14 Feb 2017
February 14, 2017

Indoor Vines Make A Comeback.

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Indoor Vines
Don’t feel like you need to buy a new couch or paint a whole room to freshen up your home decor. Sometimes a new plant is all it takes. Climbing plants like the pothos (devil’s ivy) have surged in popularity. Both live and silk plants died a swift death when all thos home and restaurant make-over shows were popular. Heaven forbid, you’d have something green in your home. Now we are seeing more plants, trees and climbing vines making a comeback instead of just one leaf in some water on a dining table. But before we go screwing decorative hooks into the ceiling again, I’d wait on the revival of the macrame hanger.

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VALENTINE’S JOKE OF THE DAY: I won’t be spending Valentine’s alone because I will be spending it with my bottle of wine.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1876 Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone.

SAD DAY FOR SASKATCHEWAN: Tyrone Tootoosis passed away Sunday February 12 at the age of 58. He was instrumental in transcribing and translating interviews his father had with elders of First Nations people. Without this man, so much of the culture could have been lost. Tyrone did so much more in his short life, too much to mention here.

ALSO: Glenn McDougall 1937-2017. The man behind FURY guitars leaves a rich musical legacy. Glenn handcrafted some 10,00 guitars in his lifetime. He was often called “Canada’s Leo Fender”. But it will be the positive influence he had on hundreds, if not, thousands of musician that will be his legacy.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 14 BIRTHDAY TO: Matt Barr 33, Enrico Colantoni 54, Freddie Highmore 25, Valente Rodriguez 56, Hugh Downs 96, Meg Tilly 47, Simon Pegg 47, Florence Henderson (1934-2016), Jack Benny (1894-1974), Jimmy Hoffa (1913-1982), Gregory Hines (1946-2003).

10 Feb 2017
February 10, 2017

Fill Your Home With Cat & Mouse Love

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Our black cat is 10″ tall and looking down on our 5″ mouse. Get them at Charter House while they’re still in stock. This cute pair are sold as a set for 49.95. If you are an animal lover, check out all the new arrivals of cat, dog, crow and bird statues.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: When a woman starts laughing in the middle of an argument, she has flipped her psycho switch and is about to murder you.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1858 – The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is Founded in New York – organization is dedicated to social and economic change around the world.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 10 BIRTHDAY TO: Laura Dern 50, Greg Norman 62, Elizabeth Banks 43, Makenzie Vega 23, Max Brown 36, Emma Roberts 26, George Stefanopoulos 56, Robert Wagner 87, and Shorty Rossi 48.


09 Feb 2017
February 9, 2017

Arriving Very Soon For Spring 2017

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The spring gift show in Toronto had a lot of new product to choose from this year. One of our suppliers, Down The Beaten Path, imports vases from Mexico. The vases range from 12″ high to 52″ high to fill most residential and commercial needs. We have more vases to see in the VASES AND TABLE TOP section of our website. You can also go to www.downthebeatenpath.com to view the entire line of vases, bowls, statues and wall art.

***Information directly from Down The Beaten Path Company*** Down the Beaten Path’s vases are artisan designed, handcrafted terra cotta vases made in Mexico. Our unique products range from floor sizes to tabletop and appeal to a variety of styles, tastes and colors from modern to traditional that will compliment everyone’s home décor needs.

Down the Beaten Path is a leading designer, importer and distributor of home décor to Canadian retailers for over 15 years. We work with artisans in Mexico to create unique and beautiful decorative home accessories including vases and paintings that appeal to a wide variety of tastes and styles.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you. Fool me three times, you’re good at this and I respect that.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles legendary appearance, one that had 700 Ed Sullivan Theater attendees screaming bloody hell (simply because that’s all the venue could hold), and one that easily pulled in a whopping 73 million home viewers across the country; a record during that time.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 9 BIRTHDAY TO: Charlie Day 41, Mia Farrow 72, Travis Tritt 54, Joe Pesci 74, Ciaran Hinds 64, Carole King 75, Tom Hiddleston 36, Tyson Houseman 29, A.J. Buckley 39, Gypsy Rose Lee (1914-1970), and Carmen Miranda (1909-1955).

08 Feb 2017
February 8, 2017

Plan A Valentine’s Table For The Kids

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Make the kids feel important and included in your Valentine’s festivities. Sitting at the ‘kids table’ is usually not all that much fun but when the table looks like this, they’ll want to stay there. The table is easy enough to do with Dollar Store table cloths in white, red or pink and add a table runner as well. It is east to go overboard on the Valentine’s color scheme so dial it back a notch with plain white napkins and paper plates.

