measuring cup, you have to shake the cup or knock it on a counter to create a level line. The flour will become compacted, and you’ll end up with more than the recipe calls for. The result: dry and tough cakes and muffins.

Do this instead: Use dry measuring cups when portioning out flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch, as their flat rims are designed to help you get the most accurate measure. Spoon the ingredient into a cup, then sweep off the excess with the side of a knife. Resist the temptation to scoop directly from the bin or bag with the cup—you’ll compact the ingredients, with the same result as above. In a pinch, you can use a dry cup to measure a liquid, but you’ll risk spilling, since you have to fill it to the rim.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: The 5 second rule for food dropped on the ground, does not work if you have a 2 second dog.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 27 BIRTHDAY TO: Jennifer JWOWW Farley 30, Tony Gonzalez 41, Donal Logue 51, Ralph Nader 83, Kate Mara 34, Josh Groban 36, Howard Hessman 76, Joanne Woodward 86, Chelsea Clinton 37, Mitch Mustain 27, Timothy Spall 59, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow would have been 110, Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) John Steinbeck (1902-1968) and Hugo Black (1886-1971).

26 Feb 2017
February 26, 2017

Lazy Sunday – No Blog

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TRIPLE SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: 1. Bill Paxton has passed away at 61 years old due to complications from surgery. His extensive career included films such as “Twister,” “Aliens” and “Titanic”.

2. Joseph A. Wapner, a California judge who became a widely recognized symbol of tough but fair-minded American jurisprudence during the 12 years he sat on the bench of the syndicated television show “The People’s Court,” died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.

3. Neil Fingleton, who played Game of Thrones’ Mag the Mighty, has died at the age of 36. The 7’7” actor, who held the title of the U.K.’s tallest man, reportedly suffered heart failure on Saturday.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Teens don’t know how good they have it with lyrics sites. We used to have to sing songs wrong for years until the truth destroyed us.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1991 – Tim Berners-Lee introduces the World Wide Web, via the first web browser.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 26 BIRTHDAY TO: Darius Hayward-Bey 30, Michael Bolton 64, Fats Domino 89, William Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917), Levi Strauss (1829-1902), Jackie Gleason (1915-`1987), Victor ‘Les Miserables’ Hugo (1802-1885), William Crawley (1887-1996), Tony Randall (1920-2004), and Johnny Cash (1932-2003),

25 Feb 2017
February 25, 2017

Surprise Monkey Bread – Cream Cheese Filled

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Found this recipe on Facebook. It looks so good and not very fussy to make.

Surprise Monkey Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Featured In: 12 Ways to Make Monkey Bread

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 tubes (12 ounces each) refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
8 ounces cream cheese, cut into 20 cubes
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts

In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat brown sugar and butter on high for 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved; set aside.
Flatten each biscuit into a 3-in. circle. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon in the center of each biscuit. Top with a cream cheese cube. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal tightly.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup walnuts into a 10-in. fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray. Layer with half of the biscuits, cinnamon-sugar and butter mixture and 1/2 cup walnuts. Repeat layers.
Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 loaf (12 servings).

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I have CDO. It’s like OCD but the letters are in alphabetical order AS THEY SHOULD BE.

THIS DAY IN RNTERTAINMENT: 2007 – Television host, actress, and comedian Ellen DeGeneres hosts the 79th Academy Awards.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 25 BIRTHDAY TO: Rashida Jones 40, Isabelle Furman 20, James Phelps 31, Oliver Phelps 31, Tea Leoni 51, Sally Jesse Raphael 82, Sean Astin 46, George Harrison (1943-2001), and Jim Backus (1913-1989).