Break out a cake plate and stack it with Valentine’s themed cupcakes. Heart shaped cupcakes can be made by placing a marble between the muffin tin and the cupcake paper and then adding the batter. Bake as usual. The marble pushes against the paper, forming a heart shape. Place a large marshmallow on the top of each cupcake 5 minutes before they finish baking, it will melt and make yummy toasted topping…add coconut. Get the kids to help decorate your cupcakes while the marshmallows are still warm.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Let’s all take a moment and be thankful spiders don’t fly.

SAD DAY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD: Richard Hatch died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71. The actor received a Golden Globe nomination in 1979 for playing Captain Apollo on the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica TV series as well as the mid-2000s reboot.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. – Jack Lemmon (1925-2001).

HAPPY FEBRUARY 8 BIRTHDAY TO: John Grisham 62, Seth Greene 43, Mary Steenburgen 64, Mary Mccormack 47, Ted Koppel 77, Nick Nolte 77, Vince Neil 57, Gary Coleman (1968-2010), James Dean (1931-1955), and Jack Lemmon (1925-2001).

06 Feb 2017
February 6, 2017

Go Bold With Small Injections Of Color

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Try an accent wall. It’s tricky to successfully pull off a supersaturated color on all four walls, but by sticking to just one or two walls, or a small accent area, you get the benefit of a fun injection of color without the color’s taking over the space. Of course, any room clad from top to bottom in a vibrant green or hot pink would be too visually jarring, but by limiting the color, you introduce the perfect amount of the dynamic hue. The hot pink in this room for example is limited to just the fireplace area. It draws attention to the fireplace without going overboard.

In a bedroom, paint the lively hue on the headboard wall — either the entire wall or just a part of it — to anchor the bed and create a focal point.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Whenever I have a problem, I sing. Then I realize that my voice is a lot worse than my problem.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 6 BIRTHDAY TO: Robert Townsend 60, Josh Stewart 40 Kathy Najimy 60, Chris Humphries 32, Fabian 74, Axl Rose 55, Rip Torn 85, Mamie Van Doren 86, Tom Brokaw 78, Mike Farrell 78, Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917-2016), Patrick Macnee (1922-2015), Natalie Cole (1950-2015), Babe Ruth (1895-1945), Bob Marley (1945-1981), and Ronald Regan (1911-2004).

05 Feb 2017
February 5, 2017

No Blog Lazy Sunday

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JOKE OF THE DAY: KILT…That’s what happened to the last person who called it a skirt.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 5 BIRTHDAY TO: Darren Criss 30, Chris Parnell 50, Don Cherry 83, Hank Aaron 83, Jennifer Jason Leigh 55, Michael Sheen 48, Bobby Brown 48, Barbara Hershey 69, Roberto Alomar 49, and Steven J. Cannell (1947-2010).

03 Feb 2017
February 3, 2017

Exciting New Product For Spring 2017

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We just returned from the 2017 Spring Gift Show in Toronto and have some super exciting new products which will be arriving over the next few weeks. One of the products is this twin bookcase and console table combination with a matching coffee table. Not that many people use a book case anymore for actual books but this is a stunning piece to display home decor items…and we have plenty of home decor items on order as well.

The show itself seemed busier this year and retailers were placing decent sized orders which speaks volumes about consumer confidence. Talking to people in the business, everyone was reducing inventory in 2016. This appeared to be the show to get things moving again with trendy ideas and buying incentives. Suppliers were saying they had written some big orders and were extremely happy about how the show was going.

The ‘in’ color popping up everywhere (even in Christmas decorations ) is blush. It is the palest of pink which designers have paired with soft grey and buttery beige. Another color coming on strong is cobalt. It is in everything from art to kitchen gadgets, to bedding and appears to be the new black.

Once again, Charter House Interiors will be participating in Gardenscape March 24-26 where we will be showcasing many of the new outdoor patio products, furniture and trends featured at the show.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’m stuck somewhere between playing my cards right and not playing with a full deck.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 1959 – Don McLean’s “The Day The Music Died”: Rock and Roll singers died in a plane crash.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 2008 – Patriots lose to Giants in the Super Bowl – ending their quest for a perfect 19-0 season.

HAPPY FEBRUARY 3 BIRTHDAY TO: Isla Fisher 41, Rebel Wilson 31, Blythe Danner 74, Warwick Davis 47, Julio Jones 28, Amal Clooney 39, and Norman Rockwell (1894-1978).

02 Feb 2017
February 2, 2017

Plan A Special Valentine’s Day Cupcake

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Since February 14th is on a Tuesday this year, why not stay home and make it special. This recipe is for the ladies who want to go to a bit more work for Valentine’s Day. Men…there are cupcake shops in most cities that will have Valentine themed cupcakes. The extra thought and effort won’t go unnoticed. If there aren’t any specialty stores, most grocery stores and bakeries will have special Valentine’s cakes and pastries.

1 Duncan Hines Devils Food Cake Mix
4 Tablespoons Instant Chocolate Pudding
4 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/3 Cup Amaretto Liquor
2/3 Cup Milk
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1/4 Cup Melted Butter (slightly cooled)

1 Can Cherry Pie Filling

1 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Shortening
1/2 Tablespoon Almond Extract
7 Tablespoons Hershey Cocoa
8 Cups Powdered Sugar
3-4 Tablespoon Amaretto
4-6 Tablespoons Milk

24-30 Cherries

Makes 24-30 Cupcakes

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners and set aside.

Step 2: In a medium mixing bowl, sift together cake mix and pudding and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl) using the paddle attachment, beat together eggs, sour cream, liquor, milk, and extract at low speed. Add the dry ingredients and beat just until combined. Beat in melted butter just until combined. Once all ingredients are incorporated, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and turn mixer up to medium – high and beat once more for 15-20 seconds.

Step 3: Spoon 3 tablespoons of batter into each cupcake liner and bake on middle oven rack, for 16-18 minutes, baking up to 24 cupcakes side by side at a time. (for best results bake cupcakes 1 pan at a time) Once a toothpick comes out clean, remove from oven and allow cupcakes to rest in pan for 2-4 minutes before removing and transferring to a cooling rack. Prepare pan and repeat this step with any remaining batter.

Step 4: While cupcakes are cooling, prepare frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl) using the paddle attachment, cream butter at medium speed until soft and smooth. Add shortening and extract and beat until combined. Slowly add in powdered sugar and cocoa beating slightly between each addition. Add in amaretto and then milk 1 tablespoon at a time beating in between additions until desired consistency. Turn mixer up to medium- high and beat for 1-2 minutes.

Step 5: Once cupcakes have completely cooled, core and fill cupcakes with cherry pie filling. Frost cupcakes with chocolate amaretto buttercream. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until served.

If you’re a lover of amaretto, feel free to increase the flavor by adding more amaretto and less milk to your buttercream. I didn’t want it too strong of course.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I hate when I see some old person and realize we went to high school together.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1887 – First celebration of Groundhog Day (Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania).

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1936 – Babe Ruth is elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame with a record 60 home runs in 1927.
HAPPY FEBRUARY 1 BIRTHDAY TO: Gemma Arterton 30, Donald Driver 41, Christie Brinkley 62, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman 63, CJ Anderson 25, Shakira 39, Ayn Rand (1905-1982) and Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009)

31 Jan 2017
January 31, 2017

One Man’s Trash Is Your Storage Solution

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If you can get your hands on one of these vintage 3 tier stands, do it. They can be spray painted to match bedroom or bathroom decor. What a clever way to contain clutter if there is a shortage of storage in a small room. Store nail polish, bath products, women’s and men’s fragrances, face cloths and much more. Teens would love one of these in their room for all their ‘prized possessions’.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You don’t get a body like mine overnight. It takes years of moderate neglect, a baby, and lots of chocolate and pizza.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t. You’re right – Henry Ford

HAPPY JANUARY 31 BIRTHDAY TO: Nolan Ryan 70, Kerry Washington 40, Portia De Rossi 44, Justin Timberlake 36, Carol Channing 96, Minnie Driver 47, Kelly Lynch 58, Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), Suzanne Pleshette (1937-2008), and Zane Gray (1872-1939).

30 Jan 2017
January 30, 2017

Tip To Tell The Doneness Of Your Steak

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Not much of a blog today, the picture says it all. To test the doneness of your steak by touch, follow this simple tip in the photo. Try pushing with your index finger on the opposite hand in the meaty area just beside the thumb. I have tried this and it really does work. Every great grill master has their own method but this is a good gauge. Happy cooking.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: If you could read my mind, you’d be in tears or on the phone with the police, depending on who ‘you’ are.

HAPPY JANUARY 30 BIRTHDAY TO: Vanessa Redgrave 80, Boris Spassky 80, Christian Bale 43, Phil Collins 66, Dick Chaney 76, Wilmer Valderrama 37, Gene Hackman 87,  Brett Butler 59, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), Dick Martin (1922-2008), and Payne Stewart (1957-1999).