24 Feb 2017
February 24, 2017

Pre-Order Recycled Plastic Adirondack Furniture

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Pre-order your recycled plastic Adirondack furniture from Charter House until the end of March for 20% off. Delivery to our dock for this special offer is the first week in May. This is the absolute best deal of the year. Pick up your furniture any time you wish, we store it free of charge. Also free is assembly. CRP furniture comes partly assembled already and we can do the rest for you. Anyone wishing to take the furniture to a lake or cabin, unassembled is the way to go. It is packed quite compact and has excellent instructions and pre-drilled holes so you cannot go wrong. There is also videos on the CR Plastics website that will guide you through the easy step by step. Long lasting, UV protected furniture is comfortable, affordable and comes in 16 gorgeous colors. And…it isn’t just Adirondacks, there is deep seating cushioned furniture. Sure you can buy cheaper but you can’t buy better. Proudly Made in Canada in Stratford, Ontario.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: A person who feels appreciated will do more than is expected.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Finally, my winter fat is gone. Now I have spring rolls.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1980 – The USA hockey team completes epic run, defeating Finland 4-2, to win Olympic gold.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Edward James Olmos 70, Billy Zane 60, Barry Bostwick 72, Kristin Davis 52, Debra Jo Rupp 66, George Thorogood 67, Phil Knight (co-founder of Nike) 79, Sammy Kershaw 59, Mark Moses 59, Abe Vigoda (1921-2016), and Steven Jobs (1955-2011).

23 Feb 2017
February 23, 2017

Still Popular Cactus And Succulents

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Make a welcome corner in your home with a combination of cactus and succulents. Just arrived at Charter House, we now have a good selection of plants and pots with more arriving soon. Succulent gardens and ‘living walls’ have been extremely popular for the past couple of years now and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Stop in to the store and put yours together.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You say “Hospitalization for a nervous breakdown.” I hear,”Quiet vacation with awesome drugs.”

HAPPY FEBRUARY 23 BIRTHDAY TO: Michael Dell 52, Kristin Davis 52, Dakota Fanning 23, Emily Blunt 34, Patricia Richardson 66, Peter Fonda 77, Niecy Nash 47, Perez Hilton 39, Johnny Winter (1944-2014), and Victor Flemming (1889-1949).

22 Feb 2017
February 22, 2017

Re-use Coffee Grounds In Genius Ways

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Stop tossing your old coffee grounds. Here are a few ways to reuse them around the house.

Regardless of how you make your coffee, you will always be left with leftover, old coffee grounds. While our first instinct may be to throw these away, consider saving them instead. It turns out, coffee grounds can be very useful if used properly. Try some of these fantastic ideas out yourself!

Use It As Fertilizer: Coffee grounds are great fertilizer substitutes. They can help improve drainage and water retention in the soil. On top of that, they are known to attract earthworms which help make your plants happy.

Pest Deterrent: Coffee grounds will keep cats, slugs, and snails from your garden and yard. Throw some out around the house to repel these unwanted pests.

Carrots Love Coffee Grounds: If you mix coffee grounds with carrot seeds, you will see an increase in the quality and size of the produce.

Compost it, Don’t Trash it: If you are not ready to use coffee grounds as fertilizer, at least compost it. This will add nitrogen to a potential “future batch” of fertilizer.

Smelly Fridge? Remove the unpleasant smell from your fridge. Dry out some coffee grounds and place them into a container on one of the fridge shelves.

Freshen Your Hands Naturally: Rub coffee grounds into your hands like soap and then wash. This will help eliminate any unwanted odors from preparing foods such as onions and garlic. It will also soften your hands too.

No More Messy Fireplace: With the winter season in full force, many of us are turning on our fireplaces. However, an unpleasant side effect is the mess that the fireplace creates. Next time, sprinkle coffee grounds on the bottom of the fireplace to help keep the ashes from flying around as you scoop them.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Before becoming a parent, I never knew you could ruin someone’s day by giving them the wrong colored cup.

FEBRUARY 22 IS: Happy National Walk Your Dog Day

HAPPY FEBRUARY 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Paul Lieberstein 50, Drew Barrymore 42, Zach Roerig 32, Vijay Singh 54, Julie Walters 67, Clinton Kelly 48, Thomas Jane 48, Jeri Ryan 49, Steve Irwin (1962-2006), Ted Kennedy (1932-2009), and Sparkey Anderson (1945-2010).


21 Feb 2017
February 21, 2017

Quirky New Use For Glass Vases And Bowls

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This super cute DIY Project appeared somewhere on the internet the other night and it would be a good idea to pass along. There are hundreds of unwanted cut glass vases and bowls of all sizes in second hand stores, thrift shops and garage sales. For a couple of dollars you could have the cutest flower bed in the neighborhood. Run all your glass treasures through the dishwasher to get them nice and clean, then use a product like LOCTITE glass glue to attach the bowl to the vase forming fast and durable joints. The bond is water and heat resistant to stand up to everyday use, dries clear, sets without clamping and is dishwasher safe.

The vase can be attached base up or base down. If you attach it base up (open end down), you can set the vase on a solar light for an interesting night time garden. Alternate the solar vases and the non-solar vases, add in a couple of garden gnomes or cherubs (available at Charter House) and you have a great start to the summer season.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: My father always said’ “There are two kinds of people in this world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.” – Marlo Thomas (talking about her father Danny Thomas)

JOKE OF THE DAY: I am almost a millionaire. I have all the zeros, now I just need a ONE.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1979 – Sony ushers in a new generation of music listening when it introduces the Walkman – allowing people to listen to music while walking.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Ashley Greene 30, Kelsey Grammer 61, Tyne Daly 71, Anthony (C-3PO) Daniels 71, William Peterson 64, William Baldwin 54, Christopher Atkins 56, Sara Blakely 46 (self made billionaire-founder of Spanx), Corbin Bleu 28, Jennifer Love Hewitt 39, Mary Chapin Carpenter 59, Rue McClanahan (1934-2010), and Erma Bombeck (1927-1996).

20 Feb 2017
February 20, 2017

Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches

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This could be a go-to recipe for weeknights when the family needs to get out the door for leisure time activities


Sandwich rolls (cut with one side intact)
Cooked Meatballs (your favorite recipe or frozen, pre-made meatballs)
Pasta Sauce (homemade or jarred)
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place your frozen cooked meatballs or homemade cooked meatballs in a large pot. Cover with your pasta sauce. Gently fold the meatballs with the sauce, Heat the meatballs and sauce on low-medium, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are heated thoroughly.
Fill a roll with as many meatballs as you can fit (usually 4-5 meatballs, depends on size of meatballs and the size of the roll). Top with more pasta sauce from your pot. Place filled sandwich rolls closely on baking sheet. Top each sandwich with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Bake until cheese is melted, hot, and bubbly.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Happy two year anniversary to the bag of clothes for donation on the chair in the corner of my room.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 20 BIRTHDAY TO: Sidney Poitier 90, Cindy Crawford 51, Sandy Duncan 71, Anthony Head 63, Patty Hearst 63, Jeremy Foley 44, Phil Esposito 75, Buffy St. Marie 76, Jack Falahee 28, Ivana Trump 68, Rihanna 29, Lauren Ambrose 39, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), and Curt Cobain (1967-1994).


19 Feb 2017
February 19, 2017

Add Pizzazz To Artificial Flowers

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With spring just around the corner, you may want to add some color into your home. A sad bunch of artificial flowers looks exactly like that…sad and artificial. You can make that bunch of flowers come to life by varying the texture around the flowers.
Grab some shiny artificial berry pods, smooth leaves, or even pine cones and set them on a rustic wood log to contrast the silky petals of your faux flowers. To make them even more realistic, there is a product called Liquid Illusion that looks like water but dries hard around the flower stems in a glass vase.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.
THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1976 – George Harrison was fined for plagiarism with “My Sweet Lord’s” similarity to “He’s So Fine”.
HAPPY FEBRUARY 19 BIRTHDAY TO: Leslie David Baker 60, Benicio Del Toro 51, Justine Bateman 52, Jeff Daniels 63, Sanya Richards 33, Seal 55, Eric Lange 45, Smokey Robinson 78, Scott Paulin 68, and Lee Marvin (1924-1987).